Five Winter Style Essentials

With the days getting chillier, there is no doubt winter is just around the corner. Being prepared for winter means having the right wardrobe. So start shopping now, before the cold weather gets you. Here are my picks for five versatile pieces to add to your wardrobe that will keep you cozy while looking ever-so-stylish.

1. Camel Wool Coat

A wool camel coat is eternally chic and classic staple for every wardrobe.  Whether it is an oversized style or a classic fit, camel wool coats are a timeless essential. It is an easy to wear piece that goes with almost anything, perfect to throw over office clothes, or as a cozy wrap on the weekend.

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2. Embellished Sweaters

Add a little bit of sparkle to your wardrobe. The embellished sweater is perfect for the festive season, but also brings a bit a bling to your every day life. They are effortless to wear and keep you warm and cozy.

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3. Wool Hat

When weather turns foul, a pretty wool hat will will protect your hair, and keep you looking cute. Opt for one with a wider brim to protect you from gusts of snow and wind.

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4. Tights

Just because your legs are covered up does not mean you cannot show them off. Make the most of the cold-weather months with these on trend and far from boring statement tights.

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5. Chunky Knit Scarf

It is amazing how warm a chunky knit scarf will keep you. This stylish piece is both practical and pretty. Chunky knits are ethereal, body enveloping, and inviting to touch.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Making a Statement

Statement necklaces are my very favorite accessory!! They are the perfect way to complete an outfit and add a little wow factor. I know they may seem a little overwhelming to some due to the size, but they can add so much to an otherwise simple or basic outfit.  If you are scared of the statement necklace, then check out these easy ways to wear them… and as you look at these outfits, think about how simple and / or boring they would be without a statement necklace. They really are the perfect addition to liven up an outfit.

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This pink statement necklace was just what it needed to pull the pink stripes and pink bows all together. Acting as a cohesive element, this statement necklace makes the outfit complete.

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With a monochromatic dark blue outfit like this, brighten it up with a light and bright piece like this fun yellow bubble necklace. The contrast of dark to bright makes the necklace really stand out and draws attention up toward your face.

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The combination of mint and white creates such a clean, fresh palette. Adding a necklace in the same hue as the top completes the look without taking away from the clean look.

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When wearing a t-shirt, you want to make sure it looks intentional. So add a sparkly statement necklace, and your outfit looks purposeful and put together.

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For a simple outfit, like denim on denim, try a fun statement necklace combo, like this large and small bubble necklace.

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For outfits with one or two neutral colors, add a pop of color to brighten things up the look.

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A simple maxi dress like this is gorgeous, but adding a big chunky statement necklace adds some interest up at the neckline and completes the look.

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When you wear a collared shirt, the collar is just asking to be paired with a statement necklace. A big sparkly necklace also looks so great under a peter pan collar.

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Sometimes just a hint of statement is all that is needed. Pair this yellow bubble necklace with a bright sweater and shoes, but tone down all the brightness by partially covering it with a khaki cargo vest.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

Quick Outfit Inspiration ~ For Evening

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Need to head out for a girls’ night? Or decided at the last minute to go on that date? Do not worry. You are prepared, even if you do not feel like it. Pull out an embellished sweater or a fancy sweater, black skinny jeans and a pair of leopard print heels. You are instantly put together. The black skinnies are perfect for any nighttime occasion and the not-so-simple sweater is both casual and elegant, getting you from drinks to dinner or your favorite night spot. Leopard print heels are a great option if you are pressed for time.  Treat them like a neutral. Your outfit will be fashionista-approved — and it only took you five minutes to put it together!  Now who is ready for a cocktail?

Summer Espadrilles ~ Under $100

There is no better compliment to an effortless sundress than an espadrille sandal. They are the nonchalant accessory of the season. And the best part is these comfy woven soles will keep you sturdy at beach-side soirees and backyard barbecues. Check out these styles, all under $100.

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Banana Republic ~ $98

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IIse Jacobsen, $99

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TopShop, $85

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Zara, $80

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Soludus x Wren, $65

 

 

 

Wearing Seersucker

Blue and white stripes are the seersucker of old, but they still rule the roost in modern looks. Yellow, pink, pale orange, gray and soft green all show their stripes in spring and summer seersucker, but of the variations in color, there is only one rule: Seersucker is seasonal and specifically for times that are warm.  Wearing the thin, almost crepe-like cotton and always slightly crinkled stripes of seersucker is simplicity at its finest unless it becomes too complicated. Guys and girls can wear too much of it and it is possible to go from casual cool to, well, wrinkled fool.  Here are some ways to show your stripes in moderation or in saturation, so you can stay comfortable as well as traditional, on-trend or a bit of both.

Seersucker got its start in suit form, with jackets and pants worn together on warm Southern days, and suits are still in fashion depending on the occasion and the way they are worn. There can be too much of a cool thing, but top-to-toe stripes is generally the way to go for guys at the Kentucky Derby, a Mint Julep-themed party or in locales where a seersucker suit is the only suit in the closet. Wearing the thin, crumply matching jacket and pants works in cities and northern towns too, as long as it is balanced with an unpatterned or subtle shirt. The reverse works, as well. A seersucker shirt underneath a classic solid suit is cooler and cool.

Probably the most wearable choice is the seersucker short.  They are widely available in a variety of lengths and colors, and can be dressed up or down from spring to late summer. Pleat-front women’s shorts look cool and fashionable with a crisp white shirt. Pulling in a third color, for example wearing a pink button-down with blue and white seersucker shorts or a pastel yellow T-shirt with gray and white bermudas is an easy look that adds a lot of options for a single pair of shorts.

