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With some of the popular items of the season simply being renditions of our winter wardrobe staples, you have to wonder if this is trans-seasonal styling at its finest or recession dressing still rearing its big and (questionably) ugly head. Having recently encountered a piece that pushes the boundary even further, I now am putting my sky-high platform wearing foot down and having it out with this debate once and for all.
Ah bare leg! We love the feeling after a season of itchy tights and confining denim to set our skin free with the warm springtime air. But unfortunately, this coming spring, designers have other ideas in mind for us.
Racks of necklaces, bowls of rings, and rows of bangles are being quickly discarded for the new and improved kid on the block, the head piece. In our ongoing search for a way to over-accessorize, this may not qualify as the cutting edge, but it’s definitely a refreshing change of pace.
With the 90s back in full swing this spring, reflections back to middle school days seem to be a regular occurrence. But with Cher from Clueless and Courtney Love from her Kurt days being referenced and epitomized on every corner below 14th street, where are the mini-Gwen Stefanis? Also, what happened to ska dressing? Sure, the Chers have our girly sides covered and Court more than has our grunge side down, but what about our quirky tomboy side?
It’s happened to the best of us no matter how high we crank the AC, how frequently we reapply our deodorant, or carefully choose colors to camouflage the unfortunate perspiration points. Sooner or later, we catch a glimpse in the mirror and find — much to our horror — a small, itsy-bitsy stain of sweat. But, what if there’s another trick we have yet to try?
It’s barbecue season everyone! Finally we can strip our pesky layers and wear something a little smaller, a little lighter, and definitely a little sexier for all those afternoon parties. So as we dare to go bare, we might only have to look as far as our pajama drawer for some outfit worthy selections. The [...]
Everybody these days loves a good combat boot: the ruggedness, the laces, and the cracked black leather, all ready to kick the day’s booty. They’re fantastic with ripped jeans or a girly dress. But, as we finally enter spring, our favorite footwear is becoming a little heavy and definitely a little hot. So, as we reluctantly put our Dr. Martens, Fryes, or other military must-haves into storage, our tough tootsies are itching for some air. What’s next?
Fashion in the 1970s was a response to the forced futurism of the 1960s. It’s not uncanny that a parallel is drawn between then and now, especially as stores are stocking up on their spring inventory that echoes the decade of free love and youth expression. Designers today may be reacting to other obstacles –- high manufacturing and shipping costs or the many show seasons in any given year perhaps -– but a call to this rebellious decade is clearly the focal point for many Spring 2010 collections.
Similar to the famed Von Trapp clan and their curtain couture, we’ve recently seen our beloved designers use heavier fabrics which resemble nothing more than our great-aunt’s upholstery. While being somewhat logical –- thicker fabrics mean more warmth with less layers and higher durability -– we can’t help but ask: is this flattering? Or, more importantly, attractive?
We buy our new kicks with excitement, building outfits in our heads, dreading the thought of an unfortunate encounter with uneven concrete, a scuff, or fashion gods forbid, a stain. With that, it makes sense that we would have our handy standbys to get us places quickly, comfortably, and without causing great loads of concern. However, is there an alternative? This past season, a relatively controversial shoe stomped, sashayed, and swirled down the runway: the kitten heel.
How do we put our most sophisticated step forward in our dad’s old long johns? By using these different garments, you can create a masculine minimalism that looks chic, avant-garde, and ultimately exudes femininity rather than erasing it.
Mini dresses, thigh highs, tight pants, no pants – we’ve seen them all these last few seasons on and off the runway. Our favorite ‘it’ girls are globetrotting in clothes the size of a napkin. But a refreshing trend is beginning challenge this look – a sophisticated and voluptuous version of sexy.