CROP TOP RULES: NO SKIN BEFORE ESPRESSO

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Crop tops are clearly in full force these days. Whether one chooses to showcase abs (either airbrushed or au natural) or class it up by pairing them with high-waisted bottoms of some sort – they are embraced by FGLs everywhere, and even by a fair amount of level-headed normlies.

I wanted to share a roundup of some of my favorite crop-top looks and show how best to gear your outfit towards an on-point fashionista of today in place of a Carrie Bradshaw circa 2000 (note: very chic at the time) trying to make it work in today’s world.

Let’s learn.

For day: Try to have the waist of your bottoms meet the crop perfectly. In most cases it’s alarming to see an overwhelming patch of flesh in one’s mid-section in broad daylight or more importantly, before the public has had time for espresso. At this time the pure sight of abs will just annoy everyone.

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Top: Unknown (similar here), Skirt: Topshop, Fringe Booties: Isola

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How amazing are these Isola fringe booties – they are perfectly updated with a wedge heel.

For night: It’s OK to show a bit more belly here, but counteract your racy top selection with casual, baggy bottoms – e.g. boyfriend jeans – and be sure pair this look with a great heel in order to look less like Avril Levine and more along the lines of Rosie Huntington Whitley. The addition of a chic wool panama hat or a winter headpiece will reaffirm that you are showing skin for the sake of fashion and you’re not just a silly girl trying to show off your ribcage. 

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Top: Same as above (unknown, similar here), Jeans: J.Crew, Hat: Urban Outfitters (here in black) Bag: Tan Vintage Chanel (same in red here – AMAZING).

How to die for are these puzzle heels? They’re a Carmen Marc Valvo Calzature sample (borrowed and not available for sale) – but, shop other amazing CMV heels and booties here.

Crop wisely!

TRANSITION DRESSING: It’s a Troggy Time of Year

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I recently made a trip home to precious CT to stash all of my Spring clothes in attempt to make room in my apartment for furs and chunky knits. Come to find, Boston has decided to go tropical this season – aside from a few brisk days very recently – so I’ve felt underprepared in the wardrobe department to put it lightly.

This time of year can prove to be a challenge, in between summer’s hot days and winter’s nippley cold ones. Outfits are boring and awkward, you become inevitable sweaty and you are forced to watch confused passers-by rocking riding boots paired with ill fitting pea coats that just meet the shaft of the boot, but show a hint of bare leg :O

In an attempt to spice up my/your life and stay away from the snooze worthy waxed jeans and blazer combo that seems like the only sensible option for this strange climate – I created two sweet transition-friendly looks to inspire.

LOOK 1:

Leather skirts are a gal’s best friend during these awkward-as-a-pimply-tween months. I love this leather pencil skirt in its unexpected navy hue paired with a varsity sweater that happens to be from the J. Criz little boys section.

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– Please excuse my pianos here.

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Just adding some layers/intrigue

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I’m in a euphoric state of mind when wrapped in a fur stole, but who isn’t?

Sweater: J. Crew Boys – Crew Cuts (old, but similar here), Navy leather pencil skirt: Vintage Japanese brand (similar here), Faux Fur Stole: Crew Cuts (old, but similar here).

LOOK 2:

OMG! A beanie that doesn’t make me look like a dirty hipster. That’s cause it’s cable knit and cashmere. See what I did there? Also, I’m really into knee highs right now, because any alternative to boring tights is welcomed.

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Cashmere Cable Beanie: Old but (similar) here, Knee-Highs: Urban Outfitters 

I’m not amused by this troggy time of year. I hope these looks help to inspire you and get you through!

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STYLE BRAIN BUSTER: VERA BRADLEY OR ISABEL MARANT?

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I purchased this quilted jacket from J. Crew a few melons ago and I was drawn to it because it reminded me of Isabel Marant – with the intricate floral print, rich blue color and OBVS the quilting. It was in my rotation for a few weeks and I was simply loving it! That is, until some trog stopped me somewhere and said, “Oh my God, I didn’t realize Vera Bradley made jackets!”

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Thoughts? Do I look like I’m channeling a Vera Bradley duffel bag stripped for its parts or a chic french lady hopping off a vespa?

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCJ. Crew Quilted Jacket (old but similar here), Free People Cut-Off Dolphin Shorts, Gucci belt, Nine West ankle strap pumps (old but similar here).

FALALALABELLA: Christmas Treat, Just Now Surfacing

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I purchased a Stella McCartney Falabella bag for myself as a Christmas treat last year and I’ve been meaning to share it ever since. I love the rich green color of this bag, it really got its hooks in me when I first laid eyes on it. The green works as a neutral but is more interesting that your typical tan or black. It’s also great as a work bag, except I don’t suggest trying to jam your macbook pro inside. I tried it and failed.

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I retired it for a bit because I felt like large bags were out and I didn’t feel of-the-moment unless I was carrying around a structured satchel or doctor’s bag. Also, I spotted a certain Real Housewives of BH cast member wearing one and it left a sick taste in my mouth. I came to my senses and realized this bag is timeless, so I’m over it now and ready to bring my delectable Stella back out.

I paired it here with a batik printed skirt and leather sleeve asymmetrical army jacket. I love breezy little skirts in the summer paired with a tied up tank. Muffin top aside, it’s a very flattering silhouette.

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SONY DSCPatterson J. Kincaid Leather Sleeve Jacket, Forever 21 Batik Print Skirt, Michael Kors Ankle Strap Sandals (sold out, but similar hereand here , Stella McCartney Falabella Shaggy Big Deer Tote.

I’m craving a small arm strap version now in a bright color. Look at all the precious pastels!

