When asked to write about my favorite style icons, three of my fashion idols came to mind whose aesthetics have made waves because of their sartorial choices and style attitudes. I hope this article inspires my fellow fashionistas to emulate their fashion muses while staying on budget.
Tracee Ellis Ross
I’m always in search for pieces that will lend me even a hint of my chosen style icon’s enviable style, Tracee Ellis Ross. Better known as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson from Black-ish or Joan Clayton from Girlfriends, Tracee gives her mother, the legendary Diana Ross, a run for her money when it comes to serving style influence that will linger for decades to come.
Tracee’s head-turning ensembles always hit the mark and seem to match her quirky and colorful TV persona. There’s no mistaking that Tracee’s styling skills and love of unique clothes led to her singular style. I took a page from Tracee’s #TheGirlWhoLovesToShop and channeled in her playful and colorful flair by coordinating Sen’s Ashton draped neck tunic over Hudson’s perfectly fitting Riley Crop Relaxed Fit jeans.
Sen’s tunic came to mind when I thought What-Would-Tracee-Wear. This look was inspired by a combination of Tracee’s vacation photos and her look from the Harlem’s Fashion Row Spring 2016 show that featured an unexpected peak of denim. One look at Tracee’s Instagram and it’s easy to see that the woman isn’t afraid of voluminous styles with a body conscious detail; similar to this perfectly proportioned peachy keen tunic with a draped back and fitted bottom. Add in a big curly hairstyle, bold red lips, and Sade approved hoop earrings and you will be awe-struck at your Tracee-channeling style skills.
We all know Wonder Woman is a super strong amazon and is played by the equally fierce and military trained, Gal Gadot. But who knew Gal’s strength also included killer style? Gal Gadot has taken t-shirt dressing to new heights. Gone are the skin tight, midriff baring styles of the early 2000’s that oddly enough, flattered no womans’ figure. And in their place is one of my favorite labels, N: Philanthropy’s distressed t-shirts and dresses.
Ultra-cool, strategically ripped, and made in a soft and breathable combed cotton, N:Philanthropy is gaining a rabid fan base for their distressed yet polished tees and knits that evoke the spirit of Los Angeles. I’m certain these pictures of Gal looking even better than her on-screen persona adds to the fervor! My Home Fashion Boutique is proud to offer styles that were obvious hits at N:Philanthropy’s celebrity filled ‘Give Back’ charity event in Beverly Hills. Known to lead the pack with their socially conscious practices, N:Philanthropy donates ten percent of their profits to various charities and continuously pushes for full disclosure of their garment workers’ salaries in order to be more transparent in the fashion supply chains. My Home Fashion Boutique is proud to carry a label as fashion forward and stylish as N:Philanthropy.
For the classical girl who shops with Audrey Hepburn in mind, I looked to Lily Collins for her modern-day screen siren style that has distinct edge. Preppy with bite, Lily can walk the red carpet looking like a throwback to the Golden Age of Hollywood and be photographed wearing a motorcycle jacket and leggings the very same day.
I pulled two looks that embody Lily’s affection for dressing up leather and adding her prim stamp on black and white dressing by using N:Philanthropy’s Clover Fringe skirt as a foundation to create a look that can easily transform a dynamic day look to a more refined look at night. For a day look, I styled European Culture’s light cotton navy and white sweater over N:Philanthropy’s fringe leather skirt, topped it with a 49 Square Miles ® belt and mixed and matched jewelry from Cindy Zale and Bee Inspired.
For the evening look, I pulled a light and lacy Chelsea and Walker Mesa blouse that embodies Lily’s classic yet modern romantic style. This New York based brand is the cool girl’s best kept secret for a successful day to night look that is designed with attainable luxury in mind. This top is perfect for those who dare to bare a little skin and like to bring a sensual side to menswear details while looking feminine and completely Lily!