Western Festival Fashion Staples

Festival season has kicked started in full swing. With week one of Coachella at an end, it is easy to spot the needed apparel for all future and upcoming music gatherings of the year.  In order to make sure you can rock the Balloon and Wine Festival, Lollapalooza Week 2, and Stagecoach one must dress the part.

Music festivals are notably, known for their exotic and bold fashion trends. They normally take inspiration from bohemian and indie fashion influences. This year the trend is a western style.

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To blow away all your friends fashion choices and set the trend this concert season simply incorporate these hidden gems to perfect the western vibe.

  • Turquoise jewelry is a simple staple that can be found in any thrift store or vintage consignment shop. The bright blue color gives a pop of spring fever. While, the sterling silver outlining brings a desert daydream look.

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  • Double buckle belts are another easy fashion pick. You can simply loop them through your favorite shorts or have it hang around your dress. The double buckle once again offers the country couture.

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  • Cowboy hats are a perfect fit for all outfits. They come in multitudes of colors and fabrics so finding the fit for your wardrobe pick is no hassle. You can even spice up the iconic hat with a feather, crown, roses, belt, glitter, or chain. All your festival favorites can be incorporated with the cowboy hat. The best part about this accessory is that it is great for the desert heat.

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  • Bandannas- or a kerchief are a fun way to accent a plain top or dress. If you’re not wanting to dress up to much, since your to busy planning your concert choices, opt for a fun neck tie. The bandanna has an intricate paisley pattern and bold colors that are bound to draw attention against a plain tank or t-shirt dress. You can utilize it as a scarf, tie, wrist band, or headband. The kerchief has endless ways to portray the newest trend.

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  • Fringe suede any article of clothes supporting fringe can be deemed western. For more of a cowboy cult classic look incorporate suede as the prominent material. The fringe on any suede piece of clothing adds a nice vintage presence.

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  • Snake skin ankle booties  are an adorable and flirty choice. For all shoe lovers they are a must need in your wardrobe this festival season. The snake-skin presents a confident and chic upgrade to all outfit choices. The pattern offers an alternative bohemian configuration and meshes well with other prints, textures, and materials. It won’t matter if you’re wearing lace or glitter the boots are a must have.

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Belt Bags

In the 80’s the fanny packs were invented for a lifestyle accessory. You could accessibly add all your basic necessities into a bag attached at the waist and enjoy your day. The fanny pack consisted of rayon packaging and neon colors no one cared for.

Obviously, this trend was never a hit. Yet, the concept of easy  travel and mobility were still a necessity. Taking a hint from sorority girls across the states, who use fanny packs religiously for all greek day events,  brands where able to reinvent the waist bag concept.

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Giving the mockable bag a comeback, Gucci’s Marmont GG leather belt bag lead the comeback. The started the reinvention with a new name, a belt bag. Simple but trendy. Plus with the 2017 environment toward classy minimalistic clothing the designer brands was perfect to pioneer the trend.

As festival season approached in 2018 every influencers online seemed to have a version of the leather staple. The belt bag appeared to be everywhere. It was the perfect accessory, clean, classy, and cute.

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High brands then adopted the iconic Gucci enablement. Brandy Melville added a horse bit across the faux leather pouch. Revolve took a different approach adding different belts to go with their bag. Nordstrom’s offers the belt bag in vegan leather or an eco-friendly version of cotton. All of these affordable styles appealed to brand marketers on instagram.

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Anyone who is currently following Coachella 2018, week 1 fashion can note that this style was rampant. It fit the music festival’s laid back modern bohemian vibe. The belt bag made transportation from one concert to another as easy as ever.

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Notably, the belt bag unlike its dinosaur ancestor, the fanny pack will be here to stay.

Five for Five Finds

Sales are easy to spot during hallmarked times. Christmas, New Years, Black Friday, Valentines, President’s Day, Easter, and Fourth of July are notorious for the targeted consumer giveaways.

Yet, when the holiday seasons are over its harder to spot the good deals or cheaper buys. Below are a few e-commerce stores that have good quality deals for five dollars or under.

  1. Forever 21– Offers 500 accessories all under five dollars. These items range from face masks to dorm decor. There are multiple chokers and scrunchies. The stores sale section and basic shop have physical clothing pieces for the cheaper price.
  2. Dog Dog– A quirky and modern clothing store has several inexpensive products. Primarily they have accessories and slogan shirts under five dollars. The store also has flower crowns and eccentric phone cases. For fun and minimalist fashion statements Dog Dog is the place to shop.
  3. Modcloth– Their home decor and accessories department always have a few items under five. While, most iteams are custom and quality. The store occasionally has a good sale on their products, making these quick deals wonderful. Especially since most of Modcloth’s products are $25 or over.
  4. Nasty Gal– Is hosting an amazing 80% off sale. This sale is featuring items starting at $2.00. You can find multiple products in the two to five dollar range in the first few listing of this sale. My favorite products I’ve seen are their artsy cards and fluffy scarves. They also have a few shirts, tassel earrings, highlighter, and bikini bottoms. All products are great buys for summer.
  5. YesStyle– is a Korean clothing store that offers custom items. Most of the store is cost efficient for lovely embroidered products. My personal favorites under five dollars are their beret hats.  They also have adorable socks, unicorn inspired beauty products, lace shorts, and play suites that fall into the five and under category. The whole store is a hidden online gem.

Missguided Top

In 2009 Nitin Passi founded and jump started the international, UK based, brand Missguided. Since its humble origins the brand has now expanded into an iconic label in young adult fashion.  Missguided is a lovely clothing site that can turn your wardrobe into a statement promoting edgy and creative looks.