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BOYFRIEND TEE/DRESS CREATION: MY Version of DIY

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The closest I am ever going to get to crafting these days is taking articles of clothing and wearing them how they were not intended to be worn. The day you see me gluing tiny sea shells on a pair of pumps to save a few pennies to achieve the latest runway look will be the day that Trashelle finally stops going on The Challenge. Aka, never. Side note: Did everyone see last week’s episode with her speedy getaway from Thailand in an ancient Honda Civic that just happened to be waiting there for her? I hope you did. I love the idea of DIY fashion and home projects, but I simply don’t have the time between work, catching up on shows and the occasional gym sesh. And by gym sesh, I mean brief sessions of lunges around my apartment.

SONY DSCH&M T-shirt as dress (in stores now), Gucci black blazer (similar here), Zara croc embossed ankle strap heels (Old, but similar here and here.)

For instance, I came across this boyfriend baseball tee while perusing at H&M the other day. Instead of buying it in an XS and pairing it with cut off denim and a statement necklace, cute but kind of snooze-worthy, I purchased it in XL and decided I would wear it as a dress. I love that the whole jersey/number-tee trend has come back and I want to immerse myself in it as much as possible before it slinks away yet again. At first I paired the look with a structured shouldered black cropped blazer – but it also looks fab with a printed or textured blazer as well. These ZARA croc embossed black ankle strap pumps are heaven-sent (when I get stopped in the street and asked constantly what label they are, I’m always tempted to reply, “Totes Wang.”) and they really pull the look together. I kind of fear it appears as though I rolled out of bed wearing a child’s nightshirt – you know, complete with cloth diaper underneath – but oh well.

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OVERALLS: Childhood Throwback, Literally

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Everyone is rocking denim overalls as of late, but my interpretation of this trend is a little bit more polished than you will typically see. Instead of a boxy, light wash number that appears as though it was plucked directly from Blossom’s bod – which I honestly love right now too – I’ve opted for a sleek chambray nautical inspired piece that can be dressed up and worn for a night out. This glorious onesie was a given to me by a dear friend for my bday and just happens to be Ralph Lauren Kids. That tells you how much I swear by wearing children’s clothing – I receive toddler garments for my birthday.

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Downfall to squeezing into children’s pieces, they run a bit short for my 5″6 frame and sometimes create the illusion of a wedgie.

SONY DSCRalph Lauren Kids Chambray Overalls (sold out but similar here), Vintage Dior Clutch (similar here).

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Speaking of childhood throwbacks….
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BIRTHDAY TREAT: 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli Divinity

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I’ve wanted a 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli satchel for an eternity and my precious boyfriend gave me one for my 25th birthday last week. I received the largest size in a textured, printed leather. I’ll admit, I was slightly alarmed by the material at first – especially after one of my male friends said it looked like it was made out of a birch tree – boys can be so facetious! After examining it closer and modeling it with several looks, I’m in love. I like that it’s different and not just your run of the mill leather satchel. I can’t wait to style it with a scuba dress-blazer combo for work and a white mini dress and fedora for a day of frolicking.

SONY DSCSONY DSCP.S. Check out my delectable Missioni mini. It is really an XL Missoni tank top that masquerades as a dress with the addition of a white slip. I can be kind of crafty when I want to be.

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OMBRE HEAVEN: Five Years Late

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I wandered into ombre territory after seeing a photo surface of myself where my hair looked very flat and one dimensional. Vom. I know I’m several years behind the trend, but I’ve had major mishaps in the past while experimenting with color – e.g. public photos from fashion week where I appear as though I’m wearing a red wig. So, as I’m sure you can understand, I was reluctant to experiment again.

Lily Aldridge convinced me to go in this direction when I saw her appearance recently on Fashion Police. She has the perfect ombre – not too alarming and drastic yet still edgy enough for young hollywood heads. I know hair color doesn’t transform bone structure, so clearly I look mis and nothing like her in this side-by-side photo compilation, but I’m still pretty thrilled with the outcome.

Excuse my giant scary hand in this picture.

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LOOKS I LOVE: RINGMASTER CHIC

I nabbed this amazing floral print BCBG blaze during a quick shopping trip the other day. When I tried it on my boyfriend instantly called me a circus freak and hated it, so I knew I looked great.

I styled it with cutoff denim shorts, an amazing graphic tank I found at F21 which happens to look Wildfox-esq and a pair of ankle strap color-blocked heels that have been my recent go-to. I bought them a half size too small (as my actual size was sold out) so I have a bit of cliff hanger/Lady Ga Ga toe action going on – but I love them all the same.

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DILR 6Printed BCBC Blazer, F12 Mirrored Leopard Muscle Tee, Free People Dolphin Hem Shorts, French Connection sandals.

CHANNELING FORREST GUMP: GUCCI RUNWAY BOOTS

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I recently splurged on a pair of Gucci runway boots with some serious peer pressure from a cucumber martini. I was instantly in love with them, but in order to waive my post-purchase depression, I had to consult with all of my friends who’s style I honor and trust.

I knew they were insanely chic – I didn’t have to think twice about that, but I feared they resembled leg braces and felt they might evoke Forrest Jump jokes and references to the boy from the Secret Garden. I can’t expect normlies to follow Paris runway trends and street style, now can I?

Well the verdict is in and they’re heaven! I’m very excited that I found one look in my wardrobe that I can actually wear them with. How versatile!

PS. I just moved in with my boyfriend and he made me the pictured Prada Marfa print and had it framed. It’s the piece I’ve always coveted most from the Vanderwoodsen household on GG. How’s that for a conversation piece.

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gucci 1PradaZara Structured shoulder tee (old), Tinley Road Black leather skater skirt, Gucci runway cut-out boots (not available), Unknown random orange bangle.

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