Category Archives: Fashion Trends

Opposites Attract: Sheer Shirts & Bold Bottoms

I’ve always been a fan of mixing delicate fabrics with harsher opposites – and that’s exactly what I’ve done in these next three outfits! Even though the Free People pants are vegan leather, a heavier material more suitable for the fall/winter season, the sheer fabric and pastel colors that I’ve paired with them help transition them into the spring/summer season. Have a look…

Outfit #1:

Urban Outfitters Sheer Pink Shirt, Free People Bronze Embroidered Pants & Jeffrey Campbell Floral Wedges

Pastel Pink Shirt & Bronze Vegan Leather Bottoms

Sheer Pink Shirt, Embroidered Pants, Hammered Stone Necklace & Floral Print Wedges

A Closer Look: Sheer Fabrics, Feminine Floral & Intricate Embroidery

My Jeffrey Campbell floral print platform wedges are the basis of which I created this outfit around. The bronze leather pants coincide with the light brown background of the sandals, while my pale pink button-down shirt from Urban Outfitters and light green hammered-stone necklace from Anthropologie bring out the pastel flowers that bloom on the vintage floral motif.

Outfit #2:

Urban Outfitters Sheer Mint Shirt, Anthropologie Purple Plaid Sweater & Free People Bronze Embroidered Pants

Mint Green Shirt, Purple Plaid Sweater & Bronze Vegan Leather Pants

Mint Green Shirt, Purple Plaid Sweater, Embroidered Pants, Amethyst Stone Necklace & Feather Pendant

A Closer Look: Playing with Pastels, Feminine Fabrics & Intricate Embroidery

My lightweight lavender plaid wrap sweater from Anthropologie is ideal for early spring; during those first few weeks after the initial warm-up when you can go without a jacket, but it’s still nice to have something to shield yourself from the cool breeze at times. When you take it off, layered underneath is Spring/Summer 2013’s hottest hue – mint!

Pastels are popular for spring in general, but it seems as though lighter shades of green – such as mint, sea foam, and pistachio have taken the #1 spot this season. Here I’ve paired a mint green sheer button-down shirt from Urban Outfitters with the iridescent bronze bottoms. An oversized amethyst stone necklace accessorizes the outfit and ties together the adorable combo.

*Yes, it’s the exact same shirt as the pale pink one in the outfit above, just in another color. Don’t judge me that I bought multiples of the same style – when it’s a basic silhouette and fits well, why not buy a couple! Plus, I got them on sale for only $17.95 apiece; it only makes sense to stock up on the timeless styles when they’re that cheap!

P.S. I have the same style shirt in black as well :)

P.P.S. Actually…make that 2 in black :P

Outfit #3:

Anthropologie Sheer Pleated Shirt, Free People Bronze Embroidered Pants & Jeffrey Campbell Patchwork Leather Booties

Ivory Anthro Pleated Shirt & Bronze Free People Embroidered Pants

Sheer Pleated Shirt, Embroidered Pants, Patchwork Leather 'Lita' Booties

A Closer Look: A Pleathora of Pleats, Patchwork & Leather

Just like the first outfit, statement footwear sets the foundation for this next outfit as well. Here, my bold Jeffrey Campbell ‘Lita Booties’ not only stand out, but also set the color scheme for the rest of the ensemble. The multi-colored patchwork leather booties incorporate the neutral hues of my ivory pleated blouse from Anthropologie and the bronze with gold embroidery bottoms.

Do you ever mix feminine fabrics with heavy weight opposites? Out of the contrasting combos I created here, which one is your favorite?

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Crazy About Corduroy!

Hounds-tooth, herringbone, and tweed are some of the typical textures for fall & winter; but my personal favorite when it comes to seasonal fabrics is corduroy. It’s often soft to the touch and the distinctive ribbed texture adds an extra element to any ensemble. I’ve stocked up on cords the last two seasons in order to have options when I want to wear my preferred winter woven, here’s a look at some of the outfits I styled while incorporating my cord collection…

Anthropologie Charcoal Cord Leggings

I bought these charcoal cord leggings from Anthropologie last fall and absolutely loved them! The stretchy material is so comfy that it pretty much feels like you’re not wearing any pants. Now, surely that’s not really the case, but the super-soft fabric definitely sticks to body to show off all your curves!

Anthropologie Coral Cords

Like I said, I wore my pair from last year so much that I bought the same stretchy cords again this year in another color! By the time I actually got around to purchasing my second pair they already went on sale, so I got these coral cords for only $19.95! (originally $88.00)

Anthropologie Gold High-Waisted, Wide-Leg Cords

The wide-leg shape was a popular silhouette for pants last season, so I bought these gold high-waisted, extreme-flare corduroy slacks from Anthropologie to stay in style. I didn’t wear them much this winter because silhouettes for trousers trended more toward skinny-leg, but I’m sure the extreme-flare style will come back around someday…I just hope I’m still the same size when that time comes. :)

Free People Bright Blue Cords

I picked up this pair of bright blue cords from Free People a couple months ago….again, on sale… again, only $19.95. (originally $128.00) The pants coordinate perfectly with a red Free People embroidered-front tunic I have; and coincidentally, they have embroidery along the back as well.

