Fashion Mad-Lib: I'm a Pear Body Type, Looking for Something to Wear to Go Out at Night to Dinner

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sources: 1 Ralph Lauren Black Label Fluted Sleeve Top (www.farfetch.com), 2 Theory Nenna Pant (www.farfetch.com), 3 Clare Vivier Foldover in Green Apple(www.stefanibags.com), 4 Steve Madden Reeldeal Wedge Sandals (www.macys.com), 5 Oasis Elastic Metal Petal Waist Belt (www.asos.com), 6 ACNE Wilde Black sunglasses (www.acnestudios.com), 7 BCBGMAXAZRIA Modern Cuff (www.bcbg.com) 

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The top is clean, classic, and has a little bit of flare at the sleeve which you can use to balance out proportions on top. Perfect for Pear Body Types.

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The pants, everyone needs a classic black trouser. Pears, this counts for you, times ten. Tailor it to fit through your hip and thigh without pulling (size up and then have it taken in if need be). The slight flare at the hem will balance out your hips.

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The belt cinches in right at your narrowest part, your natural waist. A cuff is great, but you could also do a statement earring to draw attention upward, a little trick for Pear Body Types out there. Keep the clutch for some color, or swap it out with a tote to wear to work. The sandal gives height, match it up with the hem of the pant so it doesn't fall too low or too high. A flattering hem length hits right in the middle of the top of the arch of your foot. You could also substitute a pump, and use the shoe as your pop of color while you keep the bag neutral.

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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 #5 | 1 T by Alexander Wang Red Button Front Shirt, 5 Ways to Wear It

Style Tutorial #5 started at the sight of T by Alexander Wang's, tomato-red, button front, crepe shirt. It's simple, clean, colorful, and classic which means, editing down the tutorial to just five looks was a challenge. This video could have gone on for days people...Days.

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Often times, whether I'm doing a one-on-one consultation or group Styling Session, guests and clients ask me what 'essentials' they need to have in their closets for the season. It's kind of the million dollar question.
I've found that this 'core closet' as I call it, is really the key to every, single, wardrobe. Having the perfect basics for your body type (and knowing where to shop for them) as a fashion foundation allows you to tap into and wear one hundred (not just twenty) percent of what's in your closet.
This shirt from T by Alexander Wang is one of those basics. Sure, it's in a bold color, but it's not magenta, it's not highlighter-lime, it's a rich, tomato red which to me, can be as neutral as navy, olive, grey, or even taupe. It's just a more exciting way to wear a classic silhouette. Equally as versatile.
Don't see it yet? Good. The point is to show you something you may not have thought of, but your part of this is to remain a bit open to the possibilities. You've got nothing to lose.
That's what the Style Tutorials are all about: showing you new ways to wear pieces you see out in the shopping stratosphere so you can take the inspiration and incorporate it inside the walls of your own closet. Should you need a helping hand, a style translator to help you fine-tune your fashion language, I'm always here.
For now, it's video time. Take a peek at the latest, the five ways to wear this one sophisticated shirt:

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River Island Blazer (sold out, already! I know. Shop more blazers in the Closet below) riverisland.com

Rachel Zoe 'Jett' Tuxedo Stripe Wide Leg Pants nordstrom.com

Roberto Cavalli Ivory Pleated Floral Skirt stylebop.com

Helmut Lang Denim Pants thecorner.com

Rag & Bone Skinny Jean farfethc.com

See by Chloe Crepe Shorts net-a-porter.com

Sergio Rossi Kalhari Woven Sandal modaoperandi.com

Zara Sandals zara.com

Zara Pumps zara.com

Givenchy Cuff Sandals harveynichols.com

Nude clutch newlook.com

BCBG Runway Madison Portfolio Clutch bcbg.com

Clare Vivier Foldover Clutch shopbop.com

Claudia Satchel nastygal.com

Maiyet Small Como Satchel barneys.com

Rosa Collar Necklace guessbymarciano.guess.com

Hervé Van der Straeten Pastilles Earrings net-a-porter.com

Adia Kibur Cuff shopbop.com

House of Harlow 1960 Double Sunburst Pendant Necklace shopbop.com

J Crew Tassel Necklace jcrew.com

Wild Soul Elephant Black/Blue Sunglasses metroparkusa.com

 

Love something and it's sold out? Or, love a pick from the video but are looking for more options? Not a problem. Keep shopping by category in our Happy Place, the StyleShaker Closet, updated weekly with the latest fashion finds: closetfeature

Here's the breakdown, look by look, so you can get up close and personal when it comes to the details. If you love a look and are going to try to pull it off, but you're unsure as to whether it's the right look for your body type, send me a quick note with your question and I'll get back to you.

