Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Statement Midi Skirt

I am usually not much of a skirt person but I seem to be trying all kinds of new silhouettes lately like this pleated white midi skirt. The fabric is heavy on this piece causing the draping to lie flat rather than puff out which flatters my pair shape, a shape that doesn't usually doesn't do very well in long skirts. The length of the skirt combined with the weight give a very pant-like feeling to the garment which makes me even more comfortable and warm wearing it in the winter.

I can't deny that I have been fully embracing the 'Winter White' trend. I find it to be the perfect background to the great print on my Sheinside blouse and my MAC lipstick in Rebel.Combine those elements with a statement clutch, some sunshine and a great pair of suede boots and you have a great winter look that will translate well across seasons. Outfit details below. Happy Tuesday!

Pleated Skirt Similar here, Floral Blouser Similar here, Suede Ankle Boots Similar here, Zara Clutch, MAC Rebel Lipstick
Get inspired by today's look with similar items below. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Hottest Trend You Swore You Would Never Wear ...............................................................CULOTTES

Yes I mean culottes, and no matter how in denial you may be you have to have seen this coming. Net-A-Porter website and if you shop by outfit I promise you can't scroll through one page without seeing at least several outfits involving culottes.Despite the fact that culottes tend to remind this particular blogger of an English teacher whom we could never tell if she was wearing a skirt or pants, culottes have been all over the street style blogs this year and they are also taking off in almost every designer's collections for Spring. If you don't believe me take a jump over to

I of course was happy to hop on the bandwagon buying my first pair of culottes from Nordstrom the other day and I have to admit, I may be in love. It's no secret I regardless of trend I will always love wide-leg pants and culottes are simply a cropped version of those. The secret to culottes seems to be their easy silhouette and how comfortable they are ( I won't lessen the polish of the culotte by equating them to sweats but you get the picture.) 

Culottes can flatter all figures as they fluctuate from a simple cropped wide-leg all the way to a billowy skirt-like cut. You have to pick a width that flatters your figure such as less wide if you carry weight in your hips or a wider leg if you are taller in order to avoid looking like your pants are simply too short. Fabrication also plays a huge role in finding the appropriate culotte.

If you notice on Net-A-Porter almost all of the culottes they feature are made from a thicker more structured fabric so as to maintain their shape. This prevents any unflattering draping and makes the world of difference in how a culotte shows and flatters your shape when you move while wearing them. If there is one thing I will emphasize it is DON'T BUY THIN CULOTTES. They won't be flattering and you will never feel comfortable wearing them unless you happen to have a model's body. That doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune on your next pair just pay attention to what they are made out of and how they drape. Look for a structured pleat in your culotte demonstrating that the fabric holds its shape regardless of your figure and you will be happy with your new cropped pant.

The other thing to pay attention to is the length of the culotte as well. Make sure they hit at the thinner part of your half rather than the widest. If you are going for a shorter culotte then make sure again it hits below your knee before the widest part of your calf and you will maintain their shape.

Regardless of whether or not you think this trend is for you be prepared to see it everywhere this Spring as it dominated runways from Proenza Schouler to Tibi. I hope you take into consideration my tips and tricks for finding your perfect culotte and feel confident that you too can rock this trend and look fabulous while doing it. Find outfit details below and have a fabulous Monday!
Culottes Chelsea28, Blue Coat Forever21, Balenciaga Sweater similar here and here, Heels Zara similar here
Shop culottes of different shapes and sizes below and find your perfect pant. Happy Monday!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to Style Your Summer Maxi Dress for Winter

 I fell in love with this red maxi dress this summer and wore it entirely too often so when it came time to put it in storage until the sun comes back out I decided that a dress is a dress and there had to be a way to reuse this striking red maxi dress in the winter.

The first thing that makes this dress easy to translate across seasons is its color. If you are trying to wear a true summer color such as turquoise or yellow you really need to pay attention to what you are layering it with. In this case I chose a jacket that was full of fall colors including the red of my dress which immediately made this a fall/winter outfit. Additionally I added a great fall ankle boot in a chestnut and my favorite oversized aviator coat all in the same palette making this a very wintery feeling look despite the color of the dress. It's amazing what a color palette can do to an outfit so pay attention to the overall feel of the pairing and make sure it feels like it fits in your target season.

