Monday's Shopping List | 6 Tops from The Closet & the Body Types They Work For

Monday's Shopping List | 6 Tops from The Closet & the Body Types They Work For:

Check out the Shopping List line up that covers the top half of the fashion equation like no other. Obviously, there's some sort of drape-front fever taking over the office as you'll see by the common theme in the majority of the six top picks below. Each has a different style spin on it however, so scroll away, click the images to shop, and keep going to find out the latest 20 picks that made it into the Closet this week. First things first, number 1...

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The Silk Crepe Wrap Top & The Body Types it works for: This is for the Apples and Hourglass ladies out there. The deep-v neck elongates the neckline, good for both silhouettes. Vertical stripes have the same effect. The wrap minimizes a wider waist and cinches in the thinnest part of the hourglass body. Finally, the draped hem brings the attention away from the shoulder of an Apple, criss crossing in the front, without adding bulk for those Hourglass girls.

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The Embellished Tunic & The Body Types it works for: Pears, this tunic is your friend as long a it doesn't hit too low below your waist. Pair with a dark, skinny leg (denim or legging even) on the bottom half of the equation. Hourglass girls, you're also all set with this pick. The v-neck will show off your 'assets' without going overboard. Throw in a belt and skinny leg pant to pull it together. Also, Rectangles out there, wear this tunic with a wider leg or even boot cut pant and you're good to go.

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The Draped Jersey Top & The Body Types it works for: This is a body-con fit (translation: hugs curves), but the wrap effect makes it almost universally flattering, let alone comfy. The neckline is perfect for accentuating hourglass curves, let alone the rest of the top. Pair it with a boot cut pant or jean, or even a pencil skirt (only to be worn with a heel though). Pears, have at this one. The cross-cross wrapping going on at the deep-v neckline is perfect for accentuating curves where you may not have many.

3 Rick Owens LILIES draped jersey top

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The Colorblock Button Front Top & The Body Types it works for: Rectangles, have a field day with this shirt. Tuck it into denim, wear loose over a skinny jean, or go with a pencil skirt to pull off a more polished look. Hourglass ladies, the location of the black on this colorblock top is a good thing for you. If you have issues with the button front tops and fit, by all means, move along. If not, wear this over a boot-cut pant, possibly a pop color like coral or mint, and make sure the waist is accentuated by tucking into a lower waist pant or going with a belt (leave the belt out of the equation though, if you have a shorter waist).

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The Pop Color Jersey Top & The Body Types it works for: The wider neckline is beyond flattering for several body types. Hourglasses and Pears, you should feel right at home here. Hourglass ladies, pair it with a classic trouser, depending on the season you could pull off a clean, bright white. Or, just go causal with a boot cut jean, or even a slightly flared hem in a medium or dark wash. Pears, this top offers tons of coverage, but the wrap-effect at the waist will flatter your bustling without drawing too much attention to it. Pear it back to black on the bottom, or another dark hue, to keep proportions balanced out.

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The Satin Wrap Front Top & The Body Types it works for: This is an incredible, go-to top for Hourglass silhouettes out there. Wear to work as a layer under a blazer (streamlined) or just pair it back to a white skinny jean. Go with denim to keep it casual on another level, or even hit up a pencil skirt to take it up a notch. Pear ladies, if you're comfortable showing off a little skin, the deep v-neck, wrap front, and embellished shoulder will bring the eye line up top a bit to balance out proportions.

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sources: Halston Heritage Striped silk-georgette top (www.net-a-porter.com), Rory Beca Embroidered Caftan Tunic (www.shopbop.com), Rick Owens LILIES draped jersey top (www.net-a-porter.com), DKNY Color-block stretch-silk crepe de chine tunic (www.net-a-porter.com), Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Sihu draped stretch-jersey top (www.net-a-porter.com), Armani Collezioni Satin Wrap Blouse (www.neimanmarcus.com)

Six hand-picked tops is just the style warm-up. Every week, the virtual shelves of the StyleShaker Closet are updated with 20 new picks, curated and collected by our editors, served up for your shopping pleasure. Shop more here, and get 'em while they're hot. These will either be sold through or moved on out for the next batch by the end of the week!

 

Inspiration comes in many forms. Here's a little something to make you think today:

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Last week was filled with new conversations had with new people in my life. It was also filled with one glaring commonality in all of those convos via a single phrase that kept resurfacing. It got to the point where I was convinced someone or something bigger than myself was trying to nail a point home that evidently, I just wasn't 'getting.' The broken record that I didn't seem to catch until, oh, I don't know, maybe the eighth conversation had with these strangers/new friends, was the concept of saying 'yes' to something which in effect, means you say 'no' to something else. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, or at least that's what I learned in Mr. Rod's tenth grade physics class.

