Royal Wedding Fashion Paving Way For Summer Colors

Royal Wedding Fashion Paving Way For Summer Colors

I remember in eighth grade I willingly showed up late for school because I wanted to watch a piece of history: Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Now flashforward and I’m in college — fresh out of my (second) sophomore year, and I recall the presentation I had to do for my public speaking class; it was about the Royal Weddings. I chose that topic because it came at a perfect time: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Just think: you’re an American actress who was set up on a blind date with a prince. A PRINCE of all things considered! I still admire how humble Markle was during the process, such poise and such grace.

When doing this presentation, of course, the one topic I had to jump on was the fashion. Markle stuck to these traditions, even when Refinery29 said she may or may not wear a crown! But that’s just one tradition she stuck to. She carried the myrtle flowers and the late Princess Diana’s favorite flower, Forget-Me-Nots. And the couple made sure Princess Diana was not forgotten during their special day. She wore Queen Mary’s tiara and donned a veil with lace.

Now let’s talk about something else: her dress. She fooled everyone with her dress, but it actually made history. Some of my friends didn’t like her dress, but I thought it was very simple, very her. Hey, even Prince Harry said “You look amazing. I’m so lucky.” Cue the AWWWWSSSSS. I could say the same thing about her after-the-wedding dress. Prince Harry went ~modern~ with his velour jacket and bowtie.

*P.S. When I get married, I’ve decided I’m wearing a white or pink jumpsuit. I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS I HAVE FREE WILL.*

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Ceremony, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018

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LOOK AT THEM!

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Now, let’s talk about the guests. First, let’s start with the Her Majesty the Queen. She donned not just any green, but a neon green ensemble with purple flowers and a purple broch. I couldn’t help but notice that her mother was also wearing a light green outfit, as well. Could these two be foreshadowing a possible summer color? Green? There’s no doubt that military green is in, but definitely would not be appropriate for a springtime wedding.

One wedding guest that never disappoints when it comes to fashion is Amal Clooney. She donned the color yellow and wore quite the hat, as all guests have to do.

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This sky blue that George Clooney is wearing is also another spring/summer color. Likewise, that pink that the woman behind him is wearing (and the stripes in his tie and matching handkerchief) is also a popular spring color this season that could make its way into the summer season.  Stripes, in general, are making their way back into the spotlight this summer.

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Markle’s good friend, Serena Williams, and Oprah Winfrey were also no strangers to this emerging color.

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Stay tuned for a post (who knows… maybe an article) about summer colors!

P.P.S. I don’t know about you, but weddings just have a way of making me believe in love ♥ Don’t you think? ☺

P.P.P.S. I do not own any of these photos***

 

 

THE FASHION DIARIES: Spring Fashion Mambo

THE FASHION DIARIES: Spring Fashion Mambo

Once again, I’m taking a break from the millions of things I have to do before finals to bring you another FASHION DIARIES. No, I am not in finals week (yet), but I will be next week. Thus far, I have finished 2/5 of the things I have to do. Like Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” (I should be saving that for when I do my senior sem/thesis next year).

So, without further ado, here is what I like to call the spring fashion mambo for any event/occasion!

1.)  Carnival Cutie (photo taken by my dear friend, Francis — hi!)

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My school hosted a carnival/block party a couple of Saturdays ago. I wanted to look cute, yet comfortable because I would obviously be going on rides and eating greasy food (Francis and I waited about an hour for Frisky Fries — so worth it!). So, I brought out the gingham print shirt and the red pants (carnival and barbeque patterns/colors). The one (or two) things missing in this picture are my classic beige Sperry Topsiders. One other essential is my cat-eye sunglasses. P.S. see my gingham blog post for my take on the trend!

2.) Sunday Studious Style

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 One classic piece to wear this spring/summer season is a denim jacket — no matter if it’s a dark wash or light wash or distressed or embroidered! In this case, I appropriated my mom’s embroidered dark-wash embroidered jacket. I recently bought this off-the-shoulder red-striped dress from rainbowshops.com (that’s where I also got my gingham top from above). Regardless, a denim jacket I believe is essential for any wardrobe. You could pair any pair of casual shoe with this ensemble, but I decided to sport my trusty Sperry Topsiders for this Sunday outfit. This outfit is perfect for studying at your local library, coffee shop, going to church, or walking by the bay (for those of you who don’t know, I live seaside!).

3.) The Maxi-Dress… ‘nough said.

