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How to Wear Fishnets Style

How to Wear Fishnets, Fall’s Most Alluring Accessory

A little punky, a bit pinup, the netted stocking has historically been a brazen wardrobe choice. From the Moulin Rouge to Madonna, fishnets simply add sexy. It’s impressive how so little (sometimes so very little) fabric can cause such frisson. And that’s exactly why it’s exciting to see the diamond threads peeking out from all sorts of styles this season.

We asked Nordstrom Styling Director Ruth Basloe how to interpret the hosiery now. Here are her tips for showing a little leg without looking like a showgirl.

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How to Wear Over-the-Knee Boots: A Street-Style Guide

As the weather starts to chill, we see stylish ladies in the world’s fashion hubs boot up. Although ankle-grazing booties are still popular, many fashion fans are taking their footwear to dramatic heights with thigh-high, over-the-knee boots.

Wearing an OTK (that’s industry shorthand) can initially seem daunting. Their sexy thigh-circling style might feel like too much for daywear or, for many, too much for any hour. Non-leggy ladies may also fear that their height will cause less-than-supermodel-length stems to seem squat. These are valid concerns, but we have a couple of tips to allay them.

How to Wear Over-the-Knee boots

Sofie Valkiers and Evangelie Smyrniotaki at Paris Fashion Week

A simple mini sheath dress is the easiest article of clothing to pair with extra-tall boots. These dresses keep things neat and short, allowing the boots to stand out, which they’ll do no matter what you wear. But by not overwhelming your look with too many layers or accessories, the boots act as an essential part of, rather than an excessive addition to, the outfit. Petite ladies will have the best success with this dress and boot combo.

MORE TIPS (AND PICS) ON BOOTING UP

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How to Wear the Best Emerging Designers for Spring with Olivia Kim

Leave it to Olivia Kim to break down the season’s most intimidating looks. No really: let’s just leave it to her. Here’s our SPACE curator demystifying key looks from the best emerging designers—and including links so you can own the vibe now.

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How to rock a ruffle like it’s no big deal:

“It’s all in the shoes and socks. A really beautiful pair of stark white socks will do wonders for your life; wear them with some oxfords or a pair of sturdy, chunky sandals. They’ll make your ruffles look way more NBD.”

Maria La Rosa | Marques’Almeida | Adieu

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How to Wear a Fashion Tiara, with Fashionista.com

Dear Fashionista Reader,

We’re with you; although the site isn’t as splashy and image-filled as some, the email newsletters with their dishy trend and celeb features are spot on, and our lives are way better because of those crack reporters and their solid industry info. And yes, we did peep this week’s feature on rocking a tiara—so good!

_11771670Ashley Williams crystal tiara from SPACE, a shop for emerging and advanced designers

It’s possible that you may now be in the position of knowing how and when and where to place one of these bad boys on your head—if only you actually owned one. Well, dear reader, we’ve got our own tutorial right here, and it comes with a none-too-precious jeweled crown from SPACE designer Ashley Williams.

CLICK TO SEE HOW THIS LONDON DESIGNER DOES THE LOOK (AND HOW YOU CAN TOO)

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How to Layer Hosiery and Tights, or More Is More Once More

Whether you’re layering against the chill or trying to glam up your look, the right hosiery can help you master winter dressing. It isn’t just about finding the right shade anymore, it’s about playful combinations of socks, tights and leggings to create a dimensional and textured style both for the weekend and the workday.

How to Wear Hosiery Now

Nordstrom Fashion Office Women’s Accessories and Specialized Director Shannon Schafer gives us the lowdown on how to wear the latest statement-making pairs.

LAYER UP

When it comes to layering, the key is to mix textures and tones: sheer with solid, ribbed with smooth, prints with plain.

Hosiery layered with socks

“There are no more rules—you can put texture with texture, knee sock over sheer hosiery…anything goes,” Schafer says.

LEGS FOR DAYS: READ ON

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How to Wear the Loewe Puzzle Bag (and How to Pronounce the Spanish Brand’s German Name)

Behold the Loewe Puzzle: it can tuck, it can drape, it can fit around the curve of back like a luxe hiker’s pack. And more! It’s a five-in-one, and today’s visual guide unlocks the genius of designer Jonathan Anderson’s formal, functional It Bag.

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How to Wear the Akris Ai Shoulder Bag

It’s reversible, it’s convertible, it’s beautiful! It’s the new Akris Ai bag. How does this bi-colored beauty go from classic shopper to chic trapezoid? Watch this and see.

 

 

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The Watery, Wavy, Artfully Intimate World of Narciso Rodriguez

How to wear spring’s loveliest pastels? In the case of this asymmetrical crepe sheath dress by Narciso Rodriguez, the key is to first understand that it was inspired by water.

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What to Wear in Milan, Paris, London and New York from 5 Inch and Up Blogger Sandra Hagelstam and Edie Campbell’s Hair in Milan

Fashion Week Journal for Saturday, February 28

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Wearing Marni, Acne and Jimmy Choo boots with a Chloé bag; all images courtesy Sandra Hagelstam

The sneakers-with-everything trend has no place in Sandra Hagelstam’s world. Her 5 Inch and Up style blog is all about the heel—and the more runway the better. The higher the better. The more editorial the better.

All hail the statement stiletto, really.

We met up with Hagelstam while we were both in London to get her thoughts on style from fashion city to fashion city.

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Considering: Layered Outerwear, Jean Jackets, Shearling, and the 70s

A lot to think about? Maybe, but thinking keeps the brain warm—if not the body. And depending on where you’re at right now, you can probably use all the heat you can get.

Which brings us to this image from Marie Claire Netherlands’ new February 2015 issue in which photographer David Cohen de Lara and stylist Marjolein Mos stage model Sophie Vlaming in a sort of winter-on-top, spring-on-the-bottom kind of situation.

(And those eyebrows? Yeah, we should probably talk about those sometime soon, too.)

In the meantime, may we invite you to steal this look with our handily selected picks?

Blue Duck bomber jacket | Kut from the Kloth denim jacket | Topshop jean jacket with faux shearling collar

Shop: All women’s shearling coats | All women’s jean jackets

—Laura Cassidy

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