Fashion from a highschooler's perspective. That is all.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
On the runway, velvet was on everything, from jackets, tops, pantsuits, and yes, dressess. The dresses were mostly paired with a turtleneck or a long sleeve (often lace), and stockings, like this one from Cynthia Steffe.
Stores of all kinds and brands have stocked up their iventory with velvet too. Bebe is not my favourite store but it's a good compromise for designer wear but more classic than your regular department store. This velvet bebe jacket is sweet. It's a military meets velvet meets blazer. So chic, but the model does look wasted. Hmm...
How to wear velvet?
Velvet is a hard fabric to work with. It's a bit rich for everyday wear, but still really versatile. If you pair it right it looks great, but if not, you look like a total fashion victim.
1) Pairing a velvet jacket/blazer with a non-attention grabbing cami and jeans is a super casual yet chic look.
2) Velvet pants are reallly hard to wear. They look tacky until you get every single little bit perfectly right. I say get nice fitted straight ones, to avoid the velvet/velour tracksuit trash look in a neutral colour, say black. Then toss on a bright tee and add pointy heels.
3) For the more adventurous fashionistas, a velvet dress with patterend stocks and a blazer is a cool look, a la the runway model above. Perhaps you'll add a turtleneck too? Didn't think so.
First up's ShopGirl, about a Saks glove counter girl. I loved the book, so I seriously can't wait for the movie.
Next is , The Devil Wears Prada, starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, about the story of a personal assistant for the fashion magazine for "The Boss from Hell", while all she wants to do is be a journalist. Another must-see.
Finally, the other movie we will all rush to see is, In Her Shoes, where Cameron Diaz's character feels her designer shoes should be living 'a life of scandal and love'.
Monday, September 26, 2005
I have to say, when I first heard of the trend, it seemed so boring, what with all the other studded things around. But I'd forgotten how creative denim designers were...
These Seven/Great Wall of China jeans are perfect to dress up or down. I like the light, antique wash of them.
Another Seven one, but a little more subtle about the studs.I like the crossroad-y ness of the pocket.
'Havana' jeans. Completely studded and beautiful, but $695. Waaay too expensive for me and probably everyone else that's the littlest bit spending savvy. Just up here as an example of studded jeans...
Saturday, September 24, 2005
7) Cocktail dresses
8) Structured bags
9) Studded bags
11) Belted cardigans
15) Belts on waist
16) Black trenchcoats
23) Stacked heels
24) Knee-high boots
25) Flat boots
26) Pearl jewellery
27) Kukui nut beads
29) Navy, Teal
31) Tailored clothes
36) Slouchy clothes/boots
37) Knee length skirts
39) Pencil skirts
40) Tulip skirts
45) Punch of colour
50) Loafers, Pumps
But on the subject of bags. I've seen them everywhere, from carry-all tote bags to teensy weensy purses. Took a couple of mental notes, and here they are.
Studs are the bag trend for fall. Anything studded, preferably stylishly, is couture.
Example of course, is this Mulberry bag. Not exactly my facourite, but it's chic and versatile.
I prefer this Miu Miu bag than the Mulberry one. It's a lot more creative on how they used the studs, and it's a tres chic bag, Miu Miu style.
Another bag trend is the structured bag, meaning bags with frames or a definite shape, like this Marc Jacobs box bag.
If classic is more up your alley, but you still want to be trendy, this Miu Miu bag is exactly what you need. It's has a frame and it's black, a classic colour that's trendy for fall.
All bags are from net-a-porter.com.
The problem is, most magazines and fashion sites are usually aimed for the older or the more richer of us. Same goes for dictating trends. Sure the blouse trends are all in for fall, but the examples they give us are mostly for people 25+, which is of course no use to us.
Apart from a few teen magazines (Seventeen, Cosmogirl), most magazines are all way above our price limits (TeenVogue), or just unrealistic (Vogue), or too old for us (Instyle). I don't have a problem with reading teen magazines, but for those of us who are past the 'teen' ages, but not quite in the 'adult' ages, fashion advice is hard pressed for those of us who aren't really into reading magazines for younger people.
