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Strut to Street: Revival of the Fittest
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The Logo is Back

This week is the continuation from last week’s blog and discussing all the trends we are seeing so prominent from the ’80s and ’90s.  Today I am talking about the revival of brand names and the use of logos.  For years we have concealed logos, bought things where the name brand was subtle (unless of course, you are Tory Burch or Michael Kors who have been rocking this trend since their inception and have never stopped). But now it’s in your face!  No matter if you are going high end or sticking with the classics this is a fun way to add some punch to your wardrobe. 

Whether a top designer like Gucci and seeing the infamous GG on everything from belt buckles to sneakers, to mainstream brands like Tommy Hilfiger, logos and old school brands are doing an encore.  And just like Tommy Hilfiger other brands like Levi’s, Puma, and Calvin Klein are coming alive again and have created statement pieces we are seeing everywhere. 

There are ways to add the logo without it being plastered against your chest like I’m doing in this yellow Levi’s hoodie, but you can also go all in with a full-on logo and make the statement loud and proud!  And as I always say, if a trend is a bit too much for you make your accessories work for you and find a way to implement a trend!  Belts are always a staple but right now belts are also a trend and it's the perfect way to add a logo to your look.  Shoes, handbags, and scarves are also an easy way to have fun with logos while still keeping it on the DL (that’s down-low for all of you youngsters). 

As these retro brands take another ride on the fashion merry-go-round, adding them into your wardrobe allows you to fulfill this revival trend. Even though Gucci is always popular, I mean let’s be honest it’s Gucci, they have done a complete 180 in the last few years with their designs, new handbags and OMG their shoes, Gucci….is everywhere!  If you want to go designer but maybe want to invite other labels to play in your closet think about adding Fendi, Balenciaga, or Christian Dior.  All of these are amazing designers coming out with really fun pieces that will put you ahead of the curve.  I’m not saying to leave Gucci in the wind, but it’s always nice to have a variety of designers in your wardrobe and to be a trendsetter vs. a trend follower. 

If mainstream is more your speed go back to the classics: Levi’s, Calvin, Tommy, Ralph, Champion and so on.  One thing I appreciate about these brands, especially Levi’s, is how they have stayed true to their price points.  Right now, a company like Levi’s could charge $180 for a pair of jeans but they have stuck to their guns and kept their price points very affordable.  And all of these companies have done the same thing.  So, these labels allow you to add the trend into your closet while not setting fire to all the cash in your wallet. Another great way to add in these brand names is to look at a resale shop, a thrift store or even eBay... you can always find an affordable way to get a trend into your wardrobe (ESPECIALLY if it's a trend that is coming back around)

This is a fun trend guys! So, don’t be afraid to dive in and relive your youth (or bring this trend into your closet for the first time ever).  Go big or go home! But not really, go as BIG as works for you. No matter which camp you fall into just fall in love with the logos, labels, and retro brands.  

XO Tamara


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Strut to Street: Fashion Redux
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What Goes Around Comes Around

As we all know, trends have a way of repeating themselves and this season we are seeing that tenfold.  Since the fall I have talked about a variety of trends that are reappearing.  Today I am going on focus on the retro trends from the ’90s.  Since I was a child of the '90s there are definitely trends I am not willing to revisit, but so many of them are really fun to add into my wardrobe for a 2nd time.  The key to doing a double take on a trend from years past is to find a way to make it work for you today.  And hear me say that just because something is “in fashion” doesn’t mean you have to wear it.  Feel confident in the styles you want to incorporate into your look and trust in your ability to know what you need to pass this time around. 

Some fun trends that are getting an encore in my closet are funky sneakers, graphic t-shirts, ripped denim, over-the-top sunglasses, PVC accessories, mules as well as slingbacks, and bold colors.  Adding these fun pieces has given so much life into my wardrobe and getting dressed this spring has been so fun!

Whether you want to add a bold sneaker or biker shorts into your closet just remember to remain true to who you are and do so in a way that feels right to you.  And as I’ve said many times in the past, if something feels too much for you look at adding the trend through accessories.  If you feel it go bold like I’m doing in my look by adding several trends altogether and just “go for it”.  Or take one item, like the graphic tee, and pair it with skinny jeans or a denim skirt and a fun flat and simple crossbody bag.  If you decide to go for the funky jeans pair them with a simple white tank or even a colored t-shirt and a fun heel.  Bring the trends in piece by piece and let them evolve into your look.  It doesn’t matter if you choose to go for a head-to-toe look, adding one trend per outfit, or adding to your ensemble by using accessories... all are the perfect way to bring these redux styles into your spring and summer wardrobe!

