With the weekend coming up, I thought it was time to explore a super cute, seriously casual style ;). With casual outfits, it's really important to get the right mix of elements - literally make or break! Do it right and you exude casual cool. Do it wrong and you end up with "meh" or even "bleh". Yikes. So, let's take a cue from Brie on how to do it right. She starts with a classic white tee. It's hard to find one these days that's not see-through (pet peeve of mine! I know a plethora of celebs do the sheer thing, but in "real life", it's just not classy, unless it's done in a very specific way), but girlfriend above proves it's possible ;). (Aside: a nude bra that's similar to your skin tone will hide more effectively than most other colors. A pale, heathered fabric is next best). As I am (as previously mentioned) a stain magnet, I might go for a more forgiving soft gray. I love Brie's sleeveless, short-V-neck style, but a cap sleeved or scoopnecked piece will work too. A curve-kissing full-length tee will be the most versatile, but you can tie it to shorten it to a cropped length, like Brie's. Pair it with distressed skinny denim for a city-girl vibe. Cropped is good, rolled will do ;). You want it at a height that shows a flash of ankle. Top the look with a wardrobe-staple denim jacket. Finish with pristine white sneakers. (Or, do a bright color instead for a fun, bold pop.)The whole look is a combo of non-flashy pieces, but the right cuts and silhouettes make it look like something you put together with stylish intent, as opposed to just grabbing whatever was on your floor. Not that I have ever done that. Ever. Nope. And that's all I'm saying *winning smile*. Simplicity also gets a little nudge in fashionable directions from accessories. Brie used a long chain and a pair of turquoise statement rings to give an organic flair to her look, in keeping with her boho spirit. Few stones convey the earth goddess feel as well as turquoise! But if blue isn't your thing, consider red jasper or a similar non-sparkly stone. Alternatively, layer a number of thin band rings on various fingers, knot a bandana at your wrist or add a statement belt with studs, a stamped/etched pattern or an interesting weave. Little details bring character to your look and let you slay with (apparently ;)) careless ease. Hope this inspires your style this weekend or sometime soon! XO
The month of April was a 101 course in some major trends currently slamming the fashion world. First up is the camo jacket. Recently spotted on Maryse and Lana (I'm counting days 'til we see Paige embrace this look too ;)), as well as Ariana Grande and Cara Delevigne, the look is an outgrowth both of the military trend that's been surfacing lately, as well as the reinvigoration of grunge. Anorak-style jackets are hot hot hot, but other silhouttes, including bombers are out and about as well. Camo makes a great pairing with other neutrals, creating an effortless tough-girl vibe.
Another item that's having a you-NEED-this moment is the choker necklace. A 90's staple, this look has recently been sported by both Renee and Brie Bella, along with Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Chokers lend themselves flawlessly to the low necklines of summer, whether v or rounded. They are available in a wide variety of genres, including sophisticated crystal pieces, grunge-leaning leather and braided cloth bohemian styles.
I've never been a massive fan of camo, so that's a trend I'll likely be skipping. The choker, however, I can totally get behind! It's a look I completely LOVE! Hint: if you don't yet own a choker, you can create the appearance of one by looping a long chain through itself and wearing it like a lariat, but backwards. Alternatively, try a narrow scarf looped closely around your neck. Add a pin at the center for a bit of metallic or jeweled shine.
If this fabulous suit of Renee's has been in your dreams since WrestleMania (#NotProjectingOrAnything), there are definitely ways to re-create this look for less grand occasions. I'm completely in love with this chic ivory shade...but I'm also a giant, hyper-functional stain magnet, so I chose to re-style this in darker neutrals. The navy version is the most casual, using wide-leg denim pants and a navy linen blazer. It finishes with navy pointy-toe pumps for some extra polish. The black version has a bit more edge to it. It pairs suiting pants in finely-woven wool or cotton with a black blazer. The material here is matte, which walks a great line between office and semi-formal night event. However, you could significantly elevate this look by choosing a crepe or sateen material which has a sheen to it. To keep walking that mid-formal line, I've finished this with brogues, but sneakers would dress it down much further. For a dressier look, go with metallic sandals. While Renee appeared to go undergarment-free (and possibly had the suit closure sewn up slightly to maintain modesty), I would recommend a camisole underneath. Go with a silk piece or something with lace or crochet accents for a feminine touch against the strong statement of the suit, or a slouchy tee for casual cool. A bandeau would be a fun option for date night. I've saved the most critical aspect of this look for last. Ready? Suit jackets turn on subtle details - pockets, shoulder shape, tailoring. One of the most crucial ones is the stance of the jacket, i.e. where the closure is set. A high closure, set just beneath the bust, will act like an empire waist (see rightmost blazer), while a low stance will cause the jacket to be straighter, but also draw the eye downwards, elongating the frame. A mid-stance will be something like a princess seam, tending to create a waistline at the height it's set at. Renee's jacket has a low-mid stance, which gives it that long, slim, refined feel. To re-create this look, pick a jacket with a similar stance. Renee completed her styling with a delicate lariat necklace, a look I love! A short pendant necklace with a thin shape would work the same way. You could also add a little extra texture (or color ;)) by knotting a long, non-bulky rectangle scarf at your neck. Tuck the ends in, or let them flow :) Happy styling!
One perk of Velvet having a bit more free time is that she is able to give us a veritable flood of new pics, available at her RatedV.net site. If you remember me mentioning Vel in her Calvins, here's the snap. For real, shove over Kate Moss, right? Can you not see that shot on an NYC billboard? Although, putting V on a billboard would probably be dangerous ..cause too many traffic accidents from distracted driving. Like insurance rates need to be any higher. So, maybe just go buy the pic at RatedV. Think of it as helping to keep the planet safe ;). While you're there, you can also check out this punk-rocker girl shot, which includes a classic denim vest topping a killer studded bra. That piece is so crazy cool I can't even! Vel pairs that same skirt with her referee top for a fighting shot, which she totally nails, facial expression and all! I love the extra pop of color form her hair and her deep blush lipshade. Lastly,s he does a bit of modernist-sexy, pairing a lace-up, azalea-toned-lace-embellished onesie with matching thigh-highs. Strappy satin peeptoes complete this look, as Vel shoes off her amazing legs while working a chair prop. So, def make sure y'all check all those out :)
The photoshoot drought is still on at Impact it seems, but tiny drop by tiny drop a few pics are starting to leak out. The company seems to be back to it's old fondness for releasing just one snap at a time, which is a bit of a bummer when one is trying to do a photoSHOOT review (note: shoot..we on the same page now, Impact?), but still, it's better than nothing :) #SilverLining.
Hot on the heels of her title shoot, we get a quick snippet from Jade, wearing a gear ensemble with a very unique color combo: daisy yellow and rich plum. Yellow is such a rare color in wrestling gear that I'm always thrilled to see one of the ladies take it on. It also looks like Jade is continuing with the pared-down patterning of her title shoot gear, which is very exciting! With fun, surprising colors set in straightforward, bold pattern her gear could have a ton of..well, ...impact :) (pun intended :D). I'm not exactly sure what the printed square scarf is intended to convey, but it adds an interesting dimension. It will take seeing how utilizes it to tell whether it rocks or less than rocks :).
We also get a peek at a new ring outfit from Rebel, who has pulled out some very military style. I always love a woman who can wear a hat well, so that's a point in her favor. This jacket is also a really cool piece, with it's authentic shoulder detailing. She plays the commanding tone of those two pieces against very feminine shorts, crowned by a pink bow. She's resurrected the finger to teeth pose, an old sexy standard. This is quite a solid shot, with the style interplay between authority and sweetness being particularly interesting. Rebel's fashion sense is excellent; I wish Impact would let her turn it loose a bit more! If she were allowed to explore some of these themes less superficially and with a stronger fashion influence, I firmly believe she could create some stellar 'shoots.
Maria also gets a mini shoot. Hers gets up close and personal with the gear in which she won the recent ladder match that earned her the title of KO's Commissioner. The idea of the entire KOs division in the hands of Maria definitely thrills me! And now, can we take a moment and talk about those shorts? Holy holy. That silhouette is cheeky indeed! Maria emblazoned it with stars, a fitting tribute to her First Ladyship, as it was obvi she was one pretty much from day one. I LOVE that she chose orange as her opening color: it's fiery and intense! Few divas dare to embrace sucha color, but Maria looks fantasmic in it! She adds touches of black via her crystal-speckled belt and fishnet stockings, which is just enough to ground that scalding hot main color.
