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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Three ways to make a flowy dress interesting again

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Photography: Greg Beuning

What I’m wearing: Dress- BCBGMaxazaria (similar), Shoes- Schutz, Sunglasses- Gucci (they’re sold out so here are some similar)

 I love flowy pieces. I especially love flowy dresses. They’re just so effortless, you throw one on with a pair of boots and a cute accessory like a hat or a long chain necklace and you’ve got the most chic boho outfit set to go. Of course there’s also a point when a flowy dress gets boring, or is used too often to hide parts of our bodies. So how do you make flowy dresses interesting again? Here are my thoughts.

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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

 

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

Weekend Outfit Inspo

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Genuine People, Skirt- Urban Outfitters, Shoes- Coach, Bag- Kate Spade Necklace- Gifted, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

This past Saturday Greg and I went to a birthday brunch with some friends and then headed over to the H Street Festival, which is a big street gathering on (you guessed it) H Street with lots of food vendors and live music and plenty of booze and such. It’s really great for the local businesses there, after the festival winded down we ended up getting drinks on several rooftops.

I wanted an outfit that was easy to wear, but was still really chic and had that festival vibe. It also had to incorporate fall in some way, since September is the perfect time to introduce that transitional piece or two into the wardrobe. That piece for me ended up being this really great cropped black sweater from Genuine People.

I actually discovered this brand while browsing on Spring, an amazing online shopping app I highly recommend to anyone who loves high-low mixing. It seemed like a lot of the pieces I was liking and saving for further examination were by this brand, so I figured I had to try them and see if the actual clothing would be just as stylish. This sweater is incredibly stylish. It’s sexy, but still sophisticated and I can see it being worn with jeans or a skirt in both a casual and more going out setting. I love that the neckline is high, as it really balances out the crop.

Since the weather was still hot on Saturday, I couldn’t make this look completely fall. The sweater did the trick to bring me into the spirit and give a tasteful nod to the start of the season, but the rest of the outfit I kept light and airy. I paired the top with a blue, polka-dot, layered mini skirt. This was definitely the standout piece. It had a lot going on and were I wear it with something equally as loud up top, it might not have worked, but the key is to have a balance and keep extra fun in subtle detailing.

For shoes, I went with my white Coach lace-up heels. This whole look is mad up easy separates and I wanted to keep that going all the way to my feet. However, I didn’t want to go too boring, so I think they add just the right element of surprise, while still working with the rest of the style.

I just love how easy it was to spend all day in this outfit. We moved around a lot, from brunch, to drinks, to festival, to rooftop, and I felt comfortable the whole time. I think great weekend fashion should always incorporate two things: comfort and a stylish opportunity to express your creative personality.

 

-Masha