Holy City Style

February 29, 2008

A Small Departure

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Ladies, Gentlemen, and Esteemed Colleagues,

I depart to sail the high seas for a week, hopefully I won’t fall off the boat. I apologize but I won’t be posting much…if at all…while on my adventures. Please though, do check back March 7 for a plethora of new ideas, entries, and plenty of oddities to make up for lost time.

Cheers, and hope your spring break adventure is delightfully frivolous!




February 28, 2008

Happy One Week Birthday!

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Photo compliments of PinkCakeBox

Happy birthday to HCS! Go out and wear something fabulous today in celebration!

Also, many thanks to the lovely people over at the GSO for putting Holy City Style as one of their Surf Side picks for the week! gawwww, gee.

Men On The Red Carpet

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Gentlemen, now it’s your turn…


February 27, 2008

European Street Style

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Images straight from Face Hunter, and awesome blog full of pictures of people on the street. Get addicted here.


How To : Equestrian Chic

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I adore equestrian style. There’s something incredibly chic about such a pulled together look. Usually, it’s associated with something slightly pretentious but there’s definitely room to have fun with it. So saddle up and sport this.


Cavalry Boots
Frye Boots

A good friend of mine and I were discussing Frye boots today. These are all the rage right now, and I can understand why. Speaking as the recently displaced financial princess, I can attest that they are slightly out of my college student budget. But quite stylish nonetheless.

Crowne Pro Field Boot

The true equestrian connoisseur knows Ariat boots anywhere. Again, they are a bit pricey…but if anything fun to look at. I have the zipper backed one for horseshows, but they’re quite awkward looking when worn outside the ring. I suggest a tall boot with no zipper or a side zipper if you plan on wearing this look for fun.

Steve Madden

Steve Madden makes a very nice equestrian styled boot. Since this isn’t a real tall boot, you won’t have to worry about getting your calves squished in two.


Now, if you’re not a fan of going all out and wearing tight fitting riding pants (beware vicious panty lines!), a good pair of straight leg jeans of khaki colored pants will do the trick.

Ultra Low Skinny 521 Jean

I’m a fan of Levi’s makes some awesome skinny jeans that aren’t ridiculously priced. The fit is spot on and there’s just enough stretch to make you not curse yourself. Actually, I ride in these myself…so I can attest to their fit and comfort.


Now, if you want to fall the style to a T you must have riding coat and white button down shirt. This can get pricey, and actually…I brought my own riding coat down from Kentucky and have yet to wear it out and about.

I did however find a glorious fitted tweed jacket at Banana Republic’s super sale a few months ago. It has a spectacular fit and certainly embodies the equestrian appeal. Any fitted blazer will work wonders and bonus points if you pair it with a bright colored button down.


Saddlebred Horse Head Necklace
Zulu Moon

I don’t mean to betray the horse world, but equestrian inspired jewelry has always come off as a bit tacky to me. Use this to your benefit.

Add a quirky piece of horsey inspired jewels to make your look instantly fun. Plus, super sparkly belts are all the rage on the huntseat show circuit, rock one on the streets and revel in your sparkly style!

Putting it together…

If this comes off as a bit too pretentious, don’t let it. Have fun with the style. Pair ridiculous t-shirt under a fitted blazer, skinny jeans, and tall boots. Mmm, instant sex appeal, giddy up and go!

Sticking to the original…

More street worthy…

February 26, 2008

Facebook, yo!

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Photo by Paul Cory on Flickr

Salut Fashionistas and Fashionistos!

Thanks to everyone who’s read Holy City Style so far, keep checking in daily for more articles on errrrything. OR…e-mail and tell me what you want to see!

That, and pretty pretty please join the Facebook group. I would be much obliged!

Hope you’re all happily stomping through the puddles today.


Feature: Lisa Moorer & Culture Vultures

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If you didn’t know it was there, you might never know it was there.

It’s an uncommon store in the Charleston shopping terrain.

A store that doesn’t feature the latest fashions or the latest designers, and yet is incredibly chic.

Owner and founder Lisa Moorer opened Culture Vultures two years ago in the retro-chic Avondale shopping district of West Ashley.


February 25, 2008

Oh, Oscar, Darling…

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Well the Oscars are over, and here’s my abbreviated five cents on the fashion. I’ll comment on the men later, but for now I’ll just say Javier Bardem is a f-o-x.


February 24, 2008

Thrifty Chic : Shaking the Rainy Day Fashion Blahs.

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Reflections In The Rain
compliments of soartsyithurts
You wake up fifteen minutes before your first class only to realize it’s raining outside…again…for the third day in a row. By this point you’re so disgusted with the weather that you seriously contemplate stuffing your CofC sweatpants into your rain boots, throwing on a hoodie, and calling it a day.

Oh hell no.

