Ripley Rader is a Southern girl at heart but an LA based designer by nature, and her creative “DIY” spirit lead her to create a full and fabulous line of ready-to-wear jumpsuits which were the launching pad into creating more trendy pieces us LA girls and beyond cannot get enough of. Ripley has been deemed “the jumpsuit designer” by Fred Segal and her chic, fun, and fashion-forward creations have been worn by everyone from moi to celebs like Felicity Huffman, Sandra Oh, Christina Milian, and more.
Ripley may be synonymous with power jumpsuits and sequins, but these days she’s bringing a whole lot more to the fashion scene with statement making and ready-to-wear pieces like wide leg pants, crop tops, high waisted skirts, and a-line dresses. The thing I’ve found that I love most about Ripley’s collection is that all of her clothes flatter and fit every body type; the quality fabrics and textiles she uses are comfortable, durable, and *stretchy* – which also makes her collection perfect for this 60-80 degree California weather. What also stands out about Ripley’s collection is that each piece is the focal point to your entire look – they’re all statement pieces in their own right, and it’s an added bonus that they all can be worn from day to night. So with 5 trends, 4 pieces, and 1 designer… this is how I styled the trends with Ripley’s Spring 2015 creations.
1. The Jumpsuit.
Classic, chic, elegant. What makes Ripley’s jumpsuits the best though? The stretchy, drapey fabric she uses fits, flatters, and elongates almost every body type. I am happy to see the jumpsuit everywhere around LA because it really is the perfect powerful all-in-one outfit. With such a defined “look”, I chose to keep it French and stick with a nude lip and simple strappy heels – simplicity with accessories (or even none at all) is key to making this particular look work.
2. The (Super) Wide Leg Pant + Crop Top.
There are wide leg pants and then there are WIDE LEG PANTS like these, and me, Ripley, and Rachel Zoe are bigger fans of the latter as of late. Let ’em touch the floor because your legs will look even longer. The high waist on these and the stretchy fabric make them functional and fun to wear, but again these create quite the statement look so keeping it simple with a black crop top and a nude lip seemed the more fashionable route to take. You could throw on a few bangles, rings, or a watch with this look but Ripley’s two pieces speak enough for themselves.
Just because New Years eve is over doesn’t mean sequins are, and if you’re going to catch me wearing eye-catching anything, it’ll still be in black. A black sequin jumper, which I’m pretty sure may only exist because of Ripley Rader, is part of a trend that has far outlasted its holiday necessities. It’s pieces like these that remind me how awesome it is to live in LA, where we can wear epic outfits like this out to dinner, out to a party, or even to the movies! Whatever! Few things will make you feel more like a feminine yet confident powerhouse quite like this all-in-one ensemble. Accessories? Lose ’em, there’s plenty of sparkle going on, keep it simple because sequins speak for themselves.
4. 60’s Mod Mini Dress.
A LBD with a 60’s mod flair… when has this look ever been out of style? The great thing about THIS particular little black dress is that this look you can easily dress up or dress down depending on shoes and accessories. I chose to keep it simple and casual-chic with high minimalist heels and a pony tail but with this look you could throw on a pair of over the knee boots, a felt hat, a statement necklace, what have you. The fabric is medium weight to give a more structured look and it does not wrinkle, giving you free reign to wear this number from work straight to dinner or drinks.
5. All Black Everythang.
Black is the new black. Always has been always will be.
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