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Fall Trend: Chunky Knits and Maxi Skirts

{Yellow Skirt, Brown Skirt, Merlot Skirt, Burnt Orange Skirt, Beige Sweater, Red Sweater, Yellow Sweater, Navy Sweater}

Today’s fall trend is perfect for transitioning your summer maxi skirts into the perfect fall staple. They key: mix you flowy maxis with your chunkiest sweater for the perfect contrast. Runways were steaming up with this trend from Jean Paul Gaultier to Paul & Joe making this trend the quintessential fall outfit..

What I love most about this combination is it’s cozy and earthy feel. The combination of flowy with chunky knit has the feel like I should be walking through a field of flowers. But that might just be me. This combination looks best when paired with heeled boots and booties. Keep the accessories natural to go with the earthy feel but don’t be afraid to add color.

{Bag, Sweater, Skirt, Booties, Necklace, Bracelet, Ring}{Scarf, Sweater, Necklace, Skirt, Bangles, Bag, Boots, Ring}

Will you be wearing the trend this fall?

Fall Trend: Polka Dots

{Bag, Maxi Skirt, Shirt, Sleeveless Top, Detachable Collar, Dress, Flats}

Polka dots are usually associated with Minnie Mouse or dalmatians. They have youthful yet retro feel to them. And this season polka dots are been revamped and remade. Designers like Marc Jacobs have made polka dots fresh and chic. The key to wearing polka dots (and wearing them well) stick to one piece. This will also prevent the dalmatian look.

{Bag, Skirt, Top, Bangles, Heels}

Don’t be afraid to mix texture or pizazz into your polka dots. Try adding sequins like in the outfit above or even a studded top. Try adding texture with a chunky knit or add pair a dotted top with a tweed skirt.

{Red Polka Dot Top, Striped Skirt with Red Belt, Blue Polka Dot Top, Navy Stripe Skirt}

Want a young, fashion forward way to wear spots? Try mixing polka dots with other patterns such as stripes. It is a quirky way to wear spots and will make you stand out.

Will you be wearing polka dots this fall?

Fall Trend: Cobalt Blue

{Pleated Skirt, Fitted Dress, Bowler Bag, Maxi Skirt, Heels, Clutch, Grecian Dress}

Cobalt seems to be the color of fall as it dominated the runway in shows by designers such as Issac Mizrahi and L’Wren Scott. This color is a great color as it’s flattering on all skin types. It’s a must-have color to work into your fall wardrobe.

{Black Tee, Pencil Skirt, Booties, Bag, Bodycon Dress, Blazer, Necklace, Heels}

Make your cobalt pop by pairing it with neutrals like black and beige.

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Cobalt is a gorgeous color that can be both your go-to color for day and night. A cobalt dress is both flattering and stylish for a night on the town. Pair cobalt pants with a casual top for a fun, yet simple day look.

What’s my favorite way to wear cobalt? With a bag. It’s perfect for adding a pop of color to any fall look.

How will you being wearing cobalt?

Luscious Leather

 

Before today’s post: some of might have heard about the big change on Fashion Without Borders via twitter. If not your about to hear it. In case you haven’t noticed Fashion Without Borders has it’s own domain!! You can know find us on http://thefashionwithoutborders.com. You will still be directed to the blog via the old domain but the new one is so much prettier (don’t you agree). Another big stepping stone for the blog in preparation for the one year birthday (September 26th). Thank you all for being here every step of the way. Now back to today’s post:

Leather skirts and shorts are very trendy this year. But they are also intimidating to style. I absolutely love leather and I bought myself a leather skirt a year ago that I believe I’ve only worn a hand-full of times. I was doing inventory of my closet the other day when I came upon this skirt. And I thought to myself “There has to be more ways to style this skirt to be more wearable”. I became determined to find the answer. So I turned to my favorite fashion blogs and designers for the answers. As I started gathering inspiration and knowledge I began to realize that leather can become more than a night-life staple.

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Leather and denim make a surprising combination. The denim tones down the edginess of the leather and makes it more daytime wearable. Pair it with oxford booties or even flat oxfords for a casual look.

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Lace and leather are a sultry, feminine combination. So sultry it inspired Ms. Spears to sing a song about the combination. The lace gives a feminine twist to the thick leather.

