Wearing double prints is also known as pattern mixing or print mixing. The look is bold … loud … fun … and it’s eccentric at times. If you’re used to a simplistic color-scheme wardrobe, sporting a double print ensemble is definitely a level-up. Do you remember the fashion rule, “Don’t mix your prints?” Well that rule is gone. Wearing double prints is in style. These bold silhouettes are everywhere. Mix prints of plaid, check, scarf, floral, dot or stripe in any combination that suits you. It sounds strange, but the look is fantastic. So, how do you pull off this look? What are the keys for a double print outfit?
There are many print mixing rules to follow, to help you pull off the look successfully. Whether or not you choose to follow all of them is not the issue. One view in the fashion world is that color alone is the guideline, with no other rules beyond that. Another view says to consider size and variety of prints, as well as color.
Color is the key to wearing double prints. The first step in print mixing is finding a common color. Choose prints that have one common color. The common color unifies the outfit. It brings together two varied prints that otherwise would not pair well together. Decide on your color and build your outfit from there. Always keep in mind you are matching colors and not prints, and you’ll be successful.
Once your color is determined, you are ready to build your double print ensemble. Try one of these combinations for a fresh fashion twist.
When building a double print outfit, there are some helpful guidelines to follow.
You can mix two patterns within the same pattern family. Try pairing two stripe prints that have one common color. Or, you can mix two patterns with the same color. Mixing stripes and dots provides a twist to two classic prints. Do you love to wear floral prints? Mix your florals with this technique: pair a monochromatic floral with a multi-color floral for a striking look.
One fool-proof technique is to mix a lighter pattern with a darker one. Pair a light scarf motif with a dark print. Proportion is your friend. Large, bold patterns paired together give a unique combination. Pair a large plaid with a large animal print. Pairing a monochromatic check with a multi-color check works as well.
Here are few tips for print mixing:
Consider print mixing a fashion adventure. Build your outfit beginning with your favorite color and go from there. Enjoy!
Summertime ... and all the stains. Is it just us, or does summer seem to attract more stains? Maybe it's just that there are a lot more fruit smoothies and barbecue dinners in the summertime. Maybe we’re wearing lighter color clothing, so stains are more noticeable. Maybe we’re just outdoors more; more activities bring more opportunities for stains. Whatever the case, the bottom line is this … stains are so annoying! It’s time to focus in on our favorite stain-busting garment care techniques.
There are a wide variety of household products that may be used to fight clothing stains. Let’s look at different types of stains, and the common household products that may be used to get those stains out. Remember, work on the stain, but always let your garment air dry. Never tumble dry until you know the stain is completely removed.
Some of the best items for removing stains are found right in your own home. A few of our favorite common household Items that fight stains: vinegar, Coke, liquid dish soap, isopropyl alcohol, and sweetener packets.
TIDE STICK: Always pack a Tide Stick, or equivalent spot treatment. These handy gadgets work wonders when it comes to taking care of fresh stains.
WET WIPES: A pocket pack of wet wipes has saved many a coffee-stained shirt. Treat the stain immediately, and it will be easier to launder later. This is especially true for oil stains.
COKE: Whether you’re wanting a unique laundry boost for your whites load, or you need to get a grease stain out of a white top, Coke to the rescue. Pour a full can of Coke in your washing machine, and see the amazing results of this boost.
EGG YOLK: Who would have guessed that egg yolk can remove a coffee stain? Mix an egg yolk with a few drops of isopropyl alcohol and warm water. Apply this mix to the coffee stain with a sponge. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse and launder as usual.
ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: Perfect for removing ink stains. Daub and blot with alcohol until the ink breaks down and disappears. Rinse and launder as usual.
LIQUID DISH SOAP: This is a super powerful stain fighting agent! For food stains, immediately rub dish detergent into the back side of the affected area. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then launder as usual. Liquid dish soap powers through grease on dishes ... so let it work on your clothing too. Dish soap gets lipstick stains out of fabric too.
SCOTCH TAPE: Great for removing a fresh stain from patent leathers. Just apply the tape and remove. A fresh stain should remove with the tape.
SHAVING CREAM and SHAMPOO: Oops! Did you get a bit of make-up foundation on your top? No worries. Daub a bit of shaving cream or shampoo to the spot and then launder.
SWEETENER PACKET: You’re eating out and you spill a little something on your top. Reach for that Splenda packet. Blot the oil or grease spot with the sweetener powder, and then brush it off.
VINEGAR: Moisten a paper towel with a small amount of undiluted white vinegar. Blot the stain and then launder as usual. Vinegar works well on old stains also. Use vinegar as a laundry boost for whitening and brightening your clothing. Just add a cup to your regular laundry cycle.
