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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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Parisian

Jessica Wagner

How To Dress Like A French Girl

Sartorial undone perfection goes to the ever-elusive French girl.

So what’s their secret? (Besides wine, champagne, art, food, and the French language…)

Playing it cool in effortless, stripped down, uncomplicated outfits that make the most impact.

First, keep it neutral. This is essential when aiming for a Parisian-chic ensemble (and it’s the perfect way to coordinate with your afternoon latte at a quiet corner café.)

Aside from the classic striped Bréton shirt and maybe a {non-cliché} beret, this look is about embracing one's own individual style. Keep it feeling oh-so-fresh by mixing high and low, classic and trendy, and wearing it with a blasé air of confidence.

Next, aim for the allure of natural beauty, and let go of the search for perfection. This doesn’t mean you have to walk out the door sans make-up (unless you want to.) It means working with what you have, to compliment or accentuate favorite features and celebrate the little imperfections –a gap in a smile, slightly crooked teeth, prominent eyebrows or strong Roman nose. Let yourself be a touch undone. These are signs of certain strength in character. Show off freckles, glasses, or au naturel hair. French women understand you can feel beautiful without being perfect. 

Last, think like a muse. To evoke mystery, you need to exude an irreverent, downtown edge, with timeless glamour and old world romance. (I know, right?!) In other words, simple is sexy. Poise and confidence are fundamental to dressing Parisian cool.

For this outfit I paired my Bréton stripe top with a mod high-waist jumper. A tight pencil skirt silhouette plays up curves, and pairs well with blouses, tees and buttons ups. (Bonus if you rock it with geek-chic suspender straps.) Layer on a menswear blazer, rolling up the cuffs, and scrunching it at the elbows for a relaxed effect. Ballerina flats reign supreme in French style, but add a hint of sophistication with a fabulous pair of two-tone Chanel inspired heels. Drape a coat, swipe on a bold lip and if you don’t have a terrible vision (like me!) that requires a script, dark oversize sunnies always make a stylish addition. Add a side-sitting beret and you’ve about cracked the code to French girl fashion. This chapeau can be worn slouchy like a beanie for a boyish look, or slightly tipped for a more feminine feel.

Next trip to the museum, library, coffee house, or romantic night with your amour, pull a few pieces from the French girl wardrobe, and joie de vivre (delight in the joy of living.)

Outfit Details:
Coat: Old (similar here) Top: J. Crew Striped Boatneck Jumper: Old (similar here and here) Blazer: J. Crew (similar here) Beret: Vintage (similar here) Bag: Zara Over-The-Knee Socks: Asos Shoes: Zara Glasses: GANT Rugger GR Gibson Necklace: Stella & Dot Mia Collar Watch: Michael Kors Lips: MAC Sin Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud

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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