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.

 

screen-capture-10

  • 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.

screen-capture-11

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.

screen-capture-12

 

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

Advertisements

Two Garments, Five Outfits

Summer clothes, Spring clothes, Fashion wear, Fashion trends, Summer fashion trends, Spring fashion trends, Fashion styles, Latest fashion trends, Spring fashion, Fashion trend, Summer clothing, Street style, Street style fashion, Style blog, Style blogger, Fashion blog, Fashion blogger, Outfit inspiration, Look book, Street fashion, fashion clothes for women, ladies fashion, fashion online shopping, women fashion, women clothing, fashion online, fashion, style, styles, fashion styles, in style, fashion trends, latest fashion, fall fashion, street style, my style, celebrity style, trending, trends,

Putting together an outfit is without a doubt one of the most frustrating things about getting ready in the morning. A part of this struggle is recognizing that you may not have a closet that works together, is cohesive. Having lots of clothing is great, but having clothing that works together is even better. The “glue” of your closet are items that work with everything, creating multiple looks with different “feels”; dressy, casual, work appropriate etc.

I chose two items that are interesting, have great design elements and wouldn’t be considered items that you can wear in multiple scenarios. The first is an off the shoulder blouse, the second a zip up jacket. Both can be worn to a work scenario (think Fridays..) and both can be dressed up or down.

Check out these two “glue” items that I use in 5 different looks to show you how having pieces like these can expand the versatility of your closet. I also re-used a few elements like the shoes, handbags and sunglasses to show that you don’t need tons of different accessories. Just the right ones.

 

 

 

 

 

Must-Have Bags For The Perfect Closet

The perfect closet is like an elusive unicorn. It’s the closet that has all the latest on trend pieces mixed in with the classics and basics. The perfect balance between minimal and chic. Getting to this closet takes time, financial investment, and the knowledge that you won’t get away with abusing your clothing, but that you’ll have to take really good care of your things. (No tumble drying!)

The quest to the penultimate closet also includes organizing your bag situation. Slimming down your wardrobe from tons of semi great bags you only use a few times, to the few quality bags you’ll use over and over again will take diligence and self-control. If you’re serious about tackling your bags but the financial investment part scares you, then shop at places like TJMaxx, Zara, Mango, and other department stores that have really great leather products but for a fraction of the cost of high-end names. Same material quality, different price point.

Here’s my list!

The Tote: An Every-Day Bag

A tote bag is a necessary bag not only for style reasons but for functionality. You can use a great tote for work or school to pile in your books, laptop etc or as a great weekend travel bag. Think about traveling and using it as your carry on. When you’re looking for a tote, look for one that’s structured and leather. Always do leather. Make sure it’s not too small (should be tall and wide enough to fit a laptop and some books, in my opinion), and a neutral color with not too many flashy aspects like buckles and zippers. You want to go for timeless. Will this bag be in style next season and 10 seasons from now. Think colors like black, grey, tan. I’d try find one that has a zipper closure so you don’t have sticky fingers rummaging in your bag if you live in a place with pickpockets around.

 

The Weekender

Your weekend bag is something you can toss on your shoulder and go. It’s small, no hassle and carries the essentials. You can run about town and do your thing without lugging something heavy around. Stick to your neutral colors, that way you don’t have to worry that neon pink is clashing with your look. It goes without saying, choose a quality leather item.

 

The Black Tie Event Clutch

We’ve all been caught in situations where we’ve been invited somewhere nice and realize we don’t have a bag to go with the elegance of the evening. That being said, a “black tie event” clutch will go a long ways to ensuring your date, broadway, and fancy soiree nights are fully prepared for. You’re most likely wearing a gorgeous black dress to one of these events, so have fun with a clutch that is both elegant but has some great style elements.

The Wallet/Every-Day Clutch

This little guy is where I live. I despise carrying around my tote (it’s usually full..), and that weekend bag isn’t always appropriate. But what IS appropriate is this wallet that doubles as a clutch. It’s small enough to throw into your tote or weekend bag, but big enough to carry like a clutch. It fits all the necessary things like your phone, a lipstick, a few credit cards, some cash,keys, and your license. So adorable!

