Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Dress Code Violated

July 10, 2014

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Getting dressed for an event used to be easy. People were expected to look appropriate, and those perameters were  clearly defined by the occasion. The casualization of America, as well as many other places around the globe, has served to make getting dressed more difficult.

Long ago, women never even thought to enter a place of worship with out a skirt or a dress, and stockings. Now,pants are not only permissible, but are often the norm.  Jeans have found their way into many churches, begging the question of appropriateness to many.

Jeans have become a mainstay in most people’s wardrobes, and fashion often dictates how they are worn. Men dress up jeans with open collared shirts and blazers. Women add heels and a dressier top for a night on the town. Jeans have become acceptable in many workplaces, restaurants and at social functions.

Shorts are an item that fashion has endorsed in recent seasons, with women wearing them back to crisp shirts, tailored jackets and chunky heels for a polished look that is suitable for many occasions and venues.

But what happens when those who are not fashion conscious decide that shorts or jeans are right for them?
Often, chaos and bad taste ensues. Shorts suddenly become too short, or too casual. What was once a “look” easily becomes sloppy, when shorts are paired with casual tee shirts and flip flops, or heaven forbid, Crocs.

Torn jeans are a big trend right now, but when placed in the wrong hands, they become a reckless, slovenly mess.

How do you enforce a dress code, when you can’t enforce good taste? The answer sadly, is that you can’t. If you want people to look “appropriate” you have to prevent them from making fashion faux pas with a stringent dress code.
I recently experienced this first hand, when I became stranded in Florida due to inclement weather at home.

I was lucky enough to be invited to a July 4th soiree at a country club, but discovered that I didn’t have anything in my bag that was deemed appropriate for the occasion.

My jeans, strategically torn by the designer, and paired with a printed silk top, hand knit flyaway sweater, a statement necklace and heels were on trend and in my opinion very pulled together and fashion right. Unfortunately, they did not meet the criteria of appropriatness  for this venue. Although I would have been the most fashionable one there in that outfit, I ran through the local mall, frantically searching for something to wear. I ended up with a white tee shirt, paired back to some other pants I had with me, and while I looked fine, I didn’t look chic. And for the most part, neither did anyone else.

It is sad that places need to have a specific dress code in order to ensure that people look “nice.” And even sadder when looking nice equates to looking bland. In this case, the dress code of “country club casual” meant white pants, a colored tunic length sweater or blouse, and gobs of makeup for the women. Pleated trousers, often white, worn back to collared shirts, were the uniform for the men.

Although cookie cutter, and as exciting as the canned peaches on the buffet table, everyone fit in, and met the social norms of the area.  Although it would have been completely disrespectful to my hosts to try to defy the dress code, I was a bit miffed that mediocrity trumped fashion sense. Yet, at the end of the day, it should be about the company, and not the clothes that make the evening a success.

What do you think about dress codes? Are they a nuisance, or a good way to make sure that everyone looks appropriate? Would showing up in a too short skirt, or an extremely low-cut blouse be better than jeans? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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Sneaker Stalker

July 7, 2014
The Original Stan Smith sneaker by Adidas

The Original Stan Smith sneaker by Adidas

Look out Chuck Taylor, there’s a new kid in town, and he’s been around for a long, long time.

Fashionistas worldwide are embracing the serenity of clean, white Stan Smiths as the sneaker of choice.

Adidas ode to the tennis player, Stan Smith has recently made a comeback with chic men and women wearing them across all seasons.

Here are a few of our favorite street spottings:

Stella McCartney and Adidas? Sign us up!

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A trio of lovelies all in Stans:

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Men love them too!

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Skinny jeans, a textured sweater and brand new Stan Smiths: perfection!

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They work with pants or skirts

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Style and comfort collide.

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photos via Pinterest

Blogger Boredom

June 30, 2014

You might want to sit down for this one…

I’m getting bored with blogs. There, I said it. I’m ready to move on. What’s next?

Fashion blogs in particular are quickly losing their luster for me. The genre started with unique young women with great style, who took to the internet as a vehicle to share their sensibilities with the cyber world. Today, the web is saturated with pretty “young -ish” women, narcissistically sharing their every bland outfit, manicure and soy latte, painstakingly documented by their husband or boyfriend.  While I won’t name names, there are a few very high profile, highly paid bloggers, whom I couldn’t pick out of a line up of “pretty enough” blondes in ordinary clothes, trying to be extraordinary.

Their loyal followers comment on every post, stroking their super sized egos, and scampering to recreate their basic-at-best looks. On the flip side, the bloggers who really stepped out, showcasing their eclectic and truly original style have been watered down by the designers and brands that now endorse them.

While I am sure there are still a group who offer great insight into the world of fashion, they aren’t the biggest or most successful ones.

These bloggers epitomize the meme of the “basic bitch:” unoriginal and just doing what everyone else does.

I look to blogs to inspire, inform, amuse and educate me. Show me emerging trends, and how to wear them. Show me your own twist on the “it” item and make me want to wear it. Talk about a new sleeve roll or a novel way to layer a tee shirt. Go big or frankly, just go home.

Now that everyone and their mother is a blogger, regardless of their style, it’s gotten a little dull. How do we disrupt this space and make fashion blogs interesting again?

Until then, we are destined to live in a mundane world of pumpkin spice lattes, logo covered ballet flats and Ugg boots, while we wait for the next round of originality emerge.

Video via: College Humor

 

Cuff ‘em

June 25, 2014

Sometimes, it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it, that separates the uber stylish from the rest of the pack.

This summer, the wide cuffed jean is making a comeback, replacing the nonchalant double roll of yesterday.

