Maybe it’s because we’re now living on the west coast, but this spring/summer is shaping up to be the season of white jeans. As much as I love denim, this is a look I’ve always passed up for several reasons. Firstly, how in the world do you not spill coffee, brush against your dirty car/subway, or generally get the look of life on white pants? Secondly, I’ve always felt they made my legs look wide, and finally the look came off a little too preppy for my taste. However, this year I’ve started to see a version of the trend that has me willing to jump in, as seen below (via WhoWhatWear).
It’s a little bit more relaxed, a little more worn, and lot cooler than the white jean ensembles I’ve seen in the past. A little fleck of dirt won’t be so glaringly obvious against torn up jeans, plus the shape is roomier and more forgiving. Here are a few of my notes for styling white denim this spring and summer:
Relaxed skinny: I am not one for painted on denim and definitely not in white. Give yourself a little breathing room and you’ll avoid the show-through and cling factor.
Crop or Flare: Or both! I love the new crop flare, but that’s a whole different story. White jeans also feel fresh in a full flare or ankle crop. Straight white denim can feel a bit stuffy.
Shredded: A little distressing once again relaxes the prep factor of straight white denim.
A few new pairs of white jeans to test drive the look…
Am I the only one who ever goes fantasy shopping, some casual online or window browsing with the mindset of “if money were no object?” I was casually browsing Luella & June, which happened to click me over to Moda Operandi’s sales (ruh oh) where I came to a screeching halt over these Dolce & Gabbana sequined beauties. They have a 4 inch heel, Swarovski flowers, and the cutest Mary Jane strap. Also, there just happens to only be one pair left…in my size. Please someone do us a favor and go snatch these up. Unless one of these lucky Powerball tickets works out tonight, then please step away from my shoes.
This year’s red carpet was a great way to kick off the award show season. Some years this carpet can feel a little safe, but since it is less formal it’s worth crossing fingers that someone will try a more daring look. After figuring out why the awards were shown twice (live and taped) while the red carpet was at 4 (NBC) and 6 (E!), I finally grabbed a beverage and took in some of the fashion. Since we’ve all seen the photos multiple times, I’ve broken down some comparison highlights and noteworthy favorites.
Midnight Blue Ballgown
Both Viola Davis and Jenna Dewan looked stunning in their midnight blue ballgowns with plunging necklines. I wish that Viola’s didn’t have the flutter sleeve detail. A flutter sleeve rarely wins, and just the illusion netting over the cleavage would have been enough coverage (plus she has incredible arms). The plunging neckline on Jenna’s dress plus the pockets and full skirt is young and playful – one of my favorites for the night!
Black Sloped Shoulder
Who would think Lady Gaga and Helen Mirren would be in the same category? While these dresses are quite different from the (very cinched) waist down, the slopped shoulders with exaggerated sweetheart necklines on both are incredibly flattering. Helen Mirren seems to have stopped aging about 20 years ago, and this look feels just as timeless and classic.
I think we’ve all heard enough about Jane Fonda’s dress. Yes it’s incredibly weird and looks slightly like a bed skirt, but if you subtract the giant ruffled distraction she still looks gorgeous. Note to self, ruffles look much better on the waist than the neck. How cute does Malin Akerman look? Just enough volume with a slight train and sculpted top, love it!
A basic black column gown is pretty much as safe as you can go for a big awards show. Sophia Bush looks pretty; nothing offensive but nothing memorable. Kirsten Dunst on the other hand is one of my favorites of the night. Yes it’s a lot of cleavage, but it still looks tasteful and malfunction proof thanks to the straps. The shape is beautiful and I love the slight train. This is the way to do basic black on the red carpet.
I love (love love) a good sequin gown so this is a really tough debate for me. Brie Larson looks cool, sexy, and confident in her gown, although the top is a tad droopy in the middle. I adore this dramatic v-neck ballgown (a big trend for the night) on Portia Doubleday. It’s a lot of dress and a lot of shine, but it works so well.
More noteworthy favorites:
Alicia Vikander pulled off this incredibly tricky “apron-esque” gown beautifully. It helps that she is very petite so all of the ruffles and seams lay flat. I also love the balance of the deep side cutaway.
Jennifer Lawrence referenced o one of her best looks ever (the 2011 Oscar dress) with this beautiful red gown. I often think her Dior choices are too mature, but this dress is fun, sophisticated, and looks incredible. Another top favorite for me.
Multi-colored sparkles are very challenging, but Kate Bosworth pulled it off perfectly. The silhouette is a very simple letting the sparkle and slight pattern stand out.
