Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

This is not an exhaustive list– nor is it meant to be. I have weeded through the Spring 2016 trends to find what will work for me and my lifestyle. Why should I exclude some trends over others? Most employers would be less-than-thrilled if one were to come into work wearing a sheer dress over nothing but lingerie (sorry, Simone Rocha) and perhaps more importantly, not all trends work for all body types. One huge trend that I saw time and time again were off-the-shoulder pieces, but I’ve left them off my list because they simply aren’t bra-friendly. Trends should not be followed blindly. Pick and choose what works for you. After all, are you really going to wear that Tommy Hilfiger multi-colored crocheted gown?

ss16 pajama trendLingerie, slips, and pajama dressing are huge for spring/summer 2016. This trend, especially highlighted by For Restless Sleepers, is nothing new though, popping up every few years. It’s no wonder. Spring weather moves us toward light, flowing fabrics. Ironically, lingerie and slips are not typically bra-friendly, but pajama dressing may be made work- and life-friendly. A fitted white button-up makes this soft pant look more refined and this silk pajama top tucked into a white pencil skirt can easily go from bedroom to office.

paperbag waistPaper-bag waists are back. This is a trend that does not show itself terribly often and it can be more difficult to pull off. With a little common (style) sense, it can be a flattering look for work or for weekend. This is a look for which one would be wise to stick to the rules of fashion. I’m talking the basic silhouette rules. Volume on bottom, fitted on top–seen here at 3.1 Phillip Lim. There isn’t much wiggle room here on tops. If you can pull it off, a crop top with a full paper-bag waist skirt can make for an adventurous warm-weather weekend look. This waist style was prevalent in the 1980s/early 1990s and modernizing the look can be achieved through the choice of fabric. While the 1980s was filled with stiff denim, this season offers a softer interpretation. These pants from Lavish Alice look professional with a blazer or a slim button-down. This linen-blend midi skirt from Simply Be has Out of Africa written all over it. A subtle safari outfit can be a classy look for dealing with the oppressive heat of high summer. I would pair it with a gauzy off-white camp shirt with rolled-up sleeves and a strappy pebbled leather heeled sandal.

spring 2016 trend, stripesStripes were everywhere on Spring 2016’s runways. Stripes have never been a stranger to this season but this time around, they were bold statement stripes. This could be seen especially at Max Mara, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren. I chose to feature stripes that were decidedly smaller, as my short stature does not usually benefit from bold rugby striping. Dolce & Gabbana had bright stripes running either horizontally or vertically on their tourist-chic looks, and both were equally fabulous. Stripes will never go out of style and they can be dressed up, like at J.Crew or dressed down, like at Kate Spade. Take time to choose the right kind of stripe for you, because they aren’t going anywhere.

spring 2016 trends, alexander mcqueen, erdem, summer trendsRomance permeates the upcoming season. It shows itself in the form of ruffles, English blooms, narrow pleats, and Victorian silhouettes. Ruffles aren’t uncommon for Spring, but this time around they were large and bouncy rather than small and dainty. Alexander McQueen relied heavily on a mix of blooms, ruffles, and Victoriana, whereas Gucci approached the romantic trend with a geek-chic look throughout the show. Erdem mixed the Victoriana trend with sheer fabrics to create a modern, fresh look. High necklines, part of the Victoriana trend, were seen roaming the runways, but they can be harder to locate, as retailers often steer away from high necklines, long sleeves, and other attributes associated with high production costs. Trend-driven sites such as ASOS and Ruche are great for finding overtly feminine pieces, and Dressbarn offers a work-friendly piece with a lovely English bloom print.

Shit I’ve Acquired Relatively Recently

Shit I’ve Acquired Relatively Recently

I was contemplating calling this a haul post, but that would insinuate timely reporting on single or double store purchases. If there is one thing I have commitment issues with, it is ambition. It’s like I want to write about things when I get them, but I lose the energy and inspiration to. Anyway, I’ve come around to putting some recent purchases together in attempt to record my belongings. I do this because I like to appreciate what I have and having it in writing feels more permanent than just the feeling of having something.

How to Survive The Library Book Sale

How to Survive The Library Book Sale

It’s intense, people; you don’t even know. I’m talkin’ shoving grannies and kickin’ butt. Just kidding! I do take the semiannual library book sale very seriously but it isn’t a life or death situation, unlike Black Friday. It is nice to go at your own pace during this otherwise crazy shopping time. I’ve put together a list of things I’ve learned about attending the library book sale and realistic tips to stick to, to ensure the best outcome for you.

