Monday, April 14, 2014

Target Trendspotting - 3 Ways to Wear World Prints

As an avid wearer of prints and color, you can imagine how happy I am to see the wide array of world prints at Target this spring. They're perfect for injecting life into your wardrobe after winter or for wearing to summer festivals. If you're like me, you'll relish the chance to mix with other prints and textures. 

Whether you like a little bit of print or a lot, I've got you covered with three spring looks featuring printed pieces that caught my eye. Be bold by mixing complementary geometric prints with shades of blue in look #1, try out a more feminine look with tiered lace shorts and a pastel peasant blouse in look #2, or go easy-breezy with a cropped tank top and colorful skirt in look #3. Click each item to shop.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Peter Som for DesigNation at Kohl's Review

You might've heard that Peter Som for Kohl's launches in stores on April 10. It's already available online as part of a pre-sale, but after picking out my favorites from the lookbook, I wanted to try on the goods in store.  After all, it's the best way to see how the pieces will fit and feel. 

The beachy St. Barths-inspired collection, modeled by a Gwyneth Paltrow look-alike, features pineapple prints, chic stripes, crisp eyelet pieces, and postcard prints that evoke images of luxurious insouciance and have me daydreaming of my upcoming summer vacation. With his collection for Kohl's, Som expertly channels the French chic vibe of St. Barths with a few favorite items that caught my eye: the postcard print sweatshirt, pineapple print charmeuse trousers (worn by Jenna Dewan-Tatum), tie-dye shirtdress (worn by Kate Bosworth), and the versatile jersey motorcycle vest

Peter Som for DesigNation at Kohl's lookbook

Sizing notes: my store stocked sizes XS to XL and 2 to 14, although the Kohl's website is stocking sizes XXS, 14, and 16, so that should make the collection accessible to a wider array of shoppers. I found the collection to be true to the Misses sizing at Kohl's. 

Here's a closer look at the clothing on the racks when I went into the store on an unusually quiet Wednesday night.

 Peter Som for Kohl's looks

Peter Som for Kohl's postcard maxi dress and jadorable tee shirt

 Peter Som for Kohl's maxi dresses

 Peter Som for Kohl's DesigNation visual merchandising

Peter Som for Kohl's hang tag St. Barths

I spent about an hour in the fitting room trying on all of the things that I gravitated towards. Yes, there were that many!

First up, my very favorite piece in the entire collection, the postcard print sweatshirt. I tried a size XS and 2 in everything (except for the striped romper). The blue part of the sweatshirt is a lightweight and soft rayon jersey, and the print is a quirky one that speaks to my fun side. Even though I don't love V-necks or even short-sleeved sweatshirts, this one had me at hello. The blue color, the easy fit, and the comfort were pleasing.

Peter Som for Kohl's postcard print sweatshirt

How to wear it? With white jeans, the Bermuda shorts, or faded skinnies and strappy sandals.

Peter Som for Kohl's postcard sweatshirt and white sateen Bermuda shorts

Above, I'm also wearing the eyelet tunic (here's a similar one from the collection), which has a comfortable, oversized fit and an eyelet panel on the upper back, and the Bermuda shorts, which I liked more than I was expecting. They were a non-sheer cotton sateen blend, and they felt dressy enough to potentially pair with a blazer or heels. Loved the just-above-the-knee length and the slim fit. 

Peter Som for Kohl's pineapple print pants

Above, my top pick for pants in the collection is this pair of pineapple print charmeuse trousers. The length was slightly too long, but the XS fit well, and the two side pockets made me happy. Pockets are always a plus, and they are prominent in this collection! The pants are made of ultra comfortable polyester, not too flimsy and not too thick. Just perfect for a warm spring day with the slightly oversized and tropical-themed pineapple tank top or parrot T-shirt, both of which are slightly sheer and made of a poly/rayon blend. On the far right, I styled the striped/pineapple print charmeuse tank top tucked into the pineapple pants for a jumpsuit-like look. Loved the easy fit of the tank top and the mixed print design. 

