Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lady Tomboy

 dress--Trina Turk via Rent the Runway, jacket-Piperlime(similar from Zara here), necklace-J.Crew Factory(similar here), clutch-Banana Republic(more options here), heels-Ralph Lauren(more options here)

Bringing some understated glam to a wedding this past weekend in this subtlety chic outfit!A navy frock, shiny necklace, and pumps are no-brainers when it comes to wedding-guest style. However, the overlay of this Trina Turk dress, the pattern on the heels, AND the unexpected add-ons of a floral bomber and message clutch take it up a notch on the fashion barometer. (Do barometers have notches?)  Either way, you get my point, that outfitting is in the details. Sure, it helps to have a great-fitting dress with visual interest, but a designer dress alone is still just clothes. When you deploy thoughtful accessories, especially ones with a bit of irony--hello "tomboy" bag--then the outfit emerges. 

Other things to note: my hair color REALLY plays into the color story of the overall look. Besides the tomboy clutch, another semi-ironic touch is the sporty jacket over a cocktail dress. And finally, I feel a crochet versus lace overlay is much more suitable for a lady in her 30's. Lace can read juvenile OR mature depending on how it's rendered. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Birds & Stripes

blazer-J.Crew(similar here), tee-Zara(similar here), pants-Uniqlo(similarish here), flats-Dr. Scholls(similarish here), necklace-Gifted(similar here from Free People)

Here's another iteration of my workwear uniform (as seen here, here, and here)--shirt, pants, blazer, and flats rendered in a mix of patterns. It's a functional go-to and can be quite versatile depending on the mix of pieces. I love the prints here--stripes, birds, and polka dots the standard navy blazer really brings everything together with just enough polish for the office. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana

blazer-J.Crew(similar here), dress-BCBG(similarish here), necklace/slides-H&M, watch-Wenger

Orange can be a tricky color to pull off, especially for us pale gals, but once you've find the right shade for you it can quickly become a go-to color in your outfitting. For instance, this orange blazer that I've had  for years, is one of my favorite pieces to add some eye-popping color to a variety of lookst. AND, it was the perfect topper to this striped dress. I kept the color story going with the slingbacks and kept the jewelry simple. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Put A Collar On It

collar-ASOS(similar here), dress-Uniqlo(similarish here), loafers-G.H. Bass

This navy shift, and my work-a-day weejuns are given a bit of personality with the addition of this sequined detachable collar from Asos. (check out their collection of bibs here!) I'll be the first to admit that this outfit fell a bit short of the mark. It's just not as polished/striking as I had hoped. Looking at these pics I feel a blazer was called for, either my classic white blazer, last seen here, or my lavender blazer, last exalted, here. Also, these brown loafers are a bit heavy for the whimsical vibe the collar brings forth, so maybe a different shoe as well. 

But the MAIN lesson here today boys and girls, is that adding a collar (or bib) to a standard garment elevates said garment from clothes into an outfit, you just have to stick the landing on execution. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Loving Lavender

Click to enlarge and check my silver collar tips!

shirt-Nasty Gal(similar here), "vest"-Banana Republic Factory Store(similar here), pants-Uniqlo, heels-Hive & Honey via DSW(similar here), "class" ring-Jewel Mint(more rings via Poshmark here), hair color-Feria by Loreal Paris 

In this post I talked about my relationship with purple, and how all its shades are the perfect color(s) for spring. Well now I'm practicing what I preach with my new smokey pastel hair color! I felt it was time for a bit of a change, and when better than spring (and summer) to switch things up on the hair front. 💇 

My new do' plays into the chic color combo of navy and mauve in this outfit. The collar tips on the shirt and tone-on-tone dots in the "vest" are subtle, yet striking details to elevate the overall look. Also, this "vest" is actually a top. I've long been a fan of vests as alternative to blazers, especially in the warmer months, now here I'm taking it a step further with a structured sleeveless top as a vest-alternative.

Lady Tomboy

 dress-- Trina Turk via Rent the Runway , jacket-Piperlime(similar from Zara here ), necklace-J.Crew...