It’s pretty common to have a designer create a line that makes you want to purchase something. What is not common is having a designer create a line that inspires you. Well, that is exactly what happened the first time I laid eyes on a Mara Hoffman design. It was a one shouldered dress that I bought in Georgetown my senior year of college. I have loved her work ever since- I also still own the dress. I had the opportunity to meet her briefly while attending a NYFW after-party at a cool little spot in the east village. It took me about 20 minutes to work up the courage to introduce myself to her and she turned out to be as cute and fairy-like as you would imagine.
I woke up with morning to a tag on from my best friend on this photo from Mara Hoffman’s Instagram:
Could there be a cuter or more aesthetically pleasing image? Most likely not. So in honor of this woman’s birthday (which just passed), here is a board of my favorite Mara Hoffman items out now.
Chambray is one of those words that tends to leave you men with a blank look on your faces. It is what you would refer to as a denim shirt. While denim and chambray look similar, they are a different fabric, made with a different process. Most of the button downs you see out there are actually chambray. But, the word use and manufacturing are not what is important here.
Guys often turn their nose up at these shirts because they are a bit uncomfortable with the concept since they don’t know how to wear them. This is the type of top any man can wear and going into spring and summer you will learn to love the look once you know how to pair it.
Now the number one rule is that the shirt cannot be the same shade as the pants. I personally like to pair it with jeans that are several shades darker. If the Chambray is very dark you can pair it with jeans that are lighter, but for my guys I like to pair a dark blue shirt with colored pants. They can be colored jeans or even chinos. Here are three shades of chambray shirts with several suggestions on how to pair them:
So how about when it is still sweater weather? No worries. Chambray shirts look great with a sweater layered over, or even a light down vest. And when it is hot out? Throw on your chambray shirt with a pair of shorts and flip flops, boat shoes, loafers, or even cool sneakers.
If you’ve wandered into any stores recently you’ve probably noticed the fringe craze that has taken over. This trend was seen all over the runways for Spring/Summer2015 including those of designers like Proenza Schouler and Elie Tahari. There are many ways to indulge in a fringe binge. You can start by adding one of these into your wardrobe:
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