The Denim Jacket: A Blast From The Past Or Present Perfect?

It’s time to dust off your jean jacket. Favored by the likes of Ruby Aldridge, Liu Wen, and Hanne Gaby Odiele, the denim staple is making a bid to replace the leather bomber as model-off-duty topper of choice. This summer, bona fide celebs (Cameron Diaz) and burgeoning trendsetters (Pippa Middleton) alike have been spotted layering snug, faded ones over feminine looks for an edgy update. Speaking of edgy, we loved the acid-wash, pharaoh-embellished number that Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss wore to the Sasquatch festival this May. Same goes for Jonny Johansson’s heavily deconstructed indigo style from Acne’s Resort collection.

via The Denim Jacket: A Blast From The Past Or Present Perfect?: style file: daily fashion, party, and model news.

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Haute or Faux? iFashion Network Weighs in on DAK’s Fall/Winter 2011 Line

My daughter is enamored these days with all things Little House on the Prairie.  Seems that the creative geniuses behind the DAKS brand may also be smitten.  At London’s Fashion Week, the line displayed  plenty of long, full skirts worn with tucked-in sweaters layered over buttoned-to-the-chin blouses (Ma would have worn these).  Buttoned-up  plaid ruffled blouses paired with long plaid skirts were more Miss Beadle’s style.  Oversized plaid capes in giant patterns layered over plaid button-downs and paired with retro-looking ankle boots would have kept Laura warm through a Plum Creek winter.  And an ivory hooded sweater/skirt/scarf combo would have been just the thing that the snarky Nellie Olsen would have waltzed into school in.  Despite all these period pieces, there were some bright spots in the collection.  Monochromatic numbers were sophisticated and sleeker than their plaid counterparts.  The best ensemble?  A black calf-length pencil skirt paired with a belted short sleeve trench.  It achieved a glamorous retro vibe without seeming the least bit costumey.  We hope next season brings a softer touch to the offerings, and in the meantime we apologize for sticking the Little House theme song in your head – we can’t get rid of it either…

via Haute or Faux? iFashion Network Weighs in on DAK’s Fall/Winter 2011 Line | Street Style.

Cropped Top – The Casual Becomes Sexier In 2011

If you happen to have a flat and sexy tummy, it might be the right time to show off what you got. The new trends in this year offer you this possibility through the cropped tops that are available in every color and tailoring you can think of.

There are numerous misconceptions regarding showing some skin, but this trend proves that there is a truly stylish way to wear these peek-a-boo clothing pieces. There are numerous advantages of these tops, including the fact that they are comfortable to wear and offer a voguish look that no woman can truly live without.

Numerous celebrities have been spotted wearing such tops, and we have to admit that they looked simply stunning. Do you remember Cheryl Cole, or Jenny Frost? We also have to mention Leona Lewis, but remember that you don’t have to look like they do in order to be able to pull off this kind of shirt.

One of the most popular types seems to be the crochet and silk cropped top. To wear them in style all you need is a matching silky pant or maxi skirt.

Do you prefer the romantic look? Just be sure to wear the pants on your hips, and don’t pull them upper. There are numerous collections that come with this kind of idea including big names like Risto, Rag&Bone, and Richard Chai Love.

For a more feminine look you might also want to flash your legs as well, through wearing a shorter skirt. Shorts are working as well as the skirts and they offer a similar look. In case you have been a little lazy during the winter, you might get away with it in case you choose a high-waisted skirt or pants.

When looking for some inspiration in this matter, take a look at the collections of Rachel Comey, Vena Cava and Doo.Ri, not to mention Risto.

In case you would like to have the perfect summer style, just wear your crop top with denim shorts and of course, you also will have to find the perfect shoes for the outfit.

No matter what style you choose, don’t forget that accessories might make wonders for your style.

Rock high heel shoes or cute sandals to make your legs look longer than they really are and also look like the perfect choice. This way you will be able to make your silhouette look simply spotless and the look is just perfect for petite women.

via Cropped Top – The Casual Becomes Sexier In 2011 | The Fashionables.

Global Street Chic

Photographers from across the world capture the street style of their hometowns. Click on a city below to start exploring!

via Street Chic – Global Street Chic – Discover More Street Style at ELLE.com.

Transseasonal whites

Gauzy whites, off-whites and creams are often considered ill-suited to the colder months… but in 2011 they’re exactly the kind of pieces that take you effortlessly from fall to spring without skipping a beat. Take this example: the cosiest of knits atop of a flowing cream dress makes for an outfit suited to the cool air around Paris’ Tuileries before spring arrives. And when it does: just go sans coat.

via Transseasonal whites: street fashion photo.

Would You Wear These Trends?

Dianna Agron, Leighton Meester and Kate Bosworth mix wild with mild: their leather dresses show a hint of skin, but flowing skirts and high necklines keep the look ladylike.

via Would You Wear These Trends? – LEATHER-BODICE DRESSES – Would You Wear These Trends, Dianna Agron, Kate Bosworth, Leighton Meester : People.com.

Pleats – The Feminine Classic Revival

Pleats are here to stay. The spring-summer 2011 collections are using pleats in all its different forms and in combination. Pleats are expected to make a comeback and not just in skirts or dresses but soon trousers (both men’s and women’s) too will be flashing pleats.

Pleats are being used in dresses and skirts of all lengths, be it mini, midi or maxi. Pleats are also being used in tops and blouses. The leading designers and designer houses have come up with some great designs incorporating the pleats.

Chloe, Lanvin, Miu Miu J. Mendel, Derek Lam, Nina Ricci, Ohne Titel, Bensoni, Jonathan Saunders and Erdem have all used pleats with panache to create stylish outfits that have included skirts, dresses, blouses, tops and even full length gowns.

The designers have used both knife pleats and sunray pleats in their creations. Single pleats facing the same direction are known as knife pleats and knife pleats that start out small but become larger as they fall down are known as the sunray or sunburst pleats.

Pleats add volume, thus they should be used with care. They are generally used to balance broad shoulders, so if you have problem areas think twice before using pleats.

The last thing one needs is highlighting a heavy waist or bottom. On the other hand if you have narrow waists and broad shoulders, pleats will do a great job of balancing the body proportions.

Pleated skirts can be combined with tights or long socks, jackets, boots or heels. When combined with jackets and boots they look very chic and similar outfits can be picked up from, Rachel Roy, Richard Nicoll, Jill Stuart and Tommy Hilfiger.

Designers have used sheers and light fabric for their spring creation. As the pleats proved to be a steady presence all through this year, 2011 winter collections may use heavier drapes. Combining the outfits appropriately with winter accessories will make them suitable for winter wear.

via Pleats – The Feminine Classic Revival | The Fashionables.