All images via: Ashley-Ringmybell.blogspot.com
| || | Ashley Madekwe
is publicly a fashion lover with a fashion blog
photographed by her photographer husband. There aren't a ton of close up detail shots, but when there are, it shows her excellent accessorizing sense, especially when it comes to rings. Whether casual or more formal, she likes to load on the rings of all different shapes, sizes and metals, and she's so good at doing it without looking too heavy or crowded. Here are some of the shots that showcase her ability best. Check out her blog for even more.
The Canadian tuxedo, once a fashion don't, like all fashion "rules" have been challenged and broken beyond recognition. Daring fashion rebels have worn denim on denim for a long time, but in recent years, the new crop has come to prove that it's not just for 90s dads, Canadians, Texans and those other labeled groups known for anything besides being fashionable. Street style and blogs let us see how people pair light with dark or dare to go monochrome with their wash. We see what footwear they choose and if they attempt to break up the all over denim. And it should be noted that this is definitely not a girls-only style. Below are some great examples of why, exactly, we decided to start ignoring that rule in the first place. And why we can do so all year round.
Source unknown photos are from a Pinterest search of "denim on denim."
Image via: TheCut.com
what it is:
Isabel Marant for H&M why I love it:
It's now pretty obvious that I'm a fan of designer collaborations
. I mean, it's designers at a discount, so...obviously, right? Well, Isabel Marant, famous for colorful, patterned knits and jackets and the original popular-izer of the wedge sneaker is coming to your neighborhood H&M this month, and I'm excited. The look above is my favorite of the looks that have been released so far
, but in the collection is one of her famous blazers
, as well as a lot of other really cool relaxed, patterned, slightly hippie inspired (but not so much that you feel cornered into that style) items. As the weather starts to turn for-real cold, these cozy cool items are being released just in time. where to get it: H&M
starting November 14, prices vary
A new month means more closet gaps to fill, and I've got plenty to go around. The weather has cooled down considerably, so here's what I'm on the lookout for as fall eases more and more into winter, and the cozy holidays approach. AND, it's my birthday month. That means that all purchases can be justified, right? Again, as told by street style.
Image via: Glamour UK
wide leg jeans
I just gave away my pair (that I had since high school!) so I'm in the market for new ones. I think these look so striking with heels and wedges, and they give a fun 70s vibe to any outfit, but can also offer a different sort of casual jeans look when skinnies are the go-to these days.
Image via: Cosmopolitan.co.uk
Nothing defines a feminine shape quite like a big, boxy, stolen from the opposite sex blazer, preferably in your grandpa's favorite tweed, check or houndstooth. I love this look with layers, with a more traditional outfit, shorts, or if it's long enough, with nothing underneath!
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Add this to my list of camo must haves, too. These act as a neutral, but make any outfit more interesting. Great with heels or boots or booties...or sandals, I want to wear these all fall and winter. And spring.
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These are everywhere nowadays, and for good reason. Everyone's body type is different, though, so finding one that hangs just right is important. These are necessary for casual, layered, skirted, shorted, everything-ed looks for all seasons. I'll take one in white, gray
and black, please.
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white wide leg trousers Moda Operandi
is doing their "the one that got away
" series right now, and I could write a book with all the stories I have like that. Including beautiful white trousers from Joe Fresh I waited too long to get last year. They're maybe slightly more tailored than the ones seen here, but nothing looks more glamorous than a white or cream pant, especially in the winter.
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I've become a total camo convert, and this kind of coat goes well over anything. It's the perfect layering piece and adds just the right amount of pattern without distracting from the rest of the outfit. Many of these coats strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.
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Not unlike their camo counterparts, these can go with so much, and look so rich for the season. When blue and black are boring but you want to keep it dark, this is the perfect alternative. Great with blacks, browns and pretty much all neutrals, these would be a welcome addition to my jeans drawer. As would an eggplant-colored pair.
