Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong era? Think you would have been better off among the dragons and knights? While we haven’t perfected a time machine just yet, here are some inspiring looks that will bring you back to a more medieval time.
Rodarte embraced the medieval style with their Spring 2013 collection. We loved the metallic accents and structured shoulders that ran throughout the collection. These powerful pieces allow the wearer to take on the role of fair maiden and shining knight simultaneously.
Franck Sorbier’s collection for Fall Winter 2014 was a beautiful take on medieval style. The rich colors, luxurious draping, and finely detailed fabrics used in this collection made it seems like the models walked right out of Renaissance-era painting!
The 2011 Valentino Haute Couture collection had a royal air to it. Intricate lace and gold detailing gave this collection a feeling of unsurpassed luxury. We love the stark white cape for winter, and the coin embellished dress looks awfully familiar to a t-shirt we’ve recently seen!
We love these medieval looks! If they’re a little too much for you to try on a daily basis, why not be a queen for Halloween? Check out our Medieval Renaissance Inspiration Page for some ideas!
In the United States our Halloween celebrations are usually very dark and intentionally gloomy. However when October 31st swings around in Mexico, the atmosphere is completely different! From October 31st to November 2nd, Mexico is full of bright colors, celebrations, and beautiful sugar skulls in honor of the Dia de Los Muertos!
We weren’t the only ones inspired by this beautiful holiday. Dia de Los Muertos is a well of inspiration for fashion designers too!
These editorial photos for Marie Claire by Enrique Badulescu embody the drama and flair that is often found in Mexican style.
Lena Hoschek’s Spring 2013 collection embrace the bright colors of the holiday, and the aesthetic of the traditional Mexican style. We love the bold colors and prints, and the little punchy details like the black mini-tassels on the pink dress!
Drea Sobieski of blondehaus went a little darker with the style, but still donned an amazing sugar skull mask. And check out that bone ring! We love it. We want it. Immediately.
What aspect of Dia de Los Muertos do YOU find most inspiring: the flower crowns, sugar skulls, bold printed dresses?
Once Upon a Time is a show in which all of your favorite fairy tale characters come to life! If you haven’t seen it yet, you should try to catch at LEAST one episode because this show boasts some of the most beautiful costumes we’ve ever seen. Everyone looks like, well, a princess! If you’ve been inspired to make your own Once Upon a Time character costume, we have a few helpful suggestions to take your costume to the next level.
Two of the main characters, Snow White and the Evil Queen, have the most contrasting looks on the show. Snow White wears lots of fur and leather, befitting a totally kick-butt princess. It’s more function than fashion for her. The Evil Queen, on the other hand, has some of the most ornate costumes on the show! Check out the beaded trim, frogs and lace on this dress! She definitely demands attention with her incredible gowns. Those sleeves leave us completely speechless.
This may look like Snow White, but it’s actually a shape-shifting siren! We love her jeweled crown which looks just like water, and the fringed wrap reminds us of a fisherman’s net.
Rumpelstiltskin plays the resident bad guy of Storybrook. When you find him in flashbacks he’s dressed to kill in leathers and crocodile skins. If you’re going for an authentic “Dark One” look, don’t forget the golden thread!
Aurora, A.K.A. Sleeping Beauty, is on point with her princess-attire. With her lush feather collar and rhinestone accessories, she definitely fits the part of a princess!
Dressing like Tinkerbell is all about sparkle. So bring on the beaded trim to recreate her headband, and don’t forget the wings and pixie dust!
Do you watch the show? Which princess’s style are you coveting? Let us know!
When you hear the word “goth”, what springs to mind? Is it a dark and dreary image full of cobwebs and bats? Well, you’re only getting an eighth of the picture. Goth can actually be used to describe anything spanning from architecture to literature! When we hear the word goth we think of rich heavy velvet, delicate black lace, and intricate and ornate design. See why below, and get inspired by this dark and decadent style!
The beautiful details on this cathedral are reason enough to go to church! There are so many things to look at that we’re sure you’d find something new each time you took a look.
Not everything that’s gothic has to be black, right? The mismatched bedding creates a sense of cluttered comfort in the room, and some of those throw pillows look like easy DIYs!
Check out how beautiful this leather chair is! The shine of the black makes the detailing even more dramatic.
The Modern Goth
This modern take on goth decor uses a more subtle approach to the style. The furniture is simple, while the lighting and bookshelves add some drama to the room.
