At this point, leopard print has made a roaring comeback and has now become a mainstay in our wardrobes. I have a love/hate relationship with leopard. It’s one of my favorite things to wear, but can’t stand seeing others make it look “cheap” and destroy the reputation of the print. If not done right, it can look extremely tacky! There is a very fine line, so learn your boundaries people.
In light of Summer weather, most of you are embracing leopard print a minimalist. This could be with an accent of leopard print in a handbag, your shoes, or ruffle on a blouse. I prefer a more daring look with larger pieces that stand out. Possibly a top, romper, or cardigan. In any case, the key is pairing and lighter fabrics that deliver a fun girl punch of print without over doing it.
Here are some of my looks…
Leopard print tank with a lace pocket and lace razor back, cut offs and combat boots.
Leopard tied button-down sleeveless, with black cotton/leather sided leggings and brown booties.
Leopard print ruffle topped romper with pockets and wedges.
Crop Top: Short top usually exposing the midriff, but not always. May also be categorized as a half top, boob tube/tube top, or bustier.
The crop top fashion has become a very popular trend in the past year. It’s comfortable and sexy with that peek-a-boo effect! I can’t even count how many I own in numerous styles. Recently women started wearing it with a more modest approach recently: paired with a high waisted skirt, jeans or modest shorts to balance out the high hemline. The shirt can be a fun twist on a traditional silhouette by drawing attention to the higher natural waistline (the smallest part) and creating a feminine figure that isn’t too revealing.
In the 1980′s Madonna caused controversy in her “Lucky Star” video and in the movie Dirty Dancing with Jennifer Grey’s variation of crop tops spiced up the big screen.
Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera also made the crop top popular amoungst teeny boppers in the 1990′s.
Now, if you like these past looks and still want to show off some skin it’s about interpreting the crop top into elegant new looks that often show a little bit of a toned midriff. This season the crop top is worn in many ways. You can layer it with a long tank underneath, wear it with a blazer, bare more bare less, off the shoulder, just get creative with it. One of my favorite versions of the crop top is the bustier. It’s flirty and fun with a pair of skinny jeans and heels! You can show as little or as much skin as you want depending on the occasion, outfit, time of day or how confident you feel. So, don’t be scared… just TRY IT!
Flirt without saying a word! Peplum skirts, dresses and tops, are defined by a short flared ruffle that sits at the natural waist (that’s the tiniest part!). I’ve already spotted tons of new trends this Spring, but I think this one might be my fave!
This added ruffle adds a perfect ladylike sass to your outfit. Slimming your waistline and accentuating your beautiful, womanly curves at the same time. What’s not to love?? With peplum, your silhouette will be looking fit and curvaceous in all the right places.
Casual: Transform a simple jacket into a funky cover-up by adding dramatic peplum blazer. Wear it with skinny jeans and flats or layer over a classic dress. For a more professional look.
Professional: Choose a form-fitting jacket with a subtle flair, accessorized with a skinny belt to minimize the waist. Wear with a snug pencil skirt and pumps for a work ensemble.
Place your peplum on your pencil skirt rather than blouse for a more feminine cut. Peplum teamed with the classic pencil cut creates a beautifully chic article of clothing for a sleek silhouette. This looks classic and elegant.
Add a peplum-adorned dress to your wardrobe for the perfect outfit for cocktail hour. Choose a long peplum for an elegant look or a shorter peplum for perky party look.
Spring is approaching quickly and bright lips are back to play and a new hue on your pout can add style and energy to any outfit. It’s also one of the easiest, and possibly the most inexpensive, ways to spice up your look. Bright shades are in this Spring and you want to be the one standing out in the crowd! Here are my top 3 must haves for your handbag!
Hot Pink – MAC “Show Orchid”
A fuchsia lip has been popular for months, and is still one of the hottest colors for the upcoming months. Sometimes a bright pink is all you need to top off your Spring makeup. Every girl should own a pink lip stick. This is a must! I like to pairing it with a shimmery cheek and a cat eye.