I don’t know where you live but my library has a sale twice a year, each last for three days so I always try to be ready. It doesn’t always work out and it takes a little forethought. You’ll never have to camp out though. Whew. Over the course of the year, books are either donated or just appear (I’ve never looked into it) and then sold for very little money to benefit the library. The library in my town offers so many activities to the community and it is only right that we give back. They have little play classes for babies, reading clubs for teens, regular yoga and craft classes, as well as giving out free passes to local museums. I grew up sitting in the aisles in the children’s section, a book between my lap because I was too impatient to actually walk to a seat. Anyway, on to the tips…

1. Go with a clear head. I learned this the hard way one year when I went with a wicked hangover. I couldn’t focus and was in no mood to fiddle through tables and tables of books, especially because I was sick to my stomach.

2. Wear a cute, but comfortable pair of flats that you probably couldn’t fall over in. You may be heaving some pretty heavy books and even if your heels feel stable, you’ll be balancing some extra weight on one arm and it could really throw off your balance. The last thing you want is a broken ankle. Medical care is expensive and perhaps even worse, the EMTs on the ambulance probably won’t let you take your books. It’s a big deal.

3. Wear pants that fit perfectly. The last thing you want to do is be hitching up your jeans when you’re trying to hold a lot of books.

4. Wear a cute top and a cardigan. This is a very important two-parter. The top should have an average dip neckline. Sometimes you’ll have to balance a stack of books against your chest and if the books are lowered, your top is going with it. Wear any necklaces short, to avoid said issue and also because even though you’re at a library doesn’t mean you have to look boring. The cardigan comes in handy because it is better than a jacket. Why? Carrying around a coat isn’t ideal because it takes up precious arm real estate that could be holding books. Even though it’s a November in New York, deal with it. Sacrifice.

5. Leave your purse (hidden) in the car. I wear skinny jeans and they just about fit my money and my car keys. Cell phone? Wallet? Lipstick? Leave it in the car. You shouldn’t be using your phone in a library anyway. SHHH!

6. If you have reusable bags (and you should, what are you a caveman?), now is the time to NOT FORGET THEM. I use my Baggus and they are not only bigger than the flimsy plastic bags that library would otherwise give you, but they have reinforced and thicker handles that won’t cut your arm in half. Also, fabric is generally more sturdy than plastic and books (taking it back to first grade here) have sharp edges that can tear through a bag before you even get to the parking lot.

7. Make multiple trips. You may feel like Wonderwoman with all the good you are doing by reusing books and donating money, but don’t throw out your back. Also, multiple trips lets you buy even more books! Yay! I picked out the biggest books first, paid, and brought them to the car. I emptied my Baggus and went back in for more, smaller books. On Saturday, I am going back because they have this whole fill-up-a-plastic-bag-for-2-dollars deal and I like to get my swimming students books as little holiday gifts. It is still a good idea to bring a reusable bag for reinforcement when that plastic bag inevitably tears open in the middle of the parking lot.

8. Before you leave the car, take another $20 out of your wallet. You never know what you’ll see. Don’t limit yourself.

9. Wear a bra that allows for a full range of arm movement. Balconettes are not such a good idea in this case, as their straps are usually fairly far apart and can really start to dig in if your holding your arms in front of you for a long time. If you are sorting through and holding books, you’ll be doing a lot of this.

10. Be nice. Everyone there is just shopping for knowledge, just like you. If someone needs help finding something and you happened to see the subject of book they are looking for, let them know. Some people don’t have the patience or the time to look through everything themselves. By giving them a direction, not only are you being kind but you’re also clearing the floor for more customer movement.

Finally, you can go home and smell your books. That’s what everyone does, right?

Sometimes on Target…

Sometimes on Target…

I went to Target tonight, as I am feeling a bit sick (glands swollen, ears hurt), for a small pick me up in the form of a new lipstick. By new, I mean age-old. I tend to like things that have a history to them…Habanita de Molinard, tarnished silver-plated anything, hardcover science books with yellowing pages and cracked leather…and the recently relaunched Revlon 1952’s “Fire & Ice” Super Lustrous Lipstick. It will look very nice on my silver serving tray that is currently housing some of my cosmetics. I picked up a tube and I could have stopped there, but I didn’t. I may as well check the small clearance section, right? I picked up a got2b Guardian Angel Gloss Finish Flat Iron Balm for $3.08 because I haven’t owned a protectant spray since college and now that I work in a professional environment, I do find myself using my straightener more often. Now, I’m not saying I do my whole head; I am a firm believer in standing behind my natural curls. I tend to only straighten to right above my ears. Across the aisle was of course the misses section. Don’t judge me. Ha!

