DIY That Style! Diane Kruger Polka Dot Blazer and Banded Fedora

howtodiy_nauticaldianekrugerWelcome to the first installment of DIY That Style! I actually used to do a version of this as “Steal That Style” …this is basically the same thing, just renamed. And made a little cooler, with more of a focus on DIY.

For the first breakdown, I’m going to take a look at Diane Kruger‘s recent chic nautical Spring shopping ensemble – which can be easily re-created at home. Love all that navy!

For this dotty statement blazer, I’d personally go with a pair of red pants and totally red-white-and-blue it up!

What would YOU rock this polka dot blazer with?


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DIY Inspiration: Large Daisy Print

Inspiration: Prada on the runway vs. Topshop’s low-priced alternative.

With Prada’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection we saw a fun throwback to 60’s-style oversized flowers: a reincarnation of Mary Quant’s iconic daisy design. That graphic floral element has remained strong throughout the Fall and Winter, popping up on fashion’s trendsetters and street style mavens everywhere. DIY-able? I think so. Stay tuned for a how-to coming up soon!daisyprintinspo1daisyprintinspo2daisyprintinspo3daisyprintinspo4 daisyprintinspo5xo


Image sources: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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Inspiration: Fashion with Sleeves Tied at the Waist

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Around the end of Summer and for A/W 2013, the mini-trend of a shirt knotted at the waist was spotted again and again on the runways, celebs, and street-style. Harking back to the 90’s days of grungy plaid sweatshirts tied around the waist (and that iconic Marc Jacobs grunge collection for Louis Vuitton), the shirt-sleeves-tied-around-the-waist-style keeps cropping up in a more sophisticated palette and incarnation. alexanderwang

Alexander Wang A/W 2013 RTW


And incidentally, this is also my next DIY in the New Year. Stay tuned!


Photos from:, Tommy Ton for here, here, here, The Cut

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DIY Inspiration: Windowpane Print

windowpane7windowpane1windowpane6windowpane3windowpane2 windowpane4windowpane5Seen all over the runways for Fall 2013, this sophisticated take on a monochrome check pattern is too good to miss out on this season. I love the graphic boldness of this windowpane grid pattern – and how great it looks paired with other solid colors (in a Mondrian-esque fashion). It seems to me that this would be a pretty simple DIY…which I’ll be sharing with all of you shortly (once the supplies I ordered more than a week ago arrive!!)


Photo credits: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here

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DIY Street Style Inspiration: MidSummer 2013


It’s the middle of Summer, temperatures are rising, and it becomes so much harder to look chic and effortless. Plus you’re not covered with accessories and coats and scarves and hats and the like…so it may be more difficult to incorporate DIY pieces into your outfits. But here are some great ideas from street style photos for you to start your DIY list for the [mid-] season:


Jazz up a pair of cutoffs with sequin and beaded trims (M&J Trimming has some great ones!)

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Add a pretty printed fabric over a panel on your satchel with some Mod Podge.

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Liven up a plain black skirt with fabric paint in wide bands.

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Craft up a Trina Turk lookalike dress by adding some bright bias binding to the edges of a neutral dress, and wear with a black stretchy elastic belt.



Add some pretty felt flowers to the brim of a straw hat to match your outfit…extra points if you put them on a pin-backing and make them removable. 😉


Add fun to a plain cotton blouse by printing it with tiny animals (using a stencil or stamp) and fabric paint or ink. Instant DIY print!

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Add a favorite saying to a loose sweatshirt or T-shirt with some bold iron-on letters.

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Try your hand at ombre-dyeing by dip-dyeing a white silken blouse with indigo hues.

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Make that plain tote you carry everywhere tons more fun with a bag- or box-shaped iron-on graphic. (You could also just paint your own, or try just outlining it trompe l’oeil-style with a Sharpie!)

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Hand-sew colorful tassels to the edges of a printed scarf for a Moroccan vibe and a punch of color.

How are you DIY’ing your outfits this Summer?



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