This post was a collaboration with Swedish Stockings. The items were gifted. All opinions are my own. 

Back in 2007 major style lessons were taught to young teens. Every time I heard Your one and only source into the scandalous life of Manhattans elite I knew I was about to see the latest trends and how to bravely style them. Being a major Blair fan I started to wonder why did I even question my mother when she told me that red tights were perfectly okay with tartan skirts.

Years have passed and recent trend reports as well as catwalk photos show me that it is time to put in practice every stocking style lesson I learned. Should we thank Gucci for invading instagram with its patterned hosiery? I should think so, yes.

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But now the real world part of this major trend… The textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. If you’re anything like me, you might have been contributing to this waste, specially when it comes to hosiery. Why? Well, tights and socks always seemed to be a one use only garment due to poor quality (note that lack of quality doesn’t necessarily mean cheap hosiery), ready to be thrown away after the first ripped mesh. Sure I used nail polish for minor incidents, sure some of them lasted a bit longer. Not many. Still a waste. To make everything worst I might just be one of the very few people who thinks jeans are not that comfy so skirts, dresses, pants are my safe comfy option. Meaning I have a drawer filled with folded hosiery which is constantly being updated due to lack of quality. So allow me to introduce you to Swedish Stockings,  a sustainable brand well aware of how hosiery is a wasteful business.

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A BIT ABOUT SWEDISH STOCKINGS 

They’re the only sustainable hosiery brand in the world. They create their pantyhose from both pre and post-consumer nylon waste. The production process is a lot less harmful to the environment than traditional nylon production and they are consistently looking for innovative and cleaner ways to produce. They also have a recycling program, meaning they receive your old stockings from other brands and give you a discount code to buy new ones. Thousands of stockings have been recycled thanks to their recycling program. Pretty cool, right?

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As for my looks, I had a lot of fun playing with colors, textures and prints. When it comes to hosiery you have endless options. Personally I don’t like seeing short net socks with jeans, I prefer them with pants (but this is a matter of personal style). Over the knee socks will always be a favorite of mine. Got those Clueless vibes and they´re a (good) journey to the 90´s, what’s not to love? You can wear them with over the knee boots and barely letting them show, with heels or flats. I only avoid wearing them with Chelsea boots since I don’t like to see the different lengths. When it comes to opaque tights, what I love the most is to play color block. Create your own color scheme and play with contrasts.

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ARE THEY WORTH BUYING?

In my opinion, they are. Specially the tights. I was really impressed with the fabrics´ quality (and trust me, I tested it all because I’m a mess when it comes to hosiery). If you take good care of them I believe they’ll last longer than the usual.

LET´S CHAT!

Are you into this FW trend? What’s your favorite? Let me know all about it below 🙂

 

Fall/Winter 16/17 Shoes

Like I told you on the first trend report, this Fall collections have too much information. Maximalism strikes again and you can spot its trace elements both on the clothes and accessories. I´ll be showing you what I believe to be the essential shoes for this season on this trend report and the next one will have all the accessories. Please note that it´s not my fault. Personally, I blame creative directors. The creative process of every important fashion house was just remarkable this Fall/Winter. I, of course, was a victim.

Loafers

It was Fall 2015 and Alessandro Michele had a perfect vision for Gucci. The loafers emerged and they´re not going anywhere anytime soon. If there´s any versatile shoe for this Fall, it´s the loafer. So, have you picked yours?

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Bottom Middle: Gucci (via net-a-porter.com); all the others: ASOS.com

Flat Slides

You´ve already seen them during summer and even last Fall. I must say I have mixed feelings when it comes to flat slides because I don´t find them that comfortable or practical. But i´ll tell you if this relationship makes any progresses. A piece of advice: don´t run while wearing them.

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Top Left: Gucci (via Vogue.com); All the others: ASOS.com

Mid-heel Shoes

Also known as “Granny Shoes” and definitely a very possible acquisition for this season. I find them very comfortable and super stylish, perfect to wear with frilled jeans and a cozy oversized knit (you know, for those days when you don´t want to put much thought on what you´re going to wear).

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Top Left : ChloĂŠ (via Farfetch.com); the others: ASOS.com

Ballerina Shoes

I didn´t love ballet very much when I practiced it but I did like my ballerina shoes very much and used to wear them around the house. You can transport yourself back to your childhood days with a classier version of ballerinas or an edgier one. Blame it on Miu Miu. As for my Bimba y Lola edgy ballet shoes, I find them perfect to wear with culottes.

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Top Right and Left: ASOS.com; Bottom Left: Miu Miu (via Vogue.com); Bottom Right: Bimba y Lola (old collection).

Mary-Janes

The classic. Is there anything more feminine than a good pair of Mary-Jane´s? Again, a good reminder of your childhood days. And because velvet is one of the main Fall fabrics, if you want a win-win situation, find yourself a pair of these in velvet. If you´re able to find something that goes terribly wrong with Mary-Janes, please let me know. I haven´t so far. P.s. a tracksuit doesn´t count. We´ll talk about athleisure later.

