Fringe is back! And we’re not just saying this because we’ve been watching celebrities at Coachella the past two weeks. Fringe is popping up on handbags, jackets, tops, jewelry and footwear. Whether this is a short term trend or is around to stay, there are many different opinions about its fashion worthiness.
Jeanne says: OMG I cannot believe fringe is back. I thought we buried fringe at the end of the hippie era (OK, unless one was a cowgirl, a gypsy or a flamenco dancer). All I can say is “ugh”. In case you can’t tell, I hate fringe. It inevitably looks sloppy and I have almost never seen fringe that could really be considered sophisticated. The only acceptable fringe to me is fringe that is less than an inch long and then its called a “raw edge”.
Kate says: Finally, a trend Mom and I both agree on hating! I don’t think I even liked fringe when it was in style in the 90s. I agree with Mom that fringe usually looks messy – and those hanging pieces get caught in things, start to fall off, get stuck in the car door… I think a classier fringe is a sort of 20s-flapper type fringe, which you can find on tops, skirts and dresses — still really impractical, but a little more finished looking.
We’ve found a few fringe options we can stomach — check them out:
Does anyone out there disagree? Speak up — why should we love fringe?
Jeanne says: Well, at least I have one only ONE J.Crew item here. I loved the way this outfit came together. These little pink heels are so comfortable and make me happy no matter what I am wearing. I find that’s always the case with bright shoes that I find on sale and feel guilty about buying — they always turn out to be my favorites! I’ve always been a fan of olive drab (camo, anyone?) so there you have it!
Kate and I both bought these great Old Navy skinny jeans. I wear mine a lot but they are not quite dressy enough for work except on casual days I like olive drab with animal print almost as much as with camo! So I’m loving her outfit … add a little black top, some bright jewelry, and a shiny flat and voila! She looks great.
Kate says: I think we all know this is one of my favorites pairs of pants ever. Even though I had to size up, like, 3 sizes in the Rockstar, the cotton material is so comfortable and I always feel chic with the zip pockets and ankles. For work, I paired these pants with a silky black blouse and leopard-print cardigan. Just shows how versatile a pair of cotton jeans can be!
I LOVE this outfit on Mom. Her striped tee layered over the crisp white shirt is absolutely perfect, and those shoes are the cutest. I think she really hit it out of the park with this one. She reminds me to layer more creatively with t-shirts over collared shirts (a look I love!) and also that I need to get back into wearing heels now that the weather is reasonable!
Jeanne says: I’m afraid I’m getting depressed that the only clothes I wear come from J.Crew! Here we go again. I do love this mint green color and I fell hard for this mint button down blouse with collar and cuffs in a different green; of course, I only fell hard when it was very discounted. Pairing mint and navy is a no brainer, right? I felt great in this outfit.
I love Kate’s outfit. I actually want to rip that top right off her back — it is so cute! I love the stripes and dots combo and all the different colors of blue. I also know those animal print loafers have a blueish tinge. Perfectly offset by her olive jeans, right? Does Kate ever wear the same outfit twice? I don’t think so!
Kate says: I was pleasantly surprised by how well this outfit came together. Combining patterns is really easy when they are almost exactly the same color! I love this look for a casual Friday — the cotton tee and jeans are comfy, but the patterns and colors take it up a notch from your usual tee and jeans combo.
I love this mint and brown striped cardigan Mom is wearing — I’ve coveted it for a long time. Such a fun mix of colors! She looks pretty adorable pairing it with a mint shirt and navy pants. And of course she loads it up with a dramatic necklace! Very cute.
It was especially easy to pull this cute outfit together because of Modcloth’s “My Loved Items” feature. We simply dropped each of the items we liked into My Loved Items and then mixed and matched until we came up with the perfect ensemble.
Here are a few other Modcloth that could also be mixed and matched to build on our red and turquoise theme.
Jeanne says: I am going to be in so much fashion trouble when this whole ankle pants/pullover sweater/statement necklace goes out of style! I rely on this combo to pull me together many days. I love this fuschia sweater and my brown polka dot pants — who could possibly argue with this combination? Unfortunately this sweater is wool, so I won’t be wearing this for long in this increasingly warmer weather. Wish I had it in cotton!
Kate’s hot pink jacket is one we’ve seen before. Here she’s combined it with her print pants and a lace top — pretty cute, I think. We both look good in this color pink, probably because of our blonde hair and fair skin. I love, love, love seeing Kate in these bright colors. I’m less a fan of flat boots with ankle pants like these. I think they call for either a flat or a heeled boot or pump.
Kate says: This outfit relies on my 3 favorite elements: color, pattern, and texture. I think this is another great outfit equation. My pink Schoolboy Blazer has gotten a lot of wear, but like Mom’s sweater, it’s wool and will be put away in the back of my closet soon. Fortunately these pants and top are both summerweight! I agree with her that these booties didn’t quite work with the outfit — I would have preferred a heel.
I can’t believe Mom didn’t recognize that her outfit is all J.Crew again! At least she puts these items together in ways the J.Crew stylists never thought of! Mom shows us the perfect way to pair polka dots and stripes, and a bright color to boot. I also love how she makes these dressy, shiny pants totally work appropriate.
