Just Say “YES”

A recent conversation with a very wise friend reminded me the power and impact of the word “NO”. Two letters, one syllable, yet so powerful. The word is so definite, so abrupt, and extremely deflating. “NO” is simply overused.

When it comes to fashion, the only way to keep up is to say “YES.” How many times have you seen a new trend and thought, or said out loud, “I would NEVER wear that. What are these people thinking?” only to be buying into that same trend two months later because, oh ya it actually is cool. Been there. Sometimes we put our foot in our mouth when it comes to new styles because well, they are new and unfamiliar. As creatures of habit its what we do. New trends are always around the corner. Unless you want to turn in your “chic card,” you will need not judge and just try. What can it hurt? You may as well be ahead of the game so that when the others do catch up, they will see what you knew all along 😉 Invigorating right?

Here is a list of upcoming 2013 Fall trends to look out for and start thinking about saying “YES” to.

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Image from “Glamour

Blue Shades: Mixing different shades of blue is a huge upcoming trend; so many shades, so little time!

Shiny Fabric: Metallic fabrics, glossy leather, and smooth silhouettes is a must for a fall look that shines.

Super-sized Coats: You will sure be warm this winter. Over-sized outerwear is where its at.

Grunge: patterns like plaid, rock inspired pieces, and irreverent prints help build this layered style.

Impactful Details: Jewels, feathers, appliques and embellishments that steal the show and make the look.

Structural Bags: Boxy shapes, clean lines and sharp edges is what makes these accessories sleek.

Stabilized Shoes: thicker heels, rounded toes, heavier soles, these will make for a more comfortable day. YAY 🙂

Opportunities are everywhere and “NO” stops them in their tracks. Opportunities to learn, try a new food, test a new idea, accomplish something in a different way, meet new people, wear something unique, try a new trend, or push yourself out of your comfort zone, can all be missed by this simple word. I don’t mean to sound like an exerpt from the movie “Yes Man” but we could really learn something from good old Jim Carey. If you say “YES” to an idea you may learn something new, or maybe a better way to accomplish something. if you say “YES” to meeting new people, you could be creating a connection that will lead to great friendships, business ventures, or…. more opportunities! if you say “YES” to something that will push yourself out of your comfort zone, you may realize you are capable of that much more. If you say “YES” to new fashions, your style will always be top notch and fearless. What do you have to loose? NOTHING! What do you have to gain? If nothings else, knowledge. You now know what you like and don’t like, what works and doesn’t. Great! Move on to the next “YES” and learn something else. 🙂

I hope this gets you thinking and excited for what’s to come. This article from FABSUGAR, Fall Fashion Trends 2013” will give you a closer look at each trend. Tell us what trends your unsure about and which ones you are excited to say “YES” to! We can’t wait to hear so post below!!!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

4 Ways to Beat the Heat!

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With temps above 90, and the instant fro you get when you step out the door, its safe to say we are literally in the heat of summer. The muggy air, the lethargic energy, the thirst! Not only can it do all that, heat can lead to oily faces, clinging clothes, and crabby attitudes. As much as we would all love to walk around in a bikini all day, sometimes that’s just not practical 😉 Here are four ways to make your days, mood, and style more comfortable in the summer steam.

1. Choose to wear clothing that is made in lightweight fabrics. Cotton, rayon, and linen are good choices and their breath-ability will keep you cool while avoiding embarrassing sweat marks.

2. Sunglasses are always a fun accessory and a constant squint is unattractive and causes wrinkles. Protect your eyes and add flair to your look with the perfect pair. For the proper protection of your peepers, ensure your sunnies offer the following:

-They should be able to block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB light.
-They should cover not only your delicate lids but the surrounding areas. The more protection the better.
-To eliminate glare, make sure your lenses are polarized. This will help while driving and can prevent headaches or migraines.

3. Avoid heavy accessories. Of course our personal style should not suffer because of a few extra degrees. You can still separate your look and keep your accessories light. A simple bracelet, a lightweight necklace, a sunhat. 😉 Any of these will do the trick; and you can always make a statement with some knockout espadrilles or patterned sandals. Here is a cool tutorial from Flamingo Toes on how to update your summer sandals. What a great project to keep cool for a few hours… or more.

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Image from ” Water INTERface”

4. Water water water!!! Yes yes yes, I know its annoying to have to drink so much extra, but it is SO important to keep hydrated in the excessive heat. Suck it up and deal with the fact that you will be going to the bathroom an obnoxious amount of time. Your body, skin, and head will thank you.

