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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Minimalist

Borrowed From The Boys

Jessica Wagner

The Coolest Loafers Of The Season

Menswear inspired clothing is at it’s best when paired with relaxed, feminine details.

These luxury Gucci loafers have been around for some time (have you seen these ones?) While this style may be nothing new, these particular slides feature a rosy floral embroidery that feels perfect for spring.

When I spotted this pair (at Forever 21 of all places) I had to give them a try. (Alas, this may be the closest I will come to owning the actual high-end set.) This was a definite save, as the splurge was just not in my relative future.

When it comes to fast-fashion vs. luxury brands, weigh your decisions carefully. While I have been lusting after the real deal, I rather save my pennies for a classic Chanel purse or something that I know won’t be off-trend in a few months. That’s not to say you shouldn’t invest in a quality loafer, but you might want to pass on the added details that may not withstand the test of time. The great thing about finding a similar style to a high-end look is that you can stay within your budget. This really allows you to go for a test-drive. Before investing in luxury pieces, say sunglasses for example, spec out a similar pair at a lower price point and see how much you really love them/wear them. Nobody wants those shopping regret blues!

For this outfit, in terms of going for a minimalistic boyish look, I layered my new-found loafers with a men’s vintage tweed overcoat and it’s seriously one of my favorite pieces. Personally, I have found this style hard to come by. Tweed blazers seem to be more abundant in options than the longer jacket style for women, but this coat is such an easy, smart layer any time of year. This one has been in my closet a long time, and shows some wear but I think that’s part of the charm! When searching for one of your own, don’t be afraid to look in the men’s (or little boys!) section.

Keeping it feeling femme with a hint of lace. A white button up shirt can make a subtle sexy play when paired with an eyelash bralette. Button downs should be slightly fitted through the body and hit below the waist. Tuck in the front, for a loose look.

As for the rest, try a slouchy handbag and retro feeling shades. The '90s are here to stay, so why not try a pair of slim oval lenses? 

Dark-wash, raw-hem jeans, with an exposed ankle are still rounding out my favorite style denim, and keep it weekend-friendly.

As for hair: casual, effortless, elegance. I can’t wait to share with you guys how my experience using HairStory’s New Wash the last month has been going, but spoiler alert: I am loving my hair and having more fun with it in it’s natural state than I thought possible. Somehow I think we are brainwashed to believe if we don’t spend a certain amount of time tweaking our hair it doesn’t look good, and that’s just not true! I’m so used to having to curl and get those coveted “beach waves” that don’t come easy unless I invest a chunk of time to getting them just so. I have been washing, air-drying and leaving it natural and straight with the help of two other HairStory products, their Hair Balm and Dressed Up lotion. They give it subtle texture and I love running my fingers through it or pinning it up in a “real girl” bun. For some reason I’ve always felt self-conscious about my hair being “flat” or looking “boring” - if that’s the right word. I think my hair is also enjoying the freedom. (Anyway, full post and review to come!)

With Spring close at hand, I am ready to trade in my winter shoes for easy slip-on styles (and as we are about to go see Beauty and the Beast -favorite childhood Dinsney movie- there is no better time to add some rose -themed floral embroidery to your repertoire!)  Ever appropriate for that allure of apparent effortlessness. Relaxed and easy as Coca-Cola in a bottle (not Diet.)

Outfit Details:
Jacket: Men's Vintage Tweed Overcoat (similar here) Top: Old Navy Classic White Button Down Bra: Forever 21 Sheer Eyelash Lace Bralette Jeans: Free People Destroyed Ankle Skinny Shoes: Forever 21 Horsebit Floral Loafer Mules Glasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: Zara (old, similar here) Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Path Ear Climber Lipstick: Tart Creamy Matte Lip Paint Birthday Suit Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud

Summer Blends

Jessica Wagner

Three Trends To Try For Summer
 

Just like your favorite red wine blend, mixing different style combinations can leave you feeling good.

