Here are my top picks for Spring!
Since Duck Duck Boot is in the big leagues now, its time for it to get its own ad. I am testing the waters and there are a few different options I have come up with. In the time it takes for me to decide on which one, I will upload one at a time. This is one of my favorites and is actually part of a photoshoot from when DDB was my personal style blog. I never actually put it up on the blog, so I figured I might as well use it. Put it on a crisp and clean background, and you have a perfectly minimalist ad for the perfectly minimalist DDB!
IT BRIT: A GUIDE TO DRESSING EUROPEAN
If you followed this blog prior to its switch to a magazine, you would be well aware of the love I had for European clothing companies, chinos, and brogues.
British style is very classic. To dress British, you must first own the staples of any true-blooded Brit does. That would be a quality button-up shirt, chinos (or a nice ankle pant), and a pair of leather brogues.
You may need to invest in skinnier pants. The Brits are known for their tight jeans. When cuffed at the ankle, they are delightfully cheeky.
Blazers will become your best friend. They will come to replace your various jackets and sweaters. They add a polished finish to any outfit by adding a scholarly touch.
Learn to cuff not just your jeans, but your shirts too. Brits cuff everything. Cuff your button-up shirts just below the elbow, or if you want a warmer look, just above the elbow. Roll the sleeves of your t-shirts up a few times to give it a fresher look.
These are just a few tips to dressing like a true Brit. If I continued into all the details and various things British, I would have written a novel. Which is a good idea. Maybe I should write one.
Want to know more about dressing European? Or dressing in general? Ask me for style advice on the STYLE ADVICE tab at the top right hand side of the page. I would love to answer any of your style questions!
Most schools do not have uniforms yet all the students seem to be dressed the same. If one was to walk into a public high school, the majority of the girls would be wearing the usual cut-copy-paste yoga pant, North Face, and Ugg boot combo.
At one point, someone had to have started this trend by making it their personal style, but when everyone is wearing it, it is no longer personal.
The perplexing thing about this trend is that none of these items are anything new. If anyone remembers, in Home Alone 3, the robbers were wearing Ugg boots and that was back when Scarlett Johannsen was wearing overalls. Yoga pants are nothing new either. Yoga existed in various forms thousands of years ago, but it wasn’t until the 1920s that yoga pants were created. In 1959, spandex was used for the first time to create the yoga pants that are seen in the halls of high schools everywhere today.
However, the creation of these clothing items is not the problem. The trends are not the problem either. The issue is that personal style seems to be disappearing from high schools these days.
Personal style is how one would dress without any outside influence. Like each individual has a different personality, each individual has their own style as well. It is what sets everyone apart, person to person and even culture to culture.
Personal style is important. It can define who someone is. Each individual is unique in personality and looks. It should be the same with personal style. There is a lack of uniqueness with everyone wearing practically the same outfit.
Someone, perhaps a person who does wear the “unofficial school uniform”, might disagree with this. It is easy to see how they might misunderstand the way they dress as personal style. Yes, they get up and dress themselves, but there is still an outside influence. If no one wore yoga pants, the chances that they would choose to wear them to school on their own decision are very slim.
The truth is, it was someone’s personal style at one point. Then, everyone decided to copy their style instead of embracing their own.
The high school years are hard, especially for teen girls. Even Lady Gaga has admitted that she conformed to the trends in her days of high school. It wasn’t until she was out of school and on her own that she started to express her own personal style.
The judgement of fellow classmates may be what scares a student out of expressing who they are. This leads them to conforming to the crowd and blending into the sea of North Face-clad-yoga-pant-wearing students.
Perhaps they feel that they have no other choice.
Of course, Lady Gaga’s personal style could not be worn by the average person, but that is because it is her unique style. She goes for the unexpected and “out there” things while a celebrity like Taylor Swift goes for classy with a touch of country. Her style defines her and is very unique, especially in the music industry where there isn’t a lot of country roots.
Finding one’s personal style is not as hard as it may seem. It is so easy that it’s a wonder that no one seems to do it. All one has to do is simply wear what they want. It can start small with a step in a new direction. If a girl likes a pair of skinny tuxedo pants that no one has seen yet, she should wear them. She has to start somewhere even if it is just one item at a time. If everyone could start thinking for themselves, not about others and what they think, developing their personal style will come naturally.
