January Inspiration Lookbook | 30 Days, 30 Looks to Try Out

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out on a Weeknight

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I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out on a Weeknight

Hourglass body types, add a little bit of edge to your nighttime look with hardware:

I'm an Hourglass Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear Out on a Weeknight

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sources: 1 J.Crew Collection cashmere jeweled-shoulder sweater (www.jcrew.com), 2 Isabel Marant for H&M Waxed Biker Jean (www.hm.com), 3 Zara Suede Leather High Heel Court Shoe (www.zara.com), 4 MS by Martine Sitbon Zip Panel Black Bag (www.oaknyc.com), 5 House of Harlow 1960 Tribal Totem Ring (www.piperlime.gap.com)

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The top: This sweater is half-sweet, half-sass with the shoulder embellishments going on. Leave it to J.Crew to take a classic, turn it on it's head, and create a new take on the basic crew neck. Love that. Hourglass body types, you can take the added 'oomph' of those jeweled shoulders because you're going to balance things out on the bottom of the look. The name of the game is to stick to the naturally proportionate curves you're working with. They're a good thing. No, scratch that, they're a great thing. Own it. Oh, and on that note, reason #2 this works is because the sweater isn't too voluminous. It will hug and not cover you up. The latter would make you look bigger than you are. Boo.

The bottom: These waxed jeans from Isabel Marant for H&M had to make it in somewhere and this was the perfect spot. All pretty and polished up top, slightly prepster (um, it is J.Crew after all), and then you go below the natural waistline to find a little biker-inspired toughness. Mix and match, go with the unexpected, it's always a good time if you keep things balanced out. These jeans aren't super skinny, but they aren't boyfriend either. They're right in the middle and will flatter your shape. Super curvy hourglass ladies out there, the zipper details are going to accentuate those hips, so if that freaks you out, you can always opt for a black, straight leg (or boot-cut, a bit more traditional in look and feel) jean instead. Baby step it up to edginess or just bypass it all together. The point is, you're supposed to feel good in what you're wearing so, aim for that, and use this look for some direction so you can branch out of your style rut and upgrade a bit.

The rest: A classic black pump from Zara (i.e. on-point with style and brings the biker jean back down to earth with a little polish) levels the playing field on the look. The classic black satchel is taken up a notch with zipper details that mimic what's going on in those waxed jeans, love when two pieces play off of one another. And finally, a little statement ring to pull things together. You could go with a more bejeweled option if you want to bring out a more feminine side here, or just stick with something bold and show 'em what you've got.

The ONE thing you need to know: The pump is simple and black for good reason. You have a lot going on with this look and you don't need one more thing in the form of a snazzed-up shoe, ankle boot, or really anything. Less is more on the accessories since the clothing is doing all the talking here.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear for a Casual Night Out

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Rectangle body types, pull out a printed sweater to wear for a casual night out on those chillier nights...

I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear for a Casual Night Out

sources: 1 Isabel Marant for H&M Femme Cardigans et Pulls (www.hm.com), 2 J.Crew Vintage straight jean in Abbott wash (www.jcrew.com), 3 Ash Janet Wedge Ankle Boot  (www.my-wardrobe.com), 4 MS by Martine Sitbon Navy Side Pocket Clutch (www.oaknyc.com), 5 Isabel Marant for H&M Bracelet (www.hm.com)

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The top: Rectangle body types, the sweater is bold, slightly cropped, and not at all fitted. All three things work well back to your straight, long lines.

The bottom: A boyfriend jean isn't for everyone, but Rectangles ladies out there you can handle it and make it work in your favor. The distressed action going on here, along with the easy volume found in every boyfriend jean cut, work well to balance out proportions and add a figure to your figure.

The rest: Cuff the jean, throw on an ankle boot, cuff things off with something silver, and throw in a colorful, albeit subtle, clutch option for a night out.

