Shoe Crush: Miista Cutout Ankle Boots

Miista Purple Ankle Boots

 I am a huge fan of the edgy British footwear label Miista – their shoes always give me great downtown street style vibes.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of their Fall 2014 collection, and pieces have started showing up at different retailers around the web.  I found this pair at Shoescribe this morning, and my response was an instant “YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!”  Between the perfect reddish purple hue, the luxe textured leather, the walkable heel height and the cutout just where I’d put it, I am crushing on these hard.  They would look great with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a statement blazer; or to thoughen up a floaty summer dress worn with a lightweight bomber jacket.  When the temps really drop, black tights and a cozy sweater dress will warm you up.

The full fall collection is not yet out, but there are some other great styles up now at Shoescribe too, like these deep blue booties, perfect for anyone who prefers their cutouts in the front: Miista Blue

 

Or this pair of olive mules with a wood accent in the heel – perfect for taking on the 90′s trend full tilt:

Miista Mules

 

Check out all the new styles here, and watch out for more to be released in the next few weeks!

OOTD: Workwear Comfort

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Now that I work for a creative company, a lot of my more conservative work clothing has fallen by the wayside.  I still love a good LBD on occasion, though, especially if it is comfortable.  This swing dress from Three Dots is made out of the softest jersey, but still looked office ready (pardon the wrinkles in this shot – it was taken the morning after I’d worn it).  I loved the subtle open crochet detail in the yoke – just enough to set it apart, without looking crafty.  This dress could work for a more corporate dress code with a sharp colored blazer and classic black pumps.  With flats and a statement necklace, it was perfect for a busy day with lots of errands on the schedule.

Crochet yoke swing dress: Three Dots (via Gwynnie Bee; another great Three Dots dress here)

Leopard flats: H&M (similar)

Plastic chain necklace: Urban Outfitters (old; similar; luxe Oscar de la Renta version here)

Fall Trend Report: Black Skinny Jeans

Everyone knows the importance of a good pair of jeans, and the skinny jean is a favorite of mine: The sleek silhouette is both hot and versatile, and it is a great base for playing with proportions. This season, a different wash is vying for the top spot.  Whether polished or distressed, black skinny jeans are a key staple for fall 2014. I love how one item can go from polished workwear to chic casual to effortlessly sporty.  Even Leandra Medine of Manrepeller approves.

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Fashion to Figure Black Stretch Skinnies, $35 Of all the pairs I’m featuring, these might be my favorite.  I just got my pair in the mail, and damn!  These are some seriously sexy jeans.  I am already planning so many outfits for these (which you will see soon!).  Order true to size – they look a bit small out of the box, but the fit is spot on.  I love that these look just as good dressed up with heels as they do with sneakers, like on Chante from Everything Curvy and Chic in the FTF lookbook picture above.  BONUS: Everything at Fashion to Figure is Buy One, Get One for 50% off with code BOGO50 until September 1st!

ASOS Black Wash Ripped Knee

ASOS Ridley Skinny Jean in Washed Black, $61 If you want your black jeans to look a bit tougher, these perfectly faded and ripped skinnies from ASOS Curve are just the thing.  This fit also comes highly recommended by one of my style faves, Franceta Johnson.  These are next on my denim shopping list.

Deb High Waist

Deb High Waist Jeans, $27 The triple button fly gives high waisted jeans a retro flair – play it up with a polka dot chambray top knotted at the waist for a fun end of summer look.

Alloy Super StretchAlloy Super Stretch Jeggings, $35 If you are looking for junior plus sizing in a variety of lengths (everything from 30″ to 37″ inseam), these clean jeggings from Alloy are for you.

Forever 21 Classic SkinnyForever 21 Classic Skinny Short, $15 The shorter length on these is perfect for tucking in to a pair of moto boots, and at $15, the price is certainly right.  Two things to keep in mind with Forever 21 denim though: 1) Size up if you are between sizes; and 2) It likely will not last.  I’ve come to accept the latter, and that way I am just pleasantly surprised when a pair is still kicking after a year.

