Goodness, gracious…all of these cupcakes flavors have my mouth watering – Sour Cream Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting, Mango Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting and Coconut, Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache and Cream Filling, just to name a few.
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!
Today is not only exciting for the fact that it’s Friday (any fun weekend plans, anyone?!), but I also have a styling request to share with you! Hooray! (Yes, I really do love styling request…can you tell?! 🙂 )
Jennifer emailed me the other day in search of some styling ideas for the Bosky Lace Skirt ($118). She recently bought it for herself with a Mother’s Day gift card – and that was a great purchase, in my opinion! So far, she’s worn it with a navy t-shirt, but is now looking for some other ideas.
One of my favorite things about this skirt is that in fact it’s a classic in its shape and lace material. However, the green adds a punch to it, creating an even more interesting piece. There are also several ways to go about styling it – all out feminine, more edgy, etc. I’ll try to showcase a variety of these ways in my stylings!
When I first saw the skirt, it reminded me of a styling I had done in the past with a different lace skirt. While the two skirts do have their differences, I think it’s worth looking at how the styling I did a while back could be used as inspiration for a styling with the skirt on today’s agenda. Here’s that styling, with the different skirt (originally seen in this post):
Imagine taking that top and pairing it with our skirt. I wouldn’t pair the necklace with the skirt though, just because it could easily become too much green. The thing I love about the above styling is how it mixes casual with more formal…lace is traditionally a more fancy material, while the sweatshirt-esque material of the top dresses it down. Anyway, here is a version of that styling with our skirt:
Now that I covered the new version of that original styling, I think I should backtrack just a bit. For instance, let’s talk color. The skirt is a lovely kelly green. Jennifer mentioned how she’s paired navy blue with it, which I think is a perfect complement. Other color ideas would be any neutral (whites, grays, blacks, browns), as well as a different shade of green. A shade of hot pink would be daring, but it could in fact work quite well. The same could be said of orange too, but it does take some skill to not come across as color blind, of course! Yellow is the one color I would be the most cautious of…you don’t want to look like a Green Bay Packer, after all! Red is also quite dangerous…one shade in the wrong direction and you’re right out of Christmas! Basically though, I think most colors could in fact work with the skirt…it’s just a matter of picking the right shade and/or keeping it elegant and chic.
Tuck this patterned, navy top into the skirt, and then put the belt around the skirt. The belt helps add a bit of visual separation between the patterns of the top and the lace of the skirt. To help keep the look fresh and not too busy, finish off with the bangle and wedges.
I love the shade of brown in this top, which I envision loosely tucking into the skirt. The sandals and ring add just enough to complete this weekend ready, casual look. Some of the beauty of it is just how effortless it is!
Did you know that this top, in its navy shade, would also look great with the skirt?! Take a look:
The sandals I have pictured above would work with the above pairing, but so would these other lovely shoes:
While Anthro calls this top orange, I think of it more as a pinky-coral. Imagine wearing the top so it drapes over the skirt, and then belting around the top at the natural waist (doesn’t the belt add a nice sense of quirk?!). The necklace and shoes polish off the look. With the top, alternatively you could tuck it in. It’s up to you!
I also love the idea of pairing the skirt with a graphic tee. This, once again, would be a nice play on informal/formal. Either of these could be utterly fabulous!:
This is a bold look! You have two options: 1) tuck the shirt in and belt around the meeting of the top and skirt or, 2) don’t tuck the shirt in and belt around the natural waist, atop the shirt. Keeping the accessories to a minimum, with clean lines helps to finish off either lovely version!
This weekend I spent some time in NYC while on the east coast visiting with some family. My whole trip, short as it was, was unbelievably great. I really do love spending time with family…I never laugh more than when I’m with family (one of my family members actually said something like this, and I couldn’t have agreed more).
Anyway, I did do just a bit of shopping while in the city, so I have some reviews for you! No, they’re not Anthro reviews, but a sister-brand – Urban Outfitters! Ready to get started?!
This was great…it fit wonderfully (perhaps a tiny bit big in the bust – I’m a 32A). This would be great for its versatility…you could certainly layer tops over it (possibly belting) to give it a whole other, skirt look. The red color it comes in is also quite lovely, although it would not have looked good on my pale reddish skin. Highly recommended!
Silence and Noise Doulbe Breasted Chiffon Cardigan (black) – $68
tried on: x-small
As you can probably tell from the photo, this is quite sheer. Nevertheless, it could be a fabulous piece to layer with that won’t add too much heat during warmer months. The only problem? Much too big for my small frame (height probably had a large something to do with it – I’m just shy of 5 feet). Recommended if it fits you!
I spotted this just before I went to the fitting rooms..and good thing, too, because I adored it! Yes, it is a relaxed, loose top, so the bagginess of it on me didn’t matter. This would look great tucked in or out…it’s just a beautiful piece! Recommended!
I don’t think the picture nearly does justice to these shorts…they fit me to perfection! Sitting at the natural waist, they’re perfect for tucking tops into (the top above is gorgeous tucked into them!). Recommended!
This is a lovely turquoise color in person…it fit me perfectly and would be a great summer staple, transitioning well to the cooler months as well with some tights! Recommended!
