Fashion Challenge: $100 Outfit

The Southern Fashion Bloggers have a presented a challenge; put together an entire outfit that costs $100 or less. I am most definitely a frugal shopper and love finding a good deal so I was kind of excited when I saw their post. Now I may have technically cheated, as I didn’t go to my closet for my outfit. But I’ve just been feeling so uninspired with my own wardrobe lately and have been looking to revamp it. So I looked no further than my job, I went to Funky Monkey and threw a look together. I don’t really feel like I’m cheating, as this place has seriously become my closet. Too many times have I shown up at work and gotten dressed. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get myself a brand new outfit.

Top: $26

Skirt: $30

Shoes: $24

Bracelets: $10 each

It worked out too perfectly, totaling at exactly $100. I went for a silky soft bird print shirt, a trendy hi-low skirt and neutral shoes to balance out the rest of the outfit. I topped it off with two vintage gold bangles, because you can’t not have jewelry.

I’m also happy to say that I will be getting rid of my Summer Ombre’d hair on Friday. Yay!

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A Decade of Fab: The 70’s

The 1970’s are one of my favorite decades when it comes to fashion. In the early years, Hippies were still going strong. Then you had the arrival of Glam Rock and Punk, bringing their own new look to things. The 70’s were also the ever popular Disco era. Polyester was most definitely not uncommon, and platform shoes were a favorite of both men and women.

Look for: Hot Pants, Bellbottoms, Platform boots and shoes, Lamé, Wrap dresses, Leather biker jackets, Studs, Doc Martens, Sequined tops, Baseball tees, Leotards, Jumpsuits, Ripped jeans, Rhinestones

Colors/Prints: Paisley, Leopard Print, Shimmery, Metallics, Jewel Tones

Face/Hair: Feathered hair (Farrah Fawcett, Middle Parts, Afros, Mohawk, Messy Crop, Natural Waves, Eccentric Glam Makeup, Natural makeup

Watch: Velvet Goldmine, Annie Hall, Saturday Night Fever, Sid & Nancy, Sleeper

Read into: Halston, Pam Grier, Marc Bolan, Vivienne Westwood

A Decade of Fab: The 60’s

I don’t even know where to begin with the sixties. Mods? Rockers? Jackie O? Twiggy? Early Hippies? The 1960’s were a huge time for fashion; there was a much wider variety of trends and styles than previous decades. Skirts got shorter, boots got taller, styles became more risque and eccentric.

Look for: Babydoll dresses, Shift dresses, Cropped skinny pants, Flared jeans, Go-Go boots, PVC, Sequins, Pillbox hats, A line mini skirts, Chanel-inspired skirt suits, Wide brim hats

Colors/Prints: Brights, Rich colors, Black, White, Color blocking, Crazy prints, Checkered print, Paisley, Space inspired silver and spacey prints

Face/Hair: Bouffant, Afros, Bobs, Pixie cut, Short thick bangs, Exaggerated eyeliner, Pastel eyeshadow, Nude lips,

Watch: Mad Men (of course), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Barbarella, Young Birds Fly

Read Into: Jean Shrimpton, Brigitte Bardot, André Courrèges, Mary Quant

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A Decade of Fab: The 50’s

With the 1950’s came with the glorification of the all-American housewife and the infamous Pin-Up girl. Silhouettes took on an hourglass shape; larger chests and wider hips were the ideal. The 1950’s were also the beginning of youth culture, and with that came a whole new set of styles and trends. When looking back on 50’s fashion most people think immediately of the Hollywood starlet or the retro housewife, but we can’t forget the Teddy Girls and Beatniks.

Look for: Pencil skirts, cuffed trousers, saddle shoes, cotton dresses, metal zippers, fitted blouses,

Colors/Prints: Pastels, Subdued hues, black/grey (for Teddys and Beats) florals, stripes, plaid

Face/Hair: Prim and proper styles (Audrey), Bouffants (Sophia), Short bangs (Bettie), Gorgeous curls (Liz)

Watch: Rear Window, Jailhouse Rock, Teaserama

Read Into: Pierre Balmain, Lucille Ball, Jack Kerouac

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A Decade of Fab: The 20’s

Since I’m a fan of vintage clothing, the history of fashion and because we’re nearing Halloween, I’m going to be doing a series of posts. Each post will feature a decade and a bit about the styles of that decade. It’s a bit of a history lesson and also a little how-to if you want to expand your wardrobe, or if you need costume ideas!