Image via: HarpersBazaar.com
Pajama sets for day are acceptable now, but I don't know how I would feel in a silky, patterned, matching top and bottom. That's why I'll stick with the shirt (in either solid or patterned) to wear with trousers, cutoffs, under blazers and jean jackets and get to stay comfy all day.
Bridal fashion week ended not too long ago, and though I'm light years away from actually having to choose a dress, I can't say I don't like to look, especially in the spirit today's topic of dressing up. One of the most striking things I usually take away from the week of shows is how many different styles of dresses there are, and how much I would want to wear some of the dresses to other non-wedding fancy events (considering I'm only planning on wearing a wedding dress for a wedding one time). Though white dresses always threaten to be "bridal" on a red carpet or at other formal events, I love white in a sea of black and red party goers. If a white dress is styled right, it's easy to forget that looking bridal is a possibility in the first place. Below are some of my favorite dresses from the season that just showed to wear outside of a wedding, or, I guess, ones I'd love to see walk a red carpet. You know, in the event that red carpet invite comes in the mail. I guess we can always leave that for the celebs.
All images via TheCut.com and Brides.com (these photos are also watermarked).
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Whether it's layering necklaces, an arm party or stacking rings, dainty jewelry in endless combinations seems to be hanging around. I love the look of it, it's a nice break from statement pieces, which I also love, but some outfits call for something a little lighter. The look of layers can sometimes be more interesting and unexpected than bolder pieces as well.
It seems like jewelry designers come out of the woodwork with each new jewelry trend, and it makes shopping for these items exciting with each new discovery. Here are some great places to get your hands (and neck and wrists) on the latest. Jennifer Zeuner
has great graphic shapes in all the types of jewelry she makes. Jennifer Fisher
is known for her barely there bracelets and rings that offer the perfect daintiness when worn alone and the slightness to be stacked and stacked, but she also makes the shapes of the moment and great charms. Breakout jewelry shop Catbird
is perfect for quirky charms and rings that invite you to stack to infinity, as well as unique wedding and engagement options. Bing Bang
has both bold pieces and fun little items that would be great to mix for any kind of layering. Jennie Kwon
's designs are minimalist and thoughtful, offering the feminine pieces you didn't know you've been wanting. Ariel Gordon
's designs let you choose between types of metals and categories so there's a lot to choose from. Gabriela Artigas
has structural collections, some with natural elements that are modern and unique. Odette
takes simple and interesting designs and texturizes them, making the pieces both bold and dainty. And, of course, BaubleBar
offers affordable pieces in every trend imaginable. UPDATE:
I originally left out Jennifer Meyer
, who I definitely meant to include in this little roundup. She's such a genius with this type of barely-there dainty, beautiful, personality-filled jewelry that is perfect for a simple and basic look as well as the foundations or finishings of a stack. What an oversight!
So get shopping and stack away!
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J.Crew sweater, BCBG skirt, Steve Madden booties
Kate Spade ring, Saks outlet ring
I think this play on a sort of school girl look is so fun, and keeps it light for fall. The sweater is pretty slouchy and has a removable jeweled collar, and the skirt is perforated leather. The shapes are all classic, but the details make this outfit unique and unexpected. This goes well with heels, boots and flats, but I thought that these extra tall heels would give the skirt that extra swing while walking. The sweater collar does a lot in terms of accessorizing already, so two big neutral rings set in gold are all this outfit needs to be complete. Once it gets a little cooler, brown, plum or maroon tights will also work well with this outfit!
Gap circle scarf, Uniqlo maxi dress, Gap denim vest, Converse shoes
silver cuff stolen from mom, Forever 21 rings
I found this black maxi dress at Uniqlo last fall for some ridiculously low price like $20 or something, and was so happy that my maxi dress wearing days weren't limited to warm weather. On fall and more mild winter days, this dress is so easy to throw on and layer, and it stays comfortable all day. For this fall, I wanted to keep the summer memories alive with the denim vest, but with no jacket I can still stay warm with one of my favorite accessories, a thick, knit infinity scarf from Gap, doubled up to create lots of volume (and warmth) at the neck. I always find it a little difficult to choose shoes with maxis that aren't flowy around the ankles, and this one doesn't quite hit the floor, which can make for an awkward situation south of the shin. I decided not to mess with bulky boots and instead finish off the outfit with low tops that bring a fun and sporty vibe to an otherwise classic outfit. Boho-ish jewelry completes the look to give the casual clothing a touch of dressy.
