Weekly Fashion Update~ New Tanks!

It’s true. The high-neck 90’s tank top is back and tearing up the runways. It is nearly impossible to log into Tumblr and not see hipsters and fashion icons wearing these cute tanks. My favorite stores to buy these are Forever 21, Pac Sun, and Urban Outfitters. These tanks can become a fashion mishap with specific pieces, but with these steps can make your outfit one to remember. Let’s begin!

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These tanks add great dimension when being worn as a basic. This outfit works well because the heavy prints and statement jewels balance out with the plain black tank. It doesn’t look basic because of the high neckline of the top. These tanks are typically crop tops so the high-waisted pants work well so you aren’t showing a drastic amount of skin.

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Although this isn’t a tank top, it still has the high neckline that this style provides. This dress flows out into a pleated circle skirt and is a gorgeous pastel color. Adding statement jewelry or colored accessories will make the outfit more dramatic. This dress is perfect for a regular day or can be paired with a printed blazer for work. It is $68 at nastygal.com

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This tank top takes a more peplum twist creating a great night-out look. Paired with leather pants and killer pumps, this peplum tank really strikes a chord. Having a heavy print works well with the neutral accessories. Wearing your hair up also draws attention to how this tank flatters your upper body. 

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I love this final look! The oversized skirt paired with the cropped tank and simplistic heels works fabulously! The minimal amount of jewelry and basic colors balances out the mid-drift. I love how simple this outfit is, yet it is so stunning. 

Met Gala Extraordinaire!

Guess whose back and just in time for the Met Gala fashion recap? Haha, yours truly! The Met Gala is hosted by the infamous Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor-in-chief. Fun fact: Did you know it costs $25,000 just to attend the Met Gala?! This event is known as the fashion exhibit of the year. I have critically reviewed the best of the best. There was a TON of favorites, but these were the ones that really stuck with me. Let’s begin!

Naomi Watts in Givenchy

Naomi Watts in Givenchy. I love love this ombre and the light smokey makeup makes the focus on this gorgeous dress. This sheer paneling of the dress was found a lot at the Met Gala, but she took the cake!

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Emma Stone in Thakoon looks flawless. This was one of my favorite crop top combos on the red carpet. The two pink tones keep it youthful, as she is, the small side-boob cleavage and high slit keeps it sexy, and the gown keeps it formal. I do wish that she just put some earrings on or a statement jewel to emphasize the look just a bit more.

Dita Von Teese, Zac Posen

Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen is a show-stopper! The red accents of the dress are just enough that she doesn’t blend into the carpet like some others who wore all red. The hair is glamorous along with the perfect mermaid fit for her body.

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Blake Lively truly displays Met Gala class in this look. This shimmery gown is glowing off her body. The cape looks nice with the gown, but I feel like it takes away from the train on the dress and just hangs there. With her man as her best accessory, Blake was one of my all-time favorites.

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry

Suki Waterhouse in Burberry pulls this look off flawlessly. Nude and black & white were the most popular colors of the night. The hem is perfect and the subtle jewelry is a great compliment. That deep red lip truly brings everything together. She did this justice because if this gown was any form of white, it would look like a weird wedding dress.

 

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa

Annnnnddddd the best of the best goes to….. Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa. This dress doesn’t even look real; it looks like artwork! Her model stature and posture really holds the dress up well. I feel like she would be the only one who could pull this gown off and make it a homerun. Simple diamond jewelry, light makeup,  a black petticoat underneath makes this the outfit of the night.

Weekly Fashion Update~ Thigh High Socks

Who knew that even your socks could make a fashion statement?! Thigh high socks are all the rage this winter and go great paired with a well-layered outfit for those cold months. Creating the perfect outfit to wear with thigh high socks takes talent because you can easily go from fashionista to street-walker with the wrong pair of socks. These tips will ensure that you rock these upcoming cold months in style. Let’s begin!

Layering thigh high socks with sheer tights underneath is perfect for winter! This subtle layering effect keeps you warm and doesn’t look too bulky. Knit socks will keep you the warmest and opt for thicker materials if you are wanting to stay warm. Layering two different color and length thigh highs will add dimensions to your thighs.

