Fashion Individuality

What is it to be an individual? It is for you to be yourself. With that being said when related to fashion, it’s the same blueprint. Be yourself and be beautiful.With so many trends and pressures in the fashion world, it gets difficult for some people to truly tap into their fashion individuality. People struggle at times with distinguishing between what they really want to wear and their fear of looking up-to-date with trends. In these moments, you must put your fashion creativity and style on full display. People don’t get paid to wear trends, so why waste your money on things that you don’t fit your style, when you can wear what you actually like?

At the end of the day, some people are afraid to be ridiculed if they decide to wear something that might not be “in” at the moment. People care too much about someone else’s opinion when it comes to fashion. Sure, you might get a few looks while you walk down the street wearing an outlandish outfit – but that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to wear what your heart is telling you to. It’s only when you accept this that you truly become one with your style.

Someone may be able to say that your style is terrible or spectacular but at the end of the day, who are they to speak? We all have likes and dislikes when it comes to other people’s fashion (let alone our own), but who cares? There is no one out there in the world that knows exactly what’s stylish and what isn’t. People only have opinions but everyone has originality. Delve into yourself to figure out your fashion style, and then grace the world with it.

Swag Talk: Kenzo Sweatshirts

Often forgot about Japanese brand Kenzo has made their way to the iLikeSwag radar since releasing these sweatshirts.

Kenzo’s been around forever now, but you’ve probably not heard of this Japanese fashion house since they tend to stay out of the spotlight. A subsidiary of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, if you don’t know by now), Kenzo’s made its mark in the fashion industry with unconventional designs and prints. They’re back on the map within the younger, hip fashion crowd since the launch of the very popular lion-faced, Eiffel Tower, and logo sweatshirts.

I especially love that green lion-faced sweatshirt, as well as the opulent, rich red one seen in the Kenzo advertisement that’s hit the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Like most things that I tend to gravitate toward, these sweatshirts are going for a pretty penny – that red one I’m in love with is $873 – yikes! But if you’ve got it like that & are willing to drop that much on this neo-Cosby cool sweater, more power to you.

The Parisian Eiffel Tower one (seen on our girl Rih) is nice as well, but reminds me a bit of my grade school uniform for some reason. It’s safe to say that this Kenzo sweatshirt collection is going to be seen on all the too-cool-for-you girls, giving me more reason to wish that I was one of them!

What do you think of these Kenzo sweatshirts? Let me know in the comments section.

Lust Luxe: Valentino ‘Revealing’ Bootie

We can all thank the fashion gods, including Mr. Valentino himself, for the permanence of studs in this fashion house’s collections. The Valentino ‘Revealing’ Bootie is keeping my heart warm for the time being, and is one of my current lust luxes of the moment.

As you may know by now, shoes that are studded with some sort of a cutout – that still remain classy – are an automatic “yes, I need these now” item for me. This Valentino bootie is no exception.

The Revealing bootie is the perfect intersection of the beyond amazing T-strap pump with a short boot, a now-classic Fall staple. With a fairly reasonable heel (3.75″) and a patent leather & suede upper, these could transition into virtually any outfit. I absolutely love the little cut-out at the back of the ankle – I think it adds an edge and youthfulness to a shoe (and brand) that’s been largely adopted by a more mature crowd.

At $1,195, I’m  not sure these are a realistic prospect – I guess that’s why they’re considered a ‘luxe’ at the moment! My closet and I would wholeheartedly embrace these if the price was right… a girl can dream!

What do you think of the Valentino ‘Revealing’ Bootie? Let me know in the comments section.

My Picks: [Faux] Leather Leggings

As a result of my undying love for leather and leggings, I deemed it critical to share with you some of my favorite faux & genuine leather leggings of the season.

This pair screams “I’m inappropriate for most daytime settings” and I love that about them. I love anything that seems like it would be difficult to wear during the day time, worn in the day time. Pair these with a nude heel/sandal and a neutral blazer and you’d be transported to Chicville in no time. I absolutely love these, and see no reason for them not to mysteriously appear in my closet.

