Just because I am not shopping doesn't mean I am any less interested in seasonal fashion trends, I just have to be super creative and use what I already own to interpret them. Good news, I've identified 5 Spring 2019 fashion trends we can all jump on right now using the clothes in our closets.Read More
Out of all 36 garments in my Summer 2016 capsule wardrobe, this vibrant purple no name silk slip dress, a $19.99 TJ Maxx impulse purchase from 2011, is easily the most elegant.
Her sumptuous fabric, delicate spaghetti straps and cinched waist aren't particularly toddler-friendly details, but when the right occasion warrants a wear, she doesn't disappoint.
In Praise of the Slip Dress
Second to an understated sex appeal, my favorite thing about a slip dress is its unmatched versatility. With a simple switch of accessories you can go from office to out with ease and the classic simplicity of its silhouette shifts between style archetypes like a sartorial super hero.
Seriously! Say that three times fast.
Beauty Business Outfit
For a summer cute meets business casual look, I layered a lightweight linen cardigan on top and paired the look with flat gold sandals. A Hermes silk twill scarf folded length wise and worn around the neck adds a conservative touch, my orange Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff reminds you I am not at all conservative and a beaded green pendant picks up teal accents in the purple print scarf. Lastly, my trusty beige Loeffler Randall work tote goes with everything and is sized perfectly for a laptop, with plenty of extra room to house happy hour shoes and make up.
After 5 Vibe
For a quick transition from work to fun, I lose the cardigan, switch out the gold flats for nude peep toes and re-tie my scarf around my waist. The cuff and pendant remain as is. With a swift handbag switch and a swipe of punchy pink lip balm (TheBalm Meet Matte Hughes in Chivalrous is EVERYTHING) - I'm ready for rose.
Date Night Accessory Roll
Slip Dress Style File
The simple silhouette of a classic slip dress makes it an worthy closet staple for a range of Style Archetypes (What's a Style Archetype, you ask? Girl! Discover your Style Archetype here).
A Minimalist doesn't ALWAYS wear all black. The clean lines of a slip dress make it the perfect canvas to accessorize with architectural accents and a muted metallic pallet.
Jewelry: Gold Bar Necklace, AuRate NYC
Jewelry: Vermeil Icon Cuff, AuRate NYC
Handbag: My own vintage Diane Von Furstenburg, similar
Jacket: BB Dakota draped trench
A Classically Chic gal is drawn to structured garments and timeless accessories. She grounds the fluid drape of a slip dress with a sharp blazer and tempers the purple with a neutral bag and shoes. True to form, her diamond pendant never goes out of style (or off her neck) but she's not afraid to add personality with signature arm candy.
Handbag: My own Loeffler Randall Open Work Tote, similar
Jacket: My own vintage Pierre Cardin, similar by Theory
A Free Spirit loves her clothes to sway and swish and is inspired by any bygone, easy going era. With its clear homage to vintage Halston, a slip dress hits both marks. She layers her dress under an open kimono and pairs with a fringe bag. Natural stone earrings project good vibes, a draped gold lariat calls attention to her neck and modern caged sandals keep her looking fresh.
Jewelry: My own Kendra Scott Chalcedony Danielle earrings
Handbag: Urban Expressions fringe bucket bag
Shoes: My own Schutz Juliana Caged Heel
Miss Editorial Eclectic approaches fashion like a mixed media artist. She confidently blends colors, textures, prints and fabric into every outfit. When pairing the deep purple slip dress with every jewel tone in her closet, her mind draws Jungle Book parallels from the bold palm print jacket to the gold winged ear cuff. Clutching a richly beaded handbag on her way to NYFW, she trots up the Lincoln Center stairs in tropical yellow it-girl heels, followed by a throng of bloggers vying for her street shot.
Shoes: Aquazzura Wild Thing sandals
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Outfit 1: Pledge Allegiance to the Pallet
Outfit 2: Rose All Day, S'il Vous Plait
Outfit 3: Fruit Punch Brunch
Outfit 4: I'm On A Boat!
There are only 10 weekends left in Summer. How are you going to celebrate?
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Embrace the Scarf!
Capsule wardrobes thrive on versatility. The trick to creating an effective capsule wardrobe is to curate a collection of garments in which every item fits together like a puzzle.
My Hermes silk twill scarf collection is the connective tissue that adheres my capsule wardrobe. My husband gave me my first Hermes scarf for my 30th birthday in 2007 but it wasn't until 2013 that I actually learned the one critical trick to tying the damn things. Inside that year's anniversary gift bag (above) I discovered a sweet little orange box marked "Cartes A Nouer - Knotting Cards."
The Hermes Knotting Card deck taught me how to fashion scarves as belts, head wraps, neck ties, bows, bracelets - even halter tops -- but the foundation for all of those styles was the one simple little folding trick I share in the video above.
But I Can't Afford a $400 Scarf!
No problem, girl! Not every scarf needs to be Hermes. Check out the gallery below for a range of scarf options in a range of price points. Just know that silk twill folds more elegantly than other materials.
Still coveting an orange box? Put one on your wish list! Birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentines, Mother's Day, Anniversary - all fantastic opportunities to elevate your accessory collection via luxury gift getting. You just need to train the gift giver - here's my definitive guide on how to score an epic gift.
Shop Silk Scarves
If you are serious about capsule wardrobing, you seriously need to embrace the art of the scarf because just one scarf can multiple your outfit possibilities in dozens of ways.
Enjoy! Show me how you wear your scarves in the Tiny Closet, Tons of Style® private FB group.
xoxo -- Jenn
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I was going to title this post "How to Dress Like May When It Feels Like March" because if you live on the East Coast you know that it's mid May and it feels like effing March.
So why do you need to wear purple like, now? Well, how does this weather make you feel? Gloomy? Gray? Uninspired? Lethargic? OK. How does this purse make you feel?
Exactly! Purple is a powerful color. Purple relates to the imagination and the need to escape the practicality of everyday life. Purple indicates creativity, inspiration and connection to the divine. Purple vibrates selfless and unconditional love. Purple is the color of artists, storytellers and magicians.
Don’t be fooled - purple transcends woo woo and dreamland. Purple fosters mental stability, harmonizes emotions and promotes peace of mind. Purple is the symbol of royalty, wealth, nobility and respect. Purple is the independent, the confident, the ambitious. Purple is a bad ass.
Surprisingly, my research revealed that purple isn’t for everyone. To those with a slumping temperament, purple is too dominant, too brazen, too ostentatious of a color. Some even find it depressing.
Yikes. Those people must really hate this weather.
For me though, purple is energizing. It wakes me up and reminds me that the sun will return and that there is inspiration even in rain. If purple isn’t your power color, put on a color that resonates with you. Because according to Accu-gloom, we’re all in this together until June.
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