 

The Fun Bag

This is sort of a bonus category, but in case you feel like you may get tired of your neutral colored bags, it’s fun to have that “other” bag for the days when you feel like you’re made from sun rays. We all have those days! Try a fun colored bag, or if colors aren’t your thing, go for a neutral color with crazy amounts of texture. Thing tassels, buckles, zippers. Make sure when doing a fun colored bag that your overall look is well balanced. Depending on the outfit, looking like a neon eye-shadow palette might not be so hot.

 

Hope you found this article helpful! Let me know what you think!

The Bomber Jacket: Why You Need One

This 90’s grunge (at least in my memory) has taken quite a a major turn and presented us with a pretty unforeseen comeback. Sure Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid were seen wearing this but is that enough to make it a closet staple? It a little bit is.

I remember seeing boys with jeans wrapped around their thighs wearing oversized bomber jackets in high school, which was almost 12 years ago (huge gasp), and I never thought in a million years that I would see this come back like it did. The great thing about a black bomber jacket is that the shape is unique enough to create a really interesting look. If you’re wearing a classic look, it’s enough to add enough to add that extra edge to your look.

It’s unexpected.

I’ve come to love bomber jackets so much that I’d almost classify it as a closet staple. Jackets come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to find the ones that work for you and I do feel as though this one works for just about anyone. Whether you’re draping it around your shoulders your simply have it zipped over your work out clothes, it’s really a great look.

Check out these examples below!

The Uniform: How To Be Stylish 100% Of The Time

We all have those days where putting on clothing is the hardest thing your brain can comprehend to do. You’ve had a long week, you’re exhausted, you can’t think straight, you have deadlines looming and the babies are screaming. It’s at these times we see mommas rocking their pj’s to drop their kids off at school.

Recently in the UK a school principle wrote a letter to ask parents to stop this habit (only in the UK would something like this happen) but there was stiff opposition, and even friendly protesting. I imagine getting your kids ready for school means that you pay zero attention to yourself in those frantic 30 min before the bell rings.

For those of you who aren’t  mothers, but have the same scheduling demands, the pressure can be just as overwhelming. You’re running out of the house, coffee mug in hand and you have no idea what you’re wearing. Raise a hand if you’ve been there.

I don’t have kids, but in the past, when I was pressed for time, I developed a habit of creating uniforms to streamline my preparation for the day. As well as waking up earlier, I found that I had some extra time every morning to add a bit more mascara, or actually eat a piece of toast before the hectic day began. Creating a “uniform” will help you focus on what you need to focus on, and you’ll feel good about yourself at the same time!

My go to off duty outfit will always be high-waisted black skinny pants/jeans and a black fitted tee, when I’m in a rush or getting dressed feels hard. It’s extremely simple. So much so that writing an article about it seems like a major waste of time. It’s the obvious choice. I accessorize however with earrings and fun belts and shoes. It works for me. I have multiples in tees and jeans which means I can grab and go. No rummaging around.

If you work in an office environment and are having a hard time creating looks on the go, try purchasing classic, trendy pieces (still office appropriate and stylish) and you’ll notice how you’ll feel strangely free from the extra burden of deciding what to wear.

Check out these examples of stylish looks that can easily become uniforms if you purchase multiples. Remember to purchase things according to your body type, but don’t be afraid to experiment. If you’re buying multiples of a certain style, make sure it’s the most flattering fit you can find and definitely opt for high quality goods.

The Office Look

screen-capture-1

Here, your basic outfit stays the same, but your accessories and beauty looks change. Every day you wear a different pair of shoes and perhaps one day a feminine neck tie, and the next day perhaps just an open collar with some dainty gold jewelry. You can also focus on doing your hair and makeup nicely; and now you have an amazing look. You’re not only investing into your wardrobe, but also into your time. Time management is critical in todays fast paced society.

 

Off Duty Look

screen-capture-2

Here again, your basic look stays the same, but your accessories are what make your look pop. This look is great if you need to run out the door (certainly put more time into your looks where you can, I love putting together great outfits!)