Burnt Orange – Bobbi Brown “Orange”
Texas girls… are you ready for something bold? A swipe of burnt orange will add to any outfit this coming Spring. This orange will look flawless next to your golden tan and sun kissed hair. It’s difficult to find one exact shade that suits all skin tones, but it’s all about trial and error.
Coral – Elizabeth Arden “Neoclassical Coral”
Why not try a shade of coral to flatter a Spring look? If you are in doubt about a bright lip, this can be your happy medium. It’s not quite pink but not quite orange. Coral is the perfect in between shade that seems to go with everything! I actually wear this color all year ’round. It adds a playful punch to everything from jeans and a T-shirt to a feminine floral dress and is perfect for spring!
…or Make your pucker POP with a lip stain! These are my 3 recent purchases and current faves!
“She wore an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka dot bikini…” but that’s not all the polka-dots she’ll be wearing this Spring.
If you’ve been getting a little bored of the same old stripes or florals the last few Springs, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. For those of you who like the idea of pattern, but can’t face all that floral mania, this Spring prepare to perk up your closet with polka-dots. You may have seen polka-dots showing up this past Fall and Winter in black, white, nude, or reds. This style trend is only going to grow and get much bigger with Spring and Summer approaching. The polka-dots will range from bold to micro and also appear in a wide variety of different colors.
It really doesn’t matter whether the intention is to look quietly subtle and chic or to boldly stand out in a crowd. These spotty little babies are here to boost that spring wardrobe status. There is no question that they will attract interest and attention. People should not be at all afraid to experiment with polka-dots on any type of outfit at all. Think easy alternatives to single block color, think adventurous accents that say sophisticated classic. Whatever the item you choose the polka-dots will certainly enhance it.
Don’t let those blues get you down. Sing ‘em! If you can’t sing, then wear ‘em! I’ve said this before and I will say it again.. and again.. and probably again, but be BOLD! Especially with color and statement pieces. It’s just your nails, Ladies. You probably change them every week or so anyway.
brr… I’ve got “FROSTBITE” and I love it!
I’ve been rockin’ this cool color from China Glaze for about a week now.
I have experimented with many shades. You name it and I have worn it (if it was OPI or China Glaze;). It seems like whenever I go with an “unsafe” color I here woman say “Oh, I wish I could pull that off.” Well, I am here to tell you that YOU CAN pull it off! I have gotten so many compliments on this color. If this is too much for you, then try something a little more subtle at first.
What shade of blue are you? Sky, navy, baby blue, midnight, sapphire, indigo, or maybe a royal blue.
A high-Low hemline traditionally means shorter in the front and longer in the back. It’s a bold and unique trend that should speak for itself. You don’t have to be overly trendy (unless you want to be)! Let each shape be what it is. If you don’t feel comfortable with the dramatic length differentiality, then do a slight side angle. Another option is an angled neckline with one shoulder showing. You can add flare to your basics by adding angles, too!
Many of you may be wondering if this trend will work on all body types, and the answer is YES! For petite women, showing off some leg can be an great way to elongate your frame. While a lady with a little more curves could seek out color and experiment with unique cuts that can highlight and flatter in all the right places. Try a belt, too. It’s always a useful tool to accentuate a figure!
Lace up platform ankle boots are the new boot for all seasons! They have an over-sized platform heel and are perfectly stylish and feminine. If you can wear cowboy boots year round, then why not these? I’m here to help you start thinking outside of the box with your style.
Perfectly paired with:
A vintage tee and cutoffs OR single cuffed skinny jeans and blouse!
Jeffrey Campbell- ‘Tardy’ $199.95
Heel Height: 5.75″
Platform Height: 2″
Leather Upper & Inner
I got the last pair of size 6 on sale for only $99 at Feathers Boutique downtown SoCo. It is a vintage shop that has rare clothing and I always find awesome shoes there. These Jeffrey Campbell’s fit true to size. They are very comfortable and easy to walk in and to wear all day long. I LOVE this shoe! They can dress down a really “girly” dress and make it look a bit rough and edgy which is an easy way to change up your wardrobe.