Tiny Closet Essential Packing Strategy: Beach Weekend

MappCraft | Essential Packing Strategy, Beach Weekend

You Already Know How to Pack Like A Pro

If you've embraced capsules, you understand the versatility of a small and mighty wardrobe. But even the savviest capsule gal gets anxious when tasked with vacation packing. 

Deep breath.

You already know the secret to mastering minimalist packing - strategy. In fact, it's the same strategy we learned in the Tiny Closet, Tons of Style® Essential Survival Guide.

MAPPCRAFT | ESSENTIAL PACKING STRATEGY, BEACH WEEKEND

MAPPCRAFT | ESSENTIAL PACKING STRATEGY, BEACH WEEKEND

The Essential Capsule Packing Strategy

Step 1: Critique 

Much like TCESG instructs we craft capsules reflective of our lifestyle and daily activities, the first step in strategic travel packing is equally basic: Critique where you are going (think about the weather, culture and occasion) and what you'll do when you get there (will you sunbath, party, explore or network?).

MappCraft | Essential Packing Strategy, Beach Weekend

MappCraft | Essential Packing Strategy, Beach Weekend

Next, make a simple list broken into events that require outfits:

MappCraft | Essential Packing Strategy, Beach Weekend

MappCraft | Essential Packing Strategy, Beach Weekend

Step 2: Determine Staples, Palette, Prints & Texture

MappCraft | Essential Packing Strategy, Beach Weekend

Start With Neutral Staples

Now that we are clear on how many outfits we need, it's time to curate a travel capsule. Start with an edited assortment of core neutral staples. For a beach weekend, consider:

  • (1) Versatile dress appropriate for travel, that can be dressed up for dinner
  • (1) Neutral easy bottom (think linen or denim, can be worn over bathing suit)
  • (2) White, black or grey tank top or tees

Shop Denim Travel Dress

Shop Neutral Beach Bottoms

Shop Neutral Tanks + Tops

Pick Your Palette From Your Prints

Next, select 1-2 printed garments to inform your accent palette. I almost always start with a wrap or scarf, this example uses a print beach coverup. Make sure your bathing suit can be worn with the printed garment. It's also fun to add a print cotton top or tank that can dress up your neutral bottoms enough for lunch or shopping. 

Shop Printed Swim Coverups

Shop Graphic Print Top

Now, select versatile solid colored separates to fill in the outfit gaps. Afraid solid colors are boring? Add interest with textural details like ruffles, eyelet or cut outs. Consider a flirty top to pair with neutral bottoms for lobby cocktails, accent beach bottoms to wear with a neutral tee or tank for shopping or brunch and a bright accent dress to elevate with accessories for a night out. 

Shop Accent Tops

Shop Accent Beach Bottoms

Shop Accent Dresses

Step 3: Add Accessories

Jewelry | In addition to forever, sentimental jewelry staples, I opt for a 3 piece costume + trend strategy:

  1. Statement earrings
  2. Pendant or lariat necklace
  3. Bangles or a cuff

Go for color! These items can be worn together or separately, layered over forever, personal jewelry (wedding bands or diamond studs, for example).

Shop Accessories

3rd Items | A wrap or shawl is a multi-functional travel staple and a near necessity if you are traveling by air. For a beach destination, make it cheap and cheerful. The perfect vacation wrap transforms from shoulder warmer to bathing suit coverup to impromptu skirt with ease. Sunglasses and a sun hat are easy ways to add interest and (in my opinion) as non-negotiable as SPF 50 for sun protection. 

Shop Wraps and Shawls

Shop Hats and Sunnies

Shoes and Bag | Keep shoes neutral (for summer/beach opt for nude or metallic) and limit yourself to 2-3 pairs (2 flats, 1 heel or wedge). Your travel capsule bag is in addition to your travel tote and carry on. A convertible cross body clutch covers all bases, but woven bags are so hot for Summer 2017, I just had to pick one for this capsule. 

