Sock It to Me

Not sure exactly why, but I have been obsessing over socks big time lately. I’ve bought eleven pairs in the last month… that’s more than all of last year.  A little strange I know, but think I may have an answer. Socks fit in quite nicely with another one of my styling obsessions- layering. Socks are just one more way to make a statement with your attire. This outfit, for instance, is really simple ankles up, but the socks are the difference between putting something on and deciding what to wear. I really like the socks with sandals trend, even though I can already predict regretting it in a few years. It is a little quirky, really cute,  and oddly fun to prance around town in.

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The 16 Hour Ensemble

Friday I went for sort of a borrowed-from-the-boys look. I kept it cute and a little feminine by adding a gold necklace and tights. I also thought the hot pink lips would be a nice contrast to the rest of the look. This is an example of a great outfit for when you don’t know where your day will take you. On Friday this ensemble got me through work, an H&M shopping event, dinner with friends, and even out. I’d say the secret is a combination of casual elements, in this case a chambray shirt and flat boots, and a few dressier elements- a blazer and dress shorts.

Blazer – Loft

Pin (on jacket) – J. Crew

Shirt – Gap

Shorts – H&M

Boots – Target

Maxi-mum Potential

The pattern continues… I am, and will probably always be, a delinquent blogger. However, I just do this for fun, so I will move forward uploading sporadically as I please 🙂 The look below is a great way to maximize the wear of your maxi dresses. This is a strapless dress that would look a little over the top for a Monday, so I dressed it down by layering a t-shirt over it and knotting it at the waist to maintain some shape. The blazer pulls the look together and keeps it profesh! This is one of my favorite fall transitioning techniques… I highly recommend it!

Dress – Yumi Kim

T-Shirt – Urban Outfitter

Jacket – H&M

 

 

Pretty in Pink (Socks)

This is one of my all time favorite dresses. It is a pretty fall print and a style that lends itself to layering. It was a little chilly this morning, but I have a feeling the days when bare legs are appropriate are becoming few. I decided a little chill was worth it. I didn’t want to risk not getting a chance to wear this dress/booties combo sans tights this season. These pink trimmed socks add a little quirkiness to the look, pick up the pink in the dress and keep my toes toasty! I was back and forth between a blazer and a more safari style jacket, but ultimately settled for the blazer because it off-sets the casualness of the socks.


Casual Friday

Today I wanted to be casual so I went with jeans and my favorite tee, but I also wanted to look fashionable. Throwing on a few accessories like this head scarf and crocheted sweater gives the outfit personality with out taking away from the comfort. As a side note- I thought about not wearing this scarf today since I wore it yesterday, but that’s just not real life. And I’m about showing real life style.  I wear this scarf about four out of seven days a week from September to May. When you go shopping try to find pieces you love that will work into your wardrobe in several ways. The item will become a signature piece and when you love what you wear you feel good. 

T-Shirt: BCBG
Sweater: Old Navy
Jeans: Gap
Flats: Gap
Scarf: Old Navy
Head Scarf: Target
Bag: Guess

Day & Night

I’m headed to a friend’s going away happy hour after work today (I know, who would leave NYC?). I needed a look that would take me straight from the office to cocktails. This shirt is obviously not ground breaking, but it is my favorite. It is so versatile and adds interest in place of a plain t-shirt. Heeled boots and a necklace makes the look pulled together and evening worthy. And I’m off… cheers!

Top – Gap

Shorts – Yumi Kim

Boots – 2 Lips Too

Scarf – Old Navy

Bag – Guess

 

 

This skirt is actually a tube dress that I wore to the park often this summer. This time of year I start regretting not getting full use out of my summer items before I have to pack them away. As a dress this is a little summery for September, and more importantly not really appropriate for work. That being said, I wasn’t ready to give up on it. I knew the color would totally transition to Fall. Today I had the bright idea to wear it around my waist as a skirt with a belt and heeled boots to dress it up a little… it is tie dye after all. The brown works nicely with the forest green and makes the look more seasonal. From swimsuit cover-up to knee length skirt- what more can you ask of a $8 Forever 21 impulse buy?

Sweater – Loft

Dress – Forever 21

Boots – 2 Lips Too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Inspiration Board

So many awesome layering ideas, beautiful colors, fresh styles and vintage revisits to be inspired by for fall! Some of my favorite Fall ’11 collections include Chloe, Isabel Marant, Honor, Miu Miu, Proenza Schouler, and Steven Alan to name a few. Images from Style.com, Marie Claire, Garance Dore and others. If I missed anything please let me know and I’ll add a shout out/ link!

Feels Like Fall!

This time of year it is easy to default to jeans and a t-shirt everyday. Transitioning looks from Summer to Fall is difficult, but worth the extra effort. It gives you an opportunity to combine articles of clothing that may not normally work together. Sandals and jackets, shorts and sweaters, booties and sun dresses, the list goes on, but the bottom line is these can all be worn together during that magical time from about September 15th through, depending on mother nature, most of October. Today I put my new favorite layering piece, a maxi sweater vest, with a maxi dress and platforms. For the chilly walk to work in the morning I added a light jacket.
Jacket – LOFT

Dress – H&M

Sweater – Forever 21

Sandals – Target

Worth Repeating: Stendhal

A little reminder that simple style is not to be taken for granted (apparently, even in the 1800s). I, for one, look up to those who can maintain perfectly simple style. It takes a trained eye and a refined sense to be able to tell the difference between simple and plain.

Below: Three intelligent women who are inspirations for simple style.

Katherine Hepburn looking lovely in a simple shirt dress.

The LBD done right by Jane Birkin.

Jackie O. is classic in a turtle neck and a trench.

 

Who is your favorite icon of simple style? I’m going to try to my hand at perfecting a simple look this week. I will be sure to share!
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