You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet. Christian Dior
This is so true!
Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends. Kate Spade
Style is primarily a matter of instinct. Bill Blass
I have to admit, I don’t like a lot of fashion trends. Maybe it’s because I tend to like more classic styles, but then again, I do like to have fun with my wardrobe, so maybe it’s just because a lot of trends are tacky and/or unwearable by the vast majority of women. There are several trends that have popped up recently, that I really love, and try to incorporate into my wardrobe whenever possible:
- Exposed zippers–It doesn’t matter if it’s on a dress or a shirt, I love the slightly edgy look of an exposed zipper!
- Peplums–This is not a new trend, and it’s certainly not a first-time trend, but I like the way a peplum dresses up an outfit.
- Moto jackets–Another edgy look, I especially like a (faux) leather jacket in an unusual color like blue or purple.
- Lace–You have to be careful not to overdo it with lace, but I have one lace dress, and one lace top, and they instantly make my look more special.
- Leather (or faux-leather) trim–I’m seeing lots of leather trim on shirts, dresses, skirts, and pants. It’s a nice extra detail, and again, makes a regular outfit just a bit more edgy.
- A-line/fit-and-flare dresses–This is one of my personal favorite looks–a dress with a full-ish skirt. I remember this shape being popular when I was in junior high, but I think the updated version is much more flattering. This shape is also my natural habitat when it comes to dresses, whether it’s in vogue or not…I’m just happy to be dressing fashionably for the moment!
- The statement link necklace–I love a statement necklace in the first place, but I really love the link necklaces that are popular now.
- Animal print–This is another trend you have to be careful with…too much animal print is scary. But as an accent, it can be a very fun addition to your wardrobe!
There are plenty more trends that I hate, but for now, I’m having fun finding ways to incorporate the above into my wardrobe…who says grown-ups can’t play dress-up, too?
Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess. Edna Woolman Chase
Fashion changes, but style endures. Coco Chanel
Clothes are civilization. Clothes are what separate us from animals. Julian Sands as Teddy Farrow on Castle
I mentioned Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe by Angela Kelly a while back, and I’m finally getting around to reviewing it. In short, if you’re a fan of fashion, or Queen Elizabeth II, or history, you’ll love this book!
It’s filled with beautiful pictures of fabrics:
And pictures that show the amazing detail that goes into every aspect of the Queen’s wardrobe:
There are also sketches created by Angela Kelly:
And some photos that can only be described as whimsical:
One of my favorite parts of the book is a picture of the Queen in what can only be described as a “casual” pose…as casual as you can be when you’re Queen, anyway!
Pictures aside, this book is full of information. You’ll learn what kind of fabrics are used, and during which season, and where the fabrics come from. Some of them are quite old! You’ll learn what the team of dressers actually does, and how they keep track of what the Queen has worn in the past.
There are also sections on hats and accessories, which are fascinating. And the care of the Queen’s wardrobe is also discussed, as is packing it up for a trip, big or small. No book about the Queen’s wardrobe would be complete with a section on her jewelry, and there is a nice representation of the different gemstones she favors in photographs. I was very interested to learn how the jewelry is presented to the Queen every day!
A big section of the book is naturally dedicated to the Diamond Jubilee wardrobe, as the subtitle suggests. Of course, the famous three outfits of the Jubilee weekend are shown, but so are less-known outfits, like the ones worn to the Royal Windsor Horse Show, the Sovereign’s Lunch, and the Royal Ascot. And the Queen’s “Bond Girl” dress from the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics is discussed in great detail!
Dressing the Queen is both beautiful and informative. It is practically unheard of for a member of the Queen’s staff to be given permission to write a book about his or her job, which makes this a very special, unique item, with a very unusual perspective. I highly recommend it!
I’m sorry if these pants are stylish to anyone and I’m causing offense. But I cannot find one redeeming quality about them…they are a complete hodgepodge of everything that is a true fashion disaster. The fabric? 100% polyester. The print? Awful…especially the bottom few inches. The structure? Nonexistent. The colors? Gaudy, at best. Add in an elastic waist, and you’ve got what I think must be the ugliest pants ever made. This is not appropriate work-wear (or any kind of wear!), for youngish women, like the model wearing them. Whoever designed them should have his sketchbook taken away…permanently!