Maxi Skirt Thursday’s by Ayla

Last Thursday I was extremely surprised how many people I saw wearing maxi skirts. Within and hour I was able to take pictures of two of my friends wearing these trendy, fun skirts. After seeing them separately the both came into the fashion lab so I was able to take a picture of them together.

Both of them embraced this style and looked fantastic. They each took a different approach to how they wore the skirt.

Gina, paired the skirt with a tight tucked in top, a belt, cardigan, and wedge booties. I liked this look because she looked dressed up, but at the same time it looked effortless and easy.

Lauren, paired the skirt with a longer looser fitting top and riding boots. She looked equally as great as Gina but more casual and laid back.

Now Trending: Fair Isle, By Andrew

With the cold weather, and the holiday season rapidly approaching a fun trend that can be spotted every where is Fair Isle patterns. Fair Isle is a pattern that has been around for ages, and is closely associated with winter, snow, and the holidays.

On a recent vintage shopping trip I took I stumbled upon a truly awesome vintage LL Bean fair isle sweater. I love the use of bright colors in the pattern, especially during the winter months when clothing usually is taken over by dull dark colors like black, grey, and brown.

Vintage LL Bean fair isle sweater!

Fair Isle pattern is a great way to add some excitement to any look because it comes in so many different forms; sweaters, vest, socks, and cold weather accessories like hat, gloves, and scarves.

fair isle slippers from Urban Outfitters

fair isle sweater and camp socks, J Crew

fair isle scarf, by Gant

Quite Feminine in Flannel by Laura

As the leaves fall around us, leaving the trees bare, and the Starbucks signature red holiday cup starts making a popular appearance, it is time to accept that autumn is over and we are moving full-force into winter.  It’s time to grab those boots (if you haven’t already), pull out your scarves and gloves, and dig up your warm-weather coats.  In doing so, we will most likely find corduroys and our coziest and comfiest sweaters, sadly putting away those light-weight cardigans and delicate items until next spring.  But warm chunky sweaters are not our only option for the colder weather…

This winter, try tapping into your inner 90’s grunge with flannel.  It may not sound glamorous (and to be quite honest, it isn’t), but it is comfortable, warm, and stylish when worn properly.  Flannel is not just for lumberjacks anymore.  This season, flannel has been integrated into women’s wear, with more feminine details and silhouettes.  Below are two examples of different ways flannel can be worn while still appearing stylish–not mannish.

Flannel tunic over leggings

Here, the flannel tunic is belted to enhance the ladylike hourglass silhouette.  The close-fitting leggings also balance out the flowyness of the tunic, keeping her looking slim instead of bulky.  And last but not least, a great pair of boots always ties any look together!

Pink Palette

In this picture, she is wearing a standard flannel in a pink palette.  These colors add to the femininity of the outfit, but the look is still laid-back and casual.  It’s a great option for brightening up those dreary winter days!

Beanie Babies by Tory

With temperatures reaching 60 degrees at the end of November, it may seem like winter isn’t coming to the Northeast this year. When Mother Nature finally decides to give us some cold temperatures, however, make sure you’re prepared with an on-trend slouchy beanie. It’s a common belief that the majority of body heat is lost through our heads- so stay warm, ward off the sniffles, and be fashionable simultaneously this year. Urban Outfitters and Free People have some great slouchy beanies for sale right now, and most stores are carrying their version of the trend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many stylish celebrities have been spotted rocking these slouchy beanies as well. Sienna Miller, Rachel Bilson, and Nicole Richie are just a few examples. This season, stay warm while looking cool.

Make an Imprint on a Rainy Day

A fun alternative for a rainy day.

On a rainy day like today, most people shy away from dressing up and often resort to their favorite pair of sweatpants in the bottom drawer.  However, there are a few exceptions who try to make the best of the rainy day by sprucing up their attire and making a different kind of splash!

Rachel definitely made my day tens time better when I saw her in her snake skin printed leggings.  Not only are they unique but they are fun which is the perfect balance to a rainy day. Printed leggings can spice up an outfit, one just has to be careful that they balance the look properly with their other pieces.  Rachel makes this ensemble look so easy by pairing it with a pair of worn in boots and a denim top. She makes a rainy day outfit still look casual and chic.

Close-up of Rachel's snake skin leggings and boots.

Rachel can easily make these snake skin leggings the ultimate nighttime glam outfit by pairing it with a pair of swanky stilettos and a beautiful black top or tunic. These leggings make a bold statement already, so why not balance that out on your face by using a bright red lipstick?

When put together the right way, printed leggings can be fun, casual and even sexy!

Runway Hits The Streets by Ayla

When looking at runway shows for this weeks color assignment, I took at look at D&G’s ready to wear fall 2011 show. They showed these short feather/fur skirts in various colors which I could not even begin to understand.

There are some looks that, in my opinion, should stay on the runway; this is one of them. I cannot being to understand why someone would want to ear a piece like this in their everyday life.

As I was browsing on the Sartorialist this week, I came across a picture of a women wearing a very similar skirt.

Here is a perfect example of how trends trickle down and how something seen on the runway can be adjusted for everyday. Although, it is something that I would still not be interested in wearing this, the toned down version is a little more appealing. She has taken a shirt that is a little bit much and pair it with a simple top, neutral shoes, and a statement necklace instead of a loud top and wedge sneakers which makes the look more subtle.

This is not a look I think that we will be seeing all over the place just yet, but its worth keeping our eye on.

Fade In, Fade Out by Laura

Oddly enough, the season of autumn is offering some of the trendiest style advice: play with color.  As we get further into fall, the leaves continue to change from green to yellow to orange to red.  The sky is alive with tie-dyed branches.  This technique has translated to the fashion world too as we start to see more of this color fading in clothing as well as hair.

Color-Fading on the Runway

Baring one’s roots has always been a controversial subject in the beauty world.  However, in the past few months, letting our “true colors” show through has actually become popular and trendy.

Drew Barrymore's dark roots peek out tastefully

Leighton Meester lets her true colors shine

Who would have thought that waiting for a root-touch up was actually a good thing?

Shop Small & Local by Tory

With Thanksgiving break right around the corner, the main thing on every fashionista’s mind is kicking off the holiday shopping season. This year I urge you to skip risking your life at the malls and department stores, and support your local businesses. While you’re home for the holiday break, take a trip to your unique hometown boutiques and shops. Local stores keep our communities and local economies vibrant, and give us a deeper connection with the products we’re purchasing.

Branching off of the shop small movement, this year marks the second annual Small Business Saturday. Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday falls on November 26th this year. American Express has been promoting Small Business Saturday with some kind of cash-back incentive deal, which is all well and good, but not the main point of the day. Shopping small fuels the economy and helps keep the big corporations from having too much power over consumers. Plus, its a lot safer than getting mauled in the ridiculous crowds at Macy’s.

 

For more information on Small Business Saturday, check out the official website. You can “Like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook as well. Happy shopping!