Who, What, Wear?

Today I want to talk about “trends.” What makes a trend and what exactly does it mean? A trend in fashion is what’s hip or popular at a certain point in time. Trends usually refer to a certain style in fashion or entertainment, but there can be a trend toward warmer weather, or a movement or tendency or trending subject on social media. I got a Pinterest email just this week that stated that the trending subjects were: coffee pot soup, elf on the shelf ideas, Sarah Drew hair and Jonas shirtless. (Yes, I looked them up)

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But back to fashion. Glamour magazine states that Fall fashion trends are “always full of OMG moments, but we can’t deny how great it is to spot a trend that can be worn in everyday life.” Most of the designs we see in magazines are way “out there,” if you know what I mean, but there are ways to make a trend work for us everyday folk. Obviously we can all tone down our colors and perhaps buy a cape or a new fringed scarf, or find a pair of heels that are actually comfortable, and wear them with the “everything” shirt.

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The question that remains unanswered is “how in the world did these clothes become trends in the first place?” The answer is rather complicated and originates in Milan and Paris, for the most part, where designers stay hard at work drawing up what they envision to be the next fashion statement. From there, items are copied and some select few pieces arrive in the posh- posh designer stores of Beverly Hills and New York City.

Then the famous and well-off actresses with scads of money are invited in to the store to be the first to see what will be the “rage,” with every storekeeper holding his or her breath, hoping the investment they have just made will pay off. If one of the pieces sells for an insane price and is photographed on a popular actress or fashionista then it becomes a “hit,” and the mainstream (read: us) finds “knockoffs” hastily added to clothing orders from Macys, J C Penny’s and Target.

It’s a guessing game, this fashion dance, much like trends in the stock market and trends in automotive design. But it’s really very simple if you follow the golden rule:

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Have an enjoyable week everyone, being you.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

LET’S TIE ONE ON!

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I love scarves. I wear them all the time! I know many of you like them too. Ltd 7 places HUGE orders for scarves…frequently. The trending scarf right now is the infinity scarf. It comes in animal prints, chevron and, of course, solids. But did you know that scarves have been around since antiquity? The internet is chock full of tips for the scarf collector. Come to think of it, that could be our next “perfect reason” to buy a new scarf. We are collectors!

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There are libraries full books on tips and ideas of what scarves to collect; there are books on scarves in history and of course there are scads of articles and publications about how to tie a scarf on the Internet. Just type in the word “scarf” and you will see what I mean.

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A scarf, according Wikipedia, also known as a Kremer, muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, or near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colors.

Ancient Rome is one of the many origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. It was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin as “sweat cloth“, and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. They were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using the scarves, which were made of cloth and not made of wool, pashmina, or silk, and ever since the scarf has been fashionable among women.

Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarves made of cloth were used to identify officers or the rank of Chinese warriors. In later times scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century. The only difference in the soldiers’ scarves that designated a difference in rank was that the officers had silk scarves whilst the other ranks were issued with cotton scarves. The men’s scarves were sometimes referred to as “cravats” (from the French cravate, meaning “Croat”), and were the precursor of the necktie.

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But even with this veritable library of materials in today’s blog, (I hope you like history) I am constantly looking for photos and new ways to tie them and clever ways to wear scarves. Are you searching for that new way to “tie one on?” Fashion repeats itself every decade or so; don’t forget to look at older styles, like these:

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Whether you are looking for style, warmth, or maybe a little of both, you can find scarves of all kinds, from designer labels to handmade varieties. They can be worn as outerwear or as accessories to complement a particular outfit. Luxurious silk scarves are especially popular as fashion accessories. Aside from silk, scarves are available in many other fabrics and textures, including cotton, wool, rayon, polyester and poly-blends, and even sheer fabrics, which are usually used for headscarves. If you are choosing scarves for outerwear, look for styles that provide thickness and warmth. These are usually closely knit and somewhat more bulky than the dressy varieties. You can select from lush materials such as angora to complement your coat and make a statement, or you can choose a more casual scarf, such as one made from flannel or fleece. There are extra long scarves that can be wrapped around the neck two or three times, while shorter styles are often tucked into the opening of the coat or jacket to keep the neck and upper chest warm.

Selections also include a large variety of fun, whimsical options. You might choose a striped design, trademark characters, or scarves made from shimmering, sparkly yarn. Some have fringe along the ends while others have clean lines, and some are reversible or two-sided so you can create two different looks with one scarf. Hooded varieties are very cute and also provide maximum warmth.