Oil and Grease Stains
CLOTHING: Oil stains can be tough, but they don't have to ruin your outfit. Just be sure to take care of them immediately, so they don't have time to set in. For fabric, sprinkle some baby powder on the stain, rub it in, and let it sit for 10 minutes before laundering. The powder will absorb the oil.
WHITE TOPS: Grease stains are some of the toughest stains to get out. Can Coca Cola help remove them? We’ve read several recommendations to add a can of Coke, along with your regular laundry soap, to the wash cycle for stain removal. We tried it with three white tops that were stained … and it worked!
LEATHER HANDBAG: If the oil stain is on leather, try sprinkling sprinkle baby powder or corn starch on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes, then brush the powder away. Repeat as needed until the stain has faded, then apply leather conditioner to the whole area to smooth and soften any remaining marks or lines.
Did your kids’ game of touch football get out of touch? Or maybe just an old-fashioned bicycle accident? Removing blood stains from clothing can be tricky. Old stains are more difficult to remove; however, theses common household items will remove a fresh stain.
COCA COLA: Just empty a can of Coke into your laundry cycle (along with regular detergent) and wash.
HAIRSPRAY: Saturate the stain area with hairspray and leave for a few minutes. Wipe off with a damp cloth.
LEMON JUICE: If the blood stain has already dried, soak the garment in cold water. Next, put the garment in a plastic bag with 2 C. lemon juice and 1/2 C. salt. Allow the solution to soak the garment thoroughly. Remove the garment from the bag and hang dry in the sunshine, then launder as usual.
DEODORANT MARKS: Here are a few easy ways to remove deodorant marks from a black top. Use a section of panty hose to gently rub those marks away. If you don’t have hosiery on hand, reach for denim, coarse canvas, or even a dryer sheet. These are all great options for drawing deodorant marks out of dark colored clothing items.
INK STAINS: Did you know that rubbing alcohol removes ink and sharpie stains? Dilute with water, and gently rub into the stained area. Rinse and repeat as needed. And in a pinch, a pump or two of hand sanitizer can accomplish the same task, because of its alcohol content.
GRASS STAINS: Rubbing alcohol works great on grass stains too. Blot it onto the fresh grass stain. Continue to blot the area with full-strength rubbing alcohol until the stain is removed. Wash, and air dry, and repeat with the rubbing alcohol if needed.
SHOE STAINS: Mr. Clean erasers work wonders on rubber and durable, coated leather! First, use a damp cloth to wipe away any excess dirt or grass. Then use the Mr. Clean eraser to spot treat those set-in stains. This is a great way to refresh your summer sneakers and casual slip-ons.
PINK LAUNDRY: Have you ever had a red clothing item accidentally laundered with a whites load? Ugh! Now everything is pink! Rewash the whites load with a cup of distilled vinegar and regular detergent, immediately. Repeat if necessary.
RED WINE: Have you heard that white wine gets out red wine stains? It’s true! Daub a little white wine on a red wine stain to remove it.
Clothing. We shop for seasons. We wear the clothes that we love. We wear our favorite brands, favorite colors, and favorite styles. Whether we are dressing up for a special occasion, contriving “office wear” that’s suitable for telecommuting and popping into the office, sporting our favorite jeans and tee for running errands, or lounging comfy at home, we wear the clothes that we love.
While our clothing says a lot about our style, our clothing also has a lot to say to us. And we need look no further than the tags on the inside of our clothing.
Clothing labels include brand, size, fabric content, care information, and country of origin. This is what we are used to seeing when we look at clothing labels. Some clothing lines offer distinctive care labels just for fun. There are brands that feature unique messages on their brand tags or are included with their garment care labels. What about those universal care symbols … what do they mean? And speaking of country of origin, if you are on a made in USA kick, there are still clothing brands made here at home.
UNIVERSAL CARE SYMBOLS
Universal care symbols on clothing tags … there are a lot of them. Some clothing tags have just the universal care symbols listed, while other include printed instructions and symbols. Having a symbol guide is handy just in case.
There are several care technique symbols, and then ways to indicate differences within the symbols. A wash tub symbol is for washing, an iron symbol for ironing, a square with variations for drying, and a triangle for bleach instructions. Easy, right? Then you add dots, lines, and letters for more details.
