Fashion Inspiration: Disney’s BoardWalk May 21st, 2013
One of my absolute favorite places at Walt Disney World (besides the parks themselves) is Disney’s BoardWalk. In my opinion, it’s one of the resort’s best-kept secrets for a little nighttime fun. From the restaurants and shops to the performers scattered throughout, Disney’s BoardWalk is a fun tribute to boardwalks of the past.
Although you may not be traveling to Walt Disney World anytime soon, you can collect pieces for your closet inspired by the BoardWalk’s vintage charm! Below, I’ve created two cute summertime outfits inspired by Disney’s BoardWalk. Scroll down to see them!
Step out on the wooden walk in this light and airy getup. Wear a pretty pinstriped dress under a boyfriend cardigan, then slip on some sensible, yet chic accessories like a pair of wedges and a crossbody bag. Finish the ensemble with a bow-accented cloche, anchor motif earrings, and a fun pair of retro sunnies.
Nauti or Nice
Rock a low-key nautical vibe with seersucker shorts and a brightly-colored tee. Pair with boat shoes, a sailboat-print scarf, and a canvas tote, all of which capture that perfect seaside flair. Grab a pair of vintage-inspired sunglasses and a braided rope bracelet to complete the look.
What do you think?
Are you inspired by vacation spots? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which outfit is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like these in the future? Let me know in a comment below!
Study Abroad Style: Fashion Inspired by Rome May 19th, 2013
Photo Credit | All other photos taken by me.
While I have absolutely loved traveling to cities such as Paris and Madrid during my semester abroad, I knew that my time in Europe just wouldn’t be complete without a pit stop in The Eternal City – Rome.
After our program ended, my friend Nicole and I (we’re both graduating in May), decided to skip out on senior week festivities and instead see Italy before returning to Boston. We spent three days in Rome, then headed south to Sorrento, a gorgeous little city close to the Amalfi Coast. Like Paris, Rome is an intoxicating city full of narrow streets and delightful discoveries. Let’s take a trip to some of the most famous monuments of Rome!
All Roads Lead to Rome: About The Eternal City
- Rome is the capital of Italy and the 5th most populous city in the European Union. According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 B.C. by Romulus on Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome.
- The storied city has seen the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the dazzling creativity of the Italian Renaissance, and the 1861 unification of Italy. No wonder they call it the Eternal City.
- If you plan on visiting, make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes! The abundance of history also means less-modern pavement and transportation methods. The Roman metro, for instance, doesn’t really span the entire city because it’s not easy to build subway tunnels due to all the ruins that are underground.
- Also, keep in mind that you can be turned away from churches if your shoulders and knees aren’t covered. So, remember to keep a cardigan or shawl as well as a pair of tights with you just to be on the safe side.
The Colosseum is, well, colossal. (Oh, how my rhetoric dazzles.) This ancient amphitheater, the largest in the world, began construction in 70 A.D. under the Roman emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 A.D. under Titus’s rule. The Colosseum, or Colosseo, could seat 50,000 people and was used for events such as gladiator matches, mock sea battles (in which the entire arena was flooded with water), animal hunts, and theatrical productions.
Take a trip back in time with this ancient Roman-inspired ensemble. Confession: I actually saw a girl wearing this exact dress during my visit to the Roman forums — which are right next to the Colosseum — and creepily followed her for a bit because I liked the dress so much. (I may or may not have cried a little when I was unable to find the dress in my size in any Mango store.)
The cutout back of the dress is such a fun detail, while its flowy fabric pairs perfectly with understated gladiator sandals. Add a pair of claw earrings and a sword bangle to represent the Colosseum’s entertainment offerings. Finally, stow your belongings in a cute red cross-body bag for a fun pop of color!
St. Peter’s Basilica
While I’m not religious, visiting Saint Peter’s Basilica was seriously awe-inspiring. Even while we were waiting outside in the square, the domed exterior of the building was incredible. Inside, the jaw-droppingly beautiful statues, inlays, and carvings cover every inch of the basilica – one hardly knows where to look! According to Roman Catholic tradition, Saint Peter’s burial site is located under the basilica, which was consecrated in 1626.
As with most churches in Italy, the Basilica holds its guests to a respectful dress code – shoulders and knees must be covered. Admittedly, I forgot to bring a long-enough skirt and had to buy myself a pair of 3-euro leggings, which I wore as pants. (Forgive me.)
Look perfectly put-together in this monumental house of worship with a dusty rose blouse and crisp jacquard trousers. A sharp jacket with a slight metallic sheen adds a bit of edge to the outfit, while a pretty gold necklace recalls the gilded decoration of the basilica.
Fontana di Trevi
I was shocked when I saw the Trevi Fountain – it looks just like the one outside of Caesar’s Palace in Vegas, doesn’t it? (Joking!) In all seriousness, this fountain was one of the Roman sites I was most excited to visit, and for good reason! The enormous Baroque fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi and completed after his death in 1762.
Oceanus, the god of water, is the centerpiece of the breathtakingly dramatic fountain. According to tradition, throwing a coin into the Trevi guarantees that you’ll return to Rome.