First up are the 1920’s, a decade where people began to let loose from the constraints (literally, no more corsets) of the previous couple centuries. Women’s fashion went in the direction of a more boyish figure; smaller chests and hidden waists were a break from the pushed up and tucked in. Rayon, a synthetic silk became popular and was available to the masses in a time where silk was expensive and somewhat hard to come by. Fashion and general style got more laid back and creative throughout the 20’s and 30’s.

Look for: Beading, Fringe, Drop-Waist, Trousers, Mid-Length Skirts, Mandarin Collars, Cloche Hats, Fur Trim

Colors/Prints: Jewel Tones, Muted Colors, Art Deco and Exotic Prints

Face/Hair: Cupid’s Bow Lips, Curly or Straight Bobs

Watch: Chicago, Boardwalk Empire

Read into: Coco Chanel, Zelda Fitzgerald, Jean Patou

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What a Stud

I must apologize, I couldn’t help myself with that title. Oh these loafers, these Jeffrey Campbell studded loafers. They are wonderful. I love a good loafer, and I’m more willing to spend a little extra on such a classic shoe. I already splurged on these, so I’m thinking a DIY version may be in order.

Here are a ton of other loafers if studs aren’t your thing:

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Blue Platform Galaxy

I follow trends to an extent. I prefer personal style that is somewhat timeless and involves aspects that will never fade. I think comprising your wardrobe completely of trends removes a natural sense of style and evokes a more store-bought persona. But some trends are fun and fascinating, and having a few trendy pieces helps you fabulous with less work. Here are some of those fun, fascinating trends that I am into right now:

Yves Klein Blue

YAYA, Senso, ASOS, Rag & Bone

I am particularly loving this trend. Yves Klein is a favorite of mine and he alone made me want to study Art History. The French artist was on the forefront of Minimalist and Pop Art, known mostly for his perfect shade of blue. I love clothing in this color blue, it’s the perfect way to stray from navy and denim shades. Plus it’s a brilliant POP of classic color.

Cosmic Prints

Jeffrey Campbell, Christopher Kane, Black Milk, Christoper Kane

Space is beautiful, so why not put it on clothing?

Platform Oxfords

Prada, Jeffrey Campbell, Prada, ASOS

I love a good pair of oxfords, and a good pair of platforms. Someone else did too and now we have this budding Fall trend. It’s the perfect bit of casual edge added to such a classic, put-together shoe. And it all started with Prada…

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Capes You Guys, Capes…

Alexander Wang’s “Fabiana” sandals have capes. CAPES. YES!

You thinkin’ what I’m thinkin?

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Streetstyle: Taxi Driver

I meant to do this a while back as a Summer trend thing, but I’m a terrible procrastinator. I decided I might as well do it even though it’s a bit late in the game, because it would be fun! So the lovely Erica and I did a streetstyle-esque shoot inspired by one of my favorite films, Taxi Driver.

All clothing: Funky Monkey

I know giant platforms would better replicate the original look, but I thought Erica’s white oxfords gave it a more modern, relaxed feel. (Also because…well…that’s what she wore that day.)

Since I’m so behind, I threw together a 70’s inspired look for Fall!

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Oh internet!

I’m in a predicament yet again where I am without internet. Now of course there are a million coffee shops within a short walking distance of my apartment, which is how I’m relaying this to you now. But my true predicament is that I use one computer for photoshop and one computer for everything else. (The photoshop desktop can’t be toted around) I’m currently working around it because I have so many great posts that need wonderful images to accompany them.

The main reason for this post is that I like to give a reason when I’m absent.

The photo above belongs to Laura of Vintage Redheads. I felt this post needed a fabulous photo of a favorite Chictopian.

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