It's Weekend Warrior time, and I'm not talking landscaping people. That's right, I said it. Feel free to forego your trip to Home Depot, or Costco (don't worry, the snack stations aren't going to help you fit into that two piece anyway) and saddle up to some shopping time. Skip the crowds, grab a latte (or mimosa, what have you), and get started right, about, here. Welcome to your shopping list.
It's time to check out 10 of our top picks that deserve a cameo and a little Saturday lovin' on The StyleShaker, from a ruffle-dress that screams all things summer, to the perfect travel tote should you be planning any excursions, the gang's all here and they're primed to be picked up.
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Ten picks are lined up just to get the appetite started. Don't think it comes even close to ending there. Keep the shopping momentum going strong and check out more of the latest and greatest picks, from shoes to sunnies, all right here lining the virtual shelves of The StyleShaker Closet:
For more on what to wear, how to wear it, and oh so much more, you can always head back here for some inspiration.
Time for another StyleShaker Style Tutorial. Put down the blue books and No. 2 pencils people. This is all about soaking up some inspiration. No pop quizzes. Promise.
The Joie Berkeley silk top was a recent find that I had to play with and serve up, Mix Master style (i.e. think of Cher's closet from the movie Clueless and you'll understand a bit more of what I mean when I throw down terms like 'mix' and 'master' all in the same sentence this early on a Monday morning). The bottom line on this top? It's just too versatile not to create looks with. Let alone the fact that it's a universally flattering silhouette.
First things first, here a quick intro, from me, to you, on what today's post is all about:
Like I said, one top (from Joie) and eight, count 'em, eight ways to wear it. Here's the Lookbook Video:
Here's the look line up:
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Joie Berkeley Top, SHOP MORE TOPS HERE.
Rag & Bone Moto Sliver Blazer IV, SHOP MORE BLAZERS HERE.
Reiss Nix Knitted Side Panel Skirt, SHOP MORE SKIRTS HERE.
J.Crew Midrise Toothpick Jean Distressed Indigo, SHOP MORE JEANS HERE.
MiH Jeans Marrakesh Mid-Rise Flared Jeans, SHOP MORE JEANS HERE.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Printed Jean, SHOP MORE JEANS HERE.
ALDO Kantimati Sandal, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE.
B Brian Atwood Cutout Suede Sandal, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE.
GUESS Heshia Sandal, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE.
Gianvito Rossi Sandal, SHOP MORE SHOES HERE.
Diane Von Furstenberg ColorBlock Satchel, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE.
Madewell The Essex Messenger, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE.
Givenchy Tricolor Medium Nightingale Satchel, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Sloan Shoulder Bag, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE.
Victoria Beckham Denim Powerskinny Jean, SHOP MORE JEANS HERE.
Mango Slits Sheer Maxi Skirt, SHOP MORE SKIRTS HERE.
Tory Burch Amalie Sandal, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE.
Tory Burch Metallic Ginny Sandal, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE.
GUESS Heshialy Sandal, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE.
Zara Leather Sandal, SHOP MORE SANDALS HERE.
Michael Kors Gia Studded Metallic Leather Clutch Bag, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE.
Coach Legacy Leather Rory Satchel, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE.
Marie Turnor Accessories The Lunch Clutch, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE.
J.Crew Farmer's Market Tote, SHOP MORE HANDBAGS HERE.
EABurns Iris Necklace in Neon Yellow, SHOP MORE NECKLACES HERE.
Belle Noel By Kim Kardashian Empyrean Necklace, SHOP MORE NECKLACES HERE.
Gorjana London Hoop Earrings, SHOP MORE EARRINGS HERE.
J.Crew Double-tassel Necklace, SHOP MORE NECKLACES HERE.
Topshop Stackable Rings (Set of 5), SHOP MORE RINGS HERE.
River Island Chunky Curb Chain Bracelet, SHOP MORE BRACELETS HERE.
PEARS: You're all about Looks- 2,4,5, and 8. The trick here is to balance out your silhouette with what you're wearing on top, AND, keep a heel in the equation to elongate. So, if you're going the skinny jean route, the Joie top is a perfect piece to pull off the look. Leave it loose and untucked. And again, keep a higher heel to keep extending the eye-line vertically.
RECTANGLES: All skate. You can pick and choose your favorite look, 1-8, and try it on.
HOURGLASSES: Look 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 are your friend. Look one is too much fabric for an hourglass silhouette. You can pull it off, but it's not the best look to accentuate your classic shape. Look 3 is going to flare a bit at the waist so if you're watching your hip action, go for the pencil skirt look as an alternate.
APPLES: Finally, my Apple ladies. Looks 3, 5, and 7 are going to be the looks you should gravitate towards. They are the perfect mix of clothing and accessories that will help balance out your inverted triangle proportions seamlessly.
Silk shortsleeve blouses are just one fashion 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.
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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.
Madewell Chambray Boyfriend Shirt | SHOP MORE SHIRTS HERE.
Equipment Tie Front Blouse | SHOP MORE SHIRTS HERE.
AllSaints Chase Leather Biker Jacket | SHOP MORE JACKETS HERE.
Rebecca Taylor Denim Vest | SHOP MORE VESTS & JACKETS HERE.
Ted Baker Maxi Skirt | SHOP MORE SKIRTS HERE.
Reed Krakoff Atlantique Mini Leather Tote | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE.
Neil Barrett Leather Handbag | SHOP MORE BAGS HERE.
Aurélie Bidermann Laser Cut Ring | SHOP MORE RINGS & JEWELRY HERE.
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.
It's time to sit back, relax, and take a little mini break since, if you're at all like me, you haven't gotten up from your desk to take a real-person, off-campus (i.e out of the office these days), lunch all week. It's just not right, but sometimes, these weeks happen. So it's our job to give ourselves a break, a ten minute, ten day (lovely), or even ten second mini-respite to soak up some amazing images of things that inspire (hopefully), things that are drool-worthy (without a doubt), things that are filled with words that resonate, and maybe, finally, things that remind one to daydream like children do, like we once did.
Here's the LunchBox list. Take a moment and take it in. Be kind to yourself: