Becky's new aesthetic, which pairs beauty and toughness is 100% up my alley! Her juxtaposition of elegance with grit (and perhaps a hint of flash ;)) ticks all the right style boxes so I was intrigued by the idea of trying to metamorphosize it into a streetwear look. The first critical element of Becky's pairings have been to use selected neutrals. We've seen her do classic black and white in the past, but this beige and black combo is particularly appealing - it's not overly sweet, but still incorporates a touch of the lighter neutrals that look toward warmer days. And the always iconic nude-tan-beige-blush tones have been especially important the last few seasons, i.e. one more reason to work them in ;). The next concept to be culled from her gear is restraint - she hasn't gone to town with embellishment; she's used hints of it. A band of lace and wrappings of grommets are enough to create the idea and serve as a reminder that a whisper can be all you need. Black denim is clearly the first item that comes to mind for creating this look, but definitely consider chinos as an alternative - the utilitarian twill fabric is showing distinct comeback tendencies this spring. The weather will be the determining factor in your layer choices: a blouse with lace appliqué and a wool coat may be plenty. Then again, you may need to slide a turtleneck or similar toasty layer under said blouse. A lace cardigan is a fab choice also - consider a maxi length piece if you have one. Attention athleisure lovers: lace appliqué sweatshirts are flawless for this look! If your current wardrobe offers lace options in the slim to none category, consider a crocheted piece instead. It will give you a similar effect. Should that also fail to work, there's always the option of a lace choker (and you can DIY one with a piece of ribbon in cases of extreme need :)). Footwear and accessories are the easiest way to add the requisite touch of metal: a studded belt, studded booties, a grommeted bracelet or choker or a biker/moto style jacket that includes a good dose of hardware will all do the trick. No need to get too fancy - flat OTKs,or low or chunky-heeled ankle booties finish this pairing off with casual feistiness. Happy styling!
Carmella's urban sporty style is seriously fun and spot on trend, i.e. well worth borrowing ;). I love the effortless effect of this bright bomber set atop an LBD - the big pop of color makes me think of spring, even if the temperatures haven't quite caught up to that particular daydream yet. Clearly, the way to start this outfit is with your little black dress of choice. Don't go for anything too formal - stick with knit fabrics that keep the look low-key. The exception to that is if you're going with a slip-dress (how totally trendy of you!). In that case, slide a turtleneck underneath to make the silhouette cold-weather friendly and then feel free to use silk, satin or whatever fabulous fabric floats your stylish ducks... in a row :). Step two: the bomber. This is def a case of flaunt what you've got: if you have a classic wool version, that'll do just as well as an a la Carmella satin piece. If you have a bright color, go for it! If you own a jewel tone, rock that. Ditto a print (you cool thing you). If all you own is a neutral, break it out, babe! Even black over black will work here, due to the difference in textures; you'll just want to make sure you create a spark via your accessories. Carmella completed her look with sneakers. If you live in a place where the weather is cooperating, by all means do the sneaker! Any pair that includes one of the colors that is also in your bomber is a go. Unless you have a neutral bomber, in which case, have at your bad self - no holds barred. Spray paint a sneaker if you have to (just kidding. But yes, you can actually do that.:)). If sneakers are out of the question, or if a little less sporty is what thrills you, go for boots - a simple, flat ankle boot with a knee-length or above dress, something heeled with a long one (make sure the shaft goes higher than the dress' hemline). A choker (I dare you to try a leopard one!), bold short pendant and/or baseball cap are Carmella-approved accessory options. Pick your passion: one, two, all or none. Happy styling!
I can't believe I'm still in catch-up mode. Sigh.
I'm so sorry that Naomi's injury was serious enough to force her to have to drop the title. How insanely frustrating after all her hard work to achieve it! She managed to go out in style though, pairing a cute cap-sleeve cropped tee with her Feel The Glow leggings and black sneakers with blue and lime embellishments. This combo is casual and sporty and, once again, plays on that fab combo of teal and neon citrus that works so incredibly well. Her bright hair acts as that one extra pop of color that gives the outfit zing.
Mickie put together a classically Americana pairing of a gorgeous lace cropped top with pale denim. Naturally, she finished it with Western boots ;) One of the benefits of an unrefined, study boot like this is that it allows an outfit to be styled with super-feminine pieces, like Mickie's top, without having the look come off at all too girly. The boots provide a strong counter-balance - something to keep in mind if you adore frills, but don't want to over-do the femme vibe. If Western boots aren't your jazz, a chunky-heeled punk-tinged boot, or a classic riding silhouette will work similarly.
