I have been a big fan of mixing and matching for a long time. I can’t even remember when it started but I like constructing my looks with many pieces, patterns and prints. I don’t find the thought of wearing a dress as a whole outfit very inspiring, in fact, I haven’t been wearing them for a while (except on weddings, if I could wear dressy shorts to a wedding and not look completely out of place, I would). But when Summer hits town, it’s a different story. The Summer air makes me want to wear flowy and lightweight (so light they almost look sheer) dresses. The thought of me in a cotton, off-white mini number with a pair of gladiator flats and a camel-colored shoulder bag makes me want to go and wear that right now (even if it’s gray, cold and pouring outside).
The off-duty white dress is not a S/S 2014 trend, it’s a classic, a seasonal must-have, and a lifesaver. It’s a perfect garment when it comes to transforming your outfit from day to night. You can wear it as beach cover-up, as a casual day look for running errands (add some cute sandals, a tote and a pair of sunnies) and with some wedges or lace-up neutral sandals and boho jewelry, you can pull-off the perfect beach soiree or party outfit in a jiffy!
The great thing about this classic? You can find them in every store, in every style, length and fabric. Me? I prefer mine with textures, broderie anglaise, embroidery, lace and even crochet. The more details, the merrier the dress!
Got yours already?
It all came out as it usually does with my illustrations. What was supposed to be part of something, became the star of a post and the beginning of a new series of them, the Haute Doodles. As you already know, I am a fashion freak. I know my trends and I know my designers. I get really excited when Net-a-porter and Mytheresa.com add new items to their What’s new categories. I make wish lists about the garments or accessories I would love to own but can’t really afford to buy right now. And I do find extreme pleasure in drawing and coloring those items as well. Hey, if you can’t afford it, you might as well sketch it, print it and plaster it on the wall (for motivational purposes or decorative ones, your choice).
I’ve always been a Spring kind of gal, but this year, Resort became my new personal favorite. Resort has the best of the two worlds, Summery clothes, cheery Spring ones and a little bit of outerwear and knits, heavier garments. The clothes are more wearable, the have a seasonless feeling about them (great investment for your closet) and the collections have perfect timing: they have what you need, when you need it, temperature wise.
Resort 2014 was fabulous, the colors, the prints, the trends were absolutely beautiful and very much my style. One of the strongest collections out there, as always, was Miss Stella McCartney’s. And as always, there was that one dress everyone (or almost everyone) would love to own. You know which one, the shift with the lips, and the hearts and the matches, and the jewels. If I can’t have it, I’ll settle for the sweatshirt, or the Falabella clutch…
Have a lovely week…
It’s the first post of the year (I know, I’m so late that I had to tuck the resolutions post away and burn it)! Lately, I’ve been more focused on random illustrations than my usual styling and trend series. After covering September’s Fashion Month, I really needed a break from terms like “color of the season”, “big trend alert”, “stellar front row”. It’s not that I don’t love the runway madness, but as you already know, in less than a month, it will all begin again (geez, time really flies by). Anyway, back to what concerns us today: our illustration.
THE MAGIC TEA SHOP
Imagine if just a sip of tea could make it all go away.
Imagine if a cup of Chamomile had the power to make it all better.
Instant hangover relief? Sip some of this.
Heartbreak helper? Sip some of that.
Need to fit inside that dress…ASAP? Take this.
Find true love? Take that.
Need a self-esteem boost? Drink this.
More boobs, lashes or butt? Drink that (with caution)
If only such a shop existed.
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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