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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Look for Less - Gucci Ace Embroidered Sneakers

As someone who loves both floral motifs and sneakers, I was smitten when I saw the Gucci Ace embroidered sneakers last fall. After looking for similar styles at lower price points with no luck, I decided to splurge on the designer version. The bold embroidery set against the clean white leather is the perfect way to add interest to casual looks. I wear my Gucci sneakers with frayed denim, casual day dresses, leggings, and slim joggers. Sizing note: these sneakers run big. I wear US size 7 and a size 36.5 fits me. 

Gucci Ace floral Embroidered Sneakers

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Now that the Gucci Ace embroidered sneakers have been around for a few seasons, there are many designer-inspired styles for all budgets. Embroidery is a key style narrative for fall 2017, and wearing it on footwear is an easy way to try out the trend. Here's how to get the Gucci Ace sneaker look for less.

The Look for Less

Gucci Ace embroidered Sneaker look alike Dupes, Gucci Ace sneaker look for less


1. Gucci Ace embroidered sneakers, $695 (runs big)
2. Rebels Lola sneaker, $89.97
3. Topshop College sneaker, $28.99
4. Superga 2750 sneaker, $108.95
5. Boohoo Jessica sneaker, $18.00
6. Charlotte Russe floral embroidered sneakers, $24.99
7. Nasty Gal She Said Bloom sneakers, $50
8. Liliana Chic embroidered sneakers, $22.97 
9. Steve Madden Emerald sneakers, $69.95

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Look for Less - Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules

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While we all know the timeless appeal of the popular Gucci Princetown loafers, the newer embellished Princetown loafer mules are experiencing their time in the style spotlight courtesy of the more-is-more aesthetic of Alessandro Michele. Fabricated in decadent brocades, vibrant embroidered designs, and fur trimmed versions, the latest Gucci loafer mules are both elegant and edgy at the same time. The easy-to-wear open back/slip-on silhouette makes them comfortable, casual, and effortless. Style them like your favorite blogger or celebrity with of-the-moment cropped denim, understated monochromatic looks, midi dresses, or even track pants. They are the perfect way to amplify your outfit from the ground up.

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mule Slippers Street Style Outfits

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The Look for Less

If you are seeking the Gucci Princetown loafer look for less, there are a multitude of luxurious looking options to select from. Brands such as Steve Madden, Jeffrey Campbell, Merona, Shellys London, and Sam Edelman all have chic designer-inspired styles that won't break your budget. Take, for examples these Merona brocade mules under $25 and this brocade style under $36 by favorite brand Who What Wear.

Here's how to get the look for less.

Gucci Princetown Slippers, Gucci Princetown Loafer Mule dupes and Look alikes

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1. Gucci Princetown Bengal slipper, $750
2. Gucci Princetown fur loafer mules, $995
3. Sam Edelman Paris loafers, $129.95
4. Shellys London Cantara loafers, $69.99 on sale
5. Me Too Jada loafers, $89.95
6. Steve Madden Hugh mules, $89.95
7. Steve Madden Kera mules, $79.95 (also in black or gold)

Shop this style pictured below under $25 by Merona, or this brocade version also under $25.

Merona Kona Mule Loafers, Gucci Princetown loafer mule look alike dupe


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Look for Less - Fenty Puma by Rihanna Bow Slide Sandals


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The Fenty Puma by Rihanna bow slide sandals are a fun twist on the sporty sandal trend. The satin bow detail (inspired by the romance and grandeur of 18th century France) juxtaposed with the sporty sole makes them easy to dress up or wear casually. With the strong influence of activewear in the fashion industry, it's no wonder they're hugely popular, especially in the millennial pink colorway. Priced at $90, they feature a pretty satin bow, satin foam backing, and comfy footbed with Puma logo. They also come in marshmallow white, which is perfect for summer.

If you've been unsuccessful in finding a pair because they are sold out, or if you're looking for a more affordable version, there are many look alikes under $70 from trend-conscious brands such as Steve Madden, Jeffrey Campbell, and Cape Robbin. I've selected a few of my favorite styles that come in many color options. In fact, I just ordered this Sam Edelman style in grey on sale.

Here's how to get the Fenty Puma by Rihanna bow slide sandal look for less.

