Weekend-Ready Wrap Dress

Weekend Wrap Dress

 Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Violet Boutique dress (similar), Coach shoes, Michael Kors sunglasses

Today I’m showing you how to wear an effortless wrap maxi dress, and how to fit it in all your weekend plans. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve worn this dress a multitude of ways, but in this post I want to feature something that’s a bit dressier, though still appropriate for daytime.

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Levi’s and florals

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- LC Lauren Conrad, Jeans- Levi’s, Shoes- Coach, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Bag- Zac Posen

 These jeans give my little blogger self life. In a previous decade they may have bordered mom jean territory, but here today, they are effortless perfection. I love the high waist, the buttons, the distressed elements, the cuffed hem. They can be casual or not depending on the pairing, and as I like to say, you just can’t beat that kind of versatility.

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Red dress, white sandals

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Zara, Sandals- Coach (on sale!), Cardigan- Old (similar here), 

Red is one of my favorite colors to wear basically all year round. It’s flattering and in many cases can pass as a neutral. This particular Zara dress has been a longtime go-to, and I’ve been able to style it many ways, but always love this minimalist, classically chic look.

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The business of dressing for business

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- bought years ago from a little boutique in NYC, Heels- Coach, Watch- Michael Kors

Most of us are hopefully back in the groove of things, getting back to the work flow and our normal schedules.

I wanted to post about a look that would work for a big office meeting or even if you just felt more formal that day. This black sheath dress is my absolute go to for that I-mean-business feeling. It’s form fitting, cut in all the right places and very much office appropriate. Believe it or not, I actually picked this up at TjMaxx. The one in Georgetown has a really great selection of designer pieces at a truly affordable price. I’ve linked to a couple similar ones, here and here.

The rest of the outfit is very simple, with clean lines. I stuck to mostly black, with sheer tights (which are my absolutely musts for winter), and a classic pair of Coach pumps (link). But of course, D.C tends to be too monochromatic a times, so I had to break it up with just a pop of pink on the lapel of my blazer. I also love the shininess of it, and the three-quarter sleeves. The blazer adds that touch of personality, which keeps the look from being too boring. I’ve linked to a similar here that I’m absolutely obsessed with. I highly encourage an investment in a couple interesting blazers, especially if you work at an office or attend business meetings often. They’re so easy to throw on, and help create that instant effortlessly put together vibe.

I appreciate any and all comments! Please let me know what you like, what you don’t like, and if there’s anything you want me to talk about regarding outfits or style advice. Also, don’t forget to check out Instagram for more!

Masha

Cropped Sweater and Jeans

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Zara, Jeans- Current Elliott, Shoes- Gifted, Bag- Coach, Bracelet- Gifted

Having an array of casual early fall looks is essential for your September wardrobe, and I’ve styled an outfit with my favorite Current Elliott jeans to get the ideas flowing. As I mentioned in a previous post, these jeans have been a staple in my closet for quite some time now. I originally bought these at Century 21 about two years ago, and I thought they would be a fun seasonal piece, but here I am two years later, and I can’t wait to wear them with everything in my closet. The rips add tons of edge, without going too far over the line. Plus, they are such a great cut and quality, and the wash is a bit lighter, making them truly original.

This time around I paired them with a dark blue, cropped turtleneck sleeveless sweater. There are a lot of aspects to this top, so let me dissect. First, I absolutely love the color. Such a rich, dark blue with a bit of sparkle. Perfect for fall. Let’s move on to the cut. It’s sleeveless, and a little short, so there’s just a sliver of stomach. Even though it’s a turtleneck and cleavage is totally covered, that ab and shoulder exposure makes it such an effortlessly sexy look. Sometimes less is more, and the allure is definitely in the details here.

For shoes, I decided that my gold mules would work best. The gold compliments the dark blue of the sweater, and the weather totally calls for something with foot exposure. I’m really allowed to breathe and not get too hot, while still looking like I’m ready for fall. I think this is a great transitional outfit, for when it’s just too hot to layer sweaters and jackets, but season enough to wear a pair of jeans rather than shorts.

Greg and I had so much fun at the Georgetown Waterfront taking these shots. It was a beautiful clear day, and the views looking out to the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center were spectacular. I can’t wait to wear this look out to dinner with friends or a date on a cool night!

