February 22, 2010

From Bridesmaid to Everyday Outfit

Below is an excerpt from my latest article for MyScoop. Head to MyScoop to read more!
Disclaimer: Yep, that's me and bestie Sloan modelin'. Cue Kanye's "Lights Flashing," or at least LIVE 100.5, which made good background music as Jeana Lee styled us. And Tyra don't lie--hours of dressing/undressing/cracking up/posing/smiling was so exhausting that we had a feast of Taziki's afterward.

We've all heard it from the lips of the bride before, "You can wear your dress again." Well, this time it is true, and with the help of Bella Bridesmaid we have created looks with bridesmaid dresses for daytime, office, and evening. At Bella Bridesmaid, owner and stylist Jeana Lee Fleming sees hundreds of frocks fly out her door. With ingenuity and a purse of her lips, she can also transform the current brigade of bridesmaid favorites into effortless spring looks.

Read these tips and start with what you've got in your closet--you may just surprise yourself. 

Dust off your: Bilowy chiffon pastel dress--long is good! Now grab: A leather belt, cowgirl boots, and feathered headband
Jason Wu and Fendi flaunted soft, buttery frills down the runway for Spring 2010. Take you girliest bridesmaid frock and trade one Southern accessory for another: pull of the pearls and pull on some cowgirl boots (gladiator sandals also do the trick). Nip the dress with an earth-toned belt, and the look effortlessly transforms from china doll to music festival darling. 

Dust off your: Black, silver, or grey dressy frock Now grab: Most of your accessory wardrobe--a shrunken blazer, tights, skinny belt, statement necklace, sky-high booties, and headband. Stick with metallics. Trust me.
Let's be honest. We've all been distracted from the Gossip Girl plot by scene stealing culprits (besides Nate and Chuck). Blair and Serena, as long as you're on air, we'll take notes from your style. Take a cue from GG and the silver and chrome that dazzled on the spring runways--the right dose of accessories and you'll have just enough flash to turn heads tonight.

Dust off your: Knee-length chiffon dress Now grab: A sea-colored necklace
In a bright dress that would make
Lilly Pulitzer nod approvingly, toss on a strand of turquoise beads. Since Pantone named the hue "color of the year," it's been posted on numerous design inspiration boards. Reach for the bib necklace or loop a long strand around your tan neck for a seaside look--that chiffon should dry pretty fast after playing in the waves.

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