S/S 2012 Challenge #2: Uptown Gypsy

The summer collections are a romantic blend of exotic Spanish influences and gypsy-luxe cuts.” net-a-porter

I hear “Gypsy” and Princess Esmeralda comes to mind immediately.

No, I am not going costume-crazy busting out flamboyant flamenco dresses, peasant blouses, patchwork long skirts, or bright scarlet corsets just yet.

christian louboutin heels

With a need to give that thought a major uptown and modern upgrade, I worked in patterns, silk, flounce, lace, and definitely a hair bun to create the “Uptown Gypsy” outfit.

chanel bag

The uptown gypsy look is ultra sexy and versatile so you’ll have tons of fun playing around with femininity or bold prints including florals, lace, prints, ruffles, and paisley patterns. The key ingredient to wearing this trend without looking frumpy is ‘luxe’, so when you’re browsing for that gypsy piece, pay special attention to its workmanship and fabric quality.

The style tips below will guide you along to how to adopt this look without looking like a milk-maid:

  • Gypsy Top: Keep it simple at the bottom color wise and pair it with a classic pencil skirt that takes you from garden to boardroom, or a modern bottom as I have done here with a tiered lace skirt taking you straight from day-to-night
  • Gypsy Crop: Be daring to bare it with a crop and solid color shorts, jeans, or high-waisted skirt
  • Gypsy Skirt: Hit the skirt length above the knee or floor length (nothing in between) and look put-together when styled with a crisp white shirt
  • Gypsy Dress: Keep the frills and flutters neat and minimal on this dress and pair it elegantly with accessories and glam power sandal heels
  • Gypsy Maxi: Keep this off shoulder and floor length and its perfect for attending a summer wedding
  • Gypsy Accessories: Go bold and daring with brass/gold statement pieces of earrings, necklaces, or cuffs; don’t forget the belt to cinch in the waist amidst all the volumes of ruffles

Outfit: Top: Catherine Malandrino, Bottom: Lanvin for h&m (similar), Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar), Bag: Chanel patent 2.55, Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana 6063

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About apopofpurple

A self-professed shoe-a-holic who would be in maxi gowns 24/7 if she could! www.apopofpurple.wordpress.com
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