Trending Tuesday: Nautical with a Twist

It’s almost June and officially summer now, so you know what that means: a flurry of nautical-inspired outfits are coming our way. I’ve always been a fan of the nautical look; the stripes, the anchors, being able to wear red, white & blue without looking like July 4th threw up on you. But why not mix it up a bit?

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Make nautical a little edgy instead of keeping it safe and filled-to-the-brim with prep. These white, buttoned shorts (Forever21, $23) are perfect for a boat get-away, or just looking like you’re on one. Add a tank with stripes that are balanced out with cool heather gray (sarahaghili.com, $27) to avoid being too cliché. Layer on a faux leather vest (Forever21, $18) and pair with some combat boots (gojane.com, $33) to add a bad-girl vibe to the normally good-girl aesthetic. Try Essie’s “Naughty Nautical” polish, and some fab jewelry from Etsy (bracelets: $8, anchor necklace: $14) for some girly details with a splash of color. Finish with a bright red cuff (Mango, $15) for an unexpected bit of va-va-voom.

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Trending Tuesday: Look Electric Cool in Electric Blue

From HarpersBazaar.com.

From HarpersBazaar.com.

Taking some inspiration from the Cannes Film Festival street style, I put together a couple of outfits featuring electric blue and stark white. I love the high contrast, and it’s a more colorful alternative to graphic black and white for spring.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Keep it casual and cool with a cool blue crop top and white capri-length jeans. Add thick-soled sneakers and gold bangles to keep it edgy. Get a more girly look with a pretty, detailed top and white flares – pair with brown booties and a beaded bracelet to add a little country. Wear blue to a more formal outing with a blue bodysuit, worn with a white skater skirt over it. Add contrasting heels (with an ankle strap for bonus trendy points!) and a gold chain necklace to keep it elegant with a modern twist.

This Fabulous Look, for Less!

I’ll admit it – I’m a huge fangirl for many people in the fashion industry. But perhaps my favorite, and the one I like to call my spirit animal, is Derek Blasberg. He came from St. Louis to New York to attend NYU, and worked his way up from assistant to big-name fashion editor. Every week I diligently read his best-dressed list he writes for “Harper’s Bazaar,” and this week he featured a couple of outfits that are perfect to find a low cost spin of.

Atlanta de Cadenet and Harley Viera Newton, taken from Harpersbazaar.com.

Atlanta de Cadenet and Harley Viera Newton, taken from Harpersbazaar.com.

The polka dots are sweet and cute, but the color palette helps the looks from being too reminiscent of the girls’s grade school years. The best part about the look is that it’s so easy to recreate, even on a tight budget.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Be a little flirty with a polka dot blouse (welikefashion.com, $46) and swirly skater skirt (houseoffraser.co.uk, $23). A nude colored heel is unexpected, and the chain on this one adds a little edge (Zara, $50). Bling it up with a statement necklace (newlook.com, $23), but keep it silver to make the outfit a little more mature.

Try a flowing shift dress with polka dots all over (newlook.com, $26) to look grown-up but with a playful side. Strappy black heels (Zara, $50) and a black and white purse (ebay) are all you need to finish off the look – add some red lipstick if you’re daring, though!

Trending Tuesday: Skulls Are for Everyone

Remember those days when skulls were only seen in Hot Topic and were only worn by punks and hard rock kids? Well, those days are long gone, thanks in part to McQueen, Gaultier, and other famous designers that helped to usher the punk aesthetic back in high fashion. This is now trickling down to the masses (us fabulous poor people), and it can be oh so chic and tough. I’m really diggin’ channeling the chill rocker girl with a skull t-shirt and spiky accessories. Take this trend out for a spin, and who knows – maybe you’ll find your inner rock diva.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Try a skull tank out for starters – I love how it’s still a bit flirt, because it’s a tank, but hardcore and edgy because of the printed skulls. Accessories are probably the best way to ease into the trends if you’re hesitant. Try a budget-friendly take on the McQueen skull scarves, with options available at Asos and TopShop, and others! Throw on my skull-accented bangles and bracelets, rings and necklaces to add a sweet touch of gothic style.

Styled with H&M dressing room.

Styled with H&M dressing room.

Try a few of H&M’s new pieces that have an edgier feel. They have skull-printed high-low skirts and skull emblazoned dresses, and enough punk jewelry to keep any fashionista satisfied. They also have some great scarves with little skull jewels attached at the ends – the perfect, small touch of punk for the fabulous girl with a more girly style.

 

What-to-Wear for: A Great Gatsby-esque Affair

The Great Gatsby is only weeks away from finally being in theaters and ending it’s horrible torrent of taunting us with trailers. I am ridiculously excited for this for many reasons, and hopefully it doesn’t disappoint. In the meantime, here are some fabulous looks inspired by the glitter and glamour of the past:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

First off, the dress. Fringe, sparkle, dropped waist, details – the more, the better. This era is all about refined sexiness, too, so keep a little left to the imagination. Bring out your style in the Gatsby-inspired looks by picking a dress that relates to both the era and your personality – brown fringe for a more boho feel, soft sparkles for a girly-girl, see-through paneling for an edgier look, and some lace for a more grown-up feel.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Next, the shoes. Something demure and elegant, but still chic, is what you need. Try a capped toe with an ankle strap, something with a little sparkle, a t-strap with some shine, or a plain black peep toe, and you’re set.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

And finally, possibly the best part of dressing up like you’re from the ’20s, the jewels. Big, with a lot of shine and sparkle. More is indeed more in this case, so pile on the rings, pick the biggest earrings, and find a statement necklace with more sparkle than your whole wardrobe combined. This is not a time of frugality and minimalism; this is a time of decadence at its finest. It’s time to celebrate.

 

What-to-Wear with: Short-Shorts

It’s getting warmer (at least, that’s we keep telling ourselves here in the Northeast) and more heat means less clothing. So how do you keep cool and get tan without looking like you just stepped out of a Britney Spears video? (One of the old ones, of course.) The key is to keep it casual, so you don’t look like you were trying to look like someone from a Britney Spears video.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Try some of the new shorts trends: hardcore punk (acid washed, studded, H&M), ombré (if your hair can’t pull it off, maybe your legs can), and floral (who doesn’t want to be covered in flowers in the spring and summer?). Pair punk shorts with a rebellious tee, preferably fringed at the bottom and spiked bangles. Keep things simple with ombré shorts – pull on a neutral sweater for chilly nights by a bonfire, or a simple graphic tee for sunny days. With floral shorts, wear a lace tank for a girly look, or throw people off guard by pairing it the aforementioned rebellious tank. And, my obsession for this summer: bangles. Pile them on high (unless you’re tanning) and colorful. Have fun taking cues from different cultures with your accessories this summer – who said a fabulous poor girl can’t at least look like she went somewhere exotic (and pricey).

Trending Tuesday: Cropped Delights

Just when you think global warming has messed everything so much that you’ll never see your favorite season again, the sun suddenly pops out and it’s 80 degree weather. So how do you beat this heat? With a little ’90s revival known as: the crop top. Yes, it’s scary, and yes, a lot of trashy celebs wear them in the absolute worst ways. But there are a few ways to rock this look without looking like a paler version of Snooki.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Possibly the easiest way to pull it off: a high-waisted skirt and a tie crop top. The tie makes it look less deliberate, and the high-waisted skirt covers more skin so that you don’t look as… college girls on spring break. Wear with cute sandals and a graphic clutch to make it a little more modern.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

While this look is a bit more risqué, the baggy boyfriend jeans and cool cardigan save the tight, white, crop top turtleneck from being too much. This look is almost granny chic, with a little bit of sexy thrown in. Add lace tennis shoes and gold, classic bangles to add a little flair.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Finally, you can layer a crop top over a dress. Take a simple, strapless dress that you want to wear more, but can’t make work for class or casual looks. Throw on a simple crop top, a lacy tank for a more girly look, or a gray cropped tee to give your look a sporty edge. Wear with neutral flats or cute printed wedges. Add a printed, bright clutch to make it a little more chic, and throw on a big cuff to complete the perfect spring look.

Crop tops CAN be your friends, if you use them wisely. So don’t be afraid and throw one on – you’ll be lookin’ fabulous!