Oct 302013
 

The art of accessorizing-Alexia Niedzielski,oxford, combat boots, leather shorts, metallic clutch, red sleeveless coatPhotos: Alexia Niedzielski; Courtesy of vogue.comtatler.com.

Besides celebrity street styles and models off-duty looks, I’m always looking for outfit inspirations from fashion editors, bloggers and photographers. Alexia Niedzielski, who I deeply admire, is definitely one of them.

Above I featured two outfits of her that are great for this time of the year. These looks combined some of the season’s hottest trends, like oversized coat, color red and menswear shoes.

Teaming trendy pieces with basics (like the simple T-shirts, jeans and leather shorts on her) is an easy and smart way to keep up with trends while standing out as elegantly characterful.

In Chinese: 除了明星和超模的街拍look外,能给我很多灵感的还有一些有自我风格和态度的时尚编辑、摄影师和博主。今天的这一位就是其中的代表–来自巴黎的摄影师和Ever Manifesto杂志的创始人Alexia Niedzielski。

她的这两个look很适合早秋,而且融入了这一季最新的时尚元素像宽松的外套、红色男士鞋款、未来感的配饰等。把流行的单品和你平时常穿的基本款搭配起来是既容易操作又聪明的搭配方法,彰显时尚品味的同时又不失个人风格。

The art of accessorizing-Alexia Niedzielski, white T-shirt, Skinny jeans, oxford, metallic clutch, red sleeveless coat

1. LnA crew neck tee
2. Etro sleeveless funnel neck coat
3. J Brand 915 super skinny jeans
4. Mango metallic folded clutch
5. Jeffrey Campbell Dulles monk strap flats ($50 here)

The art of accessorizing-Alexia Niedzielski, combat boots, grey T-shirt, leather shorts, black clutch,red sleeveless coat

1. T by Alexander Wang classic tee (great alternative here & here)
2. Etro sleeveless funnel neck coat
3. Topshop leather look shorts (also here; my favorite here)
4. Chanel nail color in ‘Black Satin’
5. Steve Madden troopa boots (also love this pair)
6. Alexander Wang ‘Fumo’ leather wristlet

Besides the hot red sleeveless coat featured above, here are three equally trendy, practical and flattering choices I love:

The art of accessorizing-vest, sleeveless coat,prints,Marni, Preen, Missoni

From left:
Marni sleeveless fil coupé coat (70% off now)
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi wool-crepe biker gilet (alternative here & here)
Missoni knitted sleeveless cardi-coat

Aug 032013
 

how to wear black and white; What to Wear to Work; summer office wear 2013; Cameron Diaz, Victoria Beckham, colorblock dress, white bag, white pump, white blouse, black blazer, black pants,black pump, black clutch  On Victoria Beckham in Beijing 2013: Victoria Beckham   DOUBLE CREPE BLAZER, Victoria Beckham black pants, Casadei   Blade Valentina Anklestrap Pumps, Victoria Beckham zipped   pouch,white blouse;  On Cameron Diaz: Martin Grant Dana black and white Dress with gold belt, Valextra Heritage Top Handle white Bag, Christian Louboutin white pump, gold watch, oversize sunglasses; Photos: Cameron Diaz & Victoria Beckham; Courtesy of eonline.comgettyimages.com.

What I love most about fashion is that it’s forever evolving, but for this year’s black and white trend, I wish it could stay. It just so classic, versatile and practical. As long as you pick the right shape and accessories, this combo really can take you anywhere.

Here, Cameron Diaz & Victoria Beckham showed us how to take this trend to the office with the right balance of subdued glamorous and fashion-conscious:

Black pumps and bags are work wardrobe staples, this season, change them into white. Team with a knee-length or below the knee dress. A gold belt or watch adds just the right amount of luxe touch.

Victoria Beckham exemplifies the minimalist chicness. Her ‘secret’ lies in the details: from a sexy heel with metallic accent and flirty V-cut topline, a understated luxurious clutch to a deep V-neck shirt and an impeccable tailored jacket tossed over her shoulders.

In Chinese: 虽然不断的更新与变革是时尚永恒不变的主题,但是对于我喜欢的潮流,有时候真希望它能永恒不变,比如今年大热的黑与白。只要找到对的剪裁和配饰,这个经典的色彩组合可以让我们游走于任何场合。

就拿我们呆的时间最长的办公室来说吧,把以往常备的黑色高跟鞋和公文包换成白色,加上一条黑白拼接的及膝或膝下裙 (Cameron Diaz所穿的这条现在三折!),既符合潮流又优雅端庄。以极简现代风格著称的Victoria Beckham则在细节上脱颖而出,比如她脚上的这双金属跟的鞋(最喜欢楦头的桃心设计!)和低调优雅的手包,披在肩头的外套,低开领的衬衫以及精致的细腰带等。

how to wear black and white; What to Wear to Work; summer office wear 2013; Cameron Diaz, Victoria Beckham, colorblock dress, white bag, white pump, white blouse, black blazer, black pants,black pump, black clutch;   On Cameron Diaz: Martin Grant Dana black and white Dress with gold belt, Valextra Heritage Top Handle white Bag, Christian Louboutin white pump, gold watch, oversize sunglasses;  Alternatives:   Gucci Youngster Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses,  Movado 'Bold' Round Bracelet Watch,  Chloé Eau de Parfum Spray,   Topshop 'Gwenda' white Pump

