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Let’s Talk Fashion: Emerging Trends

Let’s talk fashion. There are two things I know for sure. First, fashion is art. Second, everyone wants to look and feel good, especially when we leave the nonjudgmental walls of our homes to accomplish the day’s mission. At Let’s Talk Fashion Virginia, our hope is to make the world of fashion a kinder entity than the unattainable images, ideals, and price tags plastered in what seems to be every platform of media available. One of the core reasons I worked my way into the fashion industry, joining Victoria Watts, founder of Let’s Talk Fashion Virginia, was to teach individuals the importance of knowing their intrinsic value. Here, we use the word fashion first as a verb, and then a noun in our company. We believe that before there were clothes to purchase, man and woman were fashioned by the hands of God. Humans are the grand finishing touch of the creative expression of the Creator of the entire world, which makes people much more valuable than the clothes they wear.

No, I am not against having an on-point wardrobe, but I do know how a person feels will show through, no matter what clothes they wear.

However, I know you are not reading this article for a sermon; chances are you reading this article because you want to talk fashion. So, Let’s Talk Fashion Virginia!

For the end of summer, I wanted to give you some advice that will keep you classic, which never goes out of style. Keep your solids, even with flirty florals and other bold prints that have shown up for spring and summer, as you will always be on-point with solids. Everyone and every body type looks good in them. They leave the world of accessories wide open, with trendy statement accessories being much more affordable to update season after season rather than garments.

On the other hand, I am not saying to completely forget florals or prints, but to understand that instead of flattering you these prints may distract and/or distort your image. The most seamless way to incorporate florals and other prints into your wardrobe is to do so with a continuous piece. A continuous piece keeps the body flowing instead of interrupting in all the wrong places.

Some of the most commonly worn continuous pieces are dresses, rompers, and jumpsuits.

Image courtesy of Faith Connected Photo

However, there is another style of continuous piece on the scene, last seen in 2014 when worn on the red carpet by Aussie actress, Margot Robbie: two-piece sets. The most common two-piece set consists of a skirt with an accompanying top, but shorts and pants may also be found. It seems one trending idea is finally something to flatter the body rather than to just stand out.

The best way to achieve a flattering look is to create one that keeps the eyes moving. There is an appeal that works of art, like paintings or sculptures, create that causes a desire for on-lookers to see the entire piece and not just one corner of work. Every person is a work of art, and each one of us has bumps, curves, height, or lack of, that we either like or do not like. We can choose to focus on those parts of us, or we can choose to see an entire person. As a stylist, my goal is to enhance the uniqueness of each person I work with individually. Pictured, myself and another local stylist, Courtney Martin, worked to create a few looks resembling continuous pieces using clothing sourced from a downtown Lynchburg retailer, Frolic by Celebration.

Still looking for more inspiration? For 2018, Let’s Talk Fashion Virginia will continue to develop seminars including model workshops with the local Lynchburg Parks & Recreation to teach individuals through professional instruction about the different aspects of fashion.

For the first time in Central Virginia history, Let’s Talk Fashion Virginia will present the first annual Central Virginia Fashion Week 2017! Think New York City, but in the greater Lynchburg area this fall: September 11-16. There will be in-store events happening throughout the week, including debuts from emerging fashion designers from within the Central Virginia region. The week will end with two runway shows Friday and Saturday. We are excited to partner with the Retail Merchants Association Lynchburg, the Downtown Lynchburg Association, and WSET ABC 13 to produce a premier event featuring collections of locally-owned retailer establishments and designers. We’re also thrilled to work with local beauty partners such as the professionals at Vanquish Beauty Studio (Sara & Denise) and Ashley at Makeup by Ashley Ancheta just to name a few. For more information, please visit www.letstalkfashionva.com and subscribe to our e-mail list for updates. We’re so excited to meet you there!

 

 

Written by Aimee Dwyer
Photos courtesy of Sidney Jackson, Faith Connected Photo
Model in Featured Image: Pamela Raine
Model in Blue: Amy Beth

New Year’s Eve Fashion

New Year’s Eve is nearly upon us and with the champagne and the festivities comes the headache of deciding what do wear this year. From my extensive research of Pinterest and fashion blogs a-like, sparkle has been the trend for last couple of years.

While it may make some glitter enthusiasts skin crawl, I’ve got to share it. Sequins itch. It’s not the most comfortable way to spend the night. This year we’re going to explore an alternative to the sequins trend.

For the more extravagant office affair you’ll want to be regal and put together, a touch of (faux) fur and metallic fabric. You’ll look timeless and modern all in one fair swoop.

new-years-office-partyYou can have this exact look for approximately $140, or you can model your own unique look off this inspiration set!
What I especially like about this piece is the incorporation of the expected shininess associated with the New Year’s, while still employing one’s own unique style. You’ll fit in when the lights hit you, but you’ll stand out with the metallic material offset of the beautiful dress and gold purse by the softness of the gray shawl and shoes.