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Both fashion and outerwear scarves make great winter accessories and they also make terrific gifts. “IT” is coming folks…faster than you think: gift-giving season is just around the corner. LTD 7 will have plenty of scarves this holiday season and we will even gift wrap your purchases for free. Who on your list might just love a new scarf?

That’s all for this week, folks. Hope to see you soon at one, or both of our LTD 7 locations.

Be sure to wear your favorite “sudarium.”

Living the Dream,

Lynne

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it within us, or we find it not.

                             Ralph Waldo Emerson

Marsala, Marsala, Let Down Your Hair

When I think about the word, “Marsala,” images of wine and chicken and veal come to mind. If you have never tried Veal Marsala, or Chicken Marsala, look up a few recipes on Google and tempt your palette. I am not much of a wine drinker at all, but I have no qualms with cooking with it, as the alcohol reduces away, and it sure smells wonderful while it cooks.

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But I am not all about recipes today on the blog. Look back at the pictures and note the deep reds you can see. That is known as the color, Marsala, and it is the “color of the year,” as touted by Pantone. ( See my previous blog). Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

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PANTONE’S FALL 2015 COLORS

Just this month Pantone introduced the Fall colors for 2015 and like I have done in previous blogs, I wanted to share the color combinations and selections with you. I find it is always nice to at least “know” what colors I am going to see cropping up in fashion, decor. weddings, jewelry, nail polish and the like.

Here it is; what do you think?

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HERE COMES THE BRIDE

I think that the wedding world was onto Pantone’s fall color combinations way before we were.

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IN THE HOME

“For most consumers today, color and style coordination in home interiors is a consistent goal, but the old rigid color rules have been replaced by more creative guidelines and options. Lifestyle patterns and tastes are consistently evolving and so are the resulting forecasts that are spawning new harmonies in both color and design.” You can add a touch of a new color, such as a pillow cover, or you can paint an accent wall. I love the teal chairs pictured here:

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The design pictured below is a little too much for my personal taste, but you can easily see all the many color combinations of Fall, 2015.

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HOW ABOUT JUST A LITTLE CHANGE?

For those of you who are not into such large changes, how about nail polish? I bet we will be seeing these fall colors cropping up in nails very soon. And lipstick…don’t forget lipstick in colors you may or may not have tried. Go ahead, you can do it!

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LOOK IN YOUR CLOSET

There are so many ways to pair Marsala with colors you likely have in your closet.

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Wow! I have given myself a lot to think about today. What changes can you handle? All, none or a smattering? I bet if you look around your home, you will see new ways to incorporate these earthy, colors into your lifestyle.

Here’s to Marsala! Let down your hair, make a change or two and have an absolutely awesome week, everyone.

Living the Dream,

Lynne

http://www.pantone.com/downloads/support/FCR/PANTONE-Fashion-Color-Report-Fall-2015.pdf

Five Ways to Sunday

Ever feel like you have nothing to wear? Does your closet make sense? Do you buy things on a whim and then feel like you have no “go to” outfit? The answer to all three questions for me, is “Ugh. Yes!”

I have tried it all: turning my hangers backwards and in three months, donating everything that doesn’t have a hanger turned the opposite way (meaning I haven’t worn it). I have tried the 33 item challenge so popular on the internet. (That really didn’t work for me). I have loads of outfit “storyboards” pinned to Pinterest—things I want to put together—and don’t. There is a relatively new “capsule wardrobe” idea that is pretty popular on the Internet, but even that “get your 33 item basics and work with them,” idea has flopped for me. The fact of the matter is this: I LOVE a new outfit and I can think of a million and one reasons to purchase one any given day.

But lately I have found myself looking at the items LTD 7 puts on our twice weekly sales and studying the items that are now on Shoptiques (Go There If You Haven’t Yet) and it dawned on me that so many of the items we sell are as versatile, and comfortable and functional as we all want our ideal wardrobe to be. It just takes a little ingenuity and planning. Let me share with you just one example, compliments of our charming and beautiful Alexis.

Let’s say you purchased the white shirt recently on Shoptiques. This one:

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Gorgeous, isn’t it? And if you think even a little like me, you probably would rationalize the purchase by saying to yourself: “A white shirt goes with everything.” And you would be correct. A white shirt does go with everything. But here is the kicker: Do you wear it with everything? Or does it always get paired with jeans on errand days?

