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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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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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All That Glitters

All that glitters is not always gold.
Sparkle & shine comes in every color of the rainbow
and it’s not only intended for fancy nights out on the town.

Sequins & shimmer can be incorporated into any style, for any occasion.
Gone are the rules that claim beading is for prom dresses
and metallic thread is totally 80’s.

Here are five ways to sparkle day or night, rain or shine:

Let’s shake things up a bit:
everyone knows that sequins are perfect for a sassy evening look,
but who says they have to be in dress form?
I love this Karina Grimaldi romper; perfect for dancing your ass off without the risk of revealing too much.
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Rompers may have been at their peek of popularity two years ago,
but I took this piece back to the 70’s for a rocker glam feel.
Styled with fringe boots by Lusso Malena and a skinny metallic scarf á la Mick Jagger,
you’re sure to be the coolest chick at the bar.
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When the sun rises on Saturday morning, you don’t have to stop shining.
For an equally intriguing day look, try layering subtle shimmer pieces for a dreamy vibe.
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Here we have a sky blue Miu Miu jacket, paired with an iridescent sequin top,
layered over a Missoni knit dress, worn over shimmer silver leggings.
Metallic sneakers and statement jewelry are the finishing touches to this futuristic ensemble.
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Some of my favorite pieces are those that include color.
Light reflecting off a synthetic material gives the hue a brilliant glow
which is especially fascinating with prints — sort of a 3D effect.
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A T-shirt is transformed into something magical when it’s done in an abstract swirl of teal & indigo sequins,
& it’s a nice contrast to the dull shine of brass hardware on an olive-drab jacket.
(PS: I’m obsessed with these bullet-shell earrings by Good Girls Studio)
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Camo pants by J. Crew are a more defined version of this print, tying the whole look together.
Throw on a pair of creepers for a bit of attitude & you’re ready to take on the world.

If you like the challenge of mixing prints, keep the shine refined.
Too much bling on a bright ensemble can get crazy in a bad way.
Stick to a color scheme and incorporate little details of sparkle.
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This Catherine Malindrino top has translucent sequins highlighting sections of the appliqué print.
It plays perfectly with the woven Per Se pencil skirt.
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This ensemble is so 60’s mod, done in a modern way.
Not only can you wear it to the office, but it looks lovely on a first date or to a wedding.

For those who enjoy menswear-inspired style,
look for rich textiles in neutral colors & glittering accents.
A beaded collar adds polish to a J. Crew herringbone sweater,
while olive satin slacks & pewter Madewell flats create an air of professionalism.
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Balance the menswear with unexpected glam accessories,
like smokey crystal earrings and a vintage leopard print coat.
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The color pallet is dark enough to wear out for dinner, yet light enough for daytime activities.
It is masculine enough to be taken seriously, but playful enough to not be taken too seriously.
Basically, if you ever doubted the outfit/occasion spectrum for glitter, sequins, and satin,
now you know there really are no exceptions.

Shine on.

Thank you so much to Keisha Louise (Photography & HUM),
Revolver Consignment Boutique (all clothing & accessories),
and Gabby (our beautiful model)!

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Black & Blue

Season after season, I find myself turning to a tried & true color combo: black & blue. No matter the variation (light blue, cobalt blue, navy blue) this match made in heaven always works for me. Whoever said you can’t wear these two hues together needs to go see an eye doctor.

Keep scrolling to see some of my favorite black & blue ensembles…

Light Blue/Black as an Accent

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You may think light blue & black is too much contrast, but it is actually a softer take on black & white. This works best if there is already some black worked into a print, but if you feel like wearing black shoes with your blue outfit then do it! The first look puts the print trick into action; there is a subtle outline of black around each flower, thus tying in the skirt which is totally appropriate for a spring day. The second ensemble is a visual trick; the print on print (yes, that is a cardigan & skirt) consists of a white background with dark blue design, but your eyes blur the colors to read “light blue.” The bit of black up top & in the shoes gives your eyes a break, keeping the ensemble from looking like tacky wallpaper. In the third outfit black plays a bigger role and all shades of blue are present. I chose white as the accent color to lighten everything up for summer. Lastly, we have an all blue look with only a hint of black in the loafers. Black CAN be a neutral to blue!

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Cobalt & black has to be my #1 Fave version of this theme. The first two images depict ensembles consisting of mostly black & white with a POP of vibrant blue. This technique can be very effective and give off an artsy vibe. The third & fourth looks allow cobalt blue to be the star of the outfit. With these looks, black is simply used to cover the skin (because I freeze in winter) and accentuate this bold hue. You may notice that I went a little edgy with the last looks, but really this can be done with any style.

