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Trend Report: Pattern Mixing

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Pattern mixing is making a come-back for the fall/winter season, but this time around it’s simply not enough to mix two patterns such as florals and polka dots, but rather it’s all about mixing the same pattern within one ensemble. Whether it’s polka dots, stripes, tartan, or florals, the trend is to wear the pattern head to toe.

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Trend Report: Thigh High Slits

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A twist on the maxi skirts we’ve seen in the past year, designers were injecting a dose of sex appeal back into the demure length with thigh-high slits. This look is a sexy alternative to the mini, where you still have a chance to flash a length of leg but still keep a decent amount of coverage. No fear of flashing here!

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Trend Report: Polka Dots

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Stripes are classic and leopard print is last season, the new quirky pattern du jour is the polka dot. Think of it as the stripes fun-loving cousin. Whatever your style there’s a polka dot for you, from large graphic, retro pin dots, classic black and white to club-kid neon.

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Trend Report: Fur Accessories

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It may be springtime, but Fall 2011 lines are releasing lookbooks. Every winter is a bonanza of fur: it’s soft, warm, comforting and looks incredibly luxe. So hold onto those fur boots, vests and coats from the 2010 season, they aren’t going anywhere. The twist for the 2011 season is the introduction of fur accessories.

Try a fur hat, fur bag, earmuffs or go a la Wang and try a pair of fur glasses if you’re feeling daring. For all neutral outfits it adds a subtle texture and mixes things up.

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Trend Report: Yves Klein Blue

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Punchy citrus hues have been de rigueur for spring, but for fall 2011? Think dark saturated Yves Klein blue. This royal blue is shaping up to be the color for fall and winter. The best part is that unlike orange, the color is flattering on all skin tones so pick up at least one piece for a rich shot of color amongst all of that winter black.

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Trend Report: Red Pants

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A blogger and fashion editor’s darling this season is the red pant. Whether skinny, cropped, flared, trouser or for the pants shy, a skirt, that flash of red enlivens a season of creams and tans. It’s an easy, fun and flirty way to update your wardrobe, so just pick a silhouette that flatters your figure and wear it in rouge.

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Trend Report: Menswear

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Designers decided to channel Annie Hall and dress women in menswear inspired ensembles for Spring. A perennial trend, there is simply nothing as sexy as a woman in a man’s clothing. In my opinion the masculinity just highlights the femininity of the wearer, and the kind of confidence needed to join the boys club is drop-dead gorgeous.

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Trend Report: Neon

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For that futuristic wow-factor, nothing really beats neon. Perfect for nights out but also as day wear, designers went bold and bright in a rainbow of electric hues.

A fresh way to wear neon is in one bold swatch as seen above. Of course, neon accessories can take any outfit from drab to club-kid party-ready. So pick a color that looks great on you, and turn it up in a neon.

One caveat is to keep the look modern, keep the lines clean. With a bold statement such as neon there’s no need to add glitter and frills to the piece. Although, I will confess, I’m loving a neon mixed with the tutti-frutti patterns or polka dots for an eccentric look.
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Untitled by erind90 featuring a pleated skirt

Friday Night

Bisous!

Erin at Pixel Perfect

Trend Report: Tassel Belts

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A fun accessory with a nod to the Orient, the tassel belts, in obi or skinny styles were a perfect compliment to the decadent 70s wear.

The only rules to wearing these belts is to keep it at your natural waist (for figure flattery reasons) and wear them with a heaping dose of confidence.

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Trend Report: Orange

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One of the punchiest and hottest hues for spring is coral’s close cousin, orange. While all of the zesty colors are definitely in for summer (think grapefruit pink, lemon yellow, lime green…) orange has been popping up everywhere.

Unlike coral however, this can be one tricky shade to pull off, and while it tends to look best on chocolate or porcelain skin tones where the color can really pop, with a little help anyone can pull it off.

For warm skin tones, look for yellow based oranges such as the dress on the far left.

For cool skin tones, try a red or blue based orange, such as the dress in the middle.

Don’t know what your skin tone is? Check out our post here.

And as always, accessories are a great option. I still fondly remember an orange clutch that I took everywhere last summer (and later went AWOL at a little cafe in August. Sigh.) hopefully I’ll find a suitable replacement this season.

