Let's talk about summer suits! Solid navy, black and gray are the classics, but the warm months lend themselves to lightening things up a bit. White and ivory are tough to wear in winter snow and mud, but this time of year, they're do-able...for some of us brave folks :). Maryse and Charlotte both showed off light-colored suit combos recently, and both ladies used the same super-trendy pairing of white and blush. Charlotte's version, put together for a speaking engagement, was a bit more professional - as one would expect, given the event-, and incorporated pants and pointy toe pumps. Maryse's day-out-with-her-girls look was styled with shorts and her Rockstud pumps. Note: you can probably get away with shorts at the office in certain industries (creative and artistic fields = yes, law and finance = most likely not), if styled in certain ways: done in formal fabric (chino, silk), paired with a blazer or oxford shirt, and if kept to certain lengths (mid-thigh at the shortest). If you're in one of those fields where it's frowned upon, do it Char's way and go for the pants. What pants? Well, white suiting pants or chinos would be high the list. Also an option are cotton or poly blend woven (not knit) fabrics. (Trivia: woven fabrics stretch in only one direction, as opposed to all over, as a knit does. A woven fabric tends to be more substantial (think "not yoga pant"), making it work-appropriate). White denim is a can-do if your office/event leans t the casual side. The critical aspect of all white pants is opacity. Non-see-through only, please! Linings are helpful, but not a guarantee. I strongly encourage checking out all white pants under bright light while holding/wearing first a bright and then a skin-tone fabric underneath to see exactly how much everyone else will see. Recreate Charlotte's look by adding a cami in blush, nude or pale peach (I don't recommend ivory under white as it tends to make the ivory look stained). I'm a big fan of mixing various levels of formality; try a casual tank with a true suit, or a dressier cami with denim and/or linen. Top it with a polished blazer. Charlotte chose a cropped suiting jacket, but a longer length blazer is also fabulous. Definitely consider beautiful, textural linen blazers here! Finish with classic pumps or pointy toe flats. Also, for those of you who, like me, could get dirty in a washing machine, think about doing this combo with tan, sand, or camel; those shades convey the pale freshness of this color combo, while being a bit more forgiving of stainage ;).
Yeah, I know it's a bit odd to be celebrating Independence Day spirit at the end of July. But...in my defense...uh...actually I have no defense, I'm just running behind 'cuz life is BUSY, y'all. Still, any day can be a day of independence and a little extra celebrating never hurt anyone, right? ;) So, light up your sparklers (a sparkling smile will suffice :)) and let's get to it!
Maryse wows us on a continual basis by coming up with ever-evolving interpretations of a chic formula. The statement-coat-over-bodysuit look, paired with OTK's is her current slay-us-via-style genre. Lately, she has taken to ramping up the glam in the look by finishing it with massive, jaw-dropping necklaces. This one, a symphony of layered black stones set in a raindrop pattern gives this black monochrome look - already fabulous due to the complexity of her sleeveless trench- to a new level of bold elegance. I always enjoy seeing where Maryse leads us on her fashion journeys! She goes from dark glamour to red hot in her next look: a bodycon dress accented with some seriously daring cutouts, which are filled in with crisscross straps. Holy! The Sexiest Of The Sexy rides again. After we pop our eyeballs back in, can we talk about this ponytail? I love the juxtaposition of sleek with sexy!
Lana went for a sand-colored bodycon with an empire waist. This color has been all over fashion lately (especially paired with blush pink), and, even though it isn't red, white, or blue, I still love the soft warmth of the color for a summer picnic. Pop it with red or navy shoes and/or bag and/or jewels for a super classic look.
Renee's lace-up romper hits all the right color notes and is suitably free-spirited with its exotic paisley print. Her chunky camel shoes nod to both boho and the 90's and ground this look perfectly. The pairing is trademark Renee: lighthearted, functional and FUN. Adding it to the "To Borrow" list now.
Sasha's cutout pantsuit has a modern, architectural vibe that immediately caught my attention. It's simple, but strong - defintitely the kind of piece that makes an impression! Her "Boss" jewelry and bedazzled sunnies bring her personal spin to the look...but not nearly as much as her wedge sneakers do! They're a unique pairing with the jumpsuit and reiterates Sasha's claim on the sporty-street style territory she is carving out for herself. It's a theme that's different, interesting and makes her stand out.
This magnificent outfit from Barbie definitely is worth stealing some inspiration from...and on more than one occasion! It's formal leanings make it a potential office outfit, but the sexy use of lace nudges it into date night territory. It's harder to get more classic than black monochrome, but Barbie made this combo a bit more 90's-meets-modern with a choker accent ..as well as ramping up the risk by incorporating a lacy brassiere. It's that piece which makes the look complicated to replicate for the rest of us. If you're a starlet promoting your tv show, it's exactly what you need to get the world talking. If you're not, being a shade more circumspect is indicated. On the flip side, who doesn't want to have the sultry, racy thrill of spicing up a black outfit with some look-twice lace? To make this into a wear-to-work version, grab your slim, high-waisted suit pants (or chinos or slim (dark wash! Faded wash won't be polished enough) denim for more casual offices). Pair them with a cropped, suiting jacket. Tuxedo-style is fine, subtle embellishment is fine, even finely-woven cotton is fine. Don't be afraid to appropriate the jacket from a suit if you're doing the chino or denim thing; just make sure the shades of black match. A formal jacket like this works with all three types of pants and is especially crucial with non-suit pants to elevate those fabrics to office-level formality. Avoid knit jackets, biker/motorcycle jackets, and denim. Instead of the brassiere, make the look more subtle by choosing a cami with lace (or crochet) detailing that can peek out from under the jacket. The one caveat here is to not ever, no way, no how, NEVER (are you HEARING me? :)) wear a cami/tank made with charmeuse (shiny satin) fabric for this look. Much too bedroom. Stay away. Turn back. Retreat. :) Another, somewhat bolder option is to use an all-over lace black lace cami, lined in a lighter color to make the lace more visible, like this one (DIY this look by using an unlined/see-through all-over lace piece atop a neutral tank.). For work looks, keep adjectives like "artisanal" and "feminine" in your inspiration palette, as opposed to "seductive". Finish with pointy toe pumps... and a choker! The choker is super important to this look as a work look, especially when you're using a lace-accented cami or tank. You need that one additional chic, trendy detail to give the look the right style quotient. Be free with it: velvet, leather ( and even charmeuse satin! ;)) is fabulous here. Again, DIY can be your friend; use a piece of ribbon, or knot a slim chain necklace to make an instant choker if you don't own one already.
The Photoshoot Gods are smiling on us! This is the second - and I'm hoping one of many, many, many :) more to come - bikini shoot released by the Big Dub this month. Score! As with Lana's 'shoot, the location is paradisiacal: palm fronds, white sands, luxurious cabana...just the right kind of place for wearing a bikini with stilettos, rocking sexy poses and playing your hair ;). Summer does all of the above in her set of snaps. She gives us two different bikinis to savor. The first is a pretty peach underwire top, paired with a printed bottom that's accented with a touch of lace. I love the femininity and fun way she's pulled the sherbet shade of her top out of the mix of options in the print. She's accented it with a massive, fluttery fringe necklace and delicate knotted wedge espadrilles that are perfectly in keeping with the feel of her bikini. The casual luxury of the cabana is alluring and fitting setting for this sweet look, although the variety of colors and texture perhaps doesn't set off the bikini quite as well the sand and sun of her second look. Speaking of which :), s gorgeous as ensemble #1 is, it's completely blown away by her second bikini, a sporty triangle top with black mesh overlaying a white suit, paired with white string bottoms. This suit is simply SCALDING. I love the rebellious, athletic vibe of the top so much! Summer softens it with a luxe multi-hued jeweled flower statement necklace and, sometimes, with a shot of bright color from an orange floral scarf tied at her waist - what a great idea for a cover-up! With this suit, she really lets her glam side show in her poses and nails all the classics, including the kneeling-on-sand pose and an over-the-shoulder shot or two. PS If killer legs and abs rock your world, this set is a must-see. This 'shoot is about garden-y seduction - a heart-of-gold glamour girl reveling the simple goodness of a magnificent, ocean-side play-spot..and the beauty she adds to it. That's definitely a scene worth taking photos of! Are you jealous of the photographer yet? Just wait until you see the rest of the set ;)
The fashion-forward feel of this outfit from Brie immediately caught my attention! It's such a fantabulous way to do casual ...but still throw a really stylish, bold twist into it, which makes it an amazeballs look to play with for weekend happenings. The crux of this look is the contrast between Brie's carefree, boho cami and her mod oxfords. Her shoes have a solid, masculine vibe that gives a voguish twist to this outfit. Since the styling really hinges on the shoes, recreating that styling gets a bit interesting, but I have some thoughts :). Step 1: grab any fun, boho top from your closet and/or dresser. Brie chose black, so I've gone with that here, but tan, camel, ivory and khaki neutrals will work just as well. If your top has multi-colored embroidery, so much the better; crochet, beading, tassels or other artisanal detail are strongly encouraged. Fringe is a perfectly acceptable option as well. If you are sans boho camis entirely, try a crocheted sweater over a tank or bralette. It will create the same free-spirited feel to contrast with strong shoes. Distressed denim is a flawless choice for this look, not only because of its laidback vibe, but also because of the ventilation potential ;) (fashionality doesn't always require suffering :)). Non-distressed will work too. The crucial aspect of your pants is the silhouette; you need something with some width. Wide leg designs are precisely right, straight-legs will do nicely and you can probably get away with bootcuts if need be. Leave the skinny jeans home on this one. If you are anti-denim, follow these same principles with chinos. If you own culottes in any cotton fabric, this would be the time to haul them out of whatever recess they are currently in. Ok, now to the ride-or-die: shoes! Lace-up oxfords - especially chunky-soled versions are the ultimate foil for this breezy look. In the absence of such a pair, go for a flat espadrille. It still gives you that grounded vibe, albeit a bit more classically than Brie's choice. Lace-up gladiator flats will do the trick as well. Happy laidback styling!
