October 2, 2014
5 Clothing Items You Should Banish From Your Wardrobe

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Fashion is constantly evolving and sometimes for better or for worse, regurgitating. Some trends are welcome classics that can look good on all ages, shapes and sizes. And then there are true trends made popular and long lasting by celebrities and entertainers. Blinded by their flashiness, sex appeal, or just over the top styling, we get caught up in their time warp and lose sight of what looks good. Here are a few items you should throw out and leave in the fashion archives.

1. Low rise/ultra low rise and bedazzled/embellished jeans

I am somewhat amazed that low rise jeans are still so popular, being that the trend started in the late 90s and they are unflattering on anyone without Britney Spears’ abs circa 2002. Maybe mom jeans scared us into wearing jeans that cut into our hips, showed the world our butt cracks and gave new usage to part of a bakery item. To add to their “sophistication”  we decided to throw on some bedazzled bling. If you thought this would make you look rocker chic or upscale, you were very wrong. Denim bling only draws attention to the low rise’s many issues. So box up your belly flaunting sparkly jeans and send them to rest in peace with Britney in Vegas.

What to wear instead? Mid to High Rise jeans are in and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Don’t worry, stretch is incorporated into most denim these days, so put your mom jean fears aside. Look for skinny or straight/slim cut jeans with a higher waist to create a longer leg. If you are on the shorter side, than mid rise will be appropriate. Just steer clear of pants that look like the ran out fabric at the top. Over elongating your torso will naturally give you a disproportionate look. Beware of jeggings and too tight looks however, as this trend looks cheap and will bring back that dreaded muffin top. And please leave the bedazzling to the tweens!

2. Crocs or faux crocs

Unless you work in a restaurant or a greenhouse, you should not own these. They flatter no one. Trust me, I’ve worked in a restaurant and have tried and failed to find a flattering croc!

What to wear instead? Depends on the situation/event, but I can’t think of any event that would call for crocs aside from participating in an episode of wipe out.

3. Cap sleeves (half ass sleeves)

With the exception of an anorexic figure, all of us ladies have had moments when we’ve noticed our upper arms look…well wide. One way to fix this, that most of us don’t pay attention to, is sleeve length. Cap sleeves are unflattering and many times they aren’t necessarily a trend but rather a money saver for clothing manufacturers. Cap sleeves break right at the widest part of the upper arm, often times curving around it to create an even wider illusion.

What to wear instead? Pay attention to sleeve length when shopping. Sleeve lengths that break in the middle of the bicep or longer are best. 3/4 length sleeves are a great option too. Make sure the shoulder seam falls in the right spot, no further in than the bone where your shoulder meets your arm. Its more flattering to go sleeveless than to don a cap sleeve. If you have a piece that you really love but hate how it makes your arms look, take it to a tailor and have the sleeves removed. And don’t forget about fit. If the top is too tight, your arms will look bulky no matter what sleeve length it has.

4. Fake vintage tees and tees with silly phrases on them

Another product of the 90s that just kept on going. “Pugs not drugs”, “I’d rather be ______”, brand name athletic dept shirts complete with distressed numbers and year established…I didn’t know aeropostale had a baseball team. If you are over twenty just “keep calm and throw these shirts away”.

What to wear instead? There are plenty of very cool authentic tees on ebay, or get crafty and create your own much more respectable phrase or design. You’ll at least get points for trying. Also you can never go wrong with a classic plain white or black tee.

5. Pirate boots/over embellished boots…oh and UGGS!

Even my fashion savvy friends have fallen prey to these beasts. If your tall boots are heavy on buckles, excess material and fold over at the top, you should probably consider being a pirate for Halloween this year. Wearing pirate boots on any other day looks silly and costumey. And what about UGGS? Why would you shell out that much money for extended slippers with the silhouette of Simpsons’ shoe?

What to wear instead? More boot, less detail. Tall boots are a statement already, no need for excess buckles, slouchy folds and turned down flaps. Keep it simple and you’ll look sleek. A simple tall riding boot with minimal heel can become a staple item and be wearable and stylish for years. And for you UGG fans, there are plenty of chic boots with equally snuggly liners out there.

Bonus for the guys: Affliction Clothing

Do I need to explain? So you like MMA. That doesn’t mean you need to wear a t shirt that looks like someone had too much fun manipulating a tribal design with photoshop filters in 2005.

What to wear instead? Anything but affliction t shirts! The tattoos go on your arms, not your shirt. 

May 14, 2014
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VEGAS STRIP EMPLOYEES NOW ACCEPTING SHOE DONATIONS
Back in the early 2000s while living in L.A., I recall strolling past shop windows filled with impossibly high platform heels in an assortment of colors and adornments… studs, buckles, sparkles, grommets and bows. I would laugh, knowing that there were only a couple places these shoes were actually worn, in the bedroom (many with cameras) or on a stage with a pole. Surely no one would wear heels of this height outside of these places. Oh how I was wrong!
Despite the inability to walk in them, and their association with risqué activities, 4”, 5” and even 6” platform heels have taken hold as one of the biggest trends in recent years. Why? Some speculate their popularity coincides with the downturn of the economy. I guess the prostitute look is pretty attractive when we are broke. At least they’re still making money. Some attribute their growth to their leg “lengthening” and heightening effect. After all who doesn’t want to look long and lean like a model?
IMFO: These shoes should stay on the feet of strippers and porn stars, and only ever adorn your own feet in private during your bedroom adventures. Any heel over 3.5” in height difference from pad to heel is NOT made for walking…no matter whether they are Louboutins or Payless. I’ve fallen victim to this trend myself. Unable to find normal heels for an event I regretfully settled for some 5” platform heels, only to rip them off after barely walking around for 30 minutes. When I see women out in these heels I become embarrassed for them. They can barely stand upright, and every step is painful to watch. Face plants are inevitable. You are far from looking like a model in these impossible heels. I’ve seen more graceful prostitutes!
So pass the ultra high heels up ladies! Stick with the sexy heel you can actually strut in! A 3.5” heel-pad difference is about the highest any classy woman that appreciates being able to walk should wear. You’ll be amazed at your new found confidence and in turn, sexiness! You’ll surely sail through your night out without eating pavement and actually look good in your heels outside of Instagram!

