What I Wore | Animal Print Done Right

Animal print is so prevalent these days it’s beginning to become this fantastic printed neutral! Which who doesn’t love a great print to jazz up a basic look?

However, in my opinion, there is a way to wear animal print that is, um, how do I say this politely, not like anyone on Jersey Shore. Okay, great, you got the visual. That is exactly how I recommend you don’t wear animal print. Why be tacky when you can rock animal print classically?

Yesterday, I paired a muted animal print shift dress I got at J.Crew two years ago with a white honeycomb sweater over it with a necklace that had just enough weight to pop. Then, threw my favorite tan tweed blazer over that. Added black ribbed tights ( it was 20 degrees yesterday, people) and black heels and I was out the door.

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Layering sweaters or long sleeve tees over dresses is one of my very favorite ways of maximizing my wardrobe options. Of course, it’s much easier to do with more basic dresses. Though, after styling my animal print shift into a more creative look I’m inspired to rethink my other printed dresses to extend their wear outside of ‘just a dress.’ I’ll keep you posted 😉

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What I Wore :: Fall Textures and Prints

Textures and prints can turn basics like a plain white tee or a pair of skinny jeans into a knock-out look. They allow your style to be elevated and create statement worthy looks. Never be intimidated to mix prints and textures, the key, as always, is to keep it simple and polished.

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Pim + Larkin Jacket from Piperlime (shop the label here), Club Monaco Textured Bib Top (similar here), Ann Taylor LOFT Jeans (shop LOFT denim here), Gold Tipped Dolce Vita Heels (buy here), Anthropologie Necklace (buy here)

What I Wore :: Pastels and Polka Dots

One of the more interesting trends for Fall is the incorporation of Spring’s pastels. These soft hues play nicely with the rich browns and jewel tones that are more common this time of year. A simple sweater paired with boots and a blazer is a great look for your everyday – work or play. You could also dress it up with a pastel  midi skirt, chunky knit and booties. The possibilities to enjoy this trend are endless…and not to mention how these playful colors can add some brightness to a chilly Fall day 🙂

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Cashmere Sweater (similar here), Sleeveless Polka Dot Blouse (similar here) and Navy Pants (similar here)
all from J.Crew, Banana Republic Tweed Blazer from (love all the textures in this blazer),
Lucky Brand riding boots from Macy’s (similar here)

What I Wore :: Nashville Lady

Kate – being the AWESOME wife that she is – surprised her husband with a trip to Nashville for his birthday! On the trip Kate was a chic Nashville lady, keeping cool in the heat in ladylike shorts and breezy maxi dresses!

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Gypsy 05 Maxi Dress from Piperlime (on sale!!), Joe Fresh for JCPenney Chambray Button Up (similar here), Accessories: Watch and Bangle both Kate Spade (buy here and here), Spike and Link Bracelets both Stella & Dot (buy here and here)

What I Wore :: Colorful Classics

Mixing classic pieces with fresh colors and modern accessories elevates an everyday look from simple to fab.

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What I Wore :: Flowy Florals

We are big fans of florals here at Polish and Flair – as I’m sure you can tell. We love this look Kate put together as it is the perfect ladylike look for a day at the office – structured standards paired with trendier pieces, all tied up with a statement belt!

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Willow and Clay tank from Nordstrom (love the scalloped top), Sabine bed jacket from Piperlime (statement worthy), J.Crew Skirt (similar here), J.Crew Belt J.Crew Belt (on sale!), House of Harlow 1960 Pumps (similar here)

What I Wore :: Shades of Blue

Loving mixing different hues of a single color to create a clean look that is great for a variety of outings! Kate wore this look to a model fitting for the CMH Bridal Fashion Show, a part of 2013’s CMH Fashion Week (checkout details here). This is also a great work look with the sweater tucked in and belted (crushing on this belt!) or turned casual with some cute flats (like these).

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J.Crew Factory Cardigan Sweater (buy here), Anthropologie Skirt (similar here),  Audrey Brooke Sandals from DSW (buy here), Anthropologie Necklace (buy here)

What I Wore :: Style on the Go, Part II

As mentioned previously, Kate was out on location this week in Ventura, California. On Wednesday we showcased her on location look – Farm Chic. Today we highlight airport style. Whether a day trip for client meetings (like yesterdays Instagram post – follow us at @polishandflair) or a week long trip like Kate’s, dressing for travel days should always be equal parts stylish and comfortable. Prepare for the elements – keep a scarf or sweater tucked away in your carry-on for chilly flights (love this and this!) and it never hurts to stow some flexible flats for when connections run tight (CitySlips are perfect!). No matter the trip, make it fun and simple!

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Club Monaco Peplum Top (buy here), Gap Bermudas (similar here), Audrey Brooke Sandals from DSW (buy here), Kate Spade Leslie Bag (similar here)

What I Wore :: Patterns and Textures

We love mixing patterns and textures to create the perfect blend of lady-like trendiness! These fun patterned pants were paired with a metallic gold patent leather belt, textured snake skin heels and a simple, crisp cream blouse. This outfit is great for the office or a day date with friends!
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Top (such a great versatile top) and Pant (similar here) from Banana Republic, House of Harlow 1960 Pumps (similar here), J.Crew Belt (on sale!), Accessories: Adia Kibur Bracelets (LOVE this), Kate Spade Watch (buy here)