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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Little White Shirt Dress

I am typically your denim obsessed kind of gal. A good pair of jeans can be dressed up or down and it always looks chic. I do love a great dress though, especially when its a shirt dress. Coming from someone who owns the same button up shirt in multiple colors, it's always my classic go-to. When I discovered this shirt dress silhouette, I knew I had to own it.

How do you style a shirtdress, you ask? It's typically a long button-up shirt or you can even get creative and make your own out of an over-sized shirt. It's a casual and easy to style silhouette. During warmer days, it can be styled on its own with a block heel or some sneakers. My favorite is to pair a cropped sweater over it with a long duster for colder winter days.
There is a cool factor to a shirt dress - although its a simple silhouette, when styled right, it can look very street-chic and classic.

Photos by Henry Young.

Shoes: c/o Public Desire / Dress: Zara / Neck Scarf: Forever 21 / Bag: Zara / Hat: H&M


Monday, September 19, 2016

Coco Chanel's Signature Hat

With my love for fashion, comes my love for the fashion icon herself - Coco Chanel. She defines the meaning of style for me and it's always so inspiring to infuse a little more of the Coco aesthetic into my wardrobe. Her characteristics include simplicity and elegance. She was always able to transform men's wear into chic and comfortable feminine clothing.

Coco Chanel's took Thom Browne's boater hat and elevated it into new fashion heights, just as she did with the little black dress. Being an advocate for breaking all fashion rules, she has been credited with re-inventing it to a whole new level. Originally a men's formal summer hat, Chanel became a licensed hat-maker and owned her first shop in 1910. 

I was never a big fan of hats until I discovered the boater. It's the perfect accessory to any outfit and I love its nautical aesthetic. It can make a casual outfit feel fun and filled with character. It can also add structure and a chic factor to a blazer or suit. The boater hat was the start of my hat collection and it has now resulted to over 20 hats in my closet. 

I have added a few of my favorite tips on how to style hats, including some DO's and DONT's.

DO decorate or embellish your hat.
A hat with a ribbon or embellishment can instantly add a chic factor to your ensemble.

DON'T match your brown fedora too perfectly with your all-brown outfit.
Stay away from being too matchy matchy. If your outfit is brown or dark neutrals, play it up with a different tone, such as nude, to set your look apart.

DO pick the right shape for your face.
Make sure the hat fits your face shape. I am 5, 6'' and I like a hat with a wider brim.

DO be mindful of color.
If you're an all black ensemble, keep the hat black. However, don't be afraid to add a pop of color to play beautifully with your casual look. A burgundy hat always looks perfect with denim and a casual white top. 

Most importantly, have fun! If you like these styling tips, leave me a comment and let me know! I would love to incorporate more tips and advice.

Photos by Henry Young.

Shoes: c/o Vince Camuto / Jeans: Dynamite Clothing (similar) / Top: c/o Love Culture / Bag: c/o Love Culture / Hat: H&M


Friday, August 5, 2016

Gingham Off The Shoulder

As I get ready to plan my trips within the next month, this dress is the first thing I am packing for Hawaii. I will be going to Hawaii in two weeks and I can't wait to disconnect, relax, and get my tan on. Well, disconnect as in I will be snaphatting (username: studs_sapphires) my entire trip! (haha)

As we all have figured out by now, the off the shoulder detail has been my recent go-to and this silhouette has transformed into different body shapes and fabrications. I kept it feminine and flirty in this gingham piece but wanted to add a very thin suede belt to accentuate the waistline. It was quite the windy afternoon and my mom and I had fun laughing together as I would try to avoid the windstorm in this beautiful dress with my boater hat.

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