These are two outfits this week that I felt epitomized Spring in one way or another. I was trying to find the common thread between them, but I was unable to find anything concrete enough to give the topic any air. So after a short deliberation over the subject matter, I realized that the similarity between the two of them is simply their seasonal appropriateness. It is finally Spring, and as long awaited as it was, it was well worth it. And there are outfits to prove it.
The first ensemble is semi-reminiscent of the D&G Spring 2010 RTW collection, which featured humongous tiered skirts, denim shirts, and eyelet everywhere. The second features a current wardrobe favorite of mine: the sleeveless trench. It is incredibly versatile, and I plan on wearing it as long as the weather remains tepid enough for me to withstand the layering.
We have all grown to know and love the midi length in our lives. It is obsessively hunted, purchased, worn, and posted the world over, and it seems to be the sartorial staple of the year. But it may need to move its fabulous self over a tad to make room for the new new length: the ankle length. If you thought it couldn’t get any chicer, think again. Ankle length skirts are resurfacing and they are fresher than ever, in the form of ball gown skirts, pleats, and dresses. The perfect necessary space for showcasing the shoes, ankle grazing skirts and dresses are ladylike, yet maintain their cool factor and remain current. And while I can’t say I’ve moved on from the midi just yet, I can’t help but indulge in this trend right now.
T Shirt: Theory / Denim Jacket: Zara sim / Skirt: RED Valentino / Shoes: Lanvin / Sunnies: Prada
Thanks to a collaboration with Pink Label, I was afforded the opportunity to cover some shows this season at Fashion Week and it was, in a word, sublime. Seeing the slideshows via Vogue or Style.com is one thing, but witnessing it unfold in the front row of a live show is a completely different experience. What these designers do season after season is a veritable talent; they can spark in us the desire to see Winter once again, with fresh eyes and renewed enthusiasm. Even in the midst of a seemingly never-ending winter vortex of historical proportions, we cannot help but genuinely look forward to next year’s seasonal drop in temperatures, so we can don the knits that marched down the runways of Delpozo, and Ohne Titel. Or the outerwear in army green and baby blues shown at Wes Gordon’s super chic assemblage.
Not to mention the overwhelming abundance by which we were shown our beloved Skirt. The Midi seems to have become a staple as sure and steadfast as classic Americana county rock, and it does not appear to be budging in the near future. The modestly clad are in a good place sartorially speaking, and this movement of knee-coverage seems heaven sent. Sifting through the shows, I was pleased to find the vast majority was modestly fashioned, and the overall feeling was one of cool elegance. Here’s what you have to look forward to for next Fall…
Delpozo Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Expect to play with proportions, and color; a spectrum of vibrant hues to cool neutral tones were seen in this collection, and it was a refreshing prospect for next Fall.
Clover Canyon Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Always true to its precedent prints, the show had a more refined silhouette for this collection. Just when you thought they couldn’t get any better, they add inches to their modest separates and dresses.
Ohne Titel Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: As it is their modus operandum, the line showed chunky knits and textured prints, with maroon, cobalt blue, black and white, along with leather and metallics in the mix.
J. Mendel Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Two words: Leather, and Fur. It’s what winters were made for.
Carolina Herrera Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: This collection showed us a peak into a winter of geometric prints, color, and Karlie Kloss in boiled wool.
Wes Gordon Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Gordon’s collection showed us a lighter side of Fall with cool colors and airy fabrics. He focused on textures, and the ever-present midi length we have been seeing across runways everywhere.
Michael Kors Falls 2014
Modest Forecast: Kors created a collection which melded the worlds of unpretentious luxury with classic fall attire. Next Fall will be full of the things you want to wear on a chilly day: cozy oversized knits, dark floral dresses, A-Line skirts, fur, shag and fringe. A whole lot of gray and brown, with small doses of the classic white button down and black skirt thrown in for good measure. The perfect and complete winter wardrobe.
Milly Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: Designer Michelle Smith sent endless possibilities down the runway. The message was winter-wear can be fun; full of texture, fabric, shine and volume.
BCBG Fall 2014
Modest Forecast: The label’s twenty-fifth anniversary show was a reason to look forward to another Fall come next year, showing an uber relaxed silhouette with midi lengths, cool color-blocking, fur details, and piled layers.
It has been Winter for what seems like forever. We are most certainly living within a vortex, and it seems to be never ending. Even the CFDA for Fashion Week is full of meteorological trepidation, and we are all running the risk of a stiletto slip with the icy conditions upon us.
For the time being we remain within the parameters of winter dressing, which appropriately involves knits, tights, furs and gloves. Yet I was still driven to inspire some life into my wardrobe, if only for a day. I wanted to feel that Spring may be nearer than reality is dictating and so I donned the celebrated White Dress in an attempt to ward off the bout of inevitable Seasonal Affective Disorder we are all slipping into. I paired it with some black fringed boots and my current leather obsession, the biker jacket. Wearing white in the Winter, with some black boots for contrast, can feel fresh and fun even in the midst of this freezing whirlwind we now call Home.
Q: I love this skirt and have a few like it in several colors, but since I am more on the ‘plus size’ of things, I can’t tuck things in. Any advice on how to wear a flary midi without tucking in?
A: Hi! Thanks for your question!
The Midi Skirt is surprisingly versatile and can be worn in so many different fashions, on so many different body types. The length on the beloved Midi is elegant and cool at the same time, and the flared version is particularly forgiving and ladylike.
Nowhere in the “Rulebook” of fashion does it say you absolutely must tuck your top into your midi skirt; it may be the go-to style for some, but somehow wearing your top out is an off-duty, contemporary alternative and a street-style favorite as well. You can wear it with a knit, leather top, sweatshirt, modest crop top (like I did Here) or peplum- all sans the tuck.
What I would strongly suggest is trying it out with a jacket or blazer of your choice. I am a firm believer in the power of a blazer, and all it has to offer to an outfit. If you are willing to try, you can tuck (or untuck) a top into your midi and throw on the jacket to finish the look. A blazer (especially one that nips in at the waist) is a great way to create a clean, feminine silhouette and also helps hide any areas that may not be our favorite. Take a cue from these great fashion forward looks found on the street style front.