Fashion on the Fringe

Hey Fashion Ladies,

 I’m a sucker for trendy and a bit edgy fashion.  I think it brings a lot of fun into any outfit.

My new obsession is a cropped length jean with no hem, just frayed on the bottom.  Nothing too extreme.  I also love some fray in the legs but again not too bare. I have seen several styles for example:

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Some of the jeans are too torn, especially in the knee area.

But some styles are so fun. They are not too torn, just slightly.  I also believe they look great with sneakers or you can dress them up with heels. Either way I think the look is workable.  Here are two examples I have seen:

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I think even at my age I can definitely pull this off!

So, here is how I styled the frayed jean look for a casual look.

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Jeans – Zara           Shoes – Adidas

Or a little dressed up

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Shoes – Nine West (Older style)

Either way I think it looks great.

See you next time.

HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

 

Let’s Layer

Hi, remember back in Junior & High School ( this is for us baby boomers) there was a actually a dress code that did not allow girls to wear pants to school. Maybe not all schools but definitely mine in the Northeast. A common practice in the winter season was walking to school with a pair of pants under a dress or skirt.  What a drag that was because once you got to school you would have to change. But at the same time warmth was a priority.

 Who thought this combination could become a fashion trend? Well it did.

I saw this in a recent posting and thought how cute!

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It definitely looks different than I remember!!

Also, shorter length dresses and skirts are back but, I believe I’m too old to wear one. I set out to put a similar look together.

I decided not to add the coat and hat (let’s make it simple.)

So after some changes I went with this.

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Jeans – Gap     Dress – H&M      Shoes – Nine West (similar)

What do you think?

Jeans are always a classic so I added this Mini dress from H&M (which is now on sale).

It’s mixing two styles to create a cool different look. I added the low heel pumps to look more modern. You could substitute for wedge heels.

Some could wear the dress alone, I just chose not to. I like the look. It works for in-between weather especially with Spring on the way!

TIPS

  • Look outside the box

  • Keep with transitional pieces

  • Have fun with it

HAPPY SHOPPING

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Mad 4 PLAID

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First, I would like to thank the people who  have taken the time to read and follow my blog. I appreciate all comments and hope if there is anything in particular you would like me to style please ask. I received some about the hat from my last post, so I plan to feature it again.

Here is closeup of the hat. I bought it at Burlington but, I have seen similar ones in many other stores and also in a variety of colors.

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Similar:

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=acc_hat&ProductID=2000165500&VariantID=

That said, let’s style plaids.

Don’t you love it when a specific piece keeps evolving over and over? Plaid has been in trend for what seems like, always. It’s back in a big way this fall but what’s fun is how to pair plaids.  Usually you think of plaid with jeans or casual attire.

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I saw this picture and loved it, basically because it’s not something I would have thought to do, styling a cotton or flannel shirt with something dressy.

 Who would of thought to put a casual plaid shirt with a leather pencil skirt and strappy heels. Where I live, I don’t own a great deal of leather.  It never really gets that cold here. So I traded it for a knit pencil skirt.

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Skirt – Tahari

Shirt – H&M

What a great idea!

(The dog is another accessory!)

So What else could you do? I love comfy cardigan sweaters. they are so versatile. I layered this sleeveless plaid flannel shirt under it for in-between weather.

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Then add boots and you have a great look.

The fun part about this is you can wear the shirt when the weather is warmer by itself.

AS ALWAYS

HAPPY SHOPPING!

 

 

 

 

 

Tennis & Sparkle Anyone?

Who remembers the tennis sweater? I was wearing it in junior high.  I guess that makes us children born in the 50’s and 60’s. Back then they were white sweaters with navy and burgundy stripes on the v-neck, sleeves, and across the bottom.

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That was pretty much your only choice. They are back!!  Looking a bit different plus you can find them as sweaters, sweatshirts, and in different colors.

Now you have so many other choices.

I picked this one up in a specialty store in Houston.  I loved it at first glance.  It’s sweatshirt material and looks great with pants or a skirt, for daytime or nighttime.