The Trevi is literally a fountain of inspiration: a flowing cerulean skirt references the crystal-clear water, while a white top and pale gray cardigan allude to the complex stone sculptures. Make sure to choose graceful fabrics that drape well. Metallic flats and stone drop earrings are simple but chic. Finally, slip on a jangly coin bracelet to make sure that you’ll return to Rome!
You have to feel a little sorry for the French – they were the ones who actually paid for the famous Spanish Steps! (They are named so because they connect the Spanish Embassy at the base of the steps with the Trinità dei Monti church at the top.) The Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti, as it’s called in Italian, is the widest staircase in Europe, and is the perfect place to people-watch while enjoying a gelato.
While I have still never actually seen the movie, I don’t think an inspired-by Rome post is complete without an outfit referencing Roman Holiday!
Audrey Hepburn would surely approve of this sweet and classic ensemble. A Peter Pan blouse and high-waisted skirt are perfectly complemented by a sky-blue cardigan and pretty peep-toe flats. A chic scarf and preppy satchel finish off the look.
What did you think?
Would you wear these outfits? Have you been to Rome? What was your favorite place to visit? Have you seen Roman Holiday? (It’s on my to-watch list!) Let me know in the comments!
Study Abroad Style: Fashion Inspired by Paris April 25th, 2013
What girl doesn’t dream of Paris in springtime? (The lucky ones who live there year-round, I suppose.) If you read the previous post in this series, you know that I’m spending the semester studying abroad in Madrid. The great thing about studying in Europe is the proximity to other countries: it seems like the rest of Europe is just a stone’s throw away! For spring break, or “Semana Santa”, as they call it in Spain, my friend Nicole and I spent eight days exploring Paris.
Fond as I am of my new home in the city of Madrid, I’ll admit that I fell head over heels in love with the City of Light. I’m still a little sad I had to leave, but I can relive my memories by sharing these looks inspired by some of the famous monuments of Paris!
P.S. All the photos in this post are from my trip, so apologies for gratuitous pictures of myself! Although I do have to say that I think I did a good job blending in– I got asked several times for directions from both tourists and locals. It’s safe to say that trench coats and leather jackets are a good choice. Also, scarves are the holy grail of Parisian accessories.
Joie de Vivre: About Paris
Paris is the capital and the largest city in France. The city is divided into 20 districts, called “arrondissements.” The 1st arrondissement is in the center of the city and the rest are named in clockwise order spiraling outwards towards the city limits. (We stayed in the 12th arrondissement, which led to many dumb jokes about being in District 12 and volunteering as tribute.)
What to Do in The City of Lights
- Apart from the sights listed below, we also visited Notre Dame Cathedral, Victor Hugo´s house, and Pere Lachaise Cemetery (where Jim Morrison is buried), all of which are free. We also ventured down into the Catacombs (they house over 6 million skeletons–so creepy but so fascinating). The Seine river cruises are super touristy, but still really fun.
- If you want to soak in all the history, I’d recommend getting the Paris Museum Pass. It comes in two, four, or six day passes and grants admission to over 60 museums and monuments, including Versailles, the Louvre, Centre de Pompidou, and Napoleon’s Tomb.
Housing & Food
- Since we were there for a week, Nicole and I did a short-term apartment rental instead of staying at a hostel or hotel. We rented from a Ph.D student, and it actually came out to be less than a hotel would have cost. The apartment had a kitchen, so we also saved money by cooking our own food.
- Three words: Freshly baked baguettes. At 90 cents a pop, there’s no guilt in eating an entire loaf every day! (Caloric guilt, maybe.) Cheese and wine are also incredibly affordable in the supermarkets.
- The crêpe stands on the street are totally irresistible, but make sure to insist that the vendors make the pancake part fresh, as there’s nothing worse than paying for a soggy, limp crêpe!
- There’s a reason the line is out the door at Ladurée: their macarons and other pastries aren’t just beautiful, they’re also beyond scrumptious.
Shopping & Fashion
- The ubiquitous supermarket Monoprix is sort of like a Parisian Target. They sell regular groceries as well as makeup, clothing, and accessories. Other popular (but pricey) brands are Petit Bateau – which started as a kids store but has branched into women’s wear — Comptoir des Cotonniers, Maje, Kookai, and shoe stores Andre and Jonak.
- If you’re looking for a bargain, many of these brands have stock stores, which are like individual outlet shops for last-season merchandise. Just Google “stock store Paris” for comprehensive lists.
- There are tons of flea markets and vintage shops around Paris as well, if you’re looking to score that one-of-a-kind piece. I had lots of luck with the thrift store chain Guerrisol.
- Make sure to take a walk down Champs D´Elysees. All the high end designer goods were way out of my price range, but it was nice to daydream. Fun fact: the French term for window shopping is “faire du lèche-vitrine,” which literally translates to “licking the windows.”
Outfits Inspired by Paris
L-R: Monet’s Woman With a Parasol, Rhinoceros, Musée du Orsay Clock
When it comes to Parisian museums, everyone knows about the Musée du Louvre, the stately home of the Mona Lisa and possibly the Holy Grail, but my personal favorite has to be the Orsay, which houses the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings.
The building, constructed in 1900, was once the Gare d’Orsay, a major train station, but was closed in 1939. In 1986, the Musée d’Orsay opened its doors to patrons eager to see works by artists such as Degas, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne, and Seurat.
Take inspiration from this masterpiece of a museum with an artistically-inclined outfit that would be suitable for exploring any museum!
A watercolor-print dress is reminiscent of the Impressionist works in the Orsay, while a taupe blazer adds a touch of formality. Comfy wedge sandals are cute, but won’t kill your feet as you wander the exhibits. Add an ornate pocket watch-style necklace as a reference to the huge Beaux Arts clock in the Main Hall (it was, after all, a train station!) Keep using accessories as homage: a sunflower ring pays tribute to Van Gogh, while a gold bangle is a cute miniature of the rhinoceros statue outside the museum.
Visiting the tower, the view from the top
There’s no Parisian monument as iconic as this one! The Eiffel Tower, named for designer Gustav Eiffel, was erected in 1889 as part of the World Fair.
Since most of us can’t imagine Paris without the iron structure, it’s interesting to note that many Parisian artists absolutely despised the building when it was first constructed, calling it a monstrosity. The Tower was initially scheduled to be dismantled in 1909, but was allowed to stay due to its additional function as a radio tower. Today, the Eiffel tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world.
I tried hard to figure out a flattering outfit that resembles a 320 meter tall iron tower, but eventually decided to just go with a more relaxed interpretation. This classic and oh-so-French ensemble would be perfect for strolling the gardens that surround the Eiffel Tower.
You can’t go wrong with classics like a perfectly worn-in chambray shirt, slingback nude flats, and a black leather tote. Statement pieces like a striped skirt and metal lattice necklace keep the look fresh, while a black and white scarf with an Eiffel tower print provides a subtle tribute to the famous tower. Complete the look with a perfect red lip!
L-R: Moulin Rouge, Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Cabaret au Lapin Agile
Montmartre, located in the 18th arrondissement, is home to the white-domed Sacre Coeur Basilica. Although less active today, the area was also known, historically, for its community of bohemian artists and a lively red-light district. During the early 20th century, artists such as Picasso and Modigliani frequented Montmartre cabarets such as Le Chat Noir and Lapin Agile. Montmartre also serves as the backdrop for many well-known movies such as Amelie, Moulin Rouge!, and La Vie En Rose.
Follow in the footsteps of generations of aspiring artists and get inspired by this colorful district!
A white blazer is super on-trend for spring and is the perfect complement to a simple gray button-down and jeans. Don’t forget to add a pop of color with the Frenchwoman’s favorite accessory, the scarf! Rabbit earrings allude to the Cabaret au Lapin Agile (which translates to “nimble rabbit”) while chic striped ballet flats will guarantee you a certain je ne sais quoi. Stash your sketchbook and pencils in a casual tote bag emblazoned with an elephant (a subtle reference to the Moulin Rouge! film).
Château de Versailles
L-R: The Queen’s Bedroom, The Hall of Mirrors, Courtyard
The Château de Versailles, located outside of Paris, began as a humble hunting lodge and eventually became the grand epicenter of French political power, housing the court of Louis XIV, the Sun-King. It was also the home of doomed monarchs Louix XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Today, the splendid royal apartments and gardens are open to the public. While you’ll literally have to fight your way through the swarms of tourists, the incredible chambers and gilded decorations are well worth the trouble.
While no one envies Marie Antoinette‘s eventual fate, there’s no harm in taking inspiration from the lavish court life she once enjoyed.
Pair a metallic tweed jacket with brocade shorts for a take on the shorts suit. A mint blouse complements the cream and gold colors. Versailles is well-known for being absolutely slathered in gold, so bring on the bling with a gilded lace necklace, a fleur de lis ring, and cute cameo earrings. Finally, pay homage to the famous Hall of Mirrors with a pair of gleaming flats and a cute pocket mirror to stash in your purse.
Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare and Company
The Left Bank of the Seine is peppered with stores and stalls hawking antique books and prints. One of the most famous is Shakespeare and Company, which was opened by George Whitman in 1951. Whitman, an American GI, allowed young writers, travelers, artists, and poets to stay in the apartment above the bookstore so long as they read a book every day and contributed to running the shop.
Shakespeare and Co. was one of the first English-language bookstores in Paris, and remains a popular spot to this day – it was recently featured in the Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris. (I had never heard of it until last year, when I did a scavenger hunt that included taking a picture in the shop as a hunt item.) It’s a delightful, dusty little place full of books and dreamers.
Whether you’re searching for rare books or just poring over your notes for your upcoming finals, make sure you look chic while doing it!
A classic white button-down is the perfect foil for a skater skirt in the same hue as the bookstore’s facade. Nude flats with mustard bows will make your legs look fantastic. A literary-inspired infinity scarf (this one’s Les Miserables) and chic reading glasses will have you prepared to tackle even the most daunting of tomes. Angel earrings allude to the motto painted inside the bookstore, while a cognac satchel is perfect for hauling around a stack of books!
L-R: Magical Hippo, Magical Castle, Magical Beanstalk
Disneyland, you scoff? Really? I thought this post was supposed to about culture. Well, I’m the one writing this article, and I happen to be a firm believer in the eternal magic that is Disney. Faith, trust, and pixie dust, folks!
Disneyland Paris (once called Euro Disney) is located about 40 minutes outside of the city and contains the Disneyland Park (akin to Disneyland Resort or the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World) and the Walt Disney Studios Park, which is similar to California Adventure and Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Disneyland Paris is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary year.
