Check Mate or Check Print Obsession

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Hey, Stylish!

Check print is so hot right now starting with a classic jacket cut that has been spotted everywhere at the NYFW. I decided to give a second life to my  90’s dress jacket and pair it with a head to toe vintage. However, you can pair the check trend with almost everything and easily dress it down and dress it up. For instance, pair it with a ripped denim skirt and moto boots for that edgy look or with sequined jeans to glam up the classic cut. I created a couple of collages for your inspiration:

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Kimono and Beloved All Black

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Hey, Stylish!

You know that I am in love with the kimono trend recently because the kimono converts any outfit into relaxed, effortlessly chic one. Even at the hottest day in San Francisco (which is almost a nonsense) my vintage kimono was keeping me cold because of its silk and cotton blend. I would really recommend finding your perfect kimono in the local vintage stores because the quality of them is much higher than the modern ones. You can always find kimonos in a robe section in almost any thrift shop. For some runway inspirations, check out Gucci and Alice+Olivia:

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The Exaggeration

 

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 Hey, Stylish!

How to wear Dolce and Gabanna without actually wearing it? Here is the formula: all black+ feminine cuts+exaggerated forms and silhouettes. I think the third variable in this equation is the most important. I am a big fan of good drama, so exaggerated detailing can bring some new feelings to simple clothes. Just take my look: a simple black sandals are upgraded with a feather trim,  a sweater is detailed with bows and my glasses are embellished with flowers- simple forms spiced with exagerated detailing.

As usual, some of my observations and inspirations. This time from D&G:

 

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My look:

Sweater- Mix vintage

Pants-Forever 21

Sandals- LittleMistress, similar here

Bag- vintage 1975, similar here

Glasses-novelty, original here, similar there

 

 

Print Me Out!

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Hi Stylish!

I am obsessed with Advanced Style blog. If you have never heard about Iris Apfel and Valerie Von Sabel you definitely need to check out this blog that captures bold and elegant style of older New Yorkers. It is interesting that the older fashionistas have more courage to mix prints and wear bright accessories. That courage makes their style unique and unrepeatable; what is impossible to say about “style” perception that we have nowadays. I feel that we assume that “style” is a synonym for “hype”. That is why Pinterest and Instagram are full of Kardashian family clones that look the same.

My today’s look was inspired by the way Advance style ladies mix prints, according to certain rules:

1.Bolder=better

2.Fabric has to match (wool with heavier textures, silk or chiffon with lighter)

3. Add a resting point ( a part of your outfit where an eye can rest, in my case the rest point are my shoes)

Enjoy some inspirations from Advanced Style:

 

 

 

 Xenia

My look:

poncho-H&M similar here and there

pants- Forever 21, similar here

shoes- Topshop, similar here and there

ear cuffs- ASOS, similar here

photo credit: http://www.advanced.style/

Total Leather

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Hi Stylish!

Leather has been always been one of the most favorite fabrics of designers like Balenciaga, Gucci, Ulyana Sergeenko. It is one of the hardest material to work with because of its organic nature and stretching properties. When I visited the most famous fabric store in the nation-Mood in NYC, I was impressed by the variety of leather and vegan leather in every color possible that exist nowadays. I am a big fan of black leather though, because it looks much better with moderate wear. This season leather can be seen in different silhouettes, starting with pencil skirts and ending with camisole dresses! (there is one in Zara right now on sale-here) For my outfit I decided to combine ultra trendy culotte bottoms with classic vintage leather top. Here are some of my inspirations:

 

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Gucci

  Xenia

 

 

My look:

culottes: mine Forever 21, similar here

top: vintage, similar here

platforms: mine are from Moldavian brand Berka, similar here

glasses: 2$ glasses from Amazon, can find similar here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyper Forms

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Hey stylish!

I am fan of fashion and I like to treat it as art. The most important people in art are creators. There are many fashion creators that inspire me, but Viviene Westwood is my  real muse. If anyone is not familiar with her talent, shame on you! Vivien Westwood, the most creative fashion designer and stylist (by the way she put together looks for Sex And The City  and Devil Wears Prada) places emphasize on hyper forms. My today’s look is inspired by the hyper forms of  Vivien Westwood’s masterpieces. Here are some inspirations for you:

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xoxo Xenia

My look:

shoes: ZARA

sweater: Shine

Something Audrey Would Wear

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Hi Stylish!

There are several fashion icons that would never go out of style. Audrey Hepburn is one of the most elegant, classy and feminine style icons of the 20th century. If you want to try Audrey’s style on you, remember these: crew neck sweater and A-line skirts are your best friends. Audrey was tall enough to ignore heels, but if you are short as I am ( and also look like corgi), heels is a must have. Enjoy Audrey’s inspirations:

xoxo Xenia

My look:

crew neck top: ZARA

skirt: Choies

heels: Bamboo in DSW

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