Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Jeanology

Jeans...there is so very much to say about them. They are worn by farmers as well as Beyonce. They can cost $2 or $2,000. Almost everyone owns a pair, yet so many own the wrong pair unfortunately. They are such a classic wardrobe staple, but they cause so much trouble for so many women. Finding the perfect pair that not only feels great, but looks fantastic as well can be pretty tricky. Here are some general tips for finding your bum a perfect match:
Generally speaking, a higher rise is more flattering to almost everyone. Not to mention that an extreme low-rise is very 2001. Especially when accessorized with a flash of thong (also known as the whale tale). Not a good look for anyone. A higher rise is one of those great things that is on trend as well as flattering. A win for everyone. Except for muffin tops, they tend to lose with a high rise. But a loss for the muffin top is a win for everyone else. Usually a mid-rise, which comes just below the belly button does the trick, if you're not comfortable with clothing at or above the belly button.



Marilyn Monroe rocking a pair of  high rise jeans on the set of River of No Return. No muffin tops here!


Another key component of a good pair of jeans is pocket placement. The pocket must sit on your actual rear end. The whole pocket must be on the cheek! It must not sit in the bum crease, where half the pocket is on your actual bum and the lower half of the pocket is on the top of your thigh. This is so crucial: the pockets must be high on your cheeks, not low in your crease! Recite this mantra. If this rule is not followed you will get a sad, droopy low hanging bum, regardless of whether or not this is the actual state of your bum.



Marilyn's perky bum - a yes.



A definite no to this flat and droopy situation. It looks like her actual bum starts where the hideous stitching begins, but the pockets sit much lower, creating this unflattering situation.


Levis with pockets ON the bum, creating a much perkier look.

Another common jean feature to be wary of is fading. Generally speaking if you want a faded look, choose a style that is totally faded. Avoid weird patches of fading along the thighs and be very careful of "whiskering", which is the little strips of fading that swipe across the hips. These accents can sometimes accentuate areas that you might not want accentuated.




An example of unflattering whiskering. This pair of jeans actually has a number of other horrific things going on as well. Starting with an extreme low rise, as well as a bejewelled button, and my personal favorite, what appears to be some nude pantyhose underneath it all. Say no to all of this. 



Keeping all of this in mind while denim shopping can be difficult, especially when you also need to consider what style of jeans you are looking for. I'm not going to tell you what style is right for you because everyone has different needs based on your lifestyle. Instead, I will just share with you my personal favorite styles. I hope you like them too!








Skinny jeans are a classic staple that is so versatile. My current favorite style is the high rise skinny from Levis.




Seventies flares are another favorite of mine. To really nail this look make sure to choose a high rise and a style that is really long (hem them to mostly cover your shoes). Also, keep in mind that this is very different flare than the one you wore in grade eight if you're close in age to me. The flare needs to start at least at the knee, not all fitted and then a sudden flare at the ankle, which can look dated. This style is from Free People.




Make sure the rear view is good too!






My other favorite jean style is the boyfriend jean. Choose a style that is still fitted on the hips and then is looser in the legs. This style is always best cuffed and with rips. Boyfriend jeans are great to wear casually with sneakers or flat sandals, but I really love them dressed up with some killer statement heels. These ones are from Sun and Shadows at Nordstrom.



I will leave you with a parting shot of quite possibly the worst jeans of all time. Say no to everything happening here: the cuffed capri length, the white stitching, the embellished pockets, all culminating in a truly heinous pair of jeans. I just know that on her feet are a pair of foam platform flip flops. So please, get your rear into a pair of jeans that make you feel fabulous, and if this final pair are what makes you feel fabulous, then that is great. Just know that I will be secretly judging you if I see you wearing them.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Golden Globes Fashion

Ahhh...the Golden Globes, the one night when everyone knows the awards are bought, but no one will say it. Until now: thank you Ricky Gervais. The legitimacy of the actual awards aside, the fashion is still great...or greatly terrible. Here are some of the most notable looks of the evening.



Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli
This is one of my favorite looks of the evening. This particular shade of mustard is quite tricky to pull off, but J.Lo slays, as usual. I love the little cape and the necklace is killing me it's so good. What I love the most though, is that this is somewhat of a different look for J.Lo. She stuck with her favorite red carpet designer, but this is quite a departure from the usual beaded, plunging, sheer, smokey eyed, nude lipped, massive hair situation that we are used to seeing her in. Not that I don't love that J.Lo, but this is a breath of fresh air.





Kate Hudson in Michael Kors
I was so disappointed when I first saw this, since I usually just love what Kate wears. This is a bit too much on the trashy side. I would have preferred it if this dress just had cutouts, rather than a Britney Spears-style tube top. I do love the colour and the hair and makeup is on point, but the massive strip of midriff (great abs, by the way) and the hideous choker situation is a big fail.