OK...I am not quite done with June ;). There were a few bits and bobs and bibbitybobbityboos of fashion that were just too good not to blather about with you!
First up is this super-cute outfit from Gail...super-cute, but also super comfy! She paired a simple tee with knit pants and sneakers. But it's her cropped jacket that really gives this look its zing. I love jackets like this one; they have a biker/motorcycle inspired silhouette and detailing, but are created in a sweatshirt fabric. They're as easy to wear as a sweat jacket, but far more stylish and polished, i.e. perfect for travelling, as Gail seems to be doing here :). She also gets props for adding olive to break up the black. After a long hiatus, this dusty brown-green shade is showing up again in fashion. Hint: it works just as well with camel and ivory as it does with black!
Next: heeeeeellllo, Natalya! Girlfriend sent this snap out on Instagram and once you get past drooling over how amazing she looks (yes, I understand that it could take awhile ;)), you start to notice that she's exploring a color we don't often see from her: red! I'm so used to Nattie rocking the pink and black, but this shade definitely suits her. The intensity of the color is gorgeous...and would probably be even more so if the lighting allowed us to see the contrast of the bright strawberry with her blonde hair. Actually, we should prob be grateful that it doesn't, or we'd all keel over from drool dehydration. (Is that a thing yet?)
We also got a couple of killer looks from the Bellas. This all-black outfit from Brie pairs high-waisted wide-leg pants with a tie-front top. I'm a huge fan of the tie-front look, as well as of the modern-meets-70's vibe it creates when combined with these pants. The other detail I completely adore is Brie's white floral choker. It provides that tiny nod to her boho sensibilities, but it also brightens the look and brings a soft, gardeny vibe to this chic, dark style statement.
Aaaand then....there's the twins spread in Latina Magazine! Nikki and Brie rock the cover, as well as giving a fantastic interview...and wearing some seriously fabulous fashion. They kick things off with lace: Brie matched a lace halter top that I'd wear any day with wide-leg pants (like, super, extra wide!) for a daring, trendy look, while Nikki rocked a navy top with lace accents paired with high-waisted skinny pants and a hot pair of lace-up sandals.
Ogh..I get so nostalgic going through all these collages! I really can't believe we've had all these amazing years of Diva-Fierce and fashion and awards and memories. All the feels, loves, all the feels!
Since we've moved to the new hosting site, I've been trying to keep the history of Diva-Fierce alive and recorded for newbies to catch up on and goldies to take a hop, skip and a trip down memory lane with. I don't know who here at the site came up with the original concept of the Ring Gear Awards, but it was -and is!- an amazing fit with our nexus of wrestling and fashion; gear is the couture of the ring! And we're the only site to consistently, year after year, give great gear the call-outs and podium placings it so richly deserves, which makes the RGAs a very special and unique part of the Diva-Fierce lexicon. So, let's strap in and take a look ...all the way back to the first days of fierce when we were just a cute, tiny, fledgling website with nothing to our name but passion and a dream :)
So..this fierce-shoe-makes-the-outfit thing: it doesn't have to be all about black. It can, as demo'd by Maryse, be a much lighter proposition. The blonde beauty blended (alliteration pointsssss! ;)) almond and taupe-gray for a cool-meets warm effect. If you have several coordinating neutrals that walk that line of cool milky-brown and warmed cloud, you may want to experiment with that complexity. I've envisioned this look done with all warm tones: beige, caramel and tan. Ivory would be stellar here as well. Dusty gold could even work. Now that we've got the colors sorted out, let's get on to elements. Denim shorts t if you do with the latter, do do with a strapless bra or bandeau underneath. Showing lingerie straps is hot, but it will also make this look more casual and less classy, and those are both crucial concerns when utilizing shorts, which are generally super informal anyway. To elevate this look, it takes a shoe that really has presence. This high lace-up gladiator of Maryse's is spot on: it's bold, daring and trendy. If you have a lace-up that goes this high (or even to mid-calf) in a flat shoe, you can def do that here! Anything lower will mostly likely need some kind of a heel to be dramatic enough to give this outfit some panache (unless you own some strappy, fringed, beaded confection that a goddess accidentally dropped to earth. If you do, by all means, go with that ;)). If gladiators aren't your glass of wine, a mega-strappy sandal will do nicely. Peeptoe booties would be another fabulous choice. Even an ankle boot will work, but you're looking for something a bit formal and not minimal. "Statement bootie" is the key term. (PS if you have one of those, but only in black, go ahead and use it; just swap your top to a medium to light gray to keep the softness of the look.) Other shoe options are a lace-up wedge sandal or pretty much anything laser-cut, multi-studded (don't be seduced by crystals; they're a bit too formal for this look (omg did I really just say that?)) or tasseled. As with Dana's look, choose fierce over delicate, romantic or classic. Grab a bag of a hue that's in between that of your top and shoes, add a bold pair of earrings - in gold if your ensemble is warm, or silver if it's cool -, throw on a pair of sunnies and go slay your day! Happy styling!
Sometimes, all you need is one solid shot of fierce to make everything fall into place :). Such is the case with Dana's recent outfit. Skinny denim+halter top is a so-fab-right-now combo. But what really takes this look to new heights is the studded shoes. Hello, Fierce! A dagger necklace, cuff bracelet and statement earrings are just icing on the cake. So, let's play and light our stylish fires with this idea of fierce-on-foot as the raison d'etre for a look. Because there are so few pieces involved, the outfit has to be built via carefully selected and balance elements. Take the event into consideration. For date night or a concert, do it Dana's way and pick a top with a bit of interest. Don't think full-on sequins...more like a fringe detail, interesting straps, cute pleats, a special fabric (like hammered silk), but done in a simple tank silhouette. You're looking for a piece that's not run-of-the-mill, but isn't a stop-traffic conversation piece either. Bottoms = skinny jeans. Easy enough. However, if you have a personal vendetta against skinny jeans (hear ya!) or just plain don't feel like them today, consider slim chinos or ponte pants. Color is equally non-challenging: black, black, black! It's edgy, it's chic, it's just right. And now, the moment you've been waiting for...the zing! ...The YAAAS!....The ha-cha-cha!...The shoes! Whaddaya got, babes? Studded leather pumps? Bring 'em! Lace-up sandals? Right on! Strappy booties? Hell, yeah! Crystal or fringe accented stilettos? Spot on! If it's prim, proper and chic ...leave it home. You're here for the fierce and nothing but the fierce...so, take no prisoners. Post-shoes, throw on a bauble or two if the spirit moves you. Or don't. It's all good. Now, let's say your event is a little more chill...lunch with the girls, paint night, etc etc. So, essentially, it's the same deal...just tone the whole thing down by going with a basic top...a rib knit body-skimming tee, a slouchy tank. Add a studded wrap bracelet to bring in an extra touch of flash. If you want to split the difference between the two options, consider something like the oh-so trendy off-the-shoulder blouse. It's chic and sexy, without being overly dressy. And, as always, fierce shoes will raise it to new heights. Hope you bust out your most ferocious stilettos sometimes soon! Rock that shiz, girlfriends! XO
So...ummm...it took me legit several minutes to form words again after seeing this dress from Lana. This. Is. DIVINE. And it slays my life. The square neck, the gorgeous red shade, the intricate golden print..it's glorious in every possible way, bespeaking glamour and luxury. It is the very definition of beauty. And I can't even. Even now. Lana adds a vaguely gothic, modern counterpoint with her black nails which adds subtle interest to the look. She goes with soft lips, but a strong eye - a perfect choice to balance the bold statement of this dress. I'm imagining fierce black shoes completing this outfit. PS The worn patina of the metal bench she is sitting on contrasts with the elegance of the gown in an interesting way. If only it could be placed in a garden!..Can you envision the photoshoot?
Maryse went with what seems to be a favored combo of taupe and almond, pairing this mock-neck halter dress with peeptoe pumps. A black bag created the contrast in this combination of modern nuetrals. If minimalism gone sexy is your thing, this is how it's done!
Renee has been playing with the oh so trendy romper quite a bit lately. This polished version has an architectural quality, due to the blazer-esque details. There's a formidable air to the piece which she counteracts with feminine sandals. Though they maintain the minimalism, they soften the strength of the romper's lines. A slim choker carries the black upwards and adds one more delicate touch to this smart, stylish ensemble.
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Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork