Style Tutorial #2 | How to Wear Maxi Skirts. 1 Ted Baker Skirt, 5 Ways to Wear It

Question: How to wear maxi skirts? Answer:
The maxi skirt can definitely be a polarizing piece when it comes to any woman's wardrobe. You either love it, or you have no clue what to do with it. But before I get to far ahead of myself, it's time for a proper introduction on the topic:

Personally, I love the way it can look when styled out appropriately, seems like an obvious statement, but it can go stylistically south in the blink of an eye. The key to a maxi is knowing how to pull it off and whether your body type is going to work well in this tricky silhouette. What else is new right? I know, but I'm about to tell you how to figure out which body type works best in which look so the work is pretty much done for you. Um, yay!
Just because something's a trend, doesn't mean you must have it, contrary to the content filling up fashion columns each month. If it works for you, fabulous, more maxi skirt power to you. If not, move along to what you feel good in and the pieces that work best for your body type (again, I'm here to help you figure that out.) See one gorgeous, super-spring like maxi skirt from Ted Baker and five options for how to wear it below. Then check out what body type each look belongs to. From there, it's full-on shopping and inspiration. Let's get the ball rolling with a quick video:

The 'How to Wear Maxi Skirts Video' is just one piece of the fashion puzzle. Next up, shop what you saw. But first, here's a close up of the looks from the video showing off five ways to wear this one color blocked maxi from Ted Baker:

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McQ by Alexander McQueen Crop Shirt | (sold out) SHOP MORE SHIRTS HERE. theoutnet.com

Madewell Chambray Boyfriend Shirt | SHOP MORE SHIRTS HERE. madewell.com

Equipment Tie Front Blouse | SHOP MORE SHIRTS HERE. modaoperandi.com

AllSaints Chase Leather Biker Jacket | SHOP MORE JACKETS HERE.

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Rebecca Taylor Denim Vest | SHOP MORE VESTS & JACKETS HERE. nordstrom.com

Ted Baker Maxi Skirt | SHOP MORE SKIRTS HERE. tedbaker-london.com

GUESS Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. macys.com

Tory Burch T Strap Flat Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. toryburch.com

See by Chloé Ankle Wrap Flat Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. shirise.com

Nine West Flat Weslie Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. piperlime.gap.com

Sam Edelman Metallic Gatsby Sandals | SHOP MORE SHOES HERE. piperlime.gap.com

Ralph Lauren Collection Woven Tote Bag | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE. stylebop.com

Proenza Schouler Gray PS1 Handbag | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE. ssense.com

Reed Krakoff Atlantique Mini Leather Tote | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE.

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Neil Barrett Leather Handbag | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE. thecorner.com

Aurélie Bidermann Laser Cut Ring | SHOP MORE RINGS & JEWELRY HERE. modaoperandi.com
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To my Pear shaped ladies, the best looks for your body type are going to be Look 1 and Look 5. The layering will help even out the proportions on the top half of your body whether it's via the fitted leather motorcycle jacket or the chambray shirt (which I would leave untied at the hem and laying over the waist.
Rectangles: You can work out any of the above Looks (*note the below advice when it comes to height; this may be the only exception). Why? The maxi has small pleating details that will help define your waist back to any of the above top options.
Hourglass ladies, my people, the best looks for your body type are going to be Look 1, Look 3, and Look 5. There's a catch. If you go with Look 1 or Look 3, since the hourglass proportions can sometimes give a short-waisted look and feel, you will want to elongate your torso with the layers you use under the leather jacket and vest. Wear something, a tank or fitted tee, that falls just a bit below the jacket and vest but not all the way over your hips. This tricks the eye line and lengthens (visually) the mid-section. I do this all the time and it works wonders, but again, don't go too far with the under-pinning (top), the goal isn't to cover up, it's to elongate.
Finally, for the Apples of the bunch, your best bets are going to be Looks 1 and 5 as long as the shirt and jacket are fitted and not boxy. The idea of a layer on top to streamline a bit works only if that layer is not a bulky one. The last thing you'd want to do is add unnecessary volume so keep the top have a clean-cut and close to the body as possible. The pleats and length of the skirt will balance things out a bit.
**One caveat to this skirt is something I haven't mentioned and that is height. The less height you have, the less affinity you should have towards a maxi skirt or dress for that matter. It can be done, but is pulled off best when the skirt or dress in question cinches at  your narrowest spots (waist, etc). A pleated maxi skirt or maxi dress with extra volume is not your best friend. Instead, opt for a shorter summery dress with a wedge to add some height. Just a little style side note.

