EMA, Twin Sister, and Zola Jesus Perform at the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois.
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Summer festivals, like this past weekend's Pitchfork Festival, ain't a walk in a densely populated park: the crowds, the lines, the endless barefoot dancing. And the girls who brave the temps to get onstage to entertain the sweltering masses have it the toughest and earn our utmost respect (and gratitude. And space on our iPods). Not only do they perform with the sun beating down like a spotlight from hell, but they all look so cool belting out songs it almost looks easy (it isn't. At all).
We caught up with emerging rockers EMA, Twin Sister, and Zola Jesus in Chicago this weekend to hear a little bit about their music and a lot about their stage garb of choice. Not only do we have three new girl crushes, but each of these ladies has a style as distinctive as their sound.
The time has come, muggles. The Harry Potter series has OFFICIALLY come to a close with the release of its final film Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2—the last installment over the course of *sniff sniff* TEN YEARS. Last night, the most hard-core fans from all over New York drove, walked, ran, flew their way to the Lincoln Center for the midnight premiere of Harry Potter in full fannish cosplay regalia. From handmade costumes to limited edition merchandise, Team Potter BROUGHT IT (perhaps with the help of our *ahem* amazing, all-inclusive learn how to dress like your favorite Harry Potter character guides? Maybe? Yes? No? YES.) Check out the video below to see what cute and crazy outfits were featured in the super-duper-long line of fans (it wrapped around the building four times. Yeahhhh.). Girl nerds rule.
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Zanita Whittington, Michelle Koesnadi of Glisters & Blisters, and Justyna Baraniecki of Chichichic!.
Photo: Courtesy of 'Style Yourself'
If the glow of your computer screen is beginning to burn your retinas for your insatiable appetite for beautifully dressed fashion bloggers, boooooyyy do we have the solution for you. It's called a BOOK. You can, like, actually hold it in your hands. You know, take it to the beach and actually be able to read it under the bright sunlight, unlike your touch screen cell phone. Super amazeballs/famous blogger Jane Aldridge from Sea of Shoes wrote the foreword for the Style Yourself guide, which features outfits from all your fash faves (yes, even Tavi, Karla, and Susie) and offers sound advice on how to cop their looks. Our favorite part though? The "remixes"! Three bloggers are shown sporting a trend in three different ways (JUST LIKE WE DO EVERY WEEK!!), so of course we HAD to pick our favorite looks and share them with you! Buy the entire Style Yourself book for the full experience.
First up: monochromatic. Dressing in one color makes you long and lean, and Style Yourself says to "add lots of texture for visual variety." Zanita Whittington of Zanita wears head-to-toe yellow (daring) with a lemon motorcycle jacket, dandelion pleated skirt, and tangerine stacked sandals. Michelle Koesnadi of Glisters and Blisters took jeans and a tank top to new heights by coordinating her entire outfit (even her bag!) in shades of blue. Justyna Baraniecki of Chichichic! went for smooth dark chocolate brown from top to bottom, which we LOVE. The fur accent is purrrrfect.
Photo: Courtesy of the blogger The Man Repeller.
It is midsummer, which means it's good to get a little loud and a lot crazy with color. From pants to belts to nails, we spotted bloggers everywhere sporting fluorescent fashion! We can't get enough of this trend, especially on bright summer days. With neon, there's no rules—don't be afraid to mix-and-match brights with even MORE brights, or add a neon accessory to a set of neutrals for a piece that really pops. Check out the deets on our favorite fashion-y ladies here.
Mira Berglind, Emma Hackett, and Kaelah Bee.
Photo: Courtesy of the bloggers 365 Days, Scrapbook De La Emma, and Little Chief Honeybee.
There's something about loud, graphic prints that look like they came straight from your mom's old Tupperware collection. A bit of bright design instantly adds punch to any outfit, and summer is ALL about bold, fun colors. Plus, in case you haven't heard, the '70s are BAAACCCCKKK. (Think we're lying? Please note two out of the three lovely ladies above are also wearing floppy hats. So THERE.) We scoured the interwebz to find three fashion bloggers who sported this look in three very different (but all awe-inspiring) ways, and we think you'll fall in love with ALL of them. Because, like us, you have eyes.
