9.16.2014

Kimono for Date Night

Today on the blog, I'm having fun styling a floral kimono for a dressy date night.
Kimono:  Torrid (Similar here)
Dress:  The Limited (old)
When I think about styling a kimono, I tend to think of wearing it with denim shorts for a casual look or with skinny pants and a tank for a more streamlined effect.

Shoes:  Simply Vera by Vera Wang for Kohl's (Available here)
Belt:  The Limited (came with a jumpsuit)

Bracelets:  LOFT
But, I love the idea of pairing it over a dress for an evening feel.
Clutch:  Torrid (Available here)

Paired with my favorite LBD and lace-up heels, the overall effect is sexy but relaxed - two great things to feel!
Are you a fan of kimonos?  How would you style this piece?

For the dress in other looks, see here, here, here, and here.
P.S.  Voting is still open for the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards until Friday, September 19th.  Style Cassentials is up for three awards, including Blog of the Year!  Check out all the bloggers of Saint Louis Fashion Week, check out the events, and cast your votes here!!

9.14.2014

Altuzarra for Target

Like many of you, I've been eagerly awaiting the newest designer collaboration with Target.  Well, it's heeeerrrrrre!!  Debuting today, this amazing collection is available on-line and in select Target locations.

This collection by 31-year-old Joseph Altuzarra, who just won the coveted CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award, is one of my favorite collabs in recent years.  The pieces are sophisticated, sexy, and spot-on trendy.

While this collection has a ton of pieces that will work for me, it isn't accessible for everyone.  Unfortunately, the collection only goes up to a 16/XL.  I wish more designers (and Target) would recognize that ALL women want and deserve beautiful clothing at an affordable price.  And beautiful clothing is what you'll find in this collection.

Sumptuous satins, velvet, and textured python prints add to the glamorous feeling of these pieces.  Add in thigh-high slits, over-the-knee boots, and plunging necklines, and you have a collection that looks as though it came straight off the runway for a mere fraction of the prices.  While this collection includes nothing over $100, Altuzarra's high-end pieces can run into several thousand dollars.

Here are several of my favorites:

Altuzarra for Target Tuxedo Suit $34.99 to $54.99
Altuzarra for Target Jacquard Pencil Skirt $34.99
Altuzarra for Target Wrap Dress in Ruby Hill $39.99
Altuzarra for Target Trench Coat with Black Detail $89.99
Altuzarra for Target Over-The-Knee Boot $79.99
Altuzarra for Target Fitted Dress with Crane Embroidery $49.99
Altuzarra for Target Sleeveless Sheer Bow Blouse $29.99
Altuzarra for Target Python Skirt $34.99
Altuzarra for Target Satin Floral Maxi Dress $69.99
Altuzarra for Target Red Velvet Tuxedo $39.99 to $59.99
If you're interested, make haste, some of my other favorites have already sold out!!

Can you tell which piece/look I snagged at 2:30 this morning?

See anything that catches your eye?  Have you checked out the full collection in-store or on-line?

P.S.  Voting is still open for the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards.  Style Cassentials is up for three awards, including Blog of the Year!  Check out all the bloggers of Saint Louis Fashion Week, check out the events, and cast your votes here!!

9.13.2014

The Writing's on the Scarf

Happy Saturday, everyone!

Hope your weekend is off to a great start!  Today on the blog, I'm featuring two recent looks that both incorporated a new statement scarf from Torrid.

The pictures aren't great, unfortunately.  The weather this week has been rainy and windy - very non-cooperative for getting good pics.

Blazer:  The Limited
Scarf:  Torrid (Available here)
I wore this first look for yesterday's casual Friday at work.  Here, the scarf helps tie the look together and adds visual interest to this simple, easy look.  
Clutch:  The Limited
Ring:  Earthbound Trading Co.
Bracelets:  The Limited
A pale blue blazer keeps the color palette subtle, while silver jewelry adds some soft shine.
Jeans:  The Limited
Cami:  LOFT Petites
Boots:  Payless (old)
The second look was borne out of a desire for comfort.  In addition to the rainy and cool weather, I seem to be in the early stages of my annual bout of bronchitis.  I wasn't feeling well and I wanted to be warm and comfortable.  I chose very basic pants and a cami and added my oversized cocoon sweater.  Since I was still chilly, I threw on a scarf too.
Sweater:  Target (old) (Similar here)
Normally, I wouldn't pair two oversized pieces in the same look.  Being curvy and petite, it's definitely not the most flattering of looks.  That said, I liked it from a fashion standpoint.  Better yet, I was cozy and comfortable all day.
Pants:  The Limited
Cuff:  The Limited
Sandals:  Payless
Scarves can really help make a look, in my opinion.  I love taking simple outfits and letting a statement scarf do the work.

Do you like to use scarves to change up a look?  Would you wear an oversized sweater and scarf together?
P.S.  Voting is still open for the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards.  Style Cassentials is up for three awards, including Blog of the Year!  Check out all the bloggers of Saint Louis Fashion Week, check out the events, and cast your votes here!!

For the jeans in other looks, see here, here, here, and here.
For the blazer in other look, see here, here, here, and here.

For the sweater in other looks, see here and here.

9.11.2014

Leopard in Transition

For today's look, I decided to style my leopard print dress for an easy transitional work look.
Dress:  The Limited (Similar here)
Bare legs and nude booties keep the look cool for the warm temperatures. 

The leopard print and violet purple bag add autumnal touches.

Cardigan:  LOFT Petites (old)
Booties:  Target (Available here)
My office at work is always cold so I added my trusty boyfriend cardigan for a soft look that would also keep me warm.
Purse:  Target (Similar here and here)
Necklace:  The Limited
Adding fall prints and colors to warm-weather silhouettes is one of my favorite ways to transition my look from summer to fall.
Bracelet:  Ann Taylor (Available here)
How do you transition your wardrobe for changing seasons?

P.S.  Voting is still open for the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards.  Style Cassentials is up for three awards, including Blog of the Year!  Check out all the bloggers of Saint Louis Fashion Week, check out the events, and cast your votes here!!


For this dress in other looks, see here and here.
For the cardigan in other looks, see here, here, here, here, and here.