If this look is just too much for your New Year’s Even plans we have an alternative for the more casual get together.

new-years-eve-party-partyThis exact inspiration set costs approximately $120!
This outfit is a simpler party style, but still employs a similar effect as the previous one. There is still a hint of sparkle and pizazz, without the onslaught of too many sequins. The plain black, lace, jumper is the perfect piece to dress up or down. The silver, metallic, purse and elaborate silver earrings will catch the light focusing the attention on you. The maroon shoes with gemstones are my personal favorite of this outfit, the pop of color is essential and perfect for the holiday season.

 

Written by Nicole Brobston

Fashion: Printed Shorts for Summer!

As the weather continues to get warmer, jeans shorts don’t seem to do the trick anymore. Printed shorts are the perfect alternative to all your summer plans. They can keep you cool and stylish all summer with their up-beat patterns.

Printed shorts can be more versatile than jeans themselves (yes, I said it!). They offer flare and style that jeans can never offer. From a night on the town to running errands, these shorts are a summer must wear!

Finding ways to wear these outspoken shorts can be difficult, however they pair with almost everything in your closet.

prints shorts1Casual

Throw on your favorite t-shirt or tank top and make your outfit explode with printed shorts. Your everyday wear can now come to life with fun patterns. Just simply throw on sandals or canvas shoes and rock this look!

Dress Things Up
Who said you can’t wear a blazer with some shorts? This is the ideal combination for a day at the office or a nice dinner. You’ll be the talk of the office with your fun mix of color.

night outNight on the Town
Tired on wearing dresses that reveal too much when you walk? Try printed shorts this Friday night instead. We love this look from Pumps and Iron! Put on a solid color blouse and some statement heels to make a lively night!

 

 

Written by Stacy Shrader

Valentine’s Day Style

If you’re still looking for the perfect outfit to catch the attention of your significant other this Valentine’s Day, look no further than these fun ideas! Turn heads in this red statement dress, paired with gold love-struck heart earrings, scalloped black flats, and a chic hair accessory to match!

Modcloth Dress A red dress for Valentine’s Day is nice, but add a couple of subtle accent colors to the bottom and you have something you can wear all year! You can find this one here!

earringsAccent your dress with a cute pair of earrings from ModCloth!

 

 

sam edelman Augusta flatsHeels are cute, but flats are our best friends! Check out these comfortable staples from Samedelman!

Goody headbandAdd a headband from Goody to complete your look! They offer several sparkling, dressy options. However, you can never go wrong with plain black!

No matter what style you choose, we hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with special moments shared by loved ones!

Written by Kathleen Duffy

The Dress

dressI am absolutely fascinated by this debate. The very idea that news organizations and celebrities have joined this trending conversation, emphatically claiming that the garment in question is either blue or black or gold or white (or any other combination of colors) is a little disappointing on the surface. Do we not have more important things to talk about? 
Then, you slowly find yourself getting drawn into the discussion. Sure, it looks white and gold— even Anna Kendrick says so. But there are photos floating around that PROVE it is black and blue. And then some crazy person on Reddit swears it’s fuchsia. Before you know it, you have wasted hours asking all of your friends what color they see and reposting your emphatic opinion that it HAS to be white and gold or the universe doesn’t make sense. 
So now, I hope you will forgive me, but I have to be THAT person who insists that there is something more to this debate than the color of a dress. 
It reminds me of another trending story regarding Tammy Meyers, a 44-year-old mother who was shot and killed in her driveway on February 12. 
When the case was originally reported, Tammy was said to have been gunned down as the result of an incident that occurred on the road. Early on, we were led to believe that the gunman followed Tammy home and, in a fit of extreme road rage, shot her in her driveway. 
My news feed began to fill with people debating road rage and how scary the thought is that someone you flip off at an intersection might snap and follow you to your home— a complete stranger might actually take your life because you expressed frustration at their choices behind the wheel. People I knew who talked about the story would say things like, “This is why I need a concealed carry permit.”
Then, new details started to emerge. Reporters began saying that Tammy actually knew the victim. Now there are rumors about a prescription drug deal gone bad, and the details of what happened to Tammy and her family that day continue to get more convoluted as they are passed around the internet like a hot potato. But there are still people who say this story is about road rage– even though evidence has emerged to the contrary. Suddenly we are all involved in a situation that, if we are being honest, is none of our business. We share Facebook updates and retweet things without checking the facts. It’s kind of scary when you think about it.
And, I’m sure at this point you are wondering what this has to do exactly with the now famous Tumblr dress. 
Here’s the thing: the internet is a wonderful place to connect with people. We interact and learn from one another every day— but there is a dark side. And the very fabric of that dark side is in the gold and white (black and blue) dress that you have spent hours trying to decode. The point may not actually be that the dress is one group of colors but that it has the potential to LOOK like something else from another point of view— and that the only people that know the true colors of the dress are those who have actually seen it in person—not some potentially doctored image on a computer screen. A Huffington Post’s writer’s firm belief that the dress is blue and black should not change what you see. Anna Kendrick’s emphatic statement that the dress has to be white and gold should not sway you either. Remember the old adage about opinions? Everyone has one— and until we actually know the truth, a difference in opinion doesn’t make someone wrong. An inability to discuss or accept that difference like adults, however, is something else entirely.
And, here’s the more likely scenario— perhaps the point was to get more followers on a Tumblr or Facebook page. Either way, I think it is fair to say that some of us are missing the bigger picture. 
Finally, I’m not going to weigh in on either side of this debate. I haven’t seen the dress in person, but I’m sure we will all see it on Good Morning America (or some other equally popular newscast) soon because they will have to weigh in on its deceptive color scheme. It’s segment will be right between someone calling Obama a terrorist and the latest report on Bobbi Kristina Brown’s health. 
In the meantime, I have to admit that watching people swear what they see is right and everyone else is “ignorant” or “blind” is honestly kind of breaking my little hippie heart. However, in some sad way, I am used to it— and I don’t think it is going to stop any time soon.

