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Fall Forecast (Part 2) – Adding Depth through Textures

“Like your favorite pieces of art, textures bring depth to fashion.”

Just in time for cyber Monday, I’m back with Part 2 of my Fall Forecast! Can we agree that fall fashion is bursting with fabulous textures? Velvet, corduroy, leather, wool, fur – it is like eye candy for the tactile senses. Inspired by the textures of season, I’ve been wrapped in pieces accented by faux furs and velvety florals. I am sharing a few of my looks in this post, along with a few similar pieces found online.

Contrasting Sleeves – Add a Little Texture

Starting with sleeves that offer textured additions, I purchased this sweatshirt from Zara (found here). The soft white and gray faux fur sleeves provide the perfect combination of compliment and contrast for the soft ballerina pink color. Side note: When your sleeves are furry, it is hard to resist walking around for the entire day without your arms strategically placed above your waist.

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For this look, I wore the over-sized top tucked in and paired it with a pleated gray midi skirt that I purchased from H&M at least five years ago. I completed the look with black faux sued booties.

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I found a few additional pieces online with contrasting sleeves that are equally as  swoon-worthy.

 

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In the six grade I had a dark green velvet jacket and pants suit from the The Limited Too. Let’s just say that if I still had it, it might be in my wardrobe rotation today because little says fall fashion more than velvet.

I am wearing a wrap blazer from Anthropologie (found here). I paired it with a wrap skirt, an old purchase from Lulus, and printed mules from Nasty Gal (found here).

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While I’ve seen my share of velvet slip dresses so far this season, I am personally enjoying other representations of velvet, including velvet shoes, pants, and blazers. Check out a few of my favorite ways to style velvet below:

 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into textures. Stay tuned for part 3 of my fall forecast and subscribe via the link for regular updates!

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Fall Forecast (Part 1) – Day to Night Prints

Now that the temperatures are beginning to drop, I have fully embraced the transition into the fall season. This post is the first in my series on fall fashion, a collection of unique styles that have captured my attention this season.

I could live in full skirts and prints throughout the year, but warmer hues and neutrals are more characteristic of fall. This season, I am loving darker prints, like florals, but the unconventional use of elephants on this print was captivating. The print was made by Ratti, an iconic fixture in fabrics and leading manufacturer of prints, along with other types of fabrics. The skirt and shirt are also on sale at J. Crew right now.

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Recreating multiple looks to style the same pieces is essential to getting the most out of your wardrobe. So, I styled the print three different ways to show how prints can be transitioned from daytime to evening wear, or according to the occasion.

Look 1. Prints on Prints

The simplest way to style these pieces is, of course, to put them together. I rarely wear matching prints on top and bottom, but I like this combination together and I think it’s perfect for daytime outings. I wore this outfit with a pair of simple black pumps.

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Look 2. For the Work Place

The second look I created is for the work place. I paired the skirt with a white blouse from Anthropologie. I could not find the exact top online, but there is a similar one here. Sometimes my personal style is reminiscent of specific era, and with this ruffled blouse, this look is inspiring a modern interpretation of victorian styles.

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Look 3. A Night Out

I created a third look for a night out. For this look, I paired the off-the-shoulder top with a high-waist vegan leather mini skirt. The skirt was purchased from The Limited last year and the color matched perfectly with the color of the elephants. I tied the top at the bottom to accent the high waist of the skirt.

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Outfit Details –  Skirt: J. Crew || Shirt: J. Crew

What are your favorite styles for fall? Stay tuned for more fall fashion!

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Art Imitates Lifestyle – My Interview with Mina Rasheed on Modest Fashion

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A little over a year ago, Anniesa Hasibuan made history at NY Fashion Week when she debuted her collection. As part of her collection, each model to take the runway wore a hijab. Other fashion lines like Neicy, Amara, and Louella represent the push for more diversity in mainstream fashion, including representations that are inclusive of Muslim women. So, what is modest fashion and what is the, so called, modesty movement? I caught up with one of my favorite fashionable friends, Mina Rasheed, to discuss her personal style, fashion and the hijab, and her take on the modesty movement.

Mina describes her personal style as “relaxed chic with vintage flare”. Read more from her interview below.

