My New Ear Bangers. Seeing Things Clearly

 

Mango Lucite Earrings

There are many ways to make a statement this spring, but oversized earrings seem to top the list after they were incorporated into the collections of fashion heavy hitters such as Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and J.W. Anderson (Anderson’s mis-matched take on the trend was my absolute favorite of the season).

Shoulder dusting earrings have slowly made their way back onto the fashion scene for several seasons. Raf Simmons lead the charge when he resurrected the idea of the one ear banger in his fall 2013 collection for Dior. Many designers duplicated the trend for several seasons after by incorporating the solo earcuff, single chandelier and mono hoop options into their own collections.

However, this season we are seeing the mate return to the other ear, and the idea of oversized earrings taking on a whole new meaning. Rodarte created connecting chains to adorn their model’s earlobes, and Proenza Schouler added three layers of dangling metal to some of his earring designs for spring.

I am making an effort to embrace the new more is more trend when it comes to adorning my own earlobes, but I still find myself gravitating towards minimal designs that are smaller in size, yet high in impact. The lucite and silver option I have photographed above is perfect for the minimalist who is gearing up to embrace the statement earrings trend this season, but needs a little warm up before they fully enter the game.

One could pair their statement earrings with a cocktail dress for a night out on the town. However, I am most excited about pairing my newly-adorned ears with a crisp button down and jeans for a fresh, yet understated look this spring.

How will you style yours?

New In. Heels for the Holidays

 

patent lather pumps

ASOS Patent Leather Pumps

Confession time: For many years, I have romanticized the idea of wearing denim to a holiday party. And no, I don’t mean the kind of party you casually have with your family and closest friends. I am referring to the ones that are so festive that people plan their outfits weeks in advance for. The ones where tiny food is served all night on tiny treys. (You know where I am going with this.)

I know, in most social circles denim is completely unacceptable attire when it comes to this kind of festive soiree, but my rebellious streak and constant urge to play with new ideas in fashion has lead me back to this particular dilemma many times. However, I think I have finally cracked the code when it comes to navigating this uncharted territory of mixing denim with holiday dressing.

The key? The right pair of heels, of course.

I mean, didn’t Marilyn Monroe once claim that the right pair of heels can help a woman conquer the world? If that is in fact true, then why wouldn’t the right pair of heels help a style maven confidently conquer a holiday shindig in the denim of her choosing? Maybe this holiday season, add a twist to this idea though by pairing your denim with patterned tights or dress socks that really put some focus on your footwear.

Once you have that in place, expect to turn heads in all the right ways this holiday season.

New In. The Case for Wearing White Year-Round

 

cream-loafers

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. 

Crop It

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. 

New In. Fall’n Leaves, Rising Textures

 

lace trend 2016

Even if the temperatures are still soaring, one can still embrace the many textures that fall has to offer. Lace, a textile that has popped in and out of fashion since the late 15th century, is back and stronger than ever this season.

From the dark romanticism that was offered up in the Balmain and Erdem Fall 2016 collections, to the more playful rendering that Karl Lagerfeld envisioned at Chanel, lace is having a major moment this year.

On Display: Express Lace Top

The Accessory Report. Ladylike Redux Via the Perfect Pop of Red

 

Mango Mini Top Handle Bag

Whether you pair it down with jeans and a tee, or use it to compliment  your LBD, the top handle bag is bringing some serious ladylike sophistication back. However, instead of the classic versions of the past (think neutral colors in a boxy silhouette), designers have added a touch of flair to their collections by crafting top handle bags in exotic materials, highly-saturated colors and decorative details that range from the braided frames at Fendi to the circular embellishments at Louis Vuitton.

This trend is so versatile, because it can up the ante on almost any look you pair it with, and it comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. I chose to add some panache to my current denim and men’s button-down situation with this red option, and my mostly monochrome wardrobe just hasn’t been the same since.

The Chic, Yet Cheap Find. Summer Mules

 

mules 2016 trend

ASOS Pointy Toe Mules 

Of all the footwear trends to make their way onto our feet this summer, mules have honestly came as a bit of a surprise. With their bulkier structure and need to be created in heavier materials, the shoe doesn’t exactly scream summer. However, almost every spring collection ( Proenza Schouler created a two-tone, pointy toe option that has me swooning) featured a variation of the shoe designs, which had me contemplating the power of this particular trend, and why it has been one that is lingering, while also transforming, for several seasons now.

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