Accessory Overload.

One is good, two is great, but three is fabulous.  That happens to be the tagline that Chico’s boutiques use and I couldn’t agree more.  While I have been on the guilty side of overdoing it when I accessorize before, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, and in this case, I find multiple, scarves, necklaces, rings, etc. beautiful!  Right now, Rocker Chic is a huge deal all across the world, and the easiest way to achieve the look is to rock out your accessories.  It’s all chains, cuffs, and spikes right now so feel free to go for it!  I’ve seen great pieces all the way from Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters to Y-3 and Juicy Couture-so no matter what your budget is, you’re bound to find some great items that will take your fall look from bland to glam!  Here are some of my favorite ones:

Metal Madness. How to rock metallic…

So as the title of this blog collection eludes to… I, Josh Schaberg, show favoritism to metallics!  I don’t know for sure when it happened, I’ve just always (much like a squirrel unfortunately) have been drawn to shiny things.  Watches, Necklaces, Paintings, Cars, Clothes, Hair Styles, Etc.-Anything shiny!  Fashion not being exempt-it appears regularly in my wardrobe.  More than regularly…frequently! It’s safe to say that I absolutely love metallics!  Point being, here are some of my tips for metallics.

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While I tend to lean towards the outlandish versus the conservative, the key to rocking metallics is moderation. Beginning with amateur metallic status and climbing the risk rope to shimmering pro’s:

Beginners:  Try pairing bold chain or series of chains with a solid top.  Long necklaces generally go well with either a blank canvas (A solid and simple top) or between two lines (Inside of a jacket or cardigan).  Be careful with adding metallics on top of patterns, especially non-geometrics.  Putting something shiny with a pattern causes the outfit to become overbearing where you neither successfully highlight your accessories or the clothes beneath them.

Intermediate: Metallic Shoes.

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There are few statements, in my opinion, sharper than a silver pump or loafer (tassles being a MUST).  Personally I would pair them with darkwash denim.  Not that this is the ONLY option, but with anything else you run the risk of either making the shoes look out of place or making your outfit too dressy.  The above are some of my favorites from Alexander Wang!

Experts: Metallic pants or tops or Mixing Metals.

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Two of the most difficult looks to pull off are putting on a pair of metallic skinny jeans or button ups or mixing two different kinds of metals (pairing a gold with silver necklace).  As always, carefully select a complimentary top or bottom in a neutral or solid color-doing so achieves a sense of balance in the outfit.  When it comes to mixing metals, the easiest is colored metal with colored metal-the two just go hand in hand.  But on a riskier side of things, mixing silver with either gold or copper is a difficult task.  Here’s my tip: Pair with green.  In my experience, pairing the silver/gold combo with an army green is a dependable way to transition in and out of both metals.

Hopefully this helps you in your metallic endeavors!  Enjoy and rock it out!

September Wear.

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The point of the 2012 year has come where the temperature here in Omaha has dropped to a tolerable level.  And for me, that means endless style possibilities without having to worry about losing all of my water weight due to oppressive heat.  I promise that the previous statement is only about 50% sarcastic.  The rest is in fact mostly true.  Point being, it feels awesome to be outside-with a gorgeous flowing scarf of course!  Summer makes it simple to get dressed (grab some shorts, gladiator sandals, and a decent tank top and you’re in business), but the fall with all of it’s options can be a little more difficult waters to navigate.  Here’s my crash course.

  1. Layers, layers, layers.  I’m not even just talking about for the purpose of being able to put pieces on or take them off based on the weather-this is in fact convenient-but rather for aesthetic reasons.  Layering different pieces, patterns, lengths, and textures distracts from a fairly bland color scene (I know they’re pretty, but come on!  When was orange anyone’s best option for the skin tone?) and allows for you to achieve a multi-dimensional look.  Layering hides lines and curves or lack thereof and even makes appearing taller or more bulky possible.  Try putting a long button up underneath of a lose t shirt, and then layering with a long jacket or trench coat.  Check out http://audiohelkuik.com, Audi is the master of layering!
  2. Add a scarf.  Most people are really intimidated by scarves but I’m convinced that with a little practice, they can become a really versatile and classy part of anyone’s wardrobe.  Not to mention helping you stay warm on those chilly coffee drowned mornings.  Check out my favorite scarf video on youtube for how to tie a scarf 25 different ways!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYAEz777AU   Image

3. Break up the texture.  Right now many designers all over the world have been showing two of some of my favorite things!  Fur and leather.  And again, like the scarf, they can both be really intimidating, but in small doses can add a really edgy element to a more conservative fall look.  Think a fur collar from Anne Taylor with a peacoat!  The key is too modestly add them to your fall staples to upgrade the look.  Further more, many labels and designers are adding fur or leather to their coats and tops.  One really big trend right now is fabric blocking-inspired by color blocking where several different solid colors are placed next to each other.  Fabric blocking is where a designer puts two or more different textured fabrics alongside one another in one single item of clothing. Image                                                               I’ve seen lots of cotton or polyblend shirts or sweaters that have a single leather pocket on them or the hoody I’m wearing today for instance, is a thick soft cotton, but has leather shoulders which makes for almost a military take on a classic sweatshirt.  Definitely try this look out!

Hopefully this gives all of you some ideas-from the more conservative to the lavish-in updating your fall wardrobe!  Enjoy the leaves and pumpkin spice latte’s!  Not to mention the approving eyes of onlookers who LOVE your look!

Something different about you.

You’ll have to forgive me repetitively over the next few days as I try and settle on a specific skin for my blog.  Rest assured, I will eventually decide on something.  Until then, feel free to catch up on some of my favorite shows from NY Fashion Week!