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What does hijab fashion or the “modesty movement” mean to you?

Modesty isn’t just about the clothes you wear. It’s a conscious lifestyle choice that encompasses how you carry yourself and how you interact with others. So this isn’t just a fleeting fad movement for me…it’s how I try to live my life.

Have you always worn a hijab? How has wearing the hijab shaped your views on fashion over the years?

Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier or partition. It’s a broad term that includes principles of modesty for men and women. The most visible form of hijab is the khimar or head covering that Muslim women wear. I’ve worn the khimar since late elementary/middle school and it’s been a part of my fashion choices since then. For me, it’s an extra accessory that I get to shop for and incorporate into my daily dress. I take pride in learning different khimar styles and trying different fabrics and patterns.

How do you feel about the use of the hijab as a fashion statement?

I have mixed feelings about this new “hijabi/modest” fashion trend. While I appreciate being able to find more modest pieces and seeing more inclusive representation of Muslim women, this whole movement feels like a fetishizing of the modest lifestyle. The big name-brand companies are cashing in on this trend without fully appreciating and understanding what it means for those of us who live this life.

Where do you typically shop? What are your favorite clothing lines designed by Muslim fashion designers?

I shop at a mix of consignment/thrift stores, recognizable retailers (i.e.- H&M, NY&Co., Old Navy, etc.) and online stores. Ibtihaj Muhammad, the African American Muslim Woman who was on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Fencing Team, has a modest fashion line, Louella, that is one of my favorites. I like putting together pieces from different stores to create unique looks.

Mina’s wardrobe staples include “khimars, kimonos/long cardigans, cropped pants and vintage jewelry.” See more of her looks below.

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I appreciate diverse representations in fashion, especially those that are inclusive of women who are historically underrepresented (e.g. by race, religion, lifestyle, or intersections of multiple identities). I hope you enjoyed this insight into modest fashion. Many thanks to Mina Rasheed for sharing her perspective! As always, thank you for stopping by!

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Mixing Prints – As Simple as 1,2,3

Mixing prints by pairing contrasting pieces together from your wardrobe is a fun and creative way to add drama to your look. While mixing prints may seem like a random process (and it certainly can be), it can also be more methodological. Earlier this week, I created a mixed print look by pairing a striped top with an African-inspired print skirt. I initially paired this skirt with a blue ruffle asymmetrical top (found here). Later in the day, however, I transitioned the look for a different setting, an evening stroll along the Atlanta Beltline where I was exploring the newest art installations. 
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When mixing prints, I like to create a balance between clash and coordination. Often times, I find a common theme that connects the pieces – like shapes, colors, or patterns. I recommend experimenting in your wardrobe. At worst, you will not like the outfit, in which case you can always change into something different. At best, you will feel more confident in your ability to be a bit more daring with your wardrobe choices. There are multiple ways to approach mixing prints, but I offer the following tips, which provide insight into my process.

 

3 Simple Tips for Creating a Mixed-Print Outfit

 

1. Identify similar color schemes.
Identifying similar color schemes is probably the simplest way to approach mixing different prints. Simply put, your top and bottom may share similar colors, but the patterns are completely different. When you bring the pieces together, the look still flows well because of the link between the colors in each piece.

 

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  1. Work with Clashing Patterns – Stripes and circles look really good together. 
Stripes and circles create a balanced look and I am typically drawn to this pairing. For example, stripes and polka dots are classic. In my fist look, the connection is less obvious, but I still played on circles and stripes. There is a little black and white in my skirt, but not much. Instead, I experimented here with the stripes and circles and loved the way the two pieces looked together. 

 

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  1. Identify similar patterns.
This concept is similar to the first tip, but we are now experimenting with similar patterns. The look below is from a previous post where I identified a similar pattern between my skirt and top. When the pieces are brought together, they again create a balance between clash and coordination.

 

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And voila! Mixing prints is not so intimidating after all. I hope you find these simple approaches helpful. Share your tips below!

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(effort)Less is More: Safari-Inspired Fashion in the Big Easy

I did my first fashion interview for the Carter’s Blog. It was so much fun to talk about fashion and my personal style and I am honored that Sabrina selected me as one of her favorite fashionistas to give style advice.

