Monthly Archives: April 2010

White Trash

More like White Wash… The color white is quite simple, a little plain-jane, and is the most annoying color when you get it dirty. BUT white is also a very elegant and clean color that never is permanently out of style, especially now, when white is incorporated into clothes with unique architecture and shape.

(in clockwise order: hussein chalayan,stella mccartney,

chanel {i love the tights!}; all images from vogue.co.uk)

I like wearing white, only because it usually can pair with any other color and I know I don’t get stains on my clothes that often, so that’s a plus for me! Also, a color related to white, cream is a lovely shade and it has an “old-time” feel, which makes it even lovelier.

To find a basic white or cream outfit, American Apparel is the first thing that comes to mind. I went searching for clothes on the website, and stumbled upon these two rad whitish/creamish(?) outfits.

I’m not too fond of the second one, but I love the skirt on the left, and I think it said it’s reversible on the website?….

Besides the fact that white/cream colored clothes are super easy to dirty, they’re always a great shade to wear on any day. I’m currently looking for a cream-colored vintage dress, myself AH! difficult.

X A.C.

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Happy Birthday, Earth!!

In celebration of Earth Day, I will show you the wonderful, eco-friendly world of ethical fashion. The definition of ethical fashion is: “An approach to the design, sourcing and manufacture of clothing which is both socially and environmentally conscious.” Pretty explanatory, yeah? Basically, ethical fashion includes clothing & accessories that are made with recycled items. Ethical clothing is a difficult fashion choice, but it will help our Earth in the long run.

Ada Zanditon‘s designs and line of ethical clothing is one to notice. With the use of organic fibers from ethical suppliers, Zanditon applies non-carcinogenic dyes to make her various pieces something unique and definitely eco-friendly. All in all, it’s a win win situation; a win for the environment and a win for you, obviously.

Minna Hepburn built an ethical fashion company that produces clothing and accessories with the Earth in mind. Like Zanditon, the use of organic trade and recycled foundations are present in the making of Hepburn’s collection.

How can one find clothes that are both green and cheap? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you!

1. H&M ~ The Garden Collection

This dress is a quintessential combination of every current trend! This collection, in general, has organic and recycled materials in each garment.

2. Where ~ handmade footwear and accessories

Besides the fact that these shoes are marvelously mustard colored, the company that created these shoes, Where, focuses on distributing respect and fair wages to everyone involved in the making of these handmade goodies.

3. People Tree ~ (the name itself shows ethical fashion!)

This dress in particular is one to be worn during the summer. This label works in accordance with the principles of Fair Trade fashion.

4. Sika ~ Ethical and Moral Fashion

This dress is one you can wear, really, during any season of the year. It also has a 50s/60s feel to it, which is a plus! Sika aims to work with local traders and manufacturers to create garments for the international market, while giving aid to those in Ghana.

After reading this, you shouldn’t have a reason to not buy a piece of ethical clothing! I hope you all had a wonderful Earth Day, and I encourage you all to be environmentally conscious venture out for something that is ethically fashionable.

(all images from vogue.co.uk)

x A.C.

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Return of the 70s

Due to an overwhelming load of work, I am unable to complete my “NYC Street Wear” post (it will come soon though!)

Anyways, although it doesn’t feel exactly like summer yet, remember that april showers means may flowers!..so, one of the biggest trends of the season is inherited style from the ’70s! Dressing like you’re from the past can be hard, but channeling the ’70s look shouldn’t be too difficult.

(That ’70s Show)

70s fashion is characterized as high-waisted denim, blouses, floral, and flowy and long dresses.

High-waisted denim is probably the easiest to find currently. Places such as American Apparel and Urban Outfitters will definitely have them. Unless you want a more vintage, authentic 70s feel, you should check out Screaming Mimi’s (in Soho). Last time I checked, they had colorful high-waisted denim shorts and skirts.

Blouses are another thing that is easy to find. However, finding the right blouse is the difficult part, especially if you’re going for the 70s look, right? Best place to find these type of blouses? Vintage stores, obviously. Beacon’s Closet carries many many blouses of various colors, which can and cannot be a good thing. In my opinion, bolder colors signify more of an 80s feel. If you rather get a bright colored blouse, go for it!!

Florals are particularly simple to find, only because it is really popular at stores in the city. You could literally step into a random boutique in let’s say.. Greenwich Village, and they’ll most definitely carry something floral.

Last but not least, flowy dresses. Most girls enjoy wearing short dresses, usually to parties and dances, but during the 70s, maxi dresses was the “it” dress style. While I was traveling in Spain, one store that carried many maxi dresses was Zara. Luckily, Zara is also in the city! So if you’re looking for a long, silhouette-like dress, Zara is the right store to visit.

(in clockwise order: maxi and denim dress by stella mccartney, espadrilles by bottega veneta, Farrah Fawcett, maxi dress by chloe, mulberry purse)

In addition to Flower Power, the 70s created a memorable style that has returned and is now reliving. Will you be sporting this trend? Leave a comment below with your opinion or suggestion!

X A.C.

ps. apologies for the post delay!


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Jumpers, Rompers, and Overalls, oh my!

Three things that I’m specifically searching for to wear during spring and summer are jumpers, rompers, and overalls (overall rompers)! Jumpers can appear dress-like, but they act as pants, which can be either warm or breezy depending on the material. The good thing about rompers are that they’re basically a dress, just with shorts…the bad part? You have to take the entire thing to go to the bathroom :/ And overall rompers are the exact same, but they’re just beautiful.

(in descending order: *unknown, romper by nicole farhi, overall shorts by american apparel, jumper by sonia rykiel)

Besides the bathroom issue, there really isn’t a downside to wear jumpers or rompers. It’s a combination of casual, dressy, comfortable, breezy, and most importantly: rad.

Leave a comment or email any suggestions or opinions!

X A.C.

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