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Ew: Forever 21 “Joggers”

I already have a huge issue with the world of plus sized fashion, and Forever 21 is not helping. So many plus size lines and brands feature some of the tackiest and least flattering clothing I can imagine. These just made my eyes hurt:

They are Denim “Joggers,” which I’m assuming means they’re pretty much denim sweatpants. And they are so tragically paired with sky high heels. How is that at all supposed to be flattering or attractive on a curvy girl? Even a skinny girl? Harem pants are gaining popularity, but they taper at the ankle to show that the wearer has some sort of figure. These pants just add ten pounds, who wants that?The point at the ankle where the pants stop is terrible, if you don’t have Nicole Richie’s ankles, then I can’t even imagine the horrid stumps your legs will turn into.

But, if for some reason these are your kind of thing, they’re $24.80 and also come in terribly outdated light denim.

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American Flag Fashion: Good or Bad?

For quite a while (since the Spice Girls took over our childhoods maybe?) the Union Jack has been fashion’s foremost flag. While the American Flag has been deemed tacky by some, it’s popping up everywhere. I’ve seen everything from a $15 Forever 21 tank to Balmain’s $1515 flag tank that’s been causing quite a stir.

Balmain Spring 2011 Photo: Style.com

And then of course, there are these stunners from Jeffrey Campbell. I absolutely love Jeffrey Campbell and rarely find a shoe that I dislike, but I’m not sure how I feel about American Flag platform sandals.

Photo: Nasty Gal

Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about American Flag anything. I just can’t get into it.

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Modern Shapes with Classic Patterns

I couldn’t quite think of a proper title for this. I’m speaking exclusively about modern shapes, but I’m loving those shapes with girly florals, pretty lace, bold prints, and of course; classic patterns. I know I’m being somewhat broad, but so what….I like it.

I think it all started when I saw Prada’s Spring 2011 collection and that striped skirt that has now become somewhat of a legend. And most of all, look at what it’s paired with. This is what I’m talking about, a bold top with hard lines. No draping, ruffles or frilly anything. It just has that beautiful classic baroque pattern, and paired with a bright, striking, fitted pencil skirt. It’s a new age of fashion. Miuccia herself called it “minimal baroque” which is the perfect way to describe what I’m thinking about but I couldn’t steal her description for my title now could I? Whoa run on sentence.

And then Stella McCartney had Spring 2011 RTW collection which featured bold colors and my favorite, that awesome fruit dress. Her Resort collection not long before that had similar pieces, but with huge floral patterns. I love the fruit.

But then I’m also loving these kind of pieces but with smaller florals and lace. I think it’s also more attainable. Like this:

 

Forever 21 has a great floral lace moto jacket, and I think it is the perfect piece to use to subtly mix patterns. The fitted jacket, fitted skirt, simple tights and sky high wedges are all in bright, classic colors and patterns.

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Hipster Fashion Rise and Fall

American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Target

American Apparel’s recent Groupon release got me thinking; how is the Hipster fashion giant failing when the “Hipster” style and culture is so popular?  Even Ke$ha is singing about it and her fans are wearing high-waisted trousers and vintage inspired oxfords.

The Groupon offered $50 worth of merchandise for $25, several thousand sold in Los Angeles alone (AA’s home) and I definitely snagged one here in New Orleans. Its become more obvious now when a bigger brand is struggling (as so many are now in this economy) when you see they have something like a Groupon. Groupon usually features local businesses, a way to discover your city and have a cheap outing. When you see stores like Gap and American Apparel pop up, you can’t help but realize that nobody wants a $200 denim jacket or a $45 t-shirt anymore.

That brings me to the marketing aspect, and the stereotypical aspect. So lets completely stereotype here, most “true” hipsters would never claim to be hipster, they were the true original. They liked Animal Collective before you, they went to a liberal arts university, and they have the money for American Apparel and Urban Outfitters. But when something takes off as a trend, the number of originals fade and you’ve got your 16 year old high school girl Googling “How to be Hipster” and running out to get the items listed.

When I was 16, “Emo” was popular. Everyone wanted plaid shirts, cutesy band tees, guys wore girl’s pants, we all had a rainbow of Converse and a Dashboard Confessional poster. Then the whole Emo thing changed to something darker, presumably because stores like Hot Topic were the only stores you could find that As I Lay Dying cd without having to order it.  Not only was the music more accessible, but so were Hot Topic’s darker fashions, so the plaid/denim Rivers Cuomo esque Emo kid started wearing black jeans and dyed his hair. Then that took off. By the time I’d graduated, kids had shifted their music tastes and traded their dark colors for neon colors and “Scene” was born. Soon you noticed that, even stores like American Eagle and Urban Outfitters were sporting bright splashes of color and deep v-necks. Do I need to explain how this transitioned into the “Hipster” becoming popular, or is it obvious now?

And with said Hipster popularity could actually come the downfall of the “true” hipster, and their flagship stores. In marketing, you go after what is most popular at the moment and make it attainable. American Apparel and Urban Outfitters aren’t terribly expensive, but they are for the trend-hungry masses. So, cheaper fashion destinations such as Target, Forever 21, even Wet Seal started releasing pieces and changing their store windows to the more vintage inspired, eclectic Hipster style. What young Ke$ha fan wants to spend nearly $60 on high waisted trousers when they could just go to Forever 21 and get the same thing for $20? The fad will fade like they all do, so of course there’s a cheaper alternative. Forever 21 is a huge spot if you want something trendy, because trends come and go. So why spend money on them?

At this point, even those people whose personal style has reflected that of a “Hipster” for quite some time are taking the cheaper route. Whether it be personal frugality, an economic hit, or the fact that it’s easier to find Forever 21 and Target as American Apparel and Urban Outfitters are in limited locations.  So, in turn maybe soemthing becoming popular can hurt it just as much as help it. Those “true originals” are struggling and the trendy attainables are thriving.

 

(Please don’t take my stereotypes seriously, it’s just an example for observation)

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10 Fashionable Tweeters (that you should follow)!

I love Twitter. Not necessarily for the more mundane posts about people’s everyday activities. I like following my favorite stores, brands, celebs and most importantly, fashionistas!

So here (in no particular order) are ten of my favorite fashion-forward people to follow:

10. Susie Bubble

Susie Bubble is the edgy, eccentric, boundry-pushing gal behind Style Bubble. I like when bloggers are on Twitter, it’s a quick way to find out when they have a new post and a lot of more random things that aren’t necessarily blog-worthy but definitely Twitter-worthy.

9. Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott’s designs are arty, urban-inspired , and BRIGHT. He’s one of my favorite designers and his all caps Tweets can rival that of Kanye’s. He also has little bouts of inspiration that are pretty, well…..inspiring.

8. Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese is a burlesque queen and a fashion icon for those with classy, retro taste. Her tweets promote her upcoming shows, fashionable insight and absolutely gorgeous outfits.

7. The Budget Babe

The Budget Babe is a wonderful blog for the more frugally fashionable set. She tweets about blog posts, reviews, giveaways and one reason she is my favorite is because of how much she chats with her followers. She’s one to follow, even if you’re not on a budget.

6. Christian Siriano

The Project Runway winner and fashion phenom is one delightful Tweeter. A lot of his Tweets are about various celebs wearing his designs, photos from events and adorable posts about his adorable boyfriend.

5. Forever 21

We all know about Forever 21, the uber cheap and fashionable mega store.  But their Twitter is def worth following, not only will you be updated on new collections but there are some awesome giveaways. Keep up with their blog and lifestyle site, The Skinny and you’ll have a pretty good chance of scoring some great pieces in their Twitter Tuesday contests.

4. Lime Crime

Lime Crime is blogger Doe Deere’s cosmetics line. Bold, bright hues and eye catching colors make for some very interesting products. But the Lime Crime Twitter also links you to Doe Deere’s blog updates and you also get some Tweets from Doe’s friends/employees.

