How To Get Sporty For Spring (Or At Least Look The Part)

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3.1 Phillip Lim jacket (old) // Topshop top (old) // Zara pants // Vans shoes (sold out at J.Crew, similar here and see others below) // Free People reversible vegan tote // Nashelle disc necklace (c/o) 

If you know me, you know I’m not the most athletic person. I’ve broken numerous bones. I complain about running more than I actually go for a run. I can downward dog like it’s nobody’s business, but most days, I consider my job as a stylist to be my current workout.

This season, the sporty look was EVERYWHERE…and I dreaded it when I first saw it. I wasn’t sure if I personally could pull it off, but I have to say, my laid back and often both Brooklyn and bohemian style somehow works nicely with this trend.

These silky athletic style pants make me feel like I can run a marathon (or realistically, at least a couple of miles), but I still look polished enough to go to brunch, work, or if I add heels and a blazer, I’m ready for a night out.

STYLIST TIP: I love mixing classic pieces from my wardrobe like this breton top and denim jacket that I’ve had for years with what’s new and trendy. Outfits look less dated when you pull it together that way.

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Finally, Midi Rings That Won’t Fall Off Your Fingers

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I found myself sharing midi-ring* horror stories at the SoHo Grand with the designer Shannon Mikolas of the new Canadian designed and NYC made jewelry line, Maison Antonym. Hers went “I went to shake someone’s hand and the ring came off in their hand!”

Mine was when I went to hail a cab during fashion week, the ring went flying in the air as my hand did and luckily didn’t get run over as I chased it into the street!

As I write this, I just spent literally an hour tearing apart my house looking for the replacement midi-ring that I recently purchased after losing my favorite (and not cheap) one that was customized for my tiny fingers.

Maison Antonym‘s designs cleverly are open, so they can be squeezed to fit and there won’t be midi ring-mishaps as a result. Not to mention, that when the whole midi ring trend does get old, they can double as a regular ring too, so it’s totally worth the splurge. The only drawback is deciding which metal you want to get may be challenging.

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The designer, who was actually a former stylist too and has a degree in three dimensional design, looks at jewelry differently than most. The negative space of the pieces are just as important to the designs, hence the name “Antonym” came into play, which is evident in her geometric and modern collection.

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The other half of her collection is more inspired by the nature of her life in Northwest Canada and the shapes are much more organic. For the gal who can’t decide on just one statement piece to wear every day, there are these diamond encrusted lockets in this part of the collection actually opens to change your stone depending on your mood or outfit.

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Trendy fashionistas will be sure to gravitate toward the geometric collection in the line and are going to want the next trend in jewelry, the palm bracelet—which is essentially the midi ring of the bracelet world.

You can purchase all of these items from this brand new fabulous collection here and layer up those midi rings confidently!

 

*midi rings, for those who are unfamiliar, sit above one’s knuckle and have been an on-going trend for quite some time now. Try this at home at your own risk (of losing one…unless of course you buy this one).

How “Normcore” Fashion Is Taking Over The World (& Possibly Your Closet)

Shopping for Normcore Fashion

 

1 - Adidas x Topshop sweatshirt // 2 – Asos socks // 3 - Karl Lagerfeld hat// 4 - ASHISH bag  // 5 – Adidas x Topshop track pants // 6 - Topshop shorts // 7 – Birkenstock sandals // 8 - Adidas sneakers

You may recall this article in New York Magazine recently declaring the new trend in fashion, which is essentially the anti-fashion trend of wearing normal and otherwise considered ugly pieces in the fashion world and making them seem like you effortlessly got dressed in the morning—almost like you’re too cool for fashion and didn’t try.

The writer of the article said she found that she could no longer distinguish the “art kids from the middle-aged, middle-American tourists” walking down the streets of SoHo. The term “Normcore” fashion was born as a result. I too am finding more and more New Yorkers to blend into the rest of the country and even looking like they could be an extra on 90′s 90210.

