Looking Chic with Classic Sneakers

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Give your feet a break from your heels. Classical sneakers are not just used for active wear anymore. They have become a footwear of choice to create a chic outfit. The simple color and structure of the sneakers complements many sophisticated and stylish clothes like cigarette pants, overcoats, and biker jackets. Many fashion creatives are remastering a handful of classical sneakers whether it is a pair of Adidas Superstars and Stan Smiths, Nike Air Max, or Puma Suede. They stand the test of time and are worth adding to your street style.

Here are outfits that presents your chic-ness while your feet stays comfortable:

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Grey Polo Neck Top: H&M

Cigarette Pants: Topshop

Stan Smith: Adidas

Faux Fur Vest: ASOS

Black Handbag: Target

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Camel Overcoat: River Island

T-Shirt: H&M

Black Coated Skinny Jeans: Topshop

White Superstar: Adidas

Black Clutch: ALDO

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Rock Band T-Shirt: redhotchilipeppers.com

Boyfriend Jeans: H&M

Air Max 90: Nike

Biker Jacket:Zara

Grey Backpack: Target

Showing Your Creativity on Leather Sneakers

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My dad witnessed that my love for Adidas sneakers grew. One day, he decided to give me his black Superstar sneakers. I remember seeing them and thought that they needed more creativity. This gave me the idea to paint the sneakers. I wanted them to display my creative vision. My idea was to paint one inspirational word on each pair and doodles that spreads positivity and wisdom.

I started to look up videos and articles about how to properly paint leather sneakers. I found YouTube videos from Angelus Brand account. Here are steps on painting your leather sneakers.

Materials: Painter’s Masking Tape, Cotton Balls, Cloth, Nail Polish Remover with 100% Acetone, Angelus Brand paints and finisher

  1. Remove the shoe laces.
  2. Use painter’s masking tape to cover up the areas you want to avoid painting and applying nail polish remover and finisher.
  3. Apply nail polish remover that has pure acetone on the sneaker with cotton balls or a cloth. In order to paint them, you need to remove the existing coating that the shoe manufactures put.
  4. Paint the leather with Angelus paints. It can only be brought online on the Angelus Brand website.
  5. Make sure to add two-four coats of paint to make it pop up. Wait for 30 minutes- 1 hour for it to dry.
  6. Now lightly apply the finisher on the leather to protect the paint and let it dry for a while. You can only buy it at the Angelus Brand website.

Now you have a new pair of sneakers that shows your creative side.

Having Fun with Your Mature Look

maturemature2For my first day as a junior year at college, I decided to go for a mature yet cheerful look. I took a style risk by tucking a t-shirt in my jeans. Taking style risks is not a big deal because it helps you develop your fashion sense with trial and error. You will be amazed by handful of those style risks complementing your style. It shows that you are successfully taking charge of your own fashion choices. I threw on a short sleeve button up that had fun prints and blue skinny jeans to avoid the complete dad look. I wore my black Adidas Superstar sneakers that I customized with Angelus Brand leather paint. I wanted to show my creativity on my sneakers. This outfit displays my style evolving but not letting go of my youthful one. mature5mature4mature6

   Short Sleeve Button-Up: Forever 21

T-Shirt: Personal Gift

Skinny Jeans: Cotton On

Sneakers: Adidas

Backpack: Thrift Store

Bracelets: ALDO

With the Help of Bold Colored Heels

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It is time to add colored heels to your shoe closet. Leave your black, white, and nude heels in your closet and grab yourself a bright colored one. Have fun with choosing a pair of pumps that has your favorite color. It is all you need to brighten up your basic clothes.  The colored pumps tells people that you can step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with your style. The bold color from the heel can brighten up your day and the people around you.

