Tis’ the season that follows after the summer heat waves, the time has now come for fashionistas alike to wrap around in the warmth of fur coats, beautifully tailored jackets and 100% wool scarves. A Poodle Pusher lives and will scramble for “layers” like it’s our birth right, the good old saying less is more doesn’t apply during this time of the year. In fact we boycott anything small and lightweight, what’s this time we speak of, you’ve guessed it, Fall!!!!
There is a popular misconception floating out there that during the fall and winter months fashion and style should get replaced for sweatpants or baggy unflattering garments, pieces from previous seasons that no longer belong, or there is a lack of variety of clothes to wear during this time of the year? Such thoughts should no longer be condoned. The reality is that there are actually more fashionable pieces to play and mix with in your wardrobe; which brings us back to our obsession with layers!!! Not to worry we will explain why? To get started we wanted to spill the beans on a few trends we see as a huge hit and point out a few essential pieces that EVERY wardrobe should have this fall.
Worn in the “Elizabeth” days to demonstrate the status of a woman in society; ruffles are still holding strong as a fashion staple appealing to the modish desires of today’s woman. Not only has this historic trend grabbed attention in the fall/winter 09 runway fashion shows, it has been worn by fashionistas and celebrities alike and can also be seen interpreted in a variety of ways: ruffled collar shirts, sleeves, coats, skirts and dresses to name a few.
*Attention to Details*
Style is all in the details! From intricate patterns and stitches, to the choice of fabric or accessories paired; great fashion ensembles are always built as a result of paying attention to the fine points. Poodle Pusher’s philosophy when it comes to styling clients, runway shows, fashion shoots or ourselves — has always been just that. To elaborate we wanted to share with you amazing details that we have fallen madly in love with and ones we see being a huge hit across the board.
Feathers – Subtle feather details on shirts, dresses, skirts, hats, collars, and sleeves are always breathtakingly chic, as seen on the fall 2008-2009 runways. The key to this trend is to be worn with grace, elegance and simplicity: Stay clear of bright feather boas or ensembles that are overkill.
Boyfriend Denim – Don’t ask why his shirt and boxer briefs are so much more comfortable than ours? Maybe it’s the fit, or the mere face that it’s his. Whatever the reason is….We just can’t get enough of wearing them and now we can add his jeans to the list!!! The Boyfriend denim is the laid back, grungy or disheveled denim that pays homage to him. It’s the quintessential approach to looking feminine chic with a masculine edge; not to mention can be uber comfortable as well. To get this look, take an old pair of jeans with a baggy loose fit and cuff them. Another option will be to run a pair of scissors across them and cut them to shorts (also looks great when paired with leggings); don’t be scared about making a mistake because there is no such thing! Feel free to customize it according to your taste. Lastly, slash lines across the thigh or pocket area and add the finishing touches by washing them and putting it in the dryer to fray the lines.
Note: For an overall Fab look, pair with a button down shirt, sweater, Leather jacket, booties or pumps.
Super Hero – We all have our alter egos, the fearless and resilient version of us that emerges in a time of need with no inhibition, very much like our beloved comic book characters. Clark Kent had Superman; Peter Parker had Spider Man; and Diana had Wonder Woman. We all live by-curiously through these alpha characters because lets face it he/she typically has most of the fun and excitement and without a doubt makes a bolder fashion statement and holds the better wardrobe. Fashion is a direct product of our environment tied closely with our innate instincts and artistic expressions. So, it’s not a surprise that the world’s best-known designers are tapping into their alter egos to explore new avenues for their craft. Bold, sculpted and architectural silhouettes much like our comic characters costumes can be spotted in their latest collections. The art to wearing this look is in translating from couture to ready-to-wear fashions. Go for coats and jackets with a sculpted feel (padded shoulders, trapeze a-lines, belted and half sleeves) and match it up with jeans, trousers or leather pants to achieve this look.
Note: Celebs are getting in on the act too. Beyonce has unleashed “Sasha Fierce” and Rihanna’s latest tour ensemble could definitely be lifted straight from Cat woman’s wardrobe.
In the case of your choice of bags, BIGGER is BETTER. We all know EVERY lady has to have her on- the-go makeup KIT and half our wardrobe in our bags. Right? Well now we have an excuse and answer to the tough question, why do you have all that junk in your bag? Answer- “I have to fill it up, or my bag looses shape and looks empty” Hey, we are getting closer. Seriously, big bags should be the rave for every woman! Adding a big bag to your look makes for a dramatic and BOLD style statement, and believe it or not, can give us a slimmer look, otherwise known as the “slimming effect” What more can a girl ask for! So not only are they stylish; they are also practical, versatile and serve as great storage for our cosmetics, books, brushes and other paraphernalia.
*Layer ME on*
We digressed for a good cause, but now let’s take focus on our obsession here. We can’t stress enough the Importance and beauty of layering. For us it’s the easiest trick in the book on how to be ready for any occasion, in essence a quick fix to the worries we all have of being underdressed or overdressed. Layering allows us to perfect the art of blending different textures, styles and clothing pieces while still being able to create a cohesive and stylish look. The purest form of self expression and Individual style will beyond doubt be achieved by putting this art to practice. Get into the obsession with us and add at least 2-3 layers per outfit than you normally would. Spice up your look by adding one of these: a long cardigan, scarf, sweater, leggings, hat, jeans, knits, blazer, jacket, snood, turtleneck, vest, oh and tunics or tanks left over from the summer make for great texture pieces …… You will find it to be an eye opener, the limits we place on our look by saying “That’s not me” or I can’t wear that” or “it won’t look good on me” without trying, is one of the main obstacles we all can face in the path to finding our personal style. Play around with what looks great on you, Try new ways to find out what looks great on you, get rid of your recycled looks, “out with the boring and in with the new” should be our motto. Tell us your results —- we are curious to find out?
Remember these Key words: Texture, Layer, Mix, and Cohesive
Unfortunately, we have to bid adieu to you all, for now but we would still love to answer any questions you have or read your comments, and feedback. Till next time….