With summer around the corner it’s time to switch out warm layers for the light and breezy. We all know the summer basics: tees, shorts and sundresses, but since the heat can weigh you down, here are three easy ways to add some moxie to the usual summer mix. Enter: straw boat hat, off-the-shoulder tops, and flatform sandals.

Straw Boater Hat 

Straw Boater Hat: 
Top off your warm-weather look with a wide-brim straw boater. Boaters were popular among men as casual summer-wear in the late 19th century, especially for boating or sailing, hence the name. Recently, thin straw hats have become popular again among the fashion elite.  I love the vintage-French feel this one exudes. It’s the perfect accessory to top off any outfit. Toss one on for the beach, window shipping, or while running a quick errand. I bet you receive a least 3 compliments! Don’t miss the boat on this easy summer style. (Mine is on sale now, here.) 

Off-The-Shouler

Off-The-Shoulder (OTS):
The off-the-shoulder top is the playful, sexy antidote to this year’s trend of minimalism. This style is so hot right now! It's a great option for showing some skin without being compromising. Even better, it’s a look that appeals to every taste: classic, romantic, or thrift-store bohemian. An OTS top can go from day to night and leaves plenty of room for accessorizing, think earrings. There are endless options of this look on the market right now. Waterfall sleeves, detailed embroidery and layers of ruffles. Don’t shrug-off this adorable wardrobe-elevating detail.

Flatform Shoes

Flatform Sandals:
Height of a platform, functionality of a flat, another perfect blend. Give yourself a lift with this comfortable sandal. (Seriously, though, these shoes are SO comfortable.)  I love how this style looks minimal and modern. We walked the span of the winery gardens and I didn't stop once to adjust or complain about my feet hurting. (Which might be a record!) The fact that this style allows for long-wear, and gives height makes it a no-brainer. It was so nice not having a stiletto constantly stuck in the dirt! A true summer style booster. 

That’s it! Cheers to making an entrance in these statements pieces all summer long! 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Zara Striped Midi Hat: Nordstrom BP. Straw Boater (on sale!) Shoes: Anthropologie Seychelles Forward Platform Wedges Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Purse: H&M Watch: Michael Kors Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Nails: OPI Taupe-less Beach Wine: Mon Ami Concord

Minimalist Style

Jessica Wagner

Less Is More
 

In light of keeping things laid-back and comfy, this weekend I went for a minimal aesthetic.

Classic white sneaks and a denim shirtdress. Perfect for a causal look, the lightweight denim dress is a versatile piece you can style up or down. Dress it up with neutral-toned wedges for a low-key date night, or dress it down with street-style staples like I did for this post. It’s a quick go-to outfit for all season long.

Minimalist styling is majorly on trend. I love how incredibly polished and clean one can look with little effort. 

The key? Less is more.

Impeccably tailored cuts and solid neutral colors, like black, white, tan, grey, and blue are your friends. Interesting proportions and great fabrics add character when trying to achieve this look. Be intentional with your focal point and use structured pieces. Avoid flashy add-on accessories, which can lean "messy."  Let the artistry and design of the clothing shine through. 

Keep in mind, you want to retain your personality, minimalist doesn't mean lifeless and dull! A graphic clutch can speak volumes and add that extra little bit of charm. Swipe on a bright bold lip or go nude. Wear your favorite necklace or signature hairstyle. Stay true to your core self.

Edit for simplicity.  Elude elegance.

It’s all in the details.

This weekend go for minimal expression and leave a maximum impression. Try a great pair of jeans, a white T-shirt, and your favorite slides. That’s it—you’re good to go!

What do you think of minimalist style? Would you ever try a “capsule wardrobe?” (A small intentional closet of minimal pieces.) Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Outfit Details:
Dress: j crew Chambray Shirtdress (similar here) Shoes: Converse Clutch: Banana Republic Jacket: GAP (similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Necklace: Stella & Dot Watch: Michael Kors Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day Lipstick in Baci Nails: OPI Taupe-less Beach