Chanel a/w 2012
While the ear cuff trend is certainly not new, it has made a huge comeback in 2012. Below are a few styles that you can wear day or night. Whether you want a understated look or are planning to make a statement, their are plenty of options to choose from.
Going for bold, yet ethereal try this oversized style at ASOS.com, $14. 07.
If you want something a little more sweet and demure head over to Etsy where an abundance of charming ear cuffs live. Like these made to order ‘Love ear’ cuffs by MaggieMadeWithLove, $16.50.
The LitterSF ear frame, now $48.00 can increase the temperature of any outfit lacking oomph!
And if you want to treat yourself to something extra special this season, pick up these gold plated, Swarovski embellished cuffs by CA & LOU, $431.67 available at Colette.
It’s always refreshing to discover a style trend that let’s you utilize what you already have in your closet in a unique way. What’s better is discovering that EVEN your grandmother and Lucky Magazine is already up on the trend (making it more exciting to try it out on your own!) In the January issue of Lucky Magazine, the trend of monochrome styling is defined and outlined with three top tips to help you make the monochromatic trend all your own!
The Monochrome Trend = wearing multiple shades of the same base color within an ensemble.
Use one rich hue to ground the mix of shades. The darkest shade of the primary color should be the anchor of the outfit and typically should be the jacket, top or sweater.
Wear wild prints as neutral-worthy accessories. Leopard print shoes & accessories make great neutral options for tone – on – tone looks.
Texture adds dimension to a monochromatic look. Choose textured sweaters, cardigans and scarves are great options to add versatility to an already established look.
Add a pop of contrast color with a bag. Think color blocking with your bag! Adding a pop of color via a clutch or large bag provides the versatility of solid colors without the boring black or brown bag!
Now that you have a couple of ideas on how to take a few items from your closet that you already own to recreate all new monochromatic looks – what are you waiting for? Get in your closet and get ready to experiment with new exciting looks that are on trend this season!
Rag & Bone, $176; Free People, $68; Sold, $134
With the sea of colored cords in every retailer this fall from JCrew to JCPenny you will never run out of options from the waist down, but what do you pair it with on top to make it pop best? Especially when you come across an unusual color such as rust, olive, coral, baby blue or mustard?
You can never fail in a solid colored oxford shirt, this one from Brooks Brothers will upgrade dark colored cords with sophistication! Perfect for colors like Olive, Rust, Cranberry or this dark green below.
Want to wear a brighter colored cord such as coral, teal or baby blue? Make it fall appropriate with a dark patterned sweater, which pattern works best? Any pattern! Seriously, just pick! Polka dots, stripes, florals.. they all go with this fall staple! Finally a stylish way to match that annual Christmas gift from grandma!!
An easy rule to follow… To keep your bright cords fall appropriate… The brighter the colored cord the darker your top should be..whether its patterned or solid, no one will ever think you’re dressed for the wrong season!
The transition from warm summer days to cool breezy fall nights marks the beginning of a new season. It’s that time of year when we reach into the back of the closet, and pull out our fall favorites. It is also an excuse to run to the store for a few new trendy pieces.
By now, fall trends can be seen on magazines and in the streets of our favorite cities. If you opt to sport a fashionable coat, keep in mind that a cape is a chic piece to keep you warm for the chilly days ahead as well.
Y-3 has a cute Wool-cotton blend Cape. The button detail is a great addition and the belt will synch the waist for a more figure flattering look.
The GAP offers a less expensive option. If you are in to color blocking like I am, I can see this number with a pair of deep purple or blue pants. Have fun dressing up a cape. Being colorful can definitely make your fall outfit stand out.
While on the search for the perfect cape, look for one with embellishments or stylish patterns. There is a variety to choose from, so make sure you walk out the store with one that can help you make a statement.
Capes are very versatile, and can be paired with a pair of jeans or a great mid-length dress. However you choose to wear one, it is definitely a staple piece for any wardrobe. How are you going to rock a cape this season? Are you into this fall trend or do you prefer to stick with a coat?
Undoubtedly one of the hottest trends for the fall is the color Oxblood. I personally hate the name…why can’t I just call it burgundy or plum like it’s been since the beginning of time!?!?! HA! Aside for the disdain for the name, there is no questioning its presence in this falls lineup of “must haves.” Celebs and fashionistas have flocked to the trend rocking it in a variety of ways. This variety adds to the allure of the trend and it’s capacity to be worn with most anything and worn in almost any way.
Avant Garde fashion house Alexander McQueen took this trend and fused it together with classic fall favorite, leather! This amazing leather skirt, priced at $925 definitely makes a fall statement in traditional McQueen fashion! Wear it with cable knit tights and ankle booties to complete the look!
Unlike some trends, oxblood is not limited to a particular item like military jackets or coated denim. Oxblood can be worn as a clothing item (sweater, blouse, skirt, jeans), an accessory (shoes, purse, necklace, ring, scarf, hat), or as a beauty item (nail polish, lipstick) making it an affordable option for any budget.
There really is no wrong way to wear it as I’ve seen it rocked “all oxblood everything” or as an accent piece for an outfit. Need some style inspirations? Check out these outfits that cater to any budget.
Sequin Dress – Topshop – $130
Clutch – Dareen Hakim Le Icon – $305
Cuff – Dorothy Perkins – $17
But what if you’re not into leather skirts, dresses or tuxedo jackets? You can still be on-trend in oxblood skinny jeans! Super skinny jeans were all the rage this past summer and they are back for the fall season in oxblood and plum! Retailers from Wet Seal $29 to Mother the Looker $196 feature them so price is no barrier to this must!
Peplum Top – Chicwish – $43
Two Tone Jean Pants – Aqua – $68
Hoop Earrings – Miso – $8
Studded Black Bootie – Charlotte Russe – $39
Watch – Merona – $15
Black Boston bag – Mossimo – $30
No matter you taste, style or budget there is something this season that will woo a warm a nice plumy place in your heart this fall! So get out there, get creative and get into the trend because it isn’t going away anytime soon!
Your favorite celebrities love it and we’re swooning over it too! It’s the fierce, yet luscious animal biker jacket available at TopShop. Rita Ora was seen leaving the David Letterman show’s studio in New York City in green trousers and the $360 Topshop Animal Biker jacket. Her biker jacket features animal and floral print all over, and is made from 100% leather. According to FashionBombDaily.com it appears to be a lower priced interpretation of this Balmain jacket, as seen on Kim Kardashian, and Lala Anthony.
We just love when color, prints and leather textures collide! But what do you think? Is this is a definite fashion trend worth experimenting with? Share your thoughts below…
Channel your inner Zoe Saldana and boldly sashay your way into fall with the opulent and regal looking Baroque trend. All about detail and fancy accessories this look is for fashions most rebellious daredevils. Rich with embroidery, brocade and heavy beading, snagging this new trend is an instant way to look like old money.
Just in time for Fall, channel your inner tomboy with a comfy and cute boyfriend inspired sweatshirt. Rihanna rarely gets it wrong whether she’s dressed up in couture or dressed down in a pair of jeans (we’re not going to touch her recent TLC “Creep” pajama-inspired wear). However, in a laid back sweatshirt and jeans she still manages to stun paparazzi & fans. You don’t have to be an international superstar to pull off this look. Easily transition into this look by following these few simple tips below…
In addition to hosting a “Ready, Set, Engage!” Social Media Basics seminar over the holiday weekend at the 10th Annual AllState Tom Joyner Family Reunion, I also had the opportunity of co-hosting the “Fly On A Dime” Affordable Fashion panel with celebrity stylist Olori Swank & celebrity beauty artist Tia Hebron.
During this panel, several shopping ideas, tips & stories were shared including ways to extend your wardrobe, key pieces that every closet should have & the best time to shop/build your fashion collection.
Did You Know: One of the best times to build your fashion collection is in November? It’s true, the pre-holiday season boasts almost 6% deeper discounts than any other time of the year. (It’s even better than January which only offers average discounts about 4.5% higher.)
The top three “fashion investments” that every woman should invest in includes:
- Leather jacket
- Oversized watch
- Quality Bras & foundation undergarments
- Great pair of black stiletto heels
- Convertible wrap dress
- Statement scarf that you can wear all year long
- Stylish trench coat
- Well-tailored black blazer & slacks
- Waist cinching belt
Did You Know: The worst days of the week to shop online is Saturday & Sunday! According to Consumer Reports, Tuesday is the best day of the week to shop online. Most consumers find discounts exceeding 5% more than the average discounts found other days online.
- Before you shop, make sure you know your body type and what works best for your shape.
- Essence.com has a great tool online – The Fashion Closet that’ll help you out matching designers that specialize in specific body types.
- A great foundation will ensure that you look great all over – so make sure to invest in foundation garments.
- Overall, don’t be afraid to express yourself in fashion but do it wisely.
- Invest minimally in seasonal trends, instead opt for investing in quality staple pieces that you can wear for years to come.
The 10th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion attracts over 14,000 people over the Labor day holiday weekend in Orlando, FL. Filled with celebrity appearances and entertainment for the entire family – you can find out more by visiting http://familyreunion.blackamericaweb.com/ #allstateTJFR