I have a confession to make: I am entirely obsessed with weddings, and have been planning my own since I was old enough to say "bustle." From the tulle and sparkles to the dancing and the thought of making a lifelong commitment to love somebody every single day forever, I've always been drawn to weddings and wedding fashion. This, in my adult life, has translated into a great love of bridal gowns and the bridal fashion industry. When I was younger, my mother would let me buy prom and bridal magazines and I would pore over each and every page, taking in dress after gorgeous dress, and imagining what I would look like on my own big day.
The downside to this practice, however, is that by now I feel like I've seen it all. If there's a style of wedding dress that has been designed, I've probably dog-eared it in a magazine at some point. And while I love the classic nature of bridal gowns, I'm always searching for styles that will stand out and make a bride feel unique on her wedding day.
In my quest for originality, I came across an Instagram account that sparked my interest in a new style: bridal separates. With the growing popularity of Sherri Hill's prom separates, I was no stranger to the concept, but had never really thought about it in the context of bridal. I personally think that in order to make separates "work," they have to be executed just so, and it takes some work to find that perfect designer. However, I have recently come across some designers that are creating beautiful bridal separates perfect for the modern and daring bride. Check out my top three down below!
1. Sweet Caroline Styles
Specializing in creating only bridal separates in lieu of traditional dresses, Sweet Caroline Styles was the first place I saw the concept of separates put to use in the bridal industry. Although there were designers before her who were creating bridal separates, I had never seen it prior to stumbling across her Instagram. As you can see, styles from Sweet Caroline range from very soft and traditional to bold and brave, with lots of different tastes in between. In an excerpt from her website, the designer says,
"FROM TRENDY GIRLS WHO WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT IN SOFT COLORS OR AN EDGY BRIDE WHO WANTS TO ROCK IT IN BOLD BLACK, TO A CLASSIC GIRL WHO IS LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT NECKLINE AND AN ELEGANTLY LONG TRAIN, WE HAVE ENDLESS OPTIONS FOR EVERY STYLE."
Whether you're looking for a shocking statement or just a personalized spin on a classic concept, Sweet Caroline Styles is full of beautiful styles that will accommodate each and every unique bride.
2. Alexandra Grecco
The beauty of Alexandra Grecco is that although she creates these non-traditional two-piece designs, they maintain a sort of timeless feminine elegance about them. You can get the best of both worlds: an eye-catching, ethereal design for the modern bride, mixed with the almost sentimental styles of weddings past. Her delicate lace details accent multiple different silhouettes, from the ball gown types to the straight and sexy, which is another unique concept in her line- most bridal separates consist of some type of top with an extremely large tulle skirt on the bottom, whereas this line includes even a pin-straight silhouette for a more simplistic and modern feel. So whether you desire a flirty and feminine flounce, or a soft and simple satin, you can find a timeless beauty and a little flair with Alexandra Grecco's gorgeous line of separates.
3. Jenny Yoo
Although Jenny Yoo's collections don't include quite as many separate pieces as the previous designers, I thought that she really did offer a decent amount of versatility within the line. She features florals- like that airy little beauty on the left- short skirts, long skirts, bustier tops, and unique tank tops made specifically for her bridal/special occasion collection, and her other accessories really add to the customizable experience. Additionally, buying from Jenny Yoo means buying from an already established brand in the bridal community- her designs for brides and bridesmaids alike are often featured by The Knot and other bridal magazines and blogs.
So whether you're a traditional bride looking for the ability to fully customize your look without paying the big bucks, or you're an eccentric soul hoping to make a lasting impression on your big day, bridal separates are a growing trend that can be great for you!
What is your separates style? Are you more of an ivory lace lover, or a dip-dyed black skirt type of girl? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time beautiful!
Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/holiday week spending time with friends and family. I certainly did, but now I'm excited to finally get back to the blog and share my last installment of "How to Dress On-Trend + Not Freeze to Death" with you. I've really enjoyed my first foray into the world of blogging, and I look forward to creating new content to share with all of you in the new year!
This week's trend takes me way back to my childhood. I have distinct memories from a very young age of roaming around my mother's closet and wrapping myself up in her fuzzy fur coats. I've always been attracted to these types of garments, even if only to run my hands over the softness for a passing moment. They scream luxury and high fashion, while actually being highly practical and keeping you warm in the coldest months.
