What They Wore: Coachella Fashion 2012

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California’s famed music festival Coachella just finished weekend one and is just a few days shy of the finale weekend!  Every year, Coachella has 100+ performers from all genres play for three days under the hot desert sun.

With on-site camping and star studded events one can never be over or under dressed. Take a sneak peek at some of the wonderful fashion that plagues this music festival every year! Hint: There was a cowboy meets hippie vibe this year.

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 Keep Coachella alive all year round by wearing high-waisted shorts, minidresses, floral prints, feathers, cropped tanks, floppy hats, unique footwear, fringe, maxi skirts and of course, cowboy boots!

What do you think of this famous music festivals “desert” style? Let Broke & Chic know in the comments below.  

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Trend Alert: Are Flare Jeans Coming Back?

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Victoria Beckham was recently spotted wearing dark wash bootcut jeans. Believe it or not, she rocked them!

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Flare and bootcut jeans have been taking a vacation in our bottom drawer for about five years now — that’s a long time! Since then, skinny jeans have really stepped up to the plate, becoming our our go-to pair. Not only do skinnies flatter most figures, they actually highlight the awesome shoes we wear, while flares have always hidden our rockin’ heels and adorable flats.

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So is it okay for them to come back? I think this resurge is all on us! Are we going to follow in Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes’s footsteps? Or are we going to keep that pair of flares under our beds for a few more seasons?

Does age have anything to do with it?

Flare and bootcut jeans have never permanently left the closets of Katie Holmes (33), Jennifer Aniston (43) or Victoria (37). In the fashion world, this suggests that the 30+ crowd can rock them, while the 15-30 crowd can’t. That said, Disney star Vanessa Hudgens hasn’t really stopped wearing flare jeans either.

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What do you Like More?

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Vanessa in flare jeans or skinny jeans?

A guy friend of mine, who recently turned 21, told his mom she was wearing “out dated” jeans. An e-mail session began:

They are not waaay flared, just medium.   I just bought them from Banana Republic and love the way they fit.  Am I wearing OUTDATED jeans?

My response? No! It can take years to find that perfect pair that fits you in all the right places. If you love how your jeans fit, wear them!

Conclusion

In NY, the fashion capital of the world, I’ve made an effort to pay more attention to what people were wearing these past few days. So far, I haven’t noticed anyone wearing jeans other than the skinny variety…except for tourists. But the thing is, they didn’t just wear a cute outfit that happened to include flares. It was awful. Picture flare jeans, running sneakers, an “I ♥ NY” t-shirt and an LL Bean backpack.

To flare or not to flare is a messy question, and really doesn’t have one solid answer; it just has rules. If you never really gave up your flare/bootcut jeans, then it’s time. Stop at your local Forever 21 or Old Navy and snag a pair of affordable skinnies. If you’ve been wearing skinnies, then don’t be afraid to play around with other types of jeans: bootcut, flares, boyfriend, wide leg, high waisted. Just have fun and mix it up like Katie and Vanessa! Keep in mind that fashion is always repeating itself.

Rules

1. Stick to the dark wash variety.

2. Wear bootcut jeans — avoid the flare’s for a little while longer.

3. Always wear some sort of heel with them. Flats and sneakers will give you a 1999 look.

4. Try and wear a dressier top. If you’re in a t-shirt mood just accessorize with a statement necklace and a blazer.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Trend Alert: Yellow

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Yes, the color yellow. Yellow bags, dresses, pants and even hair. It’s the hot spring color — move over mint! Yellow is the perfect color to welcome into your wardrobe when spring arrives and everything starts to bloom.

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Don’t just enjoy the sunshine, be the sunshine! Don’t think yellow is your color? Try incorporating a yellow bag or clutch instead. Emmy Rossum did a perfect job of adding a pop of yellow to her simple yet edgy outfit by adding an adorable yellow satchel from Kate Spade!

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Don’t have $395 laying around to purchase Emmy’s bag? Me neither. Luckily, H&M has come out with a yellow satchel (above) for their S/S season for only $30!

Have you incorporated yellow into your spring outfits yet? Submit your pictures to hey@brokeandchic.com for a possible feature!

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Fashion Advice: How to Appear More Fashionable

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Style isn’t for everyone. Many girls like playing it safe with the usual “jeans and t-shirt look,” especially during the college years. It’s quick, easy and…lacks style. If you’re that girl but want to start entering the world of fashion, style and trends, then read this guide on how to appear more fashionable.

The Three Don’ts

1. Flip Flops

They are lame, sorry just lame. They work when you are in need of a pedicure in the winter, are lounging at the pool or beach all day in the summer and if you have to shower in a communal bathroom…aka “dorm life.” Other than those three things, stay away from them. Why wear something that’s unfashionable AND bad for your feet?

Opt for a pair of sandals instead! They’re a much better alternative, and are just as easy to put on as flip flops.

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Gladiators will still be hot for Summer 2012!

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Try out a sexy pair of T-strap or Thong sandals.

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2. Uggs

Yes, they are comfortable, but so are lots of other boots. In the fashion world, Ugg stands for Ugly. Unless you live in Greenland, don’t wear them. Opt for a cute pair of lace up or moto boots instead!

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Unlike Uggs, moto and lace-up boots work in the summer too!

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Rachel’s lace-up boots would look adorable with a dress.

3.  Denim Skirts

Let’s put it this way: if you wore it when you were in middle school, don’t wear it now. Instead, try a cute maxi or bodycon skirt! They are trendy, fashionable and just as easy to put on as your 12 season old denim skirt from Old Navy.

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The Three Do’s

1. Accessorize

Accessories are such an easy way to make any outfit more trendy. Rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces…they all work. Just stay away from the bling.

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2. Red Lipstick

It’s a quick way to look fashionable and sophisticated. Red will never go out of style. Go to your local e.l.f. retailer and get a striking red for only $3!

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3. Vintage

Worried about what’s in this season? Not sure if your outfit will work for the event you’re going to? When in doubt, wear vintage! Not all vintage has to be expensive, and sometimes you can even find a vintage treasure at a thrift store for under $10!

Read More: How to Vintage Clothing + Accessories at a Thrift Store & Off Season Shopping

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What’s an outfit that would deem somebody “unfashionable?” Leave your comments below. We would love to hear from you!

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How to Transition Your Summer Clothes

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We only have a few more weeks of warmth upon us, it’s going to be chilly October before we know it! Unfortunately, not all of us have the luxury of buying a new wardrobe with every season, this is how to turn your Summer clothes into your Fall and Winter clothes!

1. Add Tights

2. Add a Scarf

3. Add a Blazer

4. Add a pair of Boots

5. Add a Cardigan

Layering is the key to turning your favorite summer outfits into your favorite fall/winter outfits!

Examples

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