Just a fun little Friday remix for you! I have quite a little collection of beaded skirts and love mixing them up by not only wearing them at night, but during the day too. With the right styling, you won’t feel like you are super dressy, which is key. For this remix, I kept the bones of each outfit very similar, i.e. black, shoes, same sunglasses, similar jewelry etc, as well as the color palette, which makes creating outfits much easier, especially if you are new to remixing.
I’ll admit I am a bag girl through and through. But another weakness of mine in the closet department, is coats and jackets. I have quite a few ranging from puffy, insulated and practical to thin, unlined and stylish, which let’s be honest, the latter description isn’t always useful when it comes to the harsh winter weather we experience here in New York. What ends up happening instead is, most of my light to mid-weight coats only get worn during spring and fall, and then hang idly in the closet, until it warms up again. It feels like such a waste. Then recently, one of my clients and I came across these amazing and super thin Ultra Light Down Vests and Jackets by Uniqlo. Life changing. Seriously. All of a sudden, I was able to wear some of my favorite jackets that previously had left me freezing in the winter, simply by slipping on one of these feather-weight babies underneath my favorite overcoat. I highly suggest you check them out – they really do make a difference.
Below, I created three Paper Doll mini videos on how I layered a few looks with the same navy blue vest, three different ways! xo
One of my favorite things to do with outfits and creating looks, is to remix them. I like to take one item and build around it, coming up with multiple ways to wear it. I used to do this a lot but think I need to make a point of doing more of it on the blog – I just find it so fun! And, I know I find it helpful when I see how to wear something two (or three or four) different ways on other blogs and in magazines, so I hope you guys do too!
Today’s remix is all about my “leather” shorts and how I style them during the summer months…
Personally, I would wear this outfit to a work meeting because my industry is a bit more relaxed when it comes to clothing and style. But I understand that everyone has different work environments and this look may not be appropriate for all professions. I recognize that the shorts may be a bit too short for a typical work day, so for those of you that need a slightly more modest style, opt for this skirt (or this one) or a slightly longer short, such as this cute pair. That said, I still feel this look is very polished and sophisticated and perfectly acceptable for an evening out with the girls!
This outfit feels very casual chic to me, because the actual “bones” of this outfit are fairly relaxed, seeing that the jacket is a lightweight linen and the top is a chambray button down. What dresses it up, are the heels. I would wear this to shop or meet up with a client, or to a low-key lunch with a colleague. But by simply slipping on a cute pair of flats, you can easily transition this outfit to the weekend and still look and feel cute while eating brunch and running errands on a typical Sunday afternoon.
Like I said, I love accessories!
Takeaway tip: These outfits, although very different in style, use many of the same types of pieces, i.e. a blazer, button down and heels. However, the key to switching up a look, such as making it dressed up or down, is all in the material and fabric of the clothing, the colors of the items used and most importantly (in my mind), the accessories. But overall, the most important thing I always say, is to have fun with it! What’s fashion without some fun?! xo
During my family’s road trip from California to Seattle I basically lived in some basic version of this outfit, which consisted of a tank and these cutoff shorts. So during one of the longer stretches of driving, my Dad and I took a break and hopped out of the car to take some photos to show how you can easily remix a simple look like this one, two different ways. Hope you enjoy, and are having a lovely Tuesday! xo
This is my absolutely favorite vest because it can be worn effortlessly in so many different ways – alone or layered under something – without feeling over the top, or adding too much bulk. Here are two different ways I’ve worn it over the past month. Also, today’s “Crazy About” post is coming shortly, so stay tuned! xo
P.S. I’m still road tripping through California at the moment, but for those of you that want to, follow along with me in real time on Instagram by clicking here!
A white ribbed tank top can be such a versatile piece if styled the right way. Inspired by a recent post by Karla where she wore a plain white tank and jeans, I became intrigued by the simplicity of this particular piece of clothing, which is often overlooked in an outfit. So for fun, I decided to create three looks around this classic separate.
1. Zara Blouse / H&M Skirt 2/3. J.Crew Necklace / Lauren by Ralph Lauren Shoes 4. H&M Trench / J.Crew Clutch
Remember this color blocking mini series? For those of you new to it, I created a little tutorial to show how you can rock this trend at three different levels: 1-for beginners, 2-for intermediate, 3-for advanced. Last time we did level 1, today, I give you level 2!
1. I used the same green top as last time to keep it simple, but for more of a challenge, since this is level 2, I took a risk and paired this lime green top with an equally bright tomato-colored skirt.
2/3. With a high waisted skirt, such as this one, to avoid bunching, and looking too much like a Christmas ornament, I opted to tie the loose extra material into a cute knot right at the waist to create a clean silhouette. I added minimal accessories, such as this simple peal necklace and cognac colored heels.
4. By adding a khaki trench as the final piece, it ties this outfit together and helps break up the bold color contrast. Now, in most situations, you will have to remove your jacket so if you really like this look but don’t want to stand out so much, try a khaki blazer as an alternative option.
Styling Tip: Invest in cognac colored accessories. In my opinion, you really can’t go wrong with this color when accenting an outfit. It really is the best neutral and goes with most anything.
Yesterday I went to Value Village and picked up six items for a total of $30. My loot consisted of: 1 blazer, 2 button-downs, 2 silk blouses and 1 pair of pants. I spotted these particular harem-type pants all by their lonesome at the front of one of the racks and decided to give them a whirl.
I was curious about where they originated from, and it said Bali on the tag, but, either way, they looked like a party to me, hence the title of this post and the pattern of the pant. On top of everything, they fit well, and felt super comfortable. (I have a inkling that after a while, they may just become my pjs, they are that soft.) Anyway, I liked them so much that I decided to do a remix challenge with them over the next few days, to see how I could work them in with the pieces of my wardrobe that I brought home.
For the first look, I wanted something super casual, but still put together, so, I pulled out the soft blue in the pants with an over-sized blue and white striped oxford that was also a thrifted find. I added my beloved wayfarers and some high heel to give the outfit some edge and a bit of sophistication. xoxo