NYFW street style: big girl barrettes

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pictured: wearing three vintage barrettes circa 1990s. See full post.

The 1990s are one of the current decades of influence when it comes to both runway trends, and street style trends. One of my favorite trends in the 1990s was to wear big girl barrettes. It is such an easy way to pull back your hair; especially coming off the big hair trend from the 1980s and very early 1990s. At that time, we wore lots of hairspray to create hair-styles which were quite high maintenance. While barrettes can appear to be a lot of effort, they are really easy to put on, and adjust throughout the day; unlike big hair finished with half a can of hairspray. Three cheers for ditching hairspray in the mid-1990s!

Since I knew this trend was hot and current, I decided to bring a few barrettes I kept from the 1990s. I spent money on them back in the day, and since I loved them so much, and they are small, it was easy for me to keep them tucked into the back of my jewelry box. I have found over the years, if you love something, and it goes out of style, but you can’t bear to part with it; just store it! Everything old becomes new again, and there is nothing more fabulous than your own vintage items. That being said. . .let’s get back to talking about barrettes!

Big girl barrettes were everywhere on the streets of New York Fashion Week. While you didn’t see them on the runways, they were a runway trend from 2017, they have finally caught on and hit the streets. The most popular way to wear 1990s-style barrettes on the streets of fashion week, was far from the way we wore them in the 1990s. In the ’90’s we wore one to three barrettes on one or both sides of our head, up high towards our part; side part to be exact. In 2019, the barrettes are being worn down low, just above the ear. Instead of wearing them on both sides, this time around only one side of your head should have a barrette.

The barrettes must match! The most popular barrette style was to wear two matching barrettes side-by-side, just above the ear. In the 1990s we wore coordinating barrettes that played well together. Now, in 2019, if you wear more than one barrette they need to be exactly the same. I guess I missed the mark on that one since I blended three different barrettes together; hey, at least I wore them above my ear! So, I was only 50% wrong. haha If it weren’t for my friend Laura from Have-Need-Want, I would have worn them ’90’s style, close up to my part. She schooled me right away. haha, thanks Laura!

Here are examples of how to properly wear big girl barrettes:

Of course, you can wear one barrette by itself too. It must be worn just above the ear; no-where near your part. Another option is to wear a low ponytail and fasten it with a barrette. This is a vintage hairstyle which became popular in the 1970s and lasted through to the 1990s. Of course, in the 1980s, if your ponytail was fastened with a barrette, there was a giant bow attached to it. haha So many bows in the 1980s! But I digress. . .

The types of barrettes worn on the streets of New York Fashion Week included sparkling rectangles, oversize snap barrettes, circles, and barrettes adorned in pearls. So, if you are looking to find the perfect barrette to wear right now, these are the styles to look out for! I found a few fabulous ones which evoke NYFW street style vibes online and assembled them into the shopping widgets below. I hope you love them!

What do you think of the big girl barrette trend to wear right now? Will you be rocking it?

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Color trends for fall 2019 from New York Fashion Week

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photo: Noon by Noor NYFW fall 2019

New York Fashion Week fall 2019 is underway! We are slightly more than half-way through the week as I write this. The fall/winter 2019/20 runways are offering us new trends to look forward to in the next cold weather season. Of course, we are still trying to finish THIS cold weather season! I think everyone around the country can agree-we have had quite the cold weather season this year! Brrr!

Speaking of fashion trends, my favorite trends to follow are color trends. When you know the color trends of an upcoming season ahead of time, it helps you to shop your closet for that season, and see which colors you need to add to your wardrobe in order to create the perfect fall color palette. Love that!

Pantone has released their top twelve colors used by designers for their fall 2019 collections in New York. In addition to the top twelve colors, the top four neutral colors are pushing the envelope as being classified as, shall we say, “neutrals.”

