Monday, 30 June 2014

Maxi is the new sexy and how to wear prints

My friend Alice told me that there is not much clothes that make you look sexy. I asked for an example of a sexy look and she could only think of a typical mini dress/skirt and heels ensemble. But the number of situations when you can wear this is so limited. I could pull off this look only when I am not driving, I don't have to move around much and when the occasion I am attending is not held outside. Or if it is held outside, at least it is not windy, because my skirt may fly and reveal something I wasn't intending to show the public. =) As Alice claimed, if it is not mini and heels, you just have no chance to look sexy. To prove her wrong I found a both sexy and comfortable outfit.

The core of the outfit is a trendy abstract-pattern maxi dress. It has a drawstring waist, so you can adjust it to look even slimmer or make it more comfortable. The neckline is decorated with a flirty keyhole and doesn't need any more accents, so I would not wear a necjlace and stick to bracelets, rings and very simple earrings.

This dress is very bright and sexy, so you can use it as a base for a formal look and a casual look. Wear it for a special romantic date with your boyfiend or for a traditional Wednesdays visiting an Art gallery.

Wearing prints always brings up a big question of how to combine them with other pieces of clothes. Most of us choose the most obvious way - wear a cardigan, shoes and a bag in neutral colours like beige, maroon, and very often black. It looks fine, even classy, but a bit boring. Let's try to avoid it!

For a night-out look choose neon-lemon-coloured dress sandals and straw black-yellow-blue straw wristlet. The sandals are rather well-balanced and the platform makes your ankles look good. You could also wear flamingo pink sandals and they would work great. You may want to add some really expensive golden rings and a straw hat too.

For a casual look combine the dress with peeptoe sandals and funny multi-coloured bag, that is absolutely in tune with the dess print. Sandals are in noble blue colour and have a platform wrapped in wavy jute braid. The bag has a cute envelope form and is coloured with an amazing combination of prints. Wear a cobalt blue bead bracelet with a cute tassel or a leather bracelet with a gold chain to finish the look.

1- NY Collection dress, $69 

2- Chinese Laundry dress sandals, $43 

3- BCBG MaxAzria straw wristlet, $68 

3- Gottex Chloe royal blue straw hat, $100

5- Splendid wedge sandles, $98 

6- Rebecca Minkoff mini canvas bag, $131

7- Ettika leather and gold chain bracelet, $50

8- Ettika bead bracelet, $66

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sunny after rain - inspired look

It has been pouring an hour ago, but now the sun is shinning brightly. Wet grass and leaves are glittering, birds are singing, the air is filled with wonderful fresh smells. It could be a perfect day to go out, but puddles and wet ground are making you hesitant, if that would be a truly pleasant experience. Stop worrying about it and just wear this "sunny after rain - inspired" look.

What will others typically wear when the rain has just finished? Baggy pants, boots, a hoodie... Why not to be different and wear a feminine dress, a biker jacket, posh earrings and a decadent punk necklace?

The dress looks very basic but its length shows legs in a flattering way. Besides its upper part is perfect to demonstrate the necklace.

The necklace is an unusual mix of a metal chain, associated with everything brutal, and feminine sparkling crystals. Blood red crystals look dark and dramatic, but combined with emerald dress it is such a burst of colour! It resembles the style of Joomi Lim's high fashion jewelry, but at 10 times more affordable price. 

You will fear no puddles wearing these rubber peeptoe sandals with a flirty double bow on the front. According to the 1955 ISCC-NBS color list I would determine this colour as Lust (its an official name), but the manufacturer claims its simple red colour. =)

A worn-out and bleached washed denim biker jacket adds some character and balances tough and feminine sides of the ensemble.

Did you notice how triangle front closure of the wallet duplicates the form of the jacket collar and the zipper on it? That makes them a good match.

You may want to wear your hair pulled up after the rain, because the air is still humid and it is not what makes hair look good. But to your advantage this hairstyle shows your ears and you can demonstrate these amazing zipper earrings.

2- Heirloom finds necklace, $25

Cloudy day-inspired look

Feel a smooth touch of a dress made of a soft silky material. Wear zig zag patterned bomber with leather collar to protect yourself from wind and drizzle. Take a silver messenger bag with geometric pattern to carry your reader, IPhone, lipgloss and wallet. Comfortable coral sneakers are the best to walk in the park or around the city. They also magically combine with the jacket and the bag. Add some sparkle to the look wearing a colourful necklace.

5- Jane Stone vintage necklace, 37$