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Trend Alert: Dr. Martens

Style 1b60, Dr. Martens, $140

Style 1b60, Dr. Martens, $140

Style 1460, Dr. Marte

With rugged boots coming back into style, it was only a matter of time before Dr. Martens (aka – DMs, Docs, Doc Martens) started to to, once again, grace the pages of fashion magazines. Although the company likes to downplay this history, Dr. Martens were first debuted during World War II. Their inventor, Dr. Klaus Martens was a German army doctor during the war who needed to create special shoes for himself due to an injury that he sustained while on vacation.  In 1947 Klaus went into business with his friend, Dr. Herbert Funck, and the two began designing “comfort” shoes that were wildly popular with women over the age of 40.

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Style 1460, Dr. Martens, $110

The brand has come a long way from German housewives and now is more likely to be associated with punks, skinheads, and Brittany Murphy‘s character in Clueless before Cher gave her a makeover. But this season, Dr. Martens have been thoroughly integrated into mainstream fashion, much to the dismay of whatever remains of subversive youth culture(s). Most recently, I saw Dr. Martens being featured in the November issue of Lucky magazine as a must have for this fall.

Style 1460, Dr. Martens, $110

Style 1460, Dr. Martens, $110

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Agyness Deyn. Source: LA Times

Some of the best publicity that the brand has had, no doubt, comes from current “it girl” Agyness Deyn. Whether you adore her or think she’s just okay, Deyn seems to be on the pulse of all things stylish.  She is a muse for many young hipsters who are looking for the next big thing. While Dr. Martens are anything but new, their new floral prints and neon colors are sure to draw in a new crowd this season.

If you’re thinking about ordering a pair of these shoes, I suggest you consider branching out from the standard black and try an unexpected color or pattern in a style that will work well with your wardrobe.

Cerys, Dr. Martens, $170

Cerys, Dr. Martens, $170

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Trend Alert: The Bowler Hat

Who What Wear

Who What Wear

The Bowler hat (aka the derby or the billycock) is a felt hat with a rounded top that was invented in London around 1849. The style has endured and although it was, at one time, associated with butlers, the bowler hat is now massively popular among stylish women looking to add a little bit of edge to their outfits.

Bowler Hat, Urban Outfitters

Bowler Hat, Urban Outfitters, $38

Many of our favorite celebrity/model muses have been spotted wearing the Bowler everywhere from grocery shopping to red carpet events. I happen to think there is something undeniably sassy about a lady with a bowler hat tilted towards the back of her head. This hat can take an otherwise common outfit and pump up its impact by giving it a rock edge.  As Who What Wear noted, the bowler hat also garnered attention on the runway shows of Sonia Rykiel and Limi Feu, showing that it is a style that can also be worn with a bit more sophistication and suggesting that it is about to become even more popular.

Just Jared

Source: Just Jared

I loved the look that Rachel Bilson had at the launch of her new line Edie Rose (more on that later). Although the tie is distractingly long, I think she pulled off this style masterfully. Using the hat and tie to pull together this look, Bilson manages to channel the spirit of a proper young boy without looking like she was wearing a costume. The curvy skinny jeans and layered (pearl?) bracelets are a very nice touch.

For good tips on how to wear this style and where to find the perfect Bowler, be sure to check out Who What Wear. They have an incredible site with a lot of amazing information.

Inspiration: Golden Girls

All credit goes to Linde and Chris for making this observation: It seems like nowadays, hipster girls are channeling the original chick clique- The Golden Girls for fashion inspiration. From full coverage polyester and lace dresses that are borrowed from grandmother’s closet to sequin drenched tunics, the influence of the Golden Girls can be spotted both on the streets and the runway (super saturated blazers and early 90s florals are gonna be major for spring).

Golden Girls Intro:

This trend, like any other, is only flattering when in moderation. I was blessed with fashionable grandparents but that certainly doesn’t mean that I want to look like I AM a grandparent. Ya dig? I mean, channeling the past is one thing but I’m not ready to move into a Florida retirement community. Just think about the fact that in the fashion world when you’re being compared to Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche or Rose it’s because you’ve had a “what was she thinking” moment. I don’t think it’s fair to give those lady such a bad rap though – so if you’re gonna use them as inspiration, keep it fresh.

P.S. – How awesome is this photo of Bea Arthur with Angela Lansbury?

Photos courtesy of Polyvore and Lifetime

Trend: Tassels

Slightly unexpected- the tassel was a prominent accessory on the Spring runways, particularly Milly. But why wait until Spring when you could be adding some movement to your wardrobe right now?