1. Martin Grant Dana dress (70% off now!)
2. Gucci oversized cat eye sunglasses
3. Movado bracelet watch
4. Chloé Eau de parfum
5. Madison working bag (alternative here & here)
6. Topshop pump (on Cameron Diaz here)

how to wear black and white; What to Wear to Work; summer office wear 2013; Cameron Diaz, Victoria Beckham, colorblock dress, white bag, white pump, white blouse, black blazer, black pants,black pump, black clutch;    On Victoria Beckham in Beijing 2013: Victoria Beckham   DOUBLE CREPE BLAZER, Victoria Beckham black pants, Casadei   Blade Valentina Anklestrap Pumps, Victoria Beckham zipped   pouch,white blouse;  Alternatives:  HELMUT Helmut Lang Gala black Jacket,  Equipment Brett white Shirt,  Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Harper Chelsea Lariat Necklace,  Casadei CASADEI pointed toe pump,  'New Taylor' black straight leg Pants,  Illamasqua white Nail color,  Miu Miu Matelassé leather clutch

1. HELMUT Helmut Lang jacket (on Victoria Beckham here; similar here)
2. Equipment Brett Shirt
3. Jennifer Zeuner necklace
4. Casadei pump (adore the V-cut topline! similar here)
5. Halogen New Taylor pants
6. Illamasqua nail color in ‘Scorch’
7. Miu Miu Matelassé leather clutch

Jun 052013
 

how to wear maxi dresses; black and white trend; monochrome look;  On Jessica Alba:Sam & Lavi plaid maxi dress, Simone Camille bag,  Jennifer Meyer Personalized Nameplate gold necklace, black fedora, black sandal. On street style:halter neck dress, white sandal, black clutchPhotos: Jessica Alba & street style; Courtesy of instyle.co.uk.

As a perennial piece, maxi dress is definitely a trusty staple that we can count on for many occasions: from formal events to summer soirees to afternoon strolls. To make it feel more current and new, instead of thinking bohemian and romantic outfits, go with a modern, Gothic vibe:

Right-on-trend high contrast black and white can give any romantic print a contemporary twist, like this understated one with Art Nouveau blossoms. Classic stripes and tie dye effect print are also great options.

Also, pay attention to details: Halter neckline can perfectly highlight your collarbone and shoulders, adding just right amount of sexy allure; Shell and anchor motifs add whimsical touch and juxtaposition to classic nautical stripes; A centered knot can create rippling texture to a wild, tie dye print.

Lastly, use accessories to enhance the modern vibe: on-trend white add-ons with gold embellishment, chic fedoraoversized sunglasses, from sidewalk and boardwalk satchel, or simple, dainty and personal jewelries.

These two looks are great for women of any age, and are super easy to transform for many coming summer activities. Also, the classic and versatile color palette on these featured dresses can take you into fall/winter stylishly.

 how to wear maxi dresses; black and white trend; monochrome look;  On Jessica Alba:Sam & Lavi plaid maxi dress, Simone Camille bag,  Jennifer Meyer Personalized Nameplate gold necklace, black fedora, black sandal. Alternatives:  Emma Cook Peach Sailor Stripes and floral Silk Maxi Dress,   Tory Burch ROBINSON MOCHILA MIDDY SATCHEL printed,  MICHAEL Michael Kors t strap 'Hamilton' Sandal,  FOREVER 21 Braided black Straw Fedora,  Jennifer Meyer Personalized Nameplate - Yellow Gold 2 Sided ,  Jennifer Zeuner JewelryMini 1/2" Heart Necklace with Diamond,  Roberto Coin 'Tiny Treasures' Key Necklace,

Dress: Emma Cook (great style here; on Jessica Alba on sale here)
Bag: Tory Burch (on Jessica Alba here)
Shoes: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Hat: Forever 21
Necklace: Jennifer Zeuner heart necklaceJennifer Meyer personalized nameplate (great alternative here!)

Other great options for you to recreate Jessica Alba’s effortless chic look:

how to wear maxi dresses; black and white trend; monochrome look;  Featured: Young Fabulous & Broke Aphrodite Rio Wash Maxi Dress,  bebe - Tie Front Stripe Maxi Dress - Black/White,  Necessary Clothing In Line Maxi - Black/White,

From left:
Young Fabulous & Broke (or this version)
Bebe (the mix of stripes is so flattering!)
Necessary Clothing

how to wear maxi dresses; black and white trend; monochrome look;   On street style:halter neck dress, white sandal, black clutch Alternatives:  Wallis Black And White Stripe Maxi Dress,   DV by Dolce Vita white strap sandals,   Tory Burch Reva Oversized black Clutch ,  Marc by Marc Jacobs Polarized Oversized Sunglasses,

Dress: Wallis 
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita ($47!)
Bag: Tory Burch (also here)
Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Other great options for you to recreate her laid-back sophisticated look:

how to wear maxi dresses; black and white trend; monochrome look;  Featured: Jessica Simpson Scalloped Back Print Maxi Dress,  ReissReiss Alla GECKO PRINT SILK MAXI DRESS,  PiamitaZelda printed silk maxi dress,

From left:
Jessica Simpson (adore the neckline; check out the cut-out back!)
Reiss
Piamita (60% off now!)