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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Spring Summer 2018 Retail Fashion Trend Preview

With the holidays behind us and the new year underway, it's time to focus on spring 2018 fashion trends. Recent retail offerings showcase a variety of Women's trends to look forward to, especially embroidery, statement sleeves, and deconstructed denim. Here's a look at some key themes emerging for the spring/summer '18 season.

1. Embroidery
Notable needlework carries over from the past few seasons on everything from blouses and dresses to denim. Below, an embroidered floral shift dress done in sheer mesh with a lining.

xhilaration embroidered floral dress

2. The Blue Woven Blouse
Expect to see the blue blouse continue as a strong contender in wovens for Juniors. Combined with special details such as fancy sleeves and embroidery, these tops are anything but boring for spring. 

xhilaration floral stripe blouse

3. Deconstructed Denim
While dark denim is making a comeback for spring, don't turn your back on deconstructed styles. Faded, ripped, and patched jeans are key for Women, especially in higher rises, "girlfriend" fits, and light washes. 

cotton on deconstructed denim

4. Waist Ties 
Here's the blue blouse again, this time with a corset detail at the waist. Look for self belts, waist ties, and corset styling to round out the mix.

a new day corse tblouse

5. Special Sleeves
The flared, tied, tiered, and bishop sleeves of the past few seasons are morphing into ruched sleeves for spring/summer 2018. Think slightly less volume, custom fits, and subtle volume. 

pink who what wear ruched sleeve blouse

6. Feminine Frills
Bow ties, ruffles, and sheer fabrics are key on blouses and they serve as a nice counterpoint to menswear looks.

ruffle bow blouse

7. Open Shoulders
A carry over from previous seasons, the open shoulder top gets an update with ruffles, print mixing, and slightly flared wrist details.

xhilaration open shoulder ruffle floral stripe top

8. Sparkle in your Step
When it comes to footwear, it's all about shine, texture, and fun details. These glitter sneakers pay homage to the athleisure movement while also adding a high shine finish to the look. 

Mossimo Tiffani glitter sneakers

9. Beautiful Botanicals
While floral prints make a showing each season, this time around they feature soothing botanical prints, strong color contrasts, and sheer fabrics. 

xhilaration blue floral bow blouse

For more fashion inspiration, see my fall 2017/winter 2018 fashion trend forecast, this spring summer 2018 fashion report, this spring summer 2019 Women's fashion forecast, and this spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast.

See 4 men's fashion trends for spring/summer 2018.


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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Look for Less - Givenchy Elegant Studded Boots

Now that it's fall, it's officially boot buying season. I've always been partial to a badass pair of studded ankle boots, so it's no wonder that the Givenchy Elegant studded boots have caught my attention. They've been around for a while and they return season after season due to their popularity and versatility. The black leather and suede versions are undoubtedly gorgeous, but have you seen them in red and in floral? They are simultaneously sleek and rebellious with their tough combat silhouette, micro studs, and multi-buckle design. 

How to wear them? I love them juxtaposed against a flirty mini skirt, toughened up with shredded denim, or styled with leather leggings for an insouciant rock 'n' roll vibe as seen by the street style stars below. They would also be stunning if styled with a dark floral midi dress for a casual daytime look. 

Givenchy Elegant studdde boots street style outfits

images via Pinterest

At close to $1400, they are certainly an investment. If you're up for the splurge, shop the latest Givenchy versions below.






The Look for Less

Seeking something more wallet friendly? Fortunately, there are a multitude of Givenchy studded boot replicas that won't break your budget. It's easy to snag the look for less. In fact, I'm eyeing this pair from Target for under $40 and this leather pair under $125 on Amazon.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Anna Sui Loves INC for Macy's Review

With visions of Western design details in my head, I headed into Macy's last week to browse the new Anna Sui loves INC International Concepts capsule collection. Full disclosure: style-wise, Anna Sui isn't exactly my cup of tea, and I haven't purchased anything by INC since the early aughts. I simply can't resist a designer capsule collection, and after browsing the merchandise online, I wanted to take a closer look.

