This is one chic look. Although, overall, it may seem simple, this look is really all in the details. The pencil skirt is spiced up with some origami-like detailing; the top has such cute, subtle cut-outs (see picture below); the bag has delicate topstitching; and the bracelet is really a bunch of bangles with different shapes. It’s small things like this that add an unbelieveable amount of interest to an otherwise simple – in basic silhouette – look. And even with those details, this look still maintains a classic feel.
(notice the cut-outs?!)
*I know I’ve said this before with other stylings, but can’t you see Anh rocking a look like this?!
Total Savings: $186.15 (i.e. you’re paying just about half the original cost!)
Using this simply cut dress (but did you see the gorgeous back of it???!) as the basis for the outfit, all that is needed is a little pop of color in the form of the necklace and wedges. The pattern from the wedges really add some oomph and an unexpected feel to the look.
Total Savings: $272.20 (i.e. this time, you’re paying less than half the original price!)
Partially tuck in part of this classic white blouse, so as to allow the cute button detail on the waistband of the pants show, and to also give a casual, relaxed vibe. Accessorize with a necklace and wedges, and this versatile look is complete!
Now, how about we create a few more new stylings, but simply use only the pieces from these past two looks?
Readers, remember Sawan? She was the sweet reader who requested I style the Southward Stop Shirtdress and Distant Chirping Chemise (to see those posts, click here and here) back in September. I was so pleased to hear from her that both of those dresses are getting some good use in her wardrobe, and I was equally thrilled to hear she had another styling request for me! This time, she’s in need of some ideas for the Dotty Shorts:
I adore these shorts! Not only are they just plain fun (dots -like lots – of fun! haha! I couldn’t resist!), but I also think they have the potential to be quite versatile too.
There is a wide range of colors that would work with the shorts. Neutrals will obviously work, such as white, black, gray, and navy. Actually, these colors could make for quite sophisticated pairings. Soft colors like light purple will work too, as will richer colors, such as a more eggplant/plum purple. For a real bright pop, head opposite from the turquoise on the color wheel and consider a orange-ish color. Keep in mind that pairing these two colors together will intensify both colors, but it could make for quite the eye-catching look. Lighter yellows will also work, as will the occasional brighter yellow. Same goes for pink – use caution, but many shades will work. I don’t think there are real major color pairing no-nos with these shorts, but the biggest one to take caution with would probably be green…many shades just won’t work, especially the forest greens (although something closer to a lime green could be divine). Remember there are always exceptions though! My best advice, as always, is just to play around and see what does and doesn’t appeal to you!
Time to delve into some stylings, don’t you think?!
Depending on whether your work allows shorts, this would be the perfect way to make these shorts appropriate for work. The sophisticated, yet simple blouse and blazer are complemented by the great shoes. The tote and bangle finish off the look!
I’m loving this put together, yet more casual look! A white tee might seem boring and safe, but with the great cut of this one, along with pairing it with some great accessories, it’s far from boring. Instead, it feels fun, fresh, and summer-y!
I’m LOVING the lilac top with the color of the shorts – it makes for such a pretty color combination! That purple top is further amped up with the purple belt, which I envision wearing around the waistband of the shorts (shirt untucked). This way, it’s subtle, but adds a bit more cohesiveness. The nude wedges and rectangular ring are the perfect way to finish off the look!
You might think the pairing of the floral print shoes with these shorts is too much, but I think it definitely works because the shoes have a hint of that turquoise color. I’ve also kept it pretty simple with the top, which I envision neatly tucked in. A non-fussy, sleek bracelet is all this look really needs to feel finished off nicely.
Don’t be afraid to pattern mix! Stripes, in general, are going to be lovely with these shorts. While these particular stripes are technically polka dots, the top still works with the shorts because the scale of the polka dots is different for each of the two pieces. Tuck in the shirt for a polished look. The pairing of crisp white accessories helps to further soften the look. You could definitely add a clean-cut piece of jewelry to this look, but I don’t think it’s necessarily needed either.
Here are some additional striped tops that could work perfectly with the shorts:
I really appreciate the clean lines of each and every piece in this outfit – it makes for a very sophisticated, modern, yet effortless look. If you wanted, you could do more of a statement necklace, but I rather like the more demure look.
This would be a great look for evening – maybe a night on the town?! The contrast between the black of the top and the white polka dots in the shorts is great, as is the delicate statement necklace (which pops against the black top!). The heels and clutch finish off the look. You could make this more daytime appropriate with different shoes and a bigger bag.
