21 August 2012

Love-to-Hate-to-Love

Thanks for all your comments on my shopping post last week! I'm always so appreciative of reading your thoughtful insights and responses to my ramblings. You ladies are fantastic, open-minded and smart as whips.

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Fashion mags and marketers probably have a field day with me because I love shopping and fashion, so of course I need to keep an eye out on what's in style right this instant. I know not all trends work for everyone's lifestyle or body type though, so even though there are plenty of trends I do adore, you can thank my nostalgic tendencies for even loving some of the ones I know I can't quite pull off - 

red floral

MC Hammer must have rubbed off on my in a big way in my childhood because those slouchy cropped harem pants look not only comfy but edgy to me. However, my not being a stick-thin 5'10" supermodel makes it a wee bit difficult for me to pull of this look.

Have you walked into a J.Crew store recently? It's like a pallet of glow-in-the-dark paint went off in there, everything is so eye-searing bright. And who thought anyone would want to resemble a highlighter marker (ooh, ooh, me, me! Notice my belt?) and that this neon trend would last well past spring or beyond the Culture Club for that matter? Granted I do partake in this brighter-than-brights trend, but Jenna Lyons seems dangerously close to wanting us to go head-to-toe glow - and potentially convincing me to.

My first pair of really expensive shoes were a pair of purple and yellow Reebok Pump sneakers that my big sis bought for me. I was the kickin-ist of kids in the schoolyard when I debuted those babies. Nothing was more rad than to have a bunch of schoolmates stand around real close so they could listen to the hiss of the pump on the tongue of my sneaks in action. And those latent memories from are probably the reason why I adore with a fierce passion the retro-new trend of hidden wedge high top sneakers. Oh if I was in college again, I'd be rockin' those all over campus ...

red floral  red floral

And just as there are as many trends that I don't wear but still adore, there are the ones that just don't do it for me at all -

It's hard enough to get me in my regular dark-wash skinny jeans considering I have pretty muscular thighs, so colored skinnies in fruity look-at-me hues? I'm not quite ready for that yet. 

Cutaway bodices? I try pretty  hard to keep my midriff neatly packed in and hidden away, no one needs to get triangle-shaped glimpses of my back fat. 

Brogues or oxfords. I know it is the whole preppy tomboy-chic thing but I can't stand the sight of a pretty young thing ruining a perfectly fresh dress with dowdy flat shoes that don't even look comfy.

Photo print wearables. I know in essence it is just another pattern. But there's something about wearing some landscape portrait across my bum or something.

What are the trends that you can't get enough of, even if you wouldn't wear them yourself? Which trend do you wish would just go forever away though?

red floral

Dress: Chelsea Girl via Asos floral tea - hemmed it (worn here in original length - sim, sim, pricey, sim)
Belt: Asos fluro (worn here - sim, sim)
Necklace: F21 twisted rhinestone (worn here - sim, beaded, colorful)
Bracelets: J.Crew golden stripe via Ebay (worn here - sim) & J.Crew factory (worn here - sim)
Shoes: Seychelles she's got the moves (worn here - sim, sim, platform, pricey)

70 comments:

  1. You are so cute, I love your honestly and seriously you are so adorable!

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  2. Great post :-) I love this dress and, of course, the shout out to MC Hammer! :-)

    Maria
    Dainty and Decadent

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  3. great post!! i'm not a fan of cutaway bodices or see through mesh inserts.

    you look adorable! xox P

    phiphisblog.com

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    1. What is up with the mesh inserts?! They almost always put them right where my bra straps will be showing!

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  4. Looking so cute - I love that bracelet with your red dress, I have been drawn to turquoise jewelry so much lately! And your commentary on the recent trends has me absolutely cracking up! I think I was so NOT on trend growing up that I don't really feel like I am reliving anything - the closest I came to Harem pants was pegging the legs of my jeans in the 90's and let me tell you, I don't like this look on anyone - not even the super skinny 5'10 types ;) You could absolutely pull off colored denim - I think our legs are built the same, and I have picked up a few pairs this year - the ones I grabbed at Loft (modern skinny) are not as tight as my AG or Gap versions, I would start there if you find yourself ready to cross over to the fuity side! Although if I am being completely honest, I do feel really self conscious when I wear them...just like you said, very "hey, lookatme, colored jeans over here!" I hope I won't cringe when I see pictures 10 years fro now.

