Category: What To Wear

Link Love: Put A Ring On It!

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Wedding season is officially here my friends! And just in time for my fave part of the year, I’ve decided to put together a cluster of celebratory links that’ll have you vowing for more! You may now kiss the blogger.

Smooches, Kimmy

 

Top 25 celeb engagement rings [Elle]

10 awesome groom gifts [BRIDEfinds]

What to wear to get married in the summertime even when you’re pale [Funny Not Slutty]

Date ideas that won’t break the bank [Real Beauty]

27 unique engagement rings [iVillage]

How to combat the summer plague: stress sweat [Beauty Blogging Junkie]

Check out what newly-engaged model Behati Prinsloo wears to keep cool [The Luxury Spot]

What to wear for your engagement photos [Kimmy Erin] …shameless self-promotion

MORE FASHION TIPS AND STYLE IDEAS:
Summer Swimsuits for ALL Body Types? They DO Exist!
Did YOU See My Swimsuit Tips on KTLA?
Ask Kimmy: Wedding Accessories Under $300? Yay!!
Jenni Kayne gets some competition with these new, more-frugal flats!

9 Necessary Rules For Dressing Your Bridesmaids

bridesmaids and balloons There are all sorts of stressful decisions that come with being a bride! One of them is picking that oh-so-important detail of who, if anyone, will be  by your side as you get hitched. The other is what those people are going to WEAR! I have 9 important rules to help you make that decision making process a whole lot easier!

1. Stop worrying about your girls looking better than you. That’s so ridiculous. Your girls are your girls! Your best buds! Your loving ladies! They absolutely  SHOULD look sexy, beautiful, romantic, and comfortable and happy (those last two cannot exist without each other).

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2. Look for the silhouette that compliments the bridesmaid. The safest for all bodies are a-line halters or a-line sweetheart strapless.  But if, for instance, one of your bridesmaids is breast feeding, she’ll HATE being in strapless.  Ask your ladies what they’d like and actually follow through on this.

3. Fabrics are so key. They can add 10lbs, or slim a girl down. They can make her have awful sweat stains or conceal every flaw. Please don’t scrimp on fabric on a wedding day.

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4. If bridesmaids are matching, please specify a length of the dress so the uniformity is actually pulled off in photos.

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|Wondering WHAT TO WEAR for your Engagement photos? This video will explain some super helpful tips and outfit inspirations| 

5. Have an honest convo about price. How much are they willing to contribute? If what they have in mind is at a different cost, figure out how to work with individual budgets. Pitch in a few bucks, maybe? Some girls may not be as willing to pay over a said amount…

6. Make sure it’s a dress your girls can wear again. You don’t want your besties to be stuck with a one hit wonder, right?! Especially if they’re the ones paying.

7. Tame the tata’s! Unless you’re okay with one of your girls being labeled “the slutty one”, make sure that they’re appropriately displayed. Watch for bra lines, marks, etc.

P.S. – don’t forget Spanx (if needed). Remember: undergarments are just as important as the dress!

|The Five Undergarments Every Woman MUST OWN|

8. Transcend the “trend.” Look for something that will stand the test of time – and try not to get caught up in the latest patterns and prints. If you’re unsure of what you want, take a hint from way back when. You can’t go wrong with a classic sixties-style cuts or 70s sheaths!

9. Treat your girls (and guys?) as individuals. You don’t have to dress them differently if you don’t want to, but you absolutely need to have a conversation with them about their needs and maybe their wants, if you can swing it.

The bridesmaid craze continues! Keep your eyes out for next week’s Wednesday post: The 10 Bridesmaid Dresses for Every Kind of Wedding. 

MORE FASHION TIPS AND STYLE IDEAS:
Summer Swimsuits for ALL Body Types? They DO Exist!
Did YOU See My Swimsuit Tips on KTLA?
Ask Kimmy: Wedding Accessories Under $300? Yay!!
Jenni Kayne gets some competition with these new, more-frugal flats!

The Battle of the D’orsay Flats! Jenni Kayne Gets Some Competition…

JENNIKAYNE_FLATSDefinition: A d’Orsay style is a shoe in which the vamp of the shoe is cut away very close to the toe box, and the sides are cut away, revealing the arch of the foot.

