Frugal Feathers

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2013.

Louis Vuitton, Fall 2013.

Obsessed does not begin to describe how I feel about the Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 looks. The drama, the glamour, the retro feel . . . all of it blew me away. Except for one part – the prices. What’s a fabulous poor girl to do? We all just want to channel our inner Hitchcock-retro girls at least once, don’t we?

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Lo and behold, feathery visions that meet your sartorial needs and stay within your wallet’s limits exist! Hopped up on the grunge ’90s revival coming this fall? Take a feathery skirt and pair it with a slouchy sweater, then complete the look with low, menswear-inspired boots. Want a more girly approach to the fine animal texture? Try a dark and glamorous dress with tights and low-heeled booties and a richly colored feather ear cuff. The best part? Everything here is under $50. Now, that’s fabulous.

 

 

Foxy Boxy

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013. From harpersbazaar.com.

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013. From harpersbazaar.com.

Call it sculpted, call it rounded shoulders . . . we all know what word this look would bring to mind on us plebeians – “boxy.” While this is a hard look to pull off if you maintain the average BMI or above, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Never one to fight off a runway trend (except for flatforms and the revival of the Birkenstocks), I accepted the challenge of finding a way to attain this look with flattering and frugal results.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Here’s the casual look: boxy tee, skinny (yet boyfriend-esque) jeans, big jewelry, and a surprising red lip. Add boots to toughen it up, or pointed flats (quite similar to the Proenza look, no?) to glam it up.

 

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Or invest in a trendy-meets-classic coat. Military style, cropped for fall or spring, or big and comfy with rounded shoulders – here’s how to fix them up. Ladies, a belt is your best friend. Keep it neutral with just a little shine for a minimalist feel. It’ll cinch in the waist, helping you escape the dreaded “I’m a box” effect, but it will also accentuate the sculpted shoulders, making you look couture on a budget. Now comes the fun part: statement jewelry. Every girl needs a big statement necklace or collar (I suggest checking out Aldo accessories… buy one get one free!), or channel your inner Dolce & Gabbana with big, colorful earrings.

Have fun with this trend, and remember – don’t be afraid to be fabulous!

What to wear Series: Sweaty and Chic

This has hardly been the hottest summer of my young life, but it’s hard to avoid the awful, sticky feeling that comes with working out in this humid season.  Because of this, I find myself grabbing whatever pair of shorts and t-shirt is lying around and completely disregarding what I look like. While this is fine for midday on an empty bike path, school is soon resuming, along with that season that shuts us all indoors: winter. So, to gain some more confidence to face the Jersey shore lookalikes and twiggy almost-models at my school’s gym, I’m thinking it’s time for a work out wardrobe update. How’s this for a chic way to get sweaty:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

There are the go-to Nike tops, and while under $30, they’re still a little pricey for something I’m going to grunt and sweat in. So why not stop by Forever21 and other budget-concious stores for cheeky graphic tees to add some much needed humor to your work out routine? Bonus points for shirts with ‘nerd’ or ‘geek’ on it – you break those stereotypes, girl. Cool neon shorts, leggings, or baggy sweats for extra cold/lazy days finish off the perfect formula for being sweaty and chic.

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.

Trending Tuesday: Bikini Round-Up

It may be only May, but lots of us have only one thing on our minds – summer. Everyday it’s getting closer and – hopefully – sunnier. Soon pools will open and beaches will get crowded as heck . . . which can only mean one thing: you need a bikini wardrobe, ASAP! Luckily, there are plenty of cost-friendly pieces to choose from. Here are a few picks that are perfect for any fabulous poor girl:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

There are so many style you can choose from when it comes to swimsuits. Go retro with a striped halter and high-waisted bottoms, or pick a sleek and modern monokini. Be spirited and fun with a very American take on the strapless bikini, or go wild and crazy with a fringe piece in a fun color. Have the best of both worlds by combining a crocheted, vintage bikini top with a sleeker, color-blocked bottom.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Need something to throw on for the ride home? Pick from these stylish cover-ups and you’ll look good all the way home. A classic white cover-up is the easiest choice, but don’t be afraid to choose an electric mesh dress if you want some ‘wow’ factor. A stylish sarong is easy and ever-so-chic; choose a retro polka dot print or a sexy animal print – whatever fits your mood! Need something that can take you to dinner on the boardwalk too? Try a simple maxi dress in black to add some sophistication to your beach style.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Want to add some more fun to your beach look? Pile on these summer-ready accessories. Long, layered necklaces make your look chic in seconds flat, and piled up rings add some necessary edge. A cool hat not only helps your look, it also keeps you safe from harmful sun rays! Throw on some über cool sunglasses (cateyes and colored aviators are huge right now) and you’re ready to go!

 

What-to-Wear for: Picnic in Central Park

It’s quite a lovely time of year in New York now (and hopefully wherever you are too!), and what better way to celebrate spring’s arrival than a picnic in Central Park? Here are a few ideas on how to have the chicest picnic possible, on a fabulous poor girl’s budget.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Pick a maxi with a bold color, edgy feel, or bohemian vibe to fit your style.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Pair with a cute tee that has a bold graphic, sassy saying, or tribal print.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Polish off the look with a stack of arm candy. Pick complimentary colors and India-inspired designs, or go for a more city-chic look with modern lines and a bit of snakeskin print.

 

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.