Fab in 4 Ways: The Prettiest Summer-To-Fall Transition Sweater!


Right now is a very interesting time for fashion & retail. Summer is here & thriving, the best seasonal styles are on sale, but also, the newest fall pieces are starting to hit stores. More than anything, I want to stay in a summer state of mind, especially since the weather has been beautiful, just sunny enough & not oppressively hot (at least here on Long Island). My eye keeps catching what’s next for fall, which brings me to this Roz & Ali lace bell sleeve sweater @dressbarn, available in both misses & plus sizes.

The lightweight top is both flattering & versatile when it comes to styling. The airy, feminine sleeves are my favorite part, inspiring me to think about other patterns & color schemes to experiment with. Since these summer evenings have been on the cooler side lately, this is the perfect top for now & next season too. Making the investment in future pieces that you can wear now is the best way to get the most use out of your wardrobe. However, I especially love the always classic look of black and white separates, which is perfect for Style Darlings of any age or size.

Styling the sweater with a pair of shorts offers a polished look for a weekend brunch with some sandals & drop earrings. A pencil skirt is party-ready with a statement necklace & strappy heels. For a relaxed feel, a maxi skirt is easy-breezy when paired with wedges & layering necklaces. Lastly, cozy palazzo pants are effortless & cool for a day of errands or casual Friday at the office with ballet flats & stud earrings.

SHOP: stripe linen drapey shorts @Gap (available in sizes XS-XXL), front slit pencil skirt @New York & Company (available in sizes 0-20), floral print maxi skirt @dressbarn (available in plus size here), & striped palazzo pants @Target (available in sizes S-XXL).

When I’m styling other women, I always encourage them to try pieces that can not only be worn multiple ways, but also for multiple seasons. This ensures that the garment’s value is really worth it. While I don’t want to wish summer away, I can’t get over all the possibilities for this sweater. Here are a few more suggestions of how you can play up your best fall style when coordinated with any black lacy sweater for work, day, date, or weekend.

SHOP: pencil skirt @H&M (similar in plus size here), utility pixie chinos @Old Navy (available in sizes 0-20), pinstripe ankle pants @Express (similar in plus size here), & 415 classic boot cut jeans @Levi’s (similar in plus size here).

What pieces do you have your eye on this season? What fall trends are you most looking for to next? What staple items do you get the most wear from? Happy Styling!

 

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Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Get Ruffled With a Blouse from ASOS!


I always like to wear a top that can be mixed & matched with any type of bottom, or layered with a vast array of separates.  I especially love blouses that can be worn for work, daytime, or going out.  Hence, my choosing the true decadence ruffle top ($35.94, originally $70.08) in navy from ASOS. It’s also available in cream, but both colors are essentials for any season!

I wanted to share this sweet find, which is perfect to wear when you’re at the office with the seamless scoop neck cami ($24.90) underneath from The Limited.  Or, go sexy for nighttime & wear a cute solid-colored bra, but pair the blouse with the hammered satin blazer ($39.99)  from Charlotte Russe for a little extra pop of shine.

I realize that there’s a whole lot of ruffles going on here, but they can easily be tucked into a pair of pleated cuff shorts ($39.99) on sale @Express with textured tights & boots, or with the yarn-dyed pencil skirt ($49.99) from @White House Black Market & cardigan for a more professional look.

For an effortless casual day, take the essential nylon leggings ($5.50), which are available in eight different colors @Forever 21.  Break out a chunky knit or flyaway cardigan with hoop earrings to complete the look while you’re running errands this fall!

How would you wear this blouse? What are your go-to separates for building an outfit? For more looks from ASOS, check out The $100 Challenge / Darling of the Day featuring Lea Michele & Color Me Style featuring Eva Longoria, both wearing ASOS frocks.  Happy Styling!

8/3/11 Darling of the Day: Jordana Brewster Goes Casual in Lavender Shorts (Dedicated to Laurie)!


For my friend Laurie’s birthday today, I decided to post a cool, casual look that reminds me of her!  I especially wanted to post something with shorts since both Laurie & Ms. Jordana Brewster have such great legs!

