Okay so a blouse in ginormous black & white lawn stripes isn't the most *I'llwearitforever* item, but really, who wants to wear anything forever? I do agree you shouldn't probably blow the whole budget on just frivolous items, but it's fashion and the reason we all love it so much is that each season, there's a boatload of fun new stuff to try, long for, lust after & buy. If you do go for a graphic-print, a good tip is that they usually look awesome paired with brights - red in a shade of lipstick, safety-orange, cobalt blue and the way I styled it here with yellow! And just enough gold to gild the lily 'cuz really, why wouldn't you?
GET THE LOOK: blouse - Stella McCartney; velvet cropped trousers - Paul & Joe; shoes - Miu Miu; pyramid studs - Anito Ko; bag - Valextra - all Net-a-Porter.com
How fun would it be to wear a pussybow-blouse & classic pumps in a matching python print? I love gray with lipstick-red, so I styled it here with a standout skirt to make for an eyecatching ensemble. The Vivienne Westwood bathrobe-style wool coat is also in gray, making it coordinate, but the oversize plaid gives some additional visual variety. Add actual lipstick in red & a snakeskin'ish looking bag & off you go.
GET THE LOOK: blouse - Jason Wu; pumps - Stella McCartney; coat - Vivienne Westwood Anglomania; bag - Burberry Prorsum; skirt - Miu Miu; necklace - Olivia Collings; lipstick - Chanel - everything is mostly available at Net-a-Porter.com
As the heat of summer gives way to those early warm-yet-crisp days of fall, the fashion transition can be challenging: it's still too hot for too many layers and yet, balmy summer evenings now can become downright chilly. A stylish shirtdress is a good piece to bridge the gap; in white, the color still says "summer" while the longer sleeves are perfect for warding off an evening chill. Keep the accessories neutral and easy/breezy - cute espadrilles and unfussy jewelry - and you'll almost be sad when fall finally arrives. Almost.
GET THE LOOK: dress - Diane von Furstenberg; scarf - Missoni; lace espadrilles - Valentino; bag & sunglasses - Saint Laurent; rose-gold earrings - Anita Ko. All Net-a-Porter.com.
This cozy cardi/duster recently my way came courtesy of the lovelies at Celtic & Co. (I'm one of their brand ambassadors). It's mid-thigh length with a drapey shawl collar and made from a snuggly blend of alpaca, merino & linen. I walk my puppypoo right around sunrise every day & just around sunset most days - ie. at just that time of when the air is chilly so this piece arrived right on time. Here, I styled it as an alternative to a jacket or blazer, keying the rest of the look off the cool grey-blue of the duster.
Life's simply too short not to flounce around in a graphic-print frock every now and then. Which usually begs a super-important question: which shoes & bag best show off your fashion savvy? Although I wouldn't hesitate to pair this dress with siren red, taxicab yellow, electric blue or safety-neon orange, a sophisticated way to go is with a nude pump and matching satchel. So very mid-century Mad Men, no? And a snuggly coat in fetching tones of blue & black add just the right note of luxury, as do the wine-red of the lipstick (Kevin Aucoin) and elegant juice of "Beyond Love" by Kilian.
GET THE LOOK: dress - Saloni; coat - Preen; pumps - Sophia Webster; bag - Saint Laurent; earrings - Gucci - all Net-a-Porter.com
How cute are these "Fitness" wedge sneaks Aerosoles just sent me as one of their lucky Brand Ambassadors?! The heel is a totes do'able 2" with cushioning for comfort & their signature diamond-pattern rubber sole - to give a girl traction on the ground when she's runnin' around reaching for the sky. Yes, you could of course pair them with your leather skinnies, but I also thought they'd be super cute with more of a retro pinup-girl vibe with dark-wash big-cuff jeans, a gingham-check shirt, leopard-print headscarf & red, red lips 'n tips.
GET THE LOOK: shirt - American Eagle AE; jeans - MiH; clutch - Antik Batik "Tulib"; head scarf - Gobbolino on Etsy; fragrance - Victoria's Secret Bombshell; lipstick - Vincent Longo; polish - Topshop Nails
Charcoal is certainly a timeless wardrobe staple, but on days when the weather's gray, who feels like disappearing into the background? Instead, touch the sky, the color of it at least, with shades of cobalt, azure and aquamarine. I'm particularly enamored of this Markus Lupfer paintbrush sweater which certainly *paints* a pretty picture.
GET THE LOOK: trousers - Etro; coat - The Row; boots - McQ by Alexander McQueen; crystal brooch - Marni; bag - MICHAEL Michael Kors; sunglasses - Ray-Ban - all Net-a-Porter.com
The white tux blazer of course looks great with a matching trouser or even with skinny black-leather leggings for a more rocker-chick edge. But white & black also look chic with pastels like sugary, cotton-candy pink. Especially a swishy wide-legged wool trouser for an interesting twist. Simply carry through the pastel feel in the bag & makeup and have fun with either a two-tone brogue or, as I've styled it here, with a graphic pointy pump.
GET THE LOOK: tux blazer - Roberto Cavalli; tee - Gucci; trouser - Simone Rocha; pumps - Rene Caovilla; necklace - Roberto Cavalli; clutch - Miu Miu; glasses - Illesteva; nail polish - butter London - all Net-a-Porter.com
Slogan sweatshirts & oversize sweaters are without question comfy, but they can easily run the risk of looking sloppy unless you put some thought into styling your look. With a top this oversize, balance the outfit by going extremely skinny on the bottom + slip on some towering heels for some extra balancing height. (Any excuse, right?) Blues are fun to play with and can look unexpectedly fresh when you take cobalt & put it with aqua as I did here. Dyed snakeskins also tend to have interesting combos of blues & grays, which is why this pair works so well with this outfit.
GET THE LOOK: intarsia-knit top - Kenzo; skinnies - Levi's; patchwork coat - Anna Sui; python pumps - Christian Louboutin; bag- 3.1 Phillip Lim; earrings - Kimberly McDonald - all Net-a-Porter.com
This Stella McCartney plaid sweater is kinda kooky, kinda nerdy, kinda not, kinda...hard to categorize. Which can mean kinda hard to pull off in a way that says "I'm stylish" rather than "I raided grandpa's closet & not in an ironic way." I think the best way to solve such sartorial challenges is to (1) focus first on proportions; and (2) stick to colors that are tone-on-tone, with some that pop. So, the first: proportion. The sweater, all grandpa qualities aside, is oversize and boxy, so whatever you pair it with on the bottom half needs to provide balance below - here the pants are cropped and the shorter length helps bring harmony to the volume of the top half. Colorwise, I carried through the blues and whites of the sweater into the pant and also played up the blue hue with a nipped-waist denim blazzer. And few colors look as awesome paired with a pastel blue as a bright & throbbing red. Any excuse for stepping out in red footwear & accessories is fine by me. The reds in the boot & bag are slightly different; just for a bit of variation & visual interest, but not so much as to make people wonder if you're perhaps color blind. Blinded, though, they will be by your style savvy.
GET THE LOOK: denim blazer - DSQUARED2; pant - Stella McCartney; scarf - Destin; sunglasses - Miu Miu; boots - Saint Laurent; bag - Valentino Garavani