Shop Neutral Flops and Wedges

Shop Woven Bags

Step 4: Fashion Show

Just like the Ruthless Wardrobe Edit, your ultimate travel capsule only works if everything fits, flatters and makes you feel fantastic. So - the week before you depart, make sure to try on every item and assure each fits, flatters and makes you feel fantastic. Remember, every sample travel capsule looks pretty on a Pinterest board. It's how it looks on you that matters.

Your Turn!

Let me see your vaca style! Join the MappCraft | Tiny Closet Survival Guide FB group for daily outfit shares, live videos and lots of capsule chatter and fashion inspo.

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Be the Bright!

Jenn

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You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

How to Cut Through Closet Chaos

One reason why women feel like their closets are a disjointed collection of prints, patterns and color rather than a functional wardrobe is because they don't own enough neutral staples.

A Tiny Closet, Tons of Style wardrobe starts with a solid foundation of basics and then layers in color, texture and print.  

If you've put the wardrobe cart before the horse, no worries! You only need 10 core neutral staples to connect all of the other garments in your closet and immediately expand your outfit options. 

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Quality vs. Quantity 

When shopping for your neutral staples it is prudent to source the best quality of each that you can afford. The goal is to replace these items only every 5 -10 years. Even if the rest of your closet is filled with fun and funky fast fashion, investing in a quality collection of core garments will elevate your total look. 



10 Neutral Staples

Neutral Staple #1: Camisole or Tank Top

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Layering essential 

  • Dress it up with accessories for date night

  • Silk adds texture, is versatile and season-less

SHOP CAMISOLES

Neutral Staple #2: Structured Tee

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Dress it up or down, layering essential 
  • Short sleeve for warm months, long sleeve for cold
  • Spend or save

SHOP STRUCTURED TEES

Neutral Staple #3: Blouse

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Chambray - wear open like a cardigan, casual cool vibe
  • Classic White Dress - timeless and versatile
  • Silk - Luxury feel and upkeep

SHOP BLOUSES

Neutral Staple #4: Sweater

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Layering essential

  • Wool or thick cashmere for cold months

  • Linen or featherweight cashmere for warm months

SHOP SWEATERS

Neutral Staple #5: Cardigan

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Because: Air Conditioning
  • Layering and travel essential 

SHOP CARDIGANS

Neutral Staple #6: Skirt

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

 

Why?

  • Casual as you may be, there will be a day you go to court or a job interview
  • Pencil and A-Line most versatile
  • Black jersey or modal looks structured, feels comfy

SHOP SKIRTS

Neutral Staple #7: Dress Pant

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • At the very least you need one pair for special occasions
  • Go dark: Black or charcoal 
  • Tailoring is everything, make sure the fit is impeccable 

SHOP DRESS PANTS

Neutral Staple #8: Favorite Jeans

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Because: Weekend
  • Bootcut or straight leg are classics
  • Budget denim is thinner, tends to lose its shape as day goes on

SHOP DENIM

Neutral Staple #9: Versatile Dress

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • One day you will need to go to a funeral 
  • Black, navy or charcoal 
  • Dress it up or down
  • Black jersey or modal look structured, feel comfy

SHOP VERSATILE DRESSES

Neutral Staple #10: Classic Jacket

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • A classic jacket is practical and can pull a polished look together instantly 
  • Invest! A well crafted jacket can last decades 
  • Trench, blazer or leather bomber - go with your personal style and career requirements
  • Shop consignment stores in wealthy neighborhoods

SHOP CLASSIC JACKETS

The Outfit Formula in Action

Want to see the versatility of neutral staples in action? Check out this outfit gallery. Nearly every outfit I wear is built around these 10 neutral staples.

Your Turn!

