Embellished pieces are everywhere this season, from jewel lined dresses to high ultra ruffled Edwardian necklines and fringe covered coats but the one trend that really has me swooning is the embellished collar trend!
We saw this trend pop up back in 2012 and thanks to designers like Gucci and the constantly collar clad Betty on Riverdale it’s back again, and I have to say- I’m not mad about it. From rhinestone encrusted pointy 70s inspired collars to lady-like beaded and pearl adorned Peter Pan styles the embellished collar is back baby!
This smallest dash of quirk is a perfect seasonal pick-me-up for your wardrobe. Embellished collars set a chic retro-inspired mood, instantly elevate your look and BONUS you don’t really have to worry about accessorizing because it’s done for you!
Totally versatile wear then to work with trousers or out on the town with a flirty skirt- you can even dress then down with edgy jeans and a leather jacket- the best part is that this trend has a little something for everyone!
From feminine and sweet to effortlessly boho and cuts-like-a-knife edgy you really can’t go wrong this season when you stick out your neck for this oh-so-chic trend.
Designer labels, lux fabrics and beautifully tailored silhouettes are the things fashion dreams are made of.
With tight budgets, rising costs and life in general getting in the way such pieces may seem out of reach, but the luxury of owning designer clothing IS possible for everyone thanks to consignment shopping.
As the seasons and our lives change so does our personal style, taste and budgets. On the first Monday in October, National Consignment Day offers a way to elevate your style and an opportunity for you to keep the cycle of good taste going.
You all know my favorite consignment shopping site is TheRealReal, (I have scored a closet full of designer pieces there)- well TheRealReal founded National Consignment Day in 2012 as a way to celebrate consignment as the smart, sustainable way to shop, earn money and help the planet by extending the lifecycle of luxury items.
Grab those designer pieces that just don’t fit or you simply have grown tired of and consign them at TheRealReal.com which will make room in your closet for and give you extra cash to shop for new updated pieces that fit your current style.
Even more good news: by consigning and shopping consignment you promote circularity in fashion i.e. nothing ends up in a landfill.
Not ready to consign, just want to shop? Well that’s even easier! I do all of my designer consignment shopping at TheRealReal.com .
One of the biggest questions I get is “How do you know what you are buying is real and not a fake?” Shopping on TheRealReal is never a gamble, they ensure that EVERY SINGLE item on the site is 100% the real thing, each piece is authenticated through their dedicated team of authentication experts, horologists and gemologists. They know exactly how to tell real from counterfeit, from the quality of the leather to the zipper manufacturer.
TheRealReal is also one of the easiest and most convenient ways to shop- you can sort items to only show your size (both shoe and clothing). I LOVE this feature because it keeps me from falling in love with something that will never fit me! You can also mark pieces you are drooling over as an OBSESSION which adds them to a curated wish-list that you can view later PLUS TheRealReal will email you to let you know if the pieces go on sale!
I can’t begin to tell you how much shopping consignment has changed my own life. Many of you have left comments here and on my Instagram commenting on how amazing my designer shoe and handbag collection is. Well, it’s no secret- almost EVERY SINGLE piece in my collection was purchased second hand from TheRealReal and when I get tired of something or have worn it too much I just consign it back to the RealReal again!
Download TheRealReal.com app now and get started! Their designer selection includes everything from mens and womens fashions, bags and shoes to home, jewelry and kids designer clothing!
Over the past few seasons there has been a growing movement in the street-wear scene dubbed the SLP Aesthetic.
The SLP Aesthetic (Saint Laurent Paris Aesthetic) is a mash-up of chic Parisian flair infused with rock ‘n’ roll edge. The style was popularized by Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent – and pays homage to the style he created while there – today the look is less defined by the namesake fashion label and more by a select few wardrobe essentials.
It’s pretty much the new Rock ‘n’ Roll Chic and is defined by a dark color palette with pops of vibrant color or graphics to make a statement. The term “SLP Aesthetic” is usually tossed around when describing menswear looks but I think it totally translates to womenswear as well.
What I find REALLY interesting about the trend is that rockin’ the SLP Aesthetic isn’t about ACTUALLY wearing Saint Laurent (all of us can’t afford to be clad in Saint Laurent head to toe)– it’s about taking the “spirit” of Slimane’s Saint Laurent and translating it into an affordable chic capsule wardrobe. To be clear, I’m not talking about dupes (which I am adamantly opposed to) I mean to find pieces that are within your budget and celebrate the SLP style- not EXACT replicas of Saint Laurent pieces.
Sound like a challenge you are up for? Let’s get started!
When you break it down rockin’ the SLP Aesthetic is pretty dang easy, it’s really about FOUR key pieces: Shoes, Top, Bottom and Jacket.
The Shoes and Jacket are the key pieces to the look so if you are going to make any investment purchases it should be those.
STEP ONE: The SHOES. The most obvious choice here would be a Chelsea boot but western-inspired boots and creepers are also fair game (COACH has some AMAZING Creeper-esc Western boots this season).
STEP TWO: The TOP. Striped tees and sweaters contribute to a very Parisian/French look, but most monochromatic tees and knits work too. Oversized flannel shirts and crazy silky printed shirts such as Hawaiian, paisley and even animal prints are all fair game.
STEP THREE: The BOTTOM. Skinny Jeans are the go-to for guys wanting to achieve the SLP Aesthetic and of course those work for the ladies as well but when translating this look for gals you have some freedom here- I suggest a retro circle skirt, leather pants, a cropped tuxedo pant or a leather pencil skirt.
STEP FOUR: The Leather Jacket. Aside from the shoes this is the most critical thing to get right. You need a leather jacket that looks luxe and has some personality. It could be studded, fur lined, have a western yolk or any details that make it “special”.
Follow the formula and then make it your own with a few personal style pieces like a bandanna print scarf, an edgy bag and colorful tights.
Scarf prints are making an encore performance for Fall 2019 which is great news for your wallet because you can totally rework the scarf print pieces you already invested in last Fall!
In case you missed this trend the first time around a scarf print is usually a mix of paisley, chains, and sometimes even florals. Think about Versace’s iconic 1990s prints.
Typically on a silk or silk-like fabric it encompasses classical architecture and historical motifs, hanky hemlines and flowy silhouettes which channel a scarf-like effect that creates an opulent feel.
It’s a print that makes you feel oh-so-bougie in a GOOD way and look as though you are stylish AF.
Several fashion houses such as Burberry, Gucci, Versace and Chanel are channeling their love for nostalgia through scarf prints by creating what has been dubbed as “archive prints” this season. Archive prints are basically prints resurrected from the designs of days gone by.
This nod to yesteryear not only cerebrates the history and tradition of the house by bringing some of their biggest hits back to life it also gives the Fall 2019 collections a unique retro feel, almost as though each piece is a hidden gem discovered in a vintage shop.
Dressing like a Bougie Girl is kind of the “biggest” thing this season which makes scarf prints prime real estate and reworking your older pieces a breeze.
Last season it was all about wearing that scarf print head-to-toe but this time around think giant scarves tied in bows around your neck worn with an English Tweed suit, silky scarf print skirts paired with a classic boucle jacket and retro Parisian style scarf print dresses adorned with brassy gold buttons.
Although it’s still a bit too hot to go full blown fall with it, you can start to incorporate your scarf prints now and sprinkling them into your summer repertoire by pairing with easy peasant blouses and ooh-la-la neck scarves to create that French peasant girl effect then when things cool down bouge it up a bit by adding those heavier fabrics.