Saturday, August 7, 2010

Trend: Upgrade the Sweatpant

Sweatpants? Yeah I know what you're thinking, and no, I'm not discussing yoga fashion today. It turns out designers may have found out just how uncomfortable skinny jeans and high heels may be at times, and for that reason they decided to bring back the sweatpants. I know, the high heels are not gone yet (not that we want them to be), but at least the sweatpants will make our lives a little bit easier.
This fashion trend is definitely a tricky one. Worn with the right accessories the sweatpants look can make you look like the street-style girl of the moment, but if you get too comfortable you might end up looking like you just got out of the gym and tried to look decent enough to run your daily errands.
Because of this, I bring you some of the classiest sweatpants looks around, and from the looks of it, wearing a blazer is the easiest way to make the whole outfit look instantly polished

The Sweatpants + Blazer look:

This look is rather simple to achieve; all you need is: a blazer (preferably black), a white t-shirt and some neutral colored booties. This is without a doubt the easiest way to nail the sweatpants look without looking like you tried too hard.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Shopping: Forever21

This past week I wandered aimlessly through the mall, a look of disappointment painted in my face as I watched the price tags of the new arrivals at Bloomindale's.
Sadly, I won't be able to afford all the beautiful Tibi, Ella Moss, BCBG, Nanette Lepore and Diane Von Furstenberg pieces that I fantasize about until I graduate, get a real job and start making a decent amount of money. But for those of us college students who find ourselves in this situation, the salvation comes in the form of the ubiquitous bright plastic yellow bag that most teenagers and young women carry around the mall on a Sunday afternoon. Forever21 is the answer to our budget-conscious fashion prayers; and I am the answer to your "What do I pick out of this gazillion of clothes that will make me look remotely stylish?" prayers.
So sit down, relax, grab yourself a cup of tea and start reading how to get yourself out of fashion confusion and into "trendy fashion editor lookalike" status.

The Striped Dress

Aqua Cashmere Stripped Button-Back Dress

Fab Striped Dress

Fashion Alert: Madewell

If there is anything you should know about Madewell, is that it not only is J.Crew's sister store, but it is actually full of stylish and effortlessly cool pieces which should bee added to any fashionista's wardrobe as fall season approaches. Madewell is a slightly more affordable, less preppy and more trendy version of J.Crew. Although I wasn't very drawn to the store initially, after subscribing to their email newsletter and receiving their emails I have come to realize that they have really stepped up their styling choices and the clothing that they sell.

Here are some of their best pieces:

The Slouch Sweatpants, $49.50

The Buckled Biker Boot $248
The Borrowed-from-the-boys Shimmer Blazer, $178