I realize it's 100 degrees outside, and Fall trends, colors, styles, etc. seem irrelevant at this point, BUT, if you have already started shopping for back to school, I'm sure you've noticed the Fall clothes taking over the racks. Which means, we can officially start talking about your gradual closet transition. We need to be planners. We need to be prepared!
First up: Fall denim. I am a total jeans girl so it's always the trend I look to first.
The Flare style is big, big, big for this Fall. We started to see it making a comeback this past Spring with a super high rise. But, most major retailers will have flare styles this season with a variety of rises, rinses, and embellishments. While I still love my skinnies and distressed girlfriend jeans, I am super excited for this comeback. Here's why...
1. They are flattering! This style is leg lengthening...think of all of those actresses from the 70's with their mile long legs. It's all in the jeans! :-) Flared denim also makes your waistline appear smaller. When you are pairing a top with this style, remember to let your waistline show, so the jeans can be used to their full figure-flattery potential. You can do this by tucking a top like this in, doing the front tuck (like I did above), or wearing a more cropped style top like this. Save your tunics and longer tops for your skinnies. The flares are great with a wider vintage-feel belt like this or this too. Again, bringing the waist in.
2. They have a style all on their own. When you pull a pair of flared jeans on, you immediately feel this 70's vibe. I was dancing and singing to a little Saturday Night Fever as I took these pics...you just can't help it. But, they don't have to be costume-like. I like to have mine hemmed to skim the floor (on the longer side). I don't want high waters, but I don't want a bunch of extra fabric dragging on the ground either. With proper alterations, flared jeans are very clean and chic, making you feel "put together" as soon as you put them on. In a world of skinny jeans, they certainly stand out in a crowd.
3. Wedges, chunky heels, and peep toe booties are all winners with flare style denim. Although, you can do a pointy-toe flat, the flare should be more slim-like these- and tailored for a flat (a rounded toe flat can mess up the whole long leg thing and actually make your legs look shorter). If you are going for the leg-lengthening style, I say go all the way with a higher heel. I love them with shoes like this, this, and these. Again, alterations are key. Remember to take at least one pair of shoes you plan to wear with your jeans when you get them hemmed.
4. You probably already have this style in the back of your closet! I had a couple of pairs to try on that I've held on to. So exciting! I would suggest a higher rise though- remember the tiny waist effect?! It doesn't have to go to your belly button, but the super low, thong revealing, Britney Spears 90's style, is not what we are going for. But I encourage some closet digging first before you purchase a new pair.
You can start transitioning now with wedges and take them right into Fall. Love them with a cropped leather jacket (remember this one from Monday's post?) or a fitted black blazer like this...eeeek!!! Have I mentioned I'm excited?!
Happy #ThrowbackThursday ladies! Cheers to Charlie's Angels, Saturday Night Fever, and changing things up a bit! Love you guys!