Lovely Lace and Ladylike…

Lovelace Gucci Dress Givenchy Sandals

I saw this press photo of Amanda Seyfried attending the London screening of her new movie, and I could not get over the adorable dress.  It’s from Gucci’s pre-Spring/Summer 2014 collection.  I adore the vintage silhouette with its housewife charm, but wait!  …it’s sheer!  I love that the underpinnings are quite modest, as far as those go.  I love the choice of red lipstick against her pale complexion and I love-love the navy polka-dotness of it all! … and don’t get me started on the Givenchy platform sandals!  All. Day. Long.

Here are some similar dresses for your consumption…

Lovely Dresses

Charles Anastase Vault Polka Dot Layered Dress, $1298, farfetch.com
Charlie Lace Dress, $262, monsoon.co.uk
Marni Suede Platform Sandal, $810, neimanmarcus.com
Erdem Floral Silk Organza Dress, $1891, brownsfashion.com

top photo credit: British Vogue

Fall Runway Translation: PRADA

Prada Cluster Fall 2013There are several key elements to include if you’d like to emulate Prada’s latest fall runway looks, where film-noir inspiration was abounding:

-Mid-century silhouette complete with clearly defined waist and knee-skimming hemline
-Boatneck henley tee layered beneath rich fall fabrics
-Chunky metallic platform sandal
-Large fabric tote

Here’s my version…
Prada Layering Translation

1.  Liera Henley, $33 , fatface.com
2.  Daron Dress, $198, toryburch.com
3.  Bark Bag, $150, yoox.com
4.  Stretch Belt, $68, colehaan.com
5.  Bebe Platform Wedge, $135, heels.com

Nauti-cool Stripes

Nautical Stripes Boyfriend Jeans Espadrille Wedges Statement NecklaceTunic (tucked in): Old Navy.  Jeans: Lucky Brand.  Shoes: MIA.  Jewelry: Gifts.

Here’s one summer trend that will never sink… nautical stripes.  Put a cool twist on your sailor style by tweaking the color combos.  Instead of the traditional Breton stripes of white & navy try red & navy or navy & orange!  Add a bold statement necklace for a pop of color…

Nauti-Cool Ensemble

1.  Closed Striped Cotton Pullover, $175, stylebop.com
2.  Warehouse Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, $55, johnlewis.com
3.  Bold Bead Necklace, $70, bananarepublic.com
4.  Michael Kors Jet Set Tote, $198, neimanmarcus.com
5.  Burberry Espadrille Wedges, $238, couture.zappos.com

Sneaky Sneakers

Black Wedge Sneakers Street Style Cluster
street style photos: nytimes.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…Black Wedge Sneakers Look
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

Designer Inspiration: Alice + Olivia

Alice and Olivia Pic
photo: style.com

Okay, so I adore this leopard print ensemble by Alice + Olivia.  The dress, the bag, the shoes… perfection!  The price… a bit out of my league.  These three designer pieces total nearly $1,200 and I just can’t go there.  So, like any determined fashion stalker, I found a few amazing alternatives that convey this same look for a fraction of the price (13/100 actually)! I’ve posted both looks below… the real thing for those with deeper wallets, and the ‘close-enough’ version for gals like me…

Alice and Olivia Ensemble

1. Alice & Olivia Dress, $396, aliceandolivia.com
2. Alice & Olivia Snake Embossed Leather Bag, $545, aliceandolivia.com
3. Alice & Olivia Leopard Print Wedge Sandal, $240, bergdorfgoodman.com

Alice and Olivia Inspired Ensemble
1. Dorothy Perkins Leopard Print Dress, $35, dorothyperkins.com
2. Jessica Simpson Satchel, $69.95, dsw.com
3. JustFab Leopard Wedge Sandal, $49.99, heels.com