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.

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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!

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.