We understand here at Next Door that money doesn’t grow on trees, so we are doing something wonderful for you! Winter Clearance 50% off tops and jackets! This is a great opportunity if you got a waffle-maker instead of that stunning coat you wanted for Christmas. Stop in and snatch up what you like before it’s gone!
That little black dress we love, the beloved Coco Chanel gave it the attention it deserved! Our little Ms. Audrey Hepburn started a phenomenon in Breakfast at Tiffany’s from the moment she stepped out of that taxi, wearing her famous black dress eating fresh bakery. How about instead of buying a sparkly dress you will wear once this New Year, invest in that perfect little black dress you will wear forever. Here are a few great classic looks that will carry you through many parties!
Sweet and simple, a black lace overlay. One thing I love about a little black dress is that you can play up your jewelry and accessories without ever looking too overdone. It also draws attention to your fabulous hair! Try wearing statement, colorful shoes. A fun little trick for our ladies on the shorter side, wear nude pumps, this elongates your legs and gives you the appearance of being taller.
I know I know, we haven’t even gotten to the worst part of winter yet and I’m already writing about spring -BUT lets all think warm happy thoughts, and maybe it will blind that ground hog in to not seeing it’s shadow! Fashion’s beginning to warm up too! Gone are the greys and blacks and in come the neutrals (nude is huge) and bright colors! We spoke about Honeysuckle being the new color of 2011, but what else is there? Here’s the breakdown:
- Peak-a-boo clothing
- Back to school style (stripes, knee highs, academic blazers)
How all the trends on the runway will play out for retail is always interesting. Generally the trend (such as the peek-a-boo) is very in your face on the runway, almost offensive. However by the time it’s watered down to the retail level, we just see a few hints of the style that make it practical for the rest of the world to wear. I saw a lot of feathers in clothing, but I have a feeling it will take off more with accessories and shoes in the stores. My favorite trend is “Back to School”, it’s lovely and innocent!
You’ve got the outfit, the shoes, the accessories, and now you’re standing in your bathroom glaring at yourself and wondering “WHAT in the world am I going to do with my hair for this party?” We did some looking around in the magazines and fashion shows, and found a few cute ideas!
I’ve always wondered how the most popular “color of the year” evolves. I imagined I would do some research and, like many unanswered questions of our universe, be left in the dark. I got lucky though and found a reliable explanation in the Wall Street Journal! There is a color authority, and it goes by the name Pantone. They are known for their Pantone Matching System which helps printing, graphic, and fabric industries communicate the exact shade of color they desire instead of relying on words. They poll graphic, industrial, fashion and other designers around the world and pinpoint the colors that have the broadest appeal, and wa-la! Color of the year! What is 2011? An intense pink called “honeysuckle”.
I also wonder why this is the color of the year. Who picks it out, where does the trend start? I believe it starts the same way everything starts: The way we feel. Pink reflects optimism, which I believe many of us have coming out of the darkness of our recession. Pink reminds us of our mothers lipstick when we are younger, of flowers that we took TIME to notice when we weren’t so busy with our stressful lives. It’s comforting and uplifting. What was the color of the year in 2008, the lowest of the low year? Blue Iris. Very conservative. Funny isn’t it? The year before the economic fall? Chili Pepper.
So next time you’re watching a runway show and wonder “How do they come up with this stuff?” Now ‘ya know! It’s how you feel, whether you realize it or not.
I’ve gotta give props to my boss Renotta, she always has an eye out for what’s new and is always willing to give it a try. During this giving time of year, she used her creativity to come up with a fantastic idea: You help us, we’ll help you and together it will help those in need. Bring two skeins of homespun yarn by Lionbrand ($5 per skein, and available at Jo Ann Fabrics and Wal-mart) to Next Door and receive a 50% off coupon for any full priced item at Next Door! The scarfs that she knits will be donated to the Hebron House Shelters in Waukesha to help keep the homeless warm (and although not as important, stylish!). I think it’s a great idea and it will help you keep your budget while Christmas shopping!