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I am the first to admit; I get stuck in ruts and wear the same thing for the same reasons. But let me try to show you something fun, using Alexis as our model that you can do with a simple white shirt that will stretch your wardrobe in new and exciting ways.

What if you take that white shirt and change it up? What if you wear it with white Capri pants and break up the monochromatic look with a stylish jean jacket (or any jacket, really) You get a whole new look! Alexis is even wearing the same jewelry with this second outfit, but you would never even notice. The look is stylish, fresh and perfect for spring and summer!

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Let’s take things a step further. How about we take the same white shirt you were lucky to score on Shoptique and pair it with the new black and white pants you picked up at LTD 7. Are you feeling a party vibe here? Are you beginning to see how many ways a simple white shirt can spark life into a wardrobe? Alexis changed out her necklace to bring a pop of black into her upper body and the look is amazing and so stylish.

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Let’s do one more. LOOK at this divine combination with a simple long Maxi black skirt and a change of jewelry! I am totally loving this! Talk about day into evening wear. The look is perfect for any dinner out, the movies, a play, or lounging around the house with a best friend. Think of the costume jewelry in your dresser that would pop on a simple, yet refined and classic look like this.

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I think you are beginning to get the idea. Here is Alexis in a more summery look…wearing the same white shirt, now paired with a light lacy vest. Oh, don’t you love this look? I can practically smell the B-B-Que now.

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 That’s how you do it, folks. One shirt…five ways to Sunday! (Six ways if you count the short black skirt on the Shoptique model.)

We at LTD 7 will be happy to work with what you already own. Bring your white shirt or jacket or new stylish pants in to the store and ask for ideas on ways to wear it. If you love it, we do too and we want to do anything we can to add to your versatility in fashion and that means using what you have, or have just bought and creating fun, fashionable new ways to wear it.

Look in your closet this week and stop in to LTD 7 for a pick-me-up item or two to compliment it, change it up and add to your sense of style and versatility. Show me what you come up with; I would love to see!

Living the Dream,

Lynne

PS: Here is our shoptiques site but hurry,things are selling quickly from customers all over the US!  http://LTD-7.shoptiques.com

I Spy With My Little Eye…

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It’s that time of year in retail when shop owners begin thinking about spring and summer and the trends that will be popular for the whole of this year. It’s a guessing game, touted by all the experts and weighed in on by people way more famous and knowledgeable than I am. While LTD 7 is not going to have the fashions you see below, per se, in the shop, we can learn something from them. That’s what I love about the forecasts. It gives me something to gauge interest from and it challenges me to find styles that will delight, be fashionable and most importantly, be unique to my customers and in a price range we can comfortably afford.

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THE DREADFUL CHAIR!

What I don’t want is to buy for the store and sell to you and have your purchases wind up in “The Chair.” We all have one. We try on an outfit and we toss it aside for some reason…too tight, wrong color, soiled, or just not right for us.

The trends for 2015 are calling for loose fitting clothing, more pastels and some shoulder, if desired. The stripes we have all come to love will extend into this year as well. I will be searching for items that have these qualities and then some…practicality, function, uniqueness and a good price point. We can all use a bit of this, don’t you think?

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YEAH FOR WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE
In the world of vintage goods and recycled and repurposed items, the call this year is again for items that mix well with what we already have in our homes. The blend of recycled and repurposed items this year has what I call a cuddle factor: items, materials, objects, fashion and colors that make us feel safe and warm and alive. There will apparently be a turn to green tinting and all colors will trend towards being lighter…towards a happier better place: touchable tactile items in thin layers.

Oval is a new shape this year, with rounded edges and pleats being very important. I love the idea of the pleat being popular again! Egg colors, especially white and yolk together, are important. In pattern, there is spotted/ mottles like an egg. Oval shapes will be seen in kitchen and bathrooms. The egg also creates privacy, so furniture that forms a beautiful shield like the traditional egg chair.

RETURN TO THE COCOON

This is all about nourishing from within – protective outer layers in natural fibers and inner layers that are synthetic. Leather is very important in hard goods and there are now many more environmentally conscious leather products. Food trends are also towards cocoon, with food inside food like a cocoon.

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THINK ONION!

