Hi all – sorry I haven’t posted in days.
This spring, all you need are a few basics to spruce up your dusty old pieces… that crazy printed skirt you haven’t had a clue how to wear it? Tights, a baggy tank, killer heels and a blazer. That oversize grandpa sweater? Perfection with leggings and vintage sunglasses. And the classic blazer has many hats to wear this season – be it fitted, masculine, baggy, slim, or oversize…
via Karla’s Closet
Ok, let’s get to it. We’ll work from the bottom up, starting with – yay! – shoes.
Simply stated, go crazy with your shoes. Anything is fair game – anything meaning anything chic, meaning anything non-ugly. For heels, go sky-high and wildly coloured, metallic, snakeskin – anything goes! (You’ll need a basic pair of black heels, of course.) Wedges are great too – again, go wild. You can do (almost) no wrong.
Photo via Chictopia. Marni-esque patent wedges? Oui, s’il-vous plait!
Photo via Chictopia. More Marni-ish wedges. (Love them to death!)
Photo via Chictopia. Lace-up red booties… of some sort… but cute!
Photo via Chictopia. Givenchy-esque Gojane.com heels… love! (I’m actually planning to order these soon…)
Photo via Chictopia. More basic black boots… Hmm, how about something a tad more exciting now??
Fendi // Spring 2009
Christian Dior // Couture Spring 2009
Nicholas Kirkwood. Electric blue sharp cutout wedge. OWWWW. (In an amazingly fantastic glorious sort of way.)
For flats, oxfords are huge this season among those in-the-know; the older and more worn in, the better! Nothing is cuter than a great pair of scuffed up, soft leather oxies. (Oxies? Haha. Not sure where that came from.)
Photo via Chictopia. Not only are her oxfords perfect, look at the rest of her outfit!
Photo via Chictopia. Heeled oxfords are great too!
Stay away from: …well, ugly shoes.
Moving up: tights, socks, etc… Subtle patterns, lace, florals, zebra, leopard, and neutrals are all great for tights. Socks, opt for a great thigh-high or knee-high neutral/darker sock… of course, this is subject to interpretation 🙂
Photo via Chictopia. Target socks.
Photo via Chictopia. Tights, AA. Love denim cutoffs and tights; that’s a good way to, um, de-slut an outfit: if you’re wearing shorts/a mini and feel too exposed, just slip some cute tights on. I also like layering tall socks & tights for a nice layered effect.
Then there are the leggings, reminiscent of the 80s and 90s. Love? Hate? Go with whatever you feel most comfortable in. If you go for it, go all out – heels, oversize on top. You just have to be careful with these, particularly the sequined, sparkly, or patent-y leggings: you don’t want to be slutty. (I hope.) Also watch out for an over-80s-esque air.
Photo via Chictopia. Here, she paired shiny black leggings with a voluminous top to balance it out. (Note the non-sluttiness of this look).
Shorts: getting longer and higher. For a more refined look, pair a neutral or richly-coloured satin short with tall socks and oxfords, and some top (your choice!) If you don’t feel comfortable with high-waisted, a short with a wide waistband also works.
Photo via Chictopia. High-waisted black shorts = perfection with kneehighs and black booties!
Simple black shorts with (ripped) tights and oxfords… a nice classic look (with a bit of a twist in the tights – ripping/shredding is occuring in fashionistas’ rooms everywhere, thanks greatly to Monsieur A. Wang).
Skirts: short (but not too mini) or knee-length seems to be the overbearing trend; pouffy and girly, or leather and rocker-chic… your call. Pair a girly skirt with heels, tights, and a blazer – you could go wild (haha) and throw on a leather jacket, that’s a really easy way to toughen your look without scaring people off.
Photo via Chictopia. Nice basic grey skirt, with a bit of volume – the sort of essential for every wardrobe!
Photo via Chictopia. Skirt, Target. A little different skirt, a little pizzazz…
A short little disco skirt. (A bit too short for my liking, but each to her own…)
Pants: we’re seeing a lot of neutral bottoms, simple trousers, drop-crotch harem pants, and wide legs… aka, simply chic and – wonderfully! – comfortable!
Photo via Chictopia. Wide-legged trousers, Express.
Photo via Chictopia. Pants, Cubus. A basic black dropcrotch/harem pant is a great staple for winter & spring.
Photo via Chictopia. Pants, Forever21. Again, basic baggy trousers.
Dresses: either basic belted shifts (vintage ones are nice) or wildly patterned, out-there dresses.
Photo via Chictopia. Nice basic black dress (and you’ve got to love her hair, too!)
Photo via Chictopia. Vintage dress. Love the girliness of a nice vintage lace dress.
Photo via Chictopia. Not exactly crazy, but a nice floral number will do nicely with a green jacket. Very Secret Garden-esque. 🙂
Coats: trenches and capes are big.
Photo via Chictopia. Coat, H&M.
Photo via Chictopia. Coat, H&M.
Ah, we’ve reached my favorite element: blazers. I simply can’t get enough! Any weird cut I’ll take. Strange patterns? Please! Wrong size? So?
Anyway. Blazers are, (sort of) arguably, the most versatile item you can own. You can dress it up or down and wear it with practically anything. So, without further ado…
Very oversized wool blazer – so chic, especially in that peachy nude colour! Paired with leggings and a tee.
Fitted and striped, nice… Worn with jeans, a nice simple look.
Shrunken-yet-oversized navy blazer with leggings and heel oxies, and a shredded (easy DIY, just a tad time-consuming) tee.
Shrunken grey twill blazer with a simple black dress.
Piped blazer with a skirt and heels… see? All these looks are so chic, yet so simple – just throw a blazer on and it instantly adds chic to your outfit. 🙂
Alrighty. Since it’s been a while since the top of this, here’s a quick review:
Shoes: go crazy with sky-high heels, platforms, and wedges; flat and heeled oxfords sont tres chic.
Tights, etc: Floral, animal print, ribbed, patterned, and lace tights are great. Knee- or thigh-high socks in neutral colours work with shorts, dresses, and skirts and heels. Stock up!
Leggings: …just don’t go SLUT on me. 😛
Skirts: short (but not too mini) or knee-length (really a personal preference.) Patterns and colours of your choice.
Pants: wide-legged neutral trousers, often high-waisted. Drop-crotch and harem pants (usually black or grey). Baggy, and sometimes pegged, trousers.
Shorts: high-waisted neutrals in rich materials.
Dresses: go one way or the other: crazy patterns or nice, more subdued neutral/vintage lace. (Of course, there are infinitely more dress possibilities than that, but I’m running out of time… hence the rather sad ending to this post).
Coats: trenches, trenches, trenches!! Capes and caplets, too. They add a nice Victorian touch to your outfit, particularly vintage dresses.
Blazers: …get some. 🙂
As I said, sorry this is sort of a rushed ending – it’s getting late (relatively) and I still have stuff to do… blech. If only I didn’t have school… it’s become such a chore. Mais c’est necessaire, donc qu’est-que je peux fais? *sigh*
Ici est notre look du jour:
A swan-like headpiece from Chanel’s Spring 2009 Couture collection.
Chanel // Spring 2009 Couture.