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It seems that there has been a growing epidemic of boots. But wait…not just any boot. I’m talking about Fuggs and Uggs! If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, please let me explain. It’s the sheep skin glory of Uggs, the Australian boot that has been made and modeled over and over by many other brands due to the price that is only affordable if you’re on a plan to share your boots with an actual Aussie friend ( which is doubtful). If you walk on any high school or college campus you’re bound to see multiple girls wearing these boots, but the question remains, are they Uggs or Fuggs? This you might not ever know unless you zoom in on the little tag that declares Uggs!

In light of my Christmas gift, Fuggs, I thought it was only appropriate to celebrate the bargain of these shoes. After all, they are 1/4 the price of Australian Uggs, mainly thanks to stores like Payless, J.C. Penney, and Zappos. So rather than saving and saving or the likelihood of finding an Aussie to share your shoes with, I suggest sticking to the fake sheep skin and saving a little dough! This is one trend that won’t be gone for a while and one that you should simply own up! So may mine and your shoes look as stylish as the next (even if they are technically fake).

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Most fashion bloggers might write about how glorious 5th avenue is while shopping in NYC, or how you can take one designer piece and pair it with another less expensive piece.  Although, what happens when that one designer piece isn’t even affordable on mine or yours best day?! However, what makes this blog different is I’m not going to lie to you and say that 5th avenue isn’t glorious because it is well…to look at least; instead, I’m going to tell you the truth of what happens while actually shopping in NYC. Unless you’re making the mega big bucks and in that case you can ignore everything I’m about to say.

Most people are looking into the windows and wishing you could sneak by that dude in the tux guarding the door that is giving you the look of “You’re not dressed well enough to even step foot in this store”. Of course I can’t speak for everyone, but the realistic perspective is that many people (like myself) who stare aimlessly into the windows of Versace and Fendi then head to actuality (a.k.a. the street vendor) to bargain with the man who is selling Pashmina scarfs for $5 (as if $5 wasn’t cheap enough). Call Reality Chic cheap, maybe? But realistic, no question!  If it wasn’t for the street vendors and H&M at every corner I don’t know what I and many of us would do while shopping in NYC?!

Let’s be realistic! When most of us say we are “shopping in the city” we mean looking for bargains whether it be on the street or in the giant retail stores. While NYC will always have the unattainable designer labels and the attainable knock offs, they will always have shopping! So rather than fantasizing about 5th avenue and designer labels often thrown in our faces.  Let this be a lesson, clothes are clothes and looking chic doesn’t mean having to have labels. And while all things might not be good to pick up off the street, some ITEMS might surprise you. Besides who said looking Street Chic couldn’t be taken literally?!

Man cleavage?  How do we really feel about this upcoming trend for the men. I mean I’m pretty sure we can all agree “man boobs” are not so cool nor will they ever….ever…ever.. be!  This trend of men unbuttoning their top two buttons without a shirt underneath or deep cut v-necks revealing the oh so or not so muscular chest of certain men might be a trend that needs to be stopped?

While I wouldn’t mind seeing Mathew McConaughey’s man cleavage (after all we’ve seen him with his shirt off about a million times).  I’m not so sure how I feel about seeing anyone elses.  Is this a trend we really want to pass on to the men in our lives:  uncles, dads, grandpas, and those with so-called “man boobs”?  I think not! Well…actually I know NOT! 

 It’s not often that I have to say this, but it would be highly depressing and degrading to see a man have more cleavage than myself. Right ladies?  So as much as deep cut v-necks and unbuttoning button ups are in right now.  Let’s put a stop to this so-called trend for men.  And for those of you men out there who won’t stop…my advice to you is subtlety. Do we really need more people showing off their cleavage in the world…even if it is coming from a man?!! You make the call, but i’m going to say NO!

Often times it seems like there is a disconnect between the “real world” and parts of the “fashion world”.  I believe this is partly due to the fact that if you are a celebrity, live in NYC, or LA you can basically get by with wearing whatever you want.  As cool as this sounds (wearing whatever you want) it can sometimes create an illusion well…that you can wear whatever you want.  However, for the other millions of people who don’t live in the city, aren’t immune to public criticism, or aren’t a celebrity, wearing an outlandish outfit or dress that barely covers your butt, is going to get you some dirty looks and don’t be naive to think you won’t be a topic of conversation.

So how are we “real” people suppose to differentiate from what the top “stars” or fashion magazines advise us to wear this season. Listen to our “real” instincts! 

1. First, if the style is not flattering don’t wear it! For example… who in their right mind would wear harem pants besides M.C. Hammer (and is he really in his right mind)?!  There is nothing flattering about having a baggy crotch hanging low while the pant tightens around your ankles.

2. Second, if it’s never been in style it’s not going to magically come back in.  I was flipping through a popular magazine where the models were each wearing a different patterned skirt with a different patterned top that didn’t match.  Not only are patterns difficult to match, but wearing mismatched patterns together have never and will never be in style. When wearing this look, it’s as if they dressed in the dark. Matching colors and patterns together to compliment or accent each other won’t ever go out of style, so why try to change it?!

3. Third, the futuristic look won’t be in style  in 2010 and won’t be in style in 2030.  Just because it’s the future doesn’t mean we will all suddenly forget about comfort and start dressing like robots! Seriously.

