Summer of Bustier Tops

This season is all about bustier tops. The term “bustier” has taken on a completely new meaning, from something more risque than fashion forward, to a totally wearable wardrobe essential for this summer. Not only do these tops make the “girls” (ehem) look great, but their tight nature also helps suck you in a bit and creates smoother lines. This may not be the best trend to rock at an event where lots of beer and food is going to be consumed, but we all suffer a little for fashion sometimes, right?

Here are some of my favorite looks:

I am really into pairing a bustier top with high waisted denim shorts. I adore wearing grunge with a feminine twist, so you can bet this will be one of my go-to outfits this summer.

A more traditional bustier top can be played down by adding modern, on-trend additions. These tribal print, high waisted shorts give the outfit a fashion forward flare, while still covering the belly area to keep the look chic rather than promiscuous.

I know, I know. This Mara Hoffman bustier top is to die for. Despite it’s teensy size, it’s possible to keep this look high fashion by simply being mindful of proportions. If you have very little on top, add more on the bottom. That’s why a maxi is the perfect addition.

Last but not least – a full skirted bustier dress is another great way to play with proportions. I find this look to be particularly flattering on my body type, because I’m bigger on top than on bottom. The fitted top creates a clean shape, while the full skirt gives the illusion that I have more of an hourglass figure than I actually do. This shape is also great for girls who lack curves, or have more of an athletic build.



Going Backless

It’s no surprise that Spring 2012 is all about the open back. Models seem to have no problem rocking this look, but what about the rest of us? I recently purchased this backless bra. It has adhesive to prevent slippage, and you can even trim the tabs (there are lines for guidance) for a custom fit. I haven’t tried it yet, as spring has not yet fully sprung here in Vermont, but I am hoping for good things.

I’m curious, what are some of your tips and tricks for wearing backless fashion?


Trend Watch: Statement Necklaces

I’ve always had a thing for oversized jewelry. If you haven’t picked up on this by now, I love to accessorize, a lot! Statement necklaces have been popping up all over recently, and even though necklaces are actually my least favorite jewelry item to indulge in (I usually just find one that blends with my outfit, or don’t wear one at all), I can’t help but be swept up in the statement necklace wave myself. I bought this turquoise necklace from JCrew, and I can’t wait to pair it with a black romper and some cognac wedges!

When wearing a statement necklace remember these simple rules:

1) Keep the rest of the outfit basic. If you have a million other things going on, it will overwhelm the look. I suggest plain colored fabrics, but if you do want to go for a print, think about doing a simple stripe. Nothing too busy. Also, don’t overdo the makeup. The eye won’t know what to focus on if it’s torn between your tricolor eyeshadow and the bold jewels sitting right beneath your head. My personal favorite makeup look to pair this trend with is top eyeliner (maybe with a little wing), and a little mascara on top and bottom.

2) Include other accessories with a critical eye. If you’re wearing a statement necklace, it is probably not the day to wear your scarf headband, chunky bangles, or have your fingers filled with rings. I do think a simple, skinny headband could work, a couple bangles, and maybe one ring on each hand (or just one oversized ring, if you have to – the proportions could compliment those of the necklace, just make sure the styles compliment each other).

3) Experiment with color. If you are ready to make a bold fashion decision, go all the way! This spring it’s all about color, color, color! From neons to pastels, there is sure to be a statement necklace that enables you to either take a fashion risk, or stay in your comfort zone. Adding color on your neck will brighten your eyes, and draw attention to your best quality – your face!

Happy experimenting, xoxo

How to master bohemian chic

I’m not going to lie; some of my favorite looks are totally boho, loose, and oversized. I don’t necessarily believe that in order to be classy and put together you need to be strutting around in stiletto heels and a Chanel bag (not that I have anything against stilettos, or Chanel…).

My closet is filled with a plethora of clothes. From frilly, girly frocks, to tight sexy “night out” dresses, to soft sweaters that look effortless with a pair of leggings and some great boots. Still, my signature style has, and probably always will be “boho chic”. Not only does it allow you to be super comfy, but it never goes out of style.

Living in Burlington, I have seen hippie fashion go wrong way too many times. A lot of girls want to add that 60s flare to their wardrobe, but end up looking like they’ve been teleported directly from Woodstock. Here’s a few tips and tricks on how to get boho chic right:

1) Mix and match. Have a great tie dye scarf? Use it to spice up a basic outfit, or use it in your hair. Pair your flowy maxi skirt with some chic shades, or a classy watch. Wear your fringe boots with a mini dress. If your experiencing fashion block (like writers block, but obviously far more severe), pair chunky jewelry with leggings and a tank – instant boho! Just because you are drawing inspiration from a certain era, doesn’t mean you need to completely commit to it. This can mean the difference between classy and costumey.

2) Blend the old with the new. One of my favorite ways to rock the boho look is to update it with some current fashion trends. Incorporate a tribal print wedge (I am seeing them everywhere this season), or synch your maxi dress with a neon colored belt. Buy a maxi with cut outs or an open back. You can hold on to the effortlessness of the style while keeping up with what’s new in fashion.

3) Don’t ignore the details. Even though your new feather earrings may be cute, they may be the piece that takes your outfit too far. We’ve all had days when we’ve gotten a little carried away with achieving a desired look. Think about what your not so fashion savvy friend, boyfriend, dad, second cousin twice removed – whatever – would say. Would they think you look great, or would they make an embarrassing comment about how you look “straight outta the 60s”? If your not sure what going too far is, look at some of your friends Facebook pictures from Halloween; there is guaranteed to be someone dressed up like a hippie. DON”T DRESS LIKE THEM. Avoid boho stereotypes unless you are positive that they are subtle enough for you to pull off.

Good luck to all you boho fashionistas out there, xoxo