Tag: Clothing By Kate

A Petite Girl’s Guide to Boyfriend Jeans

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Being 5’2″ is both a blessing and a curse. Sure, I can still get away with the kids menu sometimes, but boy is shopping for pants a headache. Very few stores carry short enough jeans, and I have had so much trouble in the past adapting the latest trends to work with my tiny legs. Flared jeans.. nope… Boot cut… nope… culottes.. absolutely not.

When I first heard of the boyfriend jean trend a few years ago I instantly wrote it off too. My first thought was, “Oh my gosh, I would swim in boyfriend jeans..” I envied the tall, thin, models in the magazines and on the runway working the trend, and wished I had their physique.

Then one day when I was out shopping I decided to take a risk and try on a pair. They looked so loose and comfy…I caved and snatched up my size to slip on.

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When I first looked in the mirror with the boyfriend style on I initially was doubtful, i’m not going to lie… but then I played around with them a bit by adding a belt, cuffing the bottoms, and throwing on a pair of heels and instantly saw a difference.

“IT’S A MIRACLE…” I thought, “I CAN ACTUALLY WEAR A TRENDY PAIR OF JEANS!”

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When I style my boyfriend jeans now I typically pair the looser pants with a tighter or more structured shirt (like the one in this photo). I like to belt the jeans to sit a little higher on my waist, and usually roll the bottoms 2-3 times to get them to sit right above my ankles. A half-tucked shirt shows off my belt and waistline a little, but still keeps with that laid-back style of the oversized jeans.

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This shopping discovery of mine goes to show that you should never be afraid to experiment with different fashion trends, no matter what your height or size is. Every girl can rock the same trends, it’s just all about your confidence and creativity.

Exploring Hoboken, New Jersey

I’m back in New York City for the summer and have already started to go back to my adventuring ways. I love spending my free time discovering new neighborhoods and areas in the city. I had never been to New Jersey before, so I decided it was time to make the trip (especially once I learned it was only a 10 minute train ride from the Financial District…so close!).

As graduation is just around the corner, I’ve started to look into different neighborhoods that I could move to in or around New York City. Hoboken was an area I always heard was very quaint and hip, so I figured I would give it a tour on my day off. I had a little Friday afternoon adventure to Hoboken and I completely fell in love with the neighborhood.

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As you step off the Path Train from Manhattan you look to your right and you are right along the water. The view from Hoboken is breathtaking! You can see the entire Manhattan skyline from the pier and it is totally enchanting. The cute grassy area would be perfect for an afternoon picnic.

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As I walked farther into town I was surprised at how many adorable little markets and cafes I passed.  There was a lot of outdoor seating at a bunch of local restaurants perfect for a summertime dinner date. The neighborhood was lively, yet much less noisy than Manhattan. it was a pleasant change of pace.

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I couldn’t visit Hoboken for the day and not pay a visit to Carlo’s Bake Shop…AKA home shop of Cake Boss. Everything in the bakery looked delicious, but if there was ever too long of a line or you weren’t feeling the touristy atmosphere, there are tons of other local bakeries in the area.

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A bakery that I stumbled into today was called Choc-o-Pain. It was an adorable french bakery that carried everything from quiche to croissant. I chose the “Chocopain Aux Amandes,” which in other terms was a chocolate almond croissant and let me tell you… it was life changing.  Easily one of the best croissants I’ve ever eaten.. which is saying a lot since I have had some pretty amazing ones in France. If you want a low-key bakery with a lot of character and an adorable ambiance, this is your place.

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The architecture in Hoboken was a lot more historic than I was anticipating for. I loved how much character the different blocks had and how each housing unit had its own touch of personality. Trees lined every street and the neighborhood had such a homey feeling.

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If you’re spending some time visiting New York City in the near future, and are looking to see a few places away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, I would definitely put Hoboken on your list!