Pronunciation: door-say

I’ve been long obsessed with the d’Orsay pump, but a few years ago, Jenni Kayne launched a PERFECT pointy toed flat in nearly every dreamy color and texture a fashion girl would conjure up. Pony hair, embossed leather, croc skin, linen, suede, matte leather, shiny leather, etc.  The only prob? They’re a liiiiiiiittle pricey, starting at $425 for the cheapest versions. I’m not saying they’re not worth it! But I am so grateful that they have finally hit mainstream and are available at the mass retailers.

Ranging from $60 to $100, I’d definitely rather take my chances on these designer knock-offs. Besides, they do come in a much bigger selection of different fabrics, colors, and even styles from retailers like Jeffrey Campbell and Steve Madden. Enjoy my fabulous five alternatives for the oh-so-haute Jenni Kayne’s, and Be sure to tell me what you think of them down below!

Chinese Laundry ($59)

chinese-laundry-easy-does-it-rose-gold-metallic-dorsayMetallics have been HUUUGE this year, and I expect no different this fall. That’s why my first pick are these tres chic flats from Chinese Laundry – nicknamed the ‘Easy Does It’ flat. And if you’re not a big stickler for Metallics, you can get them in other styles as well.

What to wear it with: Cuffed tapered boyfriend (aka skinny slouch) jeans, thick and simple belt, crew neck thin sweater with the sleeves rolled up and an uber girly statement necklace.

Jeffrey Campbell ($89)
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My next pick are these Jeffrey Campbell ‘In Love’ flats. Campbell, as usual, gives you a larger than life variety of choices, from snakeskin to leopard print to smooth suede. Plus, I am absolutely in love with the two-toned style – also a big trend this year.

What to wear it with: Dark-colored skinnies, a cute tee (tucked in), and some Ray-Bans? Simple – but classic.

Shoemint Ciella ($80)
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I am lovin’ these striped d’orsay look-a-likes – with a twist! These babies have got some adorable ankle straps, which add to the stripe-y pattern of the Ciella shoe. But if you’re not ready to go all-out with the strappy-stripe combo, you can get them in hot pink or aqua.

What to wear it with: Ankle length trousers and a front tucked silk or cotton blouse.

Steve Madden ($99)
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These blingy beauties are undoubtably on my must-have list! Mr. Madden, known for his cheap(er) knock-offs put a bit of a twist on the original d’orsays by rounding off the toe. The studs really add to any and every outfit, and presumably can be dressed up or down.

What to wear it with: Waxed black jeans, oversized white tee and a biker jacket. Handkerchief around your neck optional.

Report ($70)

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Last, but most certainly not least, are these super-sweet Sophes from Report. Also starring a rounded toe and two-toned look, these flats are any style guru’s go-to! Plus, the suede + dark teal make these flats a great pick to fall!

What to wear it with: A knee length A-line dress and Cardigan. Hair in a pony? SO AUDREY!

 

 

 

 

MORE FASHION TIPS AND STYLE IDEAS:
Summer Swimsuits for ALL Body Types? They DO Exist!
Did YOU See My Swimsuit Tips on KTLA?
Ask Kimmy: Wedding Accessories Under $300? Yay!!
One Blazer, Four Ways. With Miabella Mag! 

Ask Kimmy: Can I wear Doc Martens (again) as a 31 year old?

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Name: Jennifer
Age: 31
Height: 5’5
Dear Kimmy,
The ’90s are apparently back.  Does this mean we should dig up our old Dr. Marten’s?  Is there any way to resurrect my all-white wingtips while avoiding being mistaken for a 16-yr-old in the throes of an existential crisis???

As a fellow early-thirtier, I have to say there are some 90s trends that I am so excited are back and am so thrilled to rock again that both satisfy my need to feel young and happy and also make me feel my age, sophisticated, and, well, still happy. For one, slip dresses.  I also dig a good flannel (tied around your waist or otherwise). And, jellies are making a comeback and I’m for it! (P.S. take my facebook poll and tell me if you are, too!). But Docs?

I dug out my Docs for a YouTube video that was targeting millennials and I felt like a complete asshole. A total and complete wannabe, too-old asshole.  I think they are a little harder to pull off if you haven’t really stayed in the punk rock/metal/alterna scene as an adult a la Agyness Deyn or Gwen Steafani. So in a word, I don’t know if you can or should. You can try wearing them with a skinny jean? And a sweatshirt? If you’re running to the market? But then, I’d rather you dig out your old Converse for that!

