Well yesterday was all about brights and Spring and rebirth and that jazz. Well, today it was cold, gray, rainy and not really Spring-ish at all! So, in honor of the dark shitty weather, here’s a punk, goth, angry, noir, dark, angsty outfit post.
I built the outfit from the ground up. I love my black suede, Mary Jane, heelless Jeffery Campbell wedges. They’re way more easy to walk in (and comfy) than they look, super edgy, and extremely sexy.
I added high-waist black leggings (yes, sometimes leggings can be pants, thankyouverymuch), and topped it off with a eagle print cropped tank top, spike necklace, spike bracelet and spike ear cuff.
I also color-matched my purple lipstick and eyeshadow, for that extra bad-ass look. What do you think? Am I enough of a punk for you?
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell
Ear cuff: Forever21
Just some more shoes from Factory’s summer market!
I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter s….
Could it be studs? Spikes? Sexiness? Or…shoes?
With stud embellished loafers, heels and bags it’s safe to say the stud/spike trend has not jumped the shark. Betsey Johnson gave another fabulous offering through the form of a leopard print platform bootie with a stud covered back bow- mixing in a hard edgy touch to the otherwise girly look.
And Ruthie Davis continued to impress with her sparkly, glittery flats and sky-high platforms! Some of her shoes were so fun & girly that I almost mistook them to be Betsey Johnson’s!
Oh shoes… I do love you.
I’m just dotty about fashion…
While clashing (while not really clashing) patterns are in right now, I decided to mix similar patterns (a more subtle take on what I did here) for an all over dotty outfit.
The best thing to remember when using patterns- the smaller the print, the smaller those areas will look, the larger the print, the larger those areas will look. So with that in mind, I paired a white and navy tiny polka dot print mini skirt with a white and navy large polka dot sweater. The bow belt helped cinch my waist while simultaneously creating a visual line to divide up the spots, thus enhancing my curves instead of turning me into a beach ball.
And, with the classic blue and white coloring, it was all too easy to slip on some red platform heels (previously seen here) that perfectly matched my hair and lips. Just call me Miz America.
Sweater: Old Navy
Being from New Jersey, it’s not unusual to see women strutting their stuff covered in leopard print. However, you don’t typically witness them in head to toe leopard print…. until now.
Whether it’s my NJ status, or just my feline nature, I cannot lie- I adore leopard print. It’s flattering, adds a level of interest to an otherwise tame outfit, and can be found in every color of the rainbow.
You’ll feel like a sex kitten in leopard print (pun intended), and it’s perfect for both day & night (and even for work). You can easily layer a leopard print button-down under a solid colored sweater, or top off a pencil skirt with a leopard print sweater. Or, if you work in a more trendy office, pair leopard print pants with patent leather black heels, a white button down and black blazer.
Shirt: Old Navy
Sweater: Old Navy
Shoes: Steve Madden
Sunglasses: Street vendor on St. Marks
A nude heel is one of the most useful shoes to have in your closet. As a neutral it will work with basically any outfit, so there are no concerns about clashing. And, when you wear nude heels with a bare leg, it’s lengthening and will make it appear as if you have legs for days.
Now, when I say “nude,” I mean the color (or as close as possible) to your skin tone. So while I’m very pale (with even paler legs), women of color should seek out shoes that are in a shade that compliments their personal hue.
These specific shoes are by Betsey Johnson and are extremely comfortable, and even with a 5 inch heel, easy to walk in. Thanks to the covered platform and thick stacked heel you can strut around without concern of falling over and making an ass of yourself. They also have a leopard print sole with a tiny gold heart (not pictured), so you can appear more demure walking in, and more sex kitten on the way out.
I stopped by Factory PR last night to check out their Summer 2012 Market, and I now cannot wait for summer!
While I loved all the brands on display, unfortunately most of the clothes would not fit a plus size frame (although they were all beautiful, like the red Black Halo dress pictured), so I focused on accessories. (Because a bag can fit any shape- thick or thin)!
The Betsey Johnson purses & shoes were whimsical, as expected- with adorable polka dot embellishments on the leather bags, as well as a wide variety of shoe styles to fit every current trend. While I don’t have a picture, (due to leaving my camera with my assistant) my favorites were the flat leather sandals that had strips of neon woven through the multiple straps. They’d be perfect with any outfit, and I know they’ll be a big seller come summer.
Steve Madden also had a strong shoe showing- with pops of brights, stripes and blanket prints scattered over the shoes. Expect wedges to be very popular come summer.
Bar III (available at Macy’s) always has great, reasonably priced options in everything from dresses to jewelry (they also offer men’s and home goods), and summer will be no different. With bright baubles and edgy crystal studded pieces, Bar III continues to prove that they’re a go-to counter stop during any Macy’s visit.
And, without a doubt, Ruthie Davis has quickly become my favorite brand to drool over. While I have never worn any of her shoes, I would love to fill the shelves of my closet with her higher than high heels, rose gold spiked platforms and acid bright neon wedges. Now, if only someone could afford to buy them for me….
Is there anything sexier than the flash of a red sole as a woman struts away from you? These suckers will give you instant confidence and sex appeal; you stand up taller, your hips swerve back-and-forth, and best of all, they go with everything!
I know, I know, Loubs are uber expensive! I managed to snag this pair for only $200 at Neiman Marcus Last Call, and they’ve paid for themselves ten times over. Most Louboutin heels are significantly more money than what I paid, but having a keen eye and the willing to scour sample sales and outlet stores may lead to a similar payout.
If you can’t afford Louboutins at this point then absolutely get yourself a pair of black patent leather pointy-toe high heels. Again, they will go with anything you own, are super professional for interviews, and can be easily sexed up for a night out. And if they’re not Loubs, then why not have fun with the soles and decorate them- bedazzle them, graffiti, leopard print, whatever! (Just don’t paint them red- you don’t want to get sued!)