Although the weather is warm and balmy, we have leather on our minds! There’s something so rugged about it that makes its addition to your home decor or outfit a little more earthy and cool. Its also a great medium to use when making gifts because its sturdy, durable and only looks better with age. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs that use this classic material.
Adventuring in distant lands this summer? Make this cool leather passport holder for your desert or jungle adventures!
Keep your items up with this cool shelf DIY that uses thick leather straps!
There’s something so natural and organic about these leather herb labels. You can use this same technique to create cool office supply jars!
Carrying around a heavy camera can be a bother, especially when you have a standard strap. Give your tech a rustic upgrade with this soft leather camera strap.
Still need a gift for Father’s Day? Make this tool roll that any guy would love!
Fringe is always a fashion staple for free-spirits, and we know why! It’s a carefree trim that adds fun movement to anything it’s on. Wearing an outfit with fringe will instantly more playfulness to your entire look! Here are some of our favorite DIYs using this dynamic trim!
These fringe earrings from The Alison Show are a fun accessory that add that we bet all of your friends will want to make!
This DIY from our archives pairs a cotton tee with fun leather fringe! It’s easy to make and look totally edgy and cool.
These bold tassel earrings from Trinkets in Bloom are definitely statement worthy. We love the use of rhinestone trim around top!
Interested in creating some bohemian beachwear? Look no further than this tutorial on Pulled Together!
This DIY from Sans Limites is perfect for the crocheter! This intricate fringe trim really adds another element to your garment, and would look great on a kimono!
Spring is here which means that those tightly bundled clothes you’ve wrapped yourself in over the winter are going back into storage to make way for the wonderful billowy styles of spring and summer. One trademark feature of this style is fringe, a staple in all hippy-inspired clothing. Check out our favorite ways to wear it!
Adding fringe to your footwear or handbag is an easy way to throw bohemian flair into your wardrobe.
Clothing with fringe makes for an interesting layering piece. It adds movement and fun to any outfit!
Who says fringe has to be made with suede or leather? Take a look at this handmade necklace featuring a twisted cord fringe! And is that a little ombre we see? This is the perfect statement necklace for spring and summer.
How will you be rocking this trend?
Fashion Month is over for this season! That means that all of those gorgeous models can relax, and maybe have a foot soak after all of their runway walking, and designers can a breath a sigh of relief for, like, a minute. Here are some of our favorites from the last week of Fashion Month, Paris Fashion Week !
The Chanel show was probably one of the most talked-about this week! The supermarket setup was unique and the pieces were injected with some fun color during a notoriously desaturated time of year.
The looks at Louis Vuitton were slick and modern. With the whimsy and fun of spring over, it’s time to get real and warm. We loved the sleek lines of the collection, and those navy leather pants are on our WANT list until next winter.
The styles at Hermes played on the menswear-vibe with over-sized coats and baggy pants. We loved the use of leather too.
Sometimes it’s hard to integrate runway pieces into your everyday wardrobe, even if they are from the RTW lines. Not so with Miu Miu’s offering for Fall Winter 2014! From hooded jackets to adorable quilted skirts, we can’t wait to wear these styles!
The Alexander McQueen show took our breath away. The looks were reminiscent of an old Grimm brothers fairy tale: dreamy, dangerous, and dark.
Which collections had your vote this week? What about this month? Let us know!
Winter is definitely one of those seasons that makes looking flawless harder than usual. Why? Those bulky hats mess up your glamorous hairstyle! Don’t let itchy hats deflate your ‘do any longer! This DIY will keep your ears from freezing and leaves your hair in great shape AND looks adorable on. Three birds, one snowball.
What You’ll Need:
1” Faux Leather Tape #48081
Pear Sew-On Stone #27474
Needle and Thread
1. Cut 7 inches of your leather trim. Fold both sides into the center, so that each side has a loop.
2. Flip the adjusted leather piece over, and sew onto the center of the headband.
3. Take a smaller piece of leather, and wrap it around the center of the bow.
4. Sew your pear jewel onto the center of the leather bow.
Now your ears are no longer a screaming shade of red, and your hair has that same volume it did when you left the house this morning. Take THAT winter!
New York City just got its first taste of winter with a slushy coat of snow, which means it’s time to whip out the winter wear! Here are a few of our favorite trends to wear this year so you can keep warm and stylish no matter what the forecast!
Who says you need to be a superhero to wear a cape? Capes are a timeless and elegant way to keep warm, and they’re right on trend for Fall/Winter 2013. We love the look of these rich and flowing capes, and we think they would be even more beautiful with ornate gold buttons!
