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!
Becky's new aesthetic, which pairs beauty and toughness is 100% up my alley! Her juxtaposition of elegance with grit (and perhaps a hint of flash ;)) ticks all the right style boxes so I was intrigued by the idea of trying to metamorphosize it into a streetwear look. The first critical element of Becky's pairings have been to use selected neutrals. We've seen her do classic black and white in the past, but this beige and black combo is particularly appealing - it's not overly sweet, but still incorporates a touch of the lighter neutrals that look toward warmer days. And the always iconic nude-tan-beige-blush tones have been especially important the last few seasons, i.e. one more reason to work them in ;). The next concept to be culled from her gear is restraint - she hasn't gone to town with embellishment; she's used hints of it. A band of lace and wrappings of grommets are enough to create the idea and serve as a reminder that a whisper can be all you need. Black denim is clearly the first item that comes to mind for creating this look, but definitely consider chinos as an alternative - the utilitarian twill fabric is showing distinct comeback tendencies this spring. The weather will be the determining factor in your layer choices: a blouse with lace appliqué and a wool coat may be plenty. Then again, you may need to slide a turtleneck or similar toasty layer under said blouse. A lace cardigan is a fab choice also - consider a maxi length piece if you have one. Attention athleisure lovers: lace appliqué sweatshirts are flawless for this look! If your current wardrobe offers lace options in the slim to none category, consider a crocheted piece instead. It will give you a similar effect. Should that also fail to work, there's always the option of a lace choker (and you can DIY one with a piece of ribbon in cases of extreme need :)). Footwear and accessories are the easiest way to add the requisite touch of metal: a studded belt, studded booties, a grommeted bracelet or choker or a biker/moto style jacket that includes a good dose of hardware will all do the trick. No need to get too fancy - flat OTKs,or low or chunky-heeled ankle booties finish this pairing off with casual feistiness. Happy styling!
Carmella's urban sporty style is seriously fun and spot on trend, i.e. well worth borrowing ;). I love the effortless effect of this bright bomber set atop an LBD - the big pop of color makes me think of spring, even if the temperatures haven't quite caught up to that particular daydream yet. Clearly, the way to start this outfit is with your little black dress of choice. Don't go for anything too formal - stick with knit fabrics that keep the look low-key. The exception to that is if you're going with a slip-dress (how totally trendy of you!). In that case, slide a turtleneck underneath to make the silhouette cold-weather friendly and then feel free to use silk, satin or whatever fabulous fabric floats your stylish ducks... in a row :). Step two: the bomber. This is def a case of flaunt what you've got: if you have a classic wool version, that'll do just as well as an a la Carmella satin piece. If you have a bright color, go for it! If you own a jewel tone, rock that. Ditto a print (you cool thing you). If all you own is a neutral, break it out, babe! Even black over black will work here, due to the difference in textures; you'll just want to make sure you create a spark via your accessories. Carmella completed her look with sneakers. If you live in a place where the weather is cooperating, by all means do the sneaker! Any pair that includes one of the colors that is also in your bomber is a go. Unless you have a neutral bomber, in which case, have at your bad self - no holds barred. Spray paint a sneaker if you have to (just kidding. But yes, you can actually do that.:)). If sneakers are out of the question, or if a little less sporty is what thrills you, go for boots - a simple, flat ankle boot with a knee-length or above dress, something heeled with a long one (make sure the shaft goes higher than the dress' hemline). A choker (I dare you to try a leopard one!), bold short pendant and/or baseball cap are Carmella-approved accessory options. Pick your passion: one, two, all or none. Happy styling!
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!
We may not all have antebellum mansions to frolic about in, but fortunately, we don't need one to borrow a bit of inspiration from Naomi's look in her next-to-latest WWE 'shoot. Her pairing of brassy stripes with feminine tulle amped up the quirky, fierce energy in the 'shoot, especially when finished with sparkling bow-embellished heels and her glowing lime hair. But, take the styling out of the photoshoot and it stands on its own rather well. The bold, vaguely modernist statement of a striped top acts as an anchor for the frilly effervescence of the tulle skirt, making for a playfully chic combination we can definitely borrow! Step 1: grab your favorite tulle skirt! :) ..."But Brie, what if I don't have a tulle skirt?!" *horrorstruck* It's ok, I swear! Breathe :) Just reach for a skirt with a femme feel: lace, embroidery, florals, even just a simple, solid piece in a floaty fabric like silk or chiffon will do. All better? :) Hugs! Step 2: grab a striped top! You do have one of those, right? A knit tee tends to be my first thought when I envision stripes, but don't forget about striped blouses or button-downs. Their more polished connotation plays perfectly for this look. Next: warmth! If you need another layer, add a twill military jacket (a classic leather biker will work too) for some extra attitude over a tee or bring in the sweetness of a button cardigan over a collared top. Important: if your skirt has a narrow waistband that doesn't provide enough definition, you can visually widen it by adding a belt. Feel free to blouson your top over it. Last up are the shoes. If you need a little more edge to feel like you, a heeled boot will do the trick. For maxi skirts, make sure the boot shaft is higher than the skirt's hemline. For all others, make sure there is a gap between the top of the boot and the skirt's hem (unless you're doing OTKs under a midi or knee skirt (a perfectly stunning look, darling ;)); in that case, follow the suggestion for maxi skirts. If you're feeling sophisticated, go with a simple, iconic black pump. Laidback, but still fabulous? Try a pointy-toed ballet flat. I hope this inspires you to pair something striped and something femme sometime soon. Happy styling! XO
When Renee wore this look, the pairing caught my eye, even though I felt that the graphic tee was a shade too laidback to pair with a formal tuxedo blazer. My immediate remedy for that was to envision going with a basic, non-graphic tee instead. If you own a tuxedo blazer, that is one avenue you should totally explore! If you don't own a tuxedo blazer, nbd. If you own one and don't feel like wearing it, also nbd. The non-tuxedo blazer lends itself nicely to this look. Caveat: skip the bombers, moto and biker jackets, cute super-cropped styles and similar blazer-dodges here. Go for the real McCoy - a straight-up, unapologetic suiting blazer. You need the polish and unexpected formality here - it's what creates the distinctive punch in this look. Don't be afraid to give a double-breasted version a try - this is a perfect look to show its powerful vibe. Color thoughts: if your graphic tee is predominantly neutral, like this one, go for a splash of color in your blazer if that suits your mood. This plum shade is kind of amazing, eh? I'm loving the dusty complement of a pinch of olive with it too! If your tee has a variety of color - or you've placed a moratorium on color for some undetermined length of time :) - stick with a neutral topper. Also, feel free to skip the graphics altogether. It's all good. Pair your chosen tee and blazer with slim-straight or skinny jeans. Finish the look with ankle booties that are tall enough to tuck your jeans into; mid-calf booties are just right, but any shaft height that clears your ankle bone by 2-3 inches will do nicely. Heels: not necessary, but perfectly acceptable :). The feel of this look is casual cool-girl - think off-duty actress running out for coffee. Or you :) Happy styling, loves!
How I wish Maryse had been with WWE at the right time to do that Favorite Black dress 'shoot! That would have been a fashionista's dream come true *cue wispy daydream music*. Fortunately, we get to see a wide selection of her choices in the genre, even if we don't have the privilege of knowing which is her fave. It's a look she gravitates to periodically throughout every season. I often find myself shying away from dresses during the colder months because I have this concept that they're not as warm as other options, but sometimes I get awfully tired of pants and even maxi skirts. Maryse offers us a reminder that, with a few minor additions, the LBD is just as appropriate for winter as for the other three seasons. Maryse topped her bodycon piece with a glittering sequined blazer - definitely something to consider for a night out or other special occasion (or when you're just feeling fancy ;)). If sequins aren't your thing, other elements of her choice can provide the main inspiration. Instead of a sequined blazer, try an on-trend double breasted one instead to create power and boldness. Enhance that vibe with touches of leopard: a hat, wide belt or printed flats. A blazer isn't the only topper for an LBD, though! Long trench coats and dusters are super hot right now and lend themselves perfectly to adding a bit of warmth and chic to an LBD. A neutral is probably in your closet - the wise and iconic choice! - but if you are brave enough to be the proud owner of a statement color, feel free to rock that as well; the LBD is versatile like that ;). The key to this look is to leave the coat open so that it swirls around you, creating movement and mystery. If you're a fan of the draped-over-shoulders look, that works fabulously, as does wearing it with your arms through the sleeves, so pick your passion :). I'm loving this particular styling right now - the feeling created by the open coat is just amazingly fun! Keep the whole look minimal and complete it with simple black kitten heel pumps, or dress it down with block-heeled ankle boots. Lastly, you can skip the whole coat/blazer debate if you want to: go with a vest instead! Layer a suede or leather piece over a sheath for an urban vibe or choose a floatier A-line silhouette and top it with fur or velvet for a more 70's bohemian feel. Round off the look with OTKs or chunky-heeled ankle boots.
Style with a classic bent always makes my fashion heart beat wildly, so it should be no surprise that this look from Alicia caught my attention! She paired a v-neck sleeveless top with a pencil skirt in an earthily opulent mahogany shade and spiked the whole look with a silk oblong scarf in a trendy dark floral print. It's a fabulous pairing that makes the most of textural contrasts and color harmonies. The first step to stealing..er...borrowing : ...this look is to swap the sleeveless top for a cool-weather-appropriate sweater. Stay with a v or scoopneck - that will be important later for highlighting the scarf. (If you need add'l warmth, consider a wool topcoat, blazer or refined bomber jacket). Next, pick your pencil skirt. You're looking for a fabric that's a bit tougher or more solid than diaphanous silk, so go with leather, like Foxy, or suede. Other equally workable alternatives include denim or classic wool (choose a coarser version, rather than a piece with a super-fine weave). Avoid fabrics like tulle and chiffon, which will tend to mute the scarf's floaty, delicate quality because of their similarity to it. Neutral or classic shades like black, burgundy, blush or navy make coordinating come easy. (PS Feel free to try this look with wide-leg pants if pencil skirts aren't on your agenda atm). Next on the agenda is the keystone: your silk scarf. Lean toward a print over a solid for visual interest. Do it Foxy's way with dark florals (or bright florals :)), or go with a modern, graphic print. Alternatively, give something whimsical like an animal print (I'm thinking actual cats, more than leopard - but the leopard will totally work if that's your jazz :)), or a sketch. The 70's vibe in this outfit comes from the scarf's positioning: Foxy used a side knot, which gives the scarf a similar look to a choker, but with a bit more presence. The classic positioning is to have one end drape in front of your body and one end in back, although if you use a very long oblong scarf, you could set the knot to the back of your neck and let both ends float down your back for an extremely chic look. Lastly: choose the shoes! Get fierce with pointy-toe ankle booties, enhance the 70's vibe with a chunky-heeled boot or keep it classic with a loafer or lace-up flat. I hope this inspires you to excavate a silk scarf from the depths of your dresser soon :)Happy (silky) styling!
I have been raving over Natalya's newest era of gear from its inception. This latest is one more iteration in a line-up of flawless choices: with the sultry glamour of leather, sheer and crystal, I can live without pink :). And then I got to thinking: how would I translate this concept into an outfit? I mean, w can't all just go walking around in glittering cat-suits, can we? (Well, outside of New Year's Eve and Halloween anyway :)) There is such a fusion of textures in these designs that the look is complex to recreate, even though it appears simple, due to the straightforward color harmony of black and white (sparkle :)). The easiest way to appropriate the styling is to start with a sheer-inset piece, either a long-sleeved top or bodysuit. Alternatively, begin with a black base layer and add sheer over it: a mesh-striped tee, a voile blouse, a transparent button-down. With sheer fabrics, whether full pieces or insets, black-over-black will give you textural definition, although you can heighten the contrast with beige, gray or ivory underneath instead. The layering also keeps you warm and cozy :). That whole modesty situation can also be addressed via the next part of this equation: a topper. For casual looks, bring in the leather with a classic biker jacket. For something a bit more formal, try a buttoned-up blazer with a high stance. With the latter, belting the jacket is a great way to incorporate the smooth leather aspect of Nattie's gear. Next up: crystals! Add a single bold statement necklace...or layer a couple :). Another method - and one of my faves - is to add a sparkling brooch to your belt (not through the leather - fasten it around the outside of a medium-width belt. (At around half an inch wide, depending on the thickness of the leather and the width of your pin, you should be able to close the brooch clasp without bending the pin arm). Although both of these looks are a bit subtler than Natalya's all-over crystal scrolls and criss-crosses, they capture the glamorous spirit of her styling in a way that translates well to street fashion: same elements, smidge less drama ;). Keep the Nattie-vibe going with black on the bottom via leggings, or a straight silhouette pant in denim, wool or cotton twill/chino. Finish the look off with a little more leather: ankle booties, black pointy pumps or classic flat riding boots.
When the weather is nippy, sometimes you just feel like being cozy. And the tunic sweater is a staple of coziness if ever there was one! On the flip side, it's so much better to be stylish while you're being cozy, right? Like a total win-win! That can indeed be done with the ever-comfy tunic. The obvious way - especially in winter - is the addition of a scarf: pop of color, statement-making cables, casually chic positioning and bam: you're toasty and fab. But, there's more than one way to skin some fashion, Fancies...even without showing a ton of skin ;). Summer demonstrated one here by pairing her lofty sweater with unexpected checkered shorts. Take a cue from her. I wouldn't recommend the shorts so much ;), but popping a collared shirt in a fun fabric underneath a tunic can give it that touch of polish that takes it out of the comfy zone. Think pretty prints, strong stripes or a bright flannel. The collar and cuffs should peek out from under the tunic, giving just a flash of color and casual sophistication. Finish with classic blue denim and relaxed suede ankle booties. An often over-looked option, but one of my favorites, is to add a statement belt. Just like statement jewelry, a belt can completely make an outfit! Choose one with some standout detail: an extra-wide style, stud embellishments, a saturated color, tassel-ties or other unusual closure. Cinch it at your waist or let it dangle off your hips. Against a neutral palette, it will have all the focus. Add leggings and complete the look with mid-calf or knee-high boots. And, speaking of statement jewelry, you can put the exclamation point on a tunic with pieces from the jewel box, as well. The long line of a pendant echoes the tunic silhouette, making it a perfect choice. Add in a dash of trendiness by combining it with a simple choker. The subtlety of this option can handle a bit drama on the bottom portion of your look, so definitely consider tuxedo-striped slim pants or leather-paneled leggings. This is a also a flawless place to go with a non-neutral pant in a classic shade, like scarlet or cobalt. Finish things off with polished pointy toe footwear, pump or flat. I hope this inspires you to try a tunic soon. Happy styling!
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