FALL 2017 Fashion Trends Inspiration: Red checkered jacket

Fashionable humans! What’s happening?

Happy Wednesday to you gorgeous people! I hope you are all excited about this holiday week! Have you done your turkey day shopping yet? I went to Trader Joe’s on Sunday and it was fucking madness. Moreover, I am still missing like 10 items – everything was sold out, even butter. I had to buy one of those bougie ass butters (not Kerrygold, the other one) for like $5. Fine, I am on Keto so I am not stranger to exorbitant butter prices (and I may or may not have some Kerrygold in my house) but that does not mean I can’t complain.

Side note: I am busy putting together my most comprehensive post to date– about my top favorite red lipsticks–,  complete with product shots, swatches, try-ons, kiss tests, you name it. I have no idea what possessed me to think I could complete such a post in a week. I have been writing nonstop for days, which is why I had zero content last week. Oops.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.And today’s trend is…

Anywho, I am excited to bring you today’s trend, which is checkers. Checkered/plaid prints RULED the runway at NYFW in September, and since then, I have also seen them wholly embraced in the fashion blogging world. Personally, I totally dig this trend. I am very much into versatility, and I feel like a good checkered or plaid piece checks all the boxes (no pun intended). The prints are cute, functional (can be worn to the office OR girls’ night out) and work well as either tops, bottoms, dresses and even jumpsuits; case in point. I am low key mad I did not buy it when I had the chance (I tried it on, but for some obscure reason walked away from it); hopefully I can still get my hands on it. It would look so cute paired with a slim turtleneck and some ankle booties, don’t you think?

Before I get carried away putting together imaginary outfits, let’s take a quick look at the way the checkers trend was interpreted by fashion heavyweights at NYFW.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the 2017 NYFW checkers and plaid trend. Picture courtesy of www.stylecaster.com
Left to Right:
Mara Hoffman; Rosie Assoulin; Tory Burch; photo courtesy of StyleCaster.
Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the 2017 NYFW checkers and plaid trend. Picture courtesy of www.stylecaster.com
Balenciaga
Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the 2017 NYFW checkers and plaid trend. Picture courtesy of http://www.harpersbazaar.com/
Alexander Wang
Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the 2017 NYFW checkers and plaid trend. Picture courtesy of http://www.harpersbazaar.com/
Michael Kors

As I said above- this trend was EVERYWHERE on runways.

Oh and y’all see that last dress from Michael Kors? That is how I will dress every day when I have money, WITH the gloves AND the facial expression. Judge me, I don’t even care.

Anywho, we can agree that his checkered print situation just really works, and is quite classy when executed in shades of grey/black/charcoal. However, if you have been here before, you are already aware that sophisti-ratchetness is much more my speed. It should therefore come to no surprise to you that my interpretation of this trend came in the form of a bright red jacket. Of course.

On to my outfit! Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.What I am wearing: Jeans- Lucky Brand Sasha Skinny– Here; Blazer– Here; Booties– Here; Bodysuit – Here

I picked this particular jacket because the checkers are kinda muted, but they still make a fun statement. I paired it with a sheer bodysuit, skinnies and ankle snapping booties (seriously). While I would not wear this look to the office (hello boobies), this is solid girls night out material. See a breakdown of the clothes below.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.
Red checkered jacket: (black and charcoal also available)

I have had this jacket for a few weeks, and let me tell you- it is fire. It is a stretchy fabric, but it is thick and feels luxurious. I will highlight one VERY annoying thing, though: the buttons are trash. You may see that I have zero buttons here; guess what: the jacket came with two.

It is not an isolated issue either! I got this blazer in a size 10 first, and it was too large so I returned it for an 8. I did not even keep the 10 for 3 days, and wore it ONCE for 1 hour; I promise you, the buttons were already coming loose by the time I put the return package in the mail. Also, if you have long limbs like me, be ready for the sleeves not to come down to your wrists. I still love this jacket though, and I do NOT regret my purchase whatsoever- this is a minor annoyance compared to how much joy I get from wearing this garment.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.
The shoes (also available in olive)

These little ankle killers… I have no idea WTF I was thinking when I purchased those stinkers. Meet the Carlita Bootie from Justfab! They are SO HIGH (almost FIVE fucking inches, with NO platform- I seriously have no idea how I missed this in the description), and the heel is SO skinny that I swore I was about to faceplant every 2 minutes. They are also tight and uncomfortable for plump feet, at least in my experience. However, I am still breking them in (this was only my second time wearing them.) With all that said, they are very very cute and looked killer with my skinny jeans. I will never wear them to a place where I need to walk for more than 3 minutes, but if you are on the market for very impractical yet very sexy shoes, check those babies out! Look at those cute buckles and laces! (They are all a lie, the zipper is all you need to slip them on.)

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.