Fenty Puma Rihanna Bow Slide Sandals Dupes for Less, bow slide sandal trend

1. Fenty Puma by Rihanna bow sandals, $90 (also here in marshmallow or here in olive green)
2. New York & Co. bow sandal, $17.97 (also in black)
3. Sam Edelman 'Henna' bow sandal, $62.96  (also available here)
4. Cape Robbin bow sandals, $32.99
5. Bow slides, $19.99 (also in champagne, green, and pink)
6. Steve Madden 'Silky' sandal, $39.95 (other colors available)
7. ROF slide sandals, $24.99
8. Jeffrey Campbell 'Jova' sandal, $69.95 (other colors available)

July 16, 2017 update - Shop this new style pictured below under $25 by Mossimo:

Mossimo Julisa Bow Sandals, Fenty Puma Rihanna bow sandals dupe


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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Spring Summer 2018 Fashion Trend Forecast

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New York-based fashion forecasting firm Fashion Snoops has released four key Women's trend stories in their spring summer 2018 fashion forecast. I'll be sharing more about each trend below, along with visuals including: mood boards, design details, materials, key items, interactive product widgets, and color palettes. 

*Please note that this blog post is from Fashion Snoops. Students, please feel free to use this information for school projects if you properly cite both Fashion Snoops and The Key To Chic as sources.

1. Individualist

The Individualist woman is an art curator as well as an activist. A somewhat unlikely pairing, she appreciates art at a high level and promotes social reform through industry fundraisers and society functions. She embraces political artivism and encourages change by layering wisdom with creativity. 
individualist fashion trend forecast spring summer 2018
The Individualist is inspired aesthetically by all things beautiful, yet she pushes boundaries with an unexpected mix of artwork and immersive structures in her gallery. It's in this contemporary mix that she develops her own trademark style embodying sophistication and eclectic, modern design. 
individualist fashion trend forecast mood

Materials are polyester satin, metallic woven lamé, and cotton shirting. Patterns are nonsensical, hectic expressionism, and identity crisis. Design details are ruffles, asymmetric hems, and sequins. Key items are the overcoat, reworked shirt, and asymmetric skirt.
individualist fashion trend forecast key items

individualist remix trend mood board
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2. Neuetradition

The Neuetradition woman is a bold new leader and fearless pioneer of a young society rebuilding their city. She is a philosopher and thinker, taking on a new age where everything has to be rethought and redesigned. She deconstructs the pillars of tradition, evolving them into something new and functional, creating an essence of raw sophisticated beauty.
neuetradition mood board spring summer 2018

The Neuetradition philosophy believes in utilizing, reusing, and reinventing everything from redeveloped buildings to reconstructed tailored suits. Key items are the asymmetric skirt, ankle strap mules, and heeled oxfords. Key materials are high shine finishes, seamed leather, and denim. Design details for footwear include braided seams, pieced seams, and square toe shapes.
neuetradition fashion trend styling

neuetradition fashion forecast materials

neuetradition trend design details


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3. Quest

As a professional photographer and passionate traveler, the Quest woman is an avid explorer, specializing in the study of foreign tribes. She lives a nomadic lifestyle, with a gypsy-like flair. She believes that life is an adventure in which you should walk unafraid, allowing yourself to be free and letting your wanderlust reign.
quest spring summer 2018 fashion trend mood board


Her home is a collection of her treasures, eclectic souvenirs, and an array of rare objects. With her effortless style and easy going, charming personality, she is able to gain access to unknown destinations and uncover hidden gems.
quest fashion trend styling

Key items are cargo pants, ankle wrap sandals, and shoeties. Important details include mixed patterns, tassels, pom poms, and braided leather. Key materials are woven leather, sheer silk, suede, and woven cord. 
quest fashion trend details

quest fashion forecast materials


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4. Sensory

The Sensory woman defines our tech-obsessed society, which becomes increasingly parallel to virtual reality. The secret to her success is the ease at which she could slip into an alter personality. She fully embraces sci-fi fantasy and is obsessed with new teleportation theories. 
sensory fashion trend forecast mood board

Everything about her surroundings exudes extreme reality, from slick, hydra-charged colors to performance tech materials in her office and home. Surrounded by so much adrenaline and fantasy, it's easy to get lost between worlds, and that's exactly the point. 
sensory fashion trend styling

Key items are tech shorts, stocking boots, velcro sandals, and neoprene boots. Design details to note are back zips, iridescent piping, velcro straps, and PVC ankle cuffs. Materials are neoprene, metallics, ripstop nylon, and mesh nylon.
sensory fashion forecast design details

sensory fashion forecast materials


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August 17, 2017 update - See this fall 2018 and winter 2019 fashion trend forecast.

July 25, 2017 update - Browse top trends:







Follow along on my Insta stories @thekeytochicFacebook page, and Pinterest trend boards, where you'll have access to trend information, fashion inspiration, shopping reports, and personal style. 

For more trend forecasts, see my other spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast, my 2017 denim trend report, and my fall 2017/winter 2018 fashion trend forecast.

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