I will admit, when these babies first made their reappearance into the fashion scene, I wasn't crazy about them. They appeared too bulky and almost too flashy for my taste (anybody who knows me personally is LOLing right now because if there's anything I love, it's flashy, attention-grabbing clothes). But gradually, as more and more styles appeared, I was sold on the trend based on the sheer variety in styles, from varied fits, colors, and patterns, to different weights suitable for any occasion. There are longer and heftier styles meant to actually keep you warm, as well as lightweight options meant simply for style. And the best part about this trend? YOU DON'T HAVE TO BREAK THE BANK TO BUY IT. While the fur coats of old were often incredibly expensive and owned only by those with the highest fashion sense (and socioeconomic class), the new synthetic styles are available at your favorite "everyday" type retailers, such as H&M and Forever 21- where I happened to purchase my personal favorite!
These jackets are great with a variety of different outfits as well- I've worn mine over a sweater and jeans on a day out shopping, as well as over a dress from Free People for a wedding earlier in the season. (Added bonus for those of you reading this on publishing day: these coats will look FABULOUS over your shiny New Year's Eve outfits!) No matter the formality of the occasion, this look adds a touch of class and extravagance to any outfit.
With that, my loves, I conclude this fun series about how to stay stylish without letting hypothermia set in. I hope I've brought you all a little fashion and fun, and I look forward to seeing you in my next series!
Until next year, snow bunnies! (That was such a parent joke, I know, I know, I'm ashamed)
Picture this: you, all bundled in your bed under all those toasty covers, wearing your favorite oversized sweatshirt, with visions of sugar plums dancing in your head. The wind might be blustering outside, but you wouldn't know, 'cause you're cozier than a polar bear by the fireplace, just dreaming about a tropical vacation. But then, suddenly and completely out of nowhere... BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! The dreaded alarm clock- it's time to get up out of your cozy cocoon and dress like a functioning human being.
Waking up early in the winter not only means finding your way around in complete and utter darkness, but also going it in obnoxiously low temperatures that sometimes have the audacity to make their way into the negatives. And while the winter wonderland outside your window looks romantic, it feels like throwing yourself into the waters of the Arctic.
But what if I told you that you don't have to give up your snuggly sweatshirt to stay stylish on a cold winter's day? THAT is where the sweatshirt dress comes in, and, my friends, it is as glorious as it sounds.
This trend draws largely from the hottest (lol no pun intended) Asian fashion trends, with the "oversized everything" silhouette only growing in popularity this year. Sweatshirt dresses are amazing for a long list of reasons, but here's my top two:
Similarly to the sweater trend discussed in my first post of this series, sweatshirt dresses come in many varieties, including ones with cold-shoulder details, lace up necklines, and eye-catching embroidery or patches.
Personally, my favorite way to wear this trend is in a solid black sweatshirt dress. The color keeps it versatile, the minimalism keeps it professional, and, of course, the fleece lining keeps it as comfortable as ever. Pair it with some fleece-lined tights and some cozy boots, and you may have actually found yourself an outfit that's more comfortable than your loungewear.
So far, I've found that Forever 21 is the best place to find these dream dresses for a decent price. To do some more shopping, shop my Polyvore board above by clicking on the link!
Have a fabulous Christmas and a wonderful end to your holiday season! See you soon!
For those of you that don't already know, I was born vertically challenged. (And for those of you that don't get what I'm talking about, I mean that I'm short. Like, really short.) My biggest dream growing up was to make it to 5'3", but by some cruel joke, I came up short by two inches and just froze. Because of my height issue, I've always found things labeled "over-the-knee" or "thigh high" to be scary. I loved how it looked on those leggy Instagram models, but it just never looked quite right on me. (Cue the story of that one time I bought "thigh high" stockings that LITERALLY came up to my pelvis.)
THANKFULLY, as this trend has grown more and more popular in the last year or two, it's also become more reasonable in terms of fitting more and more body types. From plus size to petite, today you can find a super-tall stunner that will work for you and give you the high fashion (HA see what I did there?) look we all desire.
The best part about this trend for the winter season is that it basically covers your entire leg, meaning A) you can stay cozy and still be cute, and B) nobody will be able to tell that you quit shaving your legs in November. (Don't lie, we all know what you're hiding under those sweater tights!)
