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Strut to Street: Printed Pants
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Wear the Pants

Over the past several months I have talked about dresses (my favorite) and skirts (which are a great replacement and fun update to dresses this season) but what I haven’t covered are pants.  And pants this season are really fun….yes, I said fun!  But to make them unique, updated, and “fun” you have to break out of the everyday mold of solid pants and simple jeans. 

Pants are a great for a dressy night out, work, or even running around on casual weekends. It's all about how you style them and make them work for the occasion. 

 Go back to how I talked about skirts and styling skirts.  Pairing the printed pants with simple tanks and t-shirts.  Add a blazer, denim jacket or simple knit as an outer layer and rock them with anything from sneakers to simple flats to heels.  Don’t overthink it or make it complicated because when you pair the print with something simple on top it simplifies and makes mixing separates easy. 

If you want to go bold, you can rock coordinating tops and go for that suit like look or even, more casually, the pajama outfit trend. The Zara pants I am wearing here actually have a matching top if you are intested in going for that look! Just remember you can wear each piece separately for a variety of looks. 

Another great way to rock the print look is to bring the trend into your jeans and break out of the solid jeans this season, to pump up your look!

Some big prints for pants this season: 

Floral (of course it is spring after all)

Gingham

Bold stripes

Polka dots

Animal print

Plaid

Scarf print (like I’m wearing)

I've linked the ones I am wearing as well as some of the other prints I mentioned down below, for shopping inspiration! 

XO Tamara

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For the warmer months:

Take this trend to shorts.The styling tips translate to shorts!


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Strut to Street: Color Works
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Pastel Peach

Lilac

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Yellow

Yellow

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Shades of Summer

I have talked quite a bit over the last 6 months about color and a few months ago I did a blog post called IN LIVING COLOR.  In that post I gave some great info about color and how to wear it so if you didn’t get a chance please go back and take a look at that entry!

As summer quickly approaches I want to talk about the 4 biggest color trends I see happening and several of them are fresh off the runway for the upcoming summer months! 

PEACH/CORAL – This shade just screams summer to me!  It has been ages since we have seen these hues on clothing racks in stores and they are beautiful shades to add into your wardrobe.  I know peach can be a challenging shade to wear if you are fair skinned or just haven’t seen the sun since last summer.  If that is the case, go for a bold relative of peach and wear a vibrant coral shade.  This color works on all skin tones!  Or if you like the idea of a softer peach shade, as I always say, bring in the color through your accessories. 

YELLOW – Yellow is another controversial color much like peach as so many people think they can’t wear it.  However, I am here to tell you that is simply not the case!  It’s not that you can’t wear yellow, or any color for that matter, it is about finding the right shade of the color.  So, if a pastel yellow isn’t for you then go for a bolder yellow, or even as I am going to mention in a second a neon yellow.   And prints are a fantastic way to add certain colors into your wardrobe.  If you don’t want or particularly like a solid yellow (or insert color here) then find it in a print.  Yellow animal print, or peach mixed with other pastel colors.  There are always ways to add the shade into your closet and into your life!

LAVENDER (my personal favorite as I love all things lavender and all shades of purple) – When I think of lavender in any capacity it just makes me think of France and that puts a smile on my face and warms my heart.  As with all colors you just have to work with the tone and shade that you like best.  Now as a stylist I must say I have never known lavender or various shades of the color not to work on any skin tone.  This is always a lovely shade that is a breath of fresh air!  And mixing yellow, peach, and lavender are an amazing combination!  This shade is elegant and always just looks chic and classy.  And go a step further by adding fresh lavender flowers into your home, give a lavender candle as a gift, or indulge in lavender ice cream (one of my favorites).  This summer is all about lavender! 

NEON  - Go all in this summer with the fluorescent shades of the 90’s!  Neon pink, orange, yellow, green….any or all they add the perfect “live out loud” colors to your closet.  For most of us a full head-to-toe look in all neon hues is a bit over-the-top but adding it into a specific element into your look is fun, easy, and appropriate for all ages! 

My summer challenge to you is to add each of these above-mentioned colors into your wardrobes this summer.  I would love to see your photos so please DM me with your looks or tag me if you post yourself wearing one of the summer colors.  I would love to see them!

XO Tamara


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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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