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Inspiration on the Streets

Niyah Jackson is the 16-year-old fashion blogger behind Inexpensive Chic, a blog dedicated to showing you how to “look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks.” Niyah is also a track lover, bookworm, model and aspiring fashion stylist. Be sure to follow Niyah on StyleSays!

One of my favorite places to look for fashion inspiration are the streets. Why? Because everyday people are real– their style is real, their personalities, no two people are the same. Sometimes we get lost within the media’s perception of beauty. Magazines, don’t always show you how to dress for all shapes, and a lot of the outfits on the runway are not wearable to us regular people! Wherever you are, if you just walk outside, youll be surrounded by people who dress in different ways. One of those people are bound to inspire you in the way they look and maybe you’ll translate that inspiration into how you dress. Below are three outfits that I think are particularly amazing and to go with each of them are tips on how to incorporate elements of their style into your own!

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I’m usually not the type of girl who dresses very simple and describes her style as “classic.” I like to dress up, wear far too many rings than I should at one time, mix prints and play with color, etc. but every now and then I try to come out of my box and try something different. What I love about this look, is that it’s definitely preppy and elegant, but the muted color scheme keeps things fresh and interesting. The subtle accents of jewelry tie everything together.

How to Make This Look Your Own: Try pairing two unexpected colors together in classic shapes (a button down top and a trouser pant or short would be perfect), add dainty jewelry in either silver or gold and slick your hair back.

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1. Charlotte Russe Sleeveless Lace Button Front Top $22.99

2. Delia’s Olivia Colored Denim $14.99

3. Forever21 Paige Double-Strand Necklace $5.80


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There’s a lot going on in this look. We’ve got the neons, the pastels, the fur, the menswear hat, the celebrity sunnies, color streaked hair, two toned bag AND printed pants! Woo! That was a mouthful. It’s almost as if she wanted to try wearing as many of the trends in one outfit as possible. Honestly, I think she pulled it off, but for me and many of you who are reading this– it’s just not for everyday and there’s a very thin line between pulling something like this off and looking like you literally were temporarily blind while getting dressed.

How to Make This Looks Your Own: Just to be cautious, when you come across an outfit like this take one or two things at a time to be inspired by. For me, it’s the colored blazer and matching pumps. For others it could be the menswear hat and streaked hair, or the printed pants and two toned bag. Whatever it is, pick two and stick to them!

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1. Silence and Noise Boyfriend Blazer $49.99
2. Yesstyle Cross Strap Wedges $32


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Everything old is new again. The Spring/Summer runways have been filled with influences to the 80’s. Make this look 2012 by pairing a silly graphic tee with neon accented jewelry and accessories. You can go so many different directions with this– extreme (like above) where everything is neon, medium, where you pair a neon dress or separates with nude accesories and jewelry, or simple, by wearing a nude outfit with pops of neon add-ons.


How to Make This Look Your Own: Choose your degree of neon: Extreme, Medium or Simple.


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1. Alexander McQueen Neon Dress $230

2. Reed Krakoff Nude Bag $1,980

3. Giuseppe Zanotti Nude Heels $695

4. H&M Necklace $12

We absolutely love @FashionChalet’s style. This combo is a must have for spring. 
Shop her look on StyleSays. 
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