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Online Shopping List | 20 New Arrival Finds that Just Hit my Favorite Sites

Good 'online shopping list' morning StyleShakers.

I'm always scouring away to find the new pieces that are hitting the virtual 'shelves' of my favorite online shopping spots on the web. It's a weekly/daily occurrence because, a. I love to check out what's new, and b., I tend to get plenty of questions from my personal styling/shopping clients as well as during my Sip & Style Sessions regarding where women can find specific pieces they're looking for in their wardrobe. Now, I'm sharing my finds with you.

This is what I consider 'research' (yet another reason I love this job) so take a minute, scroll through, and click to check out my latest finds from my top shopping spots. This round, I focused on: FreePeople.com, TheOutnet.com, Shopbop.com, and UrbanOutfitters.com.

Shop-on, and if you see something you need help with deciding on ('How could I wear this? is this top appropriate for my age?' or, 'Is this dress good for my body type?' or, 'Am I have a crazy moment for thinking these pants will be a good look for me?') ask a question. Its's that simple. These are the questions I've built my business on, and it's part of my life's mission to help women answer them but more importantly, feel good about what they buy so they can feel good wearing it when they're out and about, you know, running the world and all.

Was this just a 'warm up' for you? Keep the momentum going strong and check out the motherload of all shopping on The StyleShaker. It's what I call, The Closet, my happy place filled and updated weekly with new finds used for How to Wear Tutorials, Product Reviews, Personal Client Shopping Lists, and then some. Check out what's happening inside by clicking below:

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3 Looks & New Ways to Wear What's in Your Closet

Today it's all about three new ways to wear some serious outerwear for winter, from a Barbara Bui leopard print fur coat that may lead to instantaneous swooning, to a faux fur vest from Rachel Zoe that can layer into any look you throw at it. Tis the season to bundle up, so you might as well evolve a bit and do it as stylishly as possible right? Or, just take these looks in and get a little inspiration on how to wear what you have hanging in your own closet...

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This is my 'back in black' look that has served me oh so well working in the fashion industry, we LOVE our black. Each pick is tailored and has attention to detail when it comes to structure from the DVF sheath dress to the Mackage shearling coat. The 7 for all Mankind boot combined with the Alexander Wang satchel keep things super clean, sharp and sophisticated beyond compare. The right accessories have the power to do that, it's why they're really investment pieces to any wardrobe. I'd probably say bags more than shoes since it's easier to find amazing shoes at approachable price points than handbags unless you have access to sample sales. More power to you. Finally, those studs add a slightly severe but creative edge. Add in some color using cosmetics with a bold red lip, and you're ready to run the show in this one.

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source: 1. Mackage Black Shearling Trim Isabel-B Coat (www.ssense.com), 2. Diane Von Furstenberg 'Holly' Sheath Dress (www.farfetch.com), 3. 7 For All Mankind Vignet Boot (www.footnotesonline.com), 4. Alexander Wang Jamie Satchel (www.shopbop.com), 5. Tom Binns Hard Wear Small Bullet Studs (www.shopbop.com

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Ah, good, time for a little color after the first black-out look. Nothing like a grey fur vest paired back to a bright printed midi-dress right? Right. I love this look for it's playfulness. Use it as a guideline if you're less into the boho-take on things. Substitute a classic black pump if the wedge isn't your thing, and if you want to tone it down further, go with a solid color dress as opposed to the print. In the end, always do what's best for you and gets you out the door in the morning feeling good about yourself.

