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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Wear Now & Later

Spring is creeping around the corner, and no one is happier about it than I am. Now, I know, we had a very mild winter, but there is nothing better than taking long walks outside, flowers blooming, and longer days. While we wait for warmer days, we need to start getting our closets prepared for a new season of fashion. All of your favorite stores are currently selling spring collections and this is the best time to shop. If you start shopping now, you’ll be sure to have a bigger selection and more sizes available to you. The only problem is that, at least where I live, it’s not quite warm enough to wear the newer clothes. March can still be cool and, as much as you want to wear lighter layers, you can’t just yet. However, I am so sick of turtlenecks, heavy coats, and tights. All I want to wear are my new purchases. That is why I am bringing back one of my favorite stories, Now vs. Later. This is when I choose three items that I love wearing for spring that, when paired well, can work for winter too. We are in that annoying transitional time of year when one day it’s hot and the next day it’s cold. The only way to survive is by layering, and I’ve become a pro at it.

 

WHITE JEANS

White jeans are my favorite because they can be paired with any color and style top. I really can’t wait any longer to wear them, so, before it gets warm, pair these jeans with a chunky sweater and your favorite jacket. Then, when the weather changes, wear it with a light blouse and sandals for a softer look.

 

Wear Now & Later

1. H&M – Melange Sweater | 2. Asos – Duffle Bag | 3. TopShop – White Jeans | 4. Jules Smith – Earrings | 5. Charles & Keith – Booties

 

Wear Now & Later

1. Mango – Printed Blouse | 2. Gigi New York – Kelly Saddle Bag | 3. TopShop – White Jeans | 4. Allison Cole Jewelry – Nautical Rope Bracelet | 5. Vince Camuto – Tarita Sandal

 

GINGHAM DRESS
I recently bought this dress and I want to start wearing it as soon as possible. For the now outfit I styled it with a heavy coat, scarf, and booties. This will make you more comfortable until you can ditch the layers for flats and a lighter trench. If you’re still in need of layers, try wearing it over a light turtleneck.

Wear Now & Later

1. H&M – Jacket | 2. Charles & Keith – Slouchy Bag | 3. Madewell – Checked Shirt Dress | 4. Humble Chic – Infinity Scarf | 5. Nine West – Bootie

 

Wear Now & Later

1. Kate Spade New York – Square Studs | 2. Zara – City Bag | 3. Madewell – Checked Shirt Dress | 4. H&M – Trenchcoat | 5. Asos – Tie Up Flats

 

MIDI SKIRT

I love this floral midi skirt from Zara and I have a feeling that this won’t be its last appearance on the blog. There are so many different ways I want to wear this for spring: with a blouse, flats, heels, a chambray shirt. The list just goes on and on. But, in the meantime, a sweater or turtleneck would look great with it. I suggest you find some rich colors for some contrast, either with a navy bag or chocolate brown booties.

Wear Now & Later

1. Mango – Turtleneck | 2. Gigi New York – Chelsea Crossbody | 3. Zara – Floral Print Skirt | 4. Jules Smith – Earrings | 5. Louise et Cie – Vianne Bootie

 

Wear Now & Later

1. J.Crew Factory – Chambray Shirt | 2. Sole Society – Vaughn Clutch | 3.Zara – Floral Print Skirt | 4. KT Collection – Cluster Turquoise Necklace | 5. Sole Society – Caged City Sandal 

 

 

 

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Currently Coveting: Sleeveless Jacket

On one of my recent shopping excursions, I found a fabulous sleeveless jacket at Anthropologie. I have been aware of this trend for quite some time now but never really investigated it before until now. After purchasing my first ever sleeveless jacket, I can tell you that they aren’t as pointless as I thought they were. I mean, think about it. Why would you buy a jacket without sleeves? Isn’t it just a fancy vest? Maybe I was waiting to find the right one but now I feel as if my eyes have been opened to the styling possibilities of the sleeveless jacket. If you are looking for something to spice up your wardrobe, this is it. It can be worn over a skirt, jeans, or a dress, and it really brings a sleek fashionable element to your outfit. Experiment with the style by wearing different textures underneath and belting it for some structure. I think this is the perfect buy for spring because we’ll still be layering but it’s a lighter option for the warmer months. I really think this is a trend you should play around with for spring, and the following are some fabulous options to get you started.