What I saw in store, although minimal in selection, appeared to be well tailored with thoughtful details. The Anna Sui x INC collection is influenced by Western romance and includes florals, fringe, bell sleeves, embroidered denim, and embellished footwear. There are also handbags and jewelry, in addition to a small selection of apparel for men



I really wanted to try on this embroidered studded moto jacket, but the store didn't stock it.




Here's a look at what my store carried.

Anna Sui loves INC Macy's review

Anna Sui loves INC Macy's review

The sparkly rose hang tag is right in line with Anna Sui's fun, rocker style.

Anna Sui loves INC Macy's hang tag

Anna Sui loves INC Macy's review

Expect to see lots of ruffles and on-trend tiered sleeve details. 

Anna Sui loves INC Macy's review

In the Fitting Room

I selected four favorites and headed into the fitting room for some photos. First up is the ruffled faux suede jacket ($129.50). It also comes in a pretty sienna color. I'm wearing a small and found it to be roomy enough when zipped up to layer a top underneath. It was surprisingly comfortable, made of medium weight polyester, and well tailored. Bonus points for being machine washable. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I love how it is collarless and can be worn as a shirt or as a jacket. 

Anna Sui loves INC Macy's tiered ruffle jacket

Next is the corset back blouse ($69.50) in size small. It's untucked on the left and tucked in with the ottoman knit mini skirt ($69.50) on the right. The back has a corset lace detail that gives it a more tailored look. It's structured and made of a cotton/poly/spandex blend. Like the jacket, I found it to run true to size. The skirt (I tried a size 2) has a cute ring and zipper detail, is slightly stretchy, and more of a straight (not A-line) shape. I would've preferred this in a non-stretchy jacquard with more of an A-line silhouette. 

Anna Sui loves INC Macy's corset back shirt and ottoman skirt

Here's the corset back blouse tucked into the side stud wide-leg pants ($99.50). There's a back zip, generous 33" inseam, tailored waistband, and fluid poly/spandex fabric. I think these pants are versatile enough for work, nights out, and weekends depending on how they are styled. I'm wearing a size 2 and found the fit to be just right. 

Anna Sui loves INC Macy's rhinestone studded pants

While I think the INC brand is overpriced for the fabrics and compared to similar things I'd buy at competitors, I was impressed with the tailoring and the comfort of everything I tried on. I may even go back for the ruffled faux suede jacket once it starts to feel like fall in California.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Look for Less - Chloé Pixie Bag

When Chloé debuts a new handbag style, fashion devotees instantly take notice. The new Chloé Pixie bag from the fall 2017 runway is on my style radar. It's sure to cause the same commotion this fall as the widely beloved Faye and Nile bags. With its brass ring handle detail, chic round shape, and delicate studs, the latest must-have accessory from Clare Waight Keller's final collection for Chloé is guaranteed to be a street style home run. In true Chloé form, it's a versatile and instantly recognizable handbag. It looks equally stylish and casually cool when carried on the arm, in the hands, or worn crossbody. Even better, the Pixie bag comes in multiple sizes, shapes, and colors as seen below. 

December 2017 update - Meghan Markle was recently seen wearing the Chloé Pixie bag for a royal holiday celebration.

Chloe Pixie Bags runway fall 2017 looks
The Pixie's retro round shape make it an ideal piece to pair with fall's delicate floral dresses, embroidered blouses, sock boots, and flirty skirts. 

December 1, 2017 update - Shop the Pixie bag in many sizes and colors:




For more Chloé handbag ideas, see my posts on the Chloé Faye bag look for less and the Chloé Nile bag look for less.

Chloe Pixie Bag

Up for the investment? Shop the Chloé Pixie bag in more colors and sizes:



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The Look for Less

If you're looking for a Chloé Pixie bag dupe at a more affordable price point, you're in luck because there are a few budget friendly look-alikes.

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January 16, 2018 update - Shop styles under $85:



January 3, 2018 update - Shop styles under $350:







December 27, 2017 update - Steal Meghan Markle's Chloé Pixie bag holiday look for less:











December 1, 2017 update - Shop the newest look-alikes:





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