Style Watch: Lace and Eyelets

We see eyelets everywhere!!! If you want to jump and follow the trend, some options below:

H&M: lace dress (on sale!), lace top, beaded skirt

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J.Crew: Garden Eyelet (popbacks maybe), panel eyelet dress, Silk Chiffon Sweet Meadow, eyelet shirtdress, stretch eyelet dress, Collection lace shift, Collection eyelet jumpsuit and Collection Victorian lace (new arrival 23April14). Shoe-wise: perforated loafers (reviewed by Audreybella)

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Anthropologie: terrace dress, Carissima dress and patio party dress

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Gap: burnout dot and eyelet stripe shirts

 

Madewell: Eyelet hideaway, lattice work shirt and dress (on sale), eyelet wildfield dress 

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Tory Burch: Tiara dress, Trixy, Dakota, elena, perla, merida

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Target: Merona Lace short-sleeve (similar to a J.Crew factory top) and AMBAr halter top (cute!)

And if you are into DIY, I found this link by Beaute J’adore….and yes, I like!! Picture below and link to her post.

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image courtersy of Beaute J’adore

Review: Collection Wool-Silk Dress in Window Pane

The windowpane dress is currently on sale with extra 30% off. A quick review below:

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Pros: great quality, can be paired with shirts or worn without any, loving the vibrant colors and the slit detail is not bad but….

Cons: pretty high slit; the dress reaches my knees but the slit is mid thigh…

Material: mixture of wool and silk with poly lining

Fit: true to size

Sissi’s verdict: undecided…I like the colors and the fit is actually nice with a belt, but I’ll need to cover the high slit and not sure it is worth it then…if the slit works for you, then a keeper.

I have another collection item to review next week: the Collection Garden Eyelet Dress.

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Stay tuned for next week!

Style Watch: Spring Summer 2014 ‘Sissi Must-Wear’ List

One of my goals this year is to schedule which style I will be tending towards for a season (I usually just go with the flow of what I feel like or what is there in front of me) and to recycle clothes I already own.  So I turned to the fashion runways to select two or three trends that I will strive to maintain for Spring and Summer 2014, mostly using clothes already in my closet.  I blogged on some trends HERE.

  • Item 1: Soft Pastels with contrasting belts and bright accessories.  Am in love with the simplicity and muted tone of the outfits with the occasional pop of color 🙂

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  • Item 2: Whites with lace or metallic.  I’ll strive to wear more whites with studded accessories or just metallic accents.

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  • Item 3: Keep it simple!! A dress with a belt and sandals, or pencil skirt with shirt…simple yet elegant 😉

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Photos courtesy of gorgeautiful.com

 

Review: A Tale of Lace Minis – Retail Daisy versus Factory Scalloped Floral

Review of the week are the lace minis from J.Crew.  I had purchased the retail Daisy Lace Mini (I know, short for tall girls) with the intent to adjust it. However, it was too big.  As I was cleaning my closet for a trip to the consignment store, I saw the skirt and decided to part ways with it.  Then I came across the copycat version in the factory store, the Factory Lace Mini in Scalloped Floral (go figure why such a long name for the exact same thing).

Anyway, both skirts look similar to me, with very subtle differences.

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The retail version is a softer cotton, and its lace details are slightly more delicate.  The factory version is a brighter white (I would call the retail white as creamy white), and there is a gorgeous poppy red available as well. Bottom line: they look and feel pretty much the same…while the factory skirt is now at half the cost of its retail counterpart…

Pros: gorgeous poppy red, very cute floral details with tulle/organza background

Cons: length…seriously 😦

Fit: True to size, but oh so short!

Material: 100% cotton with polyester tulle/organza at the bottom (underneath the floral details)

Sissi’s verdict: if you can manage the length, check the factory version.

I like how FitFabMom paired hers. You can also look at Simply Lulu’s.

Flutted skirts everywhere: How to pair them?

Have been seeing a LOT of flutted skirts, most too short for me but I started wondering how to pair them.  If you are wondering as well, checkout the article from FashionSpot.  And if you are into DIY your own clothes, this easy tutorial from A Pair and A Spare DIY could be handy…I may try it to get a decent flutter skirt (read long enough…).

My three fav looks from Fashion Spot below:

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