Fine Threads

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Trends! What's Hot and What's Not

2016 Trends to Adopt and 2015 Trends to Drop!

Love the trends we are adopting this year, and I'm sure you have already seen, wore, or planning to buy most of them.

My favorite, the tulle skirt, is a very feminine look that can be dressed up or down. Check out the 2016 trends:

  • Tulle skirt
  • Rompers
  • Sneakers
  • Gladiator Sandals
  • Long hair, ponytail, and braids
  • Corset tops
  • Camel
  • Chokers
  • Crop tops
  • Graphic eyeliner

Get rid of 2015:
  • Rat Fashion
  • Contouring  
  • Rainbow Trend
  • Tribal
  • Micro Bikinis
  • Hair Chalking
  • Neon Eyeliner
  • Negative Space Manicures
  • Long Flowing Cardigans
  • Matching Denim Twin Sets

Fashion trends change all the time. Not just seasonally, yearly, or when the major fashion shows take place. Adopt one or two trends in your wardrobe to remain "in style." Establish your own personal trends - they may soon become your classics.

Hears to a fashionable summer and rest of 2016!

Monday, April 18, 2016

The New Frugality!

Frugality is in - having less, wanting less, desiring less is becoming the wish of many. Even though the economy is bouncing back, people are still fearful of what's to come.

Owning less and wanting less means not buying as much as you use to - especially when it comes to clothing. Realizing that you don't own as much clothing forces you to repeat the wearings of key items. Therefore, the key essential clothing items you do own should be of the highest quality, allowing them to last longer, and appear less worn.

Quality clothing items are usually higher price. You must invest in quality to get the best cost-per-wearing from your repeat items.
To make this "frugality" work women should invest in 1 key dress, trench coat, 2 pairs of jeans, white shirt, 3 blouses, 1 suit, sweater set, 6 sweaters, denim jacket, cocktail dress, pantsuit, and 3 pairs of neutral color trousers. Men should invest in a 2 or 3 button suit in a neutral color and heavyweight fabric, a 2 or 3 button suit in a tropical weight fabric, tweed sport coat, 6 dress shirts, 6 ties, 6 sport shirts (like a polo), 2 pocket squares, 3 sweaters, overcoat, 2 jeans, and casual pants – cargo, painter, or carpenter type pants.

Yes, it can be done! These basic clothing items can get you through a working month. Emphasize quality and you can't go wrong.

Have you eliminated clothing items that you haven't worn or doesn't fit you anymore from your closet? A great start to weaning out the unnecessary and becoming a person who owns less.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Image Consulting Workshops

Usually, at the beginning of every year, we evaluate our personal, business, and even social lives. It's the time when we faithfully go to the gym working on our physical bodies, and trying hard to be an overall better looking physical person.

I love assisting individuals improve their images and assessing the first impression they are forming on others. I do this in a variety of formats - image assessments, color analysis, body type and shape analysis, closet consultations, and personal shopping to name a few services. Image is personal and everyone projects one - positive or negative. My goal is to achieve all positive results. It takes looking at yourself in an honest, non-judgmental way. Stating the positives along with the negatives and making the move to enhance the beauty you have within you.

In my business, Fine Threads, I offer a series of workshops or classes if you prefer, on the main categories/topics on how to do what I do as an Image Consultant to help individuals and groups form fantastic first impressions.

First term, (February through April), workshops are two and a half hours each of essential information per topic. Here are the dates and times:

Intro to Image Consulting - (what's it all about)?

February 13th - 10am - 12:30 pm
March 12th - 10am - 12:30pm
April 16th - 10am - 12:30pm

Essential Business Skills - (for those of you who want to do what I do - entrepreneurship).

February 13th - 1:30pm - 4pm
March 12th - 1:30pm - 4pm
April 16th - 1:30pm - 4pm

Color: Everything You Should Know - (color draping for your personality area).

February 27th - 10am - 12:30pm
March 26th - 10am - 12:30pm
April 30th - 10am - 12:30pm

Wardrobe Planning for Men & Women - (essential clothing items suitable for your lifestyle).

