I swear divas live in either denim or dresses..and leggings..maybe the occasional skirt, right? It's so rare that we get to see them rocking suit pants (outside of a select few) or chinos that I *had* to snag this opp to do a chino-utilizing Insp Board - especially because twill/chino/khaki is hot hot hot in fashion rn. It's one of those utilitarian fabrics that's always classic, but has particular moments when its star rises high and this is one of them. Barbie's look in this snap is unusual in another way too: her cardigan! How often do we seen divas in this iconic piece? The button cardi often has a sweet and prim vibe, but let's not forget how breezily sultry Marilyn made one look! Barbie's iteration, from a recent photoshoot has a similar easy femininity to it that's appealing - and super spring-worthy due to the colors. Her look pairs blush with a sun-washed olive shade. Me being me, I swung that over to yellow for a candy-colored, romantic pairing - but def give the olive a go, if that's more your jam :). It's tempting to just throw a simple tee underneath (which can totes be done - just make sure you throw a little zing in there somewhere: a silk scarf knotted at your neck, statement earrings, noteworthy shoes (we'll get to that)). Fashion has been lately obsessed with gorgeous blouses - if you have one, throw it beneath your cardi for something different and fun. Pull the sleeves back a touch and let the blouse's cuffs show. This is especially fun if they have a bell shape or special detailing, like lace, scallops or ruffles, but if they're standard button-down cuffs, it's all the more reason to let them show; flip them backwards toward your shoulder and let them flow like wings at your wrists. If your cardi is hip height or below, go for slim or straight chinos. With hip height or higher, experiment with the au courant wide-leg styles. And now the best part :shooooooooes ;) Not that I love shoes too much or anything. Ok, maybe a little. Barbie adds a wonderful twist to her look by finishing it with floral heels that include both the shades (close colors are fine; matchy-matchy not required ;)). I'm 100% on board with the heel thing, but because this look is so laidback, you can def get away floral sneakers, if you've added a pair to collection :). If floral footwear just isn't in your life yet (or never will be :)), consider a color here ( a bright version of the hues you've used will work), or a different print. Nude/blush/beige shoes are an always do-able and classic option has well. Happy styling!
WWE has put together a gallery showcasing every lady champion that ever was, including all the various iterations of the belt(s). It's a fun look back to the past, highlighting some of the division's pioneers - The Fabulous Moolah, Alundra Blayze - as well as more recent ladies who paved the way for today's champions. From a fashion perspective, the gallery comes off like a style retrospective of ring gear through the years. The romper/unitards topped by jackets worn by Moolah and Mae Young gave way to the more athletic stylings of Alundra Blayze and her famous mock-neck top and leggings combo. Jacqueline's ring fashion took that sporty vibe as a starting point, but metamorphosized into a much sexier iteration, a concept that Sable pushed to new heights. Check out her latex catsuit with its thigh-high and beyond lace-up detail: it's spot on-trend for today! And just as smoking hot as it was then. Of course, it's hard to imagine an outfit that wouldn't be smoking with Sable in it ;).
Lita eschewed the traditional bombshell aesthetic in her gear, which was composed of straight-up street fashion: cargos, cropped tops, slogan tees. It was hot as h**l, but in a down-to-earth way that made it both appealing and accessible to WWE fashion fans of the era. In addition to her tremendous wrestling ability, Lita made fashion important to wrestling, while appearing to not especially care about it. Trish Stratus' looks had a similar point of inspiration, but incorporated a girl-next-door vibe that separated her from Lita's disaffected street urchin toughness. Molly Holly's looks were even more demure, focusing primarily on the athletic requirements of her pieces, spiced up with a bit of shine and an occasional foray into pretty, feminine colors: sherbet pinks and bright turquoises. There was a sweetness to her style which set her apart from many of the other ladies of the era.
