- Author: Sydney Nichelle -

Simply Chic

"Fashion"

Today marks the last day of Fashion Month! Designers have journeyed through the cities of New York, London, Milan, and Paris to unveil their latest collections. We, as enthusiasts and consumers, get the privilege of observing the trajectory of trends for the Spring and Summer 2018. I noticed reoccurring themes of layers, knitted fabrics, large shoulder pads, plastic overlays, and unsuspecting lines. Many like Comme des Garçon, Maison Margiela, and Gareth Pugh pushed the envelope while Chanel, Tom Ford, and Burberry stuck closely to the classic styles they know well. Avant-garde clothing is a true expression of art. It's a glimpse into a creatively genius mind. Dissecting such clothing and placing significance on each piece can be laborious. To cleanse the palate, I enjoy viewing classic designs. Clean lines, minimalism, and staple pieces have a great place…

October 5, 2017

Throwback Trends

"Fashion"

What goes around comes back around. This is the case not only with Karma but fashion. Trends that were pushed aside have now reemerged to the forefront. Vintage clothing is always a good idea, but its specific styles shift in how they are reimagined. This season, faux suede got to ride the vintage train and emerge onto the scene. For this year, statement sleeves have made a great impact. Following suit of the throwback trend, this particular top contained elements I used to love. I wore OUT the lace and cut out trend that circulated when I was in high school. So, I was happy to find this top, featuring the same trends, in an updated manner. After trying this top on, I was so pleased to discover that it wouldn't be cast away as an…

October 3, 2017

Styling Mixed Materials

"Styling"

Mixing prints is an acquired taste in styling that requires a keen eye. Choosing the proper prints is a risk that can easily turn into a disaster. It's a skill set I've yet to master. If you prefer not to make getting dressed a puzzle, mixing materials may be for you! Mixing materials is ideal for Fall and Winter when layering is at its peak. IT TAKES TWO The basis for a successful mixed material look is styling two contrasting fabrics. Leather with tulle, knit with chiffon, and fur with denim are all dynamic examples. You may also style two contrasting styles. Some examples of contrasting styles are classic and Bohemian, edgy and preppy, and glamor and casual. STAY FOCUSED Placing a focus on either contrasting fabrics or contrasting styles will give your outfit a…

October 1, 2017

Turban Fashion

"Fashion"

The right clothing items can truly change your mood. For me, a turban instantly elevates my mood. I feel so regal and imagine myself as a black queen or socialite. But, let's be real...I only wear a turban or head wrap when my hair isn't done. It's a quick and chic way to hide my dry, in-need-of-a-wash curls. For this look, I worked out of my usual order and dressed before I situated my hairstyle. I paused and brainstormed until I realized that a turban would complement the glamour of the jeweled belt perfectly! I've been in love with statement sleeves this season. I wanted to experiment with volume versus tiers and layers. The balloon sleeves of this sweater dress add to the mood this look offers as well as balance out my bust.…

September 27, 2017

The Modern Power Suit

"Homage"

Power suits are trending and my heart couldn't be any more elated! Menswear has infiltrated the fashion scene for quite some time, but bold shoulders have come and gone. This season, and next, they're here to stay! The power suit originated in the 80s to empower women. It was a way to assert our authority and professionalism just like our male counterparts. It was a political fashion statement for the fearless. Weeks before New York Fashion Week I thought about the 80s power suit and its [potential] comeback. I've always loved shoulder pads and was unsure on how to modernize the look. Subsequently, Tom Ford debuted a Spring/Summer 2018 collection with a focus on the power suit and its interpretation. (Psychic or nah?!) He provided much needed inspiration. I am on the hunt for…

September 24, 2017

Sweater Weather

"Fashion"

It's the first day of Fall! Despite the date indicating a shift in seasons, the weather chose not to comply. I decided to style a turtle sweater anyway...in black nonetheless! I absolutely love black! In fact, It's been featured in every single one of my looks thus far (Oops!). From a day to day basis, I'm usually seen in an all black ensemble. I'm trying to challenge myself and break out of my comfort zone for the blog, but there's nothing like an all black outfit. All black is sleek, mysterious, sexy, and chic. Some may argue that wearing black isn't stylish but pulling off all black comes with intention. If it is not styled correctly the ensemble can come across as flat. I often like to add statement accessories and/or shoes to add…

September 23, 2017

Seasonal Refresh

"Unconventional Places"

Unconventional Places #1 If you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that a few posts ago I mentioned how I felt like I was forcing the process of styling an outfit and writing a blog post. Summer fashion isn't particularly inspiring to me and I felt both under and overwhelmed. During my week-long hiatus, I spent the time to reflect on what wasn't working for me and how I'd like to represent myself and my brand. I realized that I was creating this event around blogging. I needed the perfect outfit, surrounding, lighting, make-up, etc. Why wait for seemingly perfect circumstances? Fashion is an everyday circumstance. My style doesn't revolve around photo opportunities. Whether I happen to be at the laundry mat or at Barnes and Noble, my style still exists. I should celebrate…

September 18, 2017

Street Style Tips: A How to Guide

"Styling"

Street style is all the rage! In recent years, there has been much more of a focus in magazines on what celebrities wear casually. Models seamlessly stomp from the runway to the pavement. And seeing what an attendee wears to Fashion Week is just as important as seeing what's on the runway. What seems only achievable for celebrities, models, and fashion enthusiasts can be achievable for you! Keep reading for tips on acquiring the laid-back, chic look! FIND A STATEMENT PIECE Street style is perfect for showcasing statement, on trend pieces. Choose one item to be the star of your ensemble and add complimentary pieces to support the look. For example, your star piece is a bold printed, wide-leg trouser. The eye should go to the pants first because of its print and voluminous…

September 18, 2017

Pre-Fall Fashion

"Fashion"

We as a people constantly change and so should "the rules." I believe there should be no rules to fashion. Trends and styles are quite subjective though taste and an editing eye is essential. The great success of fashion is the ability to self express. There are no limits to who we can become and/or celebrate through our clothing. Why limit and bound ourselves to rules? I stopped living and breathing by the words of fashion critics, directors, and editors years ago. I grew confidence in my likes and dislikes as well as my ability to filter expert advice. One of my favorite fashion rules to break is matching complimentary colors. Unconventional pairings are so foreign to the eye that it just works! Black and brown is unique to me because each color is…

September 11, 2017

Shoutout to My Sis

"Fashion"

NOSTALGIA Contrary to how the above photo appears, dresses, or matching with her younger sister, were not the choice of style for my sister. She was the cool older sister that pulled off tomboy looks and had a dope sneaker collection. She knew what she liked, in more ways than one, and stuck by it. To further expound upon my previous point of being an impressionable little girl, my sister became one of my phases. I wanted to look, act, and sound just like her. There are hilarious photos of me trying to be tough and cool. And I always begged her to allow me to be Buttercup when I was clearly Bubbles. My sister, naturally, was annoyed by my parrot charades but copying her was a practice in developing my own identity and…

August 31, 2017