Woohoo! The hottest party of the Summer is happening... Tonight! Summerslam is one of the biggest PPV's WWE puts on every year, and because of that, we usually get some pretty exciting, unique, and head turning gear from the women superstars. Before we see what the lovely ladies bring to the table tonight, let's look back at past SummerSlam years and some memorable ensembles.
2013 - Brie Bella
Briiiiieeee Moooooddeeee! Goodness, I miss that. Brie totally killed it back in 2013 with this vintage inspired gear. The black, white, and red color scheme is text-book Bella style, and I adore the long, red gloves she added for her entrance. Do you see those tiny bows on her wrists? Adorable! This gear was before Brie moved away from her trademark ruffle boot covers, but I love how the trim matches her high waisted shorts. Now, the really cool fact about this gear is that you could actually own it yourself... because it's a swim suit! That's right! I couldn't find it anymore, but I remember when she debuted this gear, people found the exact same suit online. It would be like owning a little piece of SummerSlam, and Bella Twins, fashion history.
Between La La Land and the live Beauty and The Beast, 2017 has felt like the year of the yellow dress - especially with Nikki wearing it for the Oscars! Periodically, movies create fashion longings because something you don't usually gravitate to looks amazing on-screen. If you fell in love with a yellow dress (I've focused on dresses here to keep things simple, but it all holds true for yellow tops and/or bottoms as well :)) due to either of the above and are now a bit lost because it's a shade you don't often wear and even if (or now that) you had/have one, you wouldn't/don't know what to do with it, fear not! Your friendly neighborhood Lover Of Yellow (disclosure: does not come with superhero cape or goggles) is here to help! First important point: I strongly feel that clean yellows are the easiest to wear. And no, I don't mean you need extra Clorox. Shades of yellow can be straightforward and "pure" or they can be mixed with other tones. The color of a buttercup for example, is fairly clean, while dried ginger is "muddy" in that it has more brown to it. (If you were making a ginger shade with paint, you could get it by adding the right shade of brown to buttercup, plus some white. Or, you could also add purple...but that's a whole other essay ;)). Yellows intended to suggest "vintage" tones tend to be in the browned-yellow family (imagine mustard-y 70's shades).Yellows can also be warm (ok, obvi) or cool - a lemon (on the green side of the yellow spectrum - think of moving backwards through a rainbow) is a much cooler yellow than mango, which is on the orange side. Dandelion is nearly smack in the middle. Any of these colors are pretty accessible, as long as they are of the "clean" variety. If brightness makes you feel awkward, go for a pastel (which has a lot of white in it), rather than a drab yellow.
Now that the whole clean/muddy thing is behind us, what shades can you put with yellow? Black, right? Black goes with anything. True. You can always reach for ye old go-to standby. It rarely, if ever, fails. A dash of black with yellow looks amazing. If I do too much though, I feel like I get into bumblebee territory. So, other options? The simplest is blue. Blue *always* goes with yellow. Light or dark, pastel or bright, cool or warm, blue and yellow are a match made in heaven. Purple, yellow's color wheel opposite, is similar, with blue-purples (lilac, grape) being safest. If you want to do color and be daring, try a clean (there's that adjective again ;)) pink - carnation or candy shades, rather than blush or antique rose. That's not to say the latter two can't work; they just depend on a firm color sense to mix two appropriate shades (I happen to love coral with mango yellow and wear the combo periodically in the summer). If all this color has you dizzy, there is always silver. It's my favorite neutral to pair with yellow. It harmonizes with cool yellows, contrasts distinctively with warm tones and avoids any suggestion of bees.
Certain pairings of yellow gain impact based on hue. Of course, white goes with anything, but it's especially stunning with lemon-y hues, due to the crisp feel. Red is one notable deviation from the cool-to-cool, warm-to-warm rule. It gives a classic, primary-colored pop to lemon. (Note: it can also go with warm yellow - think jewel tones and autumn leaves). In fact, most autumnal hues work nicely with warm yellows - nude/beige, caramel, chocolate, pumpkin and melon blend beautifully, as their warm tones echoes those in the yellow. (Note: lemon can be paired with brown also, but choose cooler tones, like taupe. Also note: the closer to the center of the yellow spectrum you get, the less the warm-cool distinction matters, i.e. dandelion will coordinate with any brown tone).
Cliff Notes version of this: put cool tones with cool (greener) yellows, warm tones with warm (orange-er) yellows and blue or silver with any yellow.
Handy Thought: Instead of being the main shade, yellow can be used as an accent for an outfit done in any of the listed colors.
To round off our 4th of July posts, how about this scintillating set from Nikki? She posted a selection of pics on Instagram (also, head over to the Bella's youtube channel for a BS vid) and they are amaaaaaazing! She gives us three different Americana-themed looks. The first pairs a white-starred blue halter top with a red and white side-tie bikini . Nikki looks fantastic in it and I love the sporty vibe of the halter styling, but I love her pose even more. Hands-in-her-hair, flaunting her curves - slay my life! Nikki owns this pose 100% and the attitude with which she carries it off is crave-worthy, a flawless example of giving me something that's inspiring, that I want to recreate and feel. It's a common theme through the rest of the snaps; every pose she hits has that same quality, including her next one: a stripe-lined star string bikini that she pairs with striped bottoms which appear to be red and white on one side and red and blue o the back. She adds a pair of light wash denim shorts to play with and the result is this iconic high-shouldered stance that gives me Sports Illustrated cover-bombshell vibes. She does her hair with a side-part which only accentuates the seductiveness. I love how she doesn't over-work the facial - it's a perfect balance of "come get me" and "can't touch this". Her final offering strips things down even more - literally, as Nikki wears only a flag-themed banner. I applaud her for noting on IG that the piece is not an actual flag; it's reassuring to anyone who feels that it might be disrespectful to wrap our country's symbol around one's body as clothing, and I respect that she thought both of using a banner and mentioning it. Having addressed these concerns, Nikki proceeds to nail a killer pose and another softly sultry expression. This look gets an extra pop from vibrant red lips. While I loved the blush-taupe palette of her other snaps, the extra color brings a nice polish to this look. As with her other poses, she's working the stance and using her hands up the impact and it succeeds fabulously. This is an A+ effort from Nikki!
Soooooo believe it or not, this is the last of the Catch-ups. I'm sort of in shock myself..kinda felt like I'd never get through it all :).
Nikki kicks off the ending with a bright royal blue iteration of the Self Portrait lace dress we've previously seen her wear in white. I like the piece just as much in this shade! The gorgeous lace is feminine and lighthearted, perfect as a sundress when styled with neutral wedge sandals, as Nikki as here, or as a fancier piece when done with pointy pumps or more formal sandals, as we've seen her do in the past.
Next up is a super-cute pairing that infuses the best of now with some trademark Nikki stylings. She paired a sleeveless lace peplum blouse with a modern-vintage aesthetic with black skinny jeans. The black ribbon at her neck makes a fun way to connect her top and pants. While Nikki has used it like a necklace, with a loose knot, it could also be done in a bow to up the throwback vibe. Red pointy pumps add that dash of Nikki-esque spice and really pop the look. I wouldn't have minded seeing her carry that color upward with a bright lip.
This polka dotted mermaid midi skirt gave me immediate #tbt vibes to the Bella's late 2013 50's pin-up era withere they were all about the high waists, polka dots and hair scarf bows. Nikki keeps the look a little more polished here, pairing the skirt with a simple black scoopneck top and a slim gold choker. A burgundy and gold chain-strap purse adds a bit of modern attitude and brings in her trademark shot of red.
She continues her black-and-white streak by pairing this minimalist ruffled sheath with simple black ankle-strap heels and a black tote for Bridal Fashion Week. I love the pristine, edited feeling of this look - it acts as a palate-cleanser after all the lace, pleats and other embellishments we've seen lately. Sometimes, the plainest ensemble has the strongest impact!
Her trusty Prada boots are back in evidence with yet another look, this time a super-chill long-sleeved sheath dress from Veronica Beard. The bold presence of the ankle boots injects some attitude into this relaxed look. I'm still loving the chain handle on her bag, although I would have loved if she's gone for a chocolate, nude or mixed-browns hued one to tie in with her shoes.
Nikki was experimenting with the whole satin slipdress vehicle again in this March snap. If it's possible, I love this one even more! The belted, A-line shape of this Alexander Wang dress is a more accessible silhouette for this beautiful, though wayward, material. This iteration highlights her curves equally well and looks fabulously chic. It looks like Nikki's having tons of fun wearing it too! :) She popped the look in her favorite way: via a shot of bright red, in this case done with pointy pumps. I might have enjoyed a brighter lip to carry that lovely color upwards.