Complexity entered ring gear with the advent of Mickie James' and Melina's reigns. Unique designs, gorgeous colors and bespoke details - the full palette of fashion seemed to collide with the concept of wrestling-wear. Mickie's crop top+pants combo became an instantaneous trademark, along with the luscious colors she gravitated to. Melina's looks were more dramatic - think one-person Cirque du Soleil :). Thigh cutouts, sheer insets,knee-high fur boots, patterns and metallics all caromed together to create her memorable looks. Beth Phoenix's superhero-esque metallic jumpsuits also arrived on the scene. Each of the ladies developed distinctive silhouettes or styles that set them apart. Michelle McCool used her various changes to mark separate eras in her character, not unlike the Undertaker has. The sweet and simple early pieces of her personal-trainer/schoolteacher gimmicks evolved into the cross-embellished halter top+lace-up leggings combination of her Faithful face era. I didn't appreciate at the time just how spectacular this particular gear is with the all-over crystals! I find the camo a bit busy (maybe that's why I missed the crystals ;)), but the jewel-work is spectacular. This snap was not widely released at the time, but it was used in promotions and, back in the day, Michelle cited it as one of her favorites so it's awesome to have a high quality version of it out and about! She exhcanged this style for the dark glamour of her heel turn, which included mostly dark fabrics embellished with crystal and studs. And that was succeeded by the Flawless Era which attained Fame-era Gaga-esque heights of fierceness. Layla came along for that ride and it brought her already-competent looks into truly amazing territory, something she maintained even after Michelle's departure. A few other ladies, including Natalya and Beth, took on the concept of metamorphosis-concurrent-with-persona - which led to the era which matched LayCool in fierceness: the maven-vixen Divas of Destruction, who ruled the ring in leather and spikes, softened with pin-up girl details like lace and bows. Barbie (Kelly) chose to stay with her hallmark push-up bra top and kabooty shorts from its inception until her retirement. And no surprise - it's hard to imagine it being improved on. This yellow-topped one was always one of my faves! (I'm sure you're shocked). Eve also carried the same chevron-waisted silhouette forward throughout her career, along she varied the sweetheart neckline extensively. Her gear was known for the myriad of stunning colors she employed: emerald green, bright melon, pale lilac, all embellished with hints of crystal, studs or sheers. Ditto Maryse, who explored variant after variant her keyhole-top+shorts combo with the most delicious, intriguing, luxurious combinations of color, embellishment, fabric and pattern. Nikki and Brie Bella were always closely in touch with the fashion world and they brought its influence even more closely into gear, breaking free of the idea of waiting for a persona change to update their ring-wear and using it as a way to freshen and reinvigorate their characters. Their looks run an unprecedented gamut from flamenco-inspired ruffled pieces to plunge-front catsuits to Britney Spears-influenced banded top+shorts combos that paired glam with a pop influence to the grunge-plaid era to today's sporty looks - which in a spine-tingling synchronatic way, brings ring gear full circle - back to its athletic beginnings.
Barbie's style gravitated strongly toward casual vibes during most of the winter, a genre she handles with competence and distinctiveness - i.e. well worth borrowing from! Her pairing of a safari jacket (an aptly named piece of clothing designed for adventures in the African bush and referenced by Hemingway in the 30's) with denim is easily adapted to a cool weather variation. Its laidback vibe lends itself flawlessly to a pairing with a simple sweatshirt, which nods at the athleisure trend. You're not looking from something too beaten up or wordy, just a very basic, unadorned piece will do. Heathered colors are perfectly acceptable, as are hoodies (can you believe it?!). Slouchy silhouettes are do-able as well, since the jacket adds casual refinement. If sweatshirts aren't rocking you at present, consider a simple sweater or lace-up thermal. Grab a slim/straight or skinny pair of jeans for the bottom. Barbie's look has a softness about it, due to her choice of blue denim, which I love and reprised, but with the neutral palette of the rest of the pieces here, black denim would work as well. The crucial factor behind your choice of denim silhouette is your shoes. Keep the casual feel going with ankle boots - Barbie's heeled hiking style (the wheat Glancy from Timberland, available here) is fantastic and will work with slouchier straight styles, as well as skinnies. You can also totally do this look with flat boots; just choose a skinny jean to balance the more over-sized pieces on top. Definitely consider only partially lacing your flats boots and leaving the top open for a cool-girl effect, as Alicia did here. The look's coup de grace is the jacket, which elevates the denim and sweatshirt pairing by adding structure and easygoing sophistication. The safari style is a perfect choice here, as it lends polish, without being too formal. If you haven't yet added one to your jacket collection, an oversized bomber will create a similar, slightly more urban vibe. Other breezily refined options include a knit blazer or a denim (and chambray too!) blazer. Note: blazer; skip the classic denim jacket here, as it's too laidback to bring the necessary pop to the look. I hope this gets your casually chic style juices flowing :) Happy fashioning!