My question: do you think we need more realistic magazines?
Friday, September 23, 2005
Another thing, MAC is sponsoring Milan Fashion Week. Usually I skip it, mostly because it's not as important to me as New York Fash Week. However, I think I'm going to go over it, since I didnt' have any details on New York Fashion Week (me, the lazy one). To read more about it, go to http://www.fashionweekdaily.com.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Aren't these positively delicious? I could just eat these up right now, or rather, order them online from shopintuition.com. Beautiful style, and in trendy colours too, but you can still wear them forever because blazers and brown will never be out of style.
Beautiful pants, and in my all time favourite clothes color: brown. 2 B Free is one of my favourite brands for activewear, and ta-da! they did it again. Get yours at daszign.com
Heehee, a Ya-Ya shirt. Love the butterfly-sleeve-esque-ness of this top
and I adore this colour and the sequins around the neckline. It looks so comfy, I think I'm going to get it myself, from pinkmascara.com
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Velvety knee high boots with a bow at the back? Definitely love at first sight. The wedge heel doesn't look un-trendy like they usually do on boots. The price is a bit steep, but I'm sure it's worth it. Purpleskirt.com
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Metallic: I'm not sure if I like this to stay around... Still it's a great look if you're subtle about it, as in metallic flats or a belt (no sequins please!)
Long Beads: These are soo great with sweaters, but make sure you wrap them around a couple times before you wear them.
Oversized Handbags: I want these to stay forever, they're so stylish and, duh, roomy. I say you get yourself one of these before its' too late!
Camisoles: The lacy satin tops are great for layering under your clothes. I can't say we can wear them by themselves, but under a sweater or a long sleeve it'll look sweet.
What'll never go out of style...
Pea coats: I love these coats as much as the next person. They're comfy, warm, with the added bonus of stylish. They might be a bit too sophisticate for everyday wear, but they're great to wear on those super-cold days.
Flats: I love flats but I unfortunately don't possess very many pairs of these. I love how they come in any style and work with everything.
Jeans: Come on, who would give these up?
Cotton tees: Another one for your style sense. How could we ever live without cotton tees? What would we wear?
Cardigans: Used to be referred to as grandpa wear, but now they're good for all of us fashionistas. I say you run out and treat yourself to another cardigan, but make sure you watch out for grandpa cardigans!
Polo shirts: Polo horses are my secret obssession. A lot of people I know hate these shirts, but I think they look hot on anyone, and they work with pretty much anything.
Hoodies: Ah, the Canadian staple. Wherever I go I see zip-up hoodies, mostly from the same brand too. So keep your eyes peeled for unique hoodies, but in the meantime why not buy yourself a hoodie-of-the-crowd?
Boots: The day boots go out of fashion is the day I hate fashion. Knee high, ankle, flat, heeled, calf-length, thigh-high, the choices are endless.
What you need in fall accessories:
Funky boho: I know boho is out, and I want it to be too. Still, I can't say I want bohemian accessories to go away entirely. I've been looking for a bohemian, but not all together too bohemian pair of earrings, like these ones from Urban Outfitters.
Geometric: You've seen them on the S/S 06 catwalks, so why not get a head start?
Black: Black is.. back! And same goes with accessories. Anything sophisticated and black goes.
Colorful: Sort of like the Urban Outfitters earrings, but not quite so boho. I'm thinking a bit more playful and not as much adult-ness.
Peasant: This works with belts and scarves more than jewellery. Try not to indulge in more bohemian chic pieces but go with authentic peasantry accessories.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Of course, I'm a lazy butt so therefore I'm only linking you to the best fashion week reports I've read so far. So here goes.
I Am Fashion: Great fashion report, a bit lacking but still gives out the pinpointers of the runway.
Style Intelligence: Drum roll please, this is definitely the highlight of this list. Has everything on all the runway designer styles we all missed.
WWD: Great reports but soo tedious to look at all thirty+ pages. Give it a look-through though.
Here's my confession: I'm not tall. I haven't reached 5'4" yet, and I can still fit into a size 0. And I know I'm not alone; a lot of fashionistas are petite. So therefore this rant, some tips on making you look taller than you actually are.
