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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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Day to Night: Luxury Leggings

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DSC_0189 (1)Zadig & Voltaire Pharell Leo Jacquard Leggings, American Apparel crop top, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ jacket, Marc Jacobs combat boots, Furla ‘Metropolis’ bag in silver, Nasty Gal choker, and Lime Crime Velvetine lip color in ‘Cashmere.’

Funky, high-waisted pants paired with a plain crop top is my signature outfit for a night out, but something’s different this time: I’ve decided to ditch the heels. Look, high heels are a beautiful thing, appropriate for many occasions. They’re sophisticated, and can help create the illusion of a longer, slimmer figure. They’re chic, feminine, powerful…and they are so. Fucking. Uncomfortable. I’m just not one of those fashionistas who can endure a whole evening at a bar or on the dance floor without wincing in my stilettos or towering booties, but I’ve previously felt too insecure about my short stature and short legs to swap them out for shoes that don’t cut off the circulation of my toes. That’s stupid. I shouldn’t have to compromise my confidence or comfort, especially when I’m supposed to be cutting loose. The solution? One of the year’s most popular trends: luxury leggings. So, this past Saturday, I decided to rock my new Zadig & Voltaire leggings with my trusty combat boots, which resulted in a cute but totally comfortable, deliciously ’90s look that transitioned effortlessly from day to night. The fitted, high-waisted silhouette and black piping at the side seams elongate my legs enough to leave my heels at home and dance the night away. My beat-up boots and oversized leather bomber keep the outfit casual enough for daytime street style, while the crop top and metallic bag make for fun nighttime touches. Since I’m [still] obsessed ’90s style, I went with a leather choker and gray-nude matte lip color, but switching up the smaller details will help me get more wear out of a statement piece like these leggings. For an outfit that’s strictly for day, these fancy pants also lend themselves well to the tomboy aesthetic, and look awesome with a baggy tee or pull-over hoodie.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Rock the Crop

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DSC_0429Necklaces: Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ Silver Necklace in Iridescent Drusy (upper), Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ in silver (lower).

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DSC_0506 (1)Silence & Noise crop top, AllSaints leather jacket, Milau maxi skirt, Primark boots, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

My motto is, crop tops forever, whatever the weather. Until an actual blizzard strikes, nothing comes between me and not putting anything between my midriff and the open air. Going for a rock n’ roll vibe with leather, metal embellishments, and a bold red lip will help your crop tops look a little more sensible throughout the fall season.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Purple Kiss

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DSC_0096Triangle Tee’ by Wasted Heroes courtesy of Grafitee, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ leather bomber, vintage leather skirt, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots.

I think what drew me to this T-shirt was the graphic’s striking resemblance to the iconic lips that sing the opening song of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a classic Halloween flick I religiously watch every October. And how perfect is it that these lips are in my now-signature color? A leather skirt is the perfect piece to pair with a graphic tee for a look that transitions easily from day to night, and Grafitee is the perfect place to find graphics that will help you stand out.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

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Mix It Up: How to Make a Statement Piece Make a Different Statement

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DSC_0243AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ leather bomber, Lazy Oaf ‘Dog Walk’ shirt, J Brand ‘Super Skinny Scuba’ pants, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Furla ‘Metropolis‘ cross body bag in silver & ‘Bubble Key Ring‘ in ‘Pelato,’ Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses, MAC Cosmetics lipstick in ‘Deep Love.’

This is not a fashion magazine. This is a personal style blog. I am a real person, with a real budget, and a wardrobe that contains the same items today as it did the day before. As a fashion-enthusiast who lives in a multi-seasonal location, I thrive on opportunities to maximize my wardrobe and wear everything I own in as many different styles as possible—and it’s my mission as a fashion blogger to encourage and help my readers to do the same. Unless I’m shopping for a specific, special occasion (and even then), I try my best not to buy anything that can only be worn one way or in one climate. I love to challenge myself to transform statement pieces. A lot of people steer clear of “loud” items, assuming their boldness renders them limited in terms of how you can wear them, and how often; and (as I’ve mentioned before) the life-documenting aspect of social media pressures many of us to avoid wearing the same items in close proximity. The changing of the seasons, however, presents an excellent chance to take a statement piece you’ve already worn, and make a totally different statement.

It was only a few, warm months ago that I fell for this playful, oversized peach button-down adorned with multi-colored puppies. For a sweet summertime look, I first wore it as a shirtdress with black heeled-sandals (see here). With my then-brown hair and some light pink lipstick, I was able to give the shirt a feminine sense of softness. Fast forward: the need for layering makes fall/winter my favorite time to go for punk and grunge-inspired looks, and my pastel hair obviously often pushes me in that direction, as well. The shirt is reborn as an entirely different animal by adding my leather bomber, ultra-punk UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, mirrored accessories, and a deep red lip. So, before you put away your so-called summer clothes for the upcoming colder months, and before you let your beloved statement pieces gather dust after wearing them only once, ask yourself if any of those items can be retooled. Trust me, you won’t be recognized as a “repeat offender,” but rather as a skilled stylist who knows how to make the most of your purchases.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Michael Hill Jewelry: A Warm & Sparkly Welcome to Fall

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DSC_0114-EditAllSaints ‘Belvedere’ leather bomber, Theory turtlneck, Helmut Lang sweater, J Brand ‘Super Skinny Scuba’ pants, Sandro ‘Aida’ cross body bag, Furla ‘Bubble’ key ring in ‘Pelato,’ Tod’s boots, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, and the Michael Hill Jewelry ‘Geometric Bar Necklace‘ and ‘Geometric Ring’, both made with beautiful of 1/5 carat diamonds set in classic sterling silver. (The ring I’m wearing is so fly that it’s currently out of stock, but click here to find a similar and equally amazing Michael Hill ring to consider!)

Layering jewelry was one of this summer’s hottest trends, and finding fresh ways to layer clothes is an essential aspect of fall-dressing. In collaborating with Australian jewelry line, Michael Hill, I decided to combine those trends for a fun fall look. This lovely, delicate necklace stands out against the dark canvas of a black turtleneck, and my ivory sweater’s asymmetrical hem adds an element of edge to this simple cool-weather ensemble. Unconventional rings are all the rage, and I’m seriously obsessed with my elegant but modern Michael Hill ring. Since fall/winter outfits can tend to be bulky, I strongly recommend investing in a pair of neoprene pants (they’re sleek, slimming, and super comfy), and a pair of heeled booties with a pointed toe to achieve the illusion of length. In addition to unique bling, textured accessories and rich, deep shades of lipstick will take any fall outfit to the next level.

I chose this geometric necklace and ring for their smart, versatile design aesthetic. Both can be easily dressed up or down, and worn independently or paired with other pieces. I rock this ring every day, and I’m really excited to incorporate both pieces into my wardrobe over the holiday season for a touch of offbeat but understated charm. If you visit the Michael Hill Jewelry website, you’ll find an endless, varied selection of jewelry with something for everyone, every occasion, and any budget.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Still Wearing White

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IMG_0677The Hanger ‘Knit Pick’ crop top, LF Stores skort, handmade gold collar necklace a la Bonnaroo, Jeffrey Campbell sandals, vintage Chanel bag, ‘Nita’ shades.

Labor Day has officially come and gone, but the white-on-white look is here to stay. I don’t really know why that rule ever existed in the first place. If anything, summertime foods are the ones you’re most likely to get all over yourself. So, winter whites, here I come! Also, I know this is a little late, but I’d like to take this time to say how grateful I am for the return of the skort. Paris, Britney and Lindsay sure could have used them a few years ago…

Photos by Rebecca Browne

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