What to Wear: July 4th

What to Wear: July Fourth
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Night Out: A twist on the classic black/white combination, this mixed-pattern dress is fresh and flattering. Leopard wedges hint at sexiness, while remaining practical for bar-hopping, and a punchy clutch adds the perfect pop of color.
Thakoon Dress, J. Crew sandals, Jessica Simpson bangles, Target studs, Givenchy clutch
Barbecue: Mix a casual Tee with a feminine midi-skirt for an unexpected and cool BBQ look. Summer sandals (that you can easily slip off to play games) and a little bling pull it all together.
J. Crew tee, Tucker skirt, Christian Louboutin sandals, BaubleBar necklace
Fireworks: Silk shorts and a cozy sweater make for an easy and chic outfit, perfect for taking in the awe of a Fireworks show! On-trend wedges and a few statement accessories give the look even more style.
DVF shorts, Topshop sweater, Hermes sandals, Sergio Rossi clutch, C. Wonder ring, Helene Zubeldia earrings
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Suit Up Ladies

I think one of the sexiest things a woman can wear is a suit – when I see a perfectly cut suit with an androgynous vibe and covered-up sex appeal… I die. I am particularly swooning over short-suits for Spring (a trend that is still in motion from last year), which can easily be dressed up or down (note street style with Converse below). Plus, I love the various colors, prints, and textures that make an updated, modern suit for women… Scroll through this post for a little suit-inspiration for Spring:

Natuka Karkash

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DVF, Spring 2013

DVF, Spring 2013

Krystal Bick, This Time Tomorrow blog

Krystal Bick, via This Time Tomorrow

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana, via Pinterest

Michael Kors, Spring 2013

Michael Kors, Spring 2013

karlie kloss

Karlie Kloss, via The Trend Diaries

Chiara, The Blonde Salad

Chiara Ferragni, via The Trend Diaries

Street Style, Short Suit

 

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Marc by Marc Jacobs, Spring 2013

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Spring 2013

Julianne Hough, Coral Suit

Julianne Hough, via Pinterest (follow me)

Valentine’s Day: What to Wear

Valentine's Day: What to Wear
Whatever the occasion, here are a few V-Day inspired outfits you can wear this week. Personally, I like subtlety on holidays… You won’t find me wearing jeans dotted with a heart print or a pullover with cupid plastered on the front (do they even make this?), so here are some understated ways to incorporate the love this week…
Office: Try going bold with red trousers and a ridiculously-cool tee. Adding a structured blazer pulls the look together. Luxurious touches like a gold cap-toe pump, a rich leather bag, and a menswear-inspired watch keep it classic and elegant.
Ferragamo trousers, DVF blazer, Markus Lupfer tee, Kate Spade pumps (similar), Hermes watch, Madewall bag, and Kelly Wearstler studs
Dinner Date: If you and your someone are going out to eat, opt for a classic black/white dress with just a slight nod to the heart symbol. Add statement earrings and a pop of red with your bag to make the look extra special.
Victoria Beckham dress, Saint Laurent pumps, Prada clutch, Dannijo earrings, Kelly Wearstler ring
Valentine’s Day Brunch: Whether you are hitting a cool brunch spot with your girlfriends or grabbing a bite with your man, a pretty lace pencil skirt gets a cool modern update when paired with a chambray and brogues. Add heart-shaped touches like diamond earrings and a patent pouch to stay on theme.
L.K. Bennet skirt (similar), Madewell chambray, DSW brogues, Michael Kors watch, Coach studs, Mango pouch
Staying In: If you are cooking dinner or lounging for V-day (because you are poor like my man and me), then all you need is just a pop of pink to spice up your usual basics. Add a stack of gold bracelets and trendy loafers to pull this classic look together.
Marc by Marc Jacobs jeans, V-neck blouse, J.Crew loafers, Eberjey bra, Amrita Singh bangles



What is your v-day plan and how will you dress for the occasion? Tell me in the comments!

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Wear Now, Wear Later: The Denim Jacket

Wear Now, Wear Later: The Denim Jacket
I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready to pack away my heavy sweaters, puffy coats, and tights (aka the devil’s fashion contribution). Since that is clearly not an option for me or anyone living in the Northeast (Hello, winter storm Nemo), I’ve decided to start a new segment on how to wear “traditional” Spring pieces now and later. I started with the classic denim jacket. I showed you one way to use the denim jacket as a layering piece already (here), but this is another option. The best way to get extra use out of lighter pieces, like a denim jacket or a floral dress or a crop-top, is to layer, layer, layer. What do you think?
Look 1: J.Crew denim jacket, Stella McCartney trousers, J.Crew blouse, Isabel Marant swater, Corso Como pumps, Zara tote, Kate Spade watch, Asos bracelet
Look 2: J. Crew denim jacket, Diane von Furstenberg dress, Rebecca Minkoff oxfords, Madewell tote, Chan Luu wrap bracelet, Kate Spade earrings, Illesteva sunnies
P.S. Good luck with the storm and have a great weekend!

