Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Peplum Shmeplum

Peplum Shmeplum
Peplum is a trend that has extended far past the traditional peplum skirt into dresses, blazers, tops, etc. It is a trend that is somewhat universally flattering, if done correctly.

Obviously the main rule is to never wear both a peplum skirt and top, or you will appear as though you have folds in your middle, which is never appealing.

If you are wearing a peplum skirt, be sure to go minimal and with the least amount of volume as possible, and the opposite applies for wearing peplum shirts or blazers. 
Here are some outfit possibilities that I also made through Polyvore
So enjoy this trend this summer, it is a fun and flirty way to accentuate your curves (or create them if you are so lucky)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I Wear My Sunglasses at Night


I have been thinking about sunglasses lately, and how much the styles have changed over the years, and then again, how they haven't. Yes, there seems to be an endless supply of new sunglasses at every season, but in reality, how many of the styles are actually innovative? I believe we ran out of our new-sunglass-style quota right around 1980.

For example, on many style blogs and websites, they are bursting at the seams with articles on how "wayfarer" sunglasses are so very in.

I would like to take this moment to throw up the challenge and say they were officially never "out".

These styles have been popular since the 80's, and made iconic by John Hughes films. Yes, there are many cheap copies of these, mainly seen as party favors at bar mitzvahs or proms, but nonetheless, they are universally flattering, and give an instant air of coolness, historically only attainable by Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club. 

One style that is having another revival from a little further back is the half-frame. If you aren't currently residing under a large rock, you may be aware of the pop culture phenomenon (brilliance) that is Mad Men. If you are familiar with this 1960's drama, then it should be plain to see where this revival stemmed from.



These, although not as popular as the wayfarer style, are gaining popularity slowly but surely.
Just for good measure, here is a nice little picture to hang on your metaphorical wall of the ever dapper, ever charming, Donald Draper.


Finally, we come to the cat-eye sunglasses. Many may say these were made popular by a Ms. Kourtney Kardashian, as seen in these images:

but I would beg to differ.
As seen below, this is yet another revival, this from the 1950s era, and in the prime of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.


These revivals are beneficial to the world of "sunnies" and will hopefully inspire some to bring in the old with the new season approaching. Bye!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Plain White T's

Plain white v-neck t-shirts, much like a good hair day and the classic musical Newsies, often go unappreciated.

Jacket: H&M; Pants: Vidalgo; Shirt: Hanes; Scarf and Flats: H&M
Sunglasses: Rayban; Bracelets: Alex & Ani, Stella &Dot
When asked what their wardrobe staple is, many may reply with "a tailored blazer", "an a-line skirt", or "a lbd". Although these are all staples in their own right, I believe that the first words out of their mouths should undoubtedly be dedicated to Hanes. Plain white T's, not the band, are something that has the potential to be the base of any fabulous outfit. It can either be a nice complement to a fabulous pair of pants, or simply adding an air of conservatism to a more revealing outfit.