As an OC native, I’ll always love the Anaheim park best, but I had to admit that Disneyland Paris was pretty magical! Their version of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is absolutely beautiful. (And, I have to admit, out of all the castles in Europe, this is the one I was most excited to see.)
Sprinkle some pixie dust into your wardrobe with a cheerful ensemble inspired by one of the happiest places on Earth!
A peplum lace shell is princess-worthy (no need for a ballgown) and pairs perfectly with bright pink trousers. Add a teal blazer for an easy take on colorblocking. Next, slip on a trusty scarf — this one’s emblazoned with a map print. Finally, bring on the magic with sparkling Mickey earrings and a pair of glitzy oxfords that would be perfect for a day of running around a theme park.
What do you think?
Would you wear these outfits? Have you ever visited Paris? If so, what were some of your favorite sites? Would you like to see more posts inspired by cities? (I’m thinking about writing an article about Spanish cities other than Madrid.) Let me know in the comments!
Fashion Inspiration: Kate Spade Saturday April 17th, 2013
Here at CF, we are huge fans of Kate Spade. We love the bright colors and bold patterns the brand is known for. So you can imagine that we were psyched to discover that Kate Spade released a new brand called “Saturday!”
While it may only be Tuesday, you can live like it’s the weekend when you step out in pieces inspired by this new line. Saturday’s signature combo of bright yellow and black is the perfect mix of modern and classic, while their playful prints have an almost Art Deco vibe. Neons and neutrals, stripes and dots — Saturday really has it all covered!
To get your inspiration going, we’ve brought you ideas for some everyday looks inspired by the new collection. Below, I’ve created several outfits based on Kate Spade Saturday. Scroll down to see them:
Sport Saturday’s signature bright hue (yellow) with bold skinny jeans. Pair them with a geometric print top for a trendy and youthful look. Color-blocking is a highlight of the brand’s Spring 2013 collection, so slip on a pair of coral wedges and grab a cobalt blue bag to match. Before heading out on your weekend adventures, don’t forget circle sunnies and a fun conversational phone case to complete the look!
Dress like every day is a Saturday with a royal blue frock paired with a light yellow blazer. Wear color-blocked sandals and grab a pink cross-body bag to accent this fun look. Finish the outfit with striped circle earrings and retro shades for a totally stylish getup!
Kate Spade Saturday features a wide variety of prints and patterns to choose from, but one of my personal favorites is the Abstract Print. The artsy, colorful pattern looks darling on a casual dress or skirt. Get a similar feel with an abstract print dress — like the one above — paired with colorful heels. A neutral-tone tote bag and bright pink skinny belt add the perfect trendy accents to the chic outfit, while cool, colorful shades add a fun twist! Complete the ensemble with a bar necklace and circle stud earrings in a cute mint shade.
What do you think?
Are you a fan of Kate Spade? What do you think about Kate Spade Saturday? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which outfit is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like this one in the future? Let me know in the comments!
TV Fashion Recap: Mad Men and Doctor Who April 15th, 2013
TV Fashion Recap is a biweekly column featuring the best of TV fashion. Every other week, we recreate our favorite outfits from the most recent episodes of all of the hottest shows. Stay tuned; we may feature your favorite show next!
Every other week, I break down the best of TV fashion, featuring my favorite looks from the last two weeks. This week, I was inspired by Mad Men and Doctor Who. Read on to check out the outfits!
1. Mad Men (Season 6, Episode 1 and 2): Sally’s Blue Shirt and Embellished Collar
(Photo Credit – Screenshot)
In case you don’t know, AMC’s Mad Men is a critically-acclaimed drama about advertising agencies on Madison Avenue during the 1960s. Its attention to detail – in terms of fashion, history, and the ideals of the time – is incredible. The show is highly controversial, especially due to its depictions of blatant sexism, which is used to create an accurate depiction of the time period. It’s definitely one of the most highly talked-about shows today, and it’s a fascinating look into another decade. What do you guys think of the show?
Sally Draper, daughter of the main character Don Draper, is very adventurous. She’s reckless, bold, and frequently clashes with her more reserved mother, Betty. Sally also has a phenomenal sense of style! She tends to go for girly pieces in deep colors and loves to pair them with delicate, feminine accessories.
(Product Information: Pants – Topshop, Top – Express, Necklace – Forever 21, Lipstick – Beauty.com, Eyeliner – Amazon, Earrings – Shopbop, Bracelet – Madewell, Shoes – Rainbow, Sunglasses – ZeroUV, Nail Polish – Amazon, Purse – Topshop)
To put a modern, party-worthy twist on Sally’s retro-glam outfit, start with a bright blue top. Pair it with black skinny jeans and an intricate collar necklace — this Peter Pan collar has gorgeous detailing that Sally would love. Next, add a pair of pearl earrings and a gold bracelet, which are both wardrobe staples for the female characters on the show.
Have fun with unique extras to polish off this outfit. Bright red heels add an unexpected pop of color, while cat-eye sunglasses lend a glamorous element to the outfit. Grab an oversized black leather clutch for all your night-out essentials, then paint your nails a neutral metallic shade. Lastly, add a signature Mad Men makeup look with a bright red lip or winged eyeliner.