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    1. I tried a blue pair of colored skinnies from Loft but they seriously stretched out so badly through the day it wasn't even funny. I guess that's what I get for buying jean-design but not denim fabric. I am probably the only one, but I wish retailers would start coming back with 100% cotton denim again - my old JC pairs like that used to suck and keep me in all the right places, it seemed.

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  5. I do love the pop of color in your belt! I really love the slinky pencil skirts with the peplum tops...however, I can NOT pull them off, no matter how much I want to! Probably the only trend that I can NOT stand and just shake my head at the sheer ridiculousness of it is fur vests. Gross, fake fur. I don't get it. I don't think I have ever seen any one, model or not, look good in one. So, obviously, that is a trend I will not partake!

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    1. I admit it, I've tried the faux fur vest thing, but never made it out of the door. I felt a bit ridonkulous, plus my dog was out to get me as a chew toy!

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  6. Loving your dress! I know there are trends I swore I would never wear, but I can't remember to save my life!!

    xx Amy
    Leopard and Lillies

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  7. I love your reference to MC Hammer and the Reebok Pump sneakers! Oh the good old days. heheh :) Love your blog and I am your newest follower! :D :D
    The trend that I love right now is how everyone is mixing prints ....i just haven't had the guts to give it a shot myself but I have to say it's pretty cool seeing the various combinations bloggers have been creating!
    xoxo, Phoebe

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    1. You could always start slow with the print mixing - stripes and floral in the same color tones are fairly innocuous. Some people seem to be able to get away with wearing two completely different over-to-top patterns though, don't know how they do it!

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  8. At first I hated the color denim trend but now I love it! I can't stand the new denim on denim trend...it seriously makes me want to hurl. Although who knows if I'll be saying that again in a few months. I can't get into the neon trend either. It just reminds me way too much of being a child in the 80s and so I'd feel 5 again if I put on too much neon.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
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    1. I admit to loving neon, but I try my best to keep it in check, because I don't want to be one pair of legwarmers away from turning into a complete throwback!

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  9. Thanks,for your comment on my blog.^^

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  10. ha, this was an entertaining post. Love the printed dress, almost as much as I loved the pants from the last post!
    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

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  11. Haha, I love reading your posts! I hate cutaways too, I just don't have the body for them and I try to keep my muffin top hidden at all times. I also despise crop tops - there's only a distinct few ladies who could ever pull that off and even then it's just not that cute. Trends I can't get enough of are bright colors and peplum. Peplum because it's flattering on anyone and everyone, and bright colors because they're perfect for summer but can still be toned down with the right pieces for fall. Love your dress by the way :)

    Stephanie
    twenty-something

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    1. I haven't tried the peplum yet this season, partly because I am still traumatized but a peplum top I tried years ago that made me look way preggers.

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  12. You look phenomenal! Seriously, the best you've ever looked (which says a lot!). That dress must become your go-to from now on!

    Things I love to hate (on me, at least)... denim on denim, neon pants (so fad-y), buttoning up shirts all the way and wearing a large bib necklace (I've tried so many times, no go), and belting cardigans (never looks right on me).

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    1. Aw, thanks!

      Maybe in a future post, I should try to put on as many terrible trends together into one outfit as I can - double denim with cutouts, multi layered bubble necklaces, a fur vest, wedge sneaker booties, and some sort of eye searing neon arm party. ;o)

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  13. ANKLE BOOTS/BOOTIES. I have not given up on that yet, even though with my short legs, they are not flattering. But I've got this one pair from Target that I'm going to try. If they don't work, I swear I'll give up on ankle boots/booties for good.

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    1. I have a pair of black ones and they work with black tights. All other ankle booties look ridiculous on me. Though I did buy a pair of bootie wedges from Zara on super-sale that I hope will work with jeans.

