“We must free ourselves of the hope that the sea will ever rest. We must learn to sail in high winds.”
Ahhhh, the sea. Although STYLEBAZAAR headquarters are located on the east coast, I don't think K and I have visited a body for water for ages! So wearing nautical/sail inspired outfits will have to do for now!
These were the funnest sets I've made so far. I love anything nautical, so it was easy to put these together. We kept to the color combinations of red, white, and blue, choosing lighter and darker colors of each. And of course we had to include stripes on the shirts. Finding a boat neck (pun not intended) striped shirt is surprisingly easy to find. After some scouting online I was pleased to find ones that look exactly like the ones above for 7-10 bucks at Forever21. Boat necks instantly make you look graceful and chic, whether you're wearing jeans/shorts/or trousers. And if you don't want to look too much like a sailor, simple touches like anchor earrings or high-waisted shorts with strategically placed buttons should do. By strategically placed buttons, I mean buttons that are like the blue shorts above, where the buttons are in a row and are usually brass. And of course top the outfit off with some groovy sunglasses and matching nailpolish. 🚢
These outfits are just how you would look sailorish with jeans. We stuck to the same rules, just changed the boat necked shirts for sweaters, cardigans or looser shirts, and the shorts for jeans. Striped cardigans are also pretty easy to find. H&M has a really cute striped cardigan that comes in black or blue for $19.95 as well as Delias for $14.99. Lastly, I'd like to talk about the flare jeans. We all know that sailor's pants are ridiculously flared >_< so since we can't exactly wear those, flared jeans are our cuter alternative. 🌊
Now if you're a dress lovin' kinda gal, these are the sets for you. We know, we know, polka dots aren't nautical! But somehow (the color combinations?) make the outfit perfect for a stroll near a river or a ride on a ferry. From the fedora to the heart shaped sunglasses, we had a lot of fun making these outfits. Don't be afraid to play around with your accessories! A hat or a crazy pair of sunglasses can really top off an outfit sometimes. I also really like red lipstick, so I try to include in a lot of outfits. If your wearing reading lipstick, just take it easy on the rest of the makeup you put on. For example, wearing red lipstick and blue eyeshadow isn't really a good look, unless your a clown or Ursula from the Little Mermaid. But whether your wearing a dress, a pair of shorts, or jeans as long as it's nautical, it's a classic. Until next post! ⚓
“A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”
― Sophia Loren
I'm pretty sure by now (if you've been keeping up with past posts) it's blatant that us STYLEBAZAAR girls are ready for spring. We busted out the skirts, jumpsuits, rompers and all that's left are dresses! When I think of spring, I think of flowers, so that was really the inspiration behind this post. Of course (since we are the STYLEBAZAAR) we are showcasing different ways to wear floral dresses. If you aren't into cutesy things but you're still into the floral style we've got some tips for you. First of all, just because the dress is floral, it doesn't mean that the dress is girly. Try it on; give it a chance! I've learned that even if it's the same article of clothing, it can look completely different on different people. Some of the best pieces in my closet were clothes I would have never gotten if I hadn't given them the chance and tried them on. Two. There are different types of floral. You don't need to get straight up flowers on a dress; they can be toned down like in the black, yellow and green dresses above. Third. Darker/solid colors will also tone down the demanding floral print of a dress. Pick a dress that is one solid color if you don't feel comfortable with the floral print. Now, if you're comfortable with wearing a bright/multicolored dress next is your guide! One. Don't over accessorize! It will look like a train wreck. Your dress is already attention grabbing itself, so it doesn't need too many accessories! If you over accessorize, the dress and jewelry will have the attention, not you. Two. Pick one of the colors in you dress and have fun with it! Include it in your shoes/purse/or makeup. Don't match prints with prints because it can be very distracting and again, it takes away from you. Other than a barbed-wire fence, a floral dress should be like a flower, pretty, unique and attracting animals. 👗🌼
Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.
-Carl Friedrich Gauss
Oh yes we did. Spring, we're ready for you. Just look at our closet, it's filled with jumpsuits & rompers!
The jumpsuit sets we created are dressy, but that doesn't mean that they can't be dressed down. If you've checked out the other posts, you'll know that all you have to do to tone down an outfit is trade in the heels for flats, espadrilles, sandals or wedges and take away some of the accessories. But we decided to go all out for these jumpsuits. The bright colors (red/green), sequins (black upper right) and amazing textures (green) just tempted us. We paired some of these jumpsuits with clutch bags and some with sling bags depending on how fitted the jumpsuit was. If it was looser, we paired it with a sling bag and if it was tighter, we choose a clutch. The black jumpsuits were fun to play around with due to their ability to match with virtually anything. You can wear any color with them (except orange because someone is bound to mention Halloween) and you can have fun with your makeup doing a smoky eye, a pop of color in your lipstick, or by highlighting your cheeks with bronzer or rouge.
Could these get any better? They're easy to wear since you don't have to find matching pants or a shirt, you can pair them with almost any sneakers or sandals, and they are perfect for a day out with the girls, picnic dates, or a perfect spring day. Forever21 has a great stock of rompers right now in their online store that are girly, punky and most importantly inexpensive! So if you haven't given a romper a chance, please do! And if you don't want to show too much skin, jumpsuits are a great alternative.
“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.”
― Betsey Johnson
Spring is near! And STYLEBAZAAR knows what that means! Skirts! But when we say skirts, we don't mean your average above-the-knee skirts or go-to mini. We're talking about long, flowy, full length skirts. Here's our guide of how to wear one without looking like Ann of Green Gables.
This set is my favorite by far. If you love color blocking or stripes, either of these looks are good for you. In most of the looks we found a blouse that contrasted the skirt (color blocking!) and simply tucked it in. We then brought back the color of the blouse in a very discreet way, such as nail polish, jewelry, a clutch, or shoes. As for the black skirt and leather jacket, we kept this outfit cool and casual. One of the reasons I love long skirts is their ability to be dressed up and down, and one way to do that is by changing the heels. If you don't feel comfortable walking in heels all you have to do is grab a pair of flats, sandals or espadrilles, and you'll be good to go.
The two sets above are way to wear more dressy full length skirts. Even if you throw on flats with these you'll still look you're going to a business party or gala, so why not play along?! We followed the same steps above, just using different colors, and adding some jewelry. When selecting what jewelry to wear, I rarely will choose a necklace, bracelet and earrings, just because I feel like it can be overwhelming, and takes away from the outfit. After all, accessories are meant to support the outfit. Choosing a combination (of two) out of the three usually works, whether it's a big chunky necklace and ring, or a simple necklace and stacked bracelets.
The last two sets are made for a girl who just wants to look lovely. Or graceful. Or exquisite. ^_~ These are the words that come to my mind when I see these outfits. How to accomplish this? Well I can really only think of two steps. 1.Choose a light color palette. Don't wear darker colors of you're going for a more "lovely" look. Pastel, peachy colors are definitely the way to go. 2. Choose a flowy skirt. This will make you seem like your floating instead of walking, however I caution you. They WILL make you want to twirl around like Maria in the Sound of Music. For most of these outfits, I chose a clutch, but of course a sling bag (pretty much smaller messenger bag) will do, or even a wristlet. Well, that concludes SKIRTS.SKIRTS.SKIRTS. We hope they inspired you to give long skirts a chance if you haven't been!