Selling Short

Shopping is all fun and games until you get to the “Check Out” counter.

Fashion and its trends have been around for as long as people started wearing clothes to look good and not just to cover up.

However, when you look at the latest trends, you usually look at it through a magazine, television, or some other social media outlet.

And who’s wearing them other than your favorite celebrity (who you would no doubt pay copious amounts of money just to pet their hair).

Teri Agins, fashion journalist for the Wall Street Journal, has some pretty strict opinions on how she feels about fashion.  Fashion, contrary to popular belief, is not about the clothes (unless those clothes are wrapped in bills and dipped in gold)!  It is about the money–the business of not only making good clothes, but also selling them.

What better way to sell clothes than to slap them on some “underpaid”, “under-appreciated” actresses! They had no major flicks coming up anyway.

Celebritization, as Agins refers to, is the act of using celebrities to sell products, and they’re apparently doing way better than those other skinny people who train their whole lives to hopefully be in an Olive Garden ad if they’re lucky.

What are they called again……….oh yea, models!

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According to Teri, models have been swiftly kicked to the curb since the 1990s when everyone had a computer.  Celebrities started getting more famous because it was so easy to keep up with them, and soon enough they became, “arbiters of style”.

To be honest, nobody cares about the model who has only ever been a model.  They care about the Hadid’s and the Jenner’s who grew up on reality TV as we watched them make it in the world.  As if they had a choice.

There are no more Cindy Crawfords! Just Real Housewives’ daughters.

Despite how celebrities became so popular in the fashion industry, let’s talk about how they influence fashion alone.

For example, as there are certain trends in fashion, there are (unfortunately) certain body trends as well.

The big body trend now is having a super tiny waist, but having a super huge booty.

Now, I don’t know about all you petite girls out there, but the ass department was out of stock when it was our turn.

However, fashion designers are constantly feeding into these body trends in order to get a feel for what will sell best.  But unless we all have wonderful genes, we’re not gonna find some wonderful “jeans” that will make our butts look big.

Or have expensive personal trainers to help out.

But because us average Joe’s aspire to be like our favorite celebrity, we’re gonna buy the styles they buy and try to look however they look.

And although I personally love the 90s baggy/grunge look, people can’t help but think I had my eyes closed when I picked out the size of my jeans.  They’re a 00 I swear!!

And as I shop for these baggy jeans, I see so many models…well modeling them.  Yet I don’t aspire to be those models, instead I see my favorite celebrity who probably wore a perfectly tailored pair and threw them out the next day!!

As Teri Agins said, fashion is all about business, and celebrities are all about living on forever.

If you’re not fitting in with the majority celebrity population, or aspire to be one, then you might as well have no fashion sense at all.  Designers rely on celebrities to put out fashon pieces that will sell.  It’s their way or the highway, which will be very hard to walk with our long sundresses we keep tripping over.

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APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

This is a phrase whole world turns to when they are absolutely sick of April’s crap.  It might pour everyday in April, but it’s all for a good cause–the beautiful flowers that come in May.  This is what I want to center my photo shoot around.

 

 

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Spring Trends 2016…Can Petites Join the Fun?

We’ve all seen some of the most popular trends hit the runway before it hits the stores.  However, the models that show off these trends, although they show them off well, usually tower over the average women.

So naturally, it’s hard to imagine what petite women, or women who average women tower over, would look like in clothes that these supermodels where.

Luckily, I had some super cute and tall friends to model some spring trends for me, and to get the petite perspective, I got pictures of models from the ASOS petite line.

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Trend 1: Kimonos

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Kimonos are like the cardigans of spring that are light on your body and don’t make you sweat!  Most of them are see-through, which justifies the light weight material.  You can either get refreshing spring colors and patterns like my friend is wearing, or you can go with a neutral color to emphasize your other clothing colors!

I think this is a great look for petites, but you should be careful of the length of the kimono.  However, if you do want to go longer, you can opt to wear some clunky heels, like this petite model did.  Also, the fringes at the end of the kimono makes it look longer without the actual length.

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Trend 2: Light Wash Jeans

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Just as dark clothes are in during the Winter, light clothes are in during the Spring! Though I believe that baggier jeans are coming back into style this season, skinny jeans are a trend that won’t go out of style for a while.  Also, notice how the jeans are distressed and show purposeful rips in tears in them.  It’s like helping you get that nice spring breeze through your knees while still not showing too much skin where you’ll get cold.

