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!

Trend-spotting, Pieces We Still Love: Light Blue Jeans

I had no idea I’d love the idea of light blue denim, whether distressed or not, still being around after all this time (my love for colored denim lasted all of 3 months, and then I was over it), but around it is, and still, I love it. Pair with a summery blouse and heels or a simple tank and those ankle boots, this summer staple might well follow us in into Fall where we’ll be wearing them with over-size sweaters, or structured pea coats and ankle boots. To keep this look put together and city chic, stay within the classics. Pairing jeans with those staples will make this look classy and keep it from becoming beach-y.

Check out some of the looks below for some outfit inspo!

Remember to experiment and have fun. Confidence is your biggest style asset.

Basic Pieces Every Guy Needs. Part Four.

Knitwear.

Sweaters are, for the most part, a neat transition from teenage to young adult/adulthood. If you’re over 22 and still wearing the same hoodie from high school then an intervention is definitely in order. They’re what define the boys from the men and since they’re so versatile and come in amazing styles you dont have to be afraid of bottle shock (..persay) when you realize that you are no longer in boy world but that a vast horizon of possibilities has opened up for you. Women (the right, good, wholesome kind) are at times put off by that guy that still wears a hoodie for a night out on the town or meeting people at the local spot, unless the cut and fit are specifically and obviously more modern (most likely European) and not covered in Nor-Cal insignia. (Do us ladies a favor).

Different sweaters will “go” with different outfits depending on the fit and the style. You have your v-neck sweater, cardigan, shawl collar sweater and then basic pull overs. Sweaters in neutral colors (grays, browns, blue etc) are a good start, but stray to your classic winter/christmas/nordic sweater for spice. Always made with wool, cashmere, or cotton.

Update your love for the hoodie by throwing in a cashmere or wool blend, maybe with a few chunky buttons, layered with a flannel, snug jeans (experiment with dark wash and distressed) and classic Brogues, or work lace up boots. (Check asos.com in the mens “boot” section for ideas). Your look will say fun and sophisticated man instead of angsty teen with girl problems. If you’re wondering how you can keep your hoodie but update your look, try wearing a dressier shoe (so not sneaker-ish) like boots with the jeans tucked in. You’ll have that mix of comfy but not-17-and-skater look.