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.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist