Culture, Fashion

Independence Day: Go Big or Go Home

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DSC_0700Sandro ‘Eva’ top, Carmar denim shorts, Furla ‘YoYo’ cross body cosmetic case with ‘Lady’ fringe tassel, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Spitfire Sunglasses.

Some people are wary of theme dressing, but I think it can present a fun, creative opportunity. Who doesn’t want an extension on Halloween? Plus, we’re in an election year (it’s a complete shitshow), and America seems to be in this weird, constant flow of milestones and tragedies. If there were ever a year to wear your patriotism, it’s this one. That’s one way I’m coping, anyway. So, for your pleasure, here I am in a red, white and blue ensemble, complete with classic Daisy Dukes and powder blue cowboy booties, the perfect look for a 4th of July BBQ or party of any kind.

My mom recently texted me to ask if I’d left blue suede cowboy boots in her closet a while back, but the description didn’t ring a bell. Then I saw them, and my heart leapt when I saw these bad boys. I remembered buying them just before college…and then promptly never wearing them. How could I neglect such fabulous shoes? While there are plenty of more subtle ways to style these retro booties, it seemed like fate that they’d waltz back into my life just before July. I mean, do you see that star detailing?

Since denim shorts and cowboy boots are a very literal combination for the 4th, if you want to stay on-theme without going too kitschy, try a blouse that includes some red, white, or blue without actual stars or stripes. The red and white crochet collar on my Sandro top (now on sale), plus my luxe red leather bag add a level of maturity to my outfit (but not too much of course).

As you style yourself and celebrate throughout the weekend and this Monday, remember that denim is your friend and that red, white and blue looks great on everyone. Have fun with your look, and stay tuned to see how I wear my patriotism this 4th of July by following me on Instagram.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

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Slit Skirt

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DSC_0516Crop top by Nasty Gal, skirt by asos, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Belanger’ loafers (available here in beige), Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ cross body bag, and Reks Optics round Lumolux sunglasses in white with smoke lenses.

Midi skirts have forced their way to the forefront of fashion within the past couple of years to accompany culottes in a world that used to be dominated by “mini” or “maxi.” (Here’s to options!) The somewhat conservative length is refreshing and sophisticated, and you can easily add a little sex appeal with a dramatic slit or two and a crop top. Pointed loafers make for a polished daytime look, while my reflective shades and brown-nude lip color (Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy’) remove all unwanted traces of preppiness. To embrace your preppy side, add tortoise-shell or cat eye sunnies, and opt for a light pink lip.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Stairway to Street Style

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DSC_0322Furst of a Kind vintage Led Zeppelin tee, scuba skirt by Nasty Gal, vintage belt, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, ‘Luke’ lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters, Vanessa Mooney choker, Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ necklace in iridescent drusy, Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy,’ and Reks Optics round ‘Lumolux’ sunglasses in metallic silver with silver lenses.

Sorry not sorry for the lame title! (I’m usually one of those obnoxious Zeppelin fans who automatically assumes people who reference “Stairway to Heaven” are phony fans, or in middle school.) Consider the ensemble above more user-friendly version of this recent, similar but slightly more dramatic look. Styling things like vintage band tees and menswear-inspired shoes with a feminine, fitted skirt strikes the perfect balance of edgy and polished. I love staples with unique details, so this black, neoprene bodycon skirt with an adorable scalloped hemline is a friend of mine. This outfit combination works well for going straight from your daytime errands to dinner, a date, or a concert. Also, I am newly obsessed with these round sunnies by Reks Optics. They’re made of a special material that bends, but doesn’t break, making them the perfect shades for athletes and/or idiots who carelessly toss sunglasses around and then tragically sit on them. Chic *and* disaster-proof? I’ll take three! (I already did…) Plus, on the Reks website, you can mix and match different frames with various hues of reflective lenses for a look customized to your liking. Again: yes, please! (And thank you to my friends at Reks Optics!)

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Not a Fan

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DSC_0942Maje ‘Trap’ embroidered knit T-shirt, shorts from Urban Outfitters, Kate Spade backpack, Sandro creepers, Marc Jacobs clip-on sunglasses, Vanessa Mooney choker.

Like many pieces by Maje, I can’t quite explain what I love about this top. I’m not into sports. I’ve never even been to Arizona. I am, however, a fan of the juxtaposition between this athletic-style tee and my creepers. They come together to create a cool tomboy-chic look that’s feminine in its flirtiness: the cropped tee, the flouncy shorts, the dramatic shoes. Easy yet bold is always a good thing.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Bomber Jackets, Cont’d: Staple or Trend?

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DSC_1052Bomber jacket from LF Stores, Emma & Sam crop top, Sandro jeans, Furla customized ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in Moonstone and Petalo, Superga ‘Cotu’ snake sneakers in brown, Vanessa Mooney ‘Sun Star’ choker.