Knee-d These Now
Over-the-knee boots are totally sleek. There’s definitely a right way and a wrong way to wear boots so high, but pairing them with classic cuts and lots of layers is always a good way to go.
Turtlenecks have totally made a comeback. Skip the statement scarf, and keep your neck toasty with one easy item!
This season’s “it” color is a surprising pick for this time of year. While we usually see rich jewel tones on the runways, this season we can’t help but notice the pastel pink trend sweeping the streets!
Whether it’s faux or the real deal, leather is a back in style! (As if it ever left.) The best part about this trend is that you can take the more conventional route of a loafer or boot, or try a more daring approach with a leather shirt! Check out our selection of leather trim to add a little edge to any outfit!
What’s your favorite trend this season? Did any of your picks not make the list? Let us know in the comments below!
Buttons have a place in our hearts at M&J Trimming, and for good reason! This often overlooked item is on some of the most beloved staples including the blazer, the button-down shirt, and almost every jacket! We thought we would let you know a little bit more about the so-called “basic” button.
Before the invention of plastic, buttons were primarily made out of natural materials like bone, horn, pewter and shell. While they were originally used as an adornment, the invention of the buttonhole during the Renaissance took them from stylish to practical. Who knew they were initially created with fashion over function in mind?
Buttons fall into one of two categories determined by how you attach them. There are sew-on buttons, which are flat with visible holes going through them. These provide a more secure hold, which is why they are more often used on heavier materials like coats and winter jackets. Then there are also shank buttons which attach through a loop in the back of the button. These are usually more decorative. Our rhinestone buttons look more like elegant brooches than buttons!
Buttons are measured by their diameter using millimeters in the United States. In European countries they use ligne as the unit of measurement. There are 40 ligne in an inch!
If you need help figuring out what size button you need, check out our handy Button Size Chart!
We hope this post has inspired you to give those buttons a second look! Not only are they great for keeping your jacket from flailing, but they’re also a great way to give your clothes a little upgrade!
Leather, studs, feathers, and trim. That’s basically a laundry list of some of our favorite things, and they’re all in fashion in the Wild Wild West! That’s why we wanted to show you some of our most-coveted Western-inspired looks and pieces.
These fashionable outlaws are killing it in those amazing Wildfox outfits. They would leave Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid shaking in their leather boots!
Is there a cooler cowboy than James Dean? The man definitely knows how to rock a cowboy hat! If you’re looking to emulate cowboy chic, take a lesson from this Hollywood heartthrob.
These leather cowboy boots are amazing. We love the aqua cutouts because they resemble the beautiful turquoise jewelry that’s so popular in the West.
We’re in total awe of this photo. The warmth of the colors brings to mind the desert heat of the West, and look at those amazing bangles and bracelets! You could definitely recreate the look with some of our leather cord!
This look is absolutely stunning (and pretty wearable). The tasseled shawl, the paper-thin chambray shirt, the leather bag, and the Western charms capture what makes Western-inspired wear so casual and so fashionable. The question remains, are those braids for real?!? Follow up question: What shampoo are you using?
Western pieces will always be in fashion. It’s a celebration of old American style! So whip out those cowboy boots, and pile on the silver accessories because the look is here to stay!
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but we’d like to make a case for belts. They are a great way to spice up a plain outfit, a tool to flatter the figure, and obviously a device to give baggy pants new life! Have you been converted yet? The pictures below might help you make up your mind.
Here’s an amazing belt we found on the BSOUP blog. Although this bejeweled belt from Anthropologie is no longer available, it’s easy to recreate with some jewels and ribbon from M&J Trimming!
Veronika, formerly of Girl and Closet, used this belt to cinch the waist of her dress and pull the look together. We love that bold closure, and check out that background scenery! Beautiful.
Imagine rocking this skinny J. Crew belt with a crisp white shirt and slim camel trousers. It’s simple and sophisticated, but the color will wake up any outfit!
This belt looks just like a Ouija board. It’s pretty cool, and also a little creepy. Perfect for Halloween!
We are loving this Alexander McQueen double buckle belt! The embossed leather is amazing, and we are particularly fond of the Western-style buckles. Why? You’ll just have to tune in to find out!
Spring is finally here but don’t pack up your winter gear just yet…well your leather that is. Leather is in for Spring. Designers such as Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta, Versace and Rodarte have incorporated leather into much of their Spring collections. Below are some of our favorite pieces that we’re looking to recreate.
Love leather as much as we do? Get inspiration from M&J on Pinterest or check out our website MJTrim.com