Gray Skater Dress

Skater Dress

Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Urban Outfitters dress (similar), Sam Edelman sandals, Zac by Zac Posen bag, Michael Kors sunglasses, Midori Linea necklaces

I’ve had this gray dress for years and I never run out of ways to wear it. It reminds me of a skater dress that I could wear with black converse high-tops, and though those days are mostly behind us, there’s something to be said about a youthful piece that can repurposed.

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A little mid-week workwear inspiration

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Coat: LavRore, Top: INC International, Skirt: White House Black Market, Boots: Via Spiga, Sunglasses: Michael Kors, Necklace: Loft

I love a pencil skirt that’s more than just boring black, and this one does not disappoint. It’s actually layered, giving your booty some extra volume. I paired it with a green button down. It gives a bit of oomph to your everyday buttondowns. Actually this whole look does. And I think that’s the point. Workwear can be fun, while still being, well, workwear.

I mixed and matched a striped skirt with a green button down and a red bib necklace. I also topped off the look with this incredible shearling coat. It is so warm and I usually don’t go for browns, but such a rich color. The material is buttery soft. The entire feel is very luxurious. I feel as if I just threw on a bunch of my current favorites together, and made it work. The key is classic cut and fit. Without all the color and pattern, this would be a much more traditional outfit. But I’m obviously not one for traditional.

This look was perfect for the middle of the week to wake up the styling senses a bit and add a pinch of variety to the everyday office attire. It can also transition easily to an after hours networking event or just a drink with close friends.

On Friday I’ll be sharing an outfit I wore last weekend (when it was basically summer!) and talking about how to elevate your (almost) spring weekend look to the next, chicer, level.

-Masha

How easy separates can create a complete chic look

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Top- Loft, Pants- Free People, Blazer- Zara, Shoes- Topshop, Bag- vintage

I love a casual put together look. Going to run errands or out for a quick lunch or whatever it is that all of us busy people do should never be sloppy. But it shouldn’t be difficult either. This is why I am all about mix and matching some easy separates to create a totally polished breezy feel. And best of all, if you switch out the top or the shoes or even the jeans, viola!, you’ve got a brand new outfit!

I started with a base of my current favorite Free People jeans. They’re not exactly traditional, but I love having a pair of black jeans that isn’t like everyone else’s. These particular ones are high-rise and ripped at the knees. I’ve linked to a pair with fun mesh detailing here. With a high-rise pair I wouldn’t recommend going with a top that’s long or loose as this does nothing for your shape, but rather choose tops with a bit of peplum or a higher hem. This one is absolutely gorgeous, and this is a great basic.  I went with this super cute sheer white tank from Loft, with a soft flare (similar here). I topped it off with a checkered blazer from Zara. The most important part of this blazer is the fit. It hits in all the right spots. This is a great option and has really fun fray detailing. For shoes, I decided on loafers as this adds the polish and is nice contradiction to the jeans. These loafers invoke the classic Gucci, but are at a much better pricepoint.

It’s really great how all these pieces are affordable, and you really don’t need to break the bank to look good. For those casual days, most of your look is probably already in your closet! And there’s nothing better than taking a look around, shopping your wardrobe, and seeing something in a whole new light.

Happy MLK day! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I plan on getting a lot of work done, and maybe even fitting in a workout during the day.

-Masha