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Perfect Match: Peplum Top & Pencil Skirt

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Elena Perminova, London Fashion Week 2013, street style, red pencil skirt, Burberry peplum military jacket, red pointy toe pumps, blue colorblock bag, Analeena bag, Wood sunglasses,Gianvito Rossi shoes,how to wear red pencil skirt,colorblock, helenhou, helen hou, the art of accessorizing, accessoriseart, celebrity style, street style, lookbook, model off-duty,red carpet looks,red carpet looks for less, fashion, style, outfits, fashion guru, style   guru, fashion stylist, what to wear, fashion expert, blogger, style blog, fashion blog,look of   the day, celebrity look,celebrity outfit,designer shoes, designer cloth,designer handbag,

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)

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Three Unexpected Ways To Wear Brown Leather Jacket

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Photos (from left): Heidi Klum, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Clemence Poesy; Courtesy of vogue.co.ukbauergriffinonline.comfashioncappuccino.com.

Leather jacket is no doubt a timeless wardrobe staple. Among all of the colors, black and brown are the most flattering ones that worth the investment and will accompany us for many years. We already talked about classic black leather jacket here, today let’s focus on brown.

Compared to polished and edgy black, brown is more casual and effortlessly chic. Rich brown flatters almost all the skin tones. When the leather breaks down over time, the brown color will appear more attractive.

Above three looks are my favorite. The stars really brought out different sides of a brown leather jacket and showed its versatility:

Heidi Klum (above left)’s sneakers and boyfriend jeans give her brown leather a laid-back, casual vibe; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (middle)’s skinny jeans and sexy ankle booties add urban chicness to the jacket; Clemence Poesy’s tough boots easily transform the look into an edgy, carefree off- duty outfit. Let alone the unexpected color combinations on them: brown with floral print, with lush green or vibrant red.

Which one is your favorite? And what’s your “secret” to spicing up your brown leather jacket?

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From left:
Vince ($50 here)
Bernardo (similar here)
Reiss (similar here, petite version here)

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Jacket: Reiss (similar here)
Top: Splendid (or this one)
Jeans: Current/Elliott (similar here)
Shoes: Serafini (similar here)
Scarf: Fendi 

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Jacket: Reiss 
Top: T by Alexander Wang (similar here)
Jeans: J Brand (great alternative here)
Bag: Bottega Veneta (great style here)
Shoes: Via Spiga

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Jacket: Reiss
Top: Kain (great buy here)
Jeans: J Brand (great alternative here)
Bag: Alexander Wang (also here & here)
Shoes: Frye

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Have You Found Your Perfect Black Bag?

Miranda Kerr, Karmen Pedaru,Nicole Richie ,Givenchy Antigona,Isabel Marant Khan suede-trimmed bouclé wool-blend coat,Isabel Marant Berry embroidered boots,Valentino studded pumps,denim shirt, skirts in winter, black scarf,  helenhou, helen hou, the art of accessorizing, accessoriseart, celebrity style, street style, lookbook, model off-duty,red carpet looks,red carpet looks for less, fashion, style, outfits, fashion guru, style guru, fashion stylist, what to wear, fashion expert, blogger, style blog, fashion blog,look of the day, celebrity look,celebrity outfit,designer shoes, designer cloth,designer handbag,

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Both Photos (from left): Miranda Kerr, Karmen Pedaru and Nicole Richie; Courtesy of vogue.fr, tumblr.com, thegirlguide.com, celebritystreetstyle.com.

Sorry about my one-week absence. I moved into a new apartment. The whole packing-unpacking process left me no time for blogging. But I do have several home decorating tips when rearranging my new place. Will definitely share with you soon.

Back to our topic today. You might remember the off-duty look from Karmen Pedaru (in the middle of the first image above) I featured here. Continue reading Have You Found Your Perfect Black Bag?