Maxi skirts are just one category of sooooo sooooo many. There's always more where that came from. Check out the pieces that are pulled each week while digging for my clients. They're all lined up, all of the favorite picks from my favorite shopping spots on-line, in the StyleShaker Closet.

Welcome to your Shopping Starting Point:

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easy breezy. (source: www.richesforrags.tumblr.com)

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denim garden party. (source: www.vogue-lustt.tumblr.com)

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look forward. (source: www.habituallychic.blogspot.ca)

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lapel love. (source: www.style-stalkers.tumblr.com)

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he loves me, he loves me not, he loves me. (source: www.imgfave.tumblr.com)

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3 Ways to Wear Dresses for Winter | Layer Up

Have a favorite dress hanging in the back of your closet and no clue how to pull it off this winter? See three ways to wear the wardrobe essential that is your everyday dress, and get a little inspiration. First, we'll start with a more fashion-forward combination that pulls in a menswear-inspired vest:

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Let the pop of color happen in the handbag, and leave the other layers neutral. This is an updated way to pull off your basic grey jersey dress and add a little oomph. If the tuxedo vest scares you, by all means, omit and substitute a black blazer or oversized boyfriend cardigan.

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source: DKNY Black Tuxedo-Style Vest (www.stylebop.com), Kenzo Floral Print Inset Jersey Dress (www.nordstrom.com), Sergio Rossi Veronica Slouchy Suede Boots (www.theoutnet.com), Coach Madison Leather Isabelle Tote (www.coach.com), Heather Hawkins Y Necklace With Black Horn (www.shopbop.com), Wildfox Couture Jewelry Bone Bangle In Rose Gold (www.shopthetrendboutique.com)

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Next up, a little layering. I put an open-toe sandal in here just incase these milder Fall temps last for a minute longer, but if not, this would be the perfect opportunity to slide in a foldover ankle boot. The rest of the look plays on the color combo between the Vivienne Westwood dress and the butterscotch brown biker jacket. The scarf is another way to draw in color, as well as the Iscar de la Renta earrings that I can't seem to get enough of right now. This is one way to polish up a rough-and-tough biker jacket...

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source: Muubaa Kendyll Biker Jacket (www.farfetch.com), Vivienne Westwood Red Label Asymmetric Jersey Dress (www.farfetch.com), Lanvin Stiletto Sandal (www.farfetch.com), Marc By Marc Jacobs 'Onyx' Scarf (www.farfetch.com), Oscar de la Renta Waterfall Stone Earring (www.oscardelarenta.com)

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Fine, fine, yes, you're looking at a top from Tibi, not a dress, but the length  lends itself to be worn just like a tunic/dress, especially when there are leggings involved. This is the kind of look you wear and can own a room in. It's sharp, there's some edge, but it doesn't go overboard on the intimidation factor. It's just ridiculously sophisticated with a more contemporary twist. I mean, those boots! A drool-worthy additions to any wardrobe.

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source: Tibi Striped Knitted-Cotton Top (www.net-a-porter.com), Givenchy Pleated Back Blazer (www.farfetch.com), David Lerner Zippered Legging (www.intermixonline.com), Alaïa Leopard Calf Hair-Paneled Suede Ankle Boots (www.net-a-porter.com), Golden Lane Perforated Leather Duo Satchel (www.luisaviaroma.com), Gorjana Raul For Gorjana Farrah Armor Studs (www.shopbop.com)

It's so easy to go back to what we know when it comes to our closets, our go-to pieces that we can rely on, yet may not be how to necessarily put our best fashion-foot forward. But who has the time to figure it all out? Well, I do, and so can you.

The What to Wear Weekly Lookbook started on the premise that most of us are only wearing a teeny, tiny portion of what's hanging in our closet. It's what's easy, familiar, and sometimes kind of dull.