 

3.  Dani Stahl

Dani Stahl is Nylon Magazine’s style director and writer of their “Factory Girl” series in which Dani shows us what it’s like to spend a day with some of the most fashionable companies. Her Tweets are mostly those of an NYC socialite, which is still rather interesting.

2. Jean-Charles De Castelbajac

JC De Castelbajac has to be one of my absolute favorite fashion designers ever. My French isn’t the best, but I still enjoy following him. His cartoony, pop culture prints make for bright and shiny ensembles. Remember Lady Gaga’s dead Kermit jacket?

1. Jessica Stam

Jessica Stam is a Canadian-born supermodel who has been the face of Aldo, Dior, Gap, J. Crew and most recently Victoria’s Secret. It’s hard to walk through a mall (or down Rodeo Drive) and not see her face in a shop window. I love following her because she’s a quirky normal girl who loves her family, friends and the Simpsons,

 

Click each Tweet to be taken to that person’s Twitter profile!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Miu Miu for LESS!

Leave it to the always cheap and chic Forever 21 to have their own spin on one of Spring’s most popular shoes. I fell in love with Miu Miu’s printed satin platform pumps. They came in some gorgeous colors as well. I’m not sure what it is I love about this shoe, but I love it nonetheless. The original sells for about $570 (correct me if I’m wrong..)

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Fab CAN Be Affordable

I’ve had an interest in fashion for quite some time. Though for a while I thought looking fabulous was reserved only for those with expendable income. The fashion world was made solely of Prada boots and Marc Jacobs skirts in my eyes. I wondered how I’d ever make it without winning the lottery and spending a few days cleaning out the racks at Nordstrom. In high school I wore strictly sale rack jeans, band tees and my ever-so-reliable Chuck Taylors. I did not look like someone who spent my nights reading Vogue and Nylon instead of doing homework.

Once I finally left for college and met the thrifty and fashionable people I was surrounded by in art school, I learned that fashion could come on a budget. Over the past couple of years I’ve perfected my “craft” and have ended up with a fabulous wardrobe of affordable clothing, even some designer pieces. Though of course, I still dream of having a box full of Louboutin’s arriving at my door and going on a shelf next to a rack of YSL, but I digress…

You’ve just got to be smart about it.  Its all very simple really; spend more money on versatile pieces that will work from season to season and budget yourself on trendy pieces. Don’t buy things just because they’re on sale. Sure that horrendous sweater may be $3, but it’s three dollars for a reason, you’ll probably never wear it, and if you do it’s still a horrendous sweater. Just. Put. It. Back. It’s boring and somewhat annoying at times, but scouring thrift stores and checking out sample sales will really help you out. There are tons of budget fashion blogs out there as well, offering tip and tricks for the savvy shopper.. My absolute fave is The Budget Babe.

I wanted to toss together a couple Day-to-Night outfits that consist of affordable pieces. I know, the whole transitioning outfit thing is in every magazine and on every blog, but I’m taking a stab at it.

Abstract prints have been everywhere this Summer, and this dress is only twelve dollars. You can be on trend and keep it affordable. With a print like this, the dress is the focal point of the outfit. Its perfect for hot Summer days when paired with an adorable flat and shiny bangle, then great for a night out with a simple cropped blazer and pump. I think the slits on the pump work well with the stripes on the dress, keeping the look whole without being too much. Everything is $102.45 total, being enough for two outfits with four of the 5 pieces being extremely versatile long-wearing pieces. Layer some necklaces you already own and pair with that black bag you’ve got hanging in the back of your closet and you’re good to go.

