Two ways to style a white cashmere sweater this fall

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Photography: Greg Beuning

What I’m wearing: 

Outfit 1: Sweater- Vince, Shorts- (similar), Boots- Via Spiga (similar), Bag- Zac Posen (my exact one is sold out, but here’s a very similar one)

Outfit 2: Sweater- Vince, Skirt- Loft (this one might be even cuter!), Shoes- Coach

 I’m in love with this cashmere sweater. All cashmere really. There’s just something about the quality, how durable, yet soft it is, that can’t be beat. And it’s versatile too. Of course, traditionally it’s reserved for the colder months of the year, but I decided to start early and styled this white cashmere sweater two ways for the fall. The first look is perfect for a patio date night on a late October night (you know when you can still wear shorts, but want to pretend it’s fall so you also throw on a sweater), and the second look is great for work or a networking coffee. Read on to see how easy both are to style. 

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Summer to fall transitional outfit idea + elephants

Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Rachel Roy dress, Guess Boots (similar), Michael Kors sunglasses, INC jacket (old) – but loving this one

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Fall is here! Of course it’s 90 degrees today and still feels like the dead of August, but I have hope that the weather will turn soon. I have too many plans to go apple picking, fall foliaging, and pumpkin scouting for it not to.

So what do you wear when it’s kind of fall, but not? I mean you know cooler in the morning, hot in the afternoon, and cooler again at night? You definitely want to layer, and I’ve got a great transitional outfit idea for you.

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Lesson in Layering

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Jeans: DL1961 Premium Denim, Top- White House Black Market, Cardigan- Theory, Boots- Via Spiga, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Gloves- Unknown

I think this is such a great chilly November day look. I love that everything is minimalist, but the pieces are luxe and quality. I paired my new favorite dark wash denim with a black top that speaks volumes in detail. The front features ruffles and a pink stone necklace that can be detached. I left the necklace on, because in an all-black look, it provided a much needed pop of color.

Of course I am looking for any excuse to slip on my new cashmere cardigan from Theory. I think it’s so important to have a layering piece in your wardrobe that you can pretty much pair with anything. This was such a no brainer topper to the outfit. It pulls everything together with a most sophisticated air.

For shoes I went with my trusty black suede booties, but while I usually tuck my jeans into the boots, this time I styled them over. I don’t know what about it reminds me of a 90’s look, but for some reason I’m picking up that vibe. It makes the outfit just a little bit less traditional. I also am wearing a pair of black leather gloves for warmth. My hands are always the first parts of my body to freeze, and these gloves are so classic, but also stylish with button detailing.

I love that in DC you don’t need to completely bundle up in large puffers for the fall season. Keep the important parts covered, but definitely allow some layering pieces to do the talking!

-Masha

 

Cool Fall Layers

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- Material Girl, Cardigan- Cabi, Skirt- Rebecca Taylor, Shoes- Topshop, Jacket- All Saints

 On warm fall days, I love light fall layers. I want to dress warm enough to be comfortable, but not hot. Because the weather is volatile, and can often change hourly in Washington D.C, layers are the way to go. In this look, I went for a bolder mix of prints and cuts, and paired them with classic details to create a truly unique outfit.

Leopard print is a fun way to add some pattern to a mostly black and white outfit, and it’s really the standout piece of this look. But that doesn’t mean the rest has to be so muted that all personality is stripped. It just means that the details are bit subtler. This Material Girl tank has a great racerback and is actually long enough to be a dress in the summer, with lace detailing at the bottom. Since I was going to work though, I tucked it into a great flippy Rebecca Taylor skirt, and added a white cardigan with side detailing.

To add a bit of structure to the look, and bring it a more office feel, I added a pair of men-inspired loafers. I’ve been really into loafers recently, and I finally found an affordable pair that I can take from the office to the weekend. I love that they look just as stylish with a pencil skirt as with jeans. Of course, I had to make sure they fit my personality, and I just love the gold buckle detail.