Lana has been doing a good bit with this double-breasted dress style lately. The double row of buttons has a haberdasher-esque quality that brings strength and assertiveness to this simple dress. I can love this design when done as a blazer; I'm a bit more hesitant about the dress version. I don't dislike it, but it probably wouldn't be the first thing I'd reach for. Lana's variation is done is a fiery red satin, which makes it even more of a statement piece. Her slim crystal choker is a perfect way to accessorize a look like this - with subtlety. Her low bun is polished but not too prim - another winning choice!
Maryse got in on some actual nearly in-ring action in preparation for the build-up to Miz & her Wrestlemania match against John & Nikki. As usual, her selections are stellar: a cropped sequin bomber cardigan (leave it to Maryse to make a cardi look fierce! #HowItsDone101) tops leather leggings. She finished the look with plain suede OTK boots - and flat boots, no less! It's rare, but Maryse in flats does indeed happen ;), and she slays in them just as well as in heels. As if we expected anything different. #Homage
Natalya's exploration of combinations of patent leather, sheer, strapped cutouts and crystal continues with this gear. She's moved to pink for her crystals - a mouth-watering decision that I hope she gives us a few more variations of! The strapped cutout aspects of her gear remain as fabulous as ever - and she's earning serious points from me for her designs that show enough to be tantalizing as heck, without showing too much. It's a fine line to walk and Nattie is handling it perfectly. This is how a classy lady does sexy! Note-taking is encouraged ;).
Barbie's style gravitated strongly toward casual vibes during most of the winter, a genre she handles with competence and distinctiveness - i.e. well worth borrowing from! Her pairing of a safari jacket (an aptly named piece of clothing designed for adventures in the African bush and referenced by Hemingway in the 30's) with denim is easily adapted to a cool weather variation. Its laidback vibe lends itself flawlessly to a pairing with a simple sweatshirt, which nods at the athleisure trend. You're not looking from something too beaten up or wordy, just a very basic, unadorned piece will do. Heathered colors are perfectly acceptable, as are hoodies (can you believe it?!). Slouchy silhouettes are do-able as well, since the jacket adds casual refinement. If sweatshirts aren't rocking you at present, consider a simple sweater or lace-up thermal. Grab a slim/straight or skinny pair of jeans for the bottom. Barbie's look has a softness about it, due to her choice of blue denim, which I love and reprised, but with the neutral palette of the rest of the pieces here, black denim would work as well. The crucial factor behind your choice of denim silhouette is your shoes. Keep the casual feel going with ankle boots - Barbie's heeled hiking style (the wheat Glancy from Timberland, available here) is fantastic and will work with slouchier straight styles, as well as skinnies. You can also totally do this look with flat boots; just choose a skinny jean to balance the more over-sized pieces on top. Definitely consider only partially lacing your flats boots and leaving the top open for a cool-girl effect, as Alicia did here. The look's coup de grace is the jacket, which elevates the denim and sweatshirt pairing by adding structure and easygoing sophistication. The safari style is a perfect choice here, as it lends polish, without being too formal. If you haven't yet added one to your jacket collection, an oversized bomber will create a similar, slightly more urban vibe. Other breezily refined options include a knit blazer or a denim (and chambray too!) blazer. Note: blazer; skip the classic denim jacket here, as it's too laidback to bring the necessary pop to the look. I hope this gets your casually chic style juices flowing :) Happy fashioning!
Barbie was backstage at Raw in Las Vegas in February and looking fabulous! As an aside, I'm so impressed with how she speaks about her time in WWE - how grateful she is for the start and opportunities they gave her and how respectful of the company. It's really nice to hear and reflects well on all parties. I love her pairing of a simple black tee with black denim. She adds just the right pop to the look with beige suede OTKs, which break up all the black and add a sophisticated brightness to the styling. Her Hermes belt brings in a hint of flash, but in a subtle way. This is precisely the kind of look that makes me head-over-heels for Barbie's fashion! Alongside her, Sasha was sparkling in a sequined romper, paired with flat OTKs - her tv look for the night. It's a simple combination that works nicely and ha enough flash to suit her persona. I'm also loving Alicia's outfit, as she dips into her trendy-meets classic side. Her monochrome look includes a sheer-panelled top, on-trend wide leg pants and a chic blazer. Pointy toe pumps complete the look flawlessly, lengthening the leg line (not that Foxy needs that ;)) and adding a subtly powerful vibe. Although as different as can be from Barbie's look, Alicia's outfit is an equally magnificent example of the kind of style that makes me swoon!
Barbie took her style even more casual with this relaxed look from mid-February. She paired a white tee with cut-off blue denim shorts - so far, so classic! Instead of the ubiquitous bomber, she chose to top the look with an iconic safari jacket in dark olive. Caramel Timberland boots completed the look. I love how her choice of heeled boots gives this look a bit more panache and distinction than flats would have. Barbie's winter also included a meet-up with bff Maryse. "Blondes in black" seemed to be the theme of the night, with both ladies reaching for the iconic neutral. Barbie paired her scoop-neck top with leather slim pants and a mixed media bomber jacket - I've been waiting to see her hop on that trend and she rocks it with off-duty model aplomb. Minimalist strappy sandals and a racy lace-up choker brought attitude and sultriness to her look. Maryse also went the scoop-neck top + black denim route (I guess super-stylish divas think alike! :)). She topped her look with a trendy capelet in a fantastic duster length and finished it off with taupe boots, which - as with Barbie's earlier look - add a refreshing contrast to the black. This pairing really hinges on the swirly fabulosity of the capelet; it's a statement piece that needs little other embellishment to create a chic and confident casual vibe - basically, a streetwear variation of her current-trademark tv apparel.
I've been so excited to get to this and so short on time to actually do so that it's been really frustrating. Adding to it is that I've caught a hideous cold, so that hasn't been helping. However, finally: heeeere we go! I missed a lot of fashion during Jan and Feb, so this is how I'll be catching up - via Master Posts for the divas. And I'm kicking it off with a lady whose fashion I always get a thrill out of: Barbie :)
Her New Year's look was amazeballs, embodying both current trends and the effervescent glamour of the occasion. The piece is the Gaga jumpsuit from Reve Boutique and combines shimmering all-over crystals set on an eggshell background. With all that drama, Barbie kept her hair simple and sleek. In many cases, I find the pin-straight+center-part styling quite harsh, but here it works as a refreshing counterpoint to the bold statement of her outfit. The one thing I would tweak is to swap out her clear plastic heels for simple silver strappy ones, as the clear plastic never looks stylish to my eye.
She then treated us to a couple of bikini-inclusive looks from her incredible 30th birthday bash in Cabo. Don't you completely adore the fringed side-details of this black string bikini? It's like a salsa dance in a swimsuit! So cute! Barbie finished the look with white sneakers. Her next pairing was a floral embroidered bikini top from Mara Hoffman (sadly sold out). The piece features a fabulous mix of pretty sherbet shades, along with a wonderfully unique starburst edge. She set it off to perfection by pairing it with white wide-leg pants from Intermix Online that let her top have the spotlight. The whole combo is a perfect example of a completely laidback but still super-cute outfit! Her next look has the same vibe, with a added touch of flirtiness. It pairs a blush tie-front crop top with a swingy A-line skirt in white. Her nude Valentino Rockstud lace-up heels elevate this look and make it dinner-appropriate. My favorite element of this outfit is Barbie's hot pink clutch! We often see a pop added to an outfit via lip color; she follows essentially the same principle, but with her handbag -so much fun! - and a great idea to keep in mind for times when the lip shade avenue isn't one you want to pursue for whatever reason ;). Her next bikini is a dusty turquoise dot-printed piece (The All Caught Up from No Strings Attached. ID by fashionofthedivas.tumblr.com) with contrast strings. The teal-terra cotta match-up is an unusual one, but looks amazing against Barbie's tanned skin. She adds a stunning crochet sarong in a medium coffee shade and a super-slim choker. I love the movement added to the outfit by her sarong - that's got to make wearing a bikini even more fun :)
The Royal Rumble set a high fashion standard, but the gals maintained it at the Elimination Chamber.
First, there was Becky’s continuing foray into gear with a hint of a femme twist. This set offers an iconic color story of black and beige, with a simple tank topping her frayed denim shorts. What brings distinction to the look is the broad band of gorgeous black lace that drapes across her torso. It’s so delicate that, at first glance, it almost seemed ragged to me, as if it was echoing the hem of her shorts. Even though it’s not, the similarity in texture unites the look, while still providing a beautiful and delicate contrast to the rugged grommetted leather at her knees. There’s a kind of broken-in, ragged romanticism to this look that I’m really enjoying: it’s stunning yet unforgiving, gorgeous, yet grounded. What a unique and intriguing statement from Becky and a wonderful show of growth and experimentation!
Both Summer and Sasha worked with blue and orange as a combo in the past and I loved it. Equally well do I love the pairing of purple and orange, as worn by Nikki. The bright cantaloupe shade is warm and inviting and nearly glows with intensity. It looks amazing against her skin! The deep grape adds a flush of cool solidity to all that vibrancy and the effect is gorgeous! While I love her red, black and white variations, seeing her break into some new color combinations – especially such unique and yummy ones as this! – is incredibly fun!
Alexa went for the classic color combo of red and blue with her gear. She added a nice little twist, though, by accenting the pairing with gold, which adds warmth and luxuriousness. I’ve been a fan of this design of her gear pretty much since it debuted and I’m still totally on board. The only thing I could do wthout is the cartoon appliquee at the front. Come on, girl – you’re not Bayley. There’s a way to bring in this kind of accent, but, set against a mature, fierce ring outfit like this, it just looks silly.
It takes a really special vision and execution to use a lot of pattern and color and have it be cohesive. Naomi absolutely smashes the concept here! For starters, her romper silhouette is bang on trend. For seconders, her scrolled, mod print has the complex beauty of a Pucci piece, but done in light-up-the-world neons that give it a youthful energy and vitality that looks super hot! Lime, turquoise, lavender and cerulean make for a current and stunning color story, while the matching leg covers carry the look all the way to her feet, creating unity and impact. The layered chevrons are a flawless addition, creating a slight, but solid diversion from the print and working fabulously with her body shape to create a curvy hourglass. I love everything about this – as complex as it is, it’s put together perfectly, so it’s not busy or overwhelming, just powerful, mesmerizing and straight up AMZAZING!
Mickie’s gear has been a wonderful mingling of ‘new and then’ :), pairing a halter top accented with a suitably Southwest-esque symbol and her always-favored flared-leg pants. Touches of colored stones accent the edges of both top and bottom. She’s done several color stories with this design, but I especially like the icy simplicity of this metallic silver, spiked with hints of emerald.
With fashion weeks and new spring pieces coming in and the knowledge that we’re (finally!) on the back end of winter, there’s a lot to love about February! And oh yeah, there’s that Valentine’s Day thing too :-). The Divas rocked their style this month and that made just that much more lovable, so let’s about love, baby!
Charlotte’s in-ring fashion interests me because it has a distinctive character compared to her street style. She lightens up for her street style, stretched further and brings in more color and generally a bit more femininity. Her in-ring style (other than her gear) has a minimalist, and tougher quality. It acts nicely as a balance to the gorgeousness and glam of her ring attire, but I wouldn’t mind seeing her push some boundaries either. This black monochrome look typifies the styling she’s so successful with: leather peplum top creates curves and edge, black denim lends that laidback air and suede OTK’s complete things with a whisper of fierce. It’s solid, simple and polished.
For risk-taking, we have to look to Renee, who breaks out this pair of plaid-accented pants. We had a rasher of printed pants going on among the divas last fall and Renee decided to hop on the train. As with Maryse and the other fashion-accomplished divas, Renee makes the more daring bottoms work by pairing them with a simple top and keep the whole look primarily about dark neutrals – except for my favorite part: her hot pink lip shade, which echoes that shade in the plaid and carries the color upward flawlessly! It’s an outfit-maker choice that makes the whole look pop. A simple choker adds an au courant touch.
Alexa reaches for her engaging aesthetic of chilled glam with this look, pairing a sheer-meets-solid top with moto pants and low heeled black knee boots. I love the zipper-embellished pants, but the rest of the look is somewhat underwhelming. It’s trying for hotness and comes off feeling more common than fierce. It surprises me that I could call anything “common” which contains that incredibly awesome crystal choker, but the mix of elements is just a shade off, which gives us a quick refresher course on why the most effortless-looking style can sometimes be the hardest to capture. Paradoxically, I think she might have gotten more impact from a simple cap-sleeve, scoop-necked cropped tee that put the focus on the crystals and the contrast with her sturdy boots. Next time! ;)
Mickie also works the casual look and hers comes together nicely. She pairs a brick red cold-shoulder-top (showing shoulders is so totes on trend right now!) with blue denim. A wide woven cognac belt accents her waist and ties in with her to-the-knee boots. So far, so good. She spikes the whole look with a statement gemstone necklace in peacock blue and orange – a surprising combination that makes you think about it for a moment. The blue harmonizes with her jeans, while the orange echoes the cognac shade, making the surprise a stellar choice. It gives the look distinction, without being jarring. Props, girl!
