WWE has outdone themselves with galleries over the last two months! The latest wave includes three separate collections, all from bombshell blondes, including the apparently obligatory annual Barbie/Kelly Kelly re-issue. Don't get wrong - I love seeing Barbie pics and the big Dub always seems to ferret out a few new ones, which is delightful, but, truly, they do this *every* year! Just re-hire the girl already, huh? Her set includes a substantial time frame that really shows Barbie’s evolution, including a shot from one of her final WWE ‘shoots, a car-themed set that showed off her choice of a graphic sheath to perfection, as well as her oh-so-perfectly Fawcett-waved hair. There are also a number of in-ring snaps, which serve as a pertinent reminder that for all her distracting gorgeousness, she evolved into a fierce competitor as well, particularly near the end of her career, when she put her athletic ability to excellent use. I always felt Barbie’s style tended to the trendy side, so it’s quite interesting to note how well many of her style choices hold up many years later. Her lace-and-blue-jeans pairing would be quite at home in the current fashion scene, as would her LBD’s.
So, this is kind of luke-warm off the press rather than smoking hot, but Mickie James is back! Which means "hey Mickie, you're so fine, you're so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickie!" is now stuck in my head :). In addition to being a fantastic wrestler, Mickie brought a country bombshell-next-door vibe to diva's fashion with her rootsy sensibilities. It's a theme we've missed, which makes it doubly exciting to see her back on the roster. And since she's signed a multi-year deal with WWE, it looks like we'll be enjoying said style for a good, lengthy time :) With all the incredible new talent, plus all the diva returns over the last year or two, right now is a really amazing era for divas' fans. Charlotte and Becky, plus Maryse and Mickie, as well as Maria over on the Impact side: like, what a time to be alive, right?!
This look from Lana instantly evokes careless luxury. It made me imagine the present-day incarnation of a free-spirited rocker chick, with bohemian sensibilities, urban roots and a star's paycheck - a kind of modern Stevie Nicks. Following that train of thought takes us right to the oh-so-trendy 70's and allows us to metamorphosize this first-days-of-fall gypsy fierceness into early-winter garb. Step 1: ditch the cutoff shorts for some wide-leg or flared denim (bootcut will make the grade too, if that's what you have handy). Next up: the top. Skip the tank and go for a blouse - a v-neck was a Stevie staple, but a retro-come-current high-necked piece will do flawlessly as well. Unique, offbeat details, like bell or cutaway sleeves are strongly encouraged! Also consider modern interpretations, such as tulle cuffs, ruffles or a lace-up poet's blouse. Don't forget about prints either: paisleys or classical florals will work perfectly here. Fabric is important in this context - lean toward flowy and drapey pieces, like silks, knits or lightweight cotton. The final, crucial piece is your topper. Choose a longer piece, such as a trench coat or duster. A luxe fabric, such as faux fur, velvet, or corduroy will convey the glamorous-underground dynamic. Alternatively, reiterate the drape and movement of your blouse with a knit piece (if you're using a casual long cardi, pair it with a more formal blouse to elevate the look and create that feel of casual opulence), or ruffled trench. Complete the look with a tonal choker and swap those OTKs for chunky-heeled ankle boots to cement the 70's vibe. Happy fashioning, loves!
I love this style idea from Mandy, but it's a bit ..well, daring..for common usage. No worries though - we can definitely appropriate the good stuff, do our own bit of hocus pocus and stir up some style magic fit for a non-diva! Start with the skirt. Almost any denim variation will work: maxi (a side slit is super trendy), midi (I love this chic option, especially in a flared/A-line silhouette) or pencil (stay pretty close to knee length or a touch above, fraying optional :)). So, pick your passion and go from there. Next, grab your favorite burgundy flannel (or non-flannel plaid for warmer days). Feel free to knot said shirt a la Mandy, or go with a full tuck for a pulled-together feel. Another option which carries the color theme is layering a cropped burgundy sweater over a blue button-down. Leave the shirt un-tucked and use the cropped sweater silhouette to create the visual waist. From there, it's all about the boots, babes! While Mandy's wine-toned ones are crazy fun (and by all means, do those if ya got some!), black tends to be a little easier to come by in most closets :). Fortunately, that's just ducky for pairing with this cool-hued color story. Take your cue from your skirt choice: if you're doing the midi thing, pair it with chunky-heeled knee boots in suede to bring out a trendy 70's vibe. If you chose a knee-length pencil skirt, reach for ankle booties. Pointy-toed stilettos will you give an urban chic feel. Alternatively, play on the flannel's 90's grunge attitude by choosing chunky-heeled combat boots. When going the maxi route - especially when it possesses a super trendy side slit - finish the look with OTKs. The subtle seductiveness of allowing the slit to reveal fierce over-the-knee leather is seriously hot! Showing a hint of knee via knee boots is a fabulous alternative as well. I hope this inspires you to try doing the whole "boots, meet skirt" look sometime soon! Happy styling!
