The jacket is the piece around which I orchestrated my outfit. It’s white with raised, stitched pinstripes (Trapunto stitching is the proper term for a raised, textured stitch) in black. Typically, I love bright white with super dark denim, so I chose these jeans from Paper Denim Cloth. The contrast of white on dark denim is very strong; the white brightly beams. Since I was beaming, I didn’t want to drag the outfit down with a boring black tank – no way. I decided on a complementary print instead – something that would offset the vertical stripes of the blazer. I love combining prints so this diagonally-striped top was just the partner for my jacket. The resulting outfit is colorful and playful, and requires very little accessorizing – the stripes are enough.
Jacket from Express (bought in 2004) | Jeans by Paper Denim Cloth | Top from Eva Franco | Open-Toe Booties by Marco Sarti
Close up of the stripes, going this way and that way
This scarf is a burst of color. It reminds me of a chewy, fruit flavored candy that starts with an S and ends with a Burst. It’s a 60′s tie dye print, has a hobo feel, and is terrific for layering under a simple black jacket or over a plain dress. Tie it in your hair, lazily loop it around your neck, pull it through your belt loops, make a big floppy bow close to your face. It’s such a funky and bold scarf that can bring your outfit to life (not to mention your spirits!). Buy this burst of a scarf.
Michael Stars Punch Tie-Dye Scarf | $30
Sultry purple suede satchel. How do I love thee? I really, really do. Besides being extra big and roomy enough to tote every single essential item I could possibly think to throw in it, it’s a luxurious suede and perfectly constructed. The 6″ drop on the handle makes it perfect for hanging in the crook of my arm. The outside zipper pocket can fit quickly-accessible items like my keys, lip balm, and subway card. The chain strap makes it suited to sling cross-body to free up my hands to pick up various shoes that I’m drooling over in a store I shouldn’t be in. And the color, well, must I explain my love of purple?
Be&D Satchel | $360
This dress is one that I really have to be in the right mindset to wear. It’s a tent dress (check it out in full tentage) and therefore, large and completely shapeless. Despite these less-than-flattering attributes, I love it. It’s a rich, winter white and the design details are endless: dropped shoulder seams, three fabric-covered buttons, textured fabric, and short sleeves. It looks like a coat, it acts as a dress. But today, it acts as a tunic that’s been roughed up by jeans and a studded belt.
Dress by Jill Stuart | Jeans by SeeThroughSoul | Booties from Aerosoles
Above, you can see the textured fabric and below, check out the soft pinstripe in my jeans.
Take a look at this statement bracelet. It’s gold, silver, twisted chain, textured and memorable. This bracelet goes to work and out after work. It’s the perfect topper for a little black dress (or a flowy blue silk one). If you don’t feel like cobbling together an intricate outfit with colors and details, keep it plain and top it with one uber-fabulous accessory, and make sure it’s uber-uber. If you choose to invest in a statement piece of jewelry, make it one like this that has versatility and timelessness. Metal chainwork is evergreen and chunky styles don’t ever seem to go away. Get twisted.
Nissa Jewelry Silver and Gold Twist Bracelet | $160
Today, I am loving the details. My outfit is really simple – an over-sized, off the shoulder T-shirt in leopard print and wide-leg trousers. In other words, a blank canvas for a couple extra somethin’ somethins. I like to wear my hair up with wide neck tops; I feel like it’s an elegant look and it makes me feel that way. A tough leather belt and a cutesy broach along with my studded clogs are my details du jour. All together, I’m completely comfortable and ready for a casual Friday.
Pants by Max Studio | Top by Dream Society | Belt by Calvin Klein | Clogs by Report | Cherry Pin from H&M
Let’s get mine out of the way first, because if you scroll down further, you’ll see an even cooler outfit.
Dress, dress, dress. I love the vertical zig-zag print on this dress. It’s essentially an extra long T-shirt, but the details are what make it more interesting. First, berry pink and black is such a gorgeous combination of colors. Second, there’s a T-shirt pocket and slight raglan sleeves, with a dropped seam on the shoulder. Normally, these details would make for a slouchy, sloppy look, but because the fabric is so heavy, it drapes over the body so it offers the illusion of being more fitted. Add tights and my fave boots and I’m happy, comfortable, and chic. Oui?
Dress by Ali Ro | Tights by Spanx | Boots by Report
Peep the print
And now, Jenn, my co-worker. She’s sporting the coolest of cool hot pink skinnies! And, the kicker? She got these for $.99 on eBay! Topped with simple white V-neck, a subtle floral scarf and a heather gray blazer. This outfit is fresh, fresh, fresh!
What a fabulous way to be patriotic! This sleeveless, wrap-style tunic transforms the red/white/blue combination from Americana to bohemian magic. The wrap makes for a defined waistline and the full shoulders offer a great deal of coverage while still bearing arms for the summer season. And, the scarf-style hemline and painterly print are edgy and bold. Wear a top like this with a sleek pair of black cigarette pants, white bermuda shorts, or super-flare jeans.
I have been obsessed with royal blue these days. So I peered into my closet knowing that I wanted to wear this cardigan, to create an ensemble around it. “It” is a simple, half-sleeve, cotton cardigan from Nordstrom’s Brass Plum department. It’s the perfect color of blue and fits just perfectly. If careless, a cardigan can look like a grandpa sweater, over-sized, and ill-fitted. Since I never button cardis, I typically employ the one-size-small strategy to get a tailored look out of my knits. To make the cardigan pop, I paired it with this neutral colored, silk top with an elastic waist. And, just so I wouldn’t get washed out by the neutral top, I tied on a pretty multi-colored scarf. Here you go!
Top by Banana Republic | Cardigan from Nordstrom | Skinny Pants by Joe’s Jeans | Booties from Aerosoles
Rain, rain brings on pink. I love this top because it’s silky, flowy, and just plain pretty, no? The neckline is softly shirred that creates a fluid, draping silhouette. The length is great for snug-fitting pants (covers my rear) and I can belt it easily to create a waistline (though today I left it loose). Lastly, I love it dearly because it’s silk which makes it classy and very feminine. To keep the outfit balanced, I am wearing a structured blazer that holds in the voluminous fabric of my top and makes the outfit Friday-work-appropriate.
Top by Miguelina | Leggings by Zobha | Boots from Report | Blazer by NEXT (a UK brand, bought in Dublin, Ireland)
Just a little closer so you can see the shirring of the deep scoop and how it releases into beautiful drapes.
And of course, what fun is a pretty pink top without funky (ginormous) earrings? None, is what I say. No fun at all.