Street Style to Steal: Retro Colors

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Spurred by the 60s revival on the Spring 2015 runways and the current pastel color trend takeover this fall, the street style scene is turning up in a plethora of bright colors in mod silhouettes. Retro styles and bold, brash color is in. This is not the season to be a wallflower, this is the time to show off your penchant for eye-catching color and your love for fashion.

Stomp around town in go-go boots and show off your gams in a mod style staple, the mini skirt. Don’t forget to match your look with long Twiggy-esque lashes and a chic blowout. See my rundown of the top street style looks to steal and get inspired by. Enjoy the parade of fun retro colors and playful prints!

6796b4e6ab9290989508f3e44206e277It doesn’t get any more mod and more fun than this dress that is positively made of sunshine. The simple cut of the dress and the Peter Pan collar are both girly and flirty details that make this frock look straight out of the 60s. Give it an updated styled feel by adding a pair of captoe oxfords. Bare legs make this look summery, you can easily translate this into fall with the simple addition of hosiery and outerwear.

5dab3fbd32d7d2a95b9ddeb11cc4dd52An elegant shift dress in dusty rose looks even more mod with these snakeskin print blue go-go boots. The simple cut of the dress and the contemporary metal button detail prevents this ensemble from looking too much like a costume. It is important to avoid the costume trap when doing a take on retro dressing. Remember, it still has to look chic for the present day.

9f3399d6e7bd9b788d46707f3d596ab0A belted T-shirt dress gets some ladylike vintage-inspired treatment with a small mod collar and kitten heel bow pumps. The cat-eye sunnies and top handle satchel reinforce the mod inspiration, but the jewel toned blue makes it feel so current and trendy.

022aa8953b1e6282cab286646169d601A bright-colored cropped jacket with a printed mini dress gets a tinge of downtown vibe with some on-trend accessories that complement and don’t take away from the overall mod feel of the look. Black pointed toe mules and a silver clutch accent the mod statement of the jacket and dress perfectly.

24ccc649ec5c6d0aa54e8510363472e2The Brigitte Bardot hair and makeup of this chic gal aside, this is a picture perfect feminine meets mod outfit. The delicate print is a softer spin on mod florals, but the gamine silhouette and buttoned up look of this dress stays true to the iconic dress shape of the decade.

54d211c4b270a0ee4a6fd3e909c03fc3Cropped tops and trousers were a big look in the 60s. The bright color of these orange cigarette pants are great when paired with the boxy cropped top with a fun and playful print. Tomboy chic is one of the strongest trends during the mod era, and the colors and prints in this look update that tomboy trend. Not to mention the street flair that the studded heels and mini cross body bag add.

2526f5562b78fb288ff874e68d7cd0d1Black opaque tights under a short skirt is a classic 60s look. The color blocked orange sweater adds the element of geometry that was so popular in the 60s, and very reminiscent of the YSL Mondrian print of that time. The heeled loafers with metallic detail is another nod to the tomboy look that Twiggy popularized back then.

41608c84e2dd27581589c50042b70c15Turn heads in a lime green coat that increases the wattage of your look almost instantly, and ups your visibility by a thousand percent. It will be impossible to miss you when donning this shocking color, and when sporting such a fashion forward look with confidence and aplomb. The Audrey Hepburn inspired oversized sunnies is the perfect topper to the super cute mod mini and turtleneck combo.

65568ca1a3b09bcae7a7c3cc0a0f699eA coquettish ensemble of a turtleneck mini in graphic black and red is elevated by the geometric detail on the pumps as well as the crocodile skin structure top handle satchel. The textured bob further updates this look, showing that your beauty look should always be in harmony with your style.

fc99c75f236b2a6472539dc598b721c7A checkerboard print two-piece set in lime green is cheekily punctuated with octagon-shaped sunglasses goes to show that high fashion can be fun too. This look is mod on the first look so you will do well to choose a pair of simple and sophisticated white pumps so as not to overwhelm this high glam look.

Are you going to time travel with the stylish set to the swinging 60s? What’s your favorite mod trend? I personally love mini dresses!

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Runway Review: Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2015

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The presence of the iconic Diane Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress was conspicuously minimal during her Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear show this year. With only 2 wrap dresses that sashayed down the catwalk, this was clearly an indication of different things to come for DVF.

Less office wear and tailored separates for the modern woman and more spring/summer couture for the stylish jet set, this French Riviera inspired collection had fans of the brand swooning over more daring yet elegant details like thigh high slits, sheer skirt panels, bare midriff, and legs, legs, legs. Gingham was the print that filled the show, however, one should note that Von Furstenberg’s signature vibrant and feminine florals were still largely represented. Each piece is definitely meant for the relaxing and luxurious coastal life. Here’s my rundown of the 10 best looks from Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring 2015 RTW:

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Lily Donaldson started off the show by making gingham look so worldly and glamorous. The classic wrap dress cut of this dress is made even sexier by the sheer details on the hem of the skirt.

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Big hair and smoldering smoky eyes a la 60s starlet and icon Brigitte Bardot makes this coat and dress pairing look extra seductive. I love the gingham combined with the artsy almost porcelain china-like pattern of the pale pink coat.

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Colorful and wearable prints are what DVF is all about, and the designer certainly shows off her flair for wonderful textiles. Note the ballerina pink mani-pedi, a recurring nail trend.

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One of the two pant looks shown in the show, high waist and flared denim definitely play into the vintage Riviera vacation feel of the collection. This look also reinforce industry rumors of the demise of the skinny jean. If it looks this good, count us onboard with the wide leg denim bandwagon.

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You can count on Candice Swanepoel to make a prim and proper skirt suit oozing with sex appeal. Well, the bare midriff and printed crop top is part of the allure too.

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Will this herald the rise of gingham accessories? This look is not a bad case for it, since the gingham tote and ankle strap heels make this white coat and shorts combo more playful and ladylike.

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Can’t go wrong with DVF classic, every woman should own one of her figure flattering wrap dresses. This piece is a sound investment for your wardrobe that’ll pay you dividends in timeless chicness.

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A sunny canary yellow printed maxi dress is the perfect ensemble for any summertime occasion. The thigh high slit gives this maxi an extra oomph.

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A three-piece coordinating set of orange and pink florals take a full skirt, cropped jacket, and bralet to a whole new level; more graphic and more current.

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No one can close a show as glamorously as supermodel Naomi Campbell herself. Tropical colors mix with delicate white chiffon in a loose silhouette creating a breezy frock that is perfect for those beachside parties and poolside drinks.

What do you think of DVF’s new direction and S/S 2015 collection? Hot or not?

All images from Style.com