If burgundy over the knee boots have been haunting your dreams like the ghosts of Christmas past, we totally hear you! They're not overly practical, but they are crave-worthy and gorgeous...and one of the hottest trends of the season, as attested to by Mandy, Maryse and Barbie, to name a few :). All those ladies tend to head right for the traded-my-home-for-these styles, but there are some fab pieces out there that don't require living under an umbrella. Here's a few options we found that might help the haunting cease :)
1. Quikstep by Nine West, a slightly shorter variation. Via 6pm.
2. Velvet OTK by Unisa Saranaa via DSW
3. Velvet OTK by Catherine Malandrino via Nordstrom Rack
4. Rumer by Carlos Santana from Famous Footwear
5. Gunter by Charles by Charles David, if flats are your jazz. Via 6pm.
We see a lot of Alexa in pink, but how about Blissy in blue? She touches on a spectrum of shades here, ranging from the mystical indigo of her gear to the cerulean and aqua shades in her hair, and reprises the whole gorgeous range of hues in her incredible eye make-up. Ogh..that. Is. LOVE right there.
Maryse was back to the sexy zip bodysuit, this one a sleeveless variation done in latex. She left it open to reveal the sliced, sequined brassiere with its choker extension. I love the black and graphite combination and the flamboyant glam of the pairing of dominatrix-esque latex with glittery sequins. I’ve raved over previous iterations of this gear style and I see no reason to stop now: it’s bold, sexy, dramatic, opulent and gorgoues – everything you’d expect from Maryse, delivered to the max. It’s entirely likely that it may be the sexiest gear ever designed. She ramps up the drama even more with her dark eyes and cranberry lips.
We saw Summer style this fur vest with touches of crystal and blue denim in a look that inspired one of our casual holiday ideas. Here, she gives us a more autumnal variation, tucking a beige tee underneath and adding black leggings and OTKs. I like the laidback ease of this pairing, but the light colored tee competes somewhat with the fur. I wouldn’t have minded an olive or gray tee here – a softer neutral with less contrast would have been subtler and harmonized the look nicely. Beige OTKs would have been another great option with a similar effect, downplaying her dark leggings and shifting the ensemble into a soft-neutrals color story.
Barbie explored the jewel-tone OTKs trend with these incredible burgundy velvet OTKs by Aquazurra. This outfit is so aaaallll about those boots – and why not? Between the rich color, luxurious fabric and fierce silhouette, they’re stunning! Her simple black dress and fur-trimmed black coat set them off to perfection!
(Note: if you’re looking for an economical option to get this look, try the Madden Emotionv OTK)
Becky gave us her version of the patterned pants look and, like previous attemptees Maryse and Carmella, her effort comes off well because she kept the pieces around it simple. Unlike those ladies, she went with white instead of black, done in her trademark peplum silhouette. I like the way choosing a lighter neutral brightens this whole ensemble and the luxe texture of her suede OTKs completes it nicely. Becky's been racking up a string of successful looks lately and this is one more in the streak. On my wishlist is to see her bring a top other than a peplum or floaty tank into her mix of spot-on styles.
Alexa's combination immediately caught my eye due to her use of a blazer! I'm a massive fan of them, but we don't see a whole lot of experimentation with the silhouette from the WWE ladies. Biker jackets, leather jackets, fur jackets, denim jackets - those we see a good number of , but it still is a special few who venture into the realm of the blazer with any consistency. What's especially fun about this is that Blissy uses it to add maturity and confidence to a casual urban look. She pairs a graphic tank with leggings and leather knee boots - from this point, the outfit has the makings of a LayCool classic, particularly with that fabulous bold statement necklace crowning it! But Alexa takes it firmly in her own direction via the distinctly un-LayCool-like blazer. I love the way this classic black jacket balances out the chill, streetwise vibe with a chic, confident punch. It works especially well against the effervescence of her pink-edged pigtails :)
Next up is a whole series of looks from Eva Marie, all from her NEM fashion line. When she posted these on Instagram, she asked fans to name their favorite and this green jumpsuit is high on my list. This silk-like charmeuse fabric can be tricky to wear because of its drape-y-ness and the way it reflects light, but the way this garment is styled helps to mitigate that - the gathered and defined waist and central ruching make it quite forgiving and the tapered leg gives it a chic, trendy flair. This entrancing, mystical green shade is fantastic as well. Eva finishes it flawlessly with nude pointy pumps. This fab effort s followed by a simple LBD, with refreshingly modest silhouette. The trick to a jersey fabric like this is to get something that has the right balance of drape and thickness, so that it kisses curves without clinging. The best way to evaluate that is to have the piece at hand and be able to at least touch it, if not try it on. Fierce peeptoe booties add a flawless pop to this simple look. This white mini dress is also among my favorites - it makes the most of Eva's curves and seems to be just long enough to look proper. Her pointy pumps are back in action to complete this outfit.
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