If you are unsure of your ability to mix patterns, start with stripes, polka dots and florals. I love this look because the scarf adds cohesion, not chaos, by uniting the three main colors together. While navy and white are the dominant colors in this palette, the pink tank helps to highlight the more subtle pink in the scarf.
Wear to Work: Pair with navy trousers (or cropped pants if you don't have to worry about the air conditioning getting too cold) and patent ballet flats.
Around Town: Pair with denim and sandals. Loosely cuff your jeans for a casual look that says, "I'm effortlessly stylish!" Lighter wash (not acid wash!) denim feels more summery and less polished than the dark washes I usually recommend, which is perfect for a spring or summer afternoon.
Dinner Date: Pair with white cropped pants and a metallic heel. If you tuck in the tank, add a metallic skinny belt, regardless of whether or not you plan to keep the blazer buttoned.
When I was in Atlanta last month, my sister and I spent an afternoon going through her closet and putting together the pieces she already owns together in new ways. We created twenty-five outfits and this week on the blog I will be sharing five of them. For more looks from Emily's closet, click here.
Chambray shirts seem to be everywhere these days, but they can be an intimidating piece to style. Although it often looks like denim, chambray is a much lighter fabric and is a great weight for spring and summer. Even when the piece is tailored, a chambray button-up shirt feels more relaxed than a traditional oxford shirt, partly because we associate denim with casual wear.
Serious fashionistas like to pair their chambray tops with denim bottoms, but I steer clear of that combo for fear of looking like I'm wearing a "Texas tuxedo" (denim jacket with matching denim jeans). However, there are plenty of outfits that look fantastic with a chambray shirt, as well as many style and pattern options so that you can find the perfect chambray to match your personality.
1. Wear a chambray shirt to break up two competing patterns in your outfit. For example, pair a navy skirt with white polka dots with a white sweater with navy stripes. Layer a chambray shirt under the sweater and wear untucked with the chambray cuffs exposed.
2. Substitute your classic white oxford with a chambray shirt to help dress down another piece. This works especially well when you are trying to get extra mileage out of the skirts you normally reserve for the office. If your office dress code is on the more relaxed side, add a blazer in a contrasting color to the skirt and chambray shirt combo for a fresh twist on a skirt suit.
3. Tuck into a pair of brightly colored cropped pants and accessorize with a skinny belt and a statement necklace. It will look polished, but not overdressed for everyday casual wear. Throw on a pair of sandals or flats for day and then transition the look into evening with a pair of heels.
4. Layer a chambray shirt over a knit dress. Button only the middle two buttons of the shirt and then knot the ends, creating a tie-front shirt. This is a fun way to add coverage to the arms without a cardigan and create the look of a skirt and shirt combo, which increases the versatility of the dress.
A while back, Emily sent in some photos of items from her closet that she was having trouble styling. I addressed some of the issues in these posts, but I never ended up writing about this polka dot skirt. Since she lives in a much warmer climate than I do, she can already wear skirts without tights so this is the perfect time to incorporate this piece into the wardrobe rotation.
Since yellow and black brings to mind a bumblebee and orange and black screams Halloween, you can feel limited in your color palette. However, greens, blues, and purples all look great paired back to black. In fact, one of my favorite ways to brighten up black for spring is by pairing it cobalt. When choosing a color pop avoid dark jewel tones (which can feel very winter and fall) and pastels (which pair better back to navy and white). Instead, stick with bright, bold primary colors for the biggest impact.
Do you have a piece in your closet that you are having trouble styling? Don't let another season go by without wearing it. Send a photo with a short description to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will present your problem and my solution here on the blog!