How To Dress Up Your Jeans

How To Dress Up Your Jeans

You’ve been invited to a party and the invitation calls for dressy casual.

Sure, you have both dressy outfits and casual outfits in your closet. Great.

But how do you mix the two?

Would you be surprised if I suggested you start with jeans?

Jeans aren’t right for every occasion, but with some style savvy you can make them party ready.

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Pretend I’m in your closet right now.

Using your jeans as a base, I’m going to help you look through your tops, jackets, jewellery, shoes, and handbags for ingredients that will make you party-ready.

When you see your wardrobe through my eyes, you’ll be surprised at how ready you can be when that friend of yours calls and says, “I’m going to a dressy casual event tonight. Want to come with me?”

 

1. It all starts with the RIGHT jeans.

Here are some general rules for the best jeans to use for your casual chic or elegant casual outfit.

– The darker the denim, the more dressy and formal it is (which works well with the fancier items you’ll be wearing on top).

– If your party leans more to casual than elegant and you love jeans that are distressed in some way (holes or fading), plan to wear a dressy shoe.

– You could start with a denim jean that is coated, so it takes on a different hue.

– Or consider a jean with some elegant embroidery or other embellishment – a great option is the grey velvet stripe jeans in my new online boutique which have an amazing mid rise fit and are super comfy with just the right amount of stretch!!! Just sayin’. 🙂

 

2. Find unique jackets in your closet.

Now let’s get to what you’re wearing on top because jackets can play a crucial role in dressing up jeans.

Leave your work jackets out of the mix for now though, and let’s focus on more festive choices and think outside the box.

Here are some of my personal fave jacket styles to dress up your denim…

– Statement pieces like kimonos, dusters, Asian-inspired jackets, or vintage beaded jackets.

– Blazers in velvet, leather, lace or jacquard prints.

– A tuxedo jacket.

– Knit or woven jackets with fur trim.

– A heavily embroidered or quilted jacket.

 

3. Tops that are just right for going out.

Look at your tops through a ‘dressed up casual’ lens.

Do you spot tops that you may have worn in other parts of your life, but that would look well accessorized for denim outfits?

Here are some looks to consider…

– Blouses with statement sleeves like ruffles, ties, pleats, or ribbons.

– Romantic blouses with lace or leather trim.

– A knit or woven or top in a bold, bright print.

– A sheer print top with a camisole or bustier underneath.

– A sweater with pearl or sequined details, or a cashmere sweater that is delicate or feminine.

 

4. Jewellery selection is a must.

If you’re wearing simple clothing pieces, then your jewellery choices will lift your outfit into a dressy casual party scene.

Go beyond your tried-and-true everyday pieces and consider vintage or crystal jewellery, or any of your fine jewellery like diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and pearls.

If you’re wearing tops that are already sequined or jewelled, then your jewellery may need to be more simple.

Here are some ideas for using accessories to make your outfit sparkle and shine:

– Chandelier earrings or dangly earrings.

– Statement necklaces or double or triple layered chokers.

– A sparkly brooch or a collection of pins worn together.

– Bold cocktail rings, rings on many fingers, or stacks of rings on a finger or two.

– Cuffs or layered bangles that have lots of shimmer and shine.

– Mixing in fine jewelry with costume jewelry.

 

5. Shoes matter, both functionally and fashionably.

You may have shoes in your closet that will only work if you’re sitting at a table (rather than standing all night), so be careful when picking which shoe to wear.

Know whether a two-hour shoe will work or whether you need a shoe that you can dance in all night long.

Here are some shoe choices for dressing up your nighttime denim look…

– High heels or kitten-heeled pumps in patent leather, fun colours, or fabrics.

– Comfortable flats that have playful details like bows, sequins, ribbons, or appliques.

– Metallic flats or booties.

– Velvet slippers, flats or booties.

– Heeled sandals.

 

6. Handbags need to be a lot more special than your everyday purse.

For many gatherings, the purse you choose only needs to hold your lipstick, a credit card, some cash, and your smartphone.

