Style Inspiration From Kriss Kross

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vintage top via Mahna Mahna // H&M high waisted wide leg jeans (similar here and here) // Zara platform wedges // Celine sunglasses // Ora Delphine bucket bag (c/o) // Free People bra top // Nashelle custom Brooklyn necklace (c/o) // Chloe + Isabel layered bracelet (c/o) // Luca earrings

photos by Stephanie Unter

I never thought I’d say this sentence, but I took style inspiration from Kriss Kross.

Those two adorable rapper kids were ahead of their time. They broke the rules and wore their wardrobe against what its intentions were. For those of you born after 1992, they wore their clothes backwards. It looked funny at first (or wiggity wiggity wiggity wack!) but then it just became their signature style. So why am I advocating to take fashion inspiration from 90’s child rappers?

We should be more adventurous with our outfits. Just because something is buttoned or zippered some way or the label is facing what should be the back, doesn’t mean it’s the be-all-end-all. Yes, I’m telling you to flip your thing down and reverse it.

Okay okay, I’m done with the old school rap references (for now), but seriously try wearing something backwards. This vintage top, for instance, was actually intended to be a cutesy cardigan bolero thing, but when I spotted it, I immediately thought, what a cute crop top this will be. I turned it around and it became a whole new top.

Mad props to Man Repeller for doing something similar recently by getting creative with a button down. I’m not sure if all of her techniques “worked” but I sure am loving the interesting takes on wearing a boring old button down in new ways.

You can do this with a necklace too. If you have an open back dress, try flipping your necklace around to the back for a dramatic back necklace.

Maybe don’t try this with your skinny jeans (ouch) like Kriss Kross did, but it’s time to get experimental with your wardrobe. You’d be surprised by how much more you’ll get out of it.

Style Yourself The French Girl Way

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Tibi top // Zara pants (similar here and here) // Colette Malouf hair pin (c/o) // Schutz wedges // Celine sunglasses // Annabel Ingall bag // Sophie Harper stud earrings // Jamberry nail wraps

There’s something about the French girl style that has that “je ne sais quoi” that you can’t explain, but it’s just SO effortlessly chic. It’s like Parisian ladies just rolled out of bed ready for street style photographers. I try this daily in Brooklyn, but I end up looking more LA bohemian chic with my beachy waves and loose flowy outfits, or, at worst, like I had a rough week of work. What is it about the French girl?

For starters she doesn’t try. In NYC we try to look effortless with a lot of work. We work out, we curl our hair, we pile on the eyeliner, jewelry and whatnot. The French girl doesn’t have to do any of this. She doesn’t wear much makeup, if at all. She keeps it simple and doesn’t over-think things.

I’m about to embark on a fabulous trip France for blogger and my dear friend Emily‘s wedding and I’m trying to embody this style as much as I can before I get there. I’ve been paring down my makeup, my jewelry, and channeling my inner Birkin and Bardot.

My favorite recent discovery is the hair pin, which NYC accessories designer Colette Malouf introduced me to. It makes for the easiest, effortless French girl style. Just twist up your hair into a twist and secure the pin in place. That’s really all. Not going to lie, it took me a few times to get the hang of it, but now I’m ready for my upcoming trip to France. I hope.

Try this easy French girl hair style at home—even if you’re not traveling abroad or a Frenchie.

For tips on how to use a hair pin, check out the style video on Colette Malouf’s site.

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