And just a personal preference, stay away from black. There’s no need to bring on the Halloween references. Instead pair with neutrals (orange and dove grey look stunning together) or go bold with poppy brights.

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A Little More

A Lot

Bisous!
Erin at Pixel Perfect

Trend Report: Tropical Prints

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While we always see florals for spring (“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Thank you, Miranda Priestly) this season we are also seeing lots of fabulously tutti-frutti patterns.

Wear these patterns loud and proud, either by themselves as a statement piece, or try your hand at mixing them with other patterns such as polka-dots and stripes. Either way, they’re sure to get you in a summer afternoon mood.

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Mix it Up

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Bisous!

Erin at Pixel Perfect

Trend Report: Bra Tops

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So this is definitely one trend that your mom is going to hate. After a few seasons of crop tops, designers have upped the ante and debuted the bra top.

Too keep this look from being too hoochy, pair it with a full skirt or slouchy pants that cover the knee and cover up on top with a cardigan or jacket.

So how do you pull this off if you don’t have a set of flat abs?

You have a several different options:

My favorite is wearing a high waisted skirt with a more substantial bra top. That way, the only flash of skin that’s showing is a little bit of the rib cage in between the top of the skirt and your top. Tres cheeky chic.

Or you can layer a tank top underneath, or a very drapey, loose tank over so that a little peek of a lacey or decorative bra top peeks out.

Or pair it with the sheer trend and wear a sheer top or button down over your bra top.

So don’t worry, there’s no need to wear this piece by itself, instead use it as a tool for creating cute, layered styles.

Bisous!

Erin at Pixel Perfect

Trend Report: Tea Skirts

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Am I the only person who is excited for the return of longer skirts? I have a few maxi dresses that are the equivalent of pajamas to me that I can wear to class and work, so I’m super stoked that they are back in style. Time to buy up a few more!

The only difference this time around is that a new, midi-style skirt has been introduced. Somewhere in between knee length and maxi, the skirt typically ends at the ankle  or at the calf and hasn’t been in fashion since the ’50s, but welcome back!

I know that many girls are very wary of longer skirts, believing that they can make them appear stumpy or big, but I’m here to show you a few tricks that will keep you looking sleek and stylish. So who’s ready for some skirts that we can bend over and sit down in without worrying about flashing everyone?

How to Wear a Midi

Repeat after me girls, “the midi is my best friend”. While maxi skirts do tend to swallow up smaller people, by showing a bit of ankle you get the same effect as a longer skirt with all of the figure flattery of a knee length skirt. So if you were turned off by the maxi-skirt last season, definitely give a midi a try.

It’s all in the cut. As I’ve mentioned before, for maximum flattery you want a skirt that hits either just above the ankle bone or just below the calf muscle. This draws attention to your slimmest parts making you appear slimmer.

Try a high-waisted style and heels. By raising up the waist line (and again, highlighting a smaller spot on curvy girls. If you have a belly, adjust to your smallest point) and raising you up on heels, we create the illusion of super-duper long legs. The eye assumes that from the waist band to the ground is all leg, so we’ll use that to our advantage.

And for fuller styles, keep the tops fitted and show a little skin to balance out this demure look.

Uptown Chic

Downtown Darling

Bisous!

Erin at Pixel Perfect

Trend Report: Color Blocking

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There’s just something about spring that brings out all of the peacocks of fashion. So one trend that we saw on the runways was color, color and more color! Even more trendy was putting all of those colors together in one outfit in large bold swatches, aka color blocking.

So how do you pull of color blocking? There’s really no figure flattery rules, just pick three or four of your favorite colors (preferably complimentary colors such as blue and orange so that they really pop) and pile them on!

But here’s a few guide-lines to get you started:

Stick with solids,  as patterns+crazy colors = crazy lady. If you have a loud personality go for it, but if you’re new to wearing lots of color stick with solid colors.

Buy clothing that is already color blocked such as the dress above. Put it on and voila! Easiest color blocking ever.

Still color shy? Try adding one or two black or white pieces to ground your look, as seen on the far right. That way it isn’t a full body look, but you still have the color blocking effect.