Although I do love the summer variations of this trend, I personally think winter's where it's at for these babies. Crushed velvet, very reminiscient of the 90s, has once again come to the forefront of street style, and in case you haven't been inside an Urban Outfitters recently, METALLIC IS IN. These two shiny show-offs are my personal favorite textures for this season. That being said, you really can't go wrong with a classic suede- I have a black pair from Lola Shoetique and I could honestly live in them forever!
In addition to lots of fabric and color options, there's the heel option. This is one great trend where you can look equally stylish in flats, wedges, or tiny little stiletto heel- something I usually don't see! Not only does this keep you comfy when you're out on the town, but it also keeps the look versatile; you can wear the same boots over tights or even jeans for daytime, and then under a slinkier dress for a night out.
I think we can all agree that this trend is honestly amazing. It's extremely stylish but so incredibly simple, and comes in a wide variety of styles and prices. Whether you're going for color, comfort, or a look that could kill a man (YASSS SLAY), this trend has got you covered... literally!
Click the link under my board to shop those styles on my Polyvore, or check out some of my favorites below!
Best High End: Stuart Weitzman
Best Affordable: Lola Shoetique
Favorite Designer: Steve Madden
Favorite Style: Crushed Velvet (ASOS)
See you Friday, fashionistas!
Well, America, it's finally happened. People other than Superman are now wearing their undergarments outside of their clothing, and I must say... it looks pretty darn cool.
When "waist training" came into popularity a few years ago- thanks to the seemingly omnipotent Kardashians- corsets came right out of the 16th century and back into popular culture; however, these cinchers were meant for a specific purpose of creating a body shape through consistent wear underneath the clothing. This new style is bringing the concept outward, and this is one crazy clothing concept I can totally get behind.
In the 16th Century, when Catherine de Medici introduced the women of the French court to the Italian corset, these flattering but uncomfortable undergarments were made using stiffened fabrics with bars of wood or whalebone to keep the rigid shape. Today, the corsets worn outside the clothing are made a few different ways; some that I researched were simply belts laced in the front to draw the garment inward to be more form fitting, while others have plastic or metal boning in them to create a more classic corset style.
The typical outfit created with this modern corset includes a baggy garment underneath the cincher- most often t-shirts but, on occasion, a sweatshirt instead. These are usually tunic-style, worn without pants underneath, making this a perfect trend to be worn with a sassy pair of over-the-knee boots. (Stay tuned for my next installment of How to Dress On-Trend + Not Freeze to Death to see an entire feature on these babies!) The reigning queen of corset fashion? YouTube and Instagram fashion sensation Amanda Steele. Four of her outfits are featured on this board, and her choices are the most varied & creative I've seen so far.
While we haven't seen much of this trend yet, rest assured that it will be coming to the forefront of street style in 2017. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to seeing more ensembles by fashion leaders like Amanda in the near future.
So what are your thoughts? Love the corset, or think these mini-waist makers should be kept under the garment where they were intended? Let's discuss in the comments!
Until next time, my little corset cuties!
The Christmas season has officially started, which means winter is hovering, ready to surprise us at any minute with Lorelai Gilmore's favorite event: the season's first snowfall. With this magical changing of seasons, however, comes the awkward fashion phenomenon we call winter clothing. Living in the midwest all my life, I've become accustomed to the age-old question of "Do I want to look cute, or do I want to bum it out in my sweats and stay cozy?" But fear not, fashion lovers, I come bearing solutions! This series will be full of some of my top picks for how to stay warm without compromising your sense of style. Today's topic: sweaters with sass!
Sweaters are the classic go-to for cold-weather clothes. Whether you choose a warm wool, a cozy cashmere, or a silky synthetic, they're the easiest way to bundle up without feeling too bulky. The most common problem I have with sweaters, though, is that I tend to find them boring; if it's a basic cardigan or pullover with nothing to catch my attention, I'm usually not drawn to it the way I would be to one with a fun detail.
Cold-shoulder and lace-up styles have been all the rage this year, and carry surprisingly well into winter fashions as well. These cutouts give you just enough interest without letting all the heat escape from your body and causing hypothermia. (Am I exaggerating?) I find that it's also a great way to stay casual but still turn heads with your sense of style. You could even choose a lower cut for a sexier look. (Sweaters in the club could totally be a thing, right?) Whatever you're going for, there's a sweater option that will work for you.
Don't forget to click the link under my board to shop this look on my Polyvore!
Until next week, style bugs!