Being someone who typically favors skin grazing frocks and tops only slightly larger than sportsbras, it may come as quite a surprise that one of my favorite parts of cooler weather has absolutely nothing to do with pumpkin spice anything and a whole lot to do with slipping into a cozy, cuddly, oftentimes oversized sweater dress.
This is not the first time I’ve dedicated a Friday Frocks to sweater dressing and I can promise you, as it’s only mid-September, it won’t be the last. Knit dresses are the perfect way to transition from chilly fall days to frosty winter evenings. When the thermostat starts to head below 60, wear your knitwear with over the knee boots and toss on a leather jacket. As the biting temperatures of winter arrive, layer your frock over patterned tights or a pair of complementary knit leggings (another really big trend for fall). I may be the only one, but all I want to do is hug myself when wearing a soft cashmere sweater and fortunately, I’m quite flexible, so it’s entirely doable. But seriously, if you see me in the street wearing a sweater dress, hugs are welcome.
Although it was fifty degrees over the weekend and snow flurrying today, we really are in the home stretch of winter. Just hang in there, pretty birds, relief is on the way. While we wait for the last frost of the season to cease, let us refresh ourselves on the clothing that is just waiting to make itself quite comfortable in our closets come spring. Since each fashion week presents collections a solid six months in advance of when we can actually get our greedy little hands on it, it’s easy to forget what we need to start scoping for and what to relegate to the back of our wardrobes for the time being. The fashion elite may be a bit clairvoyant perhaps predicting the dreadfully long winter we’ve endured as the spring collections did not shy away from color, bold patterns, and plenty of shiny embellishment. Though black and white were ever present, it’s time to drop the dull all black uniform and have a little bit of fun.
While florals are really nothing new for spring, this season’s are a bit bolder and less feminine incorporating the trend of black and white as well as darker tones as opposed to the predictable pastel colorways. Speaking of which, Easter egg colors abound and are best done head to toe, but if that has you feeling apprehensive of emulating Great Aunt Ida, the presence of a pastel leather jacket or clutch will do the trick.
Along with bold graphics that will have even the biggest globetrotters giddy, art aficionados rejoice. Patterns for spring give a nod to pop art using brights that make them downright framable. Wearable art, if you will.
Embellishment was big and came in the form of fringe, 3D embellishments and gilded golds, bronze, and silver. An alternative to shine in the form of straightforward metallics is presented in the option of iridescence.
And to those who attempted a croptop intervention on me… bad news: the croptop (which will live on through Fall 2014) is stronger than ever for spring. Might I suggest enrolling in a Pilates class, like last week? Though tops are shrinking bottoms get a bit of volume in the form of wide leg trousers and full skirts seen prevalently in the midi length.
Most notably to me was that all of the various trends seem to work together quite seamlessly and in some cases there’s quite a bit of overlap. Full metallic skirts, crop tops with sheer panels, and boldy printed wide leg trousers make hitting a few trends at once a spring breeze.
As you may recall, I wasn’t particularly pleased when the whole “overalls” trend popped up this past fall. It just seemed like such an unflattering and unladylike look for about, oh… 98.9% of the population. But then something funny happened.
Trendsetting celebrities and stylish city girls put a positive spin on the formerly dowdy denim dungarees. For some reason, I find the short version far less offensive than its full leg counterpart. Dare I even call it cute? So, I guess you could say my cold heart has melted… or it could just be this miserable mid-July heatwave, but you be the judge.
Fact: you will be invited to a Gatsby themed party this summer. So, you better be ready to dress the part. Turns out Ricky’s doesn’t carry costumes in a bag all year round. The horror! How will you achieve the look without being completely in costume? Channel your Daisy with dropped waists, sequins, feathers and flapper-esque details in dresses like the ones below.
I have collected quite a bit of clothing during my time on this planet, and while I do have pops of pink and pretty patterns, I always seem to be drawn back to the basics of black or white. Safe? Maybe. I prefer to call it classic, contemporary, even minimalistic. Pairing black and white might seem obvious or boring, but if done with well tailored interesting pieces, it is anything but your average cater waiter uniform. Incorporating different textures like lace, leather, satin, or chiffon, will take your look from flat to fully dimensional. Trust me, no one will mistake you for the hostess at your local Olive Garden.
When you invest in quality pieces, you can mix and match them for all new looks that are anything but boring.