SMWLA

Tina at the SMWLA Opening Party at Inner-City Arts, wearing Bebe

 

Last week, we participated in Social Media Week in Los Angeles, where we attended some great social media workshops and panels. With a performance by Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, the opening party set the stage for the week; hearing “Sweet Dreams” performed live was nothing short of amazing . Among the week’s standout events was the Style 3.0 Fashion Panel at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Panel speakers included reps from Moxsie and Kaboodle, and we picked up some great advice on how to best combine our love for fashion and digital media.  The Hollywood Gets a Social Makeover Event at the Paley Center for Media also brought together some industry biggies, who discussed how studios are using digital media to reach new audiences. All in all, it was a wonderful week and we met some great people. (We were also the voice of SMWLA’s Facebook page, so we may have a little bit of a bias.) Looking forward to next year!

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The Strong-Shouldered Sweater

Sweater by F21

 

Lux jeans, H&M tank, Kenneth Cole pumps

Urban Outfitters tank, H&M jeans, Gap ballet flats

H&M jeggings, F21 tank, wedges & hat

 We all wore this sweater pretty much the same way, which is funny considering that it is one of the easiest-to-style pieces we’ve worn for this blog. In any case, a lot can be said about Forever 21’s commitment to churning out trends so quickly and admittedly, sometimes the quality of their clothing suffers. This sweater, though, is super soft and honestly feels like something from a much higher price range. If you’re in a colder climate, the sweater would look cute under a fur vest and accessories-wise, the sweater is perfectly offset by funky knee socks.

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The Lace Dress

Dress by F21

 

H&M leather jacket, F21 wedges

H&M parka, Steve Madden heels, F21 belt

Urban Outfitters hat, Wanted boots

Though this ballerina-esque dress initially seems a little too frou-frou, when paired with the right pieces, it is actually appropriate for most occasions. We’d also pair it with a tuxedo vest, wellies in the perfect shade of green, or the perfect black flats.

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The Sweater Cape

Sweater by F21

 

F21 leggings, Gap ballet flats

F21 shorts, Zigi Soho gladiators

H&M leggings & tank, Anne Klein boots, Urban Outfitters riding cap

 This sweater was a blank slate to style; it is the perfect alternative to the more “classic” basic top. The loose style and fitted sleeves make it modern, and we paired it with printed leggings (Marwa) and loose shorts (Tina). Hosna did an equestrian- hippy look. Since this top is so voluminous, we kept bottoms either tight or short (not both); too much fabric would have overwhelmed the shirt. We also like this similar loose black sweater  and would pair it with black wedges and fun leggings.

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The Fuchsia Blazer

Blazer by Helmut Lang

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BDG dress, F21 lace tights, Gap ballet flats

 

H&M tank, Levi's jean shorts

 

H&M skirt, F21 tank & shoes, Nordstrom belt

 This blazer is the easiest way to brighten up any outfit, whether you’re wearing torn-up shorts (Hosna), a floral dress (Marwa) or a bouncy skirt (Tina). We may have subconsciously taken some hints from an old issue of InStyle. In any case, these Miu Miu platforms (or their F21 knockoffs) pair perfectly with the jacket, as do the Gap flats that Marwa is in love with.

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The Vintage Dress

Vintage Dress

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Banana Republic wellies, H&M knee-highs

H&M belt, Zara wedges, Vintage chain necklace

F21 sweater & belt, Harajuku Lovers wedges

While we wouldn’t classify any of our styles as “preppy,” we enjoyed dressing up this vintage dress that had a definite prep feel. The accessories are what really took the dress in different directions: Marwa went formal with a chain necklace and heels, while Tina did a fancy daytime look with wedges and a cropped sweater. Hosna’s look was more casual and she proved that wellies, when worn with the right pieces, aren’t just for rainy days. Try pairing a simple dress like this one with jewel-toned heels or fun wedges and a studded belt.

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Fall Accessories

Structured bag by H&M

Slouchy boots by H&M
Floppy hat by H&M

Clearly, we’re obsessed with H&M, not only for their affordable prices, but for their quick trend turnaround. The materials used to make the shoes and purses aren’t top designer quality, but we’re not planning on making these pieces “classics” anyway. We suggest pairing the hat, boots and bag with a roomy blouse, jeggings, and hoop earrings. (P.S. More of our own takes on pieces coming soon!)

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