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.

Shop the Look below:

 

 

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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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.

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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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Get more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop, all right here.

Top 10 Shopping List | Boots to Bangles

Check out the Latest Top 10 Shopping List, Covering all things from Burgundy Suede Boots to Leather Wrapped Bangles

It's all about simplifying the shopping process via an uber-edited list of favorites pulled from the top shopping sites out there. I'm constantly on the hunt for the perfect piece when it comes to filling out the personalized virtual shopping lists of my clients. Along the way I inevitably discover amazing merch that deserves it's rightful cameo, whether it's on my own personal shopping list, or The StyleShaker's.

Today's picks cover everything, from a Liebeskind canvas hobo that belongs in your everyday accessory artillery, to a mini-satchel from J. Crew that keeps things polished, yet totally approachable.  I love a good list, and in my world, simplified shopping is a must, so meet the perfect marriage of both concepts in the weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) Top 10 Shopping List...Scroll away and then shop with the links below:

 

 

Shop: 1. Liebeskind Amelie Hobo (www.shirise.com), 2. Enzo Angiolini Yabbo Platform Boots (www.lordandtaylor.com), 3. Equipment Liam Contrast Tee in Fawn (www.forwardforward.com), 4. Mih Marrakesh Kick Flare Jeans (www.shopbop.com), 5. Reiss Belle Jumper (www.reiss.com), 6. House of Harlow 1960 Navy Triangle Hoop Earrings (www.boutiquetoyou.com), 7. Splendid Slub-Jersey T-shirt (www.net-a-porter.com), 8. Giles & Brother Cortina Cuff (www.net-a-porter.com), 9. B Brian Atwood Fortosa Ankle Boot  (www.jildorshoes.com), 10. J.Crew Telegram Mini-Satchel (www.j.crew.com)

These are just 10 hand-picked finds to wet the shopping appetite. There's something for everyone, but just incase nothing strikes your style fancy, take a minute to keep the shopping momentum going and find more favorites edited and selected weekly, from handbags to chunky monkey sweaters, all lining the walls of our Virtual StyleShaker Closet:

The Top 10 have been listed off for your viewing pleasure. Check every one of them off and then continue on to more when it comes to what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop.

How to Wear | Stripes, Inspired By 10 Crosby Derek Lam

A Spring 2012, 10 Crosby Derek Lam runway shot was the inspiration behind this how-to-wear it, runway re-creation moment. I bought a striped, three quarter length tee at H&M in Paris of all places, in January, and ended up with a case of buyer's remorse. Obviously price wasn't the issue, it was H&M so we're not talking expensive. But I was so let down by the fact that this shirt both faded and fit poorly after one wash. I know better than to expect couture, but I wasn't expecting disposable. Sad face.

My sad little H&M was sandwiched between a tour of Notre Dame and one of the best midday wine breaks I have ever experienced in my life, so it didn't really put a damper on things for too long. That said, I've been on the hunt for some stripes ever since, and although other shopping list items have stolen my focus recently (there's the pop color pencil skirt I'm dying for, the denim button front shirt, etc.), running across this 10 Crosby Derek Lam look was a quick reminder that, yep, I'm still in desperate need of some stripes for summer cause it's kind of already arrived, the season that is. Well maybe, not for much longer...

See the inspiration look here:

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And now it's time for me to re-create the look with my own spin on things. Check out the shop-by-number and see how to wear some stripes here:

1. Louche Blazer by SMYTHE (shop online: www.singer22.com)  2. Polly Popover (shop online: www.jcrew.com)  3. Derek Lam Trousers with Black Laminate Stripes (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  4. Mulberry Bayswater Croco-Embossed Tote (shop online: www.mytheresa.com)  5. Kenneth Jay Lane Stone Station Necklace (shop online: www.shopbop.com)  6. MICHAEL Michael Kors Seville Platform (shop online: www.zappos.com)

It all comes together and stays with the contrasting strip theme from the runway shot, just a few less stripes on my re-creation. No more sad face after these finds thank you very much. I'll be clicking around on J.Crew's site and have a button front, striped shirt in my hands in less than three to five business days. Sure, the delivery on this go 'round won't arrive between a visit to a historical landmark and some of the best wine I have ever gulped down, but I think I can make do and figure something else out. It will be a reason to celebrate after all, so I'll pull something together and make it work. I always do.

See more looks that have inspired me along the way and also how to wear them.