Here's why the Lookbook is growing...My clients send over pics of pieces in their closet they need some inspiration on, I pull them together and send them weekly, personalized, virtual Lookbooks. It shows them ways to wear what they already have that  they would have never had the time to think of, or been able to see. On top of that, they get other goodies like a hand-picked shopping list to fill in any essential closet 'holes,' notes on each look, and a Looks Library they can reference any time on the go. Talk is cheap. Visuals are always best, so see what I'm talking about here and get on the list so you can drop the question, "what am I going to wear today?" out of your vocabulary for good...Trust me, it's SO possible:

In the mean time, all the pieces used to create these three looks are pulled from the shopping gold mine that is the StyleShaker Closet. See more fashion favorites in all categories lined up for your shopping pleasure here:

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Hey Boy, Heyyyyy. Time for the Top 5 Shopping List Picks for Him, From Her.

It's about that time, to pull out some heavy shopping hitters for him, all from her perspective. Meet the top five menswear-centric shopping list picks today:

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It starts with a simple, classic, clean-cut cobalt blue shirt from Carven that stopped me in my tracks a few days ago. How to wear it? This is definitely the shirt you don't want to mix with any hue of blue denim in hopes of avoiding the fashionably redundant blue-on-blue ensemble. A good way to pull this one off would be a classic black pant (flat front please), or possibly a charcoal grey distressed denim moment. Loving the super-saturated color here.

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Chuck Taylors, grey leather, 'nuff said.

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A semi-fitted military jacket deserves a moment in every man's wardrobe. Diesel happens to be serving up said military moment for us today, and this time, it's got a drawstring. Leave this jacket loose over layers for Fall and you have the whole, "I don't care, but yes, I look good," thing going for you.

 

3 Diesel Drawstring Military Jacket

 

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I wanted to ramp up the men's denim quotient a bit here, so I mixed a little straight leg, distressed-ness in there from Prps, a new-to-me denim name. Meet the 'Barracuda' jean that will seamlessly take your snoring (yes, I dropped the 'b' for an 's' for added emphasis there; not a typo) everyday jeans up a level without going crazy (crazy= dropping a cool grand on the new jean from Balmain, which, mind you, is sold old in various web shopping spots; gotta love it).

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Ok, so this is all about men's fashion/shopping picks from a female perspective, and while myself and the other editor's do have a strong sense of integrity (none of our picks our biased by advertisers, etc.) sometimes the male model sends us over the edge and making one pick an instant addition to our hit list over another. We can't help it.

In the below biker jacket scenario, we adore the jacket, but it didn't hurt to have it on the back of that model (quintessential bad guy one should walk away from and yet, most of us are like a moth to the messy-haired flame at least once in our lives).

Still, a solid leather jacket, biker in this case, is an essential in every man's wardrobe. The biker silhouette just happens to be a bit more modern and forgiving than most others, and when you throw in the added details seen below, it's kind of a no-brainer.

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 source: 1. Carven Long Sleeve Shirt (www.thecorner.com), 2. Chuck Taylor Premium Leather (www.converse.com), 3. Diesel Drawstring Military Jacket (www.neimanmarcus.com),  4. Prps Barracuda Straight Leg Jean (www.farfetch.com), 5. ASOS Leather Biker Jacket (www.asos.com)

We dig, every week, to pull together the best of the best for your fashion-savvy viewing pleasure. Consequently, we end up with a virtual closet filled of picks that never get their cameo and yet still deserve their time on the StyleShaker in one capacity or another. Cue: the StyleShaker Closet. Everything is updated weekly with our hand-picked favorites so if you're just wanting more (and really, who doesn't?) keep the shopping frenzy going strong and take a step inside:

 

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Time for an inspirational (to us and hopefully to you) quote to take us into today's little zen moment:

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How am I going to go from Friedrich Nietzsche to a story about the complete lack of direction my mother is notorious for? Easily and randomly, as I normally do.

My mother, my favorite woman on this earth (understatement), happens to have a horrible sense of direction. As a little girl, we moved all the time and in every new place we lived, she would sign me up for classes from ballet to tennis. This meant my mom, like many others, was a bit of a chauffeur (didn't realize it at the time so, thank you for that mom).

