Metallic & Metal

This trend is a perfect mix of Metallica and Nirvana, taking the best elements from heavy metal, rock-n-roll style, and grunge. We’re seeing tons of metallic and heavy metal details on everything from dresses to jackets, pumps to boots, and all sorts of accessories.  With these details you’re guaranteed an all access pass this season.

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By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

The 70s Twist

Take your best boho-inspired pieces and layer them for a great homage to the decade of patterns and prints.  Mix-and-match your casual bomber jackets and maxi skirts to livin’ up your work wardrobe. 

Keep it comfortable, keep it sophisticated, and stay on trend in your 70s’ inspired looks.

See what’s next this fall here!

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

The Neon Trend

High impact, bold and brave, fluorescent colors mainly pink, green, orange, blue and yellow.  Think of your favorite color highlighter you used to mark your textbooks.  This trend is eye-catching to say the least. 

Definitely not for the faint of heart.  If sporting a head-to-toe neon look is not your style, opt for high pigment accessories or shoes to participate in this trend.

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Commuter Chic with Tod’s

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Such an iconic brand as Tod’s needs not worry about constantly reinventing the wheel; unlike some other Italian brands showing in Milan this October. The classic Gommini driver for both men and women is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Tod’s and one most shoe addicts either own or at least know about. The best kind of grab-and-go, quality, versatile shoe anyone should have in their closet.

As far as driver’s go, Tod’s didn’t invent this style of shoe, but they are for sure the staple piece most associate with the brand season after season. Usually made of leather in various solid colors, the Gommini was brought back in suede for the brand’s Spring 2019 collection. This season, Tod’s showed men’s and women’s on the same ultra-cohesive runway. The collection plays up the idea of neutrals you need to have for next spring, that will carry you through the beginning of a warm fall 2019.

See my favorite looks from Tod’s spring 2019 below.

Another notable aspect of Tod’s are the handbags. Along with the Gommini driver, this Italian brand is also known for its quality leathers and craftsmanship. Just about every look is accompanied by a fashion forward top handle bag or tote bag. The perfect go-to gift going into the holiday season, for your beau or bella.

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The New Neutral: Silver

Start your summer season off right with a little metallic charm in your life. We’re forever obsessing over all things metallic, but specifically silver. Adding a little shine can amp up any basic jeans and tee shirt look, or complete any work wear look.

We often only gravitate towards silver shoes or jewelry when dressing up for a special occasion. Step outside the norm, and start curating silver pieces that give your everyday wardrobe a refresh too.

Adding a sophisticated silver sandal or pump can really change the look of any outfit. We like pairing a silver pump with a boyfriend jean and leather top for an edgy night out look. Or pair a strappy sandal with a mini skirt or leather shorts for a summer concert look.

For your work wardrobe, grab a great silver oxford or flat to wear with an A-Line dress or shift dress. Complete your work wear look with a third piece like a bold, colorful blazer or jacket over your dress. We chose a similar look for our mood board, see the cobalt blue blazer which compliments the silver shoes in such a chic way.

If punchy colors are not in your wheel house, pair your silver accessories with pastel colored shirts and skirts. While silver is a great way to class up your edgier outfits, this neutral is also a great way to complete your ultra feminine sensibility.

Pairing flat, silver sandals with a sky blue button-up, and a pink midi skirt, will keep you comfortable and fashionable all season long. Another classically feminine way to pair silver is with white. These two colors, silver and white, are classic compliments for any occasion, day or night.

How will you wear silver this summer?  Let us know in the comments below.

Ashleigh K. Copeland

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Why Women Need to Wear Valentino

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Stunning is the first word dripping off my tongue watching the Valentino spring 2019 collection.  The beautiful drama running down the runway in mixed prints, bold black and white, neutrals, and of course signature Valentino red.  However short this presentation, it seems like it lasted for an hour, in a good way of course.  This collection is a story told by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli.  The story could be about any number of things, depending on your point of view.  For me, this collection is the story of women in 2018.

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Black draped garments start off the story making a bold statement about being comfortable with wearing glamour, and choosing not to hide or shrink away.  Feathers trail behind on the runway, falling from embellished sandals.  Millinery is on the rise here, with avant-garde feathered hats creating an orbital pull, further engaging the audience.  Street style is a heavy influence here, seen in the oversized gold hoop earrings, amongst other accessories.

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Part two of our story injects neutrals beyond the black hemisphere.  Khaki and white brighten up the sea of black garments.  Pops of Valentino red sprinkled throughout the middle of the collection on pleated maxi skirts and couture level dresses.  For me this collection is about layers.  Peeling back the mourning and heavy cloaking that some women choose to hide behind, especially during such a tumultuous year as 2018.

The last part of the collection still shows intriguing hues of plums and browns.  Spring 2019 is to be about standing out and being confident in who you are.  As the finale approaches, glittering, contrasting prints in mint, bubblegum pink, rich plum, and burnt orange breakthrough.  Like every show there will be pieces that never make it to mass market, or even make it past the red carpet, but there are so many looks here that any woman would look good wearing.

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The finale brings chills to my spine as each model took their final walk down the runway.  A collective wave of comfort, security, and ease seems to be felt by the audience for creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s spring collection.

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Your Next Trendy, Traditional Pant

At AKCstyle we are all about how to make a trendy piece into an everyday essential.  Just because something isn’t classic or traditional, doesn’t mean it isn’t functional.  This is true for so many different types of fashion trends, but today, we’re talking about our latest obsession… the paper bag pant.

While the paper bag pant never really “fell out of fashion”, the popularity of the trendy pant fluctuates over time.  Spring 2019 is the season of this trend.  Mainly because of the versatility it brings to your wardrobe, it’s easy to style for any occasion, and these pants are so comfortable.  Whether you are tall or short, curvy or pencil thin, wearing these to work or heading to brunch with your friends, the paper bag pant is for you. 

We’re seeing so many versions of this style pant.  Everything from shorts, to tapered or pleated pants, wide leg, cropped, or more typically flared legs.  The drawstring helps define your waistline and can easily become the focal point of your look. 

Drawing your eye directly to your tummy is something most women try to avoid, this can be a positive when wearing a paper bag pant.  Most versions of this pant have a high-waist, so they will sit just above your belly button, covering anything you’re self-conscious about. 

The key to why these pants are so amazing is the oversized drawstring which also gives you the illusion of wearing a belt.  So, tucking in a solid color tee or blouse won’t make you feel under dressed when wearing the paper bag pant.

Pairing this trend with a block heel pump, or ankle strap sandal, gives you a great date night look with a cropped tank, or graphic tee, and your favorite jewelry.

Wearing these pants for work is made easier with a plain top and loads of accessories to keep from looking to casual. Check out our Pinterest page for some accessory inspiration.

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not this trend is for you, start with a simpler version.  Try pairing a paper bag short with a solid tank top and flat sandals, for your next vacation ready look.

Are you into our latest obsession?  Let us know in the comments below.

-Ashleigh K. Copeland

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