Owning two satiny green bomber jackets may seem excessive, so, for my own sake, allow me to justify. It’s not a secret that bomber jackets have become a ubiquitous piece in street style culture. Chic meets chill, they up the ante for so many looks. There are, however, two different categories of bomber jackets, which serve different style services: one is the statement bomber (as seen here on the Sauce), usually involving vibrant colors and embellishments, and the second is the minimal bomber. The minimal bomber, like my olive green one above, is understated, goes with almost everything, and I dare say is becoming the new denim jacket. That’s why I feel confident claiming that while the bomber jackets is “trendy” at this moment, it’s proven versatile enough to solidify itself as a necessary staple—a certified classic—very much here to say.  Also, I die over this olive green and blush combo. As “fall colors” like olive green, clay-camel, and navy pervade our spring/summer wardrobes, expect pastels to continue complimenting those deeper hues going into fall/winter.

Sneakers are the champions of the shoe scene right now, and I just love seeing how the fashion world keeps finding creative new ways to elevate more comfortable styles, because changes like this help to make fashion feel more inviting and fun, allowing for a more diverse street style community. These coated canvas Superga sneakers in a snake skin print are a great option for people who like subtle statement pieces. (No, that’s not an oxymoron. It’s a thing.)

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Runnin’ With the Devil

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DSC_0203Furst of a Kind vintage Van Halen tee (LF Stores), American Apparel skirt, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Furla ‘YoYo’ cross body cosmetic case and ‘Lady’ tassel charm, Vanessa Mooney ‘Rose Ribbon’ choker, Marc Jacobs clip-on sunglasses, Eddie Borgo bracelets, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Dragon Girl.’

Concert tees are an essential part of any cool girl’s wardrobe, because they always look cute and classic with paired casually with jeans, but can also be transformed into a more elevated fashion statement. Since this feminine midi skirt gives off witchcraft vibes, it creates a juxtaposition that isn’t jarring with the rocker tee. My UNIF boots solidify the punk-grunge look I’m going for, while this chic Furla cross body bag and tassel charm add a more polished element, in addition to bringing out the rich colors in my favorite vintage tee.

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, I’m fully obsessed with chokers, and have been for some time. Like, it’s a good thing I don’t tan, because the choker lines would be real. These days, I almost never put on an outfit that I don’t feel requires a choker, and I’ve recently gone completely gaga for LA-based jewelry designer Vanessa Mooney’s beautiful collection of chokers. This rose-embroidered ribbon choker is feminine, but also conjures up images of classic tattoos, tying this whole look together. A look like this is always best topped off with retro shades and a bold lip.

The best part about this ensemble is that it’s dark in style, but lightweight and incredibly comfortable for summer. Check out how I previously layered this tee for a fun fall look here.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Blushing While Pale

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DSC_0780Maje ‘Eclair’ jacquard knit poncho-style scarf in nude, Sandro ‘Elixia’ silk top in ecru, BDG ‘Twig’ skinny jeans in white slash, customized Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in moonstone and pelato, Joie sandals, Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

I used to always avoid two things: 1) going matchy-matchy, and 2) pastels that might closely resemble my complexion. In the past couple of years, however, I’ve learned that matchy outfits can be sublime when executed with finesse, and that even my pale ass can’t resist the dreamy shades of nude and blush that have become ubiquitous in fashion this season. So how does a pale girl who prefers a little edge work a matchy-matchy ensemble comprised of white and pastel pink? By adding small and subtle elements of darkness that can cut the cloud of soft cashmere and silk with sex appeal. It’s a super easy solution. By exposing my lacy black bra (the current lingerie as outerwear trend is seriously fabulous) and accessorizing with a black choker and sleek black sandals, I’ve successfully eliminated any traces of unwanted preppy-ness from this look. (No hate towards my preppy peeps, it’s just not my style!)

I’m one of those girls who’s always cold, but sometimes a jacket is too heavy, and cardigans make me look like a 12-year-old attempting to look like a 70-year-old, so I’ve spent a lot of evenings making everyone uncomfortable as I insist that I’m fine, while I shiver uncontrollably like a complete asshole. Enter wraps and poncho scarves: they’re such a sophisticated, yet hip way to stay warm on cooler summer days and nights. I feel like an absolute movie star in this thing, and I love how you can leave it open or wrap it all the way around for equally elegant and dramatic effects. As for this lovely silk top by Sandro, I always prefer a peplum when it’s not so structured. The movement and ease bring a little something special to an otherwise simple piece—which is currently on sale! Another shopping tip: dropping a ton of cash on basic denim is insane and totally unnecessary. BDG is a brand that covers all the basics you need in your wardrobe without making a huge dent in your wallet, and they run super true to size. You’re welcome!