February 27th - 1:30pm - 4pm
March 26th - 1:30pm - 4pm
April 30th - 1:30pm - 4pm

Interested? Check my website for further class information and email me for questions.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A New Year, a New You!

A new year, 2016, is upon us, and I'm wondering, have you evaluated your image? Did it improve over the past year or stayed the same?

As you begin to clean out your closet, (as we all try to do at the beginning of every year), examine your clothing from a new point of view. What will work for you this year? Is it new clothing, new footwear, or a new attitude? Remember, your total image involves appearance, behavior, and communication skills.

I've begun to do online image planning for clients. A convenient service for people on the go or who don't like to go shopping. For me it's therapeutic. The chance to match clothing with fashion personalities and body types is great! In need of a image re-boot? Email me to give it a try.

Fit, color, fabric, quality, style, and care!


Monday, August 3, 2015

Read My Blog!

Blogging is a full time job! I am definitely guilty of point #2 in the article (link below).
Reasons to Blog

I'm open to suggestions on fashion topics of course. What interests you, what scares you about fashion?

Let's talk!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Oh No! Summer Don'ts

Here we go again! Another summer, another display of bad fashions.

Men with huge backpacks - image breaker! Women showing way too much skin who shouldn't be showing way too much skin!

Summer is all about looking cool, comfy, yet still maintaining a beautiful and put-together style.

Check yourself! Are you portraying the person you really want to be?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fashion Month

Well another fashion week has come and gone. February in New York previewed the fall 2015 looks we are all going to be embracing; even though we think we aren't!

What better way to showcase any of the upcoming trends than to make a video, and that is exactly what did. Click the link below to see:

Fall 2015 Fashion Trends

This 4 minute fashion trend video is the best way to see what we have to look forward to.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pre-Fall 2015 Womenswear

Yes, I'm jumping past spring and summer, but as fashion forecasters push forward with their predictions, I can't wait to see what's next on the horizon for fall. Predictions have a bit of newness and changes from fall 2014, and a unique take on the basics. As you preview the photo, get excited for what's to come and prepare your pocketbooks for a lot of buying.

Ponchos, long and short looks in dresses and coats, fringe and other details. We can see what occurs this August, but for now, lets all be innovators and steal the looks and wear today as we continue to fight the bitter cold weather.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Health Goth

Whatever 21
Health Goth - so what is it? 
Health Goth "combines futuristic monochrome sportswear and an obsession with clean living." Started in April 2013 by Portland based musicians Mike Grabarek and Jeremy Scott as an appreciation of this futuristic sportswear. The term "gothlete" is what brands like Nike and Adidas are striving to capture in their sportswear. Overall, it's different, cool, and a sign of the times. I'll be looking for it as a change to my current sports capsule. H&M's goth focused capsule by Alexander Wang sold out quickly. Get on the bandwagon and embrace this trend.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fashion Illustrations

Antonio Soares
I am always amazed at the talent of fashion illustrators. I have seen many at the career academy where I teach and love viewing the obvious passion I see in their work.
I came upon the work of Portuguese Illustrator Antonio Soares and had to share, as so many others have done.
Captivating and beautiful!
Preview all of his work and you will fall in love with what you are seeing.
Antonio Soares

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Men, No More Backpacks!

Grown men carrying a backpack! I know there is a better way to carry your essentials, and will provide a more professional first impression.

I feel backpacks were meant for children going to school carrying their books and school supplies. Once you are out of school, a messenger bag is the way to go. A reasonably priced vendor, and also a good assortment to choose from, is Kenneth Cole. Either online, or in their many stores, you can find a comfortable, good looking bag.
The same guideline applies to women, but I don't see as many women carrying backpacks - just huge handbags! Either way, leave the backpacks to the kids and school.

Men, up your fashion game and invest in a messenger bag. You will definitely feel and look more comfortable and fashionable.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sex and The City Movie 3!

SJP told InStyle that, when it comes to SATC, "A part of me thinks there is one last chapter to tell [...] But, timing is a peculiar thing. It isn't a decision that can wait forever. I don't want to have to wear muumuus!"  Any fashion lover, like myself can't wait to see more of the fab 4, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte! The fashions that each of the characters wore, showcased their personalities. 

