Tim Gunn, America’s favorite fashion mentor, is best known for his work on Project Runway alongside Heidi Klum. Through his subtle wit and attention to detail, Gunn redefined the understanding and appreciation of modern fashion as we know it. On meeting him a few weeks back when he was getting ready for the Command x Gilt Pop Up Shop in New York City, I was gratified to realize that in-person, Gunn is gracious, wickedly sharp and incredibly kind. In other words, Tim Gunn personifies his catchphrase and seems to always “Make it work.”
In addition to his keen knowledge of fashion, Gunn has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of design history. He spouted architecture tidbits and design history and proudly referenced his past at Parsons School of Design where he served as associate dean before becoming Fashion Design Department chair. I’m certain I blushed fiercely when I mentioned teaching a class I developed in partnership with French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH. Gunn asked me the name of the course, and when I told him, A Short History of Beauty Culture from Cleopatra to the Kardashians, he drolly responded “Well, at least I like the first part, let’s just skip the ending.”
Gunn shared some of his thoughts on how to update your personal look and your home without breaking the bank.
Flowers everywhere: Floral patterns tend to pop up frequently during the spring, with this year being a flowery fashion bonanza. In case you’re wondering, florals go in and out of fashion for clothes, but they can be really tricky when used in home decor. “I think with interiors it’s different,” Gunn said, “because you’re living it and not just wearing it.” He referenced hyper-feminine and florally infused designer Betsey Johnson saying, “I don’t know how Betsey Johnson lives, but I would imagine it’s like her clothes. That’s got to be hard.” If you’re a die-hard floral fan, Gunn suggests using it in limited quantities and spread throughout your home instead of in high concentration in certain spots. Bedrooms and sofas could work, dining rooms—not so much.
With all this talk of florals and royal wedding mania, I was sure that the chintz and cabbage roses traditionally favored by the royal family would set off a craze on our own shores. Not so, according to Gunn. And though he covered the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton for ABC News back in 2011, he’s not really planning on binging the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It’s a style thing he said, and he isn’t really expecting much of a “celebration of fashion there.”
Your home vs. your personal style: Gunn said even in the fashion industry, one can grow tired of looking at eye-catching items all day. “You’re surrounded by beauty all day and sometimes you just want to shut it off,” he said. For that reason, his own home is decorated in muted shades and neutrals. “I feel like our homes truly are like a nest, the one place where you have to feel comfortable. I have a very neutral palette to my apartment inspired by the colors of limestone. Color is having a moment, but if that’s not your thing you can achieve the same effect with artwork. And keep moving everything around your home- the furniture, the artwork, the rug that doesn’t serve you, the upholstery you never liked. Just because something has been in your family for generations doesn’t mean it will work for you. I use artwork to really bring in more palpable color.”
Get Moving: Gunn grew animated when talking about his partnership with Command, the brand better known for their sticky strips and hooks. As he explained it, you can update your home all the time by switching things around regularly. “I think color can revive you and your home,” Gunn said. “In my home it’s all the colors of my book collection. I think people don’t realize how you can change the look of things by repositioning them. I move things around as opposed to trading things out, so it always feels new.” The new invisible or decorative items in the line allow you to hang your art temporarily and keep moving it around. Gunn also artfully arranged small gold hooks that can be used as decorative in and of themselves, or more glam when hanging favorite pieces of jewelry. “I like that you can move something 3 inches to the right, or change an arrangement in a room and change everything,” he said. “But don’t just change one part of a room, because moving pictures or furniture changes the proportions of the room and the visual relationships between what’s on the wall and what’s around it.”
Decorating battles: Meanwhile, what do you do if you live with someone who has terrible taste? Do you have to let them add their zebra printed metallic table to your living room? “You pick your battles,” Gunn said. “I’m not sure there’s one right way to solve it,” he said gesturing to an extremely shiny rhinestone and metallic pillow. “Maybe you add a pillow. No, not even a pillow. Maybe you add a border–a very thin border– and leave it at that.”
P.S. I tried some of Tim’s tricks for quick spring home updates. After struggling to arrange some hooks in a vee shaped design I kind of gave up, but my walls overall look so much better!
Original Article by: Parade
How To Buy a Trucker Hat?
You know that icky ring that gets around the top of a hat from sweat? That ring that looks black and icky. When that ring gets out of control then it is time to get a new hat. But how do you know what kind of hat to get? Trucker hats are comfortable, stylish and can help keep the sun out of your eyes. Whether you are a trucker or just don’t want to do your hair consider these tips on how to buy a new hat.
