I know, I was just as surprised as you are, I guess. Usually Fall is the time for earthy, neutral colors such as browns, burgundies, and olive greens…but I’ve seen more than one retailer pushing the latter as a new Spring color. I’m fine with it, as I’m not much of a bright pastelley color person at all, and olive happens to be one of my favorite colors. It’s nice to find more toned down alternatives! Most people probably associate olive green as a military shade, and military pieces are indeed included in these new Spring marketing campaigns. They are also usually more lightweight which offers more breezy options for the warmer weather!
Spring is here and it’s the time to remove those extra layers and have a little more fun with our everyday style again. At least that’s how I see it…I can now stash the boots and show off those cute hems on my jeans, or wear a wider variety of jeans with different lengths to have a little more fun with footwear. You’ve already seen plenty of embroidery on the market (see my embroidered jackets post), which came in strong this past Fall but is still sticking around with more beautiful floral designs for the new warmer season. Denim is made for creativity and is an art form on its own, so there are so many other fun possibilities and available detailing to help you build up your Spring wardrobe this year!
First off, this is a bit of a crazy week for me, since my yearly April destination, Lucidity Festival, is this weekend! I won’t be posting again until sometime next week (maybe later, to allow for a little decompression). It’s definitely a much-needed vacation, and a great time to enjoy welcoming in the Springtime! Also, I’ll be DJing this time around, so I am super excited!
Celebrity collaborations with denim companies are nothing new, and add a cool leg-up to any existing marketing campaigns. Many may say it also adds some credibility to a brand, but I always see it as a fun way to see a brand’s product in a different light, depending on the celebrity’s personality. Every year these partnerships pop up and go through the usual motions, but for me, of course, it means something entirely different if there’s some kind of charitable initiative involved. My favorite so far has been the Pharrell Williams collaboration with G-Star RAW for RAW For the Oceans, a campaign put together to reduce the size of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” by collecting and recycling much of that floating plastic to create a pretty awesome apparel line. If you’re a denim fan, you may have already seen ads for Victoria’s Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr’s capsule collection with MOTHER denim, which she rocks flawlessly (not surprisingly). However, there’s something a little extra special about it to make it even more sweet.
The cool thing about fashion and style is it has always been known to blur lines and break barriers ever since its inception. It continues to grow, evolve and remake itself along with changes in politics, pop culture, and popular tastes. Fashion naturally is meant to ignore all the rules on its own, but you can’t say it’s not often influenced by changing trends within target demographics, of course. Lately, awareness of the wastefulness of fast fashion has spread amongst style-conscious shoppers everywhere, while millenials are rising up against personal labels, boundaries, exclusivity and judgement. Whether or not you like to think of fashion’s ever-changing climate as being politically influenced, it’s always been about freedom of individual expression.
As you can imagine, I’m not usually one for big chain stores. American Eagle Outfitters is an exception, and sometimes Topshop or ASOS if I feel so inclined. Of course, you can count in all the big denim brands I write about, but I don’t really throw them in the same category. I don’t really like shopping in physical stores, because online shopping gives more flexibility and freedom to search for discount codes or mull over a piece you kind of like for a few days before purchasing (and I don’t like feeling watched when I shop). Also, a lot of brick & mortar stores are painfully specific to me…you’ve got either teen you young adult-oriented boutiques or the ones that cater to the older crowds. I never really see anything in between, other than maybe Express, but I haven’t even stepped foot in one of those stores in awhile. I guess I have a bit too much hippy in my blood.
After deciding to swear off (or at least cut down on) shopping at major retailers for awhile last year and focus more on sustainable and independent designers (thus staying more true to the focus of my blog), I was surprised with a gift card to DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) on my birthday! Usually I love gift cards, as they allow for “free” shopping trips and flexibility to choose what you want, but I hadn’t seen anything on DSW that I felt didn’t look like something I already had. My wish list was growing though, and soon I found a few cute things to add to my closet! I grabbed a pair of Chooka rain boots (just in time for that crazy California rain) and a the Lauren Ralph Lauren Genna Bootie. After becoming a member and making my first purchase, I started getting their newsletters and decided to stay subscribed because I enjoyed how each was curated and brought some unique styles to my attention!
I’ll have to admit, I’m not a huge movie person. I often have issues sitting still through more than an hour, even if the subject matter is interesting to me. All I can think of is everything I have going on (or could have going on) outside the theater! Being the dreamer I am, you’d think movies would be more my thing, but there have been many very memorable movies throughout my life that I can still sit through over and over again (Mirrormask being one). My husband has tried a few times to get me to watch Ghost In The Shell (being a bit of a nostalgic movie for him), but I never really understood the anime thing, as awesome as the whole culture appears to me. The whole thing looks awesome, and I appreciate the unique storyline and the sci-fi genre it fits in. Anything dark appeals to me, at least enough to catch my attention, and I was curious when I saw the new remake coming out on March 31! Of course, with all remakes, I will probably want to give it time to see how well it sits with the fans of the original, but since I’m not all that familiar with it, maybe I’ll think differently, seeing it with a completely open mind. Either way, I was kind of excited when I saw Hudson, one of my favorite denim brands, coming out with their own apparel collection inspired by the movie!
A few weeks ago I mentioned I was going to start bringing back some of my favorite reviews I’ve done (whether for Denimology or this blog) to showcase what is new today in the realm of that particular brand or model. A classic fit will never go out of style, and it’s fun to see what brands do with their best sellers over time! For this time, I’m focusing on more of a fabric, for a spotlight on the Joe’s Jeans Flawless collection. In the photo above, I am modeling their Vixen Ankle skinny jean in the Flawless fabric, for their Cupro Colors collection in the Fall of 2015. This was a collection of shades that represented the changing colors of the Fall, and I chose this pretty brown number for a Denimology review.
So I know, I’ve been posting a lot about old and vintage style…but it’s no joke. I figured it was probably something that fit into the realm of cult favorites—even Urban Outfitter’s Urban Renewal vintage shop seemed to be kind of hidden like an enigmatic back room of a brick and mortar shop to be discovered and deliciously ransacked by only its biggest fans in the know. Nasty Gal helped bring vintage style to the forefront too, but to me it never seemed to totally kick off. That seems to be changing now, with Gap being the next to dive in with a new collection of pieces right out of the ’90s.