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  14. i love your honesty, girl. and boy oh boy do i LOVE that dress. you are awesome.

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  15. Jenna's off the rails. I miss neutrals :-)
    C.

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    1. Hahah - I adore JC, but this is sometimes true! I still remember the sequin sweatpants ...

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  16. i adore skinny jeans and ones in primary colors. i can't do peplum or half the skirts from anthro anymore because well, i have hips. i also opened marie claire yesterday and didn't understand this whole fur thing that seems to be kicking up for winter, either. i mean, really?

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    1. I made an honest effort to do the whole faux fur vest thing that was big last winter and bought(then returned) three different vests. Never left the house in any of them - I looked like I was in different levels of road kill, it was not cool!

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  17. Oh the reebok pumps!!! I was sooooo thrilled to get these. This whole post just cracked me up! I can't seem to get on board with the same trends as you have already mentioned, but say nay as well to the wedge sneakers. :) I dig the critter jewelry and the hen and pops of the neon. Lol picturing myself in mc hammer pants.

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  18. Love the addition of your neon belt to the dress, so cute!

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  19. I absolutely love that floral print dress on you - you accessorized perfectly with the yellow belt!

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  20. the faux fur is just too over the top for me. i'd feel ridiculous in it.

    Maggie

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  21. You look gorgeous in red, girl! I am loving how great your hair looks!
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  22. Oh what a pretty dress on you Lisa!! The belt is perfect with the dress. And so funny about JCrew and all their neon items :)

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    1. I admit to liking neon and wearing some neon, but they've got waaaaaaay too much going on all at once!

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  23. OH GOSH. I am sooooo not trendy. That's for sure. I like a lot of trends, but can't pull them off or can't figure out how to make them work for my aesthetic. Neon is definitely one of them. And I thought the same thing about it too: highlighter! But when people wear them, how can they look oh so cool and stylish? It boggles me!

    Loving your shoezies!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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  24. That red dress is so pretty on you and I totally adore the pop of yellow!
    Just like you, I'm so not into mid-riff showing cut-out dresses or tops! I can never imagine myself in one of those ultra-revealing things!! but I'm quite fond of colored skinny jeans or any skinny jeans for that matter! Nope, I do not follow all trends, but surely love some of them!
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    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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    1. I appreciate food way too much to wear a midriff-bearing top ... ;o)

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  25. Such a pretty dress with the perfect dose of neon. :)
    I know denim jackets are trendy right now, but having worn them the first time around, I can't quite bring myself to wear them again - even though they look really cute on everyone else. :)
    Also, I am ready for manufacturers to stop making everything either sheer and/or with a ridiculously low neckline. I'm not a prude, but I appreciate a pretty top that's work appropriate without me having to layer a cami under it.

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    1. I hate tops that I HAVE to layer just because the shirt is so sheer - I am not spending $80 for that!

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  26. Love the dress and you always look gorgeous in red! Love the neon belt too! Ahhh, the trends I can't stand.....those wedge sneakers. I can't seem to fall in love with booties and short skirts. They make everyone look so chopped up and short. Will NEVER wear harem pants unless an American gigolo comes with them.

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  27. I find myself getting so wrapped up in your writing that I have to double check to see what you were wearing.:) I LOVE all of your thoughts on the trend thing...I was laughing so hard just reading this post! The cutaway bodice is def my least favorite trend, it should go away.
    -amy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  28. Loving the neon belt with the red - very eye-catching! I think wide-legged pants look so lovely on taller ladies but make me look so squat. The jodhpur look would not be good on me either. :P

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    1. I've tried those trouser jeans and I have to wear ridiculously high heels to even pull the look off - no bueno!

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  29. My sister has been seeking a neon yellow belt forever---passing on your links, thanks! :) Love this dress/shoes combination on you.

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  30. I've never been one for the flat Oxford look, I totally agree with you. But I do like to wear flowers on my butt:). You look darling in that dress, love the colors. Xoxo

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  31. The print on your dress is so gorgeous!! And I love the neon belt!
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    Allison
    A's Fashion Files
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  32. What a pretty dress! I love the yellow belt.

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  33. OH Lisa, I bet those sneakes were awesome. This dress - I'm a sucker for a good 50's inspired piece.

    I can't get enough of delicate pieces with lace - just got the lace/striped top from Anthro in the rust hue and I'm loving it!

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  34. I'm kinda the opposite in that I love them fruity skinnies and oxfords:p I agree, I don't get the cutaway bodices either. And I wish the high-low will get the heave-ho haha... cute dress!

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  35. Love this dress! You are just too funny! Love the highlighter comment, but I love my brights too! Love to follow each other!

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  36. This dress is just stunning and I LOVE The pop of yellow!!!

    XO
    http://pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

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  37. I love how the dress looks hemmed! It was cute before, too, but it looks much more 'you' now. The most neon I can get myself to wear is a neon yellow hairbow, but I feel so edgy when I wear it. Y'know, one of those edgy velvet hairbows. Ridiculous. :P I like some oxfords, but only when they're worn with woolly socks-- they're just to menswear for me on their own.

    xo Julie
    ♥Julie Rose Sews♥

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    1. I think oxfords are cute with dark tights and a full mini - and only on some people. The rest of the time - I don't know, it's TOO menswear, I'm totally with you!

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  38. I love your posts, you always give me a good chuckle! So I love sheer tops... but I don't love sheer tops where your bra is showing. I always wear a cami underneath. But I've seen some who don't. While it may looks chic and edgy, I just can't imagine myself wearing that out in public. Maybe I'm just too shy!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. I don't know, I don't think showing a full bra is any sort of daytime appropriate look - but then again, if I looked like a Victoria's Secret model, hm ...

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  39. I love the neon belt with this fabulous dress. So cute!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  40. I love the yellow belt with the colorful jewelry- such a fun outfit!

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  41. I could not be more in love with that dress or those shoes - fabulous! I'm just about ready to be done with neon, but am loving peplum. :)

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  42. You don't need to be a stick to pull off this dress! You look gorgeous in it. Also, I am really loving your blog name!

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  43. This dress is so gorgeous on you! I LOVE the print and the pretty colour! I totally agree with your outlook on trends, and completely agree about skinny fruity coloured jeans and brogues/oxfords! LOL! :)

    xo Jenny
    www.crazystylelove.com

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  44. I don't get harem pants at all. I just don't think it's fashionable.

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  45. I love this dress, it's very beautiful! The pattern is so pretty! But I understand what you mean with harem pants, they look ridiculous on me too, and with the neon, well, neon accessoires yes, but neon outfits are not my style, well probably I'm not cool enough for that ;-) But I think I will get a pair of college loafers this autumn, but I'll definitely not wear them with skirts, rather with pants, my legs are definitely not thin enough to wear them with skirts. Well, a trend i can't get enough from is lace, I really love lace tuniques or romantic lace things!

    xxx Anita

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    1. Lace is really not my personal style, but I love the look of it - I love lacey details or lace edging.

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  46. Your post just cracked me up! It's a great dose of words for thoughts! Love how you added a neon belt to your dress, and purple heels, definitely a winner! I think I can live with the neon trend (in small doses, though!) the peplum and the high-low hem. Not into printed jeans (seem lovely on others but not daring enough to try it, yet!) mid-drift cut-outs, and definitely no sheer blouses with just a bra! And I have not been able to leave my home in flip flops, except for when I'm taking out the garbage!

    Jenny
    www.jensoutfitjournal.com

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    1. I can't even do colored jeans, I'm not sure how I'd handle printed ones!

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    2. I do love my colored jeans (coral, turquoise, mustard!) and am looking for just the right pair of floral jeans, egged on by Catherine at Not Dressed as a Lamb :P

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  47. I wish the cropped top trend would go away. If peeps would layer them, great, but I'm seein' too many food babies to think this works for any but those with the most toned abs. I'm pro'bly just jealous 'cause I can't pull those off :P

    Also, I love, love, love the towering platform heels. They won't go away, and I tell myself to try on a pair, only to be reminded that I can't walk in the bloody things. Maybe I'll buy a pair to use as wall art...

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