Followers of this trend are deliberately trying to look cool by blending into the masses, but I suspect that the trend has gotten more fashiony than it was intended.

I blame Fashion Week for this.

From Chanel sending it’s models down a faux grocery store aisle catwalk in sneakers, to Ashish turning grocery bags and Coca-Cola tees into sequined coveted items worn by Miley and Rihanna, to all of the show-goers fed up with the snow and ice and opting for comfy sneakers with their designer duds. Even my blogger friend, Stephanie of NY Fashion Hunter swapped her stilettos for shell-tops after breaking her ribs outside of Lincoln Center. I wore sneakers to a show with her in solidarity. Now designers are charging anywhere from $200 to $2000 for un-fashiony fashion sneakers. Isabel Marant denounced her once popular wedge sneaker recently and created an ugly but cool slide that every girl is drooling over in its place.

It’s all our fault.

Though, who can resist something that’s BOTH comfortable AND fashionably accepted? That hasn’t happened in years. My feet will thank me this summer when sneakers and Birkenstocks replace my usual footwear that I suffer in for the name of fashion.

I too shall “rebel” from fashion and will be guilty of this “Normcore” trend.

Will you be on the anti-fashion fashion trend of “Normcore?”


How To Mix Patterns For Spring

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Claudie Pierlot top // Catherine Maladrino skirt // Tracey Reese shoes // Karen Walker sunglasses // Zara jacket and bag // E.Kammeyer tassel bracelets (c/o) // Stella & Dot spike bracelet // all other jewelry, vintage // Nars lipcolor  // nail decal c/o Milly

photos by Emily

Floral prints are everywhere this spring, so it’s possible that this trend may creep into your wardrobe.

If you’re like me and usually steer clear of anything overly girly like floral prints because they’re usually just too saccharin for your taste, then this unexpected pairing will be a great solution for you: the striped tee with the floral bottom.

There’s something classically cool about striped tees, hence that’s why all of the images of icons like Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Mia Farrow, Audrey Hepburn and even James Dean all look timeless. It just doesn’t go out of style because they act as a neutral basic. So see, yes you can mix a striped tee with another print.

The only thing that will be too sweet about your outfit is all of the compliments you’ll be getting (aw).

STYLIST TIP: When mixing patterns either stick in the same color family or vary the size of the patterns, so if you go for small prints on top, opt for larger ones on bottom and vice versa.

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How To Dress For A Destination Wedding

How To Dress For A Destination Wedding

1 – Mara Hoffman dress / 2 -Lulu Frost for J.Crew earrings / 3 – Modcloth fan / 4 – Vince Camuto chain handbag / 5 – Schutz d’orsay shoes / 6 – Alexis Bittar cuff bangle

DEAR ANDI,

I’m wearing this dress to a wedding in Mexico. What kind of jewelry/accessories do I wear with it? Since it’s a little loud, I am just not sure. Also, it will probably be a hair-up situation. HELP ME, STYLE MAVEN!!

-Mindy, Brooklyn, NY

Dear Mindy,

I think you did quite well already with the dress, which is so perfect for a Mexican wedding. Hair up is probably a good idea in the heat and humidity. In that case, you can show off some earrings with it and it won’t compete with the neckline and pattern. If you’re not much of an earring person, I would do some bangles for a casual daytime wedding or a statement cuff if it’s an evening wedding.

Metallics are a great way this season to take an outfit to another level and especially to take an otherwise daytime dress into evening. Try this through your clutch and shoes, which almost become like jewelry to your dress when done in a metallic. Of course if it’s a beach wedding, flats or wedges are the best option so you don’t have to take off your shoes or wear horrid flip-flops that are doled out at the ceremony.

The most underrated accessory at a destination wedding could be a fan—and a stylish one of course. Sweating your makeup off in the sun at the ceremony could ruin your perfect wedding look. You’re totally going to make the other wedding guests envious when they’re fanning themselves off with paper programs.

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