Jeanne says: This outfit shows a perfect example of the method I use to find cute skirts that are long enough to be age-appropriate. I have loved these flippy skirts, but they are often too short. Here I sized up one size in this Ann Taylor skirt to get one additional inch of length and it made all the difference. Another way to do the same thing is to buy the right size but in a “tall”. I loved the combo of this skirt with the cascade jacket — so many curvy edges in one ensemble!
I love this little skirt that Kate found at H&M. And it looks perfect and sophisticated with a black sweater and tights. But then, just before we get too comfortable with Kate’s grown-up look, she throws in these extremely bright flats to give her outfit a jolt — a good reminder to always do something unexpected in our fashion choices.
Kate says: I, too, love this flippy tweed skirt I found at H&M. In fact, I’m already scheming about how to get more wears out of it before hot summer weather hits! Pairing it with a black sweater and tights made an easy outfit — but I can’t wait to put together so more daring outfits with it. I do always enjoy and outfit where I can add on this awesome statement necklace!
Mom’s houndstooth skirt looks adorable with the peek of plaid and leather sleeves. Mom really knows how to add some cheek to any outfit! Her skirt is great: not only flippy, but also has that awesome patchwork effect at the hem. And black and white is always versatile!
Tube skirts — the bottom half version of tube tops — have been around the last few years, but seem to be more on trend this spring. Perhaps it’s because they do look particularly flirty with cropped tops — often made of the same fabric. We’ve seen them in mini, midi, and maxi length and on all body types.
We decided to write about tube skirts the other day when Kate received a black and white striped version in her Stitch Fix package. Here is what we think about this trend:
Jeanne says: I’ve been wearing versions of tube skirts for a number of years. I like the look at midi and maxi lengths; the mini length often just looks trashy. Longer tube skirts create a long, slender line that can, surprisingly, flatter many different body types. Let’s face it: they are, no matter what you do, skintight skirts.
I like to combine them with fuller tops or longer semi-fitted tops and I always make sure the tops are high quality material to balance the “trashy” potential. I vote “yes”!!!
Kate says: This is yet another one of those trends that looks cute on some people, but that I won’t wear. Why? Tube skirts are SO unflattering unless you have the slimmest of hips! On me, tube skirts draw big, giant arrows right at my widest point.
I think a tube-style skirt in a thicker material (not cotton or jersey) could work much better — but isn’t that really just a pencil skirt?? I do agree with Mom that fitted pieces like tube skirt, leggings, etc. all look best balanced out by looser and longer tops. Although you tiny girls would look adorable in a cropped top
What do you think? Will you try the tube skirt trend?
Here are some cute options if you’re ready to try this trend:
Jeanne says: How on earth do I end up wearing all these J.Crew items at the same time? Well, I guess it is because they do stripes and prints a lot and I am always attracted to them! Although it is still considered chic to wear one’s shirt tail out under a top, I still felt a little awkward doing this for work. But I got a lot of compliments, so it must work. You cannot tell from this pic, but my skirt also has embossed circles — talk about mixing patterns!
Kate looks ready for a casual work day. She has been buying more and more stripes herself and this little top is a bold, fun look. I think she should do more pattern mixing with a top like this and any one of her cute button down shirts. I also like the burgundy pants and turquoise accents, combined with the ankle boots. Stripes are like that — in that they can create an easy, breezy look with very little effort.
Kate says: Sometimes I prefer a low-key look like this one — a simple color palette and basic pieces. But, of course, this wide-stripe top and jacquard pants help add a little interest! This striped top has come in very handy. It’s a thicker cotton, so it works nicely as a single layer in cooler weather but also layers well over collared shirts and turtlenecks.
As always, Mom’s pattern mixing is perfection. She shows us all how to mix stripes and prints by sticking to the same color palette and keeping the rest relatively simple. I love her bright pop of layered necklaces that really bring some light to this dark outfit. Very cute!
Forgive us for skipping a post today. We have a big family wedding today – Kate’s cousin and Jeanne’s niece is getting married. Kate is maid of honor. We’ll be back in touch when life returns to normal on Monday.
In the meantime, we want to congratulate the wonderful bride and groom – Elizabeth and Joel. May they be in love forever!
In advance of a big family wedding (you’ll see outfits later this month), we got together at Kate’s house for a few days. Eric (husband and son-in-law) was most gracious about our plans to shop — pretty much all weekend. Jeanne — who almost never shops in stores — was practically drooling about the chance to touch clothes before she bought them!
We started out at the new Tanger Outlet Mall with Kate’s friend Meghan and we were not at a loss for shopping targets — J.Crew Factory, Banana Republic and Gap outlets, H&M and many others. Kate came away with these darling flats from H&M and Jeanne purchased these cute items at J.Crew at 40% off:
After that exhausting foray, Kate and Eric took off for an evening wedding and Jeanne rested up with Netflix and some red wine. A good time was had by all.
The next day we hit Pentagon City Mall. Here we did the most damage at C. Wonder, which was having a great sale. Jeanne came away with a sweatshirt and a great button down shirt (40% off!) and Kate got a beautiful silk shirt in mint (now sold out).