Fall fashion has begun, and if you’re on top of it, you’re already well aware of which trends you’re going for, which you’re going to leave behind — and which you’re going to let your less-savvy friend try all on her own.
Maybe it’s the coming of a new season or the fact that I actually read through the pile of books that had been on my nightstand since the beginning of the year, but this fall seems filled with the promise of wonder and all things new.
In my experience, every season is an opportunity to try something different, which inevitably results in a changing of opinion. This fall season, check out some new tricks that can make this season a hit before it even starts.
1. Pick a color, any color
A few years ago, a few of my friends coordinated a lipstick exchange among friends. The girls were nervous to disappoint their secret friend with a color they’d never use. In an effort to remove that very fear, we encouraged each participant and told the secret friend the color she thinks that friend should try.
We’d never encourage someone to wear something that doesn’t suit her, but we’d definitely encourage her to try something that is blocked by the lifeless, “That’s not for me.”
I’m pale white and I got “stuck with” a very sexy, purplish red color by MAC. I tried it on anyway and wore it the very night I got it. Turns out, it was a perfect color to lift my style, and it’s now my go-to.
“I don’t like it,” is a much better answer than, “I think that’s not for me.” Pick a new color this fall; get comfortable with it. Use it for brunch or take it to dinner. If it doesn’t work, there’s always winter, right?
2. What’s yours is mine (for a little while at least)
Find a friend you trust, someone who takes care of her things as well as you do, and then, do the unthinkable: Swap something with her! Again, pick someone you trust, but also make sure that person has a style a little different from your own. Don’t swap something you have in your closet. Make this fun!
What kind of things can you swap, you ask? Jewelry is always the best for swapping, especially when it’s a piece you don’t normally wear, or if it represents a style you wouldn’t normally pick out yourself.
This can be a great way of trying out designers you normally don’t gravitate towards. What else can you try? Hats, purses or a coat. You can even do a little market research.
Is there something you’ve been considering investing in? Well then, try it out this season! Some swapping guidelines? Stay away from shoes. If, at the end of a season, we are so much inclined to try on a color or accessory we would have never considered before, we are all the better for it — and possibly, better dressed.
Taylor Swift has officially revealed her belly button, which is apparently news. The hotly anticipated shot arrived via her own Instagram account. The singer spent the weekend in Maui with the Haim sisters hiking, swimming, whale watching and aggressively instagramming the whole thing. We're impressed by the move. Posting a picture where you look better than everyone else is a classic betch move we didn’t know she had in her.
“When you start showing your belly button then you're really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing—you're only seeing lower rib cage. I don't want people to know if I have one or not. I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I'm going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it's going to be right next to my belly button because no one's ever going to see that.”
The only other belly button picture on record is from Australia in 2012. Taylor's come a long way since those days and that questionable K-Mart suit.
We’ve all seen the memes that describe what makes a girl #basic. There’s something about the fall that leads 20-somethings to rejoice with their pumpkin spice lattes, North Face jackets, leggings and Ugg boots. I mean, it wouldn’t be a stereotype if it weren’t at least slightly true!
Trust me, ladies; I am not judging. As a fellow New Yorker, I am guilty of wearing the exact outfit described above, on several occasions. However, there comes a time in our lives when we have to retire the #basic attire.
Luckily, fall 2014’s trends make the transition easy, with comfortable wrap coats, structured boots and pops of color that will separate us from the most basic of basic styles:
1. Powerful Pops Of Pastel
Spring 2014’s soft hues got carried into fall 2014 and are here to stay. From vintage pastels, like mint green, baby blue and baby pink, these pastels work great with fall neutrals and eventually, winter whites.
Do not take these colors lightly. By mixing pastels with animal prints, fall neutrals and mixed fabrics, such as velvet or leather, these subtle hues will become powerful pops.
2. Wrap Coats And Capes To The Rescue!
Although it might be appealing to throw on the sneakers and an old sweatshirt for a weekend coffee run, how about upping your fashion game to separate you from the rest? An oversized wrap coat or cape is perfect for the transitional fall weather, and it’s just as easy to wear as your old college hoodie.
Pair the unstructured fabric with oversized sunglasses and a leggings/boot combo and you’ll be ready for a run-in with an ex or coworker. It is a small world after all, so it’s best to be prepared and looking chic than caught in a Saturday outfit slump.
3. Plaid: Not Just For School Girls Anymore
Plaid can be posh or grunge depending on the outfit.
