Fall, Fashion, Lifestyle, Shopping, Style

Hooray For Fall Fashion! Fall Trends

Heyyy Friends!

The Labor Day holiday signals that the end of Summer is near which is always a little bittersweet, however I don’t usually mind as much as I am always super excited for Fall and Fall shopping!  I enjoy dressing for all seasons, but I have to admit that Fall might be my favorite! I love sweater weather!  Notice I said sweater weather, not North Face Abominable Snowman Under Armour weather– definitely a difference!

I wanted to share just a few of the Fall trends I’m loving for Fall that will be influencing all of our shopping trips this season as these trends and looks are hitting retailers everywhere!

There are a ton of options and opinions out there on what is trending for Fall, this is my non-designer house point of view!  I like to think I present more approachable and affordable picks that you know us fabulous “everyday” gals could find and buy!  Runway styles are aspirational and inspirational, not all looks are intended to be taken literally, grab what you can from them and make the look your own.  We all know it’s not realistic to think that most of us will complete our shopping at Gucci and Saks! We all like our designer duds but I don’t think $600 slacks are in everyone’s budget :).

Enough rambling!  Take a look at the 5 trends assembled below and see if you feel Fall retro inspired!  Happy Shopping!

 

#1 – Flower Power – Retro Flower Prints

Floral prints.  Not just any florals but BIG, striking floral prints and patterns.  This trend might be the most polarizing trend of all but I think if done right, these is an amazing look for this season!  Ignore the thinking that florals are only relevant for Spring, the bright, bold patterns for Fall will definitely change your thinking.  Pair your florals with some flare leg jeans and a leather jacket or try some floral print slack and booties, ground a full length dress with a gorgeous pair of boots!  So many options!  PS – I love the floral coat below– on the hunt for a copycat version!

#2 – Resin & Lucite Accessories

Resin is a very versatile material and for this Fall season being crafted in so many  vivid colors and patterns!  Another plus is that it is super lightweight.  Look for mottled florals, bright color splashes and metal accents this season.  I’ve noticed that while pieces are still striking it looks like the super large statement pieces are on their way out.  Hold on to yours though (I am), what’s old will be new very soon.  Besides, I believe for the right occasion a big “look at me” necklace might be just want a girl needs!

 

 

#3 – Purple  / Lavender

I am really appreciating the various shades of purple/violet I’ve seen so far during this transition period leading up to full on Fall.    Pantone chose Ultra Violet as its color of the year for 2018 so no surprise that we will see this color everywhere this fall.  Actually– the entire color palette chosen for this year is pretty awesome, check them out here!  Such gorgeous colors!  For all you fellow Prince fans, I think he would be pleased with this color choice!

 

 

#4 – Belt Bags

Not a fanny pack, but a belt bag :)!  There is a difference and I guess the difference is about 30 years or so!  Either way, I don’t hate this accessory!  This trend is not brand new for Fall, was introduced in a big way back in Spring, I show it here as a part of this list because 1)  it will be continuing into Fall and 2) there are so many new and different takes on the style that it feels just as fresh as it did previously.  Everyone is offering their version of this style so you are sure to find one that works for you!  Extremely versatile bag, most styles can be worn in the traditional belt style or as a sling.  Some include a convertible strap so the bag can be worn as a crossbody.

 

 

 

#5 – Retro / Throwback Looks

This could be fun!  Think denim on denim looks, denim jackets, flare leg jeans (I actually never stopped wearing these…), updated bootcut denim, cool metallics, pop art details, velvet, color, color and more color!  Mix one of your favorite throwback pieces with a more modern piece to create a new ownable look!  Have fun!

 

 

Feel like Fall shopping yet?  Let us know what you think about this post or share what you’ve seen for Fall!  As always we’d love to hear from you!

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XOXO,

Chickwares

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Today I wanted to share some awesome inspo for your next shopping trip!  So many cute things out there; i’m just loving on so many of the retro styles I’ve seen.  Enjoy–and let us know what you think of our picks.  Scored something awesome and new lately?  Share it!  We’d love to hear from you!

