This look from one of the Bellas' twinning photoshoots has a very fun, sporty vibe to it, despite being not so much of an "outfit" per se. That doesn't mean we can't turn it into one though :). The crux of the way these pieces work is the oversized, athletic-gear top, the bright colors and the way the ladies' super-high knee socks create the impression of OTK boots. This drab time of year is one of my favorite periods for playing with colors as therapy and the intense hues of workout pieces readily lend themselves to experimentation. Start with an oversize sweatshirt. The twins choose zip hoodies, but pullover hoodies and pullover non-hoodies work just as well. The boxy silhouette and slightly longer length are the important aspects here, as they help the balance of proportion. Next need: a pair of coordinating leggings. Go for a print, an ombré fabric, a pair with side-stripes or -if none of the above are handy - a neutral. Right now, this is look is total gym, but here comes the fun part: kick in the FASHION side of things by completing it with flat OTK boots that walk the perfect line between casual and fierce. Add a pair of statement earrings to reinforce the vibe. Throw your hair in a high or mid-height pony and add a touch more color and elevation by knotting a silk scarf over the elastic. Boom. Done. Need an alternative way to do the whole color thing? Np. Do leggings again; neutrals preferred this time, but colored pieces are def an option as well. Get the fashionality into the look via a collared tunic - go for something crisp and clean, like woven cotton or an oxford cloth. Avoid relaxed fabrics like linen or gauze. Top the look with a cropped, bright sweatshirt, leaving the longer layer showing through below. Feel free to pull the sweatshirt sleeves backward past the tunic's sleeve-ends and turn the cuffs back for a little extra polish. Complete the look with coordinating sneakers. I love this mix of mint, pale aqua and lavender, but this would be amazing done in blush tones, or popped with neon sherbet shades. Don't forget about red and black either! Round things off with coordinating sneakers and a nylon backpack. additional shot of color via baseball cap optional. :)
I love the crisp, clean vibe of this black and white winter look from Brandi! She gave the outfit sporty vibe by styling it with a sweatshirt on top – something else I love because blending the athletic attributes of a utilitarian training piece with the fanciness of a skirt feels totally current and fierce. To create Brandi’s look straight up, start with a pencil skirt. She went with a leather iteration, but wool will work just as well. You can also work with a knit, but lean towards polished variations over slinky bodycon ones to maintain the contrast in formality. Add a sweatshirt on top. Simple is stellar, stripes are awesome, graphics 100% fab. Leave it un-tucked a la Brandi or go for a central or side half-tuck. Gibe it a try in black and white, explore an alternate combination of neutrals or spike the look with a vibrant color. Add black tights, or coordinate with the (or a) color in your sweatshirt. Brandi rounded off her ensemble with on-trend white ankle booties; def consider reaching for those if ya got ‘em! Alternatively, classic black is always your bff. While Brandi chose a streamlined, heeled silhouette, flat booties or a more relaxed heeled style (think combat, moto or hiking-influenced boots) work fabulously with this look! Add a backpack to amp up the athleisure vibe. Knit pom-pom beanie optional :). This styling lends itself to A-line and bell skirts* as well – think the pleated satin pieces that have been taken fashion by storm, a tulle midi or even denim. Same drill applies as above with color and embellishment on the sweatshirt and tights colors. Style your top with a half or full tuck to maintain the balance between relaxation and refinement. Complete the look with breezily fierce pointy ankle booties in neutral leather or suede, or a coordinating color. Add statement earrings for an extra dash of va-voom. PS If the weather in your area is amenable, both of these looks would work brilliantly finished with sneakers instead of ankle booties. Happy sporty styling!
*This is an awesome example of the bell skirt silhouette. Note that it curves around the hips, as opposed to flowing outward from them, as in an A-line, which forms a visual triangle.
One of the key elements of distinguishing an athleisure look from straight up gym style is adding an elevated piece of fashion that signals that these were considered choices. In Alicia's look, earrings served that role. Cathy did it a bit differently with this streetwear Instagram snap, using a semi-formal blouse to elevate the casual pieces and it looked amazing! The formality is unexpected and gives the styling zest and excitement. She counter-balanced the fanciness by keeping the other elements of the look laidback: leggings, sneakers and a cropped, sherpa-lined jacket. Her blouse featured a cutout and tiny studs, but a whole variety of styles and embellishments can work for creating this look: an embroidered blouse makes for a sweet and femme play on the sporty concept. Ruffled, bowed, sheer-accented and lace tops will serve a similar function. Or, give it a cool and polished turn with a striped piece or silk button-down (the material is crucial here - you want something with a sheen to get that crucial contrasting fancy vibe). On the pants front, a number of styles can work: track pants, cuffed sweats, straight up leggings. Keep the color scheme primarily to neutrals to tie the look together and keep it elevated. All black is fab, but if you're feeling the need for something lighter, consider beige, ivory or gray tones. Top the look with a chill jacket - a bomber is the current automatic go-to, but for cooler temps, a down piece will do nicely and create similar relaxed vibes. Neutrals def work, but also feel free to spice the look up here with a bright color, as Cathy as, if the spirit so moves you. Complete the look with simple sneakers. Cathy's choice of bright white brings a real pop to the look and plays on the white shoe trend, but a neutral or coordinating color will work perfectly as well. Happy sporty styling, loves!
