Crop It To Me

Stone Cold Fox Quixote Tank, Alexander Wang Pleated Cami, Topshop Peplum Bralet

     Crop tops are taking a new form this season. Ditching their usual skin-tight shape, the new short shirts feature ruffles, peplums, pleats and gathers. Designers Max Azria for BCBG and Thakoon kickstarted this trend in their Spring 2014 collections. While they may seem difficult to wear, don't let these pieces fool you. The spaghetti-strapped beauties can be easily paired with high wasted shorts (à la Leandra Medine), low rise pants to show some skin, or a structured pencil skirt. Personally, I'd style any of these crop tops with a pair of white, high waisted, wide leg pants, which I've forever been searching for… Anyone know of a cute pair?


Seeing Double: White Out

Jonathan Simkhai Cropped Turtleneck, Zara Pencil Skirt, Clare Vivier Clutch, Kate Spade Pumps

     The resemblance is uncanny between two photographs by Norman Parkinson and Juergen Teller. Both feature elaborate tiled walls and models wearing white from head to toe. Teller's photograph, for Céline's Fall Winter 2013 campaign, must've drawn inspiration from Parkinson's photo, which was taken in India in the 1950s. Inspired by these images, I curated a white-out outfit that I dream of wearing during Spring.


Spring Fever

Petit Bateau Top, Madewell Dress, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Superga Sneakers

     Spring has sprung, and I can't think of another way to celebrate than by breaking out sun-suitable dresses. Here, I disguised a white drop-waist dress as a skirt by pairing it with a striped sailor top. Who says layering was only meant for cold weather?


Seeing Double: Brigitte & Jane

ASOS Straw Hat, MICHAEL Michael Kors Maxi Dress, Ancient Greek Sandals

     Jane Birkin's fashion never ceases to inspire, and she even looks stylish wearing almost nothing at all. One of my favorite photographs of the beautiful Brit features her à la piscine, in only a floppy straw hat and a crimson beach towel. In Godard's film Le Mépris, Brigitte Bardot sports a similar "look."
     By swapping a towel with a maxi dress and pairing it with nude accessories to mimick bareness the look can easily be translated into an actual outfit. Yes, it's pretty summery, but the forecasted 80 degree weather in LA this week seems reason enough to test it out! 


Monday Muse: Gene Kelly

Wood Wood Striped Top, Zara Trousers, Bass Penny Loafers

     He can act, he can sing, and he can dance… What a gene-ius! Popularly known for his role in  Singing in the Rain, Gene Kelly was a master of musicals and a knockout star in 1950s cinema. While watching Gene's films, his upbeat energy is completely contagious and can't help but make you feel giddy. Impeccable style is another one of Gene's great characteristics. Break out your boatneck tops, belted trousers, and penny loafers to dress like the charismatic choreographer. 


One of the Boys

Leather Jackets by Topshop & Gap

     As a feminine dresser who takes inspiration from Marie Antoinette and ballerinas, sometimes I like to mix it up by borrowing style tips from the boys. I came across three very similar photographs of guys who I deeply admire (for their good looks, yes, but also because they're all insanely talented) wearing slick leather jackets. Who are they? Actors Miles Teller and Penn Badgley, and musician Julian Casablancas from The Strokes. Now all I want to do is sport a leather jacket like them, so my sister-who just bought one from Zara-better watch out!


Presque Parisienne

Jennifer Meyer Necklace, Madewell Paris Tee, APC C'est Génial Tee, Être Cécile Sweatshirt, Clare Vivier Clutch

     It's Paris Fashion Week, and I can't tell if I'm more jealous that people are attending the incredible shows or that they get to spend a week in the City of Lights. I was fortunate to travel to the enchanting city over winter break and am dying to go back. Hopefully I'll study abroad there, but until then I plan to sport francophile fashion. That makes me presque parisienne, non?