The sculptor who creates these beautiful flowers makes them out of tiny bones! Definitely creepy, but also kind of cool, right?
Looking to goth-ify some of YOUR home decor? Check out our beautiful selection of lace and fringe to amplify the drama!
On Tuesday we’re creating a DIY that’s a little bit dark and daring, and it uses one of our FAVORITE DIY materials: spikes! We love the look of spiked and studded clothing because it adds a little bit of edge to an otherwise demure outfit. Here are some of out favorite DIYs using spikes and studs!
The use of a colorful t-shirt for the bracelet base makes this piece look fun and funky! We also really like that leather band bracelet. That could be another awesome DIY!
Guys love spikes too! A month ago we upgraded a winter vest using spikes and studs from the store. Be sure to check it out if you want to add some hardware to your wardrobe.
Honestly WTF embraced their rebellious side, and turned these precious pastel Vans into some studly shoes! It’s amazing how studs can make something so innocent look totally killer.
Just because you’re wearing camo doesn’t mean you’ll be blending in! Check out our Camo Print Spike Headband DIY to make this look!
Not all spikes are made equal. The “spikes” used in this P.S. I Made This DIY are more like stakes that have been painted gold. They’re the perfect addition to take your trench from tired to bold!
Have you created crafts with spikes before? If you found it difficult to pierce the fabric with conventional scissors, we suggest using a leather hole punch! We would love to see YOUR spiked DIYs. Show us whatcha got!
October is all about getting in touch with the dark arts, ghosts, witches and other such spooks. Need help figuring out how to embrace your gothic edge? Here is some punk goth inspiration to make planning your pre-Halloween outfits super simple and stylish.
Boots Made for Talking
There is nothing more chic in goth attire than a big chunky boot. These Jeffrey Campbell shoes take gothic-wear to the next level with their fur and bead embellishments. And the quilted upper on the fur boot adds a luxurious little detail.
Prince of Darkness
Rick Owens is the prince of dark fashion, but his gothic couture pieces resonate with everyone. He isn’t afraid of going against fashion protocol, as seen in his SS 2014 show in Paris!
Belgian designer, Ann Demeulemeester is known for her dark avant-garde pieces that are all about asymmetry and a dash of androgyny. She prefers using monochromatic palettes, and black is her shade of choice.
Be punk goth royalty in this exquisitely embellished Balmain jacket. With all of the rhinestones and pearls available in our store, we wouldn’t be surprised if the designers at Balmain took a trip to M&J Trimming!
Ah Edward Scissorhards, the lonely recluse who just wanted to find a family and love. We wish he came to NYC instead of holing up in that mansion. He would have fit right in with the M&J Trimming family! His suit made of leather and buckles, deathly pale skin, and shy, introverted demeanor really made him a goth icon.
Are you a fan of the punk goth look? If it’s too dark and dramatic for you, you can always take a look at our more lighthearted and refined take on punk in our Project DIY Punk Revival collection!
The Little Mermaid had always wanted to become a part of our world, but this week we’re trying to be a part of her’s! Here are some of our favorite DIYs inspired by the sea!
Drops of Neptune
The beads used in this bib necklace tutorial look like tiny drops of water, which is why the name “Mermaid Necklace” is so fitting! We love their color and iridescence. They remind us of our Crystal AB Swarovski rhinestones!
Are you up on your memes? If so, you know exactly who the character above is. It’s hipster Ariel! This costume is easy to replicate, and if anyone asks what you are, just write them off as too main”stream”.
Sometimes just looking like a mermaid isn’t enough. Sometimes you need to live like one. This seashell monogram is perfect for those who love the sea! We love the addition of the rhinestone trim!
A Whale of a Tail
Of course a mermaid isn’t a mermaid without a scaly tail. So unless you want to go to your next Halloween party as “Swimming Girl”, check out LoLovie’s tutorial above to get an idea of how to make that sequined tail!
Fit for a Mer-Queen
This video from Debi’s Design Diary shows you how to take a dollar store plastic crown, and turn it into a mermaid princess crown! Now that’s what we call an upgrade.
Were you inspired by our DIY round up? Take a look at our Under the Sea inspiration page for even more suggestions to take your ideas from crab to fab!
The ocean is home to some of the strangest and most inspiring creatures, colors and things on earth. Why do you think we all tune in to watch Shark Week year after year? There are so many wonderful things in the water to inspire us, and here are some of the products of that inspiration!
If this was a full-length shot, we bet she would be sporting a scaly tail. Her beachy aqua locks must be the envy of mermaids in each of the seven seas!