We hope you are able to beat the heat using some of these tips. Let us know your fashion choices for hot weather, and a bikini doesn’t count 😉 Make sure to check out our Pinterest for more summer style.

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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The Fashion of the Flag

Happy 4th of July! As we all gather together with family and friends to celebrate the birthday of our country, the American Flag is a prominent focus. July 4th is a great day to learn a little about our flag, and  the history of its design and construction. As fashionistas, we all know a thing or too about presentation, and a flag to present our country… well that needs to be perfect. The fashion of the American Flag evolved as all fashions do.  From thirteen stripes and thirteen stars in 1777, to fifteen stripes and fifteen stars in 1794, back to thirteen stripes and 15 stars in 1818, and finally to thirteen stripes and 50 shining stars since 1960, the flag we know today has been the official design for 53 years.

Betsy Ross was the first designer of the American Flag. She designed and constructed the thirteen stars and thirteen striped flag during the American Revolution. She arranged the thirteen stars in a circle to represent the thirteen colonies, and has shown to distinguish her design from the flag designs to come.

The current design for the American Flag was created by Robert G. Heft in 1958 as a high school project. When his design was accepted by the United States Congress, his teacher decided it was only fair to raise his grade of a B- to an A… (I’d say so.)

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The official specifications for the size and color shades of the Flag was given in Executive Order 10834, by Dwight D. Eisenhower, on August 21, 1959. According to the article,  “Flag of the United States,” from Wikipedia, these are the official meanings of each color:

Red: Hardiness and Valor

White: Purity and Innocence

Blue: Vigilance, Perseverance, and Justice.

Fashion evolution is everywhere. Especially in something so historical, official and respected; design and make become important and necessary to ensure the proper representation. Just as we dress to impress, and are conscious of how our choices represent who we are, the American Flag represents who we are as a country. From thirteen stars to fifty, our flag has stood and still stands for growth, freedom, strength, and unity.

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I will leave you with an outfit I put together to wear today 🙂 The flag can be worn; and to embrace my “sporty chic” side, I just HAD to have this American Flag baseball cap!

Enjoy the day with your friends and family watching fireworks, barbequing, and celebrating the free country we are blessed to live in! Maybe teach them a thing or to about the fashion of the flag 😉

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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The Touchdown of Sporty Chic

Women everywhere are trading in their drawstring sweatpants and bagging t-shirts for bold stripes, sporty jackets, and high top high heels. From white piping, leather baseball caps, athletic inspired shoes, and graphic tees, the sporty chic trend is gaining traction and going for the gold. Designers all over are “mashing” together your athletic wear with your Sunday best, giving it sophistication, structure, and a shot at the coolest new trend of the season.

So how can you rock the sporty look? Keep the “mash up” in mind. A striped dress with your low vans sneakers, cut off jean shorts with a graphic tee and stylish varsity jacket, or a pair of high heel high tops with your favorite silk parachute crops or shorts.  These are all ideas you can use to incorporate sporty chic into your look. Just add a few pieces to your wardrobe and start to mix and match what you already have.

Here are a few basics you can add to your wardrobe:

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The Varsity Style Jacket: A great way to bring structure to a casual look or, bring casual chic to your otherwise dressy attire, like a dress or skirt.

Bold Stripes: Bold strips and colors are in athletic wear everywhere. From pinstriped team jerseys to neon running gear, the use of either will bring some sport into your style. Look for pieces with pin striping, piping, or color blocking.

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Athletic Inspired Heels: These are very unique and are becoming evermore popular. Try them out. They could be totally you, or a total strike out; but they are sure to take your sporty look to new heights.

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Chic Baseball Cap: Floral patterns, stripes, leather, and unique prints. You can find a chic baseball cap anywhere this season. Build your look around your hat and choose simple pieces on the bottom like a plain tee and denim cut-off shorts. Or double up on sport, and pair it with a varsity jacket and cotton dress.  Have fun and trust me…. YOU DON’T LOOK BAD IN A BASEBALL CAP… embrace it. 🙂

There are loads of ways to bring out the Sporty Spice in you. Play around and have fun with new ideas and bold looks. Try stepping outside the box a little; we know you’ll hit a home run!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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“Pretty Fly for a White Guy”

Fathers Day; A day to celebrate being “Daddy’s little Princess.” Cause really it all circles back to you….. they are so blessed that they are able to be a father to you…. right? Ok so maybe that’s a bit much 🙂 While I’m sure your father feels blessed to have you as a child, today is all about you being blessed to have them as your #1 DAD. For me, I am lucky to have a Dad who still treats me like a Princess. From teaching me how to ride a bike, to a car, to walking me down the aisle, I am grateful to say he has always been my #1 fan. While I could go on and on bragging about all wonderful things my dad is, (and let me tell you he is great!) this is a place for fashion and I would like to take the opportunity to share the gift of  style and  touch on some 2013 Men summer trends.

