Embrace You

You’ve probably noticed the abundance of Bohemian details adorning summer styles.  It seems like it’s hard to find clothing without some type of crochet, lace, or embroidery. Personally, I love these feminine details.  And, as with any style, how much you go there is all up to you.  Let me explain.

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Take this navy chiffon dress pictured above with its crocheted front panel, as an example. While the top seems like it came right out of the seventies, the bottom has a ruffled hem that hits just above the knee.  This, combined with the chiffon contrast fabric and the conservative navy color mixes the style up a bit.  Instead of being a flash back dress, it has elements of the seventies toned down with other very girly attributes.

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In contrast then, consider the Bohemian dress pictured above.  When you combine the decidedly boho print with the tassel detail and the crocheted shoulder, it screams hippie mamma.  Both dresses are cute and right in fashion, but one has Bohemian elements and the other is Bohemian.

I love this about fashion.  You can experiment with a different persona.  You may not be Bohemian in nature, but perhaps you have a bit of a free spirit.  You can have just a touch of that laid back feel without going over board.  Or, perhaps, you’re a neo-hippie selling art at concerts.   Well girlfriend, go there in a BIG WAY.  Your clothing should be an expression of who you are, and the truth is, we are all elements of a lot of styles and mindsets – some we embrace and some we keep a little on the down low.  We can “go there” with our clothing to varying degrees and quietly or not so quietly say to the world, “I am me.”

 

 

Key Fall Fashion Trend: Fringe

Fringe jacket from Blu Pepper.  Available on our online store.

Fringe jacket from Blu Pepper. Available on our online store.

Fringe is a key fashion trend this fall, and you’ll see it on everything from jackets and sweaters to purses and shoes.  In the picture to the left, I am wearing a fringe jacket with a full length sleeve, soft sueded polyester, and fringe that lines the asymmetrical hemline on the front of the jacket and then the straight hemline on the back of the jacket.  I paired it with a hunter green tank because I like how the colors compliment each other and a boyfriend jean and sandal.  This is a great example of a fall transitional look that gives you a jacket for cooler mornings and a tank for warmer afternoons.

One important thing to remember about fringe is to restrict it to one item in your outfit.  A fringe jacket, purse and shoe, for example, worn altogether would be overkill.  Better to understate the trend than overstate it.  This keeps it classy.  You don’t want to look like a seventies throwback.  Restricting the amount of fringe will prevent you from making this mistake.

I had a blast the day I wore this outfit.  I am not a child of the seventies (leggings and leg warmers are way more my speed), but I enjoyed the soft feel of the poly suede and had a ton of compliments on the jacket.  And, In Wyoming, suede and fringe always feel right, regardless of whether they are trendy.  We are rugged outdoors people with cowboy and Native American roots, after all.  For all the rest of you who don’t get to live in the west, right now is your time to try on some fringe!

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