For the past few days temperatures have dipped into the 50s. While I shouldn't be complaining–this winter was so mild I still can't shake the feeling that everyone should be more worried about global warming–the cooler weather meant I had to revert to some un-Spring like wardrobe staples. While my favorite black blazer made a reappearance, I didn't dig too deeply into my winter closet–purple pumps brightened up the look and my day. Plus, I love pairing the ultra-feminine with more relaxed pieces.
What do you think? Is it springtime for you and your outfits regardless of the forecast?
Jeans: Distressed Denim, Nautica [no longer available]
Scarf: Fringed Scarf in Black, H&M
Blazer: Boyfriend Blazer in Black, J. Crew [no longer available, similar style available here]
Shoes: Flawless Open-Toe Pump in "Plum," Steve Madden [were $100, available here]
Bag: No Slouch Faux Straw Dome Satchel in Black, Kenneth Cole New York [was $198,
Jewelry: Micropave Diamond Band in White Gold, Channel-Set Diamond Band in Yellow Gold, gifts, Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here]
I love pairing a dressy jacket, pumps, and shiny accessories with a more casual item like these ripped jeans. There's something about the contrast that makes a look seem far more interesting to me than if I kept every part of an outfit formal. I'm currently obsessed with this Elliott Lucca purse: it's roomy enough to store my essentials, has the perfect structure, and its gold chain is completely detachable making the transition from clutch to shoulder bag super easy. Speaking of transitions, it reached 70 degrees yesterday in New York–my closet and I are so ready for spring.
Shirt: Silk Pocket Tank in Black, Banana Republic
Jacket: Cropped Ruffled Blazer in Black, J.Crew
Pants: Artist Crop Jean in "Bright Indigo Destroy," American Eagle Outfitters [$49.50, available here]
Bag: 'Cordoba' Clutch in "Black Onyx," Elliott Lucca [$98, available here]
Shoes: Knotted Peep-Toe Pumps in Black, Steve Madden
Jewelry: Starter Charm Bracelet in Gold, Juicy Couture [$42, available here]
Nails: 'Black Satin,' Rimmel
While every look every day can't be inspired by someone as characteristic as Rachel Zoe, sometimes it's fun to borrow style ideas that work. I was in fact thinking of her–read: fur vest, wide-leg pants, and platform shoes– when I threw together this outfit. If your clothes themselves are going to be eye-catching, it's a good idea to keep your accessories more subdued. I love this necklace because it's just subtle enough to keep from clashing with everything else. By the way, although most of my these pieces look like they could possibly have come from the seventies, only the vintage clutch actually does.
p.s. As I'm sure you've realized by now, I adore makeup. I put together this eye and lip combo with some gorgeous mark cosmetics (see below) courtesy of the lovely Amanda Goodhue. And guess what? You can win your own amazing mark products right here on The Beautiful Things! Check back later today to enter to win x
Pants: Wide Leg Jeans, Levi's [similar styles available here]
Vest: Fur Vest in Brown, H&M
Shirt: Perfect-fit long-sleeve tee, in Black, J.Crew [$24.50, available here]
Shoes: Tifanni in Black Suede, Steve Madden [were $129, available here]
Bag: Brown leather clutch [vintage]