Stay Warm and Go Buy A Long, Oversized Cardigan

You need an oversized cardi in your life. You really do. What’s a cardi? Well, that’s short for cardigan. The thing you need in you’re closet right now. And, I’m not talking about those short, cutesy cashmere sweaters that your grandmother bought you. I’m talking the extra long, swaying around your legs, maybe fitted or oversized sweaters you’ve seen you’re favorite editors or style bloggers wearing around. This staple piece is perfect for any occasion!

I really don’t know what I’d do without my long cardigan sweaters. They’re great layering pieces for any season. From spring to fall, you can use them whenever the weather or outfit calls for one. You get both form and function out of these sweaters. You’re not suffering trying to look cute in a cardigan, you’re warm and comfortable in a fabulous outfit. And, when the wind blows and catches the ends of it just right you better get your camera ready for a photo shoot right then and there. It’s best to have a friend around who understands you’re level of Instagram crazy, so they know how important it is to get that perfect shot to your followers.

Here’s a few different examples to help you with your styling or Pinterest board needs. Go out and buy the perfect long, oversized cadigan for 2017. You’ll thank me later.

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Prints, Prints, and More Prints

I adore vibrant and eye catching prints and patterns. Prints are the perfect touch to cut through all the black I’m always wearing. One of my favorite pieces is a Zara red and gray paisley jacket I bought from Crossroads Trading Company a few years ago. It’s pilled with strings hanging off of it in places, but I get compliments every time I wear it because the colors are vibrant and the design is fantastic! I’ll take a razor to it one of these days.

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Gucci’s spring/summer 2016 advertisement shot by one of my favorite street style photographers, Tommy Ton, is a great example of how to wear prints this season. Highly saturated colors with bold patterns mixed together, worn as a set, or color blocked against vibrant solid color pieces. I’ve never been a fan of Gucci, but this collection may have changed my mind. View the full shoot here.

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5 Fashion Documentaries To Watch On Netflix

I’ve recently been in a sort of “fashion rut”. To be blunt, I had lost all desire and excitement for fashion and style. I still made sure I was dressed impeccably, but my love of fashion magazines was gone, I stopped paying attention to the collections and trends, I just stopped caring. I stopped caring, because I was bored. You ever get the feeling that all the models look the same, all the clothes look the same, the people you follow on Instagram or Youtube look the SAME? Where’s the individuality gone? Well, after some digging I realized that individuality does still exist and I’d been looking in all the wrong places.

A good place to start was on Netflix as it turned out. Search “fashion documentaries” and some good ones pop up. Here are 5 fashion films you must see. Covering topics from personal style to the dangers of fast fashion, each film sucks you in and makes you want to revamp your wardrobe right after.

  1. Fresh Dressed (2015)
    This documentary shows how hip hop influenced fashion from gang culture to designer labels.
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  2. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
    I adore Bill Cunningham’s street style report for The New York Times. This documentary gives you a little slice of the man himself and his legacy in street style photography.
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  3. Iris (2014)
    Iris Apfel is the woman behind the big circular glasses and the loud accessories you may have seen on your favorite style blog or magazine. She even makes appearances in two of the documentaries on this list, Bill Cunningham New York and Advanced Style.
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  4. The True Cost (2015)
    Did you ever wonder how fast fashion can charge basically nothing for it’s clothes? Why most of our clothes are made in China or some other third world country? Even if those thoughts never crossed your mind, educate yourself on what it costs for you to have that new Zara coat.
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  5. Advanced Style (2014)
    Age really ain’t nothing but a number. Just because your old, that does not mean you have to act like it or dress like it.
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Playing Catch Up: 12/18/15

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  1. Clémentine Desseaux was thought to be Christian Louboutin’s first plus size model in a potentially historic beauty campaign. Turns out it was just the luxury shoe brand reposting her airy video wearing their lipstick. But, it brings up the question why more luxury brands aren’t using plus size models in their campaigns? – Refinery 29
  2. Beth Ditto, lead singer of Gossip, is releasing her own plus size clothing line next year in February. She’s already released the first look of a t-shirt dress collaboration with Gaultier. – Vogue
  3. Two words. Squad Goals. According to Fashionista.com, friendship was the biggest trend in fashion. Referring to the celebrity/model clicks that form every season, exacerbated by our favorite social media platforms. I’ve long passed the age where I’d look at these cliques in reverence, but there’s no feeling like finding out one of your favorite celebs is besties with your other favorite celeb. – Fashionista
  4. 3 trends to look out for according to The New York Times are leather chokers, long wrap coats, and seventies inspired stripe sweaters. Unless your into the dominatrix look or looking like your auntie in an old photo, I’d stick to the over sized wrap coats. Timeless, goes with everything, and perfect for those bummy days when you need to leave the house, but don’t feel like dressing up. – The New York Times
  5. Last, but not least. The former CEO of Turning Pharmaceuticals was arrested for securities fraud. Martin Shkreli made the news earlier this year for drastically increasing the cost of an AIDS related drug. – Bloomberg Business

 

Statement Bags: The Outlandish Vs. The Tame

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I am not a bag girl. I can give two f*cks about the latest Rebecca Minkoff “It Bag” or how Louis Vuitton’s leather bags are structured. Yes, these have been actual conversations. My bag savvy (handbag obsessed) friends know enough about the “who’s who” and “what’s what” of high end designer handbags to get me through that part of fashion hell, so cheers to them. That is not to say that I do not love my handbags or purses in general. It’s just my reactions are limited to “That’s cute!” and “No.”

This season’s statement bags have me thinking the former, because I want one and not that cheap magazine print knockoff that’s on sale at Akira. These bags go from quirky, pop art pieces reminiscent of Andy Warhol to colorful and simplified geometric shapes. I need to find some version of the orange “Super Nylon” clutch and tiny red “Kit Kat” wristlet shot by fashion photographer Tommy Ton. Now those are bags you can obsess over. The only problem with the artsy statement bags are that they’re not everyday bags.

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Topshop and J.Crew’s geometric striped clutches are more every other week bags. Anya Hindmarch’s  blue “Googly Eyes” handbag is an everyday bag. What I mean is that the bags are still eye catching, but not glaringly so. They’re very toned down compared to the pop art bags, which are more like art pieces. Not the best bag to bring with you for that night out, or you may wake up the next morning to find that someone’s swiped your bag while you were downing that third margarita. I’m just saying, these things happen.

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If you want to waste a few hundred or thousand on a bag you’ll probably wear once, before permanently displaying it in your closet. Be my guest and buy me one too, while you’re at it. But to get more bang for your buck, I would go for the simpler statement bag or hop over to one the fast fashion retailers for a cheaper knock off. The pop art trend will die in a few seasons anyway. It makes good photo bait though.

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