Bella’s Fall Fashion Essentials

SCARVES! Chunky, oversized scarves are something every girl should have in their closet to keep warm and complete a simple outfit. Floral or printed infinity scarfs are also a way to go, especially on a warmer day. La De Da is a great place to find trendy, one of a kind scarves.

bellafallBOOTS! Ankle boots, combat boots, cowboy boots, knee high boots, biker boots, booties – ladies we love em all! Boots are something that never go out of style and can be fashionable but functional. If you’re looking for the perfect place to find a stylish boot, Bush-Flora Shoes has a great selection! 

WATCHES! Mix up your arm candy with a watch. Watches are becoming more popular and the different styles of watches are never ending. Choose your favorite watch and add a bangle to enhance the statement. Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Fossil and Guess are just a few popular watch brands but adding a simple boutique watch is still very simple yet a statement piece. Yarid’s boutique offers several different brands of watches that are sure to give you that final statement piece. 

bellafall1CHUNKY CARDIGANS! MUST MUST HAVE! (By the way, you can never have too many or too many colors) La De Da has several different fashionable cardigans that would add a perfect layering item to your fall wardrobe.

TIGHTS! You can still wear your favorite dresses and/or skirts with a cute pair of tights! Make sure you stick to fall colors and don’t head for the bright, summer floral dress. Patterned and solid color tights are very popular to spice up a plain dress or skirt. But if you are looking for a safe and settle way to go, you can never go wrong with simple black tights. H&M has tons of printed leggings and tights that will be sure to add some flare to your outfit!

 

Written by Kristi Hall

Summer Brights Spotlight: Turquoise

Spending summer in the office can be rough. It may seem like everyone is outside enjoying the weather while you are in indoors. (Hey, at least you have air conditioning inside!) While you can’t work on your tan from your cubicle, you can bring a bit of summer to your deskside by adding pops of bright, sunny colors like turquoise to your wardrobe.

inspboardTurquoise was originally found in Turkey and is prized as a gem that brings good fortune. It is a calming and polished blue-green color, reminiscent of exotic oceans, clear pools – and, of course, chic jewelry.

Both relaxing and invigorating, it’s the perfect hue to use in your office space! Put a turquoise framed picture of you and your friends at the beach on your desk to motivate you. Your vacation will be here soon enough!

You can also splurge on a turquoise macaroon during your lunch break, or dress with a sophisticated teal and gold statement ring. The possibilities are truly endless! In the meantime, let this inspo board take you away to a turquoise paradise filled with good fortune!

From middle right: Sleeping Beauty cocktail ring from ShopHQ ∆ dress from C. Luce Rag & Bone sandals from VIVALUXURY ∆ Marie Claire Netherlands shot from Inspiration by Color ∆ Macaroons from Pinterest ∆ Beachside from Flickr

 

 

Pick up a copy of our August issue for tips on how to use summer brights like these as part of your autumn wardrobe as well! It is never to soon to think ahead!

Written by Sara Pagliante 

Fashion Fun– Jelly Sandals

Some of my favorite childhood memories were made wearing jelly sandals. I used to get a new pair in my Easter basket every year. Always pink, always sparkly, they were my most coveted accessory.

It always fascinated me that I never got blisters from these plastic sandals, but I didn’t dwell on it much, I was too busy being my awesome ten-year-old self. Recently, I have noticed the sandals making a come back. When I saw them back in stock at the Gap near me, I let out an audible gasp. I didn’t have to get very close to smell the recognizable rubbery scent and be immediately sent down memory lane. Since first seeing a near carbon copy of my original jelly sandals at Gap last summer, the trend has continued to ramp up, becoming both more popular and more fashion forward.

Now they are carried in nearly every store at the mall, and major fashion houses like Dianne Von Furstenberg, Givenchy, and Chanel have even adopted the style. Because of their unique material and typically bright color, jelly sandals can seem intimidating to style. They are certainly a statement piece, but they actually play surprisingly well with most summer staples.

They are adorable with a pair of boyfriend style jeans and a graphic t-shirt. They can also add a whimsical feel to a simple summer dress. My favorite way to wear them is with an all white outfit; white pants, a white v-neck t-shirt, and a light neutral bag. 

This trend is for all ages—so buy a pair for you and your daughter! Share photos of your favorite jelly sandals on our Facebook page. We can’t wait to see them!

 

Written by Eleanor Haeg