 

First up:

  1.   Kimonos  – We Love Them!  So cute and so many options to choose
Fall, Fashion, Shopping, Style

Fall’s Hot Trend– and Boy Do We Have A Crush! Velvet Crush That Is!

Firstly let me say, I’ve missed you!  That goes out to any and everyone that takes a second to read or even look at my blog!  Over the last couple of weeks, life happened and I just could not get it together!  Needless to say I’ve had a ton of ideas to share with you via the blog but I just couldn’t do it.  I hope you all haven’t forgotten about me!  I’m kicking off my return with of course a blog about shopping and fashion!  I hope you enjoy!

Velvet, velvet and more velvet, velvet pieces are everywhere!  Definitely a hot and trending fabric for Fall and I think I love it!  Once assumed just a fabric for holidays or special occasions and nights out velvet has the ability to add “just enough” uumpf to any outfit so that you are always perfectly dressed or accessorized!

I think There are so many ways to incorporate this material into your wardrobe for Fall.  Every retailer and top brands are getting in on the velvet trend and offering some gorgeous must have pieces for the season!  You can spend a little or a lot to create your own FABULOUS look for Fall.  I’ve compiled a short list of must have pieces in a range of prices for your viewing and shopping pleasure!  Just to get you ladies started; so many options to choose from out there, Happy Shopping!

Velvet 2017_2

  1. Velvet Clutch by BP., Nordstrom – $25; I love mine!  I use this inside of my larger tote bag to carry all of my smaller accessories and knick knacks!  Note:  I checked and this blue color is sold out, but this clutch was also available in pink or black.
  2. Velvet Cami by Free People, Macy’s – $68; Gorgeous color choices!
  3. Velvet Julian Backpack by Rebecca Minkoff, Nordstrom – $245  Great way to jazz up your weekly athleisure wear!
  4. Hoxton Velvet Peg Jeans by Paige, Bloomingdale’s – $239
  5. Velvet Double Tier Tank by Xhilaration, Target – $19.99
  6. Graceful Velvet Ankle d’Orsay Pump by Topshop, Nordstrom – $100
  7. Velvet Off the Shoulder Top by Do and Be, Bloomingdale’s – $68; pair with distressed jeans and sexy pumps!
  8. Tai Velvet Wrap Dress by Seen Worn Kept, Anthropologie – $158; Velvet dress for this season– you’re going to need one!

 

Hope you enjoy shopping and wearing this trend!  What’s your favorite velvet piece?  Seen looks you love?  Share with us, we’d love to hear from you!  Follow us on Chickwaresblog!

 

XOXO,

Chickwares

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**photos courtesy of respective retailer sites

 

 

Fall, Fashion, Shopping, Style, Tops

Fall Looks! Sleeves, Sleeves and More Sleeves!

Greetings all!

I hope everyone has had an awesome week!

Fall weather is upon up and I don’t know about you all, but I am ready! I love the weather and dressing for Fall! The weather here (Atlanta) during Fall is just the right amount of warm so that one can still be comfortable bare-legged; mixed with just enough cool so that you can wear sweaters and cozy cardigans later in the day or when you’re inside which I love! With that in mind and just in time for the week ahead I’ve decided to pull together a preview of some of the Fabulous inspo styles and looks that I’ve noted over the past couple of weeks.

As you can probably guess from the title the focus of this particular post will be all about sleeve styles for Fall! Ruffles, slits, balloon, bell, voluminous, ruching, you name it and they have done it to our sleeves! So much attention is being paid to sleeves and shoulders for Fall–it is super awesome! I love great sleeve detailing and from t-shirts to sweaters there are so many options to choose from this coming season. I’m sharing here several pieces that I absolutely love and can’t wait to wear!

 

From top row l-r,

Off The Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Sweater, Express

BP. Cold Shoulder Tunic Sweater, Nordstrom

Love by Design Grommet Sleeve Sweater, Nordstrom; I have this one in 2 colors, so cute!