When choosing a color, go for neutrals or basic colors (black, grey, tan, etc.) These colors are very easy to pair with outfits, don’t make everything look too busy, and make your legs look slimmer. Patterned thigh high socks make your legs look wider due to the elaborate print. Thigh highs with intricate stitching, like fishnets, have a thin line between inappropriate and gorgeous. Keep the socks simple and the right length.

These socks are also great for coverage! If high-waisted shorts show too much skin for your taste, strap on an over-sized cardigan to cover the back and then thigh high socks to cover your legs. Thigh high socks should go up to a little higher than your knee. If you get a pair that goes too high, you might as well just wear full-length tights. If you wear a pair too short, the socks look more like men’s dress socks. Pairing thigh high socks with boots and booties are perfect for winter.

Weekly Fashion Update~ Floppy Hats!

It seems that you can’t escape the flop! Floppy hats are taking the headgear world by storm. These hats aren’t just for the beach anymore. They add a retro flare to any outfit. Along with everything else from the 70s, the wide brim floppy hat is having a serious moment this upcoming Spring. All of the street style shots from NY & London Fashion week included adorable girls on the street rocking these hats with wide leg jeans, mini skirts, long dresses, white tee shirts, you name it. But how do you style one? Let’s begin!

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There is some form of logic behind these floppy hats, and it consists of making sure it fits your proportions. Shailene Woodley’s outfit looks sloppy, especially since her hat doesn’t seem to fit her correctly and isn’t angled right. A good floppy hat hits your chin when the sides are pulled in toward your face.

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Match the color of your hat to your outfit in a neutral way. Over-matching will overwhelm the whole concept. Suki Waterhouse’s topper adds a great final touch to her crop top and long camel coat. Wearing a hat that doesn’t match your hair color adds more depth to your face and seems more inviting.

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If an outfit already has several moving pieces, a hat won’t make it any better! First plan the outfit then apply the accessories. For example, Ke$ha’s look consists of many different prints, patterns,  and accessories that a floppy hat topped with flowers can’t save the day. Sorry, Ke$ha!

The final tip is for you short haired lovelies! If you are aspiring to wear a floppy hat, style your hair as usual (or just wear it natural), but try to put more volume in the front. By having short hair, your hair can get sucked up by the large hat. Don’t fear the flop!

Most Wanted Fall Boots!

Fall is clearly my favorite season. Mainly because where I live it is hot 9 months out of the year and these few months of low humidity and cool breezes lightens anyone’s mood. Along with the changing temperatures shoe fashion has also changed. Sandals and flip-flops aren’t for everyone when the snow is 2 inches outside in some states. Thus, boots were invented and these fashion trends are sure to turn some heads. Let’s begin!

The sporty wedge boot is perfect for dressing up a casual look. These boots are so versatile, take a tip from these celeb moms sporting the booties. The subtle heel makes every day wear genius. Many sneaker brands now offer their styles with a slight wedge.

Real or fake leather knee-high boots are perfect for these upcoming cold months. Pairing them with stockings and a cute dress, or jeggings and printed leg warmers adds a fashionable taste to the outfit. These boots are casual enough for daily wear and can be paired for more dressy occasions.

For more coverage than the knee-high boots, thigh-highs are your best bets. These lengthy boots add a sexy feel even though you are wrapped in 5 layers of clothing. A mini skirt, printed tights, and thigh-high boots allow you to reuse last seasons skirts while still staying warm.

The open-toe boot may seem somewhat counterintuitive, but it’s actually the coolest transitional accessory you can own. Just make sure the cutouts are moderate and proportional to the rest of the boot. Having too many cut-outs pretty much makes the shoe useless. Pairing these boots with boyfriend jeans is so chic!

The final boot is the beloved combat boot. I own two pairs of combat boots, brown and black, and wear them all the time. These boots are so versatile and easy to slip over anything. Combat boots add a grunge feel to the look. Charlotte Russe is currently having a sale on their combat boots.

How to Transition Summer Clothes into Fall Outfits

Fall is here and as you stare aimlessley into your closet you realize that you aren’t as Fall stock-heavy as you wish you were. The simple answer is to use Summer pieces for the Fall time. Against the fashion law, you say? Not if you wear it right. Let’s begin!

Adding printed, black, or colored tights to Summer skater skirts and dresses make it appropriate for Fall. Knit tights or adding thigh-high socks to the tights are perfect ways to stay comfy and chic. Adding on a leather jacket or combat boots creates a more grunge feel to a dainty outfit. Wearing sheer colored tights with shorts allows you to wear those must-have Summer shorts in the Fall!

