I'm SO happy to be back (even minus a few pounds) to my pre-pregnancies weight (sorry, I have to plug my brother's personal training site trainwithgreg.com because I wouldn't be in this shape without him!). I finally feel like I can rejoin the world of women who wear nice clothes, but having two kids also means I have to be smart about how I spend money on myself.
To start this journey I thought it was important to figure out some key trends for this year. After a little bit of searching, I found this fantastic website - fashionising.com that summarized 2011 trends and gave great examples of how to wear them including pictures. (To save you some time, I pulled the most helpful info and pics from fashionising.com and included them below.)
Next, I started to check out blogs like The Budget Babe. I found this site especially helpful because she finds less expensive versions of clothes so you can see a high-low perspective. What I also find really fun is how she takes pictures of celeb outfits and sources more affordable pieces to recreate the look.
Here are the key looks from fashionising.com for Spring/Summer 2011:
By day it's all about clean yet voluminous silhouettes, and earthy '70s colour palettes. Look for:
- High waisted wide-leg pants or flares, smartly belted in.
- Neat bow-blouses, especially ones with billowing or bishop sleeves. Particularly great are fabrics like silk and satin.
- Roll neck sweaters tucked into pants or skirts. Add to the '70s effect by layering over beaded necklaces or a vest.
- For those more daring, a pair of hot pants are the ultimate '70s item.
- A smart printed jumpsuit is another great alternative.
By night the '70s sophisticate turns into the ultimate socialite, with look-at-me shimmering fabrics and cuts that either tightly hug or sensually drape over the body.
- Choose high sheen fabrics with a '70s disco-inspired edge, like lurex or silk; anything with a metallic thread.
- Add a ruffled neckline under a brocade blazer or tuxedo jacket, paired with a sharp pair of pants.
- Long, slinky gowns with draping, low necklines or dress slits are the ultimate in '70s night time glamour.
- Motorcycle-inspired jackets
- Chunky zippers & hardward
- You can stick to classic black but I've been seeing other fun colours as well (like silver).
- Motorcycle boots
- Ladylike (think Jackie O) shapes with cinched waists and prim and proper styling
- Handbags tend to be clutches or very structured
- Bright, fresh colours and pastels, and prints like florals or stripes
- Full skirts, feminine sheaths, kitten heels
- Mix punk elements (like metal studs, heavy boots, safety pins) with something ultra-feminine to give it some edge
|Notice the sleek and feminine pointy-toe boots|
For example, in the last couple months I've picked up a couple pairs of beautiful leather boots a black pair and brown pair both with stud detailing, a great black leather motorcycle-inspired jacket and a 70's earth-toned print empire-waist shirt. All of those combined cost me less than $75.00. Love it.
Happy shopping :)
Happy shopping :)