Floral print + Oxfords
Wearing: Maeve floral print (Anthropologie) / BP oxfords (also on Day 13) / mixed metal and blue glass bracelets (gifts) / belt (came with a different dress).
Not much to say about this, except that I really like wearing flats during the day. I’m always looking for ways to keep an outfit interesting without sacrificing my feet (and therefore the rest of me). It’s true that the padding under our toes and heels thins out as we get older, so we do need more cushion in our shoes. An article by the LA Times also said that our feet spread out and get wider from years of use (ah, gravity). So if those old shoes are feeling tight, maybe this is why.
It’s not too surprising to read this. I’ve been gravitating toward more foot-friendly shoes for a few years now. I save my heels for dinners out or special occasions. In general, wedges have become my go-to heel whenever possible. Things are bound to change in our bodies and I’d rather be healthy than hurting.
Are you more of a flats gal or do you usually wear a heel? And how do you feel about that?
My Grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 now, and we don’t know where the hell she is. — Ellen DeGeneres
Posted in Fashion, Shoes, Style, Trends
Tagged 40+, 40+ style, Anthropologie, floral print, healthy living, Nordstrom, oxfords, personal style, Shoes, Spring 2014
If March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, it’s about time for that lamb to show up, graze around and settle in for spring. In Boulder, weather-wise we are about a month behind other parts of the U.S. As I walk the neighborhood, I see crocus beginning to pop up and spreading their petals out from under light snow. Nearly everyone I run into is giddy about warmer temperatures. So today, I felt drawn toward this street style photo of Helena Bordon at the recent Paris fashion shows in her floral coat. She is a breath of spring incarnate.
Helena Bordon (vogue.co.uk)
Florals are big every spring, but this year’s crop of flowers is more edgy than classic. Designers are taking some of the sweetness out of floral patterns by deconstructing the print, using neon colors, or coating the fabric for high shine. I like looking to the runways to see the mood of what will be coming into stores. Here are some of my favorites from the Spring 2014 runways.
Paul Smith Spring 2014
J. Crew Spring 2014
Kenzo Spring 2014
Matthew Williamson Spring 2014
Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014
Ostwald Helgason Spring 2014
Misha Nonoo Spring 2014
There are over 500 looks from Spring 2014 on my Pinterest board. If you like these, it’s a wonderful place to see all the spring trends and find tons of inspiration.
Floral accessories always catch my eye as a great way to add life to your outfit and celebrate the return of warm weather. If you’d like just a taste of floral, these products satisfy the craving.
Clockwise from far left: Alexander McQueen floral skull clutch, Anthropologie Blushing Floral Infinity Scarf, Nest Dahlia & Vines fragrance, Lizzie Fortunato Bloom Printed Clutch, Floral Sparkler iPhone case.
Here’s to warmer weather, a lightening of our clothes and mood, and to seeing the colors of spring pop up everywhere.
Posted in Beauty, Fashion, Fashion Shows, Inspired By, Shopping, Street Style, Style, Trends
Tagged Alexander McQueen, Anthropologie, floral print, Helena Bordon, J.Crew, Kenzo, Lizie Fortunato, Matthew Williamson, Misha Nonoo, Nest fragrance, Oscar de la Renta, Ostwald Helgason, Paul Smith, Runway, Spring 2014
Giambattista Valli 2012 Spring Couture, Photo: Style.com
The Glory of Floral
Now this is how to make an entrance. The lighter-than-air fabric just floats as she walks and the hot pink floral print-on-print is sensual, feminine and opulent. Giambattista Valli showed this high-class garden party gown at the 2012 Spring Haute Couture show. And since it’s couture, it’s one of a kind.
You can see the gown walk the runway here.