Last night deemed great fashion success on the red carpet at the most important awards show of 2016 (so far). Our favorite TV and movie stars graced us with a chic and polished presence in shiny sequined fabrics, plunging necklines, creative cutouts, winter whites and deep jewel tones.
Heads were turned and Twitter exploded with the fire emoji and hashtag, #SLAYED the moment Olivia Wilde stepped out of the limo onto the carpet. Wearing custom Michael Kors and adorned with Bulgari jewels, she screamed sexy, confident and fashion-forward with a loose pony and bold pink eyeshadow.
Also on my best dressed list is Alicia Vikander looking effortless, comfortable and feminine in a pleated, shiny, apron-style gown by Louis Vuitton. Sweet and sophisticated – this was the perfect choice to accompany her nomination for The Danish Girl.
Kate Bosworth dazzled in a pink, strapless, Dolce & Gabbana exquisite beauty while her skin was airbrushed perfection. She glowed from all angles with slicked back hair and a sheen soft makeup job. This is the type of all around look you could stare at forever… seriously I can’t stop staring.
Olivia Palermo in Delpozo, Zendaya in Marchesa and Brie Larson in Calvin Klen are also my best dressed this season remaining on trend and true to their style. Even though it was a shock to see J. LO in that much fabric, she took a fashion forward twist in a caped, Giambattista Valli, mustard gown and looked lovely. Laverne Cox in Elizabeth Kennedy, Julianne Moore in Tom Ford and Giuliana Rancic in Alex Perry sum up my dressed list of the 73rd Annual Golden Globes Awards.
See a complete list of my best dressed in the gallery below along with some fashion faux pas and pretty but predictables. (We won’t name names).
1. Be selective this year – especially with fast fashion. For those of you that do not know what “fast fashion” is, it’s the very affordable trendy stores that will take a runway look and recreate it with less expensive materials. Fast fashion is great if you are looking to wear a quick turnover trend, but the quality of the item matters. It’s not worth it to purchase something that will only last one or two washes. Stay away from acrylics and polyester blends.
Quality of your closet is far more important than quantity.
Feel the fabric, look closely at the stitching and read what the piece is made out of. Cotton, wool, cashmere and linen are good quality fabrics.
While being selective, make it a rule for yourself to always TRY IT ON.
Spend the extra 10 minutes in the fitting room before you spend the money, take it home, hate it and have to return it.
If it doesn’t fit right, don’t buy it. An item can look entirely different on and off the hanger
A shopping rule to live by this year: if you won’t wear it that day or night, don’t buy it! Live in the present!
2. Declutter and reassess your closet!
This is my favorite resolution! This year, I’m trying the backwards hanger trick: Turn all of your hangers backwards in your closet (so the hook is facing you). Go about your days and weeks wearing the clothes you choose. After wearing and washing, hang your clothes normally. Whatever is still hanging backwards at the end of the season has not been worn. TOSS IT! (Well… sell it on Poshmark or consign it.. “toss it” just sounds much more cut throat in this process).
Another good tip for decluttering your closet is to set limits.
Have a fixed number of the same type of hangers in your closet. This forces you to get rid of one piece every time you buy something new. My fixed number is 30, and my hanger of choice is the black felt hangers with the swivel top.
From personal experience, I know that decluttering your closet is MUCH easier said than done. It takes time. Use these tricks over the course of the year and you’ll get there, but you MUST have the mentality to declutter.
3. Collect great basics and choose trends wisely.
Basics are everyday versatile pieces.
Many fashion editors like to live by the rule of three. If you can wear a piece three different ways or more, it’s definitely worth keeping and calling a basic.
Basics are your investment pieces and vary with different styles.
Even though basics are the most important part of your closet, we all want to have fun with fashion and follow the trends.
I’ve come up with a list of the best, most versatile trends of 2016 to help you get started and stay on top of the trends, without splurging on fast fashion.
The best trends are pieces you can mix, match and layer with your basics…see below.
4. Define your style this year!
Use these tips and tricks to upgrade your closet and stay organized, but pay attention to what catches your eye.
My style is constantly evolving. I snap pictures of everything I’m attracted to, from an amazing pair of boots to a beautiful rose garden. This helps me focus in on what I like to easier define my style.
Remember that your style goes beyond just clothes, it’s a collection of what makes you YOU! If your closet truly reflects who you are, it will be a much happier place.
Create a wardrobe you love and are familiar with.
Make everything in your closet something you like and something you WANT to wear TODAY.
Getting dressed in the morning sets your entire day. Your wardrobe should empower you!
Even though the Emmys are always a bit of a tease until true awards season kicks off after the new year, the fashion definitely is not. Our favorite TV stars didn’t mess around last night with red carpet glamour, beauty and wit. While we won’t talk about our worst dressed picks, we’ll surely fantasize over the fashionistas below that KILLED it on the carpet.
The biggest statement of the night was the queen of chic, Kerry Washington, who attained her mixed metallic, mesh beaded number less than 72 hours after it hit the runway during New York Fashion Week at the Marc Jacobs show (props to her stylist). Next is Sarah Hyland who can do no wrong season after season. Last night she wore an off-the-shoulder Zac Posen gown that hugged her body perfectly. With a fresh cut the Modern Family Star wins class act of the night stunning everyone in sight with her timeless beauty and adorable body.
