Printed sheath dress for the office

Printed sheath dress for the office

Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Calvin Klein dress (couldn’t find the exact one since it’s a couple seasons old, but Calvin Klein has some gorgeous options at Macy’s) , Schutz Shoes sandals, Michael Kors Sunglasses

This will be a quick post, but I just wanted to share a really great work dress I recently rediscovered in my closet. I am a big fan of this curve-hugging shape, and absolutely love the print details.

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All-American Classics

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Photography: Oksana Berman

Wearing: Sweater- Vince, Jeans- Levi’s, Boots- Frye, Coat- White House, Black Market, Bag- Zac Posen

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic, All-American look. And with quality, timeless pieces, the whole outfit is just easy, elegant, for lack of a better word, a classic.

Mom and I had a really great day shopping in Friendship Heights yesterday, a place with many high end shops like Saks, Neimans, and Bloomingdales. I love walking through dreamy designer handbags, swoon worthy shoes, and trying new fragrances (like the Chanel collection- 1932 is so good, so unique!). We stumbled upon a BCBGMaxaria store that was closing and selling everything for up to 80%. I picked up these gorgeous red sandals (got so lucky with this sale!) that I’m so excited to style!

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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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Shades of Blue

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing- Top- Elle, Cardigan- Cynthia Rowley, Skirt- Zara, Boots- Jessica Simpson Collection

 Sometimes I realize that I might be wearing too much black, and perhaps I should be infusing more color. The color I most gravitate to (besides black of course) is blue. It’s interesting really, because I don’t have any particular affinity to blue, I actually like red more when I’m trying to be bright, but I guess there’s something about blue that almost makes it a neutral. And that’s worth blogging about.

Blue is a great neutral color because it goes with everything. I mean pair it with black, brown, beige, a print, it’ll work. And it won’t look as predictable. For this outfit, I went with different shades of blue and a contrasting polka dot print blouse. I love the powder blue of this skirt, and it’s such an on trend piece. I got it at Zara, and I highly recommend them for affordable trendy pieces. It comes in a couple different colors as well. The cardigan and the boots are a darker shade of blue, and pull the whole look together. Velvet boots are having such a moment right now, and I am so glad that I have these in my shoe wardrobe. They elevate any look to a much more stylish level. I am crushing on this Rebecca Minkoff pair.

I’ve got a lot more outfit ideas in the works; stay tuned!

-Masha

Fall Casual

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Express, Jeans-DL1961 , Boots- Guess, Bag- Kate Spade

Sometimes we just want to throw something on quick, be comfortable, and go on ahead with our weekend plans. But often, this kind of dressing is sloppy, and sacrifices style. But it never has to! Your go to weekend look could be easy and chic. Today I’m showing how you can throw together some basics and look effortless, yet amazing!

There’s nothing more casual and basic than jeans. If you invest in the right pair of jeans, you will have one of the most versatile, wearable pieces in your wardrobe for years to come. I like to play around with jeans shades, rips, and even designs, but nothing beats a classic dark blue pair, with a skinny fit. I’ve talked about jeans a little before, but I cannot reiterate enough, how key it is that jeans fit right. I prefer skinny, ankle length, and something that hugs my curves (rather than slouchy), since I am a little bigger in the butt area.

Once you figure out your jeans, the rest of the look is easy. I’ve styled a long sleeve, knit black top, perfect for chilly fall Saturdays, with a plunging neckline, since it is the weekend after all. Then I finished off with my chunky heel Guess boots, adding a bit of edge.

I wore this outfit to a backyard party about a month ago, and it worked really well for both the weather and the vibe of the party. While remaining totally chill, my look was well-fitted, and paired really nicely together. And if you’re going for that easy breezy style, that’s really all you need. The best part is that you can keep the jeans and substitute a different top and boots, and you’ve got tons of new outfit combinations with minimum effort!

-Masha

Weekend Formula: Sweater and Leggings

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Sweater-, Leggings-, Boots- Guess, Bag- Kate Spade

There is nothing more comfortable than a sweater and leggings for a fall day, and a couple weekends ago I got to style a really fun take on this look. Greg and I took Jorge on a long, very beautiful walk to Eastern Market, which is this big outdoor fair that happens every weekend. I love the vibe of Eastern Market and the Capital South neighborhood. There are so many charming row houses and interesting restaurants. We walked around the market, gazed at art, and had lunch at a cute little pizza place, where we sat on the patio and people watched.

Because we were walking for a such a long time, I wanted to dress for comfort. I picked a rich purple tunic sweater, with leather pocket detailing. I love this color for fall because it’s rich and luxurious, yet also functional for matching with pretty much anything. I paired the sweater with one of my favorite leggings, with sheer sides and a polka dot pattern. I think that these are just so much fun to wear! Any basic outfit can be instantly chic and interesting with these leggings, because the details speak for themselves. To complete the look, I slipped into my go-to boots, which are a bit taller than booties, but shorter than knee-highs. It’s a cool height, because it’s not only different, but works really well with a sweater and leggings or a dress and leggings. I also brought my Kate Spade bag, which is just small enough not to be clunky, but still able to fit my essentials. And it has a great shoulder strap.

I love this kind of outfit for casual weekend outings. There are so many combinations of this look, but the formula is simple. Keep the pieces basic and the interest in the details. Start with a sweater, add fun leggings under, and top with comfy boots and an easy-going bag. Happy styling!

