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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Denim Trends for 2017

Due to the popularity of my 2017 denim trend report on The Key To Chic, I've created another post featuring notable denim trends for 2017. Given the central role that denim plays in our modern lives, it's experiencing renewed interest spurred on by top designers such as Demna Gvasalia at Vetements, Alexander Wang, Alessandro Michele at Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and more. With new treatments such as patchwork, shadow prints, embroidery, cropped lengths, emoji patches, and uneven/distressed hems, the utilitarian fabric once reserved for blue collar workers and casual weekends gets drastically updated for 2017. Forget about the dark wash skinny jeans you know and love, because these trends make denim anything but basic. Here's what to keep your eye on in 2017 when it comes to the blues.

denim trends for 2017, denim trend forecast 2017

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Monday, January 16, 2017

DV by Dolce Vita Spring 2017 Shoe Review

New year, new shoes. Fortunately, Target just received their spring shipment of dv by Dolce Vita footwear. Do you live in a colder climate? I know it may be hard to think about buying or wearing sandals when your feet would rather be buried in a cozy pair of UGGs. Spring will be here before you know it! With visions of warmer days ahead, I tried on a few styles by dv that caught my eye. I'll be sharing my thoughts on comfort and fit in this review. 

dv by dolce vita spring 2017 shoes at Target

dv by dolce vita spring 2017 shoes at Target

dv by dolce vita spring 2017 shoes at Target

dv by dolce vita spring 2017 shoes at Target spring 2017

The first pair I tried is the Marybeth laser cut cork wedge sandal ($32.99). It runs true to size and is surprisingly comfortable. They look similar to the Dolce Vita Lamont wedges ($180.) The 2.75" wedge heel is a nice, moderate height for wearing for long periods on your feet, while the laces allow for a custom fit. They also come in taupe. I'd style these with cropped trousers, midi dresses, and rompers for spring. Two thumbs up for this style!

dv marybeth laser cut cork wedges

The Roxie espadrilles run slightly small and unfortunately, I found them to be stiff. I'd probably develop blisters on the back of the heel from these, as espadrilles don't usually work well for me. They have a nice neutral color that makes them look sporty or preppy depending on how they're styled. There's a striped version as well. The verdict? I like them but they are not for me in terms of comfort.

dv roxie espadrilles

The Angelique lace-up flats are similar to the Isabel Marant Leo flats, and I found them to run true to size. They were comfortable, with extra long laces so you can tie them up the leg if you wish. There's a zip in back, which is convenient. I love these paired with cropped black skinny jeans, ballerina skirts, or midi dresses. Like the wedges, these are another favorite from the spring dv collection.

dv angelique lace-up eyelet ballet flats

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Look for Less - Fur Pom Pom Sneakers

They might remind you of your favorite handbag accessory, or even your cherished childhood stuffed animal. They're also cute and downright whimsical. What's not to love about the newest sneaker trend, the furry pom pom sneaker? Whether you choose a slip-on style, a classic lace-up, or a D.I.Y. version, they add instant playfulness (and a fun, fluffy texture) to your most comfortable kicks.

Pom Pom Sneakers Outfits, pom pom sneaker street style

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I adore them dressed up with a fitted blouse and on-trend pleated midi skirt, or dressed down with leggings, an oversized sweater, and a wool coat for winter. I've got my eye on this style by footwear favorite Steve Madden for under $100, and this conversation-starter style by Here/Now for $240.


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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year - Greenery

Ready for some color forecasting? It's time to bid adieu to Rose Quartz and Serenity, Pantone's colors of the year for 2016. The new year is almost here, so please make room for Greenery, Pantone's punchy new color of the year for 2017. According to Pantone's announcement, Greenery is a "fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature's greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate, and reinvigorate." 

During the stressful holiday season, we can all take inspiration from nature to help us relax and regroup. I find Greenery to be a cheerful energetic, and refreshing color evocative of grass, mint, or parsley.

Pantone Greenery 2017 color of the year

As a testament to the color's strength, it made a showing on many spring 2017 runways. From left to right: alice + olivia, Balenciaga, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.

spring 2017 color trend greenery

It's a versatile color that works for all seasons and pairs well with everything from violet and blush to black, tangerine, or even brick red. 

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