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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Cult Gaia

Nautical Jumper You're The One...

Jessica Wagner

Striped Jumpsuit + Rubber Ducky

The world' s largest {and cutest} "mama duck" was on display this weekend in Sandusky, OH for their bicentennial Festival of Sales. She sits 61 feet tall (6 stories!) and brought smiles to every face... needless to say, I found the world's largest rubber ducky charmingly amusing.

What to wear when meeting the inventor of the #duckface? I found this nautical ASOS jumpsuit online, and ordered it in a petite. I usually stick to regular sizes, but was worried about the ruffles at the hem hitting the wrong place. (I'm 5'3.) It was a perfect fit! Between the blue and white stripes, suspender style straps, and flared ankle I was sold.

Paired with my favorite J Crew yellow bow flats {a rubber material} and a bamboo basket bag, I was ready for the open seas! If you know our family, you know, it's a pirates life for me!!

Outfit Details:
Jumpsuit: ASOS Petite Stripe Pinny Jumpsuit With Frill Hem (similar here) Bag: Cult Gaia ARK Sunglasses: Zara Shoes: JCREW

How To Wear Socks With Heels

Jessica Wagner

Berkshire Anklets

You can pull it off! It's all about picking the right anklet and I'm here to walk you through it. (That's my one pun for the post! I promise.) 

If you are on the hunt for a new way to elevate an outfit, here is an easy and inexpensive one. Socks and shoes might be a little intimidating - or feel like playing dress up in your mom’s pumps in the living room. Sure, there is a fine line between looking like a youth in their grade-school uniform and and old hippie in their Berkinstocks and ankle warmers. Both are totally cool in my book, but keep it subtle. A thinner, dressier sock is the easiest way to make this look work, and Berkshire has a ton to offer.

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Step 1: The first step is choosing your anklet. There are so many different colors and styles. Black, nude, grey, cream - the list goes on. Think about what color makes sense for you style and wardrobe. Black or neutral are always a safe place to start.

Step 2: The next step is pairing your anklet with the right shoes. It might take some trial and error, but you will find a perfect match! I like the combination of a sheer anklet with a simple solid pump. 

If you'v been following me, you know I tend to go feminine and romantic, but I can also see taking this style a little more edgy or even into "menswear." Stay true to you. And share it with me! It will be fun to see what you all come up with!  

A few tips...

DETAILS:
Try an anklet with a pretty scalloped edge top or lace. The little touches will add a bit of softness. I love a texture, like fishnet or a print, like small dots. It is a quirky vibe. In some ways, the quirkier the better! Maybe you find a pair with bows, sparkle or embellishments! Try it. This look isn't about blending in. 

MIX & MATCH
Try them on with the shoes in your closet. Pull out your strappy sandals, booties, pumps, even sneakers! I also love them with ballet flats and mules. You want to keep the ankle looking slim, so don't be afraid to adjust the height of your socks.  Scrunch em' down, or pull them up taught. 

HEAD TO TOE
Besides playing around with colors and patterns, think about the look as a whole. The socks with heels thing should look quirky and eclectic, but not totally random. Pick an anklet and shoe that compliment each other and keep in mind the rest of your outfit. Try coordinating your layer of footwear in the same hue as another item - (for example, a red anklet with a red bag) to pull the whole thing together. When I was playing around with looks I preferred them to stand out from each other (for example, not black socks on black shoes.) Then see what you like the best - pair them with all lengths of skirts, dresses, jeans and even shorts.

 Here are a few other ways I played around with my anklets! Try it out and let me know how it goes. Your legs will never look better all summer long!

Want more? I first introduced Berkshire tights here, also seen here, and in nude form here. You can see a sheer set of tights I styled with Hunter boots last winter here, and a dainty dot pair here, and a few party options here.

A special thank you to  Lipton Publicity and Berkshire for partnering on this post.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Forever21 (striped version here) Shoes: Zara - Pink High Heel Leather Pumps Bag: Cult Gaia Ark Anklets: Berkshire Sheer Dot, Daisy Floral, Fishnet with Lace Top, Grey Shimmer, Dot Anklet 

Delft Blue Dress: Taking Inspiration From Delftware

Jessica Wagner

The Summer Maxi Dress

Laaaaaaaaadies! This one is for you.

Upcoming travels or celebratory festivities? Have a summer wedding to attend? This could be your “go to” dress. Fresh, ethereal and perfect for all warm-weather occasions.

You’re welcome. ;)

It seems that blue and white never really go out of style. I love a beautiful dress that hits all the high notes. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you but blue is definitely one of my favorite colors to wear. I like it in absolutely all its shades and forms.

This delicate blue ivory print feels inspired by Delftware ceramics.

Have you ever heard of Delftware

According to Vogue, Valentino himself used Delft Blue in a design for his own Fall 1968 collection that propelled him into the national spotlight as a celebrity fashion designer. How’s that for some fashion history?

17th century Dutch craftsmen (obsessed with the Ming Dynasty porcelain that was then being imported from China) saw a market for less expensive versions, and Delftware pottery was born.

Blue and white-painted china can be found everywhere, pouring out of small vintage storefronts. It’s hard to imagine antique shops without this lovely form of ceramics.

Found the Tinman passing through on his way to Emerald City.

I find Delftware incredibly charming (my favorite teacup is a Delft Blue!) So when I stopped in Top Knot Boutique (@shoptkb) a couple weeks ago to scope their goods in person, I was immediately enchanted with this blue porcelain maxi.

Let’s tick the boxes shall we?

  • Vintage-inspired update of the quintessential prairie dress
  • Super soft breezy blend with a dainty floral motif
  • Ruffled fluttery details and the off-the-shoulder neckline  
  • Distinctly modern femininity in a classic silhouette

In person, the pattern is even reminiscent of the Cuban Spanish / Moroccan or talavera tiles from my favorite travel spot down in Mexico, but I still feel so very Dutch wearing it.

Have you ever bought clothing inspired by your travels?

I love how long column/maxi dresses can be styled on the more casual side. You can pair them with sandals and throw your hair up in a bun. It’s the epitome of that effortless summer style. I’m looking forward to styling this one for a date night or my next garden party.


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Congratulations to @anoward!
A big thank you to Top Knot Boutique (@shoptkband all who participated!

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Outfit Details:
Dress: Top Knot Boutique Off shoulder Ruffle Maxi Shoes: Gingham, old (similar here) Pearl, (similar here) Hat: Nordstrom Straw Boater (old, similar here)  Bag: Cult Gaia Ark Watch: Old (love this one here) Lips: MAC So Select

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