Sometimes over thinking an outfit can be stressful, and I have stepped out of my house thinking I’m fashion-forward but really should have toned it down a bit. That’s why it’s good to keep it sweet, and simple like Amy here. She’s still so stylish with her Dior frames, love them! She’s accessorized just enough with the two pendant necklaces, the oversized kimono cardi is from American Apparel, the gauze tank top is Plenty, along with the skinnies, and the cute platform sandals are from Urban Outfitters. I love the look, and I love that she has a soft ombre in her hair and red lipstick! You don’t need to go overboard to be fashionable, this is just enough.Pin It
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all these trends, floral denim, coloured skinnies, crochet tops, everything in mint green or soft peach! So, before you feel like you have a million things to get to update your wardrobe, follow these examples. This is exactly how I shop, and this is how you can pull off a polished look without breaking the bank.
1. Whatever is trendy this year should not cost you more than $100, if that. If you’re into the coloured denim go buy a pair from Plenty, Zara, or even American Eagle for less than $80. You really don’t need to buy a pair of coloured premium denim that will run you upwards of $200, you’ll be sick of the colour by next year, trust me. Spend money on a good proper fitting pair of light blue or medium rinsed jeans for the summer, or a pair of slightly oversized white jeans, these ones will be classic pieces in your summer wardrobe.
2. Take it a bit easy on the mint green and peach this year, buy one or two pieces in these shades, and that’s enough K?
3. Spend money on a good purse, I repeat this all the time – and pay attention to the detail and the craftsmanship, spending $400 on a fluorescent yellow Rebecca Minkoff might not be in your best interest (although it is pretty), instead spend the money on a black or tan bag which will literally last you season after season.
4. You need a cute and fit jacket for spring and summer, so it is not a good idea to get a cheapo polyester one, you’ll sweat your butt off and pretty soon your new bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy will smell a little less than floral. After the demise of our planet, the only things to stay will be cockroaches and polyester…ick! Not saying I’m not guilty of the odd P purchase, I’m just sayin’ for the things you wear more than twice a week (like a good everyday blazer) a natural fiber is smarter!
The classic trench is from Banana Republic, for $140 and it’s 100% cotton. The wedges are the best colour to buy if you’re budget is tight this year, they go with almost anything, will look adorable with skinny jeans, wide leg pants, or skirts you name it, they are by Dolce Vita for about $90. Don’t skimp when it comes to a good pair of everyday jeans, I like these ones by Genetic Denim, around $200 but you will wear them this year, and next! Having a cute tush is priceless! Lastly, if you’re a career gal you need an everyday chic bag – if you’re not into black then buy grey or tan – they will work for any season and will not go out of style. This one is Foley + Corinna for $370. Now that you have your everyday staples, you can jazz up your wardrobe with inexpensive bright floral tops, a few pretty scarves and some bright accessories – you won’t have to spend a lot on these fillers, hit up H&M and that’ll do ya! Happy Hunting for your staples this year, let me know if you need any help!
I always talk about balance when building an outfit. The best way to put a look together is to put the feminine with the masculine. I tend to take the frilly, girly look to heart – and even I have to remind myself that adding an edge or some cut looks to a flowy dress can really be fashion forward. This dress I’m wearing is super light and soft, so I paired it with a navy, double breasted blazer. I added the fedora for a little edge, and the little eyelet cropped top adds a little more softness (recently purchased from Brandy Melville on Granville). The two tone infinity scarf is also from Brandy Melville, fedora and dress are from Plenty, blazer is from Anthropologie 2 years ago.Pin It
hmmmm, what to pair with bright skinnies, how about an ivory free people tunic $130, a jean jacket, and a fedora? The whistle necklace actually works! It’s from Plenty, along with the hat – $26 and $28 respectively. Skinnies are from Free People too, $70. Sandals are from Browns, 2 years ago though! Happy hunting for those bright day-glo colours, you’ll need them for summer.Pin It
I loved Ireland. It was a bit cold so when the sun was shining, we definitely took advantage of it. Layers are good here, I’m wearing a Minkpink tunic, with pleats in the back, a Minkpink loose blazer, boots are Hushpuppies, bag is Anthropologie. The crochet top was part of a Collective Concepts top, but thought it mixed well with this tunic. Great idea to always use your pieces in different ways.Pin It
In my “garden love” post for Style Nine to Five, I showcased this lovely crochet and floral dress from Free People ($118), and I loved it so much well, er, I ordered it online. It’s so bright, painterly, and feminine. It goes perfectly with my floral crown and the locket that I bought ages ago. The dress comes in a pretty yellow and mauve version too! The handbag is old Anthro, but there are several places to get a bright bag these days, just make sure you don’t take a short cut, a good quality bag is noticeably good quality, go to Winners and you might be lucky and find something great for a good price, look for good stitching and try to stay away from hardware that is overly shiny. You can barely see my nail polish, but I’m wearing Mint Sorbet by Sally Hansen and it’s my must-have nail colour this season!
First, identify what your plans are this summer, then find the perfect dress to match your lifestyle. Are you going to a lot of weddings? Are you planning on going on a lot of hot dates ? Or, are you planning on long walks by the water? If all of the above sound good, well then girl you got some shopping to do Keep in mind your height when shopping for specific lengths of dresses, if you’re petite you can wear a maxi, but make sure you’re wearing a cute pair of heeled wedges. You long-legged gals be careful with the mini dress, don’t wear too high of a pump. Keep it classy, ladies!
