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Friday, October 05, 2007

Mail Bombs!!!

It's Friday! You know what time it is....

Let's get started.
First up reader Natasha says, "I love Beyonce's outfit in this picture..."
..."can you tell me how to get her look for a reasonable price?"
Sure! First, pair a sequined striped tank like these....

Left to Right: INC International Concepts® Mitered-Stripe Sequin Tunic Tank,$69, www.macys.com; CO-OP Barneys New York Sequin Tank $75, www.barneys.com.
With a pair of slim black pants...

Left to Right: Erin Skinny Pant, $79, www.guess.com;
Mint Shimmer Skinny Pant, $82.50, Pink Mascara
Knit Skinny Pant, $48, www.rampage.com
Add a cropped black jacket....

Left to Right:Alvin Valley black stretch double breasted cropped jacket, $261, www.bluefly.com; See by Chloe Cropped Wool Jacket, $246, www.net-a-porter.com.
Throw on a necklace like this Multi-Strand Black Bead and Gold Sliders Necklace...

...for $60 at www.anntaylor.com.
And add a bag, like this Filmore small satchel...

...for $138 at www.bananarepublic.com.
In terms of the boots, it's been widely reported that Beyonce's rockin DSquared. They're unavailable, but you can get the same look with these Miu Miu Leather Wood Platform Boots...

...for $332.50 at www.net-a-porter.com.
Beyonce's getting lots of love this week! Reader Shomika wanted to know where she could get Beyonce's shoes....

...and how much she'd have to pay!
They're most likely Cavalli's or Zanotti's (Beyonce's faves), but the 'terns and I couldn't find an exact match. For a few cheaper options, we found these $179 Dark Patent Leather Speidel Sandals by Stuart Weitzman came close...

Too much? Try these $90 Jessica Simpson Presley T-Straps...

Or these $90 Guess Odina Sandals...

Good luck!
Next up reader Simone says, "I am really into the look of these long leather gloves I found on Nordstroms website for $148 for the winter..."

"..however I really am on a budget and don't like to spend too much on accessories...would you look for a cheaper version? Preferrably in a hot color like purple, green, or maybe yellow? Something hot that will pop when paired with a black peacoat. Thanks!"
Hey Simone! Interesting Choice! I found that this line, Portolano, makes nothing but long gloves in interesting colors using leather, cashmere, or cotton. Check it:

Top Row: Portolano Magenta Long Leather Gloves, $78; Portolano Tan Long Leather Gloves, $78; Portolano Gray Long Leather Gloves, $78.
Bottom Row: Portolano Emerald Cashmere Elbow Length Gloves, $39; Portolano Red Long Leather Gloves, $78; Portolano Navy Cashmere Elbow Length Gloves, $39.
Luckily, they're all under $100! Get 'em at www.bluefly.com.
Lastly reader Ashley asks, "I am going to Morehouse College's homecoming this year with my boyfriend...

"...and I have no idea what to wear during the big tailgate that he has been talking about. My school (an Ivy) doesn't have any comprable event. I know that I have to wear something practical, since I will be standing outside under a tent for a long time, but I am sure that everyone will still be dressed to the nines. Do you have any suggestions?"
Hey! Lucky you, one of my homies also went to Morehouse, and lent his expertise to your mail bomb. He says, "She should definitely be fresh...The women at our HC events know how to do it up without really doing it up. I would steer clear of blouses, dresses, or skirts! I'd prob go with really nice [skinny] jeans, a fly pair of heels (the highlight of the outfit), a rather plain tank top like top (layered with two diff colors if poss), and a fly set of oversized shades (worn up for entire event, ie as accessory only)."
He's a little fashionisto himself, isn't he??
First step, I'd say start with a cute, sexy yet sporty top in Morehouse or neutral colors (they're the same as my school's, I believe)....

