I have very fond childhood memories of Easter Sunday. The excitement of Easter egg hunts, candy, delicious dinners, and dressing up in my Easter Sunday Best! My Mom used to go all out for my Easter dresses buying may Gunny Sack, Priscilla, and Laura Ashley dresses. This is probably why I still love dressing up each Easter to give tribute to my younger days. I’m still pretty traditional, although, one year I fought tooth and nails to wear white palazzo pants and yellow suede platforms to church (I think I was 14). Florals and pastels are the hallmark of Easter which is the holiday that really kicks off the spring season. I love to feel very ladylike in an A-line dress (floral or pastel), fun statement jewelry, and pretty pumps. Lastly, this is usually the time I debut a new spring bag. I hope one day to have a little girl to play dress up with but until then, I’ll have to be my own dress up doll.
It looks like tartan is here to stay. The safe way to incorporate this look into your wardrobe would be to add a tartan blazer or shirt but why not be a little daring and try some plaid pants? I stumbled upon these adorable pair from Mango and was inspired to pair some looks with them. I will admit that wearing plaid pants can be a little tricky so I have created three different ways to rock this look. The first look is for someone with a more edgy personality. The addition of a cool leather moto jacket and Jeffrey Campbell booties to an otherwise preppy look gives it a London rocker, school-girl look. If your looking for a more work appropriate look try pairing the pants with a feminine silk blouse, a structured blazer, and pearls. If you’re a little self-concious about your rear, you can wear a long cardigan with a scarf and tall boots to provide a cozy and casual look.
Houndstooth is one of those classic prints that never goes out of style. Once worn by aristocrats meandering the lush greenery of the U.K. duck hunting for sport is now worn by all. I used to not be a huge fan of this pattern because it seemed a little granny to me, but recently I have revisited this classic and I view it in a whole new light. It helps that designer have branched out from just coats and capes to flirty shorts and body con dresses giving this traditional look new life. I’m also loving the use of bright colors in leiu of the traditional black and white. Have you embraced this classic pattern with any key pieces in your wardrobe? Please feel free to share your favorite houndstooth looks.
Sweatshirts have received a serious update! No longer will an image of a sweaty Sylvester Stallone climbing the steps in Rocky come to mind when thinking of wearing a sweatshirt. Designers from Old Navy to Lanvin have given these common threads new life. Embellished sweatshirts are a rising trend with everything from sequins and crystals to fur and leather. They are available in every budget. You can, of course pair them with skinny jeans and some high top wedge sneakers, or create a quirky look with a printed skater skirt and ankle boots. Either look would be fun. So, go on and get embellished!
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My new shoe heart throb……British fashion shoe designer Tabitha Simmons! Not only is she a fab designer, but is also an editor for Vogue and styles runway shows for Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, and Alexander McQueen. Talk about a multitasker! I really admire her ability to show her creativity and not be too whimsical. Her shoes are eye-catching but not so out there you can’t wear them as an everyday shoe. Here are a few I’m lusting over…..
These shoes have G.N.O. written all over them…
This color is just sick!
I always love a funky wedge.
Playful but I would still totally wear these to the office.
Bam! This is a bootie.
I can’t get enough of these printed pumps.
If her collection is a little too pricey, you’re in luck. She has a more affordable line for J. Crew.
Beautiful! I hope you can snag a pair. Happy shopping! Go to the website www.tabithasimmons.com and check out the double dutch video! Those girls are going off!
It’s wedding season! Undoubtedly, you have at least one wedding to go to this summer and you’re probably struggling on what to wear. The key to being the perfectly dressed wedding guest is to look your best without appearing too sexy. Show some skin or wear a more figure-hugging dress, but not both!!! You don’t want to be the guest everyone is whispering about at the reception. Here are a few dress ideas for a day or an evening affair!
I was perusing my usual stack of fashion magazines and one thing that caught my eye were the bold statement earrings on the models and celebrities. What is really great is that these earrings once reserved for more formal occasions are now being worn with casual, everyday outfits adding a touch of glam to a day look. There are also a lot of affordable options from brands such as Forever 21, Ann Taylor, and Lulu Frost for J. Crew. So add a little sparkle to your outfits with a fun, bold statement earring!
Well, another mind-blowing NYFW has come to an end……boo! But here’s your chance to review some of the highlights (at least from my perspective) from the past week.
I was blown away by this collection. The colors were so electrifying they almost jumped of the runway. I also admire how Ana Sui always stays true to her hippie-cool aesthetic and does it so well. The models looked like they were having a blast which made me ask myself “would I be having that much fun if I was wearing those clothes?” Guess I’ll have to buy some to find out
Marc Jacobs is always a fan favorite and it’s clear to see why. Besides the fact that his clothes were amazing (as always), the models looked like they were just too cool for school, which I loved! Trends that I observed were pants over dresses, boxy handbags, and those shoes need to get on my feet like right now!
Carolina Herrera is probably the most elegant designer of our time which was exhibited in this Fall collection. Her looks were sleek and modern. I loved the luxurious fur cape and that sequined hooded gown was to die for!
It’s seems to be common for a stylist to receive a lot of skepticism from the fashion industry when they attempt to launch a fashion line, but I don’t think anyone could criticize what Rachel Zoe has been producing. I don’t care what anyone says, her line is solid! Her style is always so current yet she’s able to maintain her flair for vintage. Can we just talk about those baggy leather pants? Oh! And the last look I featured with the turtleneck collar and fingerless gloves….I die!
This designer is new to me but I am totally feeling her vibe. Hanako Maeda is a young Japanese designer who I feel is taking the fashion industry to the next level. Her clothes are a little dark and erie, yet so effortless and cool without the pretense you feel from some other designers. When looking at her clothes, I really feel like they are truly an expression of her which makes me think she’s a really interesting person. I look forward to seeing what interesting creations the future will bring for this young designer.
My frustration with J. Crew is that their runway shows are always so impressive but I never see that cute stuff in the stores!!! Let’s hope this time is different because there a couple of pieces that need to be in my closet. #1 is that fuschia tweed blazer. #2 are those pointy toe pumps. #3 would be the crop pants (both the tweed and the plaid). #4 the floral skirt. We’ll see what happens.
Last but certainly not least! Anyone who knows me knows I don’t leave the house without at least one Tory Burch item on. Needless to say, she is probably my favorite designer. I’m really hoping I can pull off the skirt length that she displayed in this collection. The just below the knee length is so chic but alas, I’m only 5’2″ so I’ll need my big girl shoes for that. Another trend I’m liking is the dark, opaque tights even with pastel dresses. The coat fabrics were so lush and timeless and would definitely be a great investment piece for any wardrobe. I would also like to add to my closet that burgundy purse, the velvet minaudiere with the tassel, and the statement necklaces! Oh, Tory! If you keep this up, I’m going to need a second, third, and fourth job!
Well, I hoped you enjoyed my perspective of NYFW ’13. Again, all photos were from newyork.mbfashionweek.com. Look for my next coverage of NYFW in September. Hopefully, I’ll be writing from inside the tents!