More great sparkles! Olivia Wilde went for a slightly sexier take on last year’s sequin gown (and minus the baby bump) and yet looks completely effortless.
Taylor Schilling is one of the few stars who worn an alternative to a classic gown. I wish there was a deep drop necklace and more interesting shoes to make the look more red carpet appropriate, but it still feels so cool.
Another one of my very favorites of the night: Zendaya in tiered Marchesa. The voluminous tiers are interesting without overwhelming her, and the top is perfectly tailored. I would love to wear this dress.
The legitimate super model turns 40 today, and before street style even became a “thing”, she’s been a constant source of style inspiration on and off the job. Setting the standard for bedhead, natural makeup with a smudged smokey eye, and causing a sudden rush for Wellies, this lady knows what works. Below are a few of my favorite looks from the model off duty and what makes them just.so.good.
1. The Wellie: I’ll fully admit, I didn’t own (or really recognize) a pair of Hunter boots until Kate Moss caused a photo frenzy stomping through a British music festival. Clearly they are practical for the occasion, but they also draw just enough attention to makes jean shorts and a tank look so cool.
2. Signature Edge: There is so much to love about this look. Firstly, Kate is known as much for her signature bedhead as anything she has ever worn. The ‘do provides a roughed up edge to everything from gowns to sleek blazers. Since her hair in this look is much sleeker, those awesome leather pants provide the signature edge. Also, Kate’s pants ensembles almost always include a thin tee that provides the perfect base layer for accessories.
3. Statement Coat:Did you even notice the LBD beneath that giant fur coat? Neither. Kate always nails her outerwear.
4. Jeans for Days:I would argue that Kate Moss actually started the boyfriend jean and stiletto combo that has become a casual night out standard. She often balances it with a wispy tee and blazer. (Also her fly is down in this photo. I barely even noticed, but probably won’t be trying that.)
5. Layer Up:Kate is a pro at layered looks and sticks with neutrals to keep the look sleek. Also, that hat? Yes please.
6. The Slip Dress: The slip dress is Moss’ signature evening look and with her wispy body type it always works. It’s definitely a lesson in less is more sexiness no matter what you choose to wear.
I had every intention of doing a red carpet predictions post leading up to the Golden Globes, but we took a last minute weekend trip and the post got a little sidetracked. However, I spent a large part of the bus ride home scanning Twitter for fashion highlights. One that stopped me in my tracks was Alison Williams. Not because I chose this gown in the would-be round up, but because I skipped over it for the this piece which walked right before it in the Fall 2014 Couture show.
The Armani Prive ballgown is stunning and made for a red carpet, but I the option on the right would have been a fresh change for her. I also want to rough up everything about the styling of this look. She is such a beautiful, young girl and the styling of this gown seems a little stiff. However, this hair and makeup with the option on the right would have been a great contrast.
I loved all of the vibrant color on the carpet last night, and it also felt a little bit more relaxed in terms of style than years past. There were far more sheaths (and a few jumpsuits) with embellishments, and finally less “Old Hollywood Glam.” A few highlights…
– Katherine Heigl looked stunning in classic Zac Posen tailoring that fit her like a second skin, and I love the hem.
– Strapless yellow gowns were a surprising trend. Leslie Mann looked gorgeous, but Jenna Dewan- Tatum pulled off my favorite take on the style (with awesome equally awesome hair to rival Sienna Miller’s much buzzed about bob.)
– Finally, Tina Fey…sigh. I adore you and think you’re hilarious, but you desperately need a new stylist.
Since the Golden Globes kick off the red carpet season here are a few favorite runway gowns that I hope to see at the Oscars.
Elie Saab always shows some major red carpet- worthy gowns and these four were some of my favorites.
This soft blue is beautiful especially with the shimmer, perfect for a redhead! Also, this is a great sleeved option that isn’t dowdy. Robin Wright looked edgy and little rocker last night in black. The option on the right would be a major yet equally unique option for the Oscars or Emmys.
These two are in one of my favorite colors, coral. I rarely go for a high neck, but this slit balances it out. The deep-v was a major trend last night, and I adore it paired with non-beauty queen sparkle.
Valentino showed beautiful gowns for a girl looking to push the envelope. The option on the right would be a great re-do for the ill-fitting Valentino on Claire Danes last night. I would love to see the left option on Lupita Nyong’o, it would look amazing against her skin tone.
Finally, the late Oscar de la Renta was a natural for the red carpet, and these are two of my favorites from his most recent works. The hot pink is from his resort collection and is simply stunning.