Summer Trend: Safari-Inspired

I haven’t seen the safari trend covered much by the fashion media yet this season but it’s definitely one of my favorites. To me, this trend is the cousin of the military theme that was so hot this spring.

Right now Charlotte Russe has some really great safari pieces; khaki and olive drab garments, bold beaded jewelry and animal prints are the order of the day. I particularly love the khaki Belted Safari Dress because it’s chic and leaves endless possibilities for accessorizing. I actually think I’d wear it with the Colorblock Seed Bead necklace (below), a large black tote and some black strappy sandals.

Colorblock Seed Bead Necklace ($10.50, Charlotte Russe)Rolled Sleeve Cargo Pocket Jacket ($30, Charlotte Russe)Belted Safari Dress ($26, Charlotte Russe)Drawstring Camo Print Cargo Shorts ($19.50, Charlotte Russe)

Colorblock Seed Bead Necklace ($10.50, Charlotte Russe)

Rolled Sleeve Cargo Pocket Jacket ($30, Charlotte Russe)

Belted Safari Dress ($26, Charlotte Russe)

Drawstring Camo Print Cargo Shorts ($19.50, Charlotte Russe)

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GUESS by Marciano Tori One Shoulder Dress

Tori One Shoulder Dress ($138, GUESS by Marciano)

Tori One Shoulder Dress ($138, GUESS by Marciano)

There’s nothing better than a stunning party dress, IMHO. When you’re all dolled up, wearing a dress that makes you feel unstoppable and finish off the look with killer accessories, your confidence immediately skyrockets and you’re ready to take on the world. Guess by Marciano Tori One Shoulder Dress

The Tori One Shoulder Dress from GUESS by Marciano is, no doubt, one of those dresses. With its one shoulder design, daring hemline and gorgeous silk draping, it is the epitome of sizegenetics before and after. I would say that gorgeous party dresses is what Marciano does best, but then again everything Marciano creates is a jaw dropper!

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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CO2 Cashmere Giveaway: Summer Edition

CO2 Cashmere Brown Tee Dress

CO2 Cashmere Brown Tee Dress

If you’re a StealThisDress! regular, then you remember our recent giveaway where one lucky winner got a black minidress from CO2 Cashmere. I’m really excited to be partnering again with CO2–a brand whose product and style philosophy I really love.

Pascal Benouaiche, the company’s creator and lead designer, was recently interviewed by Joonbug.com. When asked about his source of inspiration, Pascal said “[…] women… I’m inspired by a woman’s strength and vulnerability.  This is something I try to recreate in textures, by mixing leather and cashmere.  Likewise, the colors are bold, but the silhouette remains curvy and feminine.” Read more of Pascal’s interview.

This brilliant juxtaposition of high and low has me dying to know what Pascal will come up with next. It’s not surprising at all that some seriously stylish celebrities love the CO2 look, including Kate Moss and Halle Berry.

This month, we’re bringing you the opportunity to win a brown sleeveless dress from CO2 Cashmere’s “Tees” collection. Part of CO2’s Spring/Summer line, this dress is made from deliciously soft jersey fabric. It’s fun, flowy design makes it a perfect choice for day or night, when  you can accessorize it like crazy with your favorite heels and jewelry. (I think it would look absolutely fabulous with some gold and cream-colored bangles!)

Enter to win by filling out the form below. (Don’t worry, we’ll never send you spam or sell your email address to a third party!) Last day to enter is May 2nd, 2010.

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Tyra Banks: Red and Yellow DO Go Together!

Tyra BanksWhen many women think of wearing red and yellow together, they automatically think of either clowns or frumpy, old lady outfits. But red and yellow is not always a fashion faux-pas. Far from it actually, as Tyra Banks recently showed. At the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards she wore a beautiful cap-sleeved coral red dress with a yellow clutch and pointed-toe pumps.

The trick to making your inexpensive version of Tyra’s outfit pop like she does is to pick your yellow accessories in two different shades. Tyra’s pumps are a lighter, more neon yellow than her clutch, which is a richer mustard color. Keeping the colors too similar can kill the sophistication of the look and may make others wonder where your clown nose is. But balance out the intensity of the colors and you’re golden (well, actually you’re yellow–but you know what I mean!)

I really love all the pieces that make up our look-alike outfit. The Guess ‘Carrie’ pumps have that perfect heel that won’t kill your feet but is still tall enough to be sexy. And how gorgeous is that yellow crochet clutch from Bebe? And only $19, which pleasantly surprised me.

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Crochet Metallic Clutch ($19, Bebe) Romantic Pleated Satin Dress ($24.80, Forever21) Guess 'Carrie' Pump ($89.95, Nordstrom)

Romantic Pleated Satin Dress ($24.80, Forever21)

Crochet Metallic Clutch ($19, Bebe)

Guess ‘Carrie’ Pump ($89.95, Nordstrom)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear: Recreating the Look

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira / FirstView.com

The Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010 ready-to-wear show was truly a feast for the eyes. The best way to describe it would be an explosion of rich textures and patterns, including velvet, lace, tweed, florals and animal prints. Your mother probably always told you to never wear these together at the same time; D&G brilliantly defies this style principle.

Layering is a recurring theme in this collection. Never afraid to push the envelope, D&G had models marching down the runway wearing black blazers with nothing but lingere-like leotards underneath. While I’m not suggesting you don one of these combinations for your next outing, there are a number of other looks from this collection that translate perfectly to the everyday setting.

