Musings of a Fashionista

Hey.  I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as much, but life has just been a little crazy lately.

I’ve spied some trends that I think are notable.

First, nail art.  I am a huge fan of this, and there are many products to help you do your own nails instead of shelling out big dollars at a salon.  OPI Shatter nail polish is super trendy.  You paint a color (any, but bright ones like pink and white work best) on your nails like usual, and then paint the shatter over it.  Watch as the nail polish shatters or cracks.  It dries matte, but if you want a shine you can paint a clear coat over top.  OPI shatter collection is available on Amazon and in some beauty stores.  Visit OPI.com for more details and to find a location near you.

Second, floral.  Floral is pretty easy to wear.  Pair it with some gladiator sandals and a bright nail color, and you’re set.

Third, color blocking.  Take a bunch of bold colors and throw them together in an outfit.  For a better idea of what it is, look at the Polyvore set below.  Tie it together with a solid color belt or shoes.


June 2011 Trends
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Tis the season for prom.  The date, the shoes, the flowers and…the dress.  Obviously, the dress is the most important part, especially for fashionistas.  There’s even a new website out were you can rent a dress and accessories for the big day (http://renttherunway.com/).

The top 3 Prom dress trends:

  1. Prints (animal, abstract)
  2. Spray tan (don’t follow this trend)
  3. Paying too much for a dress you’ll wear once (don’t follow this one either)

Take this short quiz to decide which dress is right for you.

1. Which 2010 trend was your fave?

a)      Plaid

b)      Ruffles

c)      Floral

d)     Military style

2. Day to day, your style is closest to…

a)      Trendy

b)      Floaty

c)      Girly

d)     Tomboy

3. If you get dressed up, you wear…

a)      A skirt and a polo shirt, with matching nail art.

b)      A dress, something pink and lacy.

c)      A dress, long and ruffled.

d)     Pantsuit.

If you scored:

A’s: You should wear a printed dress.  That’s the latest trend, so that’s you!

B’s: You should wear a ruffled dress.  Short would probably be best, in a bright color.

C’s: You should wear a long floral dress.  Accessorize with some flowers in your hair and flats.

D’s: You should wear a short, one shouldered dress.  Do your hair in a braid if it’s long, or curl it if it’s short.

Prom dresses 2011

Enjoy your prom!

The Fashionista

So plaid was big last year.  Obviously.  Everywhere you looked, you would see it. Plaid shorts, plaid skirts, plaid tops, plaid hats.  Wow.  Here’s how to wear it.

How: A solid top or bottom (depending on where you’re wearing it).  Gladiator sandals displaying a perfect pedicure, which preferably matches the shorts.

Where: Out and about.  It’s not for fancy dinners, though.  Go for more of the shopping, gardening, grocery store type trips.

When: Spring and Summer.  It’s not for Winter.

What: Nail art (for a tutorial, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw1s_mhE0O0), shorts, shirts, bathing suits.  Anything.

Plaid

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Where you one of the 2 billion (approximately) people watching the Royal Wedding?  I was, and I was amazed at the hats.  British people sure like their hats, and not ball caps or anything vaguely boring.  They like their hats with height.

This guest goes for the nature hat.    But why doesn’t her hat match her jacket?

Check out this one, worn by Princess Beatrice.  What is it, like a foot off the ground?  Spot the Mickey!  The hat has actually spawned a Facebook group!  “Princess Beatrice’s ridiculous Royal Wedding hat,” and it has 78,700 likes!

This one is wider still.  I actually like this one, though I can’t see how you would fit through doors. (the black one)

This hat is worn by Queen Elizabeth II.  People were actually making bets on the color of her hat.

This one is crazy.  Feathers?!

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The Hunger Games is an awesome book trilogy that I highly recommend.  So of course it’s being made into a movie that many of the book series’ die-hard fans will go see.  Starts as a book series, is made into a movie, launching the stars into the spotlight.

For example, Harry Potter (yes, I love HP, both the books and the movies).  Before HP, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were obscure eleven year olds.  Now, Emma Watson is a style superstar, with ads for Burberry and a line from People Tree.

What is my point?  Well, I think that Jennifer Lawrence (who will be portraying Katniss) will reach Kristen Stewart and Emma Watson level fame, just because of her starring role in the Hunger Games movies.

Jennifer’s 20 years old (which some say makes her too old to play 16 year old Katniss) and has already been nominated for an Academy Award.  She’s graced the May issue of Teen Vogue, and has covered W, GQ, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair as well.

Jennifer at the 2011 Oscars.

Jennifer at the BAFTA awards.  This dress is a bit too revealing for me.  I like the color and the corset detail, though.

Jennifer at a website launch.  Look at her hair, it’s curly!  I like it better straight.  She looks good in red, though.

Jennifer at an International Film Festival.  I love the leopard print.

Check out this website for more of Jennifer’s red carpet looks:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/15/jennifer-lawrence-style-photos-_n_835030.html

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all pictures found through Google.  I don’t own any of them.

Floral print is so happy and spring-y.  Floral isn’t hard to wear, either.  In this post I explain how (and where) to wear floral print.

How: Pair it with a solid top, like a tank top or a fitted tee.  Because floral prints usually have a lot of color in them, many colored tops can be worn with them.  Flip flops, sandals or flats are the right choice of shoe.

Where: Dinner, a movie, pretty much anywhere.

When: All season long!  You can pair it with leggings, a sweater and boots in the winter.  In the summer, flip flops and a tank top.

What: Skirts and dresses.  In shorts it’s way too much color (especially if they’re short shorts).  In shirts it’s all right, but you’d probably have a hard time finding a floral shirt.

Floral Print

 

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Jeans are a fashion staple.  Everyone should have at least 3 comfortable pairs of jeans.  Here is a round up of the types of jeans that are out there.

Distressed (Ripped)

I have said for a very long time that I don’t like ripped jeans.  Therefore, when I bought a pair of distressed jeans (which are very comfy) and started wearing them, people commented.

So, Fashionistas, what I’m saying is that you can change your mind about fashion.  It’s okay.

Ripped jeans are exactly what their name implies.  I think distressed jeans look best when they have a minimal amount of holes in them.  Of course, none on the rear, that’s just trashy.

Oh, and just a tip, never try and make your own.  It doesn’t work and you’ll just either hurt yourself.  They won’t look the ones in the store.

Skinny

I like skinny jeans a lot, but I think it all depends on how they fit.  If they’re so tight you can’t breathe you won’t be looking confident and happy, you’ll be looking like you’re in pain (which you probably are). Skinny jeans look awesome with pretty much anything.

Bootcut

Bootcut jeans are the universally flattering jean.  They look best with a cozy sweater. Personally, I like dark wash, I think it looks best.  Top priority is comfort, though.  If your jeans are uncomfortable, no matter how good you look, you’ll be unhappy.

Flare/Wide Leg

Flare and wide leg jeans look best when balanced with a bold sweater on top.  They have an even wider bottom then bootcut jeans, so generally you don’t want to tuck them into boots.

Here’s real girls wearing denim (from Chictopia, made with Polyvore):

Real Girl Style: Denim

Here is another Polyvore set, this time with the different types of denim and an example:

types of jeans

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