Jacket: Belstaff (via stylebop)
Dresses: Marni (via theoutnet), LC Lauren Conrad (via Kohl’s), Cynthia Steffe (via Bluefly)
Sometimes it’s all about the contrast — something magical happens when you pair something polished or frilly with something that’s a little rough around the edges. It’s the uptown meets downtown of style.
For example, take the motorcycle jacket. Pair it with something equally bad-ass, like a well-worn pair of jeans or boots, and you’ll have a classic tough-girl look. But put it together with a flowy, chiffon dress, heels and a clutch and the effect is modern perfection.
The same rule applies to style in your home, too. When a space looks too polished and uptight, a rough-hewn piece is all that’s needed to balance things out. In this look, the sharp, shiny lines of the mirror are contrasted by the organic, hand-worked look of the console.
I am in love with the PS1 Pochette by Proenza Schouler. It has such a classic silhouette that’s modern and edgy at the same time because of the bright colors and dangling straps. My favorites of the bunch are red, purple, and pink. I can imagine these clutches adding a pop of color to any outfit without the need for matching them to the colors in your outfit. Don’t be surprised if you see one featured in one of our outfits posts soon!
Buy at proenzaschouler.com or Barney’s
Sweater: Forever21 (buy here)
Pants: Demi Panel Skinny Cargo Pants from Gap Maternity
Not pregnant? Not a problem. You too can take advantage of a pregnant woman’s best kept secret: the maternity pant. Imagine wearing tight skinny jeans without having to suck it in all day long. These babies do all the work for you since they’re made for handling bulges. It’s like having pants with automatic Spanx built right into them.
I discovered this trick by accident when I couldn’t find a good pair of skinny cargos — I tried the usual J Brands but didn’t find them to be very comfortable. One day I saw my pregnant co-worker wearing a cute, soft pair of cargos and on a whim decided to buy the same pair from Gap Maternity, even though I wasn’t pregnant. They immediately became one of my favorite pants — the elastic waistband instead of a button closure makes it feel like you’re wearing sweatpants but from the band downwards they’re actual pants! It’s a miracle! Plus, you can keep them around for when you’re actually pregnant one day.
What do you think of this trick? Will you bring yourself to try on maternity pants while you’re not pregnant? If you do, it’ll be our little secret!
Top: J.Crew (similar)
Coat: Via Spiga (buy)
Sequins aren’t only for nighttime — bring them into daylight by pairing them with something casual like skinny jeans or a T-shirt. I love my sequin sweatshirt because it’s super comfy and instantly brightens up my look. However, be wary of wearing this look to work or your sequins will sparkle off your computer monitor all day (I learned this the hard way)!