This time on Anatomy of an Outfit, we talk balance.
I am forever inspired by all the stylish creative people around me. One such person who kills it is my friend and co-worker, Bridgette. I walked past her and was like “Hold the phone! You are so going to be in my blog!” I have been thinking about doing an Anatomy of an Outfit post for a while and was trying to get something together in my head to make it great but then Bridgette walked in all her fierce glory and it was a sign! So here we go:
What makes a great outfit? BALANCE. That is absolutely the key to wearing any trend or putting together any great outfit. That’s why Coco Chanel’s advice is so clutch:
Want to try a bold pattern? Pair it with a solid.
Interested in a pop of color? Accessories are the way to do it.
Matching accessories make you smile? Don’t overwhelm yourself… shoes + bold necklace = perfect balance; the outfit doesn’t need a bracelet or big earrings as well. That’s too much!
You know what would help? A model rocking a sweet outfit… Check out how Bridgette nailed the art of balance.
Her outfit was perfect for office because it combines bright colors with the classic navy. She balanced the navy and white print that had that hint of pink with her pink necklace and pumps. She topped the whole look off with a cute side part wave and natural makeup. Hats off to Bridgette who nailed her outfit and helped with a quick lesson on balance and the anatomy of an outfit! Can’t wait to see what I come upon next!
My office holiday party was this Saturday and when it came to deciding what to wear, I took my own advice. We are not a fancy office and our party is at a bar (and grill) so no fancy dresses or sequin blazers for me. However, our annual ugly sweater contest does make it a little more fun to dress for the party. This year I went with skinnies, red suede penny loafers, an adorable Scottie dog sweater and topped it off with a red bow and red lipstick. I followed my rules by going with red accessories and the sparkles on my adorbs sweater. I think I earn bonus points for convincing my bestie to rock a twinsie look well.
What do you think? Sort of a Jess from New Girl Christmas look!
Every so often, I kind of have to put my money where my mouth is… and be my own model.
As I have said before, I think it’s important to dress for style and for comfort. These things are not mutually exclusive.
I tend to really over think dressing for a wedding because it’s such a fun opportunity to dress up and have fun. Tonight, I was inspired to be creative and try out different looks.
Here’s the first:
This look is about coordinating accessories. I love this dress because it’s the kind that you can simply put it on and be done. I hate it when I need a special bra, insane Spanx, or double stick tape. This dress has sleeves and it’s sparkly jersey so you know it’s comfortable. It’s got everything. In this pic, I show how easy it is to dress up with cranberry accessories.
This look borrows from Grace Kelly. I like this dress because its modest in style but the color sure gives it flare. I paired it with a tomato clutch that matched and classic black pumps. I styled my hair tucked behind my ears and pinned it back to create the one of her signature looks.
This look is all attitude and pizzazz. I bought these heels to wear as a bridesmaid in a wedding a couple of years ago and I have gotten a lot of mileage out of them. This one-shouldered black dress is accented by the sassy shoes, bold necklace and sparkly clutch.
All three of these looks are comfortable and can be worn to different styles of weddings.
My cousin agreed to model for second edition of “Guest of the Wedding” so my Tia who was requesting a slightly more mature look might have to wait until Vol. 4, when I plan on talking my mom into modeling. The third volume is me, so sorry again, Tia!
My cousin Erica is in her early twenties and having just graduated from college she has embarked on her first wedding season. She will be a bridesmaid for two of her friends in the coming year. She’s, of course, very excited. But as we all know, with weddings, comes the question of what to wear. Here’s some ideas from Erica’s closet.
Erica found this dress with a fabulous back. She is the queen of finding truly excellent dresses that do not require a ton of accessorizing. This dress is simple and beautiful. With classic neutral heels, her dress looks perfect. (It’s also cobalt…)
As for her second look, she showcases again the high-low look I love black and white because it’s easy to wear and can be paired with almost any accessorizing. She could add turquoise jewelry or yellow or nothing at all and it would be just as nice.
Erica found another one with an awesome back and also in cobalt. Here she shows you how with the right dress, you don’t have to do anything more than put the dress on. It’s classic and easy but just a bit sassy.