Fashion For The Rest Of Us, The Style Bloodhound Is On It!I’m not a big writer, nor do I claim to be. I love fashion and art, and have recently started writing about both. Just opinions mind you, nothing serious here. But it’s time for a fashion reality check…I love fashion, style and shopping, and live for it honestly, but I have an issue that has been brewing in my mind forever and each year becomes even more apparent. It deepens as I begin reading my many September issues that have been pleasantly filling my mail box. (The September issues are the premier issues that set the tone and focus on the designer’s collections for the fall and winter season, and beyond, which is the most prominent in the fashion industry. Think “The September Issue” movie with Anna Wintour. I attended the premier in NYC, director’s cut presentation, and it was heaven.)My issue is that as a normal person, so to speak with a normal salary, (or usually earning a normal salary), I get deeply frustrated how 90% of items show, worn and displayed in the mags are beyond expensive and unless you are filthy rich, you probably can’t buy them. Go on, admit it. I know you have been thinking the same thing if you read these as I do. I’ve been a fashion person for a very long time, usually work in high end retail and I get the designer quality, I get the romanticism of it all, and I get the allure of the high ticket items…but am I really supposed to be able to afford a $1,340 Hermes cuff, or a $980 Calvin Klein knit top? And if I cannot, why do I feel alone in this, although I’m sure I’m NOT alone.Most of the fashion bloggers, fashion people, and so on will nudge me to think this is normal, and I should be able to afford any and all of it. Why “don’t” I have a $3,300 Chanel bag? (Because I have a $240 Donna Karan bag.) I follow ALL of the trends and re-introduced classics from the runway and yes, I deeply want my favorite polka dot, black on black polka dot, pencil skirt from Marc Jacobs’s collection. It’s around $1,250. Yes, for a skirt. That is currently more than my rent. Don’t get me wrong, the quality is stunning; Marc Jacobs is the man, and soon to be designing for Dior, if rumor is correct. I get it, but really, $1250 for a skirt? One skirt? All of the pages on the magazines are typically like this, unattainable, even in Lucky Magazine. Great to see that but how about some alternatives that rock as well?I do not come from money. I didn’t grow up with wealthy parents on the Upper East Side, I don’t have a rich boyfriend, or a husband who made it big in hedge funds. I work most of the time at normal modest sales positions with an average, or lately below average salary (think security sales, tech, personal shopping- high end retail, relying on the nice discounts. Thanks, Mr. Economy.)I feel I should be able to shell out any amount of money for the items I want for quality pieces. But it’s impossible, instead I find my very similar quality pieces, and do a great deal of personal shopping for others at the alternatives, Club Monaco, Zara, Bloomingdales, even the Mad Men Collection at Banana Republic, which is amazing. But most of these are not featured in the magazines, ever. Why? Why not feature more of the items that “we normal people can afford?” Not just ads, but real fashion editorials with attainable pieces? Is a magazine full of thousand dollar skirts really the only way to go? Why only show a Mad Men advertisement, instead incorporate them in some of the editorials, please. And more of it!Now the solution; instead of complaining, as I have done throughout the years, I now seriously embark on a mission to find the most similar items for a better price. Like a bloodhound! I have been doing that but now and for years also as a personal shopper but now it’s simply time to step it up, go full force, and helping others find their dream garments for a normal price as well. I’m not talking H&M or Forever 21, (I am over 35!) I want serious quality pieces, like Kate Spade which are still a bit pricy, or yes, the Kenneth Cole’s the Ann Taylors’, Top Shop and so on. Designers are often out of touch with pricing, think Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen’s “The Row.” I love the looks, styling and the pieces but $900 t-shirts? Really? That won’t change, but can’t the editors do more for the rest of us?Yes, I will write to the fashion and style editors, as I know who most are without even looking up their names), and ask them, beg them, to feature MORE of affordable pieces. Will I have any luck? We’ll see. Why are editorials full of ONLY expensive items and can’t they do at least some with items a normal stylish, chic person can buy without a second mortgage?I will also simply seriously launch my own initiative here full force and blog about it with information for the “rest of us from the style bloodhound.” I have extreme “fashion” education that I have keenly acquired over the years, it will be my goal to find the designers that I cannot, and most of you reading this, cannot afford — but instead sniff out the closest replacements WITH the quality. And, beg the editors for a bit of change! That is the goal.Last case in point; recently, in the September issue of Bazaar (Bazaar being my most favorite), I saw a beautiful Jil Sander printed cape. It was a “call for price” – you know what that means. But, it advertised “if you like the print you can buy this make up pouch to have something similar.” Great I thought, until I looked closer and that was, *gasp* $424. Yes, that much for a makeup bag. Seriously?? I rest my case. Who spends that on a makeup case that is not an ultra rich, spoiled celebrity? Why do they do this to us? Lottery money would not make me spend $424 on a makeup case. Ever.I love the styles, the items, and the magazines, but I’m guessing my emails won’t change much inside Conde Nast or Hearst. I vow to try, but “if you can’t beat them, join them” but in a different way. Again, think style hound. It comes down to strategically finding the pieces I, we, love – or as close as possible, with smaller names and really hunting through the boutiques, department stores and like, really getting in there and finding the pieces – in the stores or on-line, like a full time job, a fun one.To the magazines, it’s simple. Tons of us are looking for alternative to the pricey piece anyway, why not GIVE US SOME. Feature more designer collaborations, more affordable alternative pieces, more designer that sell at normal prices – they are out there, and more “Splurge vs. Bargain” type features. Show the expensive ones and then give us a REAL alternative, not a $420 makeup bag option. Show us where to buy the featured items, and if you don’t I’m going to find them anyway and shout it from the fashion mountain top, come hell or high water. The frustration ends here, the style hound is on it, starting now!
