Fashion Identity Crisis Gone…Good?

WedgeSneaker

Not so long ago, in a fashion designer’s brain, a high heel met a sneaker and they had a little baby called the “wedge sneaker”. Ok, I’m sure that’s not what really happened but it’s the only possible idea I could come up with. At first glance, this mutant sneaker looks a little unappealing, but the eyes start to soften, the outfit ideas start to conjure up, and suddenly the fancy and not fancy line begin to blur together into “yeah, it works”. I really really want to buy a pair but I feel like I would have to interview my wardrobe to see if there are a couple clothing candidates that would be up to the challenge of matching with the new guy “wedge sneaker”. Since it is Fashion Friday, I thought why not take a crack at putting some outfits together so that maybe you too can find yourself having a soft spot for the “wedge sneaker”.

High Expectations

Walking Tall Commute

High-5 Yo!

Let Polka Dot Tango know what you think of the “wedge sneaker” and if you have them or if you’ve thought of rocking them! Who knows? Maybe they will come out with a “Doc Croc”! Let’s only hope not. Happy Friday everyone!

 

 

Everyone’s Nailing It!!!

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Fingernails are THE fashion accessory right now. Whether you are topping them with “caviar”, edging them with sparkle, or painting them fluorescent, your fingernails can be your statement piece for any occasion. The options are endless and there are many resources for you to use in order to give yourself a DIY manicure that goes well beyond applying two coats of polish. Polka Dot Tango has collected some inspiration for you to take a look at, going from extreme harajuku nails to simply stated. There is a look for everyone and that’s what makes this fashion trend so fun and possible! Let us know what fashion you like to show on your fingernails! You can tweet us @polkadottango, let us know on Facebook, or leave a comment below!

Caviar Nails are one of the newer trends out there. Customer reviews stated that these manicures are tons of fun for not so much a ton of time….if you catch my drift. Also, rumor is that you can create this look by getting a little creative using products from your local craft store. Here’s a wonderful tutorial I found on creating this same effect on YouTube.

Click on the photo above to view more of Ciatè's products.

Click on the photo above to view more of Ciatè’s products.

 

Glitter, Glitter, GLITTER!!!! So thankful that I have a reason to keep glitter in my adult life. Glitter nail polish is the easiest way to dress up your nails and make them look fabulous without having the talent of a professional manicurist. What’s even better is that if you feel that having glitter on all of your fingernails is too much, now it is acceptable to only paint one of your nails to the max with glitter and such. See photo directly below.

One glitter nail coming up!

One glitter nail coming up!

Glitter nails for those a little more reserved.

Glitter nails for those a little more reserved.

It's like a party on your nails!!!

It’s like a party on your nails!!!

 

Matte nail polish is H…O…T… right now.  It really gives your nails drama and sophistication and having matte nail polish alone will make an impact. Here’s another rumor for you: If you don’t want to spend money on matte nail polish, a little birdie told me you can add just a bit of cornstarch to your top coat, mix it in, paint and PRESTO!!! You have matte nails! Now how cool are you?

Click on this image to go to one of Polka Dot Tango's favorite nail blogs. It's in french, but it's definite eye candy.

Click on this image to go to one of Polka Dot Tango’s favorite nail blogs. It’s in french, but it’s definite eye candy.

How cute is this?

How cute is this?

Never Too Much Glitter posted this fabulous DIY on how to make COLORED matte nail polish. GENIUS!!! Click on the image to see how.

Never Too Much Glitter posted this fabulous DIY on how to make COLORED matte nail polish. GENIUS!!! Click on the image to see how.

 

Pointed nails are a hit right now, but I have noticed that only the brave (or ferocious) have the courage to rock them. They definitely give the wearer a fiercer look and for some reason, the more muted ones seem very mature to me. Maybe this style kind of reminds me of women in the 80’s who were magazine editors or villians who had power.

Love that the middle nail has no white on it. Makes the design not overpower the shape of the nail.

Love that the middle nail has no white on it. Makes the design not overpower the shape of the nail.

ROAR!

ROAR!

 

Patterns, pansies, and prints oh my! I’m not too sure how many people have the steady hand, the eye site, or the patience for these lovely nails, but more power to those that do! How much fun they are! Now that Sally Hansen has come out with the press on nail polish, designs like these are a little more realistic to the average nail polisher.

Reminds me of some Betsey Johnson prints.

Reminds me of some Betsey Johnson prints.

School punk?

School punk?

Tribal 90's inspired. Ahhh, the good old days. ;)

Tribal 90’s inspired. Ahhh, the good old days. 😉

 

Really, the possibilities are endless with what you can paint onto your fingernails! Don’t forget about these types of nail polishes that can make your DIY manicure go from eh to ahhhhhh: Crackle, Opalescent, Magnetic, Gel Strips, Metallic, Fluorescent, and more! So, to tie things off with the post, Polka Dot Tango would like to leave you with some of the most amazing nail trends we could find. These images just go to show you that painting your nails is a true art form. :}

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Tutorial Tuesday: Neon Spray Shirt

Neon has been HUGE this summer and although summer is almost over, you still have time to sport this trend. Here’s a video tutorial where I show you 3 different ways on how to make a super cute neon shirt using fabric spray is less than 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Tutorial Tuesday: Watermelon Frenzy

