Summer is full of beautiful butterflies fluttering on our outfits for 2009. Butterflies are an eternal symbol of rebirth and renewal. They are delicate and come in shimmery colors of all kinds. Add a splash of them to your wardrobe!
Butterflies don’t have to be taking over your entire outfit for you to enjoy this summer trend. Keep them as they are: delicate, feminine, and not overpowering. A butterfly brooch is a perfect place to start, or a pretty print on a wispy top.
Juicy Couture – very feminine, delicate butterfly pieces
Etsy.com – WeeGarden’s shop on Etsy.com has chic butterfly headbands – homemade!
Anthropologie.com – beautiful butterfly jewelry pieces and fluttery tops
Polyvore.com – Blog about how to rock the butterfly motif
Fashionising.com – Another blog listing where the motif started this year
Zimbio.com – Butterfly fashion on the runway!
Add a comment July 20, 2009
Gladiator Sandals have been all the rage this spring and summer (for the second summer in a row!!). Popularity through celebrities pushes these sandals into our price range and the options are endless!
Gladiator sandals are truly a wear-all fashion style. You can wear them with skirts, dresses, shorts, capris and everything in between. The general rule of thumb is flats with shorts and pants, and heels with dresses and skirts. Don’t be afraid to mix it up though!
I know you have seen gladiator sandals all over the stores this summer. Price options I’ve seen range from a few bucks to a few hundred bucks.
Zappos.com – this is hands down my favorite site for shoes – free shipping (for purchases and returns!)
Payless.com – cheap cheap cheap!
DSW – best place for designer shoes at cheap prices
Nordstrom.com – lots of selection
The Chic Fashionista – How to look chic in gladiator sandals
Ssasychic.com – Gladiator sandals for “Smart Sophisticated and Sexy Women”
Wiki How – 5 steps!
China Daily.com – surprising, but shows how celeb’s wear the gladiator trend
Add a comment July 17, 2009
Lets face it ladies, we all have tons of skirts in the closet gathering dust. I decided to sway a bit from the hot trends of 2009 to do a mini-piece on the good ‘ol skirt. They’re perfect all summer and spring PLUS they’re always in style, year in and year out.
For the FIRST time in Fashion For Jane history, a web link on a couple sites must go first:
Stylelist.com (the best skirts for your shape) and
Harpers Bazaar.com (how to wear it guide for skirts)
Skirts are versatile and flexible but you need to pay attention to your body type to be sure the skirt is perfect for you! Since there are so many differences in our body types, leading by example is a great way to find a skirt for you. Check out either of those two sites to see what skirts work best for you.
Depending on the style and shape, you can dress ’em up or down; they can hide the unwanted, make you look taller, shorter, and a plethora of other illusions. Get out of that pants habit and change it up a bit ladies! Skirts can be more flattering than pants!
Some of this years best skirts can be found at:
Abercrombie – Great plaid prairie skirts
Lacoste – Supplies the best pleated skirts
Victoria’s Secret – tons of great skirts in all styles – VS is always flattering!
Anthropologie.com – Unique styles, unique patterns
Casual & simple for summer…
Patterned full skirt…
Gray Boutique.com – How to wear summer skirts blog
I Heart Luxe.com – More cute skirt examples and where to get them
Skirts.org – great mini-history site for skirts
Childhoodflames.com – I was totally drawn in by this blog, a girl taking inspiration from runway and making it her own. Includes some skirts and great how-to-wear info!
Add a comment July 12, 2009
Everyone has seen it – the 80’s are coming back. It scared me a little at first, but this time the neon is in correct proportion and can be worn beautifully!
It’s all about skin tone and proportion for the neon trend this year. Don’t switch over your whole wardrobe to neon, just add a few pieces here and there to spice up your regular wearings (THINK: shoes, nail polish, hats, jewelry, belts, makeup). The best hue that works across the board for all skin tones is believe it or not – the bright highlighter PINK. Otherwise, check out the other reads section to find your skin tone and which colors work best for you.
Accessories for neon are just like any other clothes you wear! You can go chunky, or simple, depending on where you’re going and what you’re doing. Think of a neon piece as just another part of your wardrobe. Accessories that are neon can help wean you into the neon trend if you’re just not ready to rock bright yellow leggings. Try to stay with one neon piece per outfit – whether it’s a t-shirt or bright necklace – to not overwhelm yourself with the 80’s.
There’s really only 2 sites you need for neon:
American Apparel.com – Hands down the BEST store for neon clothes/accessories
Polyvore.com – Second best site – VERY colorful and items are from Wetseal.com
eHow.com – how to chose colors that fit your skin tone
Stylelist.com – NEON is back
eHow.com – eHOW always comes through with a how-to-wear guide
Star Fashion Addict.com – Gives cute example of different ways to include neon in your life
Add a comment July 9, 2009
Eye On Designers….
