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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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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

Waltzing In Blue

Jessica Wagner

Full Maxi Skirt


Everyone should have a flowy floor length maxi skirt- if for no other reason than to flit around in it like a dancing water pixie.

Maxi skirts are a classic wardrobe piece that can be relaxed or curve hugging. While floor length skirts might conjure images of spinning circles at a grand ball, this item need not be reserved for formal occasions.

A full maxi skirt can add a touch of frolicsome whimsy to any outfit, and when styled just so - screams forever summer. Just add a golden tan, a cute crop top and oversize sunglasses.

When I spotted this drapey nautical blue and white striped dream I immediately fell in love with its French Riviera romantic charm. A great summer/ vacation piece for any wardrobe. Imagine fashionable afternoon spent collecting seashells, picnicking by the shore.

I was originally trying to create a  ‘Gwyneth Paltrow circa The Talented Mr. Ripley’ feel to this look, but ended up somewhere between elegant and vintage Sailor Jerry seaside leaping enchantress. I couldn’t stop swishing its full parachute of fabric from side to side. Crisp and airy, this look is perfect for an exotic destination with cocktails and dancing at sunset. It’s really THE look for a seaside soiree.

Maxi skirts come in all colors, fabrics and prints. Find one that suits you and your occasion. This style can be streamlined or flouncy and bohemian. No matter what your height, you can wear this look; it just takes choosing the right material for you and matching it with the proper top. I prefer them breezy with a high-banded waist for a flattering silhouette. If you like to skip around, the more flowy layers the better. 

The stripes in this maxi keep it informal, as sometimes floor length can feel stuffy. Long skirts are a great holiday beach look, and are super cute with a button-down knotted at the hips. You can dress it up with heels and a lace top, or dress it down with sandals and a simple solid tee.

Toss on your favorite maxi and feel yourself transform water-siren as you find your way down to the blue to sway, whirl, frolic, leap, dart, and flit where the sun meets the sea.

Outfit Details:
Skirt: Mix Nouveau New York (also love this one) Top: Vanilla Star Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Hat: BP Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso Nails: Francesca's Colletions Always a Bridesmaid