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Dress Slits: They’re Getting Higher and Higher

Have you noticed slits getting higher and higher lately? I thought that phase came and left after Angelina Jolie showed some leg in this little number:

Photo Courtesy of Celebuzz
Photo Courtesy of Celebuzz

I guess not. Although I am a fan of these high slits, I’m still a bit unsure about them sometimes. They’re definitely a dramatic, show-stopping factor in a dress or skirt.

I like seeing this look on other people, but I’m not sure I’d wear it myself. Although, I shouldn’t judge it before I actually try it. The dresses or skirts with two slits are super daring, so I think I’d only be comfortable wearing an ensemble with just one high slit.

I’d recommend only wearing high slits for evening wear. It seems way too dramatic for Sunday brunch or a day of running errands. Could you imagine the look on your boss’s face if you showed up at work in a pencil skirt with a super high slit? Yikes! Let’s not imagine it…

How do you feel about high slits?

Here are some of my favorite examples:

Created on the StyleChat app
Created on the StyleChat app

Follow me on StyleChat @sjwong18, when you click on the look from the StyleWall it will direct you to where I found the items.

By: Stephanie Wong

 

 

A French Revolution of Style

The Parisian look has taken the US streets by storm. Walk into any store, you’ll see t-shirts with a “oui,” “merci,” or even an Eiffel tower.

Photo Courtesy of Joie.com
Photo Courtesy of Joie.com

Ballet flats are everywhere in all colors, with ribbons or straps, from pointed to rounded toe. This classic shoe is a staple. Long-flowing scarves are twisted and wrapped, and worn year-round. Americans are trying to capture the Paris street look. Is it a French Revolution?

We Americans are into casual comfort, but we’re envious of the pulled together Parisian style. For some reason, we just can’t figure it out. The typical teen or college student may wear a Juicy Couture track suit or pajama bottoms paired with Uggs.

For the techies and the start-ups, the dress code is often a printed t-shirt and jeans. The extreme side involves clothing that is too revealing or too tight to have any sense of decency. Of course, there are some without any sense of style, who just try to copy what they read in People magazine.

If you’re not working in the financial district or at law firm, you are dressing to be comfortable, shopping for bargains, and not buying with a purpose like the French. C’est le vie!

What is the Parisian look? It is creating a wardrobe from seven basic pieces; t-shirt, fitted jeans or pants, belt, trench coat, ballet flats, high heels, leather boots and a statement handbag.

Photo Courtesy of fashionsy.com
Photo Courtesy of fashionsy.com

The French will accessorize with one bold or trendy chic piece. Some think of the classic French look as a Beret or striped shirt with rolled up black jeans, but it’s more than that. It’s effortless dressing or “je ne sais quoi.”

A touch of Parisian style came out this past season with a full-length tulle ballet skirt paired with a simple white tee or a cropped top.

Lace and ruffles brought a little bit of romance while floral prints reminded us of springtime in the city of lights. The make-up is always subtle with a splash of color added to the lips and the hair is pulled back into a chignon with a beaded headband. The look is topped off with a leather motorcycle jacket and in rainy weather or not, the trench coat is de rigueur.

The famous French designer, Coco Chanel said, “Before you leave the house look in the mirror and take one thing off.” To get that Parisian street chic look, the trick is to understand how to bring the basic pieces together with the latest “as seen on the runway.”

Less is more. It’s quality not quantity. It’s a French revolution of style.

By Kiana Kuns

Photo from solesociety.com
Photo from solesociety.com

Liebster Award

StyleChat got nominated for a Liebster Award from the lovely blogger Emma Osman of Just As Wild. What a treat! We feel so honored. Thanks, Emma!

So what is a Liebster Award? That was our first question. It’s kind of like a chain letter in the blogging world, except better. You nominate bloggers you admire for this award, and they keep passing it on to other bloggers they admire.

We love the idea of this award because it recognizes bloggers who have around 200 followers or fewer. If you’re nominated for a Liebster Award, you answer the questions from whoever it was who nominated you. Then, you nominate a handful of other bloggers, and ask them a set of questions. Sounds like a neat way to connect with people, don’t you think? So let’s begin!

StyleChat Blogger Stephanie Wong answers Emma’s Liebster Nomination questions:

1. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
France! The fashion and food seem too good to be true.

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Photo Courtesy of parisperfect.com – where you could rent this rooftop view from the Côte Rôtie.

2. HOW DID YOU THINK OF YOUR BLOG USERNAME/URL?
The StyleChat Blog is based on our app StyleChat. We want to see how our consumers are using and reacting to fashion and style. One of our main goals is figuring out how we can help style mavens expand their wardrobe. So the concept of chatting with customers about style turned into StyleChat.

