Susan

Thursday, March 22, 2012
• 3:54 AM •

Polyvore Q&A: Dress Up, not Dressy!

Polyvore Q&A: Dress Up, not Dressy!


It seems quite sad when you think that a beautiful dress will be trapped in the closet as it awaits for the perfect dressy occasion. But why should we wait until then? Below is my style advice to jen1990’s question on casualizing a party dress for everyday!

PS: In love with the Alexander McQueen tote!!

Click here for this question’s thread on Polyvore!


Hii!

So unfortunately, your dress, alone, is dressy. BUT fortunately, we can work around it to be worn casually or for the day!
The dressy thing about your dress is the one strap, so I suggest you to tuck that in when you wear it, so that it look like a tube top. Refer to the set I created for you!
For such a vibrant green, gold is a better choice than silver accessories.

So since you said that you follow the preppy trend..it’s the left side of the set I made. A blazer can sharpen your look and balance out the flowiness in your dress.  Match it with gold accessories. The crystals on the gold flipflops brings the outfit down a notch so you still have the daywear look. AT THE SAME TIME, this sharp daywear can be transformed for a fun night out with the girls. You want to dress up but not be dressy, you know what I mean? You can add the black belt like I did there. Change the shoes for something more sleek, maybe even a bit of black patent?

For a more casual look, refer to the right side of my set. Wear the black sheer blouse on top of your dress. Unbutton the bottom buttons so that you can effectively tie your shirt in a knot at the crease wear the skirt starts. Unbutton the top buttons so we can see your beautiful neck. Charm bracelets are fun! The charms on the bracelet represent you and never go out of style!

Carry a statement bag like the McQueen bag! It’s so sexy and practical for you to carry lots of things. Plus the gold detail on the bag goes with all your gold accessories. This bag is stylish… the design is not too busy/distracting and its casual!

Hope my long ass advice had some helpful tips loll.
~Susan
How to Be A Snob – Be Reputable with these 4 styling laws! 


 

A dressy green dress for a casual occasion

Friday, March 2, 2012
• 9:22 AM •

How to be a S.N.O.B.

S.N.O.B: Be Reputably Stylish with these 4 Styling Laws

Being stylish is something everyone can benefit from. You can be proud of your intelligence, who you are as a person or your general success, but why should that come in the way of dressing well (and thus looking good!).  If you’re an awesome person, then embrace it and let it show – in every aspect!

Below is a checklist of the S.N.O.B. styling laws – “laws” because they are pretty fundamental. These guidelines will enhance your styling skills to help you build a better ensemble that will  bring out your best features while adding a little oomph. Styling is an art, the clothing and accessories are the art supplies, and you are the blank canvas. As cheesy as that analogy sounds, it perfectly describes the dynamic of styling and its relevance to you!

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Show Yourself.

  • Be true to yourself and your sense of style. Not every trend is for everybody. A trend won’t always mesh well with your look your body shape. Wearing something just for the sake of being trendy can make you look and feel awkward.
  • Make your favorite asset stand out
    Be wary of double-slutting it, that is, to emphasize/expose two sexy areas like your chest and legs at the same time. It can easily be misconstrued as begging for attention. S.N.O.B.’s do not beg for attention. Attention comes to you.
    Skin Exposure:
    – Chest: If your twins can couple up to create a cleavage line, you probably have a larger bust. Bigger breasts no doubt add to sexiness, though if abuse this attribute, you risk looking too promiscuous, especially if they are squeezed together to the point of suffocation. On the other hand, those who have a small bust can have a plunging neckline without looking the least bit provocative. This fact sucks, but it’s true! General tip: Wear something where you’re cleavage is not on the verge of creating a “wardrobe malfunction”. Wardrobe Malfunctions –> not stylish!


– Butt: Never EVER have that butt cleavage (butt crack) show.
Say NO to crack, kids!
– Legs: Your skirt, dress or shorts should not fall significantly higher than your mid-thigh, but if you have a modest top, go wild.

  • Utilize the colors that suit you best; that work well with the color of your eyes, skin and hair. Black is your frienemy (friend and enemy). It can make a statement but it can also suppress your potential to shine.
    Everybody has their own set of optimal color(s) (I’m not talking about neutrals here!). Experiment! I know a lot of people suffer from the dependency of wearing black all the time. I understand that it’s safe and at times it can be a bold statement, but color can achieve boldness like nothing else. Wearing something in your optimal color range can make all the difference. For example: A person can wear the exact same outfit as you, but the look may suit you more just because the colors of the outfit suit your body! Color can be risky and sometimes impractical but it’s fun and always adds personality. I can guarantee that looking “safe” is rarely noticeable, let alone memorable. Let’s be honest here, it’s nice to be noticed on how you look sometimes!
  • Wear the clothes, don’t let them wear you! You don’t want to just be noticed for your outfit; you want to be noticed for how amazing you look in your outfit.
    Basically, you don’t want your clothes to overpower you. You have to OWN YOUR LOOK! Your clothes should not surpass your comfort threshold. No one wants to look like they’re dying in their outfit. As much as you want to dress to impress, the person you should always impress is yourself and that’s not likely going to happen if you are masochistic with your outfits. The right level of confidence sells, so make sure that bystanders can see and feel the confidence ooze from your face and your walk.

Never force it.

  • An item of clothing or a particular accessory may be beautiful on its own, but it may not always be suitable with the overall look you are trying to achieve. If you are struggling to fit in a piece – that is your gut telling you that it’s just not going to work.
This outfit, although AMAZING editorial-wise, is not necessarily something easy to wear everyday. Each piece looks great on its own, but all together at once? Not so much.
Photo Credit: V Magazine 
  • Your whole look should be cohesive. It should make sense and have a sense of flow, like a story! One easy way to accomplish this is to match colors.
  • Sometimes the best approach is to choose your key piece, and then work around that.
    You can be easily overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you have in your closet. Being organized with your ideas simplifies the task altogether. Start with your master piece, the piece that would be the focal point of your outfit and then concentrate on the details of it. You can then find things that compliment the details of your piece, like making a particular color or pattern stand out. Find accessories that fit the theme of your key piece: the colors, the image (casual vs. dressy), the overall structure of your outfit, etc… This step by step approach should lead to a cohesive outfit. Edit if needed, by swapping or removing things.

Only wear authentic items.

  • Never look at, touch or smell a designer knock-off, let alone wear one. You’re better than that.
    (Obviously, if you are not one to indulge in designer labels, then this rule would not apply to you, except in the case where people one day decide to manufacture knockoffs of mall brands like H&M. In that case, please please purchase genuine H&M.)
    This is my biggest pet peeve and this usually pertains to designer accessories. I just don’t see the point. It’s a desperate and sad attempt to be “stylish”. If you can’t afford it, don’t pretend like you can. Seriously, don’t feel bad that you can’t afford a 2000$ handbag. A stylish person is not defined by how much they spend on their wardrobe. If you wear a designer knock-off, you implicate that you aren’t stylish enough to find something similar yet affordable. You also implicate that you yourself are “fake” like the knock-off you purchased. Because believe it or not, most people buy knockoffs to pass it off like they own the real thing (*pause to gasp at the shock of that statement*)…That’s not exactly the vibe you want to give off, right? Instead, opt for affordable designer-inspired alternativesIt’s better to own a “no-name” brand than to own designer knock-off.

Balance.

  • Balance out what you expose.
    To put it plainly – don’t look sleazy. Flaunt your assets, but if your overall image is too inviting, you will come off self-conscious instead of stylish. Be classy, not trashy.  Here at Snob Affair, we like to emphasize that sexiness is not directly proportional to how much skin you show. Sexiness is about making your best features stick out, without literally sticking out (because, ew.) and it is about the confidence that you exude.
  • Balance out unwanted features.
    Style with clothes that accentuate your best features and that counterbalance your less than desirable ones, making them less apparent.
    Ex: If you would like to counterbalance a long torso, wear a high-waisted skirt to accentuate the length of your legs.
  • Balance out your outfit’s silhouette.
    Often times, but not in all cases, a fairly balanced silhouette is usually the goal when assembling an outfit because it is timelessly flattering. Consider having a mix of Flowy VS. Structured, Fitted VS. Loose, Embellished VS. Plain.
Photo Credit: Style.com
  • Balance out your color palette.
    Generally, pairing a neutral color with a vibrant color or pairing a pattern with a color that brings out the pattern’s subtle colors, complements your outfit’s palette. Contrarily, a monochromatic color scheme can look great when done right. Having more than 2-3 patterns and/or vibrant-colored (neutrals don’t count) items of clothing in a single outfit can look amazing on the runway, but on the streets, it can be an overkill. The eyes wouldn’t know where to look! If you start turning heads, it’s most probably not for the right reasons.

That concludes the SNOB Styling Laws!

Your style should define who you are, visually. (Like I couldn’t say anything more cliché). It’s cool to be known or identified by your signature looks! Keep in mind first and foremost that you style yourself FOR yourself and not so much so that others will notice you (but that can very well be a reason too).  Why should you settle for anything less than you deserve – a polished you! It’s only natural that looking great makes you feel great, a natural confidence booster.

“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.”

– Anna Wintour

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
• 3:00 AM •

Meet Susan

Meet Susan

– 5% Bohemian
– 10% Bombshell
– 15% Classic
– 0% Eccentric
– 5% Edgy / Rocker Chic
– 10% Lady
10% Minimalist
– 30% Modern / Fashion-Forward
– 10% Preppy
– 5% Sporty/Casual

  • Fashion Type: I switch it up from preppy casual but still classic. I am all about comfort and effortless chic! It certainly does depend on my mood. Just because you look for comfort when you wear clothes, does not mean that you can’t look SHARP. Thank goodness that fashion accommodates all types of styles!
  • Favourite Names in Fashion:

Models: KARLIE KLOSSAbbey Lee Kershaw, Jessica Stam, and Coco Rocha …love these girls for their actual beautiful faces and in haute couture. Their doll faces and girl next door look can still be transformed for something a little more seductive. Karlie Kloss is absolutely my favourite model right now. She has this awesome piercing look when she walks or takes a picture with this little smile…perhaps a smirk. That smirk! Only she can pull off that fierce sexy gaze in an haute couture runway. Yes I have a girl crush on her and its not ending anytime soon. Many people don’t like her as a VS Angel, but I adore her too much to disapprove of her line of work at Victoria’s Secret.

PS, doesn’t Abbey look like a Jane Birkin back in the day?

Coco has a beautiful personality and she often makes impressions on whoever she meets! She’s super talented, I mean did you see how she opened Jean Paul Gauthier’s Fall/Winter 2007 runway show?

Karlie's Atypical Beauty in this closeup shot

 

Jessica Stam (Fashion Magazine, February 2010. Photographed by Derek Kettela)

 

Abbey Lee Kershaw from Cute to Sexy (Left) Numero magazine February 2010 (Right) Tom Ford Eyewear Spring 2011 Campaign

  • Fashion Icons: BLAKE LIVELY
  • Designers:

Stella McCartney: Her absolutely feminine tailored brand is sexy and sophisticated. Stella strategically uses lace and sheer materials, my favourite materials. I am now totally stoked that my favourite fashion icon and one of my favourite designers are working together! This July 2011, Blake Lively was named the new ambassador for Stella’s designs!

Blake Lively in a blouse and bra by Stella McCartney. (Glamour Magazine, July 2011)

Elie Saab: In an interview, Elie Saab states that, when designing, he thinks about the silhouette first and then the details. His collections vary from clean cut work wear to draping couture dresses that have so much movement and sparkle. His draping is original, but it makes sense. He transitions from structured to a loose draped shape in one garment, creating a balanced and beautiful silhouette.

A Few of my favourite Elie Saab garments from left to right: Fall 2011 RTW (Marike Le Roux), Spring 2011 Couture (Jac), Fall 2010 RTW (Sigrid Agren)

Zuhair Murad: I am always pleased with Zuhair’s work. Romantic dresses worthy for any beautiful occasion. Zuhair knows how to accentuate the assets of a woman’s body with his structured silhouettes. The amount of detailed work he does on the dresses with placing the sequins, beads, or lace in all the right areas is far from gaudy or over embellished. He puts glam in glamorous, as cheesy as that sounds. I wish I would have a reason to sport these dresses!

Zuhair Murad Fall/Winter 2010 Campaign

 

Blake Lively as Gossip Girl Serena Van Der Woodsen wearing Zuhair Murad

Marchesa (Georgina Chapman/Keren Craig): How do you not love their dresses. They know how to romance. period. Very girly but also their designs are more elaborate and with an edge that bears current fashion trends.

A beautifully ornate red dress on Taylor Momsen below, but it is unfortunate that she chose a floor-length gown on the red carpet where the red just all blends together.

Taylor Momsen in Marchesa

  • Favourite material/textile: Lace, chiffon, anything sheer!

    Crop Lace and Embellished Vest, ASOS

 

  • Handbags: My taste in handbags relies heavily on structured silhouettes so that it can “stand” on its own. Structured bags are clean and without fail, it sharpens your current outfit, whether you’re in jeans and a loose knit sweater or in a head to toe suit get-up. I VOW that I will one day be the owner of the world’s most coveted bag: the Hermes Birkin or Kelly. Thought currently, the Birkin/Kelly trademark design is over-saturated in today’s market and has lost a bit of its appeal (eg: Michael Kors Hamilton…which I own. Let it be known that I had this bag before everyone did! Yes, that was a taste of my snobbery).Anyways, here are my loves, which will also be mine one day:

    Céline Nano Luggage Tricolor

    Burberry Medium Smoked Check Hobo Bag Dark Tan

     

Louis Vuitton Pont Neuf in Black Epi Leather

 

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel in Jade

  • Go-to item: I will never get tired of off-the-shoulder items, whether it’s a dress or a top. To me its the really easy and subtle way to project sexiness.

Off-Shoulder Dress, ASOS

 

Vince Green Metallic Popover Sweater, Fall 2011 Revolve Clothing