Runway to Real Life: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Runway to Real Life: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Runway to Real Life: 3.1 Phillip Lim by hbiggs [click through for outfit details]
Whatever the weather (umm hello, 90 degrees), my mind is on Fall fashion! Runway looks usually feel so unattainable to me, like works of art that I love looking at but could never recreate. So I wanted to try a new series where I take inspiration from the runway and make it accessible for real life (because lets face it, we aren’t all models or street-style stars)… This 3.1 Phillip Lim look from Fall 2013 isn’t too over the top so it’s a great place to start. For the work look, I balanced the bold pant with a classic white blouse and a dark knit. On the weekend, I swapped the blouse for a chambray and added ankle booties to keep it effortlessly chic. What do you think? Can you see yourself rocking a bold pant and layers for work or weekend?
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Weekend Style: Leathery Goodness

Weekend Style: Leathery Goodness
Here’s a little weekend style inspiration from Anh over at 9to5Chic. I love the pop of plaid under her rich sweater. She exudes effortless chic in everything she wears. I am already planning to recreate a similar look this weekend, so stay tuned for my version of laid-back leather. Have a great weekend everybody!
Pieces shown: Leather: The Row and Topshop (only $36!), Sweater: By Malene Birger, Plaid: Levis (only $50!) and Woolrich, Sunnies: Oscar de la Renta and AsosBag: Marc by Marc JacobsBooties: Proenza Schouler and Gucci 

1 Piece 3 Ways: NYE Dress

So despite the inevitable let-down of New Years Eve, you went ahead and purchased the metallic, sequined, over-the-top dress anyway… But, noisemakers have been popped, champagne has been consumed, and the ball has dropped so now what? Will this illustrious purchase gather dust until next year… or realistically 2016, when it is safe to (I can’t believe I’m even saying this) repeat again? The horror…

Forget that plan! Instead, why not wear that bedazzled NYE dress now, tomorrow, the next day? Here are three different ways to style that New Years Eve number for other occasions in 2013:

1 Piece 3 Ways: NYE Dress
1. Cocktail party – Another cocktail party on the horizon? This time, mix your textures – This velvet blazer with a NYE sequined dress adds interest to the outfit. A statement necklace won’t compete with the golden shimmers, but keep the rest of the outfit clean – sheer tights and sleek pumps are the perfect complements.
Burberry Dress, Ted Baker Blazer, Meredith Wendell Necklace, Louboutin Pumps, Hive & Honey Ring, and Kotur clutch
2. Night out with the girls – Still haven’t tried the dress over pants look? Well now’s your chance… Leather leggings are a chic and warmer alternative to tights. Top it off with a military-inspired parka to help dress-down the sparkle, and add a roomy purse, booties, and a wide-belt to complete this alternative, night-out look.
Burberry Dress, Topshop Leggings, Elizabeth & James Parka, Jerome C. Rousseau Booties, Marni belt (black version), Fossil bag, Banana Republic Earrings, and Guess Watch
3. Weekend warrior – My personal favorite. Layering a sweater and scarf over a dress (even one with sequins) is a comfortable but cute winter-weekend look. Pair burgundy stockings with your flat, lace-up booties to take your girly sparkles into boho territory. Funky jewelry completes this chic look.
Burberry Dress, Malene Birger Sweater (similar), Orchid Floral scarf (similar), Pull & Bear socks (similar), Madison Harding booties, Versace bag, Pamela Love earrings, Meredith Wendell dot ring 

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Lace Pants

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Lace Pants
I hemmed and hawed over the Zara pants I posted yesterday (here)… I wasn’t sure how versatile they could be given the pink-ish hue and texture. I pulled the trigger anyway, and have found them to be surprisingly functional. I’ve put together three different looks for play, work, and a holiday party using this similar version by Malene Birger.
Look 1: The best way to dress down trousers is to add a comfortable sweater and flats. Wrap a leopard-print scarf around your shoulders, and you have a modern Audrey Hepburn-look.
T-neck Sweater: Alexander Wang, Scarf: Lucky Brands, Flats: via INDRESSME, Bag: The Bridge (similar), Bracelet Watch: Brooks Brothers, Hoops: Lucky Brand 
Look 2: A crisp, white oxford and navy blazer make these trousers office-appropriate. Add interesting nude pumps and a wrap watch to keep it fresh and cool.
Oxford: AllSaints, Blazer: J.Crew, Shoes: H&M, Bag: Victoria Beckham, Watch: Kate Spade New York, Studs: Pim & Larkin
Look 3: ‘Tis the season to party! Oxblood and peach are a beautiful and rich color combination. Add a sparkly, collar necklace and on-trend metallic pumps to complete the festive ensemble!
Blouse: NSF, Metallic Pump: Casadei, Necklace: Kate Spade, Rings: Gorjana, Coat: Tsumori Chisato, Bag: Marc Jacobs
Which look is your favorite? XO