If you were to step into my closet, you would probably think that I had an addiction to navy blue and white, which is certainly no understatement. Whenever I set foot in my favorite boutique or retail scene, I can almost guarantee that I will go straight to the first navy blue or navy blue/white combo that I see. To me, these colors are timeless and almost always look polished.
When I think of these colors, the first thing that comes to my mind is the American dream. In fact, one of my favorite designers, Ralph Lauren, has become a symbol of the American dream. With this being said, I do not think it is a coincidence that most Ralph Lauren Polo advertisements have navy blue and white in them, whether it is in the lettering or the clothing itself. Take thisclassic ad as an example. In fact, the Ralph Lauren website is, not surprisingly, white with navy blue lettering.
While many of our high-end designers come from European roots, our American-born Ralph Lauren has a crisp, almost nostalgic aesthetic that America just cannot get enough of. While Lauren did not come from a wealthy background, he had a vision for a brand that he was determined to make successful. Although he only attended business school for a few years, the goal that he had in mind and preppy aesthetic of his brand, which started as a line of ties under the brand name, Polo, would cause him to succeed against other odds.
With this taken into account, I think that we should all embrace a bit of the Ralph Lauren brand and the American dream that it represents daily.
I have been obsessing over Jeremy Scott’s spring 2015, ready-to-wear collection that he designed for Moschino. If you have not seen it already, first of all, you are missing out. Secondly, you must check it out here.
If you were anything like me, growing up, you probably idolized Barbie and wished that you could wear all of her too-cute-for-words outfits. Well, Jeremy Scott has quite literally pulled Barbie out of the box and onto the runway. The photos from the show remind me of a scene from the Disney original film, “Lifesize”, where Tyra Banks plays a doll like Barbie, named Eve, who comes to life.
Everything, from the bubblegum-pink outfits, to the candy colored pumps and the over-exaggerated accessories are reminiscent of Barbie. Although Barbie has been brought to life a few times in the past, by Bob Mackie specifically, as Cher’s go-to designer, his version of Barbie was a bit more exotic and abstract. Whereas Jeremy Scott’s collection pays tribute to the platinum-blonde doll that has made toy store shelves her home since 1959. I can’t help but muse over this collection by Jeremy Scott for Moschino. It just makes you feel like you are being transported to Barbie’s dream house in Malibu, and you really do not want to leave.
My favorite piece is this trench coat. The large, gold buttons, the black trim, the light, mocha-colored fabric and the black cuffs are the definition of adorable. I especially adore how it is styled on the model, with the foulard, gold cat-eye sunglasses and the metallic gold pumps.
In light of this collection, I felt inspired to adopt my own Barbie world with a few favs from my closet.
The dress that I am wearing is a white Betsey Johnson cocktail dress with gingham trim and crinoline lining. Not only did the silhouette and detailing remind me of Barbie, but gingham is very much on trend this season. If you look at the Diane von Furstenberg spring 2015, ready-to-wear collection, here, you will see what I am talking about. I also wore a pink lip, which can be bought here, to brighten up my Barbie look.
All in all, if you ever want to play dress up, Barbie is a fabulous icon to follow!
Every fashion-obsessed person has seen “The Devil Wears Prada”, and we all love to quote Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Runway, from the book-turned film. Of course we can all remember the scene where a staff meeting is held, and someone pitches the idea to include florals in a spring issue of the magazine, only to hear Priestly say, “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.”
There is no denying that this statement is completely relevant. Of course, everyone, and I mean everyone, breaks out florals for spring. Whether it is your four-year-old cousin, your grandmother, your soccer-mom neighbor or the oh-so-fashionable you, everyone has a something floral hanging in their closet. What makes all of us different, however, is how we wear the print.
Of course, when it comes to prints, there are stunning ones and heinous ones. While Carolina Herrera may come out with a beautifully ornate floral print, the one that your aunt pulled off of the sales rack at Kmart is probably meant to stay tucked away somewhere, where no one will see it- ever.
It is not only the layout of the print, but the type of clothing that has the print that needs to be considered. For instance, you probably would not want to wear a cocktail dress with a layered tulle skirt that had a print, as well. It is extremely easy for a print to become overwhelming, and even nauseating if it is splashed on a garment that is already flamboyant.
It is hard to describe an exact formula for finding the perfect floral. We wear prints because they are fun, so there shouldn’t be too many restrictions, right? While one may say, “Just go with your instincts,” our instincts are not always correct. In fact, especially when it comes to fashion, they can lead us into a place of embarrassment. For instance, when I was in sixth grade, I had the “instinct” that bright, knee-high socks were cute with my uniform; boy, was I ever wrong! Not to mention. I wore my hair in pigtails at least three days a week. Granted, this was sixth grade, and if any of you are a fan of the ’90s movie, “Clueless”, you know that knee-high socks were not always a fashion faux pas. Now, as young women, however, it may not be as easy to laugh off those fashion missteps because, well, we are not exactly supposed to be in that awkward phase anymore. So, I guess the best advice that I can give, is to try on everything before you buy it.
