3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

Whenever I see a pair of patterned pants in a store, many thoughts run through my head.   I want them!  I need them!   Will they make my hips look wider?  What will I wear with them?  The whole experience can be a bit overwhelming and in the end, the same thing always happens, I never buy them.  Most of the time, I never even try them on to give them a shot.  This has to end because I desperately want a pair of patterned pants for my wardrobe.  My style is classic minimalist, so I tend to stick to solid colors with an occasional stripped print every now and then.  I am not proud of this; I would like to venture out of my comfort zone more and try bold and daring prints.  So, now all that is left to do is to find the perfect pair of printed pants and style them accordingly.  These are a few things to keep in mind before wearing a pair of bold pants:

  1. The silhouette is everything.  I suggest a cigarette pant opposed to wide legged pants or culottes.  You want to have as little fabric as possible so that the pattern isn’t as overwhelming.  Proportions are everything.  Make sure if you do wear a wider leg, keep the top structured or tucked in.
  2. Tie your whole outfit together by choosing one color within the print and match it with your top.  This way you will have a color coordinated outfit that will look more complete and polished.  This can also pertain to your shoes and bag.
  3. Don’t go crazy with mixing and matching prints.  Keep it simple by wearing a solid color top.  Once you get comfortable, ease in by mixing the print with a striped top.  The important thing about wearing one or more prints is to make sure that you wear them rather them wearing you.  You don’t want your outfit to look too busy.  However, in order to embrace the playfulness of the pant, try a chunky necklace for a glamorous touch.

 

When putting together today’s style guide, I took all three of these tips into consideration.  Here are two/three outfits that I hope will inspire you to wear printed pants with confidence.

 

 

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Mango – Polka Dot Blouse | 2. Charles & Keith – Bucket Bag | 3. Banana Republic – Floral Pant | 4. Lisi Lerch – Tassel Earring | 5. Sam Edelman – Hadley Sling Back

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. Madewell – Crepe Top | 2. Clare V – Foldover Clutch | 3. J.Crew – Gingham Pants | 4. BaubleBar – Mosaic Collar Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Avalon Pump 

 

3 Ways to Wear Printed Pants

1. J.Crew – Striped Sweater | 2. Gigi New York – Kelly Saddle Bag | 3. Zara – Printed Trousers | 4. Julie Vos – Santorini Bracelets | 5. Hinge – Drea Sandal

 

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3 Ways To Wear A Turtleneck

Turtlenecks will never go out of style. In fact, now that fashion trends are taking a book out of the 70’s, turtlenecks are having a major moment. I, for one, am not in love with the 70’s trend. Yes I’m the one, but I am a lover of this sweater because of how practical it is and for its effortlessly chic style. Now that it’s February, a turtleneck is a very necessary item to wear, but you don’t want to get bored with it. Mix it up by tucking one into a midi skirt or layer it underneath a sleeveless dress. No matter how you style it, one thing is for sure, the turtleneck is incredibly comfy and cozy thing to wear. Whether you’re wearing a chunky turtleneck to stay warm or a sleeveless mock for a more sophisticated look, there are many different styles out there to try. Below are three different outfits to show you how to wear the turtleneck to stay warm this winter.

 

OVERSIZED

Really, who doesn’t love a chunky turtleneck? It’s basically a fashionable blanket with sleeves. Who wouldn’t want to wear that around all day? With this outfit, I paired the turtleneck with a mini skirt. You don’t want to wear an oversized sweater with wide legged pants. Instead, a mini skirt provides structure and balance.

3 Ways to Wear a Turtleneck1.  Julie Vos – Link Bracelet | 2. Sole Society – Envelope Clutch | 3. J.Crew – Turtleneck | 4. Zara – Mini Draped Skirt | 5. Club Monaco – Hat | 6. Sam Edelman – Petty Bootie

 

SWEATER DRESS

I love wearing dresses and sometimes, during the cold months, they aren’t a very practical idea. However, thanks to this turtleneck style, you can wear a dress no matter how cold it is. Just make sure you pair it with tights so your legs stay nice and warm. Pair this turtleneck dress with a tote for the office or a clutch for happy hour. Either way, wear it with heels for a polished look.

3 Ways to Wear a Turtleneck 1. KT Collection – Teardrop Beaded Earrings | 2. Charles & Keith – Tote | 3. Dorothy Perkins – Turtleneck Dress | 4. Ann Taylor Loft – Infinity Scarf | 5. Vince Camuto – Pump

 

TUCKED IN

Speaking of wide legged pants, they are a great complement to a turtleneck. The best way to pull off this style is to choose a lighter weight sweater and tuck it into these pants. Remember, a sleek turtleneck works best for layering. By tucking in a lightweight turtleneck, you can elongate your neck and arms, which will be very flattering to your figure. In addition to pants, you can also tuck a turtleneck into a midi skirt or under a sleeveless dress. But this outfit is probably my favorite.

