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Happy 4th of July!

Last week’s Fashion Inspiration post got me feeling nostalgic about fashion days gone by. With the 4th of July occurring this week I’ve also got Americana on my mind , so today I’m sharing some of my favorite images from American fashion’s heyday in advertising.

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{Vintage Marc Jacobs featuring the forever fabulous Grace Coddington and a gaggle of look-alike models.}

Americana Classic American Brand Ad Campaigns 4th of July Independence Day

{Black & white Kim Basinger – What more could a GAP girl want in the 1980’s?}

Americana Classic American Brand Ad Campaigns 4th of July Independence Day

{Bold but simultaneously sleek & minimal. Just what we’ve always expected from DKNY.}

Americana Classic American Brand Ad Campaigns 4th of July Independence Day

{Old school Tiffany & Co. engagement ring advertisement. Love the design and the chic black & white color scheme.}

Americana Classic American Brand Ad Campaigns 4th of July Independence Day

{Menswear in Central Park – It’s a Michael Kors tradition!}

Americana Classic American Brand Ad Campaigns 4th of July Independence Day

{An ad that sparked an obsession from a brand that put Miss Kate Moss on the fashion map!}

Americana Classic American Brand Ad Campaigns 4th of July Independence Day

{Sporty & sexy – The hallmarks of the Tommy Hilfiger brand.}

Americana Classic American Brand Ad Campaigns 4th of July Independence Day

{80’s DVF – Sporty & sassy. Just brilliant!}

{Images from Pinterest}

What’s YOUR favorite American Fashion moment?

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Style File: Zebra Print

I’m a big fan of animal prints in general but what really caught my eye here is not only how bold and eye-catching this look is, but how classic and timeless the pieces actually are. A statement coat, some killer heels, and a chic little bag – That’s a combination that we can all put together and today’s Style File will show you just how to break down this look to make it work for you!

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{Oh My Blog’s Footpassenger Zebra}

This look can be broken down into three key pieces – A dramatic statement coat, a pair of fun, embellished heels, and a simple but chic black handbag to complete the look. Keep reading for some great options that you can try in order to recreate this fabulous style.

Statement Coat:

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{Left: Heritage Zebra-Print Trench – $198 @ Banana Republic & Right: Zebra Print Trench Coat – $99 @ Anne Klein}

A zebra print coat is a great way to make a statement – Depending on your personal style, the venue for your look, and the season, you’ll want to try either a warmer, longer coat, a trench coat, or even a cropped jacket. Those are all variables to take into consideration when you’re picking your pieces.

Heels:

Embellished-Heels

{Left: Jeannette Embellished Pump – $79 @ Rachel Roy & Right: Carvela Gemma Stud Heeled Sandals – $220 @ Asos}

Studs and spikes are two fun embellishments that you can look for in the perfect pair of statement heels – Adding metallics, colors, or crystals are great ways to add some drama to your footwear.

Handbag:

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{Left: Kelsey Embossed Snake Satchel – $226 @ Milly & Right: Analu Squishee Tote Bag – $485 @ Neiman Marcus}

A classic black handbag is one of the most versatile pieces that a woman can have in her repertoire – Be sure to look for something of moderate size so that you it can easily go from day-to-night.

You can also check out previous MCLV Style File looks below:

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Style File: Peace Love Shea in Gucci

I fell madly in love with this look from LA-based blogger Peace Love Shea during the recent New York Fashion Week shows {Bloggers Do It Better: New York Fashion Week Street Style} and immediately started counting down the minutes until I’d have time to shop for similar pieces. And while I’m sure we’d all love to pick up this stunning Gucci outfit & Alexander McQueen coat, I thought I’d try to find something a little more reasonable on the price scale for us mere mortals.

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{Peace Love Shea’s La Vie En Rose}

I love the matching, brilliantly colored top and bottom in this look as well as the chic white touches here. And while this coral is stunning on her, I also just like the concept of a look with an all-over color or print.

Coral Combo:

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Slim Trouser – $39 @ Mango

Bow Blouse – $28 @ Mango

These sweet Mango separates are a great choice – Not only do they look lovely together, they’re both great, versatile pieces in general and you’d be able to wear them all Spring.

Blue & White Floral Combo:

Los Angeles Fashion Blogger Street Style Peace Love Shea

Printed Cuff Pant – $119 @ Bebe

Floral Print Blazer – $139 @ Bebe

All-over prints are definitely my Achilles heel this Spring and I absolutely love these pieces. Not only do they look fabulous together, you can easily wear each with black, white, any shade of blue, or even a bright color like purple, fuchsia, or yellow.

Talk about versatile!

White Coat:

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Left: White Coat – $79 on sale @ Dorothy Perkins

Right: Tinley Road Classic Claudine Coat – $35 on sale @ Piperlime

I love a chic white coat – It’s just so classic. So chic. So French!

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{Peace Love Shea’s La Vie En Rose}

In addition to the amazing main pieces that make up this chic look, the accessories, while understated color-wise, are actually quite high-impact as well.