It would be a normal occurrence on our way to ballet class (or any other class), for her to pause at a light/stop sign/whatever (i.e. panic; it's her way) and say something like, "Hmmm, I think this is where I go left, right Britt?"

To this statement, in whatever form it came and whatever day it came upon, my go-to response would be to suggest moving in the opposite direction. So for the above instance  I said, "No Mom, it's right."

Now, did I look up from my intense surveillance of my sticker collection at the time to make sure this was the right way to go? Usually not, but nine times out of ten, when my mother wanted to turn one way, it was usually best to go the opposite direction. It's actually how she still gets around sometimes, although I have to give her credit, she's gotten way better with age, the woman is a paradox, a beautiful paradox.

Mama-gushing aside, sometimes we go left when we should go right. Either our sense of direction is completely off, or, we're worried that the right turn will take us somewhere we don't want to go. Ironically, most of the time, the right turn takes us exactly where we need to be, we just couldn't see that far ahead at the intersection.

Letting go of whatever you have in your life that is holding you back (usually something based on fear that may or may not be irrational) freaks most people out, myself included. But when your grip begins to loosen, your hand begins to open and so will your eyes, heart, etc. you name it.

There's a vulnerability in this one act, trust me, I've fought against it for some time, and still do. But something else I've found out  is that while the vulnerability that comes with opening yourself up to the unknown can be scary to you, it is ridiculously magnetizing and attractive (people come into your life, and yes, sure, maybe you look good too) to others.

The funny part is, I've recently taken steps towards releasing my grip and letting go thinking I'd end up somewhat alone (we're never really alone, but the fear remains, it's human).

It was only natural for me to assume (assumptions are so annoying and yet I eat them up every day) that leaving the life I had known for the past decade to walk into the new one would leave me with one or two (or ten) less friends. But the opposite happened and continues to happen. The support I've received has been remarkable, I don't say this lightly, I'm literally in shock but just letting go and letting it happen.

Sure, it gives me warm fuzzies, makes me grateful for the people in my life, but above all, it's showing me how good it can actually be. I had no idea, and I'm thinking I still have a lot to learn on that one...

 

Zen moment, done and done. Got to get back to work? Eh, let go for a second and take in a bit more inspiration. Don't worry, the to-do list will still be there when you get back...See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

The Shopping List Continues: From Free People's Chambray Shirt to an MK Ballerina Flat

Today's Shopping List: Chambray shirts, ankle boots, cowl necks, oh my!

Helmut, Burberry, Rag & Bone, DVF, Tory, I mean, I went heavy on the names with this one, mind you, that is not (in any way, shape, or form) a qualification for making the top 10 Shopping Lists on the StyleShaker (it doesn't hurt mind you, but it's not the end all be all).

These are ten hand-picked favorites that found their way onto today's shopping list solely because they're each amazing in their own way, whether it be a result of  a spot-on detail, or a new take on a classic  silhouette.

I love a chambray shirt. They're all over the place right now, so the velvet-lining on this classic chambray is something a bit new and different. I love Free People for a few reasons, one of which happens to be their leggings (I own a pair of seamed, 5-pocket leggings in three colors, and I'm still going back for more), but they also have amazing selections on tops. Some can go a bit overboard on the boho-chic vibe, but when they hit the nail on the head, they do it well and with originality. Case in point:

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Again with the cowl neck tops. I can't seem to get enough of them, and why not? The cowl neck is universally flattering. The neckline adds instant sophistication. You can keep a cowl neck basic, or easily add in some accessories to bring up the style quotient a bit. Helmut Lang happens to do this silhouette (amongst others) oh so well making a classic top look modern with, what feels like effortless (I can't see what's going on behind the scenes mind you, but they make it look easy) edge. This top, from anywhere really, is an essential add to one's shopping list if it's not already living in your closet, 'nuff said.

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The 'mini-Harper' bag from DVF is an easy way to add a small, not too overwhelming, pop of color into any look. I'm convinced that red essentially at the status of being a 'neutral,' color since it can work back to practically any color out there. The maraschino cherry red on this little structured shoulder bag is the perfect color to liven up a black-and-grey tweed blazer, a basic tee-and-jeans look, or an L.B.D. for evening. The fringe detail is a vintage nod to the more classic shoulder bag, but closure and hardware keep it looking so fresh and so clean, clean.