Dressing street fashion chic is an obsession for many, as they explore ways and means to look chic effortlessly, day in and day out. If you are one of the diehard fashion enthusiast longing to know how to look good in the street fashion trends, it is essential know the high fashion trends to make the right choice. Street style lets you wear comfortable clothes that embellish your looks and makes you feel good.Before venturing to get adorned with the latest street fashion trendy outfits, you should know about the type of outfits that suit you as well as the dresses to avoid, and make sure that you are on the right track to update your wardrobe with the trendy street fashion accessories. Your profession plays a pivotal role as while you long to possess rich looks with the trendy fashion style clothes, and the reason that drives you to showcase the street fashion style also has to be considered before opting for the right chic style clothes.The high street style reflects your desires to get adorned in the most beautiful way, as you need to invest wisely when you are making frivolous additions to your chic clothing needs. To look great with the trendy street style clothes, you needn’t be an expert in the world of fashion. The high fashion stores in your locality offer the best of women’s fashion embracing the latest street fashion styles, and they host clothes of every size and shape. Though the trendy street style clothes grip your imaginations, you ought to take your sense related to aesthetic into consideration. When you set your thoughts to get equipped with the trendiest of street fashion outfits, considering your eye color, hair color and skin color is essential to choose the color of the outfit that enhances your gorgeous looks.At times, keeping abreast with the latest fashion as well as trends can be a taxing affair, especially when you crave to compliment your budget and body shape. The high street stores are an ideal place to learn about the best style for seasons, and looking into the different styles and brands might provide the right answer as when you seek to pick the best trendy outfit. While you plan to go on a shopping spree to make additions to your wardrobe, ensure that you make a list of the trendy street outfits that have hit the market, and make sure to check on all the latest street style outfits to pick the right one.When you ponder on ways to bring out the best outfit ideas, your inspiration should be the leading light to take the plunge with regards to the fashion outfits. Your gut feeling to go with any particular trendy outfit exhibits your creative ideas about clothing, and you should know the type of trendy fashion outfit that would flatter the body shape before taking the final plunge. Street fashion is now a global phenomenon, with several inspirational styles luring many fashion enthusiasts, and there is no dearth of trendy outfits that suit your taste and need. Be on the lookout for the new arrivals, and pick the best street fashion outfits to embellish your appearance.
Accessories can be powerful in reinforcing your personal fashion style and in solidifying your own stylish trademark.Jackie Onassis and her signature sunglasses, Coco who strongly believed in Pearls to enhance a woman’s complexion, Marilyn Monroe and her sparkling accessory “Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend”. These women wore their signature accessory that became part and parcel of their personality.Personally I consider accessories to be the Houdini in your closet. You can reinvent the look of your current wardrobe just by adding a few key pieces to refresh and enhance your personal style.Here is a list of must have’s. Edit as you take inventory of your current accessories.
Chic, comfortable shoes – you can wear day or night
Sixteen – Eighteen inch strand of pearls (faux or real)
Fabulous evening bag (Make A Statement)
Scarves- (squares, narrow long, wide long rectangular, colors that complement your skin tone)
Fashion jewelry like acrylic or beaded bangles and bracelets
Sunglasses (Get a professional to fit the sunglasses to the shape of your face)
Metallic gold or silver heels
Knee-high boots in black or brown
Diamond or cubic zirconia studs
Dressy dangle earring
Neutral chain bracelet
A statement necklace
Black patent-leather skinny belt
Statement cocktail ring
Cross body handbag
Dressy watch with a leather strap or metal bracelet band
Accessories can highlight your best assets and minimize your worst. Adding a scarf can make last season’s outfit look current. Changing your day look for evening can be done by simply changing a casual necklace you wore to the office to a necklace that has some sparkle to it. Accessories can help keep your casual Friday at the office at a professional level, and even turn a bad hair day into a good one.How about a challenge! Everyone of us have at least one black dress in our closet. If you don’t get one. How about wearing the same black dress to work and to special occasions for a week! The only think you get to change is your accessories appropriate to the occasion. The challenge starts on a Monday and ends on a Sunday. Looking forward to hearing about your experience.The most important of all accessories that is an absolute must have,is your smile! It’s the fastest way to transform your look. Confidence, joy, and even a needed boost to your energy can be stimulated with the right accessory.Be Accessory Stylish!Tricia James