You may have cocktail handbags that you’ve used for years, but I encourage you to take a closer look at them this year. Do they still look viable or does yours need an update?

Here are some handbag selections for your jean party outfit…

– A smaller cross body bag with chain straps.

– Fabric bags made with beautiful tapestry or damask fabrics.

– Small framed bags including vintage bags.

– A small handbag in an intense colour or a metallic.

– A small clutch in faux reptile or animal print.

 

So, there you go – there are tons of ways to wear denim and still look dressy!

Could you use a few fancy casual denim outfits in your wardrobe? I’d love to help you assemble them, so you are party ready at any moment.

Or maybe you’ve realized some gaps in the “party department” of your wardrobe.

Let me help you discover them – we can set up an appointment and get this party started!

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The Top 5 Things Every Woman Needs In Her Fall Wardrobe

The Top 5 Things Every Woman Needs In Her Fall Wardrobe

As you may already (or not) know, Fall is my absolutely favourite fashion season.

I love Fall fashion – the colours, the textures, the layers!

For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been busy shopping with clients to help them build their new seasonal wardrobes, and let me tell you, there is no shortage of options out there right now.

But with so many options and trends, I understand it can become a bit overwhelming knowing which Fall fashions should make the cut and get the honour of being added to your wardrobe.

So today, I am sharing what I think are the top 5 things every woman needs in her Fall wardrobe.

 

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The good news is that some of my top 5 may also happen to be very “on trend” at the moment, but they are also classic items that will stand the test of time and never go out of style either…so it’s the best of both worlds!

 

Plaid: Casual, classic, or sexy…plaid has the power to create all three vibes depending on how you wear it.

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Some of my favourite options are a cozy plaid shirt worn with skinny jeans and a vest, a classic plaid scarf with your favourite Fall sweater, or a fun plaid skirt for the office.

 

Burgundy: A very “Fall” colour, Burgundy is also one of those colours that looks great on so many skin tones.

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If that’s you, wear it near your face with a pretty sweater, blouse, or jacket.

If you’re not sure if it’s one of your best colours, wear it on the bottom with some burgundy skinny pants or a pair of shoes.

 

 

Dark Wash Jeans: Not only are dark wash jeans very figure flattering, but they also help add a dressed up look to your denim, which I love!

Whether you go for a skinny style, bootcut, or flared (or one of each!) this is a must have jean in every woman’s closet.

 

 

Ankle Booties: These short boots became a “trendy” item quite a while ago, but they’ve now become a classic piece of footwear that isn’t going anywhere.

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Flat or heeled, simple or embellished, leather or suede, the choice is yours.

P.S. If you’re looking for some tips on how to wear ankle booties, check out this post here.

 

 

Layering Pieces: I LOVE layering pieces for their fun and functionality.

Not only are they functional in that they help add an extra layer of warmth on those chilly Fall days when it’s still not cool enough to wear a coat, but layers also add that extra style factor to your outfit making it that much more visually interesting and fun.

Who wouldn’t want that?

Some of my favourites include vests, jean jackets, and fun textured scarves.

Now, if you’re looking to add some of these Fall pieces (and more!) to your wardrobe this season and want some help doing it, you may want to check out my signature online program, Wardrobe Mixology.

In this online program, you will get video and PDF lessons from me where I will show you how to become your own Personal Stylist by helping your determine your unique personal style, best colours to wear, and best clothes for your body shape. And I’ll even show you how to detox your closet, shop like a stylist, and create your own Capsule Wardrobe (and then some!).

You’ll also get my LIVE support throughout the program via our private members only group so you can ask questions and get feedback as you go through the program, make over your style, and even while you shop for new pieces!

Women from all over the world have taken part and it has changed their style and wardrobe forever!

You can read all about it here and if you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to message me.

In the meantime,

Happy Styling!

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The Best Fabrics to Wear When it’s Hot Out

The Best Fabrics to Wear When it’s Hot Out

I’m not sure about you, but here in my neck of the woods, it is H.O.T.

And this is just the beginning of Summer, so there are no doubt more (and possibly hotter) days like this ahead.

Now, I would never want to see the weather cramp your style, so I’m sharing my fave 6 fabrics to help you keep cool (but still stylin’) in the heat – along with some ideas on how to wear them.

 

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EYELET

Eyelet is an obvious choice for Summer because of all the holes and lightweight material.

Bonus! This fun, flirty fabric has a feminine flair to it that looks great worn casually or dressed up.

A white eyelet dress is a classic Summer piece, and a simple eyelet top with brightly coloured or printed shorts makes a great cute and casual look!

Because of how lightweight the material is though, it’s important to make sure there is some good lining underneath to avoid showing too much! 🙂

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CHAMBRAY

Chambray is a type of cotton that feels very similar to thin denim.

A pair of chambray shorts and pretty tank top makes for an easy breezy Summer look.

And for something a little more “done up” – a dressier style chambray shirt with some skinny white jeans and cool shoes is a great look.

 

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SEERSUCKER

Seersucker is extremely breathable and because of that, makes a great alternative to heavy suit fabrics in the Summer months.

Seersucker is very ‘country club’ and adds a classy air to any Summer outfit and looks great in dresses, shirts, blazers, skirts, and pretty much anything you can think of. 

 

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LINEN

Linen is a popular choice during the Summer because of it’s porous weave that allows heat to escape away from your body and back out into the humid air.

It’s also highly absorbent so it helps keep ugly sweat stains at bay. 

The only downside is its tendency to wrinkle easily, but by making sure to always hang your linen clothing, you can easily minimize this problem. People expect to see linen a little wrinkly anyway; it just adds to its charm.

Always choose loose fitting styles with linen though (because it’s a thin material and thin + tight don’t make for a great combination).

And when it comes to caring for your linen pieces, wash by hand or on the cold cycle.

 

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SILK

Silk is lightweight, breathable and can add a dressier look to any outfit.

A summery silk top can easily be paired with any type of bottom and silk dresses can be dressed up or dressed down for a warm weather occasion.

The only downside to silk is the extra care necessary for washing.

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COTTON

Because cotton is lightweight, comfortable, and soft – it’s a fave in the Summer.

However, cotton isn’t always the best at hiding sweat, so just make sure to avoid tight cotton shirts or dresses on a particularly hot day.

It’s also important to be careful when washing and drying cotton because of its tendency to go from a large to a small.

Skrinkage can be avoided though by making sure the cotton clothing you buy is pre-washed.

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So, there you have it!

Six different fabrics you should be wearing this Summer if you want to keep cool in the heat.

Plus some ideas on how to style them too!

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In the meantime…

Happy Styling!

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What I Would Wear To The Royal Wedding

What I Would Wear To The Royal Wedding

If you’ve been tuned into any sort of media outlet lately, chances are you have been bombarded with talk of the upcoming Royal Wedding. 

I have to admit that I’m not going to watch it live, but I will of course Google the highlights after the fact because like everyone else, I want to see what the Bride wore.

But if I’m being completely honest, I’m even more interested in seeing what the guests wore. 

Can you imagine?! Trying to decide what to wear to attend a Royal Wedding?!

 

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It’s stressful enough figuring out what to wear to anyone’s wedding, period. Imagine how stressful it would be to figure out what to wear to a Royal one?!

Which got me thinking…

What would I wear if I were invited to the Royal Wedding?

So this week on the blog, I thought it would be fun to act “as if”.

And of course I spent some time thinking this one through you know, because…well, I take my daydreaming pretty seriously.

And because I am the Queen of mixing and matching and am always looking to make the most out of my wardrobe, not only am I going to share with you (1) what I would wear to the Royal Wedding, but also (2) how I would repurpose that outift into other not-so-royal wedding looks.

