F*&$ Skinny Jeans: Flares Are BACK!

F*&$ Skinny Jeans: Flares Are BACK!

“What I wear is a reflection of where I am going and how I am feeling. If I’m in a good mood, it’s got to be cashmere and jeans – just something comfy, soft and warm. When I’m down, I might find something that I haven’t worn for a while that was bought for me – or wear a brooch or a pair of shoes that are like old friends.” ~Kim Cattrall (more…)

Quick-hit ways to update your fall/winter wardrobe for 2014 on the cheap

Quick-hit ways to update your fall/winter wardrobe for 2014 on the cheap

It’s that time of year again. You know, time to start getting your fall and winter wardrobe together. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe and save a few bucks, here’s the skinny on fall and winter fashion 2014 and how to update your wardrobe on the cheap. Y’all know I love a good bargain. And you know there are some rules I just can’t follow. 

So let’s get to this. Here are some quick-hit ways you can update your wardrobe this season without killing your budget (or looking outrageously ridiculous). 

Hot item of the season: Plaid scarf! According to my research, plaid scarves are it this season. I picked two up in different colors at a local shop for $6 each. You can spend more, of course, but why? 

Sad news Pack away the flares. Outside of a few adventurous designers, the runways weren’t giving many nods to jeans that are typically flattering to most female bodies. That means no flares or bootcut jeans. Look for something in a skinny jean, boyfriend jeans, straight leg or tapered. In other words, varying styles of the cigarette pants

Good news: Leggings are in, and they are more comfortable than ever. Wear them with Spanx or pick up some that have shapewear built in. I won’t tell. 

Warm and cozy: Sweaters are back–think full-on argyle and its cousins. For me, there will be no bulky sweaters because they make me look like a small house. Therefore I’ll be donning something a little more figure appropriate (with a nod to the style, of course). 

Menswear is here, get used to it: Blazers, collared button-down shirts, menswear-style shoes. Long and loose is where it’s at, according to most designers, but as a short and curvaceous woman, I’ll be breaking that rule too. Instead of big and boxy, I’ll be wearing tailored-style menswear. It makes me look better–and you gotta do what works best for you, regardless of what “they” say!

Other interesting trends of note:

  • Pointy-toed flats with details–I picked up a $10 pair of flats that have a design made of rhinestones on them and they are fabulous. Spent only $10 because they’ll be out within a month or two, I’m sure. 
  • Long gloves or super short gloves
  • Decorated/bedazzled gloves
  • Fur-trimmed coats are back

What other fashion trends are you into this season? 

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: A Blast From the Past

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: A Blast From the Past

Spring flower

Spring is about color and fun!

Spring fashion trends for 2014 are looking fun and fabulous, but they are also a bit retro.

Half the fun of seeing the new fashion trends for the year involves comparing them to past fashion trends and the changes made to them.

Some of this year’s spring fashion trends will remind you of your younger years, but you will appreciate the added color and new ways to use these old trends.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Tea-Length Skirts

Get ready for length specific skirts. Tea-length skirts are making a big comeback this year. Above the ankles and below the knees, just like tea parties from the past. No, seriously, go to a tea party–you get to wear a fun dress and drink healthy stuff. These dresses can be worn just about anywhere and you never have to worry about being under-dressed or over dressed because they are versatile enough to work for just about any occasion.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Collarless Jackets and Billowy Pants

In the seventies you either wore big collars or no collars at all. Pants were simlar; either you had big pant bottoms or you didn’t have bottoms because you were wearing shorts. Collarless jackets are making a comeback this spring and billowy pants may remind us of bell bottoms, but they aren’t quite the same. These pants billow around the legs and if worn correctly, can even make you look taller and by consequence, thinner. For a taller, thinner look, go with the billowy pants with slimmer legs and a higher waist.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Bomber Jacket

bomber jackets photo: LEATHER BOMBER JACKET ADL111_LARGE_leather_bomer_jacket.jpgRemember Top Gun and Indiana Jones? The bomber jacket was a must for any wardrobe. Over the years it has gone through many changes, including using small bits of leather together to create the bomber jacket look in a whole new way. This year the trend includes color. Look for bomber jackets that include more than one color. In some cases they might look a little more like letterman’s jackets, while other designs include a contrast collar.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Crop-Tops and Sweaters

Dress for comfort, dress for style. Crop tops are a big hit this year, just as they were in the 80’s. However, thin sweaters that don’t gather are also in line, so you don’t have to forego comfort for style.

Spring 2014 Fashion Trends: Pastels are Back!

A bit of pastel is always a good spring choice, but this year exepct more than a bit of pastel. If pastels aren’t your thing, wear a pastel shirt with contrasting color to enhance your skin tone. In this way you can be trendy, but your skin won’t look washed out.

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