Red Carpet Clarity

This coming weekend features the Oscars, considered by most to be the most important awards show of the year. Obviously, what will be most talked about afterwards is who won what and who didn’t – but almost as important is who wore what. Red carpet fashion is very important and a popular topic of discussion in American culture today. Women especially follow what the stars wore on the red carpet and look to them for fashion guidance. However, let’s pause for a moment. Do actresses (and music artists) really know so much about fashion that they’re qualified to be trend setters? My answer is no. Actresses are famous because they’re good at acting on screen, not because they’re fashion designers or experts. I will grant that they have more access to great fashion because of their fame and wealth, but this alone doesn’t mean that they automatically have a great sense of style. I am not trying to be a downer and tell you that you shouldn’t pay any attention to the red carpet this year because it really shouldn’t matter, what I am trying to do is to help you gain a better understanding of red carpet fashion and where to look for inspiration. This year, if you do watch the Oscars or look at pictures from it the next day, I would encourage you to:

1) Choose your favorite gowns (nothing different here!)

2) Appreciate the designer for the gown, not the actress. When you find a gown that inspires you because of its beauty, look up the designer. Chances are they recently showed their Fall 2015 line at New York Fashion Week, which happened this week.

3) …And bring it back to reality. No, you’re not going to drop thousands of dollars on a custom gown that took 20 hours just to sew the crystal bead overlay on it. However, you can take your favorite gowns and look out for similar silhouettes in more accessible stores. I believe that a better understanding of red carpet fashion will lead you to a better enjoyment of it.

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Pictured: Zac Posen with model Naomi Campbell at the end of his Fall 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week, February 16th, 2015.

Winter Wardrobe Update

Today I’m here to talk to you about winter shopping deals – because now is the time to find some really good sales on cold weather clothing. In all honesty, in recent years I’ve bought more fall/winter clothing in January and February than in December or any of the earlier fall months because the prices are so much better and, since I’m not growing anymore, I don’t need many new items each year. So, here are some deals I’ve seen while out shopping and would like to share with you. {Keep in mind prices may vary locally}

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1) Shoes. Boots, flats, smoking slippers, really any type of shoe that is cold weather-specific should be marked down by this time. (If it’s not marked down yet, don’t buy it!) Smoking slippers above are from Target, $9 (regularly $30).

2) Sweaters. Most sweaters go on sale not long after Christmas, so by now they should have been marked down at least twice. Sweater above is from H&M, $15 (regularly $50).

3) Pajamas. Do you like to cozy up in fleece bottoms and a warm top? Now is the time to get warm sleepwear for a steal. Specifically, look at gift sets – not all gift sets are only holiday themed.

4) Winter coats. This is probably one of the more obvious deals to get this time of year. Most winter coats I’ve seen are around 40% off regular price, which can make a big difference, especially if you’re looking to invest in a nice down-filled puffy jacket or a full-length wool coat.

5) Winter accessories. This is probably the most obvious deal to get this time of year. And while certain items such as fingerless gloves and knotted headbands may be more in style one year than the next, staples like gloves, scarves, and hats will always be around because of how essential they are for warmth. For example, those leather gloves I mentioned in my post about winter fashion last month? Now would be a good time to buy them if you were thinking about it.

 

Of course, before hitting the winter sale racks you do want to make sure you have enough storage room to store your new finds once spring arrives. That’s not happening quite yet though – whether or not you like it, there’s still six more weeks of winter and ample time to try out new cold weather clothing.