With holiday festivities in the air (and on our agendas), the bar's set pretty high for standout style this time of year. Lest the pressure of it all throw off your fashion game, we've culled 15 impeccably cool style snaps to help inspire your every look. From the glam-with-a-twist to the chicest kind of Winter layers, get your dose of outfit inspiration right here. Step inside for a crew of seasonal looks we love.
Posts for December 21st 2011
Here's a simple way to breathe new life into old jewelry. All you need is a fabric headband in the color of your choice and a vintage (or vintage-inspired) brooch. For this particular version, we pinned a retro-style brooch to a black satin wraparound headband. Aside from this being an easy way to dress up your look, the best part is that the style is not permanent: remove the brooch and affix it to a jacket, scarf, or anything else that needs a little lift. Then hit up the consignment store for its new replacement.
A bold hoop earring has the ability to inject both a bit of cool and a hint of femininity. We've spotted a bevy of our favorite celebrities showing off just how these jewels can spice up a look. Jennifer Hudson donned a pair of oversized crystal-encrusted hoops at VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul; Jessica Biel dressed up a white Victoria Beckham gown with a pair of standout, modern hoops; and Hilary Duff dressed up a bright yellow turtleneck with a more bohemian-inspired pair. Click through to see the growing list of celebs that are loving this look, then shop our editors' favorite hoops to channel the trend.
Sometime over the past year, nail art went from kitschy to cool to certifiably huge — and if you're looking to see more of the "art" part of the trend, look no further than Christina Rinaldi of Prima Creative. The New York-based designer and artist looks to the runway and beyond for the impeccably precise paint jobs she shows off on her Tumblr. Here, she shares some of her favorite nail designs; we dare you to look at them without being impressed and inspired.
People toss around the terms "bun" and "chignon" a lot, but are the two interchangeable? No, actually, at least not in English. "Chignon" is the French word for bun, but in its American and British usage, it's an abbreviated term, originating from the phrase "chignon du cou," or "bun at the nape of the neck." With the shortening and misappropriation of the French, it's easy to see why there's so much confusion. Don't worry, though. You can become an expert on the differences between the two: all you need is our quick primer below.
This year, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicole Richie, Rachel Zoe, and Victoria Beckham have outdone themselves in the celebrity designer category, and we have some pretty amazing clothes and accessories to show for it. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's trio of design endeavors — Elizabeth & James, The Row, and StyleMint — prove that they don't just dress well, they can create stylish wardrobes for others, too. Nicole Richie's bohemian-cool brands House of Harlow and Winter Kate catered to our hippie-chic style sensibility. Rachel Zoe made it known that her celebrity designer chops are on par with her stylist status. As for those sophisticated sheaths we've been spotting on everyone from Eva Longoria to Olivia Palermo, that's all Victoria Beckham's doing. It's up to you to decide who deserves top celeb designer billing, so vote now!