I live in kitten heels, they’re easy to wear, feminine and chic, and your feet don’t hate you at the end of a long day. I also love having a great tote bag. I keep the critical things in a little clutch that I can pull out if I’m not in the mood to carry a larger bag, but can easily throw into the tote when I’m on the go. Invest in good leather products that can last forever. 

Get amazing accessories! You’ll never be let down and you’ll always feel chic and ready to go. Keep a watch on one wrist and a simple bracelet on the other. It’s not time consuming, it’s easy to throw on and you’ll look amazing. Same goes for the necklace and earrings. Have one or two nice pair of sunglasses and belts you can alternate between to mix up your overall look. 

If high waisted skinny jeans aren’t your jam then opt for a look that you know flatters you nicely. The reason this outfit plan works is that you’re dealing with minimal colors and patterns. It’s hard for your outfit to not work. 

 

Living in todays fast paced society doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice looking and feeling amazing. By tweaking our wardrobes and managing our time better, we get to have the best of both worlds.

Let me know what your morning routines are and what works for you! I’ll feature them in the next article!

 

 

 

 

Winter Style: Palazzo Pants

I’m loving this look, how the shapes work together to create a visually intriguing outfit.

Cropped sweater and palazzo pants are a classic, chic look, whether summer or winter, that’ll always be in style. What I specifically love about this look is the casual dressy-ness of it. The sweater seems to be a bit more informal while the pants pick the look up nicely. Add the booties and some earrings with an interesting bag and you have a wholesome look. Add accessories for fun. IMG_2993

 

Check out these looks for more outfit inspiration:

 

Flouncy Little Blouses 

This past season we were all totally obsessed, bonkers, over 70’s style. I mean, it was tasseled EVERYTHING, suede all over the place and for all those girls who love flared jeans; their moment to shine.

I didn’t hate it.

A key aspect of 70’s style that might’ve been overlooked just a touch was the Blouse. In the 70’s it was the uniform of the independent, working woman. The flouncier, the better. Since then, blouses with neckties have  been relegated to the secretaries and the upper-class house wives. It was kind of a fashion no-no to be seen in one in the 90’s and 2000’s in terms of street style, and up until recently you really couldn’t find an adorable alternative, unless you worked in an office.

What I love about the blouse I’m wearing is:

1. It’s sheer. It’s sexy. It’s mysterious.

2. The texture is on point. Literally. It has little velvet polka dots all over it.

3. It oozes femininity, in an age of “be all and everything”.

You can really dress this up or down, but I prefer to wear blouses like this one with ripped jeans and other statement pieces. That way you give it a bit of an edge and it doesn’t come across as dowdy, or secretarial.

Let me know what you think!

 

This look can go big, wavy hair, or half-up half down and still look glamorous.

(I’m embarrassed at how utterly “Stepford Wives” this pose it. But I had to try it.)

For makeup I went with a smokey eye and nude lip. Modern but also timeless. I did my hair in the end in a half top-knot, such a on-trend look really helps keep your look in the present.

How To Rock Your Girl Boss Blazer

Every fashion group preaches from the roof-tops that a major closet staple is a black blazer. The necessity is real, whether it’s a boyfriend fit or completely tailored to your body. Wearing a blazer in such a way that you don’t come across like a wannabe lawyer takes a little bit of crafting, but it’s totally do-able and the look is absolutely amazing.

Throw a blazer over a vintage tee with distressed denim and you have a classic cool-girl look. It’s the perfect accessory to a really bold look, for instance a heavily textured skirt or dress, perhaps something with really bold patterns.

I felt like this is the year of the girl boss for me, and I found this blazer just in time! There’s something uplifting and strengthening about wearing what you’re feeling. It encourages you to take bold steps and make risky decisions, that hopefully pay off in the long run.

Happy New Year!!

  

Why You Should Try Unique Sweaters!

Apart from really elevating a look and giving your over style a total makeover, unique sweaters (ones with a special or different design or design element) are a timeless commodity.

Some examples:

You can dress any of these up or down depending on your situation and your wardrobe contents. I love pairing a unique sweater with a midi length pencil skirt and ankle boots. It creates a really fun, distinct look that stands out in a crowd. Dressing it down can be as easy as throwing on your favorite jeans and sneakers.

Check out my look below!