Monday, September 17, 2012

Pretty in Prints

There are some fabulous prints out there, but if you are on a strict budget it is essential to follow pattern restraint if you want to optimize the usability of your wardrobe.

Patterns stand out in our minds more than solid colors do, so if you are going to buy an item of clothing that you plan on wearing almost every day, or even once a week, do not buy it in a print. I wear my coats, jackets, and cardigans often so I buy all my outerwear in solid colors. For example, let’s say you are looking at two gorgeous trench coats. One is navy blue, and the other has a red and white polka-dot pattern. If you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you wear the same old coat every day, the navy blue would be a more practical choice.

If you have limited funds and polka dots are your favorite pattern in the world, buy an inexpensive scarf or shirt with polka dots. Prints are a great way to punctuate your wardrobe if worn sparingly and tastefully. 

Another item I never want to buy in a print (If I can only buy one) is a purse. If I can only afford to buy one purse, it needs to be a solid that matches all of my creative outfits. The crazy purses can come after I have found all my essential pieces and have saved up enough.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Manly Monday: Sunglasses

Occasionally I will create "Manly Mondays" posts, with tips for guys about creating easy, effortless fashion. Today's post is great for both girls and guys.

With my sunglasses on, I'm Jack Nicholson. Without them, I'm fat and 60.  
- Jack Nicholson

Image found on Google.

If you decide to make only one change in your wardrobe, I would suggest finding a cool pair of sunglasses. The logic behind this is that you'll wear your sunglasses every day, and owning a nice pair does a lot for your style. If you are going to splurge somewhere in your wardrobe this would be the place to do it. Let's say you are wearing a plain white t-shirt, jeans,and leather flip-flops, but before you go out the door to buy groceries you put on a pair of aviators:

Instant effortless style.

A word of caution, this is not going to work if you wear any old pair. I have seen enough lame sunglasses out there to suggest taking a good friend shopping with you. The sunglasses must be met with approval (take a stylish friend with you, please), they must make you feel amazing, and they must have 100% UV protection for your eyes. Be prepared to try on a lot of sunglasses to find the best look for your face. Avoid sunglasses with that weird colorful sheen on the lenses; they tend to look dorky on most faces and come in creepy bug-eyed styles. Also, unless you are doing sports, there is no reason for you to wear a neck strap with your sunglasses. Just don't do it.

If you're not sure what to buy, you can't go wrong with classic Aviators or Ray-ban Wayfarers. You could go to your local Sunglass Hut and spend quite a lot of money (it might be worth it if you're the kind of person who takes care of your sunglasses), but if you're on a budget I recommend driving to Marshalls and trying on discount designer sunglasses. You can probably find a nice pair for about $15 to $20.

As a treat to myself for working full time all summer, I went down to the Sunglass Hut to find myself a classy pair of sunglasses. I found a beautiful pair of cat-eye Ray-Bans (half-off on Labor Day!). I love them and wear them every day. I also take very good care of them because they are an important investment piece. If you decide to buy a discount pair of sunglasses at Marshalls instead, I advise finding a case and a cleaning cloth for lenses because they will last longer and look nicer. There's nothing like a pair of lenses with smudges and scratches all over the surface to ruin the mystery.

Happy Monday!