The clouds have finally parted! On our first sunny and warm(ish) afternoon this Fashionista wasted no time in donning a soft summery dress. Her white linen dress helps to foreshadow the warm weather that we are all eagerly anticipating. Its lacey hem, like most uses of texture, keeps the eye interested all the way down to the bottom of the garment where it falls above her knees. Exemplifying the art of transitional dressing, she anchors her light dress with dark leather pieces. Using a belt is an excellent way to manipulate the hang of the dress to accentuate her waistline. Anthropologie offers a variety of belts in different sizes and materials that can be used for such a purpose. Her riding boots, normally difficult to wear with a dress without tights, work with this particular outfit as it plays off the color of the belt and keeps her look from being too summery. Her light blue jean jacket, which is unfortunately still necessary, has the same effect. Its light wash keeps it from looking harsh against the material of her dress. Finally, she wears a jade pendant that hangs just below her neckline and a turquoise ring on her left hand. The small splashes of green are refreshing and help liven the palette of the outfit.
Side Note: Lace has been all over the place! Recently brought to us by an array of designers, like Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino and Céline, black lace in particular has emerged as a strong trend on the runway. It also has held a strong presence throughout the streets (notably, stylist and street style superstar, Anna Della Russo). While lately we’ve seen a surge in darker shades, the white lace dress has not disappeared and will be especially popular this spring.
So when you hit the stores in search of the perfect summer dress, keep your eyes pealed for the trend! If you are adventurous, you may want to also keep a lookout for Christopher Kane-inspired neon lace!
This past weekend Conn students peeled off the beaches and couches that they spent their breaks on and returned to chilly southeast Connecticut. While sunny days and moderate temperatures remind us that spring is under way, it is still too early to show skin. This Fashionista found a middle ground between seasons by wearing an outfit that she self titles, “Miami Lumberjack.” While her plaid shirt, military jacket and brown work boots are all in a winter trend, she nods to spring by pairing them with white jeans.
White jeans have long been one of my closet staples. I find that white is even more versatile than a blue jean and is the perfect bottom to a summery top. Personally, I prefer a skinny cut, like ones from 7 For All Mankind or Paige. Referring to the big league, white was a through-line on the Chloé spring 2011 runway as well popular on the streets during Fashion Week. While some people strictly adhere to the between Memorial Day and Labor Day rule, when it comes to white bottoms, like this Fashionista, I have a more liberal approach and blur the lines on both ends. As this Fashionista demonstrates, it is possible to incorporate the look in with pieces from different seasons.
The bright colors in her shirt are a departure from the traditionally wintry plaid print and make it more cohesive with her pants. Her boots, Frye, and military style jackets add to the overall relaxed look of the outfit and provide just enough coverage for the chill that’s still in the air.
Her rings also caught my eye. On her right hand she wears a thick plated silver ring that covers and allows bend at the joint. And on her left, a children’s bracelet that she has bend twice over into a ring. Finally, on the lapel of her coat she wears a pin with her name, “Annie,” written across it. This adds a personal touch in an interesting way, sans monogram.
My last official spring break has commenced and I am across the coast in sunny temperate LA donning the sandals and shift dresses that I have been lusting over all winter. I feel like the saying “you can never be overdressed” is non-applicable, if not completely reversible, in this city. Instead, Californians have mastered being casual while still oozing with confidence and sophistication. While street style inspiration has met me at almost every corner (and store window), something about this Fashionista (pictured), on her way to Pilates class no less, particularly caught my eye. Proving that Kate Moss’ reign is not over, this Fashionista’s grunge influenced but fresh look embodies the Californian casual-cool that I have been admiring.
This Fashionista wears a band-T cut into a tank style. While she manages to still look feminine the wide cut across the shoulders can be a little overbearing for some body types. To avoid looking boxy or, well, manly, try a skinnier strap or lower cut like this Wildfox one from 80s Purple. The flannel shirt wrapped around her waist ads a bit of color and, for those who may feel a little less comfortable in spandex it covers up the bum. The shine in her spandex also adds a bit of a punky vibe. Finally, she tops it off with a pair of classic Chuck Taylors.
While I may not be daring enough to go completely grunge, I would mix some of the elements she chose to create a surprising hybrid look. For instance, pair the band-T with a bright petal skirt and her same converse sneakers. But hey if you can pull it off, go for it.