Today's quote hits it home using time, the one thing we all wish we had more of. Where we invest our time and energy is where we invest our life.

It's soooooo simple and yet manages to perplex even the most well-adjusted of us everyday. How many times have you heard, "I just don't have enough hours in the day..." or, "where does the time go?" Sound familiar? Right, join the club.

If you want to do something, you will make time for it. If you don't, you won't. It's a black and white perspective, leaving little room for 'grey' area, the fabric of human life, but it's the truth, or I should say, it's my truth. So on this Monday, when it's so easy to switch back into your to-do list/morning-meeting mode, why not take a step back and look at where you're investing your time? Here's the real clincher: when you take a peek at the bigger picture of your day, if you see that you're investing your time in something that doesn't energize you, maybe you'll want to consider how you can change that.

Because at the end of the day, the twenty-four hours you have are yours and yours alone to decide what to do with.

Don't make excuses (we all do now and then, but it's not such a cute habit). Life will always get in the way. The list will never be finished. It's up to you to figure out if where you've been spending your time is where you want to continue spending your time. And if not, you just happen to have all the power to change it up. You may not believe that, you may not want to, but it's worth thinking about even if for just one minute, in the interest of time of course.

Inspired? Good. Want to take the zen-moment inspiration and dive back into fashion? Even better, shop the closet or get in some more fashion inspiration on what to wear and how to wear it here.

Get My Look | What I Wear When I Don't Want to Ask Twice

Ouch, I know right? The title of this one seems a little on the Miranda (sounds like Anna) from 'Devil Wears Prada' side of things. A little demanding, a little, "I can't spare a minute for your follow-up question," and a little, well you get the picture. 

There are those days when you just want to be taken seriously and heard the first time around. For myself, those days usually begin with a feeling of, "I'm not sure how I'm going to make it through this one." They are few and far between thank goodness, but they still pop up. You know the ones I'm talking about. We've all been there. I call them my left-foot, right-foot days (my father coined this term for me, and it fits perfectly).

It was on those days when I would lean on my wardrobe to speak for me when maybe my voice (and the rest of my self) felt a little too weary to do it.

A look like the one below (or something similar that would include one of my favorite blazers from my growing, Imelda-like collection) fits the fashion bill perfectly. It's simple, yet effective style. The volume on this look isn't cranked up too loud. I find that when people speak softly and slowly, I tend to lean in to hear what they have to say. There's strength in subtlety, and in fashion, each piece in your ensemble is a word. It's just another language you're speaking whether you like it or not (I happen to love love love it). Choose your words. Figure out what message you want to send.

In this case, the message is strong, polished, pulled together, and means business (plus a little fun; hence the pop of red in the lip). This is the kind of look I would dream about wearing when I was a little girl. Some girls got googley-eyed over the floral and frilly side of fashion. I went weak in the knees when it came to the bold, Madonna circa the Express Yourself  side of the fashion coin (sans anatomically correct power-suit cut-outs, because that would just be awkward let alone completely inappropriate). 

Enough chit chat. This is what I wear (one iteration of it) when I don't want to ask twice:

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The look summed up in a nutshell: Cinching to highlight the waist, a sky-high platform heel to elongate under those perfect black trousers, a key-hole silk blouse reminiscent of another favorite leading woman of mine, Katherine Hepburn (she probably wouldn't have gone for the key-hole cut out, but I'm sticking with the reference), and finally, a streak of saturated red smacked straight on a full lip, just cause.

It's the kind of look I would throw on and never think about again going throughout my day. The kind of look that would leave me walking a bit taller, maybe a bit stronger. It's the kind of look that screams "authority" (you can be authoritative AND kind in my book), fashion or otherwise. And finally, this is the kind of look that, when it passes you by, you make sure you're words are clear because you know the person wearing it isn't going to pause too long for anyone to repeat what they're trying to say. She's going places.

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That's just one look to get your fashion engines revving up a bit. It's all about being inspired AND (can't have one without the other) remaining open to your own personal style possibilities. Sometimes you just need to sit back, open your eyes, dream a little, and get out of your own way. *Moment of author/owner transparency: I say this to you and yet am still learning to take my own advice.

