Where’s the style in fashion?

street style

Street style works for her and looks great. It’s just not for everyone

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of the street style trend. It works for a comparatively small demographic, yet is pervasive. Isn’t its 15 minutes of fame up yet?!

Ripped jeans, graphic t-shirts, ballcaps… fine for a weekend hanging out but not for virtually any other activity. And yet, designers and retailers are obsessed with this look.

I’m not saying that street style has to disappear altogether; I’m just looking for some range and new ideas.

Some designers have decided that over-the-top is the answer, but again, who’s going to wear this? In Burberry’s spring show, for example, there is nothing wearable about sloppy layers or mashup of multiple prints and colours.

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Burberry SS 18  Who’s wearing this?

No, this is not a photo from TLC’s What Not to Wear, although someone wearing this might certainly be nominated for a makeover. I’m not trying to pick on Burberry (I’m actually a fan, normally) but these oversized, shapeless looks are not for everyone.

It seems to me that talented designers can find a way to interpret looks for all ages and body types if they want to – we just need to see them.




It’s in the bag

What’s in the bag? Apparently, everything.

Fall 2017 is going to see the emergence of super large handbags and totes. I mean, pack-your-furniture-in-a-bag large.

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This is a beautiful Tory Burch bag, and is certainly on-trend with the ultra-large bags for fall. As with all trends, though, a question you need to ask yourself is, “is this trend for me?”

One of the best things you should know is your style personality. This extra-large bag trend works well for Dramatics and Creatives. Those who are Elegants, Traditionals (although the check pattern is a fit), or Romantics will have a tough time making this trend fit their true styles. And, for sporty Naturals, this tote only works if it’s used for sporting goods!

Even if this size of bag works for you, you’ll need to find one in the colour and pattern that fits your style. While I personally love the rich texture and pattern of this handbag, the hounds-tooth might be too traditional for Creatives, for example. I do encourage you to think outside the black handbag. Consider luxe fall colours so the bag complements your wardrobe.

If you do choose a super large bag this fall, be sure not to stuff it full, or it will be very heavy to carry. Also, stuffed bags don’t look as nice as bags with some room. Finally, when you open your bag, nothing should spill out.

Have fun with your fall selections, but remember to stay true to your personal style so that you are comfortable wearing your clothes and handbags often!