Top Row: Long Sleeve Henley, $29, www.victoriassecret.com; Lacoste Long Sleeve Pique Polo, $82, www.nordstrom.com.
Bottom Row: Silk Cashmere Long Sleeve Sweater, $45, www.maxstudio.com; Leo & Sage Charcoal jersey wrap long sleeve shirt, $45, www.bluefly.com.
Next, pop on a pair of skinny jeans in a dark wash...

Left to right: Citizens of Humanity Avedon Stovepipe Jeans, $158; 7 for all Mankind Roxanne Jeans in Dark, $189, CoutureCandy
Get your oversized sunglasses going....

Left to Right: Gucci Black horsebit shield sunglasses, $186, www.bluefly.com; Christian Dior Glossy Sunglasses, $300, www.madisonlosangeles.com; Marc Jacobs Red Plastic Oversize Shades, $103, www.bluefly.com.
And the piece de resistance: the heels.
I personally would never wear heels to a tailgate, but Morehouse seems to do it a bit different. Go ahead and get yourself a fly pair of pumps with a reasonable heel (but bring your flip flops just in case!)...

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Left to Right: Dolce Vita Allure Snake Pump in Natural Snake, $125, www.pinkmascara.com; 3 Pointer Pumps, $195, www.kennethcole.com; Christian Louboutin Graffitti Pumps, $675, www.barneys.com (love these shoes!); Cole Haan Black patent leather 'Charlize Air' pumps, $165, www.bluefly.com; Nine West Gabber Pump, $84, Zappos.com
You're all set with a sporty yet sexy look!
Now get to shopping:)
Smootches!
PS For all my voluptuous readers, Monif C has offered a coupone code exclusively to Fashion Bomb readers! Enter FBOMB15 for 15 percent off their new collection of hot dresses, tops, and skirts. The offer expires November 30th.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's just me, but I didn't find Beyonce's outfit all that flattering. Something about the way those chunky horizontal stripes hit her right at the widest part of her body-- her hips-- just does NOT look good. She looks schlumpy, and we all know Beyonce is far from a slob, at least as far as her public persona goes. I think the chevron-striped top you've shown will look much better.

Anonymous said...

who is that fine piece in the morehouse jersey?

C. Gabi said...

probably homegirl's boyfriend lol.

umm, by all means, DO NOT wear heels to the homecoming tailgate. you won't have an opportunity to sit down at all, and you'll be moving around quite a bit. my suggestion is to rock some really cute sneakers or flats. all in all, don't wear anything that you would be really upset if someone spilled their alcohol all over.

Anonymous said...

yikes. cute heels to morehouse tailgate? it would take some skills to keep them on all day and avoid getting them dirty

AshleeG said...

Claire, I'd like to submit a request for the next Mail Bomb profile - Nia Long. She's super cute, super classic and super sexy - a true style star. I'd love to get some tips on how to rock her style on my plus size body.

Your Girl said...

yay! somehow i'm able to view the blog today in internet explorer! just had to tell ya. ;-)

this post reminds me that i have to find a cute pair of shades for the fall. always a dilemma for me.

Anonymous said...

that guy with the morehouse jersey is Denzel's son

t said...

Faithful reader and Spelman alumna here... There will be folks in heels/boots. People are casually fly (folks like to stand out). Good tip - wear something you may not mind getting spilled on (I guess not white). Don't worry about repping Morehouse colors.. It's Spelman HC & Tailgate too and if you are at tailgate no one is worried about the game. A lot (probably most) of folks wear cute flats as well. There is a lot of moving around - be sure you're comfortable! I recommend layers since it may start of chilly, but when the beverages gets flowing you suddenly become quite warm ;)

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Anonymous said...

WHATEVER YOU DO....DO NOT WEAR HEELS! I am a Spelman alumn and I know from the years I've gone...alcohol and all of the walking you'll be doing will not help at all! I know I am late with this comment but hopefully your reader will get it!

If you can rock heels for a LONG period of time....by all means do you.

Secondly, that is Denzel Washington's son. He was really nice. We were in school around the same time.

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