The rest of my outfit has been discussed on the blog before (again, I am all about versatility so re-wearing items several times is a victory in my book). Please articles below:

Please also see below some fellow bloggers styling checkers to perfection:

Shantel from Simply Shantel

Morgan from Hangitupla

Shannon from Champagne at Shannon’s 

Tania from Darling Tee (rocking that Zara jumpsuit was silly enough not to pick up)

Bonus pic below: the light was red, and I had to race across the street, heels and all. OUCH.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.

Dassit for today! I appreciate you stopping by, and the kind comments you keep sending my way! You guys are the best. Let me know below if you are jumping on the checkered bandwagon, or if you are judging us from a distance.

This look was shit by @Tracey_Mammolito in San Francisco.

Blogger @Dafrastar adding her twist to the the Fall checkers and plaid trend. More details in post.

Until next time!

With love,
D

FALL 2017 Fashion Trends Inspiration: Burgundy velvet dress

Fashionable humans! Wassup??? Hope your day is going great and the sun is shining bright! (metaphorically only, I know it’s fall 😂.)

So let’s be honest for a minute: that fall trends series is NOT going great. I was positive I would be able to put out 1-2 Fall trends related posts weekly, but so far I have fallen woefully short of that. Actually, I have only published ONE  Fall Trends post, and it was a month ago. 😪 I am ashamed.

But you know- Fall is not over until December 21st (I had to Google that), so let’s pick ourselves off the floor and put out a couple more good posts until then, yes? I promise I will do better. I will try. Okay fine, I ain’t promising shit, but I will honestly give it my best effort.

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.What I am wearing: Dress, here; shoes, here; jacket, here. Rings: my own, mostly gifts. String bracelet, Alex and Ani, featuring Tree of Life charm

This post right here will combine two trends I have been loving: velvet and red! It is not news to anyone who has ever stopped by this blog that I do not mess around with my love for red and black. (I have a whole section dedicated to those two colors, for crying out loud.) Therefore, when Burgundy and bright red starred like crazy on NYFW 2017 runways in September, I thought “Yes gawd 🙌🏿”. I am just lowkey mad that I posted my Monochromatic red collab with @Dorothy.Abigail before NYFW- it would have honestly been perfect for fall, especially with her burgundy take on it.

As far as velvet is concerned, it has just been steadily killing it for a year or so. Did you ever imagine that fabric would be the fashion comeback of the decade? I mean, after VELOUR TRACKSUITS happened, I thought velvet was toast until perhaps 2025.

Whatever happened to Ja Rule?

However, here we are in 2017, and one can’t scroll through any Instagram boutique worth their salt without being assaulted by all kinds of velvet bodysuits, velvet dresses, velvet tops, velvet chokers or velvet booties. While this trend can be overwhelming, I honestly think that velvet is a fun fabric to wear; it looks awesome when paired with other textures, or even on its own.

“Where were red and velvet featured on runways at NYFW”, you ask?

My answer: Where weren’t they?

See Pictures below(Pics courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar, WWD.com and Elle Fashion)

 

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet. Picture courtesy of WWD/ Rodin Bianca.
Monse RTW Fall 2017
Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet. Picture courtesy of Elle.
Various Fall 2017 NYFW
Designers are still crushing on velvet, but this season they’re cutting designs from the rich fabric for jewel-tone formalwear. Keep this in mind when dressing for a fall wedding.
Justine Carreon, ELLE Magazine.
Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet. Picture courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.
The Row, NYFW 2017
Max Mara, NYFW 2017

 

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet. Picture courtesy of Harper's Bazaar.
Jill Sander, NYFW 2017

I will note that the floral velvet trend is also super hot. I am not sure whether I am 100% on board with that one yet (seems hard to style without looking like your grandma’s couch) but I will let you know whether I come around. I have seen many a fashionista rock the shit out of it; however, according to (my uncles in my head) Tom and Lorenzo, these girls are what you call “Ph.D. level dressers”. I am in grade school.

So overall- what do you guys feel about velvet? Has it earned its spot in your closet, or is it only material for tacky throw pillows in your book? Let me know in the comments!

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.

On to the outfit!

The dress I am featuring here was actually bought last year for a Christmas party, and I ended up wearing it for NYE. I grabbed it for… wait for it… less than $20. Yep. It is a simple burgundy velvet midi dress with a strapless sweetheart neckline, some ruching and a slit on the side. (That’s a whole lotta adjectives so maybe it’s not as simple as I thought.) I am wearing a size XL , and my waist and hip measurements are 29.5″ /44″.

I’ll admit that my styling here was a tad simplistic (this was my third ever photo shoot, and my first one with Rachel, so I was still a ball of nerves). I would love to revisit this dress with a white shirt underneath (EFFING BONUS if I can find one with bishop sleeves), some dark tights, a corset belt and maybe some heels or boots for the office. That would be cute, right?

Tangent: I have been loving this approach of layering party tops on top of more conservative ones for daytime looks. Gotta wear them going out clothes, they can’t just sit around in closets waiting for parties and shit. They need to earn their keep.

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.

The shoes: basic ass sandals from Amazon. They run large and I missed the return window so I am stuck with them. Size notwithstanding, they are cute and would make decent office shoes for warmer months. At the moment, I only wear them to go places I know I won’t walk a lot– they look nice when I’m sitting down so ya know 😂.

