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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fall 2018 Back To School Fashion Trends at MAGIC Trade Show

With August halfway over, the fall 2018 back-to-school shopping season has begun. If you're seeking style inspiration or looking for a wardrobe refresh, there are some exciting fashion trends to look out for.  Here are the seven must-have trends for fall 2018 that I scouted at MAGIC Tradeshow.

1. All Buttoned Up
A continuation from spring/summer 2018, buttons adorn midi dresses, skirts, and jumpsuits. Often more decorative than functional, look out for asymmetrical placements and vintage finishes.

Button Front Fashion Trend 2018

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2. The '90s Revival
If there's one thing to remember about the fall 2018 season, it's the '90s. As if! Break out your best Cher Horowitz-inspired looks and get acquainted (or reacquainted) with mini skirts, fuzzy crop tops, overalls, checkered denim, mom jeans, and plenty of plaid. See Target's new brand Wild Fable for colorful and affordable examples.

1990s Fashion trend

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3. Chunky Knitwear
This is the season of the statement sweater. Look out for textural details, bobble stitching, undone hems, and slouchy silhouettes. 

Chunky Knitwear trend fall 2018


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4. Overalls
If rompers and jumpsuits dominate the summer season, then overalls are a natural evolution for the fall/winter months. Expect to see them done in warm neutrals, corduroy, and embellished denim versions. See these overall styles at Shopbop for more shopping inspiration.

overalls fashion trend 2018

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5. See Through Style
There's no hiding from this trend. Transparent handbags and lucite footwear were dominant themes for accessories at MAGIC this season. Footwear brands to note for this theme are Vicenza and Schutz, who offer chic versions of this trend for fall.

Clear Lucite Accessories Trend 2018

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6. Rainbow Stripes and Brights
Bold and colorful stripes adorned slouchy knitwear for fall. 

Rainbow Stripes fashion trend

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7. Gold Mine
If there's one color to add to your closet as 2018 comes to a close, it's goldenrod. Also known as mustard or Gen Z yellow, it's pretty much the new Millennial pink. Not that pink is going anywhere, it's just morphing into a dustier, more muted hue. 

gold mustard Gen-Z color trend 2018

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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Look for Less - Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers

With the continued popularity of athletic apparel and footwear in the fashion industry, the chunky-soled sneaker is poised to replace the chic, minimal sneaker as the shoe style of choice. Joining the ranks of hoodies, leggings, fanny packs, parkas, and other fitness-inspired must-haves are a myriad of colorful, unmistakable new sneakers. For the spring/summer 2018 season, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, and ChloĆ© have designed standout styles perfect for dressing up or down. In luxurious materials and unexpected color combinations, they strike the balance between '90s dad sneakers and futuristic lifestyle kicks. 

You may have spotted the Louis Vuitton Archlight sneaker on your favorite influencer or model as pictured below. 

Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers 
Street Style

images via Pinterest

So what exactly makes the Louis Vuitton Archlight style so special? This distinctive sneaker features an exaggerated arched sole, low-cut ankle, high tongue, and of-the-moment chunky sole. It's the kind of shoe that takes an outfit to the next level while keeping you comfortable. If the $1090 price tag doesn't fit your budget, there are may inspired versions for less available.
Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers Replica look alikes
Top row from left to right: Boohoo chunky dad trainers, $32, Boohoo chunky sole trainers, $32

Middle row: Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers, $1090

Bottom row from left to right: Steve Madden Maximus (more colors available), $99.95, Jeffrey Campbell Lo Fi, $159.95

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Time and Tru Review at Walmart

Admittedly, I don't shop at Walmart often, but after seeing a TV commercial for their new apparel brands, I was intrigued. It looks as though they're trying to amplify their fashion footprint and keep up with the competition. During my last visit, I was able to inspect the new Time and True brand in the Women's department. What I saw pleasantly surprised me. On-trend blouses, chic pants, flowy tees, versatile camisoles (under $4), pretty pastels, and cute details such as ruffles and embroidery left me impressed and wanting to see more. The fabrics were certainly an upgrade from their No Boundaries, Faded Glory, and George labels, while the prices were still downright affordable.

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My store's selection of Time and Tru was minimal, but I'll be sharing my favorites in this short shopping review. Here's a look at some of my top picks.

Below, ruffled-sleeve jumpsuits for $16.94. These have a wide leg and cropped silhouette with pockets, which I liked. It's a one-and-done summer outfit that looks chic, effortless, and relaxed. I'd pair with espadrille wedges and a denim jacket for now, or flat mules and tassel earrings for hot summer days. The verdict? Two thumbs up! The only problem...which color to choose?


Time and Tru Walmart ruffle jumpsuits

These ruffled T-shirts ($10.94) were super stretchy and long in length, making them perfect for tucking into skirts or pairing with leggings. Not pictured - a stylish charcoal grey version which almost made it into my basket. I might be going back to Walmart soon for another look.

Time and Tru Walmart ruffle t-shirts

The cold-shoulder crochet top ($13.44) was made of heftier fabric than other Walmart brands, and I love the pretty shade of pink on the right.

Time and Tru crochet open shoulder tops

The embroidered tie-sleeve top ($15.44) is made of cotton poplin and comes in four colorways. I took home the black one with white embroidery. It's comparable to other cotton blouses that retail for five times the price that I've seen at Saks or Nordstrom. It has a loose fit and can be worn off-the-shoulder or on. 

embroidered Time and Tru off the shoulder blouses

I look forward to seeing more from this brand, especially shirts, dresses, and footwear. They seem to be on the right track in terms of trends, colors, and better fabrics. I'm eyeing these bow sandals and this bell sleeve cardigan. Shopping note - the goods look much better in person than online. 

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Top Denim Trends for 2018

As denim becomes more ingrained into our everyday wardrobes, it's fascinating to see how it evolves each season. The days of boring blue jeans are long gone, replaced with embellished jackets, cute skirts, innovative treatments, eco-friendly construction techniques, and fun finishes. Earlier this month at MAGIC trade show, I spent some time tracking Women's denim trends, and I'll be sharing my top five denim trends for 2018. 

1. The Novelty Denim Jacket
While the trucker jacket was a key item last season, the novelty jacket is taking its place for spring 2018. Think floral embroidery, elbow cut outs, ruffles, cropped shapes, and frayed edges. Almost anything goes; there's no room for minimalism here.

2018 denim jacket fashion trends

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2. Fit to be Stitched
The embroidery of the past few seasons isn't slowing down, with floral motifs adding a pretty touch to straight-leg jeans, mini skirts, and casual jackets.

2018 embroidered denim fashion trend

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3. The Sporty Stripe
Given the popularity of athletic apparel, the athleisure movement was bound to infiltrate the denim market. Sporty striped panels adorned many pairs of jeans at MAGIC this season. It was most notable on skinny and straight leg silhouettes and paired with distressed finishes. 

2018 sporty striped jeans fashion trend

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4. Shredded Styles
Fringe effects, frayed hems, shredded trims, and Western-inspired details add texture and movement to denim.

2018 fringe denim fashion trend

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5. Overalls
Overalls, short-alls, and overall skirts round out the mix of one-piece denim styles I spotted. Paired with statement-sleeve tops layered underneath, it's a casual path to festival season style.

2018 denim overalls fashion trend

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Other notable denim trends to take note of include: glow in the dark denim, iridescent coatings, 3-D effects, recycled garments, resin prints, water repellent storm denim, and fabric with enhanced wicking. 

See brands such as RE/DONE, AGOLDE, Topshop, 3x1, Levi's, and this collection of emerging designers for more denim inspiration and ideas.

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