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Transitioning!

August 23, 2011

It's that time of year again - transition time!  When Fall is near but not yet quite here, and your sweaters won't work, but you need more coverage than shorts and sleeveless tops. 

Transitioning is easier than you'd think, it's all about putting together outfits with pieces that layer well.  Blazers are a great transition piece, since you can wear them over jeans, shorts, or a skirt, or a button up, a tank, a long-sleeve T, or a lightweight sweater.  Scarves are also a must-have in the transition months because they'll keep you warm when you need it, but you can take them off if you want to. 

Papercrown

Paper Crown Ryder Blazer in Camel available at Singer22

Scarf
Scarf available at JCrew

 Booties sans tights are perfect for the transition time!  They look great paired with tights, but save that for the colder months of winter - for now, throw them on with a pair of shorts or cropped jeans or a maxi skirt.

Rachzoebootie

Rachel Zoe Audrey Ankle Booties

Maxi skirts are fabulous - you can wear them as seen below, belted with a blouse tied in the front, or pair it with your blazer and a tank or with a crochet knit sweater.  Wear it with booties, riding boots, flats or heels - they pretty much go with everything!  In other words - there's more than one way to wear them and they're not just meant for summer.  When the weather turns colder just throw on a pair of tights underneath.

Maxi

Lovers + Friends pleasted black maxi skirt available at ShopStyle

I love a great crochet knit sweater!  They're cozy and comfy and allow for more breathing room than a traditional sweater would.  Pair yours with a pair of jean shorts and booties or cropped jeans like the ones below by Current/Elliott.

  Sweater

Cream-colored "Pegasus Sweater" availalbe at ShopBop

Jeans

"The Roller Jean" by Current/Elliott

Booties

Booties by Dolce Vita available at ShopBopSinger22

So what are you waiting for?  Head to your closets and start putting together your transitional outfits!  :o)

XOXO

~April


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To Mix or Not to Mix??

August 17, 2011

Many are nervous to try this trend - and I can't say I blame you!  Looking in your closet in a sea of florals, stripes, plaids and more, it's hard to imagine mixing them would look like anything other than old photographs of you at 5-years old playing dress up in your mommy's closet!

The print-mixing trend is a difficult trend to pull off, but when done correctly it can look great and give you a true high-fashion look, it just takes careful planning.  The trend isn't new, it's just that this season it's done on a much more subdued level - it's more about tone-on-tone matching.

Tucker

The featured photo above is what I would call a job-well-done - a mixture of a leopard print silk skirt with a silk print blouse (both pieces are by Tucker by Gaby Basora - who is known for her wonderful prints - and avail for purchase at Nordstrom.)  Shown with an icy gray suede heel but the outfit could also work with a pair of dark tan or nude heels as well. 

Ready to get started?   Here are a few examples of how you can mix up your prints!

|| Thin & Bold Stripes ||

Jcrewstripe

Striped silk blouse available at JCrew

Striped

Pair the blouse with this striped cardigan by Ami Dan La Rue

|| Paisley ||

Paisley

Paisley blouse available at JCrew

Jcrewskirt

Pair the blouse with this paisley skirt available at JCrew

|| Florals & Stripes ||

Stripedtop

Striped T by A.L.C

Floral

Pair the striped T with this floral skirt available at ASOS

One of the best things about print mixing is that it's yet another way to get even more use out of your existing wardrobe!  The key is to remember not to overwhelm your admirers, so don't over-accessorize and keep your shoes simple and neutral.  A print-mixed outfit stands all on its own and doesn't need help in the accessories arena.

So go ahead - have a it and enjoy mixing it up!

XOXO

~April


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Plaid Played Well

August 10, 2011

This season designers went mad for plaid!  Some are hesitant though to embrace this returning trend  - I for one am reminded of days on the playground wearing my plaid skirt, white button down and black patent Mary Janes - but there are plenty of ways to wear plaid and make it look up-to-date!

The Shoshanna plaid pocket shift dress featured above is absolutely darling - in a grown up way - and would look fabulous worn as shown paired with nude heels or heeled penny loafers and then you can throw on a fun pair of tights in the winter and a pair of riding boots!

I love this plaid blazer by L.A.M.B., shown below worn with a plaid skirt - I call this plaid overload!  If you want to keep it simple, remember to do your plaid one at a time.  Pair this blazer with a pair of black skinny jeans or be courageous and pair it with bright red trousers!

Lamb
L.A.M.B. Plaid Blazer available at ShopBop

If you're feeling like wearing plaid in full force, opt for a fun number like the Etoille Isabel Marant plaid dress below with a pair of black opaque tights and a cropped black leather jacket! 

Plaiddress
Etoille Isabel Marant plaid dress available at Net-a-Porter

Another one of Fall's hottest trends is the reinvented poncho/cape and the BB Dakota plaid poncho below incorporates plaid too!  It says preppy and proper and the hood is a great thing to have in the cooler months.  Plus, if you're not feeling the plaid trend for your outfit, why not do it in your coat - you can always take it off and it's a great way to spice up a simple look.

Plaidponcho BB Dakota Calhoun Plaid Hooded Poncho available at ShopBop 

To me, plaid pants never go out of style.  I must have the Rachel Zoe pair below!!  Paired below with a cream-colored silk button down it's a great look for the office and beyond.  Throw on a Hermes silk scarf and a forest green blazer and you're set for a day of English countryside and horsebackriding (or Middleburg, VA) or afternoon tea.  Pair them with a fitted black turtleneck tucked out and you'll rock a classic-chic look suitable for a work, dinner out with friends or a day of Fall shopping in the city!

  Rachel

Rachel Zoe Glen Plaid Pant available at Intermix  

Check out April's Autumn Favorites on MyDCStyle for a look at more of this Fall's hottest trends!

XOXO


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