Here we have the Fast & Furious star taking a stroll in L.A., wearing a cute ensemble of a classic white button-down shirt with lavender belted shorts, shades, & flip-flops. This look is nothing short of polished (no pun intended).

To start, head to Express for the shirt, which is also available in nine different colors.  Watch out for the store’s end of the season blowout sales when basic items like this are marked down to practically nothing!  A crisp button down can be a 365-day investment under a cardigan with dark denim jeans, or paired with a sleeveless sweater vest & pencil skirt. I found @Forever 21 look-alike shorts for only $13.50, which also come in white, black, & khaki, if you’re looking to sport a casual shorts look for the rest of your summer days with babydoll tops, racerback tanks, & graphic tees!

To complete this outfit, I’ve compiled affordable accessories, including a $9.50 belt & stylish bag for under $20 from Charlotte Russe, $5.99 flip flops from Payless that you may be able to find cheaper during the store’s next BOGO 50% off sale, & rectangular sunglasses from Forever 21 for $5.80, which will save you a bundle instead of getting a designer style! I picked out a silver loop ring from JC Penney which costs $19.99, reduced from $40.00.  Also, while you’re there, check out the crystal wrap bracelet by MixIt for only $6.00 (originally $15.00).  A menswear-inspired watch from Kohl’s is the last finishing touch to an ensemble perfect for a picnic, family gathering, or walk about town shopping with girl friends!

For more celebrity-inspired looks, check out previous Darling of the Day posts, including Drew Barrymore, Amy Adams, Eva Longoria & more! Happy Birthday Laurie! Happy Styling!

NYC Street Style: Flip Flops, Crops, & Summer Dresses Everywhere!


During a girls-only weekend in New York City, my best friend, Rosie, & I headed out for her birthday celebration, including a classy dinner at a Midtown Italian restaurant, Arno, & then we followed it up with some drinks at a West Village bar, Bobo with another friend.  When we were headed out & about the next day for brunch, we hit up the very modern & affordable West End Bar & Grill for some bellinis & fruit after spending some time in Central Park & before enjoying the final performance of Born Yesterday, starring Jim Belushi, Nina Arianda, & Robert Sean Leonard.

This excursion was nothing short of stylish as we spied the feats of fashion that were pounding the pavement during this very warm weekend.  The streets were covered in flip-flopped feet, laced up sneakers, & exposed embellished sandals, making it evident that heels aren’t necessarily on-trend for easy-going daytime activities.  Also, shorts, crops, tunic tops, tanks, & all sorts of summer dresses (long & short) were all the rage since being comfortable amid a humid day was key.  I put some outfit examples together, along with some key pieces like a flowy black & white skirtbeaded chandelier earrings, colorful drop earringsthick red bangle, or a pink stone ring that helped make this weekend quite the stylish one for not just me.

Don’t forget to find basic accessories for maxi dresses like hoop earrings or a braided belt, or perhaps some beads over a shift dress with canvas wedges.  At night, we saw tons of bejeweled sandals & bright nail polishes, as well as the casual on-lookers enjoying the ease of denim shorts & lightweight tees or animal print tops with metallic flip flops and colorful beaded bracelets. And there’s no way you can get away with a day in the city without some fierce sunglasses too!

There’s no specific code necessary to enjoy a summer weekend in the city, however, depending on where you’re headed, there may be a dress code.  Just enjoy yourself & all the varieties of looks that exist in your wardrobe. I always recommend stylish pieces in cotton, linen, & jersey to help beat the heat, as well as sensible shoes (which was a very hard lesson to relearn, in my case), like classic wedges or low heels so that you don’t destroy your feet. I know I’ve been inspired to mix up bright colors in ocean-inspired necklaces with basics & embrace flats or black woven sandals for more occasions when I’m likely to put on some heels.

When strolling around, carry something colorful like a floral clutch, striped wallet or a graphic shoulder bag to add a modern splash to your look.  What looks do you find most prominent when you visit New York City, or any other local happening city?  What do you like to pick out to wear?  See you soon New York!  Happy Styling!