This principle is especially useful when buying a print because, while it may look amazing on the rack, it may overwhelm the person wearing it. Another question that I ask myself when buying a floral is, “Does it look like it was designed by a person, or a computer?” If the print seems to be redundant or too “perfect”, it probably will not do anything to spice up your outfit, so I would probably put it back on the rack.
Also, before adding another piece to you wardrobe, think of how it will fit in with the other items in your closet. Are you a festival hippie or a New England prep? Are you an Audrey or a Marilyn? While you can experiment with different styles as much as you want, if you know that something is just not you, there is probably a better option out there.
If you are wondering how you can identify with a floral print this spring, I have links to a few different floral styles below that may represent the stylish young woman in you!
1. The Princess- Is anyone else as obsessed with this this skirt as I am? Not only is the simple print on this skirt exquisitely scattered across the fabric, but the pink satin material is polished and feminine. And, I mean, how can you resist the large bow in front? If you would describe yourself as being pink-obsessed, posh and elegant, this adorable skirt would be perfect for you.
2. The Eclectic Artist- If you are the type of girl who is always ready to take a fashion risk, thisblazer/trouser combo is perfect for you. While it is certainly not a look that you would see every day, this is precisely why you are willing to try it. The delicate shade of blue that is prominent throughout the print is perfect for any complexion and nearly any occasion.
3. The Charmer- If the words that you use to describe yourself include, cute, bubbly and bright, thisis the perfect romper for you. The off-shoulder neckline is flattering and slightly flirtatious, but it is anything but desperate. This floral print is one of my favorites because looks as if someone painted it onto the fabric. Like the authentic you, no one could mistake this print for being computer generated.
4. The Retro Diva- If you are this girl, you are probably already a fan of large florals and bell bottoms, or the next thing closest to bell bottoms, palazzo pants. If this is you, then thesewould make a perfect addition to your funky spring wardrobe.
5. The Bombshell- If this is you, then you are probably the Beyonce of your friend group. You are not afraid to take a risk, but when you do take one, it only serves to make you look even more stunning. I adore how the model has this skirt paired with a sweetheart-neckline crop top, which has the same print. Although this is definitely a more daring look, it works because the delicacy of the print forms a refreshing paradox with the streamlined silhouette.
If you do not have a pencil skirt in your wardrobe, it is most definitely time to invest in one. In fact, the clock is ticking for you to start building up your collection.
A pencil skirt is not made exclusively for a basic blazer and briefcase, anymore. While our mothers used to wear them in the ’80s with matching blazers, which had way too much shoulder padding, some of our favorite fashionistas and designers are proving that they are not just for the cubicle any more.
The pencil skirt is more mature than a miniskirt, but still youthful enough if you wear it with the appropriate top and accessories. The sleek silhouette of it is optimal for pairing with almost any top that you could possibly dream of wearing. Whether you go traditional with a white button-up blouse or push the envelope in a leather crop top, you can make almost anything work as long as it is properly fitted and the proportions line up correctly.
What is even more spectacular is that many of our favorite designers are jumping on the pencil-skirt bandwagon and revamping it in their own way. While some designers, such as Zac Posen, are bringing nostalgia to the garment with 1940s glam, shown here, others, like Tom Ford, are bringing an avant-garde identity to the skirt.
I love how Taylor Swift achieved a conservative look here. The belted, gingham blouse that she wore with it was perfection, and when paired with the pencil skirt, reminded me of the ’40s-inspired ensemble from the Zac Posen, spring 2015 ready-to-wear collecion.Likewise, I am obsessed with Gigi Hadid’s modern crop-top/pencil skirt combo seen here, proving that a sharp pencil skirt is more fashion-forward than the sequined mini that you found in your roommate’s closet, especially when paired with a stunning crop top.
In lieu of these fantastic looks, I thought, why not experiment with the trend myself?
The pencil skirt that I am wearing is from Bebe. Although the exact version of this skirt is no longer available, there is a similar one here. One thing that I find unique is the black stitching that is woven in various patterns throughout the white fabric. The white base is perfect for springtime and is refreshing in coalition with the vibrant hue of the crop top, found here.
Since it was such a beautiful day, I thought that it would be fitting to create more of a daytime look. For instance, instead of going for a striking stiletto sandal, I decided to go with a relaxed black wedge. Additionally, I chose to stick with black accessories because they brought out the detailing in the skirt and contrasted very well with the coral crop top.
Whether your style is “girly-girl”, as outlined in this Ralph Lauren outfit, sporty, as exemplified in this Tommy Hilfiger look, or timeless like this piece from Oscar de la Renta, the pencil skirt offers something for everyone. Since there are so many fabulous versions of this skirt, why not have fun with the trend, and try out the different variations that the fashion world has to offer?