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Kick Flare

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Launch-1 (2)BDG ‘Courtney’ kick flare jeans, Nasty Gal crop top, shag coat from LF Stores, Alexander Wang ‘Diego’ bucket bag, Tod’s boots.

The early 2000s were a rough time in the world of fashion—velour tracksuits, pastel UGGs, and unflattering, low-rise flared jeans scarred us all, and we cleansed ourselves of these cringe-worthy fashion failures with skinny jeans. For many years, we seemed to live by an unspoken law that skinnies were the only acceptable jeans for the stylish woman, and this wasn’t such a bad thing. In the era of solely-skinny denim, I’d like think society zeroed in on more sophisticated street style, and we’ve earned back the privilege of variety. It started with the comeback of ’90s classics like mom jeans and boyfriend jeans, and now there’s a new silhouette in town. Cropped jeans with a flared hem, also known as kick flares, are trending everywhere lately, and I’m totally smitten. Kind of a denim response to culottes, kick flares are a cool, offbeat way to mix up your look. Since I’m 5’2″ with very short legs, these BDG jeans are definitely a little longer than intended, but with a moderately high heel, I’m still able to achieve the desired effect. When browsing kick flares, look for finishing touches like a high waist and raw edges for a fresh, more modern look.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Day to Night: Luxury Leggings

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DSC_0189 (1)Zadig & Voltaire Pharell Leo Jacquard Leggings, American Apparel crop top, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ jacket, Marc Jacobs combat boots, Furla ‘Metropolis’ bag in silver, Nasty Gal choker, and Lime Crime Velvetine lip color in ‘Cashmere.’

Funky, high-waisted pants paired with a plain crop top is my signature outfit for a night out, but something’s different this time: I’ve decided to ditch the heels. Look, high heels are a beautiful thing, appropriate for many occasions. They’re sophisticated, and can help create the illusion of a longer, slimmer figure. They’re chic, feminine, powerful…and they are so. Fucking. Uncomfortable. I’m just not one of those fashionistas who can endure a whole evening at a bar or on the dance floor without wincing in my stilettos or towering booties, but I’ve previously felt too insecure about my short stature and short legs to swap them out for shoes that don’t cut off the circulation of my toes. That’s stupid. I shouldn’t have to compromise my confidence or comfort, especially when I’m supposed to be cutting loose. The solution? One of the year’s most popular trends: luxury leggings. So, this past Saturday, I decided to rock my new Zadig & Voltaire leggings with my trusty combat boots, which resulted in a cute but totally comfortable, deliciously ’90s look that transitioned effortlessly from day to night. The fitted, high-waisted silhouette and black piping at the side seams elongate my legs enough to leave my heels at home and dance the night away. My beat-up boots and oversized leather bomber keep the outfit casual enough for daytime street style, while the crop top and metallic bag make for fun nighttime touches. Since I’m [still] obsessed ’90s style, I went with a leather choker and gray-nude matte lip color, but switching up the smaller details will help me get more wear out of a statement piece like these leggings. For an outfit that’s strictly for day, these fancy pants also lend themselves well to the tomboy aesthetic, and look awesome with a baggy tee or pull-over hoodie.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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The Statement Coat

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DSC_1121Maje ‘Ghost’ parka, American Apparel cropped sweater & mom jeans, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Nasty Gal beanie & choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace in silver, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

First I’d like to make a disclaimer: any and all American Apparel merchandise I wear on this blog (and in life) was purchased before I knew the extent of former CEO’s Dov Charney sexual harassment and exploitation of many of the company’s employees, and before I heard about the new management’s willingness to continue sexualizing American Apparel employees. Though I have made a firm decision not to shop at American Apparel in the future, I’ve also decided not to stop wearing American Apparel merchandise that I already own. I will no longer be including hyperlinks to the American Apparel merchandise that I wear and post on the blog; if you’d like to financially support their business, you will have to browse the site on your own. Another positive alternative to shopping at American Apparel would be to, if you see a product of theirs you like, visit ShopStyle.com and do a search for similar items by brands that set a better example.

Now that that’s out of the way, can we talk about my new Maje coat? Even after last year’s nightmarish winter, the vinyl parka with faux sheepskin lining has me excited about the increasingly cold weather. In addition to being strange and beautiful, the ‘Ghost’ coat is actually extremely warm, which is a good thing, because its ’90s vibes have me inclined to put crop tops underneath on the reg. If I had to describe this outfit, I’d say it’s a 2015-chic take on the wardrobe aesthetic of Kevin Smith classics, like Clerks. It’s the coat that completes the look and brings the outfit to life, and that’s the value of investing in a statement coat. There are times when you simply have to wear a coat, so why not wear one that makes your outfit cooler, as well as more weather-appropriate? Low temperatures and gray skies can make it hard to get out of bed and put genuine effort into crafting a creative look. Enter statement coat, which can magically (and literally) cloak a basic getup with a punch of serious style.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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