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.
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 😉
A-line silhouettes are universally flattering. The only thing that would make this bold print a-line skirt better: pockets! But, I’m not complaining, the cobalt blue pop makes this skirt a perfect transition piece for winter – spring wear.
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.
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 🙂
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!
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)
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!
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).
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!
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!