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Style Inspiration: Call Me By Your Name

FashionKelly Kennedy

Call Me By Your name is a recent obsession of mine, very few movies are so poetic but at the same time hold all of my attention as I watch. On top of the wonderful storyline and charming characters there is a beautiful styling to the costumes.  I heard the stylist even borrowed vintage cloths from locals to create the costumes. 

Since finishing the movie I've found myself drawing inspiration from different scenes while getting dressed and I've also noticed some street styles I see reminding me of the movie's costumes. Lets break down exactly how to create this look.


Lets start off by analyzing the style of Elio; the main character.  He rocks a good amount of light washed jeans with either button ups or polos. Mostly, he sticks to pastel colored tops in looser fits, which leaves him looking laid back. The way to accessorize? Add some Ray Bands, a bike and/or a book. 

I also idolize the "face" shirt he wears in the last scene over a turtleneck, it really reminds me of some Stella McCartney prints. It's also important to note how fly his dance moves are.


Oliver (Elio's love interest) inspired me a little less than Elio. Mostly his shorts (love a good short short on men) and his sneakers. Absolutely buying this exact pair once I need to replace the pair I have now.


The women of Call Me By Your Name also inspired my style. Mostly Marzia (Elio's other love interest) and Annella ( his mother). Marzia wore lots of dresses and jump suits that are by far the easiest way to look pulled together with minimal effert. 

Annella has so many amazing style moments. First there is the Canadian tuxedo with tight denim skirt , then that exact skirt with an oversized beige blazer and woven bag and lastly the over sized shorts with waste belt. Her style is totally timeless, I could picture her in the 50's or present day in any and all of these outfits, so chic and understated. 


The takeaway I have from the styling of Call Me By Your Name is that the 80's can be done in a classic chic way and summer wear can be laid back and look pulled together at the same time with the right pieces. 

Style Inspiration: Carrie Bradshaw

FashionKelly Kennedy

After moving to NYC recently I got hit with this huge urge to just binge watch Sex And The City, which is exactly what I've been doing. Aside from some of the disappointing un-feminist story lines I'm absolutely adoring this show. And Carrie has giving me a new found bold approach to my wardrobe. I'm only in season 2 but I've seen later episodes and here are some of my favorite outfits along with style pointers I've learned from her.

1. Fur

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I've said this before and I'll say it again, unfussy hair makes any outfit look laid back. I appreciate the combination of bohemian layered necklaces with a fur jacket, it feels very '70's. Also, I'm braiding my hair as we speak to acheive this 'do. 

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Ending the night at dawn is always a good choice, but also high wasted pink pants, peasant top and fur jacket, who would have thought of such an amazing outfit? So unexpected and so perfect for a night out dancing.

Because the absolute best place to wear fur is a ball game, I will no longer not dress up for sporting events. This outfit is also making me reconsider aviators, just like the unkept hair it keeps outfits from looking too formal.

2. Scarves as shawls 

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The perfect solution to summer air conditioning, scarves! You can wear them around your arms to keep warm and look extremely chic. Carrie took full advantage of this during season 1 and 2. (Again with the aviators, sigh)

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I couldn't find a great full outfit image of this one but she was wearing a little black dress with this loosely knit scarf/ shawl, mixing laid back style with special ocasion wear is a must do.

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The colors! So beautiful, lovely spring look.

3. Don't be afraid to show off that bod

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Sarah Jessica Parker's bod was (and still is) rockin' during SATC. I loved the outfits that were really body hugging to show off her curves, clothing can be very sexy and still look fashionable. 

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Loving this classic silhouette in a beautiful blue hue  

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What an iconic fashion moment, I'm diggin' it. 

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So in conclusion Carrie Bradshaw has taught me how to be a little bolder when I get dressed and also not take fashion too seriously. 

Style Inspiration: Olsen Twins

FashionKelly Kennedy

They're great designers but in my heart they have even better style. The actresses have taken over the fashion world with their laid back and polished style (somehow it's both, trust me). This post is going to be a collection of my favorite looks of theirs and will hopefully bring you as much style inspiration as it's brought me.

Most of their style does revolve around the color black and I'm ok with that. Black doesn't require much attention from the viewer or the wearer and it goes well with almost every color. I don't care if it's boring or depressing at times, it always looks cool and by far my favorite color to wear.  I know the twins share my sentiment. 

Another great example of black ensembles. I love the mixture of texture Ashely is wearing with the cotton turtleneck and satin dress over it. This photo also highlights their simple makeup and hair choices. Their looks tend to feel laid back because of their styling finishing touches like a simple low bun and barely there make up. 


