This black monochrome look from Nikki was among the transitional outfits that signaled the advent of greater sophistication in her style. It highlights her core fashion principles: modern, chic, sexy and looks totally fierce! My guess is, though, that if she were styling this genre of look today, she’d make a few changes that would show her more honed and mature fashion sense. How might she do it? Well :)…
The simplicity of the look lets it translate excellently over the years; a few small tweaks would be more than enough to update it! The formula is a dose of urban, minimalist chic injected with a shot of sexiness. While then, that was represented with a leather-panelled mini skirt and a cut-out cropped top, today I think Nikki would reach for a midi pencil skirt: same sleek lines, far greater sophistication. Or, she might reach for a full-on leather skirt…perhaps with a statement detail, like a laced-up faux wrap or buttons. On top, she’d trade the cut-out tee for a classic sleeveless shell, an off-the-shoulder or boatneck tee or a bodysuit (possibly with a sheer detail). The black-on-black color palette she’d keep! But, she’d spice it up a bit with scarlet nails instead of cranberry and a flame lip. The major switch would almost certainly be in footwear. Then, Nikki completed the look with knee-high leather boots – plenty hot, but she’s since upped her shoe game dramatically! These days, she’d go for the dark drama of ankle booties in patent leather (see a similar here for the pair shown), the fun glamour of fur-embellished sandals or the iconic fabulosity of Chinese red pumps. As the weather turned chillier, she’d toss a varsity bomber jacket or simple cropped blazer with a strong shoulder-line over the top. And she might just reiterate her trademark red with a bold, massive pair of earrings or a statement ring. Feel like doing the look of today’s Nikki? Break out the black pencil skirts and slim tees, babes! Add a chic, urban shoe and a classic red lip and get that fearless feeling! Happy styling :)
After raving over Naomi's recent photoshoot in this dress, I realized it would make a super-cute look to re-create for heading back to school (or back to work ;)..or both!). The basic part of the look is as easy as it gets: grab your nearest little black dress. If it has a special detail, like the sheer panel in Naomi's piece, fabulous. If not, nbd - it will work just as well as a backdrop anyway. It's the accessories and additions that make this styling special; this is where you get to inject all the personality. First item for consideration: baubles! Naomi accessorized her look with that insanely adorable pom pom ring a pair of golden cuff bracelets. If you have a furry ring, totally go for it - this is about being quirky and playful! Alternatively, reach for a statement ring that's not too formal, a flower in a gorgeous color, a crystal animal, anything that's not super-traditional and that you happen to love. Or, skip the ring entirely and go with a playful pair of statement earrings in a saturated shade. For bracelets, you can definitely capture the spirit of this look with just one - try a bright leather cuff or a neon bangle in one o Naomi's signature shades: lime, sherbet orange, hot pink or aqua.. Any colorful piece that's laidback and funky will work nicely. (Hint: if you don't have a bright bangle, wrap a bright belt, necklace or small scarf around your wrist instead). Next order of business: shoes! Naomi went with strappy, gold heels which elevated the outfit. Echo that concept in a more casual way with metallic sneakers or simple flats -think breezy loafers or chic pointed ballets. If you're off to school, finish this off with a whimsical backpack that riffs on the spirit of Naomi's "Vroom" clutch. If your back is firmly parked in the un-whimsical lot, you can whims it up by safety-pinning on faux flowers, adding brooches or attaching bag charms to the zippers. For a more professional variation, go with a classic black bag and let your jewelry do the talking. Oh...and your nails! We must not forget the nails! Naomi added an extra shot of color via her sunflower yellow nails that was abso maje. Pick your fave bright shade (metallic and glitter 100% allowed!) and paint away. It may seem like a lot of color, but with the black dress as the look's centerpiece and focal point, all the little touches of color come off joyous and spunky, so be fearless! Note: fearless nail shades completely encouraged for school ensembles as well. Happy styling!
