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!
Charlotte seems to have a trademark of wearing one particular awesome shoe with EVERYthing for a certain period of time. It's an interesting fashion philosophy and def one to keep in mind, especially if you're travelling! Her current 'til-death-do-us-part pair is the Jetts sandal from BCGB (most sadly sold out). I don't think I have ever had a harder time coming up with similars for a piece either. I mean, I am gooooooood with shoes, but Holy Nothingness, Batman! This one was tough. Nevertheless, I love a challenge (thanks, Char! XO) and I persevered. You benefit: behold! Four kind of similar/give you the vibe kind of footwears:
1. The Cayen Cutout Heels by Guess
2 .The Monica Block Heel Sandal by Topshop
3. The High Heel Open Toe Strappy Sandal from BCBG
4. The Gildie Flat from JustFab
As a lover of statement rings, I couldn't help but notice when Brie wore this incredibe stalactite ring from Love Tatum in her recent Pacific San Diego photoshoot. The massive size, the organic shape and the funky texture make this ring quite fabulous! I love the laid-back feel of the piece. It's a perfect complement to boho, rocker and city cool-girl looks. Shopping note: Brie's piece looks to be in the 2" x 1" size range, giving it mammoth presence. Anything in the 1" or above category will be authoritatively bold. If you need this exact one (bearing in mind that natural stones vary in size, shape and color), it's available at lovetatum.com. If you're looking for something similar in a little less wallet-thinning price range, these drusy (also spelled 'druzy') quartz pieces match the texture and hint of sparkle and capture that chill, slightly sparkly, "just quarried" vibe:
1. Druzy Loop Ring at elizabethstonejewelry.com
2. Druzy Cuff Ring at elizabethstonejewelry.com
3. Dara Ettinger Gold Tone Stone ring in white druzy at theoutnet.com or this Dara Ettinger two-tone black and gray druzy piece, also at theoutnet.com (not shown)
4. Druzy Daydream Ring from childofwild.com
5. Panacea Drusy Adjustable Ring via amazon.com
If this magnificent statement necklace worn by Maryse caught your eye (how could it not? ;)), and you're freaking out over where to get it (not that I know anyone who did/is doing that) *surreptitiously puts room back in order*, it is the Horn Pendant Collar necklace from Sam Edelman. The clean, fearless flash of the gold makes the immediate first impression, but I also love the little details: the leather attachment on the pendant, the oval crystal - I can totally see why Maryse loved it! I am also very, deeply, terribly sad to have to say that it is...sold out. :'(. However, I've wrestled up a couple of get-the-look options that might work. The first one is on my wish list! :)
1. Rebecca Minkoff Boho Bead Double Tusk Collar at shopbop
2. Luv Aj Crescent Collar in rose gold and silver at luvaj.com and gold at shopbop
3. Vince Camuto Ring Leader Circle Pendant in gold at lordandtaylor.com or silver at Dillard's
4. Taurus Collar from baublebar
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Brie: shoe-lover :) fashion-lover and generally glamorous semi-dork