How to elevate your office style with three easy pieces

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 What I’m wearing: Dress- Calvin Klein (similar), Blazer- Ann Taylor , Shoes- (similar) , Bag – Kate Spade

Let’s talk office style. For those days at the office when you have to look good (which should be everyday, but I get it), you can’t go wrong with a sheath dress, a tailored blazer, and a pair of Mary Jane heels. Here’s my take on office style, and what to wear for an important meeting or a presentation. I think this outfit idea exudes professionalism, but keep things stylish and modern.

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You can wear color on color, here’s how

You can wear color on color, here's how

Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- Express (similar here, and I also really love this idea), Pants- Loft, Duster- Whistle & Wild (sold out, similar option here), Shoes- Topshop, Earrings- Lou Lou Boutiques (similar here)

Surprise, color! This is the day two outfit of my wear everything in your closet, in order of how it’s hung up challenge. It’s bold, fun, and I really enjoyed sporting this look. Like I wrote in yesterday’s post, it’s helping me get out a bit of a fashion rut and embrace some of the creativity I had lost in my style.

So this top I had bought at Express several years ago, and I always tend to wear it with dark skinny jeans to balance out both the color and the peplum. But I’d done that already and it was time for something different. So what’s different than the usual black? More color of course!

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Pops of Color

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Calvin Klein, Shoes- 3.1 Phillip Lim (unfortunately they’re currently sold out – similar here), Scarf- Ralph Lauren (similar and other print options here), Cardigan- Theory, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

I’ve talked about styling this dress in this post, but I find myself wearing it with such frequency that it’s worth another look. Back in the winter I was adding some tights, a pair of cute boots, but now that it’s officially springtime, I really feel like color to contrast a classic black is the way to go.

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Fur vest + color

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Vest- Tart Collections, Sweater- Loft, Jeans- DL1961 Denim, Shoes- Schutz Shoes, Bag- Zac Posen

Let’s talk about this white fur vest. Usually reserved for the winter seasons, you wouldn’t think to break it out for Spring. But why not? They’re absolutely perfect for this transitional weather!

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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

Sweater Dresses and Raincoat Details

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Dress- Nasty Gal, Shoes- Guess, Raincoat- INC International

Good morning all! It is inauguration day. I thought about not watching, but then I realized I couldn’t just stick my head in the sand. I have to be an active participant. I have to at least watch and take notes and make sure that I am aware, so I can stand up when needed and fight for what I believe. I’m planning on going to the Women’s March tomorrow, and I will have an update on the blog next week.

I wore this super easy look during a rainy day last week. This sweater dress literally takes zero effort, but still looks so good. I always pull it out when I’m stumped on an outfit, or when I need something quick that I know will still look good. This time I’ve decided to let the dress speak for itself and not add too many accessories, but I actually also really love it belted. I’ve tried thin belts and thick ones, and both look good. As you may have noticed, with more classics and basics, I tend to gravitate towards black, but I absolutely love this maroon colors. I’m trying to branch out a little and get more into beiges and reds, which really do pair with pretty much anything.

Though the dress checks off both the cute and comfortable requirements, the raincoat is the true star of this look. I love, love, the ruffled details in the back! It’s so feminine, and so pretty, but still not over the top. I think that because it’s this beautiful blue color, it can get away with more girly accents; if it were pink, it would be too much. With so much rain that we’ve been having here in D.C. (unfortunately not cold enough to snow), a stylish raincoat is a must!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! More looks coming your way next week! And don’t forget that you can get frequent outfit inspiration from my Instagram, whitesilkblackleather.

-Masha

 

 

Flower Child

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 Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Lauren Conrad, Skirt- Loft, Jacket- All Saints, Shoes- Topshop

This skirt has a 90’s, almost Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the high school years (at least Willow’s high school years), kind of feel to it and I absolutely had to have it. It’s a standout piece, with a lot going on in terms of print, color, cut, and flow, so it can be a little difficult to style. But I never shy away from a challenge.

Last time I featured this skirt on a blog post, I let the skirt stand alone and muted the rest of the look with gray and black basics. But I also wanted to show something a bit bolder.

Here I’ve paired a print on top of another print, but I stuck to a similar flowy fabric and flower pattern. The key to having these two pieces complement each other rather than clash, is to keep everything in the same family. I kept with a black and pink color scheme, and added structure with a leather jacket and loafers. I think that really balances the outfit and keeps it current.

Playing with prints can be a total hassle free activity. Just remember to pair like with like, keep colors to a minimum, and maintain balance. I love how this look invokes such 90’s flower child vibes!

-Masha

Rooftop Views

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Free People, Shoes- BCBG Generation, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Earrings- LouLou

I love a mostly classic, muted-colored look with a bold pop of color. On Sunday, the weather was absolutely gorgeous and Greg and I decided to shoot this outfit on the rooftop of our building., which boasts incredible views of the city.

This dress is Free People, but I actually got it from a shopping app called Gilt. Gilt is a favorite of mine for shopping because it consistently has large sales on brands I love, and great designer collections. I will definitely be talking more about Gilt and the pieces I have bought there in the near future. But back to the dress. The back is of course, what makes it stand out. I love that even though it’s backless, it still passes as casual because of the ties. The material is very soft to the touch. It definitely has that carefree, boho-chic Free People vibe.

I paired it with the pop of color, my red BCBG Generation peep-toe heels. The bows make these so feminine, but the red adds sex appeal. A good high heel is always a must and I feel as though these particular ones can be styled both formally, as well as for more casual occasions. Other pops of color include my bright red lip, which is actually a Rogue Edition Velvet gloss from a brand called Bourjois. I highly recommend this for a deep red lip that stays on for a quite a while. Also, I’ve incorporated some burgundy into the tassels of my drop earrings. The different shades of red really bring the whole outfit together, without being too matchy-matchy or over the top.

We had a lot of fun shooting this look. Sometimes you just need one or two pieces to create a really great outfit. I could wear this out to dinner or a fun summer cocktail party (preferably on a rooftop). The dress, I want to mention, is also in constant rotation in my wardrobe, and I’ve paired it with countless different shoes, from flats, to sandals, to of course, colorful heels.

-Masha

Cloudy Rooftop, Business meets Funk

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Skirt- Zara, Shoes- Ivanka Trump, Blazer- Zara

Last couple weeks had been all rain, rain, rain. And then some clouds. Washington D.C is usually to be bursting with sunshine this time of year. But alas. I continue to bring my umbrella everywhere and wait for those glorious warm days to arrive. And I can’t let the dreary weather get me down too much. There’s pictures to take, and outfits to style, and so many interesting places to go this time of year.

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