Blog Posts by Rue de Chic

  • Trend spotting – The peplum skirt appeal

    Emma Stone color blocks in a red blouse and pink peplum skirt by Giambattista Valli

    The peplum skirt trend can be traced all the way back to the 40s and has faded in and out of fashion for quite some time now. Usually attached to a sleek silhouette, the peplum skirt is a stylish contrast to a cinched waist and it plays off the shape of the hips beautifully.

    Liv Tyler in Stella McCartney
    Elle McPherson in Victoria Beckham
    Emma Watson in Marchesa
    Sofia Vergara Marchesa
    Nicole Kidman in Elie Saab
    Rihanna goes for elegance in a black gown with peplum skirt
    Diana Agron in Stella McCartney

    Style tip: If you have a slender figure, you can get away with a dramatically flared peplum skirt, it'll give you the right amount of shape and curve without overwhelming your figure. If you are curvier or full-figured, you can still pull off this trend. Go with a more fitted peplum. This will allow you to show off your curves while emphasizing and accentuating a cinched waist.

    Test driving the trend

    Test driving the trend - I guess I can't really say the peplum skirt is a trend in my wardrobe as I've had a couple of dresses and skirts in this style for quite some time. I've had the skirt above for about 3 yrs and it's served me well both in the summer and fall months. I think of it as a classic piece

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  • Fashion at the Teen Choice Awards – The good, the bad and the ugly

    Rachel Bilson is sweet with an edge in a ruffled white dress and spiky bootiesRachel Bilson is sweet with an edge in a ruffled white dress and spiky bootiesStars strutted on the blue carpet this weekend in their Sunday best. While some like Rachel Bilson and Blake Lively looked chic, others like Tyra Banks bombed. Here's a breakdown of the night's hottest looks as well as the unfortunate missteps.
    Host, Kaley Cuoco in a stylish tiered gownHost, Kaley Cuoco in a stylish tiered gown

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  • Steal this look- Going casual with the polka dot trend

    Kelly H asks: I've seen a lot of polka dots on the runways and in magazines. What's a chic way to wear this trend in real life without being too over the top?

    W: I recently wrote about polka dot tights for fall and the polka dot trend in magazines and on the runway. The tights are a great way to try out this trend without investing too much. They're fun, light and whimsical and you can pair them with anything from dresses to skirts and trenches. Since dots come in different sizes, I would suggest going with smaller dots to start out. The dress below is a $15 find at Walmart (My theory is that you never know where you'll find a hidden gem). I love the one shoulder look because it allows you to show off just the right amount of skin and the layers and frills of the dress add to the fun and flirty feel that come with the polka dot print. I added a pop of color with a yellow bag and kept my shoes neutral so as not to take away from the print. Hope this helps!

    Going casual chic in polka dots Added a pop of color with the yellow bag and cinched my waist with a brown belt
    The one shoulder look lets you show just the right amount of skin

    What do you think

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  • Trend spotting - Summer gets a splash of yellow

    Hilary Swank in yellow Tory Burch

    Many would say yellow during the summer is a no brainer. The color itself is associated with so many positive things that the warm weather brings... the sun, lightness, fun, happiness and not to forget, the smiley face. So it comes as no surprise that this color has been a major staple this season. It's a very easy and uncomplicated color to wear and almost everyone can get away with wearing the right shade. Below are some favorite summer yellow looks that make us feel all bright and shiny...

    Style Tip: Avoid looking like Big Bird by keeping things simple when it comes to this color. You can definitely take a risk and play with certain styles and get away with it but for most, we'd say - no frills, definitely no feathers and no complicated twists. Just a simple structured or streamlined look....well unless you're Rihanna (see below).

    Leelee Sobieski in yellow

    Kerry Washington in a gorgeous yellow Michael Kors halter dress

    Gwyneth Paltrow in Rachel Roy

    Sofia Vergara brings a little sunshine in a bright yellow button down and ripped jeans

    Leighton Meester goes bold in yellow on the set of Gossip Girl

    Ginnifer Goodwin takes a fashionable risk in a gorgeous lemon Roksanda Ilincic dress

    Freida Pinto in a neon yellow Michael Kors dress

    Fergie in bright yellow BCBG Max Azria Atelier gown
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  • Look of the Day - Ginnifer Goodwin takes an edgy risk in Roksanda Ilincic

    Ginnifer Goodwin takes a fashionable risk in a gorgeous lemon Roksanda Ilincic dress

    Roksanda Ilincic is fast becoming one of Hollywood's hottest go-to designers for elegant as well as statement making pieces. The Serbian-born, London-based designer has dressed Hollywood and royalty alike - the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton landed in Los Angeles in one of her creations.

    Above, Ginnifer Goodwin who's not new to experimenting with fashion sported a lemon Ilincic number at this year's comic con. Below is the original runway look from Ilincic's 2011 resort collection.