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source: 1. Rachel Zoe Taupe Grey Vintage Faux Fur Marianne Vest (www.stylebop.com), 2. Topshop Graffiti Tank Midi Dress (www.topshop.com), 3. Forever 21 Crossed Strap Wedge Sandals (www.forever21.com), 4. Red Valentino Nappa Leather Bow Clutch (www.luisaviaroma.com), 5. Tom Binns Classic Large Ribbon Hoops (www.shopbop.com)

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Finally, a leopard print fur coat from Barbara Bui's runway collection that you need to be a certain kind of woman to wear. I love how, when you take away the coat, the look is pretty clean and polished. Sure, I could have gone with a streamlined black blazer on this, but where's the fun in that? This is all about pushing the envelope and playing a bit. I don't feel fashion is meant to be taken too seriously, so might as well have fun with it, take in the inspiration, and if you feel daring enough, change up your own styling habits. Time to kick yourself out of your everyday rut. Go big with leopard, or start small with an injection of color on anything from your top to your tote...

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source: 1. Barbara Bui Long Leopard Print Rabbit Fur Coat (www.ssense.com), 2. J. Crew Perfect-Fit Boatneck Tee (www.jcrew.com), 3. Michael Kors Samantha Pants (www.theoutnet.com), 4. Aldo Gyal Pump (www.aldoshoes.com), 5. Jene Despain Turner Necklace (www.shopbop.com)

 

These looks are exactly what I create for my clients who are members on The StyleShaker. There's only two differences, their looks use pics of pieces from their actual closets, and their virtual Weekly Lookbook is completely personalized to their individual style profile. I could go on and on about all the goodies you get when you sign up at under $20 (gasp, I know), but instead of telling, I'm just going to show you. Click below:

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Every piece I use in these looks comes from the mecca of all shopping finds we hand-pick and scour the web for on this site, the StyleShaker Closet. See the favorites that are pulled each week covering all of the fashion categories from shoes to sweaters and leather jackets to jewelry. It's all inside:

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Get more on the latest when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop, right here.

What to Wear | 5 Looks That Will Inspire You To Change It Up a Bit

What to wear? You've got options. I love creating looks, especially for my clients when I get to use actual picks from their personal closets and show them countless ways to wear them they would have never dreamt up. I started doing it in my own closet as a method of survival while working in the land of luxury fashion. Ten years and hundreds of looks later, I now get to share what I love and help simplify life a bit for clients who can now spend the energy they were putting into 'what am I going to wear today?' on actually living their lives. They can walk into their day feeling good about what they have on, and consequently, feel good about themselves. It's a win-win.

Styling 'mush moment' aside... Sometimes I just cant stop creating these looks and a few favorites end up without their rightful cameo on the site or in a client's What to Wear Weekly Lookbook for one reason or another. So, now's their time, and no one is stealing their thunder. Check out five looks that will hopefully inspire you to switch things up a bit with what you have hanging in your own closet...

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source:  1. Sandro Ciseau Silk Blouse (www.theoutnet.com),  2. Rachel Zoe Hutton Tuxedo Pants (www.shopbop.com),  3. One by Abaco Jamily Bag (www.shopbop.com),  4. Ann Taylor Delaney Haircalf Stacked Platform Pumps (www.anntaylor.com),  5. Lulu Frost Hera Studs (www.shopbop.com)   

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source:  1. Alice + Olivia India Fur Cascade Vest (www.mytheresa.com),  2. Equipment Slim Signature Star Print Blouse (www.intermixonline.com),  3. All Saints Lucille Leather Skirt (www.us.allsaints.com),  4. Aldo Romelia Suede Court Shoes (www.asos.com),  5. Marc Jacobs Baroque Single Large Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag (www.net-a-porter.com)  

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source:  1. Topshop Crop Back Collarless Jacket (www.us.topshop.com),  2. Rebel Yell Viva Logo V-Neck Tee In Heather Gray (www.shopthetrendboutique.com), 3. J Brand Aiden Distressed Boyfriend-Fit Jeans (www.net-a-porter.com),  4. Opening Ceremony Oc La Small Satchel (www.farfetch.com),  5. Madison Harding Women's Barbara Ankle Boot (www.amazon.com)

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source:  1. Velvet by Graham & Spencer "Joss" Slub Cotton Slouchy Tee (www.bloomingdales.com),  2. Jacob Cohen Flared Jeans (www.farfetch.com),  3. B Brian Atwood Peep Toe Pump (www.blueandcream.com),  4. Rachel Zoe Tote Deux  (www.couture.zappos.com),  5. Carrera 32/S Sunglasses (www.piperlime.gap.com),  6. Adia Kibur Wide Cuff (www.shopbop.com)

