Cozy and warm and absolutely delightful.
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Turtlenecks are a part of my daily wardrobe these days. They’re classic and feminine, and are super warm so they make great substitutes for scarves. Turtlenecks are also a huge trend item at the moment, and have been for a few seasons (part and parcel of the whole 70s trend). I’m still not sure if something this simple and cozy could really be a trend item, but who even cares because it looks great on everybody and goes with everything.
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Most people don’t know this about me: I have one split earlobe. As a young’un starting out in university, I harboured an unhealthy obsession with big, colourful ear baubles. So fervent was my devotion, I didn’t even notice when my left earlobe eventually gave out from years of daily wear. After that I vowed to only wear teeny tiny studs….that is, until now.
But of course the oversized earrings that have caught my attention lately aren’t anything like the tacky pieces I wore nearly a decade ago. Being older and wiser and with better taste, nowadays I prefer bold, minimal pieces in solid gold or silver. Céline is perhaps the most well-known dealer of these notice-me accessories. Lucky for us more modestly-salaried individuals, you can buy really beautiful knock-offs from, where else, Zara. They’re the tear-dropped beauties 5th from the top, and although these are much too heavy and ostentatious for daily wear, they’re ideal for the occasional holiday party. You see? I did learn an important lesson from this after all.
Images via Zara, Vogue.com, Céline, and Pinterest
Thomas Tait is, in my humble opinion, one of the top three most innovative and thoughtful designers working in fashion today. His recent spring summer 2016 collection in London makes me more convinced than ever that my opinion is fact. He works with unconventional colours and combines out-of-the-box fabrics and somehow it all works. The man has taste. He does sexy allure that oozes elegance. His styling is unexpected but impeccable—I never thought a mustard tank top could look so fancy paired with a shaggy jacket. His ability to think of fresh ways to show skin is commendable. I don’t think I’ve ever seen strategically placed, embellished circular holes like these being used to show off some leg. I adore the dark denim with embellished knee holes, which are a welcomed riff on ripped-at-the-knees jeans that have been absolutely everywhere for the past season. I even love the super cakey mascara on some of the models. IT ALL WORKS AND I AM FLABBERGASTED. What a treat it is to experience Tait’s designs season after season. He certainly has a bright future ahead of him.
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The large Céline-like buttons, the choppy fringe, the squiggly-lined collars, the cozy pyjama silhouettes, every shade of cream and beige….Opening Ceremony’s SS16 collection might not be the most groundbreaking collection this season, it might not even be the most groundbreaking in New York, but it utilizes its influences and executes them perfectly. Models look comfortable but surprisingly glam—the ornate shades might have something to do with it. I’m a sucker for the low-key frumpy long-dress-over-long-shirt combo—I don’t know why it works but it looks feminine as hell. And all of the beige and ivory is a welcomed sight after the non-stop white of the past few seasons.
Images via Vogue.com
A lot has been written about the rise in popularity of 70s boho style, and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. Zara recently released their fall womanswear campaign, and it was all bellbottoms, suede jackets, cropped jeans, and fur in rich fall shades. Not everyone is on board. And if I’m being real with you, even if I have been on board in the past, I’m not sure if I’m down with being inundated by all of this print-heavy, flowy clothing. Perhaps it’s because of the changing ways in which we consume fashion and trends, but with each passing season it feels like trends are becoming less and less diverse. Instead of labels sticking with trends that reflect their brand, every label, especially in the fast fashion world, are just going for the same thing. This makes shopping an extremely dull experience, and causes fashion-savvy consumers like myself to grow tired of trends much much faster. Of course there are things I will always love about 70s style, like the cozy long jackets, vibrant hues, and copious amounts of suede. (I hate the printed dresses) But when a trend is this reminiscent of pieces you can find at literally any vintage store in your city, I fail to see the appeal in purchasing it brand new and made with lower quality fabrics.
What do you think about 70s style?