We all know about Mossimo. It’s our favorite Target go-to brand for fashion staples and even rebellious outfits for amazing prices. Let’s give credit where credit is due and check out Mossimo Giannulli’s story.
Target Stores, Mossimo’s main buyer, gives us a small history of him:
“Mossimo Giannulli was born and raised in southern California, a region of the country heavily influenced by a casual, beach lifestyle. In 1987, while still in his early twenties, Mossimo had an idea to capitalize on that lifestyle. With a loan from his father, he started a small beach lifestyle company out of a garage on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, California. By marketing solely to surf shops, Mossimo’s company grossed $1 million in its first year.
By 1995, his collection included sweaters, knits, men’s and women’s suits. Mossimo at the time became the New York Stock Exchange’s youngest CEO. Mossimo stated, “From 1987 – 1996 we were on a roll but needed a larger infastructure to keep up.” In 2000 Mossimo signed what would be his largest and most successful endeavour with Target Stores. (Mossimo at Target).”
Mossimo’s Latest at Target:
We LOVE to see Mossimo in our closets and in our local Target’s. It brings staples to the wardrobe and amazing prices along with retro pieces that keep up with the latest fashions. I love Mossimo because I know I get my basics and the price is perfect. Also check out “More Reads” because you can get Mossimo at more locations as well.
Funding Universe.com – Gives a full biography and background
Mossimo at Target– Target’s Pressroom
The Budget Fashionista.com – Blog about Mossimo’s Plus-size line at Target
Amazon.com – Has a lot of styles!
Target.com – The mothership for Mossimo
Zafu.com – Mossimo Jeans
Add a comment July 5, 2009
The Flapper’s are coming back baby, and it’s happening this summer in the form of fringe. We’re seeing a lot of fringe on skirts, tops, scarves, boots, and even sandals!
You can definitely pull off fringe without looking like your headed to a costume party. Fringe looks best when it’s worn minimally and/or in one color. Stay away from fringe jackets and jeans unless you’re going for the cowboy look.
Another big fringe tip is watching out for the type of fabric. Crummy fabric can lead to the fringe clumping together or bunching up.
If fringe freaks you out swaying back and forth on your hips try the accessories route – a fringe purse or some cute fringe-topped shoes can spice up your life just as easily.
You don’t want to look overdone, so if you have to have something else with it try and stick to simple accessories. Less is more!
Fringe is lovely because it falls within the realm that most trends do – you can pay an un-godly amount for it or you can find it cheap. Depending of course on how many seasons you want to keep your fringe going for would dictate how much to spend.
Forever 21 – Lots of fringe scarves here
Victoria’s Secret – They have some really cute fringe shoes!
Nordstrom – Great selection of fringe tops, skirts, and accessories
Neiman Marcus – Cute fringe dresses
Fashionising.com – Well-put blog about the rising Flapper trend
Dnaindia.com – Short article on wearing fringe
Sparkleshelf.com – Wearing fringe boots
2threads.com – Fringe Trend: Who’s wearing it and how to wear it
2 comments July 4, 2009
Coming from the Mercedes Benz Spring 2009 Fashion Week in NYC is the comback (or continuation?) of HATS!
Hats are easy! The best hats are those that compliment your face shape. The links under “More Reads” will help you find your face shape, and once you know it (or if you already do) check out these recommendations:
Long Face – wide brim, low crown:
Square Face – large brim:
Round Face – angular or high brim/crown (this is me and I think these hats and newsboy hats look the best):
Oval Face – any style! You’re lucky! The possibilities are endless…
StyleWithAnna.com, where I got these photos, gave some great examples of how to wear hats which pertain to your face type.
What kind of hat fits your personality and your head? Browse through some tips from these sites:
eHow.com – Savvy site! Very simple, plain directions on wearing the right hat
VivaWomen.net – Informational blog posting about hats – has a chart from Life & Style you can enlarge!
PreciousandPleasant.com – This site can help you determine your face-shape!
Also check out types of Hats at About.com
Any type of hat is stylish right now as long as it fits you! Meaning, it fits your personality, your head, and your style. As with all accessories, you want the hat to compliment what you’re wearing, not take away from it. Stay away from hats you personally don’t like as well. For me, being comfortable in an accessory adds confidence and let’s me rock a style that I never have before!
6 comments June 27, 2009
Another essential this summer, which actually makes you feel like you’re in summer, is floral and printed tops. They’re coming together this year, and this is a trend that is really blooming.
The floral or printed top could be one of the easiest this summer to pull off. What I love about this style is that
A). You probably already have it hiding in the back of your closet
B). It’s easy, easy to pair with your basics.
The key to wearing a floral or printed top is to keep it the focus of your outfit. If you’re rocking a bohemian-style tunic with flowers and all kinds of colors, be simple and pair it with jeans. A floral or printed top works best when it can stand out against a “plain” background. Don’t sell yourself short without color though – if the top has a lot of reds or pinks in it, get wild and pair it with red or pink shorts. Give the top a bold, solid backdrop; just don’t wear other items that are going to compete with it (stripes, polka dots, etc).
Accessorizing your floral top with jewelry, purses, or shoes with the same idea of the other clothes you wear with it. Keep it simple – gold/silver bangles, long plain necklaces, simple earrings, and solid colored purses and shoes. The top will be guaranteed stand out independently and if you add accessories with big embellishments or heavy jewels they will compete and the result is too much going on!
If the floral or printed top is too much for you, or you feel like it’s a trend you may just rock once, try something more versatile to add floral/prints in your wardrobe. Blogger Angie suggests trying a floral or printed pin. She states, “It’s more economical and can be sported all year long.” Check out her suggestions/blog at: YouLookFab.com
I would put money down that everyone reading this has some cute floral or printed top hiding away, awaiting its debut once again. Pull it out! Pair it with your dark jeans or black skirt and let it shine! If finding something not moth-ridden proves difficult, here are some suggestions:
Forever 21 – Cute tops, but don’t expect wear for more than one season
Nordstrom – great variety of price range of floral and printed tops
Wet Seal – Love this store for cute, thin tops like this style
BeBe – A bit racier, sexier floral and printed tops from this store
Add a comment June 24, 2009
It’s BEFORE Labor Day, ladies, break out the bleach and the white jeans. That rule I think doesn’t apply anymore, but regardless, it’s summer and white jeans are white hot right now.
The key to making this look work is the style of jeans you choose. Typically, tall girls work best with a bit of flare in the leg; it keeps those long legs in check. Straight leg usually works well on shorter girls – like myself. Get in that fitting room and try, try, try. Jeans are tricky!
Try to stay away from too many pockets or cut the pockets out. Bulk tends to show more on white jeans than regular jeans.
If you are not a size 0 (yes, real women do exist!), use your judgement when pairing these jeans with tops – just as I mentioned with the pockets, white jeans tend show more bulk. I don’t have the best stomach, so I’m going to stay away from crop tops and tight tanks with my white jeans. They’re so versatile, so pull out the tunics, the baby-doll tops, and longer shirts as well.
The best jean advice I’ve received was this: Jeans are all about the cut and the fit. Denim is denim. If an inexpensive pair looks best; buy ’em!
One more thing: don’t be afraid of capris! White jeans can be great in all the different lengths and styles that regular jeans have.
There are TONS of accessories that you can use to jazz up the white jean. Think of it as a clean palatte and use the rest of your wardrobe to color it! These jeans can be casual (think ballet flats, and simple tee) or dressy (think gladiator sandals and sparkly-top) or business-casual (think heels and a colorful neck scarf). I would definitely add color in whatever else you pick – the shoes, the purse, the top, jewelry. You don’t want to look like a painter.
And please do be aware that you are wearing white pants when you have them on, no one enjoys seeing the ketchup stain or the bench you didn’t know was wet. The good thing is you can throw them in the wash (seperately of course from other conflicting materials) with a bit of bleach and BAM new jeans.
White jeans are EVERYWHERE this summer. The good spots I’ve heard are:
The Gap – The Gap is epic for staples like this one.
Anthropologie – Has a couple interesting styles
Saks Fifth Avenue – Some designer, some not; pretty reasonable prices
True Religion – A bit pricier, but great styles
2 comments June 21, 2009
The Maxi dress returns from the 70’s in this summer’s hot trend. They are floor length summer dresses and the bohemian/flowered pattern has come with it. The Maxi Dress can look good on all people if the proper fit is present. Length and a loose-fitting, light material is the key to keeping this look slim, slendering, and lengthening.
The key to the Maxi dress is finding a length that is good for you. I am a shorty – 5’4″ and have found that the more solid colors make me appear slim and tall. I pair it with thin heels or wedges to keep the dress from hitting the floor. A good rule of thumb is to keep the hemline just skimming the tops of your toes. The length of the dress can be broken up a bit with a little cropped jacket or cardigan. I stay away from these however as I need all the length I can get. Taller girls can get away with no jacket and/or flats.
Style101.com also states:
-Choose a close fitting empire line maxi dress which flatters most figures.
-Choose a sleek, stylish A-line or bias cut, as this style flatters shorter silhouettes
-For extra height, dresses can be accessorized with patent platforms, wedges or feminine toe-covered sling backs. http://styletips101.com/fashion/maxi-dress-for-the-short-girl.html)
Several sources state to stay away from chunky jewelry, but I think if the pattern is right (chunky-pattern) maybe a fat bracelet or earrings would look good. The Maxi dress is so versatile and comes in hundreds of colors, patterns, and varying designs.
There are many price points for this dress, starting from $15 – up!
Pac Sun – bright colors
Forever 21 – the cheapest price point I’ve seen!
Urban Outfitters – lots of Bohemian/pattern styles
Nordstrom – different price points, lots to chose from.
The more resources, the easier it is to see how the trend will work on you!
1 comment June 18, 2009