I love the way this super-cute flared skirt of Maria's has a very proper, schoolgirl-ish feel! This look can be soooo much fun to riff on, especially with the weather warming up - shorter skirts suddenly sound like a good idea again :). Pair this one Maria's way - with black (I'd go with a turtleneck or mockneck as my first choice) - or choose an equally life-is-just-a-classroom-ready white buttondown. The main variant to this look is your shoe pairing and there are plenty of options. Maria went with fierce and fabulous sandals to make this look cray glam - a kind of late 2000's version of Clueless's Cher. An equally appropriate styling would be classy t-straps for a polished, chic vibe. Then again, you could play the character to the hilt and go with updated loafer flats for a 60's British-prep look. Cool and careless black Converse shift this pairing into 90's grunge. You could even throw in a modern, trendy-minimalist spin and go with a peeptoe block-heeled sandal. So many options, right?! Shoes are just amazing, aren't they? Well, that... and the fact that the schoolgirl look is so classic that a ton of decades showcased a version of it both make this a style with a thousand faces. Keep the baubletry simple: a fun watch and stud earrings - pearls if you're classy, spikes if you're daring, color if you're playful, flowers if you're whimsical. Your homework: do the schoolgirl some time;) Happy fashioning!
The fashion was flying thick and furious all during February! So, it's a bit unfortunate that a recent storm created technological havoc in my hometown.Sigh. Making up for lost time now though ;)
Maria popped up on our style radar again, with this super-sparkly dress. The gathering at the side creates asymmetry in the hemline and makes this piece out of the ordinary! In her typical, dramatic way, she piles on more bling, with a gorgeous statement necklace. Gold shoes complete the look - although the lighting makes them look almost yellow, which would have been fun, too!
During the recent German tour, Lana went casual for a meet-and-greet, donning this cherry plaid tunic and giving it a luxe lift with a fur vest. I love how the texture take the plaid to a whole new level, and the tunic length is a cool variation on the traditional shirt. Her messy braid is a beautiful, laid-back accompaniment.
I'm thrilled by this clean, mature look from Eva Marie, an of-the-moment pantsuit from Bebe. The deep, plunge front adds just enough va-va-voom. The rest of the look is crisp and trendy, with the icy white giving it an appealing sharpness, particularly set against her red hair. She keeps her jewelry understated, which serves to highlight the sleek, modern styling of her one-piece outfit.
Charlotte rocked our world with red, via this cutaway-halter sheath. The scalloped trim adds femininity to this classic style and makes a lovely detail. The color is the major statement here, and that works fabulously! Add a pretty pair of heels, or chic ankle booties and you're golden! I wouldn't mind seeing this look done with an a fit-and-flare dress either ;)
Brie channels Audrey Hepburn with this minimalist V-neck sheath dress. No matter how many colors try to be the new black and how many pieces try to be the new little dress, the classic LBD will always be the ultimate classic. There's no getting around it's intrinsic chic. Brie completes it just as I would: with a beautiful crystal necklace, in this case a flawlessly sophisticated collar. Perfection personified!
Lana seems to have left her "fun American" fashion side for our memory to revisit. She's back to sleek and icily gorgeous in this black bandage dress, accented with her cropped, satin-edged jacket. I love how the jacket makes this dress day-appropriate. I'm also a massive fan of her bold gold accents: a collar and can't-miss-it bangle. One smooth mid-height bun and she is pulled-together perfection.
