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Summer Allure: Bright Orange & Side Slit

how to wear double side slit maxi skirt; how to wear bright orange; street style;  On Alessandra Ambrosio:Jennifer Zeuner Riley Long Skinny Snake Necklace with Emerald Eyes , Gerard Darel orange tote, Happiness Tank in Tangerine by lovers + friends,Chloé Leather Wedge Sandals,Kymerah double side slit maxi skirt; On Candice Lake: orange blouse, black pencil skirt with side splip, orange/red ankle stap sandal, black crossbody bag, red sunglasses

Photos: Alessandra Ambrosio & Candice Lake; Courtesy of zimbio.comcandicelake.com.

Unlike last spring when pastels dominated streets, saturated brights take center stage this season. Among them, orange and raspberry are two of my favorites. From clothing to accessories, they will surely spice up all our summer whites!

As you can see above, orange is our featured color today. Since the shade is so bright and eye-catching, team it with neutral pieces, then choose one or two accessories in the same color family or the same shade to enhance the overall impact, like the two ladies did above.

Tangerine is not something new (since Pantone revealed it as the color of 2012, it hasn’t gone anywhere), so in order to make the look more current, Alessandra Ambrosio played a new maxi skirt trend: the double side slit version! Yes, the maxi dresses/skirts have gone from side slit to high-low to double split now!

Last but not least, keep proportions in mind: team a maxi skirt with a sleeveless slim fit top. If you want the eyes focus on your body-hugging pencil skirt and the sexy subtle side slit, keep your arms covered.

how to wear double side slit maxi skirt; how to wear bright orange; street style;  On Alessandra Ambrosio:Jennifer Zeuner Riley Long Skinny Snake Necklace with Emerald Eyes , Gerard Darel orange tote, Happiness Tank in Tangerine by lovers + friends,Chloé Leather Wedge Sandals,Kymerah double side slit maxi skirt; Alternatives: INTERMIXNSF EXCLUSIVE Split Collar Sleeveless Silk Blouse,  Charlotte Russe Double Side Slit Maxi Skirt,  Ivanka Trump 'Hollyann' Wedge,  Gap orange Leather Tote,  Gorjana Maudie Pendant Necklace,  MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Griffin' 15mm Retro Sunglasses,

Top: NSF ($30 here; on Alessandra Ambrosio here & here, check the back design!)
Skirt: Charlotte Russe (great buy here)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump (designer version on Alessandra Ambrosio on sale here)
Bag: Gap (on Alessandra Ambrosio here & here)
Sunglasses: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Necklace: Gorjana (on Alessandra Ambrosio here)

how to wear double side slit maxi skirt; how to wear bright orange; street style;  On Candice Lake: orange blouse, black pencil skirt with side splip, orange/red ankle stap sandal, black crossbody bag, red sunglasses Alternatives: Wallis Orange Petite Blouse,  Mango slip pencil skirt,  Calvin Klein Vivian orange ankle strap sandal,  Givenchy Butterfly Frame Sunglasses,  Loeffler Randall Rider Bag,

Top: Wallis (great style here & here)
Skirt: Mango (great buy here!)
Shoes: Calvin Klein (lusting over this pair)
Bag: Loeffler Randall
Sunglasses: Givenchy (48% off now)

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Refined Airport Style: Flounce Skirt & Printed Jacket

how to look good while traveling; On Olivia Palermo:Zara skirt, Louis Vuitton red satchel, black top, nude flats, oversized sunglasses, stick/arrow edgy necklace, embellished belt;  On Rosie Huntington-Whiteley:Mary Katrantzou metallic printed jacquard jacket, AG skinny jeans, Viktor & Rolf brown bag, Jacquie Aiche jewelry, Maison Michel grey fedora hat, nude pumpsPhotos: Olivia Palermo & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Courtesy of redcarpet-fashionawards.comcoolspotters.com.

T-shirt, jeans and sneakers/boots are what usually come up in our mind when planning trips. Can we stay polished and glamorous on the way to our destination? Today’s featured fashion connoisseurs can tell us how in two simple steps:

First, add one statement piece to elevate the otherwise laid-back, plain look. Take their outfits for example: the black tee and ballet flats on Olivia Palermo, gray shirt and blue jeans on Rosie Huntington are basic pieces we all have and would wear to the airport. Instead of pairing the black tee with jeans or sweatpants, try a right-on-trend flounce skirt, it’s easy yet fashionable, also convenient to transform after you land. Similarly, instead of bringing a hoodie or sweater for a T-shirt-and-jeans combo, try a statement blazer or even just a well-fitted leather jacket, which will instantly polish up your look.