1) Striped pants: My ultra-must slimming/height adding secret weapon. Pinstripe is good for those of you who are on the short side, but aren't totally tiny. And for those of you who are? Pants with more noticable stripes are better, but not colour contrasting ones.
2) Perfect fit: I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but here it is again. Anything too tight or baggy will just make you look shorter. Get clothes that completely tailored to you. Remember, you wear the clothes, not the clothes wear you.
3) Pant length: I'm not going to tell you wear ultra-high waisted pants just because, they're ugly. But pul-lease don't wear underwear popping out low rise pants. Get decent ones, and just refrain from wearing a belt with them. As much as a love belts, they cut you off at your hips.
4) Heels??? Heels are a love or hate thing. The only heels that make me as tall as I want to be are waaayy too uncomfortable to wear them for longer than an hour. Basically heels for me are a psychological thing. I love wearing kitten heels almost all of seven days, but they don't really make me any taller. Just the fact that I'm wearing heels makes me feel taller and that is part of the point isnt it?
Wear low rise jeans with a belt
Wear a belt over a big slouchy sweater
Wear baggy pants with flares
Wear a tight, way too small top
Wear a long tunic
Wear floor length skirts
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Just a normal recap on fall/winter trends, but of course, with all this New York Times, haute-couture. Seems like lace, frame bags, structured suits, and more are all most definitely in. Go now, I strongly urge you. I said now!
Kenneth Cole started off Fash Week with an truly awesome collection. Lots of beige, grey and gold, and some really killer clothes. Nothing reaaally awesome color-wise, but to die for tailored cuts.
Hmm.... I have a strong suspicion that nautical is still in for Spring 06. Yawwnnn, I would have loved to see some fresh trends, but you know, you gotta leave fash up to the fashion gods. Flowy, yet tailored lines are chic for spring. So toss away your boho duds for a later date and buy out the stores more tailored clothes, but don't go overboard.
EDIT: Leaving next week for my school's annual "camping" trip. I'm nearly crying in disappointment; how do I survive the wild wilderness knowing that I'm leaving fashion week behind?
Friday, September 09, 2005
I like leather anything, except maybe jackets. Leather watches are, undoubtedly, cool. I like wearing worn looking mens watches, but not everyone thinks so. I've heard some not so nice comments on my watch, sooooo I don't want you all to get them too.
Im fine with pink, camo print, baby blue, all the girly kinds of watches, but they are cliche, and are utterly boring (at least for easily bored me). I say we all get unique watches, like ones we've never seen before, and actually work them into our outfits, instead of wearing them 24/7.
Finished my watch article, at last! Now you people can't complain that watches aren't a fall trend.
p.s. go to teenfashionista.blogspot.com. Compleeteely talented teenager (a moi) writing fash.
See, aren't they adorable? At my favourite local jewellery store, I found the most delicious necklaces - they have teensy dog tags on them! I was so excited I bought three, along with another pair with tiny flipflops in them.
Another reason why I'm excited about these necklaces? They make such a good change to those big huge necklaces that grace (grace?) the necks of 99% of the civilized world.
I've found that tiny pendant-ed necklaces are far cheaper than regular necklaces, at least where I live. If you can't find these, just hop online, since you can't go wrong with accessories!
Many happy days finding your necklaces!
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Some tips on looking slimmer
1) Wear dark clothes. I don't mean dress head to toe black, but wear darker colours - black, navy, charcoal - to look slimmer.
2) Longer Pants. Don't get pants that are too long, but long enough to cover your shoe if you wear heels, or don't show your socks even when you cross your legs.
3) Right Fit. I know this is important because I used to be a wrong size fashion disaster. I'd always stick to my size number, so I'd always have bigger clothes and teeny ones. Um, complete fashion disaster? Try on a lot of different sizes because stores carry different types of sizes.
4) Higher Waist. I know this is a little bit controversial, since low waist still seems to be all the rage. Low waist is more comfortable, but it makes your legs look longer and slimmer, since your pants don't end at the top of your thighs.