She gave us a pair of wintry looks from her visit to Lake Tahoe - it was still chilly there, apparently, even though technically this could have been considered spring. First up is a black, flutter-sleeved sweater from Elizabeth and James. This piece is fantastic! Simple, yet dramatic, it's one of those flawless canvases that looks amazing right now and will retain its sophistication for years to come. Nikki paired it with caramel leather Rag & Bone pants and finished the look with the chocolate lace-up boots (x Prada) we saw her wear earlier with her navy slipdress. I love how they can look so on point with two completely different outfits! This highlight of this look, though, has to be her black fur scarf and fur-trimmed hat! (Do you think Lana is jealous? - How about a little Ravishing Nikki? ;)) I love the textural drama of these accessories; they take this ensemble to a whole other level. Next up is black monochrome look which is noteworthy primarily for its incorporation of this lace-inset hoodie from Alexander McQueen [id by fashionofthedivas]. The glorified sweatshirt is a super cool piece for sure, but beyond that, this look is basically workout-wear with boots. Hum ho. I'd have loved moto pants instead of leggings for a more interesting alternative. It's a rare miss from this style queen. NBD, c'est la vie.
She's right back on track with this scorching red fit-and-flare dress from Topshop. I love pretty waist tie and the way she vamped up the styling by unbuttoning the top to create a semi-deep plunge. Her Prada boots are on duty again, working fabulously in yet another look. This time, they're adding interest and modernity to a throwback silhouette. A narrow station choker adds the tiniest hint of embellishment, while her flushed-nude make-up complements the look perfectly, without distracting from its standout feature: that gorgeous color!
Oh. My. Wordy. This dress tho! Nikki rocked her signature shade of vibrant red on the red carpet of the WINawards with Brie back in February. I'm wild over the minimalist chic of this gown! The 70's-tinged one-shoulder design, the just-high-enough side slit, the flawless fit: this is amazing from head to toe! The polished pony has been the hairstyle of the season and Nikki employs it to brilliant effect here, where it highlights her bare shoulder and lets the gorgeous, pure styling this gown take center stage. Drop earrings add a tiny touch of sparkle, while nude peeptoe pumps completed the look with subtle sophistication. This is the Nikki-style I adore into forever!
And then....she. Did. THIS. Please come back later. I am officially slayed right now. Like..sjnfhmmojduefuewoj. 100%. Every word I have is SLAYED. I've been searching my entire life so far for an absolutely perfect yellow gown and Nikki found it for me. And wore it to the Oscars. And then the world ended. This insanely enviable gown is by Fouad Sarkis Couture and I am going to marry it. Where do I even start? The architectural ruffles at the shoulders and bust? The modern-meets-vintage adornments at the hips? The classic mermaid shape? The sweet-dreams-are-made-of-this color? I love it - EVERY bit of it. And it fits Nikki to perfection. Two other styling notes: I love her complex updo with its wavy tendrils. I wish it been done with just a teensy bit more softness and height, but it's intended effect - polished romanticism to counteract the gown's frothiness - is laudable, and a goal it achieved. Also, she gets huge props for finishing the look with silver mirror-finish shoes (by made-in-Italy brand Genny) instead of the more expected black, although I might have leaned toward the quiet, light formality of a simple sandal.
Girlfriend goes form strength to strength - her next offering is a navy slipdress by Dion Lee, styled with lace-up boots for a 90's-grunge-gone-2017-luxe vibe. I love the interplay of the opulent silk with the downtown toughness of her boots! And the squared-out high-low hem makes a fun and interesting detail, adding an architectural solidity to the drape-y fabric. Satin, especially in a fabric like this which doesn't have much heft or stiffness, is notoriously difficult to pull off and Nikki does an excellent job of it. Her bauble-free, minimalist styling is textbook 90's and the simplicity is extremely effective.
Next up is a floral maxi by Meghan Fabulous [id by fashionofthedivas]. I adore the vintage vibe of the long, slightly puffed sleeves, while the wrap style brings a more modern aesthetic. The background of this snap really makes it special, as the grass-covered field and the grape terrace in the background create a free-spirited, untrammeled canvas for the exuberance of a twirling Nikki. I love the attitude and emotion in this snap as much as the fashion :)
If you are a lover of Nikki's fashion, stick around 'cuz we have a treat in store for you! Strap in for a whole run of Nikki Catch-ups!
She kicks it off appropriately in olive, visiting Navy personnel in Anacostia. I love the casual cool of this look, which pairs a deep scoop-neck tee with a coordinating set of olive jeans and a cropped olive denim jacket. This was in the throes of the choker-rage, so she added a slim one which looked fab, coordinating with her top and the breezily fierce vibe of her leather OTKs. It's so nice to see leather boots! I feel like we saw suede or velvet all year! A camo beanie added rounded off the look with an appropriate fabric and a bit of warmth and panache!