3. CATS OR DOGS?
Cat videos are so entertaining, but I think dogs are more fun!

4. FAVORITE CLOTHES STORE?
Omg, just one?! H&M.

5. IF YOU COULD HAVE YOUR HAIR ONE COLOR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Dark chocolate brown for sure. I like it better than my natural dirty ash blonde.

6. WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON?
Audrey Hepburn.

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7. DO YOU LIKE TO FAKE IT? (SUCH-AS FAKE NAILS, HAIR EXTENSIONS AND FALSE EYELASHES)
No way! Let’s go au naturel.

8. WHICH DO YOU PREFER, MAKEUP OR FASHION?
Fashion!

9. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Nail polish.

10. WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Shopping!

11. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?
“A Vintage Affair” by Isabel Wolff

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StyleChat’s Nominees for the Liebster Award:

This was such a hard decision! But in no particular order…

  1. All Things Kerri
  2. Fifty Shades of Blonde
  3. Dance of Destiny
  4. She Was Art
  5. Girl and the Polka Dot
  6. Sarah’s Preppy Closet
  7. Style With Veni
  8. Kala Kelly
  9. Cheryl Deni
  10. The Chronicles of my Credit Card
  11. IAMKARENO

Questions for our nominees:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Who or what inspires you most?
  3. What song makes you get up and dance no matter what?
  4. What’s a trend you absolutely hate or don’t understand?
  5. Fill in the blank. “Keep me away from the ________ section at the store or else my bank account will hate me in the morning!”
  6. Cosmetic surgery to enhance your looks. Yay or nay?
  7. Who is your dream wedding dress/tuxedo designer?
  8. How do you describe your style?
  9. What’s your favorite outfit to lounge around in on a lazy day off work/school?
  10. What’s one thing you want to learn how to do?
  11. Do you do more shopping online or in person?

Liebster Award Rules: (Paraphrased from Emma’s post)

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for a Liebster Award and link their blog to your post.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they’ve asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers who have 200 followers or fewer for the award.
  4. Ask 11 questions to your nominees.
  5. Let your nominees know you nominated them once you’ve posted about your Liebster Award.
  6. Add the Liebster Award badge to your blog!

By: Stephanie Wong and the StyleChat team.

Comfortably Ugly. The New High-Heeled Fashion

Christian Louboutin once said, “High heels are pleasure with pain,” and I am sure many women would agree with him, yet they are still willing to withstand the ache if it means looking fabulous. I know I would!

Today, the 4-6 inch heels are no stranger to modern women, but it doesn’t stop there. From wedges to flats to tennies to sandals, women have a wide variety of shoe options.  Unlike excessive shopping, no one can blame you for needing those perfect heels that scream, “I am a strong business women!” while still rocking a fresh pair of tennies the next day to run some errands. For whatever occasion, you can find the perfect shoe to pair with any outfit.

In Jennifer Weiner’s In Her Shoes, the character Rose Feller says, “When I feel bad I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good, food just makes me fatter. Shoes always fit.” Now who can argue with that logic?

Just like the way fashion trends constantly change, shoe styles seem to be doing the same. Carolyne Zinko, in her SFGate article, introduces the “flatform shoe.” Shoe companies who specialize in comfort, such as Birkenstock, Teva, and Mephisto have designed these shoes to be “ungainly, clunky, and downright ugly,” says Zinko.  They were not meant to be associated with the idea of “sexy.”

Photo Credit: Catwalking, Getty Images
Photo Credit: Catwalking, Getty Images

Today fashion is gearing towards comfortable clothing, meaning a more loose and casual attire. In order to keep up with this downplayed clothing style, high-end fashion houses took the idea of the clunky shoe and dressed it up with patterns, metallics, and other dressy materials to produce a new high-fashion shoe.

Zinko talks about the wavering opinions on the new style, saying that some stylists are quick to say it’s a fashion don’t, while others think it is a great new idea that will satisfy the tastes of this generation’s consumers.

While I wouldn’t mind having a high-fashion sandal in my closet, I don’t think I will be open to wearing that Dior high-heeled sports pump any time soon.

The option of having a pain-free shoe that is easy to put on and take off, sounds like a great idea that will most definitely target a more laid-back consumer. However, it is questionable how many women will be willing to say no to those stilettos. Would you?

