Puffy Sleeves and Pleated Assymetry

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Hey, Stylish!

The exaggeration of the forms and silhouettes is the most important trend this Fall. You can notice a lot of shoulder pads and puffy sleeves at Dior, Balenciaga, and other runways. If you want to wear this trend in life, I would recommend wearing it with a straight bottom rather than fitted one, to make look extra edgy and careless.

The exaggerated forms always look better in neutral colors and black because you can really appreciate the intricate silhouette in a clean color.  I already had created some of the dramatic sleeves outfits previously, so you can get some inspiration from there.

I leave you with great examples to take note of:

 

Marc Jacobs:

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Johanna Artiz:

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White Before and After Labor Day

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Hey Stylish!

All we know the stigma that one should not wear white after Labor day, which is a complete false. I truly believe that fashion right now has no rules, gender or boundaries. So please, wear white and all other colors whenever or whatever you want ( maybe just avoid wearing white at someone else’s wedding at least). In today’s look I was not only inspired by my favorite color+ texture technique ( white+metal) but also by the pleated skirt trend that is so hot this season.  Wear the pleated skirts with the bulky sweaters or the longline classic coats to enhance the gentle nature of pleats or go crazy with texture as I did in my look. Here are some inspirations for you: 

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Virgil Abloh

What is your favorite way to wear pleats?

                                xo Xenia

Carrie Bradshaw Outfit or Stripes on Stripes

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My look:

skirt- Victoria Beckham for Target (sold) , but can find it here

top- Forever 21 (old) similar here and there

sandals- vintage 90’s, similar here and there 

hat-vintage, similar here

muff-vintage, similar here and there

Hey Stylish!

I have always been fascinated by the work of the famous stylist Patricia Field in the Sex and the City. Even though, she viewed Carrie Bradshaw as a fashion risk taker, many of her outfits were so fashion forward and effortlessly chic at the same time. I really enjoy her outfits in Paris, so feminine and avant-garde at the same time. I tried to adapt this aesthetic into my today’s outfit by taking the feminine silhouettes and mixing them with a bold print mixing technique.  Check out some great Carrie Bradshaw inspirations:

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xo Xenia

Acid Wash Denim and Jeffrey Campbell Work of Art

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 Hey, Stylish!

Weird and unusually beautiful shoes are having a moment this year. Designers are using unconventional materials and silhouettes to enhance the boldness of the nowadays style. I like the notion of wearing the art on your feet… and wearable art itself. The unusual and unique pieces do not necessarily only come from the runway, here are some of my favorite sources for unique and affordable footwear:

  1. Jeffrey Campbell.My favorite shoe designer and beloved shoe brand. Campbell is an  LA based shoe designer that creates quirky, fresh and super trendy heels, flats and platforms. You can see a lot of IT girls wearing his designs. I own around 7 pairs of Jeffrey Campbell shoes and would love to expand my collection.
  2. Poshmark. A platform for recycling your old wardrobe finds online. You can find a lot of unique, vintage or designer shoes there at affordable prices ( spoiler alert: Jeffrey Campbell as well!!!). The best part about it is that you can bargain and propose your own price.
  3. Y.R.U. Another cool and young brand. It is pretty edgy and has a great variety of Lolita, Goth, and rock chic shoe gear.
  4. eBay. This is a no brainer. You can find anything on eBay, including unique and crazy shoes. My favorites are this and that.
  5. DollsKill. A cool website for one of a kind piece for every taste: edgy, flirty, romantic, punk and etc. They also have huge flash sales very often.

Let me know what are your favorite places to buy the inspirational footwear! If you want to find some new inspirations for unique purses, check out my blog post about it.

Xo Xenia

My look: 

jeans- vintage, from my favorite Buffalo Exchange

sequined top- Forever 21

denim ripped jacket- BCBG thrifted, similar here and there

shoes- Jeffrey Campbell ice skating shoes, old collection. If you are size 8, can find it here

bag- Zara, old collection, similar here
P.S. Check out the coolest inspirations from runway:

Beloved Alexander McQueen

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Dior:

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Thom Browne:

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Total Floral

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Hey, Stylish!

Florals are so expected to be worn in summer, but there are thousands of ways to wear it unexpectedly. I am a big fan of Alessandro Michele’s politics toward new collections of Gucci house: a dash of vintage vibes, modern cuts and print on print, especially florals on florals or florals on an animal pattern. As you know, I like matching things and for me combining botanical print is the optimal solution for the unconventional way to wear print. I was inspired by a couple of gorgeous examples from the runway:

Balenciaga

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Gucci

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My look:

Blouse- Zara, similar here and there

Skirt-real suede vintage, similar here and there

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Sandals- Steve Maden

The Old New Story of Kimono

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Hey Stylish!

The story of the kimono has always intrigued Western world and took many forms in the way it is adapted in nowadays wear. We have seen many examples of the new silhouettes and textiles of many variations of the kimonos. I am actually a big fan of the traditional kimonos that are universally flattering. If you want to adapt more wearable look you can mix it with slip dresses (like I did) or with jeans for a more casual, eclectic look. As usual, I leave you with the freshest runway inspirations:

Cinq A Sept

Gucci

Yoshikimono

 

 

My look: 

kimono- Vintage, hand painted and batik, similar here and there

shoes- Dolce Vita

belt-Forever 21, similar here

bag-vintage, similar here

slip dress-H&M, similar here

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

 

 

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