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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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Light Layers

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dsc_0112Random romper from a store in Hanover, New Hampshire layered over an Emma & Sam cropped tee, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, Sandro ‘Aida’ mini cross body bag, Furla pom pom, ‘Luke’ lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters.

I actually don’t even know who makes this romper, but it has served me well since 2011, and it’s lending itself quite nicely to a current layering trend. Anything with a camisole-like bodice (think slip dresses and, you know, camisoles) look rad and very ’90s over a little white tee, and you can just throw on a leather jacket to bring the popular look right into this Fall-transition season. The layered necklines create a nice palette for layering jewelry, as well, like my thick velvet choker and nameplate necklace. I suspect chokers are here to stay for the next couple of seasons, so if you haven’t tried the trend yet, maybe it’s time to experiment a bit. I think these menswear-inspired boots, which fall somewhere in between polished and grunge, make for an outfit that would shift easily from daytime errands to drinks at the bar, but you could also swap in a sexier pair of heeled sandals, or perhaps even some lace-up thigh-highs for a dressier and more feminine getup. Though it isn’t quite cold yet, a fuzzy accessory or two will bring Fall into focus.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

 

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Off The Shoulder, On the Bandwagon

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006-14Nasty Gal ‘Stripe a Pose’ top, Citizens of Humanity ‘Melanie’ jeans, Joie sandals, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Joie sandals.

I often prefer to observe a hot trend’s versatility and potential staying power before I take part. With about a month left of summer, I’ve finally decided to jump on the off-the-shoulder bandwagon. Hard. (This top is one of a few fun off-the-shoulder pieces you’ll see me wear over the next few weeks. See two others on Instagram here and here.) These dramatic, wide-leg denim trousers with a raw-cut hem give my striped blouse a strong, modern feel, and I maintain the edgy vibe with metallic accessories and a black choker.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

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Concert Daze

Concerts are just about my favorite summer activity, and concert/festival attire has become a highly sensationalized, perhaps pressurized movement in fashion. I, myself, wait with baited breath to see what stars like Kendall Jenner and Vanessa Hudgens will wear to Coachella, and spent a long time curating looks for all four days of Bonnaroo Music Festival, three times over. When it comes to enduring heat, dancing and sitting on grassy lawns or stiff bleachers, all while feeling confident, cute, and occasion-appropriate, denim shorts have proven themselves as the MVP of my concert and festival experiences. Kimono dresses, maxi skirts, and all that jazz just don’t quite measure up for me. Consequently, my collection of denim shorts has grown too large to fit in one drawer, and I find myself hunting for more unique pairs with fun embellishments for more variety. Over the weekend, I rocked two different pairs of embellished denim shorts to two concerts over two consecutive days.

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Mishka ‘Demo Derby Keep Watch’ tee, Maje ‘Ilion’ denim shorts, vintage belt. Photo by Matt McKenna.

For a daytime, Third Eye Blind show out at Indian Ranch, I paired this neon Mishka tee with tastefully bedazzled denim shorts for a look that embraced ’90s nostalgia. I added a Western belt to incorporate a more current and sophisticated trend.

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Sandro shorts, Out From Under x UO high-neck tank, UO ‘Luke’ lace-up boots, Furla customized ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag. Photos by Miranda Mu.

I love this rich, gold-studded burgundy with a minimal black tank for a nighttime show. I wore this to see Modest Mouse at Xfinity, and, as opposed to how I dressed for Third Eye Blind, went for a more sleek and modern look. These lace-up boots are great for any show, comfortable enough to walk and dance for hours on end. Cross body bags are my favorite in everyday life, but they’re especially great at shows, you know, so I can throw my hands in the air and such. Also convenient for holding a beer in one hand and a hotdog in the other.

I’m headed to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal for a day at the end of the month, and something tells my I won’t stray too far from my festival fashion formula. Stay tuned to see if I manage to keep it fresh, regardless.

 

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Stairway to Street Style

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DSC_0322Furst of a Kind vintage Led Zeppelin tee, scuba skirt by Nasty Gal, vintage belt, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, ‘Luke’ lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters, Vanessa Mooney choker, Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ necklace in iridescent drusy, Lime Crime Velvetine liquid lipstick in ‘Buffy,’ and Reks Optics round ‘Lumolux’ sunglasses in metallic silver with silver lenses.

Sorry not sorry for the lame title! (I’m usually one of those obnoxious Zeppelin fans who automatically assumes people who reference “Stairway to Heaven” are phony fans, or in middle school.) Consider the ensemble above more user-friendly version of this recent, similar but slightly more dramatic look. Styling things like vintage band tees and menswear-inspired shoes with a feminine, fitted skirt strikes the perfect balance of edgy and polished. I love staples with unique details, so this black, neoprene bodycon skirt with an adorable scalloped hemline is a friend of mine. This outfit combination works well for going straight from your daytime errands to dinner, a date, or a concert. Also, I am newly obsessed with these round sunnies by Reks Optics. They’re made of a special material that bends, but doesn’t break, making them the perfect shades for athletes and/or idiots who carelessly toss sunglasses around and then tragically sit on them. Chic *and* disaster-proof? I’ll take three! (I already did…) Plus, on the Reks website, you can mix and match different frames with various hues of reflective lenses for a look customized to your liking. Again: yes, please! (And thank you to my friends at Reks Optics!)

