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If you read last week’s post you know we have been working on outfits for family photos. We were struggling a bit with how to combine family members who wear a neutral colors and those that actually like to wear color.
Here is the color pallet we picked out:
For Christmas we gave my mom (Barb) a family photo session for when my sister and her husband visit in May. Well May is here which means photo time is upon us. What are we wearing is the question of the day. Make that a question with LOTS of question marks (and maybe an exclamation point or two depending on when you talk to me).
Deciding what to wear has turned into a bit of a style analysis. This outfit should reflect my personality— it’s going to hang on the wall for a long time. In our last family photo I was 5 years old and in a denim jumper. I know I’m probably over thinking it (hence my family photo list of goals below) and making it more stressful than it needs to be BUT…
– Coordinate without being “matchy”
I think the trick here is to work with a color pallet and make sure everyone isn’t wearing the same color top.
– Select colors that will look good on all of us
You’d think this would be easy enough. But existing wardrobes are tricky to blend. Notice I’m only showing mom’s and my typical wardrobe. Emily’s wardrobe is varied enough to blend with anything and lets face it the guys will go get a polo for what ever pallet we choose.
– Keep it casual
We have the formal wedding photos and now need something that looks like we do on any day (albeit slightly cleaned up from gardening and I promise to put on some make up). We talked about what we wear on a daily basis, what pieces in our wardrobe we love and why, and what is most figure flattering.
– Select colors that will work outdoors (Sippo Lake is the chosen location)
Tricky because we haven’t been there and aren’t sure what background options we have. Anyone frequent that park and have suggestions?
– Select colors that will look good hanging in our houses.
Not a huge concern but it helped us narrow down colors we liked.
Yesterday we picked a general pallet of EARTH TONES. I decided I want to wear a maxi skirt. I wear them a lot- it’s feminine and functional without being frilly or lacy. I found an oregano green colored one that I think will work. I have a lot of prints in my wardrobe- stripes, florals, etc that I love BUT think it will be too bold for a photo. I want to blend not be the one your eyes go to first. So maybe a pattern under a jacket or cardigan???
This has been cathartic, thanks for reading along with my first world problem. Will keep you posted on what we come up with!
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It’s time for What to Wear Wednesday! Spring is trench coat season and oh how I love a great trench.
If you are like me you zip out of the house in the morning and don’t think to tie your belt until you are driving down the road wondering what that sound is—-oh my belt is caught in the door and flapping around outside—-happens more than I care to admit. So my spring goal is to think of fun ways to tie it so I save my pretty coat from road rash. I came up with 6 ways that should take less than 30 seconds of my morning routine.
1) Double Knot
Coat’s on belt is knotted twice. Works great if belt is thin or you are slim. I find a double knot too bulky for my liking but in a pinch it will do.
Cute! A bow can soften a utilitarian style of jacket. This works best when belts are extra long as creating the bow will take extra fabric. Just tie it like you tie your shoes.
3) Buckle & Tuck
Does your belt have a buckle? Try actually buckling it- novel concept! That long remaining end can be tucked in once or twice so it doesn’t get in the way.
4) Back Bow
Some mornings there is no time for buttoning. I’m thinking of hanging the coat in the closet with this tie already done, slip my arms in and out the door I go. The trick to this one is to tie it when the coat is off, preferably laying flat AND upside down. Tying bows upside down means the ends will end on the bottom.
5) Back Neck Tie
Same concept as above, for when you’re feeling less girly. See how to tie the neck tie below.
6) 4 in Hand Tie
FAVORITE ALERT! This one is my go to- quick, lays flat, easy to undo, and just a little different than a simple knot.
And because I love you so much…here’s how to tie it.
Step 1– Start with one end longer than the other.
Step 2– Wrap the long end around the short end.
Step 3- Repeat step 2
Step 4– Tuck that same “long” end in the space between the knot and the coat from the bottom to the top.
Step 5– Finish by tucking the “long” end in the wrap you made in step 3. Pull the ” short” end to tighten.
Today’s challenge: jeans and a t-shirt for everyone’s style. Here are three ways to wear this comfortable and simple look without looking sloppy or boring.
For the t-shirt loving girl who fears being boring we grabbed a graphic tee- something with words or picture. The blazer is key to keeping this outfit out of the boring category. This one has a great crunched sleeve. Because of the longer length of the jacket we picked a pair of skinny jeans. Easy flats and sunglasses keep accessories simple!
Tee by Epic Threads size L $7.50
Blazer by Lauren Conrad size 8 $14
Shoes by Yuu size 7.5 $12.50
Jeans by J Crew size 8 $24
New Sunglasses $8
For the fashionista who needs a casual alternative we used the same jacket from above but swapped the denim for a designer embellished pair. Heels are a must- look for a pair that makes a statement. A plain white tee would be a great choice but we had this awesome black and gray leopard print that could never be called boring. Need more glam? Add more jewelry by layering necklaces, a ring or two, and some bangle bracelets.
Tee by Freeloader size S $16.50
Blazer by Lauren Conrad size 8 $14
Shoes by Anne Michelle size 10 $15
Jeans by Prvcy size 6 $60
For the twirly skirt and lace wearing girl we picked a tee in a soft peach. The floral scarf tied into a poncho (see tutorial here) and belted adds softness and charm. Pair with a medium to light colored jean, a sweet necklace, and airy sandals.