 

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Currently Coveting: Sleeveless Jacket  
 
Currently Coveting: Sleeveless Jacket

 

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ANTHROPOLOGIE

SHEIN | ZARA | TOPSHOP

MISS SELFRIDGE | MANGO | TOPSHOP

 

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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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Effortless Summer Style: Sweaters & Shorts

One of my favorite summer outfits is a lightweight sweater over a pair of shorts.  There is something so appealing about this effortlessly relaxed style that I can’t enough of.   You may be thinking that it is way too hot and humid to be wearing long sleeves, but since everywhere you go has the AC blasting, it’s actually pretty comfortable.  This chic and simple ensemble is perfect for any summer event whether you’re going to a BBQ, throwing it over your bathing suit, or spending a weekend in the city.  Play around with the style by wearing flat gladiator sandals by day and sexy high heels by night.  Ready to try out my favorite summer outfit?  Then take a look at these sweater and short combinations I put together below.  There are so many options out there, and best thing is that you can keep wearing it in the early fall.  I can’t wait to hear how you style this look yourself!

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1. Joe Fresh Sweater | COS Shorts

2. H&M Sweater | Madewell Shorts

3. Jigsaw Sweater | Joie Shorts

4. Rag & Bone Sweater | Dorothy Perkins Shorts

5. J.Crew Sweater | J.Crew Factory Shorts

6. Mango Sweater | H&M Shorts

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Currently Coveting: Black & White Stripes

Summer and stripes go together like peanut butter and jelly. They are a classic fashion statement that will never go out of style. One reason why we may gravitate towards stripes is because they remind us of how French women dress. What woman doesn’t want to be mistaken for a Parisian? Stripes are a very simple and flattering print to wear; you really can’t go wrong with them. When it comes to summertime, most of us gravitate towards the nautical look. Whether you are vacationing at the Cape or home in the city, wearing navy and white stripes is a summer must! Now, I was going to do a nautical Fourth of July post, but I had a baby instead. So, I have decided instead that I would explore a different side to stripes. Most of us shy away from black over the summer. After a long winter of wearing dark and dreary hues, you want to dress in bright colorful prints. I am here to tell you that black has just as much of a place in the warmer months as it does when it’s cold. I believe that black and white stripes are just as chic and sophisticated as the nautical navy and white version. I promise you won’t look like a referee! Instead, you will look polished and put together, which is all we can hope to achieve when it’s disgustingly humid out. Need a little more encouragement? Below are three ways I have paired black and white stripes together. Wear any of these outfits, and you will be mistaken for a street style pro!
 
 
Currently Coveting: Black & White Stripes

1. BaubleBar – Cape Knot Collar Necklace | 2. Seychelles – Lyra Dress Pump | 3. Choies – Striped Dress | 4. Mango – Bleached Denim Jacket | 5. Gigi New York – Uber Clutch

 Currently Coveting: Black & White Stripes  1. Mango – Striped Flowy Shirt | 2. Converse – Chuck Taylor Shoreline | 3. Dorothy Perkins – Black Creoe Shorts | 4. Shinymix – Pink Link Bracelet | 5. BAGGU – Drawstring Bag

 Currently Coveting: Black & White Stripes

1. J.Crew Factory – Classic Chambray Shirt | 2. Vince Camuto – Louise et Cie Dalila Perforated Flat | 3. Zara – Striped Flared Skirt | 4. KT Collection – Teardrop Hoop Earrings | 5. Sole Society – Emmie Perforated Hobo

 
 
 

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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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