Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Style VS Trends: You Be The Judge!


*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri

Rad Or Bad? The Fancy Pajama Pant

While there are some lingerie that we're down to wear anytime—there are some pieces that we only mean to wear when we close our eyes to get some zzzs. We bemoaned the presence of pajama pants in class throughout our college days, but, it seems now that wide-legged and silk pants—sometimes even complete with drawstrings or questionable prints—are rearing their sleepy heads once again. Designers from Miu Miu to Reem Acra have put these comfy separates on their runways, and the sartorially minded are taking note, especially on sweltering summer days. So, should pajama pants be forever condemned as a fashion faux-pas? Or should they be welcomed as a easy, breezy summer staple? Weigh in, below!

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Above, from left: Derek Lam resort '10, image from Style.com; Miu Miu resort '11, image from Style.com; Karen Walker Stone Boat Pant, $320.40, available at The Goodhood.

Are Man Heels Rad Or Bad?

Hold onto your heels, ladies—there's a new customer in town. Men have been wearing heels for as long as we women have, from the imperial courts of ancient China to the gilded halls of Versailles. And it seems like as women's shoes are getting higher, men's shoes are also adding on a few inches. We're of the camp that's all about a little stacked heel on a classic-looking boot—anything strappier or skinnier, and man heels start looking a little campy. Whether it's Zac Posen's subtle dog walking shoes to one Fashion Week goer's towering Nina Riccis, there's a height for every dude out there. But are we just too wacky? Can you not get enough of meels, or are they just unappetizing?

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Above, from left: Street style outside the Rodarte show at Milk, image via Refinery29; A dapper dude in open-toed heels, image via Team Peter Stigter; Zac Posen taking his dogs for a walk, image via Racked.

Rad Or Bad? Touristy Hawaiian Prints

Besides the folks that live in the Magical Kingdom, the Manhattanites feel like they're seeing more tourists per day than anyone else. And though we might get peeved when our walk home gets impeded by some slow-walking, camera-wielding out-of-towners, that's not to say that we hold any grudges. In fact, we've been taking some style cues from the wide-eyed sightseer, in the form of Hawaiian-printed shirts, skirts, and dresses we've culled from thrift shops and within our own closets. Retailers have been hopping aboard the (probably double-decker, tour-guide-led) bandwagon, and have created some pretty awesome versions that feel cheesy in the most fun of ways. Worn without a fanny pack and white athletic socks, the look can be quite chic... or can it? College Fashion recently raised the question and the responses are pretty divisive. But what say you, Refinery readers? Are Hawaiian prints actually a great trend or have we just been spending too much time in Times Square?

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Above, from left: Piera, image via FabSugar; T-Bags Tropical Jersey Dress, $90, available at The Outnet; Yumi Kim Lolita Dress, $193, available at Boutique to You; French Connection Safari Beach Shirt, $93, available at ASOS.

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