On the go sweater dress + OTK boots

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Nasty Gal, Boots- Stuart Weitzman

There is nothing more stylish than a sweater dress and over-the-knee boots. Not to mention universally stylish to pull off. I want to make sure to squeeze a couple more of these looks before the weather changes, and my attention is focused completely on spring.

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When you can fit in a spring dress into your winter wardrobe

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Wearing: Dress- BCBGMaxazaria, Boots- Guess, Jacket- All Saints

We’ve had a couple of really warm days here in Washington D.C I just had to wear something with a spring vibe. I actually get a lot of use from this dress year round, but it really is beautiful in the springtime. Of course it’s still January, but a girl can dream right?

I love the material of this dress, which is a super light silk cotton mix. It feels incredibly soft against my skin, and so comfortable, I don’t feel constricted in any movement. The sleeves are of course very fun, and sleeves are so in right now. It’s not exactly bell sleeves, but I love how willowy there are. And then there’s the print. I am a sucker for a good print, and I think this one is just bold enough to stand on it’s own but doesn’t overpower.

And that’s really key when pairing this dress with other pieces. It should stand as a stand alone piece, but shoes, outerwear, and accessories can still be interesting without being out of place I decided to go with black lace-up boots and my trusty leather jacket.

Happy Friday to everyone! Hope you all have fun plans for the upcoming weekend!

-Masha

How to make OTK boots work for daytime

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- BCBGMaxazaria, Skirt- Loft, Boots- Stuart Weitzman, Jacket- All Saints

I promise you that you will be seeing lots of posts with me styling these boots. A birthday present from Greg, I am absolutely ecstatic that they’ve arrived, and that they’re everything and more!

Stuart Weitzman has been on my radar for a while now (who’s radar has he not been on?), and I have been lusting for these leggy OTK boots for months now. They’re incredibly comfortable to wear, even with the heel (flat option is available), and very soft both inside and out. Mine are velvet (I’m so excited to own velvet of any kind), but you can also get them in suede. If you want to invest in a pair of stand out boots, that will also work as a staple in your shoe wardrobe and last you for years to come, I highly recommend these. And they’re currently on sale here and on their website. But if you’re not willing to spend, I’ve linked a more budget-friendly option here.

I want to show a look that is appropriate for the daytime, since at first glance they do not seem like day boots. But I always like to be a little bold and push the envelope, and I think with the right supporting pieces, an office or weekday look is easy to create. The key is, because they’re so tall, to make sure no leg is showing (or just a sliver if you have to show something). I paired a flowy, flowery pink skirt to invoke a softer feel, and kept the top black, simple and classic with a high neckline and long sleeves. If it’s chilly out, throw on a jacket and you’re set to go. Here I went with my leather jacket, and I actually love how the velvet and leather juxtapose each other. If you’re thinking something a little more toned down, go with a longer option, kind of like this one.

Be on the lookout for more outfit ideas featuring these boots! Next up, how to make them sexy date night ready!

Masha

Little Black Work Dress, Two Ways

 

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing:

Look one: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- Cabi, Shoes- Coach, Bag- Nine West, Pearls- Vintage

Look two: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- Zara, Boots- Ivanka Trump, Necklace- Tiffany’s, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

Today I want to show how to style a little black work dress two ways. Both are fall weather appropriate and very office chic. The weather has been sort of all over the place in Washington D.C recently, one day its hot, as though we’re back in late August/early September, and the next it’s blistering and windy. So it’s important to have versatile pieces in your closet that could work with a multitude of looks. I think the key to the little black working dress is that it acts as a blank canvas, while the shoes, outerwear, and accessories do the work.

Let’s start with look one. This is for those warmer fall days, when you can basically get away with a summer outfit, but still want to stay current. I’ve started with the dress, which has a very classic shape. It’s formfitting, with a pencil skirt cut and a high boat collar, essentially a perfect dress for the office. I’ve styled it with a slightly oversized black blazer, the sleeves cuffed. So far this is very prim and proper, and I needed to infuse a bit of personality. I added white lace-up sandals that I wore quite frequently in the summer months, a couple strings of pearls, and a purple python-printed bag, large enough to hold everything I needed. I like the lady like vibe of this look, with a bits of edge in the details.

Option number two is styled to keep you warm for fall temperatures, while still maintaining professionalism. This time I styled the dress with a patterned Zara blazer that’s a total staple in my wardrobe. It’s a great piece, because it functions as a classic and a neutral, even though the print is interesting. I throw it on over blouses, dresses, button-downs etc. and it never fails me. The cut is also very flattering with the sleeves hitting right at the wrist and the length, right at the waist. Next I added the suede knee-high boots. They’re flat, and so comfortable to spend long days in. They also add an unexpected twist to a dress that would more traditionally pair with heels. I kept the accessories really basic, just a silver key pendant and my usual sunnies.

Both outfits invoke a very professional air, and are perfect for a day at the office. I highly recommend buying a little black work dress and knowing that you have a piece you can wear so many different ways, that will work for every season. And of course, once you’re out of the office for the day, it’s very easy to transition into the evening. Take the jacket off, swap the boots for a pair of heels, and you’re off!

-Masha