Tee by Ann Taylor size L $8.50
Chicago Infinity Scarf $15
Shoes by Style & Co size 8 $10.50
Jeans by The Limited size 14 short $16
Belt size L/XL $7
The 1970’s are making a comeback this summer. Keep an eye out for these items to keep your summer wardrobe on trend.
- maxi dresses
- floppy hats
- peasant tops
- bohemian jewelry
I had 1970’s style jewelry on my list while we were shopping in Chicago last week. I did a bit of research to study styles but knew I had the best 70’s experts shopping with me.
Who better to help than someone who lived through it! Mom (and dad!) answered “does this look 70’s?” countless times throughout the day.
Here are a few pieces we brought back and some 70’s style outfits to wear with them.
We’re headed to Chicago next week to bring back new accessories for the shop! It’s always fun to see what colors are trending for the season. Have you checked out Pantone’s Spring 2015 colors yet?
Which are you most likely to wear?
Meg: I’m always looking for a great green and Woodbine is just a shade lighter than my eyes- perfect!
Barb: I ask Barb which are her favorites and my non-colorful mother rattles off “Toasted Almond, Titanium, and Glacier Gray” Really? She’s so predictable. Barb says she’d throw in a little Lavender Herb too.
Our Favorite Combos
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A twist on the simple slide knot! I get “that’s neat” comments every time I wear a scarf this way. So, it’s made its way onto my keeper list. Try it and tell us what you think!
My task for this week was to plan the spring floor layout for the shop. It’s so nice amidst this record cold to be thinking of warmer weather and figuring out where to put the shorts!
We are also actively taking in spring consignments and planning our spring accessories buying trip to Chicago. Lots of fun discussions and research going on- What prints are going to be popular, should we get more long necklaces or short ones, what trends are more likely to show up in consignment shops, etc.
I always start by thinking about what styles were popular in the last year. Then I compare them to the runway trends for this spring.
Current Trend —> It’s Twist for Spring
Spring: Plaid’s fair weather cousin, gingham is predicted to be popular this spring. Small or large checks and any color goes- traditional picnic blues and reds to neutral tans or pops of color like the great pink one below.
Consignment Find-ability: High. Gingham is a traditional print and has been extra popular for a few years.
Current: Crossbody Bags
Spring: Crossbody bags are sticking around! Extra emphasis this season on saddle bag, bucket styles, and round designs.
Consignment Find-ability: High/Low. Saddle and bucket bags are staples and should be easy enough to find. There might even be some great vintage bags in these styles. Round shaped bags on the other hand are rarer. Keep an eye out to snag one!
Current: Earthy & Ethnic Prints
Spring: Safari, especially trench dresses, outback tops, and untraditional animal prints. While leopard/cheetah prints are always in style, this seasons “animal” comes more in the form of graphic tees, and large “whole” animals rather than a pattern.
Consignment Find-ability: Medium/Low. There is some overlap style between earthy and safari, especially in jewelry. If you are having a hard time finding a trench dress, look for a shirt dress and add a belt. The graphic animals could be a hard find at consignment shops. We definitely plan on looking for bold animal scarves when we head to Chicago to buy accessories this spring.
Current: Skinny Jeans
Spring: Trend watchers say this season’s 70s vibe will bring wide and flared jeans along with it. I still think the skinnies have a hold on Northeast Ohio so it may take a few seasons to see this wider style be desirable. BUT, I do expect to see the 70s show up in accessories- think platform sandals, long pendant necklaces, and statement earrings. As far as jeans go for spring, we are all about the skinny ankle length. Barb can’t wait to roll a cuff and throw on some flats WITHOUT socks!
Consignment Find-ability: Medium/High. We won’t be carrying many flared or wide leg jeans in the shop, they just don’t sell well (yet?). If you are looking to be a trend setter you may see a few pairs sprout up on our designer denim rack. As far as 70s style accessories go consignment find-ability is high and we are all over this long pendant necklace trend (Megan’s favorite!).
As much fun as I’m having “ice skating” on the way to my car every morning, I am itching for spring to get here. So, for this month’s color combo to try I went for some spring colors that incorporate really well into your winter outfits.
February Color Combo to Try
Teal & Chartreuse
After my 4th attempt at spelling chartreuse correctly, including a version so poorly constructed that even Google couldn’t recognize it, I think I’ve got a hold of it.
This color combo was inspired by one of my favorite retired Vera Bradley prints- Sittin in a Tree. Birds AND trees with a textured pastel teal jacket = LOVE!
Same color pallet but with just a touch of teal this time. This combo works great with silver, gold or copper jewelry. If your foot is a 7.5 you need to get in here and get these boots.
Greens always make me happy, but chartreuse is a little too yellow for my fair complexion. So, I tend to opt for a darker, jewel tone teal and accessorize with chartreuse. Like this:
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Test your fashion knowledge. Can you name these 6 common coat styles?
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End of winter is a great time to pick up a coat on sale. It will be a fun surprise when the snow starts flying next November. BBT’s Winter Clearance begins February 2nd!
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C: Moto Jacket
D: Bomber Jacket
E: Pea Coat
F: Field Jacket