Links à la Mode Feb 19th: The Independent Fashion Blogger Roundup

February 19, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Miscellaneous

Links à la Mode: IFB Weekly Roundup

Fashion Tips for the Skinny Guy

February 18, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Ask the Guys

Girls are insecure about being fat and guys are insecure about being skinny. But with a little bit of self confidence and some tricks to creating an illusion of a heavier frame, you should get over this insecurity in no time. Here are some tips to adding 10lbs to your figure and giving you the swagga you need.

Skinny Rocker Look
Are you skinny AND a rocker? If so, you're in heaven. Rockers usually have a smaller frame (perhaps it's easier to jump around on stage without all that extra weight and muscle) and girls love it! For this style, you must be skinny and proud so show off your figure. Wear smaller shirts, fitted jeans, and a light jacket. Accessories are your friends. Wear colored and/or studded belts, leather bracelets, maybe a hat, and layer on different types of accessories. Side note: if you go this route with your style, you may have to get tattoos and piercings to be more legitimate, thus attracting types of the girls mentioned in our tattoos post.

the skinny rocker look

 

Skinny Urban Look
Layers honey! Layers layers and even more layers. Use light jackets and coats to your advantage. I recommend only going one size up on t-shirts. Of course that depends on the manufacturer, but I notice that skinny guys who go for humungo t-shirts end up looking like they're drowning in their clothes. One to two (that's really pushing it) sizes up is enough because once you layer your shirts, it will look bulkier and you will fill into that one size up better. And as for jeans, go for a slightly baggier fit, but don't mess around with going with sizes too big. Baggy jeans are already very wide and big and if you go too many sizes up, it will look like you're wearing parachute pants. Needless to say, you'll spend the whole day pulling your pants up and unless you're a rebel teenager, that's not cool anymore. Please do not unflatter yourself on purpose. Oh and I must address the bling. If you're wrists are too small, go for a medium size face on your watch. Nothing worse than having a huge watch spin around on your wrist all day. Uncomfortable and unsightly. As for the chains: Do not wear a super thick one. It'll look too heavy on your body frame and weigh you down. Go for dog tags and a beady chain. That way it gives the illusion of something thicker, but still doesn't overpower you.

the skinny urban look

 

Skinny Preppy Look
The preppy look is very beneficial because you have the button up shirts and the sweaters and vests to bulk up your frame. The best way to cheat is by going for thicker materials or layering 2 or 3 different types of shirts. For example: undershirt, button up, pullover and or sweater. Rock the trench coat and layer on a scarf during the winter (or a lighter scarf during hotter seasons). For pants, go for a relaxed or straight fit. Remember, no pleats! On a skinny guy, the pleats are even more apparent. You can always wear a slightly thicker ring for more girth, or even leather bracelets, but that would be enough. Sport the man bag for school or work!

justin timberlake - skinny preppy

 

Nerdy Chic
Alright nerds, you know I love ya. For this look, thick plastic framed glasses, cuffed jeans, button up shirt, bow tie, sweater cardigan, a scarf, a man bag, and top it off with a hat. Did you remember how skinny you were just now? Of course not, as there's a lot of coordination going on. I love this look because it's so themed and you can definitely have a lot of fun with it. Commit to the look and embrace your inner nerd -- it's hot right now.

nerdy chic

Ok guys, I hope that you get the idea of adding on weight to you frame. The trick is to layer and use thicker materials, and divert the attention by utilizing more accessories. If I didn't cover your specific style, leave me a comment and let me know! I may dedicate a whole post just to help you out. And of course, like everything else, confidence is the key to every style!

Crazy Japanese 3D Nail Art

February 17, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Hair & Makeup

Wow this is really cool and weird and a little bit creepy, but I think I'm diggin it!  Remember when a manicure consisted only of slapping on some red paint, a top coat and calling it a day?  But then we got more creative and  started airbrushing little designs on our nails, sometimes sticking diamond decals to spice things up.  Well it has been taken to a whole other level and these nail technicians are taking their art very seriously!   