By Marissa Mariscal

You Might Hear a Song From “Frozen” at a Wedding

Disney’s “Frozen” seems to be one of those movies that follows me everywhere I go.  Kids sang songs from the movie as I walked down grocery store aisles, and Vine and YouTube videos of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” parodies and covers filled my newsfeeds. However, I didn’t expect to hear a song from the movie at a wedding.

Tess Koman’s Cosmopolitan.com article,“Now People are Singing ‘Frozen’ at Their Weddings; When Will it All End?” explains it all.  I’ve always dreamed of hearing my favorite songs playing at my wedding. Which ones would I choose? Would my husband-to-be like them? What kind of band should I hire? Should I let people do karaoke? I thought about everything except dancing and lip-synching along to a song during my first dance with the groom.

No, there’s nothing wrong with incorporating your favorite movie tunes into your wedding. (Let’s be real, I’d love to have music from “Pride and Prejudice,” “Brideshead Revisited,” or “The Holiday” playing at my wedding.) But, “Frozen?” I’m a little confused.  No, the brides and grooms in the videos Koman shares weren’t asking each other to build a snowman.  Instead, they were dancing and lip-synching to “Love is an Open Door,” which made a little more sense.

Photo credit: Mark Romine Photography  Romineweddings.com/
Photo credit: Mark Romine Photography Romineweddings.com/

I guess this is just another modern love song. Call me a little old-school, but when I think of first-dance songs at weddings I think of classics such as Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be,” Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” or Harry Connick Jr.’s “It Had to be You.” Even when I consider modern songs for weddings, ones from “Frozen” don’t pop up into my head. I think of ones such as Sara Bareilles’ “I Choose You,” Ron Pope’s “A Drop in the Ocean,” or Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.”

The videos of these newlyweds singing and dancing weren’t impressive to me, although that most likely wasn’t the goal.  In the case of a wedding, it isn’t about impressing a guest, it’s about making the bride and groom happy. If lip-synching “Love is an Open Door” makes them happy, then so be it. Who knows, maybe they’re just huge “Frozen” fans? I definitely know a few of those.

“Frozen” was a cute movie, but I’m not a die-hard fan. If it was my wedding, I’d do it differently. I’d pop in an instrumental track of “Love is an Open Door” (or perhaps a song I like more) and actually sing.

This may be an issue if my hubby doesn’t like to sing, but I think it would be a little more interesting to say the least. Or maybe I’d re-think this song for a first-dance and use it for something else instead.

How amazing would it be if the whole wedding party performed to this song? The bride and groom could be singing (or lip-synching) while the bridesmaids and groomsmen are the back-up singers and dancers. If you’re going to have a fun song at your wedding, why not make it a great memory to capture on video?

In the end, I think it’s important to choose a first-dance song that means something to the newlywed couple, and if a song from “Frozen” is special, then maybe that’ll do it.

By Stephanie Wong

Black & White Can Always Be Right

Whoever said black and white was boring must work in the corporate world. WAKE UP!! This is black and white done in bohemian; remember that vintage Versace leather jacket?

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Well here it is taken up a notch. This white #Nastygal Shift dress is great for a day out in the city. For a head turning killer, shake it up a bit by adding these killer cut out Jeffery Campbell platform heals. Like they say, shoes make an outfit, but these heals are just beginning of what you could be making.

Xoxoxo
Happy styling

-Diamond

The Bralette

Coming out to California for college taught me one thing about fashion: it changes with geography. I find that to be one of the most fascinating aspects of fashion! Compared to Arizona’s laid-back sundresses and cutoffs, California is so much more edgy and put together.  Sophisticated looks were emerging, and I saw things I had never even thought to be worn together. Class had transformed from a place where grungy sweatpants were acceptable, to a place where you could show off your cutest new blouse and boots. I couldn’t believe the change of pace in fashion, but I quickly grew to love the rush of finding the perfect outfit. I was seeing girls in booties and vests, things I had never really seen in action before!

One vital piece of clothing I had never truly witnessed before coming to the best coast was the bralette, and since my discovery I haven’t been able to shake my addiction of the necessary piece of lacey perfection. In California, girls rock this simple accessory in almost any way that they can. The versatility of this piece is one of the best parts of it and girls can be seen wearing it underneath a frumpy sweatshirt or a sheer and stylish shirt. Girls even love to wear them without a shirt, similar to how the ever controversial Miley Cyrus is rocking this must have item:

 

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No matter what the circumstance, a bralette can be used to add sophistication and complexity to any outfit. It is a necessity in every girl’s wardrobe. I don’t think there is a single girl out there who doesn’t own a version of a bralette and I personally can’t believe I have lasted this long in my life without one.

-Maeve