Next up is a BTS snap from a photoshoot for her friend's fashion blog, peacelovestyle. If Nikki can't do her own fashion blog, this is for sure the next best thing on my wishlist! Note: both Bella Twins make frequent cameo appearances there, so check out the blog for some extra shots of Bella fashion. Nikki's dramatic lace and tulle dress is by Jonathan Simkhai and it's an amazing choice for Nikki. It suits her sense of showmanship and seductiveness without showing too much. The sultriness is all in whispers and hints, while the colors and fabrics speak at full volume. When you say "tulle and lace", it sounds like some frilly thing, right? And this dress is anything but! Because of the colors and the bold guipure lace, the piece is both intricate and powerful - a stirring combination! She finished it by highlighting the red tones with scarlet pointy pumps.
After that masterpiece, she gave us a look in black and blue, pairing a Victorian-inspired high-neck top (the Jenny by Alice & Olivia [id by fashionofthedivas] - which boasted a velvet bodice and lace three-quarter sleeves - with a cobalt lace midi skirt with sheer insets. I love the way the ideas of sheer and lace and lace are explored here: the sheer panels and lined lace in the skirt complement the sheer lace in the top wonderfully. She completed the vintage-tinged look with modern details: crystal statement earrings, suede OTK boots and oversize sunnies. Noteworthy: the way the pink tones in her nail and lip shades enhance the pink rims of her sunglasses, creating a subtle pink-meets-deep blue harmony.
Next up is a floral halter dress. The lighting makes it difficult to tell if the background of the print is olive or gray. I'm leaning toward gray, as the olive comes off a touch heavy behind this whispy floral. The lower-cut back adds some intrigue to the easy beauty of this piece. I'm a fan of the way Nikki enhanced the way the halter shape highlights her shoulders (and kept the neckline from looking too crowded!) with her pulled-together pony.
First, I apologize for the extreme tardiness of this review...and I take back every griping thing I ever said about Joey Styles. Then again, he gets paid to get the pics up and I don't earn zip from this labor of love I fit in around life, animals and a real job. So, actually, I don't take back anything I said about him after all :). Second, I'm laughing at myself as I'm posting this review. You would never believe how many times I've re-done the collages because my placements keep changing as I analyze and weight the looks. This is HARD, babes! Every year, so many ladies come out here and slay and somehow I have to distill it all into some kind of order. It's cray! And it's also fun. And I'm usually hella proud of the list when I finally get done, probably because I fight so hard to make it accurate and justify each placing. As always, I feel the need to mention that I madly adore each of these divas and root for all of them to rock the ravishing red lane of fame. I love it every time they do! That being said...
This ‘shoot from Nikki just prior to Wrestlemania was such an amazing departure form almost anything we’ve seen her do before! I applaud the unique vibe of this set; it’s hungry, gritty, dirty…and yet, unlike other divas’ we’ve seen explore this type of setting, she still manages to interject a shot of high fashion into her styling. It creates this wonderful cataclysm of slick polish and grimy, relentless effort. The lighting in this shoot ranges through various shades of red, blue and lilac and is completely gorgeous! I’m especially a fan of the lilac shade – it gives a super cool electric, neon energy and beauty to the shots.
Her first look might be my favorite – although it’s got some stiff competition! :) She pairs an artfully ripped and knotted lace-up tank in a light heather gray with charcoal knit shorts. The gray shades work brilliantly with the lavender light, and convey the steely, focused vibe of the ‘shoot perfectly. She throws us the first of her couture curveballs at the finish, though, by completing this look with heeled ankle booties. I love the textured leather and the sheen, as well as how she connects them back to the vibe of her outfit with striped socks! She also get Fierce points for the practical but powerful braids that make her look like a warrior princess!
Next up is a striped brassiere set beneath a torn mesh tee. I find the latter piece distracting, which is unfortunate because I love the look of the brassiere! I might have gone with simpler cat-scratch style tears to for a less complex visual, even though it would have hidden the brassiere more. I’m wild over her safety-pinned shorts, though! Done in her trademark red, they convey intensity and a Rocky-like determination to rise and succeed, in spite of worn-to-shreds gear. Her military-style boots accentuate this vibe flawlessly, adding the perfect exclamation point to this outfit.
Her next offering is a bodysuit, again in her signature shade of flame. I’m borderline on the cut of the front, but from there on, I’m all in! The open-cut back is so hot! And her suede, hardware-embellished booties? Yes, please! She adds even more edge and attitude with a wide, black leather choker. I'm intrigued by her use of the body harness - leaving it open adds movement and softens the overall effect in an interesting way. I would have been interested to see how it compared if done in black instead of natural. Her poses in this section are A+, adding a driving artistry and insistent fashion industry vibe to the basement-gym theme.
