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Monday, May 1, 2017

The Look for Less - Chloé Lauren Espadrille Wedges

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The Chloé espadrille wedges from last year are still going strong as we approach summer 2017, and it's obvious why. The simple ankle strap, comfortable platform silhouette, and classic espadrille construction are ideal for casual spring and summer looks. The Chloé 'Lauren' wedges have a pretty scalloped detail and look easy to walk in because of the 2" platform. I adore how these bloggers all paired their wedges with laid-back denim looks, saddle bags, white blouses, and beachy hair. 

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Chloe Espadrille Wedges Outfits, Chloe espadrille wedge dupes, get the look for less

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If you don't have $660 to spend on the real deal, there are plenty of options to get the look for less. After unsuccessfully trying to find this $60 dupe by Steve Madden in my size, I picked up this style by Indigo Rd. on sale. I'm happy to report that they're comfortable and well made, although they run about half a size big. I might even get them in black, they're that good! 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Look for Less - Chloé Nile Bracelet Bag

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When Chloé releases a new bag, it's destined to become an instant street style favorite. While the Faye and Drew styles are still prominent, the Nile bag is the latest must-have handbag by Chloé. Featured in the spring ad campaign, the new Chloé Nile bag pairs well with breezy, embellished looks for spring and summer. 

Chloe Nile Bag Ad Campaign spring 2017n

The Chloé Nile bag has been spotted on the likes of Aimee Song, Solange Knowles, Leandra Medine and many of your favorite bloggers. With its chic ring bracelet detail, distinctive half moon shape, and diminutive size, it's the ideal antidote to oversized bags of previous seasons. No more rummaging around to find things, since this bag carries just the essentials. How's this for versatile? A detachable/adjustable strap means it can be worn on the shoulder, crossbody, or carried on the arm, bracelet style. Or, double up like Aimee Song and carry two bags in contrasting colors or sizes for maximum style impact. Browse the grey color, the black, or the brown style.

Chloe Nile Bag Street Style Outfits

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May 23, 2017 update - Shop ring bags for less:

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May 1, 2017 update - I just got this version in blush pink for under $30 at Target. It also comes in pale grey.

Chloe Nile ring bracelet bag dupe by Cesca at Target

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Victoria Beckham for Target Lookbook vs. Victoria, Victoria Beckham

With the launch of Victoria Beckham's collaboration with Target just a few weeks away, I thought it would be interesting to see how the Victoria Beckham for Target lookbook stacks up against previous Victoria, Victoria Beckham collections. Since its inception in 2011, the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line has become synonymous with chic yet whimsical designs such as drop-waist dresses, on-trend denim, conversation prints, bright party dresses, embellished bomber jackets, and work-ready blouses with a twist. While prices, materials, construction techniques, and tailoring may vary widely between the two collections, there are some strong similarities. Let's see just how similar VVB is to VBxTarget by taking a look at how posh style compares to lower price style. 

 Victoria Beckham for Target lace sweat top

The embroidered sweatshirt from fall 2016 and the VBxTarget navy and white lace appliqué sweat top both feature floral designs on a dark background. While the VVB version has more color, both pieces speak to the athleisure movement with their casual silhouettes. 

 Victoria Beckham for Target black collared dress

The fall 2012 black collared dress is almost identical to the one in VBxTarget. Both have contrasting cuffs, boxy shapes, and whimsical designs on the collar. Alice in Wonderland vibes, anyone? 

 Victoria Beckham for Target bug bomber jacket, bee print top

Bomber jackets, like sweatshirts, are on-trend and easy to wear. The embellished one from VVB spring 2017 isn't so different from the bug-embellished style from the Target collection. Both appear to have a shiny finish and are paired with white loose blouses and black bottoms. Target's version is the most expensive piece in the collection at $70.

 Victoria Beckham for Target calla lily blouse and pants

The matching blouse and pant set from resort 2017 looks somewhat like the VBxTarget calla lily look. Note the slouchy fit of the pants, long hemlines, and the large cuff on the blouses. (The whole look at Target is $70.) How's that for getting the look for less!

