Wearing (faux) leather leggings with your coziest sweater is a great alternative to jeans for a laid-back weekend look. I even transitioned this look to evening (a casual dinner party) by swapping the loafers for heels and adding a sheer black tank underneath instead of the white button-down.
Wearing – Leather: H&M (last seen here), Blouse: H&M (old), Sweater: Loft, Loafers: Steve Madden, Aviators: Ralph Lauren (similar), Jewelry: Alexander McQueen ring, Gorjana rings, Saks Off-Fifth bracelet
Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens
I apologize for my absence! I’ve been super busy lately with some new projects, particularly styling for Keaton Row. I’ve noticed a trend recently among my clients… they all want classic pieces that they can style in different ways. And I couldn’t agree more! To me, the three most classic pieces worth investing in are a black blazer, a white button-down blouse, and dark denim jeans. Not only do these three items make a complete outfit that is classic and chic, they can be mixed up in infinite ways. Here are just three examples of how to wear your classics in a not-so-average way.
1. The Black Blazer: Layering with a black blazer is the easiest way to make an outfit look more structured, put-together, polished, however you want to say it… A bright-hued, flirty dress is balanced with a sleek black blazer and studded pumps.
2. The White Button-Down: A menswear-inspired piece, the white button-down naturally looks great with trousers or jeans, but I also like the wild-card pairing of something feminine and romantic. This look is a modern take on work-wear with a slim-patterned skirt and rich ankle-booties.
3. The Dark Denim Jean: A dark jean can easily be dressed up or down to fit your style. For a laid-back cool look, layer with a jumper and a scarf. Tasseled loafers and gold jewelry keep the look modern and sophisticated.
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Spring is far from arriving, but fashion is absolutely blooming with rose prints, patterns, appliques, and jewels. I was so inspired, that I found a beautiful rose-print silk blouse in the far corners of my closet last week that I
dusted off and wore to work. Here is a round-up of some of my favorite rose-inspired pieces for you to get on trend: Clockwise from top-left: Modcloth rosette bracelet, Christopher Kane rose-print Tee (love this one too), Dolce and Gabbana dress, Matthew Williamson trouser, Rag & Bone gloves, Tory Burch dress, Louis Vuitton limited edition coin purse, Tory Burch sneaker, Valentino Garavani silk scarf, Lover lace blouse (really love this one too!), Christopher Kane skirt, Oscar de la Renta collar necklace, Derek Lam booties
Not that you will need any layers this weekend (if you are a New Yorker at least…), but here is my take on casual winter layering. I am loving the new trend to use a denim jacket as a winter layering piece. My tips for achieving this layered look are: definitely pop the collar, choose an underneath layer with visual interest (like stripes) so that it pops, button up the denim jacket (a couple buttons will do) and leave the overcoat open. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Wearing – J.Crew jeans (old, lusting after these), Forever21 sweater (old, similar), Boston Proper denim jacket (love this one too), Calvin Klein coat, Steve Madden booties c/o, and Ray-Ban Wayfarers
Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens
I haven’t done a “work to play” post in a long time, but I am in love with the idea of taking an interesting blazer, like this midnight velvet one by Mango, from the office to a night out.
1. A velvet blazer is a little unexpected in the workplace, but it looks rich and luxurious when paired with slim, printed trousers. Add a crisp button down and nude pumps for more classic touches. A menswear watch and cute leather backpack are great accessories for a polished but fresh office look.
2. For cocktails, swap out the trousers for a romantic, brocade skirt. Layer a loose, white tank underneath the blazer to keep the look from being too structured or stuffy. An incredible statement necklace and cool, metallic pumps are on-trend pieces that can be incredibly versatile in your wardrobe. Add pops of color with a clutch and a swipe of bright pink lipstick, and you are ready to hit the town!
Blazer: Mango, Skirt: Stella McCartney, Tank: Etoile Isabel Marant, Pumps: Alejandro Ingelmo (similar), Necklace: Dannijo, Clutch: Acne (similar, under $30!), Bangles: Chanel, Lipstick: Bite Beauty
Fedora: gifted, Leather Jacket: Guess (old, similar here or here), Top: Zara (similar), Belt: vintage, Skirt: vintage (similar), Booties: Steve Madden c/o (similar), Scarf: via Marshalls (McQueen version), Watch: Michael Kors, Skull ring: BCBG (lusting over this one), Bracelet: J. Crew (old)
I was given this delightful little fedora for Christmas, which I immediately rejected as “too much” for me. My Mom refused to return it, forced me to try it on everyday for a week, and finally convinced me (er, maybe?) that I looked “adorable” in it. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against hats. I often admire them on the heads of others, but I was never able to find one that fit my abnormally small dome (this version comes in sizes) or that seemed to fit my wardrobe. So here’s to new style adventures in 2013! Taking risks and taking names… while wearing a hat…
What do you think of my topper? Will you be taking fashion risks this year? Tell me in the comments!
Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens
Another update on my life via Instagram:
Ugly Sexy Christmas Sweater, Mini Chanel Perfumes (great gift!), Pretty 2013 Planner
Mini style moments
The Sartorialist thanks to Cal, Hilarious Cards Against Humanity game, Little Miss books and Alexander McQueen book thanks to the Manfriend
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Full disclosure: Sometimes I get overwhelmed by my closet… When this happens, I find it is best to go back to the basics. A great straight leg jean, white Tee, a black topper (coat, blazer, leather jacket), and pumps. So this weekend, when you don’t know what to wear, take a cue from Jamie Chung, who is killing it in her basics. Have a great weekend!
So despite the inevitable let-down of New Years Eve, you went ahead and purchased the metallic, sequined, over-the-top dress anyway… But, noisemakers have been popped, champagne has been consumed, and the ball has dropped so now what? Will this illustrious purchase gather dust until next year… or realistically 2016, when it is safe to (I can’t believe I’m even saying this) repeat again? The horror…
Forget that plan! Instead, why not wear that bedazzled NYE dress now, tomorrow, the next day? Here are three different ways to style that New Years Eve number for other occasions in 2013:
1. Cocktail party – Another cocktail party on the horizon? This time, mix your textures – This velvet blazer with a NYE sequined dress adds interest to the outfit. A statement necklace won’t compete with the golden shimmers, but keep the rest of the outfit clean – sheer tights and sleek pumps are the perfect complements.
2. Night out with the girls – Still haven’t tried the dress over pants look? Well now’s your chance… Leather leggings are a chic and warmer alternative to tights. Top it off with a military-inspired parka to help dress-down the sparkle, and add a roomy purse, booties, and a wide-belt to complete this alternative, night-out look.
3. Weekend warrior – My personal favorite. Layering a sweater and scarf over a dress (even one with sequins) is a comfortable but cute winter-weekend look. Pair burgundy stockings with your flat, lace-up booties to take your girly sparkles into boho territory. Funky jewelry completes this chic look.