Clear Clutch:

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The Ceres Clutch in Recycled Lucite – $95

White Shoes:

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Pointed Ankle Strap Court Shoes – $44 @ Asos

Mossimo Ankle Strap Heels – $29 @ Target

That clear clutch is perfection paired with the white heels and white coat – It all comes together to create a perfect look. I can’t wait to give this a try!

You can also check out previous MCLV Style File looks below:

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MCLV Style File: Miranda Kerr in Victoria Beckham

My fashion crush on Miranda Kerr has gotten pretty out of control in recent months – I just adore how she always looks chic and totally put together whenever she steps outside. Her style is part classic and part modern with great attention to details and always a fun little twist.

I mean seriously, could this woman look more effortless chic or put together?

And I’m not the only one paying close attention to this trend-setter, Modelinia agrees whole heartedly – Miranda Kerr Takes Home November’s Best Dressed Model of the Month Award!

{Tom & Lorenzo}

So let’s not waste a moment more and break down this fabulous, white-hot look so that we can all put together chic little looks like this one for Winter. 🙂

{Indulgence to Savvy Shopper – Left to Right: Black Halo Jackie O Sheath Dress – $350 @ The Trend Boutique, Robert Rodriguez Sequined Midi Tank Dress – $175 @ Shopbop.com & Ecru Ponte Sheath – $80 @ White House Black Market}

Finding the perfect white dress is going to be the key to this look – You want something that suits your personal style as well as your body type. So pay attention to the fabric and fit – you don’t want a peep show – as well as the length, silhouette, and the neckline. You want something that flatters you and boosts your confidence.

{Indulgence to Savvy Shopper – Left to Right: Z Spoke Zac Posen Audrey Satchel – $315 @ Piperlime, Aldo Galambos Frame Bag – $110 @ Asos.com & Studded Frame Bag – $70 @ Asos.com}

These retro style ladylike handbags are adorable – Such a fun style with so many colors and shapes available out there. Your choice will be dependent on whether you want to try for a pop of color with a bright handbag or if you’re more interested in putting together a classic black & white look or even going for an all-over white monochromatic style.

{Indulgence to Savvy Shopper – Left to Right: McQ Alexander McQueen Studded Leather Pumps – $215 @ The Outnet, Steven by Steve Madden Miguell Cap-Toe Pumps – $150 @ Dillard’s & Vince Camuto Renees High Pumps – $60 @ Piperlime}

If you don’t already have the perfect pair of neutral heels in your closet this is a must have! They’re a great alternative to classic black and will work with so many looks and occasions. Depending on your personal style you might want to find an embellished or visually interesting pair, or maybe you’re just in the market for a basic, versatile nude heel.

What’s great about this look is that’s fairy basic – Dress + heels + accessories – but there are an endless number of ways to spice it up. From belting the dress to choosing a brilliantly colored handbag to pairing the look with a killer pair of spiked stilettos. Just be sure to inject a little of your unique personality into the look!

You can also check out previous MCLV Style File looks below:

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Looks of the Week: Pants Edition

This Looks of the Week post is going to be all about PANTS. As you’re stocking up your wardrobe for Fall you’re going to be seeing lots of pants in stores – Every variety you can imagine, from faux leather and brilliantly colored brocades to plaids, stripes, and collegiate tweeds. So before you find yourself standing in front of racks and racks of pants feeling overwhelmed, why not spend some quality time getting inspired by how other fashionable ladies are wearing theirs this season?

Embellished or studded pants are a fun style for weekends. You can go full-on rock n’ roll or you can keep things polished with a trench and classic white button down like in this shot. The look is chic and timeless, but still has an edge.

Holiday sweaters don’t have to be tacky – They can just as easily be the kind of cute pieces that you look forward to wearing all year! This oversized reindeer sweater paired with black leggings and cute flat booties is the perfect look for the holiday season. Festive but oh-so-cute.

If you’re brave enough for a bold animal print than this is the look for you. Take a tip from Lysana, she keeps the look from being over-the-top with minimal chunky gold accessories, a basic black sweater, and cute flat boots.

If you’re thinking about what styles of pants are work-appropriate this shot is a great example of how to make a slim pair of pants fit that bill. Her killer styling keeps the look fun, but still formal enough for a business casual office. The over-the-shoulder bag and similarly colored knee-high boots are the perfect accessories while the chic tweed blazer from H&M tops the look off perfectly.

Plaid shirts aren’t just for trips to the cabin anymore, with seriously cute versions available now you can pair one with virtually any bottoms for a chic, stylish weekend look. This look is spiced up all the more with lacy Dolce & Gabbana ankle boots and a killer Proenza Schouler handbag.

They may say “No White After Labor Day” but this amazing white-pants look will change your mind in a heartbeat. The mixture of prints, colors, and textures makes this look fun and interesting – Chambray polka dot blouse, leopard print heels, a red knit sweater, and white denim all come together to make the perfect look.

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Are you inspired to try a new pair of pants now that you’ve gotten a chance to check out these fun looks? What is the first style, fabric, or silhouette pant that you’d like to try for Fall 2012?

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