December 14, 2014

Leather Leggings

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Leather leggings are a fabulous hybrid between the flexibility of leggings and firmness of leather. While leather pants tend to intimidate casual dresser because of their heavy wear and “heavy metal” stereotype, leather leggings are a softer way to wear leather bottoms without sacrificing comfort. Plus, leather leggings are incredibly flattering for a myriad of body types; the fabric skims and embraces curves while hiding flaws.

When selecting the correct pair of leather leggings, look for a skinny style that gathers ever so slightly at the ankle when worn without shoes. That way, you can pair leather leggings with a fierce set of stilettos and strike a hot, sophisticated silhouette. Leather leggings are particularly compatible with the Autumn and Winter Seasons, when the light yet warm material shields wearers from chilly winds without adding unflattering bulk. Depending on your body type, leather leggings can be cut with a high or low rise. Leather leggings look best paired with silk tank tops, long and cozy cardigans, and bright ankle booties. 

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Rule #1 of looking legit in leather leggings: you’ve got to leave the leather jacket at home. I know, it’s excruciating, but leather jacket + leather leggings + leather purse (is there any other kind?) + leather boots (ditto) is too much of a great thing. This ensemble is a fabulous example of taking one super strong piece- olive leather leggings- and adding dimension without overdoing it by mixing subtle variations of black & grey. 

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There’s a reason “Off duty model” has become a coveted aesthetic in its own right; professional clothes hangers are experts of tossing together a comfortable, elegant, and on trend ensemble at a moment’s notice. Poor things are bound to learn a trick or two from jet setting about and endless snapshots by street style stalkerazzi. Emulate this master angel by pairing black leggings with a loose T, classic quilted bag, and a nude heel. Black + Beige = Chanel 2015. 

 

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Oxblood is massive right now. The rich, deep reddish-brown is a delicious alternative to basic black or brown for investment pieces that mix well with virtually anything. Using the same technique as our first example, this fashionista pairs colorful leather leggings with a casual T and black leather accessories. 

 

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Lauren Conrad makes leather leggings red carpet ready with ladylike accessories, color blocking, and decadent shades of cream and grey. See how Lauren’s leggings are noticeably scrunched from lower thigh to ankle? Traditionally considered faux pas, scrunching is inevitable, even desirable, for leather leggings. Just make sure to push down your leggings so the scrunching starts no higher than mid-thigh. Conrad takes leather leggings from “off duty model” to “on camera ready” by pairing a crisp white blazer, close toed stilettos, and delicate accessories. 

 

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Blue on blue never looked so cool. Olivia Palermo shows off some epic color combining skills in this expertly textured outfit. Like olive and oxblood, navy is a rich neutral supremely suited for leather leggings. Admire how colorful an outfit composed entirely of neutrals can be! Olivia’s dove grey booties and buttoned up navy coat share a vaguely vintage military vibe, while her loose white T and oversized handbag keep the entire ensemble casual. No matter who you are, scrunched leather leggings, a plain T-shirt, and an oversized handbag are a recipe for success. 

December 13, 2014

Boyfriend Jeans

Boyfriend Jeans

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Boyfriend jeans are a chic and wonderfully comfortable alternative to the staple skinny jeans. Oversized and rolled up at the hem, “boyfriend” references the idea that if you casually tossed on a pair of your boyfriend’s jeans, they’d look as casually cool as these pieces. Boyfriend jeans broke into the modern fashion scene in 2009, when Katie Holmes was regularly photographed looking fabulous in her then husband Tom Cruise’s jeans. For women not built like runway models and married to a tiny, svelte male movie star, buying boyfriend jeans designed for your body is strongly advised.

Boyfriend jeans usually feature a lighter denim wash and distressing. The ideal cut of boyfriend jean hits just above your ankle so they can be worn rolled up or down with flats, boots, and heels. Now comes the fun part: boyfriend jeans are meant to be beat up, shredded, ripped, or even covered with embellishments such as this Season’s super on trend patchwork. The looser fitting your boyfriend jeans are, the less distressed they should be; otherwise you take the chance of looking sloppy. Women with petite frames look great in a skinnier boyfriend jean, whereas taller women can really rock the baggier cuts.