ASOS Cropped Blazer $47.17  (on sale)

Forever 21 Knit Dress $11.50

Old Navy Flats $12.99 (on sale)

Old Navy Bangle $5.99

Forever 21 Peep Toe Pump $24.80

At my job, a simple all black outfit is uniform. It can be tough to look chic when you get off work at 5 and have to rush to dinner at 5:30. This outfit is very simple, with only four pieces. Lets take a fitted v-neck tee and skinny black trousers, which is a simple all-black outfit perfect for those of us who have such a uniform. Or for those who like a chic monochromatic look. Here they are paired with two statement pieces that you could easily bring along with you. A bold statement necklace is my go-to piece for livening up an outfit. This long silver necklace will follow the shape of the neck well and break up the outfit. The bright red shoe is a colorful accompaniment and the silver zipper matches the necklace, which keeps the whole look pulled together. Both the necklace and shoes have a sort Art Nouveau look to them, or is that just me? Add a clutch or keep your everyday handbag with this one, but keep it simple. Let the shoes and necklace do their job. This outfit is $114.79 total, with the trousers making up most of the price. A simple black trouser is easy to find anywhere, but I absolutely love these boyfriend fit trousers from Gap. And I think if its something you’re going to wear a lot, sixty dollars isn’t too out there.

Gap Trousers $59.50

Forever 21 V-Neck Tee $8.80

ASOS Zip Front Shoe $33.69 (on sale)

Forever 21 Necklace $12.80

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$10 Forever 21 Pumps

If you’re a budget shopper (like I try to be), Forever 21 has some suedette pumps for only $10! They come in black, red, and blue. I ordered a pair, but they haven’t come in yet; so I’m not quite sure if they look as cheap as they are. Hopefully not, but for ten dollars I won’t be too disappointed. They’re perfect for somebody who doesn’t wear pumps often and wants a cheap pair to wear every now and then.

 

 

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Found! Whitney Thompson of ANTM

The photo is the opposite of flattering, I just had to post it.

Ever wonder what happens to the winners of ANTM? The lucky girls who strutted their ways to a promised future as a TOP model? Okay, maybe you don’t. I never really sit around saying to myself “Gosh, where is Jaslene?” (who by the way, was auditioning as a model on one of the final eps of Project Runway). I am intrigued when I see one of the previous winners while scouring the internet for new clothes, or when watching fashion-related television.

While checking out what’s new over at Forever 21, I saw a very familiar face modeling F21’s Plus Size clothing line “Faith 21.” While Whitney is not plus size by most standards (and neither is a majority of the Faith 21 collection) she is by fashion standards. It was hard to recognize her at first, because she’s brunette again. She was brunette when she auditioned for ANTM, then Tyra turned her into a bleach blonde cheerleader, and now she’s brunette again. I like her so much better with darker hair. She kind of looks like an extra on Mad Men, or is that just me?

Smile with those eyes Whit!!!

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How to Wear: Beaded Bra

Ok, I saw this fabulous beaded Forever 21 bra over at The Fashion Police, they weren’t too happy with it, but I fell in love immediately. I just knew I could totally put a look together with it to make it work. I already think a bit of lingerie peeking out of the right outfit is sexy and edgy, so why not glitzy beaded lingerie?

Christian Louboutin at ShopStyle
This bra is out there, it’s definitely not made to be worn under many shirts. It’ll definitely snag, so I think pairing it with a light, sheer tank in a thinner fabric will really help. The gray Kimberly Ovitz tank has a low enough neckline to let a majority of the bra peek out. You could always take some scissors to a cheaper tank and either give it a deep v-neck or keep the round neckline and make it super low.
The bra and tank would be perfectly fine together, but I wanted to dress it up more by adding a simple black blazer. The Robert Rodriguez blazer isn’t too flashy, it lets the bra be the centerpiece. I think the strong shoulders add just a bit of an edge to the outfit.
I think some slim, black skinny jeans would be best with this. We already have a glitzy bra, and a blazer, so to keep it out of Glam Secretary territory, I chose denim. The jeans really dress it down enough, continuing the use of the bra as the focal point.
Simple, chic, black platform booties by Christian Louboutin would make the ultimate finishing touch, and continues adding to the edge. I always try to make an outfit edgy, but for something more glam and sophisticated, a platform pump would work really well.
And that is how I would make this fabulous bra work, in the most wearable way possible.
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