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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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:

Ta-dah:

HTW T by Alexander Wangs Silk Shirt 5 Ways to Wear
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T by Alexander Wang Button-Front Crepe Shirt
theoutnet.com

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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What to Wear to Work, Something New & Different. It's About Time...

Time for a New Take on What to Wear to Work. Here Come 4 New Looks to Inspire Your Work Wardrobe...

So, the million dollar question is:

source: www.roseborn.com

We all get into style ruts when it comes to what to wear to work. I'm definitely guilty of reaching for my black skinny pants one too many times. Sometimes it just takes a little nudge to get the fashion juices flowing again. Cue the below four looks, served up 'shop-by-number' style for a little wardrobe inspiration.

Look 1: The Pencil Skirt, an absolute must-have. Pair it with a cozy striped knit, subtle nude pumps to elongate the leg line, and your everyday satchel. Polish it off with a pair of smokey drop earrings:

1. Thakoon Addition Striped Knitted Sweater (www.net-a-porter.com) 2. Reiss Simia Pencil Skirt (www.reiss.com) 3. L.A.M.B. Meredith Platform Pump (www.amazon.com) 4. Coach Legacy Leather Rory Satchel (www.coach.com) 5. Brace Yourself LA Chunky Stone Earrings (www.maxandchloe.com)

Look 2: Everyone has the quintessential black blazer. A cobalt blue blazer with a peplum on the other hand, is the perfect pop piece to liven things up a bit. Let the blazer do the talking. Pair basic black pumps with a flared, fitted trouser, and add some subtle color with accents from earrings to a rich, rust-colored, leather messenger bag:

1. Ted Baker Wrenn Peplum Jacket (www.houseoffraser.co.uk) 2. Burberry Prorsum Stretch Trousers (www.matchesfashion.com) 3. Mango Suede Stiletto Pump (www.shop.mango.com) 4. Aldo Eskeets Messenger Bag (www.aldoshoes.com) 5. Oscar de la Renta Waterfall Stone Earring (www.oscardelarenta.com) 6. Charlene K Gold Dipped Ring (www.maxandchloe.com)

Look 3: This one is not for the fashionably timid. The red wide-leg pant can actually be extremely versatile, don't let the bold color frighten you. Actually, every piece in this look can seamlessly find it's way into a myriad of other ensembles. Thrown all together though, you get an updated take on the silk blouse/trouser combo.

1. PJK Patterson J. Kincaid Blouse Farrow Button (www.bloomingdales.com) 2.Reiss Daria Wide Leg Trousers (www.reiss.com) 3. Dune Bernie Leopard Pointed Court Shoes (www.us.asos.com) 4. Vince Camuto Natalie Round Satchel (www.vincecamuto.com) 5. Alex and Ani Spiritual Armor "Plume" Russian-Gold Bangle Bracelet (www.endless.com) 6. Yves Saint Laurent Statement Ring (www.mytheresa.com)

Look 4: Throw a blazer over a dress and you have your daytime look covered. Subtract the jacket from the fashion equation and you're instantly in cocktail-mode. The look isn't only streamlined and polished, it's actually one of the most comfortable combinations out there. Don't forget the cap-toe on your everyday black pump. It's an approachable trend that's worth taking advantage of this season.

1.Theyskens' Theory Jaco Striped-lapel Blazer (www.theoutnet.com) 2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Sapphire Blue Cowl Neck Drape Dress (www.my-wardrobe.com) 3. Dolce Vita Selina Pump (www.piperlime.gap.com) 4. Marc By Marc Jacobs Graphic Print Tote (www.farfetch.com) 5. Michael Kors 'Mercer' Chronograph Bracelet Watch (www.nordstrom.com)

There's plenty more out there to shop and one of the best places to start is the StyleShaker closet, lined with hand-picked pieces filtered in every week from shoes to sweaters. It's all there. Don't forget another perfect place to shop, you're own closet. You'd be amazed how getting some fresh perspective can take you from, "I have nothing to wear," to, "whoa, I like that."

At the end of the day, it's not only about what you wear. It's about what you DO in what you wear. With these looks on your back, get out there and own it. Get inspired and take advantage of the hours between nine to five (or longer for most of us). You never know what can happen with a fresh set of eyes and metallic cap-toe pumps.

See more on what to wear, how to wear it, and where to shop here.

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants, Inspired by Akris

How to Wear Wide Leg Pants for Fall, Inspired by the Akris Runway

I love wide leg pants and have for a long time, whether they have been deemed on trend or not. The look is a classic one whenever thrown into any ensemble, so I was thrilled when we selected this Akris runway pick to re-create.