I love their outfits that include slouchy long layers like this one. When fashion is unsexy I think it becomes even more interesting, because it puts a focus on the textiles and make of pieces. These also show how their accessories are what can truly make their outfits. Without Ashely's scarf or Mary Kate's bag these outfits would really have fallen flat.


Another example of unfussy slouchy layers with easily put together details. I especially love how Ashley ( I think it's Ashely, not perfect at telling them apart) uses a scarf as a shawl over her sholders. 

These last few images really show how their styles consists of simple, well made pieces that are elevated through their accessories and simple beauty choices.  I love to revist their style every once in a while to ground me back to what I hope to acheive one day. 

Tassels and Pom Poms: A Love Story

FashionKelly Kennedy

I'm so happy pom poms and tassels are on trend right now because they add so much whimsy to a piece and they're SO easy to make. I'll make a tutorial for each soon but right now I wanted to make an apprecatiation post that also includes my favorite pieces to buy right now (no surprise it's mostly Anthro goods).

I love how great pom poms look with flats and heels. You can add them to any shoe by purchasing pom pom clips (available here). 

Tassel earnings are the bees knees and that is a fact. There's not much to say other then they're just so much fun and go with almost anything. Anthro has a great selection but my favorites are here.


Tassels and pom poms lend themselves very well to accessories. Take this purse or hat, their like the cherry on top of the outfit. 


I also really like tassels and pom poms in the home. I created a pom pom garland that frames my front door and brings me joy every time I come home. I want to try to create a wall hanging that draws inspiration from this one, it's so beautiful.

Another way to incorporate pom poms and tassels in the home is to attach them to pillows! Once you know how to make these accessories you can sew them onto the corners, along the sides or even on the front of a pillow for added decoration. Obviously you can also buy a pillow with them already attached, like this one. 

Style Inspiration: Alexa Chung

FashionKelly Kennedy

Fashion ideas can come from many places, I typically get mine from stylish woman I see in my life and online or from fictional characters on tv or in movies. I want to do a series of posts shouting out to the inspirations I've found in my life. I'm starting off this series with the original style inspration for me; Alexa Chung


Alexa is a model/ tv host/ writer/designer/ DJ and I first discovered her in 2010 when an ex boyfriend became obsessed with the Arctic Monkeys and told me about the lead singers girlfriend of the time. I poured over images and interviews with her, trying to break down what made her style so great and it has had a huge effect on my wardrobe ever since. 


What has always drawn me to her is that her style seems so obtainable. I can recreate most of her outfits with little tweaks and still have the same feeling. This approachability of her style comes from her never looking too... anything. When she is wearing some sexy or girly dress she will top if off with sneakers or loafers to make the ansamble more masculine. Short skirts are paired with high necklines, t-shirts with high heels and her make up and hair are never too over done. 


Chung has been quoted saying she doesn't think her style is anything special, she's just a hipster and maybe that's true. However I can stair at images of her outfits for hours and still not get enough. 

Thankfully she's done tons of collaborations with brands over the years (Madewell and AG Jeans to name a few) so obtaining her style can be very easy. However, more recently she has started her own collection. And God has answered my prayers. It's pretty expensive but these pieces are exactly what I've seen her wear over the years, so it might be worth the splurge? 


Sneakers: A love story

FashionKelly Kennedy

When sneakers started sweeping the street wear images a couple years ago I hated the look. I thought it looked disconnected, a nice well thought out look with casual sneakers to finish it off. But somehow my sentiments towards this look has completely transformed into love in the past year. Now I see this casual footwear as an exclamation point to an outfit instead of an ellipsis. 

On top of this trend adding a casual vibe to an other wise possible stuffy outfit they're also so much more comfortable than typical fashionable shoes. When I was younger I barely thought about the pain in my feet at the end of a day but as I get older this has become so much more important to me. Sky-high ankle boots are just not practical for a woman who has to walk almost a mile to commute to work.  Even more practical fashion-y shoes like flats can give me blisters with the daily walk to the train.


I love wearing sneakers with menswear inspired look; tailored blazers, trousers and button up shirts. But I think they also look great with the right feminine looking outfit, a beautiful flowing skirt topped off my casual sneakers is almost like a wink was added to the outfit.  I'm hoping to grow my sneaker collection much larger in the next couple years. Below are the ones I have my eyes on now.


Layer it on me

FashionKelly Kennedy

Temperatures are dropping...YES YES YES! Colder weather not only means my hair will no longer look like Einstein's, but it also means LAYERS. A fashion girls dream. I've never understood how stylish ladies could love summer (looking at you Leandra Medine) because to me dressing gets more exciting the more cloths you put on (hello pattern play). So in honor of THE best fashion season here is a round up of great ways to incorporate layers.