I Love Your Style: Elvira Hancock

Who or what inspires your style? Many of us use celebrities (like Willa Holland) or TV characters (like Clarissa Explains It All) as style inspiration, even though, most of the time, they are being dressed from head to toe by the best stylists. Which we don’t have. And sometimes it’s damn near impossible to work their Hollywood looks into our not-so-Hollywood lives. I’ve made it my mission to tap into the mind of a fashion stylist and show you how to take your style inspiration – whatever it may be – and make it more you!

I saw Scarface once.  Yes, one time and I was barely paying attention.  Typically movies about Cuban drug lords and mafia crime in Miami don’t exactly thrill a Midwestern girl like me.  It’s a little difficult to relate to Tony Montana’s lifestyle choices, but Elvria, on the other hand, well that’s a whole other story.

Before everything went to total sh*t, Tony and Elvira lived the South Beach fantasy of money and power. Money was no object, so whatever Elvira wanted she got. And what she wanted was clothes. Gorgeous, expensive clothes. (I think that’s something we can all understand, no?) So yeah, maybe she snorted more nose-candy than an elementary schooler’s filled pillow case on Halloween, and perhaps she was involved in more murders than I’d normally support, but her style was impeccable and I just couldn’t look away.

I love Elvira’s style because it’s always glamorous and sexy, no matter the occasion. (And I’m definitely not the only one who idolizes it; Gucci even based the Spring/Summer 2006 ad campaign on the Scarface look!) You and I probably feel our most comfortable in sweatpants, or go out in jeans and “the cute top” combo. Not Elvira, who sleeps in slinky silk and whose “hangin’ around the house clothes” are something we’d probably wear to prom. She just always finds an excuse to dress up and make heads turn, and that’s both sexy and inspiring.

Now, I won’t be heading to the grocery store in a bejeweled maxi-dress anytime soon (or helping my boyfriend smuggle drugs across international borders), but I do think it’s totally possible to bring a little Elvira style into my daily life. And yes, it’s possible on a non-drug-lord’s-GF budget.

Heels, Dress, Bangles, Sunglasses, Earrings

I’m all over this look because you don’t have to live in Miami to make it work.  The short, white, body-hugging dress is sexy, chic, and very luxe, meaning you can channel Elvira without putting in much effort. Just slip it on and you’re halfway there.

The subtle silver bangles and silver hoops add a little richness to the look (you don’t want to go too bold and flashy, or else it will look totally fake), and the white, bejeweled heels with the animal-print sole embody the lavish, South Beach lifestyle.  Add the designer-looking shades to pull it all together for an outfit that will stop everyone, even Elvira herself, in their tracks.

It’s really easy to be “comfortable” when it comes to getting dressed, but don’t be! Adding a little glamour to your daily style is simple; this outfit only had 4 elements, all of which you can pair with other things in your wardrobe! As Elivra has taught us all, there’s always an excuse to dress up. So do it.

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