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Looks on Campus: Alexandra – College of Southern Nevada

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For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been attending the Bates Dance Festival at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. It’s been an incredible experience and I’ve met so many talented dancers. People from across the globe attend this event, so I’ve been able to scope out unique and graceful dancers who also have an inspiring sense of style.

I saw Alexandra while leaving the dining hall during the festival, and her outfit was on point. The combination of her interesting black dress and colorful hat immediately caught my eye.

Alexandra 101

Street style at the college of southern nevada

Name: Alexandra

Major: Dance

Year: Senior

University: College of Southern Nevada

Let’s Talk Fashion

Who or what inspires your style? “Young Whitney Houston, most definitely!”

Where do you like to shop? “I like thrift shops and yard sales mostly.”

How would you describe your sense of style? “I would say it’s a mix of vintage and Hollywood.”

Why did you choose this particular outfit? “Because [this dress] was the most comfortable thing in my room. I chose my hat because my hair wasn’t up to par, so I threw on this beanie.”

What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “I would say: don’t think about it too much, if it works for you then it’s perfect, and if you want to add extra flair, add an accessory!”

What are your favorite trends right now? “Natural hair and Orange Is the New Black!”

Do you have any favorite fashion designers? If so, who? “I do; I like Coco Chanel because she has good quotes. I also like McQueen because he’s really creative. I enjoy St. John’s because it’s very timeless.”

What do you do for fun-do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “Singing [and] step. I used to be on a step team. And poetry.”

If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would be and why? “It would be Carrie from Sex and the City. I need all of her clothes today. Right now.”

Elements of Alex’s Style

1. Colorful Stand-Out Beanie

Stylish college student wearing knit beanie

The bright colors and knit texture of Alexandra’s beautiful beanie contrasted with her stark black dress in a stylish way. Ultimately, it made her dress more casual, which was ideal for an afternoon spent at a dance festival.

2. Attention-Grabbing Cutouts

Cutout dress trend at the college of southern nevada

Alexandra’s dress, from Nicki Minaj’s collection at Kmart, has unique lower back cut-outs. The trendy cut-outs not only flaunt her gorgeous shape, but they really upgraded her classic LBD and turned it into something cool and edgy.

What do you think of Alexandra’s unique LBD?

Did she nail the casual summertime look? What do you think about her knit beanie? Do you ever rock cut-outs? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Runway Looks for Less: 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2014

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3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2014
3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2014 | ELLE

3.1 Phillip Lim’s Resort 2014 collection featured its signature oversized silhouettes combined with tailored features and cool pops of color. With lighter, brighter hues that are perfect for warmer weather, quirky topless floppy sunhats, and the introduction of a backpack version of the trademark Pashli bag, Lim put forth looks that are fashion-forward, wearable, and incredibly fun.

Are you in absolute love with Lim’s fabulous collection, but are balking at the price tag? Keep reading for three budget-friendly outfits inspired by Phillip Lim Resort 2014:

1. Oversized Structure

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014 look 1
Photo: ELLE

This first look is the perfect example of how to combine oversized, borrowed-from-the-boys silhouettes and structured pieces. The cool blue shorts are loose yet fitted, while the blazer is both casual and office-ready. The printed flats and orange clutch add a touch of fun to an otherwise basic outfit.

Get the Look:

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014 blue shorts and tan blazer
Product Info: Shorts- ASOS, Top- H&M, Blazer- Forever 21, Shoes- NastyGal, Clutch- ASOS, Sunglasses- Forever 21

Recreate this ensemble with a pair of light blue shorts that are flowy but flattering. Combine these shorts with a white t-shirt and an oversized beige blazer. Continue channeling the original look with an orange clutch that has zipper details, as well as round sunglasses and a pair of patterned loafers.

2. Orange You In Love?

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014 look 2
Photo: ELLE

Orange was a reoccurring color in Lim’s Resort 2014 collection. While the first outfit incorporated just a dash of the hue, this ensemble centered around the gorgeous orange skirt. By pairing this strong color with an equally rich dark purple top, the resulting outfit is incredibly bold and fashion-forward.

