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I Love Your Style: Lux Lisbon

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Who or what inspires your style? Many of us use actresses (like Sanoe Lake or Lisa Bonet) 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!

If you haven’t seen The Virgin Suicides, go see it! RIGHT NOW!  Directed by Sofia Coppola, another style icon, you can see how the 5 Lisbon sisters’ lives unfold in this dreamy and mysterious story (so mysterious, it almost seems true).  Originally based on the book by Jeffery Eugenides, the story is set in the 1970s in a town about 15 minutes away from where I live.

All of the sisters live in the kind of home where it’s a huge deal if they can actually be allowed to go to their Homecoming dance.  If these girls are late for curfew, they’re pulled out of school and under house arrest (unlike me where when I’m late for curfew my parents just…go back to sleep). Yeah, it’s not easy being a Lisbon sister. But despite  the strict dictators watching their back, the sisters manage to create their own distinct identities and styles, Lux especially.

Lux stands out not because she’s the most rebellious of the sisters, but because she’s a little more flirty in the way she dresses.  Her goal is to make those teen boys melt like a popsicle without doing anything more than showing a little shoulder or sunbathing in the front yard. I love Lux’s style because it’s romantic and simple, with a slight nod to the ’70s. On her it wasn’t vintage – because, duh, her story was set in the ’70s – but for me in 2010, Lux’s style is the perfect mix of light and vintage for the summer months. It’s dreamy and reminds me (as corny as this may sound) of sunshine, even though her life was the complete opposite of that.

Shoes, Dress, Bangle, Sunglasses

The most important thing to keep in mind when going for Lux’s style is romance. You want a dress with a little flirt in it; something flowy, flowery, soft. This dress is all three and allows you to show off a little skin but still look totally innocent. (The flowers on this dress are also eerily similar to those on Lux’s homecoming dress.)  I just love the modern style mixed with a vintage floral print that is spot on for summer.

The woven wedge sandals and gold aviators add to the 1970s feel without going overboard. And, lastly, the single gold bangle adds just enough je ne se quoi to the outfit to dress it up while maintaining a casual, “I just slipped this on” sorta feel. Put it all together and you’ve got a summer ‘fit that will make the boys swoon, just like the one and only Lux Lisbon.

COLLEGECANDY Writer
"Girls, if boys say something that’s not funny, you don’t have to laugh." -Amy Poehler contact me at: toscanoc@msu.edu or ctoscano620@aol.com!