You’re probably thinking right now, “Where am I going to find a gorgeous D&G-esque silk yellow dress with black lace accents?” This is where creativity comes in. Simply throw a black lace or delicate crochet scarf over a super girly yellow dress and you’re good! Complete the look with semi-opaque tights, a black tote and pumps.

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy's) Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)
Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal) Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

INC International Concepts Dress, Belted Short Sleeve Silk Ruffle ($64.99, Macy’s)

Lace Scarf ($8.80, Forever21)

Round Toe Platform Pump ($24.50, Wet Seal)

Slouch Shoulder Bag ($32.80, Forever21)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Miranda Kerr Style For Less

Miranda Kerr I love it when celebs have their own unique style that they stick to instead of wearing anything and everything that is has been dubbed “on-trend” at the moment. At the top of that list is Miranda Kerr. When she’s not modeling bikinis or unmentionables, she tends to go for simple, versatile basics that create a statement-making look when paired together.

I love the idea of throwing a long black blazer over a simple striped dress and casual flip flops. The final element, a quilted black purse with chain accents, adds just the right touch of sophistication to the look.

One Clothing Dress, Sleeveless Striped Knit Tank ($24.99, Macy's) Shoulder Studette Blazer ($37.80, Forever21)
Women's New Flip-Flops ($3.50, Old Navy) Urban Expressions Quilted Megan Bag ($56.25, Baghaus)

One Clothing Dress, Sleeveless Striped Knit Tank ($24.99, Macy’s)

Shoulder Studette Blazer ($37.80, Forever21)

Women’s New Flip-Flops ($3.50, Old Navy)

Urban Expressions Quilted Megan Bag ($56.25, Baghaus)

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AnnaLynne McCord: The Epitome of Flirty, Fun, Youthful Style

Anna Lynne McCord

Anna Lynne McCord

I really don’t know much about AnnaLynne McCord except: 1) she stars in the CW’s remake of 90210 and 2) she’s been linked to Kellan Lutz, who everyone seems to be obsessed with these days. Other than that, the one thing I keep coming back to each time I see her photo is that maybe blondes really do have more fun. Her style is super easy-going yet sexy and just screams ‘fun.’

Plaid Tube Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Nylon Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com) Babinksi Boot ($99.98, Aldo)

Plaid Tube Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Babinksi Boot ($99.98, Aldo)

Nylon Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Inspired by…Victoria Beckham

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Victoria Beckham–the woman who, in my mind, invented style.

Pebbled Leather Belted Platforms Classic Nautical Dress ($22.80, Forever21) Ultra City Girl Tote
Boucle Knit Jacket ($26.50, Wet Seal) F3020 Sunglasses ($5.80, Forever 21)

Pebbled Leather Belted Platforms ($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

Classic Nautical Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Ultra City Girl Tote ($39.95, Baghaus)

Boucle Knit Jacket ($26.50, Wet Seal)

F3020 Sunglasses ($5.80, Forever 21)

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Taylor Swift’s Little Red Dress Look

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift–talk about someone who deserves their tremendous success. Regardless of how you feel about her music, you have to admit that everything about her, be it her behavior or her work, is so much more dignified than that of many other stars her age.

This quality clearly translates into her style. Her outfit at the “An Unforgettable Evening” benefit is definitely sexy. But it’s also classy because she manages to look stunning without showing  a lot. That, right there, is the definition of glamor, IMHO.

Mossimo Black Women's One Shoulder Red Dress ($31.99, Target)

Chinese Laundry Dilano ($68.95, Zappos) J. Furmani Satin Clutch wtih Rhinestone Clasp ($31.50, eBags)

Mossimo Black Women’s One Shoulder Red Dress ($31.99, Target)

Chinese Laundry Dilano ($68.95, Zappos)

J. Furmani Satin Clutch with Rhinestone Clasp ($31.50, eBags)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Celine Pre Fall 2010: Not for the Color Shy

Celine, Pre Fall 2010; Photo: Courtesy of Celine

Celine, Pre Fall 2010; Photo: Courtesy of Celine

Looking at this stunning outfit from Celine’s Pre Fall 2010 showing, I would never guess that this fashion house started in 1945 as a made-to-measure shoe business for children. I absolutely adore Celine and am issuing a disclaimer that our next Off the Runway segment may also focus on Celine because I saw about a dozen other looks in this collection that I would love to feature.

Replicating this solid-colored ensemble is a piece of cake; just throw on a long-sleeved black mini-dress, red footed tights and red Mary Jane’s.  But don’t be fooled by this seemingly simple combination; red and black make a bold duo that immediately pops. Picking out the right combination of shades is key. Opt for dark crimson red tights; when choosing shoes, stick with a lighter shade of red that has more orange undertones to it.

(Tangent: Doesn’t this look totally remind you of Kate Spade? I’m not sure if it was a seasonal thing or more of a branding effort, but this fall one of the Kate Spade ads featured red tights AND all of the staff members were wearing them when I went to the Kate Spade store during the holidays.)

Given the intensity of the colors, stick with a simple hairstyle. Try a ponytail with a side part, flat ironed tresses parted straight down the middle or some soft waves. When it comes to makeup, once again–less is more. Emphasize just one feature by pairing a strong red lip with just a bit of liner and mascara. Or you can do a smoky eye with a nude or sheer lip.

Black Knit Dress Refined ($24.80, Forever21)

Red Tights .

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Black Knit Dress Refined ($24.80, Forever21)

Red Nylon/Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com)

rsvp ‘Lauren’ Ruffled Mary Janes ($56.05, Zappos)

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StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

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