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This is possibly the most controversial color combo in the fashion world: navy & black. I know people who loath the pairing and others that work it on a regular basis; I fall into the latter group. This first ensemble exhibits the color scheme by way of color blocking; no prints, just solid-color pieces. The second ensemble uses a subtle print as the centerpiece of the outfit. If you look closely, the shirt is a navy floral brocade against a black jersey background. I completed the outfit with a black skirt, tights, and heels so that the navy stands out. The last two looks are variations on the same dress, styled for winter & summer. The winter ensemble toughens up the geometric print shift dress, while the sheer tights add a little sass. Ditch the tights & jacket, trade the booties for strappy wedges, add some fabulous sunglasses and you have a simple summer ensemble that will not disappoint. It just goes to show that even a dark color scheme can be appropriate in warmer weather. Blue & black is so versatile, why don’t you try?!

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We’re All Mad Here

What do the Scotch, Irish, and English all have in common? Besides England’s frequent efforts to invade their neighbors, all three cultures have a plaid history. The plaid print arose for symbolic purposes, rather than attempts to be on-trend, but stayed in style due to various cultural movements that evolved in the centuries and decades to follow.

Plaids come in all colors and sizes, and these elements help to tell a story. Traditional plaids, or tartans, were used to differentiate between clans or regional groups of people. This purpose of identity comes as no surprise when you consider that the punks of England’s late 1970’s adopted the print with a rebellious intent. In the modern fashion world, you can see plaid being used by avant garde designers such as Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood to pay homage to their past.

This unique print has also been adapted for a more classic environment. Take school uniforms, for example, and their preppy interpretation of plaid. Mix this print with a white button-up and smart shoes and the print goes from edgy to sophisticated. On the flip side, the plaid school uniform has also become a sex-symbol (thanks to Britany’s “Hit Me Baby One More Time”) and a common Halloween costume choice.

With so many incarnations of plaid, it’s evident that this ancient print has been able to sustain itself in the ever-changing fashion atmosphere. The following looks demonstrate four ways to wear plaid, each with it’s own take on this classic print.

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GLAM
Seeing as plaid has a more masculine history, I wanted to shake things up a bit and add some glamour to this utilitarian fabric. I am obsessed with this Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti dress, complete with it’s own waist capelet. Throw on an actual capelet and you’ve got drama — add some jewels and little leather gloves and you’ve got a statement.

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Grunge may have began in the mid-80’s, but it is obsessed with this 16th century textile (usually in the form of a flannel shirt). I’m not one for the frumpy, so I took it upon myself to modernize this style with a sports bra and skinny jeans. The result is sexy, but still cool enough to hang with the guys.

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PUNK
To the untrained eye punk may look like grunge, but in both music and fashion they are very different. Channel your inner Sid Vicious with stove-pipe plaid pants and metallic accents. When in doubt, look for pieces with buckles and/or zippers and pair with black. Warning: outfit must be worn with attitude!

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Thanks to Ms. Spears and certain anime series, the school girl ensemble has become a fantasy for many boys. Instead of playing in to this sexist ideal, I decided to call it out in a more stylish way. A men’s tux shirt and an oversized safety pin add toughness to this ensemble, which is off-set by the ultra-girly accessories; Tous bear earrings and bracelet with bright blue platforms that resemble the classic Mary Janes. The low, sleek bun and longer hem-line work to give the look a more sophisticated quality. I guess what I’m getting at is, if you’re going to wear plaid in a preppy manner take care not to play into uncouth stereotypes.

That’s the great thing about a plaid print: you can style it however you want! There is no singular trend or fiber that defines this textile. Plaid lends itself to so many items and fashions that it is easy to wear regardless of your personal style. Try incorporating a little into your winter (or spring!) wardrobe and you won’t be disappointed.

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Going Green

If I were to ask you to list some neutral colors, you’d probably mention black, brown, and white. But what if I told you that navy, raisin, and olive can also be neutrals? It may sound crazy, so let me explain.

Recently I’ve been obsessed with this pair of soft green cotton twill pants from GAP and you’d be surprised at how versatile they are! Wear them with colors, other neutrals, for spring and for fall. The options are endless. Here, let me show you…

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Green pants can be paired with other neutrals for a very subtle & chic ensemble. I love the touch of leopard print seen in the ballet flats of the first outfit and the pop of orange in the second look. When playing with an all-neutral color pallet it is nice to throw in an unexpected element, like a print or a bright hue (used sparingly).