The ONE thing you need to know: This look works for a casual dinner out, but you could also pull this off for daytime in a cinch. Just swap out the clutch for a larger, neutral tote. Make sure, when it comes to shoes (boots mainly) and bags, you stay away from a harsher black hue. Keep it soft. Think navy, grey, or even a faded butterscotch chocolate.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something Casual But Polished to Wear Out & About Today

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I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something Casual But Polished to Wear Out & About Today

Apple body types, elevate your go-to look for running errands during the day:

I'm an Apple Body Type, Looking for Something Casual But Polished to Wear Out & About Today

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sources: 1 Jonathan Saunders Poppy angora-blend sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 2 J BRAND 'Maria high rise' skinny jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 Jerome Dreyfuss Ponyhair Carlos Tote (www.barneys.com), 4 Manolo Blahnik Pointed Toe Suede Pump (www.hirshleifers.com), 5 House of Harlow 1960 Metallic Flatpick Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 6 Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: The v-neck, check. Go for a v-neck whenever possible. You'll see examples on how to do this in the Style Guide if you haven't had a glimpse of it yet. Overall this sweater is super simple. Really, there's not much to it outside of the color and a little extra volume at the hem. A word to the wise for petite Apple body type women out there, make sure the volume on this sweater doesn't overwhelm your silhouette entirely. You'll throw everything out of whack by adding too much bulk and throwing off proportions. Instead, opt for a more fitted version of the same shape which, ps, you can find oh, everywhere (start with the StyleShaker Closet and go from there; link below).

The bottom: You can streamline to your heart's content on this one. Why? Because you have the height of that heel that will keep the vertical line extending. Usually, we'd recommend something more along the lines of a bootcut or slight flare in the way of denim, but skinnies work as well. The balancing out of your proportions is helped with that classic pump.

The rest: The statement necklace can be a tricky thing for Apple body types. Try out something a bit less substantial along the neckline, especially if the necklace you're going with sits a bit higher on your décolletage (cue: fancy fashion word). No need to draw focus where you're trying to do the exact opposite. If it is long enough, it will actually help focus the eye on the vertical line of your body which is always a good thing. Sunnies, yep, sunnies. The classic Ray Ban Wayfarers are still out there. They've be around, gone away, and come back with a vengeance, The trend is slowing but that doesn't mean they don't work well. It really all depends on the shape of your face so go with what you know works whether it's a larger frame, wayfarers, or aviators.

The ONE thing you need to know: There's one really quick, simple way for you to take this look from what to wear to what NOT to wear and that is to pair it with a flat. Flat shoe, flat boot, flat whatever, don't do it. If you have to go with a flat shoe because you need to walk like a normal human being or just don't have anything in your closet you feel like wearing with a heel (um, shop our closet, link below), then go with a bootcut jean in the same dark wash. Have it hemmed to fall right at the arch on the top of your foot so there's  not too much creasing, and go to town.

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Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Rectangle Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear on the Weekend

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sources: 1 J.Crew Camel sweater (www.jcrew.com), 2 Frame Denim Le Garcon Boyfriend Jeans (www.net-a-porter.com), 3 ONE by Jo Handbags Perforated Large Hobo (www.shopbop.com), 4 Tory Burch Reva Flat (www.toryburch.com), 5 Satya Jewelry Grey Glide Bracelet (www.maxandchloe.com), 6 Ray-Ban Polarized Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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The top: There's some embellishment with the embroidered camel situation going on, and a Rectangle Body Type can definitely handle that. If you're feeling like taking a leap into the trendy-end of the fashion pool, you could always throw in a statement necklace, something a bit heavier with colorful stones, possibly a deep-emerald green...It all works when trying to balance out the Rectangle proportions.

The bottom: The boyfriend jean is a toughie for most body types, but this works for you. This pair of boyfriend jeans is a more streamlined take on the trend, which is great for the Rectangles. Distressed details and a little snugness will help create some curves.

The rest: Any additional height you have will help if you plan on going with a flat similar to the look below. If you don't have that vertical 'gift,' then by all means, just throw in a classic black leather pump and you're on another level of what it means to be polished in a casual way.