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Jenn

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10 Reasons Your Mom Deserves a Mother's Day Time Out

CLICK TO WATCH as Mommy, blogger and business woman, Jenn, gives us a peak into #MomLife and how she unwinds from it all at Bubbles Salons. Plus, take advantage of our special gift card offer just in time for Mother's Day!

This is #MOMLIFE

Hi. I'm Jenn. I am a working mom, wife, the brand manager for Bubbles Hair Salon's exclusive haircare line Cibu and a capsule wardrobe fashion blogger.

Even though I make hair products for a living and write about fashion, my life is far from glamourous.

Once upon a time I was a sassy, well-rested career gal with a convertible and no cares in the world. Today my house is a mess, the laundry never ends and I spend hours a day barking at my children to stop barking at each other.

I guarantee your mom can relate. I also know she works too dang hard to look like a hot mess. So, as you brainstorm this year's Mother's Day gift, consider these 10 reasons why she might appreciate a little peace and quiet and a fresh new hair do.

10 Reasons Why Mom Deserves a Time Out

Reason # 1 : Carpool Karaoke

Reason # 1 : Carpool Karaoke

Reason #10: Carpool Karaoke

Sure, it's #hillar when that British dude sings acapella with Bruno Mars, but in real life your mom is lucky to feel "Happy" enough to sing along to the Displaceable Me 2 soundtrack on backseat repeat.

Reason #9: Yogurt

Good for calcium, they say. Active enzymes, they say. "I don't like yogurt!" you say. Your mom says if nobody ever eats it why is it smeared on both sides of every cushion of my once pristine Crate and Barrel Petrie sofa.

Reason #8: The Rising Cost of Daycare

For the same monthly price of a matching set of his and her 2017 Range Rover Sports, your mom and dad can afford double daycare in the Washington DC metro region.

Reason #7: Unrealistic Expectations Set by YouTube Kids

No, your mom cannot make you a mega-size surprise egg stuffed with Minecraft and Shopkins blind bags and covered in a Play Doh shell crafted in the likeness of Olaf.

Reason #6: The Bathroom Audience

There was once a time when your mom could use the bathroom alone. Those days are over. Props to your mom for teaching you to fetch some toilet paper.

Reason #5: Spilled Everything

Reason #5: Spilled Everything

Reason #5: Spilled Milk, Orange Juice, Wine and Cashews

Your mom asked you 10 times not to drop that box of chocolate milk. Your mom should know better.

Reason #4: Waking Up at 7AM... Forever

Before your mom had children she had a nightlife. When she finally went to bed she slept it off.  Now she wakes up when you do and knows that no open bar or headlining DJ is worth that type of torture.

Reason #3: Laundry Day

Reason #3: Laundry Day

Reason #3: Laundry Day

Have you ever watched the movie Ground Hog's Day with Bill Murray when he is forced to repeat the same day for the rest of his life? Your mom calls that movie Laundry Day. She never wants to see it again.

Reason #2: Prize Fighters

The only reason you kids get a tiny pass on the never ended screaming match over nothing is because your mom knows how much she fought with her own sisters. All the time. Over nothing. With no concern for her dear parents' ears. Now she also knows that karma is a bitch.

Reason #1: That New Hair Feeling

Reason #1: That New Hair Feeling

Reason #1: That New Hair Feeling

Under your mom's tired eyes and sparkly grey regrowth, there's a pretty lady begging for a fresh new hair do and that amazing feeling she gets walking out of the salon.

I guarantee if you give her a beauty time out for Mother's Day, she'll be a lot nicer when she finds what you hid behind the couch.


This Mother's Day, give your Mom a well deserved time out and a dose of that amazing fresh new hair feeling with a gift card for a service at your local Bubbles Hair Salon. Plus, every gift card purchase of a $50 or more earns a $10 bounce back for you (psss... you should use it try out some Cibu. Just saying.).

