The Essential Wardrobe: Dresses & Jackets

You’ve made it so far! We’re finally on dresses and jackets, the essential ones every girl should have in her closet.

Dresses are one of those things that, although perhaps not worn often, are essential in our wardrobes. In my ebook, The Essential Wardrobe, I tell a story of when my husband told me, very last minute, that we actually had a christmas party to attend the next evening. He had bought tickets for his companys’ annual affair and was naturally looking forward to the festivities. I would’ve been in a major flap about it because I don’t like surprises that include me having to be dressed a certain way, but luckily I had gone shopping that summer and decided to invest in a classic, fancy LBD that would be business appropriate but also very soiree appropriate. I had something to wear! No stress. This is why having those classic pieces come in handy, you never know what will come your way! A surprise date night, a spontaneous night out with your girls, who knows!

Dresses:

  • Something fun! I love this little metallic shirt dress because you can throw heels on and it’s dressy and fun, or white converse and it’s casual and cute.
  • A good every day dress. This wrap dress has stolen my heart! It’s easy enough to toss on in the morning if you’re running out of the house, paired with suede sandals. Or throw on some heels and you have a fun casual dinner look.

 

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  • The bombshell! Every girl needs a bombshell dress! This is for those special occasions, date night, “you want to make your man swoon”, dressy parties etc. If you wear this with stockings and a cardigan in the winter with super fun accessories, you have a more demure and classy look. Throw a boyfriend blazer over your shoulders in the summer! You can also wear super cute black kitten heels and loose chignon to tone down the sex appeal if you need to.
  • The formal dress. This dress is perfect for functions, business meetings, formal occasions where you need to be a bit more serious. Do tousled beachy hair and big earrings (I’m talking Dolce & Gabbana status) to make this dress a bit more light-hearted if you need a black dress, but not quite at the bombshell level.

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Jackets

I’m all for fun trendy jackets, but I’m also a sensible girl. And being sensible means you have things that prepare you for the elements. Here is a list of must-haves!

  • The trench. This is a no brainer. If you want something that’s a bit edgier, opt for a black trench. This is for work, going out, visiting friends.
  • The “muck about” coat. This is a waxed coat that can handle any weather, is sturdy and can get some mud on it and it’ll be ok. This is the coat you wear when running errands, going on walks, going to the gym, all round doing life in not so fair weather. This is not for work, visiting friends, dinner parties.
  • The boyfriend blazer. This jacket goes with EVERYTHING. It’s a perfect spring/summer/fall coat when it’s too hot to wear an actual jacket, but you want to look a little more put together, or have your shoulders covered.
  • Denim jacket. My choice here is a black one because I love wearing black. But get a classic denim jacket that suits your personal style. Also goes with absolutely everything.
  • Leather jacket. Also can be customized to suit your style, but a good leather jacket never does anyone wrong! If leather really isn’t your thing then try a suede option in a more neutral color.

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Hope this was helpful! Let me know what you think!!

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The Essential Wardrobe: Sleeveless Tops & Skirts

If it were winter, this title would read “The Essential Wardrobe: Knits” . But lucky for us it’s summer and so our wardrobes must reflect this.

In the ongoing “Essential Wardrobe” series, we’ve covered denim, pants, blouses, tees and even under garments. Today we’re going to focus on sleeveless tops and skirts.

Tanks or Sleeveless Tops

  • White cotton, linen or brushed silk. Don’t just find a plain white tank top, get something truly special.
  • Black silk.
  • Something fun! Stick to good materials and choose a style or color that you feel is timeless and suits you extremely well. Nothing can every surpass an item of clothing that fits truly well.

 

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Skirts

I love skirts! They are a vital part to any wardrobe. Here are some essentials to have.

  • Black pencil skirt. Always. Whether for work, funeral, meeting, dressy date, etc etc. You can never go wrong with a black pencil skirt.
  • White pencil skirt. The same goes for this. In regards to white clothing; if you have small children or a terrible knack for spilling things and you know that white is not your friend, then opt for another neutral color. Whether it’s a flowy cream, hunter green or something along those lines. Make sure then that the rest of your neutrals are all in the same color family so that your outfits go together regardless. (Creams and reds, or creams and greens, never reds and greens as essential pieces).
  • A splashy dressy skirt – something with sequins or gold. This is your party skirt. Every girl needs at least one.
  • A fun every day skirt. Cotton or linen are good choice and I also love denim because it’s hardy and ages well. Choose a style that suits you that you can live in.