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Today's Look | How to Wear a Pencil Skirt with a Printed Sweater

Today's Look: Prints & Pencil Skirts

Check out the latest sneak peek from our October 2013 Lookbook that covers how to wear a pencil skirt by adding a little edge into the equation. Look-spiration is one thing. Is this a look that would work for your body type? Have you figured out your body type yet (get a final answer on whether you're a Pear, Hourglass, Apple, or Rectangle PLUS what to wear and what not to wear, courtesy of our free Style Guide here)?

So many questions... See what body type this look works for and how to make it work for YOUR body type PLUS shop everything you see here in our latest Lookbook (click below):

 

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sources: 1 TOPSHOP Merino Tile Jumper (www.topshop.com), 2 Reiss Ajani Tuxedo Pencil Skirt (www.reiss.com), 3 Jeffrey Campbell Wine Snake Darling Pump (www.bonadrag.com), 4 Rebecca Minkoff Mini Affair Shoulder Bag (www.rebeccaminkoff.com), 5 Kitty Shades (www.nastygal.com), 6 Tory Burch Color Frete "T" Button Earring (www.toryburch.com)

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There's 20 More Where That Came From: The Latest Top 20 Shopping List Picks

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It's Monday which means, well, it means a few things... Sure, some of those things can be a little Debbie Downer (read: morning commutes, classes, a futile dependency on hitting the 'snooze' button, and so on). 

Why not elevate the end-of-the-weekend, 'meh'ness' mood and change it up a bit, right?

Sure, you could go get a triple, mocha, double shot, milkshake (let's be honest, it's not 'coffee'; b. why throw down $5 on that when you can get TONS of deals and free stuff by subscribing to the monthly Body Type Lookbook anyway?), or possibly chow down on the cupcakes that are still in the break room for an instant sugar-high followed by the inevitable sugar-low/internal 'why did I eat that' guilt-ridden internal dialogue...OR, you could take a mini-break and feast your eyes on some fashion.

Is it really that tough of a decision? Nope. Step away from the week-old cupcake. You can thank me later.

Click on the image below to check out the latest Top 20 picks in one edited-down, uber-curated, shoppable hit list. There are so many pieces out there that we simply cannot squeeze it into our monthly, on-line, Body Type Lookbooks (if you haven't already, pick up a FREE version um, like, right now), but that doesn't mean these gorgeous picks shouldn't have their day in the StyleShaker sun.

Sure, these shopping picks may not have made it into the What's Your Type Style Guide (also FREE; what? I know, it's getting a little ridiculous over here) or monthly Lookbooks, but we just couldn't leave them behind, hence the Top 20.

One final note: these picks sell out. I'm not just saying that to be cutesy (technical term) or create a false sense of urgency. Nope, it's a fact. They won't ALL sell out, but enough do, hence weekly updates or else you'd be looking at a list of gorgeous things that are no longer available and nobody likes that.

Enough chatting, on to the Top 20. Click thru to the Closet (the mother-load of all our edited shopping on The StyleShaker) and scroll down the page. They're all there waiting for you!

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Look-spiration | 1 Topshop Red Dress, 2 Ways to Wear It.

Look-spiration | 1 Topshop Red Dress, 2 Ways to Wear It

Happy Monday to you! Is that completely obnoxious to write?

You'll forgive me after you check out today's Look-spiration moment that features a red dress from Topshop well under $100, and two ways to wear it.

After ten years in the fashion industry, prancing (not all the time, but when I could, and the heels weren't too high, I would, trust me) up and down the halls of Neiman Marcus (i.e. still corporate America, don't let the shiny stuff fool you) I had developed a serious case of what I like to call a Jekyll/Hyde approach to personal style.

During the week, it was all business, well, all-business while working in the fashion industry still includes trends but still, the overall look was consistently polished.

The weekend would hit, and I'd slide right into my casual uniform (read: this always included denim in one form or another). The two sections of my wardrobe were exclusive from one another, until a few years ago when I started shopping with an agenda. Said agenda went as follows: if I bought something for work, it would have to be easy to translate into a casual look, and vice versa.