There will be a layering of materials and pleating in everything from fashion to architecture, with an organic and meandering feeling to design. Colors in this trend are like onion skin in naturals, tans and whites/creams.

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CONTAINERS THAT EMBRACE
The trend for 2015 sees boxed shapes and fashion looking like a “vessel.” Calm and soothing ceramic colors and garments will embrace and hold the wearer. In house wares, a revival in ceramics continues: more baking of materials, with ceramic quality rough and unfinished.

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THE KANGROO AND TEDDY BEAR ARE BACK!

There will be a comeback of the kangaroo pocket of the 70’s! Who remembers this? This trend sees fur in neutral colors of the red, grey and brown kangaroo. In architecture, “pockets” are being created attached to houses – flats for the teens to live in, then when they grow up and have a family, the parents move into the flat. Sounds great to me! Colorful furs and cute pets feature in this trend and the humble teddy bear is important! Colors, textures and designs are used that serve as a cuddle toy, something to hold and snuggle.

Ultra light sky blues and white feature this year. I love this one. It is about felted materials and billowing design. In fashion that might appear as large sweat shirts on pleated skirts. Everything is fluffy and airy.

As an opposite of the above – we will see heavy and dark materials: coated materials with subtle shine or completely matt; super heavy chairs and tables, hammered metals, lava materials and oversized monumental pieces.

Still a longer term trend (Summer 2016) will feature antique period pieces, most likely Neo Classical. Marble and stone will be very important – all collaged together. Plastics will be made to look like gritty stone and pieces that look like they have been unearthed – rough rather than polished.

Tube necks and pencil skirts will be seen in fashion. In design, think about tubes of paint. Items look like they have been taken from a painter’s studio – with paint residue and wear on items, with a move towards abstract patterns. Cone shaped coats and fashion using tweeds and tinted neutrals are what this trend is all about. In home wares, felt and textured furniture will feature with lots of tweeds in upholstery.

Wood looks like it’s checkered. Basket weaving and basket looks will be seen in mats, carpets and rugs.

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WARM AND FUZZY! WHO AMONG YOU KNIT?

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Socks will be seen on everything – head, hands, feet and body! Lovely! Super cozy and casual, with overly long arms and legs. Rag doll looks and a bit of a cozy, sloppy appearance.

In home wares, knitted baskets and balls will be popular. There is a continued trend of home knitting, but even more homemade. Knits made out of left over yarns, colorful stripes – but not engineered and in home wares, lots of wrapping with yarns. HMMM…I am thinking a class or two in knitting is order sometime this year. Would you sign up?
Inspired by traditional French slippers often worn by old men, this trend is all about plaids and checks that are soft and rustic. Fabric and rubber with wool lining and wool used in accessories such as backpacks, shoes and bags. Warm, light, padded, comfy, pillow like design. Super cozy furnishings, lots of quilting and contouring. Café latte colors. Trend to mix colors with milk, cream and butter to create this look.

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MORE CUPCAKES!
Continued trend of food/patisserie colors of sweets and cakes. This will be used in small home wares items. Good for use in single specialty items which are created in color variations. Can anyone say “more cupcakes?”

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BEDROOMS!

Revival of baroque look in fashion and interiors. 3D treatments on walls and furniture. Lots of white on white. Scalloped edges, laser cutting and laces.

There is a trend about bedrooms becoming more important. In the future we will spend more time in the bedroom – sleeping, working, eating, and entertaining. So the bedroom will be more self-contained…like a hotel room. Ooh…who doesn’t want that getaway, sometimes? Perhaps a mini-bar, fire, open bathroom. Lots of fur, velvet, cushions to create the theater of the bedroom. Beds are more relaxed – less elastic in bedding – just throw it on and cuddle in. All very snug and embryonic.

RELAX! It’s All About YOU!

Remember, design trends are just that: trends. You can incorporate one or none of them into your closet and décor. It’s all about that makes you happy and what causes you to feel joy and comfort…especially this year!

I have three trips planned this month to seek out what I feel will bring YOU the clothing and products that meet our steadfast criteria of unique fashion and purposeful items this year. I WILL DO THE WORK OF LOOKING FAR AND WIDE. We have almost completed our inventory and LTD 7 is set and ready to restock for 2015! Look to us for many of your favorites and the unique items and outfits you have come to love.

I will see you soon!

Living the Dream,

Lynne