-Masha

 

On Trend

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Photography: Greg Beuning 

I’ve featured these pants before, but because they’re such a great, interesting piece, I want to talk about another idea in how to style them. Printed pants, at least my printed pants, get a lot of use. They do all the work on their own, so I usually mute the rest of the outfit. It’s wonderful on days I just want to slip something on and go, and still showcase some edginess and playfulness. This time around, the pants still remained the focus of the look, but I added a lot of other details to take everything up a notch and encourage some risk taking.

I styled a black sweater with cutouts and bell sleeves (over a black cami since I was headed to work and see-through would have probably been frowned upon) to go with the pants. Cutouts, lace detailing, and bell sleeves are all very in right now, which is funny because I’ve actually had this top for quite a while. Just shows that trends rotate. Two trends together can seem bold, but I believe because there was only one colored piece, the rest of the statement was subtler. And though this is definitely a more eccentric outfit, it doesn’t go over the top. For shoes, because it was warmer that day, I chose my gold mules. Another trend, but I think they really work here. I kept all other accessories super simple, just my watch and a pair of classic sunnies.

Sometimes it’s tons of fun to take risks and be a walking trend. But of course, it’s not that fun looking like a crazy. So my advice is to stick to one loud piece and pair with smaller trends, like a detailing on the sleeve or the cut of the shoe. And, also it’s important to note that this can’t be worn just anywhere. I happened to wear this to work the other week, but it was a bold move, so if you’re just starting to experimenting with incorporating trendier pieces, I recommend this look for drinks with a close girlfriend or a casual coffee date. But don’t be afraid to do it in general. Rules are meant to be broken and style is meant to be played with. So go out there and have some fun with trends!

-Masha

Rainy Day Wear

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- BCBGMaxazaria, Pants- Max Jeans, Shoes- Cooeli

Though fall in Washington D.C is usually beautiful, sometimes you get the occasional rainy day. I don’t like to dress up too much on days like these, since I don’t want to ruin anything and I want the most hassle free commute and day possible.

I styled one of my most comfortable long sleeve shirts, a very soft, gray top from BCBGMaxazaria. It’s very basic, and is great for layering in the colder months. I love that the neckline is square, it gives it just that little bit of edge and interest through detail. The fit is nice and loose, giving lots of room to move. Keeping the look simple, I paired the top with black jeans, with just a bit of zipper detailing at the ankle. I say it’s always important to own basics in your closet because they form the foundation of your wardrobe, and these two pieces are a must. A solid colored long sleeved shirt will go a long way in, from layering to tucking into skirts. And no one can go wrong with a pair of black jeans. They literally match everything and you can dress them up or down.

Really, though, I want to talk about the rain boots. I do not recommend rain boots for every day wear. In fact, I sort of hate people who think wearing them on a non rainy day is appropriate. But when the time comes, they can really make the outfit. I went with a short pair featuring a splattered camo pattern. They are definitely the stand out piece! Usually, I wouldn’t wear something like this, because camo isn’t really my style, but I actually thought they fit perfectly with this otherwise monotone look. I just added one of my favorite long necklaces and let my hair down in long loose waves to finish it off.

Don’t be afraid to wear that one thing in your closet that you’re a little unsure about based on the pattern or texture. For me, I always make sure that the rest of the look is very simple, to let that one piece do all the talking.

-Masha

Printed Sweater, Velvet Boots

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Photography: Oksana Berman

Wearing: Top- Michael Kors, Jeans-DL1961, Boots- Jessica Simpson,

Last weekend I visited my parents back in Minnesota, and while it’s still warm here in Washington D.C, in MN it’s definitely sweater weather. I brought my dog Jorge with me, which was of course loads of fun on the airplane (his little crate was so cramped, poor guy). But he was a trooper and he had the best weekend running around and playing ball in huge dog parks. My parents enjoyed having him there too :).

I wanted to stay warm and comfortable for all the outdoor activities, but still look stylish. I also didn’t want too many layers because even though the air was brisk, we stayed really active. And there’s nothing worse than having to carry your coat around everywhere. So I settled on this fuzzy Michael Kors sweater that my mom got me for my birthday last year. It’s so funky and definitely speaks for itself. The back is simple, just black, but the front is a white and blue leopard print panel that makes a statement. And I like making a statement with my clothes. Without going over the top, of course. This is why I love this sweater. The cut is very basic and extremely flattering, and the print is concentrated in just one area. I paired the sweater with my new dark wash skinny jeans. I’ve been on the hunt for a classic pair of jeans for some time now and am so glad I found these. They hug my body in all the right places and go with everything. Already, I’ve worn them for both work and play, and I plan on keeping these in rotation for quite a while.

Now while most people would aim to keep the shoes simple for this outfit because of the loudness of the sweater, I went with a different approach. I don’t think there is anything wrong with finishing off with some fun shoes, even if the rest of the look already has a lot of personality. The key here was to keep the style of the boot classic. These boots are a standard length with a chunky heel, pretty typical of fall boots, but the purple velvet just adds so much edge. I’m absolutely in love. And because the shoes and the sweater are in the same dark color family, they didn’t clash with one another. Instead they provided uniqueness from top to bottom, with some jeans in the middle to keep the whole outfit grounded.

I was so comfortable running around in this look. The heel on the boot totally didn’t bother me, and I encourage those who are scared of living life in heels to try a chunky one, as it adds more support and is great practice for the more advanced stages of heel wearing. Easy separates can always create a chic, effortless look, but when you add your own twist to show off some personality, that’s when the fashion really becomes yours to own.

-Masha