Spring Trend Alert
Maxi skirts, denim and blogs
Published: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Updated: Monday, March 14, 2011 19:03
A trend I see quite often at Wellesley is that of students wearing what is traditionally viewed as menswear, dressed up or down or accessorized to appear more feminine. For example, brogues paired with loose rolled-up jeans and topped with an Oxford and a sport coat seems to be a popular look this semester. I love this look, but I'd like to take it a step further because the details are what really make the outfit. Why not wear neckties—even bowties? I recently purchased a tuxedo-style romper and I'm excited about accessorizing it with a bowtie and some cufflinks. Formal occasions are about to get just a little bit spicier, ladies!
In film, characters such as Annie Hall made this look famous, but not all of us are as daring in their approach to fashion as Diane Keaton. To accommodate the rest of us, designers such as Michael Kors and Hermes borrowed menswear elements for the 2011 spring season. Hermes was certainly my favorite; his designs include corset-like leather harnesses and equestrian-inspired accessories.
Not feeling so boyish? Don't worry, it's almost springtime—which means flowing dresses, short shorts and tank-tops (oh my!). Honestly (like most humans with the ability to feel cold) I can't wait for spring. Despite my admiration for the more manly styles, lacy, delicate feminine looks are one of my favorite trends, and I plan to add a few key pieces to my closet this spring. What am I lusting after? First, I'd like to buy a maxi skirt—I'm not a huge fan of maxi dresses, simply because I've never felt they flatter my body, but Rag & Bone makes an excellent chiffon pleated maxi skirt that would look great paired with a tank and sandals. Secondly, I'd really like to purchase a dress I saw at J.Crew. It's a denim shirtdress that I think would look nice with a pair of brogues and a thin leather belt. I'm hoping that the post-spring break weather will allow for more skin flaunted from under dresses and skirts.
As someone who spends decent amounts of time reading fashion blogs, I feel obliged to recommend a select few to my readers every now and then. My new favorite is by one of the sassiest bloggers I've ever had the honor to read. The anonymous genius behind the famous blogs Coke Talk and Dear Coke Talk (an inspiring advice column) also created Whore Talk, a surprisingly insightful and funny fashion blog. The blog can be found via Tumblr at http://whoretalk.tumblr.com/.
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