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FIDM Fashion Club has partnered with Caché on our exclusive homecoming trends blog series. Today's topic? Homecoming dresses for every body type! 

One of the most important aspects of personal style is confidence. Do you feel as good as you look, and do you present yourself to the world as the bold, gorgeous girl you are?! If you long for this sense of empowerment, we’ve got three words that will totally change your world: fit, fit, fit!

With so many different body shapes, it’s impossible to say that a certain style of dress is better than any other. What it comes down to is whether you and your dress are a match. Finding a dress that fits you does wonders. We've got tips for coupling dress style with your body type!

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Let’s say you’re a lithesome cross-country runner: you want to avoid a flowy dress that will drown your figure. Instead, go for something more fitted, and show off what you’ve got. Pick the length based on your height—tall girls, go long.

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You’ve got a narrow waist and the curves of a '50s pinup. Congrats. Try something fitted at the top, to accentuate the contrast between your bust and your waist that flows down through the legs—you don’t want to overdo it and go fitted head-to-toe.

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Many girls with this body type end up dressing more conservatively than they ought to, erring too far on the side of covered up, and hiding who they really are. There are ways to mask trouble spots—draped, flowy fabrics—that fare flattering to a curvy figure. Be sure to pick a style that flows down from the top, which lends a sense of delicateness to your curves. 

Petite

Whatever you do, don’t end up swallowed by your dress! It’s tough to shop when everything seems just a size too big—who are all these tall girls anyway, and can they spare an inch or two? Follow the rules for the rest of the body types depending on which you fit, but remember this one thing: when it comes to length, shorter is better!

Busty

Neckline is the key to flattering a fuller bust—anything but a high neckline will show off too much cleavage. Go ahead and have fun with the straps, and go for halter or open back styles for a more spirited look.

No matter which style is right for you, remember to have a blast at homecoming. You're going to look stunning. 

Caché is the only national specialty store offering prom & homecoming dresses and accessories. They've partnered with schools for over a decade, hosting fashion shows and special events. They're experts at "the event before the event," and take pride in styling high school students in the perfect look for their big night.

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We're mad for plaid on this happy Friday! Bon weekend, all!

1. Plaid Mix Flannel Shirt, $39, joefresh.com
2. Red Tartan Flannel Shirt, $19.90, windsorstore.com
3. Womens Boyfriend Flannel Shirt, $26.99, tillys.com
4. Craft Cider Tasting Top in Navy, $39.99, modcloth.com
5. Plaid Flannel Pocket Shirt, $19.90, forever21.com

October Lucky

Karlie Kloss landed the October issue of Lucky (in a Canadian tuxedo, no less). (The Daily Front Row)

So "elevated sweatpants" are a must for fall according to one celebrity stylist. (Style Caster)

Flats had a major moment on the Spring 2015 runways. Here are six flat shoes that every girl needs in her closet. (The Glamourai)

Watch a day in the life of fashion editor Shiona Turini. (The Cut)

We're totally into these DIY confetti dot pillows--they'll easily transform a space from drab to fab. (P.S. I Made This)

You won't believe the inspiration behind Burberry's newest fragrance. (Byrdie)

A step-by-step tutorial for gold wing eyeliner. (Marie Claire)

Emily Schuman shares her favorite trends from the Spring 2015 runways. (Cupcakes and Cashmere)

Three very cool ways to rock your basic black leggings. (The Everygirl)

Six chic bucket bags to carry this season. (Could I Have That)

"Shapes, form, color, and proportions." That's what the show notes stated for the Dsquared2 Spring 2015 runway show at Milan Fashion Week. We think the latest collection from Dean and Dan Caten is fun, wearable, and completely amazing! Check out some of our faves.

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New York Fashion Week may be over but Milan Fashion Week is in full force. Check out these top looks from Gucci's Spring 2015 collection. Frida Giannini, the brand's creative director, included lots of denim and 1970s-inspired looks on the runway.

The New York Times described the looks as, "faded denim cropped sailor trousers paired with skinny ribbed knits, maroon and forest green suede belted trenches complete with rows of brass buttons, and marching band jackets with gold-braid trim."

We love.

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It was all about rock 'n' roll for Tom Ford at London Fashion Week. Black, black, and more black. And models with heavy black eyeliner and rocker chic hair. We picked a few of our fave looks so you can see what we mean.

According to his show notes, Tom Ford mined his own designs from the late '90s for inspo, but we think he might have just googled "Joan Jett." (Try it, just for fun.)

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Fringe Leather Skirt

Can we talk about this Fringe Leather Skirt from Pixie Market for a sec? We spotted it and realized that our fall wardrobe would not be complete without it. It's exactly the fun, flirty, swingy, perfect-for-all-occasions kind of statement piece that's been missing from our closet. And we're not kidding when we say it's perfect for all occasions--this baby looks as good with a graphic tee as it does with a chambray shirt, and it has just enough edge to make it ideal for parties. 

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The Met Gala is to fashion what the Oscars are to film--a big deal! So being asked to co-host the event is major. The 2015 Met Gala is May 4, and Mockinjay star Jennifer Lawrence has been asked to co-host the fashion festivities, along with Chinese actress Gong Li, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Wendi Murdoch, and of course, Anna Wintour (Silas Chou, president of a Chinese textile company, will serve as the event's main host). Titled, "Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion," the next Met Gala will focus on how Eastern culture has impacted Western fashion, and will showcase work from designers including Alexander McQueen and  Laurence Xu. Lawrence, who has strutted (and, ahem, fallen down on) the red carpet in designer labels like Dior and Jason Wu, will certainly be draped in something fabulous for the gala, and we absolutely cannot wait to see what it is.