On the flip side? I think it’d be so cute to see a 60-year-old hip chick rock them with her torn jeans and a cool tee-shirt. So maybe we just have to wait another 30 years to wear them again…

You might also be able to wear them in a limited amount of more classy ways, such as with a slip dress, or a crew-cut tee and a sheer maxi. Pairing both of those looks with either a denim jacket or cashmere cardi would assure that you wouldn’t be caught having a “girl stole my look!” moment with an 18-year-old.

So friends, what do you think of Jennifer’s question? Can you rock docs at 30 and beyond? Let me know in the comments below! Have any style Q’s of your own? Don’t ever hesitate to Ask Kimmy!

P.S. – Be sure to take my facebook poll on the return of another 90’s footwear favorite – Jandals!

MORE FASHION TIPS AND STYLE IDEAS:
Summer Swimsuits for ALL Body Types? They DO Exist!
Did YOU See My Swimsuit Tips on KTLA?
Ask Kimmy: Wedding Accessories Under $300? Yay!!
One Blazer, Four Ways. With Miabella Mag! 

WHAT TO WEAR: Coachella Chic with Describe the Fauna

describe the fauna photographs model elizabeth in red rocks canyon, Topanga, CACoachella has come. These multiple weekends serve as an excuse to discover not only amazing music but your inner fashion desert-dwelling freak. The stupid fun getaway served as inspiration for my latest collaboration with Describe the Fauna with model Elizabeth. Perhaps she’ll influence your festival fashion?

Forever 21 TieDye dress, vintage coat, Dolce Vita booties

Forever 21 TieDye dress, vintage coat, Dolce Vita booties

All Saints dress, Nissa necklace, Devora Libin beaded bracelet.

All Saints dress, Nissa necklace, Devora Libin beaded bracelet.

Maje dress

Maje dress

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Helmut Lang Sweater, Modcloth skirt, Converse.

Helmut Lang Sweater, Modcloth skirt, Converse.

All Saints sweater, Forever 21 printed skirt, vintage boots

All Saints sweater, Forever 21 printed skirt, vintage boots

VIntage poncho, Boo Hoo high-low dress, Old Gringo studded boots, Isabel Marant bracelet

VIntage poncho, Boo Hoo high-low dress, Old Gringo studded boots, Isabel Marant bracelet

Foresty Fashion Fun with Describe the Fauna

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What to do when the model doesn’t show up for your test shoot? Turn into a model, apparently! Phenom LA-based world-traveled photographers, DESCRIBE THE FAUNA, snapped these shots of gorg girl-bud Ashleigh and me on a rainy Sunday afternoon, deep in the canyons of the Santa Monica Mountains. Thrown together last minute, we pranced around the mud and wet grass, avoided hungry coyotes, and had a blast playing dress up. Enjoy our fun collab!

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Ashleigh wears all vintage.
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Here, a James Perse sweater layered over Raquel Allegra’s silk tunic and distressed leggings.
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Tank and skirt, Gryphon, Zara scarf.

What to Wear: It’s FREEZING So Here Are Some Layering Ideas

12-7_unedited-89 IT’S SO COLD! Luckily, I still get my sunshine despite the chilly temps, but wow, I’m cold! But the cold weather means layers. Lots and lots and lots of layers. Here, I have fun laying on the layers with photographer Jason Flynn.

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In this first look, I paired a super warm tank from James Perse under a thin cashmere sweater from Minden Chan. I layered a wool cardigan under my dad’s Army jacket and paired the look with tapered skinny slouch R13 jeans. Add a pair of cute booties and socks, but I did brave the 45 degrees with my coveted Camilla Skovgaard sandals. I also snagged my Me Char snakeskin clutch and my LA Eyeworks glitter glasses to top off the look.
|HOW TO WEAR Jeans in Chilly weather|
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12-7_unedited-147 This kind of layering is my daily go-to. A tank is my base, with L’Agence’s slik tunic under a fuzzalicious ALC sweater and a slim straight leg jean from R13. I added my vintage cheetah print half boots (they’re Guess!).
|Amazing (P)leather Jackets For Fall & Forever|
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My jacket is an oldie but goodie from Jigsaw and I’m obsessed with my metallic gold pebbled leather handbag from Me Char. That fab dangly necklace is from Glamhouse. Maybe you’ve seen it in my YouTube vlogs?