Layering a patterned or solid print scarf to any Summer tee or light-weight cardigan will keep you warm and fashionable all day. Cotton-blend scarves can be worn during the Summer and Fall because of their thin material. For extra warmth, go for the knit and thicker scarves.

Those Summer crop tops are easily paired with over-sized sweaters and high-waisted jeans for a cozy feel. A pop of color in the shoes make the look seem interesting instead of fading into neutral Fall patterns. Chunky sweaters are a must for Fall due to their versatility.

Blending Fall items with Summer pieces is the best way to make the outfit work. A Fall deep colored blazer with a pastel top, dark bag, and light colored accessories balances each other out. Using Summer items during the Fall is the best way to get use out of your entire closet year-round.

 

Weekly Fashion Update~ Vintage Flannels for Fall!

I love the laid-back and cozy feel of flannels for fall and winter.  They are an ideal layering piece, and there are so many new ways to wear them this upcoming season. Even though there’s nothing better than a classic go-to fall outfit of jeans, flannel, and boots, today’s flannels can be dressed up with blazers, rhinestone necklaces, or maxi skirts. Whether you mix them with other prints, dress them up, or go for classic 90s grunge, there’s no going wrong with a classic plaid flannel. Let’s begin!

Flannels look adorable peeking out from under a sweater for a super preppy look. Layering is perfect for the fall because it allows you to stay fashionable and warm.

Pile on the jewelry with your flannel to make even the most casual outfit more eye-catching. The touch of a wedge adds more gleam to relaxed jeans and an over-sized flannel.

Flannel + maxi: you will feel like you are in your pajamas but you will still look so stylish! A solid black maxi is a staple because it can be matched with any pattern.

Love the mix of hard and soft with flannels, leather, and studs.

Flannels also look great buttoned up under a blazer!  The rolled up jeans and chunky boots add a bit of edge to this otherwise super polished outfit.

Updated 90s grunge look- tie a flannel around your waist for that touch of pattern and laid-back style.

Weekly Fashion Update~ 12 Celebrity Inspired Party Outfits for Fall!

Fall time doesn’t only qualify as orange leaves and pumpkins, it also means parties galore! From New Years Eve to the traditional Christmas party, you shouldn’t be fashionably discouraged due to the weather. Here is 13 looks from celebrities everywhere that prove to us the true meaning of fall fashion. Let’s begin!

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The first look is effortless but will surely turn some heads. Queen Bey pulls this look off amazingly. She wears her voluminous hair down to emphasize her facial structure. This printed shift dress and over-the-knee boots keep the outfit warm, but also show a small bit of skin to keep it sexy. If you don’t prefer thigh-highs, then just pair the dress with calf height boots and sheer colored tights.

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Take note from style crush Rachel Bilson for and don’t be afraid to mix eye-catching textures and colors for a cocktail event. Complementing the dress with metallic heels is an amazing way to make each part of the outfit unique. Her trick: Skip the metallic on the dress to avoid any matchy-matchy-ness and keep the shine to a sleek minimum.

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Lauren Conrad is always busy with countless projects, so dressing to go from work to play is her specialty. The essential: a tweed mini-dress, with an interesting element, be it LC’s bustier top or sophisticated embroidery. Layer on a blazer or cardigan by day, then strip off it off for night. Don’t forget to stash a pair of strappy metallic heels and a bright lipstick under your desk for the post-5 P.M. switch too.

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Seriously, the no white after Labor Day rule has become obsolete. Winter whites are huge for fall too, so try a long-sleeve jacquard top and blousy shorts like Amanda Seyfried’s  outfit. Soft gray pumps bring the look into fall without being as jarring as black. You’ll stand out from the crowd at those September rooftop parties and chic wine-tasting nights you have planned. Wearing a deep berry or auburn lip adds the autumn feel.

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Several stars have shown us that printed suits are mandatory for all fashionista’s going-out closet. Keeping all other pieces neutral besides the printed suit adds a feature of elegance for any occasion. She stayed buttoned up, but her high-heel patent Mary Janes give the menswear vibe a dash of playful girliness.