The brand promotes flirty and dreamy fashion products for each occasion. Missguided offers several fun patterns from floral to snake skin prints. Likewise, there are several refreshing denim cuts that are a classic for all trends. Basic apparel or the necessities were given a modern twist. All products represent bold and fun lifestyle wear.

This weekend I kicked off my Friday with a classic pair of lace jeans. They were my current favorite style of tie, high waist denim. The lacing on the rib-bits were creme along with dark stitching on the sides.

To pair the outfit I choose to wear my new Missguided bardot top. The blouse was off the shoulders and had curled trimmed cut. The crop top was hemmed and offered a slimming feature with its neutral coloring. The blouse was a petite wardrobe item. Thus, making it wonderful for my small 5’2 frame. I had the crop top in my closet for a while so I was overjoyed to war it.

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Finalizing, my outfit choice I elected to match my outfit with a pair of black platform open toe wedges. They added a little bit of height to the outfit. The shoes also color coordinated with my Missguided top.

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SSENSE CHANGE

For many young adults and aspiring stylists we mixed and matched clothes with a popular fashion platform, Polyvore. One could win competitions to fashion week, gain deals on your favorite designer brands, receive gift cards to popular online stores, shop for coveted trends, and test out your own personal wardrobe in cute sets. The app helped expand several style and create an online following centered around fashion.

However, polyvore is no more. The iconic fashion app was acquired by SSENSE. Notably, SSENSE is a e-commerce website that already had an enormous following. The site enables subscribers to make online orders from over 400 stores and be updated with fashion trends on their blog. Their blog showcases fashion statements throughout the years, along with today’s current trends.

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This function is similar to the online shopping search engine that polyvore showcased. Despite the similarity to polyvore, SSENSE still does not offer a outlet for members to create. The lack of fashion set innovation has caused an uproar over the acquisition, of the Oath Inc. subsidiary of Verizon. Due to the lack of sets, a term utilized for promoting your own fashion mood boards, the acquisition has struck uncertainty.

Particularly,  the 20 million active members are upset. The lack of knowledge on the acquisition has caused some hurt. Many users are at loss for the connections and friendships they’ve forged on the site. While, others are still trying to piece how they can access their property, mood boards they’ve forged.

While many like myself are searching for another fashion outlet admit the acquisition, there is still significance to SSENSE. The expanding site has brought upon us a large market to shop from.

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The hope of the site rests in the vast brands it offers us to browse from. Subscribers can search by style, category, gender, and brand. SSENSE also has a search engine to help one navigate the thousands of clothing options available. To refine searches on can sort by price and newest availability.

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So, SEENSE may have rid itself of our favorite fashion mood boards but it still holds promise to providing us the best online shopping experience. SSENSE offers the future of e-commerce based clothing stores. What we can take from this acquisition, is to SSENSE change.

Rompers 2018!

While  jumpsuits are all the rave this summer, rompers are still making waves. Rompers should hold a coveted spot in your closet for warm weather must haves. The shorter version of a jumpsuit  still has a fashion impact this season.

Notably, rompers are the ideal summer outfit. They come in adorable resort wear styles that can showcase your back, legs, and arms. The one stop outfit comes in all desired styles for each body type;  strapless,  long sleeve, high neck, low-cut, extended neckline, thick short trim, bodycon, spaghetti strapped, double strap, off the shoulders, keyhole shape, tie knot, and the other endless opportunities. So, the romper can form to your fashion protocol and still keep your cool for the summer.

Rompers also compatible for many scenarios. The romper can mesh into any dress code. Formals to beach bungalows the romper can fit the scene. This clothing product is designed to be the comfiest or stylish outfit out there. You can dress it up or down, and add key accessories to enhance your look.  Notably, I’ve seen several sorority sisters where sequins rompers to our formals, and a few celebs rock the romper on red carpets. Likewise,  the romper is normally acclaimed for its ready to go look.

For this clothing attire I work a jungle palm tree printed romper. It has spaghetti straps with a higher neckline. The shorts were more flowy and mid-thigh range. The print was tropical and a great pattern for resort wear.

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Summer/Spring Straw Hats 2018

The perfect accessory doesn’t have to be an embellished handbag or bejewelled choker. Instead they can be something as simple as a hat. Particularly, the summer favorite straw hats. This is a great accessory for the warmer seasons.

A straw hat is a classic spring/summer staple. These hats are perfect for the heat-giving off uv protection and shade. Not only do straw hats provide ample coverage from the sun, but they provide opportunities to match your outfit.

The straw hat as been a southern couture item for decades. A current trend has been to add darling sayings in cursive text on the back brim off the hat. An Italian trend has been to adorn the hat with a cut piece of ribbon adding a girly flair.  Other styles included attaching flowers into the upper part of the hat. Notably, each trend is an elegant way to accessorize during the seasons’ fervency.

In similar fashion, the brim of the hat can correspond with an outfit. For an instance a floppy hat could be desired for pool side lounging or a brunch attire. Likewise, a shorter and more rounded brim will pair nicely with a less formal look of a skirt and dress. Either brim length can complete an outfit.

I utilized this straw hat trend when I went to the lake today. I wore a cute vegan suede skirt with a t-shirt. The casual look was topped with my straw hat. I choose one I had acquired in Florence a few years ago. It has a more rounded brim and tailored creme ribbon attached to it. The chic hat pair nicely with my TOMS wedges. The hat also provided a cute way to stay cool as I strolled around.