Earn Your Stripes With This Timeless Design

Stripes first began in Medieval times evoking symbols of darkness and evil. Only those who committed unspoken acts were doomed to wear the design. Criminals, prisoners, clowns, and hangmen were all seen wearing stripes and continued to throughout history.

Fast-forward a few centuries to the Queen Victorian era of the late nineteenth century. Stripes were reborn for the use of the royal family. From the family’s beach obsession and yacht activities, stripes became associated with sailors and have since been a nautical design.

Decades later, Coco Chanel then adopted the navy and white striped look in the early twentieth century. Inspiration struck her from the stripe-usage in the French Rivera. Navy and white stripes were then pretty common in her chic designs.

Post Chanel, ranging from the ’50s to today, stripes have been a classic design. They work well with everything and are appropriate for every occasion. Stripes are timeless and considered the new basic white T-shirt. They are a definite must-have and can be worn various ways.

Is the idea of horizontal stripes appearing to widen your figure true?

In my opinion, the answer is false! While it’s true the eye follows the movement of the design, it, in fact, does not appear to stretch your figure. Call it a mind trick; it is more of a distracting optical illusion than an unflattering design. Waldo wears stripes for a reason.

If you love stripes, own it. In truth, this really goes for anything you want to wear. An outfit works best with confidence!

Stripes are seen on any garment, and range in all different line weights. The design is very versatile and will serve looks in any predicament. Dress stripes up for a professional meeting, or relax in a more laid-back striped shirt and jeans.Stripes can be worn in any season! Rock stripes with denim for the summer and fall.

Mix bold stripes with bold accessories.

Strap-in and share your true stripes with confidence on social media. Tag @Cfashionista when you do!

4 Ways to Wear a Little Black Dress

Since the late 1920s, the LBD has been the epitome of elegance, chicness, and sophistication. It is an essential piece capable of being unraveled in a myriad of different styles. The most famous of all LBDs is Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy design in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This timeless, classic piece serves looks just as fashion icon Audrey Hepburn.

Black as a fashion statement has a long history. In reality, black is the new black! As Dior said in 1954, “You can wear black at any time. You can wear black at any age. You may wear it on almost any occasion. A little black frock is essential to a woman’s wardrobe.”

The Little Black Dress is the perfect combination of elements; it’s an “all-in-one” piece. Predominantly, the LBD is practical. It is the essential clothing item to complete every woman’s fashion collection. An LBD can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. It’s pretty versatile.

This dress ranges from a multitude of styles. The simplest of them all, and easiest to conform to any occasion, being the straight-cut LBD as worn by the model. Be it a cool night out or a casual day, a formal occasion or a morning in the sun, this dress can do it all. Call it a superhero, if you will. LBD to the rescue!

1—A Cool Night Out. Grab your girlfriends for a night on the town. Is your city breezy? Warm up while simultaneously killing the game. Try these add-ons to your look: hoop earrings, a leather jacket, and lace-up sandals. The ensemble would look best with wild lashes and loose hair.

Style achieved: cutting-edge, stylish, and edgy.

2—A Casual Day. Dress down your LBD with these accessories fit for day to day activities like summer strolls in the park and even errand running: a denim jacket, a choker, and a pair of sneakers. Finish with braids and a swift cat-eye.

Style achieved: confident, comfortable, and sporty.

3—A Formal Occasion. Need an outfit for a business meeting? A fancy dinner in the city? A Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Or maybe you just want that extra pizazz for the day. These pairings are perfect to dress up your LBD: pearls, heels, and a bralette. Complete this look with a slick up-do and apply red lipstick for a bold touch.

Style achieved: classy, sophisticated, and Hepburn-esque.

4—A Morning in The Sun. Do I hear coffee date? A trip to the beach perhaps? Look fun and flirty with these must-haves: a floppy hat, sunglasses, and a neck scarf. Style the hair in a low bun.

Style achieved: elegant, fun, and girly.

Oh, the possibilities of an LBD; they’re quite literally endless! It is truly an essential, classic piece.

Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn and share your rendition of an LBD on social media. Don’t forget to tag @CFashionista!

The Daring Denim Trend Everyone Should Try

Got the blues? Tired of your boring jeans? Don’t be distressed, that’s denim’s job!

With summer coming in full tilt, we all have an urge for change in our lives. It’s time to spice up your look and upgrade your jeans from drab to daring! Try this new iconic trendy staple: patterned tights under distressed jeans.

Denim has been a classic fashion statement since its originating date of the 19th century. It’s comfortable, versatile, you can wear it head to toe, and you don’t have to wash it often! I mean who couldn’t love denim?

Whether they are a mom, skinny, or boyfriend style, pairing patterned tights with your favorite distressed jeans creates a chic, grunge look.

The best thing about this trend is that it looks great with everything; your look has so much potential. Wear an off-the-shoulder top or a blouse with the ensemble for a feminine flare. Perhaps show off the detailing of the tights contrasting your midriff with a crop top. Even pair a leather jacket with the distressed denim and patterned tights for the ultimate cool-girl-vibe. Or, opt for the casual-chic, denim-on-denim look of the model.

She is only wearing one piece of denim, you say? Check again! She’s wearing a posh, pink denim jacket from H&M. The bright color and lightweight quality make it a perfect jacket for summer. Underneath, wear a cool, graphic T-shirt. Too hot? Sling the jacket over your shoulder for a true runway-model feel.

Now, onto the most important part of her look, the distressed denim and patterned tights. Find these super comfy, light-wash, distressed jeans sold at Express. Underneath, she’s wearing floral, lace patterned tights. If you’re wanting more of a grunge look, fishnet tights look amazing under distressed denim as well.

As for shoes, here is the tricky part. Since feet are covered by tights, the look is best coupled with closed-toe shoes. My favorite type of shoes to complete this look with are chunky boots. Other adorable options include sneakers like Converse or Vans.

Keep up with the new denim daze and try out this look. When you do, make sure to share your version of daring denim on social media and tag @Cfashionista when you wear patterned tights under distressed jeans! Name a more iconic duo… I’ll wait.