Animals in fashion is as old as man. I mean you gotta' figure that the caveman was probably onto something. But if you aren't into getting your fur on, then you need to incorporate all the upcoming season's animalia in a different way. I mean runways may have been covered in the ever-controversial fur, but here are a three of my favourite fur-free animal options that are both wild and a bit wacky:
I came across this Noah's ark of jewellery on my travels to France this summer.
They come in all kinds of species, so depending on your love of earth, air, water (or unicorns?), you can sport your favourite.
Rings and necklaces, dragons and jaguars, this is a line that is both fashion and fun and totally fur-free.
2. Animal shredded clothes:
So get this, we read on http://www.stylelistquebec.ca that a group in Hitachi City, Japan, are "collaborating" with the animals at the Kamine zoo and creating shredded denim (also called zoo denim) for unique animal-created fashion. Weird trend? Yes. Unique designs? Yes. But I gotta say this is kind of a cool alternative to all the fur-wearing and you will definitely be wearing one of a kind (ps: proceeds are going to a good cause, the WWF and Kamine Zoo). Some folks found it was kind of exploitative, but I think if the animals are having fun ripping up denim and then money is raised for them, it's a pretty cool project.
What do you think?
Photos Courtesy of Zoo Jeans
3. Animal Print:
While totally obvious, I think this one of the best ways to pay homage to the animal without actually wearing it. I love wearing this print as a basic, mixing it in with other prints or wearing animal accessories. Animal print is definitely on trend for this upcoming season and you can feel guilt-free rocking your grrrrr-iest garbs.
Alright, so I don't judge, but I definitely like the idea of finding something in fashion for everyone. So, if the fur trend is not for you, I hope you'll find a way to rock some animalistic approaches to style.
I was hanging out with one of my besties, and as we left the house to go shopping, I realized that she was filling her pockets with all her stuff: Phone, wallet, lipgloss...Girlfriend, I said, where is your purse? She answered that she freaking hates wearing a purse and so she fills her pockets with gear and hopes her pants stay up. So, I got to thinking: What does a purse-hater do? I mean this girl (I mean me) LOVES bags, but what if you find sporting a purse to be a bag-burden? Are there any solutions out there for the handbag-hater?
Well, turns out there are a bunch of great options (Heidi Rubin, personal trainer extraordinaire, this one's for you):
1. The designer Fanny Pack
Don't cringe. The fanny pack is a great bag alternative, with a hands free approach and some existing aesthetics that make them a-okay. I love this ruffle one from Kinies:
And, there is something about a designer fanny-pack, like this one from Gucci, that is deliciously balanced:
2. The Holster
I actually have a holster. They are a great handbag alternative and give any outfit an automatic rock'n roll vibe. Check out these awesome ones from Jungle Tribe Blaster on Etsy, which comes in a torso or thigh version:
And, this holster from RK New York screams band frontman:
3. The Wrist Wallet
If you are going to wear a cuff, why not have it double as a wallet? I think that this beaded bracelet from Television on Etsy is perfectly girly and practical all at once:
4. The Ankle Wallet
If you needed validation from a major fashion house, anyone remember Chanel's 2008 ankle bag? I love this thing (and think it could double as a wrist wallet, too):
5. (and my personal favourite) The Boot-Bag
Elizabeth Anne has contemplated this dilemma and come up with the ultimate solution. It is footwear with a compartment for your stuff...and it helps that her boots are totally awesome.
So, for all you ladies who need to be free of the bag-burden, these are your perfect solutions to the handbag hassle.
I am not ready to think about shopping for cold weather, but, alas, it's that time when we start to contemplate those Fall fashions and this season let's begin our preview with one of my favourite looks.
Here are four Back to School-inspired trends for every woman this Fall 2014:
1. Clunky Flats:
Alright ladies, enjoy footwear that is comfortable and stylish this season with chunky flats with a menswear flare.
2. Pleasing Plaid:
Not just for the school uniform, plaid is where its at for everyone. Try a plaid coat or cape for a more updated interpretation of this trend.
Save your back and style your outfit with a designer backpack. This modern take on a student's must-have is the perfect way to cart your adult accessories.
4. School colours Grey, Blue and Green:
When I think school uniforms, I always think of the greys, blues and greens. Well, this season these classic colours are going to be for hall monitors and fashionistas alike!
We are just getting warmed up on the Fall fashion front, but I figure it's better to be prepared, right?
On Virgin Radio- read it there http://montreal.virginradio.ca/lkisstyle/2014/08/01/lkisstyle-outfit-post-vacation-in-black-and-white-part-2
or right here!
Alright, so vacation is a fun thing, right? But packing can be ultra stressful, right? Well, my approach this year was to aim for black and white pieces with bold accents. That made for easy-peesy accessorizing and a look that took me out on the town every night.
For this outfit, I decided to mix off and true white with a peasant top and the best skinny jeans from American Apparel:
Then for my second white look, I grabbed my trusty Michael Kors purse (I love this thing...it goes with EVERYTHING).
Put on a statement necklace with gold, silver and turquoise for colour.
And, my favourite new sandals that are Birkenstock-style and ultra-comfy.
Finally, I added some arm candy that I picked up at an outdoor market!
This Zara outfit was a matching skirt and accented T-Shirt:
The final look by the sea? Here it is:
Packing this year for vacation was pretty darn easy- opting for black and white made for effortless style while destressing! There is still one more vacation outfit post to go- check out www.lkisstyle.com next for #3!