Alicia can slay sporty looks of all kinds from daring and fierce to totally chill. This snap from one of her WWE photoshoots represents the latter vibe and incorporates one of my fave color combinations: gray and blush. Since the Olympics are underway, all things sporty are taking over our brain and this look came to mind immediately. It was created for warmer weather, so we’ve re-envisioned it with cooler temps in mind. Foxy’s heathered tank becomes a basic sweatshirt, while her flirty brassiere becomes a comfy blush thermal. Roll the cuffs of the sweatshirt back about two inches and let the tee’s sleeves show underneath to carry the color through the outfit. Alternatively, layer a lightweight hoodie underneath and let the hood show above the top sweatshirt’s collar. (Same drill with the cuffs 100% recommended :)). Need to fancy it up a bit more? No prob - add a button-down underneath instead. Same drill with the cuffs...except crank the je ne se quoi into over-drive by unbuttoning them and flipping them back over the sweatshirt's sleeve ends. Next up: sneakers that coordinate with your underlayer – you can go totally matchy-matchy or do similar-family shades (with say a brighter pink or magenta pair) – or your top layer (think metallic silver or carbon gray). To elevate this look above the just-threw-this-on-pitfall, add statement earrings: consider a star-themed pair in rose gold or a bright Lucite pair that brings in a pop of color. If blush and gray isn’t your thing, swap in a different contrast color, or do this in all-neutrals: mixed grays, navy and beige, olive and taupe. Don’t forget about the crisp graphic vibe of black white either! It’s an iconic combo that brings extra intensity to any pairing!
Stick around, athleisure-lovers: we have a whole run of sporty Inspiration Boards on deck in honor of the PyeongChang Games :)
The instant I saw this look from Barbie, I knew I had to make it an Inspiration Board. It typifies everything that my style heart flutter! In addition to the gorgeous pale-blue-and-blush palette, I love the way her denim shirt dresses down the fanciness of the sequin pencil skirt and makes it day-wear appropriate. Shine for day is a thing again and the key to doing it is to find a way to offset the formality. Start with your handiest/current fave/stuck in your head piece of shine: a sequin pencil skirt, like Barbie’s, or a shimmering midi version, or a metallic pleated piece (like the one you didn’t get to wear often enough during the holidays ;)). One of the reasons I adore looks like this is that they let me get more mileage out of insanely fun pieces that I don’t want to relegate to just night-time or fancy affairs! To go 100% Barbie, add a denim shirt on top (you can totally do this with chambray or an oxford cloth version as well!). Leave the top button or two undone (no need to give quite the shoulder show that Barbie is ;)) and add a bar or name necklace, or other piece with special meaning. Finish with blush or nude pumps. A second option for dressing down the shine is to top it with a chunky sweater. Don’t style it too primly – choose an oversize piece you can do a half-tuck or frontal-only tuck with, just enough to create a visual waist. Alternatively, do it in blouson fashion for subtle polish. Or, go with a cropped piece for a retro-chic 80’s vibe. Complete the look with fierce pointy ankle booties and a lighthearted or whimsical piece of jewelry. If you need some cool-girl-meets-athleisure vibes in your life, top your sparkly skirt with a sweatshirt: hoodie, non-hoodie, it’s all good! Like the oversized-sweater topper, this is another place where slouchy or frontal-only tucks are your friends. The crucial part of pulling this look off is your shoes: avoid formality and even fierceness. You’re looking for laidback, possibly with a hint of attitude. Keep the heel height low (some kind of heel, even just a small one, tends to work best with midi lengths, so bear that in mind if you’re using a skirt of that hem height), and lean toward chunkier heel silhouettes or materials that indicate less formality, like wood heels instead of leather-covered. A simple suede block heel bootie works perfectly. This is also the right spot to think about low combat boots or, if your weather allows, sneakers – flat ones for barely-below-knee-length and above; try a wedge version with midi’s. Forego jewels...but do feel free to add a baseball or newsboy cap! I hope this inspires you to try some shine by day! Happy styling!
