INSPIRATION FOR WHAT TO WEAR TOMORROW:
I'm kind of in love with the millions of ways you can take a chambray shirt and work it into any kind of look, casual or polished up for the office/a luncheon, etc.
If you're trying to balance out your proportions and have more volume on the lower half of your body (Pear body types) opt for a solid color instead of the bold print. You could move the print to the top half of the equation and make it work.
- chambray shirt
- polka dot pencil skirt
- neutral sandal
- opt for a bright graphic print instead of polka dots if they're not your 'thing'
- what about trying out a red heel on this look? Or a bold lip?
- if you keep the sandal neutral, add in a colorful scarf and oversized tote, think in the 'burgundy' family
- a pair of classic stud earrings works well here
It doesn't have to be so hard, I promise. This look is a perfect illustration of how you can take the basic pieces already in your closet and mix them up in a new way.
Sweater weather has arrived and one of my favorite tricks to elongate the torso is to have a hem peeking out underneath the top layer, in this case, a striped shirt peeking out underneath a fitted sweater. The boot-cut pant is universally flattering as well, you will not go wrong with that and a heel to keep the vertical lines long and lean.
- black (or navy) fitted sweater (crew neck)
- striped button-front shirt
- boot cut black pant
- pop-color pump (red, burgundy, coral, even metallic)
- instead of going with a striped shirt under the sweater you could opt for a bold color and keep the shoe neutral
- not feeling the pump? go with a heeled ankle boot
- or even better, turn this into a casual look by bringing in a printed flat and oversized (less-structured) tote; something in a 'warm' hue
- layered rings, they don't have to be all on one finger, would bring some 'edge' into the picture
This is one of the MOST comfortable Fall ensembles I love to incorporate into my Outfit Planner on a weekly bases. Dresses are just easy, and when they're not body-con, you can actually breathe and move around in them for day. Bonus (shouldn't have to be a bonus, but let's be honest, comfort is key even though sometimes we will sacrifice a little to feel amazing).
The cinched waist will help define proportions for you more column-like figured out there (Rectangle body types). Pears, try something with a more subtle print and throw in a bold necklace or scarf on top. Apple body types, make sure you keep the v-neck on top and go for more of a statement on the boot, maybe have it go to the knee.
- a printed, cinch-waist dress
- ankle boots
- tights (neutral, brown)
- not pictured, but a tonal (brown/neutral) shoulder bag and some gold layered bracelets would be perfect here
- a solid scarf works well into the mix, keep the colors warm/earth-tones; even a beige would brighten up the face
- if you go with a scarf or keep your hair up, try out a pop of color, think evergreen, in a stud earring
- bring in the 'boho' with a neutral fringed bag or (and) ankle boot
- you always have the option to bring that boot higher with something that goes to the knee, just make sure it blends with the tight to keep the leg line elongated
Here's another example to show you that you don't have to reinvent the wheel to update your look. Yes, I recommend clearing out any pieces that are just taking up space, but once you've a. paired down your closet to the best of the best, and b. started to build a strong 'Core Closet' foundation with new shopping-list additions, you can take just two items and make them look different all throughout the week and season.
Case in point, you have a black skirt and black top here that become the perfect, universally flattering, backdrop for a number of different accessories...
- v-neck long-sleeve tee (could do black or navy)
- a-line or black pencil skirt (could do navy as well)
- burgundy/wine shoulder bag
- burgundy/wine pump
- the separates (top and skirt) could be cancelled out if you have a wrap dress; that also works here
- add tights and a knee high boot (black if your dress is black, you could do brown with a navy dress/separates)
- a black and white printed scarf works well here
- keep the jewelry soft and simple; a subtle bracelet, small ring, and demure necklace