 Victoria Beckham for Target mint green lace dress

These two lace dresses are so similar that it might be hard to tell the difference unless you saw them in person. The pocket placement, nude lining, and soft mint color makes it an easy spring staple. Preview the Target style with info on price, fit and fabric.

 Victoria Beckham for Target photo floral top and skirt

The matching floral top and skirt set from VVB fall 2016 may have inspired the photo floral top and skirt from the Target line. Both have sleeve details, which are so important trend-wise right now. (The whole Target look is $58 and I can't wait to snag it for myself.)

 Victoria Beckham for Target Fuchsia top and flared pants

The monochromatic tank top and flared trouser set from VVB spring 2016 is not unlike the fuchsia twill version from the Target line. Note how the top has a frayed edge and center seam. (The Target look is $40 for trousers and $26 for the top.)

 Victoria Beckham for Target stripe poplin gathered waist dress

Striped poplin is everywhere this spring/summer, and the resort 2017 look by VVB looks a little like the poplin gathered waist dress in the Target collection. Both have narrow vertical stripes set against a gathered waist silhouette. (Just add heels for an office-ready look, or espadrilles for a laid-back weekend look.)

 Victoria Beckham for Target tulip print dress

The bold black graphic on the VVB spring 2016 look reminds me of the tulip appliqué shift dress in the VBxTarget line. Both looks feature A-line shapes, mod prints, and they draw the eye vertically due to print placement. Target's version will only set you back $40.

The VBxTarget line also features apparel for Plus sizes, Girl's, toddlers, and babies, so putting together adorable mommy-and-me looks for spring (and Mother's Day) will be a breeze. 

The countdown until you can #SpiceUpYourLife with the #VBxTarget launch on April 9 is on. Bookmark this page to be ready to shop. Get 14 pro tips on how to shop Victoria Beckham for Target and see more from the collection below.

Catch up with me on social media @thekeytochic for more shopping info, reviews, and launch updates. 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2017 Women's Denim Trends at WWDMAGIC

There's been a lot of talk on my blogs recently when it comes to 2017 denim trends, and with good reason. The resurgence of denim in many embellished and reworked forms is right in line with the athletic, casual, and comfort-based silhouettes that are driving Women's fashion trends right now. With heavy influence from the likes of Gucci, J.W. Anderson, Vetements, Miu Miu, denim is more interesting than ever. Having just returned from the WWDMAGIC trade shows, there are a variety of runway-influenced themes dominating the denim market in 2017-2018. In this post, I'll be highlighting six key trends as scouted right from the trade show floor.

1. Embroidered and embellished. From delicate floral embroidery to fun emoji patches, this theme is all about customization and character. Choose from iron-on patches (like these adorable ones) and create a D.I.Y. project, or opt for decorated florals inspired by Gucci (like this denim jacket), Stella McCartney, or Maje.

Embroidered Denim Trend 2017

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2. Distressed and destroyed. The more distressed, the better. Holes, shredding, and deconstructed details were everywhere this season. Notable styles include the distressed mini skirt and boyfriend jeans.

Distressed Denim Trend 2017

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3. The trucker trend. A key item moving into 2017 is the oversized denim jacket, a.k.a. the trucker jacket. The newest way to wear it? Worn off the shoulder (inspired by this Balenciaga jacket) with sleeves rolled up in a nonchalant way. 

Denim Trucker Jackets Trend 2017

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4. Artisanal statements. Denim takes on a boho edge with crafty details such as beading, floral motifs, colorful embroidery, and tassels. 

Artisanal Denim Trend 2017

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5. Frayed fringe and raw hemlines. All eyes are on hemlines as frayed, shredded, and raw hems create an undone look. The stepped/uneven hemlines inspired by Vetements from past seasons has evolved into a straight hemline with a messy, frayed look. 

Frayed Raw Edge Denim Trend 2017

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6. High-waisted shorts. An important silhouette for spring/summer, high-waisted shorts were balanced out with updated distressing, embroidery, and woven tops. Most styles hit just above the navel, and pair easily with '90s styles including ruffled tops, bodysuits, and crop tops.

High Waist Shorts Trend 2017

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