the style chameleon is changing it up

August 19, 2010

Hey everyone!  I have decided to move the style chameleon to blogger.com.  I think it will be a better fit for my blog.  So, if you’re still digging it, please keep following me at: http://windycitystylechameleon.blogspot.com/.

Thanks so much for your support.  I am always looking for new ideas, so feel free to send me a message with your thoughts at stylechameleon@gmail.com.

Trend Forecast: Too Tight to Handle

August 5, 2010

We’ve seen it happen hundreds of times through out history.  Fashion silhouettes change until they reach an extreme, and then they go back to the opposite end of the spectrum.  For instance, hemlines rose from the 1920’s to the 1960’s until they couldn’t get any shorter than the micro mini-skirt.  From the 1700’s to the 1800’s, waistlines rose until they reached the bust and formed the empire waist.  Through the 1700’s, women’s hip padding became wider and wider with the use of panniers and farthingales, until it became difficult to walk through doors.  Once the hips got too wide, the waistline too high, or the skirt too short, women went to the opposite extreme and used virtually no hip padding, lowered the waistline to the hips, or wore longer skirts.

"Chelsea Look" mini-skirt designed by Mary Quant, 1960's

This silhouette trend is happening again with skinny jeans.  They have been extremely popular the past several years and have gotten so tight they have literally become tights (or leggings), just like the “jeggings” seen in stores.

jeggings from Urban Outfitters

Well, since they couldn’t get much tighter unless you paint them on, the new silhouette trend must inevitably be loose-fitting trousers and wide-leg pants reminiscent of the 1970’s.  Signs of this can already be seen in these Fall 2010 collections:

Chloe Fall 2010

Marc Jacobs Fall 2010

Yves Saint Laurent Pre-Fall 2010

What do you think?

Do you think skinny jeans are here for years to come?  Or do you think people will be wearing looser, wide-leg pants within the next year?

Runway photos courtesy of http://www.style.com

Pedal Power Prt 2

July 24, 2010

Nothing says summer like bike riding, so I’ve decided to keep the love going and show some more bicycle-inspired fashion.  Thanks to a suggestion from the LittleBikeBlog (which has pictures of some really cool retro bikes), this post is devoted to the bicycle riding fashions of the 1970’s.  First, some inspiration:

Bring back the ’70’s with retro-inspired t-shirts, hot pants, tube socks, tennis shoes/converse chuck taylors, oversized sunglasses, hobo bags, satchels, and bold accessories.  Here is a collage I made of an updated ’70s bicycling look.

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Pedal Power Prt 2 by denisechristine featuring Converse shoes

Hoot Point Tee
$30 – modcloth.com
More t shirts »

Bicycle Earrings
$12 – urbanoutfitters.com
More earrings »

Picture Sources:

http://www.oldbike.eu

Pedal Power

July 22, 2010

Swerving cars, biting asphalt, and purple bruises should not be associated with riding a bike.  However, being the klutz that I am, I should have known better than to take a bike ride through downtown Chicago.  Even if I can’t ride a bike, I can still look like I know what I’m doing.  My inspiration for this post is the bike style of women of the 1950’s, especially since the 50’s silhouette seems to be coming back full force right now.

Key items include cardigans, high waisted shorts, bobby socks, and oxfords.  Pair with some floral sunglasses and a cute raffia Fendi bag, and you’ll be ready to pedal through anything.  Though, I might recommend wearing a helmet if you’re as clumsy as me.  (They do have some pretty cute helmets out there…like this one from Yakkay at the right)

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Pedal Power by denisechristine featuring Fendi bags

Shorts med rosett
499 SEK – modekungen.se
More shorts »

UO Eyelet Knee Socks
$8 – urbanoutfitters.com
More UO socks »

Picture Sources:

Isn’t it Odd?

July 11, 2010

I recently found out about this cool new magazine from Samir Husni’s blog, Mr. Magazine (http://mrmagazine.wordpress.com/). (Side note: As the director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi, Husni aka “Mr. Magazine” has got some credentials, and some great insight into new magazines and the industry overall.)

Odd Magazine, which just launched it’s first issue in July, is published by 30 students at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute.  I hope to find a copy of it soon, but you can check out some of their stuff at their website http://thisisodd.com/.

They’re revolving their magazine around the theory of the Six Degrees of Separation by showing six connections between seven people in the fashion industry.  As the website states, “The magazine is inspired by the lives and styles of these seven key persons and the stories about their creative lives, which just happen to be a little bit odd.”  Well, the editors can explain it a little better than I can:

The website includes some of their inspirations, stories, and their “Odd” line of accessories and clothes.  I really dig this necklace made out of negative film.

Or this “odd” bracelet/ring:

I think this would be a cool magazine to check out because it’s put together by students who have a refreshing, independent take on fashion.  I only wish my school could have done something this awesome.