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source:  1. HELMUT / Drape Front Cardigan (www.lagarconne.com),  2. J. Crew Perfect-Fit Boatneck Tee (www.jcrew.com),  3. Citizens Of Humanity Avedon Slick Skinny Jeans (www.shopbop.com), 4.  Pauric Sweeney Python Satchel (www.farfetch.com),  5. Diane von Furstenberg Claret Platform Ankle Boots  (www.stylebop.com

 

It's not just about what to wear, but how to wear it, and even more so, what you're going to go do in that look. Are you not dying for a week off from having to ask yourself, "what am I going to wear today?" I know I was. It's like a weight is lifted, I'm not even being melodramatic here (which is rare). If you don't believe me, see what my client's are saying here.

Want to get on the list and start receiving your What to Wear Weekly Lookbook stat? Sign up asap to get in while one week is still under $20. Or sign up for the month if you're feeling like you want to be really nice to yourself today.

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Keep the shopping momentum going strong. See the rest of the picks lining the virtual walls of the StyleShaker Closet:

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How to Wear Metallic Pants Without Going Into the Fashion Deep-end? Easy. See 8 Looks to Inspire That Make It Possible.

Walk Towards the Bright Metallic Light. Trust Us. See How to Wear Metallic Pants Without Referencing the 80's in Any Way, Shape or Form if Fashionably Possible.

It's time to take a turn towards the heavy metal section of the fashion arena so woman-up and prepare yourself to dive head first into the metallic pant trend. The fear is valid, these puppies can totally end up wearing you if you're not comfortable or careful. But don't run in the opposite direction yet.


First, check out the top 10 picks in the land of metallic pants (there's tons of silver glitter there if you were curious, oh and A.D.D. runs rampant with all the 'shiny' running up and down the sidewalks), then see eight looks that show you how to wear these hand-picked metallic pants.


Meet the metallic pant mother-load and shop the deck below. This is where we usually make a push to first shop your closet, but the chance of most people having silver or gold pants hanging in their closets is slim to none so here are some shopping options:


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Metallic pants are one thing, how to wear metallic pants can make or break the entire ensemble. Hence serving up eight stylish looks that will keep you on-point when it comes to pulling off the bold trend. The real question is, what are you going to do in these pants? The options are endless. Start here with a little inspiration and see where it takes you:



look 1 (www.markethq.blogspot.com), look 2 (www.whowhatwear.com), look 3 (www.static.becomegorgeous.com), look 4 (www.valleyof-thedolls.tumblr.com), look 5 (www.coolspotters.com), look 6 (www.pinterest.com), look 7 (www.style.com), look 8 (www.style.com)


Ten shopping options certainly narrow it down and simplify, but there's always more where that came from. Case in point, shop more pants, metallic and other, all lined up along the virtual racks in The StyleShaker closet here:



Don't forget about the Q&A option on The StyleShaker. This is where you can ask away, i.e. you have a dress that you need to wear to an event but don't know what to put with it, or, you have a pair of pumps that you're dying to work into a weekend look, etc.

Send us a link of the item in question, something similar to it from the web, and we'll send you back some options on how to wear it. Best part, it's totally free. Pro-bono styling, because we can't help ourselves:

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

Shopping List! | Tori via Generations Collective & her Top 10 Picks

One of my favorite pieces to the not-so-complicated StyleShaker puzzle would have to be the dynamic shopping lists. They are all hand-picked pieces living in the StyleShaker Closet, that run the gamut across all fashion categories from shoes to dresses, tops to denim, jackets to jewelry, and the list really does go on.

When I go into a store for myself or my clients, I hit the ground running like I would at my Whole Foods down the street (shout out). The list is a crucial part to this, telling me what I'm looking for and where to get it. Sure, there's definitely playing-dress-up moments and random browsing, what's life without things like that right? But the list keeps me on point, focused and able to walk out of wherever I am (or sometimes click out since this girl loves her on-line shopping) feeling good about what is on it's way to me or in the bag I'm obnoxiously swinging from my hand (there may be skipping involved, but that usually happens when I'm with my clients/friends and there's wine involved).

My second favorite thing about The StyleShaker you ask? The people I get to meet. Collaboration is key and brings amazing ideas and  outside perspectives to the table. Whenever someone asks to contribute to the site, the first step is usually them submitting their wishlist/shopping list from our hand-picked, heavily edited 'Closet' of goodies. I always love to see how it comes together, and this time around is no exception.