Here are a couple of other statement necklaces I’d recommend:
Wearing this yellow-orange cardi open over this pretty cami would be a great way to bring in a different color palette. The necklace makes the yellow-orange color feel all the more intentional. You could certainly dress up the look with heels instead of the sandals, if you wished to.
Now, let’s look at some more pairings that could work with the shorts (click the picture to be linked to the product page; if by chance that doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll be sure to fix it!):
(tuck in for the right proportions)
(could work in any of its other colors too!)
That wraps up this request! Hopefully, Sawan, you’ve gotten some great ideas!
Having tried styling the Float Above Blouse on her own, but without much success (the tags are still on the top!), Kristie contacted me for some help. I was glad to be of service – and, obviously, this is a gorgeous top with lots of potential that I have to work with:
There is a very bohemian feel to this top with its embroidery, lace, and overall silhouette. Kristie wants the top to look “fresh,” so I’m thinking adding some modernity to it will be key in achieving this.
Let’s dive right into some stylings, shall we?
With summer heat, shorts are a great way to go with this top. The key is making sure the proportions work – the shorts must be longer than the top…must!…so super short short shorts won’t work! In terms of style, something clean cut, without much embellishment is ideal. This way, the intricacy of the top stands out without competition. This most definitely will provide a clean, fresh look.
Keep in mind with these stylings using shorts that I’m assuming the proportions work…these actual shorts may or may not work, depending on the individual.
Crisp white is a great color to wear with the top – instantly, the top feels all the more fresh and all the more modern. At the same time though, the white will still act as a backdrop to highlight the lovely blouse.
If you want to take the top in a more committed Bohemian/almost hippie way, consider wearing jean shorts, such as these. To help keep the look feeling new, consider adding these bold pops of orange in the form of a clean-lined bangle and clean-lined clutch (why not a purse, you ask?: a clutch such as this, as opposed to a purse-purse, feels a bit more modern). And no, I don’t think the orange bangle with the clutch will seem matchy-matchy at all in this case!
Now, moving on from shorts…
One of the absolute best ways to go with this top – as in, you’re pretty much guaranteed a successful look – is pairing it with skinny jeans. This is because the skinny jean is tailored and stream-lined – the tunic-type top will look great (proportions wise) and the pants won’t take away from the top’s beauty. Any color could work nicely too.
Using skinny jeans in a fun, bright color, such as these pink-red ones, is a great way to modernize the top. The shoes and necklace are great – they are simple enough to complement the other pieces, but also add a great deal of modernity to the look, while still being classic.
This is a classic look with a hint of vintage feeling too, while still appearing very current. With only four pieces, you might feel the need to add more to it, but I think it’s great just as is – this top really doesn’t need a whole lot to make it feel complete.
Wear this cardigan over the top, and then belt around both to get a defined waist. The simple skinny jeans, bracelet, and shoes complete the look! Don’t you love the pretty pink colors with the blue-green of the shirt?!
This is a unique look considering the fact that it has both a funky, yet equally chic, feel to it. This funky feel is in large due to the distressed, rolled hem crops and the loafers. The chic feel is in large part due to the sophisticated blue-gray-green color scheme and the sublime bag.
This too has a funky vibe, but it feels a bit more casual with its fun orange accents. I really seem to be liking pairing the top with orange!
I’m going to go ahead now and take the time to caution you about wearing wide-leg pants with the top – while it can absolutely look lovely and very 7os inspired, it can also just look plain bad. The key in pulling the look off is wearing high heels to really, really lengthen your legs. The shoes should ideally also be pretty simple in shape.
If you want to wear the top with skirts, I think pencil skirts will be your best bet. First of all, they’ll allow for the proper silhouette with the top tucked in, but they’ll also work for the proper silhouette with the top tucked out with a belt around the waist. (Speaking of belts, you could successfully belt most of the above stylings around the natural waist, if you wish.)
This is a gorgeous combination of pinks, blues, and purples, if I do say so myself! Anyways, this is a great styling because it can be worn TWO ways. First, you could tuck in the top to the skirt, and then belt over the skirt (close to the natural waist). Or, you could leave the top tucked out and belt around the blouse around the natural waist. Either way, this is a gorgeous look!
Another styling idea would be to wear the top over a dress, belting around the waist. Other great ideas include playing with cardigans, jackets, and belts.
