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.
So, you knew this, right? The min I saw this outfit of Steph's, it started screaming "Inspiration Board!". Ok, not literally, cuz that would just....weirdness. But, yeah. This is pretty much me, daily. So, how do you get my/Steph's look? Step one: basics. BAM. Black top, blue jeans. Curve-kissing on top, slim/skinny on the bottoms. That's your 101 canvas. Step two: fun part! Add your fierce. Stephanie's kept this look quite professional by topping it with a blazer, but you can give it a more laidback, or rocker, or ladylike or off-duty model vibe by going with a different topper. I'm a huge fan of twill jackets. They're not generally easy to find, but worth searching for, as they give you the look without the price. A twill biker or band jacket will toughen up a look without the expenditure required by leather. You can find stud or zipper-embellished pieces, which amp up the vibe but are still more elevated than denim. Don't go for anything too soft and flowy; this look depends on the structure of the jacket for it's pulled-togetherness and stylish zing. If you want to stay a bit more casual, choose a collarless jacket. Stay with black to keep the boldness in this look. For baubles, I like the idea of putting a period on the fierce thing by adding a glam-goth-tinged pendant. Finish it off with your most achingly, crave-worthy heels. No sweet bow or round-toe pumps or ballet flats! Booties with studs, booties with lace, booties with studs AND lace :), leather peeptoe booties -metal accents encouraged: chains? Myriad buckles? Bring 'em. Patent t-straps. Or multi-strappy sandals.You're looking for footwear that nods at harshness, like the edge of a blade...shiny, but possibly deadly. And if you don't own anything like that? Eeesh. You're pushing me *wry face*. Your pointiest-toed whatevers. If you must. :)
WWE made a final hail and farewell gesture to the vintage Women's Title with this retro styled photoshoot featuring a number of the divas posing with the original belt. It's a fun look back at a tough, rough-hewn piece of leather with a storied history. One important note: the background for this 'shoot is kind of fantabulous :). It's this gray-green moldering wall that makes me think of the Slytherin common room. Wicked cool. (Pun intended ;)
Stephanie looked haughty and gorgeous while carrying the belt in this studded-shoulder sweater in a fab shade of graphite. Blue jeans and a few baubles completed her haute-rocker look. Sasha repped her Legit Boss tee for the shoot. It matches the old belt quite nicely. Come to think of it, it wouldn't look bad with the new one either ;). She injected a pop of color with these bright sky skinny pants, which made a nice departure from the ring gear many of the ladies chose. One of said ladies was Natalya, who gave us a close-up of this pink-piped sheer inset bodysuit ensemble, which is among the sexiest incarnations of her in-ring look yet! This piece gives me sexy superhero vibes - can't you just imagine Natty dodging lasers and driving a convertible amphibious plane?
A couple of months before WrestleMania, Renee was debating outfit choices for the big day on her blog, prettyfunnyblonde.com. One of her thoughts was a chic suit...which turned out to be what she ultimately chose. While she came up with a number of cool options, I really like this particular choice. It's very clean and sophisticated, but still unique, which is something we've come to expect from Renee's varied and often offbeat sense of style. The suit itself is marvelous! This shade of ivory is crisp, without being harsh. The strong shoulder and classic tailoring give it a hint of a menswear vibe, but that color, along with he beautiful, drapey fabric bring out the feminine side as well for a very appealing dynamic. There's a subtle sexiness from the deep-v design, enhanced by her silver lariat (as an aside, ivory and silver is one of my favorite color pairings!). Her polished, refined low bun is a wonderful way to enhance the precision and minimalism of the look. She completely nailed this one!
*Edit: the suit is Elizabeth & James, as confirmed by Renee. It is the (sadly sold out) Morin Shawl Collar blazer. The (on sale at the Outnet) Natalie blazer from Rag & Bone is a sim.
Like Renee, Lita tends to put pieces together in a creative way. She was on hand at the Granddaddy Of Them All to reveal the brand new Women's Championship belt. She paired a lace and sequin embellished bodysuit with wide leg pants for a look that, at first glance, came off as a pantsuit due to the monochrome color scheme. No stranger to killer shoe choices (remember the bowed pumps that got us all talking at WM 3 years ago?;) ), she finished the look off with heeled oxford booties. Again, similar to Renee's outfit, this one had a wonderful interplay between masculine (the haberdashery-esque suiting pants and oxfords) and feminine (that gorgeous, glittering lace and the sheer inset). It was appropriately formal, but also professional. So, yes...I'm making it official: Lita slayed again.
We also get a tiny peek at Lilian's dress...and I so deeply madly wish we'd gotten a better look at this because I'm pretty sure it's my #1 favorite of all her looks from this WrestleMania. Firstly, the rich grape color is magnificent. Second, while the embroidered/jeweled high neckline reminds me of Jojo's HoF dress, Lilian's then blossoms into more embellishment at the wide waistband. This piece is divine and makes her look like a modern-day Maharajah. I'm in beautiful agony...more, please!
