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Some of my favorite fashion oriented blog pieces feature a blogger’s take on how to style a particular trend multiple ways, like “3 Ways to Style Over-The-Knee Boots.” Because I love styling advice blogs, I’ve been contemplating experimenting with creating trend oriented styling advice posts, but with my illustrations of course. Honestly, I initially wanted to create a guide featuring multiple fall trends, but I decided to take a baby step and focus on a single trend for my first attempt at an illustrated style guide. Since this post is a little bit of a departure from my usual content, I’d love to hear what you think about the post and if you’d like to see more illustrated style guides on my blog. So here is my take on how the style the Romantic and Edgy Trend:
Style the Trend: Romantic and Edgy
What I love about this trend is that the looks are ultra feminine with a healthy dose of edge. Simply put, this trend is all about integrating tough and edgy elements with an overall romantic aesthetic. The most approachable way to try out this trend is to wear a moto jacket with a floaty patterned dress. For those who have already embraced the floral dress and moto jacket combo, you can take this trend a step further by choosing floral and brocade patterned pieces in moody dark colors, instead of bright colors. Also, go beyond utilizing a moto jacket to toughen up your outfit by trying out more refined edgy pieces, such as cropped leather pants or high heel combat boots.
There are endless ways to achieve this fashion vibe, but here are a few looks that may inspire you.
Try an undeniably feminine dress in a dark floral pattern with high heel hiking or combat
boots. Look for dresses with ultra feminine silhouettes, think ruffles and frills, in darker moody colors. Notice that unlike the moto jacket and floral dress combo, both elements of this look have both feminine AND edgy components. This dress has a feminine cut but is in a darker edgier palette. Also the boots are edgy, but the heels make them more feminine.
For this look, a frilly sheer statement blouse is paired with leather pants in an of the moment cropped fit. A long skinny scarf completes the look. This ensemble, pulled from Chloe’s fall collection, is ethereal and floaty on top and tough girl chic on the bottom. Create your own take on this look by combining separates: wear a very feminine over-the-top statement piece with a slick yet tough piece. For this look,
the feminine piece is the top and the edgy piece is the bottom. But there’s no rule that states that the frilly statement piece can’t be a bottom and the edgy element a top.
Wear a jewel tone velvet dress, in a romantic dancer inspired silhouette, over a black turtleneck. Ballet inspired dresses are frequently made in fabrics and colors associated with a soft and feminine aesthetic, think floaty fabrics and soft pinks and flesh tones. But a jewel tone velvet dress in a ballet inspired style is the epitome of romantic AND edgy. Let the dress be the centerpiece of the look by combining it with sleek and dark elements, like a turtleneck, tights, and heels.
By the way if you want to see more content like this, I am working on an illustrated e magazine. The magazine is my visual love letter to all of the divine and craveable fashion, beauty and decor trends that inspire me. The magazine will include: (1) high-fashion, concept driven editorial illustrations; (2) illustrated style guides; (3) illustrations featuring fresh-off-the-runway trends; and (4) profiles on fashion muses, past and present.
The first issue is slated to be available for purchase in September. If you would like to know exactly when the e magazine will be available, sign up for my email list here.
10 thoughts on “Style the Trend: Romantic and Edgy”
Perfect, beautiful and inspirational your work. I like it.
Thank you so much!
Beautiful drawings!!!! Such an inspiration. I wish I could draw like that.
Thanks you so much, Caroline. That’s so nice of you to say!
Love these illustrations. Your cover picture with all three models and the background–fierce. Perfect.
The fashion. I like the colour pink but I will never wear it. I live on the West Coast of Canada so we have the mildest temperatures but we get our fair share of rain. I have a lot of dark colours in my closet. This blog was excellent. I will remember the blouse combo, and how to take a feminine piece and give it a little edge. Perfect. Thank you. 😊
Thank you so much, Joanna. Your feedback means so much because I love your work.
Wow Mikayla this post is fantastic and has got me seriously inspired! I wouldn’t have thought of styling the pieces in the ways you described, but I can’t wait to try out these ideas! Featuring your gorgeous illustrations alongside the styling advice really brings these looks to life. I adore the artwork and would love to see more illustrated style guides on your blog!
Love Saba xx
Thank you so much, Saba! I so appreciate your feedback! And I’m thrilled you like it.
Love your drawings and love the style advice. It’s the perfect way to look girly but have an edge too! ❤️️
Thank you so much! Glad you like it!