trend alert: the floppy hat

 

Street Style, NY & London Fashion Week

Along with everything else from the 70s, the wide brim floppy hat is having a serious moment this Spring. All of the street style shots from NY & London Fashion week included adorable girls on the street rocking these hats with wide leg jeans, mini skirts, long dresses, white tee shirts, you name it. My adorable and stylish friend Lynelle wore one to my birthday party in a bar a couple of weeks ago and it totally worked. I am still on the hunt for the perfect one for me (the American Apparel one above just didn’t quite work) and I completely plan on partaking in this trend as soon as I can get my hands on one I like. Too cute and fun, and seriously can make an outfit.

clockwise from top left:  Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes looking killer in American Apparel hat, Rag & Bone Kingsley Hat $160, Asos Catarzi Felt Floppy Hat 53.79, Eugenia Kim black rope trim ‘Honey’ straw hat bluefly.com $179, American Apparel Wool Floppy Hat $40, Forever 21 Adventurous Floppy Hat 13.50, Amazon.com Sensational Black Wide Brim 29.99, Reiss Harriman Wide Brim Felt Hat in Stone $95

Street Style photo credits: Mr Newton, Vanessa Jackman, Elle.com

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trend alert: navajo blanket sweaters

San Francisco’s Indian Summer has started to turn into true Fall this week as there is a definite chill in the air come morning and evening. This change of weather has me seriously thinking about the coming of true sweater weather. More specifically, it has me dreaming about cozying up to an oversized cardigan sweater – and one a graphic Navajo or Nordic pattern on it, which I am seeing out there as the big trend of the moment. There is something so very Pendleton about these cardigans. And I have always had a thing for Pendleton being a born and breed Northwest girl (they are made in Oregon) who grew up sleeping under their blankets in the winter. These sweaters are pretty much blankets themselves – throw one on over a tee shirt, skinny jeans and some worn-in Frye boots and you’re cozy warm all season. Wearing one of these sweaters makes winter so much more bearable….

Here are some of my favorites:

top row (left to right):

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Reversible Navajo Blanket Cardigan, ASOS Pattern Wrap Blanket Cardigan,  Free People We the Free Navajo Cardigan

middle row:

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Jacquard Grandfather Sweater, ALICE by Temperly Chara Cardigan

and my personal favorite (bottom row)

Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Felicity Sweater

I mean.. the name itself. So something Felicity would have worn around campus her freshman year in New York. I love Felicity, I love that show (yes, I have all the DVDs) and I love this sweater. I might have to invest….

Indian Summer

Like many of you, I kind of feel a little gipped on summer here in San Francisco as we near its end. Not that this is unexpected, as SF summers tend to involve a lot of fog, and thus, moderately freezing temps. However, even after 3 years it is hard to get used to.

Last weekend I attended a wine festival at my alma mater in sunny Santa Clara, California. Despite it being mid September, the temperature felt like high-summer in Santa Clara. It was the perfect opportunity to break out one of my favorite easy, laid-back batik-printed dresses from my personal archives. It felt like the perfect choice for the Indian Summer day.

 

 

trend alert: the desert boot

I hate to break it to you, but Fall is just around the corner. At least Fall Fashion that is (as some of us have barely experienced a stretch of Summer weather).

I, for one, couldn’t be more excited- I have always been a lover of Fall fashion. It always feels fresh and crisp, and seems to come with a promise of an exciting new beginning. I love the color palette of numerous mixed neutrals and hues taken from fall foliage. Plus, it reminds me of when I used to get a whole new back-to-school wardrobe every year. That was fun.

One of the Fall trends I have been noticing out there and am pretty excited about is…. drum roll please…. the Desert Boot for chicks.

Originally a male shoe that Clarks made famous around 1950, this season’s Desert boot is the slouchier, more rugged sister to the already trendy Oxford. These booties give that bit of edge to a girly outfit.

I love it. I’m in love. I’m in. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair.

Here is a round-up of my favorites. I will report back on which ones I decide to purchase…

Clarks Originals, Acne for Asos, Asos, Urban Outfitters

(clockwise from top left) Clarks, Clarks, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Seychelles

Bernardo, Opening Ceremony, See by Chloe

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