If you took one look at Summer's impeccably cool ankle booties and went head-over-heels, I can totally join your tumble. These urban-cowboy-esque heeled lovelies are Jeffrey Campbell's Cromwell, a classic Western-themed ankle bootie that gets a boost of unfussy modernity from its deep side slits. If that wasn't enough fun, there's a hint of flash from the metallic accents at the toe and heel. The gritty fierceness is married with the practicality of a low block heel, turning them into a pair that's wearable from festival season through fall pumpkin fetes and even on into winter. They're offered in plain black leather, as well as black or blush suede, python, taupe velvet or taupe suede (all at Nordstrom) (black & taupe suede also at Shopbop).
If you are head-over-chunky-heels for Barbie's peep-toe OTK booties, you are in luck bigly. They are the Galle boot by Guess. They are done in both the black (as modeled by Barbie) and a lighter (i.e. perfect for summer) gray. Add a massive dose of fierce luxe to knit dresses, cotton a-line pieces, mini skirts and shorts all through summer and then keep on with denim or leggings right into the autumn :) The Galle can be had here at 6pm.com...and they won't even hurt your piggy bank too much - bonus! :)
If you feel in love with the sporty, streetwise vibe of Becky's mesh tank, you might be surprised to find out that it's from Free People. The styling is a bit of a departure for the boho brand, but makes a nice transitional style between their trademark look and their new FP Movement line. Available in either ivory (like Becky's) or black, the piece's swingy fit makes it perfect for adding dimension and an athletic spin to simple tanks and cami's this summer. Becky layered white underneath for a crisp vibe, but brights and neons would work just as well. The Get It Mesh tank is available here.
If burgundy over the knee boots have been haunting your dreams like the ghosts of Christmas past, we totally hear you! They're not overly practical, but they are crave-worthy and gorgeous...and one of the hottest trends of the season, as attested to by Mandy, Maryse and Barbie, to name a few :). All those ladies tend to head right for the traded-my-home-for-these styles, but there are some fab pieces out there that don't require living under an umbrella. Here's a few options we found that might help the haunting cease :)
1. Quikstep by Nine West, a slightly shorter variation. Via 6pm.
2. Velvet OTK by Unisa Saranaa via DSW
3. Velvet OTK by Catherine Malandrino via Nordstrom Rack
4. Rumer by Carlos Santana from Famous Footwear
5. Gunter by Charles by Charles David, if flats are your jazz. Via 6pm.
If you're looking for a holiday or New Year's outfit, Renee's fabulous Belle Epoch Free People dress is in stock at Free People..and it's not a budget-buster. Score, right?! Done in the season's hottest fabric - velvet - and a fantastic slipdress silhouette that's spot on the current 90's trend, this dress is both on point and beautiful! You can choose Renee's burgundy shade, or a magnificent deep green, as well as classic neutrals like black or gray. Style it her way - with booties - or block-heeled ankle strap pumps.
Brie has fab style - definitely the kind you want to snag a bit of now and again. This Maje shirtdress is a perfect combo of grunge and chic. I'm loving the bright blue tones and the tie waist! It's a great look for school, a casual restaurant, girl time, even a chill date night. So, let's say you want to appropriate Brie's look for the day. There are several ways you could do it:
Literally: her exact dress is available at the Maje website here. Her shoe choice is the Louboutin Berlinissimo bootie which is sold out at major stores, but might be available through places Poshmark. To make matters easier, you could go with the newer Cajaboot, a platform-less variation with a similar vibe. At least, you can do that if you're willing and able to spend four figures on an outfit :). If not, there are - fortunately :) - other options. You can also steal her look
Similarly: if you don't mind foregoing the blue, this plaid, tie-front shirtdress from BB Dakota might fit your bill. It's got the same casual, carefree vibe as Brie's. And, it won't require you to pawn anything you value :). If you neeeeeeed blue plaid in your life, but can compromise on the tie-front (or add your own belt/scarf to recreate the effect), consider this mini dess from Eleven Paris. It gives you all the great color at a much more palatable price point. Then again, maybe the black-and-blue plaid and tie-front combo is your hearts' desire and you just can't let go. In that case, you might be able to steal Brie's style
Alternatively: This English Factory blue plaid buttondown echoes all the essential elements of Brie's dress, just in a top. Pairing it with a black A-line skirt - or leggings/skinny jeans if you're happy to stretch even a bit further afield - will give you the feel of Brie's look, but let you make it your own.
After you've picked your main piece(s), you'll need to finish the outfit with a pair of cage booties. And there are a ton of great options to consider:
The Report Alden
The Seychelles Drum Kit
The Steve Madden Cyder
The Dolce Vita Tinlie
The Nina Cypress
The Dune London Meeli
The Guess Anasia
The final step: enjoy feeling fabulous..in the most Brie-eque way!
Also, in my fashion travels, I've come across a few interesting whatsits I wanted to share:
1. (#1 & #3) For anyone still seeking Maryse-esque Rockstud-alikes at I-didn't-have-to-sell-my-firstborn prices:
Ocie by Sam Edelman and Olyivatoo by J. Renee
2. (#4) Because killer crystal pumps are touch to find: the Chiave by Aldo..an approximate sim to the studded Louboutins worn by Natalya, Alicia and Dana at various times..oh, and Blake Lively. :)
3. (#2) For anyone still desperately seeking Stephanie's MK Berkely t-straps, there is a decent selection here.
I swear I am part magpie..or blue jay...or whatever those birds are who are attracted to shiny things because...sequined bomber! World full stop. If you're like me..or like Maria, who clearly loves them too, and you're jonesing for one to add to your collection to pair with skinny jeans and leggings and skater skirts and oh, pretty much...everything!...jones no more. I've ferreted out a bunch for you to pore over, savor and possibly select. Have fun! ;)
1. Sequin Velvet Bomber from Topshop
2. Soprano Sequin Bomber via Nordstrom
3. Club L Mixed Sequin Bomber via Asos
4. Women's Juicy Sequin Bomber via Kohl's
5. Black Sequin Bomber from WithChic
6. Sequin Ombre Bomber by Topshop
7. Two-Toned Sequin Bomber by Forever 21
We'll rave over this entire outfit from the Bellas' recent NY Daily News photoshoot, but for now let's focus on this fabulous skirt! With gold being the current "it" metallic, this Katz Pleated Sunburst maxi from Alice and Olivia (one of the twins' favorite go-to brands) is on trend and oh so glamorous! The wide-waistband piece is created in a silk blend and moves beautifully, thanks to the multitude of pleats. Wear it now, like Brie with a silk cami, dress it up with a velvet blazer or down with a neutral moto jacket later. The piece is available in this shade at shopbop, while aliceandolivia.com carries it in dark blue and silver.
Edit: *If this is exact is not at a price point you want to go to, take a look at this similar (the Grace maxi) from Guess, which is a bit more accessible.
The gorgeous necklace Summer wore with this lovely blue sheath back in May :) (and which was the catalyst for an Inspiration Board) is actually done in gray pearls, giving it the versatility of sterling, but with that iridescent pearl sheen. The three-row design makes it a definite statement piece, while the spike-like drops bring a bit of edge in a playfully chic way! The piece is the Lorelai Pearl Collar by Loren Hope (check out her other pieces in her online store here). I love that they're made in the U.S! #Bonus :) The exact pearl collar is available online from Edmonton boutique Modern Sole (taxes & import duties incl in price, and free shipping) if you just have to have it! :) (I can completely see your point!). PS Note the extender that let's you customize fit and set the necklace to different lengths - it's always a good design to have!
Welcome to the place where wrestling & fashion join hands. #BeInspired #LoveFashion Let the Fierce be with you! ;) Peace & Glitter!
Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork
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