3 Ways to Wear a Turtleneck

1. Mango – Turtleneck | 2. Gigi New York – Carly Convertible Clutch | 3. Zara – Wide Cut Trousers | 4. KT Collection – Gold Chain Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Ink Suede Bootie

 

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9 to 5 Style For Beating the Summer Heat

There is one style that I haven’t talked a lot about on this blog, and that is work wear attire.  Most of us working 9 to 5 have to look our best five days a week while still staying true to our individual style.   This can get even trickier when it’s so humid out that we feel like human popsicles.  Forget applying makeup or styling your hair; getting to a morning meeting not looking like a mess can be a challenge during a hot summer.  No matter how little we feel like wearing, if you don’t work from home, you still have to try looking professional.  That is what has inspired this week’s style guide.  I have put together three outfits for you that are a great start to looking chic and stylish while staying as cool as possible.  Better yet, all of these outfits make the transition from day to night seamlessly, so you don’t have to worry about what to wear later.  When putting together the perfect summer 9 to 5 outfit, remember that prints and bright colors are your friends.  Most of the time in the summer, we are our worst critics.  We may look great on the outside, but on the inside, we are convinced we’re a sweaty mess.  Wear a bold color or an eye-catching print to boost your mood.  These outfits should get the creative juices flowing so that you can put together outfits that give you the confidence that you are ready for the workday.

   9 to 5 Style For Beating the Summer Heat1. Shinymix – Golden Wilderness Necklace | 2. Matisse – D’Orsay Laser Cut Flats | 3. COS – Round Shoulder Dress (on sale) | 4. Kendra Scott – Cassie Bracelet (on sale) | 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs – Metropolitote Tote (on sale)

 9 to 5 Style For Beating the Summer Heat
1. Julie Vos – Lion Stone Stud | 2. Julie Vos – Imperial Stacking Bangle | 3. Calvin Klein – Nasi Leather T-Strap Sandal | 4. Mango – Wrapped Jumpsuit | 5. Choies – Striped Blazer | 6. Ann Taylor – Pebbled Signature Tote

 9 to 5 Style For Beating the Summer Heat 1. J.Crew Factory – Laser Cut Tee | 2. Sole Society – Freyaa Gladiator Sandal | 3. H&M – Textured Jersey Skirt | 4. Kate Spade NY – Charm Bracelet | 5. Jules Smith – Americana Classic Earrings | 6. Zara – Perforated Shopper Bag

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Color Crash Course: Red & Pink

February is the month of love.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, I can’t help but be inspired by it.  Today’s style guide is made for those skeptical few who still hold onto fashion dos and don’ts.  Forget all you have ever heard about not wearing red and pink together; in reality they are the perfect pair.  The key is to keep the red true instead of a shade of maroon or berry.  Once you have your red piece, add any shade of pink from blush to fuchsia.  I don’t know why these colors have gotten such a bad rap because, when styled appropriately, they can make up the perfect modern and colorful outfit.  I’m not saying you should wear this on the 14th, but when you are comfortable making this big statement.  Check out these three outfits and find which one inspires you to rock this style.  Rules were meant to be broken and, since fashion is all about self-expression. There shouldn’t be rules to begin with!

 

Color Crash Course: Red & Pink1. Julie Vos –  Bali Bracelet | 2. Julie Vos –  Lion Stone Stud | 3. H&M – Drawstring Shoulder Bag | 4. Zara – Asymmetrical Skirt Jacquared Dress  | 5. Dorothy Perkins – Blush Trench Coat | 6. Vince Camuto – Elvine Bootie  

 Color Crash Course: Red & Pink

 1. BaubleBar – Crystal Garland Strand | 2. BaubleBar – Crystal Mason Ring | 3. Clare V. – Foldover Clutch | 4. TopShop – Pleated Wrap Kilt | 5. Madewell – Pullover Sweater | 6. Kate Spade – Yanni Heels 

 Color Crash Course: Red & Pink1. KT Collection – Long Chain Necklace | 2. Daniel Wellington – Classic Bristol Lady Watch | 3. Asos – Cross Body Bag | 4. J.Crew – Wool Pants | 5. Calvin Klein – Pleated Blouse | 6. Sole Society – Anneke Pump 

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