Here's the runway inspiration:

source: www.style.com

The overall layout on the look boils down to a neutral pant and printed sweater that coordinates (or in the runway look, practically bleeds into) with the color of the pant. Focus is on an easy wide leg and playful print on top creating a sophisticated but vibrant (not-a-wallflower) look. See how to pull it off in four simple steps:

1. J. Crew Tippi sweater in colorblock stripe (www.jcrew.com) 2. ASOS Wide Leg Pants With Tab Side (www.us.asos.com) 3. Majo "BOCG 35" Rosa (Grey) Leather Medium Hobo (www.shirise.com) 4. Sacha London Women's Nice Pump (www.endless.com)

A couple of tweaks happened here when moving from runway to reality, hence using the term 'inspiration,' when referring to the image from the catwalk. It's the perfect foundation and starting point to get someone to think outside of what they would normally reach for in their closet, but at the same time, can be tailored to anyone's personal style.

I swapped out stripes for the plaid going with the Tippi sweater from J. Crew. There's still color, but I kept it on the subtle side.

Pair that sweater back to the wide leg pant from Asos, tab side details add a little 'oomph' to these puppies, and you have a clean look that goes a little bit beyond preppy, another reason I happen to like it. The wider cut on the pant keeps things from being too tailored and refined, which is when the epitome of both of those descriptors is added back in with the sweet Sacha London slingback pump.

And finally, you have to have a bag to keep your world in as your out and about, might as well have it be a fabulous one. Here's the Rosa hobo from my new favorite label, Majo. Kind of loving the details going on there. It's just one more way to take this look from expected to original.

See more when it comes to what to wear, how to wear the latest runway trends, and where to shop for it all.

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!

From Tori:

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.

See more on what to wear in fashion, how to wear the latest trends, and where to shop around.

Question: How to Wear Red Pants? See 3 Ways to Pull Off the Trend

 Queston: How to Wear Red Pants Going Out, Going to Work, Wherever Really? Answer: 3 Ways to Wear the Trend Below

When figuring out how to wear something, you need to know what you're working with.  It all starts with the right red pant, in this case, the Robertson wide leg pant from Ella Moss. Now it's on to how to wear this bold red pant, but before I get rolling, here's the product shot of the pant that inspired it all (click to shop):

 

source: www.ellamoss.com

 

Now it's time to check out the flip book:
 

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How to wear red pants, option 1. The first look takes the red pants out when the sun goes down.

The brick red back to the putty color on the silk tank got me on this one:

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Ports 1961 Blouse (www.theoutnet.com), Ella Moss Robertson Wide Leg Pant (www.ellamoss.com), Asos Crossbody Bag (www.us.asos.com), Sara Designs Leather Bracelet (www.maxandchloe.com), BCBG MaxAzria Earrings (www.lordandtaylor.com), Vince Camuto Pump (www.shoptheshoebox.com)

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The second look that answers how to wear red pants is below and perfectly pulled together for day time. Wear it to work, a business lunch, or whatever comes up. Pull off the blazer and take it to a completely casual ensemble seamlessly:

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Topshop Rolled Sleeve Blazer (www.us.topshop.com), Alexander Wang Bag (www.alexanderwang.com), Ella Moss Robertson Wide Leg Pant (www.ellamoss.com), BCBG MaxAzria Earrings (www.lordandtaylor.com), House of Harlow Cocktail Ring (www.designsbystephene.com), Club Monaco V-neck Tee (www.clubmonaco.com), Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace (www.us.asos.com), Tory Burch Pump (www.toryburch.com)

 

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The final look brings in a favorite of mine, the leather jacket with a draped neckline and fitted arms. I swoon over jackets like this, without fail. See how to wear red pants with the final look:

Britt Wk 1, Look 6

All Saints Leather Jacket (www.us.allsaints.com),  Feather Neck Blouse (www.urbanoutfitters.com), Ella Moss Robertson Wide Leg Pant (www.ellamoss.com), Vince Camuto Pump (www.shoptheshoebox.com), Alexander Wang Bag (www.alexanderwang.com), Sara Designs Leather Bracelet (www.maxandchloe.com), BCBG MaxAzria Earrings (www.lordandtaylor.com)

A never-ending library of looks that show you how to wear the latest trends in fashion lives here for your shopping and viewing pleasure. Get inspired and shop away!

 

 

 

 

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.

(source: www.style.com)

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.