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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The Intriguing Character

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are feeling happy and well today! I am crazy excited to show you this awesome new look. The reason I love it so much is because it is 100% charismatic and 100% complete. I also love it because Jessica here is a great model and she makes everything look surreal.

Just one glance at this outfit and suddenly the whole image is complete in your head. No thinking requited – it is instant.

Feeling intrigued?

Check out the look:

What does it make you feel? Where do you think Jessica is going? Who is going to meet her?

The answer my imagination gave me is at the very end of this post 🙂 

To create this look we have used a bit of everything: a little bit of imagination, a drop of makeup skills and our shopping experience.

We have purchased this sweatshirt from a US brand called NSF. It is not super famous, and therefore may be a little bit difficult to find, but some of the stuff they make is really cool and worth looking for. Sweatshirts are big right now and it really is one of my favourite current trends. They are very versatile, can be styled to match any look and are insanely comfortable. This one also happens to be beautiful. It has a great abstract print adding a bit of oomph to the overall design.

The dress is by Ted Baker and was actually purchased on a Christmas sale! Imagine that! And by the way, yes, it is a dress… Usually I am against stripes, but this is a really clever type of stripe. Its hugs your body diagonally making it slimmer and it really lengthens your whole silhouette. In other words, a really genius stripe. 

The shoes are classic grey Prada slingback that are totally worth what you pay for them. They look awesome everywhere and this outfit is no exception.

We have added a pearl and silver necklace by Chanel that adds more chic to this look. Any more jewelry would look a little over the top here because the key accessory in this outfit make a very bold statement. And that accessory is the headscarf.

The headscarf is what makes this look complete. It also delivers 80% of its character. Why is the headscarf so special in this case? Well, first of all it matches both the color scheme and the theme of the entire outfit. Secondly, this scarf has a lot of white, which reflects the light right onto Jessica’s face. This gives a bit of a glow and shimmer to the skin. And finally, it has a function of keeping Jessica’s hair out of her face.

Last but not least – the sunglasses. This very striking pair of purple Miu Miu glasses was added to frame Jessica’s face and to complete the look.

 

And now is the time I reveal more about Jessica’s character in this shoot.

This young lady is about to make the most of this warm sunny day and go for a drive in her open top car down a small country road in Cornwall!

If you have a different scenario as to what Jessica should do in this outfit, do not hesitate to leave a comment or email me your suggestions on kate@stylewithkate.com!

Hope you enjoyed it!

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How to look great on a really hot day

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Good morning everyone!

How have you guys been? Hope you had a fabulous couple of days and got a lot of great things done!

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It has been crazy hot here in Singapore. So I decided to get busy and create a look for super hot weather.

Well what can I say, the choice is huge. There is a wealth of cute little clothes for hot weather out there– millions of crop tops, billions of silky skirts and gazillions of strappy sandals.

So where do I start? OK, I am a total freak when it comes to getting protected from those nasty UV rays. Obsessed, crazy and don’t I know it. That is why I started with the hat 🙂

I had this awesome hat that I bought a few season ago in one of my favourite stores called Furla. It is a very classic hat you would expect to see in the stores all year round. A hat is always a great accessory in hot weather because not only does it help protect your visage from the sun, but also protect your hair from loosing its lovely colour. Yes, sun ruins your hair colour, that is a fact. Unless of course you want to have sun highlights (which your hairdresser will not thank you for) or you are blonde and don’t mind being even blonder.

Next step – clothes. Decisions decisions… As a girl who is not a fan of showing too much leg, I went with a dress that covers up my knees, but leaves my shoulders and neckline open. That is just the way I like it. I have purchased a navy colour dress from a brand called Three Dots. It is a US brand that is great for casual simple clothes. As this dress is quite revealing around the neckline, I have gone with not one but two big and bold statement necklaces to cover up some flesh. Those necklaces are easy to find in any accessories stores. I got these ones somewhere in Far East Plaza on Orchard road. I liked them in particular because they match my natural colors (eyes, lips and skin) and make the hat and dress look nice together. Plus, they are slightly ethnic which goes well with the shoes.

