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Prints and Prints March 2, 2010

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Wearing prints with solid colors has always been the convenient way to mix and match clothes. This season however, fashion designers take a risky step in mixing prints.

Mixing prints can be tricky especially when one does not know how. Polka dots alone look classic but polka dots and plaid are a disaster. It is hard to wear prints and prints together. So, how do some of the bold designers do it?

Diane von Furstenberg does it with complementary colors. Her creation features a highlighted print  (in this design a floral one) paired with geometrical  and other prints with colors that complement each other. From afar, the design looks smooth and continuous.

Etro on the other hand,  mixes floral with floral. In this particular design, the red and white floral top is paired with a floral print vest with  gray background. The gray  neutralizes the brightness of red  and playful floral print.

White|Black uses a pop of color in their style. A black and white rose print top with a splash of color paired with a striped belt. The black-and-white hue combination gives subtlety to the bold prints while the splash of color gives the entire design a youthful look. The striped belt added neat lines to the entire outfit.

With these gorgeous designs, who says you can never mix prints together? Although it is a bit difficult and many may need getting used to it, the key is to balance the ensemble. Pair outrageous prints with clean ones, bright colors with neutral ones. Floral designs with thin stripes, or tiny polka dots with subdued floral designs. The combination can be limitless if you use your imagination and sensibility.


Spring 2010: Alexander McQueen December 11, 2009

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Iridescent was the word to describe Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 Collection during the Paris Fashion Week last October.The award-winning fashion designer who likes scuba diving, took his inspiration from the colorful world under the sea. His designs featured digitally-enhanced prismatic fabrics, flowing skirts, wavy cuts, and shimmering sequins and beads. The show gave the audience the illusion of boarding Captain Nemo’s submarine in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

In creating this illusion, the models wore form-fitting dresses that almost looked like an extension of their bodies. Their hair was swept up in curves that looked like fins and they wore gigantic boots with curved heels that looked like fish.

Alexander McQueen is known for his avant-garde designs but his Spring 2010 Collection is by far his most precocious creation.


Layered Tights: Stay Warm, Look Fab December 9, 2009

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If you live in cold places, wearing tights is more of a necessity than a fashion statement. More often than not, you would rather wear those plain, opaque tights that provide warmth over those cute mesh or fishnets. I would not be surprised if you have a pair of those thick sweater tights. There is nothing wrong with that. Some of them are cute, anyway. However, if you want to glam it up without being worried about overdoing it, try layering up your tights – plain, opaque tights under mesh or fishnets! I have tried this with purple opaque tights and black patterned ones. The outcome was impressive! It did not even look like I was wearing layered tights at all. It kept me warm enough I must say it was better than wearing those bulky sweater tights.

Layering up tights is a good way to stay warm and look fab at the same time. It is also a great way to wear those bright colored tights or conspicuous fishnets without being too flagrant. Most of all, you can mix and match so you will get a new each time. Many tights come in two pairs – dark and bright colors, or plain and patterned. For a classy look, try wearing a bright-colored opaque tights under dark mesh,fishnets, or sheer tights.


Season Essentials November 16, 2009

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It may almost be the end of the year but it is not yet late to grab yourself some of this season’s essentials. This season is all about colors, materials, and patterns. But it doesn’t stop there. I am talking about striking color combination, rich materials, and elegant patterns.


A few designers have come up with a bizarre idea of clashing flaming colors such as red and pink. However, paired with safe neutrals like black, the result is stunning. Other raging colors that are popular this season are pink, orange, and burgundy. While fall/winter colors such as black, gray, brown, and blue are also popular. To add brightness to those dark colors,  try adding light or bright- colored accessories to your outfit.

Jason Wu Fall 2009 Oscar de la Renta - Red Silk Charmeuse

Gucci - Gray Donna KaranForever 21 - Brown top


Bold colors are made even bolder with rich, pronounced materials. During the fall fashion show, different designers used variety of materials – chiffon, organza, silk, wool. In the real world, sequins, leather , and laces are dominating.

Sequins are not my favorite. They remind me of fish scales. A sequined skirt may look dazzling on the runway but may give a bad impression on the streets. However, an accessory with nicely done sequins is not bad like this Kate Spade El Morocco Paola clutch. It is surprisingly smooth and soft.

Kate Spade El Morocco

You can also look for smaller sequins like what these sequined shorts from Forever 21. They look shimmery and from afar, the sequins are not obvious at all.

Forever 21 - Sequin Glam Short

If I am not comfortable wearing sequins, I am sure a lot of people are not comfortable wearing clothes made of leather. In exception to jackets, leather is conventionally made into shoes and other accessories. Not everyone can wear a leather skirt or top without being thought of as a dominatrix. Last summer though, Angelina Jolie showed up on the premiere of Brad Pitt’s movie wearing a leather dress from Michael Kors. I must say it was far from freaky. Angelina’s queenly poise and Michael Kors subtle elegant design were a perfect team.

Angelina Jolie

Slip into a pair of skin-tight dark leather pants and you’ll be amazed at how much slimming effect it could give you. In this tough economy, pleather (plastic leather) or man-made leather is a wiser choice.

Derek Lam  leather pants Theory - Tobie Leather Pants

Although sequins and leather may get skeptical frowns from many, laces are probably more favored by most women. They speak of femininity and bring a romantic effect on any piece of clothing. Rummage through your closet and try to find some lacy skirt or tops, if not go shopping for one. There are  easy to find and affordable.

Forever 21 Lace Tiered skirt Charlott Russe Lace Cami


Unlike the colors and materials popular this season, the patterns are more mellow and vintage. You will see a lot  plaid and  patterned tights.

Traditionally, plaid is just a design for Scottish kilts. But in the world of fashion, it is made popular by Burberry. I personally associate plaid designs with Burberry – classic, subtle, and elegant.  But this season, you need not wear a kilt or buy an expensive Burberry coat to show off your favorite plaid. Used in scarves, jackets, skirts, and even dresses, there are so many ways to display this design.

Burberry Forever 21 Plaid Babydoll Dress Gucci - Plaid Forever 21 Plaid Ruffled Dress JC Penney

On the other hand, floral designs are everywhere especially among women’s clothes. This season though, floral designs are popular in stockings, tights, or pantyhose. These neglected articles of clothing are finally given attention and yes, with floral designs and other patterns, they are quite eye-catching. Some stockings get out of hand from all those bold and colorful lprints but stay safe buy choosing prints that have the same color as your tights.

These Leg Avenue Bohemian print tights are just too much to handle. The swirly details create a not-so-good hypnotic effect.

Bohemian Print Tights

Pick these Betsey Johnson Rose Garden patterned tights instead. The floral designs are noticeable enough but not too distracting to the eyes.

Betsey Johnson

If floral patterns do not suit you, try even simpler patterns like these Banana Republic diamond patterned tights.

Banana Republic

Inasmuch as it is important to buy classic designs and keep your own style, a little dash of trendy stuff will not hurt. Besides, trends come and go. You’ll never know when you need to use those argyle socks again.


Personal Touch Makes a Style November 14, 2009

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Fashion FanGrowing up in a tropical country was quite a breeze when it came to buying outfit and staying in style. I could buy a shirt and wear it anytime of the year. Yes, trend would change every now and then but it did not change every three months. I also tried to remain safe by purchasing clothes with classic styles – simple cuts, neutral colors, and minimal designs. Moving to the US was quite an adventure. It was a whole new experience for me – new environment, new culture, new crowd to blend in.

Keeping up with the trend and keeping your personal style could be tricky and sometimes frustrating especially when you need to change your wardrobe four times a year. On the other hand, it could be fun. Different seasons could mean your wardrobe would never go boring. However, if you are not an heiress or a movie star, changing your wardrobe could also mean breaking the bank. Plus, a pile of unwanted clothes in your tiny closet at the end of the year.

