Real World Style: Goth Feels

I’ve never been much down for the whole “goth thing”.  However, I have friends and relatives who fully embraced the trend a long time ago…the whole dark and moody thing just never really worked for me.  I mean, I didn’t even start wearing black until about five years ago!  I am the least dark and twisty person you could find…and a lot of time my style reflects that.  That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the style in certain ways though!

Goth seems like it was a total late 80s and early 90s style kind of sub sect, especially amongst angsty teens.  I remember one of my good friends talking endlessly about Marilyn Manson (although we were a bit on the young side to really be listening to him) and wearing almost black lipstick.  She definitely embraced the moodier side of fashion while I was still wearing pink and listening to uber pop music in all it’s happy glory.

Isn’t it funny how the style cycle is moving quicker these days it seems?  I think because of social media and iPhones and all that jazz, photos get disseminated much quicker and almost immediately after a trend begins, we are oversaturated with it.  Fast fashion pumps out a style quicker than you can blink, and before you know it, you have an email in your inbox from Forever 21 with a complete collection of clothing based on that trend.  The fast fashion fairy godmothers plus the magic of Instagram equals a trend reaching the masses and then being “so over” much MUCH quicker than in any other time in history.  So we are now seeing trends cycle through, like some of the 90s punk goth stuff we are starting to see, when it wasn’t all that long ago we just saw black velvet chokers and dark lips walk down the runway THE LAST TIME they did.

The great thing however about all this lightning speed communication of trends is that there is so much more creativity happening amongst them!  The “goth” we are seeing now is definitely a throw back to the early 90s, but this time, it’s gotten a little fancier.  And this time, I’m gonna test it out because I’m a little bolder in my style choices than I was when I was a kid.  Clearly.

I found this photo in Marie Claire that I liked because it’s kind of an edwardian romantic take on goth.

I love the idea of mixing white and black lace together.  It takes the sweetness and delicacy of the lace and adds an edge.  I love testing out a trend or a style that doesn’t necessarily feel like “me”, because it often gives me new ideas and new courage to think (and dress) outside my usual box!

This look is like the fancier older sister of the moody goth younger brother.  Know what I’m saying?  I have a vintage Gunne Sax lace dress over a vintage black slip dress and some ruffly combat boots…because the ruffle is just plain fun.  I feel both moody and fancy at the same time.  I weirdly used to wear dark lipstick ALL THE TIME, but now it feels fun and yet strange.  It’s not my usual go-to style, but I’m gonna try and sneak some pieces of it into my weekly wardrobe!  Still listening to pop music though.  That’s not gonna change :)
Happy Monday!
Katy

 

 

Trending: Glitter

Ahhhhh the sparkly stuff.  I know that it has been considered “juvenile”, “out of style”, and even “dangerous for those who wear contact lenses” (me), and yet…I still love the stuff.  It sticks to everything.  Gets everywhere.  But somehow it’s worth the mess, finding it in strange and hidden places for days after wearing it.  Guess what all you raccoons?  (people who love sparkly objects) GLITTER IS BAAAAACK!  Thank goodness.  Because I was gonna go ahead and just bring it back all on my own if it didn’t officially make it down the runways.

But it DID!

Pat McGrath brought back some luscious 90’s inspired glittery lips at the DKNY show during New York Fashion Week…and it just went on from there.  If you’re feeling rather, er, glitter shy, here’s a fabulous article filled with ideas on how to use the sparkly stuff.  Some of these ideas are more wearable in real life and some of them are just plain fun!  I don’t know about you, but these sure make me want to bust out my glitter stash again!

And then when you’re feeling nostalgic, remember the 90’s golden age of glitter

Oh yes.  I remember plastering my eyelids with straight up bling.  Caking my clear lip gloss with silver craft glitter.  I was a glitter aholic!  (hmm…maybe I still am…)  And is there anyone alive who really actually hates sparkly nail polish?  I rest my case.d

It’s all well and good that glitter is “back”…but it really begs the question: did it ever really leave?

I don’t think so.  Everyone, somewhere, even if it’s deep deep down inside, wants to look like a disco ball at some point in their lives.
Katy

 

 

Trending: Friday Five Roundup

It’s Friday whoop whoop!  I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready to get my weekend ON!  To help ease those last few hours of the work week, let’s have some fun shall we?  I’ve got the latest and greatest eye candy and news for ya!  (It’s calorie free, promise).

1.Bella Hadid answered the question that has been burning in me all week“how often do models fall during NYFW?”

2. The ultimate cheat sheet to this weekend’s Emmy’s awards.  Because while I watch a lot of TV, basically NONE of it is Emmy conversational!!

3. Sarah Jessica Parker wore track pants with glittery Mary Janes.  Given my recent obsession with track pants, this takes them to a whole new level.

4. Beautycounter did a line for Target.  Being a natural/safe beauty connoisseur, anytime I see a new opportunity for makeup shopping IRL, I do a happy dance.  Next time, maybe don’t be completely sold out though, ok?

5. Love Zara but want to shop ethically?  Yeah.  I know.  I’m an admitted Zara addict, but I also would always prefer to shop from places that are a little more conscious in their production!  I love this article on some great alternatives!  You may pay a little more…but it’s worth it.