Dots added to symbols give the following meanings: a single dot means low temp, two dots mean medium temp, and three dots mean high temp. Lines added to washing and drying indicate the type of cycle to use: one line added means permanent press cycle, and two lines added indicates the delicate cycle. Squares show drying instructions. A circle within the square is for machine drying. A symbol showing lines within a square indicates: dry flat, dry in the shade, hang dry, or drip dry, based on the way the line is drawn. An X over a symbol, or a symbol completely filled in indicates NO to that care technique. Circles with letters in them are chemical instructions for a dry cleaner.
MADE IN THE USA
There are many clothing brands that are made in the USA. While it’s not the norm, clothing designed and manufactured here at home is available. With the help of a quick internet search for: made in USA clothing brands, you will see many brands listed.
Are you interested in USA-made products? Usually these brands are smaller, lesser known lines, featuring unique styles made from quality fabrics. We have highlighted a few pieces that are available at ReRun. These items are also available on our Shop page.
Some clothing lines offer distinctive care labels just for fun. These are brands that feature unique messages on their brand tags or are included with their garment care labels. When we think of a good luck charm, a four-leaf clover may come to mind. Unique messages in clothing labels are their own kind of talismans; not that they do anything special for us, but they are fun to read.
Are you a straight up “Jesus Loves You” kind of person or do you prefer “positive vibes only” type of messages? Either way, there are some great brands out there with unique and even entertaining labeling.
Springtime is wedding season. But 2020 is not a typical year. Here we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, hoping that life will “return to normal” very soon. So many aspects of life have changed, including attending weddings.
Weddings are being scaled back to a minimal number of attendees or hosted on social medial platforms so invitees may attend virtually. Some weddings are being postponed in hopes of enjoying larger celebrations later. These are strange times indeed. Here’s hoping there will be some return to normalcy in the very near future. And hopefully that will include attending weddings.
In the spirit of “returning to normal” we are going to feature wedding guest fashion and attire. We will be talking about what to wear to morning, afternoon, and evening weddings, and showcasing outfits each day.
The ceremony time is a key factor when deciding what to wear to a wedding. Morning weddings are casual, evening weddings are usually formal, and afternoon weddings are in between the two.
It is the bride's day, and there should be no distractions or redirection of focus. Whatever the level of formality, you want to be comfortable in your wedding guest attire. Choose items that are your style, and pair well with the level of formalness for the wedding ceremony.
Morning weddings are the most casual. Choose a bright and springy color, or a playful print dress in a lightweight woven or a comfortable knit.
If the wedding is to be a very casual event, try a pair of flat sandals. Or to dress it up a little, swap out the sandals for a pair of wedges. If the day is cool, slip on a light cardigan or blazer. Keep the accessories light and cheerful.
The Key: Don’t overdo it. This isn’t a formal evening wedding. Keep the vibe simple and casual, yet clean and polished.
Choosing an outfit for an early afternoon wedding can be challenging. It is too late in the day for a casual summer dress, but too early to don a cocktail dress.
Steer away from cotton and knits. Try a more luxurious fabric, like a shimmery silk or a lace.
A sleeveless floral lace dress that hits just at the knee is perfect. It is polished and not too casual, but still not an evening dress. Let the accessories compliment the vibe of the dress; simple and not overstated.
The Key: More polished and dressier than the attire for a morning wedding, but not over the top. Dressy, but not formal.
A knee length cocktail dress is almost always appropriate, or a floor length formal gown if the occasion demands.
The perennial question: Is it all right to wear black to an evening wedding in the spring? ABSOLUTELY YES. For an evening event, black is perfectly acceptable. However, if you prefer color, go with a vibrant solid color, and accessorize with black. Either way, evening weddings are the perfect time to sport elegant black or stunning, deep colors.
As far as accessories go, black is classic and pairs well with most any outfit. Alternatively, bold-color accessories are perfect if you choose to wear a black dress. Pairing animal print accessories with a lace dress is a dramatic option.
The Key: Formal. Go with a cocktail dress, if not a floor length gown. The level of formality can be dictated by the location of the event.
We look forward to being open again, and helping you put together outfits for your special occasions including weddings.
Winter-to-Spring Transitional Wear
Ah, springtime … brisk mornings, warm afternoons, and cool evenings. Springtime weather is so unpredictable. What’s a girl to wear? While we’re packing away the heavy coats and winter knits, let’s keep those boyfriend jackets, cardigans, and plaids handy for layering.
Springtime scarves and light denims are perfect components to a transitional outfit as well. And layers! Layering is a girl’s best friend. It’s the perfect technique for changing an outfit as the temperature fluctuates.
Now is the time to consider winter-to-spring transitional wear. We’ll look at everything from boots to florals, scarves to cardigans, and plaids to denims.