2. Doctor Who (Season 7, Episode 8): Clara’s Patterned Dress and Leather Jacket
(Photo Credit – Screenshot)
I’m absolutely obsessed with almost every show on BBC, but Doctor Who is without a doubt one of the best shows on television, period. I’ve featured it before (also see Doctor Who Fashion Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 for more in-depth inspiration), so I’ll try not to squeal too much about it, but I’m definitely a ‘Whovian’ fangirl. The show boasts a great plot, witty dialogue, and totally adorable characters.
Clara is a relatively new addition to the show, but she’s strong, independent, and very caring. (If you haven’t seen this episode yet, you should definitely check it out, since we learn a lot more about her.) She looks incredibly cute in this episode, mixing feminine, girly pieces with more masculine ones for a balanced outfit. What do you guys think of Clara?
To recreate Clara’s spring look, start with a patterned skater dress; this one has gorgeous purple tones and intricate detailing. Add an unzipped, purple-toned leather jacket to bring out the colors of the dress. Next, put on some tights and add black, clunky boots. Slip a brightly-colored cross-body bag over your shoulder – while Clara’s bag was cherry red, this mint one pairs well with the dress and is perfect for spring. Add some girly gold earrings, then finish off with a swipe of pink lip gloss and some rose gold nail polish.
What do you think of these looks? Did we miss any amazing outfits from the past week of TV? Which shows do you think deserve a spot on the next TV Fashion Recap post? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think!
Fashion Sketching 101: How to Draw Fashion Figures April 12th, 2013
Photo via ELLE
One of the cornerstones of fashion school is learning how to sketch fashion figures. However, as fashion school students learn, there’s a big difference between proper body proportions in art and in fashion.
In art, the body’s proportions are measured in heads. The average figure is about 7-7 1/2 heads, including the actual head, tall.
However, in fashion, the body proportions are elongated in order to better represent the models, who are above average in height. Because of this, the figures become 8-10 heads tall. Though the basic proportions of the fashion figure are about the same — give or take 1/4-1/2 of a head — every illustrator adds their own style to the formula.
If you want to embrace your inner fashion designer, or just want to learn more about what fashion school is like, read on!
Today, I’ll teach you how to sketch a proportionate female fashion figure and how to translate the measurements into a walking pose. Scroll down to learn more:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Ruler (if you want to be extremely precise)
- A sketchpad (duh!)
Fashion Sketching 101: How to Draw a Female Fashion Figure
Draw a line. This is the balance line, a.k.a. the line which determines the body’s center of gravity. The balance line always extends from the base of the neck (where it meets the shoulders) straight to the ground.
Draw a head with the middle of it on the line. To draw a head, sketch a large circle on top with a smaller circle below it. Connect these two on the sides with slightly rounded diagonal lines, as shown in the sketch below.
Measure the head, either with your pencil or the ruler. Using this measurement, draw nine small dashes equal distance apart, then number them from the bottom of the chin (#1) down to the bottom of the feet (#10).
For the top half of the body, draw lines extending from 1 1/2 heads, 2 1/4, 3, 3 1/2, and 4 1/4 heads, as outlined below. These marks are where the shoulders, bust, waist, high hip, and crotch are located, respectively. The elbows are also located with the waist at the 3 heads mark.
Draw the features in, using straight lines: The shoulders on the woman fashion figure are 1 1/2 heads wide, the waist is a head’s width, while the hips should be about 1 1/4 heads wide. Therefore, the woman fashion figure should have an hourglass silhouette.
For the lower half of the body, mark 6 1/2 heads as well as 9 for the knees and ankles, respectively.
Draw the legs by making lines which curve and narrow as they go from the high hip to the knee for the thighs. For the calves, make a smaller cylindrical shape by curving the lines from the knees and then tapering them at the ankles, which jut out slightly on the inner half of each leg.
The thighs (from high hip to knee) and the calves (from knee to ankle) should be the same length.
The last head is for the feet, which begin at the ankle to flare out in diagonal lines for 3/4 of the length of the head before they meet at a point.
Draw the hands similarly. These begin with the wrist at the crotch. The fingers should end a little above the 5 heads mark.
Fashion Sketching 102: How to Draw Figure Movement
Once you get the proportions down, now it’s time to give the figure movement! There are three crucial components which all fashion figures require: a balance line, a high shoulder, and an opposing high hip.
Start by sketching a new figure. However, this time (after drawing the balance line and putting down the 10 head marks) tilt the shoulder line so that one side is higher. Tilt the high hip, too, but with the opposite side higher.
For example below, I made the right shoulder higher so the left hip would be higher in order to keep the figure balanced. Try it yourself: If you tilt your shoulders, what happens to your hips?
Additionally, by tilting parts of the body, the rest of the body will follow suit. Anything above the high hip will follow the tilt of the shoulders, while everything below will follow the tilt of the hips, however all of these tilts will not be as severe as the shoulders and hips.
There’s one more rule that fashion figures must follow: the leg which comes from the high hip cannot be bent and that foot must touch the balance line. This keeps the figure balanced. Again, you can try this by shifting your weight to one foot . When this happens, the leg supporting all the weight cannot be bent.
Example of a walking pose:
Notice the tilts including the subtle differences between the two knees.