There’s a little lumberjack in all of us. While this trend may reside in Brooklyn, plaid and plaid flannels are currently trending with the nostalgic 90s fashion obsession.
While a cute plaid flannel with skinny jeans gives off the “I’m relaxed but adorable look,” plaid skirts, pants and silk tops are perfect for a night out. If you’re not ready to plunge into the plaid world, try adding a plaid accessory, such as a hat, belt or Burberry scarf!
4. Make A Statement! Boots, Boots, Boots
It’s time to say goodbye to our Ugg boots. Like a pair of tight jeans we can’t seem to give away because of the memories, our Ugg boots have been there for the good and the bad (weather). Unfortunately, they’re not exactly what we want to wear for a night on the town.
I was once told that since many New Yorkers do not buy car tires, our shoes are our tires and are worth the investment. As a Manolo addict, Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t agree more. Treat yo’self and purchase structured leather boots. Fall 2014’s knee-high styles are an outfit’s focal point.
Sites like Piperlime and Overstock offer a variety of boots with different buckles, colors and heights so you can pick a pair that resembles your style. Don’t fear; you can still wear them with leggings, printed pants or skinny jeans and they’re much more versatile.
Also, they look less like you rolled out of bed and put on your slippers. RIP, UGGs.
5. The Boys’ Club: Blazers
Forgo the cardigan or hoodie and upgrade to a tailored blazer. Fall 2014 is all about mixing masculine menswear pieces with feminine accents. This business casual piece, paired with denim, skirts, dress pants, or boots and leggings adds a touch of refined structure to any look.
Spring 2014 celebrated oversized blazers. With bulkier sweaters, dresses and heavier weight items, save some money and use blazers as a transitional outerwear piece. For extra credit, head to your nearest thrift store and make an old blazer your own!
By changing the buttons, adding elbow detailing or having it custom-tailored, the blazer can reflect your personality.
Fall 2014 is all about details. By adding trendy pieces to basic outfits, you can separate yourself from the crowd.
The best thing about the fall season is our ability to layer. Although I was extremely comfortable in sweatpants as I stood in line at the grocery store, I can remember looking at the fashionable women in line who were handling the changing weather with stride and fashionable ease.
I couldn’t help but wonder, “Who has that much time to look good?” Our lives are fast-paced, and it’s hard to keep a good look together without ultimately resorting to the old comfort blanket trends. By adding a refreshed, trendy piece to your outfit, your quick grocery run won’t be a frump fest.
You will be prepared for any awkward run-in, any flirty eyes in the aisles and any happy hour encounters. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and make a trend your own.
What to do while your significant other shops is a question that Western men have had to deal with since the birth of the shopping mall. Enterprising husband Steve Venegas has come up with a creative and fun game to play that will make shopping fun again. [Read more…]
The game is simple – dress up as a mannequin at the store you (or your significant other) is shopping at and take a picture. Venegas’ pictures are hilarious because, in most of them, he does his best to strike the same pose as the mannequin next to him. Each picture looks like he’s posing with a pale, decapitated twin brother. He shares the pictures, part of his Gap Mannequin Project, on the project’s Tumblr, gapmannequinproject.tumblr.com.
Now, instead of wasting money at cafes, bars or electronics stores, guys will finally have a way to have fun while their second halves shop. And obviously, the game translates well to women who are bored of shopping as well. If you try this “game” out, send us your pics!
You’re probably broke from buying all your friends, family members, and your SO Christmas presents (or Chanukah presents, I didn’t forget about you JABs), meaning you don’t have any money to buy a killer NYE dress. DW, we’ve got you covered.
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This is exactly what I’m wearing for NYE. It’s tight, sparkly, and…sparkly. That’s really all you need.
I’m pretty fucking obsessed with this dress. I have a total weakness for sexy backs, bows, and lace, meaning I might literally die if I don’t buy it. The color is great (it comes in blue, too), and between the long sleeves and the fact that it’s ridiculously cute, this would be the perfect dress to impress your bf’s mom in. Just don’t ask me what bra to wear with it.
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We’ve all been hearing that milk is good for us all of our lives. It is essential for building quality bones, but did you know it also can make high quality fabric? Anke Domaske has beauty and brains on her mind. She’s a biologist and fashion designer in Germany that has created milk yarn – real yarn made from milk that would be thrown out anyways. Now that’s really going green.