Men’s Winter 2016 Fashion

Menswear designers pushed boundaries this fall and winter season, introducing styles that veered towards gender neutral. Drapey tops and past-the-wrist cuffs sent feminine flairs down a few different runways.

Animal print, often a staple in any woman’s closet, was trending this year for men’s outerwear. The ever-popular leopard print was seen in classic colors as well as subdued tones like blue and grey. At Saint Laurent, a bold zebra jacket showed its stripes.

Double outerwear is the perfect new style to refresh those coats you’ve had around for years. A jacket beneath a jacket not only creates warmth, but an effortless look of layering. Try pairing a short jean jacket with a slouchy, oversized trench.

Turtlenecks can be used a few different ways for cold weather dressing. Hermes used the popular top as the season’s go-to suit pairing. If you’re looking to layer yet again, put a thin turtleneck top under a thicker knit sweater and allow the look to peak out above.

Designers like Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang gave their stamp of approval to daring full print outfits. Whether with a suit or jacket-pant combination, be sure to take patterned dressing all the way.

For this season, a movement away from fitted pants is also in place. Baggy trousers were prominent across the board, so go ahead and give yourself some room.

Color wise, it’s all about grey, army green, and black. Luxe all-black eveningwear had almost gothic vibes, especially at shows like Alexander McQueen. Turn to this trusty staple if you’re ever in doubt.

Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment

Women’s Winter 2016 Fashion

January’s bitter temperatures are hard to handle, especially after our deceivingly mild fall. But if there’s one thing to look forward to, it’s cold-weather dressing. From chic layering to chunky knits, embracing your winter wardrobe is the key to a stylish, warm new year.

Designers this season featured outerwear with comfort and bulk. Puffer coats are a convenient and realistic style for those low temperature days when you really don’t want to get out of bed. The quilted, padded looks vary in color and shape, but all share one similarity: unapologetic warmth.

If down jackets aren’t your thing, shearling is a perfect alternative that doesn’t sacrifice coverage. The neutral colored coats are super soft and presented in a range of cuts — from floor length to cute crops. Another option, as always, is fur. This year, opt for an arctic-inspired Eskimo coat, like the ones sent down Dsquared2’s runway.

What to wear underneath that trendy jacket? The return of ‘70s style is unanimous. Flared pants are back and better than ever. Be sure to incorporate a pair of bell-bottoms into your rotation of skinny legs and boyfriend jeans. Bohemian vibes were also shown through billowy silhouettes and allover prints. Throw on a long-sleeve patterned dress with your favorite pair of knee-high boots to complete the outfit.

In another ode to the ‘70s, turtlenecks remain big in 2016. While some offer full coverage, the “mock” neck is a fantastic, slightly less constricting take. Pair a tight knit turtleneck top with just about anything. Take a cue from designers like Alice + Olivia and transform your favorite sleeveless dress for winter by putting one of these on underneath.

If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate dresses into your cold weather wardrobe, maxi style is the way to go. Velvet is the perfect fabric to turn a full-length gown from sand to snow-appropriate. For more casual wear, a slinky jersey dress is just as comfortable as your favorite pair of sweats, but infinitely more cool.

To amp up any of these styles, accessorizing goes a long way. Designer favorites for this season include skinny scarves and festive tights. Ditch your bulky knit scarf for a narrow, elegant black one and look out for lace or patterned panty hose instead of the worn out classics.


Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment

Men’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion

The men’s Spring 2015 fashion shows are vital to helping update any outfits collecting dust in the back of your closet. A lot of men’s fashion also closely mirrors its female counterparts, showing how important the basics really are for confident dressing of any gender.

The Bermuda short is popular for both men and women this summer, offering a looser, more stylish take on the plain old short. Pastel pairs, like the ones at Bottega Veneta, were slightly preppy, yet also looked effortless and cool.

Black suits can be pretty tough to wear in the summer heat, so khaki offers a nice, but still professional alternative. Easily dressed down with a tee and sneakers or up with nice shoes and a tie, a good quality khaki suit can carry you from work to play. Also in the khaki color family is caramel, which is big for spring and summer, especially in the leather accessories department.

For more casual everyday attire, athlete-inspired clothing is a must. Sneakers, mesh, baseball shirts, and even backwards hats brought sports to the runway. Flight jackets, however, are this season’s update on the baseball jacket. These military style bombers look best fitted, not loose.

Another trend cropping up this spring and summer is the cotton tie. Comfortable and slightly more relaxed than your average tie, the light texture is also perfect for warmer weather.

Lastly, jeans remain a staple in every man’s wardrobe, but this season encourages mixing more than one denim piece together. Be bold and wear your favorite pair of jeans with a differently washed denim top or jacket.



Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment

Women’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion

Since fashion week for Spring 2015 took place before the New Year even began, we figured a little refresher was in order. From New York, London, Paris, and Milan, designers presented their versions of the upcoming trends that you don’t want to miss out on. Whether you’re looking to revamp your wardrobe or just sprinkle in a few hot new looks, these items will surely keep you in the know.

Pattern wise, this season proves that gingham isn’t just for Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. The checkered pattern was splashed across runways on mini-dresses, tops, shoes, bags, and more. If you’re tired of the same old springy floral, gingham’s picnic feel is a great summer alternative.

To add some body and movement to any girl’s closet, ruffle and fringe are easily the best bet. From small frayed edges to all out swinging, flapper-esque fringes, this look is easy to adapt to a wide range of tastes and styles. Cascading ruffles, prominently featured in Zimmerman’s show, were paired with light colors and textures for the ultimate feminine vibe.

Say goodbye to skinny jeans and hello to Bermuda inspired culottes and 70s style flares. Baggy, cropped culottes are the perfect in-between to keep cool without sacrificing coverage and believe it or not, bellbottoms are back. Whether denim, pastel, khaki, or classic black, the flare is a surprisingly energizing and cool pant option.

Trench coats, kimonos, and vests tied with thick ribbon belts were flagged as this season’s Karate inspired trend. Even if you never really earned that black belt, ditch traditional leather for this flattering, laid-back version. Cinching a boxy jacket or vest closed really accentuates your waist and completes the style.

If you’re more of an accessories gal, the platform shoe is huge for spring and summer. Amp up any typical outfit with chunky platforms that come in a variety of sandal, sneaker, and mule styles. If extra height isn’t for you, the gladiator sandal is everywhere this season with knee high buckles and wrapping that can make any old dress or skirt look new again.


Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment

Women’s Fall 2014 Fashion

Summer is beginning to run its course, which means it’s time to put away that polka dot bikini and those high-waited shorts, and start shopping the big trends coming this fall season. From bold new patterns to fuller material, the fall fashion runways have previewed an array of possibilities for the forthcoming season.


The oversized look has been around for years, but it was on this season’s runway that the trend took on a new life. Renowned designers such as Alexander McQueen, The Row, and Celine were all praising the trend by strutting their models down the runway in larger pants, sweaters, and coats. It’s hard to feel bad about a few extra pounds with this popular style making its way around. Bigger is better!

Alexander McQueen, The Row, Sacai


Fur is always a must for the fall, but this season, designers- Chanel, Fendi, and Dolce & Gabbana- put a twist down on this old trend. In addition to the enormously popular fur vest, the runways featured fur hoods and fur coats in daring patterns and eye-catching colors. Beat the cold this season with this new and improved style!

Fendi, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana


If there’s been anything that’s completely blown up these past few years, it’s the sneaker trend. And good news: you can keep your heels in the back closet because this trend is here to stay! Whether you’ve been rocking some killer sneaker wedges or some slip-on sneakers, you’re sure to still look ultra fashionable this season. Just take a look at the runways of Chanel, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and DKNY, who have been showing off this style for the fall.

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Chanel, DKNY

Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment

Men’s Summer/Spring 2014 Fashion

Floral isn’t only on trend for women this spring and summer, but is also a hit for menswear. The look was made surprisingly masculine in many different shows, whether through full blown floral suits as featured in Gucci or more subtle tee and short prints.

A cool outfit to shop for this season is a head to toe white suit. A crisp white suit was prominent, and may become a staple for any man’s wardrobe this spring and summer. Whether you wish to add a pop of color with a tie or keep the look pure, this style is a can’t miss.

Another must for the upcoming months is color blocking your wardrobe. A particularly prominent look was block stripes: big, bold, multi-colored horizontal stripes featured anywhere from suit jackets to baggy tees. But don’t worry, if stripes aren’t your style, other kinds of color accented tops should be plentiful.

Also look out for retro double-breasted blazers, loose fitting tunics, and a continued presence of the bomber jacket. With these styles, spring and summer are sure to be exciting shopping seasons.


Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment

Women’s Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion

It’s easy to get excited for spring after a long, cold winter, and after a sufficient number of snowstorms, this season is no exception. It’s finally time to pack up those cashmere sweaters, tall boots, and heavy parkas and start shopping.

Among the fashion shows for spring/summer 2014, some staples remained the same while some new trends took the stage. Floral stays a forever-classic pattern for spring. Skirts, dresses, tops, you name it and floral is all over it. Another trend that doesn’t seem to be fading away just yet is the ever-popular crop top. Better tan and tone your midriff in preparation for this revealing look.

A newer item that many designers featured was a baggy, loose leg pair of pants. While skinny jeans have been a perennial favorite, don’t be afraid to embrace the effortlessly chic and airy vibe that these pants offer. Not sure how to rock them? White was a color often shown for this look, so amp up your typical white pant outfit with a pair of these instead.

Another exciting style for spring and summer is an increase in embellished and bejeweled pieces. Often shown on tops or dresses, these beaded jewels add a lot of pop to a regularly mundane item of clothing. Whether a small accent around the neckline, or a pattern covering the whole look, don’t be afraid of some sparkle on your clothing for spring and summer.

These trends are only a few of the notable styles to keep an eye out for in the upcoming months. Some other favorites included loose, nineties inspired slip dresses, full, tea-length skirts, and sheer fabrics. Colorful biker jackets are another cool staple to add to your closet. Forget the tough black, and pick up a pretty blue or pink instead.




Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment

Men’s Winter 2013-14 Fashion

While fall may not have offered the ideal opportunity to don the turtleneck trend, winter’s cold temperatures will be begging you to try it out.  This style is both warm and current whether paired on the weekends with a pair of jeans or underneath your suit to replace that same old boring button down shirt.

This season had an overwhelming presence of reds and blues.  Rich, deep wine-colored reds are being used for many looks, either shining solo or coupled with the popular lighter blue of the season.  Together or apart, these colors are a must.

The baseball jacket for winter is a favorite new look.  There’s no right or wrong mix of colors and fabrics, allowing a wide variety of the jackets to fit into the trend.  The shape is flattering and fresh, easily thrown over any outfit for an instantly chic look.

If you prefer a more traditional style, leather jackets frequented the runways as well.  Whether a classic black or brown, or a bolder colored piece, leather continues to be hot for winter and a jacket provides an easy route to show off this dominant trend.

Big checks and plaid fabrics are standouts of the pattern craze, but animal prints also frequented the runways.  Play this up big if you’re looking for a truly wild new venture or splash it in your wardrobe through a simple accessory.

Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment

Women’s Winter 2013-14 Fashion

December is officially upon us and with its arrival comes winter fashion in full force.  It’s time to bring out your heaviest coats and coziest chunky sweaters, and don’t be scared to finally try out those seasonal trends that you’ve been eyeing all fall.

A very popular print for this winter is tartan, or in more descriptive terms, a chic plaid with varying horizontal and vertical stripes overlapping.  The fabric frequented runways in jackets, tops, dresses and more, showing a big presence that strayed much further from the typical schoolgirl skirt that one might imagine.  This trend closely ties in with the punk style that remains popular for winter.  Matching tartan with leather or even some bold studs will certainly bring out your inner punk.

Skirts this season take a turn from the previously popular micro-mini.  Try out a more classic, mid-length suit style skirt, which can easily be worn in a professional setting or dressed up for a night out.  If that’s not your style, flirty flare skirts are also in this season, great to be paired with tights and a cute sweater for an every day look.  Pastels continue to be a key trend for the fall and winter season, with pink taking center stage.  Whether a pale delicate pink, or a more vibrant berry, pink has shown that this color will not be waiting until spring to make its debut.

Collars are also a stand out this season.  Valentino sent elaborate white collars down the runway, paired with simple black dresses that gave an almost Wednesday Addams feel.  Try pairing a classic white button down underneath your favorite black sweater or dress for a cute imitation of this cool look.

Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment

Men’s Fall 2013 Fashion

For menswear, fall marks the inevitable transition from casual, airy outfits to warmer and darker, more luxurious suits. But with these classics, expect to wear some slightly more daring trends such as exciting plaids and pajama-esque jackets.

This season, bigger and bolder plaids replaced more quiet and subdued styles. Whether a simple checker style or a more intricate plaid pattern, squares this season are larger than usual. Be sure to match these styles with a simple shirt and tie, especially if you are wearing a full suit of it.

Another intriguing style to hit the runways this season were suits with a pajama influence. These patterns were silky and daring, whether floral or paisley, and infused with colors. If you are brave enough to try this fresh, cool trend, be sure to balance it out with simple blacks and whites.

Turtlenecks make a comeback this season, whether as a chunky knit or a more fitted style. Layering a simpler turtleneck with a suit is certainly a way to switch up your wardrobe. Leather as well continues to stand strong, whether in the form of a chic motorcycle jacket, or a newly popular baseball style jacket.

In color this fall, blues and reds were notable favorites. Deep, dark reds were prominently featured throughout runways.  Designers bared the cranberry color in head to toe, or as just an accent; whichever you choose, try to incorporate this dark red into your wardrobe this fall.  If you find yourself missing some brighter, lighter colors, try baby blue for fall.  A range of lighter blues was used throughout, showing that navy isn’t the only option for the cold weather.

Posted in Fashion | Leave a comment