Meet the one-woman powerhouse behind the blog Generations Collective, Tori:

Tori and I met via IFB and she was kind enough to send over her own Hit List, aka top 10 picks and why she fell in love with each. She pulled together this fabulous montage in her Generations Collective aesthetic (which is why I had to have her as a contributor on the site in the first place), so check it out and read about why Tori chose each piece below. Oh, and shop of course!

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Fall is just around the corner. For someone like me who loves the Summer, it’s a little bittersweet, but there are some things I’m looking forward to in the coming season. Being able to wear faux fur and flared pants are immediately what come to mind, along with Fall colors and fabrics. I’ve chosen some favorite pieces from Style Shakers’ “What to Wear” that reminded me of the feeling and vibes I’m looking forward to in Autumn.

The shopping list line up:

1. Andros Wide-Legs - Anthropologie

Like I said, flares flares flares. I am crazy about bell bottoms, and these ones are a great color for Summer and Fall. Add a high waist and I'm in love.

2. MINKPINK Wisteria Lane Dress - Revolve Clothing

If you know me at all you know that I am obsessed with florals. I don't care which season, what the weather, I will be wearing florals. I think this is an adorable floral dress, a great transition piece.

3. Rachel Zoe Delfina Silk Chiffon Pants - Saks Fifth Avenue

I can't get over how beautiful this is. The movement, the color, Fall fashion at it's finest.

4. Angie Panorama Twill Pants - Piperlime

Another terrific pair of flares, these ones even more suited for Fall, being that they're thicker and a deeper warmer color. :)

5. Muubaa Charme Aviatress Jacket - Boutique to You

Another love of mine: shearling. I love the aviator style of this jacket. Nothing is more perfect for Fall than leather and fur in one.

6. Rosalina Heel - All Saints

I have been obsessed with wooden heels lately. I adore the look of them, and they are perfect for autumn- the color, and wood reminds me of the trees and the falling leaves.

7. Kendra Scott "C and y" Allison Earrings - Endless

 I love the color of these earrings, they're so bright and fun and could add life to any outfit.

8. Hudson Dress – Tibi New York

 I adore this dress. I instantly loved it because I thought of it as a perfect transition piece in between Summer and Fall. The colors and beautiful and I love the leafy looking print on the bodice.

9. Burnt Sienna Shag Jacket - Anthropologie

I LOVE faux fur. So far I own two faux fur coats but I cannot get enough. This is one is a great Autumn color too.

10. MISSONI Deep V Long Sleeve Dress – Forward

 I am crazy about the print of this dress. The print plus the colors scream “Fall”.

And there you have it. Tori's shopping list, her top ten picks, and hopefully some inspiration for you, the reader, because at the end of the day, that is what it's all about.

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What To Wear | Get 10 Crosby Derek Lam’s Spring 2012 Runway Look, For Less. Round 2

The question: what to wear? The answer: mixed stripes in a look inspired by 10 Crosby Derek Lam's Spring 2012 runway collection. It's all about how to get the runway look for less, and it starts with me using the runway as a catalog. Speaking of that, here's the look:

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I love the color and the slightly kamikaze use of stripes on this one. Somehow, when you think the combination would never work, Derek Lam pulls off just the opposite, and it all coordinates in it's own, original way. Now, it's time to find this look, months after the collection was sent down the catwalk, and for a lot less than what you would have spent when it first hit the floors in the stores and the web:

1. 10 Crosby Derek Lam Shirt - Multi Stripe (shop online: www.bloomingdales.com)  2. 10 Crosby Derek Lam Straight Leg Cuffed Combo Pants (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  3. Christian Louboutin Summerissima Platform Sandals (shop online: www.mytheresa.com)

The multi-stripe top is still out there, for now, and marked down with the rest of Spring merch. The pants are following suit, and above are the links for you to shop. I will say, knowing after about a decade in luxury retail that it's all about timing, I wouldn't wait around on these picks. They will sell out sooner than later. Again, it's all about knowing when to look and taking the opportunity to get the designer runway look for a little, or a lot in this case, less.