The Classics

The Classics
I apologize for my absence! I’ve been super busy lately with some new projects, particularly styling for Keaton Row. I’ve noticed a trend recently among my clients… they all want classic pieces that they can style in different ways. And I couldn’t agree more! To me, the three most classic pieces worth investing in are a black blazer, a white button-down blouse, and dark denim jeans. Not only do these three items make a complete outfit that is classic and chic, they can be mixed up in infinite ways. Here are just three examples of how to wear your classics in a not-so-average way.

 

1. The Black Blazer: Layering with a black blazer is the easiest way to make an outfit look more structured, put-together, polished, however you want to say it… A bright-hued, flirty dress is balanced with a sleek black blazer and studded pumps.
Blazer: Theory, Dress: M Missoni, Pumps: Valentino, Clutch: DVF, Earrings: NUR 

 

2. The White Button-Down: A menswear-inspired piece, the white button-down naturally looks great with trousers or jeans, but I also like the wild-card pairing of something feminine and romantic. This look is a modern take on work-wear with a slim-patterned skirt and rich ankle-booties.
Blouse: Equipment, Skirt: Prabal Gurung, Booties: Vince Camuto (only $139!), Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: Kazuri

 

3. The Dark Denim Jean: A dark jean can easily be dressed up or down to fit your style. For a laid-back cool look, layer with a jumper and a scarf. Tasseled loafers and gold jewelry keep the look modern and sophisticated.
Jeans: J Brand, Madame Sweatshirt: Zoe Karssen (absolutely in love), Loafers: Madison Harding, Bag: Cambridge Satchel Co., Scarf: Tory Burch, Watch: Kate Spade, Leather wrap bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

For more advice from me on how to style classics or for any other wardrobe answers/updates you may seek, sign up for a styling session with me at Keaton Row! The first lookbook (usually 6-8 complete looks, styled just for you) is FREE!

Stripes and Hearts

Stripes and Hearts

Clutch: Nine West (gifted), Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: boutique finds, Rings: vintage,  Gorjana, and gifted (love this similar cocktail ring)

DVF Dress and Stripes

Jones NY Sweater

Stripes and Hearts

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Steve Madden Boots

Dress: DVF (old, love this and this print), Sweater: Jones New York (old, this one is cool), Boots: c/o Steve Madden, Scarf: Echo (gifted, love this one), Shades: Ray Ban

Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens

Weekend Style Inspiration, Thanks to Elizabeth Olsen

Weekend Style Inspiration Thanks to Elizabeth Olsen
From Left to Right: 
SunglassesThe Row, Illesteva Leonard II (similar), Hat: Barr (similar), Pullovers: Rag & Bone, AllSaintsTrousers: Ted Baker, Diane von Furstenberg, Bags: Prada, The Row, Booties: Modcloth, TopShop
Let’s kick off the weekend with some serious style inspiration from that other equally-fabulous Olsen! I love this toned down, relaxed look. And it is so easy to recreate! Start with a pair of (not too) slim trousers and a drapey, comfortable T-shirt or sweater. Then add some trendy accessories like this wool fedora, round-frame sunnies, and lace-up ankle booties and voila, cool-girl weekend chic!

Wish List: Long Sleeve Dresses

My office is freezing. I mean knit hat, thick socks, fisherman sweater, thermal pants, and scarf kind of freezing. I don’t want to give up my dresses for work, so I have been hunting for long-sleeve guys (that I can then layer the aforementioned pieces over… I kid). Here are some of my favorites, almost none of which I can afford… Enjoy 🙂

Wish List: Long Sleeve Dresses
Starting at the top… The darling and affordable H&M sheath dress, followed by the very unaffordable Balmain black blazer dress, Daniela Gregis shift dress, 10 Crosby Derek Lam printed plaid dress, Preen black and white dress, Balenciaga long sleeve shift dress, Moschino Cheap and Chic patchwork dress, Tory Burch Kathy dress, Diane von Furstenberg printed dress, Michael Kors tweed herringbone dress.
I should note – DVF and Michael Kors have a lot of great options that are not outrageously priced (ahem Balmain). Which is your favorite??

Trend Report: Pointed Toe Shoes

Trend: Pointed Toe Shoes
1. J. Crew 2. Jimmy Choo 3. Marc Jacobs 4. Valentino 5. Kate Spade 6. Alexander Wang 7. Valentino 8. DVF
I’ve always adored pointed-toe shoes for their super-feminine/kick your ass dichotomy… Let’s be honest a round or peep-toe style just won’t get the job done. These are some of my favorites for Fall. (Notice that one pair is much bigger and more central than the others… Yuppp, would kill for these Wangs.)

Prints Please

For some strange reason, I haven’t been able to get my boyfriend new photographer out of bed in the morning to take my picture before work… These mini shots thanks to the good old iPhone will have to suffice. Apparently, I have been crushing prints lately… which is your favorite?

Clockwise from top – Shoes: c/o Steve Madden, Pants: Zara, Ikat wrap dress: Maeve @ Anthropologie, Heart Dress: Diane von Furstenberg, Studded Belt: Forever21