Lana promoted her Other Versions Of You project by delving into a side of her fashion we have not seen before: a smarty hipster chick, who rules the world in polka dots and twill. I LOVE this so much! Not only is it a wildly fun departure from her usual glamorous style, but it also explores a facet of fashion we see from almost no other diva (Alicia Fox is one exception I can think of!). Lana chose a polka dot blouse in chic navy for this look and paired with gray chinos, a fabulous pant variation that vaguely polished and way under-used in Divadom. She added a femme-but-chill twist with lace sneakers and ramped up the smarty side of her styling with glasses. Her softly waved and sideswept hair kept the whole look relaxed and pretty, yet not so polished that it came off jarringly fierce. To recreate Lana's look, reach for your nearest polka dot button-down. Alternatively, go for something striped. Don't button it to the top - leave the fist one or two open to give off that cool girl aura. (Layer a thermal (or my favorite, Icebreaker base layers) underneath for extra warmth on nippy days). Stay with neutral tones to keep the look classic. Next, add chinos in your favorite silhouette: boyfriend, slim, cropped. You can also do this with suit pants - they'll add a bit more formality to your look, but not so much that it can't be balanced out by a casual accessory, like a knit scarf or open vest. I especially love the hipster twist the vest adds to this look. Finish with lace sneakers (or iconic Keds :)) Then again, maybe the smarty version of you is a little more glam and prep than hip. In that case, add a metallic belt and finish the look with loafer flats instead of sneakers. Include your favorite pair of glasses, or do your hair in a prim style: a classic twisted bun, sideswept bangs baretted straight to one side, or a simple mid-height pony. You may also want also want to carry a spiral notebook (dog-earred pages encouraged!) and tuck a pencil behind your ear for that authentic smarter-than-thou flair ;). I hope this inspires you to get your smart on sometime soon, loves! Happy styling!
I've often made the case that simple outfits can sometimes have the most impact. That is very true of this wonderful look from Barbie. It's about as edited as a look can get: a gray cropped sweater (with a cute asymmetric detail at the collar and bell sleeves), paired with leggings and given a twist of fierce via OTK boots. This is literally a perfect look for so many occasions that it's one we've got to put in our Lookbook file! Bell sleeves have been having a moment lately, so if you have a sweater with them, that's definitely a piece to consider. It doesn't have to be gray - any neutral will work. A special detail, such as said sleeves, or the flipped down collar on Barbie's sweater, adds an extra bit of chic to a simple look like this. It can still come together nicely with a basic knit piece, though. A simple cropped sweater in marled gray works via the texture created by the marled yarn. And don't forget - if you want to do a cropped look but are going somewhere showing skin is frowned upon (or you just like to stay warm ;), - layer a longer piece under your cropped top. This will still give you the proportion of the cropped style while keeping you cold-weather-ready! A chunky cable knit functions similarly to a marl - the texture of the knit creates a stylish visual dynamic. Designers have been doing a lot of really creative, beautiful knit designs lately, so it's worth taking a look at what is out there currently if you're ready to replenish your sweater collection. Also, don't be afraid to play with proportion in other ways. While Barbie went with a cropped styling, you can also use an oversized or boyfriend style sweater with this look by virtue of the leggings/skinny pants pairing. Slouchy on top with slim on the bottom has a great casually chic vibe and it's super comfy as well. Add the right touch of attitude to this pairing with OTK's - either flat or heeled will do equally well, so go with whatever floats your ducks :). If you decide to add jewelry to this look, keep it edited and casual - an artsy pendant or leather cuff bracelet are all you need to round off this simple, stylish statement. I hope this inspires you to give it a try sometime soon, lovelies! XO
PS Quick find: This cute ivory sweater from Garnet Hill has a fold-over collar like Barbie's.