 Since sparkle and sequins are also in for fall, I decided to pair the tennis sweatshirt I bought with this trend.  It’s a fun look.

This is how I styled it:

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Since this particular top would not be easily found I searched for other choices, (love the hat also)

similar here

or here

The black sequin skirt was a previous purchase but this one is similar.

The pants are NYDJ, black with sequin tuxedo strip down the leg shown here.

TIPS:

  • Sequins for daytime

  • Be Unconventional

  • Accessorize with hats, belts, and fun shoewear

 UNTIL NEXT TIME

HAPPY SHOPPING !

 

 

 

 

Trench Coats & Dusters Oh, My!

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Well it’s the season for coats and jackets. Layering is essential for moving from Summer to Fall.

I am loving the trench style coats they are showing. Actually some of them are more of a Duster type coat, many with no buttons, but longer in length.

I recently purchased this one at you won’t believe where, Forever 21. I thought that store was more geared to younger ages but it goes to show if you seek you will find!!

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I purchased this coat online for $52.00 plus s&h but it was also on sale so it was barely over $50 total.

There were different colors but I like the tan (neutral) best. I figured it would be more versatile.

Here are some I found similar like this one on ShopStyle.

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 Or

Similar here

or here @ H&M

You can also add accessories, a big floppy hat like the picture above.

Let’s try a scarf. Its one of the fall colors out, wine or merlot.

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Great look for Fall.

TIPS

  • Be creative

  • Add pops of color

Happy Shopping !

Denim a “Do”

Hey Ladies,

Now you know I like to find cool looks and duplicate them with either what I already have or can purchase for a lower price. I love doing that.

So, as I was going through one of my emails from Banana Republic I noticed this really cool look that I knew I could do from the clothing I already own.

I am really loving the boyfriend/girlfriend style of jean. To modernize the look they are cuffed 3 to 4 inches. Looks good at 1 to 2 inches above the ankle.

Here’s the Banana Republic look: (of which I really love)

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(courtesy of Banana Republic)

I have jeans that are not so distressed (for me I think that is too young looking).

Part of fun is how they are cuffed.

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One picture is the girlfriend/boyfriend style. The other is straighter but has a deep cuff.

I have an Old Navy pair that is lighter in color but less distressed, or even a straight leg dark blue Levi jean that looks classic.

Now to make the outfit more fun, let’s add a Houndstooth purse. I am seeing this purse all over for fall. What a fun accessory to add.  Also, lets add a denim jacket. It’s a timeless classic piece.

Here is my look:

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Old Navy                                                                                       Levi’s

 

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Accessories can add to the look!

Heels Nine West (previously shown)

Purse no specific brand (previous purchase from TJ MAXX) similar here or here.

TIPS

  • Vest, vests, vests any length

  • Denim can be mixed with any accessory

 

Let’s do Culottes

Hi Ladies,

Remember culottes? I’m sure if you were born after 1950 you do. Originally culottes were worn in the 1800’s so women could ride horses and or bicycles more easily.  They returned a few more times: in the 1960’s and again in the 1970’s. Sometimes they were referred to as gaucho pants but ultimately they looked the same.

This year, they are back again. Several different styles and lengths.  I recently decided to get a pair. I figured black would be a good color, simple, and easy to pick tops to wear with.

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Similar here,

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Culottes – Nicole by Nicole Miller

Tie front blouse – Ann Taylor

Black Pumps – Nine West

What updates them is wearing pumps. You are seeing pumps with everything this year including jeans, shorts, and culottes. I am in love with the lower heel D’orsay style.  I  purchased the black Nine West pumps shown months ago but recently purchased this nude color from a Nordstrom Rack (one of my favorite places to shop).

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These are Charles by Charles David.

This lower heel is comfortable and goes with everything. The nude color is makes you seem taller. more statuesque.

TIPS:

Heels modernize culottes

Chunky flats pair well too

Softer shape tops with culottes

In doubt, wear black

Until next time  Happy shopping!