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!