After regaling us with a selection of can't-unsee-that sweaters, WWE redeems itself somewhat by releasing a gallery of Bella Twins shots. Some are golden oldies revisited, perhaps my favorite of which is a BTS from the twins' day of frolicking atop a piano in a collection of lovely neutrals. Tidbits are here from their somewhat risque carwash 'shoot, their cowgirl's celebration of the American West and several gear 'shoot outtakes. In addition, some new snaps have been added, including Nikki's turn as a NASA astronaut, which, though not especially fashionable, is visually impressive. he complex, metallic silver spacesuit is one of the few outfits which truly shines (no pun intended) against a plain black background and her poses are dynamite! In a similar vein is the NASCAR-themed snap. It's well-designed and, because of the simple color scheme, works successfully, despite the complexity of the ladies' outfits and the backgrounds (sponsors are great for competing, but no so easy to make aesthetically pleasing ;). Other fun new pics include several shots of Brie and Nikki in brighty colored oversized hoodies with massive sunglasses in neon shades and brightly colored thigh-high socks. While these again don't do a whole lot for my desires as a fashionista, I appreciate the fun use of color and the twins' unique and glamorous poses which, by acting as a counterpoint to the casual fashion, bring a lot more interest to this artistic endeavor than if they had gone with more staid ones. They continue to show their love for casual glamour in a classic black-top + denim 'snap. While this looks like an unreleased item from a couple years ago, the fashion choices are excellent. Their matching black bustiers are gorgeous and the pairing of the more formal top with casual denim succeeds brilliantly. Brie spikes hers with a chin belt, while Nikki opts for a flower-embroidered piece. She completes her outfit with strappy sandals, while Brie goes for fierce peeptoe patent booties. Both looks are A+. The twins score equally well with a more casual iteration of their style, in which they rep their WWE t-shirts, Brie in her red "Brei Mode" piece and Nikki in her black "Fearless" tanks. Nikki adds suit pants with a slightly formal vibe to her look, and then reiterates the casual feel with a baseball cap. The fit her of pants appears to be slightly off - which may be just a function of the camera angle. I think it disrupts the look a bit, though and I would have loved to see her try a belt here. I applaud her, though, for trying this pairing and pushing boundaries beyond leggings and denim. It's a much needed exploration and I hope she does more of it! Brie's outfit works a better, but doesn't take the same risks. She pairs her teewith jeans and adds a red plaid button-down tied at her waist, as was her wont in this latest style era. A bold pendant and a red headband complete her simply stylish look with classic Bella chic.
WWE has done it again! They have foisted upon my fashion sensibilities yet another year of these truly reprehensible Christmas sweaters! And you all get to hear me cringe, writhe and moan yet again. I keep hoping that one of these years they'll make this seemingly obligatory photoshoot just head shots, but alas, this year is not the year. I consider it a dereliction of duty to not at least look at what I'm reviewing, so I did steel myself, do some deep breathing exercises and gaze...as briefly as possible. I admit that outside of the horror of the garments themselves, there are aspects to enjoy (yes, I'm an optimist :)). The ladies made creditable attempts at expressing happiness and playfulness - enough to make the fashion in these snaps worth enduring. Alexa is suitably seductive, Bayley engagingly effervescent, Naomi appreciably alluring. In addition, her glowing lime hair makes a wonderful and modern color combo, when paired with the more traditional crimson and kelly tones of her sweater.
Alicia found just the right balance between simplicity and circus freak-ness with her look. Her ruched gold mini dress took (pardon the pun) center stage, while her striped stockings added the requisite zany twist, with some help from her super-sized fishnets and lacy glove. As a pure fashion moment, her strappy metallic sandals are a highlight of the whole photoshoot. Her turns with the black balloons are cool, but as a prop, nothing tops that incredible black feathered fan! The piece itself is amazing and Foxy works it like a pro. Her innate grace and athleticism is on display in her poses and the pics are the better for it - there's a haunting beauty to her snaps, and it continues even with her sitting poses. Her contemplative sideways gaze is both uplifted and sorrowful, a bittersweet expression of passion for entertaining and boredom with the continuous grind. It's no surprise that a flamboyant personality like Alicia's would excel in a role like this that really lets her explore her ability to take on a dramatic character, but it's still a thrill to savor the results! The more consistent lighting in her snaps helps to give them a cohesive feel. Lastly, if I haven't mentioned this before, I'm wild over the way she has her hair now. The coloring, the waves, the length: it. is. SO. GORGEOUS!
There is something about this time of year that just lends itself to red. It's a bright, warm shade when the weather is cold. It's festive during so many times of celebration. It's a classic through all the effervescent trends. I loved the look when Renee wore it nearly from head to toe, popped with just a bit of black. The full-on color makes a powerful statement, but red has such a strong presence that you can ease off a bit and still stand out. For formal offices or events, feel free to do the whole suit a la Renee. Go with pointy toe pumps in patent or suede, or ankle booties, instead of the sandals for this time of year. For more casual life moments, swap the tailored pants for slim denim. Take a cue from WWE's pretty, funny blonde and go with a v-neck top (alternatively, consider a scoop or bateau-neck); all three set up a trend-of-the-season choker as an accessory. If you're getting bored with the chokers, chokers, everywhere motif, try knotting a silk (or silk-like ;)) scarf at your neck. (Hint: you can steal a pocket square from the guys instead.) For this casual variation, add a dash of fierce by finishing the look with over-the-knee boots. I love their saucy, confident vibe set against a more refined jacket. And, speaking of jackets, one of the special features of Renee's is the satin lapel. It gives the blazer a tuxedo-esque vibe and makes it much more formal. If you have a piece like this, definitely take it for a spin! It doesn't even have to be red - black tuxedo jackets are totally allowed here! :) Also, while Renee's jacket is a finely woven fabric, likely wool, silk or similar, don't be shy about experimenting with more textured materials, such as corduroy or this season's darling, velvet! Both fabrics will work flawlessly for this look. And one (more) pop of red via a statement ring (or layered slim rings), or a classic red lip. Are you red-dy? Then, go work some red soon, Fancies! XO
My apologies to everyone for the long hiatus. I'm sure you've all had moments in life when you just can't keep up with everything. Well, I had one of those . I hope to be back on track now.
WWE celebrated Halloween this year with a very cool idea for a very unusual 'shoot: a noire-themed carnival. The lady superstars didn't dress up as much as they celebrated the haunted spirit of the day. What's fun about that is that is makes the snaps appropriate for times and events beyond Halloween. I also was very pleased to see something other than the sexy, cutesy-ness of so many Halloweens past. Halloween is fun, but viewing it through a more mature, goth-themed, Poe-esque lens is a wonderful variation.
Charlotte nailed her turn as a psychic: crystal ball, tarot cards - her props were perfectly on point. I also loved her color choices: mystic purples and entrancing metallic blues. They fit the blue-lit scenes flawlessly. I had just a few wishes for her look: simpler shoes (the print added an extra texture that wasn't a material addition), and the elimination of her pink corset belt and fur jacket. Those two pieces, like the shoes, complicated the look more than was needed. With the props, the layered clothing and her jewelry, there was plenty going on in the 'shoot, especially because Charlotte's stellar poses and gorgeous looks were the crucial aspects to focus on. It would be a shame to downplay them even a little because she gets massive props for the way she embraced this character - her blend of sultriness, mysteriousness and confidence (in herself and taking yours ;)) was brilliant. I'm also a huge fan of these make-up shades on her; the pales mauves and dusky lilacs are amazing - not to mention, fitting of the theme.
Summer takes us back to warmer days in this throwback shot, as she wears this goooooorgeous Opening Ceremnoy dress, paired with beige suede Stuart Weitzman boots. This is a stunning iteration of the dress+OTK's combo - it has a light, bright vibe due to the color combo. It also hinges on the beautiful, frothy femininity of this empire-waist dress. The ruffled edges and pretty central tie give it a wonderful sweet, vintage feel. I also love her up-do - we don't see that very often from Summer, which is a shame - it's a lovely style for her!
