Your wardrobe says a lot about you. You choose the items in your wardrobe carefully, reflecting your personal taste and the message you want to convey to others. One fashion trend that can truly upgrade your wardrobe is marble. While traditionally marble has been limited to actual stone countertops, tiles, and floors, the veining found in the natural stone is a hot design trend that can change your wardrobe for the better.
Over the past several years, marble designs have trumped other more traditional prints (move over leopard print and snakeskin!). It's a trend that has taken the fashion world by storm and doesn't appear to be going anywhere any time soon. One of the key reasons the marble design has done so well is that it is that perfect balance between pattern and the growing trend of minimalism. Including marble designs can instantly take any look to the next level by lending the look a sense of sophistication and elegance.
One of the most popular marble designs that is being used in fashion is the Carrara marble pattern. It's white base with grey hued veining lend a classic look to virtually any piece in your wardrobe. Another popular marble design is the Calacatta black marble pattern, which is a black background with white veining. This is a less classic look, but still very chic and elegant. These marble designs, of which you can find more here, can be integrated into the key parts of your wardrobe:
Adding accessories with marble designs may be the easiest way to integrate marble into your wardrobe. Phone cases tend to be the most popular accessory to sport the marble pattern. Marble patterns are one of the hottest design trends for cell phone cases. A quick glance on Instagram and you're sure to see tons of shots where this sleek design pops up.
Another popular accessory to sport marble designs is the clutch and handbag. Using marble designs make these small bags look like a piece of art. Not only will you find them in the popular Carrara marble and the Calacatta marble patterns, but it's popular to see clutches and handbags use marble patterns in pink and gold hues as well.
Marble designs have also found their way to hair accessories and jewelry as well. A simple marble patterned barrette or clip can be just the sleek finishing touch your outfit needs. If you want to wear your hair down, opt for a necklace with marble print pendants or a marble print cuff.
Marble patterns have been used on chunky heels, strappy sandals, ballet flats, canvas sneakers, boots, and more. The marbled design gives a unique pattern to the shoe that can add that special touch to any outfit. It's been used on the fabric of the shoe as well as the sole, each giving the shoe a unique look. A marbled pair of shoes can help you dress up virtually any look. This infamous design has even been worn by Lady Gaga, who sported a pair of Balenciaga ankle strap pumps with the white marble pattern.
Skirts and Dresses
Skirts and dresses may be the most popular fashions to feature the marble design. A simple Carrara marble pencil skirt can instantly take a look from blah to stylish, whether you're dressing for the boardroom or date night. Pencil skirts aren't your thing? No problem! The pattern looks great on all styles, whether it's a pleated skirt, a wrap dress, or any other style, the marble pattern (especially in the Carrara and Calacatta prints) takes your look to the next level. For more information, you can check out Fashion Adict.
Pair a Carrara print blazer with an all-black outfit and you have a chic, stylish outfit that shows you aren't messing around when it comes to fashion. This sophisticated look is great for the office or date night. If a blazer isn't quite your style, marble print is being used with many different jacket styles, including bomber jackets. Getting any style of jacket in this pattern can quickly and easily keep even the most casual of outfits on-trend.
When pairing marble print with fashion, the first thing that comes to mind is fabrics and accessories. But we can't leave out marble-design nails. Getting the perfect manicure can complete any look. While marble has taken over other aspects of fashion, nails have not been forgotten. Getting marbled nails is one of the hot trends right now. Book an appointment with your local nail salon and get on top of this trend. It will take virtually every look from great to wow!
Adding Marble into Your Wardrobe
If you don't have any marble patterns in your wardrobe already, what are you waiting for? This simple pattern can instantly add that touch of chic style to your wardrobe. If you're nervous about adding this pattern into your daily wardrobe, do it subtly. Pick one piece that has a marble design and pair it with a monochromatic look. This will help the design pop and will keep you from overwhelming yourself with patterns. Some pieces you could consider starting with would be a belt with a marble design to use over a solid colored dress or a marble print skirt with a plain top.
"Who are you meeting for lunch this week?"
Without fail, my former boss would ask me this question in every weekly status we had. And I dreaded the question. Because my answer was generally a stammering "Umm… No One." Occasionally I could remember what I actually had for lunch. And almost always it was sitting in my windowless cube eating a soggy sad sandwich.
I didn't understand why "who I had lunch with this week" was worthy of being a topic on our weekly status. After all, I was only 6 months into this new job. I was still figuring out how to pull data from Nielsen. I was still figuring out how to write an innovation brief. I was still trying to figure out where the bathrooms were in this maze of a building.
And despite knowing this question would come up in every weekly status, I was reluctant to change my behavior. I didn't see the value in the question. I didn't see the importance of it in my career. I didn't understand why I had to have lunch with anyone.
Because I hated the idea of having to network, to meet people, to put myself out there. Because networking was something slimy and strange and weird and scary. It made my stomach hurt, my throat go dry. And I could feel a faint headache coming on.
Even Oxford's definition of networking only reaffirmed my fears of what networking looked like: the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.
Because please don't ask me to walk into a room where I don't know anyone. And stand in the corner sipping a bad glass of Chardonnay. Please don't ask me to slide my business card out and not so subtly shove it in your face. And ask you to do something for me. Please don't ask me to network. Because I hate networking.
And I used to hate networking (okay, maybe hate is too strong.) I still really dislike the term. "Networking" seemed about getting something from someone. Or someone getting something from you. A favor, a job, a referral. "Networking" seemed very transactional. And someone shoving a business card at you (which happened to me recently at event) only solidified by feelings.
And over the years, I came to really understand that networking wasn't about "the action or process of interacting with others." It was about building authentic connections. It was about meeting people who were different than you. It was about expanding my community. And creating new communities. It was tapping into more and more communities I could belong to.
And as I slowly started to change my view on networking- I mean building authentic connections- I started to realize my communities were more inclusive than I thought. My best friends from middle school. Former bosses. College Alumni I met after we had graduated. Colleagues from past companies. Vendors and agency partners I had once worked with. Colleagues I had once managed. As my family expanded, my husband, my two sister-in laws and my brother in-law. A whole host of fabulous cousin-in-laws. My baby brother as his career skyrocketed. And fellow parents in my kids' school.
I still hate networking. And I love building connections. And helping to build connections and be a bridge for other people.
Now, when I go to a large event, I try to go with a friend. We have a drink at the bar and then part ways to try and make new friends. If we don't authentically connect with other people, and we have made the effort, we always have each other to back to.
Now, I try to meet one new person a week at my company or in my broader community, or reconnect with someone I miss seeing. (This doesn't always have to be in person, can be text, Zoom or Facetime.) And if you can't commit to doing that, that you should seriously relook at your schedule. I thank my former boss for that constant reminder.
Now, I joined Luminary, a women's collaboration hub in NYC, which has been life changing for me. I am also on the advisory board. It's all about women supporting and lifting each other up- to get more money, get that next big promotion, or start their own venture. It's a built-in community of unwavering support.
Now, I am working on expanding my community of moms. Not too long ago, I worked up the nerve to ask a fellow mom in my daughter's class if she wanted to get together. She thought I meant a playdate. I meant drinks. And after one late night out drinking, I have bonded with a whole new set of badass women.
And all of these communities. I am there for my communities. And they are all there for me. Referral for a job at my company. Coaching on how to survive a bad boss. Advice on how to ask for more money. Supporting each other as we care for aging parents. Candid feedback on why they didn't get that promotion. Commiserating over a cocktail on which working parent had the worst week ever.
So please don't ask me to network. Because I hate it. And well actually I don't have a business card to give you. I haven't printed one in four years.