This would work with the top and a skirt, pants, or shorts! So versatile! You could even belt the top underneath the jacket!
Before officially wrapping up, let’s talk a bit more about color regarding the blouse.
With this blue-green color, so many colors are going to work – blues, greens, purples, pinks, oranges, neutrals (grays, blacks, browns, khakis, whites, etc). The key is to not use too many dark, washed-out colors with it though, because it can start to look drab.
If, by chance, you own this top in its more pinky-coral color….
….I would still suggest blues (most shades), as well as many of the other colors mentioned above. You may want to avoid some of the darker colors, as well as some pastels, although you can still give them a try. Navy, used as a neutral, would be gorgeous, as would a light-medium-dark gray.
And now, my dear readers, we’re done. Hopefully Kristie has gotten some useful ideas. I wish you all the best of luck, Kristie!
I’m all for combining my love of fashion (my first love) and my love of baking (my second love). Therefore, I thought I’d do an inspired styling based on those Nutella Cheesecake Layer Bars (which I’ll from here on out refer to as NCLB for conciseness’ sake). After all, I find these bars to be quite inspiring…1) they’re graphic with their three differently colored layers, 2) they’re luxurious, 3) I love their sophisticated color palate of cream and shades of brown.
There is no doubt this look is not lacking in the sophistication or elegance department! All of the pieces, separately and together, seem polished. When put together though, they still feel effortless and not at all stuffy. The look gives off an aire of luxury and indulgence too though, which is found very much in the NCLB.
While I did take some liberties by changing up the color palette of the styling from the NCLB (I added black which the NCLB did not have), I still feel the ensembles evokes a similar feeling to the bars.
Now if only I could wear this look while chowing down on the bars…
For many people, Sunday nights come with much nostalgia…family dinners/barbeques, catching up on some TV, a game night, or, even, racing to finish some work (which may not seem fun at the time, but looking back is perhaps a memory in its own form).
On this Sunday evening, I’m sharing a styling that I think captures some of that nostalgia, but in the best way possible. I’m talking a retro, throwback feel done in a modern way – the right way, in my opinion! Have a peak!
The combination of the navy shorts with the copper, rust shoes is just divine. The necklace hints at that reddish hue found in those heels, and polishes off the blouse perfectly. Can I just say that this just may be the quintessential white blouse? It’s crisp, clean, chic, and so incredibly versatile. I’ve taken it in a more retro direction, tucking it loosely into the fun shorts and pairing it with these particular accessories, but it definitely could be taken in other lovely directions as well. The complete look is much like the blouse itself – simple, yet not one bit boring! Love!
I’m sure this outfit would not only make the wearer feel beautiful and confident, but also give just the right amount of nostalgia – and doesn’t that create happiness (hopefully!)?!
Do you have any Sunday night nostalgia, from any point in your life?! I’d love to hear!
Tuck this vibrant top loosely into the skirt. The contrast between the orange of the top and the green of the waistband will look superb! The shoes are simple enough to not distract from the skirt, but they also add a bit of an edge…I mean, how cool are those shoes?! The jewelry not only works well together, but helps finish off the look, especially with the greens in the bracelet bringing out the greens of the skirt.
If you wanted to transform this look into an errand-going and/or work outfit, adding this large bag would be perfect:
I am one happy camper today! Why, you ask?! Yesterday in my reviews, I talked about my adoration for the Amplified Stripes Blouse; yet due to the price, I had decided to hold off on purchasing it. Well, guess what…it magically went on sale already today! I wasn’t expecting it to hit sale so soon, but I’m not complaining! So yep, I’ve ordered it and now I just have to wait out the time until it gets to me!
And P.S….I wore my Pilcro Zip-Pocket Crops today for the first time!
Guess what….I got to go to Anthro this past Saturday! And you know what that means?! Reviews! If it’s okay with you, I’m just going to review what is still available online (I tried on quite a lot of sale items!). I hope that’ll be okay…after all, a large point of my reviewing these items is to help you if you’re considering purchasing, and if the item isn’t available, what good does that do?! Ready to get started?
Recognize this skirt? I used it here in a styling!
The skirt fit quite well…it didn’t overwhelm my not-quite-5-foot frame, but it did have a nice amount of volume to it. The length also worked well for me, hitting above the knee. Therefore, I can imagine this could easily get too short for some who is quite tall. While this skirt wasn’t tossed aside into a “no” pile immediately, in the end I passed because it just wasn’t me enough (in regard to the fabric). If it fits your style though, I say go for it (especially if it gets marked down even more!)!