Renee went dark in this square-necked - always a strong and sexy silhouette - tank, paired with a drape-y black jacket and blue jeans. She added a pop of color with cherry lips. The whole combo is casually classic - trademark Renee!
Maryse's latest variation of her bodysuit-uniform is an absolute stunner! She swapped to white from her more oft-used black and accented it black studs at the shoulder and collar. Beneath it, she layered a divine white brassiere, encrusted with clear crystals. Every time she comes up with a new combo, I think she won't be able to top it...and then she does! She looks like a fierce angel...with an attitude! ;)...in this outfit.
If this snake-print maxi looks familiar to you on Nikki, that's because Brie wore it during the Total Bellas promos. The unique piece is Bobbi Rocco. Snake isn't a favorite print of mine, but the set against this delicate chiffon-like fabric really highlights its graphic qualities in a beautiful way. I'm head-over-heels for her heels though - these crossed-strap sandals are killer! And they make a fitting, classic exclamation point for this daring print. She displayed equal competence for informal looks in this snap from Napa Valley. She paired a gray cropped top with skinny jeans and luxurious burgundy suede block heel OTK boots. I love the way she works the seductiveness of this look - she doesn't go over the top: the flirty nature of the look depends on the abs-baring style of her top and her skinny jeans. It's a classic example of doing enough, but not too much. Sometimes restraint is the sexiest thing! There's an easy, unstudied feel to this look that is incredibly appealing. I love it.
I also love this all-black outfit Maryse showed off. It combines a romper (by Marciano) with a Nasty Gal cropped moto jacket for a wonderful play between luxe and tough.The pleated design of the top adds movement and softness, while her leather topper brings an edge to the look, which is echoed by her gray suede OTKs and her Valentino Rockstud bag. Trust Maryse to nail chic+fierce! Her refined ponytail elevates the styling, while her wide lace NastyGal choker adds a femme touch of intricate detail.
Lana's latest turn in plaid velvet is a huge step forward from her last! The colors harmonize beautifully and give a jewel tone luxuriousness to the modern seduction of her cropped bustier+pencil skirt combo. A bolero jacket adds a bit of formality. As with Maryse's look, her polished pony takes the ensemble up a notch. Lana's employment of the choker is less about adding textural detail and more about adding trendy chic to the look, but it works just as well! Lastly, Lana completes the pairing with a sexy finale: strappy sandals!
After a bit of a drought, we get a peek at Barbie's style in this magnificent dress. This piece combines a sheer top, done in an exquisite lace, with a satin skirt with a sky-high side slit. It's fantastic and I would love it on a red carpet or for an appearance. She wore this to a friend's wedding, however, and that leaves me with a few reservations. First, unless requested by the bride (which may have happened :)), all black is generally considered a faux pas at a wedding. Second, I find this piece too sexy to be appropriate for the occasion. If the top were done with an illusion panel and the side slit were closed up to mid-thigh, though, I'd be all in! And I have no reservations at all about her ankle-tie sandals. Those. Are. AMAZING.