Apple Rows Rain Boots in Red

Rainy days are some of the best days to let your style shine. Just because the sky is cloudy and gray doesn’t mean your style should match. Start with shoes, rain boots are a no brainer and Charlestonians seem to be pros at picking out fabulously colorful rain boots. Nevertheless, if you find your wellies bit lacking, Target.com has 58 deliciously stylish rain boots all under $20.

Jeans are a popular choice to tuck into rain boots, but why not mix it up a bit and go for a pair of bright tights to compliment your boots instead. I recently stumbled upon welovecolors.com which is absolutely a mecca of brightly colored tights in every size and variety.

Tasty Orange Tights

A rainy day is the perfect day to sport a sundress, if for no reason but to remind yourself that the sun will appear again! Forever21.com has a plethora of pretty dress for a tiny price, or you could just pull one out of your closet. Top your dress with a light sweater to keep the wet chill from sinking in. Trenches are also great for rainy days, light enough that you don’t get too hot walking across campus but waterproof to keep those raindrops at bay. Pick a trench to compliment your sundress of choice and splash out in style.

H81 Stripe Sweater Dress & z.b.d. Designs Cardigan
$20 & $7
Forever21 & Walmart.com

Hair is forever a problem on rainy days. If you have long enough hair, pigtail braids look adorable and keep your hair tamed. If you are like me, though, and have short hair that refuses to do anything acceptable when the humidity spikes, work up the courage to wear a turban. Seriously, there is nothing chicer. Find a brightly colored scarf and tie those tresses up!

Light ‘n Go ‘Brella with Flashlight

Finally, top your look with an umbrella. Here, is where you might sacrifice style for function, as your very cute and dainty umbrella won’t do much good when the wrath of a Charleston thunderstorm bears down on you. Go for a sturdy umbrella that won’t back down to the wind tunnel that is Calhoun St. during a storm. Totes makes pocket umbrellas (the ones that fold down and can fit in your bag) that sell for about $22, they’re sturdy and get the job done.

So next time it rains, don’t back down. Flaunt your best and don’t forget to do a little puddle stomping in the street!

Extras for the Pros…putting it together & how to tie a turban

Gala from galadarling.com on how to tie a simple turban

A different spin on rainy day blues…

February 23, 2008

How To : Nu Rave

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Nu rave style has been big overseas since early 2007, and has finally (and thankfully) crossed the pond into our lovely states and, perhaps finally, into Charleston. Keep an eye on European designers as well as the plethora of American designers who are starting to incorporate these bright colors into their collections.

One of my favorite blogs describes nu rave fashion as this…

“I think the way to master the ‘nu rave’ look is to imagine you’re a senior citizen, & you’ve just caught the bus to Atlantic City to do some gambling for the weekend. However, while you were packing, your cruel grandchild spiked your tea with psychedelics.” – galadarling.com

Touche, touche. Now, putting it on you!


New Young Pony Club & Uffie

Your soundtrack for this style should be along the lines of M.I.A., New Young Pony Club, and Uffie. Essentially, poppy electronic music that makes you get up and dance.


The translation into your closet should be bright neons paired with oddly chic accessories and a huge dose of courage and anything goes. Neons are a little tricky to pull off, but when you accept that you won’t be looking like you’re going to the country club for brunch, you’re ready to attempt this trend.

Michelle Straight Leg Jean
Forever 21

Start with your pants. Skinny jeans in bright colors are good. But, remember to dress your body type…skinny jeans aren’t for everyone and there are plenty of other ways to deck out this style. (My pick: Forever 21’s Michelle Straight Leg Jean in blue or fuchsia, $24.80 at forever21.com). A high-waisted short is also a good move, and makes your legs look about two miles long. (My pick: American Apparel’s Cotton Spandex Jersey High-Waisted Hot Short in a multitude of bright colors, $22 at americanapparel.net)
Keep the Technicolor going on your upper half, but consider that these colors are going to be the ones closer to your face. Pick a more neutral color for your shirt and splash it with neons. For real, you run the risk of looking quite washed out when there’s too bright a color happening on your shirt. (My pick: threadless.com for silly t-shirts at very affordable prices).

Accessories are where to put the bulk of your color. An electric yellow clutch perhaps paired with red cuff bracelets and hot pink heels? Yes please. And the beauty of the accessories is there is absolutely no reason to lay down a huge chunk of change on any of the items—aside shoes perhaps, but that really depends on your pain tolerance. (My pick: Rue 21 for accessories that are bright in color and dim in price). Serious bonus points if you rock the fanny pack,.

Risky Business Sunglasses
Fred Flare

If the thought of head to toe florescent makes you nauseous, go for bold accents. A black minidress (My pick: American Apparel’s Fine Jersey T Dress, $26) paired with intensely bright tights, sunglasses (My pick: Risky Business sunglasses, $10 on fredflare.com), and a fun clutch (My pick: Xhilaration Lucite Clutch in yellow, $12.99 at Target).

Teatron compliments of Said Karrison on Flickr

Extras For The Pros…Interview with Uffie

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