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How to Wear Creepers

Let’s face it, not all of us are too keen on certain trends that hit the runways; from sea creature details like anemone ruffles to over-sized sports-like attire that isn’t always the most flattering, we find ourselves in a love/hate relationship with something we are more than likely to spend our money on and endless hours trying to style.

Let’s talk about creepers. Creepers are nothing new to the fashion industry, but it wasn’t until the 1950s when they became popular after being shown off by the Teddy Boys. They were well-known for having a distinct look with dapper ensembles – trousers, draped jackets, bolo ties and pompadour haircuts. The shoe has since been introduced into subcultures including punk and goth, ska and nowadays, a wide variety of personal style.

Before we knew it, Prada was showcasing their own versions on the runway, they hit the markets and were instantly labeled a trend amongst fashion houses, celebrities and fashion enthusiasts all around.

I must admit that when creepers crawled back into the fashion scene, I wasn’t too excited since they can look quite clunky and unflattering if not styled properly (which, unfortunately, is what we’ve seen in the past). Soon after they hit the runways, fashion bloggers and celebrities began incorporating the shoe into their own personal style, new designs came onto the market and even I began to see how they can appear quite stylish and interesting when, again, paired in just that, a stylish manner.

The bit of height is enough to throw the most daring of shoe enthusiasts into the game. The key is to pay attention to your outfit’s silhouette and to have an all around balance.

Key Points:

  • Make sure your ankles are showing. Wear cropped pants or skirts and dresses.
  • Balance your outfit with delicate pieces – no menswear attire here!
  • Add pretty, delicate accessories. Anything bulky will just add more clunk to your look which is what we’re trying to avoid.
  • Don’t overdo the prints, especially if you choose printed creepers. Keep the rest sleek and simple.
OK, got it – now what?
Now that you have key points to keep in mind, it’s time to decide just how you’re going to style your look! Luckily, you have two options: a subtle approach or mixing things up. 
A Subtle Approach

To keep it fresh and girly, look for creepers in subtle prints and detailing – stay away from clunky buckles, hardware and wild prints. You don’t even have to go for black; opt for neutrals and pastels or a color-blocked pair. This way, you’re wearing the height and helping to make the creepy creepers appear a bit delicate if you didn’t think that was possible (it is).
Chanel’s 2013 Resort Collection showcased just that: feminine frocks in pastel hues, flouncy skirts and embellished jackets, all paired with matching creepers in pale or glittered pigments. Both had white soles to give off a lighter illusion and a more girly vibe. 
Mix Things Up

With a statement shoe, it’s also OK to be a little daring with the rest of your outfit considering you’re already feeling a bit on the wild side. When it comes to choosing bottoms, stay away from flared or bootleg jeans… unless you want to channel That 70’s Show. Instead, stick to shorts of your choosing or skinny jeans as well as flouncy skirts or delicate dresses. Don’t be afraid to accessorize; just remember to keep your pieces delicate but feel free to pile on!

You definitely don’t have to stick to the traditional style creeper, either; i.e. the typical lace-up black ones with the highest sole. There are a variety of colors, patterns and heights as well as creepers with open-toes and strappy elements.

So, are you ready to take on the creeper challenge 
(that sounds weird, I know)? Have you already? If so, What’s 
your favorite way of wearing the attention-grabbing shoe?

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2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Many of us decide on a color to incorporate into our outfits based on our moods; and others love following what’s in and trendy for the year, specifically by using the Pantone color system.

Pantone is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, from fashion and beauty to interior decor. If you watch Project Runway, you’ve definitely seen a few challenges inspired by a Pantone color of the year. The goal is to direct and study the way color influences the human thought process as well as our emotions and physical reactions. This definitely plays a vital role in the fashion industry as the color you’re wearing can absolutely set the tone for your mood.

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking fresh and deciding how we’re going to include new trends into our wardrobes. The 2013 color of the year has been Emerald; Pantone stated that it “served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity.” What do you think of that? Has it been a blooming, prosperous year for you? Don’t fret if it hasn’t been, since the 2014 color will be Radiant Orchid. Reaching across the color wheel to spark the imagination, the bright pigment symbolizes an invitation to innovation. It encourages you to expand your creativity and uniqueness, which is essential nowadays, as we all know. Radiant Orchid is a beautiful harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, inspiring confidence and showcasing joy, love and health.

For the fashion world, Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones illuminate the skin when worn by both ladies and gents. A showstopper, the color was seen all over the Spring and Fall 2014 runway shows. Keep your eyes peeled as Radiant Orchid will carry its way into men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories as well as beauty, decor and even food throughout all of 2014!

I definitely feel that this color is perfect for the New Year’s goals I’ve been setting which are all focused on trying new things and above all, being [and staying!] confident. Let’s plan from now with inspiration from fashion, makeup, decor and more. For even more to fuel your imagination, follow my Pinterest board where I’ll be pinning my favorite Radiant Orchid findings throughout the year. Share in the comments below how you’ll be incorporating the gorgeous hue into your year!

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Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2014

Rounding up my favorites from the fashions of Pre-Fall 2014 is the Alice + Olivia collection. Sweet, embellished dresses and feminine separates are what Alice + Olivia has built a flourishing business on. For the Pre-Fall 2014 collection, designer Stacey Bendet took her designs in a slightly different direction. We all know the brand’s impeccable party-wear, but their tailoring is not to be ignored!

Bendet paid tribute to men’s slacks with a slimmer rendition on the peg-leg trouser. The flirtation of feminine meets masculine is showcased with a blazer and trenchcoat featuring a sweeping, girly peplum and skirt. There was an emphasis on transitional dressing, not only from summer-to-fall but also day-to-night. Bendet stated that the collection indulges in the NYC lifestyle of the girls who work all day and play all night, by including A-line dresses with plunging backs paired with tailored jackets.

Once again, I’ve fallen in love all over again with Alice + Olivia. Bendet never lets me down!

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Rachel Zoe Pre-Fall 2014

Another Rachel Zoe collection, another reason to fall in love. Rachel Zoe is known for her updated seventies attire and this time around, the stylist-turned-designer’s Pre-Fall collection offers nothing short of a sleek, sophisticated flair. The designs emphasize her modern take on the groovy decade with slim, fit-and-flare trousers, tailored blazers, and luxe maxi gowns. Furthermore, we see flirty A-line dresses in neoprene with mesh accents – sporty & girly, a combo to love. There’s no denying that Zoe has found her niche, knows what she’s doing with it and does it well! My favorite looks are below; and I’ll take one of everything, please.

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J Mendel Pre-Fall 2014

It’s not even 2014 yet and I’m already getting excited about Fall trends for next year, with the Pre-Fall 2014 collections being unveiled in the past weeks. I shared Naeem Khan‘s gorgeous gowns this morning and now, another one of my favorite collections is by J Mendel. Mendel is known for long, fluttering evening-wear, but lately he has turned a different direction, focusing on the shorter and the sportier. Call his collection daywear, but it is definitely for the lush and lavish with fancy furs donning most of the looks.

We see an array of fur-trimmed, double-faced cashmere coats in rich tones as well as geometric shifts and biker-style jackets in unique fabrications. A wool houndstooth coat with leather inserts was thrown over a lace and organza top and miniskirt for the edgy chicks while a printed silk dress with pleated lace inserts was topped with a fox scarf for the fancy ladies.

Here are my favorite looks from the luxe collection!