I’m not usually big on patterns—I like block colors and solids for the most part, with the occasional logos. I know leopard print has been huge for a long time, but it took me awhile for it to rub off on me. I thought it made it look too much like I was fresh off a safari or jungle cruise! I wasn’t fond of the wild side feel, although I know I liked edgy styles. I think I can credit those all-too-cool Current Elliott leopard jeans that were popular years ago for tipping me over the edge. Again though, I wasn’t partial to them at first, but the subtle print with a colored background caught my eye. I had to have them! Animal prints come and go, but they seem to be turning into all the rage for the Fall. I am not one to follow trends either, but I can dig some of the unique looks that are making animal print look fun to style. Leopard, zebra, snakeprint—I’ve definitely got my eyes on a few animal print pieces for Fall and am already thinking of styling ideas!
It’s always so amazing to me how different each pair of jeans are when the majority of the population still sees a pair of jeans like a typical blue piece of workwear. Premium denim has definitely come a long way since they emerged on the market and blew up in the early 2000s, and of course creativity is one of the major factors that keeps competition real and the best brands on top. Racing stripes are one of those cool designs that I’ve had my eyes on for a long time—I can’t really recall exactly when they became popular but I know it was a few years ago sometime. I’m going to make an educated guess that they came to be around the time activewear as streetwear grabbed hold of the market and gave denim a bit of extra competition! I failed to add a pair of jeans with side stripes for quite awhile, until I got to review the above pair for Mavi. I absolutely love this sporty looking style! It also reminds me of my days in high school marching band…which came to mind when I was coming up with the concept of writing about 21 side stripe skinny jeans to march you through the summer!
In case you haven’t yet noticed, I’m usually not all that partial to the more mainstream “festival style” or “boho fashion,” and usually opt for more independent designers and artists (I like to call them “artisans”) found at transformational or conscious festivals like Lucidity or Lightning In A Bottle. Every time I see a more mainstream ad for festival fashion I often cringe a little, since so many of them to me seem fairly unoriginal and cookie cutter. Plus, I love supporting the small, struggling artists a whole lot more! However, I’d be lying to myself if I said I didn’t appreciate art in all its forms, and I also understand that my style of festival apparel may not appeal to everyone. So, when I received a newsletter from Revolve, one of the best online retailers for upscale contemporary style, about their latest Festival Vibes edit, I decided to give it a look and share my favorite pieces for those of you who may not connect with me on all of the hippie, nomadic stuff I love to share!
I gotta say, when I first saw this new collection from Revolve, I wasn’t too keen. I don’t really like gingham all that much due to, you know, that “farmer’s daughter” look. Usually pieces with this popular print are frilly and a bit too girly for me, but once I gave a closer look, I spotted a few things I might actually wear. I do like checkered type patterns, especially with flannel tops, and as you probably know by now, I feel if it’s black it’s always better. So, I figured hey, maybe I’ll make a post that’s about something I don’t normally like, and explore its possibilities. That’s part of the reason why I thought starting a blog would be a fun idea to begin with, way back when!
Return of the 90s at Revolve
Oh ’90s, how I miss thee sometimes…I believe these were the best years for music, and the fashion sense was coming off of the uber colorful and whimsical decade of the 80s, with a slightly toned down and more simplified touch. I often wish we could go back to the ’80s and ’90s both for the music and fashion tastes because in retrospect I find it to be one of the most fun, free and creative times. Nowadays, in both worlds, everything seems based off a template, or formula, and with the market being so much more competitive than it used to be, it’s tough to come out with a 100% new idea. Of course now, we see an emergence of such ’80s styles such as crop tops and acid wash jeans, and it sure is fun to see how cyclical things can be when it comes to style. One of my favorite retailers, Revolve, has come out with a new collection of ’90s inspired looks which is both current and nostalgic, and to me has such a great balance of class, elegance and whimsy. Many of the styles are original in their own right, whether or not they are based off a timeless or one-hit-wonder look. Generally I don’t go for any particular look, and pick pieces for myself that I just happen to like or that fit well with pieces I already own, but I really had a lot of fun looking through some of these outfits and coming up with some new ideas for my own wardrobe. Revolve included many more looks than I am showing here, so I picked out my favorites…and then broken it down even further at the very bottom of this post with my favorite pieces from each look. Each look has a statement piece that is featured but click on any image to see them all and shop everything that Revolve put together for each one. One of the things that I like the most about having a blog is checking out these themed lookbooks that both Revolve and Shopbop put together and sharing what inspires me, so I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I did!
