Uninspired?

With finals approaching and colder days (potentially) looming, it’s easy to fall into a routine of wearing the same look day after day. For me, it’s leggings, riding boots, sweaters and scarves. They keep me warm and looking fairly put together. But from time to time, we all need a little spice in our wardrobes.

Here are some great blogs brimming with fashion ideas of all sorts — from celebrities to your average (but fashionable) Joe.

Garance Doré

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For inspiration from French fabulosity, Garance Doré’s blog is a must. Illustrator Garance Doré began her blog in 2006 as a way “to do something more free, more spontaneous.” Full of photos and drawings of the most glorious people, places and things, it’s hard to find something on Doré’s blog that doesn’t inspire. Read it in English, or take a break from your French homework to read the original blog en français. It’s just wonderful. Click on the link above and you’ll see for yourself.

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The Sweats Question

I have always been a firm believer that sweats belong in the gym.  I cringe every time I see a pair of sweatpants – baggy, fitted, cropped, bootcut – at the grocery store, the airport, the dentist, and let’s not forget the ubiquity of sweatpants on a college campus.  Bright colors, logos splayed across the rear, even our beloved school name emblazoned down the side of the leg, only make matters worse.  But this year, many designers are bringing back the grey sweatpants from fashion suicide to its forefront.

S10 RTW Alexander Wang

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JC - Stella McCartney for Gap

Image from gap.com

JC - Garance Doré sweats

Image from Garance Doré

Alexander Wang showed a decidedly athletic collection for Spring 2010, pairing sweatshirts with corsets and briefs. Stella McCartney’s collection for Gap Kids launched this morning and featured this silk cashmere hoodie (for $88!), but styled over a tutu and snow boots. Garance Doré photographed a woman wearing Isabel Marant sweatpants with a basic white tank and navy blazer. Perhaps the secret to wearing sweats is in the details: sexy, girly, or chic pairings keep these girls from looking sloppy. What do you think??

Ready or not?

balmain-boots

Image from Garance Doré

So fall is here, I think we all noticed that this morning when we walked out the door.

But for some reason I’m still scared about taking my boots out of my winter closet because then it becomes a fact: it’s cold again.

But leaving my personal fears aside, when do you guys think is the right time to start wearing boots again? Is it the beginning of fall? Do you just wear them all-year-long? When do you put them back in the closet for good?

Answers in the comment section!

How do you get your fashion fix?

During the day, whenever I have a spare moment, I automatically turn to my VERY long list of fashion blogs. Beyond sales and even the clothes, there’s something about the fashion world that is so addicting that it requires updates every few minutes.  I’ve compiled my top 5 (it was a very long process, as I read about 500 a day).

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Paris 2009, property of The Sartorialist

  1. The Sartorialist: an impeccably dressed (and cute) former menswear director at Bergdorf’s takes beautiful pictures of stylish men and women ranging from the fashion elite to the very layered homeless man.  Never critical, always interesting.
  2. The Cut: One of NYMag’s many blogs, this one is focused entirely on fashion.  And as an established institution located in NYC, The Cut provides cutting-edge (HAHA PUN) news, inside interviews, and sarcastic recaps of The Hills.  Honestly, what more could you want?
  3. Garance Doré: a French illustrator and photographer takes a lot of pictures of well-dressed French people.  Less diversity than the Sart, but always inspirational (and jealousy-inspiring).
  4. Fashionista: An independent blog founded by a current Nylon editor, Fashionista is known for its fashion news and model obsessions.  With fun trivia at the end of the day, their controversial “Adventures in Copyright” posts, and witty writing style, Fashionista is a must-read!
  5. Sea of Shoes:  A high school girl has a LOT of shoes.  So. Unfair.  But with a super trendy mom, I guess it’s only natural for her to have all the most coveted shoes of the season – her brands range from Prada to Yohji Yamamoto.  I know, it’s SO unfair.  But she’s gorgeous and has very refined tastes.  And shoes.

How do you get your fashion fix?