Take 1

Welcome to my first fashion blog, Stellar Fashion. Many of my friends (OK, mostly Kavitha) have requested my opinion on the latest fashion trends…so, here they are!

1. Shirtdresses — this one isn’t a brand-new idea for Spring 2008, but it’s a timeless classic. What better example than a classic brand: Diane Von Furstenberg. What I love about this particular dress is the pattern — graphic, floral, it’s all good for this spring. The clutch and sunglasses only make it more outstanding.

2. Bright colors… As some of you may know, yellow is a new fav of mine (the yellow clutch and round earrings I bought for the wedding I attended last weekend in Jersey are a perfect example of how I’m allowing the color to creep into my wardrobe in a subtle way). If you’re a braver soul, check out the lovely examples below, including my fashion-forward aforementioned friend, Kiks, with her sister Brintha, who just won Miss Philadelphia! (Congrats!)

And…my fav color of all time: purple. Incorporate it into your closet any way you can! I love, love, LOVE these bags:

3. What’s the perfect juxtaposition to bright colors? Black, of course! Graphic black and white prints are hot, especially with a pop of color (like yellow, as in the Diane Von Furstenberg dress below). But head-to-toe black is also hot…just watch how you play this when the weather gets warm…black walking shorts + black tank + black gladiator sandals = super cute. The black outfit below is probably best for the spring and fall months…

Proenza Schouler

Behnaz Sarafpour

Diane Von Furstenberg

Vera Wang

4. A HUGE trend for Spring ’08 is florals…floral bags, floral shoes, floral dresses…you get the idea. Besides the flowers, notice in the Balenciaga outfit (below) the cropped jacket — also a big trend.

5. Also take notice of the gladiator sandals. I’ve included a couple more subtle versions of these sandals below as this pair may cause excessive sweating and lace marks up your calves and shins.

This pair of Isaac Mizrahi sandals is sold at Target for $24.99. Yay!

Beware of the chunkier, taller version of the gladiator look — while gorgeous if you have tall, thin legs, those of us who are a bit thicker and shorter (like myself) may look a bit stumpy in these, especially if there’s a band that goes directly across the top of the foot, cutting off the length of your legs. Still, if you can pull these off (Nine West Gaulla), they’re awesome.

6. These two looks from Zac Posen show a long-lasting, recent trend– cropped jackets (at both the waistline and the sleeves) and skirts. The navy blue jacket with khaki-striped white skirt is very work appropriate. The khaki ensemble is gorgeous here…but a word on khaki. I, for one, have found it a very difficult color to wear, especially on the bottom. Bigger girls, like myself, look a little wider and a tad older with a lighter color on the bottom, in my opinion. If you like khaki anyway, just be very, very cognizant of fit — too tight and you’ll look like a ham bursting from the paper used at a butcher’s shop, if you know what I mean. (PS — I’m thinking of a very specific photo of me in khaki pants from a party in college…not pretty. Not pretty at all.)

7. One of my favorite looks from Diane Von Furstenberg is best worn separately. I love flowing tunics, as anyone who’s seen my collection in the past few years can attest. On you chicas with a tiny waist (pretty much all you lovely ladies), try belting a tunic like this (which is actually so long, it may be a dress) to give yourself more shape. The wider cut of this pant may be a bit much when paired with such a loose top, so try a fitted button-down for work, or a sparkly tank with a cropped jacket for a dinner outing. But the gray color is a must — very now!

(The hippie vibe of this whole ensemble is very IN right now too. If you can pull it off with confidence — go for it!)

8. Leopard print. In some ways it’s been everywhere lately. But I think the fundamental difference between how it was worn this past fall and winter (cardigans, pencil skirts, dresses) and how it’s used this spring is this — a little goes a long way. As these ladies show, a bit of leopard on your bag (or shoes) is fine for spring/summer. Personally, I’d bring it out mostly at night.

9. I have to show off a gift that, thanks to my mother, added the 3rd hottest color of the season (besides purple and yellow) to my wardrobe — orange. Not many people can pull off orange, but give it a shot. I think you’ll be surprised how well it compliments many skin tones and hair colors. And if clothing is out of the question, try accessories, as I did with my Jessica Simpson Delfina Hobo bag (don’t hate — she makes great accessories!).

So, to wrap up, keep wearing those tunics from springs past. Dresses are always, always in style, especially the shirtdresses and shifts of recent years. Incorporate bright colors into your closet by adding a dash with earrings, bags, or shoes. But don’t say good-bye to the combo of black and white. And remember — the best part about Stellar Fashion is the confidence with which you wear the clothes — not how much you spend!! So ignore the designer names I mentioned here and find similar concepts at your fav store.

Finally, please feel free to add your two cents and request posts on certain subjects.

Your Stellar Fashionista,

9 Comments on Take 1

  1. Kiki
    April 10, 2008 at 1:23 pm (9 years ago)

    Jenni, this is great! I’m honored to have made it in the first post 😉 Looking forward to the rest!

  2. Beth
    April 10, 2008 at 1:33 pm (9 years ago)

    Jen .. this is brilliant! Such a perfect outlet for your skills and favorite interests in life!!!! Keep it up … I need help and tips on fashion all the time!!!! Do you want to come be my personal stylist?

  3. Sarah Louise
    April 10, 2008 at 2:00 pm (9 years ago)

    Well, I have a huge problem with this blog…now I have to buy a purple bag! Jen, this is such fun to read. You always look so darling, so this blog is great next step. Love it!

  4. Summah
    April 10, 2008 at 2:20 pm (9 years ago)

    Ah, yay! i’m so glad you joined the blogging world! Welcome to my list!

  5. Stephanie
    April 10, 2008 at 11:06 pm (9 years ago)

    Omg, this is very, very fun! I’m gonna link to you!!

  6. Katie B.
    April 11, 2008 at 12:45 am (9 years ago)

    Yay, Jen! How fun. Except now I’m self-conscious about my khaki skirt…

  7. Jamie
    April 11, 2008 at 2:20 am (9 years ago)

    Way to write, Jen. Tres fab! I am going to request that you do a hairstyles blog next. I am getting a cut in a week and I need something new and sassy! Any ideas?

  8. amal
    April 15, 2008 at 5:06 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m already in love with your blog. can’t wait to read more posts! I’m loving the bright yellows. I just bought a casual long shirt/dress from express and i love it. i dont think im liking the chunky straps and heals but maybe thats cuz im short and wouldnt look good in them haha.im still searching for floral prints though…

  9. Jamie
    April 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm (9 years ago)

    this is fabulous advice! i’ll be watching this one…


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