I think this outfit is so versatile for fall. I slipped on a pair of patterned leggings to add a feminine touch, but it could easily be worn without. I also had my leather jacket in case the temperature dropped. This look is great, because to transition it to a different occasion, all you really have to do is change one piece. Swap the loafers for a pair of heeled boots, and you have a date night look. Don’t be afraid to be bold with prints and details. It’ll make you shine so much brighter!

-Masha

Silk, Leather, Suede

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Jacket- All Saints, Dress- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boots- Via Spiga, Bag- Rebecca Minkoff, Sunglasses- Michael Kors, Earrings- Lou Lou  

I have been waiting to break out my All Saints leather jacket for weeks now, and finally the time has come. This is my favorite piece of outerwear that I own right now, and it’s going into its third season. It’s just such a staple piece in my wardrobe, and worth the investment.

A great piece like a leather jacket will never go out of style, is incredibly versatile, and functional too. This one is a bit more fitted, and a faded black. I love the quilt details on the shoulders and the zippers and buckles on the sleeves. It’s a great item for a more casual look, a work look, or a night out. And it brings so much edge, that effortless, cool girl vibe to pretty much any outfit.

Here I’ve paired it with a bit of a bold piece, a Marc by Marc Jacobs maxi dress with a side slit and a loud colorful splatter print. In the summer I’m able to wear this dress on its own with just a pair of black sandals, but I wanted to up the ante when transitioning into fall. I think that a summer piece like this dress, should be worn in the fall as well, because when paired with the correct complements, we can get the most out of our clothes. Though the leather and the maxi both have equal amounts of characters, I feel like they work really nicely together. The flowy silk softens the toughness of the leather.

To finish off, I went with my current favorite pair of boots, heeled suede booties with gold buckle side detailing. It’s a bit of an unexpected touch to add boots to a maxi, but I actually love this look. It makes a traditionally summer dress appropriate for fall. I enjoy the mix of materials in this outfit, silk, leather, and suede. Because the boots and jacket are black, it’s ok for the dress to be loud. But also, both the jacket and boots have great details that add individualized character. This might be one of the best fall looks I’ve styled yet!

-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

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

 

Playing with Textures

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Zara, Skirt- Zara, Blazer- Unknown , Boots- Via Spiga, Watch- Michael Kors

Workwear in the fall is an opportunity to mix textures, layer sweaters and blazers, and have a lot of fun not sweating in something more covered up. I love the dark colors of this look, but how the different types of material are what add the interest. I started with my dark blue cropped turtleneck (which was tastefully tucked into the skirt for the office). I’ve been waiting to wear this for a while now because it’s the perfect transitional piece. The high cut makes it fall weather appropriate, but the fact that it’s sleeveless and cropped keeps you from overheating. In Washington D.C, clothing that can be versatile of all sorts of weather conditions is important since often it’s unpredictable and tends to change throughout the day.

I styled the top with my faux black leather pencil skirt from Zara. Even though the leather makes it a bit of a standout piece, I’ve actually been able to make this work as a neutral basic on so many occasions. The longer length makes it easily appropriate for the office, while still maintaining edge, and seamlessly transitioning to an outing in the evening hours. To finish off, I added a pinstriped blazer that nicely compliments the subtle pinstripe of the turtleneck. I’ve been really into rolling up the sleeves to give it that cuffed look. It allows so much more opportunity to show off jewelry.

These suede booties with gold side detailing pull everything together and absolutely scream fall. I am so obsessed with them; I’m sure I will be styling them all season long. There is nothing more versatile than a great black boot, short enough to wear with both jeans and skirts, in casual and more formal settings. They are the perfect go-with-everything piece. I could have paired a pair of black pumps with this particular boot, but I went with boot because it adds just that little bit of extra, which elevates the edge and personality of the outfit. Also, it really brings the whole look into the fall season.

Mixing textures, in this case leather, wool, and suede, is a great way to style outfits for the upcoming months. Keep in mind, that it’s important to maintain consistency in tone and color family, so as to not appear haphazard. When done right, this is such a fun way to make the workweek wardrobe tons more interesting!

-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