Vanessa Hudgens: Transforming a Shirtdress from Drab to Fab

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

Though at first glance they may look shapeless and bland, I love shirt dresses. I just bought one in seersucker pattern at H&M last weekend and wore it today with a wide belt, which is the key to making these sack-like garments flatter your shape. These dresses are so flowy and comfortable, perfect for the scorching temperatures that are heading our way.

Vanessa Hudgens recently wore a light blue shirtdress. I think this look suits her style so well; it’s a more sophisticated interpretation of the laid-back, boho styles that she often rocks.

You can easily make a plain, light-blue shirtdress pop with a brown leather belt and sandals, a black tote and a cream colored sunhat.

Fab Floppy Sun Hat ($6.50, Forever21)
Lianna Shirt Dress ($44.50, Delias) Forever A Squared Handbag  ($50, Baghaus)
Leatherette Weave Sandals ($16.80, Forever21) Real Leather Buckled Belt ($9.99, Papaya)

Fab Floppy Sun Hat ($6.50, Forever21)

Lianna Shirt Dress ($44.50, Delias)

Forever A Squared Handbag  ($50, Baghaus)

Leatherette Weave Sandals ($16.80, Forever21)

Real Leather Buckled Belt ($9.99, Papaya)

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)

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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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Yves Saint Laurent Zip-Top Easy Tote

Zip-Top Easy Tote, Medium ($995, Neiman Marcus)

Zip-Top Easy Tote, Medium ($995, Neiman Marcus)

Dayuuum. That’s all I have to say about the YSL Zip-Top Easy  Tote. No, seriously though, this may be the most fantastic bag I’ve ever seen.

That color! The website calls it red, but to me, it’s clearly pink. I realize that this color may limit the mass appeal of the bag. As someone who has phone, camera, laptop, iPod and wallet are all pink, I sometimes overlook this aspect. I think this is what makes this a gutsy, “I stand out” bag.

What else is perfect about the YSL Zip-Top Easy Tote? The size. 11″ x 16″ x 8″ means it will fit papers, a couple of folders, a little makeup bag and other stuff you need for the day. So that means you can take it to work! Isn’t that always the ultimate justification for a fashion purchase, whether you can use it for work or not?

I realize I may sound way too excited right now, but there must be something to pink bags if Sarah Jessica Parker wore one, right?

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Fall Bags That Caught Our Attention

Baghaus, DSW and Express are having some great fall sales right now. It’s the perfect opportunity to snatch a studded tote for daytime or a delicate satin clutch for the evening.

Melie Bianco Sophia Studded Satchel ($81, www.baghaus.com) Ruched Satin Fold-Over Clutch ($20.65, Express)
Lulu Townsend Rosette Satin Clutch ($29.95, DSW) Nila Anthony Verona Quilted Bag ($49.95, www.baghaus.com)

Melie Bianco Sophia Studded Satchel ($81, www.baghaus.com)

Ruched Satin Fold-Over Clutch ($20.65, Express)

Lulu Townsend Rosette Satin Clutch ($29.95, DSW)

Nila Anthony Verona Quilted Bag ($49.95, www.baghaus.com)

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Hollywood Intuition For Target

More and more, upscale designers are teaming up with big box and discount chains to bring us the styles we love at affordable prices. Add to that list the collaboration between Hollywood boutique Intuition and Target. I only learned that the two were working together recently and have already fallen in love with the accessories that the team has produced. Check out some of the items from the collection below. These certainly don’t look like things that cost $10-30. Kudos to Intuition owner Jaye Hersh for making accessorizing like the stars an option that is available to all of us.

Hollywood Intuition Tote -  ($29.99, Target) Hollywood Intuition Sunglasses - Black ($14.99, Target)

Hollywood Intuition Bracelet Set - Multicolor ($9.99, Target)

Hollywood Intuition Tote – ($29.99, Target)

Hollywood Intuition Sunglasses – Black ($14.99, Target)

Hollywood Intuition Bracelet Set – Multicolor ($9.99, Target)

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Baghaus: Because a Girl Can Never Have Enough Bags

Faux Croc Aida Tote ($39, www.baghaus.com)

Faux Croc Aida Tote ($39, www.baghaus.com)

Designer handbags. They are the obsession of the majority of the female population, to the point that there are dozens of blogs devoted solely to covering the latest and greatest purses. Oh, why do they have to be so #$@$ expensive?! Argh.

Prime Fashionista Tote ($49.95, Baghaus)

Prime Fashionista Tote ($49.95, Baghaus)

If designer bags are as touchy of a subject for you as they are for me, have a look at Baghaus, whose specialty is designer and celebrity inspired styles. Their selection is quite large. Animal print, quilted a la Chanel, faux croc–you name, they got it.

I also love that almost every style is available in a whole bunch of colors. I spotted four or five bags that I’m dying to get just while browsing the first page.

In case you need a reason/justification to get a new bag–Baghaus is having a massive sale right now. Combined with the already affordable prices, this is a such a spectacular deal.

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Blake Lively’s Style: “Gossip Girl” Gorgeous, Financially Friendly

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

I literally begin salivating every time I see the characters’ wardrobes on Gossip Girl. With designer labels abound, Serena, Blair and the rest of Manhattan’s young elite are dressed to the nines in every single scene. In fact, it is almost strange for me to see Blake Lively dressed casually in real life, as she is in this photo, but hey, the girl still looks amazing.  [Read more…]

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One American Apparel Dress, Three Ways to Wear It

Rib Racerback Dress ($26, American Apparel)

Rib Racerback Dress ($26, American Apparel)

There is really nothing better than a comfortable, simple summer dress. My top pick for this summer is the Rib Racerback Dress from American Apparel. [Read more…]

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Vivaciously Versace: Getting the Look for Less

Versace 2009 Spring Collection

Versace 2009 Spring Collection

I find this outfit from Versace’s 2009 Spring Ready-to-Wear collection to be so stunning. Simplicity appears to be the order of the day, with emphasis on clean, sleek lines and not many intricate details. There is something very city-chic about this Versace masterpiece and I’d wear it in a heartbeat. [Read more…]

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