James Jeans Twiggy ZJames Jeans Twiggy Z Cigarette Jean, $172 If the thought of cheap jeans make you shudder, this pair from premium denim label James Jeans are just what you’re looking for.  The luxe material means you could even take these into a corporate office with a sharp blazer on Casual Friday.  Bonus: You can get $25 off your first order at HeyGorgeous.com!

Eileen Fisher Organic CottonEileen Fisher Organic Stretch Soft Skinny Jeans, $198 If your beef with disposable denim is more about sustainability, consider investing in a pair of organic jeans, which are also known for sustaining their shape wear after wear.  Because these will last for years to come, the price per wear will be quite reasonable.

NYDJ Jade JeggingNYDJ Jade Legging in Black, $130 NYDJ is also all about fit, with [very effective] shapewear built right into the jean.  I have this pair in a classic washed blue denim color, and can attest to a fantastic, high waisted fit.  The shapewear aspect is a bit odd to me, but I’ll admit that sometimes it comes in handy.  I’d recommend ordering this pair true to size.  If you are unsure about whether NYDJ is for you, I suggest trying out the brand through Gwynnie Bee.

Violeta Mango Zippered Black DenimVioleta by Mango Super Slim Fit Cadenit Jeans, $90 Mango’s new-to-the-US inbetweenie label Violeta has a perfectly downtown pair – I am all about the asymmetrical zippers.

Torrid Stiletto Ankle ZipTorrid Stiletto Skinny Jean, $59 The perennial favorite Torrid “Stiletto” skinny is even sleeker in black.

Old Navy Rockstar

Old Navy Rockstar Jean, $35 So much of jeans shopping is about finding the perfect fit, and sometimes you just want to go with what you know.  The ever popular “Rockstar” fit from Old Navy doesn’t work on my body type, but I have friends who are strict adherents to the style.  The clean black wash updates this basic.

Lane Bryant Genius FitLane Bryant Genius Fit Black Skinny Jeans, $70 These are great for the jet black color, the high tech fabric that prevents lost shape from stretching, and the fact that they come in short, regular, and tall sizes up to 28.

SWAK Skinny JeansSWAK Black Skinny Jeans, $30 Independent plus label’s SWAK’s foray into denim includes this classic black skinny, generously sized and cut for curves.

HM SkinnyH&M Plus Black Skinny Jean, $30 I have a lot of gripes about H&M’s plus size section, but one thing they are doing very right is pants.  I have three pairs that I love from them, including my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans.  Size up one with their denim.

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Bonus pair: Though these are not technically skinny jeans, the new black denim joggers from Aussie label 17 Sundays are just great, as is blogger Ashley Rose’s styling.  These are like the baby of my two favorite pants trends: Black skinny jeans and joggers.  What could be better?

OOTD: Concert in the Park

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For the last Celebrate Brooklyn concert of the summer (one of my faves, St. Vincent), I wanted to wear something cool – both literally and figuratively. I cannot get enough of this cat crop top, but I’ve only worn it with a sliver of skin exposed before. I decided to go full on “festival fashion” for this look, with a bare stomach and short shorts. I was still decidedly more covered up than many of my fellow attendees, but it was the perfect outfit for a warm summer night of great music – monochrome pattern mixing might be a new favorite.

Cat crop top: H&M (similar; multicat crop here)
Blue cutoff shorts: Jessica Simpson (via Marshall’s)
Checked kimono cardi: H&M (similar)
White leopard slip on sneakers: Charlotte Russe (only $7! If you prefer designer, check out this luxe Saint Laurent version)
Handbag: Kate Spade

Lookbook Love: Liesl Binx A/W 2014

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I’ve been a fan of independent designer Liesl Binx for a while now (she was one of my first Five Faves interviewees), but I am in LOVE with her new A/W 2014 lookbook.  I can’t get enough of the slightly gritty setting; the creative combination of sheer, crisp white with more traditional autumnal tones; and how she plays with volume and textures.  I never knew I needed a sheer white shirt for fall before, but now it feels like a must have.  Now I just have to decide whether I want a crop, a tunic, or a dress – decisions, decisions!  Keep reading for the full lookbook and a coupon code.   [Read more...]

