As a college student I frequently get out of bed 10 minutes before my next class, blindly throw on clothing, and rush out the door. I was just talking to a friend who had the same morning routine and was pointing out her “unmatched” style. She was wearing a black blazer with a navy blue chiffon shirt. I told her not to worry about because, “that’s the style these days: unmatched clothing.” Of course, there is a way to wear unmatched clothing, mixing of colors and patterns and the ever-so-wonderful eclectic look itself. Does Black&Blue break the old-school rules or does is fit in range of strange?
As I was researching fashion trends for 2012 one of the first articles I came across was from Marie Claire. The trend? Black & Blue. DKNY, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Preen showoff their runway models in two: Black… and Blue. You can check out some of these designs in the Marie Claire article, here.
Although some of us will struggle mixing the two, as we rid ourselves of what used to be faux pas, others will relish in the classy, chic, and somewhat edgy look these two dark colors bring. Fashion these days is more about inspiration. There’s really nothing new out there, just reinvention. Taking what used to bad and making fab. Looking at what used to be considered retched and turning it into something mother’s cannot believe their daughters think is “fashionable.” Everyone is just on their own.
Look to the birdcage for inspiration, not constraint. Be free. Be lovely. Be nerdy.
On our way out, leaving my grandparents house, we stopped by one of my favorite malls to shop. What better way to end a vaca? There happened to be a little store called “Altar’d State” that I had never heard of before. It is a fairly new store, but the clothes are “oh, so adorable!” So here is why you should love it too!
The clothes are adorable (yes, I know I already said that. I’m repeating for emphasis and effect).
The clothes are… just kidding.
The store organizes merchandize by size. No more finding that cute shirt then getting disappointed.
I recently watched a video on NY Times about Louis Vuitton’s new store decor and it’s inspiration: dots. You can check out the video here: Spot On
Anyway, it had me thinking about my personal love for all sorts of dots and geometric patterns in general. So now I will take you on a brief tour, via photo, to some of the dots that fill my day.
This is my backpack that has served me well since my freshman year of high school. Now that I am off to college I will be saying goodbye :(
Here is some of the vintage fabric that I purchased and that will soon be on Etsy for purchase!
This is an adorable retro-inspired apron that my mother in the process of making.
The story behind this cat: The librarian at my school had a gorgeous glass cat that I have been wanting for a long time. Unfortunately, she got it as a gift I have not been able to find one like it. My best friend was able to find this kitty for me and it’s quite special to me. Best friends are, well, the best. :)
This is my phone case. In case you can’t tell.
As you know, one of my favorite brands is Fossil. I like to keep the packaging because it’s so darn cute!
Lastly, this a painting I did in art my senior year. It was one of those, “oops, I forgot to bring a project and a canvas” days. After a little photo adjustment, I think it turned out cute.
Today I thought I would share some things that I love: Keys, Bikes, and Birdcages. I don’t really know how I got to liking such items but I would guess magazines and the internet introduced me to them. I made a collage (see below) including some items that I thought were über adorable. I have created and purchased items similar to the ones in this collage and I will be posting how-to’s and pictures of my collection soon :D But for now, enjoy and share your favorite things with me!
We have seen a huge trend in animal print this year, especially the lovely leopards. However, it is hard to find these prints in clothing that doesn’t look like it came out of your flashy, divorced, free-spirited grandma’s closet. Brands like Lucky, Steve Madden and others have great, modern looks to keep you updated. Here is some inspiration to get your animal on for 2012. Click on the boxes for details of your favorite finds!
So you have that adorable dress you bought this spring and now it’s fall. But don’t start cleaning up your summer wardrobe yet!!! You can still wear your spring and summer fashions in the fall, and no, you wont get frostbite.
• Leggings and tights are just about the best fashion accessory. Turn short-shorts to appropriate and dresses to winter wonderland. Adding tights to any dress adds color, personality and, yes, warmth. Go bold and contrast or stay soft and settle.
•Boots. Yes, we all know boots are warm, cozy and in style but pairing boots adds “chunk” and thickness that warms your toes and your look.
•And don’t forget that cardigan. Adding a sweater can keep your shoulders from shivering and give a fuller, layered look that adds to your summer-for-fall dress.
Here’s an example of a dress I absolutely adore that I couldn’t fall without:
Today is one of those sweatpants kind of day although, a cute tracksuit would make this day even greater. Tracksuits are the way to go when you are wanting comfort but don’t want to compromise style. Hollywood is seen in their Red Carpet and their designer tracksuits. Why? Tracksuits are sporty, comfy, practical but not frumpy or dull. The best part is: a good track suit never goes out of style. Here are three ways and some of a few pictures to help you get that “adorable, cozy” look.
1. Texture- It’s all about the texture. A cotton pant just isn’t as attractive as a thick velvet. Pick fabrics that have movement, low wrinkle-tendencey, and luscious texture. It looks like velour is making a comeback.
2. Color- Make it bold. When picking out a tracksuit the “make it match the rest of my wardrobe” rule does not apply. This addition to your collection will most likely be worn together and will not need to match anything else! Remember to get a shirt (or two) that goes with your tracksuit. You can mix and match these pieces as you please. Color makes your tracksuit funny, quirky and you!
3. Dress it Up- Remember that a fashion tracksuit is NOT for the gym. Do not do squats in the dressing room to “test it out.” Tracksuits have the ability to show off your curves, make you look casual but still ever so alluring. Dress up your track suit with sparkling studs or a beaded watch. Make sure you hair is a pristine ponytail, not a half-blowdryed mess. Casual can still be classy.
Yes, FALL is here! I suppose I should be posting this on the ACTUALL turn of fall, but considering the leaves haven’t even turned yet, I am in no hurry. What would this great season be without candy corn? That’s right, totally unsweet. And we all know that in order to be in tune with the season’s latest fashions we must dress like the candy that surounds it.
This week, Dress-Up Tuesday incorporated just that, Candy Corn yellows, oranges, browns and whites.
How to Get this Look:
Go buy some candy
Eat ALL of the candy
Use Duck Tape to attach the candy to your body, making an outfit.
Kidding. Mostly. Here are a few key points to fashion this fall.
Use your summer shorts- This fall you can get an extra use out of those summer shorts by paring them up with leggings or tights. Shorter shorts work best for balance with this look.
No more crack attack-Low-rise pants are so last year. Pair your outfits with pants that hit at the waist, or two fingers below the belly button. Make sure that your pants are in proportion to your torso. Also, bell bottom and wide-leg pants are huge trend.
Booty Boots- Boots are a great way to finish off a look with some eclectic style. Tall or short, leather is the way to go.
Furgalicious- No, not the chick in Black Eyed Peas. Make sure you show your support by being Fur Fall. Not only does fur look comfy and warm, it adds texture and dimension for a dramatic effects.
Keep checking back for more tips and suggestions on how to be an absolutely stunning Nerdy Peacock, like mio :)