WWE seems to have taken a cue from our recent Favorite Black Dress Revisited post: they've released their own throwback gallery of Rosa photos. It's a fun little trip down memory lane, running all the way back to her debut as a stalker-caliber fan of The Glamazon. WWE has used that scenario before, but it was different enough when Rosa employed it to feel fresh and engaging. From there, she went to successfully manage several wrestlers, while making the most of sporadic in-ring opportunities. SHe also had a brief stint with a "workout fanatic" gimmick. Although she entered the WWE scene as a highlighted brunette, she really caught my attention when she first dyed her hair dark. I'll never forget the first photo I saw of her with it; it was stunning! I remember thinking that she ought to keep it that way because it was so gorgeous and for a long time, she did :). Her entry into the feud which revolved around Total Divas brought new chances to wrestle and a new hair color - remember Rosa's days as a golden blonde? One of the things I always loved about Rosa was her tremendous evolution in ring gear. Her early pieces were forgettable exercises in metallic two-pieces with silly skirts. Through the years though, she began to innovate and experiment more. First came a series of looks which paired sheer insets with rose appliquees. In late 2013, she went to a bustier+shorts combo, done with fur accents, latex, leather - a kind of glam-luxe sultry diva iteration that evolved into her best work: romantic, sensual combinations that left me craving more. There were pieces done in white with black lace, all-over hydrangea blue lace with braided gold accents and cobalt metallic lace-up tops with gold lace accents. Next up was a foray into bodysuits, including this metallic gold one with lace embellishments at the hips -reminiscent of a polonaise dress - that she wore at Wrestlemania 30. These earned points for being unique but still had a few kinks to work out. She closed out her in-ring time with a metamorphosis of the bustier into a sheer-accented halter, often dotted with sequins, another stellar variation. Her next fashion era was as a manager again, where we saw explore a variety of magnificent dance-inspired pieces as Fandango's partner. Over time, Rosa really found her style voice. We watched her grow from tentative derivation to bold, exotic beauty with a big dose of temptation heaped on for good measure. That carried over to her street and 'shoot fashion as well. Her early looks had an urban vibe that was competent, but somewhat common. As time went by, she ramped up the glamour and the fierceness, giving us saturated colors, sequined bodycon dresses and leather shorts paired with striped tees, all of them finished with killer heels - the girl became quite a shoe maven, bless her! :) I always get a thrill from watching this growth happen with the divas and looking back on it through these photos is sweetly nostalgic!
We may not all have antebellum mansions to frolic about in, but fortunately, we don't need one to borrow a bit of inspiration from Naomi's look in her next-to-latest WWE 'shoot. Her pairing of brassy stripes with feminine tulle amped up the quirky, fierce energy in the 'shoot, especially when finished with sparkling bow-embellished heels and her glowing lime hair. But, take the styling out of the photoshoot and it stands on its own rather well. The bold, vaguely modernist statement of a striped top acts as an anchor for the frilly effervescence of the tulle skirt, making for a playfully chic combination we can definitely borrow! Step 1: grab your favorite tulle skirt! :) ..."But Brie, what if I don't have a tulle skirt?!" *horrorstruck* It's ok, I swear! Breathe :) Just reach for a skirt with a femme feel: lace, embroidery, florals, even just a simple, solid piece in a floaty fabric like silk or chiffon will do. All better? :) Hugs! Step 2: grab a striped top! You do have one of those, right? A knit tee tends to be my first thought when I envision stripes, but don't forget about striped blouses or button-downs. Their more polished connotation plays perfectly for this look. Next: warmth! If you need another layer, add a twill military jacket (a classic leather biker will work too) for some extra attitude over a tee or bring in the sweetness of a button cardigan over a collared top. Important: if your skirt has a narrow waistband that doesn't provide enough definition, you can visually widen it by adding a belt. Feel free to blouson your top over it. Last up are the shoes. If you need a little more edge to feel like you, a heeled boot will do the trick. For maxi skirts, make sure the boot shaft is higher than the skirt's hemline. For all others, make sure there is a gap between the top of the boot and the skirt's hem (unless you're doing OTKs under a midi or knee skirt (a perfectly stunning look, darling ;)); in that case, follow the suggestion for maxi skirts. If you're feeling sophisticated, go with a simple, iconic black pump. Laidback, but still fabulous? Try a pointy-toed ballet flat. I hope this inspires you to pair something striped and something femme sometime soon. Happy styling! XO
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