Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Back To School: Chuck Taylor

Though my school days are long over there are always styles that bring me back to the beginning of my journey. Entering sophomore year of high school I was leaving behind the Jordan/Nike stage and making nice with Chuck Taylor. The obsession was real, matching shirts to kicks without relenting. In my closet, all hi-top pairs including a sunny yellow, pink ombre (before the rage that it is now), white leathers that I swore would slay the competition and of course the standard black pair for the everyday casual wear.  I couldn't see anything beyond Taylor like a school girl falling hard for a crush and though the love fell short as junior year made its entry, it was an affair to remember. Today, this pair is a mark in my memory, stacking up before a variety of styles that continue to write the ever evolving story that is my life.

(Shirt (alternative): Gap , Denim Jacket: H&M, Skirt (Available In Store Only): H&M, 'Chuck Taylor' Sneakers: Converse, 'Monki' Pouch Bag: ASOSNecklace: Baublebar, Bracelet: Baublebar)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Crowning Jewels

The smallest gestures make for the grandest of statements, the same may be applied to our style. Whether you're a simpleton or an eclectic soul like myself, no outfit can ever be complete without the  accessories. Purses, clutches or backpacks - heels, sneakers, or flats - studs, gauges or drop earrings, you name it! Every piece counts. Choosing these can require some consideration but it should never be a hair tearing out situation, here are some tips for rounding up the crowning jewels. 

Accessories are the statement pieces that will take any outfit from casual to chic, simple to sophisticated, simple to pizzaz. Pick one key piece to draw all other accessories from. The process should feel like a game of ping pong, two good players make for a competitive game in which the ball finds no rest. Because this outfit consists of a simple white top and blue jeans, I chose patterned frames to add pizzaz. Picking up on the taupe color in the frames I was inspired to wear neutral yet eye catching heels with silver detailing, which adds a new layer to the outfit while keeping with the existing colors. One thing to note is that baggy jeans need to be complimented with fitted pieces including accessories. The shoes work perfectly against the boyfriend blue pair because it cuffs the ankle to emphasize the narrow point of the leg, bringing the bagginess to an end. Visually it reintroduces the feminine touch in an already masculine style garment.  Back to our tips, the metallic detail on the shoes led me to choose a clutch of complementary mix which include metallics - silver, gold and bronze as well the white in the outfit. Now for the finishing touch, the crowning jewel, a pair of statement earrings to reflect the metallic shimmers of both shoe and bag. A combination so simple you can wear it to almost any occasion! 

Still hesitating on your choices? Grab pieces and lay them out together. Playing dress up is not limited to children. And of course, never hesitate to ask a friend for a second opinion, I'm always taking questions.

(Sunglasses: Warby Parker 'Reilly', Earrings(Alternatives): Baublebar, Clutch(Alternatives): Anthropologie
Shirt: H&M, Boyfriend Jeans: H&M, Sandals(Alternative): Schutz 'Gabrianna')