Now you can have fun and try drawing your own fashion figures! To start, find poses to mimic by looking through magazines. To copy the pose, just remember to identify the balance line, the high shoulder, high hip, and the supporting leg (the one which touches the balance line).
What do you think?
Did you know about fashion proportions? Have you heard about measuring the body using heads? Did you find this tutorial helpful? Would you like to learn how to draw some basic poses? Tell me what you think by leaving a comment!
Fashion Inspiration: Ed Sheeran “+” April 9th, 2013
Given our past posts on British artists, it’s become apparent that CF has been missing one important piece in the puzzle. That piece is orange, has an affinity for Legos, and is currently touring with Taylor Swift. If you guessed Ed Sheeran, you are correct!
This uber-talented singer/songwriter/musician has already topped UK and US charts with his album ”+”. If you’re not familiar with this red-haired phenomenon, you might be familiar with his single “The A Team.” Fun fact: he’s also written songs for One Direction in the past. I give him an A+.
While Ed Sheeran’s guitar chords and vocals are definitely amazing, I can’t help but be inspired by his insanely detailed lyrics. With a few key pieces, you, too can translate his songs into wearable looks! Below, I’ve created a few outfits inspired by Ed Sheeran’s music. Scroll down to see them!
Pick up some stylish pieces and create a totally fab Brit-inspired aesthetic with this outfit! Start by pairing a comfy graphic sweatshirt with pastel jeans. Mix it up with neon Converse in Ed’s favorite color (orange), and wear a dainty charm necklace for a girly flair. Cute hair ties and wayfarer glasses complete the ensemble!
No matter what city you’re in today, you can rock a downtown vibe with a few key pieces. Layer a utility jacket over a muscle tank and destroyed denim shorts. Combat boots add to the edgy appeal, while a floral backpack gives off a relaxed, feminine vibe. Finish the outfit with an arrow pendant necklace.
Step out in a boho-casual look when you wear this ensemble! Rock a flowy tank over a bandeau with lace shorts for a soft and flirty feel. Slip on a pair of sandals with tassle accents for added texture. For accessories, wear a leather wrap bracelet and a bird print scarf for a wink at one of Ed’s tracks.
What do you think?
Are you a fan of Ed Sheeran? Are you inspired by your favorite music artists? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which one is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like this one in the future? Let me know in a comment below!
Fashion Inspired by Art: Vincent van Gogh’s “Irises” March 20th, 2013
This week in Fashion Inspired by Art, we’ll be discussing Vincent van Gogh’s Irises. This painting is sure to put you in the mood for spring (which starts today!) with its bright, natural colors and use of organic subjects. I hope you all enjoy!
Spring Impressions: About Vincent van Gogh’s Irises
Vincent van Gogh’s Irises (1890) via Wikimedia Commons | Click image to enlarge.
Vincent van Gogh (1853- 1890) is perhaps the most well-known painter of all time, most famously known for his painting Starry Night. His paintings are examples of Impressionistic style, like Edgar Degas’ Ballet Rehearsal on Stage. Irises, shown above, counts among the artist’s most famous still lifes.
Irises was painted during van Gogh’s stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy. He placed a vase with a lush bouquet of irises against a bright yellow background to explore the relationship between the contrasting colors of citron yellow and violet blue. Each iris that van Gogh painted is unique, showing his extraordinary attention to detail. Many of van Gogh’s most famous works were painted while in the mental hospital, including Starry Night and The Sower.
Outfits Inspired by Irises
This outfit is based on the texture of Irises, which can be seen in both the vase and the citron background.
Warm spring temperatures mean fewer layers are required, so utilize overlapping prints and light, textured pieces (like a double-layer lace top) to add more visual interest to your look. Focus on mixing patterns and textures by pairing floral pants, a lace top, and marbled ring, and keep the rest of your outfit simple to avoid looking too mix-and-match. Finish off this springtime ensemble with a textured, wavy hairstyle and you’re ready for a day out and about!
Classy Citron Chic
Blooming yellow flowers are such a quintessential spring visual; tap into the painting’s beautiful yellow background for an easy warm-weather style perfect for the season.
Start by pairing a classic A-line skirt with a button-up shirt, but choose pieces with fun details so the outfit won’t feel too dated – this pale yellow top has a keyhole back, while the skirt has a unique yellow and white floral print. Complement these feminine clothes with basic, stylish accessories like a bow belt and pendant necklace. Top it all off with loose curls and Old Hollywood-style makeup for a look that’s both modern and classic!
Contrasting styles don’t always have to clash. In Irises, van Gogh chose to place the blue-violet flowers in front of a yellow-orange background. Although these two colors are opposites, they also bring each other out. (Remember our guide to matching colors in your outfits? These are an example of contrasting colors.)
For this outfit, focus on versatile, contrasting pieces that play off of one another in style and color. Dressy, feminine pieces - like the blue dress, iris earrings, and gold cuff – contrast with the masculine, sporty vibe of the black sneakers, watch, and military jacket. By focusing the outfit on one versatile piece (the collared blue dress), you can achieve coherence in an otherwise arbitrary look. Straighten your hair for a sleek, classic vibe and you’re ready to go just about anywhere.
What do you think?
