Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Metallic Pleated Midi Skirt: A Must Have Piece for Winter and Beyond

Perfect styling of a metallic pleated skirt
by the fabulous Amanda Tur from A Fancy Affair

You know how much I love the continuing metallic trend.  One of my favorite pieces to emerge from this shiny scene is the metallic pleated midi skirt.  It is similar to a tulle skirt: weirdly able to skew casual even though it's fancy.  As for the midi length?  It's both flirty and demure at the same time.

The Gucci version is beautiful...and expensive.

But don't take my word for it.  Here's what Natalie Matthews, Senior Editor of Elle Magazine, recently said:

"For a statement piece, it's weirdly versatile: with sneakers and a T-shirt to a party or with heels and a silk camisole for a wedding.  Of course, the look became sort of a trendy thing last year, with Gucci and Proenza doing their own versions of metallic pleated midi skirts and fast fashion brands like ASOS following suit.  For me, it's a piece that's got staying power."

Fashion multitasking?  Win-win!

I am still trying to figure out the best version to add to my closet.  In case you're having the same dilemma, here are a few of my favorite choices...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Making Statements ... with T-Shirts

Attention Slow Fashion buddies and DIYers:
Check out this great tutorial to make your own statement T-shirts with Photoshop.

A statement worth making...
Do you wear your heart on your sleeve?  Or would you rather wear your thoughts on your chest?

Although the concept of slogans on T-shirts is nothing new, the trend has crept out of your concert-loving big brother's closet and onto the runway.  Fashion insiders even coined the very serious-sounding term "Statement T," which cracks me up considering how many past t-shirt "statements" have been things like "I'm With Stupid" and "Not as Think as You Drunk I Am."

That said, there are a lot of important things you can say in a few words.  Other than writing a viral tweet, the most surefire way to reach people with a political or philosophical point is by literally writing it out on your shirt.  For most of us, the personal is political ... and what's more personal than what we wear?