-Masha

 

That Friday Feel

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- White House Black Market, Skirt- Loft, Blazer- Zara, Shoes- Coach, Necklace and Earrings- LouLou

I have a love hate relationship with Casual Friday. It can be such an excuse to look blah, but on the other hand it can be a total opportunity to shine. I suppose the same thing can be said about regular work clothes. But I’ve found that Monday through Thursday looks stay more polished and put together and Friday can get a bit lazy. This does not have to be the case! Here I’ve shown another take on what would be a great casual look for a Friday at the office, but also still professional and chic.

Of course, since Fridays are all about jeans, I brought out the jean skirt. A little more interesting than just jeans, and this particular one buttons down the front, which I think makes it such a cool piece. Also, a very on trend piece for this summer and transitioning into fall. I paired the skirt with a cashmere gray camisole that has beautiful lace detailing. Then, to make sure you feel like you’re at the office and not running errands on a Saturday afternoon, I added a patterned blazer. Finish with a pair of tie up heeled sandals, and some delicate black and gold jewelry, and you’re ready to go. The base of this look, the skirt and the top, are neutrals, which is why I’ve allowed the blazer to be the loud statement piece. It pulls the outfit together.

It’s important to be reminded that Fridays should be a reason to channel your style creativity and mix casual with more professional pieces, such as a jean skirt with a blazer. The outcome is a unique version of professional cool, and an awesome Casual Friday look will lead you straight to happy hour and weekend freedom.

-Masha

Casual Evening

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Urban Outfitters, Skirt- Loft, Shoes- Coach, Bag- Kate Spade, Bracelet- Gifted, Earrings- LouLou

Because Brazil holds a very special place in my heart (it’s where I did my study abroad and met my boyfriend, and where I hope I have the pleasure of living for a while), Greg and I decided we should probably watch the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, and we should probably do it somewhere Brazilian. So we ended up going to The Grill from Ipanema, which is an excellent restaurant in Adams Morgan. I highly recommend their food for its authenticity, and even more highly recommend their caipirinhas, the national cocktail of Brazil. I like mine with extra limes.

We made the evening into a date night, but a casual one (just sitting at the bar enjoying drinks and the ceremony among other Portuguese speakers), which of course calls for an evening date night look that’s not too dressy, but still looks very pretty. As you may have noticed, I am obsessed with the jean skirts I purchased last month. I wear them almost everywhere I can. This seemed yet another perfect occasion, as wearing something jean to dinner and drinks almost always relaxes the vibe. I paired the skirt with a black and white crop top, which I’ve had for a couple years now, and am still very much in love with. I am especially enamored with the knotted cutout. To finish off the look, I added a summery pair of Coach heels.

I am a big advocate for easy and effortless styling. This look definitely embodies that, and I can see this outfit being very multifunctional. Sometimes, putting together something chic for dinner with your love can be a no brainer!

-Masha  

Office Chic

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Lauren Conrad, Skirt- White House Black Market, Shoes- Coach

Let’s talk about how to make work appropriate still look really chic. Some people fall in the trap thinking 9-5 windowless cube means drab clothing, and they are completely wrong! I say, push the standard and do away with shapeless shirts and boring khakis. Of course, don’t make it completely inappropriate for an office setting (I think we can all figure out where our line is), but don’t be afraid to have fun with office outfits and let your creativity shine through. It may be the only way you get to express it during the day.

For this office ready look, I started with a classic black pencil skirt, which forms the base of the outfit. This is the neutral from which we can build, and it keeps everything grounded. I paired the skirt with a semi-sheer blouse with a soft white pattern. This blouse has so many great details, the sheerness, the pattern, the full sleeves, the ruffle in the front. It’s definitely a statement piece.

The shoes might be the perfect summer heeled sandals. Everything from the laces to the cutouts makes me want to wear them all over town to every rooftop party around. But they’re also a great selection for the office because they add just that something extra to make your look go from the usual uniform to very cool. The white color also ties in nicely with the white in the blouse.

There’s not a lot of frill to this look, and it takes very minimal effort to put together, but it’s so stylish and professionally chic. I love that you can slip on all these separates (whether together or with other pieces, just follow the formula: skirt, blouse, fun heels) and you’re out the door!

Keep an eye out for more work ideas coming your way. Since I’m living the office life 40 hours a week right now, I am always thinking of outfits!

-Masha