When it comes to shoes, I definitely use the “quality above quantity” rule. I don’t have a lot of shoes, but those that I do choose to buy are high quality classics that last forever.

The fat heel sandals here (I guess you could almost call them wedges) were purchased in Selflidges in London a long time ago. They are probably the only Givenchy shoes I have seen that can be attributed to the ethnic style. But here we are.

And voilá my Hot Day outfit is complete!

 

Hot Day Outfit – Front view

Hot Day Outfit – Navy dress

Oh yes, don’t forget to smother yourself with sunblock before you step outside!

Have a great day!

A Total Makeover by StyleWithKate

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Hello readers,

This is one of the latest makeover we did at StyleWithKate.

Adeline is in her 20 and has a killer figure. However, she finds it hard to find clothes that fit. Reason: a tiny XXXS size and a height of 5 feet. So getting clothes of the right size is definitely a challenge. In addition to that, Adeline is getting ready for her trip to New York this month and does’t really have any warm clothes to take with her. After all, Singapore is not exactly famous for autumn wear.

So she called StyleWithKate to get new outfits as well as styling and makeup tips!

 

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First of all for Adeline was the make up. She usually doesn’t wear any, because she likes that young, free spirited look. However, Adeline was very happy to try some very light makeup and it certainly has transformed her look. It is amazing what a drop of foundation and some blusher can do… Judge for yourself)

Here is Adeline’s new date night outfit:

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Outfit 1 – Date Night

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Outfit 1 – Date Night

For this outfit we have simply paired a bandage style dress with some very neutral patent hills and a contrast clutch. It is a very sexy look, with its deep v neck and a rather short skirt, yet Adeline still finds it comfortable and not too revealing. And with a figure like hers it really would be a crime not to flaunt it. Guys, Adeline will not be single for much longer…

In this outfit:

Dress by BCBG $500
Shoes by BCBG $160
Chanel style clutch $49
Ring by J.Crew $80

Adeline admitted that sometimes she just gets clothes because they fit and not because she likes them. And as a young woman as well as a personal stylist, I really feel for her. It is utterly unfair, but the reality is – there just isn’t as much choice for people with unpopular sizes, whether it is XXXS or XXL. This utter ridiculous discrimination must be corrected!!

Here is an outfit we got Adeline for her trip to the cool New York)

Outfit 1 - NY style

Outfit 2 – NY style (front)

Outfit 1 - NY style

Outfit 2 – NY style (side)

Outfit 1 - NY style

Outfit 2- NY style (Back)

Adeline wanted to look and feel great when she is in New York. To achieve that we got her a wide jacket to keep her nice and warm on cool April days. The jacket widens toward the hip and has rather large sleeves that really adds some volume and elevates Adeline’s look. We got a simple long sleeve top and some grey jeans as the basics. They are easy to match and can be used to create other outfits. To add some zest to this rather calm and outfit, we added these gorgeous metallic heels. Not only do they create an accent on Adeline’s small and beautiful feet, but also represent this Spring’s most flashy trend – metallic strappy shoes! Just check out the attitude in these photos! Adeline look confident, stylish and ready for anything! Big tick!

In this outfit:

Pants by H&M $69
Scarf by H&M $29
Strappy heel Franco Sarto $180
Jacket from Korean market
Long sleeve top from Giordano $50

And finally the Street style look:

Outfit 3 - Street Style

Outfit 3 – Street Style (front)

Outfit 3 - Street Style

Outfit 3 – Street Style (Back)

This is a super comfy everyday look. In the heat of the Singapore sun paired with 90% humidity, your body is begging for clothes that breathe.

So, we have chosen a very cool quilted sweatshirt that Adeline has recently bought to go with the rest of the clothes. It is a very thin sweatshirt with short sleeves, making it comfortable to wear even in hot weather. A simple floral dress really freshens up the look and leaves Adeline happier and more relaxed. As for the shoes, we got her light colored pumps with a platform in front, which makes Adeline taller without giving her foot ache.

In this outfit:

Dress by Pull & Bear $40
Sweatshirt (Adeline’s)
Bracelet by J.Crew $90
Melissa inspires pumps $80

We hope Adeline will use our make up and styling tips and really enjoy her new outfits!

Happy Styling!