Get Ready! Flared Everything Is Here…

We all know that trends work in cycles. One day it’s out, the next day it’s in. We can apply this same logic to the return of flared jeans. What was once a 90’s  girls’ dream jean has become the current go to. (I’m silently gasping).

We can blame the re-awakening of 70’s style for that revival. It’s been flared jeans and boho blouses everywhere for the last 3 years and so we’ve progressed to this. From the 70’s we rushed straight into the 90’s and I’m not sure how we connected the 70’s and 90’s, but as I’m typing this I’m realizing it was the Birkenstocks.

I’m flabbergasted. I never thought I’d see girls willingly donning adidas sneakers, flared jeans, oversized hoodies (literally my uniform in high school) again in my lifetime.  I’m giggling because I know a percentage of women above a certain age group, with salivating mouths and gleaming eyes, have been anxiously awaiting the return of flared jeans. There is literally a whole sub-culture of humans who thought/think that skinny jeans were/are a scourge on humanity. Articles have been written about it in the Washington Post. I kid you not. Look it up.

To wear flared denim you have to have a few things in mind. The fades and washes that are trendy today, are not the ones that were trendy 15 years ago.

The style guidelines when it comes to flares are as such:

  1. Imagine the flared denim of the 70’s. This is the look you’re going for. High-waisted,  platform or wedge sandals, your best off-the-shoulder blouse you can find. Blouses in general. Vintage band shirts. Camp in this area.
  2. Unless you’re trying to make a statement, sneakers are generally a no. It’s just too complicated a look to pull off unless you’re an “off-duty” model. If that were the case,  you could wear burlap and it’d be trending the next day. Forever 21 would have it a week later for $9.99 in their front window. Fast fashion, man.
  3. Stay away from contrasting fades, washes, whiskerings, “you-sat-in-bleach” looks. It’s just not a thing.. yet. Solid washes with some distressing are where everyones partying at.
  4. If you do low-waisted, do it well. Do it because you feel the need to show off 3 inches of tummy. (A la Karlie Kloss in that one picture.. you know the one, it’s all over pinterest.)
  5. Don’t half ass your look, lest you look like a vintage Wetseal window poster. Commit to it, and it will be good to you.

 

Cliff Notes:

70’s everything, 90’s grunge, distressed, texture, “I’m with the band”.

 

Check out these looks below for some luxsperation…

 

  1. What makes this first look work is that you’re running out of the house to do errands. Don’t try to impress people with this look. They won’t be.

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2. What makes this look work is the cropped top. It’s sits nice and snug, giving your look a modern edge while the platforms and earrings hint at seventies glam. With this look, I’d do a low, messy chignon for your hair.

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3. This every-day look is probably the one I’d be living in. A distressed t-shirt, comfy wedges and vintage vibe. Keep it chill.

 

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4. This last one is also amazing. The knot front blouse is structured enough to allow some space for something a bit more grungy, like the suede bag. Pair this look with flats and these double bridge aviators to complete your look.

 

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How To! Wear Flirty Lacy Tops Like An Adult

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I’m turning the big 3-0 this year and my nerves are almost shattered. Apart from it meaning that I have to admit to being half a real adult now, it means that there’s certain things that I just really can’t wear anymore. (An article about that later…)

During New Years, one of my closest darlings came to visit us in the UK. Whilst out shopping I found the cutest little white lacy number that would’ve looked adorable on her. Her opinion was different because she felt that she would look like a child in such a dear little top. (She’s gorgeous btw). I, however, disagreed, and have since made it an effort to come up with a way to wear a flirty little number without looking like a desperate 16 year old. (If you find that I do, please tell me!)

The first order of business is to find a top that fits you really well in all the right places. This goes without saying.

Secondly, the bottom. Right now destroyed denim is everywhere, especially high and mid waisted, also boyfriend and flared styles. Any of these are a great companion to your little top, but if destroyed denim isn’t your thing, then try a solid dark blue (or black) pair of high-waisted (or mid, depending on your body type) jeans with a nice wide belt that stands out. Then add your shoes. I’d go with a strappy heeled sandal to distance your self, in this case, from the sneaker wearing youths.

Hair and makeup is next, and I currently love doing a low semi-messy bun.  Think Dolce & Gabbana. (I tug at the back of the hair so it’s not super neat looking.) I love this demure look because you can wear anything bold and that low bun tames it right down. For makeup, I did a bold smokey eye with a soft, natural lip and dewy cheeks to lift the overall look and again, and add age to the top. This is the one good time where you want to add age. Doing a neutral, no makeup look is good for the beach in the middle of summer, but any other time and your overall look will appear more juvenile that necessary. (Unless you were to do the other elements of this look, in which case you could probably get away with it.)

Last but not least is statement jewelry. A cuff bracelet and heavy (think huge) earrings add a touch of sophistication and timeless style. (Again, Dolce & Gabbana esq)

Check out my look below!

Flouncy Little Blouses 

This past season we were all totally obsessed, bonkers, over 70’s style. I mean, it was tasseled EVERYTHING, suede all over the place and for all those girls who love flared jeans; their moment to shine.

I didn’t hate it.

A key aspect of 70’s style that might’ve been overlooked just a touch was the Blouse. In the 70’s it was the uniform of the independent, working woman. The flouncier, the better. Since then, blouses with neckties have  been relegated to the secretaries and the upper-class house wives. It was kind of a fashion no-no to be seen in one in the 90’s and 2000’s in terms of street style, and up until recently you really couldn’t find an adorable alternative, unless you worked in an office.

