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corsetsgarmentIf you look in your closet, how many items can you find that have transcended multiple seasons let alone multiple years? Sure, maybe you’ve had them a few years, but are they really still fashionable? The idea perhaps, but the length, the fabric or neckline could easily give away it’s year of origin. When it comes down to it, you may have one item that has lasted and will continue to do so: your little black dress, but even still, it’s questionable.

However, there is one item that has been in fashion for well over 500 years and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. There have been minor tweaks, the fabrics can vary and you can choose from a variety of cuts, but nevertheless, the shape, function and basic look remains the same. What garment am I talking about? Corsets, of course.

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THEN. Corsets originated in the 1500’s and served as a foundation for the dresses worn by the French court. It would take another 200 years to hit mainstream status, but everyone was wearing them by the 1700’s. Corsets were designed to elevate the breasts as well as pull in and reshape the waist in efforts to create a perfect hourglass figure. Without bras and spanx, corsets were imperative for smooth body lines and “perfect” bodies.

NOW. Fast forward 300 years and corsets are still going strong, but in a different way. Coming to us in two different styles: fashion corsets and traditional corsets. Both are beautiful and useful in their own way, but you are far more likely to encounter, wear and own a fashion corset.

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TRADITIONAL VS FASHION. A traditional corset will provide back and bust support and have true waist cinching. Traditional corsets are typically custom made and are very expensive. They are beautiful and worth what they cost, but are not practical for most corset wearers. Fashion corsets were created for the mainstream fashion consumers, giving them far more accessible options in standard sizing. These are the kind of corsets you will find at lingerie stores. Visit Adam and Eve online for lots of lingerie options.

Traditional corsets are great for women who want to recreate a vintage look or are looking to do waist training. A fashion corset will be perfect if you’re just looking for a cute corset to pair with a pair of jeans or to wear as lingerie.

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Some photos of me with fashion corsets incorporated into clothing : 1 | 2 | 3

You can also consider pairing your corset with a high-waisted pencil skirt or shorts as well as with any Halloween costume. Corsets can instantly give you a sophisticated, sexy or vintage look depending on how you style it. A simple black corset can be incredibly versatile and is easy to transition from day to night.

STRUCTURE. When looking for a corset, you should pay attention to the construction. Ideally, you can find a corset with steel boning. However, most fashion corsets these days come with plastic boning. Boning is the vertical support system throughout the corset that helps shape your body and give it that structured look.

SIZING. The sizing of a corset is very important. You want to make sure that you get one that is small enough to shape you, but big enough for you that it doesn’t create muffin tops on either end. Fashion corset sizing can be done through the waist size or standard sizing like Small, Medium and Large. When buying a corset, make sure you know your waist size and then subtract 4 from it to determine your corset size. Let’s say you have a 30″ waist, you will want to look for a size 26. However, with anything, you should try on a few before purchasing just to make sure it fits your body correctly, as fashion corsets can vary in fit. Need more info on fitting a corset, a great resource.

Are you a corset fan? How and when do you wear your corsets?

I am a supporter of underdogs and indie artists, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear about small-time Nashville band Wild Cub‘s being chosen to play at Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2013 runway in New York. Minkoff, according to MTV, at least recently has chosen bands to play at her shows—including NYC native Theophilus London and THE GOASTT (a band members Sean Lennon & model Charlotte Kemp Muhl), a more obvious fashion music choice.

REBECCA MINKOFF FALL 2013 FASHION SHOWI really liked the clothes, but I can’t pretend that I enjoyed the music nor can I vouch for Minkoff’s statement that Wild Cub’s music matched the the runway’s theme. Her Fall 2013 clothes did have somewhat of an 80s vibe to it, which Wild Cub has elements of. The clothes, however, also had an edgier futuristic theme, which I cannot visualize at all from the music. If the show reminded me of a time, it would be a mix of 1980 and 2020. Wild Cub is 1986-1990, which many can agree, encompasses the worst time in music history.

I am happy though for these guys and their sudden success from being featured at NYC’s fashion week. I hope that gives more indie artists out there hope that they can be instantly recognized through fans like Rebecca (who happens to be a big style icon) without being in the Top 40.

A few of my favorite looks from the show:

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It reflects a sad reality, though, that our pop icons don’t necessarily have the best taste in music, and they choose to give the spotlight to whoever happens to catch their attention. That’s how it is on the radio, though, so I guess that’s how it’s going to be on the runway. It seems to be the way most of us non-musicians pick and choose our music. I can’t tell you technically why I don’t like Wild Cub, but I can tell you that they just don’t fit my taste. My husband, who’s a musician, can  explain why he didn’t like it either, but I am representing the population who can discern subpar music without being musicians ourselves.