Lady Gaga, with colored hair and an oil-slicked mermaid tail, looks mesmerizing. Despite it’s beauty, this shot is also a sharp reminder of how NOT to treat the ocean and its inhabitants.
Let’s just start off by saying that everything about this look is amazing. The flow of the dress makes her look like she’s wrapped up in the ocean, and those Nicholas Kirkwood Mermaid Shoes really round out this under-the-sea style. Plus, the pairing of the bold blues is shrimply amazing. Too much?
This dress is amazing! We love the cut, and check out those SEAquins! Seriously though. It looks like the ocean and the dress were cut from the same cloth.
In 2008 Jean Paul Gautier created a sea-inspired collection. Models glided down the runway in flowing, sequined frocks reminiscent of beautiful sirens. Their hair was even made to look perpetually wet!
The sea is a world unexplored for most, which is why its mysterious nature makes it so inspiring. See our treasure chest of sea-inspired embellishments on our Under the Sea Inspiration Page.
Ok, so you’ve probably heard about dip dyeing. The technique has been around for ages, but it’s picked up a lot of steam in the past few years with the resurgence of the DIY movement. We actually LOVE to dip dye at M&J, and one of our upcoming Halloween DIYs features the method! But since we’re holding the Trick or Trims RIT Dye Giveaway, we thought you might need a few more dyeing options with all of that RIT Liquid Dye you might receive. Here are a few of our favorites.
These tie-dye jeans by SwellMayde are awesome! She used a sponging technique to get that abstract pattern. We wonder what this would look like using greens and taupes. Tie-dye camo anyone?
Want to know how to get a yellow this bright? Look in your spice drawer! Turmeric, and other natural items, were used to dye these clothes. Just make sure to wash them thoroughly after dyeing. Your nose might not be able to handle it otherwise!
This is a quick tie-dyeing fix for hippies on the go! Marlena from Rookie Mag
made this t-shirt with a couple of Sharpie markers. We call shenanigans because this looks way too cool to take only a few minutes and some Sharpie markers.
Shibori, the dyeing technique used in Honestly WTF’s
dyeing tutorial, is an oldie but a goodie. But it’s like a REAL oldie. This method dates back to 8th century Japan. Some things never go out of style.
Sometimes it isn’t the dye that makes something fantastic, it’s the LACK of dye. This awesome wall hanging uses the batik method to create the negative space image above. Kelli Murray
gives some great tips for those foraying into batik!
Have you used any of these methods before? Let us know which ones and what the results were below! And if you haven’t entered our Trick or Trims RIT Dye Giveaway
yet, what are you waiting for?!
The wait is finally over. New York Comic Con is here! That’s right ladies and gentlemen. It’s time for pop culture costumes to make their way onto the streets of NYC! Out of every genre covered at the convention, we love the superhero look. Here are some of the most stylish crime-fighting costumes we’ve seen!
There have been many incarnations of the outfit worn by the “Caped Crusader”. Some cool, and some kind of embarrassing. (Not even George Clooney could pull off the costume in Batman and Robin.) The best had to be the one worn by Christian Bale in the Dark Knight. It was tough, durable, and looked like something a crime fighter would wear.
On the first X-Men film it took eight to nine hours to get Rebecca Romijn into her Mystique costume. Why? The whole look is created using prosthetics and makeup, not actual clothing. Fortunately by the second film they got it down to JUST five to six hours. The wait was well worth it because her makeup turned out AMAZING.
Not only does Peter Parker have Spidey Sense, he also has fashion sense in The Amazing Spiderman. The costume is true to the comic books, and looks totally sleek. If he swung through the streets, the most fashionable New Yorkers wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. If they were used to seeing superheroes swing through the streets, that is.
Many modern men wouldn’t feel comfortable in a pair of superhero tights. Luckily, Captain America got to wear an American staple instead. Blue jeans! The embroidered stars, full helmet and colorful shield keep the look bold and superhero-esque.
Our favorite comic book hero costume is actually donned by a villain! Despite the tough break the good guys got in Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin, Poison Ivy’s outfits were amazing! This fiery redhead was no stranger to embellishments, and the look is easy to replicate with some of our floral appliques.
Looking for some more superhero inspiration before you head to New York Comic Con this weekend? Take a look at our Marvel Comic Book inspiration page! We can’t promise you’ll be able to fly or fight crime with our trim, but we guarantee you’ll be the most stylish superhero at the convention!