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After reading the article I started to think more about style, where it comes from, and what it means to be “stylish”. When it comes to developing or improving your own personal style, it’s helpful to learn ways to coordinate pieces and how to accessorize, but it is also important to embrace a style that is your own. When I developed the tag line for my blog, “Make your Statement”, I wanted to emphasize that style is more than chasing the latest trends. When you develop a sense of style that is your own, everything flows together effortlessly. The tagline also reflects my love of bold and unique pieces.

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This look was captured during my trip to New Orleans for Labor Day weekend. It is one of my favorite cities and I marvel at the unique culture marked by the music, language, cuisine, and customs. With each visit, I am still much like a tourist, captivated by activities that please all of the senses, from the colorful buildings to the sounds of street performers.

Appropriate for a day time stroll through the French Quarter, I kept it cool, comfortable, and chic with this safari-inspired look. I wore this olive jumper and carried the neutral color scheme through my accessories, adding a few pops of color. The suspenders on this jumper are removable, which means more ways to style and wear it.

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Accessories can transform your look and I used my accessories to add some bold accents. I wore block heels, a comfortable alternative to wearing flats. The design on the heels and the colors were the perfect compliment to the colors on my top. The hand woven basket purse, with detailed embroidery, and my straw hat complete the safari look, but were also functional parts of my outfit (hello NOLA heat).

I always get compliments when I carry this bag. It was a purchase during a trip to Thailand, but I found a similar one, also made in Thailand and available for purchase through the UNICEF Market. Since proceeds from the market support artisans from around the world and UNICEF’s work to improve the health and livelihood of children, it is a great way to find unique items while also supporting a good cause.FullSizeRender2

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Thanks for stopping by! Whether eventful or restful, I hope your holiday weekend was exactly what you needed!  You can also read my responses to the fashion interview I referenced, along with two other daringly stylish women, here.

Outfit Details: Jumper – Urban Outfitters || Top –  Urban Outfitters || Shoes: DSW (similar looks available here and here)|| Purse: Similar look here

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The Art of Getting Dressed

Whether you are climbing the career ladder, chasing after children and nurturing your family, pursuing personal passions, or all of the above, it is common for women to pour into everything else and leave little time for self-care. Add the hustle and bustle of our daily schedules to all that is going on in the world and I find it even more important to take some time to nurture myself. As mundane as it may seem, getting dressed is a part of my day where I can take time to focus on myself. While there are certainly days when getting dressed is the least of my interest, for the most part, getting dressed is part of my daily self-care routine.

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“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde

Since my schedule does not always allow for the perfectly planned outfit, it is essential for me to have a few go-to pieces in rotation that I know I will feel amazing in. This dress is one of my go-to dresses for the summer. The backless cut and plunged neckline are timeless. It is also impeccably made, and even after years of wear, it still looks and fits like new. I also love that the collection of dresses in this line provide a flattering fit on every figure.

Getting dressed is like creating art and when putting a look together, it is fun to consider an overall theme or vision. Since this dress is free flowing and “hippyish”, the flower petal earrings and simple flats were the perfect addition.

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Even when I am short on time or when my schedule is hectic, I still like to adorn myself in the morning. For me, it is the icing on the cake, an extension of self-care that can brighten my mood as I start the day. CSC_0123

Take care.

Outfit Details: Dress: Onion Cut and Sewn || Earrings: H&M

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Shopping with Change

What happens when public health and fashion collide? A little disruption.

One of the first concepts you discuss in public health is social determinants of health. We learn that health is not merely based on one’s decisions, but one’s health outcomes are influenced by social determinants, like gender, employment, race, and even where we live. Without considering issues like unemployment and social class, our ability to improve the health of populations can only go so far.

As a public health professional, I am interested in nutrition, women’s health, and maternal and child health. My doctoral research is guided by feminist theory. As such, I seek to not only positively impact the issues I mentioned, but to also uncover aspects of self empowerment and resistance within the experience of women and other marginalized communities. Honoring my commitment to these topics and also my love of fashion is challenging me to explore ways to bring these two areas more into alignment. So, while you won’t find a weekly list of the latest ever-changing fashion trends on my blog (unless it is really something that I love), you will find a bit of social commentary from time to time about issues that I hold dear and how fashion relates to these areas.

