By Kristy Kurjan
When you pick up a copy of Northern Express, do you flip directly to the
My Style article to check out the featured style that week? For many of
us fashionistas, this is a ritual that brings delight. The outfits
featured are uniquely the individuals own, proving that fashion can be
both diverse and playful. It brings a smile to our faces and sometimes
leaves us shouting, I want that!
So, which trend is claiming this years throne of Northern Michigans Best
Look? Top honors goes to a style that is summed up in two words: Casual
Casual Chic is an understated glamour that is effortless yet demands
attention. It is a great pair of jeans paired with a fitted blazer, a
cotton t-shirt and a statement necklace. It is the sparkly touch on an
otherwise basic handbag. Casual Chic is not just a look but an idea that
defines our regions sense of fashion. With a relaxed yet polished tone,
it is everything we love for 2011.
We called upon Traverse Citys Rebecca Kass to model the Casual Chic
style. In her dark
pants, simple cami and relaxed fit blazer she personifies northern
elegance. No doubt, once our cameras started shooting, her confidence took
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
The main ingredients that compile a Casual Chic ensemble are a flattering
pair of denims, a flowing top and a beautiful accessory. Additional
options include a fitted jacket or a bold scarf.
It is not expensive, but looks like it is. Take the style from day to
night by wearing a statement piece of jewelry -- add a necklace, earrings
set of bracelets, but not all at once. Dont overload on accessories, due
to the relaxed nature of
Most important of all, be comfortable. The style is equally about the
outfit itself as the ease of wearing it.
As a realtor, I need to be comfortable and presentable because I am
running around all the time, explains Kass. I usually wear flats and a
lot of cotton!
We are inspired by Casual Chics ability to transition with the seasons,
from winter to spring without skipping a beat. Wondering if the
thermometer read 30 or 60 degrees today? With this dynamic outfit, layers
are always an option. Throw a lightweight jacket over a flouncy top for
chilly nights. Have a bright spring scarf on deck at all times, tie it
around your handbag for a taste of color when not in use.
Congratulations to Casual Chic for taking top honor as our Best Look for
2011. And to all of the stylish readers of Northern Express -- we look
forward to the coming year of intriguing styles and fashionable fun!