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A new way to show skin: ankles, shoulders, and arms are effortlessly sexy. Take a classic pair of boyfriend jeans (faded, ripped, and rolled) and contrast casual with formal for a look that’s just right. Pointed toe ruby heels add flirt and fun to a sensual strapless peplum bustier and gold oversized watch that makes this outfit half androgynous, half feminine, all adorable.

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Shine bright like a diamond, strut wide like a baller. Rihanna paired a ripped, rolled, washed out pair of boyfriend jeans with dazzling plastic pieces for a fun yet functional outfit. This look might seem thrown together, but look closely and you’ll see a silver base ties together Rihanna’s crop top, clutch, and open toed sandals.

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Zoe Saldana takes on androgyny by exaggerating the natural masculinity of boyfriend jeans. With a darker wash and wider cut, Zoe’s lets her boyfriend jeans hang loose and low. If you’ve got similar style, go all out andro with a fitted blazer, rumpled button up, and polished oxfords.


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Nicole Sherzinger shows off toned arms and tight abs with in this laid back boyfriend jean look. Perfect for Summertime in the city, Nicole rolls the lightly distressed denim ever so slightly to reveal black ankle straps on her gorgeous gladiators. All American from head to toe, Nicole’s skin-skimming cotton tank top ties into both her sandals (black) and boyfriend jeans (androgynous basic).

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Ultra baggy boyfriend jean meets fitted Winter wear in this street style snapshot. The baggier your boyfriend jeans hang, the less distressing/embellishment they should have. Ultra baggy styles look best left hanging; rolling them up will add unnecessary bulk to an already wide silhouette. Loose bottoms look best paired with a fitted top and high heels. 

December 12, 2014

Varsity Jackets

Varsity Jackets

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Good news: you can wear a varsity jacket without touching a ball or returning to High School. The hottest thing to come out of a locker room since Tom Brady, varsity jackets have been spotted on trend setting it girls like Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, and Cara Delevingne Olivia Palermo. Once reserved for elite teens and the Mean Girls mathletes, varsity jackets now come in every pattern, color, and fabric available.

Hot designers like Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, and Alexander Wang have created modern bomber jackets that are anything but tween. While traditional dark colors and lettering are still popular, girly details like silk and floral embellishments add an undeniably feminine feel to this coveted item of outerwear.

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Quite possibly the most glamorous, gorgeous varsity jacket ever created. Cream, camel, and chic embellishment ripple through this understated ensemble with decadent delicacy. If you too choose a varsity jacket with baroque brocade or glittering applique, pair it with crisp, minimalist pieces that let your awesome new outerwear take center stage.

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Varsity jackets are a symbol of youth, camaraderie, and the all American teenager. Who better to embody those virtues than Taylor Swift? Tay Tay rocked this yellow and blue varsity jacket in the music video for her smash single “We are never, ever getting back together”. Take a page (or note) from T-Swizzle and select a traditional varsity jacket composed of two complementary primary colors. Then combine with a slightly darker version of one (or both) of those shades on the bottom, plus a neutral layer underneath.

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Too cute for school: this girly take on the varsity jacket trend takes teen queen to another level. Knee high boots are major right now, and will bring all eyes to your knees! Black, black, and more black add necessary sophistication. An A-line mini is that rare piece of clothing that’s both sweet and sexy.

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Olivia Palermo strikes on trend again! The New York fashionista put her own distinctive spin on the youthful varsity jacket. Olivia’s textured black pencil skirt is undeniably elegant and provides a playful contrast to the relaxed fit of her black and white varsity jacket. Olivia’s classic color blocking is an awesome idea for women over 30 who might have dismissed the varsity jacket as too childish to embrace.  If black & white head to toe is chic enough for Karl Lagerfeld, it’s chic enough for you! 

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Boyfriend jeans, black accents, and a varsity jacket deserves a monthly (if not weekly) spot in your wardrobe rotation. I’m obsessed with the clean lines and loose (yet still figure flattering) fit of every item in this ensemble. Don’t let apparent simplicity fool you; every nip and tuck is impeccably fitted, and any stylist worth her salt can tell serious thought went into composition. Let this outfit inspire you to invest, invest, invest in timeless items: black pumps, boyfriend jeans, crew neck T, ray bans, quilted chain link purse, and of course a divine varsity jacket.