Fashion

Style Icon: Spencer Hastings

So I’ve been binge-watching Pretty Little Liars as I wait till March the 20th for the new Pretty Little Liars. Rewatching it has been so much fun and I see why I got so hooked the first time. I must say, now that I am older I think I actually enjoy it more than when I watched it as a teenager.

Spencer’s style really stands out to me in the series. I’m gonna tell you now why I like these outfits SO much.

Her brown trench coat is so cute paired with white boots and a hat. Typical Spencer style, she can make most outfits look sophisticated.

Her choice in the white and red cardi and the tie up pants is too cute. I love it because it is so preppy. It has a cute element though with the splash of colour.

The third outfit is my fave. Her knee high socks popping over her boots are too cute and I love her black dress and blazer. It’s so chic and goes so well with her hair.

I think Spencer in the blue dress is quite unique because she has paired it with a mustard cardigan and it makes her look more like the other Liars. The knee high-socks do remind us that it is still Spencer though.

I love these set of outfits. The detail on the top of the first jersey is so cute. The Oxford shoes are so Spencer. I used to love Oxfords as well as a teen. I think Spencer definitely influenced me to like these types of shoes.

The second top just makes me smile. It is so Spencer. Only she would wear something so ornate yet so simple.

I love the red pullover with leggings and boots. It’s like a nice way for Spencer to be more casual and chilled.

I think this dress of Spencer’s is SO cute! I love the little collar details and how her knee highs just compliment her height.

Spencer’s blazer and patterned top is a nice change from her more severe looking clothing and it shows a softer side of her.

I adore the untucked blouse look. Those leggings are also Spencer-chic.

I want to steal Spencer’s coat. It is just so fancy. I love the half-sleeves and the high neckline. The all-black look paired with the beige top underneath break it up a bit and keep it looking smart.

Spencer looks business-casual with some blue jeans, a white-blouse and a grey blazer. The reason I like this is because of the longer-length blazer. The cuffs are also cool and I think you would easily find something like this off Superbalist or at Cotton On.

The last outfit is what I really want. That skirt is goals and so is the tucked in blouse. I just can’t handle it.

I hope you guys liked this little feature on Spencer Hastings. In real-life Troian Bellisario recently had a baby with Suits husband Patrick Adams. They hid the pregnancy until after her baby was born and can I just say, I really want to see their little girl properly already! But I respect their decision. Privacy is very important for families and I am really excited for them! Anyway, hope you enjoyed this.

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Style Icon: Aria Montgomery

Aria Montgomery was the most daring of all the Liars. She loved bold prints, patterned jackets, A-line skirts, and combat boots.

Her grunge/goth/girly style is definitely memorable. The reason why I like Aria’s style is because she stuck to it. She owned all her accessories, and the statement pieces she wore. Besides Spencer, no-one else really owned their style as much as she did.

Take this outfit for example; it screams Aria. I would have died if I had had to wear that. Talk about in your face. But Aria looks so proud in her outfit; you can see that she feels good. And I dig that.

As I mentioned earlier, Aria follows through with her accessories. She’s wearing a skull top and you’ll see she is wearing skull rings too. The brown offsets the light top and her statement necklace is really pretty. The coloured tote bag also breaks away from the outfit which actually works.

I mean who else wears a snakeskin jumpsuit and looks this nonchalant. Girl – I would be checking myself constantly to see if I looked alright. Yet she looks great. Again – it’s all about the confidence and knowing that’s enough. I really like this outfit because even though it is formal because it is a snakeskin jumpsuit – Aria looks cute. She looks comfortable and chic and it doesn’t look excessive. It isn’t her boldest look though…

Here we see Aria mixing prints again. Some may say it doesn’t work. But I think it looks cool. The bright stripy top offsets the abstract skirt and her accessories are kept to a minimum because her outfit is statement enough. The pencil skirt makes Aria look taller than she is which is great because Lucy Hale is about 155cm in real life!

This is the Aria I adore. She is the reason I spent high-school being obsessed with these types of skirts. I tried one on and looked horrific. But she just looks amazing. Still, have a crush on that skirt (if it’s possible to have a crush on a piece of clothing… I don’t know). Also, her little denim jacket is too cute. I love that is frayed on the edges and the statement tee just rounds it all off. Again – accessories are kept to a minimum because the outfit speaks for itself.

Aria wears a maroon coloured-formal dress. But how does she spruce it up? She adds a striped top underneath. Paired with her little bow, I think Aria look so pretty. The necklace also works because it is reminiscent of that time period and it makes the dress pop.