No meat, no problem and minimal makeup for Lady Gaga who came out on the carpet in a Brandon Maxwell one shoulder gown. Showing just enough skin to stay edgy, Gaga showed off her true natural beauty after all those years of shocking the carpet with over the top costumes, makeup and accessories to make a social statement. January Jones shows us how to pull off the couture green jumpsuit (a VERY difficult thing to do) by Russian designer, Ulyana Sergeenko. In an embellished plunging halter, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey demanded that carpet (as she should with her hit role) in Zuhair Murad. She looks comfortable, fashion forward and effortless. Other favorites of the night were Sarah Paulson in Prabal Gurung who brought the entire package, Ariel Winter in Romona Kevez, Emma Roberts in Jenny Packham and Aubrey Plaza in a sexy Alexadre Vauthier number.
What do you get when the ultimate American prepster spends way too much time island hopping around the Caribbean? An insane good collection full of hip hugger striped pants, floral maxis and colorful crocheted bikinis.
Just as we thought we were over summer Fridays, pool parties and Instagram vacations, Hilfiger hit us hard with a relapse, taking us back to summer vacation mode at his Spring/Summer 2016 NYFW show late Monday morning. He even brought the boardwalk-turned-runway, tiki shack, sand and splash along with a live reggae band that had us feelin’ right.
Hilfiger turned his classic American staples – the tennis skirt, bucket hat and varsity jacket, into an island dream with easy breezy fabrics and playful prints. Rainbow halters, wide denim culottes and striped shift dresses gave the collection a 1970s, Jamaican beach bum vibe. Crocheted bucket bags, platform espadrille sandals and fringe necklaces were the accessories of choice in green, yellow, orange and red. Staying true to his navy roots throughout the line, Hilfiger stylishly captivated the Tommy girl with effervescent island magic. The hottie Hadid sisters closed the show by leading a pack of models splashing through the runway-surrounded pool while we were left dreaming in our seats about our next island getaway.
Delpozo took us to a fairytale this season balancing quirk with femininity through a soft color palette and structured fabrics. Set midday on the water with an accordion band playing in the background, the production told us the story of a quirky Parisian girl falling in love with a passionate Spanish poet. Slow paced and relaxed, models strolled the runway in a mix of tailored separates and fringe metallics paired with flamenco ruffles and embroidered flowers. Josep Font, the man behind it all, was inspired by “The Gypsy Ballads.” This spring is all about the “modern yet passionate woman,” he said. Tiers of tulle were toned down with cropped band tops, peter pan collars and the wrapped tie waist.
The show was also the debut of his new handbag collection. In a variety of styles and colors, the bags were structured and adorned with raffia and glitter – a new twist on a classic accessory. The full line will be available in January.
See some of my favorite looks from the show below. (Photos c/o Buro247.com)
I took the two dressers on the right from campus. I’m not sure if the school was throwing them out or cleaning them, but I happen to walk by at just the right time. I painted them to look vintage.
My room is my studio. I have a collection of fashion coffee table books full of inspiration and an insane amount of jewelry to fulfill it.
I display my favorite pieces on my mirrored trays. It stores my pieces and decorates my room at the same time.
I started off with one small shelf for my heels. That quickly tripled, and I still don’t have enough space for all of them.
I never go anywhere without sunglasses.
My roommates come to me whenever they need jewelry to complete their outfit. I pretty much have everything in all colors, sizes and shapes.
My mom has worked in fragrances for over 25 years. She can get almost any fragrance she wants and she’s created a monster in me. I like warm, floral feminine scents.
It’s been quite the struggle trying to house all of my clothes and accessories. I had my landlord hang another rack in our basement where I keep anything that doesn’t fit in my room.
Anything that isn’t pink, black, gold or white I store inside my wardrobe because it doesn’t match my room.
I made my bed curtain from a string of lights, old fabric and a tutu from my first dance recital when I was three years old. It’s secured with to the wall with staples. I made my nightstand lampshade out of my mom’s old T-shirt – also secured with staples. I had a specific vision for the interior of my room and not a lot of money.
I used these items everyday to get ready.
I’ve used every last nook and cranny of my room to fit a piece of art or furniture. It’s like a puzzle.
My bulletin board is my mood board. It has everything that inspires my creative juices.
My roommate made this for me for my 22nd birthday. It fits in with my room perfectly.
Everything in my room I made or refinished. My mom found the vintage looking frame for one dollar at a garage sale. I super-glued a piece of plywood to it and modge-podged rose-print tissue paper to it. I move out of this room in 2 weeks and am going to miss it!
My room is super relaxing. It’s homey and there’s a lot to look at. People are always chillin’ in my room; it’s a very comfortable environment.
This was my very first license plate I got when I turned 16. It was completely random but a clever way to spell my name. I stole the sign below it from campus because I’m fuckin’ tough. It’s ironic.
