Givenchy Spring 2010 Ready To Wear Collection: How to Rock the Jumpsuit

Givenchy Spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection

Givenchy Spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection

Jumpsuits made of light, flowy material are becoming a warm weather staple. If you’re dreading go out this summer in jeans because it’s simply too hot, meet your new best friend. A jumpsuit allows you to pull off the pants look in hot temperatures without having to combust.

A deep v-neck, as Givenchy shows, is just the thing to give a plain black jumpsuit that ‘wow’ factor that makes it an appropriate choice for a cocktail party or a soiree of dancing. If you’re hesitant about trying a jumpsuit because of the ‘puffing’ effect it may have on your midsection, just grab your favorite wide belt and use it to cinch the garment at the waist. Stick to a dark color palette, which is the route Forever21 took with the look-a-like jumpsuit pictured below, or go for a bright color that will pop–the choice is yours.

The final element–some super strappy black platforms to show off your bright summer pedicure.

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Belted Halter Jumpsuit ($23.84, Forever21) Nine West 'Ponti' ($68.95, Zappos)

Belted Halter Jumpsuit ($23.84, Forever21)

Nine West ‘Ponti’ ($68.95, Zappos)

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“Best Of Inexpensive Style” List

IMG_1069As promised in our 1st year anniversary post, check out my favorite places for scoring the best deals on clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as the particular items to look out for at each:

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Forever 21: designer-inspired clothing, great heels, amazing jewelry for under $10

Item 2Overstock.com: fantastic deals on jewelry and shoes

Item 3Papaya Clothing: great for both casual and dressy clothes that have a ‘youthful,’ sassy feel

Item 4A’gaci: another top destination for designer-inspired items

Item 5H&M: great prices on basics such as t-shirts, tanks, tights and sweaters from .

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Item 6Charlotte Russe: beautiful dresses and other “going out wear”

Item 7Zara: beautiful, quality suits at reasonable prices and an awesome casual section, GORGEOUS shoes!

Item 8DSW: huge selection of shoes at discounted prices, check out also their handbag section

Item 9Zappos: shoes in every style and color you can imagine–not an exaggeration, also some fab deals on designer handbags from previous seasons

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Keep these in mind as you’re shopping or planning where you want to buy a certain outfit–chances are good that you’ll find yourself looking fabulous while spending less.

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s Style

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to discuss Sarah Jessica Parker’s style. I have to admit, I often think more of Carrie Bradshaw’s style when I think of SJP. Pink tutus, hundreds of pairs of Manolos, and anything avant garde comes to mind.

I think SJP in real life wears outfits that are slightly more toned down in terms of their ‘creativity’ but still manages to look like a million bucks. Although every once in a while she does break out something outrageous, like a neon pink handbag, as recently featured on People Style Watch.

I’m loving the color combination she chose in this photo. A brilliant blue paired with a dark jacket and perfectly balanced by a pair of gold shoes and a statement necklace. Not too much and too little, which is hard to get right.

Speaking of Sex and the City, each of the four characters has her own unique style. Whose is your favorite? I think mine is a combination of Miranda’s classy look with Samantha’s, which is always sharp and sexy.

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Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21) MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy's)
Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21) Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21)

MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy’s)

Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21)

Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

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Nude Pumps: Splurge vs. Steal

Nude and tan-colored shoes are another big trend for Spring 2010. Since they go with every other color, they’ll quickly become one of your most dependable staples. You might as well say that nude is the new black. As an added bonus, nude pumps have an incredible leg-lengthening effect, making your them look a mile long!

Women's Mossimo Virginia Pumps - Taupe ($29.99, Target) Charles by Charles David 'Pompadour' Pump ($124, Zappos)

Women’s Mossimo Virginia Pumps – Taupe ($29.99, Target)

Charles by Charles David ‘Pompadour’ Pump ($124, Zappos)

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Pink Pumps Make the World Go Round

This may be my favorite StealThisDress! post to date. Pink heels! What more could you ask for? If your style is similar to mine, nothing. The shows below, all of which I found on Zappos, to me all scream Carrie Bradshaw and it’s fabulous. Just imagine how amazing any of these pairs would look with a dark-colored dress or dark jeans and a fancy top.

