May 312013
 

how to wear double side slit maxi skirt; how to wear bright orange; street style;  On Alessandra Ambrosio:Jennifer Zeuner Riley Long Skinny Snake Necklace with Emerald Eyes , Gerard Darel orange tote, Happiness Tank in Tangerine by lovers + friends,Chloé Leather Wedge Sandals,Kymerah double side slit maxi skirt; On Candice Lake: orange blouse, black pencil skirt with side splip, orange/red ankle stap sandal, black crossbody bag, red sunglasses

Photos: Alessandra Ambrosio & Candice Lake; Courtesy of zimbio.comcandicelake.com.

Unlike last spring when pastels dominated streets, saturated brights take center stage this season. Among them, orange and raspberry are two of my favorites. From clothing to accessories, they will surely spice up all our summer whites!

As you can see above, orange is our featured color today. Since the shade is so bright and eye-catching, team it with neutral pieces, then choose one or two accessories in the same color family or the same shade to enhance the overall impact, like the two ladies did above.

Tangerine is not something new (since Pantone revealed it as the color of 2012, it hasn’t gone anywhere), so in order to make the look more current, Alessandra Ambrosio played a new maxi skirt trend: the double side slit version! Yes, the maxi dresses/skirts have gone from side slit to high-low to double split now!

Last but not least, keep proportions in mind: team a maxi skirt with a sleeveless slim fit top. If you want the eyes focus on your body-hugging pencil skirt and the sexy subtle side slit, keep your arms covered.

how to wear double side slit maxi skirt; how to wear bright orange; street style;  On Alessandra Ambrosio:Jennifer Zeuner Riley Long Skinny Snake Necklace with Emerald Eyes , Gerard Darel orange tote, Happiness Tank in Tangerine by lovers + friends,Chloé Leather Wedge Sandals,Kymerah double side slit maxi skirt; Alternatives: INTERMIXNSF EXCLUSIVE Split Collar Sleeveless Silk Blouse,  Charlotte Russe Double Side Slit Maxi Skirt,  Ivanka Trump 'Hollyann' Wedge,  Gap orange Leather Tote,  Gorjana Maudie Pendant Necklace,  MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Griffin' 15mm Retro Sunglasses,

Top: NSF ($30 here; on Alessandra Ambrosio here & here, check the back design!)
Skirt: Charlotte Russe (great buy here)
Shoes: Ivanka Trump (designer version on Alessandra Ambrosio on sale here)
Bag: Gap (on Alessandra Ambrosio here & here)
Sunglasses: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Necklace: Gorjana (on Alessandra Ambrosio here)

how to wear double side slit maxi skirt; how to wear bright orange; street style;  On Candice Lake: orange blouse, black pencil skirt with side splip, orange/red ankle stap sandal, black crossbody bag, red sunglasses Alternatives: Wallis Orange Petite Blouse,  Mango slip pencil skirt,  Calvin Klein Vivian orange ankle strap sandal,  Givenchy Butterfly Frame Sunglasses,  Loeffler Randall Rider Bag,

Top: Wallis (great style here & here)
Skirt: Mango (great buy here!)
Shoes: Calvin Klein (lusting over this pair)
Bag: Loeffler Randall
Sunglasses: Givenchy (48% off now)

May 242013
 

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.

how to wear overalls; featured Topshop Knitted Textured Crop Jumper, topshop MOTO Bleach Long Leg Dungarees,Gerald Darel orange tote; Alternatives:  Gap Leather Tote,  DSW Aerosoles Solitaire Flat,  Asos Round Sunglasses With Metal Bridge Detail,

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!

The art of accessorizing-helenhou.com-Seersucker Knit shorts Golden Lane Small Duo Satchel

Linea Pelle Grayson Bar Bag

May 162013
 

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Photos: Alessandra Ambrosio & Lily Aldridge; Courtesy of splashnews.comrefinery29.com.

I always invest in basic pieces that can be restyled in many different ways, striped pieces are a great example of that. Today’s featured looks above showed us how to dress them up or down with ease.

I especially appreciate the idea of dressing up casual ones, like the striped sweatshirt on Lily Aldridge (above right), or dressing down delicate pieces, like the soft blouse on Alessandra Ambrosio (above left). When paired with distressed denim shorts, a delicate silk blouse is more unexpected than a stripe tee, whereas when paired with sexy pumps and leather shorts, a casual stripe shirt stands out more than a blouse.

Of course, the two each added other signature items to echo their “dress code”: a wedge sandal is perfect when out & about; a roomy tote also adds laid-back casualness to Alessandra Ambrosio’s outfit. For a more dressier ensemble, Lily Aldridge worn a crisp button-down underneath the staple piece she designed for Velvet; a fedora, fine leather crossbody bag, and bright red lips, along with her delicate pumps, lend urban chicness.

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Top: Equipment (on Ambrosio here; $14 here)
Shorts: Rag & Bone/JEAN
Shoes: Timberland (Chloé version on Ambrosio here)
Bag: Fossil (designer version Ambrosio carried here)
Sunglasses: Westward Leaning (it’s the pair on Ambrosio; similar here)
Necklace: Gorjana

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Top: Velvet (see the same one on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley here; similar here & here)
Shirt: J.Crew
Short: Topshop
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (6 color options here!)
Shoes: Nine West (great find at $56!) 
Ring: Jacquie Aiche