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I totally stole this beanie from my boyfriend (but it was purchased from Urban Outfitters).

|Romantic Fall Looks to copy cat|

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All photos by JASON FLYNN. He’s great.

What To Wear, Party Time Edition! Modern Holiday

H&M faux leather top, 3.1 Phillip Lim skirt, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti slingback pumps, Ever Eden by Michelle Phan necklace, Devora Libin Jewels bracelet

Iiiiiiittttttt’s the holidays! And as we’re running around getting everything ready for everyone else, it’s so hard to take a second out to think about yourself and what you’re going to wear! But that’s why I’m hear, to provide that easy does of inspiration. Plus, these outfits were designed to transition from your workwear into party wear, so switch out your blazer with a fur (or faux fur, like this one for $89!) jacket/vest, throw on your shiniest heels and, if it’s chilly, some black tights, and let’s get ready to party in easy, breezy, sparkly, holiday style! Photos by Michael Becker, hair and makeup by Lauren Francis. Links included to purchase online where I could find the items!

SHOP THE LOOK:
H&M faux leather top
3.1 Phillip Lim notch pencil skirt ($263)
Aldo clutch($25)
Ever Eden by Michelle Phan necklace ($30)
Devora Libin Jewels bracelet ($105)

Rag & Bone camisole, 3.1 Phillip Lim cardigan, Bebe pants, LuciniNY shoes

SHOP THE LOOK:
Rag & Bone cami ($255)
3.1 Phillip Lim cardigan ($750)
Bebe pants ($79)

Theysken’s Theory blouse, Nissa necklace, Zara skirt, LuciniNY shoes

Beauty tip: Add false lashes for an extra lift!

SHOP THE LOOK:
Theysken’s Theory blouse ($285)
Nissa Necklace ($118)

H&M pants, Rag & Bone top, Lanvin heels

SHOP THE LOOK:
Rag & Bone top ($255)

H&M dress, Lanvin shoes, Lia Sophia ring

SHOP THE LOOK:
H&M Dress ($69.50)

3.1 Phillip Lim dress, Christian Louboutin heels

SHOP THE LOOK:
3.1 Phillip Lim two-tone dress ($455)
Have any questions about what you’ve seen here? How to wear it? If it’s right for you? Hit me up in the comments below, of course I’ll respond ASAP.

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ASK KIMMY: Is Wearing A Dress To An Interview Pushing It? What Should I Wear To Get A Job in Fashion?

Name: Rebecca C.
Age: 23

Question: Hi Kimmy! I was wondering if I could get some of your expert advice. I have an interview next week with a clothing brand company and I definitely want to look my best. I was wondering how far I could push the envelope with my attire? I wanted to wear something other than a suit (blazer and pants) but is wearing a dress pushing it too far? Or do you have any clothing recommendations that I would still look cute but make a professional/good impression? I was thinking of wearing a longer dress with black tights and a blazer? Thanks so much in advance Kimmy, sorry for all the questions! I just really want to dress for the part! :P:P

Congrats on landing such an exciting interview and thank you for your questions! Any job interview is a little nerve wracking, but all the more so when it’s in the fashion world!  What you wear is just as important as your experience, personality and education and fashion peeps are certainly expecting some sort of statement about the industry. You’ll want to strike the right balance of trend and modernity with classic silhouettes.  What you’ll want to convey is a sense of individuality, appropriateness, thoughtfulness and general sense of color and trend. That’s not to say you should be super trendy. Oh no. This is your opportunity to show off a classic piece in your own way. If you dress right, you’ll make your interviewer feel instantly at ease and get your interview off on a perfectly heeled foot. So what should you wear?

