definitely not one for predicting fashion.
I actually think that style is in the
eye of the beholder- whatever a person
makes of it defines their own personal
style and look. This section has been
written with the girls out there that
want to take popular trends into their
own hands- they aren't defined by anyone
else's style. More recently, a slew of
fall trends caught my eye and piqued my
interest because there are so many ways
to put your own individual touch on each
of them. There are two ways to read this
article. There are recommended ways to
wear it in regular text and in bold there
are ways to personalize the trend for
your very own tastes. I thought it only
fair to let everyone in on my secret for
unconventional style. SHHH!!!
fitting sweaters - the ephemeral
slouchy sweater-- the epitome of comfort...They
can be paired with anything in your wardrobe.
Look for ones that are either plain or
embellished with buttons or zippers- anything
with interest. Dress it up with a skirt
for a city look you could wear anywhere-
let the body of the sweater sit low on
your shoulders or drape off one shoulder.
Wear it with tight jeans for those with
more laidback style and it looks just
as good. Maybe even better! Fitting It
Into Your Wardrobe: If you're a bit nervous
about adding any trendy seasonal items
into your wardrobe, it's best to start
with the slouchy sweater. From cotton
to knitted wool, pick a style and make
it your own. My advice? Start with a looser
cotton sweatshirt and fit that into your
wardrobe first. What's another way to
wear the slouch sweater? Wear it as a
dress. Buy an extra long sweater or sweatshirt
in a larger size and wear it as a dress.
Complete the look with vintage boots for
a fresher take on this seasons new trend.
Boots - From the 60's and 70's-
those wooden heeled boots that either
taper to the ankle or drift around the
knee, these boots are dramatic. They work
with anything in your wardrobe- long skinny
jeans, pencil skirts; long flowy skirts
past the knee- anything. Aim for a boot
with a bit of height but exercise judgment
about how it fits into your look. There
are plenty of vintage beauties that are
flats to maybe a one or two-inch heel
that are vintage and still look hot. Fitting
It Into Your Wardrobe: The best way to
fit in boots into your wardrobe is to
go vintage. Why? Because vintage styles
have different ranges and no boot is the
same-- Plus, you'll end up paying a lot
less because vintage can be found from
your local thrift store, consignment shop,
Salvation Army-- even your attic. Vintage
style also surpasses the premade and the
often times overdone boot of today and
allows it to make it your own.
- A representative staple of 60's and
the 70's the mini-dress is and always
will be a timeless piece to add to your
wardrobe. No matter what you define your
style as, pair it with vintage boots (see
above) from the ankle to the calf, mini-dresses
get an instant revival and fall is just
the time to try it out. Look for styles
that aren't typical-- for instance, with
an embellishment or some sort or a graphical
print, even plain. Fitting It Into Your
Wardrobe: For those who feel they really
aren't "dressy" type individuals,
the first thing that must be understood
is that mini-dresses can be casual or
dressy. For the skeptic, try pairing a
mini-dress with jeans to make it less
of a dress and more of a top- another
good idea is to put a above the knee skirt
to the mini-dress also to make it appear
as a longer shirt. As a final tip: attempt
to find a dress that has a certain print
or a style to it that attracts you. It
will be easier to fit it into your wardrobe.
Vintage Military-Style Coats
- Think of "Sergeant Pepper"
and the Beatles era coats that range from
above the knee to floor dusters. What
makes it a military style coat is the
button closure that's horizontal versus
vertical. Also, the fit is very
masculine with tapered waists, mock collars,
and tight shoulders. Best way to wear
the military coat? Use waist cinching
belts and closures to nip in and accentuate
the waist making it more form fitting.
This makes the coat that much more sexy
and makes the coat more than just an accessory
to the outfit. Pair the military style
jacket with a longer skirt, dress trousers,
or jeans. Fitting It Into Your Wardrobe:
This jacket adds appeal to any style in
any color. If this type a coat isn't something
you think can fit into your wardrobe,
look first at a shorter less dramatic
version that comes to the hips and add
the waist cincher belt which you can take
a bigger buckle belt, a cincher complete
with buckles or ties- use anything that
provides personal interest to you and
makes your individual style pop.