Versatility people. It's not rocket science. It's probably nothing new to you, but a good reminder never hurts. Especially when there are visuals involved.

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sourcesTOPSHOP Strap Back Slip Dress (www.topshop.com), DAY BIRGER ET MIKKELSEN minimalist blazer (www.farfetch.com), SERGIO ROSSI Black Pumps (www.en.colette.fr), 3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder Snakeskin & Leather Satchel (www.saksfifthaveue.com), Tory Burch Jordan Pendant Necklace (www.toryburch.com), Oscar de la Renta Firework Crystal Button Earring (www.oscardelarenta.com)

The first look polishes things up a bit for work with the simple addition of two core pieces every closet needs to have: 1. the black blazer, and 2. the classic, black pump. From there it's just a matter of incorporating some low-key accessories with one deviation, the bag. You can always go with a basic black leather tote or satchel. There's nothing wrong with that, and I totally get not wanting to move everything into another bag.

That said, I felt like a bit of 'edge' needed to come into play here (accessories are where I encourage you to play and bring out more of who you are) so I went with something a bit more exotic. Snakeskin works. Leopard, zebra, cheetah, or any other animal print would be a little overboard here, so, the adage of keeping everything in moderation definitely applies. Unsure? Like I mentioned, stick with what you know and go with a classic satchel instead. No harm no foul.

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sourcesTOPSHOP Strap Back Slip Dress (www.topshop.com), H&M Denim jacket (www.hm.com), Zara Leather Biker Mid-Cut Boot (www.zara.com), ALEXANDER WANG Handbag (www.yoox.com), Oscar de la Renta Lace Gold Chain Bracelet (www.boutique1.com), MADEWELL Ribbon Ring (www.madewell.com), Ray-Ban Oversized Original Aviator Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

Look 2 takes the feminine dress and toughens it up a bit with a biker boot and bucket bag. The heavier boot works best with a long and lean body type, i.e. Rectangle or tall Hourglass. This is a more trend-forward look which means it definitely doesn't work for everyone. If you're a Pear, Apple, petite Hourglass, or completely averse to wearing anything that masculine on the bottom half of your fashion equation, substitute a stacked heel pump or more streamlined oxford bootie to keep it Fall-centric. Still toasty where you live? Perfect. Add in a nude sandal and you're all set (nude will also elongate like none other).

One dress, two ways to wear it, done and done. One more look idea for good luck? Sure, why not, it's the most expected look in my mind and that is just to leave the dress alone, sans layers (no blazer, no denim jacket) and pair it with a flat strappy sandal and an oversized satchel or hobo.

Inspired? Good. Want more? Check out the latest from what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop right here.

 

Look-spiration | Cozy Sweater Styling Indecision Means Bonus Looks for You

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Look-spiration | Cozy Sweater Styling Indecision Means Bonus Looks for You

This is not a one-and-done kind of fashion situation people. Nope. It's all over the place. Ok I'm exaggerating, it's a double-take because this girl couldn't make up her mind when it came to cozy sweater options. What else is new?

Here's what's up: Inspiration hit via an image from the latest Lucky Magazine, (read: a random shot of Blake Lively nestled in the lower lefthand corner of this month's glossy caught my eye) & it called for a re-creation moment.

Cue: My Insta-inspiration (click to follow The StyleShaker on Instagram)

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That said, I couldn't make up my mind between the J. Crew v-neck and the more voluminous Jonathan Saunders option. Both fit the fashion bill, bringing volume to the top half of the equation in relatively soft neutral tones, and yet, the overall look is different. J.Crew keeps it classic, it's what they do, it's why we love them. Saunders on the other hand, adds volume and shape with a keen attention to detail that usually comes with a higher-end label, let alone price point. Both are gorge, and both needed to have their cameo:

how to wear an oversized sweater with skinny jeans

sources: 1 | J. Crew Cashmere Sweater (www.net-a-porter.com), 2| J BRAND 'Maria high rise' skinny jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 | Jerome Dreyfuss Ponyhair Carlos Tote (www.barneys.com), 4 | Manolo Blahnik Pointed Toe Suede Pump  (www.hirshleifers.com), 5 | House of Harlow 1960 Metallic Flatpick Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 6 | Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

