Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring must haves for men and women

 Spring is here and with the change of seasons,also comes a change in mood and attitude, I know at least for me after a long cold winter .I like to get out in to the world and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.So how better to celebrate springs arrival, then to add few must have items to your clothing arsenal.

My first is a traditional Rain coat or Trench coat with spring comes rain, so why not invest in a item that's not only going to come in handy this year, but will never go out of style. The Trench coat, which made its debut back in the first World war, worn by British soldiers has been a fashion staple that has not only added a sense of class to the person wearing it, but has also manage to keep them dry.

M.I.A wearing brown trench

  OK sorry just fucking around, but you guessed it, next Spring must have is the Color White, white is not only big this spring with all the white out looks on the runway, it is a classic color that can help anyone achieve a clean crisp look, be sure to play around with textures and layers. Check out H&M's Spring 2011 Conscious collection  made from sustainable fabrics for both men and women, not always a  Huge fan of H&M because of there quality and approach to clothing,but I applaud there effort to lessen their impact on the environment and admittedly there are some nice pieces in the collection.

H&M spring 2011

H&M Spring 2011 

for more pictures go to http://www.hmconsciouscollection.com/

Another spring accesory that will come in handy for spring, The Rain Boot no matter whether your downtown or enjoying a day at the park. When its wet and muddy outside rain boots make sense. I own a pair of black hunter boots and I have to admit its kinda fun to be able to walk through mud and huge puddles with out worrying about my feet getting wet and dudes quit being so unsure of yourself, men have always worn rain boots,check your history.

Check out these pair for men,

 Hunter, Bormio 150.00

and these for women

Hunter is not the only brand of rain boots,but with my experience they have the three things you most want in a rain boot durability, comfort and good design.

Spring does not only bring rain it also brings plenty of sun,so it only makes sense my next pick would be Sunglasses,there are many different styles which have showed up for this season ranging from the circular shaped frames that were made famous by John Lennon , many retro styles and specifically for the ladies cat shaped 50s and 60s inspired glasses are back.The key  to sunglasses is finding a pair that compliments the shape of your face,glasses can add a whole other element to any look. The pair that's on my if I hit the lottery list, are these pair of Jack One by Oliver Peoples a eye wear brand out of L.A. 
Copper gold with chrome rose lens, $325

and I actually like there women's selection more then their mens, to see more visit there website http://www.oliverpeoples.com/, These our only a few suggestions to help you get ready for spring, hope they help to get your creative juices flowing.


Friday, February 4, 2011

 Burying the Brown with Black Myth

We always hear the question can  brown and black be worn together, and I have to admit it drives me a little bit insane,both are neutrals and happen to be two of my personal favorites. I once got into a debate with a co-worker while working at The Banana Republic on Michigan Ave, I was styling a lady who had been trying on some casual black dresses and asked me to recommend some accessories. I recommended  brown boots and a brown leather belt. She was a little bit weary because she had heard of  the "brown with black rule" and my coworker didn't help ease her anxiety, adding in his two cents " yea you should never pair brown and black.
 Now Imagine my surprise, seeing that Ive been wearing my brown cowboy boots with black shirts, black jeans, black whatever, you name it Ive worn it with those boots. Needless to say I had a few choice words for my co-worker and finally after a little coercing,  I got the lady to try on the brown boots and belt with the dress, she loved it, the combination actually worked perfectly for her and that dress.

The point is there are no style rule that cant be broken and I'm not even sure this one should even be a rule. Clothing and style are personal and what doesn't works for one person  may or may not work for some one else, Dressing is about experimenting and finding the cuts and color combinations that work for you.  Below are photos of people wearing brown and black and burying the myth ,there are also links at the bottom of the page that can help you lay this rule to rest.

Niklas a teacher from Sweden

A fashionable Japanese guy posing on the street in Harajuku while smoking. He’s wearing a black v-neck shirt, black denim jeans, pointy black leather shoes, and a Chanel necklace. He also has a checkered brown leather handbag, sunglasses hanging from his shirt, several rings, and a white mobile phone in his hands.
A young man in Tokyo wearing all black with brown bag and shades

Girl on the dance floor!!!

Rihanna stepping out
The Color Combo to Try Now Rules of Style: Details.com
How to wear brown and black together