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Next time we’ll do some outfits! Check out my new ebook “The Essential Wardrobe: How To Have the Perfect Closet“!!

The Essential Wardrobe: Creating Amazing Looks With The Essential Pieces

We’ve written a few articles so far detailing those essential wardrobe pieces, and talked about how they’re the bones of your closet. With these pieces, or pieces like the ones I’m about to show you, you can create innumerable looks with a few of your choice accessories.

So far we’ve talked about tees, blouses, denim and pants. So with those four categories, here a few looks that incorporate pieces from this, and this article.

You’ll notice that I recycled the shoes and accessories in these looks. As much as I love shoes, it’s not always necessary to have 30 pairs. Check it out:

First Look: You’ll notice I grabbed the striped blouse and my “fun” denim with classic espadrilles, a shoulder bag and sunnies. Your “fun” denim is the piece that you choose outside of your black, blue and white classic denim. Choose one that had distressing, or is a fun wash or shade of color. Something that speaks to who you are, your style.

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Look Two: Here we have those cigarette trousers. Paired with your essential striped tee, espadrilles, sunnies and shoulder bag. Your look is dressy casual. This is perfect for grabbing lunch with an acquaintance or an informal business brunch or coffee date. You decide.

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Look Three: I love this look because it’s summery and breezy. I would tuck the front of this blouse into the pants. This top is one of the essentials and takes the place of a denim shirt. I don’t particularly love denim shirts so I’ve chosen a light blue linen one in it’s stead. It still serves the same purpose. The pants are gorgeous for any occasion, and in this look you have another casual, but dressier outfit. Notice I recycled all the same accessories from the previous looks.

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Look Four: Your classic silk shirt and black-ish denim from your essential pieces are spruced up with fun earrings, an adorable clutch and belt that really pop and then some minimal black heeled sandals. This style of heeled sandal is easily my favorite and I would own it in at least three different colors if I could. They’re chic, simple and classic.

 

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In your wardrobe, your accessories are everything. Because my wardrobe tends to have a lot of neutral colors, I opt for accessories that are really unique and special. They create the frosting for an amazing look.

 

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Spring/Summer Trend: Pointed Toe Flats and Loafers

And all the women rejoice! Flats and sneakers have pretty much become staple closet items in the last year or so and that certainly won’t change going into spring and summer. Specifically, pointed toe flats and loafers which we’re seeing in all shapes and sizes. Get yourself a staple pair and get ready to live in them. I love this black and white snake skin motif because it’s so much more eye-catching than a regular black pair. Mix and match your prints and textures as well. This lace embroidered blouse with the tassels are great with these flats and make your overall look interesting and fun.

Play with patterns, textures and prints, don’t be afraid to experiment!

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Borrowed From The Boys: How To Rock Menswear

The “girls just wanna boys” look has been around since women first started wearing pants.. circa 1920’s. We saw androgynous looks on the runway this year (and every year past) which means that the trend of women wearing mens clothing, and vise versa, really isn’t going anywhere, any time soon. If you love being feminine (like me) it might seem hard to trade your heels for brogues or loafers, and your a-line skirts for trousers, but there is a way to rock this trend while still staying true to our girly selves.

Check out these looks below for some menswear inspired trends!

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These are some basic “borrowed from the boys” pieces, mix and match and have some fun outfits! The way to rock this look is all in the details. Soft and feminine hair and makeup, accessories and the right shoes.

Styling Complicated Pieces: Moccasins

My husband hates two things in this world; maxi dresses, and moccasins. I used to avoid moccasins because I felt that they were so style specific. If you wore them, I judged you to be a beach girl from California or the towns local bohemian (which, by the way, if your town has a local bohemian then it has more culture than most places). Not bad things, just different. That was until I actually got my first pair of Minnetonkas’. I had left all my comfortable shoes at home and while we were away on a trip, I got myself a pair to ease my hurting feet. I have never looked back.

For a short period of time I started wearing them with almost everything, and managed to style them in such as way so as not to lean too heavily to the bohemian side, but sort of stay in the middle of classic chic, and boho glam. I’ve since learned that pretty much anything can be styled in a way thats adorable and presentable, if you just think a little outside of the box. I like to balance mine with minimalistic clothing as well as more structured accessories.

Check out these outfit ideas!