Barbie was backstage at Raw in Las Vegas in February and looking fabulous! As an aside, I'm so impressed with how she speaks about her time in WWE - how grateful she is for the start and opportunities they gave her and how respectful of the company. It's really nice to hear and reflects well on all parties. I love her pairing of a simple black tee with black denim. She adds just the right pop to the look with beige suede OTKs, which break up all the black and add a sophisticated brightness to the styling. Her Hermes belt brings in a hint of flash, but in a subtle way. This is precisely the kind of look that makes me head-over-heels for Barbie's fashion! Alongside her, Sasha was sparkling in a sequined romper, paired with flat OTKs - her tv look for the night. It's a simple combination that works nicely and ha enough flash to suit her persona. I'm also loving Alicia's outfit, as she dips into her trendy-meets classic side. Her monochrome look includes a sheer-panelled top, on-trend wide leg pants and a chic blazer. Pointy toe pumps complete the look flawlessly, lengthening the leg line (not that Foxy needs that ;)) and adding a subtly powerful vibe. Although as different as can be from Barbie's look, Alicia's outfit is an equally magnificent example of the kind of style that makes me swoon!
Barbie took her style even more casual with this relaxed look from mid-February. She paired a white tee with cut-off blue denim shorts - so far, so classic! Instead of the ubiquitous bomber, she chose to top the look with an iconic safari jacket in dark olive. Caramel Timberland boots completed the look. I love how her choice of heeled boots gives this look a bit more panache and distinction than flats would have. Barbie's winter also included a meet-up with bff Maryse. "Blondes in black" seemed to be the theme of the night, with both ladies reaching for the iconic neutral. Barbie paired her scoop-neck top with leather slim pants and a mixed media bomber jacket - I've been waiting to see her hop on that trend and she rocks it with off-duty model aplomb. Minimalist strappy sandals and a racy lace-up choker brought attitude and sultriness to her look. Maryse also went the scoop-neck top + black denim route (I guess super-stylish divas think alike! :)). She topped her look with a trendy capelet in a fantastic duster length and finished it off with taupe boots, which - as with Barbie's earlier look - add a refreshing contrast to the black. This pairing really hinges on the swirly fabulosity of the capelet; it's a statement piece that needs little other embellishment to create a chic and confident casual vibe - basically, a streetwear variation of her current-trademark tv apparel.
I've been so excited to get to this and so short on time to actually do so that it's been really frustrating. Adding to it is that I've caught a hideous cold, so that hasn't been helping. However, finally: heeeere we go! I missed a lot of fashion during Jan and Feb, so this is how I'll be catching up - via Master Posts for the divas. And I'm kicking it off with a lady whose fashion I always get a thrill out of: Barbie :)
Her New Year's look was amazeballs, embodying both current trends and the effervescent glamour of the occasion. The piece is the Gaga jumpsuit from Reve Boutique and combines shimmering all-over crystals set on an eggshell background. With all that drama, Barbie kept her hair simple and sleek. In many cases, I find the pin-straight+center-part styling quite harsh, but here it works as a refreshing counterpoint to the bold statement of her outfit. The one thing I would tweak is to swap out her clear plastic heels for simple silver strappy ones, as the clear plastic never looks stylish to my eye.
