As the radiating heat arrives in Austin, it evokes a series of images for me: hiking at Ladybird Lake, enjoying cooler evening dinners outside with friends, and just trying to keep cool. The warmer season always leads me to general daydreaming, and am drawn to a certain look as a result. I’m more compelled to wear lighter weight fabrics that dance with movement, and colors that pop against sun kissed skin.
Here is an outfit that keeps the trancelike mood…
I’m a fan of statement jewelry that doesn’t feel bulky, especially in this climate.
Tom Binns is a great mix of delicate and bold with this multicolored rhinestone necklace.
This chiffon Emma&Gaia chiffon dress helps you escape the heat fashionably.
I appreciate the flutter sleeve details and swiss dot print.
Stella McCartney combines her love of fashion with a social cause, specifically not using leather products in her line. This faux crocodile clutch works just as well with a floaty evening dress as it does with your favorite worn in denim.
Of course, the look isn’t complete without some fun footwear! Kenzo’s multicolored flat sandals add a point of interest to even the simplest outfit.
What’s your favorite way to keep chic and cool?
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There is something about a person who embraces their own style wholeheartedly that they inspire others to do the same. Esther Quek exemplifies this.
She is a stylist extraordinaire and a fashion director for online presence The Rake. What
I love about her aesthetic is the mix of hard and soft, tailored and flowing, to create a distinctly androgynous style.
Quek deftly combines patterns and color in a way that most shy away from.
And she can work a coat worn over her shoulders better than anyone!
Esther Quek is definitely my style idol.
Who inspires you to embrace your style?
With Austin lately experiencing uncharacteristically stormy weather, it can be tempting to stay in much less decide what to wear for the downpour. Instead of thinking of the precipitation as a hindrance to your wardrobe, embrace the weather with these rainy day essentials:
Naturally, you have to start with shoes! Hunter boots are the original rain boot (founded in 1856), and perfect in classic navy with a matte finish.
This rain coat in a frosted finish reminds me of a sophisticated version of what I wore as a child–now in a more subdued gray hue.
Patterned denim is a great way to bring something–pair this Current/Elliot boyfriend jean in a polka dot print with a plain white t-shirt to finish the look.
What’s your favorite rainy day look?
I work with a lot of women who need wardrobe for their professional life. Thankfully living in Austin allows a more casual style compared to nearby cities Dallas or Houston. Here are three ways I love to mix and match dressy and casual: 1. Start with a pencil skirt When I was a shopgirl, I would often wear a pencil skirt to work with the usual suspects– a button down, pearls, and kitten heels. But I had the most fun with my look when I started pairing the item with more casual gear, like a t-shirt. The up-and-coming designer Tanya Taylor (who was a 2014 CFDA fashion fund finalist), added a fun pinwheel print to her skirt. Since I love prints together, wear a striped t-shirt with it and be sure to have a shared color in both prints so they coordinate. 2. High heels can add instant polish to even the most casual outfit As a stylist, I appreciate a dressed down look, especially after several days of working with clients (and wearing the equivalent of my Sunday best as a result.) So when I’m going out to dinner, I pair a high heeled sandal with my boyfriend jean. These Cole Haan sandals come in a beautiful neutral with a subtle metallic, and would be just as lovely with a linen suit. One celebrity fashionista whose style I admire is Lupita Nyong’o. Here’s her version of a casual outfit spruced up with a heel. 3. Mix high-and-low Not only is combining designer brands with better priced items (aka discounted!) great for your wallet, but it creates a more unique look versus wearing a head-to-toe label outfit. Topshop has a great work shirt dress in a mod inspired print that can easily transition from work to happy hour. Pair with the classic Ferragamo flat and you’re ready. What’s your favorite go-to of mixing casual with dressy?
We all deserve a little reward… Why not indulge in something you wouldn’t normally gift yourself?
Also, don’t forget that Mother’s Day (May 10th) is right around the corner.
This is a great excuse to forward this to a loved one who never knows what to get you for the occasion. And make sure you mention which of the trio is your favorite. I’ve been a longtime admirer of Clare Vivier’s designs, especially when it comes to her clutch purses. I love the bi-colored stripe down the middle, which makes it easy to coordinate with both blue and black.
This Calypso dress may have a simple silhouette, but with its sequins and elaborate paisley detailing, makes it quite the treat! If you want to temper the sparkle during the day, throw a denim jacket over the shift dress and pair with nude sandals.
Here’s an item you may not have thought to accessorize with–a gift certificate of my services! I’d be happy to help with your sartorial needs and help you be thoughtful about what clothing you put on your body and in your closet.
Sending love to all the mothers,
The month of April brings new beginnings. It can almost seem surreal the way the sun highlights the colors that have bloomed all around… In these moments, I’m often reminded of a vintage TV commercial where everything in sight magically transforms into candy!
And you may be sharing these visions when you visit your local boutique. Perhaps to celebrate spring and Easter, many designers look to pastel colors for this season. I appreciate a style that juxtaposes these lighter hues with simpler or more tailored designs which temper the look from becoming overly precious. I prefer my desserts to be sweet, not my clothing…
This BCBG shift dress in a lemon-y shade pairs well with bold angular jewelry and a metallic shoe. For the daytime, coordinate this with a navy jacket for a softer color combination versus black (which can be too severe).
Why not try a punk inspired shoe in a pastel? I love Valentino‘s use of a variety of muted colors decorated with studding. It’s simultaneously soft and dangerous looking! This is the kind of statement making accessory that you throw on with an ultra casual item, like boyfriend jeans, and still look pulled together.<
And don’t forget the outerwear that chicly covers you during any April showers: the classic trench coat. Reach for this version when you want to punctuate your monochromatic outfit with a pop of mint color. I’d love seeing this T Tahari piece worn with brown or white.
What’s your favorite pastel shade of the moment?
Pantone, a company which touts itself the authority on color, declared 2015 the year of Marsala.
Named after an Italian wine, the deep brown red hue is one of my favorite go-to shades.
One of the reasons I find the wine color so appealing, is its versatility. Not only is it a beautiful
to wear in clothing and accessories, but as a dramatic lip or nail color as well.
Here are three of my favorite Marsala steeped items:
Rag and Bone Abbott Fedora
What better way to gear up for the weather outside than topping your outfit with this hat.
J. Crew Saint James Unisex Nautical Tee
Pair with your boyfriend jeans for a casual look, or with tucked in with a pencil skirt.
Cole Haan Bethany pump
A classic silhouette, I like the slightly rounded toe detail. Wear with a sharply tailored suit in the day
and then with a flirty dress for a night out.
How are you inspired to wear Marsala?