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Apart from the statement necklace, everything is really simple and low-key. This way you can wear your hair wild or put up nicely and still looks contemporary.

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This look is very demure but sexy at the same time. Leave the coat behind if it’s warmer out and you still have a wonderfully cohesive look. Do a peach lip for some color and tie your hair back in a loose bun.

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I love this version of a look that could be business-y were it not for the denim skirt and booties. It’s playful but the lady wearing it is to be taken seriously. I love a nude lip for this one, keeping the hair and makeup really simple will add more to your look than trying to add loads of makeup. Let the accessories do the talking.

Here are some celebrities rocking their moccasins!

London, Milan and Paris; A Recap

I haven’t kept up with the London, Milan and Paris shows as much as I did last year, but I couldn’t resist doing a quick look-through of the shows and the collections. I loved a lot of the collections though some seemed to be a little over the top. Isabel Marants’ was the most runway to street wearable but Valentino and Chanel, who traditionally aren’t my favorite, really took the cake this year. Their looks were true to their house DNA and actually quite beautiful.

Check out some of my favorites down below!

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So You Wanna Be A Hot Mama

Whenever I see a pregnant mama or a maternity section at the store I feel inspired to write a style article. I’ve never been pregnant but this is my assumption of what I’d like to wear, and hopefully it reflects the actual pregnancy. I’ve heard the stories of always being hot, hungry, uncomfortable and tired, and the ideal being that you’re the opposite of all those things. You don’t want to be frumpy and you do want to be sexy. Blake Lively is my go to modern mama style inspiration and one day when it’s my turn I will hopefully follow in her footsteps. In the meantime, here are my style outfit ideas and inspirations.

A pair of flats, cute jeans and a comfy zip up sweater is always a go to look. Instead of throwing on a hoodie and leggings, opt for this instead! Since a maternity outfit might not be very splashy, jazz it up with fun accessories like these stacked bangles and feathery earrings.

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This is one of my favorite looks because I love pencil skirts. *I think that when you can’t find something cute in the maternity section, that it’d work to grab a cotton stretchy pencil skirt from the ladies side, and pair it with a longer sweater like this one. Since it’s a spring sweater it’ll be nice and cool. Throw some slip-on flats and simple accessories and your look is a winner.

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When all else fails, wear black and accessorize like crazy. This necklace is definitely a great statement piece. Pair shorts with a sleevless flowy top like this silk one for a hot summer day and throw some low wedges on to dress it up a bit. So fun!

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Last but not least, it’s Date Night! If you’re married and pregnant then date night is still a big deal, and you know that having that LBD is as well. Every women, whether pregnant or not, should own at least one black midi body-con dress. It’s a great way to throw something easy on, accessorize and make it look amazing. I’ve paired this one with strappy kitten heels, as you want to stay away from the high ones, and this cozy cape to drape around your shoulders if it’s a chilly night. Add a red lip for a little splash of color.

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That 70’s Vibe: The Beginning

We’ve seen it on the streets, and we’ve seen it on the runways, but that 70’s trend is coming back, albeit with a modern twist, and it’s coming back full force. From culottes, to flared denim, to flowery, flowing dresses and billowing coats, these pieces will be around for a while bringing texture, color and prints to center stage. I’ve collected the top 20 outfit inspirations from that decade and given us a mood board we can glean from. Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and Debbie Harry are some of our leading ladies in this collection.

Check it out! Which looks are your favorite?

Inuit Tribes and Tattooed Ladies: Dsquared2’s Breathtaking Collection

I’ve been harping on and on about texture, color, style, layering, etc. and happened upon Dsquared2s’ collection for fall/winter 2015. Needles to say I was drooling. Their collection is absolutely amazing, and not just one or two looks either. Every article of clothing is unique and perfect.

From first glance it seemed that they drew their inspiration everywhere from native american culture to matadors to inked ladies from the 1800’s. When I finally read where they had in fact drew their inspiration from, I wasn’t surprised. I had hit the nail on the head. They designed their collection around their Canadian roots, and imagined something like a plane that fell from the sky with suitcases with clothes from old Europe, and imagined an Inuit tribe incorporating what they found into their own dress-ware.

I’m completely obsessed. They utilized layering in a major way, using different textures and styles to compliment each other and created this visually stimulating collection that takes your breath away. You can easily incorporate a piece, or several pieces into your day to day wardrobe with some fun styling, to make a look thats fun and appropriate for todays street style.

Check out the looks below and tell me what you think!

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