Cool Style for Colder Weather

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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!

Caped Crusaders 

WWD CapesWho 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 from the Sartorialist

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.

Neck Piece

Glamour Fall Trends

Turtlenecks have totally made a comeback. Skip the statement scarf, and keep your neck toasty with one easy item!

Pink Powder

Elle Pastel Pink Outerwear

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!

Leather Weather

Glamour Leather Trends

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!

Button Basics

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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. Natural and Leather Buttons M&J Trimming

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?

Rhinestone Buttons M&J Trimming

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!

Blue Buttons M&J TrimmingButtons 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!

Inspiration: Wild Wild West

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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.

Wildfox Spring Summer 2012

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!

James Dean East of Eden

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.

Leather Cowboy Boots with Gold Embroidery and Teal Cutouts

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.

Bohemian Girl in Cowboy Hat and Floral Robe

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!

Braided Western Beauty with Denim Shirt

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!

Inspiration: Belts and Buckles

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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.

Neon Pink J.Crew Belt

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!

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This belt looks just like a Ouija board. It’s pretty cool, and also a little creepy. Perfect for Halloween!

Double Buckle Western Belt

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!

Leather DIY Inspiration

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.
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Love leather as much as we do? Get inspiration from M&J on Pinterest or check out our website MJTrim.com

Runway Inspiration

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Prabal Gurung delivered an amazing collection during Fall 2013 NYFW.  It had a very strong military vibe that we love!  Every harness and buckled shoe that walked across that runway left us inspired to create our own!  Now it’s time to head over to our collections of leather and buckles and start getting creative!

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images via Vogue

 

DIY Lace Leather Headband

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With NYFW well under way, we’ve been grabbing major inspiration from some of the biggest collections to grace the runways.  BCBG continued to use lace cutouts in their FW 2013 collection on silk and leather.  This inspired us to use our extensive lace and leather collections to create a headband!

Supplies

1/2 yd leather trim

1 yd lace trim

headband (in store)

glue

scissors

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1.  Cut the amount of leather trim you will need to cover the entire headband.

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2.  Glue the leather onto the headband.  Make sure to smooth out any ripples the glue may cause.

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3.  Cut the amount of lace trim you will need to cover the headband.  Our lace trim was thin so we cut out 2 pieces to place onto the headband.

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4.  Add a tiny line of glue along the leather and place your lace trim onto it.  The glue will leak through the top of the lace trim but it will dry clear.

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5.  Let dry for 2 hours and you will have a chic and edgy headband!

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DIY Inspiration: Rock and Roll

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Over at M&J Trimming, we are starting the year off on the edgier side.  We are completely inspired to spike up our wardrobe with some rock and roll style!  Leather, spikes, chains, and studs … everything needed to add some spark to what we do best – DIY!

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Studded Up

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DIY Woven Leather Bracelet

 

Inspiration & Realisation is one of our favorite DIY blogs, and we’ve really been loving Donatella’s latest project. She used round leather cord and braided leather bolo from our store to create this lovely Bottega Veneta inspired leather bracelet. Doesn’t it look even better than the designer version? See the full tutorial at Inspiration & Realisation.

 

Runway Roundup: DIY Inspiration From Fashion Week

The collections at Fashion Week are always a major source of DIY inspiration, as we love scouting out the upcoming trends and thinking of ways to create them ourselves. This season definitely didn’t disappoint, as there were plenty of over-the-top embellishments, leather accents, and bold accessories. We rounded up a few of our favorite shows and the different ways they’re inspiring us. Which collection did you like the best?

Gucci – We loved the bright necklaces at Gucci, which mixed together flowers, gems, and spikes for an incredible combination. We’d love to recreate one with flowers and gems from our store. The embellished collars were also to die for.

Alexander Wang – This collection was full of sleek leather accents, strategically placed cutouts, and clothing that seemed to float in mid-air. You could easily DIY these looks by adding long leather straps to your favorite pair of shoes, or by cutting apart a t-shirt and adding a transparent panel. 

Rodarte – The leather fringe accents are definitely DIYable, but we especially loved the elaborate chain belts. Secure some chains together, add a few brooches, and you’ve got a chic, Rodarte-inspired belt!

Dolce and Gabbana – Like always, Dolce and Gabbana showed an incredibly elaborate, intricate collection. The shoes were detailed with bright braided raffia, and we adored the fun earrings. You could definitely DIY these looks by stitching some bright thread onto a natural bag, or by adding braided cord to a simple pair of wedges.

Jason Wu – This collection was especially lovely, with sweet little embellishments on some shoes and tops. But there was a bit of added edge with sleek leather harnesses and metal accents.