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Do not be afraid of other colors when wearing green pants. I play off of a complimentary color scheme in the first example by pairing these slacks with a burnt-orange print top. Some bronze accessories and a loose-knitted cardigan make for a soft, earthy ensemble. The second image draws inspiration from the scarf – you do not have to match the colors of a print exactly to make it look good, just stay with the same intensity (bright VS light) of the hues. The third image takes on an analogous color scheme with moss green, mint green, and a pale blue. Since this shade of green is so muted, it works well to highlight pastel hues without looking childish. Lastly, I put a spin on the color/neutral dynamic by making white the stand-out color. The core of this ensemble is monochromatic green which allows for the white accents to take center stage to complete the look.

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I love mixing prints. It is easier than it looks and a pair of green pants is the perfect place to start. I have a lot of green in my closet already, so this came naturally, but if you have another color that acts as a neutral for you then the same idea can be applied. When mixing prints, pay attention to the scale, color scheme, and type of print. For example, in the first outfit I mix two geometric prints (plaid & stripes): this works because the prints have a 2:1 scale ratio and the color pallet is limited to three main colors (white, navy, and green). In the second look I mix an organic print (floral) with a geometric print: again, the color pallet is the same and the prints are in good proportion. An easy way to start playing with prints is to work the secondary print as a contrasting accent, like at the cuff of your sleeve or as a scarf. When in doubt, florals & stripes are always a favorite of mine!

 

 

 

Still not sure about green pants? Send in your questions & I’ll answer!

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Dressing for the Holidays

We’ve approached that time of year where just about every weekend holds a holiday party. It all starts with Thanksgiving, or “friends-giving,” and ends with the night of all nights, New Years Eve. If you’re the type of person to start gift shopping in November, then you may also want to start outfit planning. In this digital age, the last thing you want is the same outfit appearing in every party picture.

Here are a few ideas to get you started…

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This little gold dress used to be floor-length. A vintage piece I purchased for a New Years celebration several years ago, I later decided it would be more useful as two pieces; a party dress and a knee-length skirt. I like to toughen up something this glamorous with a leather jacket. Not only does it keep you warm on cold winter nights, but it prevents the look from turning into a pageant ensemble. I chose minimal accessories and hair&makeup styling for the same reason: you have to balance the sparkly with the simple.

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I inherited this gold lamé skirt from my mother and I absolutely love wearing it. I followed the same guidelines as my previous picture, off-setting the gold with some leather, but did so in a more elegant way. You don’t have to show a lot of leg and cleavage to be sexy. This ensemble is sleek and refined without being boring. Oh, and a red lip never hurt!

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Attending a more casual affair? You can’t go wrong with a sweater. I love this moss green color, as it makes my eyes pop, but it is also a less obnoxious holiday hue. Pair it with black jeans and some gold accessories and you have a perfectly understated holiday ensemble. I did add a little bit of fun with snowflake earrings: subtle, yet festive!

*On a side note, turtlenecks can be tricky depending on your body type. I learned early on that they can make my bust-line appear larger than it is, throwing off my proportions. This sweater works because a) it is a darker color (read: minimizing) and b) I have my hair pulled back (so the combination of the neckline and full hair doesn’t overpower my face). If you can’t do a turtleneck, look for an open neckline like a v-neck or scoop neck. Those who are petite on top can benefit from a brightly colored turtleneck, or a top with added detail (like ruffles or pleating).

 

Still need outfit inspiration for your upcoming holiday event? Take a look at some of the party-worthy ensembles I’ve created in the past. Remember: when in doubt, throw on a LBD and some sparkly jewelry!

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New American Goth

The goth kids from high school, with their excess makeup and zippers to nowhere, are not the goth kids of today. This underground style has evolved into something so chic, so now, that everyone is doing it.

The goth kids of today are it-girls, tattooed photographers, and that chick on the treadmill sporting all black. They covet Rick Owens’ latest collection, spend the weekend shopping local, and their iTunes library contains The Cure as well as Lorde.

This new variety of goth is not limited to black. Take collections from Rick Owens, where he incorporates all-white ensembles that are just as spooky as his all-black looks. The concept is a minimal, neutral color palette with luxe textiles (think brushed silk, chunky cable knits, and skintight soft leather). The focus on detail has shifted from studs and buckles to textures and contrast.

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The 90’s revival has influenced the new goth aesthetic, but not as much as one would think. Instead of being kitschy, the New Goth is toned down and void of stretchy tattoo choker necklaces. The cross-over is seen more so in the make-up decisions: redish hues around the eyes, dark (almost black) lip colors, and not a trace of blush. Fashion wise, the 90’s influence is more Wednesday Addams than Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Take a cue from American Horror Story: The Coven for a modern pop culture interpretation.