With that, I’ve rounded up a few great fashion brands, ran by women who are disrupting the status quo through innovative approaches that support empowerment. Check out the list, why I love them, and my favorite picks from their stores.

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  1. Beaded Souls

I recently discovered Beaded Souls and their introductory collection of sandals. Their beautiful Masai sandals are handmade in Kenya by local artists. The line, created by a mother-daughter duo, masterfully combines the traditional beaded work of Kenyan artists with modern design. Like many of the other lines I will share in this post, I love that their work brings creative art and economic empowerment together. If there is one more sandal for me to purchase this season, it will be from this collection.

Favorite Pick: The Ida. Isn’t she lovely? This sandal is also available in a variety of colors. Zora comes in as a close second.

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Photo Credit: Beaded Souls

2. Fame and Partners

Fame are Partners is like having your own personal designer and tailor. Each piece is handmade to order and can also be customized to meet your unique style preference. That means you can add a pocket, change the neckline, lengthen the skirt, add sleeves, adjust a pattern, and so on. Their collections are filled with all things pretty (i.e. ruffles, cut-outs, and beautiful flowing silhouettes). Five dollars from each sale goes to a charity that support women’s empowerment. Bonus: You can book a free styling session with their stylist.

From the jumpsuits to the maxi dresses, it is difficult to decide on a favorite!

Favorite Pick: The Dusk Jumpsuit

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Photo Credit: Fame and Partners

3. Nor Black Nor White

NBNW is partly an anthropological experiment, part art and part fashion.” – Nor Black Nor White.

Nor Black Nor White brings modern interpretation to traditional art forms and artisan communities in India. I am intrigued by their use of colors, patterns, and textures to join modern with traditional. When I think of their designs, I think of preserving the old through rebirth and reinterpretation.

Favorite Pick: The Shimma Printed Skirt.  Metallics, full pleated skirt, with a color palatte that reminds me of Holi. Bonus: It is reversible.

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Photo Credit: Nor Black Nor White

4. Studio 189

Studio One Eighty Nine, created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, is a  “social enterprise that provides a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content and brands”. Through their own private label brand, they aim to use fashion as an agent for social change by creating jobs, fostering education, developing skills, and empowering communities. Their garments are made by an artisan community in Ghana. Their pieces are definitely on the higher end of the scale. A girl can dream, right?  But, I am also more open to spending more on clothing, budget willing of course, if it means that a community will be positively impacted by the sales. Artisan concepts are a sustainable model for doing just that. It is like the saying, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime”.

Favorite Pick: Yellow Sankara Skirt 

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Photo Credit: Studio One Eighty Nine

5. Thandos

Whether you wear flats regularly or prefer heels with the occasional functional flat, we all need a pair of comfortable flat shoes. Style and purpose align with Thandos shoes and this creative take on the foldable flat. For the woman who feels that comfort and convenience do not have to substitute for style, this collection of shoes offers both. The production of and profit from the shoes support African women in the fabric trade industry along with other African artists across the continent, providing opportunity for these artists to reach a global market. A portion of the profit also goes to charitable efforts that support families in Nigeria displaced by emergencies. The company boasts claims of super comfort with design bonuses like memory foam insoles.

Favorite Pick: Akonmi Hunter

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I sat in a lecture some time ago learning about a researcher’s work in a recovering conflict zone. With a collapsed economic system in this area, adolescent girls often resulted in transactional sex as a means for providing for themselves and their families. I left wondering, as we often do in public health, “What can we do, given these circumstances, to have the most impact?” The complexity of issues like this one is too much to cover here and fashion, of course, is not the only answer and means for empowering communities with more agency. The artisan models do, however, provide an interesting and innovative cross-sector approach that can lead positive economic outcomes.

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High Desert. High Fashion.

Last week, I explored Arizona. My trip was filled with beautiful scenes, ranging from the mountains in Sedona to majestic views of the Grand Canyon. We marveled at ancient ruins and “castles” and even volcanoes that erupted over one thousand years ago. In short, Arizona is great way to explore the beauty in America’s western terrain.

Sedona, a serene and artsy town, was my favorite stop. So, what did we do in Sedona? We did what all tourists do and searched for vortexes in the mountains, of course. We visited some shops and hiked to Devil’s Bridge. We also enjoyed a wine tasting (Sedona is right in the mix of Arizona’s wine country) and ate at the ChocolaTree, an all organic vegan and vegetarian restaurant.

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Upon arriving in Sedona, we were welcomed by the infamous Red Rock vistas. We stopped at a lookout to enjoy the views and the mountains provided the perfect backdrop for a high desert photo shoot.

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The floral off the shoulder crop top I wore is beautiful from every angle. The summer months may be coming to an end, but I am still enjoying summer fashion. Ruffles are in full effect and I am intrigued by this take on the ruffle sleeve. The low cut of the back also kept me cool.5

Crop tops and high waist bottoms are one of my favorite combos right now. I paired the top with these comfortable high waist pants from H&M’s Conscious clothing line. They are unbelievably soft and made from Tencel® lyocell, a material with fibers derived from raw material wood (very cool!). The fabric is light and breathable, which was also perfect for keeping cool in the hot Arizona temperatures.

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I would love to visit Sedona again soon! You can see a few of my favorite sites from this trip below.

Outfit Details – Top: H&M|| Pants: H&M|| Shoes: Steve Madden

 

 

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Upgrading Your Basics – The White Tee

Within a few months of blogging and a few decades of purchasing clothing, I sometimes find myself asking, “Where are all of the black designers?”. Representation matters within the world of fashion, as in other forms of media and industry. As contributors across the fashion industry in innovation and trends, and far too commonly the victims of appropriation, I want to honor Black women in the fashion industry.

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You may recognize the name Samantha Black from season 11 of Project Runway. Her clothing line, Sammy B., is spunky, fresh, and full of color. Her pieces are for everyday wear with flare and her way with sleeves earned a place in my heart. My first purchase from her collection was the Anita Flounce Sleeve Top – a fitted, wine colored, off-the-shoulder top with exaggerated flounce sleeves. It is as good as it sounds.

It is no surprise that she transformed the simple white t-shirt into anything but basic. Keeping in the tradition, the white tee also has flounce sleeves. The top, which can be worn casually or dressed up, fits perfectly into the wardrobe of anyone who prefers a little flare.

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I decided to dress it up for my Saturday events and wore it with a green pencil skirt and multicolored cloth mule sandals. These shoes are bold and statement shoes, with unique designs and other embellishments, are one of my favorite ways to accent an ordinary or casual look. My accessories collectively tell a story of travels – a pearl necklace given to me as a gift from China, a summer clutch I found at a market with items from Southeast Asia, and a bracelet handmade from African prints. The bracelet is from my sister’s jewelry line, Nani.

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Outfit Details – Shoes: Nasty Gal|| Top: Sammie B.|| Skirt: The Limited

 Who are some of your favorite designers?

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Make it Work

(Ode to Tim Gunn)

Most people have clothing in their closets that they haven’t worn in years. If this does not apply to you, have you ever received a gift from someone and knew it was something that you would absolutely never wear?  In situations like this, it seems like there are a few choices: Give it away, throw it away, or let it sit in your closet. But, there is another alternative.

I mentioned before that as a teen, I spent a lot of time shopping with my mom. Although my teenage years are long gone and my mom lives hundreds of miles away, it is still somewhat of a normality for me to come home to a delivery box, packed with a few new clothes handpicked by my mother (she is very thoughtful). Recently, she sent me a box with clothes she picked out from one of her favorite stores. Inevitably there were some things that I did not care for. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

Well, this post is dedicated to making it work. We don’t always need to shop for new things, but should also learn to work with what we have.  It is also evidence that where we shop is just one small piece of the puzzle. Ultimately, how we pull the items together defines the look. All of the clothing in this post were gifts purchased from Steinmart.

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The expression on my face says it all. As is, this is something I would never pick out for myself. Overall, it felt it bit frumpy. The top is a printed tunic. It has gold chains attached from the back of the shirt with tassels on the end. The original outfit was paired with these stretch fit, ankle length pants (I love the color of the pants, by the way).

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Here is where the transformation began. My mom also sent a stretch fit, pencil skirt. Instead of wearing the tunic with the pants, I opted for mixing prints and paired it with the skirt, which had similar patterns and colors. I did not like the cords/tassels on the tunic or the neckline so I removed them and also altered the look of the shirt to make it off the shoulder. I wore the top tucked in to shorten the length and brought the skirt up to create a high-waisted look. I completed this look with accessories: a pearl necklace, white pumps (purchased a few years ago from Steve Madden), and my favorite summer bag, a blue and white striped clutch from The Limited.

Overall, this look feels fresher and younger.

KSP_0519 (2)You may have things in your closet that you feel are outdated or gifts that you’ve never worn. Try looking through your closet this week for ways to restyle those items. I have cut up old dresses when I loved the pattern and needed to create a crop top. Or maybe its an old pair of jeans that would make a cute pair of shorts for the summer. You may be surprised with what you put together.

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3 Ways to Sheer Up

I am pretty sure I have mastered the art of “the switch-up”.  A coworker once told my advisor, “I think Ayanna never wears the same thing twice.” Little did she know, this was at a time where my PhD life was all consuming and I felt like I was in constant rotation of the same few pieces. I didn’t have much time in the morning to think through outfits before taking my daughter to school and driving my 1.5 hour commute to campus, but it is easy for me to quickly mix and match pieces together – “mastered the art of the switch-up”.

 

This post is dedicated to styling sheer dresses. With a little creativity, there are multiple ways to style sheer dresses for those looking to explore the look with a little more modesty. Repurposing items in your wardrobe to create different looks is also a great way to keep your wardrobe fresh, without excessively shopping for new clothing. I started with this black sheer dress, purchased from Nasty Gal, and created three different looks.

 

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For the first look, I draped my dress over a pair of stretch fit skinny jeans and paired it with this colorful blazer (another great thrift find). It was perfect for my adventures through the Lower Eastside of Manhattan and a rooftop happy hour. I played up the colors and patterns in my blazer by accessorizing with bright orange sandals and my striped clutch.
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I know we are officially into summer and no one wants to think about cooler weather, but you can also transition this dress into the evening and cooler temperatures. Options. For this look, I took an old sweater dress/tunic and layered it over the sheer dress. The combination of the two dresses transforms an old look into a trumpet-style silhouette.
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For look 3, I created a faux shirt dress by layering a crop top over the sheer dress. Underneath the dress I’m wearing high-waisted petal shorts. They are trimmed in lace, which goes perfectly with the dress.
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 Okay…so the concept behind this outfit is similar to look number one, so I just included it as a bonus. 🙂

Photos by Kristin Fields

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Which look is your favorite? How do you style your sheer dress?

 

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Romantic Ruffles

Though summer is a still a few weeks away, for most people memorial day marks the beginning of the summer season. And if you are anything like me, you are heading to or dreaming of heading to a beautiful beach in a distant location. Even if an exotic vacation is not in your travel plans for this summer, you can still dress like you are there.

Whether you are strolling through Sao Paulo or spending a night out dancing, a little (or a lot of) ruffles on your skirt are the perfect summer addition.

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Photos by Kristin Fields

I love the layered ruffles on this skirt. The colorful and bold pattern is reminiscent of a childhood memory, watching Bahian women walk through the streets of Salvador de Bahia in their traditional dress. I am inspired by the full, bright skirts I saw in Pelourinho over two decades ago and can still recall the taste of the coffee the women offered visitors as they passed by businesses. Fashion communicates a story in that way.

I wore this skirt with a yellow off the shoulder crop top, which is another style favorite of mine. The skirt and top are recent purchases and were both very reasonably priced. I found my bag at an outdoor market in Savannah, Georgia a few years ago.

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Outfit Details – Lace up sandals: Nasty Gal|| Crop Top: H&M|| Ruffle Skirt: H&M (The skirt and shirt are not listed online, but I’ve seen them in stores in a few different cities.)

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