Trend I'm Loving: Wide Leg Trousers

Trousers - Tibi (similar here, here, & here)
Crop top - Mandarin & General
Trench coat - Front Row

I always loved the wide-leg trouser.  I have fond memories of pairs I owned in middle school that would always make me look taller and sleeker than I really was.  So when I saw that the trend was coming back, I got secretly giddy with excitement.  As Derek Lam told Vogue, "there's a certain swagger" in the wide-leg pant.  It is a welcome change for me.  After several years of the skinny jean, I'm in total agreement that the style is starting to feel old and boring.  Not to mention the form-flattering benefits of the new silhouette.  Be sure to balance with a more modest and form-fitting shape up top, so you don't get swallowed up in fabric.

 You will certainly be seeing more of this look on here in the near future.  Bring on the sartorial swag.

 

Photos by Angelito Jusay
Makeup by Crisleidy Espejo
 

Dressing for the weather

Shorts - Guess
Top - H&M
Trench coat - Front Row
Hat - Topshop

 

This unseasonably warm weather  can get our wardrobes acting as confused as our thermometers.   It's always a funny time to me, watching people in the streets and seeing what they're wearing.  Puffy coat and Uggs to your right, light cardigan and flip-flops to your left.  What month are we in again?

When the temps rise uncharacteristically as they have been in the recent weeks, I like to take advantage and get creative, and one way I do so is by playing with lengths.  Shorts with a trench coat make an unexpected outfit to match the unexpected weather.  We may be far past summer, but you can still wear shorts paired  with some cool booties, with a cool wide brim hat for when the wind gusts pick up.

Styled Two Ways: color of the year

Look 1

Look 2

Marsala - Get The Look

In case you haven't heard, Pantone has chosen Marsala as the color of 2015.  It is a warm, sultry wine color that is flattering on pretty much any skin tone, and can be played up in multiple ways, whether it be as clothing, accessories, or beauty.  While I must admit I was a bit skeptical about this color pick initially, I can now say I've grown more excited as I've realized the versatility of the rich shade, perfect to start wearing now and through the season.

I think shorts can sometimes be underestimated.  They're great, even in the winter, because they can be dressed up without feeling stuffy the way a dress or a skirt can feel.  Throw them on over tights, and you are warm, dressed up, and free to move without restriction.  I tried two looks here - one with a casual long sleeve top, tucked in to show off the cinched waistline of these fabulous shorts.  The lacy top in look two is a little more daring and sexy, something you can wear to a holiday party.

Of course, how else would I complete this look but with plum-wine stained lips. I'm so into the Melted lippies lately because they feel great on - staying power without drying out the lips.  Not to mention the gorgeous colors. 

How will you be working Marsala into your wardrobe this year?  Into it or not?

 

Photos by Greg Routt

Jewels & Chains

Dress - Elizabeth & James, similar here (on sale),
also here and here
Neckpiece - Haute Hippie

I scored this dress at an Elizabeth and James sample sale recently.  There's no better feeling than finding a basic piece that you can wear over and over-- and on sale.  From the front, it's a simple black dress, but in the back there's a sneaky little cutout that is just low enough to give this slinky piece an extra bit of sexy. 
As for the neckpiece: I've discovered that Haute Hippie has an amazing collection of them- who knew? I fell in love with this gorgeous jeweled accessory, which adorns the chest and shoulders in a draping pattern that somehow turns layers of metal chains into a shape that is delicate and feminine.  And with my new sample sale find, I knew they would be perfectly coupled. Love at first wear.

I think neckpieces are a great way to change up your wardrobe and try out a new trend.  Haute Hippie also has simpler pieces like this one, which you can layer over a classic button-down or any basic outfit that's already in your closet.  It will add an automatic wow-factor, and make any outfit look completely different without having to go out and buy several new pieces.



Photos by Greg Routt