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Summer 2013 Trend: BIG and BOLD June 28, 2013

Hello again! So with the help of Polyvore and Washington D.C. for inspiration, I have a new post for you all 🙂

One of the big trends I’ve seen around a lot this season is “Big and Bold” – which breaks into awesome subcategories like colorful, geometric, and flashy – all very fun! With this post though, I want to combine all of these trends and highlight a few of the best; Chevron, colorful/geometric jewelry, and a few hit hues for the summer season. So let’s get started!

 

I) BOLD GEOMETRICS: CHEVRON

Chevron… That funky zig-zag print that you keep seeing in the streets and on the stores… It’s a fun, bold geometric print that’s being seen everywhere from home decor, to clothing, to accessories… The best part about it is that it’s easy to wear – on a larger person, it distracts the eye from any imperfections, and on a smaller person, when used in a smaller print, or in little doses like an accessory or two, it gives that pop of color and pattern without overwhelming the figure. In general, chevron is a spunky, youthful print that gives off a fun modern vibe. Pair it with neutral or unpatterned clothing for the best effect. If you’re wearing it with another print, try something small and unassuming, such as small polka-dots or a tiny bird print so that the patterns don’t compete 🙂

The picture below is a Polyvore set I made to showcase different ways to wear chevron, all under $25, except for the dress ($40) and the skirt ($75), both of which you can likely find similar versions elsewhere for less 🙂

 

P.S. – Another “Bold Geometrics” trend to keep on the lookout for is Art Deco prints! With the recent release of The Great Gatsby, there’s been a lot of focus on the Art Deco throwback, a trend that includes classy geometrics, fantabulous silhouettes, and a general air of restricted freedom 🙂

 

 

II) BOLD ACCESSORIES: COLORFUL & GEOMETRIC JEWELRY

This trend is WAYYYY too much fun! I was able to spend a few days in Washington D.C. on a educational/political venture with an awesome group, and on the last day we had some free touring time, so I went with a few girls to Union Station in D.C., which is basically like a mall with a train station somewhere in it 😛  While there, I popped into a few stores that really caught my eye and gave me a lot of material for this section – Ann Taylor (who knew :P) and a SUPER adorable boutique called Francesca’s, which, if I could have bought the whole store, I would’ve! (yes, it was that cute <3<3<3)

Anyways, a huge trend in both those stores was again, the geometric prints, and just super fun, bright, colorful jewelry. Francesca’s, which was a little more trendy and geared to a younger age group, used a lot of lucite stones and beads in their jewelry (another big trend), while Ann Taylor stayed more on the conservative side of the jewelry material trends while still sporting bright and fun hues. The slideshow below is of a few pictures I took in the stores 🙂   I was able to find some of the items online, and included the links for you guys 🙂

P.S. – Keep an eye out for the lucite and acrylic-look jewelry trends as part of the “Colorful & Geometric Jewelry” trend! You can easily shop for this trend in stores like Francesca’s and Forever 21 🙂

 

 

III) BOLD HUES: COLORFUL COLORS

Remember all those fun Pantone Spring 2013 colors from their color report? (or my post :P)   Well guess which ones are huge this season?

Well, the bright ones, of course! (And some of the background colors :P) Among the popular colors this season are Nectarine, Greyed Jade, Dusk Blue, Linen and Poppy Red, seen in accessories, clothing, and jewelry all around stores and streets. This pattern of popularity is the balance between the ever-present opposites – the bright and bold, and the neutral and pastel. Colors like Nectarine and Poppy Red, along with smaller colors like Lemon Zest and bright greens like Tender Shoots and Emerald make up the showy stage colors, while color such as Greyed Jade, Dusk Blue, and Linen give the big spotlight colors a stage to shine on. Below is a gallery of a several items under $50 that can be found in these colors.

P.S. – Don’t ignore colors like African Violet and Lemon Zest in the “Colorful Colors” trend – while they aren’t the colors of the year, they make awesome complements for the really popular colors, and are making statements of their own 🙂

 

That’s all I have for now, but hopefully you enjoyed this post! As always, like, comment, follow, share, or all of the above 😉  Thanks!

~Christiana S.~

 

Making the most of EVERYTHING in your closet! June 5, 2013

Soooooo… long time no see!! It’s been crazy busy for me the past couple months, and I haven’t had any energy to write. But summer’s here and it’s time to get back on the ball… (we’ll see how long that lasts!)

Anyways, so if you read the title, you know what’s going on! We ALL have those dreaded days (even us fashion “experts” who aren’t supposed to) where we open the closet and feel like we have nothing to wear… well, the good news is, there is 🙂  There’s stuff in there, isn’t there? So here are my 3 things to remember when putting together outfits (which I got to try out on a good friend who was having the exact same problem trying to get together business casual outfits last week :P) that will help you conquer this feeling.

1. Get a pair of fresh eyes!

One of the best things you can do in this situation is to get someone else to go through your closet with you. And this doesn’t have to be a fashion person even (it would be awesome, but sometimes you don’t have that option) – just someone who can be objective, creative, and challenging – including a sister, close friend, or even a fashion-conscious mom! When I went through my friend’s closet, which she had been feeling bored and uninspired by, I literally saw and found piles of super cute clothes that could be paired up in multiple new and fun ensembles that she hadn’t thought of, resulting in me leaving her with several new outfits that didn’t cost anything! This fresh perspective can energize you and give you new ideas – fresh ways to pair up clothes that you hadn’t thought of or seen before!

 

2. Don’t write a piece of clothing off!

One thing my friend would say a lot when I pulled a piece of clothing was “Don’t you think it’s too churchy/casual/(replace with any occasion-specific adjective)”. This is one of the deadly concepts that tends to squelch your own creativity and innovation when it comes to your wardrobe. Instead of thinking of a piece of clothing as a “casual” piece, or a “business-y” piece, think of it instead as an accessory – an unidentified component to a thousand different outfits. In other words, don’t label clothing. We turned several pieces that she had considered too churchy or casual into outfits that were fun, adorable, and business-y, simply by pairing them with other things that brought that vibe to the outfit. By thinking of a piece as only useable for a particular type of outfit, you severely limit yourself AND your closet, making the process of choosing clothes boring and daunting.

 

3. Pairing is KEY!

My last point! To follow up with the second point, what makes an outfit is what you pair each piece with. The reason why the second point works is because you can take that “churchy” piece (in this case, a long floral skirt), and pair it with a sleek, simple shirt (here, it was a dark gray cami), a fitted blazer or quarter length sleeve sweater (like we did), and a pair of good shoes, and instead of having a “churchy” outfit, you have a nice business casual outfit. Not what you would have expected looking at that unwearable “churchy” skirt, huh? It wasn’t what she expected either. But by taking an objective perspective and challenging yourself to make it into something new you can make all the difference you need in your closet. I guarantee you there are a ton of things in your closet that you could pair with something completely different to make something new out of it. You can change a WHOLE piece of clothing by just pairing it with something different and even unexpected.

 

So there’s my “make the most of everything” advice! Before I end though, I have to thank my friend for letting me into her closet and putting up with me as I challenged her closet ideas! I would literally go through and pull the pieces she absolutely hated or thought would never work and have her try them anyway! Not something most people would put up with, so kudos to her! [Disclaimer: we DID make all of them work, so I didn’t LEAVE her in her in the clothes she hated :)] Anyways, thank you again, girl! You were so helpful in giving me insight to write this post and know that the points actually work 😉

For all the rest of you reading this, I really hope it was helpful, and don’t forget to be objective, creative, and open minded! I promise it helps a ton!

~Christiana S.~

 

 
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