The (faux ;)) fur coat (or it’s fuzzy variant, the Teddy coat) has always had a place in fall/winter fashion and this year, the look has taken on new importance as a way to convey laidback luxe. We’ve seen everything from classic neutrals to crazy colors, all topping the most chill of looks. Carmella gave the trend a try in two different ways. First up was a black monochrome look which used her knee-length coat over a simple black tee and velvet leggings. I love the play on texture here, but I’m finding the all-black a little monotonous, so I imagined jazzing it up a smidge by using an olive turtleneck instead of the tee. (Burgundy, scarlet, beige and gray would all work as well). The slim fit is key – you’re looking for a contrasting silhouette to the boxy, oversized coat. To re-create the textural contrast, add velvet leggings like ‘Mella, or reach for leather (she’d totally approve). If you’re not feeling (or possessed of) either of those, distressed skinny denim will work too ;). Add OTK boots and swap Carmella’s skull cap for an on-trend newsboy hat…or skip the hat altogether and just go for a sleek low pony. If you’re craving a sporty variation on this look, do tapered sweats on the bottom and black sneakers. Tie the formality of the coat into the look by adding a few delicate touches of gold jewelry: a bar necklace, a selection of band rings, slim hoop earrings. No Teddy coat? No problem – top either look with a chunky, long cardigan instead.
Becky’s look from the recent Kane tribute photoshoot is pretty street-worthy in and of itself…if you happen to have a red-accented black jumpsuit hanging around in your closet. If you don’t…well, I’m sorry , you’ll have to go naked today. Just kidding! Please don’t do that – fashion is waaay too much fun to leave home without it :). It is a bit trickier, though, to translate this look, with its sleek, engineering-esque punk aesthetic over to more common pieces. It becomes about the idea of the look, rather than an exact match. To begin, I envisioned simplifying the main look to all black, which opens up a lot more options. Next, I worked with this concept as a two-piece outfit instead of a jumpsuit. The crux of the styling is to get an aerodynamic, streamlined vibe. You can do that with almost any curve-hugging black top you have: a zippered blazer, a leather moto jacket, even an elevated sweatshirt (hoodies ttly allowed!) with a few structured details, like zippered pockets or varsity stripes, will work. I’ve envisioned this item zipped up, acting as a top, rather than an open upper layer, so wear whatever makes you comfortable below. Bonus points if it’s red ;). A similar theory applies on the bottom: choose anything with a form-fitting, taut or tough vibe – consider slim track pants, skinny jeans, moto pants or similarly hardware-heavy options, pieces with leather accents or side-stripes in a contrasting color or material. Also think about using any pair you own that has red stripes, red lining, etc. My first instinct was to reach for a straight silhouette, which you can totally do. To be authentic to Becky’s look, though, actually requires a slight flare, so don’t forget about your bootcut and softly widening-legged pieces! To bring in the Kane-esque punk-from-hell vibe, you’ll need jewels with a ‘tude: think spikes, studs, chains, grommets. Whatever you own in that vein, drag it out. Since it’s the main communicator of the theme, don’t be afraid to layer it up: earrings, a stack of bracelets, or one on each wrist, a selection of rings, all of the above. Complete the look with a shot of red: ankle booties (with flared pants outside the bootie a la Becky, or slim pants inside the bootie, unless they’re cropped), or red pointy pumps. Consider red sneakers as an option as well. If you are the proud non-owner of any red footwear of any kind, go with hardware-accented ankle boots, OTKs or black pointy pumps (bonus points for studded pairs). I hope this inspires you to get your Kane (x Becky) on! Happy styling :)
Brooke plays with proportion in this rock-tinged, 80s-vibing ensemble that pairs a trendy choker-neck sweater with leather-panelled denim. What really caught my eye here is the super-fun play on proportion: an oversize top combined with slim bottoms. Oversize is a massive trend right now and it also happens to be a comfy one. The key to wearing it like a fashionista is to use it in a way that flatters your body. One fab way to do this is to combine it with a contrasting silhouette, as Brooke did here. I’m head-over-stilettos for the fierce iteration she chose (and I’ll do plenty of raving about that at a later date ;), but I thought we’d explore a more chill version of her look, one that’s more “inspired by” than a precise replica. Start with your favorite/handiest/only clean skinny jeans. I’m obsessed with blue denim at the moment, but black will 100% work as well. Next up: boxy sweater. Reach for a classic neutral (ivory (yum!), gray, beige, navy) or a cozy color (burgundy, forest green, plum). If you don’t currently own your own oversize piece, steal…erm borrow… one from your boyfriend, brother, sister, willing-to-donate aunt, random passer-by (I mean, it's fashion..drastic measures are expected), basically anyone with a sweater a size or three up from what you normally wear. Give the outfit a dose of femininity by choosing a piece with ruffle accents, lace or crochet details, or wearing it draped off of one shoulder. Then, contrast that vibe by pairing it with totally non-girly combat boots (or any similarly chill flat ankle boots). Tie them off about three quarters of the way up and let the tongue flap to totally cement your cool-girl status. Carry your trinkets in a broken-in leather backpack (suede or embroidered will work nicely too). Alternatively, go with a simple silhouette. Consider styling it with a frontal half-tuck (fun but not required :)). Give the look a shot of personality by finishing it with intriguing flats: floral brocade, embroidered or bejeweled, fur-puff embellished, statement-making print – whatever floats your ducks in a row. Let your bag be your baubletry with a chain-handled crossbody, or add your own bag charms, brooches, silk flowers or scarf to a simpler bag. And boom: you’re cute, cool and super-cozy …right in time for a holiday dinner. You slayer you ;)
Hoodie, non-choker-neck sim for Brooke's sweater here.