Check out teenfashion.about's tips on looking slimmer (sorry no link)
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Apparently the look of the season is the oversized leather bag. Celebs are spotted toting these beautes everywhere, from Rachel Bilson, Jessica Simpson, Gwen Stefani, the like. I lovvvveee this look, love the bag. And it's catching! Just today I saw a girl in my school hallway with the most gorgeous leather bag. It was a brown, but slightly bronzy, so up close it's metallic but it's not far away. I asked her about the label and she said it was Fendi. Imagine, a Fendi bag in a hallway! Miracles never cease to happen.
Ha, I like the bag more than I like her. Love this Chloe bag. Super trendy, and makes her outfit more sophisticated. Without the bag, it'd just be a boring white tee and jeans. See what a bestudded, bedazzled, mega expensive designer bag does to you? Even gets Ashlee Simpson in here.
I did a little test, I got two of my most fashion-savvy friends, one who shops online frequently, and the other that has never shopped online before. Then I sent them on a little shopping spree in the mall, and the next day online. Here are their reviews.
Test Subject A:
Liked both, online shopping is new to me, so it was kind of funny at first. Loved the fact that I can pick so many things just sitting down, but I wasn't sure about my size. I guess if I measure according to the charts I would find out, but it takes a lot of time and since I'm new to this, I'd have to measure for every site. Overall, I liked online shopping, but I'd still prefer conventional shopping over online anytime.
Test Subject B:
I really can't decide! Regular shopping is better because you can see the item and you can try them on and see how they look, but online shopping is just as good too. I like having a lot of choice, and I don't think the size is a huge problem, since you can just use the charts they have up.
As you can see, it's a tie between online and shopping at a store. It's hard to find out, but I say you should try online shopping - soon!
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
But you will be, as soon as you follow my simple rules on wearing a military top. Keep reading.
1) Only one military object at a time. I was just walking down the street and saw a girl wearing a camoflage skirt, a military esque jacket and chunky boots. Talk about over dressing!
2) Wear it fresh. Don't be cliche and wear them with jeans, today, and tomorrow... and maybe the next day too. Try a pleated skirt to be girly, trousers for a more sophisticated look, and if you do wear them with jeans, try a belt. Around the waist is popular, but I still like it slightly more hip slung myself.
3) Avoid Cliches. As much as they look cool, don't wear a mili jacket with knee high boots, a cord cap, skinny jeans, the like. Even though you've seen them on celebs, doesn't mean we have to follow the pack. As I've said, wear them fresh and unique and do not, whatever you do, copy a celeb's outfit to the detail.
4) Unexpected accessories. Accessories are just what it takes to make an outfit you. i like wearing mine with a colorful bead necklace and it looks girly, but still me. You can wear beaded necklaces, but only if they express you, please don't wear them to be trendy. Bags are important too. A boho bag would be lost in the sharp lines of a mili top. And a brown motorcycle esque bag is too used. I suggest toting a bag that slightly echoes your bag, in either the colour or the details. My top has tortoise shell buttons, so I wear a bag with similar buttons.
Who knows, we might all start a trend with our trendy yet fresh mili outfits. But of course by then we'd have moved on...
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Though I'm planning a little shopping spree for moi, decided to add a online shopping to the mix.
daszign.com has a lot of items this week, including a lot of crave-worthy jackets. I'm just a little iffy about the price, most of the jackets are far out of my budget range.
shopintuition.com is usually my one stop online shopping site. This time it disappointed me. Even though they had new items, they had nothing new, and everything thing was too boring and hollywood. Yawwn.
bluefly.com is a super site, if you just keep in mind that you're buying designer duds and your credit card bill will be higher. Lots of chic apparel now.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Anyways, enough small talk so let's talk turkey now. They have a superb fall trend article now. Though it's nothing new, it's gives out some great advice. I suggest you see it... now!
Another thing, check out the Trend Report while you're at it. They have a actresses style files in the trend section. They took several actresses in this summer's blockbusters and showed us their styles in the movie. I especially like Scarlett Johannsen's style in the Island.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
They also have fall handbags, which are also yummy. I cannot find a single fault with the deelicious bags, except maybe the price. But anyways, take a lonngg look.