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Not a Fan

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DSC_0942Maje ‘Trap’ embroidered knit T-shirt, shorts from Urban Outfitters, Kate Spade backpack, Sandro creepers, Marc Jacobs clip-on sunglasses, Vanessa Mooney choker.

Like many pieces by Maje, I can’t quite explain what I love about this top. I’m not into sports. I’ve never even been to Arizona. I am, however, a fan of the juxtaposition between this athletic-style tee and my creepers. They come together to create a cool tomboy-chic look that’s feminine in its flirtiness: the cropped tee, the flouncy shorts, the dramatic shoes. Easy yet bold is always a good thing.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Bomber Jackets, Cont’d: Staple or Trend?

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DSC_1052Bomber jacket from LF Stores, Emma & Sam crop top, Sandro jeans, Furla customized ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in Moonstone and Petalo, Superga ‘Cotu’ snake sneakers in brown, Vanessa Mooney ‘Sun Star’ choker.

Owning two satiny green bomber jackets may seem excessive, so, for my own sake, allow me to justify. It’s not a secret that bomber jackets have become a ubiquitous piece in street style culture. Chic meets chill, they up the ante for so many looks. There are, however, two different categories of bomber jackets, which serve different style services: one is the statement bomber (as seen here on the Sauce), usually involving vibrant colors and embellishments, and the second is the minimal bomber. The minimal bomber, like my olive green one above, is understated, goes with almost everything, and I dare say is becoming the new denim jacket. That’s why I feel confident claiming that while the bomber jackets is “trendy” at this moment, it’s proven versatile enough to solidify itself as a necessary staple—a certified classic—very much here to say.  Also, I die over this olive green and blush combo. As “fall colors” like olive green, clay-camel, and navy pervade our spring/summer wardrobes, expect pastels to continue complimenting those deeper hues going into fall/winter.

Sneakers are the champions of the shoe scene right now, and I just love seeing how the fashion world keeps finding creative new ways to elevate more comfortable styles, because changes like this help to make fashion feel more inviting and fun, allowing for a more diverse street style community. These coated canvas Superga sneakers in a snake skin print are a great option for people who like subtle statement pieces. (No, that’s not an oxymoron. It’s a thing.)

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Runnin’ With the Devil

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DSC_0203Furst of a Kind vintage Van Halen tee (LF Stores), American Apparel skirt, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Furla ‘YoYo’ cross body cosmetic case and ‘Lady’ tassel charm, Vanessa Mooney ‘Rose Ribbon’ choker, Marc Jacobs clip-on sunglasses, Eddie Borgo bracelets, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Dragon Girl.’

Concert tees are an essential part of any cool girl’s wardrobe, because they always look cute and classic with paired casually with jeans, but can also be transformed into a more elevated fashion statement. Since this feminine midi skirt gives off witchcraft vibes, it creates a juxtaposition that isn’t jarring with the rocker tee. My UNIF boots solidify the punk-grunge look I’m going for, while this chic Furla cross body bag and tassel charm add a more polished element, in addition to bringing out the rich colors in my favorite vintage tee.

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, I’m fully obsessed with chokers, and have been for some time. Like, it’s a good thing I don’t tan, because the choker lines would be real. These days, I almost never put on an outfit that I don’t feel requires a choker, and I’ve recently gone completely gaga for LA-based jewelry designer Vanessa Mooney’s beautiful collection of chokers. This rose-embroidered ribbon choker is feminine, but also conjures up images of classic tattoos, tying this whole look together. A look like this is always best topped off with retro shades and a bold lip.

The best part about this ensemble is that it’s dark in style, but lightweight and incredibly comfortable for summer. Check out how I previously layered this tee for a fun fall look here.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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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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The Statement Coat

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DSC_1121Maje ‘Ghost’ parka, American Apparel cropped sweater & mom jeans, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Nasty Gal beanie & choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace in silver, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

First I’d like to make a disclaimer: any and all American Apparel merchandise I wear on this blog (and in life) was purchased before I knew the extent of former CEO’s Dov Charney sexual harassment and exploitation of many of the company’s employees, and before I heard about the new management’s willingness to continue sexualizing American Apparel employees. Though I have made a firm decision not to shop at American Apparel in the future, I’ve also decided not to stop wearing American Apparel merchandise that I already own. I will no longer be including hyperlinks to the American Apparel merchandise that I wear and post on the blog; if you’d like to financially support their business, you will have to browse the site on your own. Another positive alternative to shopping at American Apparel would be to, if you see a product of theirs you like, visit ShopStyle.com and do a search for similar items by brands that set a better example.

Now that that’s out of the way, can we talk about my new Maje coat? Even after last year’s nightmarish winter, the vinyl parka with faux sheepskin lining has me excited about the increasingly cold weather. In addition to being strange and beautiful, the ‘Ghost’ coat is actually extremely warm, which is a good thing, because its ’90s vibes have me inclined to put crop tops underneath on the reg. If I had to describe this outfit, I’d say it’s a 2015-chic take on the wardrobe aesthetic of Kevin Smith classics, like Clerks. It’s the coat that completes the look and brings the outfit to life, and that’s the value of investing in a statement coat. There are times when you simply have to wear a coat, so why not wear one that makes your outfit cooler, as well as more weather-appropriate? Low temperatures and gray skies can make it hard to get out of bed and put genuine effort into crafting a creative look. Enter statement coat, which can magically (and literally) cloak a basic getup with a punch of serious style.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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