Behind the Scenes at the Bubbles Mother's Day Shoot

Sure the finished images look great, but pulling off a photo shoot with a 2 year old model is no easy task... Check out my guest blog for Bubbles Hair Salons: 10 Reasons Your Mom Deserves a Mother's Day Time Out: http://www.mappcraft.com/jenn-mapp-bressan-ootd/mothersdaytimeout

3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing

Blogger Secret #1: The Third Piece Rule

Recently I fished up an article on Pinterest with a totally click bait title that hooked me immediately: Fashion Blogger Secret: The Third Piece Rule.  

According to WhoWhatWear the secret to looking stylish is to add a third element (not including your jacket or shoes) to your outfit. Otherwise: Accessorize. Uh, thanks Captain Obvious. 

But maybe it's not so obvious?

Today's outfit delights me in many ways but it really does boil down to the impact of the third (and fourth and fifth) piece rule. Had I not applied that theory, the outfit would have looked like this:

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

Not horrible. But how about one more layer - an accent color to break up the grey, perhaps?

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

Now just a few more accessories, to make the look "pop."

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

Now you're ready to go - once you add a jacket, shoes and bag.

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

MappCraft | 3 Fashion Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing - #1 The 3rd Piece Rule

VOILA! So simple. Just add one more piece and you've performed outfit magic.

Okay, that's a lot of extra pieces but you see my point. It's the considered extras that add oomph to an outfit, which is exactly why I preach that you should maintain a well edited capsule wardrobe and flex your fashion fun in the accessory department. 

Blogger Secret #2: Power Palette 

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #2 Power Palette

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #2 Power Palette

It's easy to create a personal Power Palette. First start with 3 - 4 Neutral anchor colors (take a look at your shoe collection for inspiration). Now, think back to what were you wearing the last time someone said "that color looks amazing on you!" Bam! Accent color #1. Now add 3-4 additional colors to complement the color that complements you. Get creative. 

Blogger Secret #3: Layering

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #3 Layering

MappCraft | 3 Blogger Secrets Worth Stealing, #3 Layering

The last critical element of this style hack trifecta is my favorite technique -- layering. A sliver of the poppy red J.Crew silk cami sandwiched between the heather grey Market & Spruce hi-lo tee and the charcoal grey Banana Republic mini skirt makes all the difference. 

Sure the outfit would have worked without it, but that simple element illustrates the thesis of the Third Piece Rule:

“It adds nuance to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit, making you look put together, polished, more interesting and like you put a little effort into your look.”
— Cat Kollings for WhoWhatWear.com

Share Your Style Secrets!

What do you think? Do you employ any of these styling tactics to get dressed in the morning? Do you have styling secret formulas of your own? Show me! Share your pics and your feedback on the MappCraft | Tiny Closet Essential Survival Guide private Facebook group.

 

Be the Bright!

xoxo

Jenn

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How To Accessorize Like a Stylist

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

The Art of Accessorizing

Capsule wardrobe success is all about versatility. Obviously your garments need to coordinate but the real secret to creating a trillion outfits out of 37.5 pieces is the strength of your accessory game. Accessories are the critical difference between putting on clothes and rocking an outfit.

If this seems intimidating, I get it. Accessorizing is an art. But, girl - you're savvy! You've already embraced your inner fashion stylist by creating a capsule wardrobe. Once you apply your obvious ingenuity to this easy accessorizing formula you'll be slaying outfits like it's your JOB!

Step 1: Outfit Base

Your outfit base is the simply the 1 - 2 garments that cover your nakedness. You could definitely leave the house like this, but no one would call it stylish. 

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 1: Outfit Base

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 1: Outfit Base

Before you start to accessorize, consider your outfit base. Is it neutral? Colorful? Does it feature textural details or an intricate print? The complexity of your dress, romper or top and bottom informs the complexity of the layer you'll add in Step 2. If there is a lot going on, keep the rest simple. If your base is canvas-like blank - let's paint!

