Tag Archives: winter

chambray showers

3 Dec

If only we could time warp back to 2007 when life was supremely simpler and wearing just one layer of clothes was the accepted norm. It was a time when a sweater and jeans were proper winter attire and Demi and Ashton defied the sky rocketing Hollywood divorce rate. Jump forward five years to 2012, where winter fashion means donning approximately fifteen sweltering layers and Ashton is just as hated for his infidelity as Chris Brown is for beating Rihanna.

It’s true, who can deny a look that allows us to eat as much of the leftover pumpkin pie and caramel turtles as we want with no indication that there’s a fully formed food baby kicking beneath the depths of clothes? It’s only until you realize each layer acts like a personal heated blanket trapping sweat beneath your Kensie oversized sweater that you begin to rethink the value of layers (and how much you actually need to go to the class that’s conveniently on the opposite side of campus).

Enter the chambray shirt, more commonly known as God’s gift to fashionistas everywhere. Lightweight and virtually impossible to screw up, this jean material top can be thrown on as an under, over, or in-between layer. Colors can range from light to dark wash, ombre, or patterned, and often have stylistic buttons or snaps down the front. Others come studded or with sequins, depending on how versatile and unique you want the look to be.

Chambray can be easily paired with patterns of all kinds, and flawlessly accents knit sweaters to add a preppy feel to any outfit. Layers do look awesome with this shirt, but don’t try and overkill it by throwing on everything in your closet. It can also stand alone as a more polished piece when buttoned and paired with black pants or colored jeans. Add chunky jewelry or an infinity scarf for dimension and color.

Still questioning the magical powers of the chambray shirt? Check out the looks below for a little inspiration.










eternal coziness

28 Nov

Practicality and trendiness collide this season in the chic warmth of the infinity scarf.  The winter wear that made its mainstream debut last year is back and stronger than before in even more colors, textures, fabrics and lengths.  The scarf pairs well with everything from classic peacoats and edgy leather jackets for outdoor use, or can stand alone with any top as the snuggliest necklace you’ve ever experienced.

Infinity scarves are especially great for perfecting the art of stylish layering, a challenge to even the most fashionable of women.  They can be draped over just about anything to add dimension and interest to any outfit… and did I mention they keep you warm? Because this winter weather staple has some serious edge on other outerwear when it comes to bundling.

Still need convincing?  Check out the street style of these chic celebs:

Jessica Szohr

  • The Gossip Girl star lets her neon scarf be the focus of an otherwise muted outfit.  To get Jessica’s look, pair a bright-colored scarf with a neutral outfit to let the hue really pop.

Kourtney Kardashian

  • Fan favorite among the members of the Reality TV royal family, Kourt K. bridges the gap between her preppy peacoat and edgy bag with a dark olive scarf.  This can be useful in balancing toning down more extreme trends, like Kourtney’s studded leather hobo.

Jessica Alba

  • Jess’s gray colored infinity scarf looks effortlessly layered and styled.  Paired with lace up military boots and black accessories, this outfit oozes a trendy but laid back vibe.

Zoe Saldana

  • Zoe’s scarf relaxes her structured blazer and heels, without making the look any less formal or chic.  By not letting her scarf overwhelm her collar, it works more as an accessory than outerwear.

To snatch your own, check out H&M, Asos, and Nasty Gal.