I love the way Becky elevated this simple tee and jeans pairing so easily and effectively by topping it with this intriguing floral bomber! Jackets are one of my favorite – and one of the simplest!- ways to turn an outfit from “something I just threw on” into style. This one has a quirky blend of femininity from the flowers and sportiness due to the stripes. It’s such a strong and fun statement that it immediately gives weight to the look and it touches on the crucial floral trend without being all fancy. It’s simple enough to re-create: boxy tee and slim blue denim (distressed works, un-distressed also works; pick your passion!)create the backdrop. Gray makes a versatile alternative to Becky’s choice of white and keeps the look lighter overall. I would def be on board for doing this with moodier dark tones as well: charcoal, navy, forest green, wine. If you’re shivering just looking at a t-shirt, try this with a sweatshirt (even a hoodie ;)) or an oversize thermal to maintain the super-chill vibe. Or, go with a cable sweater for a nod to the oh-so-trendy 80’s. The floral print has my deep love and appreciation at the moment, but the casual ease of this ensemble can take other directions: play on texture by choosing a quilted topper, enhance the sporty feel with a classic varsity-inspired piece or let your whimsy loose with an animal-embroidered jacket. Since it’s officially fall, finish the look with ankle booties: a chunky-heeled lace-up with a military/moto vibe gives this an edgy grunge twist (and acts as a counterweight to any sweet florals), while a classic jodphur (pron: jahd-per) boot evinces laidback refinement. Do it Becky’s way and ditch the baubles. But feel free to add a leather backpack or a chain-handled crossbody for carrying all your necessary flotsam and jetsam ;). Happy styling!
I just recently saw a look with a sweatshirt layered under a trench coat done by one of my favorite fashion bloggers and ever since I’ve been obsessed not only with wearing such a look, but also with creating one here. When I saw this pairing from Barbie, I was totally on board! Her version is super laidback and maybe a bit chilly for those of us in colder climes, so I metamorphosized it a bit to make it autumn and polished-event (or work)-friendly. Barbie’s plaid shirt, knotted 90’s-style at her waist, gets transformed into the collared under-layer of the sweatshirt, giving it a dressier vibe. Pale gray shorts become black (or gray or dark blue wash) slim denim. With a cropped sweatshirt like Barbie’s, leaving the plaid shirt un-tucked balances the proportions and adds extra color (an also addresses that whole work-appropriate thing). With a boxy, oversize piece, consider tucking the shirt in...or jettisoning it entirely :). To cement the casually chic feel, top the ensemble with a blazer. A classic silhouette will do nicely. Alternatively, go with a double-breasted version for a power vibe and the visual interest of the extra hardware. For less dressed-up events, skip the jacket and add interest on the bottom: leather leggings, slim tuxedo-striped pants, pieces with lace-up, button or hardware details – anything with polish, edge or both! Keep the baubles simple and chill: an initial pendant or other necklace with personal meaning is all you need. While Barbie’s concert-ready iteration could be finished with sneakers, this version gets a shot of panache from ankle boots. Classic black leather is an always-chic go-to, while velvet (how fab is does this deep blue look?! Sims here and here) makes a gorgeous and trendy option. Other pairings include back patent for modern attitude or a heeled, lug-sole moto or hiking boot for a totally fun and unexpected grunge twist. I love the fiercer vibe that cool neutrals (black, gray, navy, ivory) provide, but classic red or black watch plaids (the latter being a combo of navy and hunter) would be equally fitting. Happy slaying, loves!
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