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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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A Modern Take On Corsets

Jessica Wagner

Weekend Uniform {Elevated}

When I saw a casual corset top on the cover of Porter magazine's Spring 2017 issue I fell in love with Natalia Vodianova, her Chloé top, and Isabel Marant belt. On a mission to recreate this chic combo, I jumped out of my seat when I came across a similar piece at Zara for under $30. Of course I didn't buy it and it sold out! Luck has it; the eyelet-fastening top came back in stock (and still is available in all sizes!) I can't get enough of this elevated version of the white tee.

The corset is back, but not in the traditional way you're thinking – it’s being used in a street-style friendly way - cinched over a midi dress or an oversized shirt. While this garment constrained waists in the 1800s, it’s being used today for fashion purposes. (Plus, it seriously does keeps your waist in check. I am pretty straight up and down and this top made me feel like a curvacious Marilyn Monroe!)

What I love about this particular top, is it's all one piece. It's a great option for styling if you don't have a lace up corset, or the thought of styling one is intimidating. It’s a wardrobe piece that still defines femininity brought up-to-date when layered over other clothing. So, yeah, it’s actually a little tricky.

A few key points to rocking this look. Keep your makeup minimal and hair a bit “un-done.” Stick to a monochromatic color pallet. Mind the structure of the rest of your outfit – balance out the tight corset with other layers. Overal the best advice is, keep it simple. (If you need more inspo Pinterest is a goldmine and Zara has a ton of other corset options.)

I viewed this top as a chance to elevate my weekend usual – I switched out my plain tee for the lace-up corset belt, my white sneaks for my pointed white mules and layered on a white blazer instead of my duster (last seen here.) Oh, and don't forget your third piece!

The best part of elevating a regular look? A new bag for spring! I picked up this neutral tote from J&G and they are offering all my followers a special 15% off discount with the code "WEEKENDER15" at checkout!! (Shop all their handbags here.) I was on the hunt for a new "everyday bag" and picked the Madison Tote for it's metal hardware, medium size and structure. I have been looking for just the right bag to swap out from winter to spring and this is "it" for sure! So easy pair with everything, and sturdy enough to handle day-to-day use.

While not all of the trends we see at fashion week make it to mainstream, every year a handful of them do. This season, that standout look is the corset. Give it a try, and know you won’t have to be shy when going for that extra fry! :)

Outfit Details:
Top: Zara Corset T-Shirt 
Jeans: Zara (similar here
Blazer: Old (similar here)
Shoes: Zara (similar here
Bag: Shop J&G The Beige Madison Tote
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Hat: (similar here)
Sunglasses: Zara
Lips: Revlon Nude Attitude
Nails: Sally Hansen 

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Statement Sleeves

Jessica Wagner

Floral Romper

Hello Spring! Bring on all the poetic dreamy pieces. The more lightweight and floral the better.  

Super sleeves have been making a play in the fashion world since SS17 Fashion Week. (Dare I label them the fashion focus of 2017?) Runway designers all seem to agree on this one major trend: a reference to a frilly romantic period, reworked for the modern era.

Big sleeves are fun way to play up a basic top and add major interest to any outfit. Not only are they utterly chic, they also have a flirty vibe that works when giving off an airy stylish flair.

Heading somewhere warm for Spring break? This bell-sleeved one-and-done romper is for you. Modern and romantic - the cutest little vacay outfit that you ever did see.

Regardless of the season or location, feminine pieces always seem to find a way into my wardrobe (and become my instant favorite.) It’s the little details - a touch of lace, a super soft pale color, or a ladylike silhouette that captures my romantic’s heart. Somehow it all feels extra appropriate come springtime sunshine and blooming gardens.  

I’ve been waiting for the chance to carry my coveted Cult Gaia bamboo handbag, (this blogger-favorite sells out all the time) –and it’s everything. With ideals based on femininity, Cult Gaia is a brand inspired by nature, old Hollywood and the ancient Greek goddess of Mother Earth. I love a classic show-stopping piece, and this one you can wear all spring/summer long. The design was inspired by a real vintage Japanese style bag, and is every bit whimsical as it is instagram worthy. 

This Spring, why not add a little drama in your wardrobe? Anyone can wear this style. Puffed, bell-shaped, flared, ruffled, or just plain oversize, the choice is yours. Keep the rest of your outfit simple with relaxed denim and easy accessories. Exaggerated wrists pair surprisingly well with the likes of bamboo bags, straw hats, and mod-retro sunnies. Structure in your other pieces will counter the extra volume.

With the temps on the rise, now is the time for florals, ruffles, and statement sleeves galore!

I wish you a {springy} sunshine filled weekend!

Outfit Details:
Romper: Emory Park (also love this one
Bag: Cult Gaia Ark
Shoes: Zara (similar here)
Hat: Nordstrom (similar here
Sunglasses: Chloé 62mm
 Lips: MAC Velvet Teddy
Nails: Sally Hansen Lavendar 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