Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Style Files: We Got No Money, But We Got Heart

I think I have an obsessive song disorder. Almost every week, there's a song that I can't stop listening to, hence this arbitrarily placed section in the Style Files. Right now, I'm obsessed with Walk the Moon's "Anna Sun." For some reason or another, it makes me feel like we're on the cusp of something epic happening. Big thanks to my friend, Ben, for showing me this gem.

Style Spiration: Alexa Chung
I'm pretty surprised that over the past two years of blogging, I've barely mentioned Alexa Chung. Well, ladies and gent, that's all going to change: right here, right now. The British fashionista truly exudes this understated chic vibe. She never has to over-accessorize; however, the way she puts outfits together is always stylish and quirky.

At the 2010 CFDA Awards (Marc Jacobs): This look really pinpoints everything that Alexa Chung's style encompasses. She doesn't need statement jewels or a standout bag; however, those chunky silver shoes do create the perfect amount of style tension with the dainty Marc Jacobs dress.The way this look is put together is very reminiscent of the early 20th century, when understated glamour ruled the world, don't you agree? (Photo Cred)
Street Style: Love it or hate it, Alexa Chung rocks quirky, personal style. Those high-rised shorts with the high socks? One might think this is all too high for comfort, but I kind of like the quirkiness. The simple striped tee as a neutral to make the look appear cleaner.(Photo Cred)

At the 2010 Met Ball (3.1 Phillip Lim): Pants to the Met Ball? As anyone who keeps close tabs on the Met Ball knows, this red carpet is all about avant garde dresses that are too crazy for any other red carpet. In short, it's embracing fashion as art. Wearing a simple pantsuit is such a fashion risk; however, there's no one better to make this risk than Chung. Honestly, I love the whole look: the bold lip, the western-inspired bow, the trouser effect, the chunky shoes. Chung shows us an alternative, but equally creative way, to dress for the Met Ball. (Photo Cred)

The Weekly
  • Elizabeth Olsen at the NYC Premiere of Silent House (Balmain): From the oversized Balmain topper to the pastel envelope clutch, this look is everything. I love how she pairs these fun accessories and extra with a simple black dress. The different lengths, textures, and sleeve lengths give this look a disheveled vibe; however, her clean hair and makeup bring femininity and structure to the table. 
  • Julianne Moore at the Game Change Premiere (Lanvin): Sure, Julianne Moore has her fair share of fashion faux pas; however, this Lanvin number is to die for.  Everything is so structured, which really works for her. I despise when she does these avant garde dresses: all she needs is something simple and sleek. I love the black and white color blocking, especially with her red hair. The variety of bracelets gives this look a dash of personal style. For the record, that fuchsia lip is incredible. 
  • Catherine Middleton at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee: Thankfully, the Duchess of Cambridge is embracing the peplum trend. The otherwise straight silhouette works perfectly with the cute peplum.  Paired with that cute hat? Out of this world. I love when people wear navy and black together, so this look is definitely a good one.  Also, where has Kate been? I've missed her! 

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