Happy hunting for your favourite summer dress this year!Pin It
I found this embroidered floral treasure at Front and Company, though I’m not sure what era it’s from it’s definitely vintage inspired. The black lace bell-sleeve blouse was a sale purchase from Anthropologie, the black Big Blue skinnies are from Plenty, they are my FAVOURITE skinnies right now, and you know my love for skinny jeans – these ones make the tush look good y’all! Do you think the shoes are Jeffrey Campbell? They are an Aldo knock off, on sale for $50, and they are so comfy – ok and before I get any emails, obviously they are not as comfy as your worn in running shoes – but if you wore running shoes with skinnies (actually anywhere but the gym for that matter) you have some life choices to reconsider. So no you can’t run a marathon in these shoes, but you can walk in them comfortably and confidently for hours! My collection of bracelets are a mix of real jewellery and costume jewellery. The gold bangles are real, and are special to me because they’re truly vintage (from my wonderful mom), purchased from Lebanon years ago! I love incorporating my mediterranean heritage in some ways with the gold accessories I’ve collected over the years, and they will never go out of style. The handbag was a $16 find, again at Front and Company here in Vancouver, and that’s all folks. I hope you’re inspired to be adventurous with your style.Pin It
A: YES! I love navy and black together, I think it looks classy. Make sure you choose pieces with texture though, so that you don’t get a dull look. Look at the outfit below as a guideline.
Does pairing red and black remind you of the 80s? Well buck up, because its back in, and with a few added touches you can make it less harsh, after all its not like you’re wearing shoulder pads and sneakers with the outfit. The baby doll dress is another vintage find, but you can achieve a similar look you really just need to find a short patterned red dress, I have seen some options at H&M. The Bedouin inspired scarf picks up on the pattern in the dress, its from AllSaints. Leather bomber is from Anthropologie, last year – find similar pieces at vintage shops – - you can search Etsy for some great vintage leather bombers. My racy lacy tights are from the Gap, 2 for $25! Love them, and I’ll be wearing them a lot this year! Mix your colours, its so much fun! See my green bag in the 3rd photo, and my bright yellow belt in the last, as long as your pieces are well-tailored you can totally get away with it. Notice that I have also mixed feminine pieces with edgy, and some masculine. You want to create balance over all, especially if you want it to be a little more casual. A dressy look with call for a cropped blazer and a small clutch, with the hair up. And would you believe the dress was $25? Well it was, and its straight from the 60s. I love mixing old with new!
Come on, live a little. Mix some patterns, and get out of that matchy-matchy plain jane look every once in a while. I loved playing dress up as a little girl, and I still do. Yes, sometimes you might get the odd look, and people thinking “what the hell is she wearing?” BUT, and its in capital letters because what I’m about to say is important – if you feel good and inspired and YOURSELF, then who cares! Now, don’t go out and buy the Victorian replica costume that you admired from “Becoming Jane” or “Little Women” (trust me, I almost brought petti coats back), but commit to an idea and polish it off in a stylish way. Below I’ve mixed some patterns, but you can see in the blouse and the pants that they are both nicely tailored. The worst thing you can do when wearing something bold is to ignore the fit, a perfect fit is what will be the difference in you wearing something crazy as opposed to you being stylish! The handbag picks up on the patterns in both the blouse and pant, and the boots are a nice neutral! Try not to do the bag+belt+shoes need to match (unless you’re wearing black), you don’t need to follow that rule at all (in fact sometimes I think that rule has now become a little old fashioned and too matchy). Since the outfit is already quite tailored, especially with that satchel in the mix, you need some balance – the grandpa sweater, slightly oversized (but should still fit in the shoulders) is a great addition, the hat and the earrings offer a Parisian and Vintage zest 1. Lemon Liftoff Blouse – Anthropologie | 2. L.A.M.B. Plaid Skinny Pants
Lovely Katharine is wearing this crop long sleeve top the perfect way, with a printed fitted blouse and an amazing pair of fitted skinny jeans. I just had to take her photo (sorry the photo is a little blurry), doesn’t she look great? Her top is called the Arched Pleats Pullover from Anthropologie for about 80 bones.
Here’s my inspiration, a beautiful (but pricey) Marc Jacobs sweater.
Like I always say, you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a certain look, so here’s my attempt! The sweater is from ZARA, it was 60 bones as opposed to the MJ sweater for 260 bones. Since the sweater is pretty bulky, and because I have a petite frame, its easy for pieces to overwhelm my figure, so I added balance with a pair of very simple skinnies, and taupe boots. The taupe boots are so old, I think I got them about 5 years ago, and I still wear them A LOT. The necklace adds a bit of glamour, along with the red lips! The necklace was purchased a while ago at Piperlime, around 50 bones.
I think fall is the most vibrant of the seasons, not just because of the beautiful colors, but because of that warm and cozy feeling…you feel alive. Starbucks brings back the specialty lattes, Chapters is full of hopeful readers, and it’s the season of boots, outerwear, and cashmere. That crispness in the air is remedied by an oversized sweater, or a warm infinity scarf, and who doesn’t love the sound of fallen leaves crunching underneath your footsteps. Also, fall is my favorite “hunting” season, you cannot deny it – fall fashion takes the cake.
I am loving pieces by Milly. The label is the brainchild of designer Michelle Smith, who captures retro feeling prints with feminine silhouettes. I love anything inspired by past decades (excluding the 80s and 90s for now). You can buy Milly pieces from Shopbop.com, you can also use it as inspiration when purchasing more affordable items on the market.