Category Archives: Styling Tips

(pants- from Crossroads Trading Co, clutch-Marc by Marc Jacobs via Crossroads Trading Co, ring- courtesy of floreal designs, rope bracelet-courtesy of Threadsence by Moussy, watch-courtesy of ModCloth, shoes-Cynthia Vincent for Target)
A variation on yesterday’s look. These pants are made of sweatpant material but look like real trousers. Love them.

I decided to re-post my article for Chictopia’s EIU blog. Enjoy.

One of my favorite trends right now is the menswear inspired look. There is something distinctly sexy and feminine about an androgynous outfit on a woman. To wear a simple menswear look is to attest to your own confidence, femininity and power. It is like saying to the world “I am sexy” without showing much of anything.

To say that this look is easy to pull off would be a vast understatement. This look requires more than just the right pieces, it requires your garments to be impeccably tailored, fitted and proportioned. Although the look is best achieved with well-constructed key pieces, it can still be done on a tight budget.

I’ve been playing around with menswear inspired looks for a while now, and although I am no expert, I’d like to offer a few styling tips on how to get the look. The main point to consider before beginning to style is the level of androgyny you’re going for. Do you want to use menswear pieces but in a feminine way? Do you want a strictly menswear look? Or do you fall some where in the middle? My looks usually fall on the more feminine side of the spectrum. When you have picked where on the spectrum your look will fall, you can begin building the outfit with key pieces. Once you have the “skeleton” of the outfit, move on to accessories. The last step to the look is hair and make-up, don’t underestimate the importance of these two as they can make or break your look.

Key Pieces

1. Trousers

2. Blazer

3. Button Down

4. Men’s style shorts

5. Oxfords

Tips on styling the Key Pieces

1. Pick anywhere from 1 to 4 of the key pieces for the skeleton of your look.

2. How many key pieces you choose will depend on the level of androgyny you’re going for.

3. Pick Key Pieces in neutral tones, save the color for accessories.

4. Create a strong shoulder with a blazer and some shoulder pads.

5. Avoid wearing a dark pant and matching blazer or you run the risk of looking too businessy.

6. You can pair these pieces with different textures and fabrics like lace and silk to play up the feminine qualities of the look.

Key Accessories

1. A men’s watch

2. Fold over clutch

3. Scarf

4. Socks

5. A tie

Styling tips for the Key Accessories

1. Keep accessories to a minimum to maintain the clean and simple lines associated with menswear.

2. Choose statement pieces like a structured clutch or a large watch.

3. Use accessories as a way to add color or pattern to the look.

Styling Tips for Hair and Make-Up

1. Consider the hair and make up to be like the frosting on a cupcake.

2. Keep make-up in the neutral color palette.

3. A pink lip and disheveled hair can be a great way to add a little softens, while a slicked back bun and nude lips will do the opposite.

The main rule to remember is “Have Fun!”, it’s only fashion.

(pants & sash- courtesy of American Apparel, Pink Floyd tee-vintage, silver tee & necklace-h&m,
shoes-Cynthia Vincent for Target, bag- Marc by Marc Jacobs)
I noticed Sam’s Pink Floyd tee yesterday morning and instantly knew it had to be incorporated into an outfit. Since I knew I’d be flying to LA later in the evening, I wanted to keep my outfit comfortable and relaxed. I decided to play around with layering and loosely cinched my waist to add a little shape to the layered tees.
To be fair, the shoes weren’t part of the outfit until Nancy, an intern at Chictopia, brought these into the office. She decided they weren’t for her, so I swooped them up. I think they add a much needed pop of color and pattern to the look.
Tips for flying in style
*Just because you’re on an airplane doesn’t mean you have to slack on style.
*Dress for unexpected temperature changes.
*Play around with loose layers.
*Wear pants that have some stretch, but make sure they’re not too stretchy.
You don’t want to end up with saggy knees and butt.
*Don’t wear heels or flip flops. The former is uncomfortable, the latter unsanitary.
Opt for ballet flats or flat oxfords.
*Avoid belts.
*A darker color palette is more forgiving when pesky turbulence causes a spill.
*Your go to look:
Dark jeggings, loose tee, a denim button down, leather jacket and flat oxfords.
Speaking of funny faces, Funny Face is one of my favorite films.