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While you may not want your dad testing the waters on all of theses fashion statements, (they may be a tad “bold”) steering him in the direction of what’s hot now can help update his look and keep him “fly.” 😉 Here is a list of some of the top trends on the runways this season:

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1. Stripes

2. Camouflage

3. Neon and vibrant colors

4. Colored Suits

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5. Tailored Shorts

6. Patterns

7. Baseball jackets

Many on the list are similar trends in women fashion as well, (see Happy Memorial Day on Camouflage.) but mens style seems to be bright and polished with vibrant colors and tailored cuts. Now I personally don’t know about my dad stepping out in a neon pink suit or head to toe camo; but perhaps he could sport some tailored shorts with a bright colored polo or a cool baseball jacket. Adding some stripes and OR pattern here and there will give a little update without the embarrassment of your dad trying to be a hipster …. we’ve all been there. 😉 Being fashionable is important at any age and Fathers should be allowed to step outside the box and keep up with the times. Variety is the spice of life and sticking to one look is boring. Just ensure they remain supervised while “stepping.”

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My Dad’s “Super Flyness”

Help your Dad update his look a little and share some of these tips. We all know men out there that can use a fashion pick me up and as a style savvy daughter, son, or friend, you must bare the burden of steering them in the right direction.

To my Daddy and all the other Dads out there.. Happy Fathers Day! You’re super fly!  😉

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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The Perfect Summer Accessory

With the hot summer weather, less material in your clothing, and fear of random tan lines, accessorizing your look is just plain difficult. Scarves are too hot, jewelry will make those goofy lines, and that cardigan or cropped jacket will leave you feeling claustrophobic and… sweaty. So what is a trendy girl supposed to do to separate her look? Add a little mystery with a summer hat! 🙂

From Sunhats to fedoras, to baseball caps and that ever so important bike helmet; these headdresses of summer are all part of the fun in the sun. Whether your out for a day at the beach, watching your sons baseball game, attending the Kentucky derby, or cruising around town on your two wheeler, there’s a hat for every occasion.

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Not only are hats the perfect accessory this season, they protect your skin and hair from the damage that come with those warm rays. Wearing your chic sunhat is a great way to be healthy, protect your skin, and accessorize your simple summer wardrobe.
We all have heard over and over again the detrimental effect the sun has on your skin. (“Cosmetic Procedures: Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer.”  Web MD) Yet year after year we have fun in the sun “screenless” only to burn, peel and start the process all over again. All you have to do to prevent this irreversible damage, is take two minutes to apply your SPF. It’s like wearing your seat belt. If you don’t wear your seat belt it doesn’t necessarily mean you will get in and accident and be injured, but why risk it?

Sunscreen; it takes two seconds to apply and you will be happy in 20 years when your skin is is cancer-less and most definitely less saggy. Keep it simple and apply when you get out of the shower in place of your body lotion. Carry a small travel size tube in your purse for whenever you think about it, or are heading outdoors. Just do it! Your efforts will pay off in the end. Plus the familiar smell will take you back to those childhood days of playgrounds, sand castles, and cannonballs 🙂 Ahhhh… The joys of summer! (“The 10 Best Sunscreens for Summer 2013,” Allure.com)

Wear your sunscreen, wear your hat, wear your espadrilles, and rock this summer with your flawless skin and and sunny style. 🙂

Check out “5 Hot Hats for Summer” from COSMOPOLITAN to get some ideas.

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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Wedding Worries No more!

