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Team Spring or Team Fall Fashion

by Angie

You bat for Team Spring Fashion if you prefer it to Fall Fashion and vice versa. It doesn’t matter how short your season is because it’s all about the kinds of clothes and outfits you enjoy wearing the most. 

Autumn is my favourite season because the breathtakingly beautiful foliage launches me into orbit every year. But when it comes to fashion, I’m no longer sure. In previous years I would have batted for Team Fall Fashion without a shadow of a doubt. But the absolutely brilliant season for Spring 2014 has made it harder for me to choose. I particularly love the colours and crisp fabrications that are offered in Spring collections, as well as the large number of white wardrobe items.

Then again, I love the richness and the cozy textures of Fall collections. Fall jackets, coats and knitwear are a gorgeous weight. They usually drape extra well because they are heavier than Spring items. 

I can’t choose, so I’m sitting this one out on the bench with fresh Thai spring rolls, peanut sauce and a Shirley Temple. Over to you. Do you bat for Team Spring or Team Fall Fashion? Tell us why, no batting for both teams, but feel free to join me on the bench. I have a hunch that Team Fall Fashion will win this race.

Angie's latest top picks

These are Angie's picks. You can collect items for your own wishlist or shopping list using YLF Finds. If you are logged in, you can collect the items right here by clicking the icon. Read more about using YLF Finds here.

4 Reasons To Love Boyfriend Jeans

by Angie

Boyfriend jeans have become completely mainstream over the last few years, and are the style of denim on the runway. They are “relaxed”, which means that they are roomier than tailored jeans. Furthermore, you can choose how baggy and slouchy you want them to be. Wear them slim-fit, much like relaxed skinnies or straight legs. Or wear them slouchier and baggier all over. On the slouchy end of the spectrum you’ll need to wear them with a belt. This opens up a whole new world of fun belts and tucking or partially tucking tops, which is another refreshing fashion trend.

I love boyfriend jeans and most of my clients do too. Denim across a variety of washes is most popular, but white is gaining momentum this year. We enjoy wearing boyfriend jeans for four reasons. 

They Are Very Comfortable

This is the most popular reason. A relaxed fit around the legs, hips and waist is more comfortable than a tight one. And these days, wearing comfortable clothing is a higher priority than it used to be. Baggier jeans are also breezier than tight skinnies or straight legs because they’re shorter and looser. This means that wearing them on a warm Summer’s day is an option, whereas tight jeans are out of the question.

They Are Great in Transitional Weather

Boyfriend jeans are great to wear when it’s too cold for shorts, a skirt or a dress, but too warm to wear full length jeans. The rolled hems provide ventilation, while the fabric and length provide sufficient coverage. Plus you can wear boyfriend jeans with booties into Fall and again in the Spring. We often have transitional weather in Seattle, so the style makes perfect sense in this neck of the woods.  

They Are Fashionable

Fluid and oversized, both on the top and bottom, are the fits in fashion. If you enjoy wearing trendy jeans, boyfriend jeans are the way to go. Irregular juxtapositions dominate 2014 fashion, which makes wearing boyfriend jeans with girly pieces like lace and dainty ankle strap footwear a fun combination.

They Provide Denim Variety

If you wear jeans frequently, boyfriend jeans add another silhouette variation to your repertoire. I’ve found that this is especially important for Mum-on-the-Go clients who wear jeans a lot of the time. For a while, there was nothing on offer but skinnies, baby bootcuts and flares. Many have fallen out of love with bootcuts. Flares are harder to wear in our climate because soggy hems are awful. And tight straight legs don’t provide enough of a change to skinnies. Boyfriend jeans do a brilliant job of changing things up.

Furthermore, it may sound counter intuitive, but boyfriend jeans are a fab fit on pear shaped ladies because wearing a belt sorts out the problem of a too large waist. No alteration required, but remember to wear them a little lower on the waist and closer to your hip bones. Plus, there is ample room on the thigh area, which ensures a flattering fit. 

I love boyfriend jeans, and wear them very regularly. They initially piqued my interest as a knee-jerk reaction to the body-con trend. And since a Tomboy gene is very much alive in my style, it was a good fit. Plus, I love the variety and injection of fashion they bring to my denim capsule. I have three pairs of blue and two pairs of white across premium and non-premium brands. Some are slim-fit, more like relaxed skinnies, and others are very slouchy. The blue denim is faded but sans holes. I especially love my white boyfriend jeans because white denim is dressier than faded blue denim. It’s a great option for when I need to look dressier but would prefer to wear jeans.

Over to you. Are you wearing boyfriend jeans? If so, why do you like wearing them? Do the reasons above resonate with you?

My NAS Top Picks As Visual Collections

by Angie

Last Friday I posted my top picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I love the NAS because it gives me the opportunity to buy a few nice, new season pieces at much lower prices than normal. The sheer amount of product can be hard to navigate, but I have the benefit of spending a week combing through the items with my clients. 

I hope that my lists of top picks help you to navigate the overwhelming number of items that are on sale. After all, the goal of shopping a sale isn’t to buy more items, it is to buy fewer items more intelligently.

This year I used the new collections feature of YLF Finds to keep track of the items. I thought I would share the collections for anyone who would prefer to browse the items visually. Click the collections below to see all the items along with my notes for each item.

Note that if you’re a member, you can also create collections like these to keep track of your outfits, your wardrobe capsules or anything else where you need to group items together. Check out Greg’s post for more information.


Spring and Summer Tops

Dressier with business separates or dressed down with jeans.

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Crisp Jackets

Fabulous with trousers for business, or with jeans for smart casual.

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Fluid Tops

Roomy, fluid fits for Spring across a variety of styles.

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Not So Basic Tees

A little extra design detail means stylish sans topper.

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Boyfriend Jeans

Here are my top picks of boyfriend jeans from Nordstrom.

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Heel Cushions or Cups Can Save Your Feet

by Angie

Some of my clients and friends swear by heel cushions or heel cups that are available at drugstores for under ten dollars. They provide foot comfort in two ways:

  1. The cushioning part of the insole relieves heel pain by absorbing the pressure that is created when walking or running. 
  2. The heel cushion or cup lifts the back of the foot, preventing the uncomfortable rubbing and blisters caused by closed shoes like loafers, sneakers, flats and pumps. Heel cushions or cups can also reduce rubbing in ankle strap shoes by changing the position of the strap on the ankle. When no amount of BodyGlide prevents rubbing at the back of your ankle, the lift of a heel cushion can make all the difference.

Heel cushions and cups fit into closed shoes easily and invisibly. You might need to use a little double-sided tape to keep them in place though. They also work quite well in sandals or pumps with open backs and ankle straps. They are visible but not overtly noticeable. That’s a small price to pay for happy feet.

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Fashion News Roundup: Week 29, 2014

by Inge
Tory Burch brings out an accessories line for Fitbit, interesting data about the upcoming September issues, Kate Spade branches out into swimwear, and other style news that made headlines this week.

Fun Fashion Fact

After analyzing the buying habits of its customersTheRealReal, an online consignment store for luxury items, discovered that brands like Chanel, Hermès, Alaïa, Victoria Beckham and Alexander McQueen hold their value the longest. Tod’s, Alexander Wang, 3.1. Phillip Lim and Marc Jacobs had, perhaps surprisingly, low resale value.

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