How to Rock Your Chelsea Boots

Another women’s footwear trend informed by menswear is the Chelsea boot.  This classic boot is known for its sleek and modern cut.  A Chelsea boot is the finishing touch to any fall look. 

Most leather and suede Chelsea boots tend to look unisex by design, so there are many versions of this style as well.  Generally, the pointer the toe box is, the more feminine your Chelsea boots will look.  A square toe box is considered more masculine in this style.

Chelsea boots instantly give your legs a long, lean silhouette, and are best worn with skinny jeans.  Wearing a tighter fitting pant or jean which hugs your calves, really emphasizes your overall silhouette, and calls attention to your footwear.  Make a chic statement this fall in a Chelsea boot.

Romantic Renaissance

From elements of delicate sheer fabrics and lace, to dramatic draping and excessive use of feathers and pearls.  This fall 2019 trend brings the age of renaissance and excess back, in the most romantic ways.  This ultra-feminine, dark, romantic-feeling trend ties all the best parts of the Renaissance-era together in a modern package.  High necklines and low hemlines are updated through use of sheer fabrics and intricate lace detailing in blouses and skirts.

This fall brings so many versatile trends! From metal elements, to the brightest neons, and 70s’ inspired work wear. Click each link to get the full scope of the fall trends you need to know about.

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

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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Dream in Color by Prada

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Over the years, Miuccia Prada has turned out some memorable fashion shows for the brand in her namesake.  Prada continues to outdo herself by leaping to new creative heights every season.  Each collection has an inspiration made real by the scenery, music, and ambiance of her runway shows.  Prada asks you to dream bigger, look into the future, and expand your ideas about what fashion is supposed to be.  For 11 minutes, the audience is brought into the mind of Miuccia Prada and her team.  It is apparent how detail-oriented the Prada team is when it comes to the brand’s footwear & accessories collections.

For Prada’s spring 2019 collection the shining lights of the entire show are the accessories.  Each model is adorned with a futuristic, 1960s inspired head piece.  Some are studded to look like crowns, others are finished with a colorful satin.  Either way, every women walking on the runway looks like they are rocking a crown.

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Legwear is another huge take way in the accessories division.  Every look is accompanied by opaque knee highs with the signature, triangular, Prada logo showcased on the side of the calf.  These school girl style knee highs won’t be considered a fall-only staple going into 2019.

Along with legwear comes footwear.  The always innovative mind of Prada does not disappoint this season.  Platform oxfords that are reminiscent of Nike Air Max 270s, at least the extreme fashion version of them.  Slingback, negative heel, Mary Jane pumps, with peep-toe and Prada logo accents, in colors to match the bags.  Last but not least, new age loafers and flat sandals made in multi-colored knitted fabrics.

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Of course, who can live without fawning over the fantastic handbags almost every model carried on the crook of her arm.  Luxurious leathers in red, stark white, creamy ivory, black, baby doll pink, saddle tan, and even tie-dye.  As usual, Prada will be dictating the eyewear trends for next year as well.  Back to oversized, flamboyant, pieces of art used to protect your eyes from those UV rays.


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We’re Obsessing Over This

Today, we’re here to talk about our current shoe obsession…patent leather!  We simply cannot get enough of this glossy finish. We’ve been following this trend for the last few years, and still love it. 

Wear your patent as a stacked patent leather boots, sleek patent pumps, or adorable, men’s inspired oxfords.  Street style queens, and influencers alike, are always stomping around New York, Milan, Tokyo, and Paris in patent leather, causing heads to turn on all continents. 

There’s no hiding when you’re rocking patent leather.  This trend is perfect for a night out with your girls, or as a bold choice for a weekend shopping trip.  Patent leather just turns up the volume on any outfit.

Pair your patent oxfords with a cigarette style trouser, graphic tee, and tailored blazer for a modern business look. Or pair your patent boots with flared denim and oversized outerwear, and your favorite pullover.

Re-create our favorite street style trend by throwing a neutral turtleneck under a long, navy trench coat, grey plaid pants, or light wash denim, and of course patent boots.

You’re sure to create a buzz in your patent look!  Are you feeling the patent craze?  Let us know below and on our Instagram @AKCstyle






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