Spring and Summer are here and I’m sure many of your weekends are filling up with bridal showers, bachelorette parties and wedding after wedding. It is always a popular time of year to tie the knot, and while its all love and butterflies for the happy couple, the stress of what to wear can be overwhelming for us guests. No one wants to be “that girl” who shows up in a ball gown to the casual reception in the park 😉 Have no fear, I have broken down several different types of weddings from casual to white tie, and the attire you can wear to feel the love. ❤

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White or Black Tie: A white tie wedding is the most formal style, closely followed by a black tie affair. Tuxedos, cummberbunds and actual black ties, spiff up the attending men. Ladies can go all out in long evening gowns, fancy cocktail dresses, glamorous hair and makeup, and jewelry that sparkles. Here is your chance for a prom night redo… minus the awkward photo.

Formal: Formal weddings have a bit more flexibility. Men have the option of wearing a dark suit rather than a tuxedo, but a tuxedo is still acceptable and appreciated 🙂 Ladies, you still have the choice of a long evening gown or fancy cocktail dress, but can also get a way with a formal pantsuit. Frankly, I feel that you don’t always get the opportunity to dress like your going to the Oscars, so why not embrace the glamorous duds and leave the suit to your man. Go for the dress!

Semi-formal: Semi formal seems to be the most common dress code for weddings. Generally speaking, women wear cocktail style dresses with a length ranging from just above the knee to tea length. Fabrics like chiffon, silk, and satin are great choices for a semi formal wedding. If you want to do a longer skirt, go for a maxi style in a more casual fabric. Longer dresses tend to have more formal silhouettes and may be more appropriate for a formal or black tie function. Pantsuits are also acceptable choices.

Dressy Casual: Think your Sunday best! Men will be wearing nice pants with a button down shirt and tie, while the women will be dressed with a mix of elegant silhouettes in casual fabric or elegant fabric in more casual silhouettes. The idea of “dressy casual” is a total contradiction. Just keep that in mind as you decide what to wear. Balance your look with formal and casual characteristics and you’ll be good to go!

Casual: Spring and summer wedding are often more casual as many are outdoors.  These are great events for pretty floral prints and, for a casual occasion, fun summer dresses! A skirt or pants with a nice blouse is also acceptable. Men should wear nice pants paired with a button down shirt or even a polo. Linen fabrics are great choices for men.

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There are some things you should keep in mind no matter what style of wedding you are attending:

  1. For daytime weddings choose brighter colors or fun floral patterns. Evening weddings stick to dark tones and sparkly jewelry. Men should wear a dark suit for evening weddings and a lighter color in the daytime. Linen suits are great for outdoor casual weddings, especially beach weddings.
  2. Your little black dress is ok! In the past it was a fax paus to wear black to a wedding, but these days it is much more acceptable and a perfect piece if you are unsure of the dress code. You can never go wrong with a LBD.
  3. Never wear anything too short, sexy, or revealing. No one wants to be the wedding day hoe. Weddings are classy events that require poise and elegance.
  4. This may seem like a given but no t-shirts or blue jeans are to be worn to a wedding,
  5. NEVER EVER wear white….. just NO!
  6. If your mind is still not at ease with how to dress, take cues from the invitation. Sometimes the style of invitation says it all, even the wording expresses the type of wedding you should expect. A fancy embossed script would probably indicate a more formal wedding, while a beach or garden themed invite may be more casual. As far as the wording goes, if you feel like the Queen of England is asking you to tea…..dig out your prom dress. If you can read it with ease and feel a sense of normal speaking, its probably not a black tie thing 🙂

There you have it, a stress free guide to your wedding worries 😉 Remember to Dress, Style, and Separate as you choose your looks and you are sure to shine! (See “How to Dress in a Way the Says… Go You!”) Although we all want to feel and look our best, the most important thing to bring to a wedding is your love and support for the happy couple. They invited you to be part of their special day because they wanted you to be part of the celebration. Enjoy it!… and Go YOU!

Here are 30 summer wedding dresses picked by  POPSUGAR. Click here to shop 🙂

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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How to Dress in a Way that Says …“Go You!”

According to the United States Census Bureau there are over 7 BILLION people in this world growing at a rate of one birth every 8 seconds and shrinking at rate of one death every 12 seconds. Out of all 7 billion and counting people, you are the only one with your unique qualities. God made us all to have different personalities, tastes, body types, interests, thoughts, dreams, goals etc. That’s what makes you so wonderful!