Fashion blogger Karin Kirsten.
Photo: Courtesy of the blog Wunderlust
Look, guys. This week we've decided not to focus on one particular fashion trend that bloggers wear well, but instead bloggers that tend to wear EVERYTHING well. In our massive weekly scouring of blogs, we somehow always end up obsessed with at LEAST one lovely lady from the UK, so we figured we should dedicate an entire post to their awe-inspiring fashion. Like, look at the photo above. No, that isn't from a magazine. No, she wasn't professionally styled. That's just a NORMAL BLOGGER girl hanging out in the vast English countryside with nothing but a camera, some nice threads, and a wild imagination. Jealous? Yeah, us too. Bloggers of the world, take note.
Sometimes shielding yourself from the sun can look downright ADORABLE. Since this summer is all about florals, maxis, and sky-high platforms, the perfect way to beat those sunny rays is with a '70s-inspired wide-brimmed hat. We scoured the internetz for fashion bloggers who sported their chateaus in such steal-worthy styles that we literally had to chain ourselves to our desks to keep us from running to the nearest thrift shop immediately. Disclaimer: This might happen to you.
There's something sooooo pleasing about cinching an oversize blouse at the waist—it makes every girl appear sleeker and gives her curves the hug that they deserve. But it's also so awesomely '90s that you have to be careful not to go overboard. (We love you Brit Brit, but we're not going for your "Baby One More Time" look.) And that's why we admire how these bloggers kept the belly-baring to a minimum by pairing their blouses with high-waisted long skirts or dresses. This classy combination even inspired us to try this look. Like, we're actually wearing it right now. As we type. All of us. We even pulled out the shirts of our male counterparts and tied them up. As such we're not that popular in the building at the moment but we're more than alright with that. ANYWAY, on to the ladies.
Solanah Hernandez of the blog Vixen Vintage.
Photo: Courtesy of Vixen Vintage
Who says boots are only for winter? Not these gals! Since the '90s resurgence is RAGING in an absolutely-no-one-can-stop-it-now full force, we're embracing it with superwide open arms. We loveeee how these lace-up leather boots look with fun and flirty summer dresses that SCREAM Blossom. (Minus the hat.) Boots for the summer are where it's AT, and these super inspiring awesomesauce bloggers show us that yes, you CAN wear boots even on the hottest of summer days and still look KILLER.
One of our favorite looks comes from Washington-based blogger and VINTAGE QUEEN (seriously, look at her blog. Suddenly your thrifting skills will feel extremely subpar.) Solanah Hernandez of Vixen Vintage. Her outfit is almost entirely secondhand (well, of course) except for her perfect fitting mustard cable-knit sweater that she... wait for it... MADE HERSELF. Yeah. *starts crying* Solanah makes her black boots look summery by pairing them with thin white socks and a bright green patterned midi skirt, a light blouse, and colorful accessories. But this 'dorbs outfit is just the beginning. Check out two more stylish ways to wear these boots after the jump!
Dresses made of melted cheese.
Photo: Courtesy of South West News Service
So many puns. So many good puns swimming through our heads at the site of a cheese dress (GRATE EXPECTATIONS? FROMAGE HOMAGE?) that we know once we get started, we may never stop. So let us get the requisite joke out of the way. If we paired this with Gaga's VMA dress, we would get a delicious cheeseburger (>for your nails?!). , a UK-based dairy company, took one look at the meat frock and thought—hell, we could do that. So they tapped young guns at Bath Spa University to create couture made entirely out of fromage, taking the Lady as inspiration. Honors Textile Design students have produced five items for "Versa Cheese" using Pilgrim's Choice staples like Vintage and Extra Mature (as opposed to more childish) cheddar, heat molding the cheeses and embellishing ball gowns with melted cheddar or floral flourishes made of... well, cheese.