Unfortunately, while I tried on some other items, I can’t find them online! One of the items was a gorgeous dress…if I see it pop up online in the next few days, I’ll be sure to tell you!
Now here was my problem: Nothing, except for the sheer cardigan, looked bad. Therefore, I fell in love with many, many pieces…too many for my wallet to handle. In the end, I narrowed it down to the Ecote Chiffon Tee and the Sparkle & Fade Printed Paperbag Short. I’m going to watch for the first dress and the dress I can’t find online to hit sale, as those are my next two picks, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to get them!
So, my question is: what do you do when faced with the issue of having to narrow down pieces to be bought? Any hints?! Thanks!
Hope everyone had a great, hopefully extended, weekend!
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!
What I love about this look is just how playful, yet still so sophisticated it is. The modern top contrasts with the feminine pencil skirt, but it still is just a combination that works. The shoes (love!) and the bag add another dose of fun, as well as just an eclectic feel. The ring finishes off this polished look. Honestly, if I could wear this outfit tomorrow, I would….oh, how I wish the stylings I created online could be in my closet too!
Happy End of Weekend (yes, I realize that sounds a bit like an oxymoron!)!
(And don’t be shy…feel free to leave a comment/question/random thought/etc!)
While I’m on vacation, I’m running a series of posts based on fantasy outfits for an exclusively Anthro outfitted vacation! To read more about this, click here! And please, even though I won’t be able to respond immediately, feel free to leave comments! Thanks, and enjoy!
Oftentimes on vacation, I end up doing some active things in addition to getting some relaxation. For these times, I want to wear clothing that allows for movement. Obviously, I don’t want or need to be too dressed up either, but I also want to wear something rather cute if possible.
Wearing something like this would be fabulous for an active day (biking, for example?!):
First of all, for $176 at Anthro, this look is a steal! But anyway, with this look, there is no sacrifice of style! It’s simple, carefree, but also adorable!
After those active days though, it’s always nice to get a little dressed up for dinner. And seeing as how tonight is the last night of my vacation, why not dress up?! That’s right, today I’m doing a second styling!:
I love complementing the blue of the dress with the pink-y/purple tones of the necklace and wallet. It makes for such a pretty combination…don’t you think? And who wouldn’t love wearing this to dinner after a long, active day?!
You know what’s kind of beautiful? Kind of gorgeous? This piece – the Bala Kanda Bangle:
I mean…feast your eyes on this gorgeous piece:
And if the pictures don’t quite do it for you, read Anthro’s perfect little description of it:
The intricate art nouveau metalwork of this handmade brass bangle by Isharya is sure to be the starting point of many epic adventures.
Don’t you love that description?! “Art nouveau!” “Epic adventures!”
Seriously though, I think this would be an absolutely lovely piece to own. It could be that one touch of classic/vintage in an otherwise modern outfit. It could help tone down a more out there, quirky look. It could complement an already vintage inspired ensemble. Really…the possibilities are nearly endless! And the best part about it?! It truly is a tiny piece of art! I’m sure it would get so many compliments, because, really, it’s just so easy to look due to its intriguing nature!
Now if only the price were a little less hefty…$298=eek!….
Do you like this piece?! What other pieces of jewelry are you loving?!
Guess what?! It’s time for another Mod Cloth vs. Anthro clothing duel, this time with a focus on skirts! For those of you who haven’t experienced a clothing duel here before, or for those of you who just need a little refresher, let’s look at how this works:
Many of you already know that Mod Cloth often has Anthropologie look-alikes. Well, that sounds great…get the Anthro look for less! But when you compare price and overall visual aesthetic, which comes out on top? That’s what we’re going to look at today!
The system will work like this: I compare Anthro and Mod Cloth look-alikes and dub one the winner of overall aesthetic and then one the winner overall (with price is factored in). Just for fun, I’ll also look at the names and dub a winner in that category. However, the name won’t factor into either of the other categories.
Overall Aesthetic: Mod Cloth’s version is definitely party attire, not work (look at its short length!). Anthro’s, on the other hand, is definitely fit for work (as well as other occasions). So which of those is better? I have to go with Anthro…sometimes short and lacey just don’t go together (that’s what Mod Cloth’s version is). Anthro’s is much more versatile, and beautiful!
Overall: I have to go with Anthro, even though the price is much higher. It’s more versatile though, so you’d probably get more wears out of it anyway. On sale, Anthro’s would be an even better option!
Name Game: I can admit that each name fits its respective skirt. So can I call it a tie?
And that wraps up our small duel today! Let’s look at the scorecard:
Overall Aesthetic: Mod Cloth with one win, Anthro with three
Overall: Mod Cloth with one win, Anthro with three
Name Game: Mod Cloth with one win, Anthro with two, and one tie
That means the ultimate winner of this duel is….
And now you know what? I’d love it if you’d fill out your own scorecard for today’s duel. Of course you don’t have to, but wouldn’t it be fun to compare notes?! If you’d like to do so, you can make your own scorecard, or copy and paste this one:
I’ve got another Anthro sighting for you! Now, to be honest, this might be a tad old…well, actually, I have no clue as to how recent or old it is (and when I say “old,” the oldest it could be is a few months). But on to the actual sighting…
I spotted the Snowy Egret Shift in an ad for Report Footwear. First, here is the dress in Anthro’s product shot: