sábado, 26 de janeiro de 2013

How to dress up a hoodie

This week's "how to wear" post will be about hoodies. Favorites of college students everywhere and perfect weekend uniform to many more, most of the times, the hoodie lends a super-causal, even sloppy look to an outfit if you're not careful.

But how can we take advantage of the hoodie's easiness of wear and confort and still look good? How is it possible to dress up the ultimate casual piece?

How to dress up a hoodie

With the right add-ons, the hoodie goes from drab to fab! For starters you have to choose a hoodie that will lend itself to be dressed up (no ironic sayings or crude imagery) and then just pile on the chic, replacing your usual hoodie outfit with it's chic counterparts as follows:

  • Regular jeans to dark inky jeans: Even if they aren't skinny, their benefits are endless
  • Sneakers to flats: All the comfort, all the chic (best of both worlds!)
  • Bare faced to natural makeup: A dab of gloss makes a world of difference
  • No accessories to timeless studs and neutral clutch: There's nothing that won't look better with those two
  • Last but not least, it's the small details that count. A belt or small ring can bring this from "I didn't know what else to wear" to intentional and put-together
Do you have more ideas on how to dress up a hoodie? Leave them in the comments below!

sexta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2013

Motorcycling gear

Today we have a question from Fiona Wardenberg:

Hey, so I have a question for the Ask Section:
Today I'm going to a birthday party and my brother is taking me on his motorcycle but I don't have any leather so, what do I wear? I have a white v-neck and a black and white tank as well... Help?

EDIT: It has recently been brought to attention that these tips are extremely unsafe for high speed bikes such as Harleys or the like. Please wear proper protective garments when riding those. These tips apply only for scooters that cannot reach speeds higher than 45 km/h, anything higher can make innapropriate clothing a hazard even in a small accident

Hence we're making this page about what to wear when motorcycling when you don't have any gear. Here are a few tips:

  • First and foremost, you want to ensure your legs are covered. No matter how cool it looks on posters or movies, bare legs and a motorcycle are a recipe for disaster. You don't need nothing fancy, jeans will do fine.
  • If you're not going to be driving you can wear any shoe you want but depending on whether you've done this before and the length of the trip, you want shoes that are somehow attached to your body. This means no flip-flop or strap-less flats. Good options are sneakers of any kind or sandals that are strapped to your foot. If you are an "expert" you can even wear heels, if they are tied to your foot securely and have good support like a chunky heel or wedge, and even a boot if it's very cold.
  • Take in to account that when riding, it will seem to you that the weather is colder than it in fact is. Take some sort of extra layer with you, ideally in a fabric that is somhow windbreaking like a parka. Poor choices are open knits and anything in a t-shirt fabric. Good choices are obviously leather, trenches and other waterproof jackets or even a denim one
  • Depending on your helmet protection level, you may want to add a scarf of any kind to protect your face from the wind and/or flying dust
  • Take into account while accessorizing that you want to choose things you can either take off easily before riding to put away or than will not get detached form your person in any circunstance. Good: stud earrings, belts, crossbody bags. Terrible: bangles, wristlets
  • Last of all, don't forget a good fitting helmet and gloves if it is cold. Hands get incredibly cold when riding a bike.
Here are some outfit ideas using this formula:


A little fancy

Hope you liked it! If you have any more tips for Fiona don't be shy about leaving them in the comments! As always, if you loved this post share it on your social network of choice using the buttons below!

domingo, 20 de janeiro de 2013

How to pack for a week (chilly)

We've got our first reader question ever! 
Tia Shekelle asked us:

What to wear on a four day school trip to San Francisco? There will be a lot of walking so I need comfortable walking shoes and also warm clothes, since it will be cold in San Francisco.

First and foremost, you need to take a small bag and fill it with your day's necessities. The image below is a great visual guide to make sure you don't forget anything important

I also like to keep some emergency cash stashed under everything, you just never know. Add whatever make-up you wear daily to this, although on a trip mascara should suffice.
If you are flying, keep these things in TSA approved containers so you won't lose any and keep the pouch accessible for easy inspection.

You will most likely be wearing these things during the trip itself. Make sure to set aside:

  • One coat: If it's neutral or bright is entirely up to you. Make sure it's waterproof if it is raining in your destination (check the forecast)
  • One small day bag: This should be a neutral to coordinate will all your outfits. This is where you'll keep your wallet, cash and a snack
  • A pair of pants: I chose skinnies to tuck them into the boots and black because it's more versatile and a wee bit less common. Depending on how many days you'll be gone, you may want to add a pair of pants to your luggage.
  • Good walking shoes: Wear the bulkiest, in this case, a pair of flat riding boots. Make sure they are not only comfy but have arch support so your feet won't ache. If you want another pair, choose neutral ankle booties or discreet sneakers (as in all black or white)
  • A scarf: This will keep you warm and stylish. Choose either a neutral, solid bright or pattern, but keep in mind it should go well with your tops (see below)
Daily wear:

Substitute x for the number of days you will be travelling, not including the trip:
  • x tops (sweaters, shirts or whatever you like) making sure they do not clash with your coat, scarf, boots and purse
  • x + 1/3 x underwear items: A looser rule is to take x and then add a couple. This includes panties, socks and bras. If you'll wear different outfits day and night, double these.

Extra flair:

You never know what will happen during a trip or who you'll find, but you want to be prepared for anything! Stash a dress in your bag along with some tights in case a dressier event happens (maybe a semi-formal dinner?). This doesn't take up much room but you'll be thankful when you need it.
Now stuff the nooks and crannies of your bag with accessories. Make sure to include dressy ones, colorful ones and neutral, to go with all outfits.

 Now just have fun on your trip! Keep in mind I may have left off this list items important to you personally like eyeglasses, medication or even a digital camera. As a last tip, pack all electronic chargers as you pack the gadgets so you won't forget any!

If you have any useful tips for Tia, leave them in the comments!
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sexta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2013

How to wear red pants for winter

Welcome to the first "How to wear" post. Here we will feature a piece you most likely already own and style it in new ways so you'll make the most of your closet!

If you haven't gotten yourself a pair of colored jeans yet, it's about time you did! And what better color than red? Punchy, timeless and wearable year-round, aside from the fact that it goes with everything? Sign me up!

With grey

The first thing to be paired with red is breton stripes. It's just so parisian! Add black knee-high boots for style, waterproof-ness and warmth and finish off with some simple gold studs and the outerwear of your choice.

How to wear red pants for winter

But you've already tried this and want some new outfits that aren't based on breton stripes. Okay, Try a chunky cardigan in any neutral, dainty flats and jewelry and a tame statement scarf (it's got some fun polka dots but in a demure color scheme). If this is too little fun and color for you, think it's the perfect base for a more out-there hairstyle, make-up or even nail color!

With black

For a less basic black option, pair your red pants with an embellished coat (maybe bouclé, if it's your thing, or a glam army-jacket) and the simplest accessories possible. Try both white or grey tops under it! 
Or if you don't have such a jacket, take a plain black blazer and embellish it yourself with shiny brooches and maybe even trade the buttons for something more glam! For a final touch, ballet flats.

With tan

But you can wear these with more than basic black/ grey. For another fail-safe option, cover yourself in camel, including accessories (it's okay if the shades don't match) or try white for a striking contrast! Or, for fun, why not join both? Tan clothing and white accessories or vice-versa?

So, here you go, four completely fail-safe options to wear those red pants instead of waiting for summer. Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below and if you got new winter outfits with red pants, don't keep them to yourself!

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segunda-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2013

The Ask Section

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