Start with a sassy floral minidress and layer it over a sheer black tee. Note the black bra straps subtly showing under the tee — that's on purpose. Next, deck your neck out in a chunky coin necklace, and do the same with your wrist. For the bottom portion, tan pumps allow your top to shine. Though not required, rock sheer socks if you dare. A more mainstream variation is to simply wear sheer hose or opaque tights. Have a very Dolce & Gabbana V-Day!
I have plenty of Summer pieces that can work in the Fall, but I'm thinking some stylish socks will help take them from warm weather to cold. So I did some sock hunting and found plenty of cute pairs — striped, solid, short, long. I think these J.Crew Trouser Socks ($10, left) and Urban Outfitters Crochet Socks ($5, originally $8) will fit most seamlessly into my wardrobe. Which one's for you?
Every time I go to Target, I leave with at least one bag. For example, when I went last week, I walked out with the navy version of this Mossimo Long Wool Olive Jacket ($49, originally $70). I couldn't resist — it screamed chic Russian military-wear.
In honor of one of my favorite bargain shopping destinations, I created an outfit entirely out of Target goods. The grand total minus tax? $209.68. Not bad for 10 pieces. See? That's why I keep running back to Tar-jay.
I look for any occasion to dress up. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, I'm excited to put together a chic, pilgrim-inspired outfit. I thought I'd help you do the same. Just because you're celebrating in a home doesn't mean you can't rock your most stylish pieces. Au contraire. Take inspiration from this Jessica Stam editorial dubbed "Out of the Woods" — deck yourself out in a Fall ensemble that will show your Thanksgiving pride and make you feel beautiful. What about the outfit below?
To see the look I created for Turkey Day, read more
Donna Karan's Fall collection is the epitome of Autumn. Warm browns, vivid rust, olive green, terra cotta, mustard, and burgundy were the plush colors the designer used to spice up her line. Now is the perfect time to draw inspiration from it and fill our closets with similar pieces. You can even get inspired from the changing colors of the leaves outside. Stick to one or two colors at most. I've found that gray tights are the perfect accent to any autumnal color. If you're still frazzled, study the Fall collections, see my suggestions below, and be full of Fall.
Perry is the perfect example of a modern pinup girl. Most of you weren't feeling her VMA's look so let's give the songstress a chance to redeem herself. Here she is looking sexy and sweet in a retro-inspired ensemble. From the fitted striped top to her polka dot skirt, this outfit screams vintage babe.
Looking like a modern pinup doesn't come with strict guidelines. Just remember to keep the top of your ensemble structured and the bottom flared — to create the perfect womanly silhouette. Pair with some cute heels, red lipstick, and a confident, flirty attitude. Remember, it's all about the details.
Just because Spring '09 is a ways away that doesn't mean we can't start drawing inspiration from it now. Au contraire. To be ahead of the game, we have to start dressing the part, pronto.
Alexander Wang's Spring collection delivered his signature dark color palette, only this time he injected a dash of bright pink. What a genius partnership if you ask me. Here, model Lily Donaldson is seen in Wang's black sequined tank, black shorts, a bright pink blazer, and cool platforms. If it's too cold out to bare your legs, don a pair of sheer black tights and be proud to be Wangified.
I can never tire of the sexy librarian look. Is it the soft long cardigans? Or maybe it's the notion that you don't have to show a lot of skin to look sexy. Whatever it is, this look paired with some high heels, a la Burberry Prorsum's Resort collection, seems to do the trick. Note how soft fabrics and high heels keep you from looking frumpy, and yes, socks are optional!
The Resort collections opened up a new world of doors for wide-legged pants. They've taken a backseat to the popular skinny leg for the past couple seasons, but the bell-bottomed '70s are back with a vengeance. As exemplified by Angela Missoni's Resort collection (left), mixing crisp, flared trousers with a funky top will lend you instant party chic. Groovy, baby.
A pair of perfect navy blue sailor pants miraculously made their way into my life recently and have inspired me to bring out my inner sailor-ette, full force. The nautical trend has long been a part of fashion history — hello, Jean Paul Gaultier — but these perfect pants make me want to come sail away, and Shopbop's nautical selection is allowing me to do just that. Won't you join me on my proverbial ship by incorporating anchors, stripes (a la 3.1 Phillip Lim's resort line, left), and brass buttons into your closet? Is that an "aye aye Fab" I hear?!