Holiday Dresses from Nasty Gal
Online retailer Nasty Gal is probably best known for their edgy, body-conscious designs for the fearless fashionista, and the recent rise in fame by founder Sophia Amoruso and the release of her book detailing her success, #GIRLBOSS. In 2006, Amoruso ran an eBay store selling a curated selection of vintage pieces that grew fast enough in just five years to prompt an official storefront. The “Nasty Gal” name comes from a song from funk star Betty Davis who was “the patron saint of badass women,” “known for her unapologetically sexy funk music which comprises our vision of femininity—complete with lamé platform thigh-high boots.” This basically describes the target demographic of the business! Nasty Gal is an enjoyable online stop for me, although I don’t yet have anything to show for it. A lot of the items found seem more aimed to the younger college gal with a free spirit (which I still am at heart…I’m not THAT much older, after all), but many of the items are perfectly appropriate for an older crowd too that still wants to turn heads at a holiday party. It’s an intelligent mix, if you ask me. I was browsing the web for some new pieces for the holiday season and ran across some beautiful items at Nasty Gal! Gone is the traditional holiday dress or sweater…now it’s time to get creative and let your spirit shine, no matter your age. Take a look at my favorite finds. Most of these lead to a product page that shows where you can find the additional pieces shown in each outfit, if you see something else you like apart from the featured item.
I love a little lace, and long sleeve, short dresses always catch my interest. Perfect to keep the balance between the cold outside and the warmer inside once you enter the party. The Nasty Gal Collection Hold Tight Embroidered Dress caught my eye because it’s a more grown up look and a perfect example of the fact that Nasty Gal has a little bit for everyone.
Again, with the lace…but with blue! Both of these were so pretty I decided I loved them both together. These are gorgeous!
Now I really am not a pink person…you really wouldn’t see me in the first look here. However, if I saw someone walk in to a party wearing this getup, I’d give her a thumbs up! It’s a truly fashionable look and definitely screams “holiday.” The Niki Shift Sequin Dress is freaking gorgeous! The challenge of course would be finding a bra to fit it, but I’d rock it. I love the blue, and sparkles fit the occasion perfectly.
I chose this first one for the blazer. It would be a great piece to layer over any of these dresses, I think. Sometimes I find it difficult to find a dressy jacket to fit what I’m wearing underneath! The rest of the outfit would also work but I think it looks more like something you’d wear out on the town, not to a party. The Lovers and Friends Saturday Night Sequin Top is amazing, isn’t it? I don’t know where I’d wear it other than at a holiday shindig! The earrings and bag on the model top off the look so well.
I thought I’d mix this up a little and find some holiday looks that don’t involve dresses. I don’t see ladies rocking pants that often at a swanky event. For me to choose pants that aren’t denim is also very rare for me…as I pretty much never wear non-denim pants unless I’m at a business event. The coated, faux leather look is definitely big right now and always looks good dressed up or down! Topping them with the Deep Trouble Sequin Top creates a great look, and although I’m not big on fuzzy jackets, I do love the color and it looks great on the model. The blue Three Floor Très You Sequin Pant might fare better for a new years eve party, but I think they’d work anywhere! They definitely require the desire to rock them with a purpose…as they sure look like they mean business. Again, I’m not sure I would since I like more form-fitting items but they look so good on the model! I love her top, too.
For this part I thought I’d find a common item and show two ways to wear it! The Nasty Gal In A Flash Cami is so flexible…I probably would wear them with my black DSTLD jeans as they have a slight silky sheen to them and I like pairing something flowy with something tight, but it really could work with almost anything. I’m more of a fan of the Joa City Lights Sequin Skirt here and I love the red sandals paired with it, but the Joa Metal Petal Sequin Skirt is so beautifully ornate!
Nasty Gal is the perfect place to go for party apparel, and there’s a lot more where these came from. Peruse more looks here, and go all out! Which look above is your favorite?