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April 19,2013

Leopard, Schoolboy Blazers, & Scarves

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#8: The Leopard Something

Leopard. Oh, how I love leopard. It’s classic, sexy, grown up, playful, and timeless. A blouse is a great leopard investment, because the styling possibilities and occasion opportunities are endless. Wear it for work, wear it for a night out. Wear it with black, nude, melon or cobalt blue. Style it sex kitten Bridget Bardot, or punk-chic ala’ Gwen Stafani. I like a white top and jeans combo with touches of leopard in the accessories, like a cross body bag or flats.

Banana Republic – Ashley bow ballet flat – Leopard

#9: The Schoolboy Blazer

I say “Schoolboy” Blazer rather than just blazer, because the fit is critical to keep this piece laid back and modern and not 80’s power suit stuffy. The Schoolboy is defined by its slightly androgynous look, with rolled up sleeves and an overall shrunken fit. Throw it on over anything that needs a little more polish or a quirky-cool update. I especially like it with your favorite vintage rock band tee, glitzy necklaces and heels.

J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Navy

**And, from Now until April 21st at jcrew.com, you can get an 30% off final sale items with the code:  SPRINGTHAW **

#10: The I-Don’t-Know-What-To-Wear-Scarf

On days that you draw a blank on what to wear, the silk scarf will be your fashion savior. It helps you look instantly pulled together, and since it’s not really ‘clothes’ it’s ok to recycle it more than once in a week. Celebrities are always seen around town with oversized cotton scarves, basic tees and jeans. Ones that have linen woven in have the best lightweight body. Go for Black and ivory stripes for a classic  French look, or match the color of your eyes for an instant wake up for your face.  I also recommend trying a patterned silk scarf. Look for hand painted florals in longer lengths that will wrap a few times.

The Many Ways to Wear a Scarf

Forever 21, Old Navy, American Eagle Outfitters, & J. Crew Factory 

Hope you enjoyed the content in our Basics of Good Style series.  Next week we’ll be bringing you Execute Like A Fashionista, so stay tuned!

And, a public service announcement:  J. Crew Factory has an online sale going on now through April 24th.

A great time to stock up on those bright flats, scarves, chambray shirts, and almost every other item we’ve covered in this series.  Enjoy!!

April 18,2013

We Love Shoes!

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In today’s installment of our Basics of Good Style series, we’re going to talk about SHOES!!  A lot of women I know have a weakness for shoes…they come in so many shapes, colors, and sizes.  The good news is that if you don’t already have the shoes we’re talking about, well, now you have a great excuse to add them to your collection.

#6: The Nude Pump

You may be tempted to wear a black heel with your LBD- trust me, nude will do a multitude of favors, like instantly elongating legs and adding muted polish to your look. The nude pump is best in a 3-4” heel, with a slightly rounded toe and a hidden built in platform. I like ones with a rubberized sole for comfort (and safety!) 

Just click on the link below to be taken to a collection of nude pumps…

#7: The Bright Flat

 I would love to tell you to go invest in a million crazy amazing heels to be a fashion goddess. But this is a style basics guide for the real woman in the real world, and we NEED our flats. Black and nude are great, but to punch up your wardrobe, I like a bright pair in an expensive finish, like suede or patent leather. Hidden platforms can help you from feeling too dumpy, and just a half inch or so does the trick. I like all of the recommendations below, but I’m particularly partial to JCrew for the color palette and comfort factor. These babies will LAST you. 

Cece Leather Ballet Flats – dazzling sun

Merona ballet flats found at Target

We hope you enjoyed today’s shoe inspiration!  We will be back tomorrow with our last installment of The Basics of Good Style.

April 13,2013

Sparkle, Silk, & Chambray

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#3: The Sparkly Piece

I’m talking all over sequins, palliates, or beading, the whole she-bang. The sparkly piece can be a top or bottom- your choice. The key is to look for something non-clubby, like a slouchy off the shoulder top, a racerback tank, or an innocently flippy mini, and to treat it as a basic. For example- The sequin racerback tank works most places a cotton racerback tank would: under a blazer, or with rolled up jeans and converse sneakers and a cross body bag. And the color? My secret is to look for something close to your skin tone: rose gold for fair tones, army green based bronze for tan olive, etc. You’ll love how it magically wakes you up and illuminates your complexion, and pairs well with everything.

J. Crew Factory Nautical Sequin Tank

J. Crew Factory Sequin Tank

 

#4: The Silk Blouse

The silk blouse is amazing: it can look, expensive, polished, upscale, laid back and free spirited all at once. I like details such as long ties at the neckline that can be left long or tied into a playful bow, and buttons at the cuffs.  For a boho look, pair with a trouser jean, turquoise accessories and platforms. For an easy polished-momma look, pair with your Perfect Jean, nude patent flats and classic jewelry. You can’t go wrong with color: fuchsia, oxblood, mint green, graphite, ivory, and chartreuse are some of my favorites!

J. Crew Collection Draped Georgette Top

Other great places to look for silk tops are:

#5: The Chambray Shirt

I find the chambray shirt to be more of a wardrobe staple than the old white button up. It is a lifesaver for colored bottom dilemmas. Finally, a top that works with those peony pink patterned skinnies you’ve been dying to wear! It’s a great layering piece under a blazer or chunky cardigan, and great with a variety of patterns and colors. I have a harder time figuring out what NOT to wear it with.

J. Crew Factory Classic Chambray Shirt

Gap 1969 Chambray Boyfriend Shirt

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post!

April 12,2013

The Basics for Good Style

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Happy to post the first article from Quinn’s Fashion Series.   This first series is going to be broken up into several days’ worth of posts, so please check back frequently.  There is a lot of content here – Enjoy!  Click on any of the images in this post to be taken to that item’s website.

While I love wearing unique and vintage pieces, there are core items in my wardrobe I rely on for almost every look. These are my no-fail pieces that can be built upon. They are timeless and classic and ensure I look like I am put together, even when I may be drawing a blank for what to wear. You’ll notice some of the brands are referenced a lot- JCrew, Gap, Banana Repulic, Madewell…that’s because when it comes to quality timeless items, no one does it better than these guys.

#1: THE Perfect Jean.

(does it surprise you?)

It may sound a little obvious to start with denim, but one great go to pair is better than ten so-so pair. My favorite go-to is a mid-rise skinny that hits just below the ankle bone. Skinnies are my favorite because of their multitasking abilities: they work well with flats, heels, and even tuck into riding boots. Look for a pair without embellishments or obvious branding for optimal we arability. And for the best butt, look for a pair with larger pockets placed slightly lower.  I recommend:

American Eagle Skinny Jean Super Stretch in Worn Dark

J. Crew Midrise Toothpick in Carbon

JBrand Mid-rise Skinny Leg in Dark Vintage

#2:  The White Boyfriend Tee

This is essential for pulling off looks with cool-girl ease. Look for one with a deep v-neck in an ultra thin cotton, preferably with a slight vintage slub. It will always look good with colored denim and a few thin layered necklaces, but the real reason you need it is to tone down something dressier, like an a line leather miniskirt, or a sparkly mini. Which leads me to….

Michael Stars is one of my FAVORITES for tees. They have the best cut and drape.

Michael Stars 60 Singles Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee

J.Crew Tissue V-Neck vintage tee

Forever 21 V-neck tee

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Check back soon for the next installment of The Basics of Good Style.  Hope you get your fashion fix!