One of my favorite trends this coming season is pinky blush outerwear. I like it because it's unexpected. Fall/Winter is typically awash with dark neutrals and jewel tones. But this winter is all about blush, a color more commonly reserved for the sugar sweet palettes of spring and summer. The great news is, this color is easy to pair with several classic winter colors. Try black to create contrast, gray for a softer pairing, or opulent oxblood for a unique take on tonal dressing...
Runways: Celine, Jonathan Saunders, Mulberry, Simone Rocha via Style.com
When it comes down to actually shopping, I adore this slightly more affordable option courtesy of Club Monaco. The super soft shade is virtually neutral, and it's an easy piece to dress up or down. Still a bit of an investment, but worth it if you live in a colder climate and need a fab new go-to coat this winter. The "Samone Coat" is available online via clubmonaco.com.
Strange and Unusual Trends
Photos by Tommy Ton via Style.com.
Street style snaps from New York Fashion Week reveal an interesting trend emerging - fuzzy accessories. Personally, I'm not a fan. The addition of fuzz downgrades these looks, creating a juvenile feel where these would be otherwise chic outfits. I'm all for mixing it up and throwing in unexpected elements, but this, to me just looks silly. Aside from the goofy, childish vibe, the look evokes memories reminiscent of late 90's raver style - something that seems so out of place for the fashion set. Bottom line, save the fuzz for your sweaters and move on.
Feel free to chime in if you have a different opinion, I'd love to hear other takes on this trend...
Oxblood Booties For Fall
From left to right: Chinese Laundry "I Spy" for $110, DV by Dolce Vita "Coral" for $129, and Steve Madden "Cinch" for $129.
Okay so...I'm dying for a pair of deep oxblood booties to rock this fall. The problem is, there are just too many options out there, hence sometimes I tend to want more than one pair of shoes in seemingly similar styles. In this case, I've managed to narrow it down to three, and I think I might know which pair I'm leaning towards, but I'm not convinced. This is where you come in!! Help me decide. Which pair do you like best? Which would you buy for yourself? Considering that the quality and price point are similar across the board, this is purely a question of style. Hoping to nail this down and make a purchase asap, even today if possible. So please, please let me know what you think. Comments are appreciated and will absolutely factor into my decision :))
Off Topic: In Defense of Miley
I’d like to talk about Miley Cyrus for a minute. And honestly this wasn’t planned. My personal thoughts emerged suddenly, following the barrage of articles and commentary circulating the web right now. I realize this isn’t exactly about style, but I feel it needs to be said.
It seems that nearly everyone is ready to condemn Miley for her raunchy, indiscreet VMA performance this past Sunday. Somewhat surprisingly, I’m pleased to see that her dad Billy Ray and Robin Thicke’s lovely wife Paula have taken the high road. But the rest of the lot are jumping at every chance to call Miley trashy, label her desperate, preach about how she needs guidance, blah, blah, etc, etc. If I know anything, I know that no one can tell a rebellious teenager/twenty-something what to do, or better yet what not to do. She is her own person, and the bottom line is, she doesn’t really know what that means right now. She has no clearly defined sense of self, because quite frankly, for far too long, who she “is” has been defined for her. So let’s get one thing straight…rebellion is cathartic. Absolutely and unabashedly. And in Miley’s case, her rebellion is a no-holds-barred way of shedding who she was (i.e. Hannah Montana, Disney Darling). Yet these current behaviors do not define who she is. She is quite plainly telling the world she doesn’t give a fuck, because she’s confused and because she knows she has to figure it out for herself. She doesn’t need anyone else’s approval, certainly not until she has her own. And I think that’s the point. She’s tired of other people dictating who she is and what she does, and she’s tired of being judged on the basis of an image she did not mastermind. So she’s wiping the slate clean, by unapologetically ripping into her wholesome former self. She’s throwing her middle fingers up and contending, “You have no idea who I am.” That's exactly what’s she’s doing, and I think it’s pretty obvious, so why the hell are we all outraged? Many young people experience similar identity crises, for various reasons, and act out accordingly. Is it really Miley’s fault that networks like MTV will sop up any chance at a ratings boost? Of course they rehearsed the performance, and of course MTV approved it. I’m sure plenty of higher-ups were anxiously anticipating the inevitable media frenzy. The fact that she’s famous makes it that much harder to go through what she’s going through, and we’ve seen it all before, too many times to count. In Miley’s case, something tells me she’ll come out all right on the other side. I could be wrong, but I think she’s fierce enough to ride this storm, and eventually find herself where she wants to be. And on a side note, wild as it may be, I’m thoroughly digging her style right now.
Statement Jewelry Love
Check out my foolproof tips for styling statement jewelry via the The Stylitics Report!!
Just A Quick Note To Say...
Serious Shoe Love: Jessica Simpson
To be perfectly honest, Jessica Simpson does cute shoes. Stylish and affordable...and better quality than many brands with a similar price point. Not to mention, when it comes to wedges and platforms, JS shoes are among the most comfortable I've tried. Her shoes have been a personal favorite for years now, though I tend to prefer the spring collections...always great color combos! I was super excited a few months back when I blogged about the emerald green Thunder platform. If it was any indication of spring shoes to come, I knew I'd want more than a few styles...and sure enough, here are some of my top picks of the moment.
Black & White: Krisella @ heels.com
Leopard & Neon: Sawana @ heels.com
Snakeskin & Mint: Parie @ heels.com
Chic For Less: Valentine's Day
Dress: Xhilaration (similar style)
Belt: H&M (various styles)
Clutch: New Look (similar style)
Ring: Fossil (similar style)
Wedges: Jessica Simpson
For those of you who don't know, DV8 is one of Dolce Vita's diffusion lines. Slightly pricier than DV, and undoubtedly edgier, the concept is less than a year old, with the original collection launching last spring. I'm absolutely OBSESSED with their funky, color-pop wedges and platforms! These are just some of my current faves...
DV8 Javelin Wedge @ nordstrom.com
DV8 Plank Wedge @ nordstrom.com
DV8 Yasmine Boot @ nordstrom.com
Red Maxi: Temperley London, Black & White Body-Con: H&M
What You Need To Know:
- Stripes are a standard for spring, but this year they're more in than ever...A precedent set by numerous designers (including Michael Kors, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, and more) during Fall Fashion Week last year.
- There's a lot of controversy over whether horizontal stripes make you appear wider, or whether they might actually be slimming. Find one explanation here. Personally, I vote for slimming, assuming you use them the right way!
- Use stripes to your advantage by wearing them wherever you'd like to draw attention. A striped tee or blouse is a great option if you want to draw the eye up. A body-con dress or pencil skirt is ideal if you want to emphasize curves. A striped band across the waist will have an immediate cinching effect, making your waist appear smaller.
- Talking style tips, I'm a MAJOR fan of black & white (or navy & white) stripes paired with one bold color like yellow or red. Even neon pink, orange, etc. Try this look with nude pumps for a sexy, sophisticated vibe. Or dress it down for spring with espadrilles.
Luisa Lucia is a Los Angeles based wardrobe stylist and lifelong fashion fanatic.