Fashion Me Fabulous Pages

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter

We're taking a break from posts for Easter weekend. We'll see you Tuesday. Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tips For Saving Money On Prom

My coworker and her daughter have been spending their last few weekends looking for a prom dress. Daughter wants a $150 gown that would need additional tailoring. Mom is looking for something for $20. Factoring in the dress, shoes, purse, hair and makeup, prom can cost a girl and her parents well over $200. Yikes! That's a lot for a night of emotional turmoil and disappointment. (Sorry, was my disillusion talking?) Here are a few ideas to bring that price down a bit.




Hold a dress swap. When my boss was a teenager, all the girls where she worked brought in their formals to trade. Everyone left with a new, free dress. Suggest this to your local school district, your church, or some other organization.

This would look lovely with a blouse in your
favorite color. (Forever 21 $25)
On a smaller scale, try Craigslist. "Will trade size 4 pink party dress for size 4 dark blue gown."

Skip the new accessories. Did you get a bag and shoes for homecoming? Use them again. If your dress is floor length, it doesn't even matter what your shoes look like. It only matters that you can dance in them.

Think beyond the dress. It's right there in the phrase. Prom dress implies dress. But who says you can't wear a skirt and top? I did it. With the availability of cute party skirts from tutus to maxis, you don't have to settle on a dress. Plus, mixing a top and skirt means you won't show up in the same outfit as anyone else.

Think price per wear. Not a lot of people wear black for prom. However, a black cocktail length dress has more wearability and versatility than a lime green gown with a rhinestone neckline. Expand your thinking beyond prom. Could you wear it to a wedding? Could you wear it to a girls night out? Could you wear it on a nice date? A dress you could see yourself wearing at least four times is a better buy than a dress you can only wear once.

Repeat this to yourself, "I am not a princess." Guess what? You don't have millions in tax dollars at your disposal. You are not Elsa or Ariel or even Kate Middleton. Yes, most girls wants to play dress up and have a top-of-the-stairs moment. Wearing a dress that wears you is not going to accomplish that. (Besides, princesses are princesses no matter what they are wearing.) Make sure your expectations are realistic for your budget, your situation, and yourself. You will be more comfortable and happy.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

State of the Denim Address

I need new jeans. My black jeans bit the dust this week and I can tell that my other two pairs of jeans aren't long for this world. Sadly, I don't think I will be able to buy any new jeans. They don't sell them anymore. They just sell leggings in various shapes.

Actually, that's an insult to leggings. I have leggings that offer more structure and less spandex than most of the jeans I've come across. I get the appeal of stretch denim for manufacturers. They just make one style of jeans, make it super stretchy and let us all pull them on like we do tights. There's another bonus to leggings. They are easier to get off than most of the jeans I've tried on. But leggings aren't pants. I need actual pants.

Aside from the poor fit and the constant tugging because the jeans creep up or down, stretch denim is getting so stretchy it has new problems. Do we really need jeans that give us camel toe? If you are a fellow member of the thick thighs club, do you really want to wrap them in a fabric that clings like sausage casing (instead of offering structure and a smooth, comfy fit like real denim)? Do we, as women, really want to keep wearing jeans that pucker, bubble and highlight flaws or create them? I tried on one pair that had such a strange, stretchy texture it made my legs look like they were composed entirely of cellulite, which is seriously not that big of a problem for me.

Wither the denim stores? Five percent spandex is plenty, and preferable to the five percent cotton you're currently rocking.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fashion Week Fall Winter 2014: Rainbow Bright

Looks like next winter won't all be grey and black.
Altuzarra

Altuzarra

Anna Sui

Carolina Herrea

Cynthia Rowley

DKNY
Karen Walker

Felder Felder
Kate Spade
Oscar de la Renta
Burberry Prorsum
Chanel
Dries van Noten

Givenchy
Issey Miyake
Libertine

Marchesa Voyage
Mark Fast
Mary Katrantzou
David Koma
Dolce & Gabbana
Rachel Roy
Miu Miu
Prada
Peter Pilotto
Stella Jean
Manish Arora
Fausto Puglisi
Roksanda Ilincic
Donna Karan
Meadham Kirchhoff
Missoni
Prabal Gurung
Ruffian
Suno
Temperly London
Tsumori Chisato
Valentino
Yohji Yamamoto
Image source style.com, vogue.com.

Fun Tights for Spring

I've noticed that most of the tights in stores for spring are basic colors. There isn't nearly as much fun springing up for the warmer season as I like. But don't worry, we've rounded up some fun spring tights to keep you bright and cheery even on days that are rainy and dreary.
Pictured:
Sheer Dot Tights, Express, $16.90
Lace Stripe Tights, Nordstrom, $14
Polka Dot Tights, Nordstrom, $10
Jigsaw Tights, Macy's, $25

Pictured:
Animal Print Tights, Kate Spade, $17
Argyle Heart Tights, 6pm, $15
Floral Print Tights, Nordstrom, $25
Ombre Tights, Nordstrom, $15

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pick of the Week: Flutter Sleeve Dress

A good dress is hard to come by (at least for me as we are currently living in a fit and flare world, which doesn't fit or flatter my shape). A good dress that is versatile, cute and has pockets(!), is ever harder to come by. This flutter sleeve dress by Kensie from Macy's is perfect. The zipper in front adjusts so it can be warn zipped up, or unzipped with a cami. The flutter sleeves means it works out if you have a dress code at work that requires sleeves (I do), but they are open enough to let you wear a long sleeve tee underneath. They will also work with a jacket or cardigan layered over top. The dress comes in six solid colors in sizes XS to XXL for $78 or in a grey print in sizes XS to L for $55 (use Macy's coupons. They are pretty easy to get). I would own several colors if Kensie would just make it in a material I am not allergic to. Sigh...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Love or Loathe: Random Inventory

The first thing I think of when I see this dress is a redhead in a brown striped top hat, an eye patch, and tall lace-up boots. There's no getting around it: This dress is steampunk. It even has loops to attach your stockings. Wither the holster for my brass pistol?

Though I am not the sort of person who could pull this off in an everyday setting, I'm sort of just happy it exists. This is part of the joy of online shopping. Suddenly that thing that would never be sold in your town of 35,000 is right in front of you calling your name.

But I didn't find this as a specialty steampunk shop; I found it at Mod Cloth. While they are known for selling quirky, retro clothes, this takes it to a different level. It's not as mainstream as Kohl's, but Mod Cloth is hardly an obscure or specialty store. So my question has less to do with whether or not you like this dress (though do tell!) and more to do with the nature of subcultures and shopping. Is this dress super costumey? Should obviously cosplay clothes be sold mostly in specialty shops? Do you like the idea of fantasy wear blending so far into reality that you could pickup something like this at Penney's, or does that take away from the specialness of this awesome thing you love to do on weekends?