Urban Outfitters Light Brown Cords

You bet I saved the best buy for last! I bought this pair of light brown cords at the Urban Outfitters Surplus Store last week for only $5.95! (originally $58.00)

You can save a lot on seasonal styles like these if you’re willing to wait until later in the season. Sure, the tradeoff is that you have less time to wear them…but when you save as much as I did, does it really matter? Winter will come around again next year… and when it does, you’ll be set!

Do you rush out at the beginning of the season to buy your weather-appropriate wardrobe needs? Or do you wait until the end of the season to stock-up on stuff that’s all on sale?

I Have Skeletons in my Closet…but They’re not Secrets

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

Since I don’t think my manager would appreciate it if I came to work dressed as a pumpkin, nor would I want to walk out in public dressed as one, I chose something from my old skull-and-crossbones collection to wear to work today. Here were some of my choices…

Urban Outfitters Skeletons with Hearts Cotton Top

Urban Outfitters Skull Trim V-Neck Cotton Top

Urban Outfitters Skull-and-Crossbones Scarf

The mark of a human skull with two long bones crossed below it represents the presences of danger or impending harm. Over time, the-skull and-crossbones have come to reference a number of different things. Pirates were the first to flag their ships with the marking to ward off other vessels in the water. It has also been used to denote the entrances of cemeteries and serves as a warning of poisonous substances. Some secret societies, fraternities, and military forces have adopted the symbol onto their badges as a form of group association.

The emblem synonymous with death became stylish a few years ago and seems to reemerge every year around this time. The ghastly sign is no longer only worn by punk rockers or those who choose to go gothic with their personal style; but now comes in many forms, from feminine to funny, on clothing, accessories, and everything in between.

I think the skeleton cotton top I bought from Urban Outfitters (years ago) is super cute with the tiny red hearts sticking out from the bare bones.

Urban Outfitters Skeletons with Hearts Cotton Top

And my scarf (also from Urban years ago) was most likely a recreation inspired by the famed Alexander McQueen creation.

Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf & Urban Outfitters Look-a-LikeMy Urban Outfitters skull scarf is on the left and an Alexander McQueen skull scarf is on the right.

McQueen was obsessed with the afterlife and made the skull his trademark, which can be found on many of his designs. The iconic designer’s mysterious dark side was often depicted in his flamboyant creations and use of fragile fabrics, opulent detailing, and brazen conceptions. Sadly, the symbolic emblem has a deeper meaning now, after his untimely death, then ever before.

Do you ever sport the ‘stay away’ symbol as part of your personal style?

A Monochromatic Look: Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey

Since the dress code at my job restricts me to wearing only the color black I often feel like my options are limited…and they are. One of the outfits I sport is a look I like to call “Five Shades of Grey.” Although I haven’t read the explicit novel everyone’s been talking about, I was inspired by the best-selling book, Fifty Shades of Grey, to put together this ensemble that incorporates various degrees of the dark hue. Check it out…

A Monochromatic Look:  Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey

A Monochromatic Look:  Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey

What does your dress code require you to wear? How do you feel about it?

Personally, I hate being confined to only one color; and I’ve said it many times before, I hate the color black. But with this look, I figure, as long as it’s a ‘form of black’ it is acceptable :)

A Monochromatic Look: Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey

  1. The handbag – grey is technically a shade of black…with a lot of white added to it
  2. The tank top – legit black
  3. The Free People striped trapeze shirt – faded black
  4. The scarf – legit black
  5. The leather boots – again, a lighter rendition of the color

After reading a short synopsis of the book and researching the tonal translations behind the color gray, I found some interesting similarities between the color theories and the suggestive title. One theory suggests the color gray can be used to describe situations that have no clear moral value; while another approach indicates that the ethical sense behind the meaning of ‘shades of grey’ represents the varying magnitudes of good & bad.

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy follows the sensual affair between Christian Grey, a brilliant, intimidating good-looking bachelor with progressive erotic tastes and Anastasia Steele, a young, self-doubting girl who is rather reserved. The two find each other’s opposing qualities both intriguing & irresistible and they ultimately become involved in an intense, turbulent relationship.

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

Correlation between color theory & content…I think so! I must say, I was intrigued by the book everyone’s been reading and pick myself up a copy of the popular paperback.

Have you read the passionate romance novel yet?         

A Closer Look: Roses in Reverse

Yesterday I blogged about the high-low hemline trend and today I’d like to get your opinion on one of the outfits I featured in that post. As I said, I’ve been wearing my charcoal floral print open-back dress from Zara all summer long; but now that sleeveless dresses are no longer suitable in this colder weather, I’ve layered the look so I can continue to wear it.

Here I’ve topped the dress with my ivory lace button-front cardigan from Anthropologie. In addition to opaque mauve tights, I wear a pair of tan floral print socks and hunter green suede boots.

Floral Print High-Low Dress with Contrasting Floral Print Socks

Now, if you look close – the charcoal dress is covered with light pink & tan roses with little green leaves. The socks have a similar all-over floral print, except in a slightly different color scheme – they have a tan base with light pink roses and tiny green leaves.

Roses in Reverse - Contrasting Floral Prints

In this case, all of the accessories in this ensemble are the adverse of the floral print found in the dress. The cognac belt and mauve tights (not shown) pull the corresponding colors from the floral. The stockings are essentially the reverse of the dress. And the suede boots, made of the hunter green hue of the leaves found in both pieces, finish off the outfit.

What do you think? Are the contrasting blooms a bit too much? Or in this instance, do opposites attract and up the ante of this ensemble? I can’t wait to hear what you think!