My social plate has been full, full, full this week and I'm so happy my interns have stepped in to a help a sista out. Today, meet stellar 'tern Rachel!
Greetings fellow fashionistas, Fashion Bomb Intern Rachel here!
Originally from the south, I'm now a college student braving northern winters. Now I still love colorful tanks, sundresses, and skirts, but for last winter, I enjoyed pairing high-waisted skirts, sweaters in rich shades, or dark stretch denim with a patent leather belt. Since my mother designed and sewed everything from clothing to bed comforters, I have an appreciation for brilliant hues and creative patterns. Designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Emilio Pucci are some of my favorites for their varied shades. Although it's nice to indulge in the latest trends, my fashion creed is to stick with classic styles that best fit your shape and personality. Rachel Roy's designs appeal to me because of their creative yet understated flavor.
Whether you like classic or trendy clothes (or both!), summer is here and it's time to take Beyonce's advice on catching eyes at the club:
"Short and backless/ See my silhouette in the moonlight/ Such an attraction, keep telling me how my outfit’s so nice/...Oooh put your freakum dress on/ Oooh put your freakum dress on/Every woman got one/Shut it down when the time comes/So pull out the big guns/and put your freakum dress on," Beyonce, Freakum DressThe perfect freakum dress bares enough skin to catch glances, but also conceals your assets, leaving some mystery and intrigue.
The freakum dress queen herself, Beyonce, looks stunning in this short black dress with thin straps. This little number exposes a hint of cleavage in the front, and a tasteful flash of her thighs. The dress clings to her hips in a flattering way, creating a shapely figure. If you're going to pull off Beyonce's look with the peek-a-boo cleavage, make sure that...
...you have the proper support. Your chest should appear naturally lifted with glee, and not disdainfully hanging in woe. This dress makes 'Lil Kim's curvy figure appear flabby. The idea is to look shapely, and not plump. Strapless tube dresses like the one Alexis Phifer is wearing...
...accentuate the collarbone, showing off a great upper body. Tube dresses are perfect for highlighting a strong neckline, but steer clear of a tube dress that suffocates the bosom.
While Meagan Good may have been shooting for the pin-up girl look in this outfit, the dress squeezes her assets too tightly, making them appear almost cartoonish. While the tube dress shouldn't be too tight, make sure that it isn't too loose.
When shopping for a tube dress, look for something that covers and accentuates the bust, without applying too much pressure or leaving too much loose material.
If cleavage-baring isn't your style, take some cues from Kimora Lee Simmons.
This dress has a high neckline, and a plunging back.
Kimora's golden dress shows a daring expanse of skin in the back, but stays classy by covering in front. This outfit is best paired with a high updo, to show off the back.
If you want to find the perfect freakum dress to show off the upper-body, try these sexy yet sophisticated picks in brown, perfect for all skin shades.
From left: Forever 21 Halter Ring Dress, $24.80, www.forever21.com; Tadashi Leopard Ruched Strapless Dress, $171.00, www.bluefly.com
And for a more grown, sexy, and classic approach, check out black pieces, like this...
Above: Victoria's Secret Bustle-Back Little Black Dress, $69.00, www.victoriassecret.com.
...or, like this flattering choice here:
Above: Geren Ford Keyhole Cocktail Mini Dress, $357.00,shopbop.com
Now, it's time to find that freakum dress!
Well alright then, Rachel! The 'terns are tearing it up, huh?
I absolutely love it!