Monthly Archives: September 2010

Fashion Trend: Combining Vintage With Modern

Delicate jewelry. Embroidered tops. Lace. Nothing looks more feminine than clothes with vintage touches. Keep your look fresh, and not reminiscent of your grandmother’s wardrobe, by pairing vintage with modern pieces. Think skinny cargos and moto boots.

Want to add a little romance to your wardrobe? Check out the looks below to learn how to mix vintage elements with today’s trends.

[Pair soft and edgy pieces to update vintage items for fashion today. Photos courtesy Maurices and Forever 21.]

The look above mixes hard and soft elements to create an outfit that is ultra-modern. With a floral overlay, fluttery sleeves and a soft cream color, this vintage-looking top from Maurices is super sweet. But when paired with skinny jeans or cargos, and these edgy brown moto boots from Forever 21, the top goes from sweet to sexy.

[Menswear-inspired pieces combined with ultra feminine, vintage styles keep this look fresh. Photos courtesy American Eagle and Forever 21.]

Combining a classic, like this white oxford shirt from American Eagle, with a vintage piece, like this flowy gray skirt from Forever 21, creates a simple, yet sophisticated look. Add some vintage jewelry to up the feminine feel of this outfit.

[Military-inspired clothing is super fun to pair with girly pieces. Photos courtesy American Eagle and Old Navy.]

This pretty bronze-colored tank with fabric flowers from Old Navy goes great under an army green military jacket, like this one from American Eagle. Pair military-inspired styles with ruffles and lace to keep the look feminine.

Do you like the vintage look? How do you like to wear it? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments section!

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out this blog series featuring vintage clothes and accessories salvaged from thrift stores, auctions and garage sales:

  • These menswear-inspired tuxedo pumps were found at a local Salvation Army. Guess how much they cost?
  • Discover how vintage scarves can look oh-so modern.
  • Check out these cute ’80s suede and leather ankle boots found at an antique mall.

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Question Of The Day: How Do You Transition Your Wardrobe Between Seasons?

During the end of September and early October, the weather likes to play a teasing game. At least in the Midwest, each day during these months could bring blazing hot temps or chilly winds or (not often enough) something in between.

So what do you wear when it’s not quite time for fall fashion? Combat Mother Nature with these tips to stay stylish even with erratic weather.

Light and airy

Keep your fabrics light. You want to wear something that’s breathable in case of a warm front. Fabrics like cotton, linen or silk are naturally breathable, but jersey and other knit fabrics can also stay cool.

[This simple cowl neck top from Old Navy has 3/4-length sleeves, which makes it a great piece to wear during the transition from summer to fall. Photo courtesy Old Navy.]

This cowl neck top from Old Navy is made of jersey fabric and has draping that keeps it pulled away from the body. Plus it’s only $17.50.

Layers upon layers

The hands-down best way to transition your wardrobe between summer and fall is to wear light layers. For this look, buttons, zippers and ties are your friends. You want clothes that are easy to pull off and on with unpredictable weather changes.

One of my favorite trends for fall is the slouchy cardigan. It adds a comfy, yet fashionable vibe to an outfit.

[Add this cute neutral cardigan to any outfit if the weather turns chilly. Photo courtesy Forever 21.]

This charcoal cardigan from Forever 21 has an open front, which keeps air flowing. But the cardigan still covers the arms and can be pulled closed if the weather turns cool. To balance its length, pair it with slim pants or a pencil skirt. This cardigan costs $20.

Pretty dresses

Not only are dresses easy to wear, (just pull it over your head and voilà: instant outfit) but they also are perfect transitional pieces. Wear a dress as-is for warmer days or add tights or leggings with a pair of great fall boots for cooler weather.

[Add some tights and boots and this pretty dress with ruffle detailing transitions easily from summer to fall. Photo courtesy Gap.]

At $45, this ruffle shirtdress from Gap is a little more expensive. This dress would move easily from summer to fall. It’s made of lightweight cotton, looks great by itself or with tights and has delicate details that keep it always in style.

How do you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

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Fall Fashion Trend: How To Wear Military-Inspired Styles

Get ready to head into battle ladies; this fall’s latest trend is military-inspired clothing. Originally, the women’s military look came out of the 18th and 19th centuries, during which women added touches of military style to their gowns by using braids, tassels and cords.

[Keep the military look feminine by combining strong masculine pieces, like combat boots, with girly pieces, like dresses or skirts. Photo courtesy Gabriela Camerotti/Flickr.]

Military-inspired styles are nothing new in the fashion world, but for Fall 2010 the look is more reminiscent of today’s military uniforms, rather than historical uniforms.

Today’s look is played down. Key elements of an outfit, not the entire outfit, reflect military style, which helps to keep the look feminine. So what makes an outfit”military” style? Check out the elements below.

Elements of “military” style.

Color.
Earthy tones such as greens, dark browns, khakis, and of course the classic army green, help create the military look.

Tailored.
Structured jackets, shirts and pants give off a masculine vibe.

Functionality.
Features such as pockets, flaps, buckles and buttons give clothing a utilitarian edge.

How to wear it. (While on a budget.)

[Photo illustration by Kirsten Hudson. Photos courtesy Forever 21 and Payless.]

A great coat.
One of the best ways to incorporate military style into your wardrobe is to purchase a versatile coat. This double-breasted coat from Forever 21 is the epitome of military style with its structured design, flaps and rows of metallic buttons. The bright red color tones down the harsh edges of the coat, and gives it a feminine feel. Plus the coat is only $33!

The aviator look.
If you want to try the military look without going overboard just put on some cute aviator sunglasses. They’ll add a dash of chic to your outfit immediately. Try this pair from Forever 21 for $6.

Piece by piece.
An easy way to mimic the military look without breaking the bank is to use pieces already in your wardrobe. Wear a chunky boot that you already own, especially if it has buckles. These boots from Payless are a good example. They don’t scream “military,” but still give that feel.  Or simply take that military cap you were wearing all summer and add it to your fall wardrobe. Of course, you could always buy a new one, like this adorable wool buckle cadet hat from Payless for only $10.

Pair with feminine pieces.
In a recent episode of Project Runway, the designers created looks with the combination of military and lace; the ultra-masculine with the ultra-feminine. To make the military look appear less harsh, add uber-feminine pieces. For example, wear a ruffle top under an open military jacket. Or try cargo pants with a high heel.

What do you think of military style? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more fall fashion? Get your fix here:

  • Confused on how to transition your wardrobe between summer and fall? Get some tips.
  • Ankle boots, cowboy boots, over-the-knee boots—oh-my! Plus they’re all under $50!
  • Learn how to mix vintage and modern pieces. Think lacy tops and moto boots.

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Poll: What Is Your Favorite Fashion Accessory?

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