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Man Up: Menswear Trends for Women!

1 Dec

From a casual t-shirt to a classic button-down, menswear has always looked more structured, while still looking more comfortable than traditional women’s styles. Finally, the menswear trend came crashing into female wardrobes & it’s bigger now than ever. Some of my favorite menswear inspired pieces include (all featured can be found at Nordstrom):

Betsey Johnson

Menswear-inspired footwear doesn’t get much more chic than these Betsey Johnson booties (Nordstrom- $139.95). I absolutely adore a good suede shoe & these chunky booties definitely do it for me. Purchase It!

Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy made a lovechild by combining a traditional menswear piece, the blazer, with femininity. This structured blazer is all “business in the front, party in the back” with a flirty draped back (Nordstrom- $498.00). A fitted blazer should be a staple in all closets & won’t be headed out of style any time soon. Purchase It!

Alexander Wang

Over-sized button-downs or utility shirts add the perfect touch of masculine over leggings. This Alexander Wang design combines a girly silk fabric with the menswear design of a utility shirt (Nordstrom- $475.00). Add chunky jewelry & heels or boots to make this manly design feel fun & flirty. Purchase It!

MARC by MARC JACOBS

Chunky menswear-inspired jewelry doesn’t get much better than this MARC by MARC JACOBS rose-gold watch (Nordstrom- $275.00). The crystals & rose-gold color glam up the masculine face of the watch making it the perfect jewelry piece  for the menswear trend. Purchase It!

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Zara

7 Nov

I feel like a little store I’ve known about for a while has all of a sudden blown-up & their pieces are being donned by the best celebrities. I am thrilled, because Zara has been a favorite of mine for quite some time now, as they had a store downtown for years. Zara is one of the largest international fashion companies &  has stores all over the U.S., Middle East, Europe, Africa & Asia. They pride themselves on high-quality, high-fashion design, without the high-end prices & being eco-friendly. Do we wonder why I’ve worshiped them for so long now? I am happy they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve, being worn by Rachel Bilson, Camilla Belle, & Olivia Palermo, just to name a few. Why not check out Zara for your fall & winter essentials (the ones you have yet to purchase, procrastinators)?

Zara

As far as I’m concerned, the military styles are stronger now than ever. I absolutely adore this wool military-styled double-breasted coat for the chilly winter months ahead ($129.00). Purchase It!

Zara

Belt this Extra-Large Sweater for a more fitted look, or leave it long & baggy over leggings. Either way, this is a perfect versatile sweater that would flatter anyone ($89.90). Purchase It!

Zara

I’ve mentioned it before, but lace detailing is BIG this season & I love it! The feminine, subtle detail that lace provides is perfect & this Lace Dress is no exception ($79.90). Purchase It!

Zara

A casual boot is a must for fall & winter. This Combined Riding Boot is perfect to throw over jeans or leggings and pair with almost any top ($169.00). Purchase It!

Zara

The Fashion City Bag with Flap is a must for all seasons. I love the handle/ strap combo & the versatility as it’s appropriate for a workday or a night out ($169.00). Purchase It!

 

Zara has a ton of locations all over the world, so check out their site for a location near  you (or an online shopping spree).

 

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Fashion Rule to Break!

1 Nov

A friend came to me with a fashion question: Can you wear black & brown together? This is one fashion rule I’m adamant about breaking. After all, two neutral colors have to go together; it’s the whole idea of neutrality. Thankfully, I have a few fashion icons helping me prove this “rule” is outdated:

Lauren Conrad

Lauren’s blouse helped her with her decision to pair black & brown together. The gorgeous flower detail, brown in color, looked amazing paired with open-toed heels & a cute suede purse (both brown, of course). The casual vibe this outfit emits shows the perfect opportunity for color-pairing exploration.

Kate Moss

Unlike Lauren’s look above, Kate Moss shows that black & brown go together for a more dressier look, as well. Paired with a great blazer & high-waisted pant, Kate used a brown t-shirt to offset the black-on-black hues.

Heidi Klum

The ultimate form of the black & brown combo: Leopard print! Heidi Klum displays this amazing design of black & brown so perfectly, & lucky for us, animal-print is definitely in style this season. Take a page from Heidi’s black & brown look-book & pick up some leopard print pieces.

More celebrities like Rachel Bilson, Anne Hathaway & Kristen Bell sport the black & brown look so take a page from their book as well. Try pairing a black dress with a brown leather jacket; black leggings with brown boots or a black sweater with a brown belt cinching the waist. Both colors are complimentary neutrals, so don’t be surprised when they shatter your beloved fashion rule.

Editor’s Note: Thank you so much, Reese, for the awesome idea for this post! I hope this inspires you for many more “mismatching” looks.

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Peep-Toe Booties

24 Oct

Just like last fall, opaque tights are the perfect autumn accessory. Like peanut butter to jelly, a great pair of booties is the perfect counterpart to tights. Something less obvious, peep-toe booties are entirely acceptable (and encouraged) for fall fashion! Here are some perfect open-toed options:

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein Samarah Bootie (Nordstrom- $169.95)

Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik Ermadele Bootie (Barney’s- $835.00)

Top Shop

Top Shop Pioneer Suede Platform Shoe Boots (Top Shop- $245.00)
While opaque tights are perfect for booties, an edgier take on the look is to trade your tights for socks. Feeling dramatic? Choose a taller sock to bunch down or keep high.

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Inspiration

23 Oct

Inspiration is an important word when it comes to personal style. While, for my personal closet, I tend to choose more classic pieces, I am always inspired by the wild looks that come prancing down runways & are seen in over-the-top photo shoots. As most of us do, I have three models who always seem to inspire me whether it be on the runway, walking down the street (thanks, paparazzi) or in a shoot:

Kate Moss

Arguably one of the most sought-after models of all time, Kate never ceases to put me in jaw-dropping awe.

Kate Moss

Between the beachy waves & next-to-no makeup, I adore the above picture for its most realistic portrayal of natural femininity.

Jessica Stam

From Victoria’s Secret to Christian Dior, Jessica Stam has graced the runways with her statuesque figure & perfect skin.

Jessica Stam

Jessica’s glossy pout, sleek pony & smoky eye are the definition of high-fashion.

Chanel Iman

Similarly to what I love about Kate, Chanel looks her best when she’s fresh-faced and natural, and she’s made a living out of it!

Chanel Iman

With just a swipe of eyeliner on her top lid, Chanel shows how the simplest touch of makeup can make all the difference.

My hope as the author & editor of this blog is to provide inspiration through fashion, beauty & decor to show that even the most outrageous trends can be used for personal street style with a little confidence & a lot of love.

 

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