Keep the shopping momentum going strong with the perfect next step, the Cliffs Notes shopping experience known as the virtual Closet, lined with favorites from all of my top shopping sites out there. The work is done for you and updated weekly. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to click on a fashion category and see what else is out there that you may have never found had you not stopped right here. It's kismet people. Click away:

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See more where that comes from. Check out more product reviews, style tutorials, and takes on how to wear the latest trends in fashion, all right here (click the images below):

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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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See more when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

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How to Wear | Peplum & a Full Skirt in 7 Steps

Love a peplum top, love a full skirt, why not put the two together in a fabulous look with 7 easy steps to pull off any ensemble seamlessly right? Right. Here's how to wear a peplum top and full skirt:

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What's the best body type for this look?

Pears: this is not going to be your moment. The peplum is perfect for adding curves and will accentuate any waist so if you're wanting the focus to be the complete opposite, as several of my favorite pear-shaped clients do, then swap the peplum top for a fitted crew neck tee that falls slightly over the waistline of the skirt.

Rectangles: This is PERFECT for you. The look will add shape and proportion to your athletic lines in a cinch.

Hourglass: Here's where you get to play up your silhouette. Heels will be a MUST to elongate with all the curvy action that will be brought out by the combination of the peplum top and skirt.

Apple: Keep the skirt, lose the peplum top. Instead, substitute a fitted, white v-neck top, you could do three-quarter sleeves or just go with a clean tee. The v-neck will bring the eye in and lengthen a bit. Definitely keep the heels in the equation to keep that vertical line extending.

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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.

Need to shop but you're overwhelmed by the ridiculous numbers of emails flooding your inbox? Exhale, relax, and welcome to your Shopping Starting Point: (click the image below to dive in)

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In the mean time...five picks that inspired me. Of course, that means I had to share.

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Harper's Bazaar February 2013 (source: www.harpersbazaar.com)

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dancing in the rain. (source: www.tempodadelicadeza.com.br)

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Harper's Bazaar February 2013 (source: www.harpersbazaar.com)

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love me some Tory. (source: www.google.com/catalogs)

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truth. (source: Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hanssonwww.amazon.com)

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How to Wear Distressed Skinny Jeans + Neon

The distressed look is one thing. Throw that in with a skinny jean and you're on a whole other fashion level with the message you're sending out. I don't mind a distressed jean, I actually happen to love them. But, there's a time and a place.

I have a pair of grey, pre-worn, skinny jeans from Genetic denim that I found on Gilt at a steal. When I wear them, I usually put together a more polished look on top to balance things out a bit. I always, and I mean always, get compliments on those jeans. There's a way to balance out the distressed look with a few key accessories so you keep an edgy vibe, but don't go overboard. It's a happy medium that I think hits the nail on the head. See what I mean with today's look that covers how to wear distressed skinny jeans:

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The blouse is a saturated take on a classic baseball tee. It's simple, colorful, and classic (outside of the neon magenta of course). Love it. The colors on that top actually pop perfectly back to the medium, deep blue wash of those jeans. Any bright will go well with them, or just your basic neutrals like black, white, and beige. You have options, which is a beautiful thing.

Since the top is talking at a higher volume than the other pieces in the equation, I kept the rest of the accessories pretty neutral. Cue, the sandals. A classic flat sandal in a great carmel brown that you can work into any look for Spring. Instead of going with a brown bag, which would have been expected here, the Chloe shoulder bag spoke to me. It can be over the shoulder or worn cross-body. Either way, that stone color is divine and ridiculously versatile. You'll wear this bag all over the place. Handbags are where I do think you need to invest. I'll always stick to that, UNLESS you're looking at something very trendy or a clutch.

Finally, a couple pieces of jewelry to polish it all off. The MARC by Marc Jacobs watch is the perfect sporty addition. I happen to never wear a watch, but if I did, I would own this one. It's beyond reasonable in price, sure a ton of people have it, but it's spot-on and hits that happy point between contemporary and classic so you know you'll be wearing it forever.

 I'm biased on rings in the sense that I always thing, the bigger the better. This caged, gold pick from Aurelie Bidermann is bold but the cut outs keep it a bit more toned down and interesting.

Which body type does this look work for you ask?

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It is a pretty universal look. The only thing I would add here is, if you're a pear or an apple, and if you are more petite height wise, you should swap out the flat for a slight heel to elongate and balance out proportions. Easy enough to do.

