Spats Are An Emerging Footwear Trend For 2009

Yet another trend taken from the 18th century is set to gain momentum in 2009; this being spats.  The beauty of the spat is the leather can be attached to any current ankle boot or pump you already have, which instantly makes it into a shiny new piece of footwear with an entirely different look.

I’m not too fond of the gladiator style “Posso the Spat” look; many of these are far too Roman-esque for my tastes and not at all elegant.  The product shots below are from Hi Bandit; much more military like and traditional looking.

For those still wondering WTH is up with spats, a number of designers have been incorporating the spat concept into their footwear designs already, one being Gwen Stefani with her L.A.M.B. “Rosebury” ankle boot.  In reality, any side ankle boot has taken influence from the original spat design.

Try something new…you’ll likely be one of the only people on the block brave enough to pull these off!

Spats Are An Emerging Footwear Trend For 2009


Holy Florals, Batman!

It’s official, old lady floral prints are back in action.  Be to be very careful as to how you wear this trend; keep your cuts modern and fitted and avoid extra large patterns that will make you look like a china vase.  Keep things colorful yet not contrasting; this is one look that you can’t have competing patterns worn at once!

Holy Florals, Batman!

From left to right: Floral tulip skirt ($80; Topshop), Contrast Floral satin top ($15; Forever 21), Mayle Mitsuko top ($425; La Garçonne), Diane von Furstenberg  silk scarf ($116; Bloomingdale’s)


For a more subtle additions if you aren’t into having a bold statement on an entire piece, try accessory effects instead.  Floral print wallets, jewelry, hair accessories and even sunglasses are being designed with you in mind. These will not be as clearly trendy as a whole piece, but it will require substantially less of a daring mental state.

Holy Florals, Batman!

From left to right: Hobo International ‘Martine’ double frame ($128; Nordstrom), Floral Etched bangle ($4; Charlotte Russe), Floral brooch ($9; Spiegel), Understated Blooms hat ($38; Anthropologie)

And The Tapered Leg Cut Returns!

I realized a few days ago that the same pants I wore in grade four have returned into fashion’s favor; the tapered leg pant.  Not only are we seeing these in denim, but also in a variety of slacks.  I realize that these are probably the most unflattering cut a person could possibly wear; but hey, those who can pull it off really pull it off.

If you’re going with a tapered style, try a looser fitting top or multiple layers to balance out your look. Try to avoid very form fitting tops, since that may bring you a little too close to the 80s for comfort.  A bulky coat and ankle boots is one really stellar look, but keep experimenting with the pieces you already have in your closet; you never know what you can come up with!

And The Tapered Leg Cut Returns!

From left to right: Kill City zipper jean ($40; Urban Outfitters), Stretch high waist zipper pant ($78; American Apparel), Organic Pleated slim pants ($225; La Garçonne), Elizabeth & James tapered pant ($195; Net-A-Porter)

Tiered Skirts And Dresses Gain Momentum

Tiers have made a comeback, and I’m not referring to pastry.  From flapper style fringe to ruffled layering, tiers have begun been making an appearance during this Fall 2008 season.  From skirts to dresses, the look is blossoming through many designer’s collections from affordable to fantasy worthy. 

A few tips to wear the tiered look:

  • Don’t over do the accessories.  Tiered pieces already have a lot going on, don’t get things too complicated with over the top layering and accessories.  For instance, instead of additional visually  busy purses and leg wear, try block colors and a uniform sheer leg instead of lace or textures.
  • Wear a block color tiered piece.  I tend not to count sequins and bead detailing, but if you’re looking to keep your dress or skirt safe from potential wardrobe blunders, keep yours as one color.  Your first priority must be to avoid looking like a Neapolitan dessert!
  • Keep things short, for the most part.  Long exaggerated tier dresses threaten to bring you close to the look of a prom-goer; keep your dresses reasonably short to avoid this.  If your tiers are more subtle, then a slim dress or skirt cut will help you achieve a win with a longer design.