Step 2: Add a Layer

How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 2: Add Texture Color or Print

How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 2: Add Texture Color or Print

This is what fashion bloggers call the "Third Item:" an additional element that adds dimension via texture, color or print. Think: hat, hair flair, belt, scarf, open chambray shirt or cardigan - even a statement necklace. A general guideline is that the additional element can anchor the outfit even if you don't add a lot of additional accessories.

Step 3:  Make It Pop

How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 3: Pick Your Jewelry

How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 3: Pick Your Jewelry

Personal Jewelry

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 3: Personal Jewelry

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 3: Personal Jewelry

I believe a girl should own a few pieces of personal jewelry that she wears with everything. For me it's a pave diamond disk (5th anniversary gift) and my wedding bands. You may have a pair of diamond studs or a delicate gold chain. Depending on the impact of your base and third layer, personal jewelry may be all you need. Should you decide to add additional jewelry these items are delicate enough to layer over. 

Balancing Trends

How to Accessorize Like a Stylist: Balancing Trends

How to Accessorize Like a Stylist: Balancing Trends

This is where so many well intentioned women fail the outfit challenge - loading on too many statements at once. When considering the following trend jewelry, select one per outfit: chandelier earrings, statement necklace, big cuff or arm candy. Keep the rest of your jewelry minimal.

Whatever your jewelry choice, make sure it vibes with your outfit. White linen dress or gauzy bohemian skirt? Pile on the delicate layers. Pencil skirt with white button down? Pair it with chandelier earrings and a thin gold chain. Jewel tone sheath dress? Opt for a statement necklace and simple studs. Swingy pants and fitted tank top? Try a cuff and thin gold hoops.

Step 4: Out The Door

(Appropriately) Fancy Footwork

Like your jewelry, your footwear should complement, not compete with the rest of your look. Bright pumps or exquisitely detailed stilettos could carry a neutral outfit on their own. Conversely, an ikat print romper or an exquisitely beaded ballgown begs for simple shoes. 

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Footwear

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Footwear

Above all, your shoes should fit the occasion. I don't care how expensive they were -- walking up the Eiffel Tower in 4 inch platform stilettos is not a good look. I've also witnessed an unimaginably chic woman work the 'ish out of a formal gown in metallic flats. The secret to style is looking effortless. The secret to looking effortless is feeling comfortable.

Grab Your Bag

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

Thankfully we've moved away from the era of the "IT BAG," when every wannabe Carrie Bradshaw had to have a Fendi Baguette. Hey, I am all for beautiful bags (and I did own a Fendi Baguette), but much like my shoes (but probably more to do with my two toddlers), these days I opt for practicality in purses. When selecting my handbag I ask myself:

  • Does it vibe with the outfit? 
  • Can I easily reach my stuff?
  • Will I have children with me? 
  • Am I going on a date or out with friends? 
MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

MappCraft | How to Accessorize Like A Stylist Step 4: Out the Door, Handbag

At this season of my life, with small children, an office job and infrequent cocktail parties, my handbag collection consists of:

SHOPPING TIP: When shopping for handbags, opt for neutrals (black, nude, brown or metallic) when purchasing a work tote or "It Bag." These are expensive and you'll want to use them often. Experiment with colors and prints with less costly styles like a crossbody or clutch.

I challenge you to invest in a bright bag that coordinates with an accent color in your core capsule. There is no way not to feel happy when you are wearing a colorful purse.

1 Outfit, 2 Ways

Want to see this formula in action? Here are two different looks created with the same base, re-styled accessories and swapped shoes. 

How To Accessorize Like a Stylist: Day Look. Keeping it casual with flat sandals and an open chambray shirt

How To Accessorize Like a Stylist: Day Look. Keeping it casual with flat sandals and an open chambray shirt

Wrapping Up

You probably have plenty of accessories already, you just weren't sure how to style them. However, if you feel like you could use a few more pieces to round out your collection, hit up a thrift store. Seriously! I love thrifting for vintage bags, jewelry and scarves. You can play around with different shapes, textures and colors without breaking the bank and you are guaranteed to find something completely unique. 

