Happy 4th of July or How to wear a flag

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Hey, Stylish!

Happy 4th of July all the stylish people from the US! As you know, it’s a tradition to wear the flag abbreviatures for the celebration and I am so happy to experiment with it. The flag theme has always been the inspiration for many designers and you can notice this trend in Balenciaga‘s and Balmain‘s collections. If you want to adopt this trend in real life, try to use it with a humor and mix it up with accessories (in my case a Breton hat). I think the most interesting inspirations are from:

Victor and Rolf:

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Marc Jacobs:

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Follow your #visualcharisma

xo Xenia

 

 

My Look:

dress- ZARA, similar here and there

top: vintage, similar here and there

shoes-YRU

Breton cap-vintage, similar here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unmixable Mix

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Hey Stylish!

Today I decided to mix my  preppy heels with a quirky vintage jumpsuit. If you look at the street fashion trends recently, they all promote playfulness and ability to mix low with high, new with old, color with monochrome. So if you want to give some of your favorite pieces second life, just mix it with unpredictable item: sportswear with heels, puffy skirt with sneakers or leather jacket with lingerie dress. And of course some denim inspirations from different decades:

 

How to Wear Dungarees/ Jumpsuits

2000s

1960s

1980s Moschino collection

 

 

My look:

Jumpsuit: vintage, similar here

Heels: ASOS

 

FIERCE

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Hey Stylish!

The summer is almost over and I definitely need to talk about must-have shoes of this season: gladiator sandals.  Gladiator sandals with extravagant design could become a statement piece of the outfit, so keep it simple. Monochromatic and neutral colors would be great decision for picking up gladiator sandals since they “cut” the proportions of the leg and potentially can make your legs look more corpulent.  Some high-fashion inspiration for you from Alexander McQueen:

 

 

 

My look:

Sandals: found in thrift store for 15 dollars!!!!!!  Similar here and here and maybe there

Dress: Forever 21

Overskirt: my Mom’s DIY project, you can find something similar here

Hat: vintage, similar here

DRAMA

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Hey Stylish!

One of the hottest summer trends are ruffles. The fluffier, bigger and dramatic they are, the more modern they are. However, you need to take in consideration proportions. More volume on the top, less volume on the bottom and vice versa. Also keep in mind that ruffles play a role of accessories, so you don’t need to add supercilious elements to your cohesive outfit.

Some inspirations from Gucci and Valentino for you:

 

Looking ethereal in a pink Gucci dress with ruffles, Kristina stars in FASHION editorial

 

Xenia.

My look:

Button up shirt- mine is vintage, similar here

Dress: Nasty Gal

Shoes: ASOS

Lemon or Sunnyside

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Hey Stylish!

Today’s look was inspired by new trend -humor fashion. More and more fashionistas relax their outfits with quirky and unique accessories to take away some seriousness from the outfits.  The fastest way is adding a pair of unusual sunglasses, which instantly elevate the look and make it feel that you are stylish without even trying. Another way would be jewelry and clutches, even a bag  charm  would work.  Here are some inspirations for you:

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My outfit:

Pants- Forever 21, similar here

blouse- Forever 21, similar here

clutch- Amazon, here

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:

 

Balenciaga

 

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