Saturday, 30 March 2013
Closet Content Analysis: No New Clothes for Easter
It's Easter Sunday but it looks more like Christmas Day on the Canadian prairies.
Easter meant a NEW Sunday best outfit for me when I was little including something for my hair whether a hat or some other such accessory. As I grew into adulthood, I still used Easter as my excuse to buy a NEW spring outfit. The headgear was a frivolity and not something to which I adhered. Now, the NEW doesn't even enter my mind for a variety of reasons. However, I do "dress-up" if I go to church and always seem a little surprised that perhaps only 20% of the church-goers are in their "Sunday best". I figure I have the clothes so why not? In the same way, others may say, I don't have the clothes, what for?
But it's Easter today and somehow I expected to see more colours rather than the drab winter wear and blue jeans. A couple of years ago while having Easter Sunday lunch on the island of Burano in Italy, every diner, including the little ones, was wearing something in a shade of purple. "Have you noticed . . . " I said to my husband, who in turn responded that he thought it was the light in the restaurant. What a joyful light it was!
I remember the same light-hearted feeling and joyfulness in the air and on the people's backs when we visited Greece at Easter. It's not that the outfits were necessarily new, but they were representative of the season, no matter the weather.
So irrespective of the temperature, put on something from your closet in colours to feel the joy of spring.
Happy Spring . . . Happy Easter . . . Happy Happy!
JoyD's Fashion Trends 2013 Closet Planner Chart
If you used this chart in Spring 2012 then you have a list of the items you purchased and can see what you can salvage from last year's trends. Or start anew this weekend when you go shopping.
Specific 2013 Trends
Classic Pieces (with trendy suggestions):
Pants (wide leg)
Skirts (pencil, mini, airy maxi - in 2013 structured)
Dresses (floral prints, lace - same advice as 2012)
Blazers/jackets (fitted; tuxedo-style)
Clothing Trend Design:
Cut outs (arms, midriff, back)
Leather (boxy jackets but not blazers, tops but not pants see the Harper's slides)
Florals, especially pants
Prints mixed with graphics
Checkerboard, graphic designs and stripes v-necks
Structured skirting and continuation of the peplum
head to toe colour
"Eastern" print "Statement" ruffle or frill
Black for formal wear
Stacked bracelets, bangles and cuffs with colourful gems for Spring 2013
Add a large watch to the stack
Drop earrings (long)
Gypsy-style (folksy with tassels) chandelier earrings
Statement necklaces (oversized pearls a la Chanel)
Large metal chain links
"Fringe" necklaces & bracelets
Shoes & Bags:
Contrasting black & white elements/sections
Tote/shopping style bags
Transparent inlays for shoes and see-through bags
Gladiator style sandals, shoes & boots
Stacked chunkier heels
The colour names indicated in this chart were retrieved from the Panetone website on March 30, 2013. The linked page displays the colours for women's and men's apparel for Spring, 2013.
Emerald (Panetone 17-5641) - named colour of the year
Grayed Jade (Panetone 14-6011)
Dusk Blue (Panetone 16-4120)
Tender Shoot (Panetone 14-0446)
Lemon Zest (Panetone 13-0756)
African Violet (Panetone 16-3520)
Linen (Panetone 12-1008)
Monaco Blue (Panetone 19-3964)
Poppy Red (Panetone 17-1664)
Nectarine (Panetone 16-1350)
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Thursday, 28 March 2013
Choices: Last season's sale items at Holt Renfrew vrs. Costco
New (Purchased over the last 6 weeks)
Note-Worthy No Thanks Need
Note-Worthy No Thanks Need
I've purchased three pairs of skinny pants in the past six weeks; two were on sale at Holt Renfrew and one pair was a Costco purchase - each in three different Canadian cities. Skinny pants are my alternative to short shorts. As to weather considerations, a loose pair of linen pants or a gauzy lightweight dress/shift would be better in hot weather than short shorts anyway. It's an age thing.
|Retrieved from http://www.lyst.com/clothing/theory-skinny-pants-dark-taupe/ on March 27, 2013.|
|Retrieved from http://www.hudsonjeans.com/search/Leeloo+Super+Skinny+Crop|
on March 27, 2013.
Nice: My favourite of the two are the Theory pair. They feel the best, they sit the best and the dark taupe is my new beige.
Need: I intend to find a floral top or a striped scarf including a matching taupe accent to lighten and brighten the Theory skinny pants for spring, 2013.
Note-Worthy 1: Even though the cropped Hudson pair don't fit or sit as well as the Theory pair and they feel like they are "falling down" (but of course I only found this out after wearing them for a day), I do like the look. As well because stripes are such a strong trend this spring, I still am glad I bought them.