Ok, so maybe it's a little more like ..warm...off the press than hot since E! announced it a bit ago..BUT...if you haven't heard :): there will be a spin-off of Total Divas starting on E! in the fall. It will be called Total Bellas and will follow the day-to-days of Nikki and Brie, as well as Daniel Bryan and John Cena...and their attendant four-leggeds. Since the Twins rocked their time on Total Divas, I can't help but think this show will be equally amazeballs. And naturally, anything that provides more fashion - esp Bellas fashion ;)- for me to savor and discuss is a good good thing in my world! So, bring on the (Total) Bellas!
Mon night is one of fashion's big events: The Met Gala! It's held in conjunction with the Met Costume Institute's Fashion exhibit and is always a place and time where new directions for fashion begin. Each year has a theme and attendees are encouraged to dress in accordance with it. Past themes have included "Punk", the work of Elsa Schiaparelli (the contemporary and rival of Coco Chanel), and "American Woman". Watching the red carpet is a great way to get an insight on fashion's mood and where it's going to turn it's head next! This year's theme is Manus x Machina: Fashion In The Age Of Technology. That kind of title makes me think of very industrial, space-age kind of pieces - a bit grunge, a hint of goth, and lots of dark, rich colors, but especially fabrics with shine, or holographic textures. I can also picture a nod to the futuristic 80's, with strong shoulder silhouettes and defined waists. Metal and hardware are part of my vision as well: chains, studs, buckles...all three :) The Divas and KOs have had a number of moments that incorporate these themes. Most recent was Lana's fabulous trench from WrestleMania, but there's also Michelle's infamous trash bag dress and Lita's chain mail bikini. Velvet's leather, buckle-embellished corset feels right, as does Maria's super-studded strappy top (a favorite among many Divas several years ago) and studded belt and Kelly's lame' maillot. What do you think...will "Fashion In The Age Of Technology" mean industrial-inspired fashion? Or will it be about complexity, utilizing sophisticated stitching and piecing techniques and intricate prints and patterns that can only be created via technological advances? Or will it be about fashion's role in this technological age -one where style is about the antidote to all the electronica that surrounds us, and shifts into a more restful, grounding, bohemian basics era? Speak out in the comments! :)
One fabulous thing about WrestleMania is that we get GEAR...so, all of us gearheads can sleep happy for a few days :). There was a lot more floating around Wm than the couple we got to see in the photoshoot WWE released, so let's break all that down, shall we?
Alicia Fox's gear is awesome. Hands down. It's one of the simpler sets in terms of color, as she went with a black monochrome look. But that minimalist choice is a flawless choice to set against this complex, creative and mad cool design! It's a leather brassiere-style halter, but with multiple straps radiating down and outward, some flowing into bold shoulder pieces that create the effect of a cap sleeve. She added some fierce intrigue to this via a mesh underlayer that plays peekaboo beneath the brassiere and then turns into leather-trimmed sleeves. Wowza; this top is super HAWT! Leather shorts and knee boots, paired with leather knee pads) complete the look. The grunge-meets-Bad-Blood vibe is killer and I like the restraint Foxy showed in her choices. The one slight thing I might have liked would be a tiny bit of embellishment (I'm thinking a sprinkling of hardware), considering the importance of WrestleMania as an event. Overall, though, this gear is slammin'!
I've been a fan of Paige's bustier+ shorts combo for a long time and she has rocked some jaw-dropping gear at WM. This year, though, felt kind of "meh". I'm not often a huge fan of camo and this gear did little to encourage me to reverse that opinion. The stud accents should have given it a big kick, but they get somewhat lost in the camo pattern (closer pic below). I think they might actually have stood out better against solid black fabric. I wouldn't mind seeing an upgrade to the fishnets/knee socks/army boots too. They don't improve this look, which is a shame, because the right combo could and should. Oh well. Some gears slay and some gears just lay and we just gotta roll with it. Still love ya, Paige!
Eva's crossed halter and shorts combo is essentially her trademark gear. The cool thing about this is the red-over-nude lace she chose as a fabric. It looks fab and it's cray sexy, as is her wont. It's a wonderful canvas for a gear. Since this is Wrestlemania, though, it's a perfect time to surprise and delight us with some kind of tweak or twist or curveball. I wish she had made an additional attempt to make this ensemble a bit more special.
