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Neon + Black

I’ve never considered my personal sense of style to be too “edgy”. I have always preferred classic silhouettes and subdued colors. However, there is a certain je ne sais quoi about the color combination of neon and black. It’s bright. It’s bold. It’s daring. There is just enough edge and interest to elevate the ordinary to extraordinary.  The neon trend of today is quite a bit more refined and sophisticated than it’s 1980’s “neon overload” counterpart.  Neon is particularly powerful when incorporated as the statement piece of an outfit. I particularly love pairing either a neon blazer or neon pumps with a simple outfit (think black skinny pants and a white tee).

Have you jumped on the neon bandwagon yet? Maybe you will after viewing this gallery of neon inspiration.

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There’s never been a better time to neon.

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy.


Pattern Play

Prints, patterns, and polka dots…oh my! Have you ever sifted through your closet looking for something new and fresh to wear, but  it all just seems a bit blah? Looking for a way to breathe some new life into your daily style? Fear this style slump no more because with a little bit of curiosity, bravery, and some style know-how you can become a master at mixing patterns.

Yes, you heard me right. This post is all about mixing prints! I will be the first one to admit that mixing prints can seem downright tricky. The overall look should be unique and interesting…yet it should not give off any “displaced circus clown” vibes. Mixed print outfits can also go from cute and quirky to “did she get dressed in the dark?”

Let’s try and keep this whole mixing prints thing simple with just a few basic suggestions.

1. Keep it subtle.

I love how my fabulous friend Lauren P. layered a neutral sequined printed tank under a cardigan, and then added a floral print scarf that picked up on the tank’s hue. With accents of each pattern showing, this combination is a smart and subdued way to capitalize on your closet’s offerings.

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2. Play with the scale.

Scale is the relative size of one object to another. As you can see in the example below, the polka dot print on the pants is much smaller in scale than the stripes of the sweater. Through optimization of large- and small-scale items, the sweater and pants do not compete with one another. Instead of visually sorting through jumble of stripes and dots, one will notice the stripes and then the dots, or vice versa. Add a bold pop of color in there for bonus points too!

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3. Match the colors, mix the prints.

With this sassy, classy, and retro outfit, the warm tones of the skirt and shirt make the outfit cohesive. The polka-dotted print is crisp and sharp, while the lines of the tweed skirt are a bit muddled. Because polka dots and tweed are decidedly feminine, these two prints are well suited to each other. Other options might include floral prints and soft stripes, plaid and and geometric prints, etc.

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Mixing prints isn’t so difficult now, is it? If there is one point to take away about this technique, it’s to make sure that the chosen prints aren’t fighting for attention against one another. Keep that in mind, and you should be good to go!

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy.


Expect the Unexpected

Lately I have been obsessed with exploring Scott Schuman’s blog, The Sartorialist. Forget what you know about perfectly matched ensembles and open up your eyes to some seriously cool street fashion. Schuman “began The Sartorialist with the idea of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life.” Schuman photographs real people on the streets, just the way they are. No fancy lighting, props, or gimmicks. Just the individual.

What I happen to love most about this refreshing take on capturing fashion is that every ensemble featured has inspired me to become more brave and curious with my outfit choices. I will be the first one to admit that I love to match and be perfectly coordinated at all times. Which has huge potential to lead to a boring and unmemorable look. Who wants to be boring and unmemorable?

I have collected a couple images of some outfits that I happen to love, that bring in a bit of the “unexpected element”. These two stylish ladies happen to be some of my close friends with amazing senses of style. So, let’s examine the unexpected and refreshing elements in their outfits.

First, let’s take a look at the fabulous Laura S.

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This is an excellent example of mixing blacks and browns. The very neutral taupe color in the snakeskin printed pencil skirt lends itself well to bringing together the cognac colored leather jacket and the black pumps. With the leather and snakeskin, Laura could have tiptoed into the very edgy “biker at a bar” look, which while perfectly appropriate for the evenings and weekends does not translate into a business casual look on a Monday afternoon. The unexpected element of this outfit is the ever so classic and preppy gold-buckle pointy-toed black pumps. The addition of the shoes makes the whole outfit scream “Hey, I’m super fun and sassy…but I’m also responsible and know how to take care of some serious business.”

Clearly, Laura is a shining example of knowing when the right touch can bring an outfit to a whole different level.

Next is Claire B.

double button-upGold earrings. Chambray shirt. Cheetah print button-up. Red jeans. Riding boots. Gold bracelet. This is a lot of color and texture, but Claire pulls it off effortlessly. Claire could have easily just worn the chambray, or the cheetah print, and her look would have been stylish. The unexpected element of her outfit that really sets it off is her layering technique. A button-up shirt on top of a button-up shirt. How cool is that? I just love how the cheetah print peeks out of the chambray near the collar and down near her wrists.

Bravo to you Claire for your innovation!

Try something a little unexpected when you dress yourself next. It never hurts to be memorable, does it?

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy.


Leggings…an excuse for pants?

The controversy never fails to roll around the same time every year, right after leggings are pulled out of hibernation in the storage closet.
Haters of leggings proclaim, “Leggings are not pants!”
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I hear it all the time, and maybe in a few years I’ll feel differently, but I’m here to defend my love of leggings and I’ll tell you why:
There really isn’t much difference in thickness between your skinniest of skinny jeans and leggings, except that leggings are unarguably much more comfortable and versatile. They come in a  wide variety of colors and styles and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. I would wear leggings every single day during the winter months if I had my choice. My rule of thumb when wearing leggings as pants? Choose a top of a longer length. Your shirt should cover at LEAST half your cute legging-clad bum. Choosing a top that is longer and form-fitted will help avert any extra attention toward a “bare bum.”
Layers also help keep your bits discrete as they create length and draw the eye upwards instead of downwards.
I love leggings for their sheer simplicity; even when you want to wear your tiniest shift dress, you can stay warm by donning a pair of leggings and adding a cardigan and scarf. Insta-chic.
All in favor of leggings, vote YAY!
For the love off fashion,
Cait 
XO

Winter Essentials- Campus Couture meets Friday Favorites

It’s a winter wonderland here on campus! The current temp is 8 degrees with freezing fog. What? Freezing fog? I have never even heard of that!! Thus, I thought it would be perfectly appropriate to list off some winter essentials for your wardrobe to brace against the biting cold.

1. Sorel Boots: These boot do work. They are super warm, they have excellent grip on snow on ice so that do not wipe outs do not occur. They also come in an abundance of styles and colors.

2. Glomitts: These are a hybrid between gloves and mittens. They offer the unbeatable warmth of mittens with the functionality of gloves. My favorites are fair isle style, but they literally come in every color and style imaginable.

3. Colored Peacoat: A peacoat is a style essential. Put one on and you will automatically look classy and fabulous. Try a peacoat in one of the colors from Pantone’s Fall 2012 color trends.

4. Fur Trim Jacket: Fur trim jackets are great for those perfect winter days when there is a light frost covering the trees and everything just glistens. The trim is cozy and fashionable, and adds a little je ne se qua to traditional plaid or tweed.

5. Knitted Ear-warmers: I loovvveeee these. I myself have probably knitted and crocheted like 10 of them. They are so convenient and cute. They are especially great so that your ponytail of top knot doesn’t get smashed in a hat!

6. Plaid Scarf: I simple plaid scarf will never, ever, ever, go out of style. Burberry’s perfect plaid scarves have been around forever and are still a classic style craving for lots of people.

Stay warm, stay stylish.

~E~

Style.Study.Savvy


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