March 2008


Argh… I had tickets to 2 shows (the Intermix show last night and the Macy’s show this morning) and missed both of them. Stupid illness. According to my date for both shows, they were both dull although he did add that the INC line from Macy’s had some nice stuff for men this year. I’ll have to take his word for it. Thankfully, he was kind enough to take my tickets and scalp them and pay me my expense back. I’m too broke to be able to throw away $100.

So, looks like I’ll have to wait for October to get here so I can post about the Fall event.

ETA: Only because I just remembered something.  What is with people tucking in shirts without wearing a belt?  It makes your pants look incredibly stupid because there are beltloops there. For a reason.  For a belt.  So wear a stupid belt when you tuck in shirts that are meant to be tucked in.  Or wear the shirt untucked (unless it’s a french-cuff shirt, it doesn’t really matter).

So, since Spring officially began the other day, heralding a new season full of promise.  And ragweed.  And new fashion trends.  I think trendiness is a bit overrated (despite my name).  Classics don’t go out of style and if you follow trends exclusively, you’re setting yourself to always be outdated.

Now, for the spring trends:

COLOR:  There are tons of bright colors this season to choose from and I don’t even feel like there’s only 1 IT COLOR this year like there usually are.  All of the colors are in (just not in the same outfit; the only person that works for is Rainbow Brite).  I say keep whatever bright colors you have and don’t worry about following this trend.

TRIBAL: Ok, this one kind of threw me for a loop.  I have nothing against being inspired by a specific culture, if in fact, it has inspired you.  Somehow, I think the use of kente cloth patterns actually makes it seem less like an homage to Africa than it does anything else.  Of course, we’re the same culture who basically went through all of Africa and “colonized” it, thus starting a metaphorical apocalypse over there that’s still going on.  That said, kente patterns are in.  I’d say get one shirt and work it out that way.  Maybe a skirt.  But definitely keep it to one item for the whole season.  Because I don’t think this look is coming back soon.

FLOWERS: Yeah, you heard that right.  Floral prints are back and in a big way.  This one I’m totally behind as more than a trend.  A great floral print can really turn around a dull black pant.  And also, it’s a classic.  IF it’s a good print.  Avoid small prints and loud ones, too.  For florals, check out the Milla Jovovich line at Target, which is AWESOME.  It’s part of their  GO International rotation and it’s a limited time.  The pieces are pretty well put together and totally cute.

To wrap up: go for the color (you shouldn’t have to buy any, really, unless you just love black); go for the African-inspired look (if you think you can pull it off); and for sure, go for the florals (in bright colors!).

And since my tax refund came in, I’ll be doing a bit of shopping (a very bit as I’m trying to save money, not spend it).