OOTD: Tee with a Twist

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Though Sarah of a few years ago would be very surprised to hear it, I am loving the jogger trend. They are a fun substitute for denim in the classic jeans + tee shirt combination.  Much like a good pair of jeans, they can be dressed up or down, but the silhouette is fresher, and a bit unexpected (which is apparently my word of the week).

If you are skeptical about the style, just try a few pairs on to find the right fit, and then wear them as you’d wear your favorite pair of jeans.  You might be pleasantly surprised too.

Snakeprint tee: Mynt 1792

Woven jogger pants: Igigi (also worn here)

Ankle strap flats: BCBGeneration (similar)

Handbag: Botkier (similar)

The Best Unexpected Fall Color: Glacial Blue

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Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.Com via Style.com

Fashion is funny:  Just as summer days are winding down and we are starting to dream up our fall wardrobes, we will be inundated with runway after runway of warm weather inspiration during New York Fashion Week.  The Spring/Summer 2015 shows are fast approaching, but that does not mean we have to fall victim to fashion amnesia: The A/W 2014 shows were filled with gorgeous looks that will be seasonable before we know it.

My favorite moment at New York fashion week was during the stunning Kaufmanfranco show: While I was swooning over a floaty navy gown with gorgeous movement, I was caught off guard by the icy hue that followed:

Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.Com via Style.com

Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.Com via Style.com

The color was unexpected, and an instant breath of fresh air.  Designer Isaac Franco perfectly described it as “glacial blue.”  I was instantly hooked.  The shade looked amazing in a variety of textiles and cuts, but my particular favorite was the stunning leather jacket and layered hem sheath (above).

Since the show, I have been on the lookout for a similarly sumptuous jacket in plus, to no avail.  So I actually gasped with happiness when I saw this icy blue moto jacket on the Fashion to Figure website:

Glacier Blue Moto Jacket

It is faux leather, but the details are fabulous, and the color evokes the same excitement I felt watching Kaufmanfranco‘s creations float down the runway.  It is a serious steal for the price, too – only $32!  In short, it’s a must have.  Click here to buy it before its gone – its the only glacial blue hue I’ve seen in fall plus lines thus far.  What do you think about this cool shade for fall?

OOTD: Mint and Cobalt

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I’ve always admired the look of peter pan collar dresses, but I have a hard time finding ones that don’t have a really high neckline (which can create a “wall of boobs” effect – never what I’m going for!).  So when I saw this minty confection at Gwynnie Bee, I had to give it a shot.  I was happy to find I loved it, especially after adding a wide chevron belt to add a bit of my style to the very vintage aesthetic.  I also found a new favorite color combination: Mint + Cobalt.

Peter Pan collar dress: Flutter (a Gwynnie Bee exclusive brand)

Chevron waist belt: ASOS Curve (similar)

Cobalt bag: Botkier (love their newer cobalt colorblock satchel)

Izabel mini wedges: Matt Bernson

Looks I’m Loving: Fun Prints

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One of my biggest sources of fashion inspiration is my fellow bloggers.  I love seeing how they  put looks together, and how their personal style can bring items to life.  So let’s check out four of my recent faves:  [Read more...]

OOTD: Hometown Night Out

 

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Pardon the grainy nighttime cell phone picture, but I just had to get a shot in front of this exactly-my-height mural while we were out on the town with my BFF in my hometown, Grand Rapids.  I hadn’t been back for a few years before this trip, and I was very surprised at how a once decidedly dead downtown has been resurrected to something pretty nice.  Its no New York (nothing is), but we had a great time bar hopping and checking out all the new spots.

Graphic print bodycon dress: H&M (similar here in solids; here, here and here in fun prints)

Ankle strap flats: BCBGeneration (sold out, heeled version here; similar style flats here)

Handbag: Kate Spade (similar)