This link is a testimony to the SATC fashions:
Sex and The City the Movie - The Clothes

The most memorable television shows always had a fashion, style icon who stole the show! There may be the romantic girly girl, the classic, timeless gal, the bohemian, eclectic gal, and the sporty gal. We watch Scandal not only for the drama, but also to see what Olivia Pope will be wearing! In the 80's we had Dynasty and Alexis Colby's dramatic fashions. There are so many more memorable fashionable television show icons than the few mentioned in this post. I love seeing the style and clothing choices for the television characters on the shows we all love to watch. Keep it coming! Great fashion never goes out of style!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wardrobe Planning for Men & Women

A fashion workshop for all to consider!  
Sign up now!

Fall season is the perfect time to get your wardrobe together.
It's Fashion Focus Chicago Weekend! As you are viewing all the wonderful designs from Chicago's top designers and retailers, decide to spend a couple of hours planning your own wardrobe.

What do others see? You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.
This is a fun workshop focusing on how to utilize your clothing to build and maintain a great wardrobe suitable for your personality, lifestyle, and budget.

Workshop topics include components of your image, basic styles for women and men, dressing successfully, and how to evolutionize your look.

Creating a modular wardrobe is the final outcome of successful wardrobe planning. Having the ability to combine clothing pieces in ways that will stretch your outfits. Questionnaire, charts, photographs, and diagrams will assist in the discovery.

Everyone will walk away with a better sense of their individual style and how to portray their fashion personalities to the world!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall 2014 Favorite Trends!

It's officially fall and the clothing is fantastic!
Trends to emulate include:
  1. Plaid
  2. Boots - knee high and booties
  3. Fur collars
  4. Scarves of all colors, sizes, and patterns
  5. Knitwear as a category - pants and sweaters
  6. Hats
  7. Capes
  8. Leather
  9. Trench Coats
  10. Tweed Fabrics

Which trend are you going to emulate and expand your wardrobe?
I'm definitely into the coat trend and will most likely purchase a new winter coat and a great trench coat. Two big investments but definitely worth the buy. In addition, who can resist the wonderful selection of boots available? I know I won't be able to resist!
Need help looking for key fall items? Just send me an email.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fashion Icons in Chicago - Move to New York City?

Tavi Gevinson graces the new issue of New York
When I think of fashion in Chicago there are several names that come to mind. Borris Powell, Eva Pazola, J. Cheikh, P45, and Style Rookie to name a few. Some of which are semi-famous fashion designers, great retailers, and fashion bloggers. 
This last category, fashion blogging, really belongs to the younger set. This is the millennial generation,  sometimes called "Generation Y," way of expressing themselves. This group, millennials, are often said to be the most technologically savvy generation to date. 

By the age of 12 Tevi Gevinson, from Oak Park, Illinois, had already become a style icon with her fashion blog Style Rookie. Now, at 18, she is making her New York Broadway debut in the play "This is Our Youth."
I love Chicago, and only wish more of these fashion stars would stay in Chicago and help to boom this industry in our great city. Do I have a solution for them? Would I do the same thing, move to NYC? Probably yes. Wouldn't it be nice to live in a city that is listed alongside the Paris, Milan, and London set? We have the talent, (as noted), beautiful lakefront, and wonderful boutiques that would satisfy the fashion set. What we don't have is a garment district. A place to manufacture our designs. The completion of our wonderful ideas. 
The more I research, preview, take photos, and talk to Chicagoans I notice this commonness of simplicity and sameness which could be perceived as boring. Black pants and white shirts for example. Then there is the "laziness" of the masses to execute trends stylishly. For example, the excessive use of fanny packs, backpacks - (and not in school), and gym shoes as walking shoes. We, Chicago, are part of the Midwest states which "are known as "America's Heartland", which refers to its primary role in the nation's manufacturing and farming sectors as well as its patchwork of big commercial cities and small towns that, in combination, are considered as the broadest representation of American culture." Well, I guess that explains it; we are the heartland. But can we please have STYLE in the Heartland?