I love the color of this…while Anthro calls it brown, I’d say it’s more of a cross between brown and olive green…it’s almost a mysterious color! Anyway, in terms of fit, this worked okay for me. It definitely was a bit big in the shoulders/armpits/straps. The length was a tad long, but nothing too bad at all. And guess what?! While I had passed over this completely online, I ended up falling in love with it! Yep, I brought it home and plan on altering the straps to make for a better fit (I sew, so it’ll be free for me!). Definitely recommended!
I was initially drawn to the zippers on the ankles of these pants, because I do have a thing for exposed zippers! The zippers for the pockets are quite large too, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in my book!
I was also hesitant to try on a 25 in pants…usually I need a 24, and even then pants can be big; however, these (and most jeans at Anthro) only come in a 25 as the smallest. While they fit much better than I expected, they didn’t fit super well either. They just didn’t impress me at all on. Obviously, they were a pass for me.
Recognize these pants?! I used them in their olive color in a styling here!
Likewise to the previous pair of pants, I was drawn to the ankle zippers on these! But unlike that pair, these fit really quite well! The length was a tad long, as to be expected with me height, but nothing I couldn’t get away with (so while they may be crops for some people, they were pants for me!). As you may have guessed, I snatched these up!
Like the previous two items, I was drawn to this due to its exposed side zipper (yep, I told you I have a thing for exposed zippers!). The length was definitely too long on me, but it could have been altered had I loved it otherwise. However, it was also big in the bust – I’m barely a 32A, for reference. I thought I might reconsider it at sale time, but since then I’ve reflected that it’s just not me enough…I was blinded by my love of its zipper!
Recognize this blouse?! I used it here in its orange color in a styling!
While this was quite loose on me, it didn’t look strange due to the fact that it’s supposed to be a loose fit (I think it was looser than it’s supposed to be on me, but it worked). It’s relaxed and effortless, and I want it. Why didn’t I buy it then? Well, I think the price is just too high at this point in time! Here’s to hoping I can get it come sale time! Pretty please….!
This skirt look familiar?! It was used here in a styling!
First the positive (yes, that is singular): Wonderful aesthetic design. Beautiful.
Now, the negatives: It was the most bizarre fit. No, really, it was. It was snug in the hips, but then the waist was huge. There isn’t another way to describe this other than saying it was strange. Weird. Crazy. Anyone else tried this and found this to be true too?!
Well, that wraps up my reviews! Any questions?! Be sure to ask! Oh, and please share your stories with any of these items too!
Hooray…as I’m sure almost all of you have already heard, Anthro had a large sale today! And as you might have guessed, that means a couple of sale outfits are in order! For those of you who might not know – or those who have forgotten – a sale outfit is quite simply exactly how it sounds…a complete styling using only sale items! To see sale outfits I’ve done in the past, feel free to click here.
But let’s get on to business now…first, I’m going to start out with a cheap, cheap look. Have a peak:
The bright colors of the bangle and shoes help liven up the simple, yet pretty combination of the blue top and skirt. By tucking the top into the skirt and pairing this darling clutch with the look, you have a polished, but still very relaxed look for anything from errands, to playdates, to lunches out, to even a casual work day. And at the cost of less than many individual items at Anthro (even on sale), this is one great deal!
While this next look is more expensive, it’s still a great deal, especially when you look at the savings!
I absolutely adore the sophisticated palette of this look…the moss, beige-gray-cream-gold, and deep rust color. The bag adds such a sense of fun, but doesn’t take away one bit of polish either. I mean seriously…this really is a gorgeous look! For less than half the original cost, it’s also, once again, a great deal!
So now…you tell me: Which look is your favorite? Have you bought anything from the sale already? Are you holding out for a further discount (fingers crossed!!!!)? Personally, I’m sitting it out at this point. Don’t get me wrong though…I’m very tempted to purchase. My plan is to wait until this weekend when I can make it to a store, where I’ll hopefully be able to snag some great deals…but also make sure I absolutely adore the items and am not just buying them because they in fact are such a great deal. I definitely am trying to make more thoughtful purchases…anyone else out there feel the same?
P.S. I promise I will resume my vacation recap…I just wanted to do sale outfits on the actual day of the sale, as I’m sure you can imagine!