What I love about the blouse I’m wearing is:

1. It’s sheer. It’s sexy. It’s mysterious.

2. The texture is on point. Literally. It has little velvet polka dots all over it.

3. It oozes femininity, in an age of “be all and everything”.

You can really dress this up or down, but I prefer to wear blouses like this one with ripped jeans and other statement pieces. That way you give it a bit of an edge and it doesn’t come across as dowdy, or secretarial.

Let me know what you think!

 

This look can go big, wavy hair, or half-up half down and still look glamorous.

(I’m embarrassed at how utterly “Stepford Wives” this pose it. But I had to try it.)

For makeup I went with a smokey eye and nude lip. Modern but also timeless. I did my hair in the end in a half top-knot, such a on-trend look really helps keep your look in the present.

Summer of Love: It’s Still Denim 

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I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks due to a major traveling schedule, and then being willingly stuck at my parents house, which is right around the corner from the beach. I’m not mad. It being that it’s super beachy and chill, I’ve basically been living in all things denim, cotton and bathing suit.  I found an amazing pair of vintage esq high-waisted denim shorts at Loft and, embarrassingly enough, wore them for a week straight. My excuse is the beach. I’ve just never in my life worn a pair of denim shorts that was so incredibly comfortable! They have just the right amount of distressing, are supple and the coloring is perfect.

The jacket was another great project that turned out so great. Remember that denim jacket from a few articles ago? The one paired with the lace dress in the english countryside. I didn’t love the color and texture so I soaked it in a bucket of bleach water, distressed it and washed it with super hot water.

The result was this: It fit a bit more snug, but a good snug. The color was on point! A nice washed out, softer and more supple denim. The distressed pieces turned out great after a few washes too.


  

The Mother of Jackets

There’s no denying that denim jackets will, in some form or other, always be in style. It’s an absolute must-have if you’re trying to organize your closet. 

I’m loving this little guy, mostly because it has pockets!  Make sure that a jacket you purchase has absolutely everything you want when it comes to details. 

I might play around later with some bleach to give it a washed out or subtle acid wash look. We’ll see. I have no fear when it comes to customizing clothing I pick up at thrift stores. Make it your own! 

     

Spring/Summer Trend: Overalls

Such a fun look! There are a lot of overalls or dungarees out there so be sure you try on a bunch till you find one that works for you. I love this high-wasited one, specifically because I have long legs and because I can get away with crop tops. A low-waisted dungaree that sits very loose can soon make you look like a farm kid (no disrespect, I used to be one) instead of a mature adult. Same goes for the shorts version. Unless of course you’ve styled it and you look adorable.

With these, I added that textured blouse, which immediately matures it. A tee-shirt is great if you’re just relaxing and a flannel, gingham or really any kind of checkered shirt is a big no-go unless you’re headed to your local hoedown. Pairing it with a blouse gives it an adult, but playful look. It says, “I’m willing to have fun, but not at the expense of my dignity”. I love the wedges because all together, they add to this vintage 70’s vibe that I’m loving. It’s perfect for spring and summer, it’s relaxed and playful, not to mention that wedges will make your legs look great!

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Denim on Denim on Denim

This quintessential American look has gotten a makeover in the last few years. Denim on denim went from a bad 90’s vibe, women with big hair and bad habits, to the streets of Paris and London in what has appeared to be a revival of the laid back chic look. Minimalism being everything right now, this look adds a sense of vibey glory to that wardrobe and lifestyle.

Check out these amazing looks below to get some inspiration for your next denim on denim look!

Wearing Your Fav Tee Successfully

We all have those tee-shirt and jean days, the ones where you’re rocking your fav vintage tee or boyfriend sweater and a pair of smoking hot cigarette leg skinny’s. It’s the day that putting in that extra effort to be runway just seem like a bit much. In past, present and future, the jeans and tee look has survived all the fashion trends, still maintaining ease and every day comfort.

rackkandruin.blogspot.com, love this tee and leather pants look. The heels and clutch complete it.
rackkandruin.blogspot.com, love this tee and leather pants look. The heels and clutch complete it.

Taking that classic look from so-so to sassy is easier than you imagine and as someone who lives in jeans and tee mode more than I’d like to confess, I feel as though I have some insight into “making it work”.

Lets start from the top and work our way down.

Hair
I like to stick to something natural looking. Doing too much work will make you look a little Barbie-ish. It means that you’re trying too hard to pull off a look, rather than owning your sense of ease and style. Whether it’s natural wavy beach hair (salt water spray and dry shampoo at the roots works wonders to achieve this look) or a fun top knot that has some texture, or a messy side braid, you’re bound to look fresh, comfortable and trendy.

Makeup
I like going for something that’s a little more than just natural. A cat eyeliner adds that sass while a subtle smokey eye adds intrigue. Polish off with a nude or fun lip color and your overall appearance can vacillate between classy and sassy.

Accessories
When wearing a tee shirt (or in fact, any simple top), try a sparkly jewelry collection. Whether it’s vintage diamond stud earrings, gold bangles and a solid leather belt or a long necklace, make sure it adds a sense of richness to your outfit. Again, this separates your look from drab, to fab.

If the jewelry option doesn’t appeal to you, try a fun scarf. Whether it’s a chunky knit one, fur or linen, drape it loosely around your neck.

Shoes

At this point anything goes, except sneakers or work-out shoes, those are meant for the gym or long walks. I like a pair of flats, booties, cute kitten heels or even Havianas. Pumps or high heels can work if you’re wanting to step it up a notch, but that case is rare.

Have fun and experiment! Nothing looks better on you than you being you.

Check out the different looks below!