{Photo Credit}{Two-Tone Sweater, Cream Sweater, Skirt, Grey Booties, Black Booties}

Sometimes the most unlikely pairs make the best combination: like a chunky knit and a leather skit. I plan on rocking this look come winter. It screams cozy yet edgy. The contrasting textures make for a one-a-kind creation.

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Another option: go business.  Pair leather shorts or skirt with black and white blouse or blazer. You’d never think of leather as business chic but when paired with pussy-bow blouse or feminine blazer you get a stylish combination.

How will you be styling your leather?Any more ways you like to style your leather?

Neon and Neutrals

What new trend is popping up this summer? Neon and Neutrals! 

Let’s be honest too much neon is not flattering on anyone; you start to get that highlighter look. But pairing one bright neon piece with a soft neutral ensemble is both fun, and stylish. It gives you a great pop of color without looking like a traffic cone. The key is keeping your neon to one piece whether it is a top, a bag or a skirt. If you’re going to wear neon dress keep it short (a neon maxi dress= traffic cone!). Keep the rest of your outfit simple; the focus is the pop of neon.

{Splendid racerback tank, Urban Outfitters shoulder bag, Armani Exchange sandals, Twelve 8 Twelve skinny jeans}

{Miso crochet crop top, Straw hat, H&M dress, Nordstrom sandals}

TIP: If the neon dress is a little much for you, layer it with a crochet crop top, a neutral crop top or neutral jacket.

{Jessica Simpson wedges, Topshop Necklace, Revolve Clothing handbag, American Apparel nail polish, Wet Seal sunglasses, Buy sunglasses, ASOS green clutch, Marc Jacobs earrings}

 

Put a Hat on it…

{Vogue February 1952 courtesy of Vogue.com}

I’ve never been a hat person. The only hat I’ve ever worn is a baseball hat and that’s only to sporting events or when my hair is untamable.  But lately I’ve become completely obsessed with hats, like I need another form of accessory to be addicted to.  It originally started with the Royal Wedding and the Kentucky Derby fueled it.

But when I saw Vogue’s collection of iconic images of hats from Vogue through the years, it made my love go from a fascination to a full on obsession.

{Courtesy of Vogue.com}

I love how hats just polish off your outfit. I’m really want a great vintage hat. I loved how elegant the women at the Royal wedding looked and I’d love to have a hat (or two) to add some elegance to an ensemble.  Here are my must-have hats:

  1. Forever 21 Fancy Chains Basketweave Hat: Love this hat for the beach
  2. Nordstrom ‘Summer” Straw Cloche Hat (in Red and Natural): The straw makes it perfect for summer yet it’s still refined.
  3. ModCloth Think Summer Hat: The floral is perfect for spring.
  4. H&M Straw Hat: This classic boater hat (when styled right) can polish off any ensemble
  5. River Island Cloche Hat with Bow: Love the refined and demure look of this hat.
  6. ZARA Leopard Print Trilby: I love leopard print so ofcourse I want to embrace it in a hat.
  7. ASOS Lace Trilly Hat: I love how this hat is so one of a kind.
  8. Nordstrom Two Tone Fedora: I love the color and how the bow makes the fedora look classier.
  9. TopShop Natural Straw Squashed Bow Floppy Hat: Everyone needs a big floppy hat.

What do you think of hats? Love ‘em or Hate ‘em?

Retro Chic

{Courtesy of Instyle}


For me, sometimes the best part of the movie is the costumes.  Even though I’m a little freaked out by the love interest being Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson (cue the next Demi and Ashton), the minute I saw the costumes instantly new I was going to love this movie. Costume designer Jacqueline West (known for her work with Benjamin Button) did a fantastic job of creating authentic-looking retro pieces.  I love the glamorous retro chic look West created. I’ve always loved the glamorous feel from the fashion of the 20’s and 30’s. I wish I lived in a period of elegance and glamour. I’d love to be able to go out in any of West’s dresses (without getting weird looks as I walk down the street.) I love what Reese Witherspoon said in an interview with Collider.com:

“It was inspiring to have Jacqueline West design them [the costumes]. They’re beautiful. It was a different time, when women loved their curves and enjoyed being voluptuous, and all that sort of thing. All of the costumes in the film are very flattering for women.”

{Courtesy of Vogue}

The costumes in Water for Elephants are extremely body-conscious, which was the style during the time period. But in my opinion Reese looked amazing in them.  She pulled off the retro vibe flawlessly and she proved it in her Vogue spread. So channel your inner Water for Elephants and embrace the retro chic.