Julianne Moore in Tom Ford
Having Tom Ford as one of your besties would be a real asset when it comes time to turn yourself into a total glamazon for the red carpet. Julianne Moore is just killing it in midnight blue. This is how you work a weird choker thing! What I love about her is that she always goes high-fashion and takes a bit of a risk with her edginess, and she ALWAYS hits the mark.






Kate Winslet in Ralph Lauren
While there is nothing terrible about this, there is certainly nothing great about it either. It's giving me a bit of a bridesmaid vibe. The fit is perfect, and her bod looks great, but this is truly putting me to sleep. Kate, we know you can do so much better. Please bring it to the Oscars.




Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent
As someone who is known for bringing some serious heat to the red carpet and giving girls four decades younger than her a run for their money, this would be a huge disappointment if it wasn't also pretty hilarious., She looks like a clown or a pilgrim and the internet has named her Jane Fondant.






Amy Adams in Atelier Versace
I love this one! She shows that you can be a redhead and wear red. I love the waist accent that carries all the way down to the hem of the gown creating an elongating effect. I would have preferred her hair to be  swept to one shoulder to showcase some statement earrings. Other than that I love it.




Cate Blanchett in Givenchy
This gown is a piece of art. Standing still, it might not be to everyone's taste, but seeing it move with the layers of individually hand sewn fringe swaying you have to at least appreciate an incredible piece of haute couture, even if you don't particularly care for it. I actually love it, and the fact that she always wears these meticulously crafted works of wearable art are one of the reasons I just love Ms. Blanchett. The delicate pink colour works perfectly here, bringing a little femininity to something so avant garde. Not everyone can pull this off (most in fact, cannot) so I applaud her for taking a risk and making it work, every single time.



Olivia Wilde in Michael Kors
I love a good seventies throwback, and this one is no exception. I love the burgundy sequins, which is a bit unexpected. At first I didn't like the necklace, but looking at it the second time around, it has definitely grown on me. The only thing I don't like is the matching burgundy eye shadow. I have yet to see anyone look good in red eye makeup.




Bryce Dallas Howard in Jenny Packham
This poor girl! She is so young and pretty, and it looks like she borrowed her grandmother's dress. The colour is beautiful on her (we saw how Julianne Moore worked it), but a three quarter sleeve tends to be quite aging. Add to that the mixture of lace and brocade, and an extremely boring hairstyle, and what you get is a big sad yawn.



Heidi Klum in Marchesa
Sometimes fringe plus feathers equals a big hairy mess. Considering she is a supermodel and has had a long standing job on a show about fashion designers, you would think she would have picked up a style clue or two. Alas, Ms. Klum continues to be red carpet disaster time and time again. The Golden Globes were no exception.



Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Atelier Versace
This is golden goddess perfection. There really isn't much else to say. It does make me feel a little bad for the actresses who are under so much pressure to not only look amazing and but then also take home an award at the end of the night, to have to share the carpet with a stunning supermodel who looks like absolute perfection and also like she didn't even try, and she's only there for the party.




Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
I know this look is topping a lot of best dressed lists, but I didn't love it. I definitely like the dress, but I don't think it's really anything too special, and the hair I hate. It's so blonde that it almost looks grey, and the updo is really boring. The overall combination with the choker is extremely aging. Be young while you can! You have plenty of years to dress like a clown, just ask Jane Fonda.







Sunday, June 21, 2015

Stampede Style

If you live in Calgary you know that every July our fair city goes country for 10 days. Whether you love it or hate it, the Stampede is almost upon us. Personally, I choose to use the The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth as an excuse to dress up like a country cowgirl. If you like to get into the Stampede spirit and you live here, it is definitely worth it to get yourself some cowgirl boots and a hat. That being said there is really no reason why the rest of your cowgirl emsemble can't be put together with pieces that you will wear again. My friend Amber (check her out at www.amberapproved.ca ) asked me help her pick out an outfit for the Stampede Breakfast that she is hosting. Amber told me that when she first moved to Calgary from a small town she was totally not into anything to do with Stampede style, but she has since come around. Now is an ideal time to pick up some pieces that you can wear for Stampede and beyond, because the boho seventies vibe is so trendy right now. For Amber, we went with a gorgeous white lace maxi dress topped off with a faded denim vest and turquoise jewellery. I am trying to convince her to add a cowboy hat. I will post some pictures after her Stampede Breakfast! Below is a list of some ideas of items you may already have in your wardrobe or things you could purchase and wear again.






Anything with Fringe
Since the seventies are so trendy this spring, fringe is something that is easy to find in stores right now, and you will also look fab wearing it well past those 10 days in July.


This crocheted top with fringe from Urban Outfitters looks really cute and not at all western paired here with black shorts. If you want to really go seventies post-stampede, wear it with high-waist flared jeans. It could also work dressed up with a skirt. For Stampede just add blue denim and a cowboy hat!


