Get the Look | How to Wear Ruffles on the Top Half of the Fashion Equation

Today's 'Get the Look' is all about a little ruffle action courtesy of a Mulberry sleeveless top. I adore it, but does it adore me? That's the question we all ask right? We see something amazing, fall in love with a look in a glossy mag or catalog, and then start wondering, "will it look good on me?"

Is there going to be mutual fashion admiration or will this be a mis-match?

It's a great question. Compared to the styled-out, touched-up models, we (I'm generalizing here, but based on my own industry experience and styling clients, I'm guessing most of you can relate) are working with real-woman figures, no photoshopping, and the ever-present time crunch that occurs every morning as we ask the million dollar question: what am I going to wear today?

A great product (top, pant, jean, etc...) is one thing. A great piece that works for you and not against you is another. The trick is knowing what works best for your body type. On to the look, and then I'll touch on which body type this works for so you can see who should get the look and who may want to pass:

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Body Type Recap: The volume that the ruffles bring on top work well for our Rectangle Ladies out there, just make sure you cinch it in with either a belt (soft, nothing too rigid to fight against the fabric) or possibly a layer of a more structured cardi/blazer that adds  definition by narrowing at the waist. Apples, walk away from the ruffles on top and go with something clean, streamlined, v-neck, etc. Your aim is to narrow your top and balance out your proportions with the bottom half.

Hourglass ladies, if you have a fuller bust you will want to cinch in the waist and swap out the skinny pant for something with more oomph along the hem. A bootcut or slight flare, let alone a wide leg (fitted through the thigh though), would be perfect to keep things in proportion.

And finally, my gorgeous Pear ladies out there. These ruffles are your friend because they will add shape and a little extra volume on top to balance out your curves below. No need to cinch in at the waist here. Just let it flow.

 

 Keep the shopping momentum going strong and continue on to the StyleShaker Closet where our team edits down our top picks and lines them up along the virtual shelves every week. This is where you can really dig into whatever you happen to be looking for. It's the perfect shopping starting point:

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While you're at it, keep the momentum going and get some more inspiration in:

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Style Tutorial #1 | How to Wear Tank Tops. 1 Rebecca Taylor Tank, 5 Ways to Wear It

Style Tutorial #1 comes into focus and shows you how to wear tank tops. In this case, it's all about a printed, floaty tank top (courtesy of Rebecca Taylor) just in time for rising temps. One tank, five ways to wear it, and that's just me warming up...
I decided to bring in a little Style 101 to the StyleShaker via some inspired videos that are short, sweet, to the point, and remarkably reminiscent of Cher's closet computer from the movie 'Clueless.' Seen it? Know the one I'm talking about? Have you been dying to figure out how to do that for yourself since the late nineties like I have?
Ok fine, maybe I'm alone in my obsession, but it was worth every minute of analysis when it came to figuring out how to replicate it.
Here's my version, an approach on how to (and a couple of how-not-to moments) wear one pick, in this case, a Rebecca Taylor tank that's at the top of the summer shopping list. Click play and see pieces slide in and out of the picture so you can literally watch how many looks can come from this one, incredibly versatile tank.
It's about optimizing your closet, a concept that is the foundation of my approach with every one of my clients (get the details on what I do here) I have that comes to me asking for some inspiration on new ways to wear what they have hanging in their closet. This is also about bringing it back down to earth. These looks are polished and fashion-forward, but above all, they are wearable and approachable for real women out there. That's the goal, SO, enough of me going on and on, check out the video and keep scrolling because there's plenty more to go thru here, read: see how each works for your body type.

Here's the big picture when it comes to how to wear tank tops, a summer essential. One tank, five ways to wear it, and go:

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Rebecca Taylor Top rebeccataylor.com

Sara Berman Leather Skirt theoutnet.com

Alexander McQueen Pants matchesfashion.com

DVb Victoria Beckham Jeans theoutnet.com

Joe's Jeans Rolled Jeans farfetch.com

J.Crew Chino Shorts 3" jcrew.com

Sol Asana Ankle Strap Sandal needsupply.com

Bottega Veneta Ankle Strap Sandal barneys.com

KORS Michael Kors Sandal neimanmarcus.com

CO OP Barneys New York Ankle Strap Sandal barneys.com

Sam Edelman Sandal shopbop.com

Kelly Katie Straw Tote dsw.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA Sienna Lasercut Tote bcbg.com

