Happy Fourth of July, folks!
Skirting the Issue
Last week on Fashion Friday, I shared with you the Sporty Black and White portion of the White House Black Market show at The Club in Birmingham. I’m so excited to show you the fun and flirty skirts and dresses this week from that show, as Skirting the Issue of Fashion Friday. Darlene Real is once again our host with a group of models in most age groups. She continues to show us that “Appearance Matters” and we can all look fabulous no matter our size or age. In a conversation we had recently, she said that our beauty comes from within and it is our attitude, confidence and mood that make us beautiful. Fashion simply compliments or contradicts our personality. This is evident in the clothing choices made for each model.
We begin with Linda who is stunning in this black and white snake-print dress. She is a “masterpiece mystery” daring to be elegant and sexy at the same time.
This white knit jacket seems to radiate beauty on Billie. And who doesn’t need a white jacket in their wardrobe? Her jewelry is subtle and her heels add another geometric to balance the stripes. An added bonus is the little ruffle that adds a bit of bounce on the back of the jacket. Seriously fun.
Ellen is a perfect example of fashion complimenting her personality. Ellen invites friends each month to this event and each time her table gets a little bigger. It’s evident to this writer that there’s always room for one more friend in her heart and at her table. The ensemble chosen for her is a peasant style blouse with rounded neckline and full sleeves. Her skirt is a long, tight-woven broom stick that is casual and exudes friendliness.
This ombre/tie-died maxi skirt instantly takes us back to the 70’s where it was just so hip to wear this style skirt with flowers or beads in our hair. Ginny chose a belted waste instead, but I can’t seem to get the tune, “I Love the Flower Girl,” out of my head…. flowers in her hair. Flowers everywhere. I bet Ginny has a beautiful garden.
Colleen is now center stage in this sleeveless black and white blouson dress and jacket. She just seems to set hearts aflutter with her vivacious personality and beautiful red hair.
I have heard it said that those who wear stripes believe in themselves. Just the right beads with a killer smile make the perfect finishing touch to a confident look.
If your wish is to be a bit glamorous, but relaxed in your clothing, then follow Staci’s example. Diamonds are sprinkled across this black maxi dress and like the song sings,
“A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental,
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”
I bet all of her friends are jewels and super friendly just like her. She is quick with a thank you and genuine in her compliments.
Trish grabbed our attention in this elegant look. Previous looks have reminded me of Jackie O, and now this is so effortlessly chic, I can imagine her in Paris, Milan or London. I bet her bags are packed and ready to go at a moments notice.
Renata has once again gifted us with a look into an exotic version of street style. This dress could be casual or dressy depending on shoes and accessories. The almost-psychedelic color and hi-lo hem makes this choice perfect for summer or any warm climate she may want to visit.
The key to pulling off this adorable camp-shirt dress is pairing it with the perfect shoe and minimal accessories. The buttons, pockets and self-belting need only earrings and a bracelet or two. Kay has such fun on the runway, that I imagine her life is the same way.
Style has met Patty and they’ve become great friends. This beaded embellishment adds a certain tribal touch to the dress for a native look and Patty’s alluring features make it a perfect choice.
Billie is ultra-feminine in this soft, yet graphic shift. The geometric patterns on this dress tell a very organized and somewhat analytical story. She just may steal the day with this investment.
Part of Ellen’s appeal is her lovely curls and perfect height. The soft lace of this black top paired with the chiffon maxi skirt compliment her features perfectly.
Dallas did NOT have to wrangle into this form-fitting dress to make an elegant entrance onto the stage. She is tiny, but shows the audience how well the slimming technology of this pattern does its job. According to Kelly Davidson, the manager of White House Black Market at the Summit, the stores sell out of size 14 and 16 quicker than the smaller sizes.
This lovely bib necklace is the sole statement piece with this dress. “Less is more” and Dallas shows us how to keep things simple and sophisticated.
And last, but never least, we have Kay in this snakeskin print pencil skirt and sleeveless, brocade shell. The print is the focus of the outfit. The length is perfect to keep her unforgettable and charming.
Kay is never one to leave without saying goodbye. Tata for now, but before we go I’ll add one HUGE thank you to the two women who put all of these fabulous fashion ideas together.
Kellie Davidson, Manager of White House Black Market at the Summit.
And, Darlene Real Higginbotham, President of Appearance Matters, Inc. and founder of The Model Connection, where the models are real and on a mission.
“They enjoy the opportunity to show clothes that fit all body shapes. The process separates them from the usual runway models while being fitted in clothes that enhance their coloring, body-type and personality. These shows are more than just fun, they show audiences how to put their existing clothes together and how and where to shop for new ones.”
Darlene is also a fashion stylist and coach. If you would like to contact her for a style update, call her at 205-902-4808.