A Tip: The secret to making this look work in the winter is leggings. Not visible ones necessarily (I didn't like the look of tights with this look) but perhaps capris like I am hiding, that will keep you warm. The summer breeze under a maxi that makes it the perfect summer item needs to be managed in the winter with some sort of coverage so make sure you layer up underneath. No one has to know and you will be both fashionable AND warm as a result.

Happy Thursday! Shop the look below.
Red Maxi Dress Tobi, Draped Jacket similar here, Topshop Aviator Jacket similar here, Chelsea boot Zara similar here
Shop items inspired by today's look below. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Burberry Poncho Blanket Coat: The Best Knock-Off Around

Clearly I am not the only one who is enamored with Burberry's fall poncho, it seems you all are as well, as is the fashion world at large. Friends of mine who don't even follow Runway shows or Ready-to-Wear collections know exactly what the Burberry Wrap looks like. So you will have to excuse my exhausting of the topic as I already did a post on how to make your own Burberry inspired poncho out of a scarf (see that post here) but I wasn't just content with making my own, I wanted an almost identical replica. Except for my embroidered initials *working on that* and a slight length difference in the back, this poncho has Olivia Polermo's Burberry Poncho written all over it (metaphorically.) I found my almost-perfect knock-off on SheInside.com.

But let's discuss why you need an item like this in your closet even as we approach the end of the winter season.

 I think we can all agree that the must-have item for Fall has to be a cape or knit poncho of some kind and the best thing about the end of the season is that many of these bad boys will be going on sale (if they haven't sold out already.) This trend is so easy to wear, just throw it over any look and you instantly add heritage polish to any outfit. Assuming that we have all invested in at least one of the fabulous pieces rest assured they will be a thing for 2015 as well as I think this trend is just getting started. Worried about Spring/Summer transitions? How fabulous will a cape look over an easy t-shirt, cut-off shorts and motorcycle boots? As long as you aren't investing in a true 'winter outerwear' piece this is going to be one of our favorite transition pieces come Spring I promise and I will even show you how to wear it if you have any hesitations.

Happy Tuesday! See outfit details below and some of my favorite cape choices for your winter outfit or perhaps as a gift for a fashionista you know and love.
Cape SheInside, Gloves Alexander Wang x H&M, Textured Pencil Skirt Forever21, Boots Zara similar Here

My Favorite Picks for Blanket Capes/Scarves Inspired Pieces:

Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Dress Like a French Fashion Blogger

 Surprise I am French! Oui Oui!... Okay I am not French I am 100% American however who doesn't daydream every time they see Charlotte Gainsbourg, Emmanuelle Alt or watch an Audrey Hepburn movie that they were at least a little bit French? France is clearly romanticized in film and has been for some time (Ah Paris...) but no one can question the fashion chops of these French citizens. The 'French Cool Girl' look has become a thing, an effortless, impossible to pull of disheveled elegance that makes everyone else look like they are trying to hard.

You get the point, I too wish I had that vibe and may or may not be trying to emulate these Parisians with my grown out bangs and often messy, undone brown hair. *side note: I love that there are so many brunettes that seem to be French as well.* In my quest to embrace my francophilia I stumbled on a French blogging couple the female counterpart of which had a chunky white turtleneck scrunched into a pair of black overalls. Voila, I had my french outfit du jour. What I have learned regarding dressing like the French and French bloggers in particular as they do the unexpected, casually, effortlessly and then own whatever the result may be *such as a bunchy sweater tucked into your trousers.* I promise you, no one is looking at the lumps under her overalls, instead all they think of is "I may not be able to see her eyes behind that hair but wow is she chic!" So be a Francophile for the day and mess up your hair, add an unexpected lack of tailoring to part of your outfit such as a threadbare t-shirt under a blazer and watch the French inspired chic unfold. If you have other ideas as to how better to embody the French aesthetic feel free to share below! Happy Friday all! See outfit details below. 

Turtleneck Sweater Zara similar here and here, Overalls Tobi similar here, Lipstick MAC Rebel, Boots Sam Edelman Zoe Boot

Shop items inspired by today's French post below. Have a wonderful weekend!