Spring Trend 2015: Red Alert

Monochromatic Red

One of the most fascinating times for new trends is during Fashion Week every spring. We see new trends through designer’s collections on the runway and many make predictions as to what will be the next look for the upcoming season.

Some of the best inspiration comes from what fashion bloggers and street style artists are wearing to events that really brings in the chatter.

This year we saw a lot of monochromatic red – a bold move and strong fashion choice, these fashionistas took to the streets clothed head to toe in the timeless and sexy color that calls for attention in a great way.

Check out Harper’s Bazaar Top 8 Street Style Trends: Spring 2015 for a glimpse at these crimson beauties.

If you’re fearless enough to rock the red on red trend, take a look at some of these great fashion finds – all for under $50!

photo credit: DIEGO ZUKO  Red by well-drest 

Zara stripe long dress
$20- zara.com

Zara red tee
$9.90- zara.com

H m jacket
$45 – hm.com

H M beading jewelry
$30 – hm.com

H&M metal frame glasses
$9.00 – hm.com

NYX red velvet lipstick
$6- sleekhair.com
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Keep it Weird – Keep it Stylish- Keep it Austin Street Style

I have a new found respect and admiration for creative, successful- and damn good fashion bloggers.

I’ve had a long-time interest in fashion, blogging, photography, shopping and the occasional online blurb about a great outfit. It’s fun having an outlet for your creative energy. Regular fashion blogging, however…. is a JOB. It’s an art form that combines all interests into a discipline that not everyone can conquer.

So today, I give a huge shout out to those bloggers who’ve dedicated their time, talents, efforts and good writing skills to giving us the enjoyable reads we indulge in today. In particular, a shout out to one of my favorite local bloggers:

ATX STREET STYLE

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While Austin is known for “keeping it weird” it’s also buzzing with stylish, trendy and inspiring energy that Shelley Neuman expertly captures.

Shelley started the blog in 2011 as a creative outlet after being inspired by other street style blogs, and after some surprising internet searching, realized our unique city was lacking in it’s own blog praising our rare style.

The great thing about this blog is it’s approachability. Shelley brilliantly interviews each person she captures to discover where they buy their unique looks.

Street style blogs are always inspiring. They showcase real people in their day-to-day clothing that’s celebrated with a creative capture. Cities are swelling with stylish, exciting energy and it’s brought forth by the artistry of these individuals.

As a five-year resident of the great city of Austin, TX I rejoice in our city’s thriving creative community and the energy that swells from the heart of our residents. Looking at Austin Street Style gives me a great sense of pride in our people and our uniqueness.

At an average income per capita of $31,387 the buzzing young adult nightlife and stylish individual accurately portray an affordable, approachable fashion sense.

You’ll see several looks from real people that combine vintage pieces with items from affordable stores like JCrew, H&M, Forever21 and online retailers.

This blog is an ode to personal style, day-to-day fashion, realistic trends and the beautiful “weirdness” that is Austin.

Visit ATXSTREETSTYLE

(photos Shelley Neuman @ atxstreetstyle.com)

Dress For Your Shape – The Perfect Pear

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Let’s talk about the pear shaped body. Women with pear shaped bodies – rejoice in your amazing curves! You girls are SEXY. To make the most out of your bodacious body, let’s look at some typical body characteristics:
  • You carry your weight in the lower half of your body.
  • Your bottom half is wider than your shoulders
  • You have a clearly defined waist
  • You have rounded hips
  • Smaller or flat bust

For the Perfect Pear body, you want to downplay your hips by showing off your arms. Be sure to stick to darker wash denim and pants and play up the top half of your body; look for fun prints, cool patterns, and unique details. When you’re looking for dresses and skirts, look for A-line fits and fit and flare dresses. You’ll want to avoid pencil skirts and any straight laying fitted piece that emphasizes your hips. Wear bold accessories like statement necklaces and bright earrings to draw the eye upward.

DO’s:

  • Wear dark denim in straight or bootcut fits
  • Wear bright and bold shirts
  • Look for A-line dresses and skirts
  • Play off your petite shoulders!

Dont:

  • Wear sheath dresses and pencil skirts
  • Pick skinny jeans as your first go-to jean.
  • wear clingy fabrics
  • buy bright printed bottoms or skirts

The look below shows a great dress for a Perfect Pear body shape. The fit and flare silhouette will downplay your hips, the navy color is great for disguising your wider bottom half, and the top of the dress has intricate lace detail that draws the eye upwards. Style it with fun bright accessories like the yellow purse for contrast and an edgy finish.

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Siren high heel shoes
$53 – theiconic.com.au

Evening handbag
$50 – etsy.com

Dress For Your Body shape – The Delicious Apple

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 It’s no mystery that we all come in different shapes, sizes, colors and types…. we as people and women are as diverse a species as they come. That’s why it’s so important that you understand what “shape” your body type is, and how to dress to accentuate the parts of your body that flatter your figure.

Today, I’m starting with the Apple body shape.

You know you’re an apple if:

  • You tend to carry your weight in your midsection
  • The bottom parts of your body are smaller in proportion to your top half.
  • You have a larger bust
  • Your waist is not very defined.

Maximize your assets!! 

Your best features are: bust, shoulders arms and legs.

Say yes to empire waists!

Look for tops with v-necks and sweetheart necklines with empire waists.

Tunic dresses that show off your legs.

Look for A-line dresses and skirts.

The Delicious Apple: The Free Spirit

Apple Body Shape - boho style

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Alexa Chung Style – For less!

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BDG flare mini dress
urbanoutfitters.com
As most of you all know, I’m a huge fan of Alexa Chung’s style and I’m always inspired by her effortless and timeless look. She’s edgy yet classic and I’m always looking to her for my fashion inspiration.
Today, I focused on an classic look that’s easy to immolate for less.
UO dress
BDG Urban Outfitters denim dress is currently on sale for $49.99. Check it out here.
black bootie
Grab a killer pair of booties from Aldo on sale from $110.00 to $38.49. Check them out here.