Styling, Wardrobing

Is It Spring Yet?!

Sometimes I wish I lived in California, or Florida, where it’s 70 and sunny like 24/7. Growing up in Raleigh I’ve become use to, and sometimes fond of, our unpredictable weather patterns. We have a saying; “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” and it’s pretty true: two weeks ago I got sunburned and the next it snowed. But as charming as it can be, our bipolar weather really confuses my wardrobe! As soon as I change over to Spring we have a week of cool 40’s. Over the years I’ve come to transition slowly, mixing bits of winter with the inevitable spring season. Oh, and always bring a jacket wherever you go.

Last September I shot with one of my favorite photographers, Terrence Jones. It was a similar situation – technically Fall but with temperatures hovering around 75 degrees. For my styling inspiration, I decided to mix “winter” fabrics and colors with “spring” prints and silhouettes.

One of my favorite combinations is contrasting a cheery floral print with dark colors. This sheer vintage dress (not for the shy) has a petite scattered floral print to keep the look from becoming too bright. Black & white accessories give the feminine frock some edge.

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” Sure, florals for spring isn’t new, but the color palette can be unexpected. Also, leather! I love this look – a little bit schoolgirl, a little bit wallpaper in an opulent home. Together these textures and colors can transition from hot to cold, work to drinks, and everything in-between.

For those less print friendly, try rocking a pastel knit. Personally, I’m obsessed with this vintage 1930’s dickie from Raleigh Vintage. It’s a great layering piece that can be styled jazzy or classy. Throw a leather jacket over your shoulders and hit the bar (like C. Grace) without feeling out of place.

Pastels not your thing? Just show some skin. Not in a slutty way, but in a “I’ve already got my beach bod so bring it!” confidence way. Plus, a fabulous scarf can help cover up should you feel the need (or just get a chill). Also, I’m a firm believer that a fabulous hat can elevate any look, no mater how technically simple it may be. This is one of those situations where less is more. Choose your pieces wisely.

How are you dealing with the sporadic weather? Need help dressing for the seasons? Let me know! I’m here to answer any and all of your fashion questions.

 

Look 1: Vintage everything – except shoes from Art of Style
Look 2: Vintage hat, Ray Ban shades, Topshop top, J. Crew skirt, Marc Jacobs heels
Look 3: Vintage hat, thrifted bralette, Raleigh Vintage knit, Art of Style trousers, Nasty Gal platform heels
Look 4: Vintage hat, Alexander McQueen scarf, thrifted bralette, Art of Style skirt

Big thanks to Melissa G. S. for creating my face and assisting me with my curls 🙂

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Technicolor Girl

She’s a technicolor girl living in a full, fast-paced, sometimes overwhelming, technicolor world. We pride ourselves on being busy, but often forget to stop and smell the flowers.

This Spring I’m holding myself to a resolution to stay motivated and not let my 9-5 (or rather 9-7, sometimes 8) drain me of my creative energies. You’ve seen it; my consistent posts giving way to infrequent posts, then an unannounced hiatus, only to return with a promise to be present that eventually gives in to the same disappearance. Well no more! I’m here and ready to share all of my stylish wisdom and fashionable photo shoots.

Step 1 is teaming up with other motivated and creative minds to propel you forward. I recently had the honor of working with the super talented photographer, Terrence Jones. We brought in my BFF, Keisha, to get HMU on fleek and the most genuine model I’ve ever met, Mara of 3BBM.

Step 2 is not taking the easy way out. Today’s fashionistas think that wearing all black makes them cool and hip, when really it is just a cop-out. I mean, you do you Boo, but do you really think a wardrobe of black keeps you creative? No. Black is easy. That’s why I’ve been all about some color play. This shoot has a hint of neutrals, but is primarily an exploration in color schemes. Inspired by the youth culture of the 70’s, I hope you enjoy this garden of hues! (Thank you Revolver Boutique for the fab clothes & accessories)

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Emilio Pucci called; he LOVES this skirt!

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Bohemian Safari doesn’t have to be all khaki. I’m obsessed with the contrast of this brushed silk coral dress with high-shine interior.

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Everyone needs an orange hat in their accessory arsenal, right?! Shout out to Good Girls Studio for awesome one-of-a-kind pieces like this necklace.

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Mixing prints is a great way to explore color. The trick is keeping the palettes the same and changing up the print scale. This ensemble is glamourous athletic – perfect for running errands while looking like a model off duty.

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Can we take a moment to appreciate this cobalt blue winged liner? Thanks.

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Fashion is fun: don’t take yourself too seriously. We love color, but black never hurt (everything in moderation). Use it to add a graphic punch to an artsy look.

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An ensemble of color doesn’t require complicated layering or color mixing. A complementary color scheme makes an impact, even with a minimalist aesthetic.

0164 Mara in Color 2016.jpgDon’t be sad that I’m shunning an all-black uniform. Get excited for the endless possibilities of color! Explore your schemes (analogous, complementary, split complementary, triadic, tetradic) and test out your print mixing skills (florals and stripes is an easy introduction). Have fun this spring and don’t forget to smell the flowers.

PS: Follow Style Asset on Instagram for more pictures and a look #BTS

 

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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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