Get the Look:

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014 orange skirt and colorblocked jacket
Product Info: Skirt- NastyGal, Top- Express, Jacket- Windsor, Shoes- Go Jane, Eyebrow Pencil- Target

Start by pairing a pleated orange mini skirt with a deep purple top. Slip a black-and-white color-blocked jacket on over the blouse and add some classic-looking strappy white heels. Define and shape your brows á la model with an easy-to-use eyebrow pencil.

3. Summertime Chic

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014 look 3
Photo: ELLE

This outfit is my personal favorite from Lim’s resort collection. Not only does it featured the chic combination of black and white, but it upgrades that classic look with both edgy components (just look at that leather detail!) and unconventional ones (like that envy-worthy floppy hat).

Get the Look:

3.1 Phillip Lim resort 2014 black and white outfit
Product Info: Top- H&M, Romper- Forever 21, Shoes- Go Jane, Hat- Free People, Bracelets- Forever 21

Slip on a white tee with rolled sleeves under a black romper that has edgy details; for this recreation, we chose zippers over leather. Incorporate a black floppy hat and metallic ankle-strap heels. Finish the look with silver bangles for a bit of bling. We think this outfit would be perfect for a brunch date!

Your Thoughts?

What were your thoughts on this collection? Were you guys inspired by these stunning outfits by Phillip Lim? Which of these is your favorite? Would you wear any of them? Remember to let me know your thoughts in the comments below, along with any designers you’d like to see in the next few weeks!

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Easy Outfit Formulas: Sweater + High-Waisted Shorts

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Easy outfit formulas sweater and high waisted shorts
Products: Sweater, Shorts

Since summer is winding down and fall is approaching, transitional dressing is the name of the game right now. I’ve already covered one outfit formula for transitional weather – crop tops and maxi skirts – and this week I’m covering another: sweaters and high-waisted shorts.

You probably have at least one pair of trendy high-waisted shorts in your summer wardrobe, so all you need to do is pull out one of your favorite sweaters from storage, and – ta da! – you have a cute and simple back-to-school outfit.

Below are three stylish looks that incorporate this outfit formula – scroll down to check them out:

Casual Prep

Anchor sweater and white cutoff shorts
Product Info: Sweater – Modcloth, Shorts – Forever 21, Sneakers – Keds, Backpack – Aeropostale, Earrings – Sole Society, Headband – Modcloth

This look is a mix of casual, preppy, nautical, and girly elements, so it’s a great ensemble for trying out different styles. White cut-off denim shorts tone down a bright graphic sweater, while navy sneakers keep the outfit versatile and comfortable. A floral backpack is perfect for class and adds a feminine touch, as do the sparkly jeweled earrings and cute owl-print headband.

Worldly & Eclectic

Teal sweater and printed tie waist shorts
Product Info: Sweater – Old Navy, Shorts – Maurices, Sandals – Zappos, Bag – Miss Selfridge, Bracelet – Humble Chic, Earrings – Vince Camuto, Scarf – Target

Our next outfit has a global, eclectic feel that’s perfect for a chic world traveler. Pair a teal v-neck sweater with bold, printed tie-waist shorts, then slip on strappy leather sandals. Use a matching leather tote to carry all of your belongings (whether it be books or flea market finds), and add a burgundy scarf for an extra layer of warmth and color.

Lastly, accessorize with your most unique jewelry pieces, like etched hoop earrings and a geometric cuff (or a handcrafted piece you picked up while abroad!).

Mixed Media

Embellished sweater and black leather shorts
Product Info: Sweater – Dorothy Perkins, Shorts – Kohl’s, Tights – Daily Look, Boots – Lord & Taylor, Bag – Mango, Bangles – Wet Seal, Earrings – Vince Camuto

This chic black-and-white look is super-cool, trendy, and ideal for a cold weather date or girls’ night out. Though the colors are muted, the mix of textures adds lots of visual interest.