    Roksanda Ilincic 2011 Resort

    As much as I appreciate that Ms. Goodwin rarely goes for cookie cutter fashion, I have to say that I prefer the the original runway look. The hemline and bubble skirt work better on the original and would have been killer on the actress...she still gets an A for effort.

    What do you think of Ginnifer's look?

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  • Jennifer Lopez is white hot in Gucci

    Jenny from the block is single and ready to mingle. Actress, singer, entrepreneur and American Idol judge, Jennifer Lopez steps out in a fashionable bang on the cover of Vanity Fair. This is Lopez's first official interview since announcing her split from her hubby of seven years, Marc Anthony. Not one to be anything less than glamorous-even while going through a split, she shines in a gorgeous white Gucci gown. Shot by photographer Mario Testino, the photos are nothing short of pure Hollywood glamour.

    Jennifer Lopez sizzles in a white fur coat

    Lopez also discussed details of her marriage ending stating, "That was my biggest dream, and I really worked hard at it. We both did." She continued, "Sometimes it doesn't work-and that's sad. But I remain an eternal optimist about love. I believe in love, it's still my biggest dream. I am positive-determined to move forward with my life, bring up my babies, and do the best job I can as a mother, entertainer, and person. I now look forward to new

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  • Beyonce shows off her colorful style in orange

    Beyonce shows off her colorful style in orange

    After spotting colors like burnt orange and marigold on the catwalks for fall 2011, we knew it was only a matter of time before these gorgeous colors made an early leap into summer and pre-fall wardrobes. Orange is a color that lets you get away with being shocking whatever season it may be. It's bold, fearless and adventurous and it most definitely makes a statement. Below, check out some daring variations of "orange" looks on celebrities taking a fashion leap…

    Kelly Rowland in orange

    Looks like the former Destiny's Child band mates are still inspiring each other. UK X Factor Judge, Kelly Rowland also stepped out in orange.

    Camilla Belle color blocks in an orange Gucci blazer

    Camilla Belle color blocks in an orange Gucci blazer

    Rihanna color blocking

    While Rihanna color blocks in a pair of high-waisted orange pants

    Eva Longoria in burnt orange shift dress

    Eva Longoria in burnt orange shift dress

    Leighton Meester goes bold in yellow on the set of Gossip Girl

    Leighton Meester accessorizes her bright outfit with an orange Riki Rosetta bag

    I'm a huge fan of the color as well. As bold as it is, it's also pretty

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  • TGIF – Sofia Vergara brings a little sunshine

    Sofia Vergara brings a little sunshine in a bright yellow button down and ripped jeansSofia Vergara brings a little sunshine in a bright yellow button down and ripped jeansIn honor of it being Friday, we're bringing a little sunshine to you courtesy of Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, who goes casual chic in a bright yellow button down and ripped jeans while out and about in Los Angeles. Click here for her full look. She's not the only Star with an affinity for gorgeous yellow this summer. Check out Gossip Girl's resident Queen Bee Leighton Meester on set.

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  • Trend spotting - Links and chains add a little edge to your wardrobe

    We're already seeing a lot of leather looks for the upcoming fall season. It seems it's all about adding a little edge with a feminine twist. Karl Lagerfeld also recently hinted at an infusion of "rocker chic" details for his upcoming exclusive capsule collection for Macy's and we can tell that it's only the beginning for this trend. From satchels and totes to clutches adorned with links and chains, here are 5 drool worthy looks under $50. To shop each item, click on the photo.

    The
    The "Corinne" Chain Link Bag - $50
    The Black
    The Black "Eva"" Clutch - $40
    The
    The "Elise" Downtown Satchel - $44.99
    The Black
    The Black "Ansley" Clutch with a detachable chain strap - $45
    The Mustard
    The Mustard "Ansley" Clutch with a detachable chain strap - $45
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  • Trend spotting - The "mini" revival (How short can you go?)

    Jennifer Lopez in Brose mini
    Jennifer Lopez in Brose mini and Alexandre Birman python peep-toe pumps

    Summer is always a time to show off some skin especially those gorgeous gams that you've spent months laboring for at the gym unless you're genetically blessed, in which case, trotting around in a pair of stilletos is all you need.

    Speaking of stilletos in relation to the topic du jour, the higher those Louboutins and Choos seem to get, the shorter the hemlines seem to recede. Although many argue that the miniskirt may have existed as long as civilization has (recently unearthed ancient figurines dating between 5400-4700 B.C show women in mini skirts) ; Thanks to the 60s, a politically charged era of liberation, revolution and change, the mini resurfaced again at the fore front of the fashion movement.

    The skirt has seen so many variations of length from the lady like, full skirt of the 50s to the mid length cut of the 70s and the super short hemlines of the 80s and 90s respectively.

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