Styling

Leather Whether the Weather’s Better

It’s finally Spring!!
(well, almost)

By the time March rolls around I am so tired of my Winter wardrobe that I am extra excited for the climate change.
But there are always a few pieces that I want to wear a little bit longer.
Sometimes it’s a favorite top or a new piece that didn’t get enough play.
Spring is the best time for mixing things up.

My favorite Winter pieces tend to incorporate a bit of leather (or pleather).
Even though this is a cold-weather textile, it works wonders with the colors & prints of Spring fashion.

Here’s an example:

I received this Zara skirt for Christmas & absolutely love it.
I wore it to work the first day of 2015, styled with dark florals & vintage fur.

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The combination of rich fabrics (leather, suede & fur), deep jewel tones,
and the juxtaposition of vintage fur with a gold Cassio watch made for a luxe look ready to brave the bitter cold.

So how do you lighten up a plum-colored leather skirt?
Pair it with soft pastels!

I love the combination of plum, grey & blush.
It’s feminine, sophisticated
& color blocking adds a modern touch.

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There are still subtle Spring details in this ensemble,
like the floral laser-cut detail on the booties & the abstract floral print on the belt.
The key is to balance elements from each season for a smooth transition.

My next #OOTD is all about my latest leather obsession.

While shopping at Revolver, I scored this awesome powder blue (p)leather A-line skirt.
The color instantly makes it appropriate for the warmer weather,
but the material can totally be styled for winter.
It is the perfect year-round piece.

I styled it for this 80 degree day with a June Cleaver attitude.

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Big, bubbly flower earrings look right at home with a 1960’s handbag and gingham blouse.
This Mid-century inspired ensemble is fun & flirty,
yet cool enough to not feel like a costume.

With any outfit, it is important to use a mix of inspirations to create a look that is uniquely you.
When you’re dressing for a transitional season, be sure to take cues from each season to make it work.
Pair leather with pastels, black with florals, suede with chiffon.
Textures, colors & prints are your best friends.

You can see how I styled these leather leggings,
first by incorporating delicate lace and then by contrasting with a vibrant floral print.

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Hope this inspires you!
What is your favorite transitional piece?

Have questions about styling?
Need wardrobe guidance?
Comment below & I’ll answer!

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Styling

Urban Wonder

On a warm Sunday, after some unusual snow fall,
I headed downtown to Raleigh’s warehouse district
for the first menswear shoot to be featured on Style Asset.

Ever since I started helping my coworker&friend, Jonathan,
curate his wardrobe, I have wanted to discuss men’s fashion.

Although it does not change often,
there are many stylistic techniques that can make fashion fun for guys.

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Update your basics.
Look for textural textiles,
like suede, leather, and denim.
These materials are both visually rich and rugged,
making for a cool, sophisticated outfit that is sure to attract attention.
If you’re going to go for simple, you have to make every piece count.

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A good leather jacket is always in style and is easy to wear.
Visit your local vintage or consignment shop in search of one that is already worn in.

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You can do double denim.
It’s called chambray: a lightweight clothing fabric with colored warp and white filling yarns.
It is basically denim lite.
A chambray shirt is a great way to mix fabrics & stay comfortable.
A sturdy denim fabric can be too bulky as a shirt, but makes for the perfect jeans.
Choose well-made jeans in a classic wash that will last you a lifetime.
Raleigh Denim is a favorite for quality pieces & you be supporting a local business.

The second trick is to choose different shades of blue.
This outfit went a step further by incorporating a subtle, woven print that adds a playful quality to a tailored look.

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When in doubt, invest in neutrals.

A great pair of shoes can go a long way
& by purchasing them in variations of brown, black, & blue
you can literally wear them with anything.
(but never brown shoes with a black belt)
Jonathan purchased the same shoe in both navy & gray
because they were so damn snazzy & comfortable.

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Do not fear outerwear.
Jackets & blazers can really complete a look
and there are ways to not look silly in a vest.
This particular one came with the most amazing jacket from a certain safari-inspired GAP Inc. brand.
(Banana Republic)
Jonathan was hesitant to trust my advice on this piece,
but since he made the investment he has worn the jacket every day & loves it.
A quilted vest in an earthy hue feels more outdoorsy than nerdy
and a color-neutral, like olive, is a refreshing alternative to black.

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Turn to nature & the urban landscape for interesting color schemes.
I love the warmth of red bricks from old Raleigh architecture,
especially when contrasted with the green of foliage.
Thus the combination of a evergreen vest & wine button-down.
The same concept is applied to this gray & sage ensemble.
A slightly preppy look contrasts nicely with the decaying industrial environment.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by color (or print),
tone it down by layering a neutral piece that allows the contrasting fabric to accent the outfit.

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Embrace style.
Contrary to what you may have heard, it is ok to put some effort into what you wear.
Style is the first impression
& how you speak to the world without using your voice.
Go ahead, wear your favorite color! Even if it is vibrant or quirky.
Do structure and feel relaxed.
I promise, there is a balance between looking profession & feeling at ease.
Be inspired by your interests & the world around you for unique interpretations of classic menswear style.

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Follow @Style_Asset on Instagram to see more from this shoot
& check out past editorials (+ photos of my cat).

Need fashion advice?
Comment below!
I’d love to start an Ask the Asset series.

Big thank you to Keisha Louise for capturing this on film
& to Jonathan for his Blue Steel impressions.

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