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Boyfriend Jeans

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Boyfriend Jeans

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Boyfriend jeans are a chic and wonderfully comfortable alternative to the staple skinny jeans. Oversized and rolled up at the hem, “boyfriend” references the idea that if you casually tossed on a pair of your boyfriend’s jeans, they’d look as casually cool as these pieces. Boyfriend jeans broke into the modern fashion scene in 2009, when Katie Holmes was regularly photographed looking fabulous in her then husband Tom Cruise’s jeans. For women not built like runway models and married to a tiny, svelte male movie star, buying boyfriend jeans designed for your body is strongly advised.

Boyfriend jeans usually feature a lighter denim wash and distressing. The ideal cut of boyfriend jean hits just above your ankle so they can be worn rolled up or down with flats, boots, and heels. Now comes the fun part: boyfriend jeans are meant to be beat up, shredded, ripped, or even covered with embellishments such as this Season’s super on trend patchwork. The looser fitting your boyfriend jeans are, the less distressed they should be; otherwise you take the chance of looking sloppy. Women with petite frames look great in a skinnier boyfriend jean, whereas taller women can really rock the baggier cuts.

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A new way to show skin: ankles, shoulders, and arms are effortlessly sexy. Take a classic pair of boyfriend jeans (faded, ripped, and rolled) and contrast casual with formal for a look that’s just right. Pointed toe ruby heels add flirt and fun to a sensual strapless peplum bustier and gold oversized watch that makes this outfit half androgynous, half feminine, all adorable.

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Shine bright like a diamond, strut wide like a baller. Rihanna paired a ripped, rolled, washed out pair of boyfriend jeans with dazzling plastic pieces for a fun yet functional outfit. This look might seem thrown together, but look closely and you’ll see a silver base ties together Rihanna’s crop top, clutch, and open toed sandals.

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Zoe Saldana takes on androgyny by exaggerating the natural masculinity of boyfriend jeans. With a darker wash and wider cut, Zoe’s lets her boyfriend jeans hang loose and low. If you’ve got similar style, go all out andro with a fitted blazer, rumpled button up, and polished oxfords.


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Nicole Sherzinger shows off toned arms and tight abs with in this laid back boyfriend jean look. Perfect for Summertime in the city, Nicole rolls the lightly distressed denim ever so slightly to reveal black ankle straps on her gorgeous gladiators. All American from head to toe, Nicole’s skin-skimming cotton tank top ties into both her sandals (black) and boyfriend jeans (androgynous basic).

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Ultra baggy boyfriend jean meets fitted Winter wear in this street style snapshot. The baggier your boyfriend jeans hang, the less distressing/embellishment they should have. Ultra baggy styles look best left hanging; rolling them up will add unnecessary bulk to an already wide silhouette. Loose bottoms look best paired with a fitted top and high heels. 

Varsity Jackets

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Varsity Jackets

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Good news: you can wear a varsity jacket without touching a ball or returning to High School. The hottest thing to come out of a locker room since Tom Brady, varsity jackets have been spotted on trend setting it girls like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, and Cara Delevingne Olivia Palermo. Once reserved for elite teens and the Mean Girls mathletes, varsity jackets now come in every pattern, color, and fabric available.

Hot designers like Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, and Alexander Wang have created modern bomber jackets that are anything but tween. While traditional dark colors and lettering are still popular, girly details like silk and floral embellishments add an undeniably feminine feel to this coveted item of outerwear.

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Quite possibly the most glamorous, gorgeous varsity jacket ever created. Cream, camel, and chic embellishment ripple through this understated ensemble with decadent delicacy. If you too choose a varsity jacket with baroque brocade or glittering applique, pair it with crisp, minimalist pieces that let your awesome new outerwear take center stage.

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Varsity jackets are a symbol of youth, camaraderie, and the all American teenager. Who better to embody those virtues than Taylor Swift? Tay Tay rocked this yellow and blue varsity jacket in the music video for her smash single “We are never, ever getting back together”. Take a page (or note) from T-Swizzle and select a traditional varsity jacket composed of two complementary primary colors. Then combine with a slightly darker version of one (or both) of those shades on the bottom, plus a neutral layer underneath.

