Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Most Fashionable Halloween Ever

Halloween is fast approaching, and for those of you who go for the clever and fashionable costumes over the scary and gory, this post is for you.

I always love a good fashion-related costume, and luckily there are so many lively characters with iconic looks to mimic for the 31st of October. So here it is, The Fashion Barbie's best fashion costume ideas:

Choupette the Cat

Karl Lagerfeld's pampered puss is more fashionable than like 99% of the population, so why not dress up as this cute kitty cat?

Key Pieces: all-white ensemble, white cat ears, baby blue eyes, your own makeup line
Bonus Points if: You have a friend dress up as Karl and take pictures of you all night doing cute cat things

Moschino Dress

Jeremy Scott has embraced the kitsch vibes at Moschino, which is great because he is often inspired by household items, making this a DIY-er's dream costume!

Key Pieces: boxes from your favorite childhood cereals and your imagination!
Bonus Points if: You accessorize with the $1000+ Anya Hindmarch bags that were also inspired by cereal characters. Seriously, who knew Tony the Tiger was such a tastemaker?

Cara Delevingne

She's the supermodel we love to hate (or hate to love?) and thanks to her participation in events like the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and a collaboration with DKNY, Cara is an easily-recognizable fashion figure.

Key Pieces: killer eyebrows, dirty blonde tresses, a beanie, and a model-off-duty ensemble

North West

Baby North West—offspring of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, if you live under a rock—is more fashionable than most humans, and she can't even read Vogue yet. Channel your inner baby diva with a Balenciaga ensemble and a distaste for bright colors (far too childish for this mature toddler).

Key Pieces: Balenciaga leather jacket, Yeezus concert tee, bloomers/diaper (so people know you are a baby, of course!)
Bonus Points if: You are actually the third wheel on a couple costume and said couple dresses as Kim and Kanye.

What are you planning to be for Halloween?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Would You Wear: Culottes

Giorgio Armani | Derek Lam | Philosophy | Araks | Lyn Devon | Marni

Do you remember gaucho pants? They were these horrid loose knit pants with wide legs that ended mid-calf and were all the rage in the mid-2000s. I remember them vividly because I was in middle school—a time when it is so easy to succumb to peer pressure—and gaucho pants were the trend of the pre-teen. Even back then I hated them, and it was then that I learned that just because something is trendy it doesn't mean it's a good look.

Anyways, I bring up gaucho pants because lately the culotte has made a serious comeback. Upon first glance the culotte and the gaucho pant are virtually the same: wide leg pants/shorts that end anywhere from the knee to the ankle. But the culotte is the chic older cousin of the gaucho pant, and somehow I love it while still despising the gaucho pant.

It's all in the material, and, as always, what the culotte is styled with. I'm sure Leandra Medine could have made gaucho pants look stylish with her amazing talent to create unique looks, just as a pair of culottes could go horribly awry with the wrong pairings.

In my humble opinion culottes work best with structured box tops and heels. If you want to be daring you can play up the oversized proportions by adding an oversized sweater, but for a polished, work-appropriate look I would stick with some structure and balance. Heels add sophistication to the outfit, but a smart pair of loafers or oxfords could work nicely.

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There is certainly potential for cool looks with a pair of culottes. And with winter approaching they're a nice alternative to boring structured pants if you are yearning for a break from them. 

So what do you think? Would you wear culottes?


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How To Wear A Scarf This Fall

Olivia Palermo rocking a long, belted scarf

Olivia Palermo rarely makes a fashion faux pas. Her polished and poised personal style has a habit of turning whatever trend she wears into sartorial gold. When she was photographed with a long scarf slouched around the back of her neck, untied, but belted at the waist, I found myself eager to try wearing one of my scarves like that.

This way of scarf styling was also featured at the Burberry Prorsum fall 2014 runway show, which is probably where OP got the inspiration, and ever since the look has taken off.

The ideal scarf for draping is a long rectangular scarf that isn't too thick. Be warned: though fabulously stylish, wearing your scarf this way won't keep your neck very warm, so perhaps save this look for a more temperate day.

A dress will give you the best silhouette, and a belt at the waist will give definition and also help to keep your scarf in place.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Shear Genius

The arrival of cooler weather often leads people to find out how to best stay comfy and cozy with their clothing choices. The lazy individual will reach for a sweatshirt and some boots and call it a day, but we fashionistas know better. There is, after all, a way to stay comfy and cute.

And so the fashion gods decided shearling would be the trendy texture of the season. Thank goodness! Ugg boots are almost acceptable again (keyword: almost) and there are plenty of options if you are looking to add some shearling to your look.

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Are you ready to give shearling a try, or is this a trend that you'll watch from afar?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Trending: Floor-Length Coats

Bottega Veneta | Thankoon | Tracy Reese | Christian Dior | Wes Gordon

Most of the items from the Spring 2015 collections won't be available for another six months (if you ignore the fact that brands like Moschino and Burberry released pieces immediately following their runway presentations, or that sites like Moda Operandi allow eager fashionistas to pre-order the spring collections) but that doesn't mean we have to wait until next year to start wearing the trends.

The floor-length coat gained a lot of traction during the marathon fashion month, with models at Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Dior, and elsewhere dusting the floor with their maxi coats. The coat styles themselves were quite varied—from Tracy Reese's classic trench coat loosely belted around the waist to Raf Simons' structural outerwear at Christian Dior—so there are varied ways to wear this style.

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For fall, a monochrome shirt-and-pants combination or a sweater dress can go wonderfully with a longer coat. Especially if your coat is heavy or printed, a monochrome inner layer creates a slimming effect and keeps a larger coat from drowning you.

Come spring, however, play with proportions! Peter Som and Tracy Reese threw floor-length coats over form-fitting bodysuits. Margiela used a belted coat as a top, strategically cinching it at the waist and pairing with shorts. Thankoon and Emilia Wickstead showed minidresses with long coats, creating a high-low hemline effect.

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