There’s not a lot of Aria’s style that I would wear, but I would wear this. This outfit is so cute! The skirt, the details on the shirt and the jacket make me swoon. Yes, I just said swoon, some of us love a good grunge/girly combo. The light blue and the white work well to offset the black and it makes the outfit great for the day as it is chic but not too serious. Also, the cut of the skirt is amazing. The little details make the skirt. I would love to have a skirt like this.

Here we see the printed jackets that Aria loves to wear so much. She keeps the colours simple (well simple for Aria) and this keeps your attention on the jacket. I love the cut of the jacket and how it looks on her. The print is sophisticated and not garish at all.

I’m not usually into this colour but Aria rocks it. I love the little press studs on the sleeves. The Liars often have these little details on their sleeves and I love it. Her obsession with big belts is present and it cinches her waist in making her look petite but with a bit of an edge. Her hair also plays a big part in this look; styled to the one side she really looks sophisticated, and that stops the dress from looking overly simplistic.

I’ve never really gotten into these bomber jackets. Maybe it’s just cause I prefer something more girly, but I love this colour on Aria. Side note; I am sort of obsessed with this colour at the moment. It is literally so versatile. This colour can be on a silk night dress or a kimono or a velvet prom dress and you will look stunning. This colour is mysterious but also is regal in its own way. I think I’ve spent too much time obsessing over this colour, for real….

I could wear this for sure. Aria looks great. She can just give this to me now. K thanks. Okay, but besides that jacket, the rest of the outfit works too because it is low-key. The statement longer-length tank top and the black jeans keeps your attention to the jacket. Aria’s haircut looks super cute with this jacket as she looks more mature.

Look 1 is great because who doesn’t love a pair of straight leg pants paired with a tribal top? She looks so sophisticated and grown up! Paired with those cute wedges, she is going places!

The boots in look 2 are so Aria and the tribal skirt looks great paired with an off-the-shoulder top.

Not too sure what is going on in look 3. Not really digging it, but hey, that’s Aria, you might not always like it.

I’mm pretty sure I remember the exact episode Aria wore look 4. It was after she revealed to her parents that she was dating Ezra. And her dad freaked out and was like you are not going to school like that. I was like hello… How is this only happening now? Half the outfits Aria wears would never have been tolerated when I was living at home.

These 4 looks are all really cute.

I love the stilettos and the sheer blouse Aria has worn underneath her polka dot dress.

Aria always looks good in black and purple (is that purple?) Paired with the chunky belt and statement pendant she looks awesome.

Look 3 is also cool because for once aria looks more toned-down if that’s even a thing. (I’ll have her bag thanks…)

Look 4 is also cute because come on, who doesn’t like how she looks? I think it is impossible not to like it.

Finally, to end it off, Aria looks terrific in this dress with a slim belt and a leopard print tote bag. She is officially, the queen of mixing and matching and looking classy throughout.

Hope you enjoyed this and be sure to look out for style editions of the other Liars soon!

Fashion

Why do I like Capri Pants?

I’m on a history buzz at the moment. Learning all about different fashion and where it all started. I decided to take a deep dive into Capri pants. They were made famous in the 60s.

They were designed by Sonja de Lennart in 1948 and the name came from Capri, the Isle of Italy. Seems like a good start to be fair. Naming a type of pants on an isle. But besides that Capri’s will always have a place in my heart.

I mean look at them. Their so versatile; they can be fun and in bright colours or they can be more toned down and fitted. To me Capri pants were almost like the pre-skinny jean. A good pair of black skinny jeans can look so smart. With Capri pants you can dress them up or down but also their a nice break from a world filled with people wearing jeans.

Audrey Hepburn is the person I think about when I think of Capri pants. She rocked them. Talk about 60s chic. She’s definitely one of my style icons and I just love her hairstyle, her natural poses, and how she looked so at ease in front of the camera.

Capri Pants

The bottom collage shows Kendall Jenner wearing the cutest Capri pants. Their loose fitting but they also show off her great legs. Next to her, we have a more modern approach to the traditional Capri with zips on the front. I personally love this style.

The reason why I love Capri pants is they look great for work and for relaxing. Their easy to put on and their very summery and fun. You should get a pair of floral ones if you want to make yourself stand out!

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Turtlenecks all over the 60s

Turtlenecks are one of the 60s trends that never went out of fashion. In fact, I’ve seen them worn by guys and girls throughout 2018. They have become very popular with the hipster movement. It’s weird when I think of hipsters; like do they even exist anymore? I’m sure they do. I just have to UCT Michaelis campus to find them. 

However, their fashion style has become more integrated into mainstream fashion that there is less of a distinction. Heck, even I own a pinafore now. 

