Monthly Archives: January 2011

Fashion Inspiration: Use Primary Colors to Mix Up a Winter Wardrobe

Feeling blue during the dead of winter? Me too. Especially when it comes to my wardrobe. My standard winter outfit consists of skinny jeans tucked into boots paired with a sweater or some kind of layered shirts combination. This outfit is starting to feel as boring as a sunless chilly day.

When brainstorming ways to spice up my wardrobe I immediately thought of the primary colors. What better way to brighten a dull winter day than with a vibrant red, yellow or blue? Check out my picks below to add a splash of color to a winter wardrobe.

[Wear this vibrant yellow dress to a party or on an evening out to add a bit of sunshine to a chilly winter night. Photo Courtesy Modcloth.]

Add a bit of sunshine to your winter wardrobe with this goldenrod dress from Modcloth. Stay warm by wearing it with funky tights and tall boots. This dress costs $50.

[With a chunky buckle and a quirky color, these aren’t your everyday Maryjanes. Photo Courtesy Plasticland.]

Give your everyday office wear a splash of color by pairing your pencil skirts with these edgy cross strap Maryjanes. These funky pumps are $72 from Plasticland.

[Give new life to your winter wardrobe by pairing your usual shirts with this vibrant red belt. Photo Courtesy Nordstrom.]

Wear this ruby red belt over a structured dress or a thin long sleeved tee to give your waist definition. Or try a skinnier version of this belt over a chunky cardigan. This wide faux leather belt by Betsey Johnson costs $25 from Nordstrom.

I hope these ideas bring a little cheer to your winter blues!

What do you think of primary colors? Would you wear them? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more winter fashion from everydaythreads? Then check these out.

  • Ankle boots, cowboy boots, over-the-knee boots—oh-my! Plus they’re all under $50!
  • Ever heard of an infinity scarf? Find out why it’s super easy to wear.
  • Do you love the idea of curling up in a cozy sweater on a cold night? Then you’ve got to see these sweaters.

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Feel Good Fashion: Three Clothing Brands That Give Back to Charities

During the stress of the holiday season, I rarely give back to others more than dropping the occasional pocket change into an iconic red Salvation Army tin. After New Years, a wave of guilt usually starts to creep in and I begin to wish I had been more giving during the time of giving.

Luckily, there are year-round options for combining my love of fashion with helping others. These three clothing and accessories brands make donations to charities with every purchase. Now I just have to decide what to buy. Shopping never felt so good.

TOMS

Perhaps one of the best-known companies for its “giving back” ideology, TOMS donates one pair of shoes to a child in need with every shoe purchase through its One for One campaign.

[These delicate silver and white shoes are vegan-friendly (made with no animal products.) Photo Courtesy TOMS.]

TOMS offers a range styles of women’s shoes including lace-up shoes, slip-ons, wedges, botas (similar to high-tops) and vegan boots. Most styles range between $54 and $70.

Kayu

This ethically minded company started with a line of bamboo sunglasses. For every purchase of its sunglasses, Kayu donates $20 to fund a sight-restoring surgery in a developing country.

[These handcrafted retro bamboo sunglasses from Kayu offer 100 percent UV protection. Photo Courtesy Kayu.]

Bamboo artisans in China handcraft Kayu’s line of sunglasses. The line includes four styles all priced at $180. While this seems expensive, these sunglasses have great features that make the price worth it. They’re made from sustainable materials; bamboo, a fast-growing grass, is a more eco-friendly alternative to wood; the lenses offer 100 percent UV protection; and the company gives back to those less fortunate.

Today, Kayu’s collection also includes a line of straw and shell handbags. For every clutch sale, Kayu donates $15 to purchase a backpack and school supplies for a child in need.

[This clutch, made from natural and sustainable straw, features a funky turquoise clasp and works well for day or night. Photo Courtesy Kayu.]

Women’s cooperatives in Asia handcraft Kayu’s purses. The three styles of shell purses are made from mother-of-pearl and pen shells that are by-products of the food industry. These styles cost $280 to $320.

Kayu’s other line of purses, made from natural and sustainable straw, come in four distinct styles and cost $135 each.

Out of Print

What’s your favorite book? Out of Print lets its customers wear their favorite stories through its t-shirts and sweatshirts that feature classic, and often out of print book covers.

[This ultra feminine t-shirt references my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo Courtesy Out of Print.]

For every shirt sold, Out of Print donates one book to a community in need through its partnership with Books for Africa, a nonprofit that distributes books to children in Africa.

The book covers featured on Out of Print’s t-shirts include my personal favorite, Pride and Prejudice, along with everything from The Great Gatsby and Moby Dick to Nancy Drew, Fahrenheit 451 and The Outsiders. Out of Print’s t-shirts cost $28.

Out of Print’s sweatshirts, which cost $38, feature 1984, The Catcher in the Rye, Moby Dick, and Pride and Prejudice.

What do you think I should buy? Do you have any other favorite ethically-minded brands? Tell me about it in the comments section.

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Thrift Store Find: Vintage Polka Dot Fashion Scarf

This ’80s vintage scarf by Mosly doesn’t actually count as a “thrift store find” because I found it in the back of my grandma’s closet, but it does represent the kinds of scarves readily available at secondhand stores.