My favorite pair is probably the second one from the top. That jewel-encrusted heel is to die for. Let’s see, only about three more months until it gets warm enough to wear shoes like these outside. Here’s to a summer of pink pumps coming soon!

rsvp 'Rain' Peeptoe Pump ($85, Zappos)

rsvp 'Lovely' ($109, Zappos)rsvp 'Jaceline' Peeptoe Pump ($88, Zappos)

Promiscuous 'Kalei' Pump ($89, Zappos)Jessica Simpson 'Astor' Peeptoe Pump ($78.95, Zappos)

rsvp ‘Rain’ Peeptoe Pump ($85, Zappos)

rsvp ‘Lovely’ Pump ($109, Zappos)

rsvp ‘Jaceline’ Peeptoe Pump ($88, Zappos)

Promiscuous ‘Kalei’ Pump ($89, Zappos)

Jessica Simpson ‘Astor’ Peeptoe Pump ($78.95, Zappos)

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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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rsvp Lauren

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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Kristin Cavallari Look For Less

Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari

Kristin, everyone’s favorite ‘villain’ from Laguna Beach and now star of The Hills, definitely embodies that “California blond” beauty. There is no better way to complement the tan skin characteristic of this look than with a cute little yellow dress. This photo is not very recent, but hey, the look still works!

Skinny Faux Leather Belt

Charmeuse Cocktail Dress ($28.50, A'Gaci) Steve Madden 'Vivaci' Wedge($69.90, Zappos)

Skinny Faux Leather Belt ($4.80, Forever21)

Charmeuse Cocktail Dress ($28.50, A’Gaci)

Steve Madden ‘Vivaci’ Wedge($69.90, Zappos)

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Cut-Out Booties

Boutique 9 Heynow ($1740, Zappos) Report 'Deahne' Bootie ($90, www.piperlime.com)

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You Don’t Have to Live in the City to Look Like Erin Lucas

Erin Lucas

Erin Lucas

For those who do not spend hours and hours glued to the latest and greatest of the never ending reality tv shows like yours truly, Erin Lucas is one of Whitney Port’s pals on MTV’s The City.

I wasn’t too crazy about some of her boho chic-ish outfit choices on the show, but her stunning take on the LBD in this photo immediately caught my attention.

Nude or tan colored shoes can be tricky, so better to wear them with contrasting colors such as black in order to avoid that bland, washed out effect. It looks like Erin is wearing the Very Prive Patent Tan Peep Toe shoe from none other than Mr. Christian Louboutin. I have to admit finding a lookalike pump in that exact hue is difficult. But with so many shoes available in various shades of tan right now, you can get pretty close.

Erin keeps the accessories to a minimum, sticking with one statement ring. We approve.

Ruched Front Knit Dress ($27.80, Forever21)

Ruched Front Knit Dress ($27.80, Forever21)

Mandy Burst Ring ($4.80, Forever21)

Mandy Burst Ring ($4.80, Forever21)

Enzo Angiolini Murray ($98.85, Zappos)

Enzo Angiolini Murray ($98.85, Zappos)

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Stealing the Look: Bagdley Mischka Spring 2009

Bagdley Mischka Sring 2009 Ready-To-Wear Collection

Bagdley Mischka Sring 2009 Ready-To-Wear Collection

There is something undeniably sexy about Victorian-inspired items, which often tend to mix together all sorts of opulent textures. Such is the rich look created by Bagdley Mischka as part of their Spring 2009 ready-to-wear collection, where opposing elements such as delicate lace and metallic jewelry play a prominent role.

There is no question that a white dress is perfect for summer–especially this year, when neutrals are all the rage. Bagdley Mischka uses a sleeveless dress and a short sleeved cardigan on top, cinching the two at the waist with a belt. However, you can easily recreate the look with a lacy short-sleeved frock.

When it comes to accessorizing the dress, don’t be shy! Over-the-top opulence is an important part of this look. A shiny gold multi-strand necklace, as used by Bagdley Mischka, creates a beautiful contrast against the white fabric. The gold element is also reflected by the hardware on the white hand bag.

Don’t forget to thrown on a pair of brown wedges or platform sandals that have either dark jewel accents or even more gold hardware. You may think combining so many textures together is a faux-pas, but if Bagdley Mischka did it, then you know its ok!

Qian Pearl Strands Classic White Lace Mini Dress ($36, www.angiehearts.net)

Qian Pearl Strands Classic White Lace Mini Dress ($36, www.angiehearts.net)

Multi Strand Metallic Bead Necklace ($9.80, Forever 21)

Multi Strand Metallic Bead Necklace ($9.80, Forever 21)

Enzo Angiolini 'Waters' Shoe ($89, Zappos)

Enzo Angiolini 'Waters' Shoe ($89, Zappos)

Lola Marie Bag ($47.96, www.bagbaus.com)

Lola Marie Bag ($47.96, www.bagbaus.com)

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