(via stylesightings)
Lusting over anything electric blue right now.
A show stopping color to say the least.

*Update*
Tips on wearing electric blue
* Pair this color with white or nude to tone down the look
*Don’t be afraid to mix it with prints like leopard, it’s practically a neutral.
*Although a top seems like an easier piece to wear, an electric blue pant or skirt
will be easier to style with a neutral top.
*Check out how I styled my electric blue skirt here

(dress-Riller & Foust via Tobi.com, lace trim dress worn underneath-Boy Meets Girl, stockings-h&m, shoes-JC courtesy of NeedSupply, opal ring & sweater- Modcloth, studded ring & rhinestone ring-Nastygal, pearl ring & black ring-vintage, scarf-AA, belt-bf’s)
Today Sam and I went out on a lunch date, strolled the Yerba Beuna Gardens and played arcade games at the Metreon. It was a chilly, but beautiful day. It was a weekday outing in celebration of my new job as a Junior Copywriter at Tobi.com. I am really excited to have a new job, but I will also continue modeling for Tobi and interning at Chictopia.
I blogged about the shoes I am wearing today a few weeks ago, and the folks over at NeedSupply were kind enough to send me a pair. They are my new favorites and are just as comfortable as the 99 zips.

If you have a moment please pop over to Modcloth and NeedSupply to check out my features!
And check out my adorable namesake dress at Modcloth, it’s really thrilling to have such a beautiful dress made in honor of my blog!

Spring Styling Tips
*Experiment with socks. Scrunch them down, double them up, or wear them over the knees.
Perfect paired with wooden platforms.
*Go for floral patterns, even dark florals feel fresh for springtime.
*Pull out the pastels and get crazy, but mix them with neutrals to avoid looking
like an Easter egg.
*Light wash denim is an easy way to lighten up for spring.
* Swap grey for black.
*Try out pearls for a ladylike touch.
* Cat eye and round sunglasses are a must have for the season.
*Instead of denim cutoffs go for high-waisted leather shorts.
*Mix and match your prints. The trick here is to pick only one dominant pattern
and keep the colors complimentary.

(dress-Riller & Foust via Tobi.com, lace trim dress worn underneath-Boy Meets Girl, stockings-h&m, shoes-JC courtesy of NeedSupply, opal ring & sweater- Modcloth, studded ring & rhinestone ring-Nastygal, pearl ring & black ring-vintage, scarf-AA, belt-bf’s)
Today Sam and I went out on a lunch date, strolled the Yerba Beuna Gardens and played arcade games at the Metreon. It was a chilly, but beautiful day. It was a weekday outing in celebration of my new job as a Junior Copywriter at Tobi.com. I am really excited to have a new job, but I will also continue modeling for Tobi and interning at Chictopia.
I blogged about the shoes I am wearing today a few weeks ago, and the folks over at NeedSupply were kind enough to send me a pair. They are my new favorites and are just as comfortable as the 99 zips.

If you have a moment please pop over to Modcloth and NeedSupply to check out my features!
And check out my adorable namesake dress at Modcloth, it’s really thrilling to have such a beautiful dress made in honor of my blog!

Spring Styling Tips
*Experiment with socks. Scrunch them down, double them up, or wear them over the knees.
Perfect paired with wooden platforms.
*Go for floral patterns, even dark florals feel fresh for springtime.
*Pull out the pastels and get crazy, but mix them with neutrals to avoid looking
like an Easter egg.
*Light wash denim is an easy way to lighten up for spring.
* Swap grey for black.
*Try out pearls for a ladylike touch.
* Cat eye and round sunglasses are a must have for the season.
*Instead of denim cutoffs go for high-waisted leather shorts.
*Mix and match your prints. The trick here is to pick only one dominant pattern
and keep the colors complimentary.