Cut-out Shoulder Tunic, Express; so easy to wear and on sale now!  I have this one in 3 colors!

Free People Drift Away Floral Tunic, Nordstrom; the green color is amazing!

Honey Punch Ruffle Sleeve Sweatshirt, Bloomingdales; the distressing is so cute!

Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Top, JOA; Bloomingdales Exclusive; great for a night out!

Top Shop Lattice Back Sweater with bell sleeves, Nordstrom; I snagged this one in cream and yellow from the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom! Can’t wait to wear!

Rebecca Minkoff Gracie Sweatshirt, adorable!

Fall dressing is so much fun! I love the opportunity to layer and dress in cozy sweaters and tops!  This is just a handful of what’s to come, so many more styles I didn’t get a chance to post.  Thinking I’ll do another post a bit later!

See anything you like?  Have you started Fall shopping yet?  Let us know what you think of the trends!  We’d love to hear from you!  Share your comments!

Happy Shopping!

XOXO,

Chickwares

 

 

 

Some images courtesy of retailer sites

Fall, Fashion, Handbags, Henri Bendel, Shopping, Style

Bag Review! Henri Bendel Modern Icon Satchel

It’s Bag Review Time!

Time for another awesome bag review!  Today I am reviewing the lovely Modern Icon Convertible Satchel from Henri Bendel!  Yes, another Bendel bag!  🙂 The Modern Icon Satchel is one of their latest arrivals and is gorgeous!

The bag is made of smooth leather and includes a leather ID tag and decorative Henri Bendel fob.  The bag is described as a convertible satchel and can be worn three ways.  1) Keep the sides expanded for a very Celine-bag look, or 2) gusset the sides of the bag via a connecting strap to create a boxier look or 3) place the flap inside to show off the inside pockets.  Personally I think the 3rd way is a bit of a stretch, but nonetheless it offers a different look.  The collection photo at the top shows all 3 ways to style.

The bag is a bit structured but roomy, multiple pockets inside makes it functional as well as fabulous!  It features a pinch lock closure on the flap which looks so fancy!  There is also a phone pocket on the back for easy access, although I don’t think I’d place my phone inside.  Great for work, greater with jeans and a casual top!  Additionally, the bag comes with a removable shoulder strap so in addition to the satchel style (my fave) you can wear it as shoulder bag or crossbody to keep your hands free!

The bag is available in 3 colors I suspect additional colors will be added later in the season,  just a feeling I have :).  I got the lighter color, called Amphora, with gold hardware.  Also available in black with silver hardware (hard to find) and Sun-dried Tomato.  I struggled a bit between the Amphora and Sun-dried Tomato but ultimately chose the Amphora. I have 2 other satchel bags in the Sun-dried tomato / Brick-red color — which reminds me…..

Right now, get 10% off this bag and any other new arrival at Henri Bendel.  The online store is also offering free shipping, monogramming and gift wrapping!

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All about the bag:

Modern Icon Convertible Satchel

  • 100% leather
  • Expandable sides
  • Satin lining
  • Convertible:  3 ways to style
  • Multiple inside pockets
  • Phone pocket on back
  • Dimensions: 11″H x 20″W x 7″D
  • 4.5″ handle drop
  • Metal protective feet on bottom

PROS:

  • All of the above!  Great looking bag and great useable features
  • Very upscale top-shelf designer look
  • HB makes great quality and long-lasting bags
  • 10% off now + free shipping, monogramming

CONS:

  • $550; gorgeous quality bag but I think the price tag may deter some depending on if this is another “nice to have bag” or if someone is looking for a new primary bag for the season

 

Bag Scorecard
Looks:  9
Value:  8
Functionality:  9
Size:  9

Overall Rating: 35/40;  Love this bag– highly recommend

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Happy Shopping!

 

XOXO,
–Chickwares
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**Images courtesty of Henri Bendel site; I did not receive any compensation or incentive for my review of the Modern Icon Satchel.