Peter Som for Kohl's striped dress and jumpsuit

Above, I'm wearing the striped pieces: the colorblock flounce hem dress, striped romper, and fit and flare dress. The verdict on these three? I appreciated the tailoring of the colorblock dress, although the length was too long for me so I folded the waist under to shorten it. Loved the sporty feel of the white stripes, though. The striped romper was sold out in my size, so I tried on the smallest size they had - an 8. A little roomy, but I just had to try it on. Note the cute button detail on the shoulder. I appreciated the two front pockets, easy back zip, and wrinkle resistant poly construction. Bonus points for not being sheer or flimsy! I can see why this one was selling out so quickly at my store.  I was on the fence about the fit and flare dress though, probably because I found the length a little too long. Otherwise, a comfortable and chic dress with an easy fit and stretchy waistband. I can imagine it with a skinny patent leather red belt. 

Peter Som for Kohl's maxi dresses

Above, a look at the three maxi dresses I tried on. My favorite? The splatter print blue one on the left. I adored the stretchy banded waist, side slit, and cool color palette. The postcard print halter maxi was fun, and the sheer blue panel was unexpected. The armholes were too big on the side though, so that was slightly disappointing. I didn't love the striped maxi dress because the fabric was too revealing and stretchy for my taste. I'd recommend skin-tone undergarments with this dress. The sheer panels were a detail that I did enjoy, however. Just too many stripes in too many directions for me. I found it fascinating to note that in the Google+ Hangout with Kohl's last week, Peter Som referred to stripes as a neutral. 

Peter Som for Kohl's tie-dye shirtdress worn on Kate Bosworth

Above, the tie-dye shirtdress famously worn by Kate Bosworth and Kate Dimmock, Fashion Director of one of my favorite magazines, PEOPLEStyle Watch. It has a flounce hemline which is hard to see in photos, and the wrinkle-resistant poly construction felt comfortable and sturdy. Loved the sash at the waist, did not love the awkward sleeve length on me. I'd wear this with a white denim jacket, white belt, and beige wedges for daytime or metallic heels and a statement necklace at night. 

Peter Som for Kohl's eyelet dress and black jumpsuit

Above, two pieces I liked but not enough to buy - the eyelet dress (which also comes in coral) and tapered jumpsuit. The dress was well tailored with a stretchy waist, pleating at the neckline, two front pockets, and crisp fabric. I'd probably belt it if I were to wear it in order to cinch and define the waist. I appreciated the easy fit, tapered legs, front pockets, and tie belt on the jumpsuit, but the two buttons on the back of the neck were tricky for me. I can imagine this chic piece with metallic heels and some sparkly bangles or earrings for a night on the town. 

Peter Som for Kohl's moto vest jacket

Above, I'm wearing the charmeuse print tank top in coral combo, the white moto jacket, and the black moto vest over the tank top in black combo (previously seen) with the French terry soft pants. I loved each piece, as they were all comfortable and versatile. I tucked in the coral tank top, and wore the black version untucked on the far right. The coral one has a fun banana print, while the black one has a pineapple print. The top is not as shiny as it appears in the lookbook, likely because they photographed it with flash. I adored the white moto jacket, as it's my number two pick in the collection. It's soft, easy to style with many things, and the gold hardware dresses it up ever so slightly. The sleeves lack any hardware, making them ideal for casually pushing up. It's as if Peter Som read my mind when he designed this; I need a lightweight and polished white jacket just like this in my wardrobe. As for the black moto vest and French terry pants, I found them to be incredibly comfortable and well-made basics that could be worn in a laid-back manner or dressed up with the right footwear and jewelry. Confession - the pants were so cozy I did not want to take them off. The front pockets and tapered legs were a huge bonus. 