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If you’ve spent the past decade struggling with poor circulation, thigh-rubbin’, and bizarrely patterned seam imprints on your legs, fear no more. It would appear that the tide is turning and fashionable women are no longer clinging on to their skinny jeans with a fervour so manic, you’d think they actually enjoyed wearing them or something. Since the rise in popularity of off-kilter womenswear labels like Marques’Almeida, Eckhaus Latta, and Faustine Steinmetz, as well as the proliferation of slouchy shapes in recent collections from The Row, Christopher Lemaire, Céline, and Stella McCartney, fashion industry insiders (and Rihanna) are getting photographed with increasing regularity outside of fashion shows in comfy wide leg jeans frayed to perfection.
What is immediately appealing about this JNCO-revival is the comfort factor. While fashionably-inclined women are accustomed to a certain level of discomfort for style’s sake, I am of the school of thought that I should still feel good when I’m in my clothes or else I probably won’t wear them. Of course, skinny jean manufacturers helped by producing them in stretchy spandex blends. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to wear jeans so loose there’s a draft when I’m walking. Also of interest to me: how long a well-cut pair of wide leg jeans can make your legs look.
Images via Eckhaus Latta, Rachey Comey, Marques’Almeida, Sunnei, Fuyuri’s Diary, Faustine Steinmetz, and Fake Tokyo
When you work 8-10 hour days, five days a week, and with an hour commute each way, life can get a little monotonous after a while. You know what helps? Trying out your questionable outfit ideas in the office before you wear them out to something actually important. That’s how I found myself at work in the dead of winter in bell bottoms and a mustard belt. Who am I? Obviously I have no idea.
Based on my past few posts, you can probably tell I’m pretty enamoured with 70s-inspired style these days. I enjoy the change, and 70s dressing, with its shearling coats and protective leathers, is particularly suitable for these dang February days. It’s currently -20 in Toronto with over 20 cm of snow on the ground, so boots and long johns are essential. And, as someone terrified of having a cold neck, I’ve been pretty much living in turtlenecks since November. From a practical standpoint, this ensemble was a perfect ten. I was comfortable. The wide leg jeans were perfect for layering on top of fleece-lined long johns. And I loved the luxury of wearing a knit sweater that’s also very slimming on my figure. Black turtlenecks are absolutely necessary, you guys. Stylistically, I loved how long the bell bottoms made my legs look. Also, I think we’re all a little sick of skinny jeans, no? I still got to wear my favourite colour combo of black and white. Jury’s still out on the mustard belt.
Obviously I’m not new to this way of dressing. These jeans have been in my wardrobe for years. What is novel is the fact that this is the first time in a while that I’ve been excited to wear colour. Sunny days are hard to come by these days so I like adding some colour to my life artificially. I know it’s just a tiny yellow belt, but baby steps ok? I love the rich hues so characteristic of 70s garments—dark maroons, warm browns, deep indigo blues. It is enough to make me feel excited to get dressed in the morning again.
In case you missed the memo (that’s a nice rock you’re living under), #normcore is dead, long live the shining 70s. And there’s no bigger proof of this than the brand new Spring Summer 2015 campaign by Zara Woman. Remember the Chloé Pre-fall collection from a month ago? If you forgot, that’s ok, because the Zara design team is here to remind you, one suede skirt at a time. *cue Todd Rundgren track*
This, of course, doesn’t mean I’m ready to chuck my Nikes and go full boho. Trends are best implemented in baby steps, carefully selected and with care. Who’s got the benjamins to buy a new closet each season? Who wants to look like a walking trend report, devoid of any sense of personal style? No one from The Pack, that’s for sure.
By far my favourite elements of this campaign, and the 70s style in general, are dark and patchwork denims, rich-hued suedes, and pimped out shearling coats (which I’ve already begun searching for in vintage shops). I don’t want to say never, but you probably won’t see me in one of those long billowy dresses or the frilly white blouse. The tan suede dress in the second photo? It’s got my name written all over it.
Images via zara.com