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sources: 1 | Jonathan Saunders Poppy angora-blend sweater (www.net-a-porter.com),  2| J BRAND 'Maria high rise' skinny jean (www.farfetch.com), 3 | Jerome Dreyfuss Ponyhair Carlos Tote (www.barneys.com), 4 | Manolo Blahnik Pointed Toe Suede Pump  (www.hirshleifers.com), 5 | House of Harlow 1960 Metallic Flatpick Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 6 | Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses (www.shopbop.com)

Fashion inspiration, or what I lovingly call, 'look-spiration,' is all fine and good. Actually it's more than fine and good. Inspiration is kind of a big deal. We all need it from time to time, to stay fresh, keep us on our toes, and above all, push us to think (or even better, take action) outside of our comfort zones. Inspiration comes in so many forms, you don't have to look to hard, you just have to keep your eyes open.

Today, inspiration comes to you courtesy of two style-by-number looks. But what to wear is only half of the story. A great half, but it's just 50%. The other half, the reason I've been able to reach triple digits on my roster of amazing personal (and virtual) styling clients, is because knowing what to wear won't get you anywhere unless you get the 'how to wear it for your body type' part of the equation.

You can certainly have one (what to wear) without the other (how to wear it for your body type) IF you're into having a full closet and nothing to wear, or even worse, wearing the same 10% of what's hanging in your closet on heavy rotation. Go for it, but I don't recommend that route.

Try this instead: First things first, we need to define your body type (pear, apple, hourglass, or rectangle; sign up for emails to get priority access to not only the Weekend Warrior Shopping Lists but also I'm compiling the sickest, simplest, most on-point fashion guide to help you figure out what your 'type' is). Got it? Ok good. Now that we know what we're working with, the next question is, will this look work for you?

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Rectangles, you've officially found your happy place. The length of the sweater on this one makes it a tough call for Hourglass and Pear shapes. But Rectangles, you have the ability to pull of the additional volume on top as long as you keep the streamlined leg and a heel. I would say lean more towards the pink Jonathan Saunders option, but both work well for your shape.

Now, on to the Apple ladies out there. The v-neck action and emphasis on the hem of both sweaters works well for you, pulling the eye-line down and balancing out proportions. The only major change for the Apples out there would be to swap out the skinny leg for a boot cut option. It will keep proportions in-line. For my petite Apples, go with the J.Crew option, less bulk will be key, and be sure that the hem doesn't fall too far below your hips (too far will stunt you a bit, never fun).

Hourglasses, you could do this but the volume on top will just add to any bust-line your working with, and not in a flattering way. Keep to a more structured look to stay on-point when it comes to your silhouette. What am I talking about when I say 'structured'? Seamed details, a more body-conscious fit, something that will hug you, but not too tight.

And finally, Pears, the length of the sweaters will be a make or break for you here. Since both of these sweaters will hang closer to your natural hipline (drawing the eye right where you don't want it to go), you should look in the other direction. A slimed down sweater that hits at the waist would work, just be sure to keep the skinny leg dark and always, I mean always, wear some sort of a heel in this scenario. Extend the vertical eye-line and all is right with the world.

See more when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and to get dibs on the Lookbook launch that is on the horizon.

Catherine's Lookbook

 Catherine!! Here's your very first Lookbook!

Scroll through the slider and get a few notes with each look that cover what I chose, why I chose it, different ways to pull off the look, and suggestions on when to wear it.

I've also included links to the products I used in each look below PLUS close-ups of the 10 looks themselves (you can print out from there easily if you want to). Some products are not pictured/linked below, SO, if you love something let me know and I will send you a private link to shop. This also goes for picks that you love but have since sold out. Just let me know and the shopping will be covered for you.

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