 

NYFW: Helping Marc Jacobs Prepare for Showtime

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I had the amazing opportunity to return to the Marc Jacobs International office to help the design team prepare for their New York Fashion Week runway show. The fashion industry was in full swing, and the whole city was buzzing with talk of the latest runway presentations.

I arrived to the SoHo office on Friday afternoon and immediately began work on the show garments. The styling department was already at work putting together show looks and there were many changes that needed to be made to the different designs. I worked on making alterations to show garments and made trips back and forth to the styling floor across the street and the showroom on the 9th floor. It was a lot of fun to observe model casting and fittings, and get to see the various creative designers, including Marc Jacobs himself give their input on the designs.

It’s hard to imagine how many clothing and accessory items go into the runway show, but the entire styling room floor was filled with racks of garments, and tables of neatly displayed shoes, colorful scarves, jewelry and bags.

A lot of what I did in preparation the days before the show was garment alterations. I enjoyed being able to work on the runway looks ahead of time, and getting an understanding of what changes are typically made to looks in the final days before a show.

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When show day came around, it was really neat to see the backstage scene of Marc Jacobs. Fashion models, like Kendall Jenner, would sit around brightly lit mirrors to get their makeup and hair done. They each had their own rack with their garments hanging on them, perfectly steamed, and photos on the end of each rack showing how the style was supposed to be put together.

Once all the models were changed and lined up, the show was essentially ready to begin.    Because the backstage was all ready to go, I enjoyed watching the show from the audience perspective. The music was bumping and people were snapping photos and singing along to the soundtrack.

From where I was sitting I could see Marc Jacobs sitting front row, nodding his head in excitement and singing along to every word of the tracks. He is very passionate about what he does, and it is always really cool to see that first hand.

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The show lasted around 8 minutes and before I knew it, it was over. The front row of bloggers and celebrities jumped up and ran off to the next big show. NYFW is truly one of a kind.

NYFW: Veronica Beard

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I attended the Veronica Beard New York Fashion Week presentation last night and it was nothing less than enchanting. The venue was located in the charming neighborhood of Chelsea inside a very rustic open space. There were refreshments, an amazing song playlist, and awesome props and furniture to complement the line of clothing being displayed. Everyone was dressed to the nines and snapping photos right and left.

As far as the Fall 15 line itself, I thought everything about it was very versatile and wearable for the everyday fashionista. There was a wonderful mix of textures and prints that really complemented each other and made for super dynamic looks. Models wore ensembles that mixed softer silky fabrics and lace pieces with thicker woven wools, furs and heavy knits. The juxtaposition of textures and fabrics was brilliant and so cohesive.

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You could see that the brand also incorporated the popular trend of the fur stole (pictured below) in many of their looks, I found this piece really adds some extra flare to layered styles. Simple, yet elegant, prints and pops of bright colors made the line that much more exciting.

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After attending the presentation I am so excited for this Fall 15 line to be released.

Stay tuned for more NYFW updates!

How To Shop For Quality: 10 Things to Check Before Checkout

1. Check if fabric is ‘on grain’ – the lengthwise (vertical) and crosswise (horizontal) yarns will be at a 90 degree angle

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2. Rub fabric together to check if it pills easily (small balls of fibers will form if it does)

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3. Seams have tight stitching without loose ends (more than 9 spi, stitches per inch, is strong and 6 is weak)

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4. Check to make sure buttons do not have loose threads (image 1) and also check to ensure that buttonholes have thread bindings (image 2), this will keep the buttonhole from stretching or ripping over time

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5. Look for zipper quality – Metal zippers will last longer than plastic

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6. Try buttoning and zipping items a few times, check for difficulty and catches

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7. If there is a design on the outside surface of the fabric, check if it is on both sides or just printed on the surface

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8. Check lining for sagging or unraveling – This could affect fit and how long it will last

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9. Plaids should always match at seams if it is a good quality garment

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10. Look at seam finishes… a double folded hem, an enclosed seam or a seam hidden inside a lining will last much longer than an edge-finished seam. you should not see a jagged edge of fabric.

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