Tucked-In Slouchy Sweater

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I frequently read articles on style websites such as Who What Wear, Refinery 29, StyleCaster and Style.com and draw some outfit inspiration from those articles. I read this article on Who What Wear yesterday, “30 Summer Outfits That Make Everyone Look 10 Pounds Thinner” and though I agree with some of these tips like flouncy skirts minimize and mask and that an A-line makes your waist look small, there were other points with which I definitely disagree. While wearing a voluminous skirt will definitely make your waistline look small and your legs look lean, wearing an oversize sweater, even tucked into a big skirt, will only make you look larger on top and more disproportionate. They claim that “adding fabric also adds the pounds” is a myth, but I’d hold true to that “myth.” I decided to try my own take on this “slimming” trend with a thin, lightweight, relaxed fit sweater tucked into a flouncy skirt. I think this works much better than wearing a truly oversize sweater. You draw attention to your waist and create this hourglass figure. Adding a pair of heels will only accentuate your lean-looking legs and balance out that extra top-heavy fabric.

Sweater: Zara (old) – similar   Skirt: Romeo & Juliet Couture (old) – similar   Shoes: Schutz   Necklace: J.Crew   Sunnies: Vera Wang

Boho Chic Birkenstocks

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Thirteen-year-old me got something right: Birkenstocks are a smart shoe to invest in. In 8th grade I was already fashion-savvy enough to buy not just one pair of Birkenstocks sandals, but also a pair of clogs. They’ve been through hell and high water (literally… I definitely accidentaly wore them in the shower a few times after swim practices), but they’ve made it to their time in the spotlight. I bought them as a comfortable shoe and they weren’t exactly a trend back in ’04, but now they’re crazy popular and I’m proud to say that I’m now officially rocking them, not just wearing them, 10 years later. I prefer my patent leather birks to these because they’re a little more feminine and sleek, but these just so happen to go perfectly with these boho-chic culottes. This entire look is very boho-chic, which isn’t my normal look, but hey, it’s comfy and I’m all for cute comfy clothes.

Sweater: Peruvian Connection   Top: Tahari – similar   Pants: H&M   Shoes: Birkenstocks   Sunnies: Ray Ban

Jacky O. Capri Sandals

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One of the highlights of my trip to Capri a few years ago was going to the historic sandal-maker that made Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ original ‘Capri sandals’ at Canfora. He customs fits the sole to the size of your foot and cuts, straps, and hammers the leather straps of your choice (design and color) right there while you wait. They also happened to give us limoncello and chocolate samplings while we waited (that was just an added bonus). I chose these rose gold leather strappy “gladiator” sandals. I rarely wear them as I have to tie them so tight so that they don’t slide down. These sandals really add some flair to this black romper. I think they lengthen out my legs, yet they’re a completely flat sandals. They also work well with a midi skirt as seen on Who What Wear.

Romper: French Connection – similar & similar   Sandals: Canfora   Necklace: Anarchy Street   Sunnies: Coach (old) – similar   Bag: H by Halston – similar

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Orange and Afghani Statement Necklace

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Vibrant colors for a bright, sunny day. I feel like people underestimate orange and think it’s a hard color to wear, but I think it’s actually pretty easy to wear. Pair it with something that picks up the colors or a bunch of different earth tones/neutrals and you’ve got a fun, sleek look. Even though orange is a loud color, this simple sheath silhouette doesn’t allow the color to detract from this colorful vintage Afghani statement necklace.

Dress: Marc New York (Andrew Marc)   Shoes: Kate Spade (old) – similar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   Necklace: vintage Afghani   Bag: Kate Spade (old) – similar   Nails: Deborah Lippmann – “Wicked Game”

Shoe Crush Saturday: Charlotte Olympia Take 85 “Film” Sandals

I’ve always been incredibly into photography. Not just as a hobby or like everyone who has a DSLR and uses it on auto, but really truly into film photography and the magic of the darkroom. I started working in the darkroom and with film in high school and continued to be a photography major in college. I lost interest in digital photography because it just didn’t hit me like film. There’s a real feeling of pride and magic the first time you develop your own film, hang it up to dry and all your memories appear. Then, the first time you make a print and drop the paper in the developer and your image appears, it’s really magic. I’ve recently been going through my old film and want to get back into photography. These shoes are surprisingly inspiring. I know they’re just shoes, but they really appeal to my inner photophile. Charlotte Olympia’s vinyl film “Take 85” sandals are a pretty realistic-looking depiction of film and while these shoes are so artsy and edgy, they’re also simple and have a very sleek, popular silhouette. I’m not normally a fan of suede shoes in spring and summer because it feels like a winter fabric, but I love how subtle it is in contrast to the film straps.

