Monday, March 31, 2014

How to: Mix spring trends

Florals, and sports, and colours, oh my! As an indecisive person, I can never stay set on my favourite spring trend to wear. So why decide? Why not wear them all at once instead?

One trend that has been around for a few seasons now is florals. They're pretty and typically feminine. But somewhere along the line of our re-ignited obsession with the 90s, styling florals to be more edgy came into play. Which ties in really nicely with the athletic trend. I'd also like to distinguish that the athletic trend is really "athletic-inspired". Walking around in yoga pants and a varsity team hoodie doesn't count as fashion. But when you're borrowing from those ideas with graphic print t-shirts and baseball caps. And bright colours are always in style for spring. Always. Sure, certain colours are more popular than others during different years, but you can never go wrong with a pop of colour after a dreary winter.

So I've put together this set that showcases how you can throw the floral, sporty, and bright trends together. The great thing about a plain t-shirt with some simple text is that it can be paired with any floral pattern. Layering this look with a light denim jacket really ties the look together by adding a bit of edginess to the florals while maintaining a pretty vintage quality. Then, just add a colourful bag or clutch for some spring cheerfulness and grab a pair of floral sunnies. Finally, slip on your favourite pair of plain sneakers to top off the athletic look. And there you go- a great look to go exploring around town, and with sensible shoes. Hourray for no more arch-killing heels!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Shift work

They say that if you want to be something, you have to look the part. As someone currently job hunting, I've been focusing on buying clothes that I could wear to work, hoping that that magically makes employers flock to me.

So today, I'm playing dress-up with proportions. I'm usually not one for shift dresses because I'm afraid that the monotone shape will make me look like I'm wearing a potato sack, but that can be easily remedied. I decide to put a ribbon around the waist to give the illusion of a more defined figure. But aside from that, I'm loving the two-toned colour of the dress that's all business in the back with plain black and a professional party in the front with a red plaid pattern and crisp collar.

Even though my blazer is a bit oversized and rather boxy for my taste, I found that it works really well with the straight cut of the shift dress. With that, the shoulder pads don't look drab and outdated either, but adds some welcomed dimension instead. Yes, this blazer has shoulder pads!

Hey employers, I'm a super versatile person. I could be a typical office drone with my overall work look, I could be a British professor with the plaid, or I could be a pseudo football player with shoulder pads. Like I said, versatile.
Plaid dress c/o Sheinside / Beige blazer from Le Chateau / Cream and black bag from Tacicco 
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chunky rings

I'm into rings more than any other piece of jewellery. A simple piece can look great and barely get in the way, but what about adding bigger and more rings? I've found myself wearing multiple rings together lately, often pausing to wonder whether I'm starting to go overboard. Especially in the winter, a good indication of going overboard is when I can barely fit a glove over my hand because of too many rings bulking up my hand.

Personally, I try to wear like colours only. I'm not a fan of mixing gold and silver. Nor am I a fan of mixing oversized rings and different shapes. If the purpose of a statement ring is to attract the eye to one place, doesn't wearing multiple ones defeat the purpose? The look of stacked rings can be a pretty nice edgy look, but excessiveness starts to look like you're trying to turn your fingers into armoured weapons.

What are your thoughts on wearing chunky rings? 

Images via Pinterest

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The texting generation

Remember when fingerless gloves were known as "hobo gloves"? Well it's funny how much that perception has turned around. The other day, I heard them being referred to as "texting gloves". Texting gloves...gloves without fingers so your index finger can still reach your dear touch screen phone. Because it might be absolutely freezing outside, but those super important texts about how much you hate exams absolutely cannot wait.

In other news, I'm going to start pushing my sunglasses up if I feel them slipping. Otherwise, as my photos show, it kind of makes me look like I have a unibrow when shadows hit the glasses the wrong way. Which I don't.

Boyfriend blazer from H&M / Black pants from Suzy Shier / Circle scarf from Jacob / Eco-friendly sunglasses from Woodzee
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How to: Wear knee-length skirts

As a non-short (yet not quite tall) person, I can't believe how short above-the-knee skirts are getting nowadays. Which is why I'm ecstatic that knee-length or below the knee skirts are back in style. With the dominant style being about showing leg for a while now, I find myself concerned that midi skirts will cut my leg off in an awkward spot to make me look stubby. So I've put together a few tips on how to choose and style a knee-length skirt that will still accentuate your height.

1.)  Choosing a length: What you want is a skirt that falls right below the knee to a length just above your calves. Avoid skirts that cover only a part of your knee joint. This would cut off the length of your legs at an awkward place, leaving your lower leg looking stubby and your knee looking unnatural.

2.)  Straight cuts: While a tight bodycon skirt might look too much like a tight burrito wrap on your legs, a flexible pencil skirt can do wonders to look relaxed and/or sophisticated. To flatter your figure, try finding a skirt that goes inwards slightly around the hem so there's emphasis on your curves.

3.)  Feeling flowy: If you're more of a flowy chiffon or A-line skirt person, try to find a pleated skirt. Even subtle pleats will create vertical lines for the eye to follow, giving you a leaner look.

4.)  Shoe pairings: Like in any other outfit, this is pretty much personal. But keep in mind that if you're going for a chunky edgy look with ankle boots, make sure the top of the shoe falls below your calves. Then, the hem of the skirt over the knee and the top of the shoe below the calf creates a natural window for the eyes, which emphasized the length of the lower legs.

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