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Goth has even become sporty: you don’t have to hate yourself to hate the world, thus goth kids have ventured to the gym in their black Lululemon leggings and Nike sneakers. They prefer Samurai buns over ballet buns and would rather listen to The Distillers during Boot Camp instead of Top 40 remixes. They are health conscious, eco friendly, and slightly more social than their predecessors. The new goth kids embrace life with the same enthusiasm they have for the macabre.

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I remember when I painted my nails black and my mother thought I was joining a cult. Until recently, all-black everything was considered too strange for every day. Now you see professionals draped in dark layers, models leaving fashion shows in combat boots and black leather jackets, and people of all ages embracing the New Goth. The aesthetic can even be a little bit feminine, à la Alexander McQueen.

The New Goth is elegant in a Morticia Addams kind of way. Long black dresses elongate and slim the figure, while eclectic accessories help to differentiate you from the masses. Sheer tights and mesh sleeves are wonderful ways to stay dark and mysterious without being too revealing: keep the sex appeal subtle for this new aesthetic. A sleek hair style featuring a center part hasn’t always been en vogue, but Nicole Riche has perfected the look and inspired others to try the “wet hair,” which happens to pair perfectly with the goth philosophy.

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Do not be afraid of goth, as it is a part of us all. When the season changes and the temperature drops, when leaves fall from trees and the sky turns grey is the time of year when Goth feels “right,” but in reality it is a look that can be pulled off year-round. You don’t need to live near a cemetery or drive a vintage car to feel at home with this style. Try incorporating a little edge into your daily ensemble or experiment with a black monochromatic #ootd. Next time you see a 30-year old soccer mom with dark plum nail polish, remember that anyone can do goth with the right attitude.

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Setting the Trend on Glenwood South

Last wednesday, I had the pleasure of assisting Revolver Boutique as they participated in a fashion show on Glenwood South.

The show was organized to unveil the newest Mercedes models, the C-Class and GLA.

Cars aside, the event was a blast and some of our boutique friends from Cameron Village joined in on the fun!

The following is my re-cap of the event, a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a fashion show.

At 1:00pm on show day I met Liz, the owner of Revolver, at the shop to review the looks and go over our game plan. Some of the models were already present, so I led them over to Primp Salon & Bar to start getting ready.

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First came hair: I considered the look(s) each girl would be wearing and decided on a hair style that would complement the outfit.
Some ladies went edgy while others had a soft, feminine ‘do.

After hair came make-up and the transformation continued. While all of our models are absolutely stunning, it’s unbelievable what a little mascara and lip color can do for a girl.

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Once the beauty portion of the day was complete, we waited… and waited some more.
That’s half of a show is waiting. For hair, for makeup, for the show to start.
I treated myself to a mini manicure and a glass of champagne (thank goodness it was a salon/bar!) while other attendees networked, chatted with friends, or read fashion magazines.

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Around 4:00pm it was time to start getting dressed. The lovely staff at Raleigh Downtowner let us use their space to get ready. Bonus: their outdoor space made for a great photoshoot backdrop!

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Eugene and Gabby rocked it in alt-military inspired looks.

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Vanessa and Tariq were a dream duo in soft hues and cream accents.
I’m obsessed with Tariq’s Marc by Marc cardigan.

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ShinHae is a glamourous chameleon with her two totally different ensembles.
She goes from cute and retro to fierce in Dolce & Gabbana (peplum top).

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This is one of the two looks Emma worked on the runway.
This outfit features a Proenza Schouler dress that I am literally dying over, with a Haute Hippie blazer and DVF heels.

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How adorable is Sunny in this LBD?! Be sure to note her artsy Nicholas Kirkwood flats (LOVE).

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Despite the dark, I just had to snap a picture of these last few looks. The first features the most luxe reversible fur coat, the second a super cute Ocsar de la Renta sweater with a Proenza Schouler skirt, and the third an adorable Chloe skirt topped off by a MiuMiu shearling jacket. If these outfits don’t make you want to rush to Revolver right now, then you must be crazy!

All in all it was a wonderful night and a huge success!
I am so thrilled to be an honorary member of Revolver even though I’m no longer an employee.
Although fashion shows can be stressful at times, it is totally worth it in the end.
Can’t wait for the next one!