Plus, I hoped doing this may give you some inspiration when thinking about what you’re going to wear to that upcoming wedding you’re possibly going to this year.

And of course in keeping with the theme, I’m choosing all of the pieces from some of my fave UK based retailers like Hobbs, Boden, Marks & Spencer, and Dorothy Perkins.

Oh, and if you find yourself “chuffed to bits” about some of my choices, don’t worry…these UK retailers ship all over the world.

Okay, so are you ready for my choice?

Here it is!

My pick would be this Culotte Frill Sleeve Jumpsuit from Marks & Spencer.

 

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You know I love my jumpsuits!

But I also chose this option because I always consider who the Bride is when deciding what to wear.

I love that the soon to be Princess is known for being a little more daring with her personal style than her future in laws (the girl wore a sheer top for her engagement pics!), so I think she would appreciate my choice of something less tradional.

The fact that it’s also purple (the ultimate “Royal” colour!), makes it a WIN WIN if you ask me.

Of course, if I was attending the Royal Wedding, I’m totally taking that opportunity to wear a fascinator – so I’d go with this “Royal” blue one (of course!) and some co-ordinating shoes and sparkly clutch.

 

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As promised, I also want to show you how I would style the same jumpsuit for other (non-royal) weddings.

For a “dressy casual” wedding, I’d add in some metallics and of course replace the fascinator with some chunky, but elegant jewellery like this rose gold hammered necklace, a pair of soft rose coloured heels, and then add in a fun handbag that “goes” with the rest of the outfit, but doesn’t totally match.

 

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For a more casual daytime wedding and reception, I’d have more fun with colours and likely go for something like this colourful statement necklacecute gold clutch, and blue laser cut heels.

 

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And lastly. for a more casual wedding like a beach or even cottage venue, my main focus would be choosing some easy-to-walk-in shoes like these blinged out flip flops, then add in a pretty purse and some sparkly bracelets.

 

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And that’s how you make 1 piece work for different environments and occassions – it’s all about how you style it & what you pair with it.

If you have any questions about any of the outfits I put together here or want some input on styling your own wedding guest outfit (or you just want some more general style inspiration), make sure you come on over and join me and the hundreds of other women in my private Style Society Facebook Group – we’d love to help you out!

See you there…

 

 

3 Office Appropriate (and comfortable!) Outfit Ideas

3 Office Appropriate (and comfortable!) Outfit Ideas

 

Whether you work at home and have the occasional client appointment OR you work outside of the home in a traditional office setting – dressing for work can be a bummer.

Besides having to navigate how to dress professionally while also staying true to your personal style, there’s also the problem of trying to find something comfortable to wear.

 

After all, you spend a lot of your time at work and you also likely spend the majority of that time sitting in one spot (not to mention more sitting while commuting to work and back), so you want to be comfortable in your clothes – literally.

That’s why I want to share with you 3 of my top outfit ideas for work that are not only office appropriate, but comfortable as well.

 

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1. Tailored Pants + Longer Top

When I say tailored pants, I mean a very slim leg style (almost skinny) that has some stretch for comfort – just make sure they are in an office appropriate print or a darker colour that works for the office.

Now, if they are super skinny with no zipper or button closure at the waist, you will want to treat these like leggings, so make sure your top is long enough to cover your crotch and bum.

Then just add a pair of heels and some jewellery to dress it up.

 

2. Shift Dress + Long Vest

A shift dress (or an A-line style) is about as comfy as they come without adding extra bulk to your frame.

Add a long tailored vest and some cool shoes that reflect your personality and voila – funky and functional!

 

3. Belted Kimono + Knit Skirt

Starting with a straight or skinny knit skirt (knee length or midi length) add a fitted top and then layer a kimono style jacket over top of that.

Belt the kimono jacket to add some tailored shape to your outfit and pair with some cute booties and accessories and you are good to go!

 

 

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There you have it – 3 comfy but totally office appropriate looks you can start wearing right now.

And if something doesn’t feel like your style, just play around with it until it does.

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