She then treated us to a couple of bikini-inclusive looks from her incredible 30th birthday bash in Cabo. Don't you completely adore the fringed side-details of this black string bikini? It's like a salsa dance in a swimsuit! So cute! Barbie finished the look with white sneakers. Her next pairing was a floral embroidered bikini top from Mara Hoffman (sadly sold out). The piece features a fabulous mix of pretty sherbet shades, along with a wonderfully unique starburst edge. She set it off to perfection by pairing it with white wide-leg pants from Intermix Online that let her top have the spotlight. The whole combo is a perfect example of a completely laidback but still super-cute outfit! Her next look has the same vibe, with a added touch of flirtiness. It pairs a blush tie-front crop top with a swingy A-line skirt in white. Her nude Valentino Rockstud lace-up heels elevate this look and make it dinner-appropriate. My favorite element of this outfit is Barbie's hot pink clutch! We often see a pop added to an outfit via lip color; she follows essentially the same principle, but with her handbag -so much fun! - and a great idea to keep in mind for times when the lip shade avenue isn't one you want to pursue for whatever reason ;). Her next bikini is a dusty turquoise dot-printed piece (The All Caught Up from No Strings Attached. ID by fashionofthedivas.tumblr.com) with contrast strings. The teal-terra cotta match-up is an unusual one, but looks amazing against Barbie's tanned skin. She adds a stunning crochet sarong in a medium coffee shade and a super-slim choker. I love the movement added to the outfit by her sarong - that's got to make wearing a bikini even more fun :)
Long-time diva-fierce.com readers will remember the incredible Kim, who was a massive and well-loved part of our team here for many years. Not too long ago, she touched base with me because she had found quantities of past site collages buried in the depths of her computer and we had a little freak out party with all the feels :'), which I am now passing on to you! (Love ya!) Over the next few weeks, I'll be spicing up the current posts with some time-travelling backward looks at where diva-fierce.com has come. Hope you enjoy!
While WWE has been serving up their latest version of a Barbie/Kelly redux, we did our own back in the day, complete with a style synopsis! (Keep up with that, Big Dub!). When there were more of us putting the site together, we were able to feature a Fashionista Of The Month, culminating in a fashion fisticuff (ok, it was just a poll, but still ..:)) in December for the Fashionista Of The Year.
We always analyzed both in-ring and street style. Remember this pink and white gear from Wrestlemania? The reversed brassiere cups were super-creative but didn't translate particularly well. Barbie flipped them over immediately afterward into a classic push-up bra and, from then on, slayed us all with gear after gear in gorgeous, sherbet-esque colors and plenty of crystal accents! Random trivia: her black sequin outfit is special to me because her photoshoot in it formed the basis of the first complex collage I made. Dawww :) .The street style line-up highlighted the wide array of fashion choices she graced us with. Everything from glittering evening gowns to simple tee+denim combos can be found in her 'shoots, all of them handled with competence, authority..and plenty of girl-next-door seductiveness :). The Barbie-love is strong with Diva-Fierce! ;)
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.
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)
This simple outfit from Barbie packed a lot of impact, so much that we did an Inspiration Board look with it. There's just something cool and chic about the combo of gray with black! The gray cropped sweater exudes coziness, with the shorter silhouette providing just a hint of flirtation. Even more fun is the foldover detail at the collar - I love distinctive touches like that! Barbie paired this Intermix piece with Frame denim jeans. Her OTKs, which add the shot of fierceness to this look -as they always do! - are from Sam Edelman, a surprisingly budget-friendly choice from Barbie, but which is a jazz. I always get a thrill to realize that I can own the same piece as a favorite diva, without mortgaging my first-born for it ;).
Vests were the order of this particular autumn day in the Bellaverse. Brie combined a fur one (since it's Brie, I have no doubt of it's being faux fur!) with black leggings and black suede OTKs. There's a pleasing simplicity to this monochromatic look, which she breaks up with her burgundy leather choker (I could have been perfectly happy to have that in black as well) and her desert rose lip, which brings a lovely flush of warmth to this ensemble, without the harshness of red. Nikki went for a similar shade, with the same gorgeous effect, as she paired a ruffled cropped vest with studded leather pants. The contrast of the feminine (and spot on-trend) ruffles with the tougher vibe of the studs is stellar and gives the outfit its je ne se quoi. Like Brie, she includes a choker (barely visible in this shot - sorry ;(). Hers is black and works flawlessly. I'm also a fan of the way her dark nails bring a gothic edge to the look.
