Get this Fabulous Look – for Less!

Valentino Resort 2014. Taken from Harpersbazaar.com.

Valentino Resort 2014. Taken from Harpersbazaar.com.

Half the summer is now gone and it’s time to start thinking about the future ever so often. When looking ahead to ways to update your fall wardrobe, look no further than the Resort 2014 collections. Why? Because practically all of them can sashay seamlessly from the warm summer months to the crisper fall season. A cool blush color is one of the biggest trends from the runways, and you can have it too (without the runway price tag).

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Getting the same material as the Valentino look is hard on a budget, but this outfit comes pretty close. Snuggle up in a blush colored sweater from J. Crew and go matchy-match with nice shorts – perfect for going out or to work. Shake up the look with bold flats; try a bright yellow ankle strap version or a fun printed pair. Want something a bit more toned down? Opt for an almost-neutral shoe with this cheetah print flat. Keep the makeup simple (like the model was styled) and keep accessories minimal for a clean aesthetic. A pair of studs and swipe of low key pink or nude lipstick is all you need to finish off this fabulous look.

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Trending Tuesday: Daring in Sheer

Elie Saab, Spring 2013 Couture.

Elie Saab, Spring 2013 Couture.

Newest fashion challenge: Add some sheer to your look while maintaining ladylike elegance and without looking like a fool. How is this possible? Well, the couture runways have certainly given us a plethora of examples. Elie Saab featured skirts that went sheer, as did Valentino and others. Here are a few ways to make this fabulous trend a fabulous reality:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Spring’s supposed to be early this year, so be ready to celebrate that day with a white, sheer maxi skirt ($17, cozbest.com). Pair with a floral crop top ($13, stylemetv.com) for a day in the park, or tuck in a colorful blouse ($30, sheinside.com) and add a belt for a more refined look. Add big cuffs and some leather accents to put a punch of punk in the girly look, and strap on heeled, wooden sandals ($28, makemechic.com) to finish.

To go sheer for a more formal occasion, take a black, sheer, good quality maxi skirt ($77, chicnova.com), and pair with a lacy crop top ($45, Topshop). For work wear, pair with a long-sleeved, black crop top ($20, Nordstrom) to be chic and covered up. Slip on dainty sandals ($50, Zara) and big, colorful jewelry to complete the look.

The floor-length, sheer skirt is a completely attainable look for anyone, and the runway has helped sheer maxis keep their place in the world of trends for this spring. Add a crop top to make your legs look like a giraffe’s (plus, Erika Bearman will totally tell you that crop tops are definitely in style) and some big jewelry to amp up the chic-level, and you’re good to go! Remember, never be afraid to be fabulous!

 

Trending Tuesday: Color on Color on Color

Gucci, Spring 2013.

Gucci, Spring 2013.

There’s always that one trend that, when it’s done right, is done so so so right. But this trend is so precarious that all of us average Joes are terrified to try it out. Yep, it’s that trend again: color on color on color. And when I say color, I mean the same color, head-to-toe. If you go blue, you go blue all over. Same for white or red or (gasp!) green. So how can us average mortals ever pull this look off? Here are a few ideas:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Ease into this trend at first. Use a neutral color to style yourself head-to-toe, like navy. The subtle color won’t seem like too much, and a darker color will be more flattering. It’s chic, it’s spring, and it’s fabulous!

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Be brave with bolder colors! Add in a different shade to break up the line of monotonous colors and to calm your fears.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Finally, go all out with a bold, vivacious color worn all over. Use different textures to mix up the look, and add some embellishments if you’re too timid to wear the color straight-up.

Wearing one color completely head-to-toe can be very intimidating, but taking risks and being daring is what fashion’s all about! So experiment with trends and adapt them to your own comfort zone and style. And remember, don’t be afraid to be fabulous!