In part II of our vacation series, let’s talk about maxi dresses and tunics, both are beach vacation essentials for their versatility: Wear as cover-ups by the water with a straw tote and flip flops; Style for hanging out at the bar/restaurant with heels and glittering accents; Combine with leggings, a safari shirt or denim jacket and a stylish loafer, you get a chic walk-around-town look.
I want to dedicate this final part of our “Back to Basics” series to a spring/summer essential: the white dress. Like that special LBD, we all need a little white dress that can represent ourselves.
As you can see from the six outfits featured below, from Rosie Huntington’s sweet romance to Nora Zehetner’s subtle edginess to Jessica Stam’s modern simplicity to Stacy Keibler & Stacy Keibler’s sexy glamour, these fashion-conscious tastemakers stay true to themselves while nodding to the white dress trend that is spotted everywhere now, from the Cannes film festival to the streets.
Photos: Nora Zehetner & Jessica Stam; Courtesy of vogue.com.
A great pair of shoes is a perfect match for all these versatile knee-length or slightly above the knee dresses featured today. I handpicked eight of my favorites, from basic, functional neutral pumps to bright color sandals to arty, collect-worthy stilettos, they will surely spice up our LWDs! The best part? They won’t go out of style!
1. Manolo Blahnik (similar here)
2. Nine West (another great pair here)
4. Jimmy Choo (more color options here! great alternative here)
5. Kate Spade New York (on sale! also here)
6. Stuart Weitzman
7. Steve Madden (also here)
Hope you enjoy today’s entry as much as I did!
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.
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!
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.