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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

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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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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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Look for Less - Valentino Rockstud Clutch and Mini Bag

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Studs have an irresistible appeal when it comes to accessories. The subtle but shiny embellishment is just enough detail to add personality to classic leather clutches and handbags. If the success of the Valentino Rockstud shoe collection is any indication of what consumers want, it's no wonder that the Rockstud clutches and handbags are also fashion favorites. (See how to get the Valentino Rockstud shoe look for less in my previous post.)

Celebrities and bloggers alike are drawn to the chic, distinctive detail of the Rockstud clutches. The compact size is ideal for carrying just the essentials, while the wrist strap serves both a functional and decorative purpose. Gleaming studs set on a simple silhouette with a pop of color makes for the perfect accent piece to take an outfit to the next level.

Valentino Rockstud Clutch Street Style Outfits

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If Valentino's $675+ price points aren't in the budget, there are myriad options to get the Rockstud look for less. Even better, these studded bags come in classic black, light neutrals, or more colorful versions. Many of them can be worn across the body for hands free ease, or carried in hand for maximum versatility. 

Valentino Rockstud Clutch Bag Look for Less, Valentino Rockstud bag look alike

1. MICHAEL Michael Kors "Brooklyn" grommet clutch, $118.03
2. Refined Punk studded clutch, GoJane, $39
3. the real deal - Valentino Rockstud leather clutch, $1795
4. BP studded faux leather clutch, $35
5. Capelli of New York studded crossbody bag, $20
6. Rebecca Minkoff Bryn leather camera bag, $245 (other colors available)
7. Dahlia Stone faux leather bag, $79
8. Nine West Table Treasures Aleksei Embellished Mini Crossbody, $40

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Look for Less - Straw and Basket Bags for Summer 2017

Few accessories scream summer like a straw handbag. The sturdy construction, lightweight materials, and variety of silhouettes make straw bags a chic and simple way to update your look for the warmer months. Straw bags work just as well for beach days as they do for staycations, barbecues, trips to the farmers' market, casual parties, or running around town. Look for details such as chain straps, fringe, embroidery, or structured handles to elevate your outfit and add whimsy.

A quick scroll through your Insta feed may prove that there's no denying the ubiquity of Cult Gaia's 'Ark' handbag. This small clutch pairs amazingly with off-the-shoulder dresses, ruffled skirts, and distressed denim. While the Ark bag ranges in price from $140 to $300, there are many ways to get the Cult Gaia bag look for less. I've selected my top picks for summer 2017 under $150.  

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1. Mar y Sol 'Mia' woven raffia clutch, $49
2. Lindroth Designs small tan Birkin basket bag, $150
3. Summer Daze straw tote, $49
4. Nine West 'Alyce' straw tote, $62.30
5. Cult Gaia 'Ark' mini acrylic clutch, $280
6. Style & Co straw beach tote, $11.53
7. Betsey Johnson basket case bag, $108
8. Merona linen tote bag, $34.99

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