CREATE THE LOOK: It's always fun to have a fresh new hemlength to play with. However, if done "wrong", this 70s-revival mid-calf length can easily risk looking major F-R-U-M-P-O. The bad news: pulling it off with panache requires a bit of planning on your part. The good news: since fashion is already your favorite thing to think about, it's no real hardship. The secret to making this mid-length work? Unexpected combinations of color. If you go too safe and/or preppy, unless you're sporting an edgy do - say a bleach-blonde boy-crop a la Kate Lanphear or Tilda Swinton - you'll just end up looking safe and/or preppy. Rather than stylish. Which sucks. Instead, try incorporating the season's brights; good candidates include cobalt blue with a mustardy yellow; neon orange; or a glowing emerald green paired with a muted leaf shade, say in a bag, as a subtle eyeshadow with a bit of shimmer, and/or as a manicure with the new shatter-finish (like our current obsession: SEPHORA by OPI Blasted Nail Colour). Here, we took a calf-length skirt in a majah 70s earth-tone brown and sexed it right up in a New York second with a flashy biker jacket in a rich tone-on-tone tabacco hue, and then added in hot pinks & rich burgundy-reds - an exciting color combo guaranteed to bring out the best in any brown.
- Lesley Scott
SHOP THE LOOK: Lip Flush & Cheek Stain in "Red Wine" - SEPHORA Collection; suede skirt - Emilio Pucci; silk top with argyle plaid - Altuzarra; washed leather biker jacket - Donna Karan; gold-plated "stingray effect" necklace - YSL; leather gloves - Mulberry "Polly"; calf-hair pumps - Brian Atwood "Maniac"; bag - Mulberry "Bayswater" - all available at NET-A-PORTER.com