Now is the time of year for celebrations with friends and family. Don’t you just love those feasts where you put a little bit of everything onto your plate because there are so many tempting dishes on the table? Some people like to compartmentalize their food into neat little areas while others let the wonderful variety mingle together on their plate with no rhyme or reason. They’re the ones who just sort of mash it all together in the most zestful, adventurous way and enjoy every minute of it! Sometimes our approach to fashion and how we put ourselves together could be thought of in much the same way. Mixing and matching clothing items with abandon is an art in itself, but there are ways to incorporate more of the things you love into your everyday attire, as well as your holiday style!
Goodwill Fashion Expert—Bjorn Nasett
Wisconsin farm boy, Bjorn Nasett has a career that spans 30 years. He enjoys being a writer, wardrobe stylist, vintage and resale clothing expert, hair stylist, makeup artist and photographer! In his spare time he adopts senior dogs and strongly believes in pet adoption. Check out his website www.fashionfarmboy.com!
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Here’s some tips and tricks about the way to dress as the days get lighter and brighter. The summer season lets us shed all the layers of the drab and cold, winter to show off some of our true style colors. Summer is also the time to take a long, hard look at just what makes any outfit into envy-worthy fashion. Utilizing some photographs that I’ve taken during my twice yearly stints at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, I point out the elements that anyone can use to put some punch into every outfit they wear.
Now that summer is almost officially here, thoughts of our long awaited vacation start to dance in our heads. That is, if we’re lucky to be heading somewhere we’ve always dreams of visiting! Whether it’s a foreign country, another state, or even that resort an hour away from home, one thing always remains the same – packing!
Layering isn’t just for the cold weather months, in case you didn’t know. Layering is a key component to any stylish outfit. Pulling together just the right elements can literally transform simple pieces of clothing into fashion. For spring and summer this year, try doing what some of the designers at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City have illustrated for us. Twice each year I pull out my Canon camera and snap some of the looks that convey ideas that we can all relate to when it comes to looking our best.
As warmer weather starts to bring us all out of our winter hibernation, we as human beings start thinking about all the outdoor activities we enjoy. If you live in the Milwaukee area like I do, which is also home to the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company, you may also be longing to get out on the open road on your hog (Harley slang for their motorcycles). Even if you don’t own a motorcycle, you can’t deny the attraction that the fashion industry has had with the myth of the rebellious outlaw rider and all that it entails. Initially these coats were meant to provide protection for the rider, but their intimidating presence was soon adopted by various subcultures such as punks, Goths, and metal heads. The coats have also been associated with military aviation, and the police department. In the 1953 film “The Wild Ones,” which starred a young Marlon Brando as the leader of a motorcycle gang, the leather jacket and motorcycle cap was suddenly on the fashion radar for cool cats everywhere around the world. The look of the leather jacket, paired with a t-shirt and jeans, has endured and become a classic style that can be accessible to everyone in one way or another.
Fitness is all about the pursuit of strength, mobility, and a sense of well-being for a great many people. Whether you’re part of a walking club in your neighborhood, sweat it out at home to your old Jane Fonda VHS tape, or go to your local gym, everyone can realize the need for athletic wear and sportswear in a well-appointed wardrobe. So just when did workout wear morph and merge into the world of fashion? I thought I’d take a look into some history about these casual garments and trace their progression from the gymnasium to the runway. Is there such a thing as “fashion conscious” sweatpants? In general, I would venture to say that the acceptance of gym clothing as casual street wear probably coincided with the changes in what were considered societal norms of day-to-day fashion.
Do you get the impression that we are ruled by the weather sometimes? Everything we do and how we feel about it has a direct connection to the amount of sunshine we get and the temperature we see on our thermometers! For the last few weeks I have been pulling out all of my colorful garments and wearing them with impunity non-stop. Not only for the fashionable effect, but also for the way they make me feel. As we edge towards spring for what seems like an eternity, it’s time to see if your closet and wardrobe are ready for the bright days that will surely come our way soon. Your first order of business is to take stock of what you have on hand. Pull out spring and summer items and be realistic about how you feel about them! Weed out what doesn’t fit or flatter and set aside for donation or recycling. Now you’re ready to hunt for the 5 indispensable pieces that will help you get a step up on spring style!
1. Lightweight Jacket or Trench Coat
While the dull gray and cold winter rolls on for most of us in North America, our thoughts begin to long for the warmth and brightness of spring and summer. In the fashion field we begin to encourage the use of color to enliven the monotony of the last few months before the world seems green, or to use a fancy term, verdant once more. Ever since Sir Isaac Newton invented what the world now knows as the color wheel, we have placed a value on that full spectrum of tones. Do you recall the term “Roy G. Biv” when you were in grade school? If you don’t, it was that learning technique that helped us to recall the colors of that legendary wheel. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet are the shades that all other colors come from in one measure or another. Understanding how we perceive can be as simple, or as complicated as you want it to be. How we see color is based solely on how our eyes process it! While some folks pine for bright neon tones, others prefer softer less retina burning shades. But no matter what, color, and how we use it in our daily attire, is what great fashion is made from.
As America and Canada celebrate Black History Month in February, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the cultural influences that African fashion has had on style and design over the years. We all know that the great big world of global fashion has always borrowed bits and pieces from other nations, cultures, and countries. But, it seems to me that the role that African artisans played in swaying fashion ideas might have started with the Civil Rights Movement, when embracing and celebrating the identity as well as the colorful style of the people of that continent became a cause to rally around. These textiles were brought to America along with the unwilling participants in the despicable slave trade. Many of the slaves were very experienced in weaving and so were able to bring to the table some of the skills they already knew and then pass them on to others. Like many other cultures, each tribe had special colors and designs that were unique only to them. They helped signify one’s station in life, as well as who did not belong in a particular village. Hundreds of years later now, these weaving and dyeing techniques are still in use for a variety of purposes including high fashion.
Red is a universally flattering shade. There I’ve said it. Recently actress Lupita Nyong’o was the epitome of glamour as she walked the red carpet in a fresh off the runway bright red Ralph Lauren gown. I know that not everyone is a movie star, and that some folks think they can’t wear red, but I beg to differ. It’s all about how you use this classic, and in February especially, romantic coloration.