Need: A belt to keep my Hudson Leeloo cropped pants up!
Note-Worthy 2: I bought a beige pair of skinny pants for a Costco purchase of $24.99. Of all, these are the easiest to wear and certainly fall into that "comfortable casual" category since they have no front or side zippers, except to act as fake pocket closures, and are simply a pull-on. What's note-worthy is that when I wear any one of the three, the "look" is essentially the same. Alfred Sung is a Canadian designer who is responsible for the Club Monaco label (with Saul and Joe Mimran - of Joe Fresh fame).
What shoes to wear with skinny pants:
Professional stylists tend to put heels with skinny pants and I have done that. In the winter, flat or heeled boots are so perfect but in the summer, the ballet flat is my preference.
The Theory label suggests the need for drycleaning. Yet the content of the Theory pants are over 60% cotton with nylon and elasticine. Sticking that drycleaning label on their clothing is a default action to defray any liability for fabric destruction by customers. Essentially they don't trust us to know how to care and clean our clothing. For the most part, when it comes to pants, the only ones I dryclean are those that are 100% wool (or the majority percentage is wool) and could be described as "dress pants" or "suit pants" - professional pressing and cleaning is a combination I cannot duplicate for those pants. The Hudson pants are 90% cotton and the Alfred Sung Costco pants are polyester and elasticine. Their labels both suggest a delicate cold water machine wash with similar colours, hanging to dry or tumble dry and ironing with a low iron if needed. If your iron has a "synthetics" setting, that would be considered "low". The Alfred Sung pants appear not to need any ironing and I would modify the "ironing" to inside out on the Theory and Hudson pants. I just washed the Theory pants, nothing bad happened and they look fine.
One of the reasons I iron my pants inside out is to prevent that "shine" which occurs when your iron is too hot for the fabric composition. To be on the safe side, anything that has nylon, elasticine or spandex in it should be ironed inside out. My guess is that the nylon, etc. has a lower melting point and those fibres will melt and create the shine. I may be wrong but it's a thought. Some will suggest using an ironing cloth, a cotton or linen piece to place on the fabric you are ironing so that the iron does not touch the clothing item directly. Good use for an old linen shirt or cotton t-shirt.
Another inside out ironing tip is to iron the zipper area and the seams open flat (if they aren't stitched together that is). This provides a flat finished look rather than the crumple you sometimes see at the seams or zippers.
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Spring "Greens" for Spring 2013
|Turquoise embellishing large chain links for Spring, 2013.|
|Semi-precious green stone with oversized spheres for Spring, 2013.|
Over the past five years of making jewellery, I have noticed that statement necklaces are becoming a basic rather than just a trend. More women are choosing big and bold and the statement necklace is becoming a "must have" necklace. I have been making pieces with large links, huge chains and over-sized beads for a good while and just when I think that the more delicate will overtake the "trend of the moment", Chanel (see slide 61 on the Harpers Bazaar link) places giant pearly baubles at the wrist and at the neck, as they did again for the spring of 2013. It doesn't seem to matter whether it is night or day, the statement pieces are being worn at work and play. Even a t-shirt and jeans become a palette for the artistry and design of a signature piece.
Just be advised that with all the "bigness" in both earrings and necklaces in the spring of 2013, keep the clothing simple and understated.
Friday, 15 March 2013
Last fall's colours blend into spring 2013
Choices: Green or Blue?
Choices: Green or Blue?
Note-Worthy No Thanks
The Panetone colours for Spring 2013 have been determined as emerald, tender shoots, greyed jade, dusk blue, Monaco blue, African violet, lemon zest, nectarine, linen, and poppy red. Cobalt blue has been toned down to dusk blue and Monaco blue, a slightly less electrifying shade than colbalt; orange is now nectarine and emerald is still emerald although there are at least two other green tones for the spring: tender shoots and greyed jade.
|Blue Gowns at the 2013 Academy Awards. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/topics/entertainment/movies/red-carpet.htm?mediatype=Image on March 4, 2013|
Note-Worthy & No Thanks: I have purchased greens in the past: a lime green short boxy blazer, a wool "suit" in dark forest green with trousers, and a pale mint green silk suit with baggy pants and a pencil skirt with a blazer. I love that silk suit and it is still in my stash of "old closet stuff" that may once again see the light of day. The jacket and wool suit are also still in my closet but are not appealing enough to try to resuscitate. Of course, I always had something green to wear on St. Patrick's Day. In conclusion, for me, even though I have owned green in the past, it now would be considered a no thanks.
Nice: So what's my choice? It is obvious isn't it.
Nice: So what's my choice? It is obvious isn't it.