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Here it is people, after ten years in the La-La Land of luxury fashion, I've grown anti-logo. A logo is less for the wearer and more for the image he/she wants to convey. I don't equate a label to a sense of style, I never have. So when it comes to the next shopping list pick, you may think I'm a complete hypocrite. Honestly, the cap-toe on this ballerina flat just made me too happy to not have it make a rightful cameo on the site. The 'MK' logo is there, but it's not screaming, so I'm dealing with it. It's more of a little whisper back to the gold toe and heel details. I love these flats for being both preppy and polished at the same time. The metallic accents keep things from going too far into the realm of prepster, so overall, they hit a very happy medium.

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Yea, hi, hellooooo, how could this blazer not make it onto a list? It is beyond, and of course, it comes at a Burberry Prorsum (translation=it's up there to say the least) price, but I'm not thinking about that right now, I'm stuck on the peplum and I can't seem to get my eyes off of it. If you're flipping out about your hips (translation: you're not a fan of that area on your body), move along. You could go for a peplum, but you will be accentuating the hourglass, practically defining it really. On the other hand, if you're comfortable highlighting curves and want to do it in a way that is, no joke, supremely sophisticated (not to mention sexy), this is how to approach it. I'm dying over here with this blazer. I'm in love, with a piece of clothing, been here before, and I'm perfectly fine with that thank you very much.

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source: 1. Free People Blue Velvet Chambray Button-Down (www.freepeople.com), 2. Camilla Skovgaard London Ankle Boot (www.amazon.com), 3. Helmut Lang Cowl Neck Tee (www.intermixonline.com), 4. Rag & Bone Light Grey Samantha Biker Jacket (www.stylebop.com),  5. Diane Von Furstenberg Mini Harper Bag (www.shopbop.com),  6. MICHAEL Michael Kors City Logo Cap-Toe Ballerina Flats (www.cusp.com), 7. Sandy Hyun Deco Leather Bib Necklace (www.shopbop.com), 8. Helmut Lang Shale Jersey Drape Dress In Pond (www.forwardforward.com), 9. Burberry Prorsum Belted Blazer (www.farfetch.com), 10. Tory Burch 797 Satchel (www.toryburch.com)

Ten picks are never enough, this I know, but they do simplify shopping a bit and at the very least, inspire. Keep the warm-fuzzy fashion feelings going strong and keep shopping all of the hand-picked pieces we update weekly in the StyleShaker Closet:

There's always time for a quick quote, and today is one of my favorites. This is a line I heard about six months ago from a VP while attending our Monday business meeting, the one where where there's a lot of talking and  yet somehow, by some stroke of corporate luck, very little actually gets done.

An abbreviated version of this quote came out of her mouth ('if you do what you did, you get what you got') and it stuck with me. Actually, it did exactly what the VP wanted it to do, it inspired me. The only problem was, it happened to inspire me to quit my job and pursue my own business. Details.

This quote applies not only to one's occupation, but directly to fashion and personal style.

My client's come to me with certain style goals that all fall under one umbrella and that is change. They've been doing what they've been doing, living their lives according to what their priorities may have been, but those priorities have shifted, hence the need for a style shift.

Change (even though the word contains six letters) can be a four letter word for some. I happen to have an addiction to it, I crave it, you should see how often I reorganize the furniture around my home. Change really is a good thing most times, and yes, it can be scary, terrifying for sure, but that's only because we have this lovely little tendency to look at the negative side of what may happen if things change. What about the positive side of things that could start happening? I mean, what are those things, chopped liver (ew, I know, gross expression, especially when I see it in writing, but it applies)?

If you want something, stop thinking about it, and do something about it. *Sidenote: this applies to those things you want that are in-line with your true self, and come from genuine intentions (this should cancel out doing things because you think you should or to the disadvantage of others, that would completely go against the point).

Everyone says you just have to believe. Sure, but belief only gets you so far. There comes a time when your belief needs to manifest itself in physical action, small or large. For me, that time is now. What time is it for you?

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