Floral, Jackets, and Boots
Do you have a favorite long-sleeve floral blouse in your closet from wintertime? Wear it this spring with jeans and denim jacket. Complete your outfit with a pair of peep-toe heeled booties, which are perfect for spring transitional outfits. These pair well with jeans, ankle trousers, skirts, and dresses when we’re not quite ready to break out the sandals.
If your favorite dark floral is a dress, add a cargo style jacket and complete the outfit with boots. But not just any boots … pull out those cowgirl boots or edgy ankle boots to polish off this spring look with a bold vibe.
When wearing blouses or dresses, layers are a girl’s best-friend! A simple cardigan is a perfect layering piece. If it’s too cool to wear just a dress, add that cardigan. Cuff those cardigan sleeves to give the outfit a spring look.
Sweaters and Scarves
Layering is key when putting together your spring transitional outfits. Layering makes it easy to build your winter-to-spring outfits. Here are some fun ideas to try.
Denim and Plaid
Now is the time for a light-wash denim or chambray. Pair a light chambray with your dark jeans, monochromatically brightening up your springtime outfit. Top it off with a pop of color. Adding colorful springtime accessories is easy and fun. Whether it’s a bold handbag, a bright floral scarf, or cute colorful flats, have fun adding a springtime touch to your outfits.
The chambray shirt dress can be worn several ways. It’s your perfect spring foundation piece. Wear it with any of these combinations:
What about those plaids? Don’t pack them away. This perennial favorite is on trend this season, so we’re going to have fun with it.
Make a statement with a plaid jacket. Layer it with a chambray shirt dress. Cuff the sleeves, and don’t forget those heeled booties. Change up the outfit by pairing the plaid jacket with light-wash blue jeans, bright heels, and a bold spring scarf.
Or, keep it easy by layering a tee with a plaid blouse and dark-wash ankle jeans. Dress up that outfit with classic black heels. Feel like stepping up your 2020 fashion game? Wear contrasting plaid heels!
When you think of high-end designer handbags, what designer comes to mind? For many women, it’s Chanel. This week we’re considering the background, fashion firsts, and favorite quotes of fashion designer icon, Coco Chanel. There’s more to Coco Chanel than just designer handbags.
Coco Chanel was born in 1883. Her given name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. Coco’s mother died of tuberculosis when she was a child. Her father placed her in an orphanage. One skill that she learned from the nuns in the orphanage was how to sew. And as they say, the rest is history.
This icon of fashion opened her first business in Paris at age 27, selling hats. She went on to garment design. She used affordable jersey knit fabrics to make comfortable dresses that didn’t require restrictive under garments. Her use of trousers for modesty sake made the wearing of them by women more acceptable.
Her lengthy fashion design history had an extensive WW2 gap. When she returned to the fashion world in the 1950’s there were doubts as to her future success; but those doubts ended quickly. Her classic design of a braid-trimmed cardigan with skirt set became a fashion favorite. And shoppers around the world fell in love with everything Coco Chanel.
Her signature pieces included Chanel No.5 perfume, the classic black suit, the little black dress, and of course the iconic 2.55 handbag. The Coco Chanel name in fashion became synonymous with simplistic yet sophisticated styles, and sheer elegance.
Fashion Firsts by Coco Chanel (aka things to thank Coco for):
1. Designing clothing that was comfortable and didn’t require corsets (seriously!). When Chanel began her fashion designing career in the early 1900’s, women were still wearing restrictive corsets. Her use of the inexpensive jersey knit fabrics was the game changer. This type of fabric draped beautifully. It was the perfect fabric for her simplistic dress designs, sans corsets.
2. She made the concept of women wearing trousers acceptable. She reconstructed men’s trousers for herself to wear while riding horseback. She also chose to wear men’s sailor trousers at the seaside for the sake of modesty. Regarding trousers, she once said, "I gave women a sense of freedom. I gave them back their bodies: bodies that were drenched in sweat, due to fashion's finery, lace, corsets, underclothes, padding."
3. Costume Jewelry. Yes, you read that right. While Coco Chanel loved wearing pearls, she also designed costume jewelry to be worn with her casual daytime ensembles. She reasoned that women would be glad to buy affordable jewelry that could be worn with every outfit that they had. And she was right!
4. The Shoulder Handbag. In the mid 1950’s, Chanel introduced the now famous 2.55 Chanel Shoulder Bag. Up until this point, the norm was for a woman to carry her purse in her hands. Was Chanel’s new handbag concept the fashion world’s original hands-free device? Perhaps. While there were shoulder bags used by postal carriers, couriers, and the military, the concept of a shoulder bag worn everyday by a woman was singularly unique. Chanel took the service-geared shoulder handbag and made it glamorous. The sleek quilted leather handbag with the signature gold chain strap was simplistically beautiful. Worn on the shoulder, the wearer’s hands were free. Women went from hands occupied by holding a handbag to hands-free with a shoulder handbag. We have no concept of how incredibly freeing that would have been.