Paige Denim ‘Paloma’ Leather Legging

Though they’re on the more expensive side, this pair of Paige leggings is made of genuine leather rather than the faux variety. What I love about this pair is that they’re both fashionable and functional – a party in the front and all-business in the back, so to speak, because they’re made of both leather and knit spandex (in the back). These are the most practical leather leggings you could buy, as they’ll conform better to your shape (thanks to the spandex) while still looking like an all-leather legging from the front. What’s not to love about that?!

AG Adriano Goldschmied Faux-Leather Leggings

The perfect, sexy-but-classic faux leather legging courtesy of AG. Completely on-trend yet still animal friendly, this faux-leather legging is pretty much the best wardrobe staple you could have in your closet this Fall. I’m not personally familiar with the fit of AG jeans, but I’ve heard the sizing can be tricky at times, so be sure to try this pair on in person rather than ordering them online.

J Brand Jeans ‘L8001 Cognac Leather Super Skinny Pants’

The absolutely gorgeous but fiscally unrealistic J Brand Cognac leather pant is definitely a lust of mine. At almost $1,000 (when you include tax), they’re not something I’ll be able to purchase but are beautiful and a must-have nonetheless. This ruddy brown leather is so easy-on-the-eyes, feminine and easy to integrate into a neutral colored outfit that it’s a shame this pair is so expensive. With a soft oatmeal-colored oversized sweater and some short booties? I’d be in heaven.

Parker Faux Leather Pant in Teal

I absolutely love how this pair of Parker teal faux-leather leggings was styled – in an earthy yet glamorous, muted but flashy way. This pair would seamlessly transition you from a chic day look to a great going-out outfit, and would probably end up expanding your wardrobe in a very big way. With sweaters or dainty tops like the one on the model, this Parker pair is a must-have.

What do you think of these faux & genuine leather leggings? Let me know in the comments section.

Swag Talk: Older People x Fashion

Right off the bat, why is it that society makes it that people who aren’t deemed young anymore shouldn’t wear things that might draw a lot of attention to them? Why is it that society puts these limitations in place for them? Of course people can wear whatever they want to, but some people take into consideration of what the public will think of them if they were to do something that may just be out of the norm.

You see it all the time, older people are out shopping and as soon as the consumer finds something that catches their eye, most of the times you hear someone say ” oh you can’t wear that.” The reasons for that statement maybe because the product may be too bright, too flashy, not subtle enough for the wearer of the item. But why is this? Are young people the only people that have the RIGHT to wear anything they choose to? I disagree with this and I believe people shouldn’t succumb to the irrational opinions of society.

I applaud the 60-year old man who decides to buy that vivid orange Nike sneaker, I salute the 70-year old man who I always run into every week who is always seen sporting the volt green Air Max sneaker. Why? Because they don’t let anything hold them back from showcasing their fashion sense. Most people might say what they were is outrageous but at the end of the day, they are only saying this because they have let society brainwash them into thinking that it’s unacceptable. Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong but the point of this is put the spotlight on an issue that has plagued us for such a long time. What do you think?

Is the Swag Right? Skull Fashion

Skulls have fairly seamlessly transitioned their way into the fashion world, but are they a trend that we should keep or get rid of?

There’s an overwhelming divided opinion on skulls in fashion – you’re either for them and think they’re edgy, or you’re against them because you think they’re a little offensive. Personally – in limited quantities – I like the skull motif. My mother, on the other hand, thinks they’re ugly and in poor taste.

I would say that British superman Alexander McQueen has always done a pretty good job of joining skulls with fashion staples – as seen in his extremely popular silk scarves, shoes, and clutches. Givenchy’s take on a skull in watercolor pastel colors is interesting, as are Christian Dior’s opulent and icy skull rings.

I can say, however, that skull overkill can look trashy, cheap, and creepy. A strong skull motif tends to not sit well with me – it’s a little too hard core and intimidating for my taste. I prefer the theme to be worked in and more subtle, looking more like a pattern – like that Zara blouse (top right) and those Jeffrey Campbell flats, or used as a single statement piece like the Dior rings.

What do you think of skulls in fashion? Guys – I’d love to hear your opinion because I have absolutely no idea where you stand on this. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.