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On the Fringe

Maje skirt, AllSaints jacket, Loeffler Randall booties.

In the last couple of years there have been a few trends with surprising staying power, including fringe. I took my time dipping into this trend, but I think it’s safe to invest in a fun, fringed piece or two. This skirt makes a swinging statement, but stay tuned for an alternative, more subtle take on fringe detail.

Photos by Regan Cleminson.

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Unexpected Complimentary Colors

 

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img_5992Zara culottes, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, Silence & Noise crop top, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Edie’ loafers in silver, Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag in beet, Eddie Borgo ‘Safety Chain’ choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

More and more old-fashioned fashion “rules” are being tossed aside in the name of of creative expression. Personally, I see no reason to limit every color to a specific time of year as long as you style accordingly. Street style-enthusiasts have long since let go of the ban on white after Labor Day, and we’re abandoning all kinds of other seasonal color restrictions, as well. This summer’s trends included shades of navy blue and olive green, and this fall’s fashion scene shows no apparent interest in seeing off Pantone’s 2016 pastel favorites. In other words, you needn’t put your addiction to shades of pastel pink or baby blue on hold ’til spring; you just have to style these “unconventional” colors in ways that make it clear you know it’s not May in October…The good news is, it’s really not so difficult, and you’ll get to maximize more of your purchases.

I bought these fabulous powder blue culottes with sophisticated slits towards the end of summer, but didn’t get a chance to wear them before fall set in. Disappointed, I looked at them and thought, I just can’t wait for winter to come and go before giving them a spin. They’re not too lightweight, so I figured that with the right styling, I could carry them into cooler weather. Complimentary colors can potentially come across as abrasive, but are also inherently pleasing to the eye. By pairing my light blue pants with my beet-red bag, I create an exciting combination of unsaturated complimentary colors that allows the sky blue to fit comfortably into a fall setting. My metallic loafers and layered statement silver jewelry match my handbag’s edgy hardware, and the leather jacket completes a look that’s polished without being prim. I like to show a sliver of skin with a crop top to even further emphasize the contrast and balance between hard and soft elements, but you could swap in any black, tucked-in tee or tank for a more conservative take on this look. You might think dramatic, wide-leg, pastel culottes carry limited wearability, but trust me, they’re versatile. I’m thrilled I could work them into an edgy fall ensemble, but I look forward to wearing them with other pastels and a pair of sandals during my next warm-weather excursion, or with a collared blouse and a tailored blazer for a more professional setting. Don’t forget, a statement piece can make more than one statement, depending on the occasion.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Culottes: Cool For the Summer

IMG_0424I had a lot of fun styling my Zara culottes this winter, but I always took a dressier, more polished approach. (Left: LNA cropped sweater, Sandro coat, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ oxfords. Right: LF sweater, Joie gillet, Furla metropolis bag, Brixton hat, Matisse boots.) So, when I broke these bad boys out for summer—now that it’s finally decided to grace us with its presence—I thought I might go for a more laid back look:

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DSC_0863Zara Culottes with: T by Alexander Wang silk ‘Georgette’ camisole (a Bloomingdale’s exclusive), American Needle washed baseball hat in cream, Superga classic sneakers in white, throwback Kate Spade backpack.

For a refreshing summer style, I’ve paired my culottes a top that shares their loose, lightweight look, and the baggy-on-baggy effect creates the foundation for the perfect tomboy-chic outfit. Add sneakers, a baseball cap, and a mini backpack (one of the season’s biggest and most convenient trends) to round out your cool-girl vibes. Click here to see how I’ve previously styled my culottes for a sleek, nighttime summer look.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

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Urban Cowgirl

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DSC_0675Sandro ‘Tokio’ tank in brique, Sandro ‘Prudy’ jeans, Urban Outfitters bandana, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ in silver, vintage belt, Jimmy Choo clutch, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Joie sandals.