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Kate Moss’ silky blazer and toned-down vibe makes this look perfect for a casual night out. To add more flare, accompany the blazer  with solid colored pants and keep all other pieces neutral. Accessorize with a long necklace and cute rings to add more shimmer to the look.

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This combo isn’t for the faint of fashion heart, but if you’ve got some serious sartorial game, try a lush green wide-leg jumpsuit topped off with a bold purple faux-fur jacket. I dare you. These hats are huge for the fall season and can be found at Forever 21 for less than $20.00!

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This is the trick to an effortless, eye-catching outfit ideal for hanging with your girls. Just mix and unmatch a patterned bomber jacket and pants in totally different prints. Plus, you can wear each piece on its own with matching pairings later. If you don’t prefer high-cut crop tops like this, a black tank top works just as fine.

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Don’t put those dancing heels away just yet; September is a major month for weddings. So stash those pastels and try a glimmering metallic—specifically gold—instead, like fashionable Brit Alexa Chung. She even matched her peep-toe heels to her dress for a 100 percent pure precious-metal ensemble. If you live in a cold area, pair this with printed tights or even a cropped leather jacket to add a more rugged feel.

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Don’t give up your pretty lace dresses just because the season has turned. Look to Sienna Miller’s flirty frock as an example. Pick a fall-friendly hue and long sleeves, and temper the femininity of the piece with edgy black embellished pumps. The look is perfect for a fall wedding, a romantic dinner, or an elegant celebration with friends. Wearing the hair up with a dress like this adds a lovely touch.

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You’re thinking about investing in a pair of leather pants and you want to coordinate with a glam, but elegant top for a night out. Look to Zoe Saldana in Gucci to amp up the sexy staple even further with a gold-and-black sleeveless blouse. If you keep the silhouettes tailored (and your skin covered), the overall look stays sleek and refined.

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Keep your florals blooming for fall, but experiment with moodier digital prints, like Rose Byrne. Take the look up a notch with sexy sheer panels and bad-girl gunmetal stilettos—perfect for date night or if you’re looking for someone to share a date night with, if you know what I mean.

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Fall is, hands-down, the best season for layering and Olivia Palermo is at the top of her game in that department. If you’re looking for a trendy office-to-play or chic cocktail bar outfit, think about co-opting this one. Start with an exuberantly printed yellow dress (possibly crossed over from summer?). Then top it off with an electric purple leather jacket, which is an inspired investment for fall. You can work this outfit with a rainbow of color combos—just be sure the hues complement one other.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!

Today was the big opening day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week! Here were the outstanding recaps of the day:

VMA’s Best & Worst Dressed!

VMA’s, known as Video Music Awards, aired last night and left many of us with our jaws dropped. To overview, Lady Gaga opened the show with her newest song and was actually pretty good. She sang it live and danced which is better than 90% of the stars these days. Afterwards was Miley Cyrus singing her new song and then accompanied Robin Thicke. Wow. If you were to recap anything from that show, watch Miley’s moves. She is definitely putting her brand out there that she isn’t Hannah Montana anymore. Nevertheless, after several hundred camera shots of Taylor Swift and the Smith family, Justin Timberlake was given the Video Vanguard award and blew everyone’s minds with a 20 minute performance of all of his hits over the last few decades and a reunion with NSYNC. Although, they only sang a few songs, it was better than having the silly boy bands they have now perform even one song. Ending the show was Katy Perry who lip-synced to her new song and jumped around in a tiny sports bra. All in all, a decent way to spend 2 and a half hours. Before the show, they aired the red carpet. The best and worst dressers were all there posing for the bright cameras. Let’s begin!

Best dressed:

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Selena Gomez in Atelier Versace.

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Miley Cyrus in vintage Dolce & Gabbana. Pre-performance though! During her performance everything went south and well, you will have to see for yourself:

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Taylor Swift in Herve Leger.

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Jennifer Hudson in Christian Dior.

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Ellie Goulding looked absolutely gorgeous and this dress is amazing!

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Ciara in Givenchy Couture.

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Alicia Quarles in this amazing cropped top and pencil skirt combo.

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Robin Thicke & Paula Patton.

Now, for the worst:

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Riff Raff, just why?

Lil Kim’s jumpsuit was so tight it literally looked like it was painted on.

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Foxy Brown.

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I thought Willow & Jaden Smith were usually fashionable, what happened?

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