Still, keeping up with the latest in fashion is important to a lot of  people. Although, it is always wise to keep a personal style. Some movie stars have it. Angelina Jolie sticks to solid colors and simple cuts, Renee Zellweger wears Carolina Herrera, and Emily Rossum is noticed for her romantic, feminine dresses.

It is important to know what you really like in terms of colors, designs, prints, fabric, and cuts. More importantly, it is essential to know how those factors go well with your skin tone and body type. For example, if you have a “pear shape” or a “triangle” body – narrow shoulders and wider hips, you want to draw attention away from the lower part of your body. Instead of wearing V-necks and  shirts/dresses that accentuate your hips, it is better to wear A-line skirts or empire dresses.

There are many articles on the Internet about fashion tips for different body types but I recommend trying out different clothes yourself. You don’t need to buy them. If there is a dress that you like and want to know if it looks good on you, try it on! Trying on clothes is free and it will give you ideas on which styles suit you. Also, you will know which fabric works best with your body. The key is you should feel comfortable with what you wear. Being comfortable is the key to looking your best. An elaborate ruffle shirt may look awkward if you don’t feel it suits your body well. Yet, a simple A-line dress may flow gracefully with your movement if you feel at ease wearing it.

So, whether you are in a tropical paradise or in a place with unpredictable weather, it is significant to keep a personal style. This will help you narrow down the things to look for when shopping for clothes or even shoes. After all, what is the purpose of following the trend when it doesn’t work with you?

Blue Dress Black Top Gray Shirt


Boots Gone Bolder Part II November 11, 2009

If none of those boots I featured earlier suited your taste – if you want more detailed pairs, I hope these three hot styles would catch your attention. As we all know, the fashion industry always strive to come up with great ideas to make ordinary everyday look become exceptional savior-faire.As a result, traditional boots turn into chic party material.

One great example are the studded boots. Plain boots jazzed up with glittery charms to give your attire that extra oomph you need. If you are out partying and want to impress someone, these studded boots from BAKERS may give you just the right look. These Sergeant knee-high boots made in synthetic leather are detailed with studs and straps to give you that polished yet, come-on look. Available on the website and at BAKERS store fronts for $99.95

BAKERS -Sergeant studded boot

Or if you want to create that kind of rock star look, Forever 21 has their version as well. These Studded Suedette Boots from Forever 21 are embellished with polished round and square studs that complement those straps and buckles. For just under $30, this pair is one of those must-haves this season.Forever 21

And for those who are avid fans of high-end fashion, Michael Kors Carney boots  ($295) could be one of the pairs to look into. Whether in  luggage brown or black , these leather boots look stunning and are highlighted with gold tone hardware. Those studs along the shaft and stacked heels create straightforward elegance.MK-Carney BootsHowever, if bling isn’t your thing, slouch boots might be. There’ s no need for glimmering details when fabulous folds could do the trick! Slouch boots are a great revolution to stiff-looking boots by bringing a  more relaxed and comfortable effect.

These GUESS “Peter” High Heel Slouch Boots are a great example. The leather upper gives it a fabulous look while the fabric lining promises ease and the rubber soles mean good traction. With two colors to choose from – black and tan- these boots are a great buy for $189.

GUESS -Peter Slouch BootsAs for me, I love these cute Sabryna boots by Steve Madden.  They are mid-calf boots and they go well with jeans and dresses. They are even cuter when worn. More importantly, they are surprisingly comfortable and the man-made upper feels like lambskin leather. I found my black pair at Marshalls but you could find yours at  in either black or cognac for $59.99.

Madden Girl - SabrynaLastly, and probably the most bewitching boots this season are over-the-knee boots which are also a comeback. While these boots are mostly worn by celebrities, it is never outrageous for anyone else to wear them. To avoid trashy look, experts recommend wearing these boots with skinny jeans instead of short skirts. If you think you can pull it off, with short dresses, go ahead!  These Wild Pair Felicity boots from BAKERS may be the right pair for you. Made of microsuede upper with lace up details and almond-shape toe, these boots are subtle enough but could give you a daring look. Available at BAKERS stores and online for $99.99.

