I am loving fashion this year because we are breaking out of the boring and safe neutrals. Clothing and accessories are louder and bolder than ever. And it's no different when it comes to handbags. Some of these may be weird and wacky, but they are definitely rockable. The 80s are here again and the colors are loud! The last time I broke out my Aqua Net was when Madonna was rolling around onstage with her extremely bushy brows. Or was that the early 90s? Anyway, the point is, it's back.
If you're afraid to fully embrace this trend, then opt for popping your outfit with an over the top bold purse. That way, 10 years from now, you won't remember how you fell victim to a trend since you only supported it with an accessory. For this season, you'll notice big bags and small alike will have bright colors and bold patterns. You'll also notice bags that are studded or fringed, with all different types of over the top embellishments. These bags can easily be found in any mom and pop stores or forever21 for a very reasonable price. Even Louis Vuitton is trying to follow this trend with their 80s inspired graffiti bags. I don't recommend spending that much money on such a temporary look. Unless you have disposable money.
Seriously though, go all out when when choosing a fun handbag. Committing is absolutely necessary and definitely celebrated. So if you're ready to add some big, bold and colorful bags to your collection, here are some cute recommendations:
It is time for another one of my crazy lists! I often talk about everything that is in season, with the trends, etc. But there are times when I truly do appreciate bad fashion. These fashion flops make me smile, giggle, and LOL. They truly brought me Joy and I must share it with you.
When he's not showing off his abs, in his underwear, or wearing his soccer uniform, David Beckham always steps out as a fashion icon. His look is preppy, tailored, GQ and oh so hot! This guy is not afraid to accessorize and master the art of layering, proving a success everytime. Of course there are stylists, loads of expensive clothes, and Victoria to make this happen. But I am here to break it down and show you how to look like David Beckham on any budget!
Through the years, David has tried many hairstyles. Right now he rocks the faux hawk and the messier short hair look. This hairstyle is definitely not a new concept, but I have to say, it looks good on most guys. To achieve this look: wet hair, use hair wax or gel sparingly and scoop your hair up with both hands towards the middle. Grab chunks of your hair and bunch them together for the messy look and blow dry your bangs upwards. It's not that hard since the look is supposed to be messy, but the wax and gel holds everything into place. My ex boyfriend used to rock this hairdo and he would take a shower, put gel in his hair, then stick his head out of the window in the car. I can't hate, it worked. To date, he is still the guy who had the best hair out of everyone I've dated. His techniques were ghetto, but sometimes you gotta improvise.
3 is the magic number here. Pants, undershirt, overshirt. Let's observe this beautiful creature. If it's a formal occasion, you'll see dress pants, collared shirt and a vest. If it's casual, it's jeans with a plaid shirt, dress shirt or t-shirt, along with an overcoat or cardigan. Even if David is just wearing t-shirt and jeans, the t-shirts are usually layered. To make an outfit complete, you need to find that 3rd piece to incorporate in. And don't be afraid of trends! Trends happen so we get the chance to have more fun with our clothes and step outside our comfort zone. That way, you can dig up pictures 15 years from now and say, "haha what was I thinking!?". At least it's fun! My fiance is afraid to wear plaid and sticks to his boring t-shirt and jeans all the time. I think it's pretty lame. Guys need to rock the trends as much as girls do. It keeps things interesting.
Dressed up look:
Casual cardigan look:
David Beckham IS accessories man! Right now, it's the aviator sunglasses, scarves scarves scarves, and hats of every kind . For girls, it's like adding the jewelry, belt and handbag to give you that extra boost to your style. David Beckham is not afraid of the murse either! He definitely understands that guys have things to carry too. Honestly guys, it's totally convenient. Look into it. It's better than overloading your wallet and becoming a fat wallet victim. Use it to your advantage.
If you are still confused with the Beckham look, hit the gym, get a rockin body and go shirtless. After all, that is his best look...yum!
During a spring 2009 runway show, Nina Ricci (design house based out of Paris) had her models strut...or painfully tip toe themselves down the runway in these ridiculously high platform shoes. This looks more like a work of art than something that is actually meant to be worn. These booties have a huge platform in the front and no heel in the back. If there was a heel, it wasn't touching the ground. Surprisingly, none of the models fell and the heels were a success. These heels added 11" more to the models already very tall height! All I have to say is, I'm getting married to a guy that is 6'2" and I'm 4'11"....where can I purchase this...immediately? Sure it doesn't look wearable at all, but to be a foot taller, I'd practice.
So, until they decide to ever release such styles, I browsed through some of Nina Ricci's other shoes and found some absolutely hot ones! Here are my top picks, including links to some similarly inspired ones.
These purple platform booties are hot and easy to be inspired by. You can rock it with jeans or go very Carrie Bradshaw and pair it with a dress or jumpsuit to add that extra punch to your outfit.
These booties are feminine with the ruffles like a blouse, yet masculine with the buttons and striped trim. It was very hard to find something similar to this classic 18th Century European design. Wear this to work or with a special occasion dress.
I love these pumps because of the vibrant color and the extra added detail in the heel. I actually bought a pair of shoes similar to these at aldo shoes. I always get compliments because of the heel! These bright 80s colors are the ultimate craze right now and we should embrace it while it lasts!
We are used to seeing these pleated shoes. But these Nina Ricci's are, "oh so classy". It reminds me of Marisa Tomei's Oscar gown this year and I love it! Sport it with a clean tailored look at work. You'll be sure to turn heads!
Could these be any hotter? It's like getting 4 styles in one. Pumps, booties, boots, and the added accent of the heels make these shoes so versatile and so much fun! There is nothing like this. The only ones I could find that would be remotely the same, are the more exotic dancer inspired.
You guys will be the first to know when and where I find 11" heels. Until then, my 5" heels will have to do.