I love this summer’s Western-chic trend, but it can be easy to go a little costume-y with it since there are so many different fun Western-inspired pieces to choose from. Bandanas, bolo ties, structured wool hats, ornate belt buckles, cowboy boots, embroidered denim, fringed suede…you can’t do it all at once! Sandro Paris nailed the Western trend for a large part of their Spring 2016 collection, which features a lot of this gorgeous clay color they’re calling “brique” (“brick,” in case you couldn’t figure that out). Now, I’ve avoided two potential costumes with one killer outfit here, because pinstriped jeans can easily give off Beetlejuice vibes if you take them in a more punk-grudge direction. By pairing my brique tank with the striped jeans and adding just two staple Western accessories (my bandana and my Mom’s old belt from a trip to New Mexico), I achieve the Western trend without being annoyingly “trendy.” My other accessories, sleek and futuristic, also help strike a balanced look. Bandana styling tip: since jewelry is all about layering these days, consider tying your bandana into a choker and adding one or two delicate necklaces for an even cooler look.

These striped Sandro jeans are no longer available, but here’s an alternative by Rag & Bone (on sale!) that’ll totally do the trick.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Plaid Dress

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DSC_0559Sandro dress and creepers, AllSaints leather jacket, Jimmy Choo clutch, Marc Jacobs sunglasses.

Plaid has a long history in fashion, but its dressy days seemed to end somewhere between the late ’80s and mid ’90s, when the print gave way completely to grunge flannel and school-girl fantasy cliches. With aging memories of hideous, Christmas-y plaid cocktail dresses complete with shoulder pads and bows, I never thought I’d find myself infatuated with a plaid dress that could actually be considered polished, and not just punk. The answer, however, was to combine the two. By cutting the print into a sleek slip dress and adding sexy, lingerie-like lace detailing, Sandro stole my heart. I eyed this dress with admiration for months, repeatedly failing to make my move. But when it’s meant to be it, it’s meant to be: a warehouse sale brought us together. Here, I’ve embraced the dress’s edginess with my beloved creepers, moto jacket, thin velvet choker, and other metallic accessories, but it also looks lovely pared down with some simple strappy sandals.

Photos by Miranda Mu

The views expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the SMCP company management.

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Marching on Through Winter…

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DSC_0390T by Alexander Wang tank dress, shag coat from LF Stores, Wolford tights, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Zhora’ boots, Sandro ‘Aida’ cross body bag, Furla ‘Bubble’ rabbit fur keyring, Brixton hat, choker from Nasty Gal.

Your calendar says March, but the forecast says otherwise. Lately, we find ourselves stuck in a windy, winter wonderland just about every other day; but this won’t go on forever, and you’ll soon have to stow away your outerwear and fuzzy winter accessories, and brace yourself for bikini season. Why not jump on these last chances to rock the rich textures and fun layers that winter allows? There’ll be no place for my shag coat(s) or my faux shearling handbag once the temperatures (finally) rise, but they’re two of my favorite fall/winter pieces, so I’m gladly giving them some extra glory days while I shiver through this weird weather. I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I feel a little strange wearing such wintry pieces during this time of year, so I bring the look up to date with accessories we’ll be seeing a lot of when spring finally arrives. Chokers of all varieties are all the rage right now, and are sure to bring any outfit up-to-date, even if it’s mostly comprised of fall/winter attire. You can’t go wrong with chic staples like a casual LBD or simple black fedora during any season, so they make a nice foundation for the outerwear you’d like to enjoy during this transition period.

The views expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of SMCP management.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Annie Addams

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DSC_0074Sandro jumper, Maje shorts, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Brixton ‘Wesley’ fedora, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver & Bubble Key Ring in ‘Pelato’, Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick in ‘Faded.’

As I’ve mentioned on various occasions (and as many upcoming posts this week will continue to reveal), Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and Wednesday Addams is a style icon from whom I’ve drawn inspiration both for costume and for everyday outfits. There’s just something so delightfully charming and edgy about her ironically prim back long sleeves and crisp white collar, and the look always feels especially fitting for fall. For this look, I’ve decided to channel both Wednesday and her brother, Puglsey, by pairing my collared jumper with loose black dress shorts. To channel a spooky feel as opposed to a school-girl vibe, I’ve completed the look with these punk-inspired boots and a washed out purple matte lip. Lime Crime Makeup’s Velvetine liquid-to-matte lipsticks are my latest obsession. I seriously recommend you test the magic for yourself.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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