The dress+OTKs combination has become a classic look. It was a famous staple of LayCool, but has also been seen on Summer, Maryse and Renee. We're taking the acronym concept one step further and making the pairing specifically an LBD with OTKs. It's hard to get more iconic than the little black dress. Its legacy was cemented by Holly Golightly in Givenchy, wandering down 5th Avenue at dawn in the 60's, but it was born decades before: in the 20's, when Chanel introduced it to the world. It is as versatile and chic now as it was then. Simplicity is a hallmark of the LBD, but within that simplicity there can be a variety of silhouettes. Maryse's pairing includes a sheath, a curve-kissing style, while Renee's paisley piece (re-imagined in black for our purposes) is of the swing (also called "trapeze") genre - a floaty, flowing design that looks best at knee length or slightly above. (In between these two silhouettes falls the shift dress, recognizable because of a slightly A-line or parallelogram shape). Any of these three can be styled with OTKs, although shifts are the trickiest and tend to work best when designed in supple fabrics such as jersey knits, as opposed to stiffer cloths, such as taffeta. So, step one in our alphabet soup is to pick your LBD of choice. If you're feeling fierce, go for a sheath, like Maryse. If boho or hipster is more your mood, try a swing style a la Renee. Then add your OTKs. Maryse is spot on trend with her burgundy suede pair; if you've got some, rock them! Other colored options include navy, camel and gray. Of course, you can always do black! :) The whippy swing dress can take a more casual pair, so feel free to reach for OTK flats if that's your jazz. For cooler days, top this look with a jacket. Maryse went with a gorgeous military version (my similar is here), which adds both trendiness and amperage. Consider a classic denim jacket or cropped blazer as an alternative. To keep the free-spirited vibe of Renee's swing style, top it with a faux fur piece. Other options include a drape-y trench or duster. You're looking for a boxy or cocoon fit, as opposed to something with princess seams or an hourglass shape. The more casual cuts suit the chill vibe of the silhouette. A long, casual cardi could probably be pressed into service if need be, too. Which brings to another important point: coat length is crucial! While sheaths work flawlessly with almost every style, including cropped, the swing requires a topper equal or longer than it's hem. Shorter pieces will either look awkwardly short, or create an odd waist. Accessories can be as pared down as Maryse's addition of sunglasses, or include a choker like Renee's (assuming your dress doesn't come with one helpfully included as part of the design ;)). Alternatively, do a hat: go with a hot-right-now (and so hot on Renee!) porkpie or a 70's-leaning floppy brim. If you're feeling that hat thing, but also the sheath thing, consider topping it all with a newsboy cap. I hope this inspires you to wear out some acronyms ASAP! Happy styling, loves!
Wow - I did not expect a look like this from Eva Marie! This billowy printed blouse paired with a sheen-y satin pencil skirt is a huge change from the sexy bodycon and lace-up styles she often gravitates to, but I really enjoy the polish and refinement of this look. It's sexy, but in a subtler, softer way. Her pensive gaze echoes the vibe of the outfit perfectly. She throws in a dash of inelegance by placing her hand so as to make the skirt almost look like shorts and it adds that little offbeat note that makes you really look deeper into the shot for the character created within it, in this case, the irrepressible badass tomboy peeking out from within her fancy ensemble. Wonderful snap on so many levels!
Nikki gives us a pair of fab looks, both utilizing skirts. The first pairs a white Adidas crop top with an Alice and Olivia side-slit midi pencil skirt. The look is simple, but modern, clean and sexy. She really takes it up a notch though with her Vince Camuto lace-up OTKs (the Felana)! These statement boots crank up the chic hard on this look by adding a textural element that just reeks of fierce. Well styled, Nik! Her second look is equally good: a boxy cropped top with a pleated flared skirt with a wonderful woven texture and a hint of metallic (this piece is by Devlin. Thx to fashionofthedivas.tumblr.com for the ID). What makes this look work is the high, wide waistband of the skirt: it creates a super-defined waist that necessary with the blocky shape of her tee. Along with the exaggerated flare, it creates the classic hourglass shape. With a smaller or waistband-less style, or one with less volume, this look could get very straight and clunky in a hurry. This is a place where paying attention to silhouettes really helps! Nikki finished the look with her CL Berlinissimo caged booties for an extra dose of fierceness, and a de riguer choker in a fun wide style.
Renee showed off her casual style chops with this movie night look. She combined a drape-y Free People sweater - worn off the shoulder for a coquettish twist - with destroyed Asos jeans. Doc Martens sneakers completed the totally chill outfit. This kind of look can be difficult to pull off - it's easy to have it look disheveled, or haphazard, but Renee gets the perfect balance of boxy and slim to make it all come together.
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