Have you seen or studied van Gogh before? Do you like Irises? What do you think about the inspired outfits? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your opinions!
TV Fashion: Inspired by Parks & Recreation, Part II March 14th, 2013
Welcome to Part II of our series on “Parks and Recreation” fashion. If you’re as obsessed with the people of Pawnee as I am, you’re in luck. Keep reading for looks inspired by Ben Wyatt, Andy Dwyer, Donna Meagle, Chris Traeger and, of course, Ron Swanson. Let’s get started!
Leslie’s boyfriend (spoiler: now husband) Ben is pretty much every girl’s dream guy. He’s smart, attractive and a total nerd. Though he first came to Pawnee to shut down the Parks department due to serious budget cuts, Ben (with a lot of help from Leslie) eventually softened up and made Pawnee his permanent home.
Though they butted heads at first, Ben is Leslie’s rock. His highly organized, slightly neurotic personality blends perfectly with Leslie’s nonstop perfectionism and relentless work ethic. His excellent campaign management skills helped get Leslie elected to City Council, so we’ll almost forgive him for not understanding the importance of Lil Sebastian. Almost.
Outfit Inspired by Ben
Ben Wyatt’s number one fashion rule: You can never have too much plaid. Well-tailored plaid oxford shirts are Ben’s signature pieces, so I couldn’t pick just one! Have fun with color combinations and maybe throw in a tie if you’re feeling daring.
Once you’ve selected your shirt, layer a well-fitting taupe blazer over it, and add a pair of chic, tailored, ankle-length skinny jeans for a polished, slightly nerdy look. Really geek it up with a pair of menswear-inspired oxfords, some argyle socks, and a “Game of Thrones” ring. (House Stark represent.) The only thing Ben loves more than “Game of Thrones” is Batman, so show some love for the caped crusader with a pair of bat signal earrings.
Of course, no outfit of Ben’s is complete without showing support for his lady, so finish the look with a Knope campaign button.
The show’s resident lovable doofus, Andy started off as Ann’s slobbish, slacker ex-boyfriend who only cared about his unsuccessful rock band. (Isn’t that weird to think about now?) But once he found April, Andy turned his life around and became the goofy sweetheart we know and love today.
Formerly homeless and sleeping in the infamous pit behind Ann’s house, Andy’s worked a variety of odd jobs around City Hall, from shoe shine extraordinaire to Leslie’s primary campaign assistant. Now that he has April (and Champion) by his side, we know Andy’s got much greater things in store.
Outfit Inspired by Andy
Like Ben, Andy also has a penchant for plaid, but with a rugged, outdoorsy twist. This manly man lives in flannel, so layer a plaid flannel top over a band T-Shirt. (Any band will do, considering Andy doesn’t know who Fleetwood Mac is, but a Mouse Rat tee would add extra authenticity.) A pair of semi-distressed boyfriend jeans and some well-loved combat boots will add a grunge-inspired flair that’s 100 percent Andy approved.
Really get into character with your accessories. Andy loves the Colts, so an Indianapolis snapback hat is a must. A Reggie Wayne jersey is optional, but encouraged. Horse pendant earrings serve as a tribute to Lil Sebastian that’s almost as touching as “5000 Candles in the Wind.” And, of course, you’ll have to keep a pair of aviator sunglasses on hand just in case Bert Macklin’s services are required.
Played by the incomparable Retta, Donna Meagle is the show’s most consistently funny character. She’s basically the smartest person in the office, and she has no tolerance for her co-workers’ mistakes. Especially Jerry’s.
Donna loves “Twilight,” live-tweeting, and fine leather goods, and while she’s very close with Tom, his best friend Jean-Ralphio is her greatest enemy. Her life outside of City Hall is also pretty fabulous – she’s a total man-eater and Ginuwine is her cousin. Get it, girl.
Outfit Inspired by Donna
The queen of treating yo’self, Donna’s style is bold and glamorous, whether she’s at the office or down at the Snakehole Lounge. Try a colorful, ornate snake print blouse paired with tailored black pants to steal her decadent style. Pops of trendy color are an absolute must, so grab some bold pink heels and a lavender satchel.
Though Donna’s most prized possession is her beloved Mercedes, she also loves showing off her bling, so don’t be afraid to go all out with your jewelry. A chunky silver chain link necklace paired with bedazzled aqua hoops and a trendy crystal-embellished watch encapsulate her queenly style.
Chris Traeger is literally the happiest person alive. His cheerfulness and zest for life puts even Leslie’s optimism to shame. A former Indiana State Auditor, Chris came to Pawnee (with Ben in tow) to slash the city government’s budget, but eventually became Pawnee’s city manager.
The polar opposite of Ron Swanson, Chris is a fitness junkie who runs at least 10 miles per day. He loves absolutely everyone he meets and his unwavering joy would be a little creepy if he wasn’t so darn cute. Blame Rob Lowe for that one.
Outfit Inspired by Chris
Calling Chris a health nut is a huge understatement. Steal his workout look by pairing a royal blue workout tank with cropped running pants for an athletic silhouette. Add a sweatband and a “vegan” sweatshirt for extra health points. Chris is always up with the latest and greatest in athletic equipment, so try out a water bottle with a built-in filter and a pair of crazy five finger running shoes.
