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Pea Coats

 

The temperature this fall has got me thinking we skipped over the season altogether. I do believe that we may be in for a real treat in the weeks to come with temps we aren’t expecting; the cold! Are you prepared for the cooler weather and even the snow? Cherry Pickers can help you out there! We have a wide selection of sweaters and winter coats. One style of coat in particular that I think works best for the in-between temperatures is the pea coat; a style that will be around for the years to come. What should you be looking for when purchasing your pea coat this season? Let me give you an idea of some of this year’s best items!

Solid Colors- These are in my opinion, the best way to go. You can easily match them with any outfit without it looking extreme or over the top. Some of the best solid colors you can find this year are: white, black, gray, and red.

Lengths- Again there are many different versions of the pea coat. You have the long, mid-length, and short. The long length will dress up you outfit, and is probably best for special occasions. The mid-length is great to wear around for a stroll in the park! The short is perfect for an everyday wear coat. It’s the right length to keep you warm and your style playful at the same time.

Boot Crazy

 

I love my boots! There are so many different styles you can come up with simply by pairing your outfits with boots. No one can ever have enough shoes, let alone boots! Do you have your new fall styles yet? If not here are some tips to finding the perfect pair this season.

Over the knee boots- This style is hot on the runway! It looks great with leggings and an oversized sweater.

Combat boots- They are making a comeback! These look edgy when paired with your favorite skinny jeans and natural colored tops. Camouflage is a great current style to rock with your combat boots.

Ankle boots- Like we have talked about before these go great with skinny jeans or your dresses for the complete fall look. Most of these styles are found with different types of embellishments.

Cowboy boots- Go a little country this fall! Who doesn’t love a country girl? I would have to say this is by far my favorite style. I love pairing mine with country styled dresses. It’s a fun look that certainly matches the season.

Embellished boots- Studs, rhinestones, and chains are popular on boots this year. They add a little different class to your look. Your embellished boots can give you a chic look for a date night, or a rocker look great for a night on the town!

Fall Cardigans

 

It’s that time of year again! I love this season, because I can finally ware my cardigans, leggings, and boots! Cardigans are easy to pair with jeans for a casual look or even leggings. (Which I think is super comfortable) There are many different styles and colors that are a hot trend going into the fall season. Here are a few of our favorites!

Short Cardigans: This style works great if you aren’t quite ready to put away your summer dresses yet. These look great with dresses to be paired with your favorite boots.

Long Cardigans: This is perfect to go with your leggings and boots. Long cardigans also work well for layering over your summer tanks if you aren’t quite ready to put those away yet either.

Knit Cardigans: A heavier fabric will defiantly keep you warmer in these fall months. Again this looks great with leggings and boots.

Colors: Watch out for these colors when adding to your wardrobe this fall.

                *Purple

                *White

                *Burgundy

                *Navy Blue

Handbag Obsession

It’s easy to fall in love with a new handbag, right? There are many different styles and patters to change up your wardrobe, or even add to your personal style. If you are looking to keep your handbags in style this season here are some of the trends for this fall. 

Leopard Print Bags- Yes the animal print is still in. A leopard print bag will bring some of the wild into your style without going over the top.

Black and Blue- The simplicity of a solid color is something that is essential to every wardrobe. These pieces can be used to pair up a lot of different outfits. Use your printed tops or dresses with this style for a chic look.

Camouflage- Yes I am talking hunter colors. Believe it or not this style is hot this season in not only handbags but color patterns as well.

Metal Embellishments- We are starting to see a lot more handbags with metal buckles, chain shoulder straps, and studs. If you haven’t added any of this to your wardrobe jump on board! This style is fun and adds a new look to your outfit.

Denim Fever

What is it about our favorite denim that we love so much? What do you look for when you are looking for a new pair of jeans? Is it the color, name brand, studs or stitching? There is a variety of things that we all look for when shopping for that perfect pair of jeans. Here are a few things to look for this season when shopping for the trendiest jeans.

Sandblast- This is a process where before the jeans are washed they are literally shot with guns of sand in order to make them look as if they have been worn.

Abrasion- In this process they wash the garments to try to make it look worn or faded by scraping or rubbing the surface with the fabric. Pumice stones are frequently used in this process.

Rivets/Studs- These are usually found on the pockets of trendy jeans. They are the small jewels used to make designs that really stand out.

Heavy Stitching- This is also usually found on the back pockets. This is different from normal stitching to create a heavier design. It is also used along the front part of the jeans to reinforce them.

 

Back-To-School Trends

 

Starting to think about back-to-school shopping? There is no need to panic when it comes to shopping for a new wardrobe. We have all this seasons trends to keep you looking great! As we all know dresses are a popular trend this year. Do you know what style dress is one of the top rated this season? High low dresses! They can be found just about anywhere and are extremely trendy. High low dresses and ankle boots will keep you up to date and fashion chic. This style will get those heads turning when you walk down the hall to your next class.