My favorite designs are the ones that are the most simple and understated for everyday wear but I also think that a more intricate design like the Prisim Necklace from Erickson Beamon can be a really interesting statement piece.

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  • Beaded Tassel Necklaces, Forever 21, $5.50-6.80
  • Dsquared2Golden Mesh Bracelet, eLuxury, $175
  • Erickson Beamon Prism Necklace, Blaec, Now $305
Tassel Earings, White House Black Market, $28Tassel Earings, White House Black Market, $28

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Jill Tassel Earings, Marciaro, $58

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Jill Three Tassel Necklace, Marciaro, $68

Jill Three Tassel Necklace, Marciaro, $68

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Micheal by Michael Kors tassel belt, Bluefly, Now: $39.99

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Gates of Morocco, $95

Scarf, Gates of Morocco, $95

Gates of Morroco -8 Prince St., New York, NY 10012 (212)-925-2650

The great thing about this trend is that if you don’t want to spend a fortune on it, you can easily take the DIY approach. I found a really great instructional video, on Youtube that explains, very simply, how to make tassels.

Make It Mine Magazine: How To Make A Tassle

I think I’ve found my craft project for this weekend.

Trend: Florals

I know some people have aversions to florals but I really don’t mind them. This past year, I really got in touch with my kindergarten self and opted for explosive colors and really bright prints but I’m looking forward to more muted colors this season. I even unearthed an old floral Express dress from high school – it’s long, silk, and in four delicious shades of purple and mauve, all big pluses in my book. I especially like the look of flowing floral pieces with more structured jackets and accessories.

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Found the Express jacket for sale on Ebay, mine is the same print but a pale green color

Found the Express jacket for sale on Ebay, mine is the same print but a pale green color

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I also unearthed a faux python skin jacket that I had 9 years ago when I was in the 8th grade. It’s kind of atrocious and yet I can’t look away. I had forgotten all about that jacket until earlier this year when Gucci produced some MGMT inspired looks. As someone who went to college with these dudes, I have to say Gucci translated their style into something that is actually desirable and probably gave them way too much credit by declaring them muses. I’m not a hater, I just think the MGMT craze has gotten out of hand. Anyway, I’m hanging onto the jacket for a little while longer while I consider its creative potential.

Inspiration: The Victorian Age

I am in the midst of sorting through my closet (again) and getting rid of some things and packing others for phase one of my move (more on that, eventually). This process has put me in a rather tough situation; I’m trying to decide, right now, what clothes, I’m going to want later in the season but don’t need immediately. Very tricky business.

One look that I know I’m going to want to try in the colder days of winter is the Victorian Gothic. Like I said before, I’m really into reducing my color palate. But you’ll never catch me in a corset, ok? Never. My interpretation will be all leather and carefully controlled lace. Maybe some ruffles. Maybe.

And now that I’ve said that, I’ve resolved only to wear vintage leather while I contemplate ways to become a more eco-conscious fashionista. It seems like a reasonable compromise, no? But then again, perhaps me even wearing vintage leather is a form of promoting the leather industry. And then, what about those leather bags that I love so much? Oh gosh, I’m getting all frazzled and overcome with liberal-fashionista- guilt. I bet this never happens to Victoria Beckham.

My Favorite Finds:

Victoriana Leather Jacket, Topshop, Now £ 50.00

Victoriana Leather Jacket, Topshop, Now £ 50.00

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Grey jersey lace up shoes, Miss Selfridge, £15.00

Grey jersey lace up pump, Miss Selfridge, £15.00

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Vintage look enamel elastic belt, Asos, £12.00

Vintage look enamel elastic belt, Asos, £12.00

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For someone who hates period films as much as I do, it seems a little odd for me to be romanticizing the Victorian age. Don’t worry, I’m the first to admit it. But my hatred of all things past tense is only in reference to film…I think. I’m still working out all the subtleties of that quirk.

Trend: Boho Glam

When I was checking my mail this afternoon, I saw that I had an advert from Shop Jake on the subject of Boho Glam. They claim that it’s going to be the next big trend and I almost agree with them. It seems like a natural extension of summer’s maxi dresses and 70s inspired embellished accessories. While I’m not 100% thrilled with their selection of looks, there is one standout piece that I would love to own!
Boho Glam, Shop Jake

Boho Glam according to Shop Jake

Favorite Find:

Matthew Williamson Runway

Matthew Williamson Runway

Scarf Dress, Matthew Wiliamson, Shop Jake, $2700

Some tips from Ford Models TV‘s Matthew Hunt:

The majority of us don’t have a huge budget so, I’ve put together my take on this trend at a much more manageable price- with a few dream pieces included, of course!

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