It’s been a difficult spring so far, hasn’t it? All this one-step-forward-two-steps-back drunken waltz we’re having with Mother Nature is making me (and everyone else) cranky. We haven’t had much opportunity to break out our old “warm weather” wardrobe yet, much less experiment with new spring/summer trends. But that’s not to say that exciting things aren’t happening elsewhere.
One of the accessories I’m seeing more and more in the pages of fashion mags is the obi belt.
Gucci spring/summer 2011
And I’m liking what I’m seeing. Of course, I can only look, longingly, and hope that the trend sticks around for a few more months. You, lucky ducks, don’t have to employ your patience – why not give it a try? The current take on the obi belt is very versatile, so you don’t have to worry about working a “theme” in order to pull it off. The all-leather versions out there (like the one from Mexx shown in the photo below) can work as a classic waist-cincher belt, so they’re probably your best long-term investment.
The crafty can probably make their own fabric obi belts at home … hmmm, another reason to wish I’d paid more attention when my grandma was attempting to teach me the basics of sowing.
Speaking of cool accessories, the “schoolgirl” satchel continues to gain in popularity. I’ve always been partial to the Mulberry “Alexa” bag, named after fashion-world darling and hipster icon Alexa Chung, and it seems like the rest of the world is now getting on board.
The look is showing up on other brands’ line-ups and slowly making its way to the malls. I like the combination of slouchiness and structure – it’s a little more “hip” that last year’s popular lady-like bags, but still a classic style that will hold up over time.
MICHAEL Michael Kors
One of my biggest temptations over the last few months has been – for once – not a bag, but a haircut. Sometime last spring, caught up in the agony of the mullet stage of growing out my hair, I vowed not to cut my hair short again for at least 10 years. Turns out, I was a little hasty in my hyperbolic promises. My hair hasn’t even yet reached the length that I’d been aiming for all along (dreams of Raphaelite-like tresses may have been invoked at some point), and I’m itching to go under the scissors again. It doesn’t help that everywhere I turn, I seem to come across an impossibly cute and chic blonde pixie.
Or a sexy and chic blonde bob.
Basically, everything that is not long hair. It’s seriously testing my resolve to continue coasting on my current hormone-induced hair-growth spurt. [Hey, pregnancy doesn’t have that many perks, one has to get the most out of it.]
And speaking of the current situation, one thing about which I am definitely not ambivalent is the wrap dress. Thank goodness for my wrap dresses, they’ve been a wardrobe lifeline! This is definitely one garment that I would recommend for any woman, because it’s guaranteed to make her feel and look good. It’s comfy and, ahem, “accommodating” (shall we say) to body fluctuations, while still being flattering and stylish. I know some ladies are concerned about the potential for cleavage spillage, but that can be easily remedied either by layering a camisole or tank top underneath, or by investing in some double-stick tape.
Behold, the miraculous powers of the wrap dress!