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Too cute for school: this girly take on the varsity jacket trend takes teen queen to another level. Knee high boots are major right now, and will bring all eyes to your knees! Black, black, and more black add necessary sophistication. An A-line mini is that rare piece of clothing that’s both sweet and sexy.

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Olivia Palermo strikes on trend again! The New York fashionista put her own distinctive spin on the youthful varsity jacket. Olivia’s textured black pencil skirt is undeniably elegant and provides a playful contrast to the relaxed fit of her black and white varsity jacket. Olivia’s classic color blocking is an awesome idea for women over 30 who might have dismissed the varsity jacket as too childish to embrace.  If black & white head to toe is chic enough for Karl Lagerfeld, it’s chic enough for you! 

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Boyfriend jeans, black accents, and a varsity jacket deserves a monthly (if not weekly) spot in your wardrobe rotation. I’m obsessed with the clean lines and loose (yet still figure flattering) fit of every item in this ensemble. Don’t let apparent simplicity fool you; every nip and tuck is impeccably fitted, and any stylist worth her salt can tell serious thought went into composition. Let this outfit inspire you to invest, invest, invest in timeless items: black pumps, boyfriend jeans, crew neck T, ray bans, quilted chain link purse, and of course a divine varsity jacket. 

Normcore

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Normcore

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Normals are the new big thing… Kind of. Normcore, or a style of dressing that emphasizes neutral uniformity, a sort of hyper self-aware minimalism that evolved in response to a fashion culture over-saturated with over-processed, desperately different outfits that try too hard, painstakingly created and photographed by everyone with aspirations of Instagram fame.
The anti-fashion fashionables who have embraced normcore interpret their choice to dress in plain, uniform outfits as proof of their own identity. In normcore, overthinking how to look different is the ultimate sign of a herd mentality. The normcore uniform gives people a sense of human connection, and shows the world that you’ve got better ways of standing on than 10 lbs of jewelry.
Pillars of Normcore style include: stonewashed denim, plain t-shirts, white sneakers, fleece outerwear, clunky shoes, and baggy cuts. Normcore goes hand in hand with androgyny and unisex, as most styles are asexual enough to be suitable for men or women. Fellow fashion cynics might be amused to notice that even anti-fashion fashion isn’t immune to actual fashion; these pieces seem straight out of the 1990’s, aka the decade everyone is channeling these days.

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Clunky sandals? Check. Shapeless jeans in a medium blue hue? Check. Baggy button up in a similarly undistinctive shade of blue? Check. This Olsen twin is normcore from head to teeny toe.

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Blank is a big statement in the normcore stratosphere. A heather grey structured T-shirt might seem simple, but any fashionista worth her salt can guess that this piece probably cost big bucks at Barneys; after all, anyone can slap sequins on a garment and call in fancy, but only the real pros can sell the masses on a $300 T. Admire the pristine plain white kicks, which contrast deliciously to artfully ripped black skinny jeans.

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When composing a Normcore ensemble, ask yourself “Would Rory Gilmore wear this?” If the answer is “Yes”, congrats, you’re on the right track. Normcore is the antitheses of sex kitten, so bundle up as much as possible. This normcore nymphette uses layers of knitwear to great success, leaving only a glimpse of ankle flesh on display. Laura Ingalls Wilder would be proud!

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Head to toe black is rarely normcore, but notoriously normal (aka mysterious and prone to bland ensembles) Supermodel Freja Beha Erichsen defies the odds. If you’d like to do a normcore look in all (or mostly) black, take a note from Freja’s moleskin and make sure all shades of black are lightly washed out and slightly different. As if it’s laundry day and you just grabbed a handful from the basket.

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 I like to think of this normcore incantation as “Sloppy Professor Chic”. Can’t you just imagine this fetching young lass tripping into a crowded lecture hall with an armful of disappointing term papers? By now you should be able to identify the classic normcore touches: white sneakers, muted colors, faded blue jeans, and layers of knitwear. Like Freja, this stylish normcore devotee blends layers of slightly different, marginally faded black hues.