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!)

May 302013
 

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!)