Last week, my copy of Rachael Zoe’s Living in Style came in the mail. In a few short hours, I had skimmed through most of the book. I liked the content a lot, and there was one thing in particular that really struck me. She talks about identifying which style icons you are inspired by, and then, suggests adding pieces to your wardrobe based on what you see them wearing. It’s simple, sound advice, but I couldn’t think of who I was inspired by. A few names ran through my head, but they never felt right. After some thought, I came up with the following list: Claudia Schiffer, Elle MacPherson, Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr.
I gathered photos online via Polyvore and created a board showcasing these ladies in mostly every day clothes. Though I’d like to be, I’m rarely on the red carpet and thought those looks may not be as relatable to my life. Can’t you just see me at daycare in full sequins? After just a few minutes of looking at the photos, there were some things that quickly stood out me.
All of these ladies have similar styles.
A lot of them are wearing coats. I love coats, but rarely throw on a blazer to complete a look.
There wasn’t a single dress in the bunch, but a few skirts.
The looks were largely classic and polished with punched up accessories.
Many of the women wore scarves. I had a scarf phase, but had moved past it. Apparently, I shouldn’t have.
There were several printed blouses and lots of oversized sunglasses.
Overall the looks were really classic, but punched up with cool and trendy accessories. It gave me a new perspective on the kinds of things I should be looking for. Which leads me to this question, who inspires you?
It’s that time of year when I begin wondering what I’ll be wearing next. Despite 30 degree weather, I start envisioning sandals, pedicures and bare legs. As soon as spring fashion magazines are in stores, I start stocking up, comparing trends and making lists.
This year the list of trends I like is really long. Would anyone like to contribute shopping money? No one?
On Sunday, Target debuted their capsule collection with Prabal Gurung. Centered around a theme of love, the pieces offer unusual prints, thoughtful seaming and bright, saturated colors. I checked it out in person early Sunday and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of fabrics and attention to fit.
When I initially saw the collection, I didn’t think I’d pick up much. The looks are definitely outside my comfort zone, but I ended up walking away with two greattops and a pair of must-have pumps. (Seriously, these shoes are killer and constructed really well.)
If you aren’t familiar with Prabal, you’ve probably seen his designs on the red carpet. He’s a favorite of celebs, like Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana and Amanda Seyfreid. I rounded up some of his famous looks. The photos are via InStyle.
Watching the E!’s red carpet, I was sort of wringing my hands over the ugly, but after some online research, I was able to see a full range of well-dressed celebs. The coverage had me thinking there were lots of safe choices, but upon further examination, I was pretty impressed with the variety. I’m not sure why I never saw some of these on T.V. (Where were you Jessica Alba? Literally, I never saw five of my picks on T.V.)
This year was one of the first times I’ve seen a red carpet full of fashion risks. Some flopped, while others paid off in my opinion. Because the dresses were so different, fit played a huge in role in the overall success of many of these looks. Some accessory and hair choices also killed certain dresses. I was expecting to see bold colors and flounces, but instead, I saw lots of neutrals and black. If this is an indication of what spring clothes will look like, I think we can expect a mixed bag.
Here are some trends that stood out to me last night.
And without further ado, here are my favorites. Which dresses did you like?
Statement necklaces are “in” again this fall. Pretty or edgy, they add instant personality to any outfit. Below are photos of Olivia Palermo and Nicki Reed rocking the trend casually and dressed up. Those photos are via InStyle.