JCrew Rainbow swimsuit

Summer Trends

Am I alone in not being thrilled with the current trends? 90’s fashion is strong right now, and I’m not very interested in it. I find the 90’s trends rather dull and difficult to pull off. The skimpy straps, high waist trousers, and flimsy fabrics can be rather unforgiving. Let’s figure out what trends are worth the investment this season.

Big Buttons

Loft Dress with Buttons

I’m seeing this look everywhere and I don’t love it. It looks really juvenile and kind of boring to me. This one above from the Loft is ubiquitous this season. Sometimes it’s a sun dress look, and other times it’s more of a canvas, safari vibe. Either way, a woven dress with buttons does not sound comfortable for anyone with any curves. Maybe I’m better off trying a skirt version.

Rainbow Stripes

JCrew Rainbow swimsuit

I’ve seen rainbows on swimsuits, jumpsuits, dresses, and shorts, just to name a few. I do find it a little bit clownish, but if you get the right palette, it can also be really fun and pretty. There are some really fresh takes on the rainbow look. It’s an easy way to make a fun statement.

Muted Warm Colors

Anthropologie Jumpsuit

One of the primary color schemes this season is a burnt orange, marigold yellow, orange-red vibe with a side of olive green. I don’t wear many warm colors because my skin is too fair, so I will probably pass on this trend, but I’m here for olive all day long.

Big Florals

Loft Floral Pants

Last year was all about the micro florals, but this year we’re going big! I love a statement print, and the floral prints out there are the perfect statement for any outfit. I think a floral print is so timeless but fresh at the same time. I haven’t gotten any yet, but I will hopefully be riding this wave.

That’s my summer trend round up! What new looks are you trying this season?

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Academy Awards 2019 Best and Worst Dressed

I’ve been the worst lately and am just ignoring the blog, but let’s get back into it. What better night than Oscar night? There are some clear trends this year for the ladies: pants suits, tulle, ruffles, and metallic silver. Some ladies pulled them off a little better than others. I also love that men are getting a little more bold with all the brocade blazers out there. As always, the images are from People.

Here are my best and worst from the evening:

Best:

I can’t tell if this is white or silver, but Amy Adams really knows her look. I saw her do an interview about her style recently and she said she’s really honed in on the silhouettes and colors that work for her, and doesn’t experiment too much anymore. I agree, she knows what works.

Regina King makes this simple dress look modern and classic at the same time. White dresses were popular this year, and I think she did it really well.

I love love love that Helen Mirren wore a great color. Everyone else her age is in black and white, and here she is riding the trends, but keeping it comfortable. She could not have picked anything better.

The prize for best personification of an emoji goes to Jennifer Hudson for salsa girl. She looks like a million bucks, and I love a statement architectural ruffle like this. Again, classic but so modern.

Worst:

Emma Stone looks like she’s wearing a dinosaur mascot costume. Maybe this is too high fashion for me but I don’t like the color, the pattern, or the shoulder. Ugh.

What are we doing Sarah Paulson? This does not look flattering, comfortable, or interesting. A little too much.

I love the shoulder detail on Angela Bassett, but I think the dress is just too tight. I don’t like how there are so many creases and the leg slit look like it’s about to bust. Good effort, needs better execution.

So many women wore pants suits this year. I don’t understand the disappearing feet look here with Awkwafina. Many women wore their pant hems to the floor, and it looks weird to me. I also just don’t think this was a great look for Awkwafina- too much and weird proportions.

Henry Golding just looks too much like Mr. Peanut. A little too classic…

Best Couples:

No words.

Matching for prom night- I’m dead.

Who were your faves?

A Dissenting Opinion

Like many ladies with an urban commute, I always have a pair of lightweight slip on shoes/sneakers so I can commute in comfort and preserve my pretty work shoes. I’ve tried a couple brands and a few styles over the years but I’ve settled on Toms Avalon shoes for a last couple years. I get a pair, wear them into the ground in about six months, then replace them.

Recently I’ve seen the hype around Allbirds and they have a slip on style comparable to my Tom’s so I decided to give them a try. While they’re lightweight and very soft, I have mixed opinions. Here’s my pro/con list:

Pro

  • lightweight
  • breathable (I got the “tree material” version)
  • machine washable
  • no break in required

Con

  • run small (they only have whole sizes so I don’t want to size up)
  • no instep support
  • upper has a lot more coverage than my Toms (my friends said they look like water shoes)
  • limited color options
  • price point- $100 (every alternative is about $50)

I think the main issue for my is the size issue. I have been a size 10 forever, and I think if I sized up to an 11 they would be huge on me and my feet would look really large. Also the lack of support is not great. I want to use them for walking, but my Toms have much better support. Lastly, if I can get Toms or Skechers that are cuter, more supportive, and $50 cheaper, I think the choice is obvious.

So the plan is that I’ll wear this pair into the ground. We’ll see how they last. Then I’ll go back to Toms or I did see a cute new version of Skechers Go Walks in the store the other day.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer…