In New York, we are having the first real Spring in years, and I can’t get enough of it. I truly believe that Fall and Spring are the seasons when you get the most out of your wardrobe. You can wear boots with dresses, sandals with jeans and your entire collection of lightweight jackets. The past few weeks were filled with tons of inspiration gathering for an upcoming punk inspired photo shoot, dining outside and picnics in the park.
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If you remember my March Design, then you are probably sensing a pattern. I’ve been experimenting with new shapes and a new approach to design. Usually, I sketch the style I want to make, then I choose the fabric and draft a pattern. My design process is more organic now, by choosing only my fabric, I sit with my dress form and drape, letting the fabric guide me. Some days are all about trial and error, but when making this dress, it took form right away.
Worn with: Elizabeth & James Sunnies / Chloe Sandals
This is the closest I’ll ever get to talking sports, so take note. The sporty trend we’ve seen for a few seasons won’t be going anywhere this year. An easy way to get the look without looking like you’ve just left the gym is to incorporate small details into your otherwise stylish street ready wardrobe. I love this DIY because you can apply these sporty stripes to any t-shirt in your closet. I chose to use a men’s white tee that I usually sleep in, because I liked the over sized look. I also think these stripes would look awesome on a vintage graphic tee. Gather your tools and supplies- Your choice tee + painters tape (or masking tape) + sponge brush + water based black fabric paint. I used this kind.
When taping the front of your sleeve, cut a long enough piece of tape so you can wrap it around the back of the sleeve in one continuous piece.
Because you are painting on a knit tee, do not use long brush strokes, just dab the paint onto the sleeves until it is saturated.
And finally, wear it!
Wearing with: Gar-de silk vest / H&M Sandals / BDG Skinny Jeans / Ray Ban Sunglasses / Cheap Monday Bangle
I know this sounds hard to believe, but I am loving printed bomber jackets right now! In my mostly solid and neutral wardrobe, I found that throwing a printed jacket over an all black look changes everything. My Mom is in town, so over the weekend we did a little shopping, and she bought me this amazing quilted print-mix bomber from H&M’s Conscious Collection, and I haven’t taken it off since. On Sunday we went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is just a few short blocks from my apartment, and my jacket fit right in with the flora and fauna.
Wearing with: Persol Sunglasses, similar here / Chloe Sandals / Grey distressed denim, similar here.
This post is dedicated to the new animated film, Epic which debuts this month.
I love the bohemian essence that a tassel brings to any outfit, whether it be on the end of a belt, a scarf or in this case on a necklace. For spring and summer I wear more white, so I thought making a black tassel necklace was ideal.
First, gather your tools. You can use any beads, or stones. I chose to use lava beads which have a great texture and are charcoal in color. I had a few crystals left over from another project, so I decided to incorporate them into this necklace.
Knot the end of your string, and string your beads onto your necklace.
Make your tassel and attach it to your necklace by tying it on.
And finally, wear it!!
The key to a sustainable wardrobe is editing the collection of clothes you already have to make them work for your current lifestyle. Last week I posted 3 Ways to Wear a Denim Vest because this is an item at the top of my list for Spring 2013. Instead of investing in a new vest, I decided to reinvent an old denim jacket. This is seriously the simplest DIY I’ve ever done.
If you don’t already have a denim jacket in your closet, another sustainable solution is to pick one up at the thrift store. (Buying pre-owned clothing give the garments an extended life). Be sure to keep an eye on the details that appeal to you when picking out a thrifted denim jacket. For me, stitching color, hardware color and the shape of the pockets and collar are important details. Also, the proportion of the jacket- is it short or long?
Tools: Good fabric scissors and your denim jacket of course!
When cutting the sleeves off, cut on the sleeve side, so the stitching around the armhole will stay on the vest. This helps the vest look more finished. Be sure to pull the sleeve when cutting so you can get a close cut.
And finally, wear it! (Worn here with: Helmut by Helmut Lang Blazer, H&M Striped tank (similar here), BDG Skinny Jeans, Vintage Sandals and Sunnies
(this post was inspired by IFB Project #91)