Get My Look | What I Wear When I Can't Make Up My Mind

Three words, 8 steps: Get, my, look.

Matchy-matchy can be predictable-predictable.  We are all guilty of going back to that 20% of our closets that we keep on heavy rotation because, well, it's easy. I get it. But what about the rest of what's hanging in there, that 80% you look at every day and wonder, "should I finally wear this, wait, how should I wear this, wait, why did I buy this?"

To my personal shopping and styling clients reading this, sound familiar? Right. Well, technically speaking, it shouldn't be all that familiar any more. It should be a distant memory...

When I'm working with a client or speaking to a group of women at one of my Sip & Style Sessions, I find that things really start to click as soon as I begin pairing pieces they have with ideas they would have never dreamt of. Now, are these combination novel? Mind-blowing? Absolutely not. Actually, I love the fact that they are incredibly simple, approachable, affordable, and at the end of the day, real fashion for real women. It just takes a little inspiration and some helpful direction. Hence today's Get My Look post.

See how I pull things off when I'm feeling creative and want to go in a direction that's the exact opposite of matchy-matchy (translation: you will NOT find any color coordinated twin-sets in this one). If it strikes a chord in you, try it out using pieces from your own closet and mix and match away. If you have questions, it's really simple, just ask. For now, soak up the look-spiration:

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Get my look, well, shop my look below:

 

Pop quiz: What good is a look if you don't know how to wear it for your body type? It gets the inspiration flowing, yes, that's a bad thing. But loving a look and shopping according to a Style by Number situation above while not considering what works best for you silhouette can also leave you with a full closet and nothing to wear. Frustration, peace out. You're no longer welcome here. See which body types this look works for and where you may want to consider making a few fashion tweaks or moving on to the next look all together:

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Rectangles and Hourglasses, this is all you. Apples, the reason you're not on this list is because there's too much volume on the top with the jacket. Swap that leather classic out for a more fitted cardigan (grey possibly, any neutral will do just not black) and you're all set. Pears, the pleats are why I left you out of this initial equation. Should you find a skirt sans pleats that is about midi-length (mid-calf) then feel free to partake!

Love what's going on in the look but now you want even more Shopping Options, or (more likely) something has sold out? Don't let that stop you. Shop the StyleShaker Closet, category by fashion category below and see where the magic happens:

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

It's one of my favorite things to do, share quotes that resonate with me, with my friends, 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.

Clothing, what you wear on the outside, truly can make you feel good walking throughout your day. I not only believe this, I live it every day in my own life and I see it in each and every one of my clients. That's the outside though and it can only take you so far. It's important, but it's one piece of the puzzle. Now it's time to try something on, this time, on the inside. Check out the quote, see if it resonates, and hopefully it inspires you the way it did me. Inspiration, inside AND out.

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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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What to Wear | Get the Alexander Wang S'12 Runway Look for Less, in 3 Steps

Yep, I said three steps.  What to wear? Easy. This sporty-spice look from the Spring 2012 runway collection, courtesy of fashion phenom Alexander Wang, was the inspiration behind this, get-the-look-for-less, virtual shopping trip.

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Since these 'Get the Look for Less,' posts are all about just that, here's how to pull it off a few months later and on a significantly lower budget:

1.  ALEXANDER WANG Engineered Intarsia Silk T-Shirt (shop online: www.ssense.com)  2. Tory Burch Laura Wide Leg Trousers (shop online: www.mytheresa.com)  3. Dolce Vita Camila T-Strap Sandal (shop online: www.amazon.com)

The top is the statement piece here, and I love how, even though it leans towards a sportier look on the runway, it can also work it's way into a more sophisticated look seamlessly. I paired it up with a wide leg navy pant this time around, opting out on the white leggings because, let's be honest, when has the concept of white leggings ever sounded like a good idea in the real world? Outside of the eighties. Right, so, there you have it, navy pants.

And of course, I had to throw in a finishing accessory to bring it to life, again opting out of a bright-white shoe for this coral/orange T-strap sandal from Dolce Vita. The color will peek out of the wide leg pant just enough to show some fashion-savvy without diving head first into that scary land of all things Matchy Matchy.

So, a little patience can pay off when it comes to fashion right? I saw this look hit the runway months ago, and since I have a habit of utilizing runway images as a catalog, I held tight, waiting for the markdowns to come. It's a tricky business, but ten years in retail can teach you a few things on timing. Still, these picks sell, and fast, once they're marked down. That is something I have no control over, unless of course, I'm buying.

There's plenty more runway looks that I have held onto and am watching so I can get the look for less, but that's not all. See more on what to wear right now, how to wear it, and what I think about my favorite shopping picks (product reviews) all here.