Embracing personal style may be a huge leap for those who tread heavily on the cookie-cutter trends. With enough self-confidence, even the biggest trend follower can convert.
The issues with people not fitting in would be completely demolished if everyone dresses in what they want and feel comfortable in.
Imagine a high school where no one is judged for wearing something that’s different from what everyone else is wearing. This high school wouldn’t be the usual sea of yoga pants, North Face jackets, and Uggs. It would be a mosaic of unique styles because no two people would dress exactly the same. This can only happen if personal style is finally embraced in high schools.
One of the greatest misconceptions about fashion is the mixing of patterns. When done the right way, it is completely acceptable. However, that seems to be the problem. When certain patterns are mixed together, take floral and herringbone (ew) for example, they can look totally dreadful. It is easy to see why people would say you can’t mix patterns when the patterns that are being mixed aren’t a good combination.
Two patterns that never seem to fail are classic stripes and polka dots. The key to making them work together is finding them in the same color (like the black and white scheme seen here) and keeping it simple (like the little bit of stripes poking out under the polka dot sweater). It is unexpected, but is completely acceptable.
Even the biggest skeptic will find it hard to argue that this is not the chicest mixing of patterns they have ever seen.
There is a point to every season in which we experience excitement at its first signs and exhaustion after it has lasted so long and beaten us so brutally. That is what this winter is doing. But we are almost there. I have had it with this weather. (I want to be able to wear my cutout ankle boots again!)
This outfit is a transition from the cold weather to the approaching higher temps. The sweater and the tweed pants provide a nice warmth while showing a little skin with the off-the-shoulder slouchiness. The neutral colors are nice for the winter, still holding off for the bright colors of spring.
Oh how I long for the sweet days of spring, when the snow melts and I can actually see the green grass again. Spring is my favorite time of year. With the next few posts, I’ll be gearing up for the new season! Expect some smashing new outfits with a hint of lace, mixed patterns, and so much more fabulousness.
FOR ALL THE SINGLE LADIES ON VALENTINE’S DAY
The meaning of Valentines Day to me is simple. Chocolate. I don’t think I have celebrated it any other way. The reason is quite simple. Unlike guys, chocolate has never disappointed me (except maybe tacky kinds of chocolate that my grandmother puts in a bowl more for decoration than taste). Of course all the movies have romanticized this day and really, why must we have a day where we celebrate our love for each other? Shouldn’t that be an everyday thing?
Maybe if people did this every day we wouldn’t be eating a box of chocolates by ourselves as we say “I hate couples” whilst watching a terrible Hallmark romance on Valentine’s Day.
Nah, I’d still hate couples.
There is nothing like that shirt you borrow from your boyfriend. That next best thing to the comfort of his chest. But this shirt is not your boyfriend’s. It’s sexier. It has that loose fit but the deep V-neck makes it irresistible in an effeminate way.
This shirt is better than any of your boyfriend’s. It’s cooler. It looks well-worn. The way that it is rolled into messy cuffs makes it look so effortless and the oversized breast pockets make it chic.
This shirt has everything.
And if you thought that this shirt looks cool, you haven’t even seen it with the boyfriend jeans. No pair of jeans would do this shirt justice like these. When worn with lace-up leather wedges, the added height dare anyone to call this outfit anything but feminine. Topped off with an opulent wide-brimmed fedora, this outfit has broken all the rules. Boyish can be sexy and cool.
A young girl, the age of 11, fresh out of
elementary school, is out shopping for her first
year at middle school.
She walks into Abercrombie Kids (a
store most popular between the ages of seven
to fourteen) and is bombarded by the images
on the walls, depicting more skin than any wall
art she has ever seen and then, the clothing.
Short skirts and shorts, cropped stops,
itty-bitty bathing suits, and minidresses
overwhelm her as she searches for something
more comfortable, but she can’t find anything
Modesty has been rapidly declining for
decades, becoming more apparent than ever in
the most recent years. Who says this is okay?
