This weekend is the first Sunday of advent. I’m not sure about you and your country, but in Germany, where I grew up, this is sort of a big deal. The season of Advent is the time of preparation for Christmas: People start decorating the house and the Christmas tree, buying Christmas presents, baking Christmas cookies… and wondering what the hell to wear for the upcoming festive gatherings!
Now, I have to admit I don’t really celebrate Christmas as I am not Christian, but I do like the festive season very much. People seem to happier, more forgiving and more generous than in the rest of the year. It’s a good time to feel good.
Talking about feeling good, there is one trend this fall that is just perfect to be worn during Advent season. This trend that will make you held your head high, pull your shoulders back and make you feel like the Princess of the day.
Happy Wednesday! I cannot believe another week has gone by. Time is just flying in London, so much is happening here!
Today, I have another inspiration from the runway for you: The Plaid Trend.
As you might recall from my article about about How To Wear Grunge Jeans In A Chic Way, plaid shirts were a cool way to style them up. However, the print pattern of plaid (or “tartan”) is in fact a single trend on its own this fall / winter season.
Some of my favourite designers like Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and Celine have been showing clothing with plaid print on the runway. And who knew! Plaid doesn’t have look like lumberjacks or a school uniform… at all!
From The Runway: Pinstripes And The Gentlewoman Trend
Since two days I have been settling into London, my new residence until Christmas. Everything has been going well so far. However, I am still very nervous about the upcoming weeks. Not only will I say goodbye to my twenties this coming weekend, but also jump start into my thirties with my first sales pitches next week. It will be truly a new life chapter opening up. Keep fingers crossed for positive feedback guys!
So while in London, I can’t help but write about one of my favourite UK designers: Stella McCartney. What I love about Stella is her ability to fuse masculine and feminine designs like no other. And her fall/winter 2013/14 collection is another example of her signature style. She is bringing back the gentlewoman in pinstripe!
Pinstripe is a pattern that has been in and out of fashion for decades and is traditionally associated with rather conservative (i.e. boring) office looks. Well, no more, ladies!
This season, pinstripe is considered super cool and can not only be found on the designs of Stella McCartney, but also her fellow designers Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Maison Martin Margiela. It is worn on oversized coats, sweaters and even dresses – as an cool interplay of masculinity and femininity, creating the new “gentlewoman” look.
The key to mixing black and blue is to ensure that it appears as an intentional style decision. You don’t want people to think that you just confused the two colours, so make sure the colors are distinguishable from each other.Also keep the fabrics in similar families, i.e. combine lace with lace, wool with wool, jersey with jersey, etc.
And lastly, wearly this colour combination only if the color characteristics of your hair, skind and eyes are pre-dominantly cool. If they are not, I would advice you to get hooked on another trend. This color combination will do nothing more for you than taking away all vibrance in your appereance (and nobdy wants that, right?).