Runway Translation: The Bare Midriff

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Bare Midriff
runway photos: style.com

Here’s a spring trend that dominated the runways and simply will not go away on the streets… the bare midriff!  You may think this trend only works on the young, thin, modelesque types, and you’d be totally correct.  I do not recommend you try this one unless you are completely comfortable with showing some skin.  Here’s why I can’t hate on this look- because if done correctly it looks fabulous!  My two rules for pulling off the peek-a-boo belly style are #1 make sure the skirt is high-waisted enough to cover your belly button and #2 the bottom of the crop top should almost touch the waistline of the skirt so you just show a sliver of skin.  Here’s my dressy version…

Spring 2013 Translation- Bare Midriff2
1. Tribal Stud Crop Top, $26, newlook.com
2. Nine West Caged Sandal, $89, ninewest.com
3. Coral Pleated Maxi Skirt, $46, riverisland.com
4. Bar III Bracelet Set, $32, macys.com
5. Sklerijenn Bracelet, $15, aldoshoes.com
6. Jessica Simpson Smash Hit Clutch, $26.95, dsw.com

Friends With Benefits…

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The benefits of having stylish friends are endless!  First of all, they are my fashion plates, constantly serving as inspiration for my own personal style.  It’s fun to hang out with like-minded gals who truly appreciate the art of dressing.  My dear friend Denise Schultz recently posted this pic on her Facebook page and I was instantly drawn to the look… casual, yet elegant… comfortable, yet super chic!  Though she appears to be wearing separates, it’s actually a gorgeous striped and cobalt blue maxi-dress she discovered at Nordstrom Rack in Tampa (one of my favorite spots to score designer duds at discounted prices).  I found some great pieces online and put together my amped up evening version of this fabulous Spring/Summer look below…

Denise Inspired Ensemble

1. Stripes and Lace Top, $28, dorothyperkins.com
2. Mango Satin Maxi Skirt, $46, houseoffraser.co.uk
3. Fornash Rosey Earring, $19, simplysoles.com
4. French Connection Cropped Cardigan, $99, usa.frenchconnection.com
5. French Connection Wide Belt, $49.90, asos.com
6. Melissa Optical Sandal, $70, jildorshoes.com

Runway Translation: Black & White Contrast

Black and White Runway Spring 2013
runway photos- style.com

The runways were alive with bold color contrasts for Spring and none were more prevalent than the classic black and white combo.  Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Chanel, Valentino and countless other designers showed us just how these opposites can attract.  I love to mix prints like the Marc Jacobs look pictured above, but if you want to keep it simple and still take part in this Spring trend try an ensemble like this one…

Black and White Translation Spring 2013

1. Torn by Ronny Kobo Peplum Top, $238, intermix.com
2. Juno Black & White Shoulder Bag, $122, wallisfashion.com 
3. Michael Antonio Black Stilettos, $60, heels.com
4. Jane Norman Striped Pencil Skirt, $42, janenorman.com

Spring Translation: The Kimono

Kimono Spring Trend2
 photo credit: style.com

Interpreting the runway styles and applying them to one’s real life is what I like to call my ‘style translation’.  This Spring we saw quite a few Japanese-inspired kimono looks on the runways of several fashion designers (Emilio Pucci, Hermes, Etro). Here’s a great way to translate this Asian Spring trend and avoid looking like a geisha…

Kimono Spring Trend
1. H&M black kimono jacket, $29.99, ebay.com 
2. TopShop patchwork cami, $52, topshop.com 
3. Jane Norman yellow wave skirt, $26, janenorman.co.uk
4. Paulownias peacock clutch, $75, etsy.com 
5. L.A.M.B. black platform wedge, $196.62, 6pm.com

What I Wore…

…for dinner with a girlfriend:
London Times Dress
London Times dress from Marshalls
Orange beaded gold necklace from Deborah Kent’s (long, but wrapped)
Black crochet & leather belt borrowed from another dress
Tried and true gold braided leather sandals from Bandolino

…for a lunch meeting with a fellow volunteer:
BR Top & Summer Skirt
Tribal silk top and cotton skirt from Banana Republic
Military belt from Salvation Army
Necklace by local jewelry designer Pour Toi
Bronze cork wedges by Mia