Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Popping the Blogging Cherry

I recently discovered the addicting and amazing world of fashion blogging. After reading post upon post, day in and day out I got an itch to create my own. I wanted to express my own thoughts and opinions along with my hates and loves.

I figured since this is my first post, I should keep it simple and just get my feet wet a little. So I'm posting a recent fashion column I wrote for a local magazine. Enjoy :)

Okay girls, fall is just around the corner and this season has so many amazing trends and looks to be inspired by, so I’m asking all of you (actually begging), pack up your lululemon stretchy pants – they’re for exercising, not for everyday wear – keep your sweatpants at home and look your best this September. We’ve all been guilty of being a little bit too casual on occasion, and who wants to be uncomfortable while enduring hours upon hours of lecture halls anyways? Not me that’s for sure! But I’ll let you in on a little secret; you can be comfy and stylish at the same time!   

For example, a great maxi skirt is a way to be super comfy while still looking like a million bucks. Say goodbye to your trusted minis ladies, it’s all about longer hemlines this season! This look is not just for summertime. Pair an easy-cozy gray maxi with a chunky sweater, a graphic tee or your fav blazer for a very trendy look this fall. Try out the French Connection maxi to complete this must-have look.

Retro was not just a look for spring. It’s back and bigger than ever for fall. The easiest way to complete this look would be with a flare or bell-bottom jean. If you’re feeling adventurous pick up a pair of high-wasted flares and tuck in a printed blouse for a look straight off the runway. The Angie Super Flare by Citizen’s of Humanity or the J Brand Bette are two great denim styles to try. And a little tip, Equipment makes fantastic blouses in prints and solids that can double-up as trendy and classic all in one.

If you’re still not wowed by these suggestions, accessories are a great way to jazz up anything basic. Whether it’s a pair of jeans and a white tee or a little black dress – why not have your own personal (in the words of one of my fav bloggers: The Man Repeller) arm party? Stack a whole bunch of bracelets, bangles and cuffs sky high. Shashi is a great line that offers bold, silk-woven cord bracelets accented with gems. The bracelets come in a massive selection of colours, sizes, styles and bling. Pair your golds with silvers, your browns with blacks…anything goes!

Finally, let’s talk handbags. Recyclable bags gifted at stores are not appropriate totes for young ladies. This is a classic move that many girls make, and completely downgrades an outfit. Longchamp Paris Le Plaige handbags are perfect for day-to-day errands and even for school bags. These bags are made of canvas and come in every colour under the sun to satisfy everyone’s taste. I’ve had mine for over three years now and it still looks brand new. Rebecca Minkoff are also great bags, a slightly higher price point but worth every penny. If you want to look like you’ve stepped off the set of Gossip Girl, throw one of those over your shoulder and you’re set.

So remember – no more sweatpants in public (please, please, please), fashion can be comfortable, accessories are an easy way to add style and a handbag can make or break your outfit. Keep these tips in mind and you'll have no problem staying on trend this season