Trend Tuesday: Channeling My Inner Kardashian

I’ve talked in the past about fall being a major resurgence of punk fashion. I’ve tried different aspects of it in both September and October (well, October by force). I don’t think I could stand to try it over again. But what else was I supposed to do? This look is literally all. the. rage. Then I discovered this wonderful Chicago Tribune article: tired of the punk look but still want to be on trend? Rock those embellishments, gurl. I know what you’re thinking: Um, embellishments were SO fall 2012 – and you’d be correct, they WERE. But having spent a significant portion of my weekend shopping, I am here to tell you that hardwear is here to stay on your clothing, so get used to it.

However, while the article shows different variations of embellishment, I was a little more intrigued by making something particularly ordinary suddenly look in-your-face and gaudy. In fact, gaudy was a MUST. Want to know what else is huge this season? Sweatshirts. I know, they’re like the new sweater. Yes, the sentence makes sense. With designers like Alexander Wang who make an entire career (or at least very important collections) on the “off-duty model” look (see below), everyday girls like you and me are suddenly finding gym gray sweatshirts to be in style again. FINALLY a reason to wear my high school lacrosse hoodies and still be en vogue.

F/W 13.

F/W 13.

Granted, Wang’s version of the sweatshirt is a lot more dressed up, but you get the idea. This is why so many of my favorite stores have been sporting a slightly more refined version than “hey, boyfriend, can I borrow your hoodie to go to the gym?” Oh, and you want to know who you can REALLY thank for the sweatshirt trend?

Givenchy.

Givenchy.

Behold: A sweatshirt that’s half Bambi, half woman’s figure. Oh, and it’s nearly $1,400. Oh, and there’s a waiting list for it because everyone and their mom wants to wear it. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why some people think fashion gets very silly at times.

So yeah, sweatshirts and bling are all the rage right now. Hhow did I combine gaudy and understated? Oh, just with this crazy jeweled baggy sweatshirt from H&M. Behold: Your Trend Tuesday for November.

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This sweatshirt from H&M is not only a steal at $39.95, but it’s also going to keep me warm during these arctic temperatures New England has been faced with recently. And look – the model paired it with a leather skater skirt (which I won’t be doing because I think you got sick of the skirt after 4 weeks).

I decided if I’m going to wear a blinged-out sweatshirt, I’m going to go all out. I have to say, I do blame part of the whole embellishment trend on the Kardashian family. Sure, Kim may be all about “serious” fashion now (read: anything Kanye makes her wear), but she can’t forget her bedazzled past. Oh no. And that was exactly my inspiration for when I was trying to figure out how to style this outfit.

Just your typical student during daylight savings.

Just your typical student during daylight savings.

Hair up in massive ballerina bun? Check. Big, gaudy necklace? Check. Skintight leather pants? Check. Giant sunglasses? Always. Kardashian’d.

Pants: Madewell. Sunglasses: Givenchy. Necklace: H&M. The Perfect Bun: H&M. Backpack: Madewell. Booties: Jeffrey Campbell. Watch: Michael Kors.

Legit, trying to figure out exactly how to pair this obnoxious sweatshirt, I thought” WWKD?” Obviously, the K is for Khloe, because she’s the best one. In order to become fully Kardashian’d, I’d need to wear some sky-high Christian Louboutins, so if anyone would be willing to buy me some, I promise I’ll wear them the next time.

Because it’s school, my outfit can always be a bit more casual. And I was just studying anyway, not like I was giving a presentation, then we’re expected to dress up. While originally dreading the idea of daylight savings + photos, the sunset actually gave some great color.

So cas.

So cas.

Also, would a Kardashian wear a backpack? Obviously not, unless Kanye told them to. Or the time where Kourtney wore a Chanel backpack and was fabulous. But the Kardashians aren’t getting their MBAs (which would be a mind trip), so accessorizing doesn’t match up in this case.

Strike a pose.

Strike a pose.

Overall, I’d give this look a 7 to pull off. A bejeweled sweatshirt teeters on the line of obnoxious, so t’s important to either fully commit to the outfit (a la Kardashian), or make sure that you play it down with really simple pieces. I’m wearing those ankle boots everywhere, so I decided to base the rest of the look (read: leather pants, heavy metal accessories) around it. While wearing a sweatshirt to school is not too difficult (just don’t match it with sweatpants), wearing it to WORK is going to be a huge challenge. Even on Casual Friday sweatshirts and jeans are kind of a no-no. We shall seeeee.

What are your thoughts on the new trend?