The same could be said for Brie, although it's more understandable in her case, since this was her final match. There's a practicality to looking good, without expending an insane amount of effort on something you won't wear for years...or ever again. And Brie did rock some serious fabulosity with her make-up. She and her teams went all out there; I couldn't resist including a close-up. How crave-worthy and glam is that eyeshadow?! I respect Brie's choice here; it was a smart play, even though we could possibly wish her last gear was something mesmerizing. This is a hallmark example of Bella style...and that's just how I want to remember Brie.
Sasha's latest photoshoot look had a couple really interesting aspects that can be drawn on for a day-to-casual-night outfit. One is the color story and the other is the pairing of studs with suede! We often see studs with leather for a rocker-type feel, but using suede makes the vibe much more laidback. The texture of the suede is less rebellious and assertive, more vintage Americana and down-to-earth. The studs still inject some attitude though! ;) Sasha plays up the vaquero-luxury dynamic with her choice of colors: caramel and mahogany popped with fiery red. The brown shades she uses tend toward the golden and red side of the brown spectrum, rather than toward grays and taupes. The warmth of these tones works fabulously with the intensity of the red. While Sasha chose suede pants, I've found a suede skirt to be a bit more versatile and wearable, so I re-envisioned the outfit that way. If skirts aren't your thing, you can get a roughly similar vibe with light-wash distressed denim now and corduroys later. You can do this pairing her way, with a scorching red corset...or go for a more accessible red tee. For fit, either slim or slouchy will do. The exclamation point on this outfit is the studded belt, so make sure you rock a killer one! Choose your fave shade of brown and bring on the metal. Hardware is your friend, be it brass/gold, silver, oxidized: it's all good. Sasha demo's a mid-width piece, but you can go wider or narrower; it's the flash that matters ;). If studs aren't your thing or in your wardrobe yet, you can get a similar look from a piece with complex laser cutting (choose florals or organic patterns, rather than something angular and modern), tooled leather with an artisanal pattern or whip-stitching. If you're not in Texas or a similar toasty clime, top this look with a coordinating suede jacket. If you own a chocolate leather piece, feel free to grab that. A budget-friendly option is ivory denim, which will keep the same dusty-glamorous vibe. Complete the look with brown ankle booties - the more broken in, the better! Chunky and/or low heels work flawlessly here, as do flat boots. For an extra shot of color or texture, add a bandana or braided leather/beaded bracelet at your wrist. Hope this inspires you to try the it-girl-gone-ranching styling! Happy Fashioning :)
First, let me register my displeasure that Natalya didn't get a set here. With that gear, it's a shame not to have the chance to get a closer look at it. However, WWE did give us the opportunity to appreciate the gear of a number of the divas, which is welcome because it's often a challenge to do more than get a quick overview in the excitement of the big event. It's super cool to get the chance to really savor the amazing gear that accompanies the splendor and hoopla that is Wrestlemania.
For example, Lana's gear begins with a classic piece: the trench, which she gives a futuristic vibe to, via the holographic graphite-and-purple fabric. It then gets an infusion of glam through the addition of sequin-encrusted epaulets. But the amazingness doesn't stop there! The piece then receives the royal treatment: a train fit for a queen. The piece made a massive impact during her entrance, and with good reason! From there, she disrobed into a smoky purple bodysuit, which melded a sequined brassiere with jaw-dropping crystal-embellished floral embroidery. This piece isn't merely glam and functional, with 'sexy' incorporated tangentially; it breaks new ground with its boudoir feel, emphasizing the sultriness over anything else. It's practical too, but that feels like an afterthought. This entire outfit is a showstopper! She finishes it with edgy-classic leather OTKs, a killer high ponytail and lavender lips - a risky shade that often looks a bit odd, but which works here brilliantly, echoing the color of her gear, while still being credible and beautiful, as opposed to shocking or comical. Clearly, Lana knows how to utterly OWN the fashion side of the ring. And her poses? Well...Maryse, you have some competition.
Welcome to the place where wrestling & fashion join hands. #BeInspired #LoveFashion Let the Fierce be with you! ;) Peace & Glitter!
Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork