Friday, July 23, 2010

Show off a Little

This past week I happened to be in Manhattan more than usual.  As always I take time to people watch because there are just so many things the mind can come up with about stories on each person.  Where they come from, what they do and where they are going are just a few of them.  Since I have been doing my Fashion Forward post lately, it is no surprise that I took note on the attire.  

From men and woman in suites to tourist in there vacation wear, I decided there was a problem: Over Exposure.  Of course this applies only to women.  I noted on my days out that woman were barring a bit too much.  Cleavage, mid drift and legs were a plenty.  Since it was hot, I can understand.  It's not like we want to dress in sweats.  But there was just too much on display.  Why can't we, as woman, chose one to highlight and accentuate?

One of my top rules when deciding what to wear is what I want to show off.  Is it a bit of chest or my legs or perhaps my mid drift?  I will never choose anything like this:

I can only imagine what it looks like from the front.  Granted she is posing for the camera, but really?

Here is something I chose which I think is appropriate for the day out and to dinner.  It don't think I showed too much yet I was still comfortable.

Location: 59th and 5th 
Top: unknown
Shorts: unknow
Bag: Modcloth

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tailored Menswear

Fashion goes round and round.  Diane Keaton and Katharine Hepburn wore mens inspired clothing long ago.  Now it's back with the boyfriend blazer and boyfriend jeans and who knows what other "boyfriend" look is also out there.

Hair: Lace braided headband tied with diagonal dutch braid into low side ponytail then bunned
Shirt: Banana Republic
Vest: vintage
Pants: Banana Republic
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Watch: unknown

Color me Fuchsia

I believe fuchsia is one of the boldest colors to wear.  The mix of vivid pink, red and purple hue attracts glances. From a minor pendant or a major piece of clothing, fuchsia attracts attention.  This fuchsia tank top has wonder collar ruffles with a tie strap.

Top: Banana Republic
Cardigan: Delia's
Pants: H&M

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Only one thing is worse than Fashion Faux Pas

Stroll down any busy street and there is bound to be at least one fashion mistake that catches your eye.  Maybe they just don't realize it or maybe they don't care.  However for the one seeing the big muffin top or those exposed bra straps and other cringe worthy mistakes, it churns my stomach just a bit.

Documenting fashion is of utmost importance.  The complete look viewed through something beside a mirror can capture the essence of the outfit.

However, sometimes that is not possible.  I dread self portraits!  Be it using a phone or a camera, I don't feel that it is able to capture the message.  There are very few poses available and a complete head to toe image is practically impossible to achieve.  

Today I was inspired by fellow blogger and close friend Olithia of Do You Speak Cilantro to attempt another fashion post.  So I found someone to take a picture of me.  Sadly I don't own a good point and shoot camera so I used my phone.  It is NOT the next best thing. 

Dress: Soprono, picked it up at Tjmaxx
Cardigan: Ann Taylor 
Belt: Vintage, Etsy
Shoes: Clarks