Love the jeans but they're not quite what you were going for? What about the top? Love it, but the thought of magenta makes you squirm? Totally, I get it. I can't win 'em all with every look, and actually, that's not the point. If you're inspired, the whole point is to take pieces from this look and incorporate them into your own life if you're wanting to pull it off. Shopping for new additions is a part of that, and it can be overwhelming (let alone time-consuming), so head over to the StyleShaker Closet where I pull my favorite picks from my favorite sites every week and edit them all for you to shop. It's the perfect launching off point for any shopper looking to simplify a bit (click the image below):

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In the mean time, I keep speaking about inspiration so obviously, I had to give you a few more curated picks I found from the web to keep you motivated and thinking. I do this for myself all the time, whenever I'm in need of an update or refresher, so it's only natural that I want to share the love with you. Meet my top five, the links I'm loving right now (in no particular order, and no, no one is paying me to post these)...

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bliss. (source: www.freepeople.com)

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adornable. (source: www.refinery29.com)

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color combo on the fringe. (source: www.sincerelyjules.com)

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4. 6 essentials in Bag Land, because everyone loves a List. (source: www.style-n-naina.com)

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nailed it. (source: www.bellasugar.com)

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How to Wear | Coral & Cobalt in 7 Steps

You've got your coral, you've got your cobalt, so now what? Now I show you how to wear the color combination in 7 quick steps...

Supposedly, the color blue is the color of trust and responsibility. It's also the most universally liked of all the colors in the spectrum so there's a good change you're going to be a fan. Coral, brings a sense of calm and warmth.  I happen to agree with that one. So, am I a color psychologist (and yes, they exist)? Nope. But I do know how to coordinate a couple of bold colors and show you how to wear them without having them wear you.

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Those pants are to die for, seriously. This is the kind of look you bring out during the first day of Spring, at a luncheon, whenever you want to add some life to whatever you're doing. Black is easy. We all know black. Time to shake it up a bit don't you think?

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Which body type does this look work for? This is the perfect look for an hourglass silhouette. That said, it would work well on rectangle as well, and depending on where the top hits, an apple may be able to work this one out. Usually, if the top hits below the waist on the pant, but stays above the bum, you're in good shape. Again, for the apples out there, if the top falls too high you'll end up with an emphasis on a shorter waist. If it hits too low, you'll stunt the vertical line and do the opposite of elongating, and WHO wants to do that right? I know, me either.

The clutch gives the cobalt from the top a little kick, courtesy of Kate Spade. And the B Brian Atwood sandal keeps it neutral, grounded, and polished. You have enough color going on with the main pieces of the look, the rest, the sunglasses and jewelry, should just complement, not steal any thunder.

Speaking of elongating, the cut on those trousers is ridiculously flattering with the thicker waistline, front seam detail, and very slight flare at the hem to keep proportions balanced. Ah, mazing. Something to keep in mind when you're out and about shopping.

Love the top but you're thinking you want to go with something a little less printed? Drooling over the trouser but you're just not into coral no matter how hard you try? No problem. Keep shopping all the categories in the StyleShaker Closet. The Happy Place that gets updates every week. It's the perfect place to start shopping when you have no clue where to go first. Join the club! Click the pick to get started:

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In the mean time, I always like to leave a little inspiration on the table. Check out today's top 5 links, with images of course, that I fell in love with and had to share.

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living my life like it's golden. (source: www.sterlingstylelove.tumblr.com)

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nail did. neon done. (source: www.luxeislife.blogspot.com)

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Just Cavalli Spring 2013. (source: www.style.com)

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spike. (source: www.theglamouri.com)

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walk towards the light. (source: www.fashforfashion.com)

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Inspiration, check. How to wear cobalt blue and coral? Check. Now it's time to keep the momentum going. See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop right here.

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The Love List | Today's Top 10 Shopping List Picks that Just Hit the Web

It's time for another list of the top 10 favorites to shop, right, now. I'm constantly scouring the web for the personal shopping side of the biz, so it's only natural that I share what I find. Every week I check out the top shopping spots on the web and pull in all of the new arrivals I love. The StyleShaker Closet is always in a state of flux, as it should be. The shopping list never ends, it's like the circle of life, sans Simba.

Today I fell in love with a Nicholas K '2fer' jacket from Free People that I have never seen anything like, an Ikat skinny jean from Sass & Bide that will undoubtedly steal the thunder on any look at Net-a-Porter (read: wear with a neutral), a hi/low dress from Nicole Miller at Bloomies in a cobalt blue that still has me holding my breath, a pair of ankle strap sandals WITH a stacked heel from NastyGal, and the perfect black bag from Phillip Lim at Shopbop. That's only five out of ten. See what else made today's shopping list:

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