by Tara Osipoff on August 8, 2013
5 Trends For Fall
Heavy Statement Outwear Pieces- From chunky knits to over sized box coats, the bigger statement the coat makes, the better. The coat is where the eyes should go this fall. Lush furs and thick wools, the more fabric the better. Don’t be afraid to step out of ordinary fall earth tons, contrasting monochromatic and mixed prints are a go, as long as it has something to say, it’s a piece to be worn.
White isn’t just for summer this year, it is caring itself through the fall and winter too. Just make sure your whites are season appropriate. Pack away your skimpy cottons summer dresses and fill your wardrobe with white sweaters, coats, pants and autumn suited pieces.
Military inspired looks have trickled down into the ready-to-wear lines once again this season. Army greens are always a fall favorite, add some buckles, buttons and fringe detailing and you’re nailin’ this falls look.
Although it isn’t quite “cya later” to the slim fit, we certainly are saying “hello” to slouchy and wide lagged pants. This fall there is a room for movement in your bottoms. We are still seeing cropped hem lines but we also see free flowing bell-bottoms as well. Heavy prints seem be disappearing and solids are back once again.
Mid-Century lines are making a huge come back this fall. The cuts and fits in everything from waist coats to skirts have heavy influence from the mid-century. It is a completely elegant and very feminine feel. The tailored waist is flattering for every woman and it gives a great opportunity to layer for the fall weather.
by Tara Osipoff on August 1, 2013
Every summer inevitably involves a wedding invitation. These are fantastic opportunities to celebrate the people you love, eat good food, and dance the night away. They are also a wonderful reason to purchase a new dress. Or maybe even a whole outfit. I did all of these things recently for my boyfriend’s cousin’s beautiful wedding at Stanley Park Pavilion in Vancouver. Putting together my outfit was tons of fun and it stood up through the heat, the eats, and the beats. I actually snagged this blushing gem for $20 at Winners. I loved the dropped waist and the texture of the fabric since I had to travel with it from the Island. The volume of the skirt was perfect for dancing.
Because the dress has a twenties vibe to it with the drop waist I wanted to make sure I balanced my references. Thus, the twenties inspired long string of pearls that I paired with a new pseudo spiky necklace. I kept the makeup understated with a slightly smoky eye, glowing skin, and nude lips – we know how much I love monochrome. My hair I left down (which was slightly torturous in the heat) and took to old Hollywood glam with Veronica Lake inspired waves.
The bag also came from Winners and clocked in at $8. I added a vintage brooch to the bag to give it some flair. The sunglasses -which have been a staple of my summer wardrobe – I picked up back in the Queen City at Uforia/Muse. And to finish of the look, a metallic pair of peep toe pumps that are a go to fancy shoe of mine. I switched them out later on for a pair of gold flats so I could dance the night away. Worked like a charm.
The final touch to my outfit? A cute date. He was styling in a linen bow-tie he made the night before. And they say women pack last minute…
by Tara Osipoff on July 1, 2013
It doesn’t match, it goes. That could be my mantra when it comes to pairing clothes. Consider this the polar opposite to a monochromatic look, like the power pastels of my last post. Sometimes there is a lot of trial and error before you find an outfit that strikes just the right cord. Often I have wished I possessed Cher’s closet program from Clueless. Once I actually tried to make my own, photographing most of my wardrobe when digital cameras were a new thing. Maybe if I’d been better at coding it would’ve gone somewhere. Anyways I still have to do it the old fashioned way – trying lots of things on. That can be just as fun though.
So this is my new favourite mix mastered look. I wore this out to dinner at a fairly upscale eatery last week, and the biggest challenge lay not in finding a top to ‘go’ with the amazing pattern of these pants, but to find a look that would survive a 20 minute bike ride in 20 degree heat. Thus was born this look that hit all the notes at the restaurant but fit all the practicalities it needed to. So no high heels (though I about strapping them to the back of my bike, but decided that taking my purse was more important). Also I had to wear a helmet, so no complicated updos. This led me to a sleek pulled back bun which balanced out the bold jewellery and colours with something simple. I didn’t want to wear lipstick because I planned on eating a multi-course meal and I don’t like wearing glasses whilst wearing a helmet so a slightly smoky eye and some lipgloss seemed to be the right approach. And to top it off, just in case it would be cold while we were riding bike, a vintage grey wool cardigan covered in dark sequins. (You might be surprised how much wear you could get out of a piece like that. I have three granny sequin cardigans and they are probably the most worn items in my wardrobe.)
Put together all of those elements and voila, you have an outfit that doesn’t match, but it sure does go. Mix mastery.
Okay, so I matched my earrings and my necklace. And my shirt to my cocktail.