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Back to Basics: Timeless White Tops (Part III)

how to wear overalls, baseball hat trend, high-low mix; Alao featured: Topshop Knitted Textured Crop Jumper, topshop MOTO Bleach Long Leg Dungarees,Gerald Darel orange tote, espadrilles, nike sneakers, gold chain/link necklace, baseball hat

Photos: Alessandra Ambrosio & Robyn Rihanna Fenty; Courtesy of justjared.compacificcoastnews.com.

In this part of our “Back to Basics” series, I want to share with you some unexpected ways to style other two timeless white pieces: plain white jumper and sweatshirt. As you can see from above, these looks have a gamine & tomboy vibe that has been spotted on the runway this season. Back in 1992, this type of style inspired by the cool kids on the street made Mac Jacobs lose his job at Perry Ellis. Now it becomes an inspiration for major designers and a trend that attracts the fashion cognoscenti.

Alessandra Ambrosio and Rihanna’s looks above also incorporated two microtrends this season: overalls and baseball cap. Alessandra Ambrosio opted for a cropped version with her white knit which is also in right now. The nice fit, rolled up hems and light wash color polished up her dundarees. A trendy sunglasses and bright oversized tote give her look an urban touch.

A pure white slouchy sweatshirt can be challenging. Rihanna’s look (above right) is my favorite so far. An outfit with boyish shirt, sneakers and baseball cap are sportif, however, with a fitted mini skirt, tied-around-the-waist chambray shirt, gold accessories, preppy glasses and a sober tote, she kept the overall look polished and stylish.

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Jumper: Topshop
Dungarees: Topshop
Bag: Gap (great style here; Ambrosio carried here)
Shoes: Aerosoles (designer version on sale here)
Sunglasses: Asos (20% with code TAKE20 sitewide; more retro styles here)

how to style baseball hat and sneakers; Alternatives:Topshop Slouchy white Sweatshirt,  Madewell Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Ferrous Wash,  Mango navy Stitching tube skirt,  Nike - Flex 2012 Run sneakers,  MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Medium Travel' Tote,  Marc by Marc Jacobs Toggle gold chain/link Necklace,  Michael Kors Sport gold Watch,  New Era Cap 'New York Yankees - Tonal Classic' Fitted Baseball Cap,  Elizabeth and James Reade Glasses,

Chambray shirt: Madewell
Sweatshirt: Topshop (great style here)
Skirt: Mango
Shoes: Nike
Bag:MICHAEL Michael Kors
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs ($48 here)
Glasses: Elizabeth and James (great options here)

BTW, It’s the last day of Linea Pelle’s friends & family sale. If you are looking for handbags, go and check it out, they are offering 30% off sitewide with code LPFF30. Below are my picks. This Grayson bar bag reminds me of the Proenza Schouler PS11 shoulder version, but with such a friendly price tag. Good luck!

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Linea Pelle Grayson Bar Bag

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How To Wear Red (Part IV: Bags)

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Last time we talked about adding a splash of bright red to punch up our casual, off-duty outfits, today let’s share another four polished looks, and see how a small red bag can spice up ladylike outfits that can take us from desk to dinner, and more.

For this first look (below), I love how Jane Keltner de Valle makes the normal white button-down shirt and black skirt effortlessly chic by simply adding a clear red bag and blue strap sandal. These two bight pieces not only add pops of color, but also add a futuristic and modern vibe to the look.

This clear bag is my favorite: the PVC part is a playful reinterpretation of the classic color and shape; the top handle and shoulder strap make it very handy and versatile. Moreover, it can keep you stylish on rainy days! 

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Top: J.Crew (great buy here)
Skirt: ModCloth
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (also here; great buy here!)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (tried and true!)

Second look (below) is also from Jane Keltner de Valle. Compared to the preppy, playful look above, this one is so sleek and modern. The white dress with black details emphasizes the simplicity of the look. A pair of lace up booties adds edginess while a red clutch (adore the clean and timeless design of this one) brightening up the monochrome palette.

The art of accessorizing-helenhou.com-black and white with a pop of red inspired by Jane Keltner de Valle

Dress: Sportmax Code ($60 here)
Bag: Smythson (similar here & here)
Shoes: Schutz Arieli (similar here)
Sunglasses: Gucci ($14 here

Third look is from beloved Giovanna Battaglia. I especially appreciate her ability to add different elements to her ladylike looks, from Bohemian flair to British nonchalance to rock ‘n’ roll edginess.

Take the look below as example: the soft pastel pieces (light grey top, pale blue skirt and blush bow pump) are sweet and girly, but the details make the look stand out:

The bright red clutch punches up the soft palette, the chain necklace and the leather material of the skirt toughen up the sweetness while the rolled up sleeves and drape front design of the top add ease and casual vibe. Soft, light-colored leather piece is a huge trend now, this baby blue one (great alternative here) becomes my current obsession!

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Top: Mango
Skirt: Alice + Olivia (similar on sale here)
Bag: Tory Burch
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (lusting over this pair!)
Necklace: Fallon Jewelry (great buy here)

For the last look below, compared to a yellow or blue bag (which we can find the colors on the top), this red clutch is unexpected. Not every one can rock the cutout top on her, but this equally stylish version is a great alternative (adore the small cutout at the front!). With the flattering knee-length skirt which balances bare arms, this look is great for women at any age.

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Top: Whistles Thea
Skirt: ModCloth
Bag: Tory Burch (lust worthy one she carried here)
Sunglasses: Gucci ($14 here)