Spring 2011 Fashion TrendsTag Archive -

Lotsa Dots!

I LOVE polka dots and could not be happier when I see fashion enjoying this playful pattern as a year round design element. Polka dots are everywhere from fashion to home decor. Polka dots dominate on these pages from More Magazine and Elle Décor. For a fun fashion accent check out all of our polka dot socks, tights and footless tights.

Enjoy this fashion accent from head to toe!

-Nanci

Do you like polka dots? Which ones would you wear?

Click here to view our Polka Dot Knee High Socks and join this timeless Trend.

Elle Décor Magazine

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What’s Under YOUR Wedding Dress?

Don’t let your legs be last

Paris Texture Tights

The perfect man….
The perfect dress…
The perfect flowers…
The perfect cake…
The perfect legwear…WHAT?!!

Yes, the perfect legwear!

Planning a wedding takes time, patience and remembering every detail. Finding “the one” dress is almost as important as finding
“the one” husband. The dress includes not only the beautiful dress and veil, but everything else “under the dress” such as the shoes, garter and undergarments, and stockings. The entire “package” is a personal expression of the bride’s personality so it’s an opportunity to be playful, fun and surprising.

I recently spoke with Michael Nolte, a well-known bridal consultant, motivational speaker, and designer with two bridal salons in Kansas City. Michael has been designing bridal gowns for over 25 years and has contracted to style over 1000 weddings since 1980. When I asked him what the ladies are wearing on their legs under their dress, he smiled and said that the current style is “au natural” with a simple garter. We are all familiar with the ceremony of the groom lifting the dress, exposing the leg and removing the garter. Brides are spending beaucoup bucks on their shoes so Michael thinks doing something special with legwear is a unique opportunity to add even more fun under the dress while showing some of the bride’s fun personality. There are so many beautiful and fun stockings, tights and thigh highs available.

Yes, beautiful legs are a natural solution but here are some fresh new options to make your wedding as unique as you are!

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Fashion in the Crossroads- Backyard Bonanza of Creativity

Foot Traffic Headquarters in the CrossroadsWorking in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City is a refreshing visual experience to say the least. We are provided a consistent opportunity to see the latest fashion trends as well as people just expressing their personal style. The Crossroads Arts District is an eclectic collection of one-of-a-kind restaurants, independent businesses, retail boutiques, art studios and galleries. For a number of years Foot Traffic has called the Crossroads Arts District home and has contributed to the commerce of this special creative community.

People from all over the city come to the Crossroads to experience many of the fun events offered throughout the year, particularly First Fridays, the first Friday of every month, where studios and galleries are open to enjoy the art of local and national artists while experiencing the food and drink in this unique area. It is a great time to mingle with the overflowing  crowds  to enjoy the art, food, and people watch. 1stFriday
One of the most exciting events coming soon to the Crossroad is the West 18th Street Fashion Show.  This will be the 11th year for this free fashion extravaganza that features 18 collections from a select group of local and national designers. The show is an outdoor event that will take place Saturday, June 11, on 18th Street between Wyandotte and Baltimore.  The theme is Summer in Spain and should be an exciting evening that will provide an inspiring overload of visual stimulation and creative energy.  Check out their website, westeighteenthstreet.com for VIP ticket information.  Photos below provided by Tom Foley.

18th Street Fashion show Image 1 18th Street Fashion show Image 2
At Foot Traffic we look everywhere for new ideas and sources of inspiration for our legwear and sock business and the Crossroads community is certainly one of our favorites ….right in our own backyard! Check out what else is going on in the Crossroads!

Fashion Punctuation

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My older brother would be shocked to know that he has influenced my passion for fashion since he is the least bit interested in this topic. He is a writer for a very prestigious magazine in the very serious business of oil and fashion is not on his radar screen.

He once told me that his pet peeve is reading any written form of communication that overuses punctuation. To clarify, too many explanation points, too many ……s is superfluous. He firmly stated that any form of explicative should be used sparingly and strategically. Period

Although I rarely listen to my brother, I believe that this discipline applies to fashion as well. If one thinks of one’s attire as a sentence, then one should consider if there is any unnecessary “punctuation” and if so, is it adding to you personal statement or creating visual confusion?

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Navy Blue and White stripes-It’s a Classic

As we watch the spring and summer fashions hit the retail aisles this season, we are delighted and excited about the fun colors of coral, turquoise, yellow and blue. We’ve blogged about it and discussed how to wear the fun colors.

However, let’s not forget the classic navy blue and white stripes that will always, and I do mean always, be a classic look year after year.

How did this idea originate and why is it still so popular?

It is said that when Coco Chanel was having an affair with the Duke of Westminster she was eager to adapt to his yachting activities and interests so she began to wear wide-legged sailor pants, striped boat neck sweaters and flat boating shoes, inspired by sailor attire.
The look soon became popular when Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn began sporting the look. It immediately caught on and continued into the 60’s, most often associated with the rich and country club patrons.

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Boot-i-licious cowboy boots for spring! Yee-Ha!

I do not pretend to know much about cowboy boots but I know I want a pair. A couple years ago I sold my red snakeskin boots that I bought in Aspen in a garage sale and have kicked myself ever since. I am now on the hunt for something that makes me smile—and fits my big feet, of course!

Every time I see women on the street with cowboy boots I love the look.

As the weather gets warmer, women of all ages are sporting their inner cowgirl and trading in their Uggs for fun cowboy boots.  I love it.

I am learning what to consider when buying cowboy boots. When searching on line, I found this great article, not to mention this great photo.

Check out “Guide to Choosing Cowboy Boots” www.fibers.com.

Although these seem like logical points it is always good to be reminded of what you need to consider when buying a pair of boots.

Here are 4 things I suggest you consider before your purchase…

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Fashion layering for summer 2011

Watching the fashion frenzy at the recent runway shows, clearly layering is still an essential look for spring, summer and fall 2011.

Layering creates a clever way to change our wardrobe and pull pieces together that we never knew we could!

Plus, layering is a way to regulate our comfort as the thermostat seems to vary in our work environments and as we move from indoors to outdoors.

Without smothering ourselves in layers of clothing, start with the basic pant, skirt, or shorts, t- top or tank top, and great legwear. Once you have your foundation, the fun begins.

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FASHION TRENDS 2011 – WWDMagic Show, WWIN & ATS

For the past few years we have participated in the WWIN(Women’s Wear in Nevada) fashion shows in Las Vegas.  Whether you are a vendor, a buyer, or checking out the fashion trends, the show provides a great opportunity for vendors and buyers interested in the latest trends to get together to see, sell, and discuss the latest trends.

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2011 Fashion Colors- What’s New?

Color is personal.  We each have a color that we go to when we want to feel great. It is a color that we love, and you will see it in your wardrobe every season. But we each love to see what colors are forecast for the coming season. After all, we need change and we want to know how we can add new colors to our current wardrobe without throwing out our current favorites.
Honeysuckle InspirationWe turn to the Pantone Color Institute because they are the most widely recognized global authority on color.  They uncover what the most important seasonal color trends are in fashion by finding out what hues have provided inspiration to the designers of NY Fashion Week. Their report is used as a reference tool for those connected to fashion, retail, and the media. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Institute, and her team make their choices based on current events, psychology, economics, consumer behavior and socioeconomic issues.

“We look around not only at what’s happening in the news and the socioeconomic issues of today. With so much going on and people still very concerned with losing their jobs, we chose a color we felt would be energy-provoking and uplifting.”

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