{Pleat Bow Belted Play Suit, Coral Lace Pleat Dress, Tuck Shift Dress, ¾ Bell Sleeve Dress, Retro River Hat, Menbur Browna Clutch}

Strip Down to the Nude


Strip down because spring is all about nude…. Colors. This spring nude is the new black and designers are embracing the change by creating a wide range of pieces in skin-tone shades. Nude is a perfect trend to try because there are a wide variety of shades so it will be easy to find a shade that works with your skin tone. Nude is great for spring as it’s soft, elegant, feminine and sexy all in one. So to help you down the path to stripping down to nude without baring all, here are a few tips:

You can find a wide range of nude shades: beige, caramel, cream, taupe, and blush to name a few. The key is to experiment with different shades to find the right shade for your skin tone. If you have a lighter complexion start with a pinky shade (like blush) and if you are darker then start with a taupe like shade. Tip: You don’t want your exact skin tone or else you will look washed out.

When it comes to accessorizing with nude black always looks great and it’s a great go-to color to pair with nude. For a more bold choice try accessorizing with jewel-toned colors like emerald, purple, and gold. The contrast between the too will look bold and elegant. Red also looks great for the bold fashionistas who are willing to push the envelope.

If your not willing to jump into the nude trend with a nude dress or top, try dipping your toe into a pair of nude pumps. Not only is a nude pump a great choice for spring but it’s also a classic that every woman should invest in. Nude ballet flats or strappy sandals are another great way to work the nude trend into your wardrobe.

  1. Powder Crop Top from H&M $4.99
  2. Nude Contemporary Clog from Lori’s Shoes $25
  3. Raglan Sleeve Blouse from Topshop $66
  4. Nude Punch Out Detail from Topshop $70
  5. Razor Back Beige Maxi Dress from H&M  $12.99
  6. Favorite Nickname Jumper from ModCloth $65
  7. Nude Chiffon Pussybow Blouse from Dorothy Perkins $30
  8. Peter Pan Shift by Rare** from Topshop $36
  9. Powder Flared Jersey Skirt from H&M $6.99
  10. ASOS Grosgrain Frame Clutch at ASOS $22.41
  11. ASOS Lucy Bow Detail Ballerina Flats from ASOS $35.86
  12. Suedette Cage Wedges from Forever21 $29.80

There are a wide variety of nude pieces to work with; from a nude shift dress to a nude chiffon top to a form fitted nude dress or simple nude shorts. The key is finding a piece that fits your own personal style and to not be afraid to strip down to the nude (the color that is).

Rocking the Crop Top

Remember the days of Kelly Kapowski showing off her midriff on the episodes of Saved By the Bell? Well those days are no longer faint memories, now you can embrace the ‘80s and bare your midriff in this springs latest trend: Crop tops. Crop tops have been heating up the fashion world from on the runways to television shows. Just like many other trends, crop tops aren’t for everyone. But if they’re for you there are many ways you can wear them even if you don’t want to show skin. Here are the tips:

  1. Practice makes perfect: Just like any trend the key is trying it out. Start basic by wearing it as a cover-up to the beach and pool. Let yourself get comfortable and then work your crop top into your wardrobe more and more.
  2. Find the length for you: There is a range of crop tops from short ones that stop above your belly button to longer ones that stop above your jeans. Find the one that works best for you.
  3. Crop tops are great for layering: If you want more coverage layer a crop top over a tank or wear one over a dress for a cute look.
  4. Style of crop top is essential: If you want a crop top for a more relaxed casual outfit, like for a day at the beach, then I’d choose a crop top made of jersey-like fabric. For a more “sophisticated” crop top choose one with more structured fabric or one with lace details.
  5. Pair them with high-waisted pants/skirts or maxi skirt: This will give you a more polished look.
  6. Keep it simple: Crop tops are great for just a relaxed, simple outfit. So if you are worried you can’t fully pull it off, just pair them with jean shorts.

Crop tops are tricky but with the right styling any fashionista can rock the crop top!

Flatforms: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em?

FLATFORMS: The latest shoe trend that was all over the spring runway. Flatforms are basically elevated flats or level platforms. You get the comfort of the flats with the height of platforms. But there is one thing in question about the new shoe: the look. Is it worth the height when you sacrifice look. Some find the flatforms cute and innovative but others hate ’em. What do you think? Love ’em or Leave ’em?