Tiered Skirts And Dresses Gain Momentum

From left to right: Tiered Tulle dress($37; Charlotte Russe), Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti tiered dress ($285; My-Wardrobe),  DKNY silk tank tiered dress ($425;  Net-A-Porter), Lerario Beatriz Metallic jersey dress ($360; La Garçonne) Burberry Deltamf silk dress ($595; Net-A-Porter)


Tiered Skirts And Dresses Gain Momentum

From left to right:Tall nude tiered skirt ($20; Topshop),  Tiered Ruffle skirt ($30; Charlotte Russe), Development silk charmeuse skirt ($275; Intermix) Alexander Wang ruffe skirt ($425; La Garçonne)

Saturated With Stripes This Fall


Keep it non-traditional for the most part.  Definitely avoid striped tights that make you look like a lost goth, and horrible pseudo-punk color combinations such as black and magenta.  Keep striped socks full of contrast and saturated with the colors of the season, and try purses of mixed material (such as the Topshop leather and suede shoulder bag seen below).

From left to right: Metallic and suede striped purse($50; Topshop), Portolano striped cashmere gloves ($38; Bluefly), Rugby stripe socks ($8; Urban Outfitters), Stripe ladderweave scarf ($30; Topshop), Multicolor stripe bag ($188; Luckybrand)



The amount of impact your stripes have on the world is entirely up to you;  block stripes are definitely not required to make a lasting impression.  If you’re feeling subtle, try a blouse or slack with a light striping.  Remember; if you keep black out of the picture, the stripes will automatically become softer to look at.  If you’re going for the less is more approach, multi colored stripes like the Topshop taffeta dress are styles to keep in mind.

From left to right: Taffeta stripe dress($100; Topshop), Patty striped cardie ($20; Forever 21), Bow front stripe shirt ($60; Topshop), Nanette Lepore cropped trouser($107/sale; Bluefly)



Flats are usually the way to go, unless you’re going for the circus look.  Stripes on shoes are better left to a more demure flat style, versus an aggressive and ostentatious heel.  Layer these heels with a tight or tall sock, and you’re off to the races.

From left to right: Kate Spade “Isla” flats ($105; Bluefly), Loeffler Randall tri colour satin flats ($150/sale; Footcandy), Giuseppe Zanotti peep toe flats ($440; Bluefly)

Five Hooded Leather Jackets To Choose From

We all love Mike & Chris, but we all cannot afford Mike & Chris.  This is a list of the coveted hooded leather jacket that everyone wants, but can usually not afford (or find!) The list falls from most affordable to most expensive.  The last jacket is a fair chunk of change, but hey, it’s still about $200 less than what you must pay for M&S (though sadly, there is no lambskin this way!)

Why a hooded leather jacket? It’s always advisable to have a head-warming instrument in your wardrobe, and hooded leather jackets seem to be the new “want it now” craze.  You can layer the leather under a boxier blazer and still utilize the hood (as well as the extra warmth!), and will always have your head kept dry under waterproof leather. Men and women can both work the hooded leather jacket, just be sure not go buy something too loose – a snug fit is best for jackets like these.

From top to bottom: O.X.S. leather outerwear (Yoox; $260), Lucky Brand Suki’s leather jacket (Bloomingdales; $328), Monarchy collection leather jacket (eModa; $329), Theory Junda hooded leather jacket (Bloomingdales; $525/sale), Los Feliz leather hoodie (Shopbop; $715)


Harem Pants? Really?
October 3, 2008, 5:28 pm
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 Though harem pants have caught on like wildfire in Europe (particularly Spain I hear), I really can’t see this one taking off in North America (at least off the catwalks).

Harem pants (or Hammer pants for those who remember the M.C.) tend to do an ace job hiding historic trouble spots for women (the thighs and butt), though to what end? I have yet to see this look pulled off on the street even in European style blogs.  Perhaps I haven’t been looking hard enough; though I have a hunch this one is just not meant to be.

My mind remains open, though.  I would have to say there would be a requirement of height for this trend; seeing even a stick thin petite woman wear harem pants would be entirely unflattering.  We’ll see how the Comme des Garçons for H&M versions fare when that line is released next November.

The pants to the right are from Maje at Net-A-Porter ($165)