If I had to come up with a comparison that’s not so bad, I’d compare their sound to David Byrne’s late ’80s/early ’90s solo worldy-sounding music. David Byrne is awesome. I love The Talking Heads, but I am just not a huge fan of Byrne’s later work.

Wild Cub, you remind me of later David Byrne. Congratulations and have fun having tons of fashionista fans.

Multimedia source: rebeccaminkoff.com

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Ah, I love this combination, don’t you? Pastel leather and gold is such a classy mix. You could easily make a neutral-colored outfit ready for spring by accessorizing with some sweet pastels. Feryal just released their 2013 Spring/Summer high end handbag collection, and the Venice  leather crossbody bags in cobalt and blush are my favorites.

I love that the gold chain is long enough to be a crossbody. That is definitely a plus for me. I keep wishing some shoulder bag straps were just a tad longer. For some reason, having the strap lay across your body makes it look more casual. Perhaps it’s because when you’re on the go, not in a cocktail dress, you just can’t keep being bothered by the bag slipping off your shoulder. I had that dilemma today shopping with a shoulder bag with a shorter strap.

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This little corner on the web called Designed by Mermaids is having me host a quaint giveaway for these precious beaded seashell bracelets. There will be 10 winners, and each of you will get to pick what color you’d like to win of these. The chances will be great, because I have never had that many winners for one giveaway before, so hurry up and enter! A lot of the extra options you can do more than once and daily.

The results of this giveaway are based on random drawing. Remember, the more entries you have, the more chances of winning. Good luck! Open to all (US and international) and will end on Sunday, March 31st at 12 am EST.


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The winners of the Designed by Mermaids contest are:

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Chambray y Velvet

March 16th, 2013

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Shirt: Madewell

Bag: Allasandro (eBay)

Shoes: Guess (eBay)

Plaid underbust Corset: Orchard Corset (see me featured on their blog here)

We’ve officially moved out of our old house! I’ve donated more stuff to Goodwill this winter more than I’ve ever done in my entire life because of this, and I usually donate every year. It sounds like I am bragging, but whenever I hear people say that, I don’t think they are bragging at all. The beautiful junk they gave away is probably going to end up in the trash anyway. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that’s why thrift stores are an amazing enterprise.

My poor dear husband is sensitive to mold, and we don’t see finding an apartment that’s virtually mold-free anytime soon. We’re staying at his parent’s roomy rancher for the meantime, as we figure out our lives from here on out. These photos and the few outfit shots before then were all taken at their place, and we get to enjoy this nice and peaceful scenery for a change. The ironic thing about this privilege of staying at a nice place which I am plenty grateful for is that I still feel empty. It’s not a home to call our own. However, just like the things that we donated together as a couple, the ideals that used to be so valuable to us, just had to be disposed or realigned at some point.

I am just grateful to be healthy, and that I have the strength to take care of my husband while he’s weak. Instead of wishing everything was back to normal, perhaps this is where we need to be right now—married but living with the in-laws. Not ideal, but things could be a lot worse. We’re practicing to be content, and it’s easier to ignore the harsh reality when you’re with people who love you… with flaws and all.

 

Doina Alexei

March 15th, 2013

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Doina Alexei at first glance didn’t catch my eye, but that’s because I haven’t been very keen to subtlety and solids. I’ve been so lazily feeding my eyes with patterns and embellishments that I had forgotten how I am such a fan of complex cuts. Doina Alexei looks so organic, yet it has somewhat of a futuristic feel. It’s like the original Planet of the Apes meets Logan’s Run. You can wear these pieces alone and still feel very put together, or you could layer these with an asymmetrical leather jacket or blazer with edgy earthy accessories.

I love how the ruffles aren’t girly, and the cuts are sophisticated. The clothes are attractive but not screaming for attention, and they radiate intelligence, mystique, and natural beauty.

Shamballa Style

March 6th, 2013

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Shamballa Style‘s jewelry has a very distinct feature to it, if you look at their site. Everything is rhinestone-studded, which gives it a nice frosted texture. My favorites are the black and white/silver square bracelets. The colors and rhinestones look classy, but the rope makes the bracelet look casual and rugged. I’ve been really into that combination—wear something grungy then glam it up with rhinestones here and there.

The name Shamballa sparked my interest in the mythical Shangri-La once again. The Tibetan and Indian mythical kingdom is thought to be the same thing as 1930s author James Hilton’s Shangri-La. I get pretty obsessed with those topics. I research and read a lot about whatever myth or mystery strikes my fancy at the moment, find documentaries on the topic, then do movie marathons, and think about how the supernatural relates to where I am right now. I really believe that a person isn’t really living if they don’t give the spiritual world some credence. Those who are closed to those matters are the ones who are just creating their own false realities, and the spiritualists are being the realists.

What do you believe in?

 

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