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.

The jacket: the Classic Levi’s trucker jacket, purchased from Amazon in June. One of my best purchases to date- I wear this shit everywhere. This is a size L and the color is Belle Blue (I have a 16.5″ shoulder measurement and a 36″ bust measurement for your reference.) It fits great, has no embellishments or drama, and is a solid basic jacket to throw on top of any outfit for warmth or to dress it down a little.

I am excited to style more velvet looks. I got a copper-colored skirt and I have no idea what to pair it with, but I am hopeful I’ll find something.

 

That’s all I have for y’all today, short and sweet post! As always, I appreciate the support here and on Facebook and Instagram; thanks so much for engaging with me and following my blog!

Blogger @Dafrastar sharing Fall 2017 trends, namely velvet and red.

 

Until next time,

 

With Love,

D

FALL 2017 Fashion Trends Inspiration: Tassels and fringe dress

Hey hey everyone, welcome back to my little corner of the Interwebs! Hope you are all ready to start the week!

I am super excited (to be honest, when am I not?) because today’s post is the first one in a new series around 2017 Fall trends! I am looking to run it through mid November, with at least 1 post a week focused on cool runway looks. My aim here is simple:

  • Take a look at a few of the trends we saw at the 2017 New York Fashion Week, a month-ish ago
  • Describe what I personally like about them, or why I think they are interesting
  • Finally, as a layperson with a budget, bring them down to my level (and wallet) by modeling one or a couple of lower priced options. I mean, we all like fashion and are excited to see models stroll down the runway, but few of us can shell out the $10K+ required to secure a couture dress. That doesn’t mean we can’t look fly!

This week, we will be taking a look at a trend seen across a few designers this season: tassels/fringes. There were quite a few creations featuring them on the runways; see photos below (courtesy of the Vogue website, collage my own):

Marchesa Fall 2017 RWT runway dresses on www.dafrastar.com (courtesy of Vogue images)
Marchesa Fall 2017 RTW

 

Erin Fetherson Fall 2017 RTW runway dresses on www.dafrastar.com (courtesy of Vogue images)
Erin Fetherson Fall 2017 RTW

I have always loved fringe, and have even featured it here on the blog (wore this skirt again yesterday, actually). I love its movement, the little sway it has with each step I take, and how lively it makes outfits feel. I am in love with this look by Folake from Style Pantry, even though she published it in 2016. I have also been pining for these Lavish Alice pants for so long… They were sold out before I even knew they existed. Finally, who can forget this look by Rihanna at the Brit Awards? Ugh. So pretty.

Truth is, I love fringe and tassels so much that I shot the look I am sharing today BEFORE NYFW. Yep. I have owned this dress for close to a year and even wore it to my holiday party last year. I just loved it so much that I decided to shoot it for the blog; as I was thinking about this mini series, I remembered I had this look ready to go! Voilà!

 

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

 

This shoot actually originated as a self-love shoot. As I mentioned before, I am on a weight loss journey, and I am 2 lbs away from my goal as of yesterday (I was maybe 8 or 10 away in these pics, perhaps?) I am tall, so weight loss (or gain) really does not look like much on me; however, I definitely felt the sluggishness brought on by extra pounds in my body every day.

 

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

It was somewhat natural, at that point, to gravitate towards wearing pants every day because I no longer saw definition in my legs, but at some point I actually decided I didn’t care. For this shoot, I had planned other outfits; then, a whim, I also packed this dress and ended up shooting it, because I refused to put my life on pause until I reached some nebulous ideal. I also decided that my legs were worthy of appreciation because they carry me places every day (that’s why there is so many leg photos!) It was a super fun shoot with @tracey_mammolito and also my first time shooting in a studio. I had a BLAST and I am SO happy I did it for myself.

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

What I am wearing (Fall trend Look): Dress, AliExpress, HERE. Shoes, Steve Madden Daisies, HERE

On to the outfit:

I mean, it is just the dress, really. Love it. Wore it 3x (a party, a dinner and this shoot). It is very well made, very heavy, and the beading is intense. The tassels move around every 2 minutes and I love it, but one of them is unraveling a bit (you can see it if you pay close attention to the back shot). The dress is made out of very thick spandex coupled with some net-like material on the sides and chest. It really hugs the body. It has caging details on the sides, and I like the peek-a-boo effect. I would absolutely buy it again and I need to find more places to wear it to!

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

As far as closing remarks on the tassel/ fringe trend, I actually want to revisit it before the end of the year. I have various shopping carts around the internet still harboring fringe-y outfits for me, and hopefully I can bring this trend to life a couple more times this season!

Blogger Dafrastar sharing fun options to embrace the Fringe and Tassels trend

 

Dassit!

Thanks for reading my Monday morning musings, and have a phenomenal week! I would love to hear your thoughts on this series and dress below!

This look was photographed in San Francisco by @Tracey_mammolito.

D