I was immediately caught by this look from Eva Marie - and it's so simple, it's crazy. But for casual days and events (I'm thinking "sitting in the bleachers watching a ball-game" kind of casual), it's really tough to beat a graphic tee+jeans combo! It's got this great, laid-back classic, American-as-apple-pie vibe that's super-appealing. It's isn't trying hard - it's really hardly trying at all. And that's just why it works: it's unvarnished, un-embellished, girl-next-door honesty. Definitely a look to keep in mind as the days grow longer and sunnier :)
Alicia Fox always slays when she does her 70's rock star look and she's at it again here. Graphic tee+denim is that perfect casual-combo referenced above, but Foxy's spiked it a bit! Add a cropped jacket as a topper for a bit of attitude, add tan cowboy-inspired flat boots for dance-to-my-own-drumbeat comfort and finish with a chic hat. Voila - she's ready for a radio station interview, sound check or the cover of Rolling Stone. #AllHailTheFox
Being bright is always a good thing! :) And Eden demo's a fab way to do it - paired with chic black pants! Let's talk about pants, shall we? Leggings are ubiquitous these days and definitely seem like the new denim. I'm never a fan of them for professional or polished environments, though (and ps I count school as a professional place ;) ). So, let's say you want to up your game a bit, while still staying comfortable. The ponte pant is the answer. The fabric will feel a bit heavier than a legging, with a bit more structure (this Pixie pant by J. Crew is an example) and there will be details like belt loops, back zippers or pockets. I love the slight v-waist of the pair Eden is wearing. Also, a pant will have some space between your leg and the fabric at the ankle, instead of hugging the body all the way down, like a legging. It's these small details that dress the piece up and make it classier, while you still get all the comfort and mobility of your favorite leggings. Cool, huh?
Black is the go-to neutral when you're creating a pairing with bright color, but gray, navy or chocolate are all great options too. What's addictively fabulous about this look is that it's super-simple...ya know, for those days when you got up 20 minutes late, the dog needed to go out and wouldn't get a move on and you needed coffee before your whatever-you're-late-for. Neutral pants, bright top. Done. For brights, this cerise shade is a winner. It's more grown up than neon pink, but with all the same intensity and fun. I've metamorphosized Eden's cropped top to a fuzzy sweater because it's still chilly where I live - definitely not short-sleeves-appropriate yet! ;p - but you can mimic the clean, minimal vibe of this look with a turtleneck, a tee or a tunic just as easily. You can add touches of jewelry in black or metallic..or go wild with a contrast color (I'd love mod lime, or 80's-tinged turquoise). Finish with black shoes of your fav variety: cute flats work, so do heels, especially a comfortable-but-still-fierce kitten-heel ;). Comfy+chic is such a jazz, isn't it? :)
I. Heart. Jackets. Madly. They're such an amazeballs way to add panache, personality and polish to pretty much any outfit. There are zillions of neutral alternatives in every hue and vibe imaginable, but let's skip past those for a sec. Every girl should have at least one colored jacket in her wardrobe. Colored jackets open a whole gateway of inspiring options: a pop of color over neutrals, monochromatic looks, multi-tone pairings. Besides, they're fun ;). You can do pastels, jewel tones, brights (I suggest bright, as opposed to neon, unless you're going for really short-lived fashion. Brights are timeless, while neons come and go :)). If you're only going to have one, pick a 3-4 season fabric like cotton (canvas or chino) or wool. (Suede is rapidly becoming a year 'round fabric as well). You can add-on season-appropriate ones: linen for spring/summer and corduroy or velvet for fall/winter. Pick a color you don't mind having close to your face. Other than that, the sky's the limit: choose an open blazer, a biker or band style, a cropped colored tweed Chanel piece, a bomber. Style it like Summer: over a neutral sweater or tee, atop denim, with an OTK boot for fall/winter looks. Come sunny days, drop the boots and add a coordinating or neutral sneaker for a casual vibe. (If you go with a tweed jacket, choose a cute ballet flat or loafer instead, as it's a more formal style of jacket.). I love how one shot of color can wake up a whole look and give it that je ne se quoi that makes it fabulous! No matter how you style it - as a contrast tone, in a monochrome look, in a blend- color makes a statement. A throw-on-and-go jacket is an easy way to take advantage of that impact. So, think about rocking some color ;) Happy styling!
It seems like Brie is making up for us getting to see less of sister Nikki by going on a fashion shoot spree. That works a-alrighty-k for me! Our lone break in the Brieness this FH is a gorgeous bodycon dress by Bebe from Eden. I love how the hint of metallic brightens up this classic LBD. It's to the risqué side, with the underwire-type styling so, as she generally does, Eden balances that out with sophisticated shoes. Her looks are so on point!
