Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Business: My Closet

I seem to have gotten lucky when it comes to this spring's business trend.  One key factor in the trend is a monochromatic look, and I found five gray/black items in my closet.

This silk blouse (Paul Harris Design) fits the fluid look shown by Bottega Veneta.

I also found a gray sweater vest (Cherokee)...

...gray dress shorts (Charlotte Russe)...

...my new black capris (Charlotte Russe)...

...and gray dress pants (Express).

What business attire did you find in your closet?

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring Trend: Business

This week, we'll focus on the spring trend of business attire.  Designers showed many variations of this trend, including futuristic designs and satin pieces, but a monochromatic look was the common theme.

Look through your closet for pieces that fit this trend, and come back tomorrow to share what you found!

Do you enjoy wearing business attire?

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Bohemia: From the Runway

A few simple ideas from the runway can brighten your bohemian outfits.

Hats added flair to bohemian runway looks.  Be inspired by Marc Jacobs and Maurizio Pecoraro by wearing a straw hat in black, gold, or a bold color.

For a feminine addition to your outfit, accesorize with flowers.  Try wearing them in your hair or at your waist, as shown by Marc Jacobs, or add them to a choker, as seen at Maurizio Pecoraro's runway show.  I made a choker by attaching a flower clip (Colleen, Clever Nesting) to a ribbon.

If you have a bohemian-style skirt or dress, wear it with a belt for a runway look shown by Salvatore Ferragamo and Etro.

Do you have straw hats and flower accessories in your closet?

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bohemia: Fashioned

Now that you've pulled your bohemian clothes from your closet, let's have fun fashioning some outfits!

If you have a printed top, like my peasant blouse, you can pair it with wide leg jeans for a casual look.  I substituted boot cut jeans because they still have a bit of flare.  To finish off the look, add platform sandals and jewelry made from beads or natural materials.  (Blouse and lace-trim cami, Charlotte Russe; jeans, Mossimo; sandals, Candie's; necklace, unknown; ring, unknown, from Uganda.)

In the photos Elle showed as examples of the bohemian trend, Marc Jacobs put together a striped sweater, dressy pants, and platform sandals.  You can try a similar look if you have a striped sweater.  Modify your outfit to match the clothes in your closet, such as wearing peep-toe heels if you don't have platform sandals in the right color.  (Sweater and bead bracelet, Charlotte Russe; pants, Express; shoes, Payless; wrap-around bead bracelet, handmade gift.)

Now it's your turn to fashion some outfits!  Write about your bohemian style in the comment section.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Bohemia: My Closet

Did you find bohemian clothes in your closet?  Here's what I found in mine.

One of my friends recently gave this peasant blouse (Charlotte Russe) to me.  I think she's convinced that my true style is bohemian.

When I was dating my now-husband, he took me shopping at Charlotte Russe.  I found a few shirts I liked and then let him choose which one to buy.  He liked this sweater, and I pulled it out of my closet because of its blousy construction and also because Marc Jacobs included striped sweaters in his spring collection.

I found this skirt (American Eagle) at a thrift store when I was shopping for long skirts to wear on a trip to Uganda.

These jeans (refuge from Charlotte Russe) are great!  Unfortunately (or fortunately?) they're too big for me to wear now.

Speaking of clothes that don't fit, these brown pants (Be Bop from Charlotte Russe) are also too large, but that was my fault for buying the wrong size just so I could have a new outfit.  I learned my lesson.  It's not fun having cute clothes I can't wear!

These dark grey dress pants (Express) fit well, plus they're comfortable.

What did you find in your closet?  Comment below!

Tomorrow we'll start fashioning outfits based on the bohemian trend!

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Spring Trend: Bohemia

The mismatched prints, layers, and boldness of the Bohemian style fascinate me.  However, this spring's take on bohemia showcases muted colors and focuses on one-tone and single-print attire.  Look in your closet for peasant blouses, wide-leg pants, and long, flowing skirts.  Even if your clothing items fit better into the bold bohemia category, pull them out because you can tone them down with other pieces.

Come back tomorrow to share your finds!

Which do you prefer wearing - bold colors or muted tones?

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