Image via: TheCut.com
The other day, I was doing my daily Pinterest once-over, and I clicked on a denim baseball hat that piqued my interest to see where it was from. Now, from a removed point of view, that hat is probably best left in the mid-90s where it more rightfully belongs, but I can think of a million outfits that it would look great with, made out of clothes hanging in my closet right now.
And then I thought about how great it is that something that seems destined to live on 90s sitcom kids would now be accepted by those in the fashion industry. But so are the neons of the 80s, wide leg pants of the 70s and mod jumper dresses of the 60s. You'll find drop-waist flapper type dresses of the 20s in stores with 40s pinup inspired shorts. You'll also see the fit and flare midi dresses from 50s housewives from some of the biggest designers.
The past century has seen the biggest fashion innovation in history, and with it, new styles came and went practically with each decade. People always say that nothing is new in fashion, which I guess you could say is partly true, but today we're lucky enough that all decades apply. Whether fashion week runways see mainly decade callbacks or modern silhouettes, we can wear either, and mix and match as we want. Sure, people can get a little crazy with street style and experimentation, but at least it's interesting, and we can't say it's not in style. Bright colors, crazy patterns, unexpected layering and pairing, accessorizing wherever accessories will go--it's all fair game.
These days, if it comes back, it sticks. It might fade in popularity to new more popular trends, but it's still not weird to sport a trend from a few seasons ago. Stacking rings is the go-to right now, but it doesn't mean people will glare at an arm party, a trend that is technically past its peak. Designers and brands have fun with fashion. There's irony and humor and exaggeration and so many different kind of playing around. Nobody takes themselves too seriously, but it's still just as creative, artistic, respected, studied and obeyed. Now it's our game, and we don't have to retire something until we get tired of it, not when someone else deems it's "out of fashion." They give us the goods and we get to do with them whatever we want.
I love that I can wear a 90s "grunge" oversized plaid button down over a more modern maxi skirt with 70s style platform heels and accessorize with a mustache necklace. Or, you know, so many more "anything goes" combinations. We're so lucky to have so much to choose from, and the lack of limitations means outfit making can be really fun. Just a thought!
I have a multi-hyphenate sort-of cousin who, as one of the hyphens in her does-it-all life, is a co-owner of Elezar
, a purse company that offers well-made and unique handbags of all sizes. She's based in Chicago, and last time I was there she very unnecessarily gifted me the above bag, and it turns out it's the large bag I never knew I needed.
I started using the bag immediately, exchanging the carry on I had originally traveled with for the new one on my way home. Soon after I returned from that trip, I started to do various work in coffee shops around NYC instead of my apartment, so this bag came in handy for easily toting around my 15-inch computer and the rest of my workday necessities. I've used it when I have job interviews, it easily holds heels, lunch and anything else I need while looking professional and still fashionable, and the neutral-but-not-overdone color is perfection for all seasons.
Before I owned this bag, my go-to carryall was my Longchamp Le Pliage large tote
, which is another ideal bag that I can't say enough good things about. But after a while, it starts to look worn and dirty and it doesn't particularly exude a specific type of style personality as a look-completer. It's very functional. This new bag, with its neutral color, interesting shape, ample pockets and roomy interior is something I don't think I could have even picked out myself, and got me thinking about how maybe next time I go "work bag" shopping, I'll have to get a little more creative. Though, now that I have this one, it's going to be quite a while until there's a next time.
This isn't the first time I've felt this way about an Elezar bag, so check out the site to find bags that won't be just what you see hanging from everyone else's shoulder.