5. The Little Black Dress. It’s at the top of everyone’s list of wardrobe staples. From the perfect date dress, to formal events, to cruise wear, to celebratory galas, the LBD fits the bill. And Coco Chanel is credited with the invention of the LBD. According to the Mental Floss article entitled: 15 Things You Didn't Know About Coco Chanel, “She published a photo of a short black dress in a 1926 issue of Vogue, calling it "Chanel's Ford," because, like the Model T, it was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. It was meant to be versatile, affordable, accessible, and neutral, so it would appeal to the widest market possible. Vogue declared it would become "a sort of uniform for all women of taste."” And so, it is. Summer or winter, daytime or evening, if there’s an event, you can almost always reach for that little black dress and step out in perfect style.
Have you ever looked in your closet and drawn a complete blank? You know that sinking feeling … I have a closet full of clothes and there is nothing to wear. You have plenty of clothing options, but a perfect outfit just isn’t coming to mind.
Top, cardigans, jackets, jeans, trousers, and sweaters. But an ideal combination eludes you. It’s happened to us all. There are a lot of great fashion and style ideas out there, and here are a few of our favorites.
Don a jacket. It’s one of the easiest fashion hacks ever. A jacket is a perfect outfit topper that takes casual to chic. There are so many advantages to adding a jacket to your outfit. The structure of a jacket is distinctive and stylish. A jacket gives a polished appearance. Trust a jacket to add a strong shoulder line to your profile.
Start with a low-key outfit. Choose a shell, top, or tee. Next, select a pair of dark-wash jeans. Perfect, right? A top and jeans ensemble is cute and casual. Next, add that jacket. Instantly your look has changed from casual to chic. Complete your look with jewelry and away you go!
Have you ever noticed how dramatic a friend looks when she is wearing an entire single-color ensemble? A monochromatic look is easy yet downright elegant. There are many advantages to wearing a single-color outfit. The most important may be that it makes you appear slimmer. Yes, you read that right. The monochromatic look provides a visual illusion of an elongated silhouette.
The monochromatic look is simplistic and classy, and it’s as easy as this: choose your outfit pieces of one color. That’s it. You can opt for an ensemble of one fabric type (such as the Chico’s Travelers line). Or, step outside of your comfort zone, and select items that have different fabrics types. Pair corduroy trousers with a boiled wool cardigan, or velvet trousers with an angora sweater. The texture contrast adds its own interest to your ensemble. You might add one item of color contrast to complete your look: handbag, shoes, or a statement necklace. This look is easy yet dramatic.
Surprising Color Combinations
Color. We notice color first. We see color before we see style. Do you have a flair for color? Do you enjoy exploring color options? Colors can be eye catching. Just look at the beauty of the colors of autumn: green, yellow, orange, red, purple, brown … the fall color palette of nature is beautiful. Take that knowledge and use it with your wardrobe. Making surprise color combinations is a great way to change up your style and add a bit of dramatic flair.
Reference a traditional color wheel to help make your color combinations. Here are some color wheel based ideas that work perfectly in fashion.
Primary Colors: Pair the three primary colors yellow, red, and blue together for a classic yet bold look.
Complementary Colors: Choose a color on the color wheel. Next, select the color directly opposite that color. Pair those two colors together. You may feel bold, but it works. The classic combinations are yellow/purple, blue/orange, and red/green. Delve into secondary colors and choose opposites for unusual combinations that pair beautifully.
Analogous Colors: Choose the color on a color wheel that you want, and then choose the color on the left or the right of that color. These are analogous colors. Selecting different hues of a color gives a simplistic yet harmonious look.
Here’s a unique fashion hack. Mix your styles for a daring look. Mix different styles, with color contrast, and different kinds of fabrics. Combine a floral with a distressed piece. Or take a classic ensemble and add a topper that has an ethnic flair.
Consider changing up your romantic winter floral outfit. Make a new ensemble that includes the addition of a sporty style element. Reach for a piece that is cargo style, utilitarian style, or safari style. Now combine that piece with your romantic piece.
Sporty style options and ideas include:
A sweater with a stripes and epaulets,
A jacket with military-inspired patches,
An argyle sweater,
A cargo jacket or moto vest.
The combination of the sporty and romantic styles provides visual contrast. It’s an unusual blend that is striking and fun.