by guest blogger, Julie
In the fall and winter, there’s nothing nicer to beat the brrrr than slathering yourself in toasty layers of comfy cover-ups, superbly soft sweaters, mile long scarves, and any other garment your frame can manage, sans toppling over. You see, in those not-so-sunny seasons, our kryptonite is cold and the only mortal combat we have is to get cozy! But what if you want that same security of style in the Spring and Summer? After all, who said less is more, and pardon us, Ms. Coco Chanel, but sometimes we don’t want to take off one accessory before we leave the house! Layers make us feel as though we’ve completed the masterpiece that is our outfit, as if we’ve put the finishing touches on what would otherwise be a blah expression of who we are to the world! No worries ladies, you don’t have to sacrifice style just because it’s sizzling outside!
Here are four easy tips to help lighten your layers and keep you looking like an effortless ingénue and less like an overly-fashioned melting mama.
Call in the Lightweights! Lush, lightweight fabrics can be layered all day long. Super supple pima cottons can help a girl breathe, not to mention these lightweights lend themselves well to thought-free, gorgeous draping that flatters every figure.
Find Your Prints! Everyone reaches for the neutrals, which trust me, is natural…it’s safe! But if you’re willing to cause a little outfit commotion, an interestingly patterned piece layered with light neutrals will make ‘em gasp in glory!
“Successorize” Yourself! We’re no stranger to the phrase “Go Big or Go Home” and when it comes to your Spring/Summer layering strategy, don’t ignore the almighty accessory. Keep it simple with your apparel, but adding some chunk with a necklace, bag or bracelet can mean the difference between chic success and a fashion fumble.
Don’t Blow Things Out of Proportion! No one wants to look like they’re wearing their father’s “Too Big For You” clothes. Try to maintain a clean, streamlined look for warm weather. If you love wide legs it’s probably better to steer clear of that tent-like top and vice versa.
So now that you know the 4 rules of warm weather layering, go forth, my friends and don’t be afraid to lay it on thick!
by guest blogger, Julie
Whether we’re aware or not, we all belong to a warrior tribe. We might not be throwing spears or using cattle as currency, but within every concrete jungle dwells thousands of tribal subcultures that distinguish themselves. Whether it’s the music they tune in to, the ritual-like hobbies they partake in, or possibly the most tell-tale sign of tribunal allegiance–the duds they choose to don, their traditional dress if you will.
Hipsters have tightly cuffed ultra skinny jeans and top their heads with feathered fedoras. Brooding artists are easily spotted by their unwavering lack of color only to be contradicted by the exception of a brightly and precisely painted red lip. Free-spirited bohemians often douse themselves in cleverly mismatched patterns, prints and textures – it should be noted as well, that they’re notorious for this same haberdashery approach when wearing eclectic jewelry. Oh, and we mustn’t forget the Sharks of Chic! This highly tailored clan is overly brand-oriented, often stepping through the streets in stilettos and perfectly posh purses.
No matter which type of warrior tribesman you are, or even if you march to the beat of your own drummer, this season there will be one tie that binds us as hunters and gatherers of what we consider glam, and that trend is TRIBAL. We’ve gone back to before civilization as we know it! Pieces are heavily inspired by nomadic folklore in both silhouette and pattern. Indigenous decorations of tassels and trims drip from jackets, dresses, and chandelier earrings alike. The art of nature and the spirit of Eskimos, Pygmies, and Zulu Warriors have savagely taken over fashion. This spring you aren’t being required to look like a page torn from National Geographic, but embracing the embellishments of beads, leather, layered jewelry and geometric patterns will ensure that your battle cry will be heard no matter what your message.
So, slap on your war paint, warrior princess, and begin your forage for the perfect spring fashion.
Kaffe Fassett against a fiery wall in New Zealand (photo by Brandon Mably, Kaffe Fassett Studio)
Kaffe Fassett, renowned designer and textile artist, has been a source of inspiration for handknitters, quilters, and needlework artists around the world for more than two decades. PC has been honored to collaborate with Kaffe on limited edition knitwear designs, as seen in this Spring’s colorful Ucayali Poncho, Arroyo Cardigan, and Chaparral Vest. Kaffe Fassett’s extraordinary vision is in his sense of color, blended into magical combinations and fanciful patterns. So where does this visionary master of color go when in need of inspiration? All over the world, in search of beauty, artistry, and riotous color…
Painting colorful tiles in Fez, Morocco (photo by Brandon Mably, Kaffe Fassett Studio)
A wall of ceramic plates in Marrakesh, Morocco (photo by Brandon Mably, Kaffe Fassett Studio)
Dyeing vats in Fez, Morocco (photo by Brandon Mably, Kaffe Fassett Studio)
Cobbler’s bench in Fez, Morocco (photo by Brandon Mably, Kaffe Fassett Studio)
Clusters of hens and chicks in New Zealand (photo by Brandon Mably, Kaffe Fassett Studio)
Explore more of Kaffe Fassett’s fascinating world of color and pattern on Pinterest, or read about his latest travels at kaffefassett.com.
Shop the latest Kaffe Fassett designs for Peruvian Connection
If your travels take you to Bath, England, be sure to visit the American Museum for a special Kaffe exhibit running March 22 – November 2
by guest blogger, Julie
It’s an inherent fire that burns deep inside every human, the need to discover, to explore, to crack open our world and experience. We’re globetrotters by design – the lucky ones act on this sixth sense getting their hands dirty and backpacking the world, finding hidden civilizations, undiscovered paradise and untapped wonders. Others of us don’t have the free-spirited luxury of throwing caution to the wispy winds and setting sail on life-changing adventures, no matter how white-hot the passion. Fortunately for all, this nomadic spirit to seek out and drink in the world is what Peruvian Connection does best.
Design sketch of the Yuma Cardigan; inspirational sketches and yarn colors
This Spring, more than ever, the inspiration drawn from far apart places, distant cultures, tribal art and artifacts has been undeniably strong. The world is busting at our seams and the Spring 2014 designs are beaming with global charisma. With this unshakeable urge to explore the world that swallows us, ethnographic patterns are splashed against simple silhouettes, eye-grabbing colors are tamed by timid threads, striking a harmonious balance. The play between texture and geometrics forces the garment to grab you and take you far away from where you are.
The design process as it evolves; Painted Desert Cardigan
From Mughal Empire carvings that have been beautifully translated into the stunningly statuesque Agra Dress, to Persian Scrollwork-inspired tunics, and the Ucayali Poncho that lives on the “Fringe”, our Wanderlust collection is a well-worn tapestry of travels. When you slip on that skirt and cinch it slightly around your waist, you’ll without a doubt hear the beat of the land from which it hailed. No longer will you be standing in your closet staring at garments swaying to-and-fro on mismatched hangers, you’ll be engulfed in a United Nations of exotic embellishments, colors, textures, and patterns ready to escort you to whatever far-off happy place your heart desires. No passport required!
by guest blogger, Julie
No matter if you’re a luxury-exclusive lady, a hoarder of high-low, or fascinated with fast fashion, the way you choose to curate your closet says a lot about what you value and how you view your pocketbook. The Fast Fashioner can’t comprehend spending hard earned dollars on a single purchase of posh heels while the Luxy Lady doesn’t see value in opening her wallet for terribly trendy $20 blouses she deems unwearable by season’s end.
Toscana Jacket $498 & Mandala Trousers $159, Maidstone Jacket $299 & Mojave Pants $169
So, how do we stay true to our style whilst remaining a fiscally responsible fashion seeker? It all comes down to a little equation called Cost Per Wear or CPW.
Cost Per Wear = Item Cost/How Many Times The Piece is Worn.
For example, a seemingly budget-blowing, well-made designer handbag that’s non-seasonal can be used 8 seasons on average, but a more money-friendly high street purchased purse, while on trend, is built to last only one season. Which investment is actually more frugal: the Fab or the Grab?
$1500/730 (average wears) = $2.05 cost per wear
High Street Handbag:
$350/90 (average wears) = $3.88 cost per wear
OR…you find yourself fancying trendy punches of pink floral this season. You’re well aware that this hunger for flower power will pass at season’s end, maybe squeezing 7 wears out of the piece. Should you shoot for the stars and invest in the couture or pinch your pennies and opt for an online deal??
$600/7 (average wears) = $85.71 cost per wear
$70/7 (average wears) = $10.00 cost per wear
Now that you’re thinking about the value of clothes you covet, not just the price, how do you find “Can’t-Live-Without” pieces that are ROI high?
1. Look for figure flattering items that accent your assets. These pieces will become your grab and go most loved items because you look amazing in them.
Kampala Jacket $299, Callista Sheath $279
2. Seek classic, well-tailored and constructed pieces. No one ever fell into an expertly-made money pit.
Regatta Stripe Dress $239
3. Get your hands on timeless, versatile pieces…think Little, think Black, think Dress.
Leticia Dress $498
4. Covet comfortable basics in premium fabrics…because the only thing better than basics, are basics that last.
Branock Cardigan $159, Magnolia Tunic $159, Prescott Striped Pants $169
5. Sack yourself a seasonless bag that takes you from fall to summer in neutral colors and materials. This takes the “think” out of accessorizing.
Wythe Leather Bag $398, Dakota Clutch $149, Monterrey Bag $199
6. Develop a fetish for hand finishing. Whether it’s a hand knit piece or hand finished detail, these garments are often made out of sublime fabrics and higher quality threads. No need to mention the great care and attention to detail. The price tag might be slightly higher, but expert experienced hands can execute much more than a well-oiled machine, producing pieces that will outlast any production line-made good.
And remember, smart shopping doesn’t mean price chopping! If you keep CPW in mind you’ll be able to wear your clothes more wisely because you’ve looked beyond the price tag and found the true value.