Wild Pair -FelicityThese Buckled Over-The-Knee Boots from Charlotte Russe are also stunning and at $49.99, a cheaper alternative. Made of matte faux leather, these boots have slouchy shaft, round toe, and lightly padded insoles. However, they are available only on the Internet, so check Charlotte Russe website.

Charlotte Russe

With these great designs to choose from, it doesn’t matter what kind of look you are trying to achieve. It is never too late to experiment and try new styles.


Boots Gone Bolder Part I November 7, 2009

Boots come and go. Now, they’re back and they’re bolder! This season’s hottest boots are taking a big step from the typical boots we have come to know. Different styles not only offer warmth during cold months but also make good fashion statements.

Wedge Boots provide great support during those slippery winter days when snow and ice abound on the street. Also, these boots make more comfortable footwear when you need to stand and walk for long periods of time.

Try this pair of American Eagle Phoebe Laced Wedge Boot with smooth faux suede upper and soft cloth lining. Not only do they feel light on the feet but for $44.99, they are also light on the budget.

American Eagle -Payless

If you want to splurge a little more on fashion, these Juicy Couture Montana Quilted for $425 boots may suit you well. They are made of soft velour with quilted diamond detail, with round toe, rubber platform, and lugged soles for more traction.

Juicy Couture - Montana Quilted

Fancy rubber boots are also great to wear during those wet, slippery days. However, rubber boots are usually associated with road work and not so fashionable jobs. This season however, there is nothing proletariat about these chic rubber boots.

Take these Randi boots from Kate Spade at $129 for example. These exquisite boots will turn heads on the street. Rich, shiny rubber, with pretty wrap around ribbon detail and two-inch rubber heels,  this pair is available in Lipstick Pink and Black.

Kate Spade Rubber Boots

If that’s too much for you, Target’s Women’s Dot Spots Rain Boots ($24,99) will surely give you the look you want.  There’s nothing about those cute and colorful dots that say menial. Plus, both colors – Light Berry and Gray will go with many outfits.

Target Boots -Gray

Flat boots are also becoming popular this season. From leather to suede and denims to canvas, these boots are mostly suitable for going to the mall or just doing errands. However, some people may find it painful to wear totally flat boots. No one wants to feel the grits on the ground.

If you are one of those people who can’t stand on flat shoes for a long time, these Taryn Flat Leather to-the-knee boots by orthopedic surgeon Taryn Rose may help you with your problems. Designed with Poron® memory foam padding, built-in arch support, rubber soles, and leather lining, these boots promise comfort. Not only that, the neat topstitching and polished calf leather speak high quality fashion. You can choose between walnut and black. For $ 325, these boots are a great buy.


On the other hand, these adorable Driskell Flat Boots by Aldo Shoes are not bad at all. Also made of leather with rubber sole, round toe, and interesting wraparound straps that tie at the back, this pair is available also in gray and black suede for $54.98. Definitely worth a try.

ALDO -Driskell Flat Boots

If rubber boots are associated with menial activities, riding boots are linked with sports and masculinity. Not anymore. This season, riding boots are sought after by many for elegance and gracefulness that of Audrey Hepburn.

For a sharp look, try these Santucci Riding Boots by Aldo Shoes. Detailed with mutliple buckles and bold round toe, this pair not only promises edged look but also comfort to your feet. For $160, these boots are available in classic colors – black, gray, and dark brown.

ALDO -Santucci Riding Boots

You may also want to check these Dorado Riding Boots from The Frye Company. Structured with excellent equestrian styling, round toe, leather cushioned shock-absorbing memory insoles, and stacked wood heels with rubber tap – this pair is not only stylish but also sporty. Available in Bordeaux and Spice, they are available on The Frye Company website for $498.

FRYE-Dorado Riding Boots

So whatever your do, you can never go wrong with boots that suit your lifestyle and fashion preference.