I recently came across this super cute watermelon shirt while browsing through an e-mail I received from Modcloth. As much as I was tempted to just hit the “add to bag” button, I thought not only do crop shirts look ridiculous on long torso, but I can easily create my own version of this shirt. And with the summer season quickly coming to an end, that can only mean one thing, end of season sales. Right now my favorite tank tops from Target are only $5.00 and with about $7.00 worth of fabric paint products, I easily created this shirt for half the price.
What you will need to make this shirt is as follows:

Pencil
Freezer Paper
Exacto Knife
Iron
Paint Brush
Tank Top
Tulip Soft Paints:
Holiday Green
Glacier White
Scarlet Pearl
Tulip 3D paint:
Puffy Black

1.Start by drawing a the watermelon slice to the freezer paper, which is pretty much a half oval. (I added bite marks to mine).
2.Then cut the image out of the freezer paper to create a stencil. Iron the freezer paper (shiny side down) onto your shirt until it adheres to the shirt.
3.Start by using the Holiday Green paint, starting out with a thinner line of paint at the top and gradually making it larger.
4.Now for the next part, you can either use the white of your shirt or the Glacier White paint to make the 2nd layer.
5.Fill in the rest of the watermelon stencil with the Scarlet Pearl paint.
6.Once dry, peel off the freezer paper stencil and walla, you have a watermelon!
7.Next use your Puffy Black paint to create the black seeds. Scatter as you please.
8.Once this paint is fully dry, you can use a steamer or your iron(when turned to steam mode) to puff up the black seeds. (See bottle for instructions).

Cut offs

Cut offs are once again very popular this summer. It’s a huge DIY trend to not only make your own cut offs but to embellish them as well. Studs, ombre dyed, adding lace, decorative pockets, etc. Here’s a really cute idea of ombre bleaching the top part of the jeans and using fabric paints to make an awesome design:

Although I am not a big fan of the fit, vintage Levi 501’s and a crop top seems to be the big hit this summer. There are tons already embellished and ready for you to wear available on Etsy as well as local boutiques. Or just it up the local thrift store and pick up some old jeans and pull out the scissors, bleach, paint, and studs. Here’s a style I’ve seen numerous times. Just cut along the outer edge of the back pockets and add large studs:

Or just add studs to the entire back pocket:

Here’s a pair that I made at work using Tulip One Step Dye in Coral, Tulip Iron on Studs, and Tulip Soft paints:

And don’t forget to run to forever 21 to choose from their hundreds of crop tops to go with those new cut offs!

Are YOU Kelly Kapowski?

Kelly’s got the look!

The 90’s are back and in full bloom! Floral prints are everywhere, from jeans to tops to maxi dresses and more. The last time I saw this trend was on Fresh Prince of Bel Aire, the original 90210, Friends, and of course Saved by the Bell. Kelly Kapowski was always the fashion icon for me and I dreamed that by the time I got to high school I would be as cool as her. Well, I never turned out to be a “Kelly Kapowski” in my school but I think now is my time! Polkadot Tango has put together three different outfits following this bouquet of 90’s trend and we hope that you can grab some inspiration and put your very own spin on it! Let us know what you think of this fashion style and if you dare to go back a bit and take it on!

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Tanks Are Right On Target!

This season Target’s Mossimo line seems to have stepped it up a bit. The styles remind me of summers long ago when I was riding my bike around the cul-de-sac and fashion was one of the last things on my mind. My latest Mossimo purchase was a long striped, “sun-washed” tank top for $12.99. It’s perfect because 1) it’s long, 2) it’s not cut too low in the front, and 3) it covers my bra straps. I instantly fell in love with it and desired to wear it everywhere but was trying to figure out how I could get away with wearing it to work. The answer was hard to find in my closet that I have been desperately trying to keep down in size but I naturally paired it with another Target item! I bought these cropped pants last year on sale for $7 and I felt that they added an instant coolness to the tank top while maintaining a somewhat professional look.

Very few things make me smile bigger than a complete outfit that costs less than $100. Here’s what I wore:

• Mossimo tank top: $12.99

• Target crop pants: $7

• Stella Laguna Beach Necklace and Earrings set: $9

• Steve Madden heels (about ten years old): $50

• Mom’s Natori necklace worn as bracelet: FREE!

Let Polka Dot Tango know if you love to bargain shop at Target or anywhere else! We would love to hear how you keep your fabulous outfits on the lower end of the price scale!!

Tutorial Tuesday: Colorful Denim

If you haven’t already noticed, the hottest thing right now is bright colored jeans. You can’t go into any clothing store without seeing jeans in every possible color. Well here is a way to take those white jeans you bought this spring and update them to the new trend using Tulip liquid dye and your washing machine. You can buy the white jeans from JcPenny’s for only $17.00.

Good bye Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson is closing her doors. She unfortunately filed for bankruptcy recently. Everything on her website is 40-65% off, so you better snag it up before it’s all gone.

Betsey Johnson has been in the fashion business since the 60’s. Since entered the industry after winning the Guest Editor Contest for Mademoiselle magazine. And within a year she was working as a designer at a boutique and soon entered into the Andy Warhol scene and opened up her own boutique called  Betsey Bunki Nini. Above is a pattern from the 70’s when she was in creative control of the Alley Cat company. It was in 1978 that she partnered up with Chantal Bacon to start up the Betsey Johnson label that we all very familiar with today.

It’s sad to see such a great designer and company close it’s doors after over 30 years. All of my favorite jewelry pieces, perfume,  and my new favorite pair of shoes are all from Betsey Johnson.

For a more in-depth look at Betsey Johnson’s career, check out her “About Betsey” on her website.