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Friday, March 1, 2013

Aimee in America! | Bettys Utilitarian...

Hey Fashionable Dudes & Bettys!

Fall 2013 fashion week has finally reached Paris and the ever fashionable city has been even hotter on the runway and street this week. I've been busy trend-spotting and can't wait for Fall now.

Last week, I broke down the utilitarian trend and pulled some men's Abercrombie  and Hollister pieces that could be styled with the trend. This trend, hot on guys, is also super glam on girls. I've picked some pieces that can work into urban, urbane, and formal utilitarian.






Top Row: The A&F Jorie shirt (US$58) has a club collar and blue microcheck- a cool change from a plaid or solid color classic button down. I love all the zippers - including one in the back at the hem - and pockets in this pair of military inspired A&F pants in olive (US$68). The A&F Mandy blazer (US$300) in Italian Gabardine Wool - a tightly woven and light weight material - brings some formality to this collection. Some fashion history: gabardine was actually developed by Thomas Burberry in 1880 and patented in 1888.[source]

Second Row: Of course, a basic white tee is a staple and this HCo Aliso Creek v-neck (US$12) is perfect. The A&F Tori shirt (US$58) also has a smaller check pattern, but in navy with a classic collar. Caution: Style Carefully - A&F vintage skinny sweatpants (US$48) in navy with a contrasting waist. The A&F Natalie (US$58) looks almost out of place here, but skirts can also be used in this trend as well as bring some more femininity to it. This skirt is in a textured navy material with floral and all over gold pattern. The skirt tends to the urban side with the some sporty material -79% cotton, 18% nylon, and 3% elastane (aka spandex).

Third Row: The A&F Skyler Parka, very similar to Emma Watson's in the picture to the left, has unfortunately sold out this week, but the HCo Harbor Beach Jacket (US$69.50) in olive also has some military inspired details. The A&F Kaela Jacket (US$98) is a cute take a vintage baseball jacket with contrasting navy and grey in the sleeves and hems. The A&F Hadley Hoodie (US$34) in grey is a light weight layering basic.

Like the guys, try out some different combinations to find your balance of urban, urbane, or formal utilitarian. Oxfords, heels, and sneakers are great shoe choices depending on how feminine or urban your style is.

How do you like to wear the utilitarian trend? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Weekend...
Stay Fabulous&FIERCE!
xoxo Aimee ♥