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?
You know those easy, breezy trousers you reach for during the hot Summer months? Well you can take them from Summer to Fall with the right styling. For Summer, keep them light with a silky blouse and simple accessories. As Fall approaches, ditch the blouse in favor of a lightweight knit and a statement necklace. Add a red lip and rich cognac sandals to warm it up for the changing season.
Wear Now: Joseph pants, Balmain tank, Prada sandals, Kate Spade bangles, Topshop belt, Essie nail polish
Wear Later: Joseph pants, Helmut Lang sweater, Michael Kors sandals, Lulu Frost necklace, Saint Laurent clutch, Giorgio Armani lipstick
via Polyvore (click through for product info)
Denim cutoffs are a Summer staple… that is well documented. However, I find myself wearing them the same way over and over again (something akin to outfit #2), so for your sake as much as my own I styled a few options to inspire your denim-wearing, dog days of Summer using these Rag & Bone shorts. Which look is your favorite? Have a great weekend!
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.
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.
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.
How effortlessly chic is this!?! Roomy shorts, a semi-sheer oversized knit, and flat sandals come together perfectly for an easy, breezy Summertime look. Plus, I love the neutral color palette and simple jewelry – it can be really refreshing to go simple sometimes, don’t you think?
I purchased an army-inspired parka several years ago, and it is still a go-to piece in my wardrobe for every season. It is the perfect topper for everything from feminine dresses to cut-off shorts… Whether you want to spend a lot or a little, here are two great versions that are sure to be a closet favorite. Take your pick!
Splurge: Rag & Bone for $550
Steal: Free People for $98
1. Summer Scarf (Theodora & Callum) 2. Quirky Clutch (Kate Spade) 3. Fun Sneakers (Keds) 4. Hot pink lips 5. Effortlessly Chic Jumper (Ted Baker) 6. Retro-Inspired Bikini (Topshop, bottom/top) 7. White Wide-Leg Trousers (Gucci) 8. Shorts Suit (**any suggestions??**)
>> What pieces and beauty updates are you craving for Summer? Share with me in the comments!
Why spend upwards of $600 on the perfect Spring topper when you can get a similar style for just $188? It’s a no brainer – Get a tweedy knit in your favorite hue at NIC+ZOE to pair with white jeans, denim cutoffs, a classic shift, a flirty skirt… the options are endless for this Spring wardrobe must-have. Take your pick…
Steal: NIC+ZOE at nicandzoe.com
1 Piece, 3 Ways: Floral Pencil Skirt via Polyvore
I love the unexpected mix of a bright floral print with a classic pencil skirt. This piece makes a statement, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear it all the time. Here are three unique ways to style such a bright skirt for weekend, work, and evening.
Look 1: Dress the skirt down with an easy striped T-shirt and sneakers. A denim jacket balances out the mix of patterns, and simple accessories won’t compete.
Look 2: A feminine peplum top adds sophistication, creating an office-appropriate look. Add chic pumps and a bold necklace in complementary hues for an extra touch of personality. A classic leather bag and trench in neutral colors keep the look polished.
DKNY top, Martin Grant trench coat, Charlotte Olympia pumps, Armani Exchange watch, Michael Kors bag, similar necklace
Look 3: This skirt packs a punch, so for evening accent it with black. A crop top (or full tank if you aren’t comfortable with putting your abs on display), sexy heels, and an accent bag are the perfect pieces to accompany such a playful skirt.
I love sandals that can be easily dressed up or down for Spring and Summer… Look for details like a luxe snake skin, gold hardware, an ankle strap or cool embellishment. You can get this look at almost any price range, but here are two options I love: The splurge is a beautiful Rachel Zoe pair for $235, and the steal version are by Michael Antonio, ringing in at just $45!