High Low Dresses- This fantastic style will stand out from all the other dresses. This style turns a simple dress into something with more dimensions. Most of these dresses are made with chiffon material sure to compliment any body type. Pair your high low dress with ankle boots and you have a style set to impress.

 Ankle Boots- If you don’t have any of these yet, be sure to check them out! They are perfect for this time of year and look great with just about anything! Pair them with your favorite shorts, skirt or dress. The hot new trend with these boots is studs, belts and sequins. They will add to your personal style and give you a whole new look.

 

For a way to stay within your budget for all your school clothing and accessory needs stop by your local Cherry Pickers!

DIY Bridal Brooch Bouquets

Wedding season is upon us, and if you’re a crafty bride looking to add a little more dazzle to your special day, why not try a brooch bouquet?  Unfortunately this nontraditional wedding arrangement can be very expensive—most of the bouquets we found on-line start at about $350 and up—but you can make your own at a fraction of the cost. Here are few tips on how to get started:

-Visit your local Cherry Pickers.  We have new and resale jewelry in our stores at very reasonable prices.  You may find a one-of-a-kind brooch that truly captures your personality or is the perfect match for your wedding colors.

-Look for more than brooches.  Although they’re usually called brooch bouquets, they’re called bauble bouquets as well, and for good reason!  You don’t need to stop with brooches.  As long as you can disassemble them to fit your arrangement, you can use all types of jewelry for your bouquet.

 -Use heirlooms.  To make your bouquet truly special, and perhaps honor the memory of a loved one, ask family members if they have any jewelry you can use for your arrangement.

-Get creative!  Besides resale boutiques and family members, there are many places you can get the materials you need for your bouquet—you can try thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, on-line shops and craft stores.

The Half-Tuck Trend

What’s the half-tuck? It’s not a new dance move, so all you non-graceful readers out there can relax. It’s one of the hottest fashion techniques right now, and it’s super simple! If you’re diggin’ the casual and sloppy look that’s popular this season, you need to implement this trick into your style. Here’s how it’s done:

-Throw on any oversized shirt and your favorite pair of bottoms. It’s best if you go up a size or two when purchasing the shirt.

-Take the middle part of the bottom of the shirt, and tuck it in!

-Let the loose sides of the shirt fall out for that thrown together look.

-The less “square” the tuck is, the better!

*Variation: For button down blouses or chambray-type shirts, you can also tuck in just one flap into your bottoms.

The half-tuck is great because it’s so versatile! The tuck works with skinny jeans, boyfriend fit jeans, mini skirts, shorts, or leggings. It’s also a really easy option that’s perfect for you on-the-go gals OR guys. That’s right men, this trend is for you too!

So next time you find yourself looking for a little change-up to your style, try the tuck!

Bandeau Fever!

In case you haven’t heard of one of the hottest trends for this summer, we’ll let you in on the secret! Bandeaus are currently all the rage for those hot summer days and are super versatile! Whether you’re lounging around the backyard or getting ready to go see the fireworks this summer, a bandeau will help make your outfit the hottest it can be!  There are many different varieties of bandeaus and many ways that they can be worn. Be sure to follow our tips in order to keep you cool and looking absolutely adorable this summer!

-Brighten up any of your plain, neutral tanks with a pop of color by placing a neon colored bandeau underneath and pairing them with a pair of high waisted shorts for the ultimate summer 2013 trendy look.

-Pair a lace bandeau under a sheer blouse for a subtle yet sexy look.

-Wear under those backless tops and dresses to add an extra “wow” factor.

Follow these tips and you’re sure to stay in style! As always, be sure to check our blog often for more tips to staying trendy! And don’t forget to check out your local Cherry Pickers for all your bandeau needs!

Wait, What? Denim Jackets are Back?

Yes, my friends, they are. And I swore I’d never wear them again, but I bought one today…and it’s kind of adorable. Funny how things change. If you thought denim jackets were lost in the ‘80s and never returning, think again. This trend is in every store and on every celeb right now, so it’s time you get on board.

If you need some help figuring out how to wear this beloved comeback piece, here are a few tips:

-Don’t get too matchy-matchy. Denim jackets with a different wash of denim jeans or shorts are ok, but definitely shy away from the same shade. It could make you look like you’ve been in hibernation since 1981.

-Try out different styles. Worn in and faded makes a great casual statement, while oversized or boyfriend fits pair well with the grungy look. My personal favorite, the snug cropped style, is perfect for covering up on those imminent summer nights.

-Jean jackets are super versatile. Match them with a maxi skirt, jeans and a tee, leggings and a tunic, or a flirty dress. You really can’t go wrong.

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