My mom went to New Mexico to meet with the Navajo Indians. She was gifted this peace pipe and passed it along to me. They smoked out of it during tribal ceremonies. It’s probably one of the coolest things I own.
Each item on my wall comes from some experience that has made an impression on me. My room tells my story of who I am, where I’ve been and what I’m in to.
Don’t take a picture of anything near my fridge.
My Dad was at Stratton for work a few years ago and a company, Elon, brought these boards as a gift for the sales people. These are literally the only two ever made of this style, and I got both of them.
This moon mat is definitely a staple of my room. It’s so comfy!
I got this tapestry from Gathering of the Vibes music festival in 2011 – one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had.
You can’t not take a picture of my guitars.
This Grateful Dead tapestry helps me sleep at night and helps me wake up in the morning.
I live on the first floor in a house of 8 girls. I joined Alpha Phi Theta Mu my freshman year and decorated my door with what I was presented with the day I got in. It was such a happy, memorable day for me.
My pledge name is Benji. I’m not really sure where the “J” went.
I have a bit of a shoe addiction. These are my favorite shoes I own. The brick wedge reminds me of a Pink Floyd song.
Actually I take that back. It’s a tie between those and these Steve Madden’s. I’m a sucker for floral prints.
I spent last summer in Cape Cod to train at the Bando Women’s Camp to learn Burmese style martial arts and yoga. My Mom is the president of the American Bando Organization that runs it. One of the backyard’s we trained in was turned into a Zen garden with coy fish, a Bengle cat and peacocks. The owner of the house gave me these feathers. They make a great cat toy.
This is my favorite dresser straight from the 1970s. On top of it are some of my favorite trinkets. There’s an incense holder I made with my mom, a dove from my trip to Paraguay, an Opium pipe from Greece and a pot gifted to me from two Mexican artists I met in high school. All this clutter is a part of who I am and illustrates the way my mind works. I like to see everything. It’s how I hold onto memories. My biggest fear in life is forgetting my memories and these trinkets are a great reminder.
I spent last summer in Cape Cod to train at the Bando Women’s Camp to learn Burmese style martial arts and yoga. My Mom is the president of the American Bando Organization that runs it. One of the backyards we trained in was this beautiful Zen garden with a stream full of coy fish, a Bengle cat and peacocks. It was one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been to. The owner of the house gave me these feathers. They make a great cat toy.
I got lost in a snowstorm this past winter and found this beautiful old church. I fell in love with the architecture and photographed it for a school project. As an artist, I’m rarely satisfied with my work. This is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever produced.
I like to collect things. My roommates sometimes call me a hoarder, but it’s how I express myself. Every object in my room has a story behind it. I’m very detail oriented if you couldn’t tell.
This stained glass lamp resembles my favorite artist, Louis Tiffany.
On the first day of college my Dad wrote me a note that says, “be good, be happy, be Kelsey.” I pinned it to this photo collage of my family and friends and read everyday when I wake up.
I’m probably the most die-hard Notre Dame fan you’ll ever meet. My Dad’s alma mater has made quite the impression on me.
The thing I miss most about home is my cat, Sassy.
This clothing rack has been a HELL of an experience. I don’t have a closet and this thing has collapsed on me more times than I can count…. probably because it’s over capacity.
I love to make, fix and alter jewelry. I describe my style as thrifty and bohemian.
You can never have enough.
This clock was a love stamp project I created in computer graphics. The year after I came to college, my major was cut. I was forced into graphic design since it’s the “art of the future.” I’m constantly struggling to find ways to marry hands-on arts & crafts with the digital world.
My mom is always sending Chinese herbs because she studies Eastern medicine. You name it; I have it thanks to her.
My music taste will tell you I’m an old soul. I never listened to the radio or popular music growing up. I probably wouldn’t recognize a hit song from this decade.
My Dad can’t get rid of anything and brought me this car when he visited last. It’s a replica of his own.
I live in a makeshift bedroom transformed from a sunroom. The space is small but I’m happy here.
My room looks so much better at night. The warmth of light really relaxes me.
This self portrait was inspired by the sea. Blue is my favorite color and I find bodies of water so peaceful. I have to be careful of leaving it here in the winter because my heater sometimes spits out water.
I don’t like a lot of clutter.
Everything on the wall was drawn or painted by me. A lot of things are unfinished.
The only time I use my desk really is towards the end of the semester. I was up all night here studying.
I went to a Wild Belle show by myself this past Fall in the city. I took home their set list from the stage and am still stoked about it.
I don’t wear jewelry much. I’m drawn to dainty metals over chunky costume pieces.
I’m a bit OCD of having the same exact hanger for all of my clothes.
I can never have enough shoes. They are my favorite part of any outfit. These are two of my favorites.
Tequilla, essential oils, nail polish and a few paint brushes are a few of my favorite things.
I had the opportunity to help style the fashion pages for Better Homes & Gardens’ July & August fashion pages. For a two page fashion story (2 outfits total), we called in almost one hundred sunglasses. Fashion editors love their options! (& I love to play with them ;) The accessories are usually the easy part since they are easy to ship and small enough to openly display. Which stylish perspective do you prefer?