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Think Pink

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Spring dresses may be one of my favorite articles of clothing, but pink is my favorite color to wear. It’s so cheery and preppy and sometimes, I don’t care that I look younger. It reflects my youthful personality and if I’m going to look vibrant and preppy, it’s definitely going to be during this beautiful spring weather. As if I wasn’t wearing enough pink with my draped back blouse and 50 shades of pink wedges, my mom’s beautiful pink peonies are at full bloom now, which made for a perfect photo-op. All the pink next to my lime green bag made me think of some artificially strawberry kiwi-flavored. Strawberries and kiwis may not be in bright neon shades, but these peonies definitely show that they’re still colors found in nature.

Blouse: Cynthia Rowley – similar   Jeans: Joe’s Jeans   Shoes: Zara (old) – similar   Jacket: Lucky Brand (old) – similar   Bag: Rebecca Minkoff   Necklace: similar

 

Brocade Sundress

IMG_3319 IMG_3320 IMG_3322 IMG_3329 I’m so thankful it’s sundress season (and so is every straight man on the planet). Sundresses have always been one of my favorite things to wear, but lately it’s been hard to find one that isn’t skimpy with cutouts and thin straps. It’s just not acceptable to wear those types of dresses to work when you’re gifted in the chest area. I’ve been searching for good work-appropriate sundresses because this is my first summer that I haven’t worked in a pool or been traveling through Europe and I found this adorable Nanette Lepore brocade dress. It hits me at the right spots, covers enough, hits at the knee and I can wear a real bra with it. (For the record: you shouldn’t wear anything that requires a strapless bra to work). I haven’t worn it to work yet, but I did wear it to go see the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit at the Met. It was so beautiful out I didn’t even need my light layer to step out onto their rooftop garden. As much as I love this dress, I would have easily swapped it for one of the elegant, gorgeous, architecturally-interesting silk faille and velour gowns from the exhibit.

Dress: Nanette Lepore – similar    Bag: Rebecca Minkoff   Shoes: Nine West – similar   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs   Nails: Essie – Olé Caliente

Dress or Separates?

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I must admit, when the Peter Pilotto collection for Target was being hyped about, I had never heard of Peter Pilotto. I checked out his high-end collections as well as his collab collection for Target and was like wow, these clothes are loud and awesome. He takes graphic prints to a new level and pairs them with other graphic prints. I loved the way the entire looks were styled from head to toe in prints, each one colorful and unique. I almost go the entire look that went with this skirt in the original lookbook, but then I remembered that I had this skirt and could create my own Peter Pilotto-inspired outfit. I think these two pieces, although completely separate, blend together as a whole really cohesively. I think it almost looks like it could be a dress rather than a skirt and top.

Top: Peter Pilotto for Target   Skirt: Cynthia Rowley (old) – similar   Blazer: Zara   Shoes: Tahari   Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Soft Colors: Spring Edition

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I wrote a post awhile back when I was wearing these pants; I had on a white long sleeve tee and a cream cashmere vest. These pastel pink ripped jeans are great year-round, so I replaced the long sleeve shirt and cashmere vest with a lightweight spring vest and a tiered lace silk tank top. Light colors aren’t necessarily flattering or slimming, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to wear them just because I’m not tiny. By wearing a long vest and heels and putting my hair in a bun on the top of my head I’ve elongated my body and made light colors work for me. The one thing about this outfit that isn’t showing, that I really liked, is that the back of my shirt is a semi-sheer silk.

Tank: Reiss – similar   Vest: H&M   Pants: 7 for all mankind   Shoes: H&M

Poppy Skirt and Poppy Flowers

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What better setting to take a picture in this poppy pleated mini skirt than in front of my mom’s poppies. I love all the unique details on this skirt: the tie belt, the pleats almost turning it into a bubble skirt, the snap closure and it’s kind of hard to tell, but it has this really cool, almost rough, texture. In fact, I actually thought it was a pair of shorts at first and I really want to find a pair of pleated shorts with a tie belt now. I chose a blank canvas of a black sleeveless blouse so I could add the fun red, yellow and gold chili pepper necklace and pick up that yellow again in my shoes. The poppy color is very springy, but I feel like the combination of red and black isn’t exactly light and fresh enough for spring. I feel like the bright yellow livens it up and the white denim jacket also screams spring.

Jacket: Liz Claiborne – similar   Blouse: Theysken’s Theory   Skirt: Helmut Lang (T.J. Maxx) – similar   Shoes: Pour la Victoire (old) – similar   Sunnies: Ray Ban