Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spring Dressing: Part I

My colleague tells me today that spring will officially arrive in about a week. Warmness! Sun! Flowers blooming! Most women celebrate the changing of the season by altering various pieces in the closet. Put away that dark, heavy wool coat. Bring out that bright red Vintage lady coat!

While I am sad to say buoy-bye to my army of black Wolford tights, here are a few bright things that make me look forward to spring dressing:

1) The Trapeze
Trapeze shape is HOT this season. I don't care if others say we look pregnant. We favor tent like shapes that cover parts of our bodies, exposing some other parts. I'd argue that in volume there's sexiness. What is the trapeze? It's a shape that goes tighter and slender at the top and gradually flows into an exaggerated wider bottom. Think A-Line blown up 100 times.

2) Skinny pants vs Wide Leg pants
Ok: I must admit that after 3 seasons of seeing women in stovepipe, matchstick-like skinny jeans, it is a HUGE relief to see wide leg pants coming back this season. The Spring silhouette is all about juxtaposition and irony. While you have just splurged on a fabulous trapeze top, here I am telling you that wide leg pants are back. Hello! They don't go together.

Don't fret. Skinny pants are still here to stay this season. When paired with a volumnous top, skinny pants can still look quite glamorous. Going for the wide legged look? Pair your pants with a slender, long flowing tunic or cropped vests over long t-shirts. This is a look that has a lot of mileage.

Remember: Spring's silhouette is all about playing with volume. If you go big, go petite and simple for the rest. If you play fuller-up up top, go slender at the bottom. And Vice Versa.

Photo Credits: Style.com

Monday, March 19, 2007

Stella Mccartney Goes Target!

Don't get your hopes up ladies!! The Target here pertains to the Australia department store, not the Minneapolis-based mega chain. Still, Aussie women responded to Stella Mccartney's one-of-the-kind capsule collection with the same frenzy as her H&M collection from two years ago. 42 pieces of cleverly-designed dresses, coats, sweaters and blousons are meant to appeal to the Down-under's Fall season. However, for the rest of us buying for Spring there are still plenty to choose from. Go for her printed silk blouson and yummy cocktail dresses.

You can buy only select pieces from this fabulous collection on Ebay Stateside. However, as most hot items are, you may have to pay a premium. If you are patient, it's best to wait until some of the demand and prices have gone down.

Try Ebay keywords: Stella Mccartney Target

Check out the full collection here:

Friday, March 16, 2007

Keds go Fashionable!!

This spring, get a load of color and comfort on your feet, while still maintaining style. Tough? Not when you are wearing a pair of Keds.

Yes. I'm talking about those white fabric lace-ups that Granny used to wear when she went on her retirement cruise. We all wore them in junior high, admit it; when we paired them with neon-color socks. Keds.

First, fashionista Misha Barton modelled for Keds. Now, the ominous label has teamed up with designers Nanette Lapore and Maria Cornejo (of Zero Maria Cornejo's fame) for a line of stylish, kirky flats for spring.

Nanette Lapore's version is sweet and whimsical. Lapore used printed silk and animal-print canvas for her flats and flat sandals. Cornejo's solid number featured a sexy ankle strap with metal studs. The pair go fabulously with her minimalist aesthetics.

Priced at $60 a pair, mull before you go buy another pair of ballet flats.

Photo Credits: Keds