…On the playground where I spent most of my days.

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. When someone hears those words they immediately think of laughter, good times and for the most part, the 90’s. It is one of the best comedic series to date and each and every character has a big part as to why. From Will’s crazy Philly attitude, to Carlton’s dancing (which I don’t want to brag, but I imitate it exceptionally well), to Jeffrey’s cold antics, everyone played a pivotal role in the series. One character in particular was a handful with her signature line “Daddy, can I have $500?”. You guessed correctly: Hilary Banks (played by Karyn Parsons). Hilary was classy, sophisticated and well a tad snobby, but with that she was also always well dressed. One thing she was not known for is her humility as per this photo shows.

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However, we loved her nonetheless. The show ended in 1996 and therefore the fashion may be outdated but there are definitely pieces and looks that Hilary sported that we can definitely appreciate in this day and age. Time to take a look at Hilary’s upper class style that caught our attention over the years!

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Hilary was a huge fan of hats and matching. This is no exception. Sure this look may be a bit over the top, however, this pattern is very popular even today, and pearls will never go out of style.

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As far as color combinations go, black and white is the most classic of them all. Chanel showed us why, and Hilary is doing a pretty good job at demonstrating how classy it can be. This 2 piece skirt suit is sophisticated and would be fashionable even today.

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Even in the early 90’s Hilary knew the importance of the LBD (Little Black Dress). The sheer sleeves adds unique detailing to the dress which makes it stand out even more. And hey, isn’t that Dr.Huxtable’s son Theo? (Did I mention how much I love 90s television?).

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Would we be seen in this suit today? Nope. But is this color combination of pink and grey just fabulous? Yes. The rare color combination gives off a clean and sweet look with the pink making the color grey more feminine and the grey making the pink more classic.

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As the season progressed, Hilary became more beautiful and her style more fashionable. This bold navy dress was a show stopper and caught our attention. Anything cut-out is very popular today and this dress would do well at any classy event.

It wouldn’t be right to write about Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and not give a little lime light to Carlton Banks (played by Alfonso Ribeiro). He was almost everyone’s favorite character and who can blame them. Between his dancing and all of the snoty remarks he would make, Carlton made sure to get quite a few laughs out of us. He also considered himself to be very fashion froward with his polos and khaki pants. He was a perfect fit for any country club because he dressed about 15 years too old for his age. Nonetheless, he was classy and cool (in his own way of course) and we loved every minute of it.

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So for those of you who think just because a show is from another time and therefore we cannot allow ourselves to get inspired by, I hope this post made you think differently. One of the amazing characteristics of the fashion scene today is that inspiration from different decades is key. So make sure to inspire yourself from these looks, and update them to make them your own!

 

500 Days of Fashion. Part 2.

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500 Days Of Summer is a movie about how sometimes relationships don’t work, no matter how much you want them to. It demonstrates the reality of love, sadness, heartache and anger. It brings you along for an entertaining ride and leaves you with a sense of hope. Hope that no matter how sad you are at one pt, there is a rainbow behind that storm somewhere. 

Along with all the entertaining aspects of this movie, the fashion is also something that caught  my eye (of Summer‘s and Tom‘s) and I wanted to take a further look into Summer’s 60’s inspired wardrobe.  

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As I mentioned in my previous post, a common theme in this movie in Summer’s wardrobe is the color blue. Most of her outfits have this color in them and the different tones go perfectly on her skin tone.

This is another great example of how you can dress for work without looking very corporate. This sweet ruffled short sleeve top and denim skirt is perfect for around the office, or grabbing a coffee somewhere.

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Who thought shopping in IKEA could be so fun? Tom and Summer took the IKEA experience to a whole other level when they made themselves at home in the store. I can understand why Tom would be so smitten over this girl when she’s got such a fun personality and cute dresses like this baby blue one! This type of collar is particularly very popular lately in short dresses.

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She wears this white sleeveless top in more than one occasion in this movie. The first time it is with high waisted pants, and the second time is with this colorful flowy skirt. Tops like these can be very versatile and are useful to have in your wardrobe!

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I am almost certain I have a picture of my mom from the 70s wearing this exact same outfit. T-shirt tucked into high waisted shorts and stockings was all the craze back then, and it still is now. It can be worn on many body types and is a nice alternative to just wearing plain jeans!

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Summer is clearly a fan of the school girl look because this is her second outfit of the movie that portrays this style. What I love is the teal argyle sweater vest. It’s practical and kicks any boring cardigans butt!