SHOPPING TIP: For your best chance at scoring a treasure for cheap, scour thrift stores in wealthy neighborhoods. 

Hopefully this basic to brilliant accessorizing formula helps you better visualize the elements of a well styled outfit. As you get more comfortable with the process, you'll start to tweak the formula and break the "rules" to create a look that feels 100% you. (PS: There are no rules.)

Be the Bright!

xoxo

Jenn

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Nail Editorial Eclectic Style with this Fool Proof Outfit Formula

MappCraft | How to Nail NYC Street Style 2017

MappCraft | How to Nail NYC Street Style 2017

This is NYC Street Style 2017

Editorial Eclectic Style is my way of describing the fashion girls that roam the streets of NYC in all manner of texture, colors, prints and patterns with a mysterious photographer not far behind snapping pics that appear on WhoWhatWear.com. 

These girls embody my childhood fantasy life. After graduating from FIT, they now live in Manhattan and work in fashion houses, PR agencies, as stylists or lifestyle bloggers. Their social influence earns gifted Gucci bags and they wear crop tops with gusto. They always have plenty of pocket cash to shop, dine and walk the High Line.

#IRL they may live with 4 other 20-somethings in a 600SF walk up way Uptown, but there is no disputing that NYC fashion girls influence trend cycles all over the world. The problem with trying to teach you their outfit formula is the simple fact they don't have one, which is also what makes them awesome. 

The Editorial Eclectic Style Outfit Formula

After extensive Pinterest research, I have nailed down 5 key items to help you channel NYC Street Style in Spring 2017. Unless you actually live and work in fashion, I do not recommend you wear them all at once. 

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #1: Fur Lined Mule Loafers

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #1: Fur Lined Mule Loafers

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #1: Fur Lined Mule Loafers

These fuzzy puppies may be hibernation by mid May (I guarantee they'll emerge again in October), but right now, nearly every fashion girl on Pinterest is warming her toes in fur lined mule loafers - almost always crafted by Gucci (see #4).

Shop Fur Loafers

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #2: Wide Leg Pants

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #2: Wide Leg Pants

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #2: Wide Leg Pants

Our bevy of street style muses are totally over skinny jeans and welcomed this expansive pant silhouette as a breath of fresh fashion air.  Incredulous? Wide legs paired with a slim top and flat sandals are surprisingly flattering. 

Shop Wide Legs

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #3: Statement Sleeves

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #3: Statement Sleeve

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #3: Statement Sleeve

Just like their Broome St. kissing counter parts, arm holes are huge this season! Another street style trend easy to pull of when paired with the right proportions. Feel free to pull out your skinny jeans for this look. 

Shop Statement Sleeves

 

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #4: Anything Gucci

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #4: Anything Gucci

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #4: Anything Gucci

Ever since British native Alessandro Michelle took over the house in 2015, Gucci is #everything with the in crowd. Thanks in part to the wild popularity of his whimsical Dionysus handbag collection, those ubiquitous fur lined loafers and an inspired collaboration with street style artist Gucci Ghost, under Michelle's direction, Gucci is THE luxury design house informing the moment. Hello wish list!

Shop Gucci

 

Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #5: Modern Trench

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #5: Modern Trench

MappCraft | Editorial Eclectic Style Essential #5: Modern Trench

A refreshing spin on a classic staple and very much in line with maximalist vibe on the streets, Spring 2017s proper topper is a reimagined trench coat, usually oversized. Again, this trend is actually quite wearable if you keep the rest of your look streamlined. 

Shop Modern Trenches

Editorial Eclectic Style on Pinterest

Pssss... Follow my boards! 💋 

MappCraft | Jenn Mapp Bressan

Are you sporting statement sleeves this Spring? Show me your looks!

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