Friday, October 24, 2014

3 Looks to Inspire Your Fall Outfits

The leaves are changing, and so are your wardrobe options. You find yourself reaching for you denim cutoffs less and less and pulling on the oversized sweaters more as the temperature drops and the seasons shift. But after so many months of warm weather, how does one even dress for fall!?!? The change of seasons can be alarming and overwhelming when it means that the uniform you perfected for the summer months (for me, a lacy dress and a thin scarf, topped off with sandals or sneakers) is no longer of any use.

Yes, fall outfits can be overwhelming, but luckily we live in a time when we can easily draw inspiration from the style greats. That's right, I'm talking about the street style stars of fashion week/month and beyond.

So look no further for some great new ways to wear your favorite looks this fall. These girls provide the inspiration, and I'm showing you how to get the looks for yourself! Easy as 1, 2, 3, am I right?
Source: Style du Monde
No print screams "FALL!" louder than plaid does, so why not wear an outfit made of solely plaid prints to celebrate all things checked and crosshatched? The key is to make sure you have a large array of colors and widths. If you have a small plaid print button-down, throw on a buffalo plaid skirt. Variety is key.
Source: Stockholm Street Style
One of my favorite looks for fall? My oversized knit sweater and the miniest of skirts. It's a great way to look cute without showing too much skin (for modesty and warmth reasons, tbh). On-trend thigh-high boots add a whole new level to this proportion-mixing outfit.

Plus, if it's really freezing out there, just throw on some tights (patterned or solid, it's up to you!) and the effect is still the same. Chic no matter the weather!

Source: Style du Monde
No joke, I love a good Canadian tuxedo. It's a great way to look equal parts casual and polished. Denim is everywhere right now, and in new forms (eg. denim skirts and coats) so there are plenty of ways to get creative with your denim-on-denim pairings. A chambray button-down + distressed denim pencil skirt = fashion gold. Denim robe coat + raw-hem jeans = pure JEANius! 

Oh lord, I crack myself up sometimes. But yeah, Canadian tuxedos are fabulous and you should be wearing them this fall.
What are your fall fashion tips?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014)

On Monday the 20th of October, we lost a legend. I've always loved Oscar de la Renta and his fun, elegant designs. From Hollywood starlets to the fashionable First Ladies, Oscar was the go-to guy for a glamorous, scene-stealing dress.

In a fashion world that is stuck somewhere between no-frills normcore and high-concept avant-garde, there's something to be said about a designer who just wants to make beautiful things. And that is something that Mr. De La Renta did so well. One of the last beacons of the old guard of fashion, he lived for glamour and fun. We will truly miss him.

Here are a few of my favorite looks by the iconic designer:

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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.

Leandra Medine | Street Style | Street Style | Eleanora Carisi | Christine Reehorst
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.