Stiffer, less broken in denim tends to hold the cuff better, but white works as well as indigo.

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Are you ready to roll?

Festival Style: LACE

April 16, 2014

It’s music festival time, kicking off with Coachella last weekend. Festival dressing has a style all it’s own, with sexy, boho looks ruling the day. While flower crowns and hippie inspired dresses may not fit into most of our day to day lives, there are some trends to be extracted. Such is the case with lace. Textural cotton laces and crochet add a feminine, yet casual twist to any look. Why not try a lace trimmed blouse with your jeans this weekend, and embrace a little festival chic!

Here a just a few of our favorites:

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Softly tiered cotton with insets of rustic lace give this dress a sweet, yet edgy vibe. Add a sheer floral top to complete the look.

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This voile blouse trimmed with cotton lace is tucked into distressed denim cutoffs.The  tapestry bag is the perfect finish to this haute hippie look.

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Vintage lace and high waisted denim looks flawlessly chic.

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These macrame sandal-boot hybrids, leather bracelets, and woven bag take this eyelet top to another level.

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A soft peasant top and lace shorts make a case for tough and tender, when paired with studded leather accessories.

Photos via: Pinterest

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Overall Impressions

April 7, 2014

Overalls, once the go-to outfit of farmers and toddlers, has made it’s way into the fashion scene. This time around, they have a sexy, almost sophisticated edge, taking the workwear staple to a whole new level. Being a woman of a certain age, I’m fighting the urge to give this trend a try. But looking at these chic ladies, I’m thinking  I can rock this look. You be the judge:

Donna Karan sent these overalls down this runway for DKNY this spring, adding a polished blazer and trench coat to complete the outfit.

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A slim fit, high heeled booties and a great flyaway sweater give these overalls a casual, yet pulled together  sensibility.

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How chic is this women, walking through the Tuileries in Paris, with gold toed pumps, a clutch bag,and her red coat tossed nonchalantly over her shoulders?

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Leave it to Alexander Wang to pair a leather bra top with his white overalls. A little skin makes the look sexy!

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Blair Eadie of the style blog Atlantic Pacific is known for her ladylike chic. Her messy undo, pointy stilettos and red lips and bag give this outfit an air of sophisticated ease.

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Want to try this look yourself? Just abide by a few simple rules.

Overalls should be on the slim side. Nothing oversized or sloppy.

Add a touch of the unexpected, through accessories, makeup or a great piece of outerwear.

Roll the legs and add a chic heel.

Accessorize to the hilt. Shoes, bags and scarves play a huge role in upping the fashion ante. Keeping it chic is key.

Take a little extra care with your hair and makeup. This isn’t the time to get sloppy.

Keep the tops fitted, or go ahead and show some skin. Let the world know there is a woman under there.

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Functional Style

March 27, 2014

Big name designers are looking at the practical side, taking utilitarian details and interpreting them into accessories of all kinds.

Alexander Wang takes the construction worker’s tool belt to a new level with his version in lemon yellow leather, replete with

storage for everything from coins to keys.

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Christopher Kane uses straps and plastic clips to secure his sleek, and modern take on the clutch.

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This “charming” brooch by Marc Jacobs holds everything from safety pins to guitar picks.

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Coach gets functional with their latest riff on the work boot. The thick rubber sole is ribbed for traction, and the fur lining and hardware add a chic touch.

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Backpacks are back with a vengeance, and House Of Holland adds heavy gauged zippers for extra functionality.

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Giuseppe Zanotti lets you protect your back and store your stuff, with his zip around corset style belt.

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Double Denim

March 24, 2014

It seems nearly every fashion faux pas has its moment in the sun. What has long been deemed a don’t, somehow becomes a do. Take for example, the idea of wearing denim on denim.
Often referred to as the “Kentucky tuxedo,” wearing denim on the top and bottom has been seen as something worn by farmhands, and those who lack sartorial savvy. Over the last few seasons, we have been seeing it sneak up on us, and this spring, its reached a fever pitch!

There are of course rules involved in breaking this strict rule of denim wearing.
Mix the shades, don’t match them. Mixing of textures and tones make the look a bit less matchy-matchy, and adds an air of “I don’t care” chic to the look.

Keep it simple, and keep it casual. This isn’t about a denim suit, ( although we saw lots of them on the runways for men!)

When in doubt, let the experts do the mixing. Denim mixology can be a fine art, and brands like Paige Denim and Citizens of Humanity took the guesswork out of it, by making items that already mix the shades of indigo to perfection.

Here are just a few of the looks we love.

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Wrap it Up

February 14, 2014

With all of the snow, rain and freezing temperatures wrecking havoc across much of the country, sometimes we just want to curl up in our bathrobe and stay in.

While that isn’t always possible, designers are offering a close “second best,” showing cozy wrap coats that are chic, and practical.

Richard Chai Love wrapped it up in a softly  brushed plaid:

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Joseph Altuzarra used bold color blocking and strong proportions for his robe styled coat:

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As seen on the streets at New York Fashion Week:
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Reed Krakoff kept it minimal with a skinny leather tie, cinching his camel coat:

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Golden Girls

January 27, 2014

The ladies of the music world positively glowed in gold as they made their way across the red carpet:

Chrissy Teigen channeled old Hollywood glamour in her gorgeous gold gown by Johanna Johnson.

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Taylor Swift went platinum in  shimmer by Gucci.

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Amber Rose rocked golden stripes by Naeem Kahn.

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Chiara brought maternity glam to the red carpet in her Emilio Pucci devoré gown.

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Rita Ora wore a simple Lanvin frock in gold with a patina effect.

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