I just got this amazing knit skirt from Dagmar’s Fall 2012 line and just couldn’t wait until the colder months to wear it. So, here’s how I’m wearing it now (while it’s still nearing 100 degrees!) and how I plan to wear it into fall and winter.
On March 8, 2012 Marni’s collaboration with H&M launches to stores. H&M hasn’t made it’s way to Austin, but for my readers in Dallas, you are in luck. For the rest of us, perhaps we can get our hands on some pieces, at a higher price point, on ebay or from the UK version of the H&M website. I’ve admired Marni’s prints and chunky resin jewelry for years, so am so glad to see some of those in the collection. To view the entire collection, check out H&M.com and below are some styling ideas with my favorite versatile pieces and the Sophia Coppola directed promotional video.
A curious and exciting trend cropped up last fall and is going full force this spring – printed pants. I’m liking this trend because I mostly wear pants and my wardrobe has gotten a little too predictable with days and days of printed blouses with jeans. Whether you’re fond of florals or a leopard lover, this can suit many styles. I opted for a neutral snake print that fits in well with things I already own (see below). What do you prefer and how are you going to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe? Here are some styling ideas to get you flowing. As I find more I’ll be adding to Pinterest.
Fur is a classic. Nearly always in style, but alas us Texans can rarely wear it. When the weather cools, I prefer my fur in the form of a vest. It’s quite easy to pair a vest with jeans, a simple long sleeved t-shirt, and boots to be quickly out the door. Here’s how you can take a fur vest from day to night.
So you’ve noticed the bright jeans in stores but don’t know if you can pull it off? It’s actually not that hard to incorporate them into your existing wardrobe.
First examine your clothing to determine what your preferred neutral pallet is. Blacks can work with any of the jewel tones – pinks, purples and blues – and browns can with some pinks. Grays are best with yellows and jewel tones. I always gravitate toward grays, so I added a mustard yellow and a bright pink.
Second, find a brand that fits you well – many jean makers are adding these to their lines, so you can probably find one in a line you know already works for you. Some are also in twill, like J Brand, so they have a little more give.
Last, stick to a straight or skinny leg style for versatility with flats and heels.
Here are some styling ideas that will take these from day to night.
I couldn’t let March end without a recap of the top fashion trends I saw while at SXSW Music this year. Endless types of music => endless fashion tastes. Regardless of the show, I was seeing these all over.
Feathers galore – especially in your hair, but also in your lobes!- Feathers are definitely what all the cool girls at school are wearing. The feather hair extensions, or clips for those that want something less permanent. Jessica Lee Mayfield and many of the gals downtown also donned long feather earrings. So, where can you find plumage in Austin?
Clips: Wet on South Congress
For the more permanent extensions: Splendor on North Loop (bonus – they are a boutique too!) and Feather Luxe on South First
The lace up oxford and bootie- I found myself saying way too many times – where did she find those!?! Here are some ideas if you haven’t yet made the minor investment in this trend that is having staying power:
JCrew has too many to choose just one – The Keaton cut-out and Quorra (shown right) come both in flats or heels, so tall and short gals can both have it their way!
Designs in your tights – playing on the lace trend which is still going strong, girls with textured tights, like these from Givenchy, were everywhere! I’ve decided that while we have this on-again, off-again coldish weather in Austin, I’m totally giving this a try. And once it starts hitting 90, will pack it up until next fall.
So, let me know what you saw that didn’t make my list. And if you are a boutique that offers feathers, or has some rad lace-up shoes, let me know!
To all my readers & friends: Here’s your chance to get your hands on those (fabulous!) clothes I just can’t keep any longer. I’ve gone through every shoebox, jewelry box, and under-the-bed wardrobe box and am putting items up for sale this Sunday, March 13th from 1-6pm. You’ll find vintage, designer and everything in between from all seasons. Sizes available are:
- Blouses, shirts, sweaters, coats & jackets from S-L (6-10)
- Trousers & skirts from 4-8
- Jeans in sizes 27 – 29
- Shoes in 9.5 and 10
…There will also be have plenty of handbags, jewelry, belts and scarves to round out any outfit!
And… if you have a piece in your wardrobe that you just can’t figure out how to wear, bring it with you and I’ll provide several styling options!
For years and years I’ve been wishing and hoping that Austin would grow up enough to bloom a designer consignment store. Not just one that has questionably real Chanel and Vuitton bags and things found in your mother’s closet that cost her a pretty penny back then, but quality designer clothes that are still relevant today! Well I guess Austin finally did grow up or we just have some pretty smart cookies running the boutiques. Enter Moss and Gallery D.
Moss is owned by the gals that brought you Feathers. For most of us, Feathers might be a little too hipster or “out there”, but Moss brings it home to relateable clothes you can wear and wear again. Remember that Dries Van Noten line that featured the marble pattern you missed out on a few years ago? Well, they have it sans the original retail price point. And they have the classics too – Hermes, Prada, Louboutin – and some newer lines that are on the more affordable end of your budget (Frye boots anyone?). What I love is that, like Feathers, they update their blog with their recent acquisitions so you don’t have to be stalking their storefront on South Lamar.
Gallery D is in the newish 2nd street district and offers cute party dresses, jeans and tops for the girl about town. What a perfect addition the consignment section is! Cynthia Vincent, Marc Jacobs and Diane Von Furstenburg from recent seasons past rotate through the store frequently, so check in often! And… you might even find something that has previously been seen on yours truly! (I hear there’s an amazing gray velvet Chaiken cape and silver and gold Fiona Paxton necklace that might catch your eye.)
Since it is consignment, both stores do split any sales with their previous owners. Policies are listed online and the shopkeepers can answer any questions about what they may be looking for now. So, out with the old and in with the new (to you)!
I am a Wardrobe Consultant located in Austin, Texas. My desire to help others in their fashion quests lead me to do what I do. My goal with all of my clients is for you to own your style. Learn what works for you and learn to shop. Build a wardrobe, not just own pieces of clothing. I’d like to help you get there >>