STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Folklore

“Oh. It’s because of these shorts, isn’t it?” replied today’s Fashionista when I ask to take a picture of her outfit. I obviously love those shorts. I’ve been staring at them for the last fifteen minutes without blinking. Am I being too obvious? She tries to make me less uncomfortable: “I was stopped several times at São Paulo Fashion Week because of them. I guess they have something.” Yes. I think they do.

Draped shorts in red unbleached cotton are the center piece of this rustic, indigenous-inspired ensemble. Playing against the rules, however, this Fashionista decided to avoid the tribal-print craze and opted for clear, basic staples instead. Native American moccasins and a jeans vest complete the ensemble, that gets hints of sophistication with a Longchamp’s Le Pliage — which design was inspired by the Japanese art of origami — tote bag.

Talking beauty, today’s Fashionista has the edgiest nail art ever: an innovative French manicure is achieved by painting each nail tip in a different color. Get inspired by her modern French twist and try color-blocking or mish mashing matte and glossy polishes on your nail tips for a cosmopolitan, up to date look.

Incorporate your inner indigenous flair with Urban Outfitters’ suede ankle boots and match it with non-obvious choices as today’s Fashionista did: how about a BDG buttoned-up jeans skirt instead of a tribal-printed one? Accessorize it with a Le Pliage bag, that can now be entirely custom-made by yourself (enter the official website here).

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Folklore

Summer is finally here. The days and nights are getting longer, so why shouldn’t your hemlines? This Fashionista was spotted thanks to her maxi length navy blue dress with a prairie-inspired silhouette and leather flower detailing on her belt and purse – reminiscent of Anna Sui’s Resort 2012 collection. Whether it’s got an embroidered top or a flowy skirt, a peasant frock this season has a feminine and playful touch that will keep you feeling cool throughout this scorching summer. This Pipette dress by Alex Ritter showcase the same tiered effect which breaks up the long skirt and gives it a more voluminous weight.

This Ruffle Sleeve top at Asos moves the detailing to just the sleeves for a flirty look. Your gypsy heart will love these looks but won’t stop at just the clothes. Accessories bring everything together so for the peasants out there, don’t forget your own! A color collage scarf from Madewell will hide the flyaways as you work, the Santa Fe belt by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent will hold that dress in place, and the JADEtribe Panada Messenger Bag will contain all your goodies while looking chic.

If you’re afraid of looking old with this style of dressing, know that fun colors and prints can take a shapeless dress from drab to fab. Like with all unchartered styles, don’t take everything on at once. For a first step, try a top like the Ruffle Sleeve one at Asos, and work from there.
 

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