The number one question I’m being asked my friends and readers alike is what to look for in 2015. To answer this, I first need to share something quite astonishing that I realized this month.
I, Filthy Cute XO founder and stylist extraordinaire Heather, am the fashion inspiration for one Mr. Harry Styles.
Yes, that Harry Styles.
Worldwide phenomenon, overall gift to human kind and one of the kindest and most genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting several times – HARRY. STYLES.
I know what you are thinking. “But Heather – this is a famous 20 year old boy, why on earth would he be looking to you – as FABULOUS as your style is – out of everyone else??
Well, my friends. Let the evidence speak for itself. And while we do – let’s chat about trends an style tips to focus on (that both H and I are BIG fans of).
EXHIBITt A: Bunny Hunny’s, Passion for Polka Dots, and Hiding in Hats.
Bunny hunnys, Passion for polka dots, and Hiding in hats.
Bunny Hunnys – I mean. Does anything else need to be said about this? And yes, I am perfectly aware that his bun is way cuter than mine and probably took wayyyyy less effort to look so flawless. I’m not pouting, I promise (I’m lying).
Passion for Polka Dots – Let the record show (and a glimpse into my closet as well) that there is little I love more than a flirty and fun print. Let the record ALSO show – this was one of the first venture into blouses that Harry went for this summer and while he looks adorable and all – I did wear mine first. I’m just saying. NOT ONLY did I wear it first but I also wore it when I met Mr. Styles backstage this past summer for the second time – shortly after his delightful polka dot debut was made.
Feel free to join us on this passion for polka dots as the print will remain a classic as always. Try a mint green with a gold accent for an updated take or stick to the traditional black and white – there is no way to go wrong with this classic style statement .
Hiding in Hats – Ok, this one is a toss up. Harry might actually win this round simply because he goes bigger and bolder than I do most of the time.
Either way – a big floppy hat is a fashion favorite for both of us and will continue to be big into the 2015 season. If you aren’t comfortable going big – try a bold color instead. I am really in love with a really deep wine or a navy blue hue.
EXHIBIT B: Leopard Lover, Heart Eyes, and Fair Feathered Friends.
Leopard lovers (part one), Heart Eyes and Fair Feathered Friends.
Leopard Lovers – What is my number one personal style mantra? LEOPARD IS MY BLACK. Come on now. I had my Sweet Sixteen leopard themed for goodness sake. Harry seems to have caught on to the allure of this sexy and fabulous print and has been seen spotted (ha ha, get it??) in it from coats to shirts to even some booties to the American Music Awards.
It seems that while I love this pattern every moment of every day, trend wise it comes and goes every few years. This year it was back with a vengeance and it looks like this is staying strong into next season as well. Great news for me as it gives me a chance to stock up on my favorite print while its easily found until the next drought occurs again.
Heart Eyes – Is there anything sweeter than literally wearing a heart on your sleeve? We think not. Bold, heart prints just add a sweet something extra to your look. Most people stick to hearts and lip prints for Valentines month – but I think that going for a touch of love is NEVER out of style.
Fair Feathered Friends – Does anything say a party quite like a pink feather boa? I think not. I wore mine on my bachelorette party along with 18 of my closest pals (ahem, five years ago) while Harry chose his for a recent appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show here in Los Angeles. I happened to be in the green room for this particular taping and saw him in the flesh in this delightful get up and it was somehow even more magical in person.
I’ve always loved feathers and what they mean symbolically and in fact have my next tattoo ready to go with this particular design. It seems that this summer and fall they have been everywhere – in jewelry, in prints on dresses and shirts, even in hats. While pink feather boas may not be a huge up and coming phenomenon for 2015 – its safe to say that feathers on their own will stay a huge trend into the spring season at least. Feathers are said to represent hope, light, and truth – something I’m sure both Harry and I are hoping for a little of in 2015.
EXHIBIT C: Sneaky Smooches, Hip for Hip Art, and I Heart Hanson.
Sneaky smooches, Hip to hip art, and I Heart Hanson.