 

fashionalicblog:

Turquoise and Purple http://pinterest.com/pin/48061920996226459/

VEGAS STRIP EMPLOYEES NOW ACCEPTING SHOE DONATIONS

Back in the early 2000s while living in L.A., I recall strolling past shop windows filled with impossibly high platform heels in an assortment of colors and adornments… studs, buckles, sparkles, grommets and bows. I would laugh, knowing that there were only a couple places these shoes were actually worn, in the bedroom (many with cameras) or on a stage with a pole. Surely no one would wear heels of this height outside of these places. Oh how I was wrong!

Despite the inability to walk in them, and their association with risqué activities, 4”, 5” and even 6” platform heels have taken hold as one of the biggest trends in recent years. Why? Some speculate their popularity coincides with the downturn of the economy. I guess the prostitute look is pretty attractive when we are broke. At least they’re still making money. Some attribute their growth to their leg “lengthening” and heightening effect. After all who doesn’t want to look long and lean like a model?

IMFO: These shoes should stay on the feet of strippers and porn stars, and only ever adorn your own feet in private during your bedroom adventures. Any heel over 3.5” in height difference from pad to heel is NOT made for walking…no matter whether they are Louboutins or Payless. I’ve fallen victim to this trend myself. Unable to find normal heels for an event I regretfully settled for some 5” platform heels, only to rip them off after barely walking around for 30 minutes. When I see women out in these heels I become embarrassed for them. They can barely stand upright, and every step is painful to watch. Face plants are inevitable. You are far from looking like a model in these impossible heels. I’ve seen more graceful prostitutes!

So pass the ultra high heels up ladies! Stick with the sexy heel you can actually strut in! A 3.5” heel-pad difference is about the highest any classy woman that appreciates being able to walk should wear. You’ll be amazed at your new found confidence and in turn, sexiness! You’ll surely sail through your night out without eating pavement and actually look good in your heels outside of Instagram!

 

June 14, 2013
Ahh…the high-low skirt trend. It can go so right, but just as easily VERY wrong. What can go wrong, you say? So much! If the waistline sits in the wrong place, if the cut is not right, or if the shortest length falls at the wrong spot, you’re bound for wardrobe failure… no matter what your size! And you thought shopping for pants was annoying! Intent on wearing one? A few things to consider:
Shorter than a model? This look is best with heels. Lengthening of the leg is necessary, otherwise this skirt can turn into a frumpy mess. NO clunky boots (heel booties can work), flats, flat sandals, or god forbid, sneakers!
The waist should sit at your real waist. Many of us forget where that is these days thanks to the low-rise era of the 2000s. These skirts look best when sitting at the smallest part of your waist. Maybe a little higher than you are used to. Again, this will visually lengthen your legs.
The cut of the hem shouldn’t be severe, jagged, or pointed but also should be clearly ”high-low”.  If the length change is too subtle from front to back it will just look like bad construction of a normal skirt. Too subtle of a change in length starts to look too conservative/older instead of youthful and playful. Rough cuts, pointed or uneven hems, flaps and unfinished edges turn your look from chic to trashy.
For the love of God, keep it solid! There is already enough going on with this skirt! Solid colors keep the look slim and clean. If you insist on a print, minimally contrasting prints, with the big exception of stripes, can work. The cut of the skirt is the highlight, keep it that way.
Loose flowing top + loose flowing skirt = shapeless. If that is your goal, don’t waste your money on a skirt. Simply grab Grandmom’s day gown and rock that around town. Avoid the frumps by pairing loose with more form fitting.

 

Ahh…the high-low skirt trend. It can go so right, but just as easily VERY wrong. What can go wrong, you say? So much! If the waistline sits in the wrong place, if the cut is not right, or if the shortest length falls at the wrong spot, you’re bound for wardrobe failure… no matter what your size! And you thought shopping for pants was annoying! Intent on wearing one? A few things to consider:

Shorter than a model? This look is best with heels. Lengthening of the leg is necessary, otherwise this skirt can turn into a frumpy mess. NO clunky boots (heel booties can work), flats, flat sandals, or god forbid, sneakers!

The waist should sit at your real waist. Many of us forget where that is these days thanks to the low-rise era of the 2000s. These skirts look best when sitting at the smallest part of your waist. Maybe a little higher than you are used to. Again, this will visually lengthen your legs.

The cut of the hem shouldn’t be severe, jagged, or pointed but also should be clearly ”high-low”.  If the length change is too subtle from front to back it will just look like bad construction of a normal skirt. Too subtle of a change in length starts to look too conservative/older instead of youthful and playful. Rough cuts, pointed or uneven hems, flaps and unfinished edges turn your look from chic to trashy.

For the love of God, keep it solid! There is already enough going on with this skirt! Solid colors keep the look slim and clean. If you insist on a print, minimally contrasting prints, with the big exception of stripes, can work. The cut of the skirt is the highlight, keep it that way.

Loose flowing top + loose flowing skirt = shapeless. If that is your goal, don’t waste your money on a skirt. Simply grab Grandmom’s day gown and rock that around town. Avoid the frumps by pairing loose with more form fitting.

 

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