While suits may offer the most square inches of seersucker fabric, miniskirts probably bear the least. Women in the East Coast boat set have long worn longer versions of the seersucker mini by keeping lengths at about or just above the knee. More recent versions take the classic stripes to micro-mini shortness or to several inches above the knee while keeping the patterns and fabric of days gone by.

Pairing seersucker with funkier blouses, ironic T-shirts, fitted solid blazers and even cotton tanks is trendy with a touch of class…a combination that rarely fails. Wearing flats in a solid color or even in a clashing pattern, for instance with flowers, animal print or polka dots, keeps a seersucker miniskirt looking cute, while high heels notch up the sexiness.

Although women can sport the look, too, there is something almost iconic about seeing a man in a seersucker blazer with pants or shorts. Where a seersucker suit can sometimes get it wrong by being over-the-top, a jacket most often adds just the right touch of both warm weather casualness and up-one-notch style than going without.  Flat-front chinos in shades of tan and khaki or white are staples for the seersucker blazer, but well-tailored black pants or even jeans — in black, blue or even white — look great with a loose but not oversized blazer of any color combination. And some added benefits of dressing up in dress-down seersucker are being able to worry less about ironing, sweating and dry cleaning; within reason, of course.
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Inspirations from Pinterest.

Super Simple Ways to Master Color Mixing

Color mixing is not the sort of thing that anyone is born knowing how to do, but that is a good thing. It is not a talent. It is a skill. And like any other skill, it can be learned. Here are six strategies to make it easier.
1. Keep it in the family. It is pretty straightforward: pastels with pastels, earth tones with earth tones, jewel tones with jewel tones, and so on.
2. Use a color wheel to find complimentary colors. When you are talking about colors, “complimentary” actually means “opposite.” Black and white, for instance, are complimentary colors. That is why they look so great together. You know, “opposites attract.” Yeah, like that whole thing. Every color has a complimentary color. It is just whatever is on the opposite side of the color wheel. True complimentary colors are the same distance from the center of the wheel, but it can be very striking to combine a color from the center, like a pale yellow green, with its complimentary color from the outside edge, like a deep mauve.
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3. Give it the ombré test. Different shades of the same color or similar colors almost always look good together. If you need some help, do a Google image search for “ombré [insert color here]” and see what pops up.
4. Try the “J.Crew Hack.” J.Crew shoots all their clothes fully styled on a model, and they have a really great way with color. Take the piece of clothing you are looking to build into an outfit, then go on JCrew.com or open one of their catalogs and find something, anything, the same color. Then just make a note of the colors they are combining and copy it with clothes from your own wardrobe. I call it a “J.Crew Hack,” but really it works with any brand or site that shoots their clothes on-model: Nasty Gal, Net-A-Porter, Zara. It’s just a matter of finding a brand you like and copying the combos they use.
5. Let a print be your guide. Find a print from a designer you love (or even something in your own wardrobe) and break it down into its different colors; then make an outfit. If you want to take it to the next level, rank the colors in the print from most used to least used and wear larger items like dresses, coats, or sweaters in the most-used colors and smaller items and accessories in the least-used colors.
6. When in doubt, black and white. Neutrals in general (navy, khaki, gray, denim, gold, silver, etc.) are great for color mixing, but black and white, especially together, are definitely the superstars of the family. You literally cannot go wrong.

Jumpsuits!!

Jumpsuits are everywhere right now, but they can be a little intimidating if you have never worn one before. They may be inspired by men’s coveralls, but they can be totally feminine and sophisticated in the right cuts and with the right styling. Let these ten stylish tips show you how it is done — it is easier to pull off than you think.

1. Define your waist ~ A slouchy, straight-up-and-down jumpsuit can be cool too, but cinching in the waist is a great way to define your shape add a little extra femininity to your look. Belts are the go to, of course, but tying a lightweight jacket or shirt around your waist can look pretty chic too and it has the added benefit of hiding that whole oblong-butt thing that sometimes happens when you cinch in the waist on a loose, flowy jumpsuit.
2. Break it up ~ Break up that big block of color with a lightweight jacket. Leave it open to elongate your body or wear it on your shoulders for some instant street style cred. A crossbody bag, worn in front, is also good for adding a little visual interest to your look.
3. Glam it up ~ Jumpsuits are just as good for evening as they are for day, especially when worn with glitzy metallic accessories and a sleek tuxedo jacket — perfect for a fancy dinner or a chic black tie cocktail party.
4. Show some cleavage ~ A deep, plunging neckline is hella sexy, but it is also great for breaking up a graphic all over print. Use a short necklace, bold earring, or face framing hat to help draw the eye up, away from your cleavage.
5. Make it sheer ~ Peek-a-boo sheer panels are a great way to show skin without giving it all away — sexy and feminine and just the right amount of subtlety.
6. Mix hard and soft ~ A leather jacket and chunky metallic jewelry are great for adding a little edge to a feminine and flowy pastel jumpsuit.
7. Choose a feminine print ~ Polka dots, florals, hearts, kisses, whatever. A good, feminine print can make even the most masculine silhouette look totally girly. Also, backless is always feminine.
8.Go for a bold color ~ Bright colors are automatic attention-getters — great for those times when you want to show off your shape.
9. Release your inner animal ~ If a full-on leopard jumpsuit is not for you, try a modified or abstracted animal print like this one and pair it with neutral layering pieces and accessories for a more subtle and sophisticated look.
10. Just add a heel ~ When in doubt, add a high heel — even the most utilitarian-looking jumpsuit can be completely transformed by a good pair of heels.