As soon as Maryse returned to WWE, I began calculating how soon I'd be using one of her looks for and Inspiration Board. I knew it couldn't be long :). She recently posted this throwback snap, released on her FrencKissMarse website as part of her House Of Maryse campaign. It occurred to me that this stunning look is perfect or date night! What else would you expect from the Sexist of the Sexy? ;)
Maryse's look is jaw-dropping and, possibly a bit frightening for anyone who isn't a Divine Goddess of Seduction like the blonde above. However, we can appropriate the principles that make this look work so brilliantly. First, the LBD. Maryse picked a deep plunge front bodycon in black leather. That look can be softened and made more accessible for the slightly-less-divine by going with a different fabric. Finely woven jersey will have a curve-hugging, slinky feel. It can be done, but I would lean more to a heavy jersey, a cotton knit with a bit of heft, or even a faille (a tightly woven ribbed fabric) that's more curve-kissing than hugging. It will give you the same effect, but with a little softer feel. But don't worry: the va-va-voom factor isn't being overlooked. The LBD you choose for this look requires one all-important factor: a V-neck. Pick your plunge - go as deep as Maryse, or choose a higher v that stops at mid breastbone. Choose a depth that makes you comfortable; the first step to sexiness is confidence! The second, critical piece of this look is your jewelry. Specifically, it's about the necklace you choose. You're looking for a bold, long style - a pendant or a lariat. Both are crazy hot right now, with tassel pendants being scalding. If you don't own either of the above, try using a long chain and knotting it, or feeding it through itself for a lariat effect. With the latter, you can even tuck the end inside the neckline of your dress ;). The importance of the necklace shape is that the long, slim style is what brings the seductiveness to the look by drawing the eye downwards; it's not trashy, but it makes. A. Statement. Clearly, boldly, coquettishly. Without saying a word ;). You can add statement earrings a la Maryse, or simple studs or none at all. Finish off the look with your fiercest back shoes: studded leather pumps, strappy booties, black lace, be-crystalled ankle straps. Lastly, wear or bring a jacket in case the night gets chilly - go attitudinal with a black leather piece, a touch softer with an open blazer. Keep the color palette simple: black, black, black. And no sweaters allowed ;)..not this time. Seriously...can you see Maryse in a cute little cardigan? My point exactly.
We'll be winding up WM week (finally!..rt? :)) with the fashion of the day itself and a little GearFest this week, but for now, it's all about the last vestiges of non-ring fashion before the big day.
Stephanie rocked WM 32 Media Day in this robins' egg blue sheath. The color is utterly gorgeous and couldn't be more perfect for spring! (Aside: this shade of blue is famous as the trademark color of the jewelry store, Tiffany's). The front pockets add a bit of casual modernity to this dress. Her mesh ivory sandals keep th whole look soft and light, and that's enhanced by her pastel make-up tones. Everything about this speaks of newness and a flush of youthful, spring colors. And it works flawlessly!
Soft and light seems to have been on everyone's mind, as Charlotte chose this ivory sheath for her look at Media Day. She paired it with her nude Kendall + Kylie Abi pumps. I love the classic silhouette of this dress, and also the on-trend lace detailing, which keeps it ultra-current. Charlotte's simple pumps, with their unique, swooped detail, keep this chic, minimalist outfit interesting and chic.
Stephanie's Hall Of Fame dress only recently came to my attention; it's this stunning tulle-fringed confection of a high-necked halter dress from Alexander McQueen. Ogh...I'm in heaven! This high-neck style generally carries a very sleek,modernist connotation, but with the graceful, fluttery embellishments, it feels feminine and light. It's an absolutely beautiful and fabulous piece, typical of Sarah Burton's flawlessly tailored romantic vision for the house of McQueen. It's such a jazz to get to see amazing pieces like this out and about on ladies whose style we adore! #ThankYouSteph
At long last, we finally get some pics coming out the TNA/Impact camp. Title shoots are rarely faves of mine, but at this point, I'll take anything I can get! Pose-wise, Jade hits all the standards. She does them well, although she's not breaking any new ground, and she explores a nice variety of facials as well. I'm impressed b the cohesivenss of her outfit here; the blue and purple combo, blended by the light aqua shade of her hair, is as sufficiently Harajuku-girls-ish as Dollhouse fans might wish, while still showing the maturing sense of style that a fashionista follower could crave. The side lace-ups on her shorts bring a rowdy sex appeal, while her military jacket is a nice step in a distinctive direction. Color is clearly one of her hallmarks, but that jacket represents intriguing possibilities for enhancing her persona and her style imprint. I hope she follows some of those inviting new paths, while keeping this daring but coordinated color aesthetic. There's an untapped, functional creative gold mine here and Jade can use her new title reign to blast it wide open, if she chooses :)...and if she's allowed to.
WrestleMania week continues ... :p
Eden generally shows us her glam side on tv, so it's fun to get to take a look at her casual style. She wore this bohemian-feeling printed top as she visited 6 Flags with Cody during WM week. She paired it with a laidback pencil skirt and enhanced the chill vibes by finishing it off with caramel leather sandals. I also love her use of a baseball cap! It definitely keeps the outfit low key and, with this flirty outfit, it's a great way to appropriate a little guy style...and keep the sun out of your eyes ;) #WinWin :) She also showed off this printed long sleeve sheath at another WM week event. I like the freshness of this bold print, as well as the fact that it's not something we see from Eden regularly.
Meanwhile, Lilian was stunning in this black fit-and-flare dress, which combines a plunge front with a high neck for a bold, mod vibe. The straightforward fierceness is hard to miss! She accented it with a perfectly place - an on point!- crystal pendant. This is a fab look from Lil! I'm imagining clean, classic peeptoe pumps finishing this off. We also got to see Lilian in this sweet, stripey pink strapless dress, which is a complete 180 from the previous look. This has a casual chic to it that is feminine and confident and has a wonderful spring-ready vibe! She gets bonus points for the magnificent pink statement ring, which I ttly adore! I'm thinking nude woven heels or pastel pointy-toe pumps here ;) These two shots are such a wonderful illustration of how Lilian handles two very different looks masterfully; despite the genres being quite disparate, she still looks very much herself. It's an enviable style trait!
Welcome to the place where wrestling & fashion join hands. #BeInspired #LoveFashion May the Fierce be with you! ;) Peace & Glitter!
Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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