I just love this suede fringed wrap skirt! The model has paired it with some western-inspired stiletto booties with would work perfectly for Stampede. I actually just bought a dark brown suede fringed skirt, and I plan to wear it in the fall with lace-up ankle booties. The one above is from ASOS.




Suede really is the material of choice for spring 2015, and this fringed bag from Saint Laurent is not only totally on trend, but goes with any Stampede outfit.



Boho Dresses
A boho dress, short or long, with the right accessories makes a perfect transition from you go-to summer wardrobe to Stampede style.


This dress from Free People paired with light brown fringed booties could work perfectly for Stampede. Just throw a crocheted fringe vest, or a denim vest over it, and you're rodeo ready!
























A maxi dress in the right flowy shape works well, too. Accessorize the same way you would a short one.


Denim All Over
Head to toe denim has been a trend we've seen for a while now, and it's a no brainer that this will work for Stampede.



This denim off-the-shoulder dress from Zara is so cute, and as you can see, this blogger above has styled hers with 100% no western vibes. Add a big cowboy belt, boots and a hat, and you've got your Stampede style in the bag!



Just add the accessories: hat, boots, belt! And you could throw in some turquoise gems as well.



This seventies-inspired denim mini skirt looks great styled as above, but could also be paired with a denim shirt for a full-on blue jeans cowgirl look.



With all this in mind, now you can spend your money on things you will actually wear again, rather than getting yourself a pair of hideously stiff Wranglers and a plaid shirt that you only pull out during Stampede. Giddy up!









Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Met Gala: A Little Late

This years Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art looked to the Far East for the theme. China: Through the Looking Glass is this years exhibit, showcasing the stunning fashions of China and the far-reaching influences of Chinese design and culture on fashion around the globe. Unfortunately, the red carpet fashionn was overshadowed by a plethora of naked dresses. It's nothing new, we've all seen Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian mostly naked before. There were a few standouts though.




Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture

She looks like she is heading to an audition for I Dream of Slutty Genie. This is so desperate and trashy, she really doesn't need to be wearing this type of gown (if we can call it a gown). I mean, she's Beyonce, she doesn't need to try so hard. That being said, the floral bejewelled applique is so beautiful and intricate, and if the bodice was covered with this finishing, and only the skirt and sleeves were sheer, I really think that I would have loved it. Instead, she just ended up looking
tacky and hoochie. If she really feels the need to wear this type of thing, she should wear it on stage.


Jennifer Lopez in Versace

This is so so bad. Again, just so desperate! She is arguably the hottest woman at the whole Met Gala, and she makes most women half her age look like trolls, so she has nothing to prove. I suppose now that Kim Kardashian has such a famous ass, J. Lo needed to remind us all that she has the original famous ass. And also show it to us. So unnecessary. I do like that she took the theme into account, though and there is actually a dragon wrapped around her torso.



Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy Haute Couture

I love this look. Normally, I am not a big fan of the unfortunately named "mullet dress" (also known as the high-low dress), but here I love it. The white lace dress is a must-have trend for spring and if you're going to do it, do it right. I love the lace applique with the high halter neck, it's an unexpected combination that I really think works. The hair and makeup are perfect finishing touches for this gown.


Keri Russell in Joseph Altuzarra

I think that this might be my favorite look of the night. The workmanship in this gown made entirely of feathers is just incredible. The metallic green sheen is stunning, and the belted waist is perfect. This actually reminds me of Alexander McQueen's work, which I obviously love.



Kim Kardashian in Roberto Cavalli

Why does this need to be sheer? Just like Beyonce and J. Lo's gowns the workmanship and shape of this is amazing. There are two glaring problems though. The first is the fact that it's completely see through and the second is that this is made for a supermodel body, and is just so unflattering on Kim. The saddest part about this whole sheer extravaganza is that clearly all of them are trying to stand out and be daringly different, which truly falls flat when there are a bunch of other ladies wearing almost the same thing (and in Kim's case, wearing it better than you).



Gigi Hadid in Diane von Furstenburg

A good red dress can be great, but a bad red dress can be a horror show. Luckily, this is a good one. I love the intricate bodice and how it splits in a V at the bottom. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I am really loving the coordinating shoes, and these shoes are particularly fierce. I love that she chose to wear DVF who has long been a strong and vocal advocate for American designers and the American fashion industry.






















Kendall Jenner in Calvin Klein

While this look does feature a bit more side boob than I normally appreciate, overall this is an amazing gown. The emerald green shade is a favorite of mine and very flattering on Kendall. I think what I love the most about this gown though, is that from afar is appears to be a fairly simple sheath dress with a beautiful finish, but I included a close up shot to show that it is an intricately woven web of crystals and bugle beads in varying shades of green. The full effect is truly incredible, and an excellent representation of the Calvin Klein aesthetic: seemingly simple styles that upon further investigation reveal stunning quality and workmanship.





