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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Velvet Blazer: Office to Cocktail Hour

Velvet Blazer: Office to Cocktail Hour
I haven’t done a “work to play” post in a long time, but I am in love with the idea of taking an interesting blazer, like this midnight velvet one by Mango, from the office to a night out.
1. A velvet blazer is a little unexpected in the workplace, but it looks rich and luxurious when paired with slim, printed trousers. Add a crisp button down and nude pumps for more classic touches. A menswear watch and cute leather backpack are great accessories for a polished but fresh office look.
Blazer: Mango (similar, under $150!), Trousers: Joie, Blouse: Acne, Bag: Dooney & Bourke, Pumps: Anne Klein (under $100!), Glasses: Oliver Peoples, Stud Earrings: Astley Clarke, Watch: Junghans
2. For cocktails, swap out the trousers for a romantic, brocade skirt. Layer a loose, white tank underneath the blazer to keep the look from being too structured or stuffy. An incredible statement necklace and cool, metallic pumps are on-trend pieces that can be incredibly versatile in your wardrobe. Add pops of color with a clutch and a swipe of bright pink lipstick, and you are ready to hit the town!
Blazer: Mango, Skirt: Stella McCartney, Tank: Etoile Isabel Marant, Pumps: Alejandro Ingelmo (similar), Necklace: Dannijo, Clutch: Acne (similar, under $30!), Bangles: Chanel, Lipstick: Bite Beauty

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Floral maxi skirt

Maxi skirts are one of the greatest designs of all time… a bold statement, I know, but I stand by it. They are unbelievably comfortable, chic, and versatile. If you don’t own a maxi skirt, then I seriously recommend you sprint to your car, start her up, and go shopping for one. A cute, floral maxi skirt like the one shown here, is perfect for the months to come. Here I have offered three different ways to wear your maxi skirt, but the possibilities are truly endless.

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Floral maxi skirt
The first look is spring-time casual. Throw a comfy, light sweater over your maxi skirt and add fun accessories like a bright colored bangle, leopard thong sandals, and a fedora. This look is perfect for class, shopping, or brunch. For the second look, I was inspired by the music festival style that is trending right now. Wear an unbuttoned denim shirt over this mix of floral patterns to pull them together, and keep the rest of the accessories neutral. To dress up the maxi skirt a bit, try wearing a silk tank in black, pretty drop earrings, and cool silver pumps. Which outfit is your favorite? And how do you like to style your maxi skirt? Tell me in the comments!