Happy Friday, all you beautiful people.  I’m ready to get an acai bowl and go nuts!  (pun intended hehehehe…)
Katy

Trending: Cuba

Up till this point, if someone said “Cuba”, my first two thoughts were “cigars” and “missile crisis.”  But now…something’s changed.  My first thoughts are no longer about things I don’t care for or don’t really understand…my mind now turns to the colorful images of the scenery, the architecture, and, duh, the FASHION.  And I’m not the only one.  With the recent surge of tourism (for obvious reasons!) happening to Cuba, everyone is predicting that the next wave of couture will be influenced by that “Old Havana” style that is so prevalent there.  If you haven’t really seen what I’m talking about, look up Cuban fashion and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Chanel actually held their runway show there in May…signifying that this is the new wave of style to hit the runways, and therefore, most likely a lot of the stores we shop at regularly!  Futuristic fashion right now is actually more like a glimpse into the past!

So what does this mean?  This means COLOR!  Pink, blue, and yellow seem to be predominant shades in this style, as well as gold decadence.  RUFFLES and flouncy pieces are key.  TROPICAL patterns (think vacation destinations like palm trees and exotic flowers) are ruling these fun flowy pieces.  MENSWEAR accents tie the whole look together, like oxford shoes and fedoras (think men’s style from the 40s & 50s).  I don’t think these things are really all that much of a stretch from what’s been going on in style recently, however I think these pieces will really start to become predominant in the spring and summer when the weather starts warming up.

Want to be futuristic and start wearing these pieces now?  (Me too!)

This dress is the perfect one and done piece for this look!  Try a pair of oxfords (these have a little bit of a feminine flair to them) and a fedora and a shimmery gold scarf to add that Havana bling.  You are so ahead of the curve!

Happy styling!
Katy

 

Trending: NY Fashion Week…Kanye & The Whales

I’m not at NY Fashion Week.  I thought I needed to point that out.  I WISH I was at NY Fashion Week, but until that day arrives, thank goodness for a little thing I like to call “the internet”.  So here I sit, surrounded by talking monster trucks, toy rocket ships, and endless reruns of Paw Patrol, looking at what’s happening across the country almost as soon as it happens!  Apparently, the big buzz right now is…Kanye West.  Big surprise right?  For someone who NEVER EVER does weird things, says inappropriate stuff loudly and on national television, or asks Mark Zuckerberg for money over the uber private platform, Twitter, this is a major shocker.

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Advice In Style: Costume Couture

Drop everything you are doing right now, stop reading this, and run, RUN to your local thrift store.  Okay, okay, maybe finish reading this so you know why you’re running.  I went to my local Goodwill the other day, and do you know what I saw?  THE COSTUMES ARE OUT!  (I know, I need to switch to decaf, I hear you loud and clear).  You guys, I cannot emphasize enough how much this is the BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO THRIFT.  (*Pouring decaf now).  Now, you may be saying: “Katy, I don’t wear weird stuff like you, I don’t want to shop in the costume section!”  But that’s why you need to read this post.  From the weird to the conservative, there is something for you in that costume section.  Lemme break it down for you!

Sure.  This looks like madness.  All together, you’re thinking: “Well THIS sure doesn’t look like couture to me!”  That’s where you’re wrong.  I would bet money that a runway stylist could shop the costume section at the Goodwill, send a model down the runway in it, and you probably wouldn’t even know which model was wearing the “costume couture”.  Why?  Because styling is everything.  Sure, that jacket doesn’t look expensive siting on the rack next to the Spiderman costume!  Nothing would!  But here’s how you can shop top trends and regular style staples in the COSTUME SECTION!

Jackets

This jacket is a real vintage jacket.  It’s only in the costume section because someone deemed it “costume worthy”.  That’s something to remember if you are feeling insecure about this whole ordeal!

Check out this black beauty of a duster I found!  I just saw this style on the Today Show this morning you guys.  Top trends in the costume section.  Under $20.

Retro Denim
This is a GREAT time to find some classic 1970’s bell bottoms, some 80’s overalls, or pretty much any era of great denim.

How about this patchwork denim vest, totally on trend for Fall?

Metallics
Metallics are so hot right now.  Thanks to the costume section, you won’t have to pay much to give this look a shot!

GOLD BABY!

Skirts
There are skirts a-plenty during this time a year!  I’ve seen vintage petticoats (which make amazing prairie skirts, think Spell Style), square dancing skirts, and even just simple solid colored vintage midis…on trend for Fall.

This black skirt is full and perfectly flattering for the upcoming season!

Fringe
You know I love me some fringe.  I saw a fringe vest today and really, the crowning jewel of my costume couture hunting happened right here:

This is a vintage, handmade, leather fringe tunic.  I know.  I know.  I got no words you guys.

Pajama Couture
Pajamas are so hot right now…you can wear the top with jeans or the bottoms with a graphic tee…or just rock ’em together, devil may care!

Maxi Dresses
Sometimes vintage nightgowns make the best maxi dresses.  They often are what the new bohemian maxi styles are modeled after!

I fully plan on wearing this bohemian maxi with cowboy boots and lots of turquoise.

Kimonos
Yeah, I said it.  This is THE TIME to find traditional gorgeous asian couture!

Just look at those pretties…perfect with jeans!

Military Jackets
These are out in spades right now, and they are always so chic!

And So…
I decided to make my very own thrift store dressing room costume couture chic outfit (over my athletic leggings obviously)!

Sure, the dressing room isn’t quite couture, but hey, the prices and the finds make it worth it!

GO FORTH AND COSTUME SHOP!
Katy