In the ’90s I had shorts, skirts and then there were my “skorts”. Masquerading as a skirt from the front, the rear view revealed its true form, two cropped pant legs that you had to step into separately. At the time I found it to be a girly (and therefore desirable) alternative to my other options for playtime. As the trend became more distant during the turn of the century I decided I never wanted to see this in-between look come back into style. Soon the ambiguous short and skirt combination was exclusively relegated to beaches and tennis courts. But then came the airy “pantaloons”. Billowy, wide-leg shorts that looked like a skirt from the back and even front but again were shorts in their truest form. So it wasn’t a real skort, but it was close enough. Although the style didn’t click with me personally, it was nice to be able to wear a flouncy mini and not have to worry about a little wind or tightly crossing my legs. Now a new short skort is making it’s mark. It’s uber chic and convenient when you want something comfortable yet sexy for the heat. An origami style crossover creates skirt shaped like shorts (with a center “V”) which transform into real shorts in the back. The reinvented style looks great in crisp brights with an embellished blouse and a cross body purse. Get your hands on a pair now with my picks:
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News of a package delivery from Couture Apparel on Amazon was a sweet way to start my week. The seller features average priced clothing with something for women of all ages, but almost everything is slashed to about 70% off! They offer attire for a range of functions and activities– from work, to parties, to weekend play. You’ll love the unique designs and shapes of their tops and dresses.
I chose a white sleeveless dress called the Kyra with a visible back zipper and black bordering around the sleeves and hem. The silky material was shapely but not too tight that it became clingy. Two side pockets were accented by gold zippers. Due to the nature of the color I decided it was best to wear a slip underneath, but the dress did come with an attached lining. It’s perfect for work and looks great with any black pumps or colored flats. Check out what else the site has to offer. My picks are below.
Items you will love:
Sequins Solid Print Top- $31
Knit Elegant Short Jacket – $31
Solid Print Tunic- $21
Couture Apparel is also giving 20% off any item! Use the code: FASH0407.
*This offer is valid for one month and starts today 04/08/14.
It had been a long time since I’d seen a hand painted shirt. I did have a blast boasting a homemade t-shirt slathered in puffy paints for Girls Scouts in third grade– if that counts for anything– but I can’t recall any sartorial Pollock or Monet spottings since. All the better for Wear The Paint’s timing. The ladies of the company are determined to bring crafty hand painted tops back to the forefront of fashion. Last week the new company launched their e-commerce site wearthepaint.com where they sell hand painted tees and sweatshirts for men and women. I love the cute branded tote they wrapped the purchase in! The style is laid back and fun, and the truly hand painted products have a personal touch. Due to the nature of the creation there may be subtle differences with each individual item.
The ladies try to keep the concept modern with in-your-face words, masterpiece replicas (I love the starry night tee!) and other fun design like strawberry hued hearts. The background canvas is very simple and draws attention to the design… it also gives the items an arts and crafts feel. I found their Facebook page and learned a bit more about how the ambitious duo work as a power team. The two friends stay up late designing products and even modelling for the site. Support these awesome entrepreneurs by buying one of their reasonably priced shirts or baggy sweatshirts with inspiring pictures or words.
My picks are:
Rose with Polka Dots Tee- $20
Feather Sweatshirt- $50
Here’s how I wear the paint!
Sweatshirt, Wear The Paint
Jeans (cut into shorts) J & Company
7. Jessica Chastain in Givenchy- The black played up her curves with feather style detailing and a feminine flared shape. She completed her look with an exquisite diamond necklace.
6. Julianne Margulies in Andrew Gn- Julianne Margulies isn’t young by Hollywood’s standard, but she owned this black dress with gold branch detailing. She looked just as radiant as any twenty year old. (She even pulled off cap sleeves which can be tricky on formal wear!)
5. Taylor Swift in Caroline Herrera- You can always count on Taylor Swift to get things right. This vibrant color blocked dress looked full and rich on her long and lean body.
4. Emma Roberts in Lavin- So maybe she didn’t take a fashion risk but she appealed to a great fashion lesson: you can’t go wrong in a well cut black dress. I love that she paired it with large turquoise earrings.
3. Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad- She found a way to make beading look original in this saucy silver number. The sexy mermaid shape shined on the red carpet.
2. Kaley Cuoco in Rani Zakhem- She loves full skirted dresses and this floral print one looked lovely per usual. Don’t stare too long though, the unfocused flowers can make you dizzy!
1. Lupita Nyong’o in Ralph Lauren- It’s been an amazing sartorial year for her with her breakthrough performance. She looks stunning in bright colors and the fire engine red was no exception. I’m obsessed with the bold cape.