My friend recently invited me to go with her to get Japanese 3D nail art done.  I wasn't sure what she was talking about, but after doing some research on it, it has opened my eyes to a whole other dimension in the world of manicures.  This technique got big in Japan about 5 years ago and it is starting to get more popular here in the US.  In fact, it is so popular in Japan that they actually hold contests to see who can turn out the most outrageous and wildest designs.  These artists go crazy with the embellishments using feathers, diamonds, pearls, jewels -- basically everything but the kitchen sink.  The results?  Kind of insane, busy and crazy, but for a special occasion, I think it's fun to switch up the old predictable manicure.  I only have one question.....how does one go to the bathroom without....snagging...or.....things getting in the way? Hey I had to ask, you know you were wondering it too...

Where to buy Japanese 3D Nails:
If you're looking to buy some 3D nails, ebay and ioffer have some wild and unique nail sets for cheap, although I personally think ebay is more trustworthy.

Check out these wild and crazy 3D nails (click photo to enlarge):

Jeans 101: The Five Basic Styles of Jeans

February 16, 2009 by Anna  
Filed under Style & Trends

Thank you Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss for inventing the jeans in 1873. They took some thread and a little bit of metal and BAM! Jeans are something you cannot live without. Unlike jeans in the late 1800s, they now come in many different cuts and styles. On one hand, it's great to have so much variety, but sometimes it can be little bit difficult to find the right pair for you. I will have many many future post on my break down of the jeans. But for now, I want to define the 5 basic cuts of jeans to help you in your next jeans mission. This one is for the girls!

Classic Cut Jeans
classic mom jeansOriginally meant to cover up bigger hips and waists, these "mom" jeans do the exact opposite. They are usually high rise at the waist and continue to taper down your leg. Does that sound like a recipe for success? Of course not. Classic jeans rarely look good on anyone. In fact, I will say they don't look good on anyone and should be banished. Forever. When you have wider hips, it's important to first go for a mid rise waisted pair of jeans. That way, it cuts your hips in half and it doesn't look like your hips start at your waist. If you go for these mom jeans, not only will it end up drawing much attention to your waist, you will look like you're wearing parachute pants. Just don't even try a classic fit on please.

Boot Cut Jeans
Unlike the classic cut, boot cut jeans looks good on everyone. It works with all shapes and sizes and the way it slightly flares out at the bottom is very figure flattering. The only thing to consider is the rise of the waist. If you're thinner, you can go for any rise, but make sure the cut at the waist doesn't give you a muffin top. If you're medium sized at the waist, go for a mid or low rise. And if you're thicker at the waist, go for a mid rise. Do not shoot yourself in the foot by giving yourself a muffin top -- anyone can get it, including the skinny people. So don't obsess over the numbers and go for what's comfortable and flattering.

Some bootcut recommendations:

Flare Jeans
With flare jeans, the flare at the bottom is a bigger than a boot cut, but not as big as bell bottoms. This look generally looks better on taller girls because of the wider flare at the bottom. I am very short and I have to hem all of my jeans. If I were to rock the flare, it would start at my knees and cut off my leg even more. So stay away from flares if you're short like me. For taller girls however, the flare gives your legs more dimension and depth so it doesn't look like one continuous long line. Very flattering! In you're in the market, Charlotte Russe has some flare jeans for 15%off.

Some flare recommendations:

Straight Cut Jeans
A straight cut is basically straight up and down. No tapering or flaring at the bottom. I love a straight cut when I want to tuck my jeans into my boots. It's less stuffing and more comfortable. This cut looks better with heels if your jeans are slightly longer. However, I think these jeans look best with boots (tucked in), walking shoes or flip flops. I recommend a straight cut for average height girls to shorter girls because it elongates your legs. As I mentioned, if you've got longer legs, a straight cut might end up looking like you have giraffe legs. No offense, I wish I had that problem.

Some straight cut recommendations:

Skinny Jeans
Skinny jeans are very fitting all the way through and tapers at the bottom. These look great on taller girls. However, you can still rock it if you're short, but I think they look better when the short girls wear heels with them. I know some girls wear sneakers or ballet flats with skinny jeans and the results are stunting. If you're short and you want comfortable footwear, go for straight or boot cut jeans. Leave the skinny jeans for a funkier/trendier occasion where you can break out those heels because that look is hot.

Some skinny jeans recommendations:

Well I hope this clears things up when you are staring at the wall of jeans at the Gap and wondering where you should start. There are so many other factors and tricks that you need to know about jeans and I will continue to write more about it later. Happy jean shopping!