As a wardrobe stylist on the speaking circuit, educating companies on the Do's and Don'ts of proper workplace attire, I admit I am not a fan of the move toward Business Casual, or, as this article more accurately phrases it, "Business Whatever." That said, the dressing-down trend has been great for business (MY business, that is) because...for many people, when you give ‘em an inch they'll take a mile. Whereas professional dress code rules are relatively clear cut, there’s a lot of grey area under the umbrella term, "Business Casual," and that's how you end up with employees wearing sweatshirts and flip-flops to the office...and thus the need to bring in someone like me to get them back on track.
This article from The Hustle offers explanation on how the pendulum swung so far. Do you know which tech company coined the first "Casual Friday?" Or which jeans manufacturer created the first "Guide to Business Causal" for the sole purpose of pushing a low-sales product? Read via link to left on to find out.
I was thrilled by the invitation from Kendra Scott at The Summit to be a Guest Stylist at their recent VIP event. Who doesn't love playing in someone else's jewelry box?! In addition to helping guests find just the right pieces to add to their wardrobes, I gave a brief talk, sharing a few accessorizing tips.
"Accessories are what make an outfit a little bit more YOU." - Kate Spade
Clients often ask me, “What can I add to my wardrobe this season to keep it fresh and on-trend?” This Spring/Summer, that something happens to be an accessory! The Statement Earring is hotter than ever, especially those including tassels, raffia and/or acrylic. Whether in vibrant color (my personal fave) or pretty pastel, when it comes to statement jewelry, keep in mind that bigger is better. The beauty of a bold piece is that it can be a standalone accessory, making for easy dressing!
Not feeling something colorful? Then consider a larger earring in classic metallic - perfect with a pretty neckline that shouldn’t be disturbed with a necklace, but that still needs accessorizing. Actually, the proportions of statement earrings can be quite face flattering.
Don’t overload yourself with large pieces, this will only diminish their impact, not to mention overwhelm you. I like to have “breathing space” between my statement pieces. For example, if I am going to wear a statement necklace, then all that is needed is a simple stud. If I want to wear an additional piece with statement earrings, I might skip a necklace (hello, breathing space) but wear a cuff bracelet.
In this stylist’s opinion, everyone should have in their wardrobe both silver and gold necklaces and earrings. The pieces in each set do not need to match, in fact my personal preference is that they coordinate, but do not match. I recommend both a short and long necklace in each metal - or else one that is long enough to double. My guideline for how to choose a necklace: short over skin, long over cloth. But in many cases, like with a scoop neck, you can wear both at the same time, creating a contemporary layered look. As for the earrings, a delicate hoop is ideal - this ever-versatile shape is large enough to offer visual balance, but thin enough to avoid too much visual weight.
Upon hearing “Woodstock,” often the images in one’s mind’s eye are of sweaty young folk clad in bell bottoms and flower crowns. Today, the word “Coachella” is as much about Spring's Californian music festival as it is the fashion trends it has inspired.
A brief look at the history of musical festivals reveals that, while many of us would like to trace their origins to Woodstock, which was held from August 15 -18, 1969, on a dairy farm in New York, these gatherings actually date back to the Pythian Games in ancient Greece, where musical competitions and acts were the highlight of entertainment for the wealthy upper class. Through the years festivals continued throughout Europe, finally catching on in America in the 1950’s via the Newport Jazz Festival - think Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Nina Simone. Interestingly, what started out as an older, wealthy crowd was overtaken by youth who camped out in tents to enjoy the music. Sound familiar? 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival, headlining the likes of Janis Joplin, The Who, Simon & Garfunkel and the Mamas & the Papas, was a prelude to Woodstock. Fun fact: it was there that Jimi Hendrix famously lit his guitar on fire.
While it may not have been the first, Woodstock remains the festival that kindled all others - setting the bar for not only great music but, perhaps more important, a spirit of camaraderie, acceptance, and free expression of self. The bohemian vibes conjured on Yasgur’s farm thread their way through the fashion choices of today’s festival goers: joining the still-present bell bottoms and flower crowns are feathers, vintage tees, earthy tones, lace, and lots of artisan jewelry. The look has become so popular it now serves up style inspo outside of the concert crowds. Check out our inspired examples on these pages, and visit www.b-metro.com for photos of style icons frolicking at this summer’s Sloss Fest.
More than 32 million people* attend at least one music festival each year. Here are some of the most popular offerings around the US: SXSW: Austin, TX (March) Ultra: Miami, FL (March) Coachella: Indio, CA (April) Hangout: Gulf Shores, AL (May) Governor’s Ball: New York, NY (June) Bonnaroo: Manchester, TN (June) Sloss Fest: Birmingham, AL (July) Lollapalooza: Chicago, IL (August) Outside Lands: San Francisco, CA (August) Burning Man: Black Rock, NV (August/Sept)
Written & Styled by Tracy James Clothing & Accessories from fab’rik Homewood Photography by Chuck St. John Hair: Billy Halliday of Forecast Salon Makeup: Ashley Bush of Forecast Salon Model: Sydney Fiddler of Red Models Shot on Location at Sloss Fest 2017