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…
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
One footwear trend that nearly escaped my clutches this season is the ever-popular sneaker wedges. With a hidden 2-3 inch wedge inside, these comfy and fashion-forward kicks are a welcomed alternative to my Converse Chuck Taylors. I just ordered the pair shown below from Aldo at Brandon Town Center and am anxiously awaiting their arrival! I love how they can be dressed up or down, depending on a few key complimentary pieces. To rock this trend simply pair a long blousy top with a pair of skinny pants and finish the look off with an oversized bag…
1. All Saints Snake Top, $168, allsaints.com
2. Raxevsky Waxed Skinny Pants, $67.11, prêt-a-beaute.com
3. Miss Selfridge Cocoon Cardigan, $46, missselfridge.com
4. Aldo Black Sneaker Wedges, $90, aldoshoes.com
5. Steve Madden Citron Tote Bag, $48, stevemadden.com
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…
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
Spring Fashion Trend: STRIPES
The origin of this trend stems way back to the 1800’s in the French Province of Brittany. What we commonly refer to as “nautical stripes” (navy and white) are actually called Breton stripes. The 1858 Act of France made the Breton shirt part of the official uniform for French Navy seamen. There were 21 stripes- one for each of Napoleon’s victories. The stripes were also thought to help locate men who fell overboard.
In the 1930’s CoCo Chanel launched Breton stripes into the fashion mainstream after becoming inspired by a visit to the French Coast. She designed and wore a simple striped tee with palazzo pants and, well… the rest is history!
I pulled a few striped pieces from my closet and decided to take some pics of my favorite ensembles. I have several Breton pieces, but wanted to play with the other striped goodies for this shoot. Forgive the poor quality of these shots, as I am on the hunt for a better camera.
This red and white striped mini dress is by Soprano from Nordstrom. I love the simplicity of this cut and the cotton blend is super comfy! What drew me in (besides the $38 price tag) is the ruching detail on the sleeves. There’s a small pocket on the top left side that I could do without, but it’s barely noticeable. I accessorized with a long, silver necklace (which is actually a vintage purse strap), a turquoise cocktail ring, and a sexy pair of nude Gianni Bini heels. This look is perfect for date night!
This look combines stripes and a floral print to create an unexpected twist… which I like to do on occasion. The floral blouse is DmBm from Nordstrom … very inexpensive! The striped crop jacket is Ett Taia and the white jeans are Joe’s, both from local designer consigner Fresh Threads. The jacket is a bit boxy, so it calls for a flowy and feminine blouse underneath to balance the look. Paired with a nude peep toe pump, this look is great for lunching with friends.
Here’s my bohemian side begging to be set free! The maxi dress is Color Me Red and the striped vest is Project E Vintage, both from Keys Country. I like this ensemble because it’s super comfy and makes me feel like Mother Earth. I’ve paired it with a fabulous necklace made by local jewelry designer Marianne Homsy and grecian Bandolino sandals. I could lounge around town all day in this one!
I’m currently obsessed with all things striped! While doing some research about the origins of nautical stripes in fashion (for an upcoming blog post), I discovered that I own more striped pieces than any one person should. Some are old, some are new, and all of them are Spring’s answer to “What’s a good staple for the season?”… a question I’m sure everyone is asking, right?
Today’s look is 2 parts stripes, 1 part casual, one party querky. Comfort was the goal here… it’s a beautiful beach kinda day and I’m ready to lounge with a cocktail in hand! Stripes on stripes can be tricky, but this look works because both pieces share the same color story of navy and white, and pairing them together creates an unexpected touch of interest that I love!
Two notable details from this ensemble: I like the dress super long, to wear with my 4″ high platform espadrilles, but for the flat sandals I needed to shorten it… enter military belt. The belt helps anchor the dress at my waist so I can pull the hemline up a few inches and it stays put. Also, the necklace is actually 3 different chains I found in my jewelry drawer. All three are silver or silver and gold with varying designs, but when linked together they form one unique piece of jewelry. Very rock-n-roll!