Consider the Fit
When it comes to trucker hats, they are not all alike. There are a few different things they can have to enable a good fit. The flex fit hats have a type of spandex in the material that helps them stretch. There is also elastic in the band that helps fit and stay on your head. This is perfect for people who may be in between sizes. Another great fitting technique is a trucker hat with a sizer in the back. It is a plastic strip that you can size up or down like a belt. This can help you get a good fit. These hats also have a hole in the back. They are super hand if you have a lot of hair and need a hole to put your hair. All these different ways to size a hat makes them easier to fit to your head. Try a Richardson 6 Panel Star Hats if you are looking for a tight-fitting and nice-looking hat.
Consider What its Made From
All hats are made a little differently. There may be a different mix of cotton and spandex. Along with that, some trucker hats have a mesh back. This is great for getting extra air flow for cruising in a hot truck. However, the mesh back hats can let a lot of sun in and sunburn your head if you are bald or light haired. So if you are looking for a hat to protect you from the sun you may want to consider a full back trucker hat. It is just another difference that can make a hat a better fit for you. Richardson 6 Panel Star Hats are made from high quality cotton and spandex. They are perfect if you are needing a hat that repels sweat and water. Their ingredients within their hats are sure to impress you with how long they last and how nice they stay.
Consider What’s on it
It is super common for companies to put a logo on a trucker hat. This helps rep their company by their logo just riding around on someone’s head. Along with this, some people like certain brands of hats. Just like how some people like different brands of shirts or pants, you have to find the right brand of hat that you enjoy. Richardson 6 Panel Star Hats are super comfortable but also come with many different logos. You could even buy the super comfortable hats and have your own logo put on it. They are high quality and long lasting hats.
At the end of the day, not all trucker hats are alike. It is important to find one that fits comfortably on your head and that you enjoy wearing. Try a flex fit if you are needing a tighter fit. If you have a lot of hair that you would like to be able to put out the back of your hat then consider a button back hat. These are all things to think about when you are picking your next trucker hat.
Absolutely essential Dresses for summertime
Absolutely essential Dresses for summertime
Stuffing your closet with different dress styles is actually a good step this summer, due to the fact they could be worn in a great number of different ways. There are actually countless multipurpose dress variations to pick from which are suited for use at all times of the day. A dress is a perfect garment to get decked out in, or alternatively throw on as an informal outfit. Dresses offer comfort and glamour, a real heroine of one’s wardrobe. Here are some fashionable dress styles that absolutely merit a spot in your closet ready for when it comes to summer.
The Maxi Dress
Maxi Dresses are a lot of enjoyment to wear and extremely functional. All through the breeziness of a long scorching summers day you’ll enjoy the flattering, womanly feeling this dress delivers. Maxi dresses are superb for keeping fresh without revealing all. Perfect for just about all sizes and shapes, a summer Maxi is perfect with a wedge heel shoe or roman sandals, and an additional belt highlight to emphasise the curve around the hips. Go to AX Paris for Maxi Dresses to suit your style and budget.
For taller ladies, a midi dress can be highly flattering. A very fashionable way to wear this style of dress at this point in time is in the form of a single colour block worn with a flat and relaxed shoe together with a summer season purse that ‘impresses’.
The Party Dress
This may not be very first choice for heading to the seaside, however for any summer evening, a party dress is really a must. A stylish party dress is actually the answer to your steamy summer night requirements and will certainly turn heads anywhere you go, whether it is a short or a long style. Simple to add some finishing touches, slide on your best heels or flatter shoes, and a designer purse and some statement jewelry and you’re geared up for an outstanding night out.
The Shift Dress
Bosomy, rounded women will like the way they look in a shift. Shift dresses may be found in a wide range of materials, tones and designs, making it easy to uncover delicate, bright styles that you fall in love with this summertime. Another style of dress that easily transfers from informal daywear to chic eveningwear simply with the addition of heels.
The Long Shirt Style
Stylish girls will be drawn towards the shirt style dress, the remarkably popular, fashionable dress of the time. Shirt style dresses are available in the market in a large selection of materials, styles, and colors, making them really flexible for all types of events, and the ideal item to accessorize with. They offer a laid-back appearance and look impeccable when paired with heels, flatter shoes or virtually any kind of footwear.