Brie gives us a wiiide variety of fashion, starting with her Brie Mode tank, ties plaid shirt and light wash jeans. I'm so thrilled that she put heels with this - funky plaid-embellished black ones, at that! Not that I don't love a good sneaker, but heels take a causal look to new heights (literally and figuratively ;))
Next up is a shift dress from Free People with an incredibly complex print. The jewel-like effect of the red diamonds is just beautiful! Brie described this as her 'night look' and I can ttly see it with a cute pair of platform ankle strap sandals! Can't you?
We don't get to see all that much of this printed boxy tee? Tunic? It's got Brie's trademark boho feel and a bit of a baseball shirt styling with the way the black fabric has been placed. What I loooove about this pic, though, is her hair! That high-set partial pony just looks so amazeballs!
She switches things up again with a styling I not only adore but would definitely wear! I'm a sucker for a great blazer and this open design has a great, casual feel to it. (Pssst...this welt pocket tuxedo blazer from BCBGeneration is quite similar). The warm ivory shade is a personal favorite of mine - it's such a gorgeous neutral!- and I especially love pairing it with gray, as Brie's done here; the coolness of the gray is so chic against the ivory! Light wash denim completes this soft, light look. PS Open blazers can be closed with a belt or with my look of choice: a pin, should you so desire/require ;).
Early Feb brought us a motley assortment of fashion! How I love that!
Eden showed off this cap-sleeve stud-embellished dress on her Instagram and I was instantly in love!I've said before and will doubtless say again how fabulous Eden looks in strong colors and this cherry red is no exception. I also am crazy for cap sleeves; it's one of those styles I just can't get enough of. And who doesn't love a sprinkle of studs? ;) With all the shine on the dress itself, Eden accented it with a small pendant - a perfect choice, as opposed to something more dramatic. The drama's in the dress with this look!
Eva Marie flaunted a black bodycon dress with sheer insets. As is her wont, she paired a sexy dress with high-fashion shoes. These mirror metallic platforms have a very Louboutin or Zanotti look to them. The combination of the mirrored gold with black feels very current atm. I'd accent with touches of gold jewelry, tiny and layered a smidgeon.
Mandy - of Tough Enough fame - pops into our FashionHap with a pretty ivory bodycon dress. Paired with bold gold accessories (gold w/ ivory, gold w/ black..common theme, anyone? :) ), this is one of my favorite of Mandy's looks. She keeps things simple overall, doesn't try too hard and let's accessories add the pizzazz to the clean canvas of her dress. Brava.
Naomi's look consisted of a cute floral crop top paired with a sheer overskirt. Her giant heart necklace made me think of over-the-top jewelry Madonna or Cyndi Lauper would wear. That same vibe comes through in her poses as well. Her hairstyle is killer - I love the playful waves and the super-high pony styling - it's a great way to add fresh femininity to an outfit. I also dig her pink lip; strong colors work well for her and this is a fun change from classic red. Her shoes are my abso fav part of her look though. What's not to love about sequined, bow-embellished silver pumps? ;)
I was really interested to see how Becky would handle this shoot, as dreamy, frilly and fluffy don't seem to be her thing at all. The leggings and boots proved that guess correct; they make sort of an odd moment in the set, amid all the tulle. However, I was pleasantly surprised by her instinct to pair fierce with glam! A grommet-detailed leather top layered with quantities of crystal strands? Hello, fabulous! That's such an amazing combo I can't even! If only she'd paired it with ripped denim and bare feet, like some kind of glam-grunge angel, I'd have been ttly slayed. Still, for a gorgeous girl who's more comfortable with leglocks than Lanvin, this is a creditable effort. +1, Becks!
Alicia played up the vintage side of this shoot with her embroidered, laced and fringed skirt. Her incorporation of the peachy-pink shades was inspired, bringing out the muted, almost Impressionistic quality of the setting. And her drapey wrap top nudges this look just slightly into boho territory, for a retro-romantic vibe. She finished the look with fabulous leather sandals that I hope we get to see more of! Her close-up shot lets the beauty of her winged eye and shimmery shadow really be seen. Props to the makeup team! I'm hair-over-heels over her high-knotted hairstyle - the complexity is dazzling and the look is so unique! Trust the Foxy One to never lull us with something ordinary...Reason No. 564923 why we adore her!
Camel is an often overlooked neutral, which is a shame because it's one of the most versatile shades out there. It's light (so you don't feel funereal), but not so light that it's impractical for stain magnets (like yours truly :)), making it a super-versatile shade for a blazer. The classic pairing is to match camel with black. The modern combo is to mix it with a cool neutral like gray. Personally, I'm a fan of mixing it with blue denim. It's fresh and a bit more relaxed than sophisticated black and gray tones. It also lends itself both to an all-neutral look or styling with a shot of color. Start by layering a neutral crop top underneath - tee or sweater, depending on weather. Leave the blazer open (a la Brie!) for a casual event or night wear. Button it for day or professional looks, or choose a standard-length top. Don't shy away from prettily-edged pieces that are slightly longer than the blazer - a sheer, lacy or ruffled edge peeking out looks gorgeous! Keep the casual vibe by finishing the look with chunky-heeled ankle booties in a similar light shade. This keeps your whole ensemble essentially neutral. For accessories, think tassel pendant or tiny fleck of metallic shine (see Brie's look for a demo of that). If you feel more colorful, pop this look with a bright scarf in any shade you can imagine: reds, pinks, bright blues, oranges, yellow, mint, lavender, mauve. An embroidered or tassel-edged one shows off your boho side, while monochrome or printed silk (or cashmere) elevates the look. Alternatively, try a pocket square ;). Finish with colored shoes in a complementary color. Hope this inspires you to try the camel and denim color story sometime :) Happy styling!
The Big Dub celebrated Valentine's Day with a guazy, dreamy shoot which was a major departure in feel from what we've been mainly seeing. The vintage, hazy mood of this set was intriguing and very appropriate to the day. I always love seeing the ladies have a chance to stretch and do different things, so this was a huge win on that front!
Paige was one of my favs from the shoot because she put her own spin on this girly-feeling background. The tipped-over chair and spilled flowers injected a rock n' roll after-show party attitude, which was helped alog by Paige's fashion choices. A tulle skirt, a tied-high tee, a leopard-lined leather jacket, combat boots: this is girly-gone-kicka$$! I've never been a fan of fishnets, but they work here. Their trashtastic vibe is balanced out but the ultra-femininity of the tulle skirt, which is pretty much how this whole look plays out. There's a great balance of edgy and sweet which makes the whole styling feel right. PS I love how her taupe lip works here - the muted color plays really well against this background. I also hope Paige doesn't stay paused on this Kylie Jenner look for ages :)
Renee has one of the most interesting outfit choices of the group. Her gray cropped sweater has a deconstructed mod feel to it, which fits right in. She paired it with this vintage-y-feeling world traveler-ish print skirt that brings in all these yellow and blue shades that match nothing else. It works in because all the tones are muted, but it caught my eye as a whimsical choice that was surprising in the way in which it fit in. Given that offbeat piece, I might have gone with more understated shoes. But not bold Renee! She finished her look with strong, metallic chunky-heeled platforms. Where a lot of the ladies' pics work because of how they fit into the backdrop, Renee's works because of how she pops off of it. I abso adore her tassel necklace! And I also adore her poses. She completely rocked every one of them, capturing that romantic, graceful femininity that this set seemed to be calling for. From that perspective, her set is one of my top two. PS if you can't get enough of Renee's humor and quirky commentary, she now has her own blog! Check it out at prettyfunnyblonde.com. (I think someday she & I need to have a convo about tees ;) )
When Eden teased this shoot on Instagram, she made reference to not usually being a fit-and-flare girl, but her clean, classic sense of style comes shining through nonetheless. Her super-cute dress is one of the simplest choices displayed in this shoot. Like so many of her choices, a few accessory changes would make it a great option for dozens of occasions. She's accented it with a chic pearl torsade and a fab laced waist belt, which makes this both flirty and innocent at the same time, like a girl-next-door playing pin-up. She keeps that going with softly come-hither poses, even as she adds a touch of modern magic with glittered platform pumps. The whole look is shopable via the links on her insta. You're on your own for come-hither looks ;)
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