7.23.2014

Change It Up

I talked earlier this week about how scarves can change up an outfit or give a little more pizzazz to a simple look.

Today, I wanted to talk more about using accessories to update favorite basics.

Trench:  eShakti
I enjoy those features on "8 Ways To Style a Dress" or "1 Shirt, 6 Ways," but I always wonder who actually wears their clothes in so many different ways.  It is fun to play around with the possibilities, but the reality is that while a piece can often be styled in many different ways, one's personal taste  usually means that only a few of the options will ever be worn (or is that just me?)

When I find a style or particular type of look that I love, I tend to stick with it.  I have worn my khaki trench with a black pencil skirt and black skinnies so far.  Yesterday, I decided to style it for work with yet another pair of black pants. 


Pants:  The Limited
Blouse:  Outback Red by The Limited
To keep the outfit feeling fresh and not too similar to previous looks, I changed up the jewelry and the shoes and added a more flowy blouse.  I opted to keep use the same tote as I did the last time I wore the jacket.
from "Perfectly Polished"
There are multiple small changes that make this outfit feel different than the neutral look I wore previously.  The blue top adds an understated pop of color, and the gold jewelry adds a fun statement. 
Shoes:  Target (old)
Jewelry is often more subtle of an accessory change-up than scarves.  The key is to opt for a statement piece while keeping the other pieces more simple.  Here, the purse locket adds a unique touch, while the bangle and rings add more shine without competing with the necklace.
Locket:  Vintage
Rings:  New York & Company (Available here)
Bangle:  Ann Taylor (Available here)
Tote:  New York & Company
Do you use jewelry to change up an outfit?  Do you have any "statement" jewelry that you love?

For these pants in other looks, see here, here, here, here, and here.
For this blouse in other looks, see here, here, and here.

7.21.2014

City Safari

Happy Monday, everyone!
Dress:  Eva Mendes for New York & Company
For today's look, I wanted to create an urban safari theme. 

This look is comfortable and easy, and the layers are perfect for transitioning between indoors and outdoors.

Jacket:  Peter Som for Kohl's (Sold out on-line; may be available in stores)

Clutch:  The Limited (old)
I love leopard print, but I'm starting to feel on the fence about this particular color/material combo.  I think I prefer the classic camel/black combo in a more substantial fabric.

Booties:  Target (Available here)
Are you a fan of leopard print?  Do you have a preferred color combination for leopard print?
Necklace:  Kohl's
For this dress in other looks, see here, here, and here.
For this jacket in other looks, see here, here, and here.

7.20.2014

Scarf It Up!

Sometimes, the scarf makes the outfit, and today's recent work look is certainly the case.

Scarf:  Eva Mendes for New York & Company (Available here)
Blazer:  New York & Company Petites
I can't resist a tassel, and I love the vibrant color scheme of this scarf. 

I kept the rest of the outfit simple.  While I would wear this outfit as is
(and probably have), the scarf really completes the overall look.
Pants:  The Limited (Available here)
Accessories are an easy, and relatively inexpensive way, to change up an outfit and give your wardrobe more variety.
Ring:  Target

Clutch:  Target (old)
I do this a lot with jewelry, and the difference is usually more subtle.  With a large, bold scarf, I felt like I was wearing a whole new outfit!
Earrings:  The Limited

Sandals:  Payless (old)
Do you use accessories to change up your look?  What's your favorite type of accessory?
Cami:  LOFT Petites
For this blazer in other looks, see here, here, here, and here.

7.17.2014

The Slip Dress

Hope you all have been having a great week!  We've been having gorgeous weather the last few days, and it has put me in a great mood!
Dress:  Ann Taylor Petites (Available here)
In fact, the cooler weather is making me think more and more about fall style!  Fall fashion is truly the best!  St. Louis Fashion Week is just around the corner, and I'm always excited to explore fall trends. 

For today's look, I was playing around with styling this silky slip dress I recently picked up from Ann Taylor.  I'm imagining so many ways to style this simple LBD for fall!

Jacket:  The Limited (old)
Boots:  Target (Available here)
I haven't worn this dress out yet, and I'm reconsidering size.  Here, I'm wearing the Petite X-Large, and it's a little too big and too long.  The Petite Large was a tad small for the style of the dress. I recently tried a large in the "average" sizing and got a much better fit in the body, so I plan on returning this one.  Typically, average sizes run a little bigger than petite sizes, and the average size provides the in-between fit that I need.  The dress has adjustable straps, and shortening the hem should be an easy fix.
Pendant:  Ixora Boutique (Similar here)
Bracelet:  LOFT (Available here)
Even though the fit on the dress isn't quite right just yet, I'm still loving it.  I've long been a fan of slip dresses  In college in the mid-90s, I wore a lot of them.  This one has such a slinky 90s minimalist feel that I really love. 

Here, the yellow jacket and wooden clutch add texture and interest to the outfit.  To give the dress a little edge, I added mixed metallic accessories and finished the look off with open-toe booties.

Clutch:  Cameo de Bore (Available here)
Rings:  Torrid (Available here and here)
While following trends is not very important to me (I prefer to be a trendsetter, thank you very much ;-)), I do enjoy studying trends and usually find myself incorporating a few of them into my wardrobe each season.  Bright colors is one of the coming fall season's major color trends, so this yellow faux leather jacket will be right on point! 
Do you like a minimalist look or do you prefer more embellishment?  Would you wear a slip dress? 

What's your favorite season for fashion?
 

For this jacket in other looks, see here, here, here, here, and here.