XO Tamara


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Strut to Street: In Living Color
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Living Life Out Loud

Color, Color and MORE Color……I say YES PLEASE! We saw all the bright hues popping up this past winter and I even did a blog post on it a few months back. But now that spring is here, and summer around the corner, color is making its full-blown appearance. Season upon season, the warmer months saunter in ever so quietly and fill our closets with basic florals and soft shades of various colors, but this year all the colors of the rainbow are coming in guns blazing! They are here to stay - until eventually the tides turn as they always do. But for now, they are loud an proud! So instead of panicking about it or feeling overwhelmed by it, just embrace it. And as I always say, do so in a way that works for you and is manageable for your lifestyle. 

My “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” dress may not be for everyone, but as always, there are ways you can bring this trend into your wardrobes to make them a little happier. And to quote myself again, when you fear a trend, accessories are your BFF. Anyone can add some bold earrings, a great bag, or a statement shoe to pull in a trend. It’s always a safe bet and a very affordable way to update your look.

As I said this past winter, throw your rules of what colors go together out the window. Remember from the blog post on mixing and matching prints? If you didn’t get a chance make sure to go back and give it a read. Same rules apply here: lay out your look and if something seems off, it probably is. Make the adjustments needed and power on. If mixing all the hues together seems too much for you, think of colors in the same family and use those to create your multi-colored look. So, for example, use various shades of blue, purple, and green, or use red mixed with shades of pink. White and metallics are always the perfect neutral to tie it all together (see my look with the gold belt I used). If you have a vibrant outfit, pair a white shoe or metallic accessories to give your outfit the perfect polished look while helping you maintain your chicness without looking too rainbow bright.    

Although it works perfectly well to mix just solids, think about also mashing together your textures just like I talked about when doing a monochromatic look. Colorful prints are also great for this trend; mixing stripes, plaids, polka dots, florals and so on and so on. Mix them with each other or mix a print with a solid to help you achieve an eye-catching ensemble. 

Your inner 90’s self is calling and telling you to come back to her and relive your youth, but this time do it without the Aqua Net, legwarmers, and tight rolled jeans!    

 

XO Tamara


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Denim Double Take
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Denim on Denim

Your skinny jeans are calling, BUT do you answer?!  While skinny jeans remain in style, I highly recommend taking your jeans to the next level by adding some new trends for spring.  Over the winter, I did a blog on updated styles in denim, so go back and give that a read HERE.  Take the same styles and just find washes or a lighter denim weight that works for the warmer season.  Beyond switching up your jean silhouettes, add denim in your accessories, tops, jackets (and go beyond the denim jacket, although it is an ESSENTIAL).  And don’t forget to add COLOR in your denim this season; NOT just white ladies!  When I say COLOR, I mean COLOR!!! 

Now there's no denying that denim is a wardrobe seasonless essential. This season, we saw designers completely reinvent it by thinking beyond a regular pair of jeans. Whether it was matching separates, trippy acid-wash jumpsuits, or deconstructed skirts, Spring 2019 was all about evolving this wardrobe staple.

There are so many trends that have come screaming back from the beyond, also known as the 90’s. Denim-on-denim is one such trend and officially back in fashion. While we will discuss other trends that have been revived this season in later STS posts, today I am going to show you some attainable ways to update your denim look. The most important “rule” (if you want to call it that) is to forget about rules and make this trend your own! If you want to play with colors, do it! Or simply pair various shades of blue hues. Keep it monochromatic (like I have in my look with the denim skirt) or mix two different shades of blue (like I did with my frayed denim jeans). If you feel like you need to break-up your denim on denim look, add a great belt (like I added the leopard belt for my look) and add other elements to your ensemble (like I did with the lace bralette). Denim is casual by itself, so it’s easy to add sneakers to the look (see my denim skirt look), but you can also add a fantastic heel or shoe of your choice to take the denim-on-denim trend up another level. 

There are so many variations of this trend and the best way to see this come to light (other than reading this blog of course) is to go to the street or in many cases checking out your latest "US Weekly." Celebs are running around all over town in this denim double take. It’s officially in the spotlight and you can take some style tips from the A-listers without any worry of looking misplaced.

To create this look, you can mix and match pieces you already have in your closet.  And if you need to add a piece or two they will be simple to find any place from Target to designer digs. Here is a simple checklist of items you probably already have in your closet and if you want to add any pieces to your denim wardrobe you can find one or two of the pieces noted in this list and voila, your denim double take is complete!

·         A great everyday denim wash jean with distressing or some special element to the jean.                    

·         A wide-leg jean in a darker wash or pick any updated silhouette in a darker wash.                   

·         Chambray or denim shirt

·         A great denim layering piece like a denim jacket or, even better, a denim blazer or trench.                           

·         Another denim element like a skirt, denim tunic, overalls or even a shoe, if you dare! 

If you have just a couple of these pieces you can create this look! Don’t forget to add fun details like a great belt, headscarf, lace camisole or anything else you can think of to complete your look. But remember, you can just do denim-on-denim without any extras and you will be ready to rock the perfect street look!

XO Tamara


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