I have to say I have been a bad kid. I am weeks behind on my Soundbites, but hopefully you will forgive me. Also, I find that remembering to take pics every morning can be a challenge, in addition to the time. It takes minutes to snap, but if it's between that and packing a lunch, well, I must say that food always trumps. Sorry this gal likes to eat! So, with that said, a full five days is often not represented.... but hopefully the inspiration will still be there! This particular week I have three days of MENSWEAR.....infuse a little or a lot, it's up to you!
Menswear is the ultimate go-to. My favorite part is the contrast of femininity and masculine. A woman can look so chic in a man's outfit if the female essence comes through. How can this be done? Through use of accessories, color, and texture.
Hudson Brand Boyfriend Khakis (similar here) , intentionally loose fitting and cuffed with a center crease down the middle. You can achieve this by folding your pants lengthwise on your iron and pressing a hot iron all the way down. It gives the illusion of long legs and also a more tailored look.
Ida Shoe from Shoemint, the menswear-inspired trend is complete with a black patent toe cap. These oxfords compliment the outfit with a touch of tomboy-chic.
Forever21 Herringbone Blazer (similar here), has elbow patches and a bright green color. Roll the sleeves and a pop of maroon polka dots is revealed. A twist on masculinity.
J.Crew Button Down Shirt (similar here), light airy, and slightly transparent the button down adds softness to the overall outfit. Wear it buttoned all the way up to bring back the menswear feel and partner a couple of chunky necklaces to again bring back the female side. Remember, it's about balance.
Banana Republic Cardigan (similar here), a closet staple, I have worn this for years and it's almost time to retire it....
7 For All Mankind Navy Chinos (similar here), rolled and fitted they go with everything! I love crisp navy with bright brown accents.
Blue and White Blouse (similar here), a stark contrast to the off-white cardi
La Fiorentina PomPom Scarf (similar here), another staple! Gauzy, breezy, and the perfect nude color.
Finish it off with a bold red lip. Find one here.
J. Crew Gauzy Grey Button Down (similar here), see-thru and girly, cami is a must for underneath this shirt. Again, try it buttoned all the way up for a modern approach.
J. Crew Skater Skirt (similar here), so comfortable and flattering, it magically shrinks the hips and slims the waistline. The pockets are just a fun touch!
Ann Taylor Brown Booties (similar here), my mom got these for me several years ago for Christmas and they are still going strong.
Hue Brown Tights (similar here), opaque tights are super flattering on everyone - slimming and definitely good at hiding those pale winter legs! I can't wait to shed these for bare, summer legs!!
Everyday Updo (check out this great tutorial) - super easy and quick!
Happy Monday! Have a fun, fashionable week,