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Denim has many different variations and this cute short sleeve dress shows us why we should probably wear more of them! She decided to wear it with a pattern belt which I find very nice, but I also love denim with anything tan coloured. Therefore a thin tan belt along with matching tan flats would be a great ensemble and something I would definitely be seen wearing!

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Tom may have thought he was over Summer but when he saw her in this beautiful grey-blue dress his heart couldn’t help but melt a little. The neckline is a beautiful criss-cross and the bow detailing at the waist is a sweet touch.

I love movies that portray real life, and 500 Days Of Summer is one of them. It’s subtle details and real-life emotions draw you in and the great fashion is a simple bonus.

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Robin Scherbatsky’s got style, eh!

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I am Canadian and I am damn proud of it! Robin Scherbatsky (played by Cobie Smulders) from How I Met Your Mother is a Canadian as well and is very proud of her roots, although Barney Stinson (played by Neil Patrick Harris) gives her a hard time about it. Robin is a journalist trying to make it as a newsanchor over the seasons, and her strong, stubborn and tough exterior is adored by many because we all know deep down inside she’s just a sappy girl.

She’s a great role model to girls and along with all her positive characteristics, she’s also got great style! From business casual to fancy occasions, her look is geared towards the comfortable looking fitted clothing, that isn’t too provocative but always sophisticated. She avoids too much clutter like a lot of jewerly, and she makes sure to keep her colors and pattern combinations to a minimal. Over the last 9 seasons she’s kept true to herself and has always maintained a simple style.Time to take a view at Ms.Scherbatsky’s wardrobe and see what she can teach us!

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Robin being the working woman as she is, knows that blazers are the best way to balance out a nice modern outfit, with the professional wardrobe she needs to have. She is often spotted wearing a blazer and it always gives off a very put together look. Being a huge fan of blazers myself, it is one of the best investments you can make. And I’m not talking about your grandmother’s old church-going blazer. I am referring to a nice, well fitted, modern blazer. They can be worn for many different outfits and always spruce up your look (if you replace your cardigan by a blazer, your outfit immediately goes from cute to stylish). This soft look of Robin’s consists of a beige very angled blazer with a nice white shirt from under with a sweet necklaine detailing.

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This purple cap sleeve fitted dress is very flattering and the bold black zipper detailing on the back adds a funky spin to it. I love her thin gold chain necklace. Comes to show just because you have a wide open neckline doesn’t mean you need to add a big necklace. Sometimes keeping the chest bare is sexier and more feminine.

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For those who think blazers are only for work, here is proof that a blazer can and should be worn on a night out! This blazer look is evening appropriate with the sexy black lace shirt from under and the black blazer adds the dark mysteriousness to it all. 

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Patterns are all the craze as of late and in this scene Robin takes the nautical theme to work! Her navy anchor blouse paired with grey pants is a great work outfit, while keeping it fun.

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A little black dress doesn’t have to be boring! This sheer top and sweetheart cut dress is great for many different occasions. As Robin did, important to remember to not add a necklace to this type of neckline.   

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Another great example of how a blazer can be fun. I love the matching color of burgandy shirt to burgandy blazer. The pattern of the shirt breaks up the look without adding another color. 

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This is one of my all-time favorite Robin dresses. This stunning low-v olive dress with black belt is absolutely beautiful. The color alone I find to be one of the most universally flattering colors. Brunettes, blondes and redheads, as well as light and dark skinned can be seen wearing this color and it would look nothing but spectacular on them. I also love the draped detailing on the lower half of the dress.     robin-stripes

 

Lastly, if you are a fan of the show, you may notice a common theme in Robin’s wardrobe: she loves stripes (as do I)! This character is often seen in stripes when she is dressed more casually. From thicker to thinner stripes, she’s sported them all and shows how versatile this pattern can be. If you want to learn more about the endless options of this pattern take a look at my post “Color me Striped”.

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s post where we keep on rummaging through Robin’s wardrobe! We’ve already seen she has worn it all, even this bikini bod t-shirt. Ted couldn’t keep his eyes off of her!

How I Met Your Mother, Season Two

Lady in Gold.

Everyone knows that when you’re plotting a wealthy family’s demise, you have to dress the part (not that I would know from personal experience). For Emily Thorne this means wearing gowns and dresses around the clock. Completely emerging yourself in the Hamptons social elite club and attending the most sophisticated events is no easy task (although I would take the opportunity in a second).

