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Hola Fashionistas y Fashionistos!
I have been a bit neglectful in getting my post published for this edition of our Style Me Bloggers link-up. I had our theme “Spring trends: the do and don’t” on my mind early in the week and then in true senior citizen fashion, I totally forgot about it. Yup, just like THAT.
So now, not only do I need to type as fast as my little fingers can type to get this post up before the day is out, but I also need to type quickly before I forget what I’m typing about. (Ha! That rhymes.)
My research indicates that this spring, it seems that all the style rules I grew up with, followed faithfully, have been thrown right out the window. Shoved right off the cat walk. And somehow I must have missed the memo. But I assure you I am scrambling to play catch up now.
Here’s what I mean. These looks are from spring 2015 fashion shows.
Maybe not, because it seems that the only thing these three looks from fashion week have in common is that they have nothing in common. And they are all three what my mother would call BUSY. The first little number is Stella-Jean [source]. The dress is the center is Celine [source]. And the third piece is Dolce and Gabana [source]. My sources report that this little flamenco-flavored number may soon be available at Wal-Mart as Dolce and Gabana are in a lot of hot water over their unpopular comments about in vitro fertilization. Super style icons Sir Elton John, Courtney Love and Al Roker are calling out the designers for their controversial remarks [source] which can only mean D&G designs will either be more in demand or less in demand.
From here, I took my research to Pinterest. I pored over pinned 2015 spring street styles. Again I saw much of the same thing. A total disregard for former fashion rules. Has the fashion world gone batty?
I am lovin’ the POP of yellow in those pumps with the black and white outfit in the first picture [source]. (They are yellow, right?) I feel like I should salute or at the very least, put my hand over my heart as I gaze upon the patriotic look in the center. A little like a flag flying above some great, mile-long legs [source]. Then there’s that last little ditty. Semi-subtle pattern-mixing. As a dress, it would be less scandalous by my (apparently antiquated) fashion protocols [source]. But as two separates, it might seem that the model got dressed in a very dark closet where she mistook her patterned blouse for a solid.
By this point in my research, though, I was beginning to “get it”. Just about anything goes. So here are some outfits I created to break all the rules. Call me a renegade.
Not too salvaje, yet.
But watch this.
There you go.
Rule book—->out the window.
Wait just a cotton-pickin’ sec.
Polka dots can be worn with polka dots? Isn’t that crossing the line? Isn’t that pushing the envelope? They weren’t even that bold on the Milan runway.
But ever the epitome of El Paso haute couture, I am discovering that I can mix-up patterns with the best of them. And almost effortlessly. Very possibly unintentionally.
Now for my grand finale, my pièce de résistance, if you will. Probably as crazy as a retired librarian can get. For your entertainment pleasure and approval, I submit to you my final spring trend DO created by grouping together what would formally have been considered one big
Pulling out all the stops. Just gettin’ crazy now. But breaking rules can be kind of fun.
When it comes to fashion anyway.
I haven’t been bold enough to venture out in public wearing any of these outfits YET but stay tuned, I promise I will put the El Paso fashion scene on its ear very, very soon.
Before I type the last letter of this post and click on PUBLISH, I want to share the shopping details for my outfits as I am pretty certain you are all dying to replicate these on-trend looks yourselves.
For fear of not remembering where I bought each of the pieces featured in this post, and knowing how desperately you are probably waiting for that information, I took pics of the tags inside the clothes.
And here is the run down:
- One Star/Converse solid black, racer back tank – Target
- Black and white striped tees – Old Navy
- evolution white tee with bling neckline – StitchFix
- Cable and Gauge yellow cardigan – Steinmart
- @#$#!#@%$ (Can’t read the label) black and white polka dot blouse – online ??
- Dexflex coral wedges – Payless
- Comfort Plus black and white, color block pumps – Payless
- Mix No. 6 black and white d’Orsay flats – DSW
- Focus yellow, black and white, polka dot skirt – Steinmart
- Merona black and white polka dot skirt – Target
- Ann Taylor Loft coral, open weave sweater – Loft Outlet
- Floral scarf – Target
Ignore the price tags. It’s just that little quirk I have about leaving tags on everything. I’m a bit OCD-ish. Taking meds for it and much better than I used to be. Ask my daughters.
Last but not least, I would like to thank my camera. The FujiFilm FinePix F500EXR. Without my FujiFilm camera this post would have been brought to you by the blurry and sometimes oddly sized pictures from my iPhone.
As we say in the fashion world,