Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Movie Inspired: Clueless

The phrase "everything old is new again" couldn't be more true when it comes to fashion. Rihanna sparked a resurgence of Clueless fanatics earlier this year when she wore the infamous Calvin Klein "Clueless" dress to an event. I, for one, needed no reminding the Cher Horwitz was a movie screen fashion icon. I watch Clueless almost every month for fashion inspiration and have the film on DVD and VHS. In honor of one of the hottest characters of the 90s, I will show you how to create everyday looks from some of the film’s most famous fits. Keep in mind that these outfits are not supposed to be costumes that directly mimic the movie looks, but rather modern day interpretations.

Make the 1995 look more modern by ditching the white knee highs and silver mary janes. A contrast collar button down, opaque tights, and black cap-toe shoes make this more everyday. Maintain the Cher flair through styling: button the shirt all the way up and untuck it for a chic look that doesn't look too stuffy.

Plaid on plaid is a hard thing to pull off. I would try to keep it clean by pairing plaid prints of similar muted colors and size. I don't like to be too matchy matchy which is why I opted for a dress of a different color. The knee highs work with this outfit. I would try pairing them with a fun loafer and beanie to give them an up-to-date feel. For those of you that are daring, try a plaid on plaid look like the one seen in the Gucci Pre-Fall 2013 collection below.

photo courtesy of fashionbombdaily

This last look from Clueless is pretty modern in itself. It's funny that this is what Cher would see as "lounge wear." The key to this look is a relaxed fit and not showing too much skin under the sheer top.

As far as styling, I would either wear the sheer gold dot blouse open and layered like a cardigan or buttoned to the top and tucked in with the necklace around the collar.

Clueless is now on Netflix so for those of you that haven't seen it there are no more excuses!

Hope you all get inspired by these looks and try something new :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sheer & Spotted

Another day another pattern...this time I threw on a pair of big dotted tights. For this post, I will show you how to take a patterned tight from day to night with a few key pieces.

It was unseasonably warm this day so I kept it casual for work in a pink silky dress, faux leather vest, knee high boots, and the patterned tights.

tights: urban outfitters, dress: forever 21; vest: h&m; necklace: madewell

Later on that night I attended an anniversary party for One Lounge in D.C. I kept the tights and added a sparkly tank top, black wool shorts, white blazer (yes, white can be worn all year round in my book), and booties. I also wore a bold red lip to give this black and white outfit a pop of color.

Blazer: Madewell; Tank: J. Crew; Shorts: H&M (old); vintage gold chain

The funny thing is we didn't even plan to match! I guess BFFs really do think alike ;) The key to both of these outfits is keeping the color palettes relatively neutral, and playing with textures (sequins, leather, etc.) to add interest instead of overly bold colors and conflicting prints.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Floral Leggings: One Item, Two Ways

I had been holding off on the floral leggings trend for awhile because I couldn't find a pair that I really liked and had colors that I could incorporate well into my closet. I recently came across this pair from Urban Outfitters and was immediately drawn to them because of the fall colors. A bold pattern can be daunting so I decided to show you how you can dress them up or down to make an outfit that works without doing too much.

Outfit #1:

Pair them with darker solids and nude flats to make the pants the focal point of the outfit. Because I added the flashy necklace and oxblood blazer, I kept my hair and makeup sleek and simple.

blazer: Dalaga NYC, Sweater: Urban Outfitters; Flats: Madewell; Necklace: J.Crew

Outfit #2:

Play off of the colors in the floral pattern. I decided to highlight the autumn colors in my leggings by wearing a yellow button down and adding a berry lip. A high bun and lace up booties completed this fun look. 

Shirt: Madewell; boots; forever 21; lips: MAC Pop Mode +Revlon  Plum Persuasion

I think patterned leggings are a fun way to liven things up in the cold weather. What do you all think??