Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Being loyal customers who appreciate their creative designs (see our infamous wig-night-out where we both rocked AKIRA), we were excited when Jess won AKIRA's Twitter contest. While she was sent this crop top, in exchange for a review Jill received this flirty dress. So why not make it into a photo shoot? (Photos courtesy of Jess's boyfriend, looks styled by Jess.) We were in a California mood, so we went for a Coachella and LA Rocker feel. (Hologram Tupac was unavailable to make an appearance in this photoshoot. Scheduling conflicts, y'know?)

We've always loved AKIRA for it's on-trend pieces and pleasant sales associates, so we're so happy they gave us the opportunity to try out some goodies! Love the look? You can shop for styles similar to Jess's here and Jill's here.

Cropped tops compliment high waisted skirts and jeans, but being not the most flattering piece on me, I had to figure out a way to work this top while still feeling at ease. Enter a maxi and jean jacket from my closet. This once intimidating top became a functional accessory, and for only $29.90, you have a piece that impacts your wardrobe, not your wallet. Alternative ways to wear this top, while still maintaining comfort, are with a bathing suit for the summer, under an unbuttoned t-shirt dress, or paired with a blazer. Cropped tops also serve as real-life traveling pants, since they're best oversized. I could wear it with my maxi, while Jill could use it for an off the shoulder look. The quality of the fabric surpasses the price and I'm loving the colors of the floral, as the varying brights and pastels match almost everything in my closet. - Jess

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Jess is also wearing a denim jacket from H&M, dress from Forever 21, watch and bracelets from GUESS, and shoes from Aldo.

Adding a whimsical element to a different silhouette, this dress's airy flow and light feeling are perfect for summer days and breezy nights. The quality of the garment, as well as the shaping, were both flattering and well put together. An open back can be intimidating for those needing more support than a backless adhesive, (one problem I WISH I had), so I paired it with a black bra to show it's versatility. The color best compliments tan skin, but if you're pale and want to rock it out without being washed out, pair it with a dark lip. A black belt and shoes also help break up the light palette, creating contrast and edge to the look. Due to my short stature I usually have my long dresses tailored, but because of the high-low hem, the dress falls perfectly for any height, at any length. This dress is a savior for those who want to add a little umph to a summer trend. - Jill

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Jill is also wearing earrings from House of Harlow 1960 (available at Nordstrom, 520 N. Michigan Ave.), necklace and ring from Forever 21, bracelets from J. Crew, GUESS and Forever 21, and shoes from Dolce Vita.

AKIRA-ed out.

Don't forget, you can shop for styles similar to Jess's here and Jill's here.

What are you favorite pieces from AKIRA? Do you love cropped tops? Are you for high-low hems?

XO Jess & Jill

1 comment:

  1. I need to get myself a maxi and a jean jacket, love that idea for the cropped top! My second loves: Jill's shoes and ring :)


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