Jeans are tricky with petites, just because it’s so hard to find a size that fits you well.  The ASOS petite model shows off a different way of wearing jeans, which is getting a shorter pant leg.  These capri-type pants are a great way to make you look taller, because the pant legs simply don’t scrunch up at the bottom of your ankles!

Another plus for petites: as you can see on my friend, it’s very common right now to cuff your jeans!  If jeans are too long on you, it’s totally ok and recommended that you roll ’em up!

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Trend 3: T-shirt Dresses

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T-shirt dresses are a great way to show your feminine side while also staying comfortable and being trendy!  T-shirt dresses also are not limited to the casual tee, as you can see in the photo of the petite model above.  There are many ways to dress up a t-shirt dress, and the mini lengths make a petite’s legs look longer! Comfy, feminine, AND flattering, the triple whammy!

Trend 4:  Baseball Caps

Wearing hats in the past was always known as the guy’s accessory for bad hair days.  But I say nay!  Recently, many women have been wearing baseball caps for many reasons, whether it’s blocking out the sun or covering their own bad hair day.  Even further, they have just become a pretty fashionable trend!

Trend 5:  Converse

Converse sneakers are also on the comeback this Spring season.  More specifically, the converse high-tops.  They’re great to wear with a pair of cuffed jeans or even leggings!

The best part about these accessories is…it doesn’t matter what size you are!  Articles of clothing like shoes and hats show off the spring trend without the worry of it looking bad on your body type.  And hey, even if you’re not sure what looks good and what doesn’t, wear it anyway, it’s just clothes ;).

Wear what you love this season!

xoxo

ASOS petite pictures found at asos.com

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Oscars Bare Fashion 2016

The Oscars put on quite a show this year.

Well, I can only think of one thing that made it really great, but I can’t put my finger on it…

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Maybe I’ll think of it later.

who said that…

ANYWAY

The fashion on Sunday night’s Oscars consisted of pretty similar styles but with their own unique look.  What I mean is that there were about 30 bare shoulder dresses but they all had their own way of pulling it off!

All of the gowns worn were just as gorgeous as the girls wearing them.  They all had a certain elegance to them that night.

And what better way to show that elegance than with the perfect cut-offs in a beautiful dress.

And yes, this was another trend that was seen all over the Oscar red carpet on Sunday.  To me, this is a trend that will stay around for awhile.  A deep neckline is a very risky and vulnerable look when uncomfortable in your body.

These women were anything but uncomfortable while showing off their collar bones and below.

The beautiful styles that have emerged from this trend have been everything and more.  It is a great way to show some skin but in a way that is elegant.

And for you petites, I say the lower the neckline, the longer our necks!  As long as nothing weird is going on at the bottom, then it is definitely okay to play up the top by showing less and making it our own.

And I just wanna say, if you’re pregnant, you should wear this everyday because you’ll look amazing.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Model/TV personality Chrissy Teigen (L) and musician John Legend attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

This dress of course, not the tux.

Back to the bare, I loved how open all the star’s gowns were, and it gave a great opportunity to express themselves, whether it was some sick jewelry or timeless hairstyles.

It was such a fresh look to see, and I can definitely get used to this more than high, stiff necklines.

I’m also glad to say that one of my fashion icons made an appearance at the Oscars, and it looks like she followed the bare shoulder trend very well.

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The elegance she radiates is uncanny.  First, she’s wearing a very flattering fit that emphasizes her super small waist.  The blue shoulder caps plus cape give the plain black dress a very modern twist as well. You go, Mindy!

Though Zoë didn’t grace us with her presence :'(, I did see some very flattering dresses for petites on the carpet that evening.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Actress Kelly Ripa attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)

First we have the ever-so-tiny Kelly Ripa, who happens to be RIPPED AS HELL and is my aspiring future mom bod, as I already anticipate needing to get back in shape after my first kid.

Dresses that go in at the waist are the best dresses for petite girls because it gives the perfect balance between upper body and lower body.  Kelly adds a little mermaid flare at the bottom which is great and actually makes her look longer.

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Next and last is Alicia Vikander.  When I see dresses that stop at the ankle, the first thing I think of is, “She’s too tall for that dress!” Isn’t that great??  This is the future people, where we can elude people into thinking we’re taller than we actually are. There are scientists that study this crap (probably)!  And again, how the fit is tight at the waist is a good factor to include when you want to be/look tall.

Until next year, congratulations Leo!

That was all I really cared about.

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