Right away, my eyes were drawn to a rack with several fit-and-flare dresses. You can’t see it from the picture but there is a cutout right above the chest and surprise!, it didn’t expose my bra straps. Also, the real silhouette is much more shapely. These are dresses I love because, at 5′ with my waist being the smallest part of me and my bust only tolerating seamed-at-the-natural-waist waistlines, they usually work for me. They aren’t clearanced on the website but they were $17ish at the store. I picked some out in a few sizes (SM, MD) and went onto another rack where I picked up something I figured wouldn’t work. A high neck peter pan collar dress? Meh, I don’t know about this… Both wound up fitting really well. My 30H bust usually either doesn’t fit the top part of the dress or the armholes of the dress wind up showing like 1/4th of my bra. A small amount of the bra did show through the armholes but not nearly as much as what usually happens. Also, it would be an even less amount with a bra that is maybe a bit more narrow; I was wearing the Parfait by Affinitas Charlotte. High neck anything is often unflattering on large busts but the fact that the upper section was unlined lace with the lining neckline being sweetheart, it gave the illusion that it wasn’t a high neckline and made the bust look not so low.

At last, I pulled away from the clearance rack and headed over to check out, but not before spotting some real beauties that I will be stalking until the price drops. I did not have a chance to try on the top dress, as they only had my size in the navy color, which had horses on it. I hate horses. What?! They’re tall, scary, stinky, and smart enough to kick people they don’t like. What’s not to hate? The second dress I tried on in a small and while the waist fit, the bust was a stretch and the pulling made the pintucking detail not lay as it should. I believe a medium would solve this. So alas, I stalk. Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 1.21.52 AM

Strawberry Picking at Anderson Farms (and a wee bit of shopping)

Strawberry Picking at Anderson Farms (and a wee bit of shopping)

The other and I went out to eastern Long Island today to pick some strawberries as well as stop by the Tanger Outlet in Riverhead. I was only there a short period of time but I really, really want to go back at some point. I stopped into Kate Spade and Bath and Body Works, the latter of which happens to be having their semi-annual sale. After stocking up on some good smelling things, including something for the other, off we went to the farm. Needless to say, I ate two for every one put in the basket. At one point while I was happily munching away, the other told me to move quickly in another direction. Apparently a snake had decided he would like to join me in the munching of the strawberries. He did get some nice pictures of its beady little eyes though…

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I’m gonna pop some tags, only got 20 dollars (and change) in my pocket…

I’m gonna pop some tags, only got 20 dollars (and change) in my pocket…

Good Samaritan Thrift Store in Babylon, New York

Total Cost= $20.08 USD

By the way, these pictured are ordered backwards and I don’t know how to fix it. Use your imagination.

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A Furla scarf with a historical scene print. I’m not sure how to wear huge square scarves so some Googling is in order.
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The embellishment continues around the back, which I love.
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The top of the dress has boning and really pretty lace detailing.
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A wedding dress. ORRRR a Zombie Bride costume. Either one.
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A black wool pencil skirt, because really…what’s one more? I’m not an addict! I can stop any time I want!
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A purple wool pencil skirt. The color was hard to capture but oh well.
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Close up of the purse.
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A nautical purse big enough to use as a beach bag (if Long Island beaches are recovered by Sandy by summer)
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Close up and more accurate color depiction of the skirt
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A Lauren by Ralph Lauren wool plaid maxi skirt. I had the zipper fixed and am looking to turn it into a knee-length piece.

Fashion Fridays: Dashing Magazine

Fashion Fridays: Dashing Magazine

I’m no stranger to online magazines and I’ve been following a few for a good year or two now and some months ago I came upon Dashing Magazine, which serves up a nice (British) free helping of fashion, beauty, and home accents. There is also a healthy dose of interviews with people in the creative arts industry. This is another magazine that reminds me a lot of Anthropologie, a little folky, a little sweet. Check it out here.

Fashion Fridays: 91 Magazine

Fashion Fridays: 91 Magazine

I’m not much of a crafter; I only wish I could be. Still, I like looking at what other people create to bring more style around them and that brought me upon 91 Magazine. It is an online (free!) magazine that deals in mostly vintage style and crafts, with other bits and bobs thrown in. The style of it all reminded me of Anthropologie, a store whose aesthetics I love but ethics I loathe. Check it out for yourself here.