It's wonderful to see Brooke back on our scene, this time repping autumn-hot houndstooth via this cropped top, which we also saw her wear in Dec 2015. While she matched it with a skirt then, this time, she re-styled it with leggings and a tuxedo jacket. the whole look had a modern, graphic vibe, with the houndstooth creating an almost pixelated quality. It's a very different feel from the sexy, schoolgirl-esque aura she drew from the piece last time! This is such a great demo in how to re-use and re-work wardrobe items - something I am a huge fan of! Her metallic pumps add a perfect contrasting hint of flash.
Cathy attended NXT Takeover in this stunning blue-meet-sheer mini dress. The intricate, delicate pattern is beautiful, especially done in this incredible electric blue! She paired it with OTKs, which have become a fashion staple over the last few years, with a particular resurgence this season. They bring a nice twist of attitude to this sweet-n-chic frock.
You know that weird, blank space between the end of the holiday season and spring, where everything is blah? Let’s see if we can fill it with fashion! ;) I have a lot…like A. LOT….of catching up to do. So, let’s see if I can get it all jammed in. Are ya with me?
Eva can really nail certain looks and this simple gray dress fits that category. The gray mélange fabric is sleek, yet not super-formal, due to the visual texture. She pairs the look with black pumps and finishes it with a stunning, formal up-do, which adds an extra bit of polish that make sit appropriate for a party or an evening dinner date.
I’m pretty sure you all know how I feel about yellow anything, even yellow used in combination. Alicia has used this incredible powder blue + banana yellow combo in her gear before, but I still have to take a moment to stop call it out now. I LOVE it! The yellow adds a fabulous spike of sunshine to the cool blue. I love the design of this gear anyway – the complex pairing of mesh and sheer and satin and sexy and modern: it’s just amazzzzzzing. But when Foxy does it with a pinch of yellow, well, I’m in seventh heaven. *happy, savoring sigh*
Speaking of fun gear, this set from Bayley reflects the metamorphosis she’s been in the process of lately. It’s an excellent direction to be going in, as it combines the lighthearted effervescence of her previous iterations with a touch of more mature restraint. The end result is pairings that reflect her goofy, joyous persona, while still being aesthetically pleasing. This particular combo spikes red and cobalt with black and silver. The look is clean and cool and the overall fish-scale patterning ties the whole thing together. Setting the stars above that pattern makes them pop out, putting special focus on them. This is such a great example of how well thought-out complex gear needs to be, in determining colors,
placements and harmonies. This one is a gem!
From gear, we make an about-face to this lovely, floaty gown from Maria, worn for he sister’s wedding. We don’t often see Maria in a piece as minimal as this – her intrinsic style sense is much more dramatic and glamorous, but she looks equally gorgeous in this simple silhouette. I’m also loving this soft blush color on her. The whole look is sweet and feminine, and I’m really loving how well it works on her!
Speaking of things we don’t often see, how about houndstooth pants from Maryse? I have to say, I wouldn’t have selected anything as bold as this and made the prediction that she would wear it. An attention-getting pattern like this can be tricky to style. Maryse (as I would definitely predict) hit on one of the ways that works: keep everything else simple and neutral and let the strong statement come solely form the pants. She does so by pairing them with a graphic sweatshirt and beanie, all in predominantly black, and rounding things off with black OTK boots. The whole combo works nicely. I enjoy a surprising fashion choice when it’s styled well. Props to Maryse for pulling this off! Her next look, for the STARS Gala at Universal Studios, is much more in keeping with what we know of her fashion: forward-looking and chic! This white satin tuxedo dress is by BCBG Max Azria. Her pointy toe suede pumps in nude are Louboutin. Versace designed her metallic clutch. This look is flawless! It hits all the right notes with its lightness, its formality and its subtle edginess. It’s noteworthy to me that Maryse mentions she styled it herself, something she does for many events. While some of the ladies have switched to employing a professional stylist for certain occasions, Maryse puts her own sensibilities out there, in much the same way as Blake lively. Both ladies get mad respect form me for that, even more so because their choices are so consistently excellent.
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