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!

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!

Into the Wild

We’ve gone and done it again. We’ve traipsed through the woods, across soggy marsh land esq situations and towards dried rocky river beds with breathtaking views  to bring you this seasons trends, looks and general attitudes, dispositions and beautiful people.

Brent (photographer and creative genius) and I started the afternoon not knowing quite sure which of our models would show up to the shoot, this is obviously a stressful situation albeit hilarious. As life goes in our small town it just so happens that our models are our friends, and to our advantage they’re all beautiful, but they also have lives and jobs and so on. We met at Brents’ office downtown and with much fear I opened the door, fully not knowing who would be there but having a vague idea and a vague hope.

My fears were stilled because Matt was there, with his beautiful wife Jess. And so, as a troupe, we traipsed out to the truck to go find our location for the shoot that day. Location this time round happened to be Whiskeytown lake, at the back end, and we ended up bouncing down some dirt roads, through trees and into the wilderness stumbling upon the most beautiful vlei you could imagine. It seemed like a little pocket of something, something special and almost magical that I cant’t quite find the words to describe. There were still fresh bear, coyote and mountain lion prints in the squishy floor of the semi dried up cove. We were legitimately in the wilderness and were expectant of an impending wild beast attack at any given moment.

We put Matt into an outfit but were soon joined by a group of native spectators. Mountain people, I think. Or so they seemed. (They were probably just local farmers but my sense for extravagance pins them as mountain folk). They watched with much amusement, whilst puffing away on their joints, as Brent handled the camera and Matt handled the smolder, I in turned handled coughing away the puffy clouds. It was hilarious. I don’t know that they’d ever seen a photo shoot, and they’d make little comments here and there as if to encourage us in our exciting endeavor.

Hunter and his crew showed up then, and as it turned out, we were doing two shoots in one that day. After Hunter and his band, Gabriel Kansas, were done with their album shoot we proceeded with Hunter and Matt. It seemed so easy to shoot them together, both the most laid back guys, no posing needed. It was natural and it was real. After taking in the beauty of that place, and after watching Paul (from Gabriel Kanses) streak around with a Minnesota flag, which was hilarious, and also deciding on next location, we packed up and met Grace on the other side of Whiskeytown. Grace is flawless. A natural beauty who doesn’t try. She just is.

Again we traipsed and hiked/slithered down the side of what I assume to be the dried lake, and came to a rocky little beach where we shot the three of them together, and again, it was perfect. Brent captured them in such an amazing way, so at ease, so peaceful. It was as if we had stumbled upon them just being there. It was such a relaxing shoot, it seemed so easy.

Our outfits were inspired by winter wear; knit norwegian sweaters, scarves, the odd fur here and there, boots, blue grass, european class and that rough but sweet woodsy feel. This seasons winter wear is inspired by cozy but chic.

And so here it is, introducing our Into the Wild shoot. Enjoy! Also check out Brent’s website bvaphoto.com/blog.

Click on the first image to open the slideshow.

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.