Girls, are we over this trend yet?
We saw a lot of color blocking on the Spring 2011 runway and it continues to be hot since it involves the use of bold, vibrant colors, which is always fun for summer. I decided to take on a personal color blocking challenge, inspired by Mr. Goodwill Hunting.
It’s obvious that I have a penchant for high fashion, but also enjoy creating designer looks “for less” to get more bang for my buck. My challenge was to come up with four different color blocking looks for under $100. So let’s begin, shall we?
This look was inspired by Katy Perry in Gucci on the March 2011 issue of Elle. It’s always fun taking a celeb look and redesigning it to fit my own style and budget.
Katy’s outfit was a tad too “runway glam” for an everyday look, so I took a similar color scheme and created a casual summer outfit with linen blazer, sleeveless top, and a gold braided belt recycled from my sister’s “junk” pile. I added an electric blue mini skirt for that pretty pop of blue we see on the Elle cover.
A very wise and talented stylist once said, “it’s the fit that makes the fashion.” So I did splurge on getting my thrifted jacket tailored ($10), bringing this Gucci-inspired outfit to a whopping total of $28.50.
Blazer: Thrifted $5.99 | Draped Blouse: T.J. Maxx Clearance $10.00 | Belt: Wet Seal | Skirt: Thrifted $2.50 | Shoes: Badgley Mischka Humbie II Peep-Toe Pumps
This outfit came about simply because I fell in love with the blouse. The chartreuse color was perfect and it was also on clearance at T.J. Maxx. I knew a pretty skirt or slim pant would set this silk blouse off right and when I found this gorgeous iridescent pencil skirt it all just came together. The skirt is a bit loose and needs to be tailored and, since I got it for such a steal, I plan to do just that. I was really excited to find this skinny, taupe bow belt, as it was a perfect match for the Fishnet Bow Slingbacks I planned to wear with the outfit.
With the right accessories, this one is a fun “work look” for me (I’d probably throw on a blazer though, since I tend to err on the more conservative side at the office).
Roll-Neck Blouse: (Willi Smith) TJ Maxx $9.99 | Skirt: Thrifted 5.99 | Belt: T.J. Maxx $14.99 | Shoes: Christian Louboutin
This look came to $30.97! We’re still under $100, girls. So let’s go on!
Outfits #3 & #4
The final two looks were inspired by Anthony Williams, Stacey Dash’s stylist on VH1′s “Single Ladies.” We all remember the famous pink and green color blocking ensemble with the cobalt blue heels she wore in Episode 7, yes? Well, I loved that color scheme and ran with it.
Mind you, I’m a longtime fan of green and we all know that PINK is my signature color. But being a Delta I tend to shy away from rocking the two together (my SistaGreeks feel me on this one). However, the splash of blue that he added transformed these colors into something brilliant and magical for me.
So this is my tribute to his genius.
Coolats: Thrifted $5.99 | Top: Thrifted $2.50 | Belt: Wet Seal | Shoes: (Steve Madden) Thrifted $14.99 | Earrings: Mandee Clearance $4.00
Top: Arden B. | Pants: (Express) Thrifted $2.50 | Shoes: Thrifted $5.00 | Earrings: Mandee Clearance $4.00
When I combined the total of all four looks (excluding shoes and Arden B. top, which I already owned) it came to a grand total of $99 – looks like I just made it!!!
So, how did I do girls? What’s your fav look, and what did we hate?