As pictured, J.Crew has a fantastic way to mix a classic boucle suit in a pretty red, white and navy with what is seeming to be the decades major staple: a chambray shirt. It’s bold but if it’s a tailored chambray shirt that’s wrinkle-free and a great fit, I say go for it!  If you are going to work with your suit, make sure the leg is current (ankle crop or a straight leg are great) or the skirt fits well (a not too tight pencil or pleated A-line is flattering!). Wear the jacket open and find a shirt that suits you with great collar detail and pair it with a small drop earring. A wavy ponytail or stick straight hair is an easy way to make the “I tried juuuust hard enough” statement.

But to answer your question, yes, you can wear a dress! Your gut instinct is spot on (which means you better be all the more confident you’re going to nail that interview!). A dress that is longer (meaning knee-length, below-the-knee or calf-length) is totally appropriate and can certainly be worn with a matching or coordinating blazer. Dresses can absolutely be as strong of a contender in a job interview as a pant or skirt suit and in fashion, dare I say, more so. J. Crew makes the same boucle shown above in a fabulous sheath dress ($198) and jacket ($278), which is the shape I’d recommend for any body type, age and interview.

J. Crew’s memo dress shown here ($99) is the perfect example. Form flattering, it allows for a simple modern necklace or embellished statement necklace or vinage find that holds a story. The V neck shape is flattering to all bust lines and looks fantastic with a contrasting color jacket (Eggplant, black, olive green or textured black and white boucle are all great choices). Pop on some black, charcoal or navy opaque tights and a camel pump. And, after you land the gig, it will look great with a boyfriend cardigan and short booties!

Charcoal and black are always safe colors, but I love the way Basler combined them for this fantastic boatneck sheath wool dress ($795). Since the fabric is so thick, I’d balance the look out with sheer black hose and a close-toed heel. Bonus points for switching out the belt with a vintage Hermes or YSL. A black crew neck cardigan would be a fantastic, prim and proper layer.

QUICK TIP: Avoid the following: Peplums, lace, ruching or shirring, anything tight, prints, feathers, studs, stretchy fabrics.

I’m superstitious about Diane von Furstenberg’s dresses. I’ve landed every job where I’ve worn one of her dresses to the interview! This season, I think the cap sleeved high-neck wool crepe (my fave figure-flattering work fabric)  is so pretty and the shape is just gorg!($398). If you opt for a blazer, short and boxy would be best. I could see something like this blazer  from 3.1 Phillip Lim ($650).

A lovely color block could also be an option. BCBG’s short sleeve ivory and black dress ($248)could be spiced up with a red pump or you can play it safe with a black shoe, too.

For further inspiration, peek at Princess Kate! She perfectly nails down fashionable workwear. She has to keep her legs in tights, shoulders covered and wear closed toed shoes. Channel her with a fab mid-arm sleeve!

For accessories, keep jewels to a minimum, and use small jewelry! Make sure none of your jewelry makes distracting noises or distracts you when you move around. And finally, make sure that you keep a copy of your resume in a pretty portfolio and that you have something prepared to hand them if they need examples of your work! Good luck, Rebecca! I know you’re going to nail it.

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What to Wear: Knits, Lace, Sequins & Velvet For Fall

Vintage Army jacket, J.Crew cardigan, Moth silk camisole, Anthropologie sequin pencil skirt, J.Crew Men’s camp socks, Dolce Vita booties

Fall inspires me to take out my softest, most romantic and loved pieces and layer them together in creative, colorful ways. Taking after the changing leaves and weather, I look to nature for my palette and runways for my fabrics. This season, lace, matte sequins, crushed velvet and chunky knits kindle a colorful coziness that makes you want to curl up with cocoa after a day of cartwheels through fallen leaves. I trekked out to the Pearblossom Highway desert outside of Los Angeles with photographer Cheyenne Ellis to bring you a What to Wear editorial to inspire your fall attire!

Nordstrom hat, Forever 21 scarf, Inhabit ivory sweater, Moth ivory camisole, Free People crushed velvet goldenrod shorts, J.Crew wool socks, Michael Michael Kors platforms.

|For more fall inspiration, check out this video on YouTube!|

Steven Alan hat, Theory coat, Theory angora sweater, Zara denim shirt, DKNY silk dress, J.Crew wool tights, Michael Michael Kors platforms.

|Not sure you can pull this look off? Need Style advice? Click here for “Ask Kimmy!”|

Paul & Joe Sister cardigan, Forever 21 scarf, Free People lace dress, J.Crew wool tights

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