I threw in a perfect platform sandal that just happens to be completely on-point with the color-blocking trend, and also happens to be from Louboutin. If you're not all about throwing down on a pair of 'Loubie's,' (neither am I, but I do love them for the inspiration element), shop more sandal picks that will fit into the ensemble and budget here.

My fellow retailers are most likely cringing while reading this, if they'd ever read something like this to begin with, and for that, I am in no way sorry. It is what it is and I happen to love finding these picks at a more reasonable price, and then sharing my finds with you.

See more runway looks to get your hands on for less, more what to wear picks, how to wear them, reviews of my shopping picks, and the list goes on here.

How to Wear | A Red Blazer (from Zara in this case)

So you already know that the latest shopping pick to have made it into my closet is from Zara, and if you're staying up to date on the StyleShaker, you also know that when the 'what to wear' part of the fashion equation is defined, the 'how to wear,' piece is not far behind. Cue my latest 'how to wear' moment inspired by the red jacquard blazer from Zara that just found it's home in my home. We're in our honeymoon phase so it's prime time to pull some editorial inspiration and come up with ways to wear my latest love.

Like I said, the first part is done, the product is perfection. Now it's time to pull together the look around it because what good is the blazer to me if it just sits in the closet hanging around, or worse, get's paired with something uninspired or (gasp) match-matchy? That problem is easily avoided with a little research. Here's one editorial pic that I'm using as the main inspiration (click to find it on Pinterest) for this look:

For a quick refresher, here's the jacket (source: www.zara.com):

Now it's time to pull it all together with a shop-by-number moment that spells out one way to wear this pop-color blazer. See/shop the look & check out 3 more to keep you endlessly inspired when it comes to ways to wear this red number:

 

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1. Zara Jaquard Blazer (shop online: www.zara.com)  2. J. Crew Tissue long-sleeve tee (shop online: www.jcrew.com)  3. Rachel Zoe Hutton Tuxedo Pants (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  4. 3.1 Phillip Lim / 31 Hour Bag (shop online: www.lagarconne.com)  5. Pamela Love Zellij Pendant Necklace (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  6. Pamela Love Cross Ring in Silver (shop online: www.shopgoldyn.com)  7. OFFICIEL High-heeled sandals (shop online: www.yoox.com)  8. Stella McCartney Eyewear Aviator Sunglasses in Gunmetal/Grey (shop online: www.dianiboutique.com)

The inspiration pic shows a leather jacket, this I know, but inspiration can be taken from anywhere and I prefer to not go too literal with it. This is, after all, a look you want to make your own so I encourage you to take my montage and tweak it to whatever look you love. The only non-negotiable is that, with the look you put together, you must walk out of the house feeling good about yourself. This I will not waver on.

Moving along, I love the layering going on. The blazer is given front stage in the color department while all other pieces stay neutral. The long sleeve tee is a basic and J.Crew is always one of the best spots for that. You could do anything with the bottom half of the ensemble. I went with Rachel Zoe's Hutton flare pant because I adore the shape and it's ridiculously flattering on any body type. Go with a black cropped skinny, zipper legging, wide leg cream pant, or vintage washed skinny denim. There's plenty of room for options because of the heavy neutrals in the look.

Speaking of, the 3.1 Phillip Lim bag is a drool-worthy pick. The bag is where you want to invest, and in this case, it's not uber-trendy so you'll be getting some very good use out of it. From there, it's on to some Pamela Love jewelry. The overall look is tame allowing the blazer to pop, so it's a free for all with jewelry. I love the idea of a big, chunky, almost tribal necklace. The details are beyond. And then, with all of this refined fashion going on, throw in a killer cross ring that is the exact opposite of timid and lady-like.

The Officiel sandals have some woven elements going on that, if you did decide to go with cropped pants, the whole world would be able to see. These have also made their way onto my shopping list. There's nothing like them out there at that price point. In, love. Beyond. And finally, I didn't have to go there but it's all about polishing it off, and an aviator is one of my favorite ways to do that. Don't forget about the power of a sunglass (think: Top Gun, or really any eighties movie).

And there you have it, done and done. I adore this look and will be adding it to my inspiration list of course, but there's always more than one way to wear anything. I purchase based on that theory, so, with that in mind, I've pulled a couple more looks below to inspire other amazing ways to wear a red blazer (all can be found on my Pinterest board):

 See more edited shopping picks that I'm swooning over and how to wear them here.

 

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