My Illustrated Guide to Styling 3 of the Hottest Trends

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I’m so excited to share my latest illustrated style guide with you, because it’s bigger and better than any of my previous guides. For this guide I focused on 3 straight-from-the-runway trends: Pattern Play, Sheer Joy and Punk, Polished and Pretty.

About the Trends:

Pattern Play. One of the hottest fresh-off-the-runway trends, but often the most intimidating to style in real life. The pattern-mixing trend is about incorporating more than one pattern into an outfit.

Sheer Joy. Integrate sheer elements into elements into your outfits to produce looks that are feminine and playful. Whether you choose a sheer lace blouse or a dress with sheer details, wearing sheer pieces is about adding visual interest to your look, rather than being overexposed.

Punk, Polished and Pretty. This is a luxe and feminine approach to adding rock star vibes to your outfits. The aim is to mix punk elements with feminine and refined pieces.

About the Guide:

For this guide, I collaborated with 5 amazing women, each with their own unique personal style, on this project. Specifically, I asked each lady to pick a trend and style it. All their looks and tons of advice on how to style these 3 trends, can be found in my in the guide. Click here to download the guide.

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Style Guide: Party Looks Inspired by Fashion Icons

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Here’s another illustrated style guide that I’ve put together for you. Instead of discussing a specific trend, I’ve opted to share my ideas on styling party outfits that go beyond following the latest trends. For this illustrated guide, I’m focusing on fashion icons because they are a great source of outfit inspiration for a date night, girls’ night out, or New Year’s Eve.

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Party Looks Inspired by Fashion Icons

Regardless of whether you like to experiment with the latest trends or tend to stick to a personal uniform, parties are a great opportunity to get adventurous with your look and stand out. One way to get outfit ideas is to emulate recent looks from the red carpet and the runway. Stylists and designers, who are responsible for creating red carpet and runway looks, often cite fashion icons as a source of inspiration. Sometimes designers mix the signature style of multiple fashion icons to synthesize something new. Also, it’s not uncommon to see a celebrity wearing a “modern day take” on a fashion icon’s signature look on the red carpet. For example, the look Rihanna wore when she accepted her CDFA Style Icon Award was inspired by a Dianna Ross look.

But why should stylists and designers have all the fun? Why not get your outfit ideas straight from the source and cultivate your own take on a fashion icon’s signature look. And by the way, you can up the creativity factor and really make a look your own by mixing and matching elements of different icons’ looks. For example, you can add punk rock inspired accessories to a tux to create a standout look that will be unforgettable. And best of all, it will be a look you curated—which really is the difference between being a follower of trends and a trendsetter.

Diana Ross

Diana Ross Inspired Party Styling

This diva is a source of inspiration for many fashionable entertainers—think Beyoncé, Rihanna, Solange, and more. No one does diva style better than Diana. You can achieve Diana Ross’ signature diva vibe with a show-stopping floor length dress and over-the-top voluminous hair. And don’t forget to play up your eyes. You can’t channel this diva’s look without her signature doe eyes.

Debbie Harry

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Lead singer of Blondie, who’s known for her fearless glam punk rock style. Debbie Harry likes to mix punk staples—moto jackets, leather, ripped concert T shirts, animal prints—with more sophisticated pieces like one-shoulder dresses. Wear a patent leather frock in a feminine cut with a leopard print moto jacket for a modern take on Debbie Harry’s signature style.

Bianca Jagger

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A bold woman who pushes boundaries in both her philanthropic endeavors and personal style, she is a human rights and climate change activist. Oh, and she was Mick Jagger’s first wife. Known for her fashion forward looks, Bianca has a penchant for for luxe tailored masculine suits paired with attention grabbing accessories. Although her go-to colors for suits are cream and white, she often wears black as well. Accessorize the look with a fur stole worn on one shoulder, a choker, or a vintage hat with a birdcage veil.

Stevie Nicks

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This singer-songwriter is THE muse for boho style. Layering is key when channeling Stevie Nick’s style aesthetic. Wear an embroidered shawl, scarf, or floral kimono robe over a flowy dress with bell sleeves. Go even further by integrating different textiles–lace, velvet, leather–into the same look. You can achieve an “of-the-moment” take on Stevie Nick’s style by wearing an embroidered maxi dress paired with a fringed scarf and over-the-knee suede boots.


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Style Page: Sophisticated Punk

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Flat Lay Style Page Sublime Cravings Sophisitcated PunkBefore I get into the details of this “Sophisticated Punk” look, I want to share something with you. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about style as a means of creative expression. And although I love keeping up with and illustrating what’s new and fab in fashion, I enjoy educating myself about timeless style elements. Moreover, I adore combining and playing with disparate style elements. This “style page” is my first attempt at sharing my love of researching and playing with different style elements.  In addition to keeping up with trends, I will continue to research iconic style elements and influencers and will share my take on them with you—via my illustrations of course. I hope you’ll come along on this journey with me.

Now, onto the “Sophisticated Punk” look. This look is a mix of sleek separates and elements that reference punk fashion. In the 70s and 80s, punk culture was all about rebelling and challenging the status quo in music, fashion, and more. But many designers, including Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Riccardo Tisci, have embraced punk elements in their designs. So now, edgy punk elements such as patent leather jackets, torn T-shirts, tartan, and combat boots are now fashion essentials.

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Style the Trend: Romantic and Edgy

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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.