Her last outfit expands on that theme. The monochrome look combines a bodycon romper with lace-up detailing at the sides and over-the-knee boots. The minimalist pairing gets shot of fierceness from its incorporation of an ultra-wide waist belt, a theme which a number of designers explored this spring. The unusual setting and props (how many times do we get to see divas play around on a pair of rings?!) let her push some boundaries in terms of poses, which works incredibly well.
The 'shoot is cohesive, despite its four separate looks. The theme is clear and communicated fantastically well, melding sport, sultriness and style in a surprising and alluring way. Brava.
There are a number of snaps from Wrestlemania week and events that just didn't quite fit anywhere else, so I've collected them all here into a salad of Wrestlemania fashion - with plenty of dressing (ha ha...see what I did there? :) ...Ok, yeah...it was a bad pun...but you love me for them :)). Prob about to be the tastiest salad you've ever had, right?
If you saw this and thought "Hey - Mandy and Lana buy their boots at the same place!", well....yep I had that same though too :). Mandy reminded us that she's the Gold Standard of WWE by rounding off this white crop top and blush pencil skirt combo with metallic gold ankle booties. As with Lana's outfit, these seem like a bit too brazen a way to finish the look, at least in this material. I'd love them in beige suede, though! Then again, I could totally see this color and silhouette paired with her ring gear. So, the boots themselves = yaas, the circumstances = less yaas. Minus the boots, I like the way this look works on Mandy. It fits her trendy, sexy style, without being overblown and I like the minimalist influence of the unadorned silhouettes and fabrics. As a side note, it's quite similar to the look Maryse wore for Axxess. I wonder if the French Queen is giving Mandy some style inspiration? Hmmm :)
Charlotte's cutout floral dress was her look of choice for both the Rick Flair statue unveiling and her Toys R Us meet and greet. This is a gorgeous dress, playing on the season's dark floral trend, a look that made waves in the fall and has stayed strong through the spring. The wide-ranging mix of colors in the print keeps the styling fresh and garden-y, but less starry-eyed than a light-background print. The side cutouts give an extra dash of flirty-ness, while the sheer lacy details the edge of the bodice bring an interesting extra dimension. Charlotte plays that up nicely by echoing it in her shoe choice: black ankle strap sandals with sheer fabric at the vamp. This is a wonderful summer dress than could be lightened up more with bright accessories (yellow sandals, aqua bag), as well as working its way into fall when topped with a blazer or motorcycle jacket.
Stephanie also attended the Rick Flair statue reveal and, like Charlotte, chose a dress for the event. This checkerboard print isn't my favorite per se - possibly due in part to the somewhat drab sage-gray color - but I absolutely love the way the print is used on the piece to create shape. The smaller scale in the middle accentuates the waist, while the larger rint at the bottom enhances the a-line shape and adds to the hourglass visual. So, despite my lack of excitement about the pattern, I think the piece is wonderfully conceived and a fantastic choice for Stephanie. She completed the look with one of her favorite pairs of sandals, her St. Laurent Tribute sandals in black. She also gets fierce point for the super cute braided ponytail!
Maryse created a fabulous layered effect by wearing her ivory capelet dress from BCBG over this sheer-printed sheath dress. I'm wild over the unique way she used these two pieces together - what a great way to get more out of your wardrobe! And the look is amazing; the extra dimension the underlayer adds to the cape dress works flawlessly and looks incredibly chic! She finishes this masterpiece with her Valentino Rockstud pumps and a neutral bag with a chain handle for a bit of extra edge. Equally appealing is the black monochrome outfit she wore for a business summit with Alicia. Maryse paired a simple v-neck peplum top with flowing wide-leg pants. Note the difference in the look they create compared to, say, a leather legging or a mini pencil skirt. The look comes off polished and professional. It's a crucial part of being a fashionista to dress appropriately for the occasion, whatever it may be and Maryse is a master at it! She finishes the look with a barely-visible pair of black embellished sandals that we'll be getting a better look at shortly *wink*.
Comparable to Maryse as a fashionista is Foxy, with an equal innate grasp of the right look for an event. She, too, went with an all-black look and wide-leg pants. She topped hers with a v-neck blouse as well, but added a beautifully tailored jacket and statement necklace. My favorite part of her look is the dash of quirkiness thrown in via patent leather oxford flats. That is trademark Foxy! I love how she always throws a curveball into her fashion and never lets it get boring.
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Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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