Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Trend Translation- Gossip Girls' Blair

If there is one word that describes Blair Waldorf's style, it's ladylike. She combines elements that are very young (mini skirts, mary jane heels, headbands) with those that are very refined (skirts and blazers, lace, pearls) to create a look that is all her own. Unless, of course, it's yours too. In which case, draw some inspiration from these very Blair-pieces made just for us Bombshells over size 14. A bow tie is part of Blair's school wardrobe - great for school girls, but easily translatable for grown-up girls too. The bow neckline adds a dash of proper lady to this work-appropriate dress. Available up to size 24, it's pretty and functional. Blair would trade out the included black patent belt for a pop of color like this one: This purple ruffle belt from Torrid adds an edge to Blair's femininity. An edge is very often a good thing - it keeps proper from being too proper. And the Queen Bee herself looks fab in royal purple. When I think of Blair's shoes, I always picture her in Mary Janes. These glossy patent leather t-straps are a grown-up version of the school-girl classic. Headbands have seen a huge resurgence in popularity, thanks very much to Ms. Waldorf. Her signature headband features a huge satin bow, but I like this double strap nude flower version. Flowers are, naturally, a big trend this spring. And while the huge flower on this band is a statement, I think the nude color makes it super wearable (though not for the faint of heart). A coat is as much a part of your outfit as, well, your outfit. Stand out in an all American trench-turned-hip thanks to dramatic lapels and a look-at-me plaid print.

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