As a child, I remember my mom used to buy me a lot of turtlenecks. I always found them strange, but I just tolerated it (I was very fussy as a child). I suppose they did their job though; they kept me warm. I think next season I would like to purchase a turtleneck (I don’t own any currently), but I think they look so great on people.

Their one of those tops that anyone can look good in. I must admit, when a guy wears a turtleneck I’m always like whoa look at you trendsetter cause it’s not so common. And as I said before, they look good on anyone so I do hope people try these out more.

I think I will get a black and grey one next year and give the trend a try. However, I have composed a little gallery of the turtlenecks that people wore in the 60s. Enjoy!

Turtleneck collage
Turtleneck collage
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Do You Know the History of Bell-bottoms?

Would you believe me if I told you that the bell-bottoms fashion trend did not start in the 60s, nor did women first wear them?

Yes, bell-bottoms originated in a place you probably wouldn’t imagine, and that’s at sea. In the 19th Century, sailors in the 1812 War did not have a set uniform. Reports dating back to this time spoke about sailors who wore pants that billowed out at the bottom. They were not like the traditional bell-bottoms that we know today, as the “real” trend of bell-bottoms began in the 60s. Sailors would use them because they were easily rolled up and allowed for easier water navigation.

When people think about Bell-Bottoms in the 60s, they think about hippies wearing brightly coloured, patterned Bell-Bottoms. They don’t think about how Bell-Bottoms became synonymous with jeans. However, when the Brady Bunch was on TV, wearing Bell-Bottom style jeans became the in-thing. Sonny and Cher, two notable celebrities also helped to make this trend as famous as it was.

Bell-bottoms collage

I personally think that bell-bottoms have such character and pairing them with a cute peasant top is just so swell… I love how free they are and I guess I hope that more people start to embrace this trend.

What do you guys think about bellbottoms? Yay or nay?

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Do you wear Tie-Dye Clothing?

Tie-dye shirts are famous for being a huge part of the 60s. Hippie style basically was synonymous with this style.  

So when I was younger a lot of my friends parents had been hippies in their youth. So they dressed their children in tie-dye t-shirts or dresses. I wasn’t really a big fan of this trend; mainly because I think my style is much more girly than this. But I still think it’s really cool.

I can’t ever imagine having so many tie-dye t-shirts but if you gave me a choice to get long-sleeve blouses that all look similar I would be on board. So no judgement here – you do you.

If I’m being honest I actually prefer the darker tie-dye shirts. I don’t really like orange, yellow or green so the pink’s and blues are legit to me. 

This is such a cool sweatshirt. I think I would really wear this and I like the dark splashes. It is moody and much more dreamy. I don’t really wear bright colours, I prefer dark or light hued clothing. So this would be cool to wear if I was chilling at a braai. 

This is more like your traditional meets modern tie-dye tank top and I think it’s cool because you can show off your style and sill wear something summery. 

This makes me think you have a lot of passion for bright colours. I dig that. You should wear what makes you feel good. I think it’s awesome when people wear things that represent their personality and make them shine. I like that this is also a twist on the traditional t-shirt and they’ve made it into a dress.

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Why should you buy a pair of go-go boots in 2018?

Go-go boots were a huge trend in the 60s. Their one of the trends I haven’t seen come back with as much popularity as the other trends, but they have their place on Superbalist. Shiny, white and black angle boots are extremely popular and very chic and sophisticated; for the ultimate fashionista. 

I actually like this look because it’s so fun and fresh. The bright colours remind me of childhook and I love the subtle detail of the sleeve billowing out. The sunglasses are also so cute. If this look was more common I would be happy to wear it.

I’ve noticed these skirts are also making a come back. I’ve posted about them recently on my Icecoffeecouture Instagram page. I actually love this whole look and wish this could make a comeback. It’s so soft and feminine. I suppose I could be daring and just wear this look myself, but sometimes I am not the biggest trend setter. 

This look reminds me of the Charlie’s Angels vibes. So sultry and like futuristic. I really like this headband. It reminds me of Blair Waldorf and how gorgeous she managed to look every time she was on screen.

This is the look that reminds me of what Superbalist is selling. It’s much easier to wear as it’s a shorter boot and it really elongates her legs. Paired with this glorious pink fluffy jacket, I am just obsessed with this outfit. 

Love, love love this look. I adore these kinds of pullover dresses that almost look like long sweaters. Add a statement necklace and clutch bag and you’ll be ready to go. Also, pink is my favourite colour so yaaaassss.

This blog post has really made me want to go out and buy a pair of go-go boots. Their actually really cute and super fun. Maybe this will be my next Superbalist purchase…