May 272013
 

How to wear white pants;  On Gwyneth Paltrow:Barbara black shirt, Tom Ford black Kidskin Natalia Bag,Daniele Michetti strappy sandals, white pants, On Hilary Rhoda: Topshop printed peter pan collar top, Sportmax white wide leg pants,  Madewell brown belt ,vintage crossbody bag, Eddie Borgo white crystal bracelet, Prada shoes,Photos: Hilary Rhoda & Gwyneth Paltrow; Courtesy of instyle.comflickr.com.

In our fourth part of “Back to Basics” series, I want to talk about the timeless white pants, two common types in particular: wide leg pants and skinny jeans. As you can see from above, balance is the key: wide leg bottom calls for cropped or slim fit top, whereas body hugging skinny jeans look better with relaxed fit or boxy cut top.

Since wide leg pants, especially white ones, will make us look shorter, choose high-waisted version, tuck in your top, slip on a pair of platforms to maximize our visual leg length. White skinny ankle jeans or leggings are more flattering, but I would suggest to size up, nothing is worse than too-tight white pants. The cropped length is also great to show off your statement heels.

Like other timeless white pieces we shared before, white pants are so versatile and easy going. This season, I especially like these two pairings showed above:

Gwyneth Paltrow chose the hottest black/white trend. Since the palette is simple, she focused on details, from her slit neck top to outstanding heels (check out the back of her shoes!) Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her minimalist style. But you can always add splashes of color to make your own spin. This look is great for women of any age.

Hilary Rhoda’s flowy pants and lightweight sleeveless top is a great summer combo. I fell in love with this water-ski silk tank from J.Crew. Earth tone accessories tone down the brightness perfectly. This is also an ageless outfit. You can opt for this cap-sleeve top if you are not comfort with your arms: the bright hue and luxe material make it equal parts stylish and comfy.

How to wear white pants;  Alternative:  Madewell Perfect Leather Belt,  Alice + Olivia white Eric Pants,   Ivanka Trump 'Hollyann' Wedge,  Michael Kors Sport gold Watch,  Shashi Sarah Yellow Nugget friendship Bracelet,  Yves Saint Laurent lipstick,

Top: J.Crew (great style here)
Pants: Alice + Olivia (also here, $29 here)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump
Belt: Madewell
Watch: Michael Kors
Bracelet: Shashi (the white crystal one on Hilary Rhoda here)
Lip: YSL ‘#8 Fetish Pink’

How to wear white pants/white jeans;  Alternative:  A.L.C. EXCLUSIVE Henrietta Overlap Sleeveless Blouse,  Gap Old Navy Women's The Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans ,  MICHAEL Michael Kors - Charlton Crossbody bag,  Jimmy Choo Lance Strappy Patent Leather Sandals,

Top: A.L.C. (also love this version; the one on Gwyneth Paltrow here)
Jeans: Old Navy (great style here)
Bag: MICHAEL Michael Kors (Tom Ford version Gwyneth Paltrow carried here)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo (great alternative here; on Gwyneth Paltrow here)

Apr 142013
 

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Photos: Gwyneth Paltrow; Courtesy of instyle.comjustjared.com.

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Photos: (from left) Alessandra Ambrosio & Rihanna; Courtesy of vogue.com, justjared.com.

Black and white are huge color trend this season. Today I picked four of my favorite looks incorporated this combination to show you the versatility of this classic color palette. As you can see from above, these three stylish ladies, in their 20s, 30s and 40s, showed us four completely different styles of black and white: from Gwyneth Paltrow’s understated classic to Alessandra Ambrosio’s rock chic edge to Rihanna’s carefree spirit.

First two looks are from 40-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow. From the knee-length dress to oversized boyfriend blazer and shorts combo, she showed us how to be trendy yet age-appropriate.

Another thing we can learn from this queen of understated elegance is the “less is more” beauty. She always keeps her jewelry to a minimum. But it is that just right amount of luxe glamour makes her stand out.

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From left:
David Meister asymmetric-neck sheath dress (similar here)
Sportmax belted dress
Gap eyelet split neck dress

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Jacket: MICHAEL Michael Kors (great style here)
Top: Intermix (similar on sale here)
Short: Topshop ($16 here)
Shoes: Boutique 9 (designer version here)
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here)

Like black and white, another “old trend” that gets updated this year is jumpsuit. The effect is even more powerful when these two meet, like this IRO version on Alessandra Ambrosio (below). I love how this Victoria’s Secret Angle brought out the edgy side of black and white by adding punk accessories. Besides a studded clutch, another piece you can’t miss now is a pair of safety pin earrings!

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Jumpsuit: IRO (yes, it’s the one on Alessandra Ambrosio! also here. similar here & here)
Bag: Natasha Couture ($28 here)
Shoes: Alice + Olivia
Earrings: RACHEL Rachel Roy

The most important thing Rihanna showed us from her outfit below is how to make a trend your own. Here the hint of sexiness, unexpected juxtaposition and carefree attitude totally reflect her own personal style in this monochrome canvas.

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Jacket: Rag & Bone (it’s the one on Rihanna! great buy here)
Short: J.Crew
Shoes: Prada (similar here, great buy here)
Bracelet: Asos

Apr 062012
 

During economic recession like this year, I always want something glitter that can cheer myself up, also give me the hope and power that I need, that’s why I love love gold pieces. As heritage from medieval period, metallic pieces combines retro and modern, luxury and powerful.

Since 2008 till now, metallic pieces never go out of style. We can spot them all over the runways. But I haven’t gotten to the point to wearing gold garments, like a trench or a dress, small amount of glamour is just what I need, like this stunning gold belt on Gwyneth Paltrow. Her belt comes with the dress from Stella McCartney Evening 2012 collection.

Gwyneth Paltrow at Grammy Awards 2012

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