THE BLUE EFFECT. Blue sky, blue jeans, blue water, blue snow cone- all proof positive that "getting the blues" can be a good thing. One of the best ways to incorporate a little color into any outfit is with an accessory, and if blue is your hue of choice, then you're going to love today's Week Shake. Take a moment to see how just one small addition can really pull together an entire look, whether it's a casual weekend outfit or something a bit more formal. Cue: the blue...
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- pale blue satchel
- distressed skinny jean
- nude pump
- colorful scarf
- aviator sunglasses
- grey leather jacket (let's just say there's a basic tee underneath to complete the look)
- pony tail
- Even though this look as more of a Fall-centric tone (eh hem, scarf), softer, more pastel hues are coming around in a big way for spring so take note. The paler blue is also something you can use as a neutral in most looks so it will be versatile enough to justify investing a little bit more.
- The look can easily get even more casual with a pair of nude or soft pink ballet flats if your feet need a break (more petite frames should stick with a heel though).
- Love the injection of color the scarf brings to the neckline making that ponytail a perfect choice so longer hair doesn't get wrapped up.
- Everything about this cropped image says "soft" to me, from the colors to the textures. The feel is very spring time which I'm loving.
- One way to complete the bottom half of this look for a more office-oriented outfit would be a black pencil skirt and nude heel.
- Try a wide leg pant in a denim hue (could also be a jean or just a chambray drawstring waist pant) or even a bold marsala (wine-soaked) color to get a little creative. There's something about burgundy and pale blue that just works and elevates any look.
- You could also just throw on a pair of track pants or maybe a medium wash jean (flare leg would be amazing, but you can do skinny if you're attached to that silhouette) and get a bit more casual with the look.
- striped criss-cross back dress
- chain strap, stud-embellished shoulder bag (blue obviously)
- round frame sunglasses
- the rest of the look is not shown so here are a few more ideas...
- The navy and cobalt blue don't necessarily match and that is perfectly fine. Actually, that's the reason I brought this look into the Weekly Shake mix. Matchy-matchy is not a rule.
- The heel can be a soft dove grey, maybe something sueded, and possibly stacked to keep this trend forward.
- Or, for another shoe option, throw in a neutral brown platform and pick up on the 70s' vibe you're about to see everywhere for spring.
- Keep things lower to the ground with a strappy flat and throw in a neutral cardigan to cover the arms if you get chilled or just want to keep that area a bit more covered.
- Finally, you could amp up the edge a bit by layering a moto jacket (black) on top and incorporating a black ankle boot or studded t-strap pump into the look. Less 'lady' more 'rocker-chic' if that's what feels good to you.
- t-shirt dress that flares at the hem; embellished collar
- mirrored aviator sunglasses
- bold necklace (doesn't have to look like this; see below for more ideas)
- blue suede foldover (chain strap) handbag
- silver cuff, gold watch
- messy top knot
- Mirrored lenses are coming back so keep an eye out for them and if you want to update your look, that is an easy (less expensive) way to do it.
- For the necklace, think less costume jewelry and more raw-edged statement pieces for spring. A rough cut stone necklace would work really well here, or even purely metallic necklace that sits right at the collar bone.
- Try a nude platform heel or wedge for the shoe here to add height.
- A soft pink lip is also a great way to keep this look a bit more daytime.
- This is a simple look that isn't rocket science and is still stylish. Every outfit doesn't have to be perfectly pulled together. Sometimes a perfectly fitting tee and jeans to match are a sexier combination than a skin tight top and skirt. It's all in how you carry yourself.
- You can easily layer a grey or burgundy knit cardigan on top.
- Layered rings would also be something to consider here.
- If it's chilly out, opt for a chunky printed scarf and possibly even a moto jacket or soft cotton military jacket with a dramatic collar.
- striped long sleeve tee
- cuffed boyfriend jeans
- cobalt blue foldover clutch
- black pump
- bracelet watch
- aviator sunglasses
- This is an easy way to upgrade your t-shirt and jeans look. Picture the look without heels, just flip flops, and instead of the clutch, try to visualize it with a slouchy brown tote. See how different that feels? The power of the right accessories is something to take seriously (which is saying something because I rarely take anything too seriously when it comes to style; it should be fun and make you feel good).
- Go with a nude heel to elongate and if boyfriend jeans aren't flattering for your figure, go with a skinny cropped (ankle) version or solid medium wash flare leg.
- What if you dropped the jean completely and just brought a coral pencil skirt into the mix? So spring, right? Love that.
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