Friday, March 10, 2006

Catherine Couture?

Inspired by the latest nike line, full of movement, color, and insane cuts and styles, Ive decided to make myself a line of sports clothing, but with colors that suit ME.

The new nike line has colors such as ;white, black, hot pink. They are beautiful on darker skin tones, but seing as im really pale (white is a dark color for me to wear... just kidding!), its not so flattering for moi. So ive taken it upon myself to create my own line, my own little collection of pieces that go together to create movement, style, and comfort. One more problem I found with the new nike line; Their clothing didnt fit me well. The small hot pink cropped top was too loose, and would not hold things in place. And the medium (only size available) black and white tank ruined the visual effect the shirt was meant to create because there was too much fabric. Great line nike; but next time you should focus on the fitting too! After all, sports wear should be fitted! Though I must admit; Im deeply in love with it. But I also wish the colors were more universally flattering.

Here is how I did it, and how you can make your own.

First off, Ill admit to owning way too many clothes. My room is always a mess. But hey, Ill sacrifice space for extra clothes anytime! Like in the movie Head Over Heels, the model says it well; * How much space do you need to sleep? But you need a LOT of space for clothes!* So I started finding fabrics that ressemble sports wear fabric. Heck, I even used some shirt I used to wear as *fancy* shirts. They were the cheap kind that are 20$ but the fabric keeps you cool.

The cuts and colors also vary. One shirt is of a plum kind of pink. The other is black, white and red, with bold characters on it. The pictures shown above are my latest idea. Seing as Im shy to wear only a sports bra (like many people do at the gym and such) I found a way to make it more conservative. So i tied this sheer scarf over it (the colors are actually neon green and neon aqua) over my black sports bra. Theres another thing to keep in mind; black goes with anything bright or neon; think hot pink, yellow, neon green, orange...

Another fun thing to add to my compilation is gaucho pants. To tell you the truth, they scared the life out of me, because from my point of view, they made the wearer look short, with the added bonus of accentuating hips size. But the inner fashionista in me swipped the credit card, and now I have these gaucho pants. So here I was, dancing to *She wants to move* when I put the pants on with one of those tops I mentioned. They actually worked. For dancing they are great. They allow the biggest range of movement, and are also the most comfortable kind of bottom ive ever worn. Ide seriously recomment to any dancer, or person, to go buy some. They add style to the whole look too. That is another element that will make the new nike line successfull; new and never before seen cuts. So forget your geometry class and twist, tie, and pin things how you want them too be.

Another thing you should think of when putting clothing together is the colors. They should flatter you; but they should not be earth tones or everyday wear colors such as brown. Stick to bold colors, like hot pink, white, aqua, turquoise * (universally flattering, works for all skin tones*) And if you have darker skin, almost anything will work exept for black and earthy tones. And dont shy away from the yellow and the orange! Hot pink and orange were the colors nike used in their 2003 line, so why not make your own signature look by mixing two colors?!

*You also want to make sure everything *stays put* when you are dancing/running/working out.

So when you put together your own line of sports wear, remember these rules;
1. The color should suit YOUR skin tone.
2. Things should be kept in place *watch out with the low cut shirts!*
3. try something different, and eye catching.
4. Comfort is key. If you dont feel comfortable, you wont look it either.

So let out the inner picasso, and lets see what you can do! Email me pictures of your favorite sports wear (put together by you or bought at a sports store) and I will be posting them. Keep on checking back for an update on my sports wear; those photos will be posted too.

You know where im at, as always,

Cate <3>


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