DIY Ideas from Fall 2015 Fashion Weeks Street Style

milanstreetstyle_2Fashion weeks around the world have drawn to a close, and we’ve seen a ton of DIY-able ideas for this coming Fall. How about that ubiquitous street style for February 2015 – what are all the fashionistas in the know wearing? The answer is fabulous coats and warm weather gear…and there are more than a few great ideas out there that are still totally do-able and make-able before Spring is fully here. See below to get those creative juices flowing…

londonstreetstyle_1 In London, Tati Cotliar sported a cut pink hooded overcoat – and you can add a similar studded detail to the hood with some flat round brass studs.

This verbose topper spotted on the streets could be easily remade with a thrifted man’s wool overcoat and adding some wordy iron-on appliqués in punky neon colors. (This Etsy shop makes some neat ones!)

londonstreetstyle_2Caroline Sieber attended the shows in this pretty blue suit jacket – made beautifully unique with a large-sized iron-on embroidered floral motif appliqué.

Sarah Rutson‘s No 21 top could easily be mimicked by hand-sewing some black ostrich feathers (humanely harvested, ideally) onto the front of a boring black sweater to make it chic.

milanstreetstyle_1In Milan, Elisa Nalin‘s punchy ensemble is offset by a bright beaded clutch – which could be made by gluing plastic beaded necklaces from the dollar store or a toy store in a V-pattern onto an existing clutch.

This neat hybrid denim jacket spotted on the streets could be re-created by someone enterprising – just by re-purposing a knitted blanket sewn to the hem of a jacket, cut apart and used as collar-covering, and some of the yarn pulled out and woven into the jacket as detailing. (Look for a really thick, luxurious yarn to make this work!)milanstreetstyle_2Appliques again! (Seeing a trend??!) Adding them to a plain sweatshirt-fabric skirt can make gray look fabulous.

And that coat would be a doable Franken-DIY: bleach an indigo denim jacket, remove the arms and replace with arms salvaged from a thrifted black leather jacket. Instant Milan street cred.

nyfwstreetstyle_1From New York, something similar to Anya Ziourova‘s Fendi sweater could be made with hand-sewing some exposed zippers to the front with colored faux fur, rhinestone trim, and colored fleece in patches and shapes to make that fun monster face.

Gigi Hadid‘s Diesel Black Gold jacket take some serious studding skills…but would be an amazing upgrade to a very simple black leather moto jacket.

nyfwstreetstyle_2Any top could be given a glam makeover by hand-sewing beads and rhinestones onto the front in a starburst pattern.

That Thom Browne coat could be easily re-interpreted with just a line of cone spikes ringing the armscye of a nipped-in gray Victorian-style overcoat.

Hope that gives you some ideas for projects to start right now!

Photos: Phil Oh from, Craig Arend from The New York Times, , Mark Iantosca, POPSUGAR. Composites by me.

DIY That Style! Emmy Rossum’s Studded Tee and Print Skirt

diy-that-style-emmy-rossumEmmy Rossum always looks adorbs when out and about, and the outfit above is no different. Sure, it may be intended for warmer weather – but throw on a chic coat, a warm pair of tights, a cozy scarf, and you’re ready to face the chillier days ahead. Let’s break down her main outfit, though – shall we? I think this is pretty easy to DIY! Here’s how:

Add some gold leaf-shaped clip-on earrings (these are a great find!…or SUPER-budget-friendly ones under $5 here), pull your hair back in a luscious pony, and you’re ready to go, Emmy-style.

How would YOU add oomph to this sweet little ensemble?


Emmy Rossum photo source. Collage by me.

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Trending: 15 Ways to Wear Daytime Sequins

14waystowear_daytimesequinsI LOVE sparkly, glittery, shimmery sequined items (just look at my logo, for goodness’ sakes!) and I love to incorporate them into my wardrobe for daywear and in unusual ways. Check out these style mavens and how they bring out the sequin bling in their everyday outfits: (more…)

Layer Up for Fall in Hues of Mustard, Burgundy, and Navy with Modcloth

Mustard + Wine Modcloth Autumn Layering


The coming Winter chills mean layering is a must in colder climbs – and Modcloth has you covered when it comes to cute (and sophisticated!) layers. Inspired by the unrelenting recent Portland rains, I put together a Polyvore board featuring items from Modcloth that you can layer together to bundle up against the weather and still look fantastic.

Pairing mustard and burgundy looks high-end and polished for work, and pops of navy and blue make it fun. Add a bit of pattern for interest (polka dots) – pair with a lightweight Summer lace dress (for versatility and texture), and pop on a pair of mustard tights to tie the whole look together. Burgundy accessories complete the look – and, if it’s extremely frigid, you can add a soft cardigan underneath, and a jaunty beret and short wool gloves to keep even warmer.

This look works on a variety of body types and ages – just add an umbrella if you live in the Pacific Northwest. 😉

See Modcloth’s other great cardigan selections and outerwear to complete your Fall layering looks!

Stay warm this season!



7 Ways to Make Your Wardrobe Look Waaay More Expensive Than it Actually Is

7-ways-to-make-your-wardrobe-look-more-expensiveI’m a budget-shopper, you’re a budget shopper. But no one wants to actually look like they’re wearing a $4.99 blazer, no? They key to looking well-dressed is making sure you’re choosing excellent items for their value, that you can spice up with a bit of budget-friendly DIY prowess. Here are 7 ways you can look like a million bucks on a budget (even if you only spent $20!): (more…)

6 Unexpected and Chic Color Combos for Fall

chicfallcolorcombos_2014Autumn is now in full swing, and sometimes I need a little inspiration of some color combinations in my outfits that veer away from a standard plaid, maroon, mustard, brown, and dark rinse denim. (Fall I feel is always a rut for me. Just sayin’.) Just because it’s not Spring doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate brights, pastels, or other patterns! Here are 6 unexpected color combos to breathe life into your wardrobe for Fall:

1. Gold brocade/Navy

2. Pink/Red/Tan Leopard

3. Cobalt Blue/Neon Yellow/Black-and-White Leopard

4. Pale Blue/Sunny Yellow Croc/Red/Denim

5. Navy/Pale Pink/Green Sequin

6. Mint Green/Tan Check/Cream

What color combinations have you tried that surprised you with how well they worked?


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