Polka dots have been fascinating fashionistas for decades. The print is whimsical, charming and more versatile than you may think. Polka dots also have a throw back vintage feel, which gives us a sense of nostalgia whenever we wear them. Designers like Kate Spade and J.Crew have used the signature print for years and continue to make it current each season.
One of my favorite ways to sport polka dots is with a tough texture like leather. Throw on a buttery leather jacket with a vintage polka dot blouse and you’re ready to go. Polka dot accessories also add a sense of style to any look, weather you are sporting a colorful scarf or a printed a bold clutch.
Try vintage or thrift stores for some unique polka dot prints that you can mix and match. Don’t be afraid to have fun when putting together your polka dot look! Let your inner Mini Mouse play for the day and make this print a part of your wardrobe today.
Tribal style was are a huge inspiration for designers this season. We’ve seen it on every runway from Etro to Balenciaga. The trend looks great in editorials when the models have a spray tan and palm leaves as skirts, but how can we embrace the tribal trend in real life? Look for pieces that convey an exotic feel without being too literal. You don’t want to look like you’ve just stepped off the show Survivor.
Start by adding more earth tones into your wardrobe. Deep hues like dark olive, rust and khaki make for a great base when adding more ethnic jewelry or bold prints. Look for modern pieces that have a tribal twist like maxi dresses, safari shorts, animal print scarves and shirt-dresses. Next, choose a key item to serve as your statement piece. Printed pants are making a major comeback and look especially fresh with a silk top and wedges. Or you can play with a colorful embroidered blouse and pair it with some cotton shorts and over-sized shades.
If you don’t feel like going too crazy with this trend, but love the look, try hunting for chunky wooden or brass jewelery at your local vintage store. They often have some great finds that give simple jeans and a t-shirt combo some interest. Flea markets are another great place to find fridge handbags and printed caftans that embody the tribal trend perfectly.
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The days of the skinny jean may be numbered. It’s arch enemy, the wide-legger, is taking center stage in a major way this spring/summer. The wide-leg jean is not only a fashion statement, but is also much more forgiving than it’s skin-tight counterpart. They have an effortless 1970’s feel, which look so fresh and new in the 21st century. Wide-leggers are also available in many different washes and cuts to satisfy any fashion plate’s appetite.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a size 0 and 6’1 to enjoy the look of a wide-leg jean. Like most denim, wide-leg jeans often come pretty long to maintain a certain look. It is essential to find a jean that fits great in the waist and the leg, as you can always hem the length. Wide-leggers go beyond the flair for a more dramatic statement, so if you’re on the petite side you’ll want to find a fits that sit low on the waist as to not overwhelm your frame. If you’re a bit more tall, you can venture to pull off the high-waisted wide-leg jean. This is a dramatic statement and looks perfect with a white tee tucked in.
Proportion is also an important element here. You always want to balance a voluminous bottom with a fitted top. January Jones loves to pair her wide-leg denim with a fitted leather jacket and 0ver-sized shades. Katie Holms prefers a more casual vibe with a simple simple tee shirt and belt. Complete your wide-legger look with chunky wedges and a floppy hat for an ideal “haute hippie”style.
Some of my favorite fits:
1. The Madewell Widelegger in the “Explorer” Wash
2. J Brand “Bette in Wonderama” Wide Leg Jean
3. GAP High Rise Flare Jeans
4. 7 For All Mankind Bell Bottom “Super Flare” in Clean White
5. Goldsign “Sisi” Platform Flare Jeans
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We humans have coveted the beautiful furs and feathers that adorn our friends in the animal kingdom for centuries. So much so, that leopard print is used in everything from throw rugs to luggage and fur (real or faux) lines our coat collars and car seat covers. This season, we take a cue from our feathered friends.
Feathers can instantly add can add whimsy to any look. Designers such as Lanvin and Gucci used natural and dyed feathers to add drama to their designs. You can also wear this trend on a daily basis by looking for feather hair accessories or dresses with feather prints.
This young woman even uses her arm as a canvas for the trend and it still looks insanely chic! If your not ready to commit to the inked version just yet, try incorporating feather designs into your wardrobe for a glamorous statement.
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In fashion, we always walk the thin line between the tasteful and tasteless. We are constantly pushing the limits of what society deems as acceptable. This is what makes fashion an art form, it will always be subjective. However, there will also be those of us who want wearable clothes that we can wear on a daily basis while looking fashionable and still a bit daring.
The sheer trend has not only been all over the runways, but has also been seen on many a street style blog. There is just something so chic about a sheer maxi over a pair of skinny jeans or a billowy see-through top with a delicate bra peeking out from underneath. You may think that this look is just not practical, but when you know how to wear sheer pieces, they can add a lot of interest to your wardrobe.
It’s all about mixing feminine with masculine. I love to pair a lingerie inspired top with a leather jacket and a pair of jeans. The leather makes the sheerness of any top or dress look more tough. Wear a sheer maxi dress or skirt with jeans or leggings with a long cardigan and printed scarf for a Parisian feel.
Most of all remember that sheer doesn’t have to look vulgar and you certainly don’t have to be as fashion advantageous as Kate Moss to pull it off. Think of your sheer items as layering pieces that you can add to any look, day or night.
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