What is being done to stop it?
Young girls have always looked to
others for how to dress. In fact, this used to be
greatly encouraged until older generations saw
the modesty disappearing in the younger
generations, making them a less reliable
example. The people that girls look to can be
anyone from their older sisters to the
celebrities plastered on the glossy covers of
magazines. These sources are not always
Magazines may say that crop tops
(loose shirts cut just at the belly button, a new
take on the belly shirt) are in style, but what
most people may not realize is how much those
words are taken by young girls as gospel. For
those girls who have no idea how to dress
fashionably, they have nowhere to turn, as it
seems. If the fashion magazines aren’t
encouraging them to dress modestly, then who
Perhaps the next form of fashion
inspiration can be more effective. That would
be role models. Most young girls have at least
one female celebrity that they are devoted
to and look up to. Not only will they listen to
every song produced or every movie starring
this “role model”, but they try to dress like
them. For most girls, stars like Rhianna and
Selena Gomez have a powerful influence. They,
however, promote the wear of clothing that is
barely there. Society these days does not even
bat an eye at the sight of an immodest role
model like Rhianna sporting a completely sheer
bandeau and miniskirt in broad daylight. In
fact, society has almost completely accepted it.
Not only are the celebrities promoting
immodest apparel, but so are the images in
magazines. Nudity is common in advertising,
which used to be greatly frowned upon. These
daily images lead to the conclusion that young
girls make about having to look a certain way.
With plunging necklines and rising
hemlines, fashion leaves nothing to wonder
about. The fact that most find these items of
clothing to be visually appealing leads to the
wrong idea of what fashion is. The line
between fashion and style has become fuzzier
and fuzzier with the rapid change in the way
females currently dress.
Modesty standards have been declining
for decades, but there are some females who
have taken it upon themselves to keep their
values and respect by dressing modestly. These
ladies tend to stand out very much. Leandra
Medine, a fashion blogger for the uber-popular
blog Man Repeller, is one of these ladies. She
cleverly refers to it as dressing in items that
“may result in repelling members of the
opposite sex”. By stating this, she clearly
explains what she thinks of girls dressing the
way they do. Her opinion that girls dress
immodestly to please guys couldn’t be more
correct. “It’s about dressing for yourself and
liking what you’re wearing,” Medine says. “if a
guy doesn’t like what you’re wearing, its
probably because he’s not a nice guy,” she says
simply. This is also another problem. Not only
is modesty declining but so is the respect these
girls have for themselves. “You should find the
guy that is going to enjoy the oversized tunic
and love you regardless of what you’re
wearing” Medine states. This couldn’t have
more truth in it. Yet, the decline in self respect
among females is what makes this seem like it
isn’t the way things are. In fact, this can almost
seem like a foolish fairy tale to those who are
dedicated to dressing immodestly.
The decline in modesty has reached the
extent that even children’s stores like
Abercrombie Kids sells miniskirts and short
shorts. Girls embrace these things instead of
turning away in an attempt to look older and
sexier. The fact that young girls, teens, and
even women walk around in public in minimal
apparel affects more people than most
realize. The other women, mainly the older
generations, prefer to see girls dressed to cover
their body. However, when a girl dresses in
this way, she is not attracting the respectful
ones, but the ones who have just about as
much respect for her as she does herself. No
one who has respect for women will accept this.
There is not much that is being done
about this, though. There are the strong voices,
such as fashion bloggers and even just everyday
people, that present their opinions and go to
the greatest extents to express their modest
fashion sense to the world in hope that it will
catch on. Modesty will continue to decrease
unless something is done.
Modesty is rare these days. It is very
hard to find a top that is not conforming to the
body that doesn’t show one’s stomach or just a
person that realizes that leggings were made
solely to be worn under skirts and dresses, not
alone as a pair of pants. These girls don’t
realize how important modesty is. With bad
role models and not enough light shed on the
subject of modesty, they don’t seem to think
it’s wrong. Where prostitutes and strippers
were frowned upon and even shunned in
society, now, you can’t tell the difference
between them and the average high schooler.
Here are my top picks for this February!