There’s a fashion formula that all the stars know, and you can too! I call it their “off-duty” look. I recently saw photos of Julia Roberts in Paris just casually strolling down the street while looking quite stylish. What was she wearing? A variation on a theme of menswear, that’s what. There are just a five elements you’ll need to pull this look together for yourself:
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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A kimono is a loosely-used term for a robe with a square sleeve. In ancient times the Japanese immigrants from China adapted this traditional undergarment to be worn on its own with an Obi sash. From that moment on it became a fashion inspiration for centuries of designers and their devoted followers. I found an image from aliexpress.com, a fast fashion online retailer that reminded me of a look one of my coworkers had on one day. The outfit is compromised of a kimono, real, faux, or just a top with the kimono sleeve, a tank top, and a pair of Daisy Dukes (or distressed denim shorts).
What does minimalist actually mean? To me it suggests a lack of bells and whistles, or it could also mean a lack of embellishment and flourishes. We have explored this idea in fashion over the last 100 years or so in different periods. The Art Deco period, Mid-Century Modern, 60s Modern, and then later in the 1990s a resurgence of many combinations of the above stated style periods. Simple chic designs never go out of style really.It is, therefore, a movement marrying form with function AND fashion. For example, for winter we have Korean Fashion Designer, Leyu, who showed her stripped- down styles last February at what would be the last Mercedes Benz sponsored Fashion Week in New York City. When you scroll through our slideshow of her garments below, some elements will become apparent to the viewer. Let’s go trend spotting!
You never know what you’re going to see on the runways of New York Fashion Week. It’s often fun, fashionable and fresh, but other times you just scratch your head and wonder who in the world would ever wear that?! Still, the one thing that almost never changes is the way people attending the September shows (spring and summer fashion for 2016) and February shows (Fall and winter fashion for 2016) dress to impress! Throughout the city during those weeks, numerous venues from art galleries, ballrooms, and even a former post office, are transformed into beacons that lure the fashion followers in droves. I set up my camera outside the former post office, Moynihan Station, one sunny morning to capture what “those in the know” were wearing.
By now we all know the story of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, correct? If not, here’s a quick recap of their contributions and why we should be thankful for them. The very first thanksgiving celebrations that we know of were most likely held by Spanish settlers during the 16th century. But, the most famous was the feast held by the settlers in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. Pilgrims, or early settlers of the United States, came to the new colony seeking religious freedom from the tyranny they encountered in England. Inadvertently their fame over these almost four hundred years has spawned several fashion movements in addition to the holiday meal tradition. How many of us have had the pleasure of making Pilgrim hats, or other iconic symbols of Thanksgiving in grade school? But, what are the stylish trends that suggest this central theme of the historic culture of our country? The following paragraphs highlight what styles we should be thankful (or perhaps not) to the Pilgrims for providing to us.
Each time I return from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, I sift through all the thousands of photographs I took and look for the most interesting and wearable outfits that folks actually display at this twice-yearly fashion pow-wow, so that I can show you, dear reader, just what goes into creating a memorable and stylish ensemble. Let’s take a peek at the clothing choices some of the movers and shakers made and break down the elements into easy to swallow fashion terminology.
Is it okay to wear white clothing items post Labor Day? The origins of wearing white only in the summer were more society based than fashion obsessed. In the good old days when it seems that folks had much more decorum, class, and might I add, dignity, men and women didn’t expose much in the way of flesh in public ever - let alone during the sweltering summers. Wearing white in the hot and humid months made sense, because white linen, cotton and silk fabrics were much more breathable than the traditional winter woven such as wool. Even etiquette columnist Miss Manners, Judith Martin, says, “Not only was there no air-conditioning, but people did not go around in tee-shirts and halter tops. They wore what we would now consider fairly formal clothes.”
For most of my adult life people have asked me about how I go about finding so many wonderful items when I’m out shopping resale, but in particular of course, at Goodwill. So many of those that ask questions also love to tell me about their resale shopping experiences, unfortunately most of them negative. Such as, “I never find anything.” Or, “I just hate going through every item on the racks, and I become overwhelmed!” Why is that? The answer is simple. They don’t know my secrets for getting the most out of the resale shopping experience. Never fear dear reader, because my tips and tricks can help to make a big difference in the success or failure of your fashion mission. Following is my checklist for resale success, and your next trip to Goodwill could just be your best ever!
Pastel or not to pastel, that is the question. Sometimes when I think of pastels, which are pale, soft, powdery colors, I am reminded of the 80’s, but not in a good way! Dreary floral prints and all the leisurewear loveliness of the Golden Girls is what comes to mind. But, you can have confidence that today’s fashion-forward pastel tones owe more to upscale gelato, ice cream and other sweet treats. While some think that these subdued hues can be dowdy, we’ll discuss which ones are right for just about everyone, as well as how to wear them.
As a rule, there are three big clean out/organizing dates on the calendar each and every year - fall, New Year’s, and spring. Taking into consideration that each of us hunts and gathers items year round to add to our wardrobes, it makes complete sense to take a seasonal approach to unifying our closet with the way we want to dress for spring and summer. Taking on that challenge can be a daunting task for people who have a lot of stuff, or who are easily overwhelmed, but with my tips for success, you’ll soon be seeing the light at the end of that cluttered tunnel. Then you can experience the joy that an organized closet and fabulous wardrobe will bring you!