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Bisous!
Erin at Pixel Perfect

Trend Report: Pajamas


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Dear Girl in my 8 am Design 101 class who wears penguin pajamas every day,

Congratulations, you finally won out. I have railed for years about how inappropriate and rude it is for people to wear their pajamas and sweatpants out of the house and about their day. I have been frustrated with coworkers taking liberties with a casual dress code to wear lounge -wear to work. Where is the respect people? The extra bit of effort that shows you care enough to turn yourself out?

But, it seems you have won designers over to your side. They have been showing the most decadent, delicious lounge-wear that is meant to be worn outside. How choice. How chic. Languid comfort and style that whispers of a boudoir.

So I will be wearing pajama pants, such as the delightful pair by Suno above, and we can both be part of the pajama party next Monday at 8am.

Bisous,

Erin at Pixel Perfect

P.S. But I’m afraid ma petite amie, your penguin pajama pants from Target are still, not chic nor are they de la mode. So please regard the dress code below for the aforementioned pajama party.

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Trend Report: Fringe

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Being honest, I’m still not 100% sure about this trend yet. I find that it can easily stray into Cowgirl Jane tacky territory.

That being said, I do like the use of fringe in the ’20s flappers sense of the style.

So whether you prefer fringe with a western influence as seen at Ralph Lauren (right) or as a ’20s flapper (left) there are plenty of options for you.

Too shy to try the trend full on? Why not try a pair of fringe boots or a fringe purse?

And remember, fringe is great at smoothing over any lumps or bumps, so girls with a tummy, this trend was made for you.

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Night

Bisous!

Erin at Pixel Perfect

Fringe Trend Report: Feather Extensions, Body Chains, and Vintage Manicures

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Today we’re taking a short break from our usual programming to bring you a few fringe trends.

I usually try and stay within trends that I know are already close to going mainstream.

But, I feel like it’s still important to keep a look out for those fringe trends. Some die out, some stay on the fringe, and a few do become full blown trends.

So here’s a post on three trends that I’ve been keeping an eye on for a while, we’ll see what happens to them in the next few seasons.

Feather Hair Extensions

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Trend Report: Crochet

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Crochet is closer associated to Grandma’s doilies than haute couture, yet designers have fallen in love with the open weave style for spring. Springing from the sheer trend we’ve seen over the winter, this is a slightly different variation for showing some skin during the warmer months yet still remaining covered up.

The beauty of this trend is its versatility. While designers were focused mainly on crochet tops, this fabric is perfect for skirts, jackets and shoes (crochet espradilles anyone? Too cute!). Considering it’s also a rather subtle trend, it blends perfectly with everything else in your closet, adding  a bit of texture and interest to an outfit.

So how to pull this off without looking like you escaped from the nursing home?

Stick with crochet in a tailored, sleek silhouette. Think on trend a-line skirts or booty hugging pencil skirts. Trim little jackets or a snug crew neck  or cropped sweater.

Pair with other trendy pieces. This may be the only time you will ever hear me say this: this is a trend that is meant to go with other trends. So it’s perfect to pair with a body con skirt, platform wedges, a coral clutch, and flashy oversize jewelery. Wear a bandeau, silk maxi skirt, leather jacket and round sunnies. Anything that reads as young, hip and fashionable is meant to be paired with this piece.

Lastly, crochet is an old, traditional form of knitting that hasn’t been popular since the 70s. So give a nod to tradition and keep the tone natural in whites, creams, nudes, brown or black. I’m afraid that crochet in lime green will read as simply tacky.

Bisous!

Erin at Pixel Perfect

Trend Report: Fair Isle Sweaters

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A little kitschy and very apres ski, the fair isle sweater has been a preppy staple for some time until the cool kids got their hands on it this season.

Perfect for bundling up during the winter, the focus of this sweater is the slightly cheesy pattern (reindeer and penguins welcome), usually in horizontal stripes across the chest.

So anyone can wear this pattern in their most flattering sweater style, whether it’s a crew, cowl or v-neck. Just make sure to pair it with something rough and tumble to tone down the cuteness.

Bisous!
Erin at Pixel Perfect

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