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Fashion Blitz — Repurposing your winter wardrobe

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When Mother Nature just can’t seem to make up her mind, dressing for transitional weather becomes infinitely more difficult. Think outside the box by unconventionally pairing your favorite winter pieces with springtime staples and you’ll find getting through indecisive Ohio weather can be a breeze.

 

Ashley’s pick:

Spring is approaching with warmer temperatures and sunshine, but that doesn’t mean you should pack up and store your winter wardrobe just yet. To extend the use of your winter clothing and to make an outfit appropriate for the weather, couple one or two winter items with your new spring look.

This week, I chose a high-waisted pleated floral skirt along with a slouchy and worn-in dress underneath. The contradicting structures (or lack thereof) of both the garments keep this look from being too sophisticated or too relaxed. I added one of my favorite winter sweaters over for just the right amount of warmth during the spring months.

I finished off the look with one of my recent DIY creations — a detachable collar I made from an old heavier-weight blouse I wore during the winter. OK … so it is not as chic as the one Louis Vuitton perfected so well for their Spring/Summer 2012 collection, but for this look it will do!

—Ashley Jaros

 

 

Karen’s pick:

That trusty cardigan may match everything in your wardrobe, but just because it’s a great fallback item doesn’t mean you should wear it every other day. When yo-yoing weather has your style in a rut, creativity is key.

If you were planning on wearing a dress, but Weather.com tells you otherwise, don’t give up too soon! Carefully examine the dress’s key elements, which are fabric, print and silhouette.

Do you own a sweater that features complementing colors? Although a cardigan may be your first thought, throwing a chunky dolman sweater over top is much less conventional, but still looks effortlessly chic.

My pick this week will give you the best of both worlds. You can still rock the deconstructed tribal print dress you’ve been dying to wear this season, but sensibly maintain a level of comfort that will instantly boost your confidence, even when dressing for the weather seems like a challenge.

—Karen Zapp

 

 

 

Missy’s pick:

Transitioning a winter wardrobe into spring is an invigorating transformation that involves a slow but steady adaptation of your winter favorites.

The best way to begin transitioning your wardrobe from winter to summer is to look to the pieces that are a neutral color or pattern, eliminating all fair isle prints. Take the grey sweater pictured, for example. The sweater was paired with a lightweight cotton harem pant to counteract the heavy texture of the sweater, thus creating a transitional look.

Also, try tucking the bottom of a sweater upwards to create a cropped effect, as pictured, to blend in one of spring’s hottest trends into your winter item, further enhancing the transitional appeal of the ensemble.

—Missy Pasquale
PHOTOS BY MATT HAFLEY
Modeled by Cecily Ogden
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Fashion Blitz — Making the most of maxis

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With so many options available this season, finding a great maxi isn’t a challenge. Nevertheless, now that the trend has completely saturated the market, it’s never been more important to hunt down the most unique, style-capturing skirt you can find! Curious of where to turn? Look no further than Hudson’s ar2 Boutique!

Featuring clothes from ar2 Boutique
16 Clinton Street Hudson, Ohio
Phone: 330-653-9538 | Email: info@ar2shop.com

 

Missy’s pick:

Maxi dresses have established themselves as a summer staple, but due to the abundance of fabric that accompanies a maxi dress, they become hard to layer.

A fun way to add extra emphasis to your maxi is to layer it with a tank over top such as this sheer tank from ar2 in Hudson.

A sheer tank provides a lightweight layer allowing for extra style without escalating your body temperature. It also displays, rather than hides, the fun vibrant print of this Haute Hippie dress underneath. Also, you have already made the commitment to stand out as a style maven by selecting to wear a maxi, so why not go with a fun color or a bold print? It’s a decision you won’t regret!

Maxi Dress, Haute Hippie, $375. Tank, Chan Lu, $68

—Missy Pasquale

 

Karen’s pick:

The organic variations in tonality found in snakeskin prints are what regularly attract me toward them. Worn correctly, their neutrality makes them an attention-grabbing, multidimensional base for any ensemble, but that only skims the surface of what makes this skirt a standout.

When looking for a maxi this season, it’s important to always gravitate towards pieces that feature excellent fabric. With that in mind, remember to never discount the significance of a unique silhouette!

This Haute Hippie version features a trumpeted skirt, a rare yet flattering alternative to the basic straight or A-line styles we’ve been accustomed to seeing in seasons past.

Paired with an Equipment signature blouse in one of spring’s most coveted hues, the look is bold, yet balanced. The classic cut of the blouse enhances the maxi’s distinctive features, but still pops in vibrant tangerine.

Finished with a few of your favorite accessories, a sophisticated rendition like this one will surely speak for itself.

Maxi Skirt, Haute Hippie, $395. Blouse, Equipment, $208

—Karen Zapp

 

 

Ashley’s pick:

Playing off the cool, laid-back appearance of maxi skirts and dresses, this week I wanted to keep that vibe consistent by incorporating a natural color palette.

The earth tone colors are flattering on everyone while being understated and chic. Ditching a belt and opting for tying the shirt up is cohesive with the overall relaxed look.

To give an unexpected pop of flair, I chose the cheetah Jeffrey Campbell platforms to elongate the silhouette and make for a more dynamic outfit.

For an ensemble more class appropriate, swap out the chunky heels for flats and you’re sure to look effortlessly stylish.

Tank, A.L.C $152. Maxi Dress, Chan Lu $295

—Ashley Jaros

 

PHOTOS BY MATT HAFLEY

Modeled by Amanda Jackson

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Fashion Blitz — Favorite Rock the Runway looks

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Karen’s pick

 

While most looks featured sleek solid fabrics Saturday, it was this jumpsuit with a painterly print that immediately caught my eye the instant it hit the runway.

Not only did the designer take a risk with her fabric choice, but she cleverly incorporated one of the chicest trends we saw this past February during London Fashion Week.

The painterly print with sheer accents and tuxedo detailing is definitely futuristic, but at the same time the look could be completely reinterpreted and reworked to fit your everyday life.

Just throw on a blazer and break things up with a simple black belt, and the look is instantly brought back down to earth.

—Karen Zapp

 

 

 

 

 

Missy’s pick

 

This look is from the winning collection Intergalactic Atlantis, a collection boasting the epitome of fine craftsmanship and an eye for detail.

The ruffles on the top of this bustier are delicate and a perfect compliment to the sheer panel running down the side.

The scales on the back of this garment also enhance the garment’s detailing as well as promote the collection’s theme.

Being a lover of accessories, however, I couldn’t help but notice what really enhanced this look overall: the shoes. The wedged heel is painted to look like nebula!

In addition, the dark and jewel tone colors in this garment create an ominous feeling that supports the Atlantis theme and its connection to the galaxy.

—Missy Pasquale

 

 

 

Ashley’s pick

 

I particularly favored this look because of the cropped top and airy fabric that balances out the otherwise clean and structured lines of the garments.

The color scheme and choice of sleek and lustrous fabric represents the celestial theme well.

The makeup and jewelry really complemented the entire look, giving off a futuristic vibe synonymous with the “unknown.”

—Ashley Jaros

 

 

PHOTOS BY MATT HAFLEY

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