Peter Som for Kohl's sweatshirt and jadorable T-shirt

Above, the embroidered French terry sweatshirt and j├ádorable striped tee with the French terry pants. The sweatshirt's embroidery (see detail photo below) featured rhinestones and a feminine floral pattern, which I loved because it reminded me of J.Crew's preppy vibe. I found the j├ádorable striped tee to be really cute, although I would've preferred a smaller neckline.

Peter Som for Kohl's embroidered French terry sweatshirt

As you can probably tell from the number of items I tried on, this was my favorite Kohl's DesigNation collection to date. Overall, I found Peter Som's line to be a marked improvement from previous collections at Kohl's. The fit, fabrics, and prints were right in line with my personal style and my active, casual lifestyle. They'd also be top picks for wearing on vacation due to the low maintenance (and no ironing required) of the polyester pieces. Anyone want to go to St. Barths? I know what I'd put in my suitcase! 

If you shop or browse the collection, catch up with me on Twitter and Instagram to share your thoughts and favorites with #PeterSomforKohls.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Target Trendspotting - Summer Denim

Denim is the causal girl's wardrobe mainstay. Case in point - me. I've got more pairs of jeans and chambray shirts than I care to count, but I still can't get enough denim. What's not to love? It's comfortable, sturdy, versatile, and easy to style. 

For spring and summer, there are endless denim and chambray options from baseball hats and quilted jackets to relaxed shirtdresses and faded skinnies. The key to keeping your denim current for the warmer months is to choose softer shades of blue in light, breathable fabrics. Styling ideas include lace tops, brown strappy sandals, and fringe bags

Below, eight of my top denim picks. Hover over each item to browse. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Target Trendspotting - Think Pink

Although Pantone named Radiant Orchid as the color of the year for 2014, pink is everywhere this spring. Fortunately, the two colors pair well together! This season, pink in all shades from petal to fuchsia adorns everything from textured knits and modern sunglasses to bright crossbody bags and bold jewelry. 

Below, a peek at how I recently styled a look with liberal use of the playful hue using faded denim, a statement necklace, and fun accessories. 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Topshop for Adidas Originals Lookbook Preview

In my days as a college student, I practically lived in sneakers and sportswear. I didn't follow trends, buy a lot of apparel, or dress up often like I do now, since comfort and keeping up with my busy schedule took priority for me. The one thing I did buy in bulk as a student? Sneakers, especially Adidas shell toes. Now that my college days are behind me, I have a strong interest in both sportswear and style, so naturally, the new Topshop x Adidas Originals collection is on my radar. 

For the 20-piece collection, which launches on March 20, Topshop reimagined some key Adidas pieces, including sweatshirts, tracksuits, and sneakers. It's the ideal blend of stylish and sporty elements, and just in time for the revival of laid-back 1990s-inspired activewear that the fashion crowd can't get enough of right now. (Stan Smith sneakers anyone?) Price points range from $40 to $150, so looking stylish while working out (or adding an activewear element to your everyday style) won't be too hard on the wallet (unless you buy it all).

Below, a selection of my top picks, which, if you're looking to shop, will be available on the websites of
Topshop, Nordstrom, and Adidas, as well as in all Topshop stores and select Adidas stores.

Topshop for Adidas Originals collection March 20, 2014

**March 19, 2014 update at 10:30PM PST: the collection has launched and is now shoppable at Topshop

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Target Trendspotting - Festival Essentials

We're well into March, and spring festival season is upon us. Even if you're not attending any of the major music festivals, there's inspiration to be found in the laid-back looks that prevail at the likes of Coachella and Outside Lands. Key items to wear to get the relaxed look? Sun protection in the form of a hat, sunblock, and sunglasses are key, as are light layers for changes in the weather. Other essentials include a bag that frees up your hands for dancing, eating, and Instagramming, and easy-on-the-feet boots that protect your toes from spills or from being stepped on by overzealous music enthusiasts. 

Keeping comfort in mind, I've styled a look with embellished shorts, a breezy tank, and a printed kimono to channel a nostalgic boho vibe. Click on each item to shop the post.

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