The early days of transition between the seasons are always challenging for style. The weather often bounces all over place and you feel like you’re half in one season, half in the other, wanting to move toward the new season, but sorts of stuck in the weather (or pieces, if , like me, you haven’t switched around your closet yet ;)) of the old one. It can get messy, but, happily, there are ways to navigate. One of them is the use of color. Cathy’s bright ensemble is clearly designed for the summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t co-opt it as inspiration for fall. We just have to deepen the shading: instead of bright lemon yellow and pastel aqua, we can work with warmer, autumn-y mango yellow or amber and teal or emerald. Consider a basic pairing of a cami or tank and denim or chinos, topped with a blazer. The combination is basic enough, but it’s the use of color that makes all the difference and helps the look walk the line between the two seasons. The deeper hues suggest fall, but ecru pants and a mint bag keep things summery, as does the choice of beige suede pumps (green or yellow could work nicely as well). Darker pants and black accessories would kick this look much more into autumn territory. Use jewelry or a scarf to echo your second color. This way, if you take your jacket off, the look still retains that contrasting pop. Alternatively, pair wide leg pants with a drape-y blouse for a 70’s casual-luxe take on the transitional concept. Long sleeves suggest fall, but the absence of a topper is more summery, as are is the choice of pale nude for the pumps, which lightens the feel of the look considerably. (PS this same vibe could be created with beige chinos and chestnut or teal pumps). Add a long pendant necklace to enhance the 70’s vibe. Re-create Cathy’s pinned-sideways hairstyle for a vintage twist, or go with a sleek low pony for a more modern take. And if golden and green shades aren’t your jazz, other warm/cool pairings will work as well. Consider burgundy and powder blue, eggplant and blush or lilac and navy. I hope this inspires you to play with colors for your transitional looks! Happy styling, loves :)
Mandy did this wide-leg look back in late winter, so I've metamorphosized it for warmer weather - who need s a fur vest at 90 degrees, right? Although, maybe in an air conditioned office...:). Anyway, let's pretend the AC hasn't been cranked up to sub-zero Refrigerate-The-Humans temps and you want to dress in one or two layers instead of seventeen. The wide-leg trend is staying strong in fashion and it's definitely worth trying - also waaay more comfortable than skinny jeans :). The flowy wide-leg is a dramatic silhouette that can be either balanced, or accentuated, depending on your preference. Look for a pair that's tailored, with a higher or tapered-in waist (even if you're going to cover it). The right design assists the way this piece works and a cut that goes straight up from the hip can have a tendency to come off blocky. For a crisp polished interpretation, top this statement pant with a minimalist button-down blouse. Tuck it in and play up the waist with a black leather belt and pointy pumps. The look plays off the iconic color scheme and understated sophistication of the elements. For a chic, artsy vibe, skip the whole waist-focus and top the pants with an un-tucked cami. Almost any style that's not exceptionally casual will work (avoid un-embellished knits and form-fitting pieces). A simple silk variation, a floral print, a solid metallic, a ruffled/embroidered/crochet or lace-detailed piece. This whole outfit is about fluidity and movement, so you'll need to ground it a bit via your shoes. Reach for a structured chunky-heeled sandal with a 70's vibe or an of-the-moment pointy flat. For non-professional events, you can stop right there, but for offices and other less-casual environments, add a topper. Go haute couture with a sleeveless trench, modern boho with a linen duster, or quirky with a free-spirited kimono. Or, you can play up the waist with a look that's picking up steam as we speak: the wide belt/corset waist. This super-easy variation turns on your chosen belt, so play around with backdrops that accentuate it: dark neutrals for a bright or pale color, light ones for black or dark brown. Grab your favorite un-embellished, refined tee (no baseball tees, or ribbed-collar types; you're looking for something more finished). Tuck it out over your wide-leg pants. Add belt of choice. Finish with coordinating shoes - a colored on-trend mule/slide, a classy pointy pump, a structured neutral sandal. And boom! Done. (PS You can 100% add the belt over a peplum top). Oooooooor :), you can push the envelope a bit more and wear an actual corset or bustier over your top instead of a belt. How amazing is that look?! Happy styling, Fancies!
I love me some color as much as anybody, but certain days simply require chic, iconic black. If you're feeling Dark Mode coming on, look no further than Michelle for a bit of inspiration. This recent look is about as lightless as it gets: a black monochrome pairing of a cropped top, distressed denim and OTKs with a bomber on top. Black makes life easy and this look is mad simple to re-create. The one important rule with a monochrome outfit is to include some textural variation(s) to enhance the visual interest. If you're using a satin bomber (or any fabric with a sheen), do things Michelle's way and go for a knit top. Swap her OTKs for fierce ankle or mid-calf boots (hardware encouraged) to make the styling a little lighter for summer. If your bomber is a knit or similar matte finish, opt for an alternative texture underneath, like a 90's-tinged silk cami that plays on the lingerie-for-day trend. It has the added benefit of more coverage than the crop top if you're in an environment where ab-displays are frowned upon or your abs are feeling shy ;). The luxurious sheen of silk offers a tantalizing contrast to a soft knit, smooth twill, or fuzzy wool. Go with straight or skinny denim on the bottom, distressing optional. Contrast the femme cami and play up the bomber's sporty vibe by finishing the look with sneakers. Alternatively, take this combo in a more polished direction with a drapey button-down blouse. Any variant of silk will do: crepe de chine, charmeuse, georgette, or any fabric with a similar look. Go with high-waisted denim and blouson it or leave it un-tucked and flowing (bonus: the rise on your denim matters not). Pointy pumps enhance the easy sophistication, while the on-trend bomber creates an off-duty model vibe. Enhance that with a sleek-but-simple pony. And if you suddenly feel the need for a chain-handled cross-body or a quilted tote, I'm with your feels. 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!
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