 

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 English designer Peter Copping may be leaving his senior designer post at Nina Ricci for a similar role at New York-based Oscar de la Renta. De la Renta has no intention of retiring, but the 82-year old, who founded his eponymous label in 1965, is looking for a talented team to work with (he recently parted ways with Brit designer John Galliano, whom he hired in 2011 after his release from Dior). Copping, no doubt, has all the qualifications de la Renta is looking for: he studied at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London, worked at Christian Lacroix and had a twelve-year stint at Louis Vuitton, and is responsible for transforming the Nina Ricci aesthetic from dark and sophisticated to the soft, feminine looks that have made the label so loved by fashion insiders. Neither Copping nor de la Renta have confirmed the report, but according to WWD the latter has had his eye on the Nina Ricci designer for some time. Stay tuned--we're sure an official announcement will be made soon. 

 

Olivia Palermo

We've seen lots of tastemakers and industry insiders partner with various retailers during Fashion Month, but this is a first: socialite-turned-blogger Olivia Palermo has teamed up with Pinterest to "report" from the front row. Users can follow Palermo as she pins to various boards that are inspired by her Fashion Month experience. "Runway fashion gives us inspiration for what’s new and possible when it comes to creating our own individual styles," said Palermo. "Pinning is a great way to visualize your take on runway looks. I hope Pinners from around the world can incorporate fashion trends from New York, London, and Paris into their closets this season." It's kind of brilliant actually--experiencing Fashion Month through the eyes of an industry darling--and we're excited to see what she pins.

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FIDM Fashion Club has partnered with Caché on our exclusive homecoming trends blog series. Today's topic? Homecoming tips for the best night ever! 

Even if football isn’t your thing, everybody loves homecoming. It's the first important dance of the year! Whether it’s a nostalgic return to your alma mater, or a fabulous start to a new school year, we’ve got some tips to help you celebrate in style!

1. Plan Ahead

Don’t be the one who waits until the last minute—everyone will be scrambling to get the last few limos, so better to get ahead of the game and reserve a ride for you and your friends now!

2. Find a Date

Ladies, it’s 2014. Go ahead and ask him.       

3. Make Dinner Resies

Chances are you’re going to be a big group, which can make it tough to score a table at the best restaurant in town (and yes, you’ll want to indulge.) Pro tip: If you’re struggling with the decision, book two places early and then cancel one closer to the date. Problem solved.

4. Decide On Your Dream Dress

Homecoming is all about school spirit, but we know it's really all about looking absolutely gorgeous. Depending on how your school gets down, you’ll either want to go with a fun and flirty cocktail dress, or a gown for a formal fête.  

5. Style Your Hair

For a classy affair like homecoming, straightened or loosely curled hair is always a win. Or you could try a pretty up-do—it’s unexpected and totally eye-catching.

6. Get Your Pretty On

This fall, pick one over-the-top makeup trend (a hint of metallic, a splashy electric hue) and then keep the rest as subtle as possible. Make sure to match the color palette of your outfit.

7. Accessorize

Think bold bags and clutches, statement necklaces, stackable bracelets. We’re all about added flash this season: trust us, there’s no such thing as too much.

8. Instagram It!

Party pics are an absolute must. Scout out the perfect spot, preferably one without a crowd (no photo bombs, thank you very much.) Photographers will tell you that there are just a few times during the day where the natural light is most flattering for photos, and late afternoon is one of them.

9. Plan a Pre- and/or After-Party

Talk with your friends about who wants which. Definitely split hosting duties, or you’ll find yourself stressed out and spread too thin.

10. Dance Music

It’s not a party without the perfect playlist. Pop anthems are a must, but try and keep the mix original and eclectic. Try adding some indie disco and throwback hits—you’ll surely be the star DJ.

Caché is the only national specialty store offering prom & homecoming dresses and accessories. They've partnered with schools for over a decade, hosting fashion shows and special events. They're experts at "the event before the event," and take pride in styling high school students in the perfect look for their big night.

FashionGirl

Hi Fashion Girl:

I was wondering if I wanted to start my own line of clothing, how would I go about that?

—Sereniti R.

Hi Sereniti:

Great question! The simple answer is that you just do it. There are many ways to go about launching your own fashion collection. I suggest you start small. If you know how to sew, start making clothes and try selling them on etsy. With the help of your parents, maybe you could get a booth at your local flea market or craft fair. That's how Los Angeles based fashion designer Eva Franco started out. Thanksgiving is a great time for that because many cities have special holiday bazaars around that time. 

An education in fashion design is also recommended. FIDM offers a 4-year Bachelor of Arts in Design, where you earn your A.A. Degree in Fashion Design during your first two years. It's not too early to make an appointment with an advisor to get your questions answered about what exactly you'll study and what your career options will be after you graduate. Give them a call: 213-624-1201.

In the mean time, enter our Fashion Sketch Contest for your chance to win a sketchpad!

—Fashion Girl

Got a question for Fashion Girl? Send it to fashiongirl@fidm.com.


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