There is something to be said about being fashionable without having to look like a fool. Some celebs and designers have this down while others seem to live in another world.  So for those of us “real” people who want to be stylish and trust in fashion magazines to guide us in the right way, don’t take that risk. Use your common sense! Don’t have any? Find a friend to help. Just remember, there is a difference in taking a risk and wearing something completely awful. Example: risk = leopard print shoes with a colored dress, hideousness= see through lace top or lace leggings.

I come from a long line of (forgive me family) big calved women. I have yet to inherit this trait (although after this article I am bound to)! Anyhow, my family members have relentlessly told me how difficult it is to find boots to fit over their pleasantly plump calves (a.k.a the muscular ones). 

 So it was to my great surprise to find this awesome blog by Ashley Falcon where she discusses the difficulty of women like herself who have had trouble finding boots. Who would have thought, my fam was telling the truth after all?!  Boot problem..check! While solving fashion problems can sometimes be difficult, it seems we nipped this one in the bud, thank goodness!   Next time you think about squeezing and shoving that calf of yours into a boot that’s screaming STOP IT, remember these brands: Sudini, Nine West, and Rockport!  So what are you waiting for…Go Out and Get Your Boot !!!

“Free jeans for everyone!!”  It’s a phrase all women would love to hear and only those in the Oprah audience experience.  For the rest of the other  million women out there free jeans will just have to wait.  Jeans are the one article of clothing that seem to get the most questions and stand as the ultimate mystery piece that will continue to befuddle ( yes, befuddle is an official word now) women every”wear”.  I might not be able to solve the problem of finding the perfect jean for every body type, but I am hopefully going to help solve some jean mysteries that will make shopping for them a heck of lot easier! 

I will first start off by saying the only jeans that you can wash multiple times and miraculously stay the same size are designer jeans!  The price is normally anywhere from $150 – $300; however, it is an investment worth  making.  Designer examples:  7 for all Mankind, William Rast, CJ by Cookie Johnson, and True Religion.

Stay away from bulging pockets, pleats, or anything that has an extra layer to a jean.  Pockets with flaps can often make you look bigger without you even realizing it. A great article to check out is: http://blogs.suntimes.com/oprah/2009/03/justin_timberlake_reveals_what.html

It explains what makes your butt look good in a jean!!

Understand the rises of the jean. Mid-rise are the absolute best for covering the problem area also known as the stomach.  Avoid low-rise especially if your stomach is your problem area.  High-waisted jeans should be worn with a caution sticker attached.  We’ve all seen the seen the Jessica Simpson photos that infamously claimed she looked large.  She looked large because she was wearing TERRIBLE jeans!  High-waisted jeans only look good on tiny waisted people, and if you have big boobs you should avoid them at all times.  You’ll look as if you have no torso which is quite frankly unflattering! 

Color is another important factor in the jean world.  Dark denim is often more flattering to the figure than a lighter wash.

The best style for majority of women is normally a boot-cut.  However, skinny jeans are great for showing off your legs or for tucking them into boots!  Flare and Wide Leg are another way to make a statement and can accentuate your shoes rather than your thighs.

If feeling frustrated and flustered when shopping for a jean, there is no better time to break through the misery and discover your perfect jean!  Just a friendly reminder…don’t let the  jean tackle you…go out and tackle the jean!

In terms of dressing like a man, when you’re a female into fashion it might not be ideal under any circumstances.  Let’s be honest being called butch or manly isn’t something many of us females would take as a compliment.  However, there are ways to be inspired by your guy’s attire that might just change your mind about dressing in menswear (and i’m not talking about striped polo’s or dad jeans). 

The first item up is a tuxedo jacket.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be a tuxedo jacket. It could be a variation of a men’s suit jacket. One of the most important things to remember, is even though it is technically called a men’s jacket doesn’t mean it should be taken right out of your guy’s closet.  Buy the tailored or ladies version of this specific look.  Long boyfriend jackets are great; however, don’t wear jackets that are longer than your arm’s length.  They will start to look “cape ish” and cover your figure rather than accentuate it.  These jackets are classic and versatile.  Wear them to work then go out in them!  Simple as that.  They are an easy way to look chic without trying hard at all!

Second:  Every girl should have either a big watch or chunky jewelry!  Men’s watches are very popular right now in women’s sizes.  Try searching for the boyfriend style or even sporty style in a women’s line.  This is a great look that will help you stand out.  It’s a way of adding dimension to your outfit with only putting on one element.  Once again it’s another way of adding a guy sort of edge with a feminine touch.  Simple! 

Third:  Skinny black pants or skinny jeans are great compliments with the previous suggestions.  It adds femininity to menswear therefore separating you from mimicking a complete guys look.  Because lets face it, unless your European, Justin Timberlake, or into emo what other guy can pull off skinny jeans?!  So women take advantage of this and add it to your apparel when wearing menswear!

Fourth:  Skip the tie, add the scarf.  While the tie was cool back when Avril Lavigne sported it.  It now just looks a little bit showy.  Instead, grab a bright-colored scarf and layer it around your neck and into the inside of your jacket! 

Fifth:  Choose an interesting shirt to go underneath!  Button-ups are thought of the standard to wear under a jacket.  If you’re wearing this you are screaming… BORING!  Material, ruffles, patterns, jeweled necklines, and many more types of shirts are out there rather than cotton button-ups! Be a woMAN…branch out!

I’ve given you five simple ways to turn menswear into chic looks for women.  Don’t be afraid to look better in a suit than the guy sitting next you! After all, whoever thought menswear could look so good?!


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