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Dr. Who?

Dr. Martens.

These boots are much different and older than any regular ankle or knee boot. Starting as a working-class necessity, this boot morphed into a counter cultural-icon back in the 1960s (around when most of your parents were born). I have to say, no other brand has mutated or evolved as much as Dr. Martens. After starting as the boot of the working class, the “skinheads,” became the first subculture to adopt the boot in the early 60s. After 50 years of evolution and existence, the Dr. Martens boot has yet to cease and is still conquering the world of boots with fresh collaborations and a continuation of their signature styles.

Their oldest, revolutionary, and most renowned boot, the so-called 1460, celebrated its 50th birthday this year. With its hard shell and soft and comfortable insides, these timeless pair of lace-up boots are an absolute must-have.

Branching from the original boot, there are various types of Dr. Martens now, which is brilliant. Existing now is the same boot (above), but with a bit more pizazz. There are shiny boots, flower power boots, festive boots, and even shoes that aren’t even boots but are still related. Crazy, I know. My current all time favorites are the vintage ones, the Worn collection, and the floral collection, but I’ll show you all of the rad ones anyway.

These dazzling, shiny boots clearly catch the eye. They are quite bright, but they look classic no matter what, especially since they have the same shape and details as the very first boot.

Another variation of the initial boot is florals, which doesn’t always go with an outfit but Flower Power is always lovely.

Adorable, aren’t they!

These boots are from the Worn collection, which doesn’t imply what you think it means. It doesn’t mean that a stranger wore the boots you’re buying for a long time just to have your boots look worn out. These boots go through an 8-step process so they become broken-in. This sounds bad, but it’s actually better because then you won’t have to wear them during their uncomfortable stage and break them in yourself. Also, who doesn’t like a beaten up looking shoe?

These two are from the Festival collection. They’re similar to the Shine collection because they are bright-colored and brightly patterned. However, they’re not shiny!

Lucky for all you readers out there, the release of the new Doc Martens, shared by Nylon magazine, is an absolute delight. Doc Martens recently collaborated with Sanrio (the company that created the famous Hello Kitty). It hasn’t officially become buyable in stores yet, but it will be arriving soon later this summer. I honestly don’t think Doc Martens can get any cuter!

How can you not want to buy a pair after reading all of this!? The Dr. Martens boot is a combination of everything you need in a boot: comfort, lace-up, strong sole, and style.

“The best form of rebellion is individualism. Thinking for yourself.” -Martin Roach, music and pop culture journalist.

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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Flower Power!

Although it doesn’t feel like spring just yet in New York… Flowers are definitely blooming when it comes to Spring 2010. If you haven’t noticed, FLOWERS ARE EVERYWHERE! They’re on blouses, dresses, skirts, bags, leggings, and shoes!

Andrew Gn


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Where else would you find floral designs such as these? Simple answer. Urban Outfitters!

Literally, Urban Outfitters basically carries every possible floral design. Handbags, blouses, dresses, and shoes. Oh my! You should definitely check it out!

*Also, Urban Outfitters is currently having a sale!

Xx HotMess loves Flower Power!

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