Get My Look | What I Wear When I Want to Show My Flare

Setting the intention: With everything I do on this site, my intention is simply to inspire you. It always has been and it always will be. Should you crack a smile on top of this, then my day is made. On to the Get My Look post..

Have you ever seen the movie Office Space? Better yet, have you ever watched it on a loop over the course of a weekend after a crazy (read: not-so-fun) week at work? Right, well, I used to do it back in the day, so inevitably, a few lines find their way into my life and writing every now and then. In this case, the line is one Jennifer Aniston delivered when she showed her boss both her 'flair' and her finger.

This time around you won't see any bumper-sticker-quote-buttons lining the fabric of suspenders. Actually, let's hope you never see anything like that EVER on this site. Instead of flair, I'm talking flare. Right. Stay with me...Check out how to pull off a flare leg jean with a little layer of color courtesy of a peach suede jacket:

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Clients often freak out (technical term) when I mention a flared leg on denim. They're picturing a throw back to disco, when all I'm envisioning is a slight flare attached to a classic boot-cut. It's all about a little emphasis at the hem, and when worn with a heel, the look (again, I'm talking a relatively subtle flare here) is ridiculously elongating, let alone flattering because it creates a proportion that balances any silhouette out.

Speaking of silhouettes, the million dollar question that follows 'what to wear,' and then, 'how to wear it,' would have to be: "how do I wear this for my body type?" Logical enough question and yet, it's one of the toughest ones out there.

It's also an incremental piece of the fashion/wardrobe puzzle. You could have the most well-stocked closet out there, and sure, you have some inspiration on how to pull off the pieces, but if you don't know how to pull them off for your body type, then all you have is a full closet with nothing to wear. Sound familiar? I know, it's what makes my world go 'round here at the StyleShaker, and the basis for 100% of the services I offer to my fabulous clients.

Check out what body types can pull this look off flawlessly and how the rest of us can make a couple of key alterations to keep things moving in the right direction, stylistically speaking of course:

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Pears: you can do this but keep in mind just a couple of things. You want the hem of the underpinning (read: tank top, sorry about the retail lingo, after a decade you can take the girl out of retail but you can't take the retail out of the girl) to pop out from under the jacket. This will elongate your torso. Have it hit right at the hips. I repeat Pear ladies, DO NOT get tricky and think that allowing the tank to fall over your bum is a clever cover-up, it just accentuates your naturally beautiful silhouette in the area you don't want to. Also, lean towards a darker wash on the denim. And finally, make sure the hem goes past the ankle. If you have the hem falling too high you will crop the vertical eye-line and lose any extension. Never good.

Moving along...Rectangles, you're all set here. You're made for this and so many other looks so at this point, you should know you've got the universal body type (almost all the time). You're like the O negative of body types, the universal donor if you will. Hemoglobin talk aside, it's time to talk to my Hourglasses. This is a great option for you. Stick with all the notes I gave to the Pear shapes above. And finally, my Apples. I'm going to recommend going with a layering piece that has a bit less bulk. Maybe a more streamlined blazer to throw over in a pop color or cardigan with a peplum.

For petite women, if you don't have a heel nearby or you want to give your feet a break and wear flats, you can do this, but you'd need to go with a boot cut jean and lose the flare leg all together.

You can (and hopefully have) shopped the above look, but things sell out or you may just want to see more options when it comes to the categories above (i.e. a different tank, alternative to the peach jacket, and the list goes on). If it's options you want, then options you shall have. I aim to please. Shop the StyleShaker Closet by clicking below and see where the magic happens:

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I'm a broken record here, but to me it never hurts to repeat something I hold near and dear to the core of what I do on this site.

The StyleShaker is all about inspiration. Shopping inspiration, fashion inspiration, Look inspiration, and now quote inspiration.

It's one of my favorite things to do, share quotes that resonate with me, so I'm incorporating into a few posts, just, cause. Take a minute, take a breath, take a step back and just be for a second. Fill up that part of yourself. Like I said, my intention is to inspire so have at it, and by all means, get inspired:

Time for a quote close up:
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Get back to more inspiration when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop:

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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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