Second, using accessories strategically. Compared to delicate fine jewelry, a unique statement fashion necklace, like this arrow version, will finish off your look with style. You don’t need to worry about damage and the style will go great with all the outfits you bring. Also, think of accessories that are multifunction: A well-made designer satchel can polish up any outfit while fits all your essentials; An oversized sunglasses can ensure you look good without makeup while offer UV protection; A stylish hat can cover your bad hair while keeping your ensemble chic; A fashionable watch can make sure you leave on time while being a statement accessory itself…

how to look good while traveling; airport style; how to wear flounce skirt; On Olivia Palermo:Zara skirt, Louis Vuitton red satchel, black top, nude flats, oversized sunglasses, stick/arrow edgy necklace, embellished belt;  Alternatives: Three Dots 3/4 Sleeve boatneck British black Tee,  Zara COLOR BLOCK COMBINATION SKIRT,  Sam Edelman 'Felicia' Flat,  CLARE VIVIER Escale red satchel Bag,  House of Harlow Nomadic Warrior Arrow Necklace in Metallic Gold

Top: Three Dots
Skirt: Zara (designer version on sale here & here)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Bag: Clare Vivier (great buy here)
Necklace: House of Harlow (great style here!)

how to look good while traveling; how to wear printed metallic blazer/jacket;  On Rosie Huntington-Whiteley:Mary Katrantzou metallic printed jacquard jacket, AG skinny jeans, Viktor & Rolf brown bag, Jacquie Aiche jewelry, Maison Michel grey fedora hat, nude pumps Alternatives:Joie Mehira Animal Printed blazer,  AG Adriano Goldschmied light washed skinny Legging Jeans,  Enzo Angiolini 'Infiniti' nude Pump,  Prada Saffiano Lux brown Tote Bag,  wet sealThin Banded Fedora,

Blazer: Joie (also here; on Rosie Huntington here)
Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmied (it’s the pair on Rosie Huntington, more sizes available here)
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini (great style here & here)
Bag: Prada “Saffiano” (great alternative here & here)
Hat: Wet Seal ($10; designer version 50% off here!)

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Back to Basics: Timeless White Dresses (Part VI)

I want to dedicate this final part of our “Back to Basics” series to a spring/summer essential: the white dress. Like that special LBD, we all need a little white dress that can represent ourselves.

As you can see from the six outfits featured below, from Rosie Huntington’s sweet romance to Nora Zehetner’s subtle edginess to Jessica Stam’s modern simplicity to Stacy Keibler & Stacy Keibler’s sexy glamour, these fashion-conscious tastemakers stay true to themselves while nodding to the white dress trend that is spotted everywhere now, from the Cannes film festival to the streets.

how to wear white dress; featured: Christian Dior white bustier, white skirt, white Christian Louboutin pump, Vanessa Bruno Eyelet blouse, Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Leather Point Toe Pumps, Chloe pale pink skirt, Jacquie Aiche jewelry, Burberry aviator sunglasses,

Photos: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Courtesy of vogue.co.uk, instyle.com.

How to wear white dress; featured: Susana Monaco Flutter Tube Dress,  Rebecca Taylor Strapless Knit Dress,  Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress,

From left:
Susana Monaco (on sale!)
Rebecca Taylor
Diane von Furstenberg (great buy 40% off here)

how to wear white dress;Black and white trend; On Nora Zehetner: Nora Zehetner Bird cut out white dress, Calvin Klein metallic ankle strap sandal,Calvin Klein metallic box clutch;  On Jessica Stam: two tone dress, black and white, black pumps, purple clutch

Photos: Nora Zehetner & Jessica Stam; Courtesy of vogue.com.

How to wear white dress; black and white trend; cut-out trend; featured: Topshop Lace Appliqué Dress with with asymmetrical hem,  Three Floor Adolescent Sister Dress with cut out,  Sportmax Himare Deep V-neck Knitted black and white Dress,

From left:
Topshop (great designer version here)
Three Floor
Sportmax

how to wear white dress; Featured: Jennifer Hudson at the first annual Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards; Stacy Keibler at the Escada flagship shop opening

Photos: Stacy Keibler & Jennifer Hudson; Courtesy of instyle.comdailymail.co.uk.

How to wear white dress; peplum trend;body-hugging dress; featured: Cynthia Steffe 'Brooke' Ponte Knit Peplum Dress,  Donna Ricco Jacquard Sheath Dress,  London Times Sleeveless Halter dress with waist embellishment

From left:
Cynthia Steffe
Donna Ricco (on sale here; great style here)
London Times

A great pair of shoes is a perfect match for all these versatile knee-length or slightly above the knee dresses featured today. I handpicked eight of my favorites, from basic, functional neutral pumps to bright color sandals to arty, collect-worthy stilettos, they will surely spice up our LWDs! The best part? They won’t go out of style!

how to wear white dress; Spring 2013 shoes guide; Featured: Manolo Blahnik BB Suede Point-Toe black pointy toe Pumps,  Nine West Drusilla white pumps,  Valentino 'Rockstud' Pump,  Jimmy Choo Lance Mirrored Metallic Leather Sandals,  kate spade new york 'licorice too' neon colored pump,  Stuart Weitzman 'Platswoon' nude Pump,  Steve Madden 'Realove' ankle strap Pump,  Aquazzura Sexy Thing Cutout Booties,

1. Manolo Blahnik (similar here)
2. Nine West (another great pair here)
3. Valentino
4. Jimmy Choo (more color options here! great alternative here)
5. Kate Spade New York (on sale! also here)
6. Stuart Weitzman
7. Steve Madden (also here)
8. Aquazzura

Hope you enjoy today’s entry as much as I did!