Pantone’s top twelve colors fall 2019 New York Fashion Week

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Brown is the new black, and orange tones are the new shades of pink. This upcoming fall 2019 season, look for a 1970’s color palette on modern silhouettes. Designers took inspiration from the 1940’s, through to the new millennium, while using a brown/orange/red/white/blue mix of colors in medium-dark hues for the fall season.

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Chiara Boni fall 2019 New York Fashion Week

Pantone’s top four neutral colors fall 2019/2020 New York Fashion Week

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Basic black, which is just as chic as ever, was all over the runway. But, alternate neutral hues such as vanilla, light grey, and deep navy, competed with everyone’s go-to wardrobe color (a-hem, black); adding a fresh breath of color into our fall closets. Winter white is a thing! Hope you weren’t still clinging to that silly “can’t wear white after labor day” thing.

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Fashion Hong Kong fall 2019 New York Fashion Week; designer: Anveglosa

This fall 2019 season, I’m excited to wear the blue hues, “Eden,” “Fruit Drove,” and “Vanilla Custard.” Which colors from the fall 2019 color palette are you excited to wear in the next autumn season?

You can check out the entire Pantone fall 2019 color report for New York Fashion Week at

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Spring 2019 shopping Strategy

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picture: Custo Barcelona spring 2019 New York Fashion Week runway / photo credit: Custo Barcelona PR Photo

Spring 2019 is hitting store shelves, this means it is time to figure out what to keep from last year, and what we need to add to our closets in the new year. The runways brought us several new, and repeating trends for the upcoming warm weather season. Some trends made it from the runway to store shelves, while others, never made it off the catwalk. Here is a list of trends which have made the transition from runway to street for the spring 2019 season. Knowing these trends will help us all shop our closets, then, we can fill them in with what we need!

Spring 2019 shopping list: outerwear

Trench coats and athletic jackets are the two types of outerwear you will want to wear this spring 2019 season. Look for 1980s inspired track jackets, stadium jackets, and jackets in general. Classic trench coats will also be your go-to on non-athleiure days. Look for jacket length styles as well as coat length when shopping for the ultimate trench coat.

Spring 2019 shopping list: clothing

Athleisure is getting more and more popular as time marches on. Look for track suits, leggings with tops, and gym to street looks.

Anything with a 1980s vibe is hotter than hot. Look for neon hues, exaggerated sleeves, ankle boots, and gasp! Shoulder pads!

Cropped pants. How dare your pants brush up against your ankle! Wide leg pants through skin tight pants should be cropped. We need to see those fabulous booties, chunky sneakers, and colorful sandals!

Mixed print dresses are the ultimate spring dress style. Look for dresses with built-in mixed prints, v-necks, and asymmetrical lines.

Stripes are hotter than hot this spring season. Look for nautical stripes, wide, stripes, and all types of stripes.

Neon hues and pastel shades are the colors to look for this spring. Pastels may not be ground breaking, but they will be your go-to color palette if neon isn’t your thing.

Look for a continuation of menswear inspirations, blazers over jeans, plaid and mixed plaids, matching sets aka suits, and 1970s inspiration.

Spring 2019 shopping list: handbags

You can check out my full report on spring 2019 handbag trends here. In general, look for neon, pastel or black colors. Mixed colors are also a thing. Look for square shapes rather than last year’s circle, and think small but not nano.

Spring 2019 shopping list: shoes

Chunky and funky street sneakers are all the rage this spring 2019 season! Also, look for multi-color, bright footwear to brighten up your look. Kitten heels are also the go-to heel height this spring while boots are continuing to be a year-round trend; so cold spring days are solved with booties-love that!

There you have it! Look for lower priced items on trends which are continuing or seem fleeting. You can invest in classic trends such as trench coats and black handbags; that is a great way to spend your spring dollars. Since the 1980s are a growing trend, it is also a good trend to invest in this spring. When it comes to the 1970s, shop your closet or look for lower priced items since that decade’s influence may start to wane when we move into 2020.

Have a fabulous time shopping for spring 2019! Here are a few of my favorite things for the new, warm weather season.

Which trends are you excited about? Any you plan to stay away from?

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