[This fun vintage scarf went from the back of my grandma’s closet to my everyday wardrobe. Photo By Kirsten Hudson.]

Vintage scarves, like this one, are in line with fashionable scarves today. Right now stores are displaying lightweight, flowy scarves with interesting patterns—everything from delicate florals to bold stripes. But rather than spend $20 to $25 on these scarves, why not purchase a vintage one for $1 to $2 at a thrift store?

To me, the patterns on vintage scarves have timeless character that you just can’t find in scarves today. I adore the geometric polka dot pattern on this scarf. Its use of the vibrant primary colored dots is striking, but the pale blue color throughout creates balance. Like other scarves, wearing it can add pizzazz to any outfit—from jeans and a sweater to a nice dress.

The only downfall to vintage scarves is their square shape, which makes them difficult to tie. I’ve found that the best way to tie square scarves is to fold them diagonally into a triangle, then pull the end pieces around the neck, with the triangle in the front. This fold looks great tucked into a coat.

I also like to fold the scarf in the same triangle, place it around my neck and then loosely tie the end pieces together. I then arrange the scarf so that it’s slightly off-kilter, with the tied ends near one shoulder and the triangle near the other. Check out the slideshow on different ways to tie this scarf below!

Four ways to tie a square-shaped scarf

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Do you own any vintage scarves? Would you ever wear one? Would you NEVER wear one? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.

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Love vintage? Then check out these other fun thrift store finds from everyday threads:

  • These menswear-inspired tuxedo pumps were found at a local Salvation Army. Guess how much they cost?
  • Check out these ’80s suede and leather ankle boots found at an antique mall.
  • It’s not all about vintage. Sometimes you can find great contemporary clothing at thrift stores too, like these Armani Exchange pants.

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Winter Fashion: Chunky Knit Sweaters

Lately as the weather turns crisp and cold, I’ve wanted to wrap myself in cozy (and stylish!) chunky sweaters. Chunky knit sweaters offer the warmth of a blanket and are versatile enough to dress up or dress down—you can’t say that about a sweatshirt.

Ever since I found a gorgeous wool blend slub sweater by Elena Solano at TJ Maxx I’ve been dreaming about adding other chunky knits to my wardrobe. Below are four chunky sweaters that will keep you snug during chilly winter days.

[Wear these comfy short-sleeved sweaters with long-sleeved formfitting undershirts. Photos Courtesy ModCloth.com (pictured left) and Old Navy (pictured right.)]

Layer these short-sleeved sweaters over lightweight long-sleeved shirts. This wheat-colored sweater from ModCloth (pictured left) is perfect weekend wear and costs $48. Pair it with skinny jeans and stylish fall boots.

This heather gray cardigan from Old Navy (pictured right) creates a flattering silhouette with the tie around the waist. This cardigan is $33 and also comes in white and charcoal.

[Stay snug during brisk winter days with these chunky open front sweaters. Photos Courtesy Piperlime (pictured left) and Gap (pictured right.)]

As with all chunky sweaters, these long-sleeved open front sweaters look best when paired with something slim on the bottom.

For a sexy day look, wear this cable neck cardigan from Piperlime (pictured left) with a button-down shirt, skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots. This chunky black cardigan is on sale for $35. It also comes in grey for $60.

Throw this wool blend wrap from Gap over a patterned tunic dress, leggings and heels for a night out. This sweater costs $60.

Do you love chunky sweaters? What do you wear them with? Tell me about it in the comments section.

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Want more winter fashion from everyday threads?

  • Ankle boots, cowboy boots, over-the-knee boots—oh-my! Plus they’re all under $50!
  • Ever heard of an infinity scarf? Find out why it’s super easy to wear.
  • Stay warm this winter with these outfits inspired by the term, “snow bunny.”

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Thrift Store Find: Vintage Selby Tuxedo Pumps

Before the holiday season, I scored these classic black and white pumps by Selby at my local Salvation Army for just $1.

[Wear these chic vintage tuxedo pumps with other menswear-inspired clothing.]

These snazzy menswear-inspired pumps are probably from the 70s or 80s. I immediately singled them out from all of the other shoes on the rack as vintage shoes, but what I love about them is that they still have a modern look.

These shoes’ classic two-toned coloring and punch out etchings give them a conservative look that’s perfect for the office, but still fun. Plus, they have a manageable two-inch heel.

I’d wear these tuxedo shoes with other menswear-inspired pieces such as tailored dress pants and a classic fitted oxford shirt or a belted cardigan.

The outsides of both shoes are still in great condition. The inside linings on both shoes are starting to pull away, but that won’t matter once I put them on (which I plan to do and frequently!)

Do you love vintage? Have you scored any vintage pieces lately? I’d love to hear about your finds in the comments section.

Photo by Kirsten Hudson

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Love vintage? Then check out everyday threads other fun thrift store finds:

  • Discover how vintage scarves can look oh-so modern.
  • Check out these ’80s suede and leather ankle boots from an antique store.
  • It’s not all about vintage. Sometimes you can find great contemporary clothing at thrift stores too, like these Armani Exchange pants.

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