Givenchy Antigona Envelope Clutch forwardforward.com

Collection Privée Shoulder Bag yoox.com

Saint Laurent Beige Suede Betty Bag ssense.com
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look 1: This look works well for every body type, there are just a few tweaks to make in each when it comes to accessories. For the Pears out there, this is a GREAT look. Keep the heel height up there and avoid any shoes that cut you off at the ankles (i.e. thick strap gladiator sandals, etc). Rectangles, you're good to go. Hourglasses, if you're fuller on top, a great way to streamline would be to incorporate a streamlined blazer (black, maybe a few sequins for evening to pop the look, or just keep it clean) as a layer over the tank to reel it in and not throw proportions out of whack. Same with our Apple ladies out there.
look 2: This is a universally flattering look. The proportion of the floaty tank back to a clean, polished trouser with a slight flare at the hem is a killer combo. Apples & Pears: Here's a good time to layer on a cardigan if you want to add some coverage or elongate a bit, just make sure it falls to the hip, is tight around the arm, and drapes across the bust easily (nothing too stiff).
look 3: This look you will either love or not be able to look at due to the shorts factor. If you're an Hourglass or Apple, be careful with this one. You don't want to accentuate too much volume on top so you could always substitute something a bit more curve-hugging on top, or even just a chambray button-front shirt to add a bit more structure to the look. Hourglass, Pear, and Rectangle, you're all good to go here. If you're completely shorts-averse, throw in a pair of white skinny jeans and head on your way!
look 4: This is almost universally flattering. Almost. Apples and possibly larger busted Hourglass ladies, bring in another layer, blazer, cardi, something fitted to cinch things in a bit and add structure, OR substitute a tank that is still flowy but with an empire waist or cinching incorporated into it to keep the proportions looking how you want them to. The rest of the silhouettes can have at it. Flats are ok, but not ideal with the higher volume on top and skinny leg.
look 5: Finally, the same goes for this look although, the straight-leg, or really, slightly flared jean, makes things so easy for every shape. This is going to add shape to the Rectangles out there, keep things proportioned for the Pears and Hourglasses, and actually do the same for the Apples.

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.

Need to shop but you're overwhelmed by the ridiculous numbers of emails flooding your inbox? Exhale, relax, and welcome to your Shopping Starting Point: (click the image below to dive in)

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pop of red. (source: www.valleyof-thedolls.tumblr.com)

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pack your bag(s). (source: www.pinterest.com)

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sunny dayz. (source: www.iloverunways.tumblr.com)

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black and white. (source: www.iloverunways.tumblr.com)

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Mulligan goes Gatsby. (source: www.vogue.com)

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

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How to Wear | Coral & Cobalt in 7 Steps

You've got your coral, you've got your cobalt, so now what? Now I show you how to wear the color combination in 7 quick steps...

Supposedly, the color blue is the color of trust and responsibility. It's also the most universally liked of all the colors in the spectrum so there's a good change you're going to be a fan. Coral, brings a sense of calm and warmth.  I happen to agree with that one. So, am I a color psychologist (and yes, they exist)? Nope. But I do know how to coordinate a couple of bold colors and show you how to wear them without having them wear you.

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Those pants are to die for, seriously. This is the kind of look you bring out during the first day of Spring, at a luncheon, whenever you want to add some life to whatever you're doing. Black is easy. We all know black. Time to shake it up a bit don't you think?

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Which body type does this look work for? This is the perfect look for an hourglass silhouette. That said, it would work well on rectangle as well, and depending on where the top hits, an apple may be able to work this one out. Usually, if the top hits below the waist on the pant, but stays above the bum, you're in good shape. Again, for the apples out there, if the top falls too high you'll end up with an emphasis on a shorter waist. If it hits too low, you'll stunt the vertical line and do the opposite of elongating, and WHO wants to do that right? I know, me either.

The clutch gives the cobalt from the top a little kick, courtesy of Kate Spade. And the B Brian Atwood sandal keeps it neutral, grounded, and polished. You have enough color going on with the main pieces of the look, the rest, the sunglasses and jewelry, should just complement, not steal any thunder.

Speaking of elongating, the cut on those trousers is ridiculously flattering with the thicker waistline, front seam detail, and very slight flare at the hem to keep proportions balanced. Ah, mazing. Something to keep in mind when you're out and about shopping.

Love the top but you're thinking you want to go with something a little less printed? Drooling over the trouser but you're just not into coral no matter how hard you try? No problem. Keep shopping all the categories in the StyleShaker Closet. The Happy Place that gets updates every week. It's the perfect place to start shopping when you have no clue where to go first. Join the club! Click the pick to get started:

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In the mean time, I always like to leave a little inspiration on the table. Check out today's top 5 links, with images of course, that I fell in love with and had to share.

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living my life like it's golden. (source: www.sterlingstylelove.tumblr.com)

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nail did. neon done. (source: www.luxeislife.blogspot.com)

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Just Cavalli Spring 2013. (source: www.style.com)

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spike. (source: www.theglamouri.com)

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walk towards the light. (source: www.fashforfashion.com)

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Inspiration, check. How to wear cobalt blue and coral? Check. Now it's time to keep the momentum going. See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop right here.

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One Creatures from the Wind for J.Crew Sweater Tee, Four Ways to Wear It: Look 2

I Love a Good Ways-to-Wear it Moment. It All Begins with a J.Crew Sweater Tee. See Where the Look Takes You...

Allow me to introduce to you, the J.Crew sweater tee that inspired it all:



source: www.jcrew.com

The goal is to take one sweater and create four, go-to looks for all types of occasions. Here is look 2, just one more take on how to wear it:



The layering makes this the perfect look to take into Fall and winter (maybe add in a scarf, gloves, etc as the temps drop). A flare leg trouser, especially the 'Hutton' from Rachel Zoe, is extremely flattering and lengthens almost any leg line. The rest of the equation comes together with some core closet pieces and a final pop of color from a platform pump.


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Not every pick in the look is for everyone. Cue the StyleShaker closet, our virtual closet with hand-picked pieces pulled weekly to line the walls (while they're still in stock; always a constant battle).

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Reminder: This is round two when it comes to how to wear this J.Crew sweater tee. See the previous look here, and stay tuned for the final 2 looks (1 sweater tee, 4 looks)....



Time for a little Q&A for those searching for fashion advice. Here's where you ask us how to wear that pair of pumps you've had in your closet for months now, or the tank that still has tags on it. Shoot a quick pic of the item in question and get back a quick style solution:

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

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.