The colored denim trend is huge these days. Is anyone immune to it? Not I. A few months ago it was all about red jeans. Since then denim in every color of the rainbow has found its way to retail. With all the turquoise and pink out there right now red feels very “last season” to me. It’s sad how quickly some fads come and go. Regardless I still adore these cranberry colored jeans from J Brand and feel they would look just as good in the warm summer months as they did in chilly December. So what if it’s not a cutting edge trend! They still look great. So I pulled them out of the closet the other day and wondered what I could throw on to create a casual, summer outfit. Continue Reading →
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Some Summer Trends by Stella McCartney, J Brand, and Zoe Karssen
On of my favorite summer fashion trends is inspired by large expanses of blue sky and the shimmering blue of the sea. Designers have tapped into the desire for this cool shade by creating this season’s collections around the great outdoors and in particular the color blue. With many varieties of shades it is easy to mix and match the clothes within this trend.
Start with a Pretty Dress
Stella McCartney has jumped on the cool, watery trend and released several items in different shades of blue. Her Hawaiian Dress in “Chambray Blue” is a fresh take on a the classic denim dress. The tribal print continues to be a hot trend this season and using one color in different shades of blue infuses the dress with the mellow feeling of seaside vacations, warm weather and long languid days. The simple, structured fit hangs loosely, allowing the wearer to stay comfortable on warm summer days. The dress is hemmed midway between the hip and the thigh with flattering three-quarter length sleeves.
Try on a pair of Pale Blue Cargo Jeans
Some people prefer to cover up a bit more in the summer and so to stay comfortable in the heat choose to layer loose t-shirts, lightweight fabrics and light colors . J Brand’s Houlihan Skinny Jean in Vintage Powder Blue is almost, but not quite, white. The light-weight material will keep the wearer from becoming too hot even though they’re wearing skinny cargo jeans. The material and cut are casual but luxurious, with great stretch, a slim-fit to the ankle with a flattering mid-rise.
Add a Casual Bright Blue Tunic T-shirt
To complement the skinny jeans the “You Me Oui” T-Shirt in Dazzling Blue by Zoe Karssen is a great choice. The Powder Blue colour of the jeans and the dazzling blue of the t-shirt are soft and bright respectively, with the shade of love-hearts on the t-shirt reflecting the color of the J Brand skinnies. Of course, there is such a thing as too much blue, but these shades are both modest and subtle. They’re very pretty together.
A big “thank you” to Donna Ida for supporting The Style Confessions with this sponsored post. I hope you like the cool blue summer trend as much as I do. Will you be wearing shades of blue this summer?
From this blog’s conception I’ve been interested in finding ways to monetize The Style Confessions. It would be nice to create a bit of income to help offset the costs of running the site. So far no one has approached me to buy ad space and although I’ve tried my hand at a few sponsored posts they are very time-consuming and don’t really create much income. I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to come along to make some a little money from the blog, and I think I might be getting closer to my goal.
Recently I’ve read a lot about “affiliate marketing”. Here’s how it works; The fashion blogger posts photos of garments they like on their blog. These photos link to a site that sells apparel. If the reader buys a piece of clothing the blogger receives a percentage of the proceeds.
I love the idea of affiliate marketing. As most of my posts are outfit orientated I thought it would be very nice if I could offer my readers links to similar clothes they could buy themselves. Unfortunately finding an apparel-focused online store whose owners wanted to work with me wasn’t easy. So imagine my excitement when Independent Fashion Bloggers sent out an e-mail about “Lyst.com”, a social commerce site with an open affiliate program available to all fashion bloggers.
Wow! I guess someone finally realized the more bloggers you have selling for you, the more money you’re going to make. So I looked around the site, checked the fine print, and jumped on board. This is how The Style Confessions’ Lyst page looks:
But I don’t want to just add a bunch of clothes I like to my “Lyst”, I want to find pieces that are close to what I’m wearing in my outfit posts. ”How to Wear Red Jeans for the Holidays” is one of my more popular posts. Here’s a photo of my outfit.
Although the coat and clutch I was wearing that day are both vintage I did find some rather similar pieces on Lyst.com. The newer pieces were easy to find because the site sells J Brand and there were lots of red cardigans to choose from. Check out the collection by clicking on any of the images below.
I’m planning on adding a little collection like the one above to future outfit posts. What do you think of the idea? Would you take part in an affiliate marketing plan yourself? Have you ever purchased from one of these sites?
For the last few years almost every fashion magazine I’ve read has promoted colored jeans. I love the look, but I’ve noticed it hasn’t been adopted by most women. Perhaps we’re just too enamored by the slimming qualities of dark denim or we’re unsure how to wear bright colors on the lower half of our bodies. Whatever the reason, if you’re thinking about trying the trend the time is now. Bright jewel tones look festive during the holidays and red is a classic winter color.
Here’s how I paired a red cardigan with red skinny jeans for two holiday parties.
I don’t normally wear jeans to parties as I prefer the glamour of evening dresses. However, gatherings at people’s homes can be chilly this time of year and I often freeze in a dress. The solution is to wear pants and a sweater. Boring? Not if the combination is dark red skinny jeans and a soft red cardigan. I paired this outfit with a black camisole and black spike heel pumps. For a bit of vintage sparkle I added my grandmother’s poinsettia pin and long red earrings. It’s casual and cozy but still glamorous enough for a holiday event. To stay warm on the way to the party I’ve thrown on my Mother-in-Law’s 1970′s black faux fur coat. Lip stick, compact and phone fit perfectly in my Mother’s vintage leopard clutch.
The jeans are made by my favorite denim brand: J Brand. I wore them in the post “British Red Skinny Jeans” and find them flattering, surprisingly comfortable and of course very sexy. The coat was featured in one of my favorite posts: “Film Noir”.
- Earrings – Anthropologie
- Pin – My grandmother’s
- Camisole – Target
- Cardigan – Sisters (Purchased at the Takapuna Pop Up Shop. To be featured here soon.)
- Faux Fur Coat – My Mother-in-Law’s, 1970′s Vintage
- Clutch – My Mother’s, late 1950′s
- Jeans – J Brand
- Pumps – Nine West
How are you wearing your red jeans?
“When in doubt wear red” – Bill Blass
Imagine my joy when my husband and I found these restored English telephone booths in a courtyard shopping mall the other weekend. Real pay phones abide within the red doors. Once they were commonplace but now finding a phone that takes quarters is a rarity.
I promise I didn’t wear the jeans for the decor – it was just serendipity.
- Jeans – J Brand
- Blouse – Splendid
- Purse – Michael Kors
- Sandals – Nine West
What do you think the red jean trend? Do you have a pair? If so, how do you wear them?