As previously mentioned, Emily is known for her neutral palette choices and simple cuts. On Monday’s post, I talked about how at certain events Emily went out of her comfort zone by wearing red dresses to stand out. In this post I want to focus on the color gold. There are so many variations to this color because in some cases it can be flashier and others toned down. Whatever the tone, Emily made some excellent choices and these are prime examples of dresses to wear at a wedding.

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This strapless metallic dress is understated yet stands out. The belt brings out the flecks of gold  in the dress which create the ideal shimmer effect. With having her eyes and hair kept relatively simple, the choice of deep red lips is the perfect final piece to tie everything together.

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How can you not look beautiful with a dress like this on, and a man like that by your side? This stunning rushed light gold satin strapless gown is a show stopper. Wearing a floor length gold dress may be a bit much for attending a wedding, but if you feel comfortable doing it, I say go for it! If not, a knee-length version of this dress would be perfect. And adding a little bling to it like Emily did with the diamand necklace is a nice touch.

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Rose gold, my favorite. Since I am a huge fan of pink, rose gold is the perfect balance. It combines the cuteness of pink, with the glam of gold­. In this very mini getup, Emily demonstrates that you can wear sequins without going over the top. Although, if you plan to hold a gun in the middle of the wedding reception, I would assume that would attract a bit more attention than you were expecting.

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This knee length gold perlescent dress is clean cut and sophisticated. She paired the dress with a gold metal belt, and deep gold metallic sandals. She kept everything relatively simple which gives room for the dress to do the talking.

 

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This dress screams out romantic. It’s a peplum lattice dress which unlike most of the other dresses she wears, has some excquisite detailing. It’s sheer sleeves and light peplum make the dress exceptionally unique and I love that she kept all her accessories in the same tone: gold enveloppe clutch with dark gold pumps.

Whether she wears red or gold or any other color of the rainbow, Emily Thorne always makes excellent dress choices and I’ll make sure to take a page out of her book for the next wedding i’m going to. Beware of this character showing up again on this blog. There were too many great dress choices to fit into only 2 posts!

Pretty Woman, walking down the street. Part 2.

Pretty woman has become an all-time classic love story. From Viviane’s laugh to Edward’s shy smile and salt and pepper hair, the movie has it all even 23 years later. Viviane’s style transitions drastically throughout the movie, starting off as a woman of the night, and ending up as a sophisticated lady.

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Viviane just had her crazy shopping spree and is strutting down the street with so much confidence. People can’t keep their eyes off of her and it’s obvious why. Look at that outfit! The gloves may be a bit much but she is definitely making it work.

The main attraction: Nothing says sophistication like the simple combination of black and white (and Miss Chanel would definitely agree with me on that one).

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This was actually one of my favorite looks of the movie. This  type of look is perfect for any “fancy” not-too-formal daytime event.

The main attraction: The cut of the dress is one of my favorite styles on most women. It sinches at the waist with the belt and hides most problem areas. Also, who can say no to a good old polka dot dress. It’s timeless and adorable all at once!

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This scene is probably one of the most timeless in cinema. Her laugh is genuine and contagious and she looks absolutely stunning in this red gown and white glove ensemble.

The main attraction: You usually see red lips worn with a black attire or something a bit more toned down, however not in this scene. I love that she chose to do a red poppy lip with her vibrant red dress. It makes a statement and definitely catches your eye.

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This isn’t the same Viviane we were introduced to in the beginning of the movie. She oozes class and sophistication in this scene with her 2 piece shorts-pant suit and white silk shirt.

The main attraction: As opposed to some of the other looks of the movie, this outfit is a tad outdated. However it’s not so much the style that attracted me, but the color. Salmon pink is known to be the most universally flattering color. It suits all hair colors (good example is Viviane’s red vibrant hair) and skin tones.

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Alas, all good things must come to an end. Viv decided to end things on a high note with her very modern black blazer/white t-shirt combo. A look that’ll stay stylish for a very long time.

The main attraction: A black blazer is the most solid investment you can make for your wardrobe. You can dress it up as well as down and the same cut can be wearable for several years (I bought my black blazer from Zara in 2009 and it is still good today!).

If Viviane taught us anything it is no matter what beautiful pieces of clothing you wear, the most important accessory you can have is your smile. Hers won over everyone’s heart (including Edwards) and it’s never too late to add  yours to any one of your outfits!