Sneaky Smooches – This one is obviously just a silly addition but find me a post on this blog where I am NOT making a kiss face and I will…well, I’ll be very surprised. Because it is my signature pose. And like the heart prints – love and affection are always a fashion DO.
Hip to Hip Art – My first tattoo EVER is visible in a little sneak peak here – To be fair, his tattoo is a lot bigger than mine and stretches across his hip bones but there is something so naughty in having a little tiny secret tattoo somewhere that only catches a glimpse of sun every so often.
Ink on your body is forever and there’s nothing trendy in doing something like that because of anyone else and what is significant to them. That said – I LOVE my ten tattoos and do not regret a single one. I personally find them to be my most favorite accessory and an extension of who I am – but if you aren’t one for ink? There are plenty of other ways to express yourself.
I Heart Hanson – What do we have here…OH JUST MY FIRST LOVES HANSON NO BIG. Obviously this is a lie as this is a HUGE BIG. Hanson was the first band I ever loved and Taylor the very first boy I just KNEW I was going to marry. While that might not have panned out, it seems Harry caught on to the brilliance of my favorite group of brothers and has been showing his support this year.
Graphic tees are always fashionable and are easy to dress up too if you are so inclined – I often pair mine with leather leggings, a sequin skirt or pant, or a perfectly fitting pair of dark skinnies.
EXHIBIT D: Leopard Lovers Replay, Playful Plaid and Fun with (faux) Fur.
Leopard lovers replay, Playful Plaid and Fun with (faux) Fur.
LEOPARD LOVERS REPLAY – Nothing more to add to this. Just had to post another example of this leopard loving action because I genuinely cannot believe. MY SIGNATURE PRINT. Ok. I’m done. Probably.
To reiterate: Leopard print. Yes. ALWAYS.
PLAYFUL PLAID – I’ll be honest. I have a total of ONE flannel shirt, and its not even the one in this picture above. This is an older shot and my current one flannel shirt is a red buffalo print. Flannel shirts are admittedly not my favorite style piece on me – but no one can debate how cute and comfy they are. This is however a 2014 shot of Mr. Styles and I absolutely adore the casual and stylish look of a gent in a flannel shirt with rolled up sleeves.
This year brought a lot of flannel/plaid shirts out and not necessarily worn as a shirt either. In fact, most of what I saw was the 90′s look of being tied around the waist. I’m thinking this, along with much of the 90′s spike in trends we saw this year, will probably begin to fade away a bit as we recycle pieces from another decade as we always do.
FUN WITH (FAUX) FUR – Breaking News: Harry Styles Reads FilthyCuteXO.com! What other POSSIBLE explanation is there that mere days after my holiday dressing post fawning over my faux fur that this little sugar plum was spotted in this gorgeous cropped coat?? And the COLOR! You can’t see here but it was a cross between purple and wine and all around a total 10.
I loved my faux fur pieces in 2010 and I loved them this year and will love them next year and the rest of my days. They seem to be available everywhere and in any piece from a hat, to a scarf, to a cape, to a full coat these days. When it warms up I’m sure these fuzzy finds will disappear once more but for now get your fur on.
Lastly – my personal tips and thoughts for the coming year?
When I think about my personal style and the things I need or want or am leaning toward I first take inventory of what I already have. I pay attention to my buying habits over the last few months and the pieces I’m pinning, liking, saving or just falling in love with overall. What are the similarities? Differences? Is there a color palette I’m focusing on or is there a more common theme to the overall look?
My 2014 look was inspired by the 20′s era – I started with a platinum blonde pixie and went for glamour, drop waists, and big bold jewels. I had so much vintage stuff already it seemed a natural course to focus my style on.
Based on my 2014 purchases and the pieces I already have and LOVE plus what I am coveting now – it is a no brainer that my 2015 aesthetic will be grooooooovy, baby. Yep. Look for Filthy Cute to take a very 70′s turn this upcoming year. More jumpsuits, more fur, high waists and bigggggggg sunnies.
Happy New Year my lovelies – 2014 was a GREAT year for me and I’m excited for what 2015 brings – fashion and otherwise.