If you are like me, my style mavens, then you probably spend way too much time perusing the latest offerings and trends in your favorite magazines, online blogs and even fashion apps. If you are like me, then you also probably swoon over the designer duds presented in many of them, but often end up searching for wallet-friendly options instead. This ongoing quest for a cheaper alternative is actually what led me to create a section of my blog called the Chic, Yet Cheap Find, and is also what keeps many of you readers coming back for a regular dose of fashion-related pearls of wisdom. However, once I spot a trend and start the hunt for that perfect item to complete it- in this case it is a pleated skirt- I find sometimes find myself engaging in a long process that leads to complete and utter frustration.
“Florals for spring? How groundbreaking.”
If you are familiar with The Devil Wears Prada, then you know that this quote is not only overused (I just couldn’t help myself- haha), but that the floral trend is also seriously synonymous with spring and summer fashion. However, when you see designers like Michael Kors using flowers to make a fur jacket pop, you know florals have officially
taken over crossed over to fall. With this unlikely transition, I can’t help but wonder: Is floral the new neutral?
Well, Michael Kors wasn’t the only one to incorporated chic blooms into fall designs. Josep Font brought his extraordinary vision to life at Delpozo when he adorned sleeves with 3D lotus blossoms and lilies. We also saw head-to-toe floral frocks at Zac Posen, and Demna Gvasalia even mixed several flower-based patterns together for an unexpected punk vibe at Balenciaga.
With all these different options when it comes to wearing florals for fall, my style mavens, I think it is pretty clear that this trend has really bloomed and that florals are here to stay.
I was recently working from a local coffee shop when a conversation about the season’s color palette came up. The warmer hues that took over the fall collections- think velvets in the mustard tones we saw at Valentino, an onslaught of fiery reds and calming blues – all stuck out as colors in need of some major attention this fall. However, another interesting question arose from topic at hand: Can you get away with wearing white year-round?
At first, I found this question to be a bit ridiculous. (Doesn’t everyone appreciate a crisp pair of cream trousers like I do?) However, after doing some digging, I came to realize that this question is one that is still asked often, and not just by the older generation who followed a stricter set of guidelines when it came to getting dressed.
Well, my style mavens, I am here to set the record straight and free you from all the confusion and guilt that comes with wanting to wear a touch of white during the winter months. So here goes. I don’t just suggest that you completely break the rules when it comes to wearing white past labor day, I actually encourage it. In fact, I encourage it so much, that I have put together a little how-to list for you to think about next time you shame yourself out of wearing your favorite egret dress.
Pair it with black
Monochrome dressing has always been chic, but pairing white with black is the ultimate way to seamlessly transition an all white ensemble into fall and winter. Even your favorite white jumpsuit can be paired with a black belt, heels and leather jacket, and look like it was made just for fall.
Add some texture
Fall and winter are all about comfortable texture, so finding a great piece that boasts this is essential. Choosing a cream color trousers or longer skirt in a hardier textile is a quick way to get out of the all black rut that so many of us get into when the temperatures drop. Pair either piece with a heavy knit in the same lighter hue or tailored blouse.
The biggest concern most style mavens face when wearing white is keeping their items clean during a season that brings snow, slush and everything in between. The best way to keep a white hem clean? Don’t let t touch the ground. Wear those lighter trousers in a cropped silhouette. And while you are at it, find the perfect pair that incorporates this season’s flare trend. Trust me, you will thank me later when you see how flattering this option actually is.
This is my official out of office notice (my official, short and sweet notice to be exact). I am currently embarking on a new adventure, and traveling to India for the next two weeks with Anchal Project. I will be sharing more details and the experience when I return. In the meantime, you can follow my journey via Twitter and Instagram. Cheers!
OOTD: Anchal Project Bandana \ Vintage Denim Dress
Today, I am taking a moment to sit and appreciate the new season that is upon all of us. I have been going through so many changes of my own as of lately, so it feels quite cathartic to ponder the start of a new season, whether it is weather-related or simply a personal awakening, in a truly meaningful way.
Growing up, I was well-acquainted with the Georgia O’Keeffe who was the American artist that brought fantasy to life in the form of oil on canvas. However, after a recent article surfaced on the painter’s personal life, I realize that her bold ideas and opinions were as trailblazing as the highly saturated blooms she so famously painted.
The painter was not only the mother of American modernism in the realm of art, but she was also adamant about living her life by her own rules: at a time when women took a backseat to their male counterparts, O’Keefe was unapologetic about her success.
So here is a caffeine-infused cheers to those who are not afraid to go against the grind, and march to the beat of their own drum.
“To create one’s world, in any of the arts, takes courage.”
– Georgia O’Keefe
With the new season, I have experienced thoughts of change and some serious spurts of inspiration. When you have been running your own website for a number of years, you sometimes find yourself either getting bored with what you are doing, and in some cases quit the endeavor altogether, or you keep evolving and making changes. I have chosen to be one of those who evolve.
A few months ago I completely changed my mission statement for The Chic Street, and have been trying to decide how to create a space that is as inspirational as it is informative. This is why, after much thought, you will slowly see my blog and the few social media accounts I have decided to really focus on and curate, transitioning into this new vision.
Cheers to change, my style mavens!