Rihanna in Guo Pei

The Cowardly Lion wants his look back! I do actually kind of love this, and I also love that she chose to wear an actual Chinese designer, not a designer who just took all their ideas from the Chinese. I also have to applaude Rihanna for making the effort to wear such an enormous ensemble, it must have weighed a tonne!




Sarah Jessica Parker in H&M and Philip Treacy headpiece

I wanted to finish things on an uplifting note...so uplifting in fact that you might see this and mistakenly think that you are high. Or she is. Call me crazy, but the, um "hat" isn't the part that I find the worst. I actually love/hate it. I love it for how insane it is, and she somehow manages to wear this outfit with a serious expression on her face, and not a hint of embarrassment. The dress on the other hand is hideous. Why on earth would you choose to wear H&M when you could choose any couture designer in the world? All together this ensemble will not be forgotten soon, and will bring entertainment to all that see it.




This is the very best though.





Monday, April 20, 2015

What to Wear to a Wedding

Wedding season is almost upon us, and I don't know about you, but I have three to attend this year. Choosing the best outfit to wear can be a conundrum if you leave it to the last minute. Some of the first things to consider when choosing what to wear are the time of year and the venue (the venue will give you an idea of the feel and style of the wedding). In this post I will focus on spring and summer weddings since it is springtime. Personally, I am pretty bored of the basic cocktail dress and anything that could be remotely confused with a bridesmaid gown. However, a NOT basic cocktail dress can be an excellent choice, but there are many other options to choose from as well. A modern choice that can be styled to fit almost any wedding is a romper or jumpsuit.



The loose, flowy look of this style from Nordstrom keeps it appropriate, while the print and fabric are dressy enough to work with heels and more formal accessories. Conversly, it could also be cute with some flat sandals or wedges for a more casual wedding.








This option from Nasty Gal is a bit more structured and definitely feels more formal. The pale pink colour and the ruffled shoulder details combine for a very romantic feel. Unfortunately, the heavy white shoes paired with it here are definitely a no. Instead, try a high-heeled strappy lace-up sandal.
If you are considering a romper for a wedding, please be wary of the length. It's a wedding, not a club, and no one wants to see your bits. Come to think of it, most people don't want to see them at a club either.








This is one of my favorite jumpsuits ever. By Diane Von Furstenberg in a blue "wood" print, this is a glamorous seventies-inspired option, that would work for even the most formal black tie wedding. With a jumpsuit like this fit is everything, so alterations may be necessary to have it look perfect. I like the strappy stiletto sandals that are paired with this, but a sparkly or metallic style would also work for a little more glam factor.




I love, love, love this print! The colours are just stunning in this Rory Beca dress. It could be dressed up or down depending on what kind of wedding you are attending. Adding a glittery stiletto heel and a bold bracelet or a jewelled belt would dress this up, while a tan wedge and a long lariat necklace would give this dress a more casual boho vibe.




This pleated colour-blocked dress from BCBG is a lovely choice for any wedding that veers more towards the formal side of things. The navy and peachy-orange pair together so well, and I love it with a statement cuff.










This dress is my favorite from this list. I love the emerald green shade, the slit (which is just the right length), and the beautiful detail at the neckline. Emerald green is definitely one of my favorite colours to wear as it is universally flattering and can be worn all year round. style is from Topshop and I like it styled their way with a leather jacket to add a bit of edge, but I really am not into those chunky boots with such a delicate gown. A caged bootie or a strappy sandal would work much better.



The accessories are almost as important as the main event, and the wrong ones can ruin a fabulous outfit. The right shoes, handbag and jewellery are the finishing touches needed to bring together the perfect wedding ensemble.





A perfect floral fold-over clutch from Chapters of all places. Yes, the secret is out of the bag: Chapters/Indigo is an excellent place to find great handbags. This style also comes in a number of other shades, including a pretty minty blue-green.


This beautifully woven gold clutch by Bottega Veneta works with almost anything and is a perfect addition to any wedding outfit.





Snakeskin is a perfect neutral choice that goes with so much, but also provides a bit of pattern and texture. This one is by Stuart Weitzman, a brand known for doing excellent embossed exotics leathers.



The master of the caged sandal, Aquazzura, has come up with the perfect match for any of the above looks and so much more.









These butterfly sandals are so pretty, so I decided a gold and a silver option. The gold one is by Sergio Rossi and the silver is Sophia Webster (as previously seen on this blog). The jumpsuit is the only thing I wouldn't really recommend wearing these with since the butterfly detail might get caught on your pant hem. I think they would work best with the rompers since these are shoes meant to be shown off.