I’ll admit that in the past I have scoffed at men’s fashion, claiming that it is easy, only a matter of color and devoid from the many choices that us, as women, have to work with when it comes to shape and cut. But recently the attention that street stylish men have been getting across the blogosphere and my own attraction to manly campus trends (see Flannel and Jean), has made me rethink how I feel about men’s fashion. And I wonder, perhaps it is actually more difficult to get dressed as a fashionable man than a woman, as many try to find the perfect balance between self-expression and masculinity (success?)?
This Fashionisto employs two prime elements that men seem to use to transcend their classic menswear pieces; color and texture. For color, he chooses a purple polo for his bottommost layer. The purple adds a punch and compliments the gray that he layers with. Former designer for J.Crew Brice Pattison, shows how to use color to a further extreme.
Since a three-piece suit is a sure sign of a gentleman, this Fashionisto doesn’t ditch the traditional ensemble but puts it on its head with a gray knit sweater and a blazer of a lighter shade. ASOS makes a similar sweater vest but for those who want to further complicate –er excite things Polo Ralph Lauren sells a variety of prints. For me, this Fashionisto’s outfit hangs on his washed out jeans. They make sure that his upper half, especially the blazer, looks fresh and casual.
Ladies, remember to think about how these manly trends can be incorporated into your wardrobe for we all know that menswear is here to stay. And maybe, just maybe, next season you could look like Lauren Remington Platt.
In the spirit of boys, here are a lot of them.
I often joke that Conn has a rainy season. If so, we are definitely in it. The weather in New London this past week has been impossibly gloomy, when it hasn’t rained there’s been overcast. I applaud this Fashionista (pictured) for not letting the gray palette outside influence her dress. Watching her walk into the library, donned in bright colors, reminded me that spring is (slowly) approaching.
To face the elements she wears the classics, a Barbour jacket and Hunter rain boots. For centuries Barbour has made their timeless green wax cotton jacket but only recently have they offered more feminine versions. These sturdy utilitarian, and occasionally militaristic, jackets come in proportional cuts with belts or side snaps to flatter the female figure. They are water resistant and warmer than a gortex shell. To stay dry and keep my core extra warm when it is snowing, I wear mine with a J.Crew puffy vest underneath. Barbour also sells a vest that can be worn under their jackets for cold days.
I’m probably preaching to the choir here but Hunter boots are a rainy day staple. Especially during the cold and rainy transition from winter to spring, the height of the Original Tall Boot paired with a pair of cozy fleece socks are perfect for staying both dry and warm while walking around campus. While this Fashionista opted for the boot in a traditional hunter green, the company’s recent surge in popularity has prompted a release of the boots in new array of bright colors (perhaps another way to lighten a gloomy day?).
Underneath her rain gear this Fashionista wears a pink silk tank top, layers it with a vibrant green cotton cardigan and wraps a printed scarf of equally brilliant shades around her neck. Finally, to accentuate her neckline she adds three silver beaded necklaces that fall a few inches beneath her neckline. While a seemingly unusual combination, her brilliant under layers juxtapose the weather and translate as a fresh take on rainy day wear.
This Fashionista’s ruffled cardigan and sweater combo caught my eye during class. I love how she avoids wearing a plain gray T-shirt by choosing one with ruffle accents around the collar. Ruffles along a neckline can add volume, accentuate the bust and, therefore, be extremely flattering. Although, in order for ruffles to be complementary to your figure it is important to make sure they are strategically placed and do not emphasizing unwanted areas. Joie makes a gray ruffle peasant shirt that is similar to this Fashionista’s. For a dressier and more refined look, opt for a silk ruffled shirt.
Over her ruffles, this Fashionista wears a navy cardigan with white trim. For an unexpected accent, the sweater has gold zippers up the middle and across the pockets on either side. I love how the crew neck sweater leaves room for the ruffles to peak out from atop the collar. Thomas Pink makes a very similar navy and white sweater with the unique embellishment of rough stitching on the pockets. Over her shirt and sweater this Fashionista wears a purple peacoat. The gold buttons on the coat add interest to the classic trend, a similar effect to that of the zippers on her cardigan.
Hint: If you are going to layer pieces in the same color family, choose ones with interesting accents.