We're all guilty of getting caught up in the holiday madness, filling out wardrobes with sparkles, sequins, leather, fur, fancy, and schmanciness in order to accommodate the seemingly endless party roster.
And then, just like that, it's over. And all our new fave pieces? Feeling way to NYE Leftovers to wear IRL.
Enter: The Plain White Tee. She's a classic for a reason people. This week's theme is all about throwing a simple white tee or clean white button down under your a-little-too-holiday pieces to make them day and night approp for regular old holiday-less February.
My inspo, top left, comes from none other than my bestie (who happens to be a fashion phenom) rocking that killer Moschino number, and fully "cell"-ing us on the seriousness of the phone call taking place on that faux phone. A woman of many talents, no?
Color to wear now? NAVY, baby.
The rich, sophisticated, saturated hue was all over the Spring Summer '16 runways in all shapes and forms, and man am I diggin it. It's something about how the color is so classic, yet manages to feel so fresh, and, quite frankly, pretty damn bad ass- all at once. If navy were a woman, she'd be take-home-to-mom worthy, a killer in the work-place, and an absolute blast on the dance floor. I mean, if that ain't a woman you can get behind, then like, fine, don't wear navy. See if I care! But if you got half the head on your shoulders that navy-if-it-were-a-woman has, then see below.
Clean shapes with crisp cut outs makes for a majorly modern moment.
Flirty, Girly, Drapey
Navy ain't just for the boys anymore- dress up the dark hue in sheer chiffons, lady-like lace, shiny satin, and stitched detailing.
Tailored with floaty, shiny with matte, and sheer with solid layer together for a distinctly modern look.
Updated menswear shapes are super sophisticated and sharp, plus undeniably cool.
Clean, Sporty Separates
Hooks, straps, pockets, ties add just enough detail to make super clean silhouettes fresh.
Stay tuned all week for how to wear, collages as inspo, and where to shop: NAVY!
Whether you're hearing about it for the first time, or have been wearing it for over a year, "Health Goth" is the perfect way to stick to your new year's fitness goals and look damn fine while doing it.
(Do I also have to mention: COMFY?)
The trend has been in the blogosphere (nerd word alert) for over a year and a half, stemming from the runway aesthetic of power houses such as Y-3 and Rick Owens, newcomer and fan-favorite Hood By Air, and, perhaps most notably, Alexander Wang's collection for H&M.
However, as you might expect from such editorial, high-fashion designers, the trend can often feel extreme and unapproachable. When interpreted on a streetwear level, a lot of the early adaptors of the trend were equally intense, and, while exciting to look at, not always inspirational for your personal style.
SO, I've created two mood boards for you fine friendz today. The first one, above, is what we industry folk call editorial. Do you hear this word a lot and not quite get what it means but nod and play along? You're not alone. Let me break it down.
The stunning, moody, fashion photography spreads in the back pages of your Elle and Vogue magazines? Editorial. The shopping guides and How To Dress for Work in the front half? Not editorial. Editorial is to print what "aspirational" is to social media. It creates a really strong mood so the concept is profoundly communicated. In an editorial, a girl might have on a fringe dress, a fringe vest, fringe boots, 18 pieces of turquoise jewelry, with sand, skirt, and hair blowing in the desert wind at dusk. Strong, clear, undeniable statement. What does the story mean to a shopper? Maybe a fringe tassel on her bootie zipper pull, and a pair of turquoise stud earrings. Make sense?
So, our first mood board (top) is editorial. The second mood board (just above) is how we are going to interpret the look into real life. Might it still be more extreme than you or I will actually wear? Yes. But having that extra bold edge makes the concept that much clearer in our heads as we dress ourselves.
Coming up on the blog is how I wear it, more inspo via collages, and where to shop! Catcha lata, you fashion-educated health goth babies.
I think it's prettttty obvious that EVERY runway designer has been finding inspiration on Shelby Hearts. I mean, I did an extensive story on the head-to-toe baby pink trend in the start of 2015, which is exactly when they would have been busy at work designing these S/S 16 collections, so many of which feature the trend. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A more likely scenario, perhaps, is that we're all just really diggin' on this look and no one's ready to say goodbye just yet! Goody gumdrops for us, huh? Because what could be more sweet for the soul than covering oneself in bubble gum and cotton candy. DE. LISH.
We all know pink is a decidedly girly hue, and the runways did not fail to deliver on super femme, flirty options in floaty fabrics, rich embellishments, and oh-so-sweet silhouettes. But, for a girl like myself who prefers menswear-inspired looks, there was also plenty to love, from simple yet special jackets (above), to cool suiting and tough utilitarian, below.
So go ahead with your sweet self and take a (Little Bow) Peep at all the styles, and find your own way to rock- or, Soft Rock- it. ♥
Grommets, drawstring, pockets, and self-ties give you a little G.I.Jane girlpower.
Nothing basic here! All fresh, cool interpretations to outshine your male counterparts.
The softest shapes and shade of the bunch- ima go ahead and call this the Ryan Roche movement.
Minimalist edge in super-clean lines takes away any fussy, princess-y vibes.
Floaty, shiny, lacey, sheer... a girly-girl's dream!
Feathers and sequins and ruffles, oh my!
Ok so we can't all be Emily Ratajkowski in her Reformation lace-up bodysuit. (And even if by some miracle of nature we could, we can't anymore because it's sold out.) But, for those of us who shy away from the more overtly sexy styles (hi, me over here), we still have plenty of options to embrace the lace!
For starters, all embracers of the lacers should stick to black, white, denim and neutrals. Combine bright colors with lace up and you risk a frat boy offering you a pole on which to work your magic. Additionally, be discerning with fabric choices- nothing shiny, such a latex (see above frat boy offer), or spandex that might read as swimsuit material. You can't go wrong with natural fibers, like cotton (including denim), leather, linen and silk. When in doubt, just remember: err on the side of sailor over stripper.
Lastly, as with most all styling, be sure to strike a balance of how much skin to bare. Lots of leg? Cover more on top. Baring cleavage and shoulders? Keep hem lines more conservative. Now go on with your bad (but not naughty) self and embrace up that lace up ♥
When it comes down to it, you can't get much more effortlessly cool than a cowboy. Lawless; fearless; down and dirty. And don't even get me started on their perfectly weathered denim.
This week's theme draws its inspiration from said raw radness. And I'm not talking Coachella costumes and socially questionable headdresses. Just the subtle, genuine, Americana edge of the wild west. Think suede, embroidery, aged denim, braided pigtails, leather belts, plaid, beaded details, fringe and bandana, bandana, BANDANA!!! With its richer textures and opportunities for layering, Cowgirl Cool is a perfect look to play with to transition to fall. Giddy up, y'all ♥
Camo is one of my forever approved prints- it's got a long and fascinating history, it's tomboy-cool, and it pretty much goes with anything. Plus - IT CUTE. What's not to like? Casual camo is an obvious and easy go-to. But, elevating the gritty print for evening can be a fun update on an old staple! Take any camo piece, pair it with black and a pair of heels, and you've got a serving of instant edge alongside your fancypants (go you!). And since the formula is truly that easy and mindless- camo + black - you pretty much can't F it up. Which is exactly the kind of dress up that I can get on board with.
Hope you dig this week's theme- check back each day as it evolves. On deck for manaña- Collage!
White on white always seemed prissy and fussy to me, but recently it just feels like the uniform of a total bad ass- a bad ass with her shit together. She will curse like a sailor, but always says please and thank you. She sips brown booze on the rocks, but would never spill a drop on her clean whites. She could kick your ass in a fight, but she'd never resort to violence.
For those of us aspiring to be this highly responsible and respectable bad ass B, or just wanting to pretend via dress up for the day, start with a predominantly white look. Then, choose an accessory you feel works best with the look, be it a bag, shoes, sunnies etc. Whether the accent piece is black, bright, or any other theme, add a couple more item in the same color to balance the look. For example, if you want to pair your white pants with black shoes, don't keep the rest of it white, but rather add a pair of black sunglasses, belt, bag, or all three! As long as you add at least two non-white pieces from the same category, the look will feel complete and intentional.
Just Add White Tee
Black and White
Black&White + Baby Blue
The New Tied Waist
Plaid + Polka Dot
Sequins + Stripes
The Mini Jumpsuit