Capture Chris’ inner qualities through your accessories. A broken heart ring symbolizes his romantic troubles (Oh, Millicent), while star-shaped earrings embody his ever-optimistic, winning personality.
Ron Swanson is a simple man. He likes pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food. As the director of the Parks department, Ron is technically Leslie’s boss, but he basically lets her do whatever she wants as long as she keeps him far away from the general public. A hardcore libertarian, Ron doesn’t see the point in government, but he does have a passion for landmines.
Deep down, though, Ron is a total softie. When he’s not moonlighting as a jazz musician (what up, Duke Silver) Ron enjoys eating steaks and creating elaborate wood carvings. Oh, and don’t mess with his friends. Not that he’d admit he has any.
Outfit Inspired by Ron
If you peeked into Ron Swanson’s closet, you’d probably be able to count the number of outfit possibilities on one hand. Unlike Tom and Ben, Ron’s not exactly a style icon. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find fashion inspiration from his simple, hands-on approach to life.
Throw a warm brown pullover (or a T-shirt proclaiming your love for Ron’s favorite food) over a classic white shirt dress for a cozy, nature-inspired look. Add sturdy hiking boots and fair isle socks if you’re in the mood for camping. A bear pendant necklace and antler shaped earrings capture Ron’s passion for the outdoors. And don’t forget to add some sparkly pink nail polish. What? He loves babysitting his girlfriend’s daughters… even if it does involve playing princess.
Which “Parks and Rec” character is your style icon? What do you think of the outfits? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments – I love hearing your thoughts!
Movie Fashion: Oz The Great and Powerful March 13th, 2013
Official Movie Poster
We’re off to see the Wizard…sort of. A prequel to the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz, Disney’s latest release, Oz: The Great and Powerful, hit theaters last week with a bang!
The film follows the adventures of Oz (James Franco), a magician from a small town in Kansas, who is swept up by a tornado and lands in a strange place full of talking animals and larger-than-life scenery. For fans of the Judy Garland classic, this prequel offers a refreshing and lovable backstory for the magical land of Oz. Not to mention, Disney’s animations are absolutely breathtaking throughout!
If you haven’t seen the film, I promise not to give away any spoilers! You can, however, read a quick synopsis and find the trailer below.
Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character.
When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.
Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful wizard but into a better man as well.
Oz is not only a fantastic movie, it’s actually a perfect source of fashion inspiration, too! Below, I’ve created a few outfits inspired by the film and its characters. Scroll down to view them all!
Oz, the Great and Powerful
The magician from Kansas may have questionable acts, but his style is right on target!
Steal Oz’s classic getup with a white button-up shirt tucked into a pair of black high-waisted jeans. Grab a black blazer to dress the look up, and slip on a pair of oxfords for a vintage twist. To pay tribute to his signature bow tie, wear a bow necklace for a cute look. If you’re feeling a bit fancy, add a fun fascinator clip to your hair to finish off this look, perfect for any wizard-in-training!
The first person – er, witch – that Oz meets after landing in Oz is the beautiful Theodora, played by Mila Kunis. You can grab her edgy on-screen look with a few key pieces.
First, wear a flowy blouse with a pair of leather-look pants and a dark red blazer. Next, slip on fierce knee-high boots similar to the ones Theodora sports in the film. Wear a bold statement ring and a floppy hat for the perfect accessories. Finish the look off with a swipe of pretty polish from OPI’s Oz Collection in “I Theodora You” and finish with Urban Decay’s Theodora makeup palette.
Evanora (Rachel Weisz) has a perfectly gorgeous, yet equally wicked style. To achieve her aesthetic, wear a gorgeous high-low sequin dress with a pair of strappy sandals. Accessorize with a feather headband, chandelier earrings, and a bold statement ring. To complement the outfit, wear a shade of glittery polish. (We love OPI’s “When Monkey’s Fly!”) An emerald pendant necklace completes the ensemble, and is a perfect replica for the one Evanora wears in the film!
Don’t underestimate this cute little doll! China Girl is the perfect mix of sweet and sassy.
Get her look with a flirty lace dress in mint with a matching bow belt. Wear a cute pair of ballet flats for a girly look, and, as a tribute to her town, wear a fun tea cup ring. Complete the outfit with classic pearl earrings!
The Good Witch of the land of Oz, Glinda has a style fit for a queen! Grab her royal appeal with a tulle skirt dress, and add a hint of sparkle with some glitter pumps. Faux diamond stud earrings and a feather-accented headband add the perfect glam touches to the outfit. Finish the look with Urban Decay’s makeup palette and OPI’s polish in “Don’t Burst My Bubble,” both inspired by Glinda herself.
She’s mean, she’s green, and she has no heart. She’s the Wicked Witch of the West! To get her evil look, wear a black dress and edgy combat boots. Add a touch of green with a trendy statement necklace, and continue the edgy look with a studded faux-leather wrap bracelet. A feather headband winks to her infamous flying monkeys, and a swipe of OPI’s “What Wizardry Is This?” nail polish finishes off this wicked outfit.
What do you think?
Have you seen Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful? (If not, check it out! It’s in theaters now!) Are you a fan of the classic film? Are you inspired by looks from movies? Would you wear any of the outfits above? Which outfit is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Let me know in a comment below!