Hey! Have you ever wanted to shop Revolver but felt overwhelmed or don’t know where to start?
Fear not! I’m available to assist you (free of charge).
Comment below to schedule a shopping date or email me at tbgore@ncsu.edu 🙂

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Mid Century Autumn

Every season, Vogue publishes page after page telling you what’s “in” and what’s “out”, who wore who and the latest trends. Well news flash, it’s the same cat each time wearing a different hat. Remember that line from The Devil Wears Prada; “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” It’s truer than we’d like to believe. Each fall we are reintroduced to military, minimal, some version of “artistic”, western, inspired by (insert decade here), and layers (lots of layers). So why do we keep buying new things if fashion just repeats itself?

I’m not dissing the fashion world. To anyone who knows me, I’m a slave to fashion and dress (for myself, my own creative pursuit) every day. What I’m getting at is our infatuation with fast fashion, copying those with true talent, and the inevitable waste it produces at the end of the season.

In 2010 I began working at a local consignment boutique called Revolver. I was a shopper years before I became an employee and even now it’s one of the few places I actually shop. Sure, I’ll browse online, but I always go back to Revolver for unique pieces that are still in style. I can honestly say that at the moment I shop at three stores: Gap for basics, Belk for shoes, and Revolver for everything else. Revolver is guilt-free shopping: all items are in perfect condition, priced less than half their retail value, and vary from high end labels to unknown boutique brands.

I recently collaborated with photographer Terrence Jones, hair & makeup artist Keisha Kidd, and model Cassie Sebas to bring you six looks perfect for the upcoming season, composed of items found (and available for purchase!) at Revolver Boutique.

The overall theme for the shoot was classic, simple shapes with a focus on texture. We did a few looks in a neutral color palette and a few in vibrant hues. Either way, the statement is eye-catching without being extra. All ensembles were shot around the Milton Small building near NC State campus. I am in love with the use of materials in this Mid Century Modern structure, as well as the use of space to incorporate nature into a cosmopolitan environment.

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(Vintage Perry Ellis coat, vintage boots & vintage necklaces)
According to Elle magazine, the “robe coat” is huge for Fall/Winter 2014. Personally, I prefer this vintage Perry Ellis coat as it provides enough structure to keep the garment from looking like an actual bath robe.

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Capes are also making a comeback this season and I couldn’t be more excited. I am a collector of capes and feel that they suit any occasion. With winter approaching, inclement weather is inevitable. This utilitarian cape is perfect for staying chic (and warm) come rain or snow.

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely freeze once the temperature drops below 60. The best way to combat the cold? Layer on layers on layers (Harpers Bazaar calls this look “The Wanderer). To pull this off, pair items of varying textures and colors, then cinch everything to keep your figure. This doubles as a wonderful opportunity to play with different trends in one ensemble (like a cape + plaid print).

C1(Theory sweater, Lauren Moffatt cardigan, vintage Goldrings Couture coat, Free People jeans, Korks heels)
Glamour Magazine noted the glow of orange on the runway for F/W 14, an unlikely color that could use more respect. The orange lip has become widely accepted, so why not let the color trickle down the rest of the body? In this ensemble, I played off of a split-complementary color scheme to create an artistic flair. Since the shapes of each garment are clean and simple, you can afford to mix crazy colors with cool textures, without becoming overwhelmed.

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(J. Jill dress, Carlisle cardigan, pashmina scarf, Haute Hippie belt, and Rebel boots)
I was inspired by the design of the decade (of the building) when composing ensembles for this photoshoot, thus my use of off-kilter color combinations reminiscent of Mid-century artwork. Sometimes the unexpected makes for the most striking visual; like the mix of sky blue, pea green, and brick red. As with the previous ensemble, the trick is to work with classic silhouettes. It is also best to keep hair & makeup simple, not overdone.

C3(Allude sweater, Michael by MK jacket, Hudson corduroys, Daniblack heels, vintage ring)
This is a minimal take on military. The muted hues of olive green and raisin let the red do all the talking. The ensemble is both cool and sexy, perfect for any event (day or night). A leather jacket lends a tough girl vibe to any outfit, but by choosing a colored leather, the piece becomes more versatile and softer around the edges (compared with a black version). I’m obsessed with these shoes, though. From the front they are your basic brown pumps, but catch and angle and be prepared to shock passer-bys!

So next time you go shopping for wardrobe updates, don’t consider the date. Check out Revolver Boutique on Glenwood South for amazing pieces that are unique as they are affordable.

Big thanks to Revolver Boutique, Terrence of J1S Photography, Keisha Kidd, and the ever fabulous Cassie Sebas!

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