Here are casual outfits with a pair of bright colored pumps:

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Boyfriend T-Shirt: ASOS

Overalls: ASOS

Faux-Leather Backpack: Brandy Melville

Blue Fringe Heels: Topshop

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Black Baseball Cap: Target

White Tank Top: H&M

Skinny High Jeans: H&M

DKNY Clutch Wallet: Carryall: Macy’s

Enzo Angiolini Heels: DSW

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White Long Line Blazer: ASOS

Boyfriend T-Shirt: ASOS

Bleached Boyfriend Jeans: Zara

Black Clutch: Style Tread

Yellow Pointed High Heels: ASOS

When Jeans Become a Huge Fashion Statement

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We always have moments when we get bored with one of our pair of jeans. Putting patches is an excellent ways to add excitement to your basic jeans. This DIY fashion trend has been seen on different runways from DKNY to Ashish. I decided to give this idea a try and buy a bunch of patches to iron and stich on my jeans. They give the basic denim more life.

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You have to be careful when planning outfits that involve denim with patches. The top needs to be simple. Classic sneakers are the best choice to wear with the simple top and the patchwork jeans. My choice for the top was a Ramones rock band t-shirt and Stan Smiths. This outfit presents my creativity while keeping it simple and not going overboard.

Ramones T-Shirt: Thrift Store

Jeans: Bullhead

Stan Smith White Leather Sneakers: Adidas

Patches: Amazon, Army Store, Flea Markets

Bracelets: ALDO

The “Excessive Heat Warning” Outfit

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excessivehat2There comes a time when it gets too hot to wear jeans and certain t-shirts. With the excessive heat warning on the news, planning outfits gets tough. You try to find clothes to wear that do not make you sweat a lot. I decided to put on my black classic slip on Vans, olive green chino shorts, a grey slim fit t-shirt, and circular shades. The thought of whether I was going to suffer from the heat did not come to mind thanks to this outfit.

excessiveheat5excessivehat3 It is important to find specific clothes to wear for the 90 degree weather. The t-shirt should be 100 % cotton. Chino shorts are the best bottoms to wear for the heat. The length needs to be above the knee in order to keep cool. For your footwear, low top classic sneakers are the way to go along with no-show socks. Pumas, Vans, Converse, New Balance, and Adidas Superstar and Stan Smith are excellent sneakers to wear for the summer. Finish your summer outfit with a pair of cool shades. Now, you are ready to rule the summer while staying cool.

T-Shirt: Topman

Olive Green Chino Shorts: J. Crew

Slip On Sneakers: Vans

Circular Shades: Flea Market

Bracelets: ALDO

The Rise of Oversized Tailoring

oversized 7Blazers and trousers are now making loud statements by their enlarged sizes. Many minimalist outfits are dealing with longer blazers and flared trousers. Fashion designers have redefined the look of a working woman. You can see that the suit-like outfits are influenced by 70’s fashion. It brings back the era when flared pants were the go to clothing item. Farrah Fawcett and Bianca Jagger showed us their fierce style by pairing their blazers with flared pants, thus becoming 70’s fashion icons.

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A bunch of women added long blazers, flared pants, or both items in their personal style. Whether they are casually wearing oversized blazers or rocking the new minimalist outfits, oversized tailoring can bring your chic style to a whole another level. Here are a bunch of outfits I created based on the new trend:

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Sleeveless Long Line Blazer: Miss Guided

Sleeveless Knit Top: Zara

Flared Trousers: H&M

High-Heel Strappy Sandal: Zara

Rebecca Minkoff Snake Printed Clutch: Bloomingdales

oversized2Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer: Bloomingdales

Ribbed Halterneck Crop Top: Topshop

Seam Back Cigarette Trousers: Topshop

MIA Flat Shoes: ASOS

Pouch: The Iconic

Aviator Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Rebecca Minkoff Snake Printed Clutch: Bloomingdales

oversized3Slouchy Boyfriend Blazer: Nordstrom

Crew neck T-Shirt: Uniqlo

Flared Trousers: H&M

High-Heel Strappy Sandal: Nordstrom

Rebecca Minkoff Clutch: Nordstrom

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Extra Long T-Shirt: Zara

Jeans: Uniqlo

Kosmo Sneakers: Aldo Shoes

Merona Handbag: Target

Mixed Bracelets: Topshop

Aviator Sunglasses: Topshop

Monochromatic Outfits in the Summer Time

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Who said that monochromatic outfits only work for suits and fall fashion? You can dominate this summer style by wearing only one color from top to bottom. Earth tone and neutral colors are the best color schemes for the summer monochromatic look. Get the one color preppy look while staying cool by combining a pair of chino shorts with a short sleeve button up or light crewneck sweater. I was able to rock a summer sharp look with a navy blue short-sleeve button up and chino shorts.

Here are a bunch of monochromatic outfits that you can wear this season:

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Navy Blue Short-Sleeve Button Up: H&M

Navy Blue Chino Shorts: H&M

Leather Slip-On Sneakers: Vans

Olive Green Backpack: Target

Monochromatic Outfit 2

Olive Green Short-Sleeve Button Up: Topman

Olive Green Chino Shorts: Nordstrom

Burgandy Dress Shoes: Topman

Olive Green Backpack: Target

Monochromatic Outfit 3

Navy Blue Crewneck Sweater: H&M

Navy Blue Chino Shorts: H&M

Loafers: ASOS

Satchel Brown Faux Leather: ASOS

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 Crewneck Sweater: H&M

Chino Shorts: Topman

Loafers: ASOS

Aviator Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Basics Go A Long Way

neutraloutfit2neutraloutfit4I decided to go out last two Saturday nights and I already knew what I wanted to wear. The goal was to stand out from the crowd by presenting my casual style. I kept the outfit simple by wearing a long and a loose fitting grey t-shirt, black skinny jeans, and brown suede Chelsea boots with a buckle strap. The greatest thing about this outfit is that it took me a minute or less to put it together. Amazing isn’t it?!

outfitin3secondsneutraloutfit1With just three clothing items, the colors and proportions were able to work with each other. The neutral colors from head to toe complimented one another. The combination of the t-shirt and skinny jeans created such a loud statement because the proportions were different but it made the outfit look presentable and stylish. This go-to look is easy to put together with a loose fitting t-shirt, skinny jeans, and Chelsea boots.

Loose Fitting Grey T-Shirt: H&M

Black Super Skinny Jeans: Topman

Brown Suede Chelsea Boots: ASOS

Bodycon Dress: A Dress for Heels and Classic Sneakers

real bodyconA neutral color bodycon dress is an essential clothing item that every woman should own in their closet. It is a lifesaver when you have no idea what outfit to wear for any occasion. The one piece dress makes the process of getting ready a bit easier. With the right shoes and accessories, the dress will make look super stylish. You have the control to create two types of looks with the tight-fitting dress. It can be worn as a casual afternoon or formal fashion night out outfit.

This is a great time to get out of your comfort zone and give your feet a rest by wearing classic sneakers with a bodycon dress. Usually, the words sneakers and dresses do not go together. In this case, a neutral color bodycon dress and classic sneakers goes hand and hand because they complement one another by their simple looks and colors. This gives off a laid-back yet chic look. You will not need to worry if you are committing fashion suicide with this look.

Here are a bunch of outfit ideas that I created with bodycon dresses:

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Tall Bodycon Dress: Topshop

Fringe Faux Leather Biker Jacket: missguidedus.com

Black Ankle Booties: stevemadden.com

bodycon 2River Island High Neck Midi Bodycon Dress: asos.com

Bootie: Nastygal.com

Marc by Marc Jacob bag: ssense.com

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Tall Bodycon Dress: Topshop

Bomber Jacket with Patches: Alpha Industries

Black Shoulder Bag: ALDO

LC Lauren Conrad Peep-Toe Booties: Kohls

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Ribbed Pini Bodycon Tunic: Topshop

Candie’s Slip-On Sneakers: Kohls

Faux-Leather Backpack: Brandy Melville

Rose Gold Cut-Off Cuff: Topshop

Aviator Sunglasses: Topshop

bodycon 4   Bodycon Dress: Nordstrom.com

Faux Leather Biker Jacket: Zara

New Balance Sneakers: Bloomingdales

Leather Messenger Bag: Zara