Start with an embellished white sweater and black faux leather shorts, then wear black tights for warmth. Black wedge heels will elongate your legs and add some height. For more texture, add sparkly metallic bangles and silver studs, then complete the outfit with a quilted, blush-colored bag.

Thoughts?

What do you think of this formula? Do you have these pieces in your closet? Which look is most your style? Let us know in the comments!

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Mollie King, Jessica Alba, & Olivia Holt

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Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Mollie King, Jessica Alba, & Olivia Holt

Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Mollie King, Jessica Alba, and Olivia Holt’s street style. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Mollie King’s Pre-Fall Fashion

Mollie King wearing pink trousers, a white sweater, and a wide brim fedora
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Singer Mollie King was spotted in London rocking a pre-fall outfit that actually got me excited for autumn. (I’m the type of person who refuses to accept that summer is coming to a close soon!) Mollie wore pretty blush pink trousers with neutral pumps, a white mock neck top, a felt wide-brim hat, and a chain strap bag.

The light color scheme of Mollie’s outfit reflects spring and summer, but the pieces themselves are perfect for fall. Her ensemble is super chic and on-trend for the current season.

Outfit Inspired by Mollie

Mollie King Outfit
Pants, Top, Hat, Bag, Shoes

To get Mollie’s look, start with chic trouser pants in a blush pink color. Mock and high necks are becoming a trend, and this white top makes for a totally unique pairing with the pants. The ensemble has a ladylike vibe to it, so dress it up with neutral pumps, a quilted chain strap bag, and a felt wide-brim fedora.

This outfit is so fashion-forward, and it’s polished look makes it appropriate for many settings, including work and internships.

Look 2: Jessica Alba’s Ladylike Chic

Jessica Alba wearing a full skirt, a black blazer, and leopard print clutch
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Jessica Alba stepped out in NYC in a glam look that consisted of a burgundy A-line skirt, a black top and matching blazer, ankle-strap sandals, and a black-and-white leopard print clutch. Jessica’s outfit is ladylike and perfect for a dressy event.

Her blazer pulls the look together, while the printed clutch adds a touch of edginess. Jessica always knows how to put together a look that is on-trend yet individual, and this outfit is no exception.

Outfit Inspired by Jessica

Jessica Alba Outfit
Skirt, Top, Blazer, Heels, Clutch

Jessica’s outfit is ideal for any event which requires you to dress up. The dark burgundy and black color scheme is perfect for fall, and contrasts nicely with the feminine qualities of the skirt, bandeau top, and sandals.

While this A-line skirt could be dressed down with a striped t-shirt and flats, here we dressed it up with a structured bandeau top and blazer. Add a bit of edge with a black-and-white leopard print clutch, then complete the look with sleek ankle strap heels.

Look 3: Olivia Holt’s Laid-Back Look

Olivia Holt wearing ripped jeans, ankle boots, and an open button-down
Photo: Pacific Coast News

Actress Olivia Holt looked cute in an easy, laid-back look that’s ideal for a casual day. Olivia wore light-wash skinny jeans that are torn at the knees with a striped button-down top worn over a white button-front blouse.

Olivia rolled her jeans up to her ankles, which showed off her flat black booties. Her outfit is great for a day spent on campus, hanging with friends, or running errands.

Outfit Inspired by Olivia

Olivia Holt Outfit
Jeans, Top, Necklace, Button-Down Top, Sunglasses, Booties

These light-wash skinny jeans with ripped knees are very similar to Olivia’s, and can be rolled at the ankle depending on your footwear. As we head into fall, many celebs are ditching their sandals for booties, so if you choose to wear black ankle booties like Olivia, show them off by cuffing your jeans.

This white tank top features a button front design that is accented by a long necklace; for an added layer, wear a striped button down shirt like Olivia, or even a flannel top. Wayfarer-esque sunglasses complete the look.

What do you think?

Which celebrity’s street style look is your favorite? Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? Leave a comment and let us know!

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