Pants into boots - it is back!
Wearing pants tucked into boots are popular.
Use any type of pant fabric- from tight
leggings to denim jeans into vintage boots
make the outfit very sleek - from office
to casual daily wear. Add this interesting
combination with t-shirts, sweaters, skirts,
and jackets- anything and everything you
can imagine. It really pulls together
an outfit. Fitting It Into Your Wardrobe:
Put it altogether with anything you want
it tightens up the outfit and with any
style you have just add it in for interest.
It also keeps you warm because there's
no breeze drifting up your pants/skirts/dresses.
It's a sensible choice all around!
Trenches - Fully known for their
ability to sweep the body up in a wealth
of fabric and an air of mystery, trenches
are another of the fall season coats that
is bound to be a big trend. Grab up the
trench in neutrals as well as basic black
since it is this season's color or any
color you really want. Styling of trenches
are pretty general and across the board
are the same- large collars and belted
at the waist. Fitting It Into Your Wardrobe:
Pick up the trench in any fabric- nylon,
wool, silk, etc., go by your style. Belt
it around the waist or wear it open and
flowing in the fall breeze. Introduce
it in a shorter length like a regular
coat and as the season deepens get longer
lengths to compliment your wardrobe. Neutrals
are nice this season but to fit your style,
choose any color desired.
Gloves, Bags, and Pumps...Together
- The perfect combination of old and new.
Of the demure and innately sexy starlets
of one day and the rough edged tastes
of today. This season get familiarized
with gloves, bags, and pumps in your wardrobe.
What's the best way to wear them?
Take the gloves from "Wrist Length"
to "12 Button Length" in any
color or fabric. Bags go with gloves either
in "Clutch" form or "Overnight Bag" form
or everywhere in between. Similar to how
they used to be paired together in the
50's and 60's. Pumps, this season, are
worn with definite height and in any style.
Fitting It Into Your Wardrobe: Go definitely
for the gloves and bags first. Fit them
into your style in different colors, sizes,
and styles. Anything goes as long as it
compliments your style. Pumps are a bit
harder to ease in because for the average
individual they aren't comfortable. If
they aren't personally comfortable, opt
for a kitten heel or something 3-4 inches
in height at first. But of course, rotate
them with another shoe as not to damage
your feet at all and to keep your look
Details, Details, Details - Details
make an outfit and this is especially
true in the streets. Some of the best
outfits you'll ever see in the streets
have different focal points to the outfit
to form one main look with varied angles.
It broadens and brings depth to an outfit.
Often used as a form of styling-clothes
for the season are seen utilizing smaller
details with bigger pieces. For instance
buying boots with fine leather working,
studding, or perforations to pair with
anything in your wardrobe. The more subtle
the detail the more unique your outfit
will appear. Fitting It Into Your Wardrobe:
Go ahead and so shopping in thrift or
vintage stores- anywhere for inspiration.
Start as small jewelry with chunky
bracelets or a necklace- its small and
less offensive. Then start to go a bit
larger like maybe monogramming (having
names or whatever you want embroidered
on a shirt)
Hair is BACK! - Big hair in all
of its overdone glory is back for this
fall. No matter what length your hair
is, adding a bit of volume to it will
capture one of this seasons sexiest looks.
No matter what "scene" you're
apart of or even what hair texture you
have. A little bit of hairspray here,
a comb there, and a bit of fluffing and
you've got big hair.
"Above all." - Be yourself.
Break rules. That's the only thing that
stands between you and the world. Above
all remember that fact and that a style
doesn't need to define you. You find your
whatever you choose to do- however you
choose to develop your style the only
thing you really need to remember its
your style. You have power to influence
the world-- even by taking trends and
making it your own or just creating a
new style. Inspire yourself.
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