Fashion is a great tool to embrace your individuality. The way you dress is a direct reflection of who you are. Simply stepping out the door, walking into a room, or posting a picture on Facebook can say a lot about you, without saying anything at all. No pressure or anything…. 😉 I have put together three simple steps that you can implement in your closet everyday, keeping the stress away and staying true to yourself:

Step 1. Dress

Step 2. Style

Step 3. Separate

Below we take a look at these steps in term of  layers you can add to your basic top and bottom and put your best self-forward everyday with confidence:

Base: You are the base. (Hopefully you are at least wearing a top and a bottom piece 😉 )

Layer 1, “Dress”: Think of your outfit in terms of three. It is more than just a top and bottom, there is also a third piece involved.  A cardigan, a jacket, a belt etc. these pieces create dimension and a sense of thoughtfulness to your look. The simple addition of a third piece can takes you from being “Clothed,” to being “Dressed.”

Layer 2, “Style”: Add another layer. Bring in a WOW piece. A scarf, a necklace, a hat. The addition that can take your look from ordinary to extraordinary. This is what sets you apart from being “Dressed” to being “Styled.” If you get to this point everyday, your in it. This is what gives you an opportunity to create your personal style. Have fun experimenting with ways to wear scarves, and different types of jewelry. You have lots of room to play with various looks and styles. Some will be winners and others not so much. Every chance is worth taking because now you know something about your style that you didn’t before. Have fun and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Layer 3, “Separate”: In addition to the WOW pieces, layer three is all about details. The ring, the dangle earrings, the stack of bangles or a flower pin that you could add to your jacket or hair. These are the icing on the cake. There are many sylish details you can add to your outfit. You might add a necklace that matches the color of your shoes, and a ring that compliments your bracelet. Maybe the necklace comes with matching earrings and a bow for your hair and….. whoa there! Rein it in! Details are just that; details. They are not to be used to overtake the star of the show; you! Too much of a good thing can be bad, but just enough can make the perfect statement. Watch out for over accessorizing, but don’t be afraid to add details, just not ALL of them. Details allow you to separate your look from the crowd, show a unique personal style, and take your look from being “Styled” to being “Fashion Forward.”

Here’s another way to think about it. Take this couch as an example:

Base: Plain Jane, lets call this the blank canvas… the possibilities are endless!

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This base couch is certainly a functional piece of furniture. It will do the job,  but feels a little cold and uninviting.

Layer 1: Lets throw a couple  pillows on that couch!

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The pillows pull the couch together making the thought of a comfortable couch more complete. This is not a bad looking couch by any means…. I’d sit on it 🙂

Layer 2: Lets throw on a couple more!

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Now we are starting to see some personality! The extra pillows add texture creating a theme and visual interest. Look how just the two extra pillows and the use of pattern make the couch feel  more warm and cozy.

Layer 4: One last touch.

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There’s that icing! The one piece that stylizes this couch giving it a voice. It now says something. It welcomes you to come join the party, snuggle up, bring the latest edition of Instyle,  some hot tea, and turn on your favorite tunes!

Whether its styling yourself or your living room, just adding a few simple pieces can make a big impact. It is important to embrace your individuality and show who you are. Putting the time and extra care into your style can give you a huge confidence boost preparing you to take on each day with a positive attitude and an extra skip in your step. When you look good…. you feel good. Being who you are on the inside and out is the best feeling 🙂 So go to your closets and start playing dress up! Dress, Style, Separate and start finding your personal style one outfit at at time.

Tell us what you think below or post to our Facebook page. Share your new ideas for looks, and tell us how you make your fashion choices each day; we can’t wait to hear from you!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

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Happy Memorial Day!

Ahhh memorial day; a day to kick off the summer bbq’s, backyard games, and fun in the sun. A luxury we have thanks to so many men and women who are fighting or have fought for the freedom of our country. They deserve honor and appreciation for all that they do. Not only do the men and women of our military encourage us to believe in the USA and unite together, their attire has inspired the runways of the 2013 fall and winter fashion shows.

The catwalk was filled with soldierly inspired coats, boots, and prints. Military chic is in, bringing strength and power to your wardrobe. Combat boots, camouflage prints and cargo jackets are trending for fall  and will be must have pieces in your closet.

Its never to early to start planning for the season to come. Look out for colors like army green, black, navy, mustard  and camouflage. All done in more feminine silhouettes, the details of large buttons, breast pockets and epaulettes, bring the force and power of a military look.

Cargo jackets, skinny pants and skirts in khaki, army green, camo. and black leather all have a place in  your closet. They are a chic and casual way to beef up your style. The tough “battleground” heritage of this look may be intimidating at first, but these trends will help you to embrace your inner strength, and bring authority to your look. SHOPSTYLE by POPSUGAR organized a great collection of pieces you can shop to get you started. Check it out here.