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Top Left: Dolce & Gabbana (via Farfetch.com); Top Right: Marc Jacobs (via Farfetch.com); Bottom: both ASOS.com

Ankle Boots

I know, I know. But history tends to repeat itself. So ankle boots are a thing, again. But this time the ankle boot trend comes bolder. You can choose from a huge variety of prints and play mix&match with your outfits now more than ever. If you´re not much of a bold prints kind of person, you still have lots of options: pvc, suede, velvet… everything with only one color or a little statement on the heel. Can you guess which one I daydream about? 😉

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Top Left and Right: ASOS.com; Bottom Left: ASOS.com, Bottom Right: ASOS.com (Tommy x Gigi is already on ASOS).

 

As always, I’d love to know what you think. Which are your favorites? See you in the comment section and stay tuned for the next trend report 🙂

 

 

 

FW15 – The Return of Maximalism

After a few seasons of Pinterest boards full of minimalistic designs and outfits, FW15 is finally here ready to give you everything you need to know how to create your very own personalized closet. Truth be told, there´s a wide range of options and different styles for every type of person (from punk and edgy with Saint Laurent and McQueen´s Victorian mood to Burberry Prorsum and ChloÊ´s folk). So, my first advice? Because clothes shouldn´t dictate your personality (and these FW15 pieces really do seem to have gained their own), just decide who you want to be. Follow your most fashionable instincts. Remember that patterned and colorful mini skirt you thought you could never mix with an equally beautiful patterned blouse and lots of accessories? You should definitely try it on. Pretend you´re 5 again and play that dress-up game you used to. My second advice? When in lack of inspiration, go spy on your muses – and I´m not only talking about that secret instagram crush we all have… Dig deeper and watch again those old movies that used to inspire you, that book character you always felt connected with, that tv show where you first had your heart broken by a bag (or an handsome male/female intriguing and mysterious character).

In the end, you must feel audacious, leave the rules behind you and say: “Welcome back, Maximalism. I´m ready to give you a tight hug”.

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Colors: Venetian Red; Berry; Oranges; Greens; Purple; Metallics

Patterns: Snake; Stripes; Plaids; Polka Dots; Floral

Fabrics: Tweed; Leather; Velvet

Key Pieces: Capes and Ponchos; Leather and tweed Skirts; Wide-leg pants; retro patterned coat (or a trench); small cross body bags (ChloĂŠ; Furla; Lanvin); modernist pumps

Accessories: berets (something i´ve been patiently waiting to wear again) and beanies (and with lots of embroidery); hats; scarves (every type of them); headbands ( another one i´ve been dying to wear..)

Jewels: Go big or go home – oversized earrings and necklaces. Every piece on your jewelry box must make a statement.

Designers: Miu Miu; Gucci (well done, Alessandro Michele); Charlotte Olympia; Bottega Veneta; Marc Jacobs; Lanvin; Balmain (for bold metallics); Burberry; Dolce & Gabbana

Spy on their style: Poppy Delevigne; Iris Apfel; Leandra Medine (from Man Repeller); Mira Duma

Icons: Françoise Hardy; Loulou de La Falaise; Marion Cotillard

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    FW15 BURBERRY2Pictures (in order): Miu Miu FW15 Ready-to-wear; Gucci FW15 Ready-to-wear; Fendi FW15 Ready-to-wear; Dolce&Gabbana FW15 Ready-to-wear; Balmain FW15 Ready-to-wear; Bottega Veneta FW15 Ready-to-wear; ChloĂŠ FW15 Ready-to-wear; Burberry Prorsum FW15 Ready-to-wear.
Source: Vogue.com and Style.com

 

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Midi Skirts

Inspired by this post from Lena, and this one from Dana, I decided it was time to chose the perfect midi-skirt. While last summer (and even autumn/winter) was all about long skirts, this fall we Started to see mini skirts, in a sixties throwback and – the most elegant one – The mid-length skirt.
It appeared paired with oversized sweaters, large knitwear, heels and sneakers, giving the outfits an elegant touch and capturing attentions both on the streets and runways. It can be straight, pencil shaped or pleated or whatever you want it to be.
For what I’m concerned, this could be another never ending trend – though I still haven’t found the perfect midi. And this time it comes with all the comfort you need in your daily routine!

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River Island, found at ASOS.com

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Zara.com

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Altuzarra for Target, found at Net-a-Porter.com

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Marc by Marc Jacobs, found at Net-a-Porter.com

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Roland Mouret found at Net-a-Porter.com

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brand – TITLE A

There´s a trend that, from time to time, appears – not only in clothing, but also in accessories; make-up; hairstyles.. we´re talking about tomboys, and the tomboy trend. You can find it in this fall winter sweaters, loafers, small boots, boyfriend jeans, some leather pieces. It´s the way you can mix the pieces that makes me a fan of this trend – one day you can wear a large sweater with skinny jeans and loafers and another day you can use that exact same sweater with a mini skirt and boots. 

We´re talking about a trend that we learned to copy from people like Charlotte Gainsbourg or Jane Birkin. We´re talking about a particular model named Agyness Deyn, and her clothing line – TITLE A. If you think about Agyness, you immediately associate her to what I just described. Knowing her work and especially her style, I immediately knew it had to be great!  

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