On her blog, Shala’s Rabbit Hole, Pop magazine’s editor-at-large Shala Monroque describes herself as a “writer, traveler, fashion enthusiast and consultant.” Now, if you know anything about Shala, the term “fashion enthusiast” is a slight understatement—Shala is consistently spotted at fashion industry events in cutting edge ensembles, to-die-for accessories, and of-the-moment pieces, which is why she is the perfect pick for today’s Fashion Insider story. So, whether you are Shala’s number one fan, or you just want some front row inspiration, make sure you read on as there is plenty to discover about the divine Ms. Monroque inside!
1. Whether she is attending a cocktail party or being spotted at fashion week, one thing is certain: Shala gives every outfit a personal twist. For example, for an industry event in Venice, Italy, last year, Shala wore a sophisticated white blouse and a black a-line skirt. She gave the outfit a playful touch, however, by adding a polka-dotted mini bag. The lesson: infuse every outfit with personality. On that note, you can assemble a similarly stylish outfit by pairing DKNY’s V Neck Button Down Blouse ($195) with Theory’s Arabesque Skirt ($275) and Steve Madden’s Karmena Pumps ($99.95). Finish with Juicy Couture’s Luxe Day Dreamer Bag ($204.10).
2. Be still our beating hearts—how amazing did Shala look at the 7th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in November? Not only do we love the strong color combination—who can say no to a bright pop of pink and a bolt of blue?—but we love the way Shala paired a turban with a ruffled gown. This surprising choice of accessory gave her ensemble an exotic twist that immediately brings the boho-luxe era of the 1970s to mind. Inspired? Take a page from Shala’s book by pairing Madison Marcus’s Renewal Ruffle Dress ($285) with Urban Outfitters’ Full Jersey Turban ($29).
3. Much like her career, Shala’s style includes a little bit of everything—on any given day, she might be channeling a bohemian-luxe aesthetic, a ladylike look, or, in this case, a relaxed minimalist vibe. Back in February, Shala attended an event in Los Angeles wearing a sleek all-black ensemble—a flared top and cigarette-leg pants. This look feels really fresh and is perfect for the modern girl who needs a go-to ensemble. Try it for yourself by picking up Pins & Needles’ Spliced Lace Tunic ($54) and All Saints’s Karin Cigarette Pants ($140) and pairing them with Robert Rodriguez’s Wooden Bead Necklace ($245).
4. Picking out the right accessories for your outfit is an art, which is why we are eager to take lessons from Shala. Last year, Shala attended the Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Dinner in New York City wearing a sophisticated white shift dress and pointy blue pumps. The ensemble looks amazing, but it is Shala’s choice of accessories—specifically, a tribal necklace and printed clutch—that really brought the outfit to life. Take notes from Shala by picking up Kimchi Blue’s Chiffon-Trim Dress ($39.99) and Aldo’s Rya Pumps ($49.98) and pairing them with House Of Harlow 1960’s Gold Feather Stations Necklace ($75).
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