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First of all, my campus is beautiful — I thought I’d just throw that out there ☺ Again, I bought this dress at Rainbowshops.com (where else?) and I am actually wearing this dress right now as we speak! I decided to bring out a bold, statement necklace to complete my maxi-dress and sandals look. The necklace is a combination of gold, silver, and rose-gold. Sandals are from TJMAXX and they are nude and gold thong sandals. This dress also has a bold slit (I’ve been so tempted to do the famous Angelina Jolie slit stance). The vertical stripes make me look taller than I actually am and the belt/cinching is in the perfect place. This outfit is a perfect business casual outfit and perfect for any occasion, really!

THE FASHION DIARIES: The Rainy Day Batik Effect

THE FASHION DIARIES: The Rainy Day Batik Effect

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers! But that rainy day on Wednesday didn’t stop me from appropriating my mom’s blue and purple batik dress.

I’ve really come out of my comfort zone in terms of fashion. While I was going to the gym on a religious basis again (I still am), I found myself constantly wearing activewear and wearing my hair up in a ponytail. I’ve found ways to wear ponytails in my new, everyday outfits. But sometimes, you can’t be afraid to let your hair down. Now, letting my hair down is something that’s completely out of my comfort zone. My hair is naturally straight, but when I sleep on it when it’s still wet after a shower, I like it when it attains those beachy waves. Beachy waves and that un-brushed hair are most definitely appropriate for this upcoming summer weather. Did you know it’s supposed to be in the 70’s next week!? As much as I love fall fashion, I can’t help but get excited when warmer weather is approaching.

Moreover, on Wednesday it was raining cats and dogs. But I still very much wanted to wear my mom’s dress:

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I decided that it needed something else besides a short boot (from Francesca’s). So, I threw on my trusty jean jacket from Forever 21. It gives off an edgy/boho chic look. Batik is a technique of wax dyeing applied to cloth of any kind. The crinkles in the pattern are where the wax breaks. Batik is a style technique practiced by the Indonesians. I can definitely see this coming into the spotlight throughout the Spring and Summer seasons!

If you must ask, blue is one of my lucky colors, alongside gold. But purple/mauve happens to be my favorite color. ☺

Today’s supposed to be another rainy day here in little Rhodey, so break out the spring colors/patterns in spite of the dreary mess coming upon us!

For more outfit inspiration, check out my Instagram @theaprilfederico !

 

THE FASHION DIARIES: Playing With Neutrals

THE FASHION DIARIES: Playing With Neutrals

If there’s one thing I love about the fact that it’s almost summer, is playing with neutrals. I found this adorable polyester two-piece in my mom’s closet and I decided to play it up with my blue suede jacket for a little color-blocking.

Playing with neutrals and dark colors are also in this spring/summer season. Can we just take a second to thank Mother Nature for this warmer weather we’re having?

I could have left this outfit as-is and pursue ballet flats, but why do that when there are these adorable kitty-cat wedges in your mom’s closet that haven’t been worn in years? That’s one way to put a little prowl in your step (pun intended). These, too, are a neutral color with appropriate, small amounts of gold, purple, and green. Plus, they have a little ring around the big toe for a little modern flair.

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Fun fact: this necklace was limited-edition at the Louvre in Paris, France. Yes, I said Paris. I haven’t been to Paris enough times to know whether or not one would wear this in Paris *insert thinking emoji here*.

You could really wear this outfit anywhere — even the workplace, just make sure you bring a pair of backup shoes!

FASHION AMBITION: Gingham Style

FASHION AMBITION: Gingham Style

When I thought about posting this earlier this week, I thought, “wow, it’s going to be sunny and Spring-y all week!” Well, I was wrong. It snowed (in April) down here in Rhode Island and we’re all pissed that we’re still wearing our winter jackets in the second month of Spring (that I was named after, lol and NO I WAS NOT BORN IN APRIL).

Moreover, I’ve taken to stepping out of my comfort zone in terms of clothing. Growing up, you were constantly judged on how you dressed. There came a point where I stopped giving a you-know-what and started wearing activewear to school this semester because I got back into the fitness game, and I figured it’s college, why not? Anyway, it all started with that Easter outfit I mentioned in my latest FASHION AMBITION post. I went scrounging through [one of] my mom’s closets and found these adorable Gingham-print pants. I know I said head-to-toe color would eventually grow out of style, but this outfit is one for the books:

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*If you look closely (blame it on the IG filter), the pants are pink, orange, and purple, and the sweater is cold-shoulder with a little ruffle on each sleeve.*

This is a break from your normal red, navy, or black Gingham print. When you have pants like these, always pair them with a flat shoe. Believe it or not, there are multiple types of flat shoes, check out this article by VogueDon’t be surprised when your girl says she has all of those listed.

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