May 032013
 

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Photos: Elena Perminova; Courtesy of vanessajackman.blogspot.comaloveisblind.tumblr.com.

I still remember that in the 80s, followed Madonna’s lead, my cool aunt loved wearing crop tops. This season, the trend came back! But definitely not with those shorts hanging on the hips. The above two looks of Elena Perminova are my favorite so far, and they are perfect examples of how to rock this “new” trend in a modern sophisticated way.

The key to baring midriff without looking vulgar is playing it coy, showing a hint of skin by teaming them with high waist pants or skirts. For sleeveless crop tops, I prefer to go with loose fitted, relaxed pants or over-the-knee skirt to balance the bare arms.

Details also make a huge difference. As showed on Elena Perminova, edgy modern accessories (like mirrored sunglasses and translucent pumps) and simple sophisticated color palettes (from fresh blue and white combo to urban chic neutrals) really elevate the whole look.

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Top: Topshop (great style here)
Trousers: Mango (more options here)
Bag: CC Skye 
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (similar here & here)
Sunglasses: KW ($10! adore this aviator version!)

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Jacket: Burberry (great alternative here & here)
Pants: Vince (60% off here! similar here)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Sunglasses: Tory Burch (also love this pair)

Mar 132013
 

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Photo: Elena Perminova; Courtesy of vogue.com, elleuk.com.

Peplum is the hottest word last season, and will still be around this year. That little extra fabric makes a huge difference: it perfectly reshapes our body by creating that attractive “S” silhouette while allowing us to eat one more piece of cake.

There are many ways to wear this style: with jeans (skinny, boyfriend or distressed), cropped pants or skater skirt. But the more feminine way? With pencil skirt. The body hugging pencil skirt highlights the exaggerated peplum, gives the whole look a sexy vibe.

Since both pieces (peplum top and pencil skirt) are so feminine, to balance it out, today’s look is a perfect example: the military style and neutral palette of her jacket grounded the bright skirt and pumps while the colorblock bag adding a sleek, modern touch.

Inspired by the overall shape and color palette of  Elena Perminova’s outfit, I found the pieces below that I adore this season, hope to give your some ideas on how to play with this silhouette and the seasonless, timeless color combo (blue and orange/red)!

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Jacket: Burberry (similar here)
Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg (also here, similar here)
Bag: Fendi (affordable colorblock version here)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (similar here, the pair on Elena Perminova here)

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Jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar here)
Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg (also here, similar here)
Bag: Reed Krakoff (great buy here)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (on Olivia Palermo here)