SCENE 1 – INT. LIVING ROOM – DAY. HUBERT DE GIVENCHY, French aristocrat and founder of The House Givenchy, receives a phone call: “Miss Hepburn is coming to see you about the Sabrina [Billy Wilder’s 1954 movie] costumes”, says the voice over the phone. He assumes the actress is Katherine – “Audrey”, he explains, “was someone I had never heard of”. However, it’s a doe-eyed, rakishly slim woman who enters his atelier. Dressed in a knotted shirt, flat sandals and a gondolier hat, Audrey asks to see his collection. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
Seeing today’s Fashionista, I suddenly have a glimpse of how Audrey might have looked like on that fateful day. Tying up a blue shirt (an old school styling technique) over a simple-lined white dress, this Fashionista gave a little twist to a timeless piece. To complete a classic summer-do, beaded embellished flat sandals and a Tommy Hilfiger jacquard tote make it simple – and chic.
Make it simple, as a matter of fact, was exactly Givenchy’s hint to look your best. Follow this master’s advice by picking a Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote to accompany your knotted up shirt. If your student budget doesn’t allow you such an extravagance, choose a Tommy Hilfiger navy-inspired jacquard purse instead. Still looking for a shirt to tie up? Try an Abercrombie & Fitch shirt for the perfect fit, or your boyfriend’s closet for an oversized flair. “The prettiest you look, the more love affairs you have”, teaches Givenchy. How about knotting it up right now?
It's Monday. The start of a fresh week of classes, spring weather settling in and your wardrobe beginning to change. Knowing the life of a college student and the misery of Monday morning I have decided to focus on a trend that is simple and almost 100% in everyone's closet. No need to overthink today's wardrobe choice.
Inspired by the uber cool featured Fashionista, today's focus is on tying the knot. No, not tying the knot with your on-again, off-again boyfriend. We're looking for less of a commitment with as big of an impact. We are talking about tying the knot with your oversized shirts.
It's pretty standard that you all have a basic button down in your closet that you have worn time and time again. You have probably tucked it in, worn it loose and have jumbled it up in any configuration. But knotting it may not be one of the ways you have worn it yet. This morning as you try to cope with your case of the Mondays, throw on your most comfortable button up and place a little knot it in. Your button down will feel revived, your mood will perk and Monday might not seem so bad after all. If I haven't convinced you yet check out this University of Washington Fashionista, University of California-Berkeley Fashionista and University of Iowa Fashionista tying the knot!
Trends are a huge part of the fashion world and I love spotting them around campus. Some are blatantly obvious (Longchamp purses, anyone?) while others are a little more discrete. Maxi skirts and dresses have been have been wildly accepted among the Fashionistas of Madison and, while they are still fabulous on their own, they sometimes need a little spice to keep them interesting and unique. That’s why the discrete micro trend of knotting maxi skirts is becoming more and more popular (did you see Amy’s post about it?) It adds a pop of excitement to an already chic ensemble.
I went to embarrassing (and marathon ready) lengths to catch this Fashionista on my camera, pulling off this maxi — and micro trend — in such a cool way that I felt like the hugest nerd on earth standing next to her. She confessed that the skirt portion of her ensemble was actually a hand-me-down from her mom’s friend that she decided she could make work. With a chic knot, a cropped top and a bright belt around her waist, I can say with confidence that she did.
Next time you’re sporting your favorite maxi skirt or dress, add an interesting focal point and some new draped lines to the piece by adding a knot to it. This would also be a super cool thing to do to some old hand-me-downs of your own or pieces you pick up at a vintage store. Pairing your maxi skirt with a fitted T-shirt or tank top might be a bit too expected sometimes; try a cool cropped top instead. Accessories are always an easy way to make an outfit pop. Try a brightly colored belt around your waist with a bracelet in the same color for a little cross pollination in your ensemble. Lastly, don’t forget your fearless, confident attitude; it’s the coolest accessory of the season.