On Memorial Day we reflect on our military soldiers and what they have done to preserve our safety. We are privileged and free as a country, and in the midst of our hectic lives,we forget to be thankful and honor those that fight to keep it that way. This fall and winter we have an opportunity to keep our soldiers in mind everyday as we look into our closets and sport our military looks. Lets make it more than an outfit! Take the time to thank God and pray for our military, their families and our country. Thank you to all who have served and fought for us. Your willingness to lay your lives on the line is heroic and honorable….not to mention your ever so chic attire 🙂

We are excited to embrace this trend and see what looks you can come up with. Let us know what you think, and how you plan on becoming military chic this fall. Comment below or post your input to our Facebook page!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

The Printed Pant: to wear or not to wear

I get it….as a style obsessed society, we do our best to stay current in an ever changing fashion world. But how do we know what we can rock and what we really shouldn’t leave the house in? Take the currently very popular printed pant…. floral, animal print, paisleys and stripes. It’s not like this fashion phenomenon is new; not too long ago in the 80’s, popular rap artist Stanley Burrell was rocking what we now call the “Hammer Time” pants.mollyringwaldpants And Molly Ringwald made faded pastel floral jeans all the rage when she wore them in Pretty In Pink. So like most popular styles that have graced the 20th and now 21st century, the printed pant has come full circle. Which brings us back to the original question; what’s the right printed pant for you and how do you wear it?

With all the crazy prints coming off the assembly line these days, it’s hard to know what’s what. But I have narrowed down two prints that will not only work well for you, but will also transition easily into a conventional wardrobe. The first of these is animal print, already a well established pattern worn by the big cats of the wild. An animal print is excellent way to spice up a boring outfit, and can easily be paired with a chambray blouse or any other neutral top (black, white, brown). Personally, I love my animal print paired with a black sweater and black booties 🙂 Rocking the animal print pant is edgy and says that you’re not afraid to shake things up; they always look better in small print and in a fitted form, like a skinny or a slim leg. WARNING: Animal print captured in the form of full-legged trousers or paired with crazy tops can be ostentatious and overpowering; keep it simple.

That leaves us with plaid, a print that doesn’t need to make a comeback because it’s never really left the fashion scene. Originating in Scotland, plaid (or tartan as the Scots refer to it) has been well worn and well loved by golfers and punk rockers for many years, keeping the pattern from fading into fashion oblivion; chances are you have or had at some point a pair of neutral plaid dress trousers hanging in your closet. Plaid is a wonderful fall and winter print, and usually graces some runway in its most popular form of Royal Stewart.royalstuarttartan Unlike animal print, plaid looks great in all cuts and styles, and is just as chic in a skinny leg form as it is in the form of full-legged trousers. A wonderful day-to-night print, start your day in plaid paired with a solid tee-shirt, jean jacket and cap toe flats. As the evening approaches, switch to stilettos and a black blazer (black velvet’s the best!) and layer on some jewelry. All in all, plaid provides a chic look that can be worn again and again, and can be switched up for endless possibilities.

Now that I have addressed the two main patterns of animal and plaid, that leaves us with a couple prints to discuss. Floral is huge, especially right now as we enter spring and summer. I have no problem with floral as long as it looks new and fresh; the aforementioned Molly Ringwald looked great in her floral denim in 1986, but wearing that print or a print similar to it now will only date you. Stripes are another pattern to grace the pant runway this season, and much like plaid can be worn in any style or shape (provided the stripes are vertical). Chevron, abstracts and tie dye are all wonderful, but have an expiration point; I wouldn’t invest in them simply because next season they most likely will be out of style. If you already own one of these patterns, I say wear and rock them now. And that leaves us with the polka-dot. In truth, the polka-dot is my favorite print and will not doubt always come back around. If you have some polka-dot pants, wear them with pride!!

To conclude, there are a lot of printed pants out there, some a little crazier than others. I understand it can be a little unnerving to try an unfamiliar style, but you can do it! Start with the basic plaid or animal print …or if you’re really gutsy pull on those polka-dots! If you have a print I haven’t mentioned feel free to comment below or post a pic to our Facebook in your pants of choice! I would love to hear what you think of this current fashion trend!!!! Let me know!

~Morgan