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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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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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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Printed sheath dress for the office

Printed sheath dress for the office

Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Calvin Klein dress (couldn’t find the exact one since it’s a couple seasons old, but Calvin Klein has some gorgeous options at Macy’s) , Schutz Shoes sandals, Michael Kors Sunglasses

This will be a quick post, but I just wanted to share a really great work dress I recently rediscovered in my closet. I am a big fan of this curve-hugging shape, and absolutely love the print details.

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Instagram Outfit Roundup

Photography: Greg Beuning

I’ve decided to do an Instagram outfit roundup, and gather a bunch of the outfit of the day shots I’ve been sharing and compile a sort of lookbook for you guys. I’m not going to link all the pieces (since that would take a long while), but I’ll point out some favorites and discuss them a bit.

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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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WIW: high-waisted jeans, lace-trim sweater, and a hat

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing- Sweater- INC International , Jeans- Free People, Coat- INC International, Boots- The Frye Company, Bag- Zac Posen, Hat- Vintage

A hat is always a good idea! And I feel like we never give hats the attention they deserve. I always want to wear one, but somehow never do it enough. I’ve had this one for a long time, but am really looking to expand my collection. Anyone have any good hats they recommend? I’m really liking this one with a wider brim, and this one is just adorable.

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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

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

On Trend

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Photography: Greg Beuning 

I’ve featured these pants before, but because they’re such a great, interesting piece, I want to talk about another idea in how to style them. Printed pants, at least my printed pants, get a lot of use. They do all the work on their own, so I usually mute the rest of the outfit. It’s wonderful on days I just want to slip something on and go, and still showcase some edginess and playfulness. This time around, the pants still remained the focus of the look, but I added a lot of other details to take everything up a notch and encourage some risk taking.

I styled a black sweater with cutouts and bell sleeves (over a black cami since I was headed to work and see-through would have probably been frowned upon) to go with the pants. Cutouts, lace detailing, and bell sleeves are all very in right now, which is funny because I’ve actually had this top for quite a while. Just shows that trends rotate. Two trends together can seem bold, but I believe because there was only one colored piece, the rest of the statement was subtler. And though this is definitely a more eccentric outfit, it doesn’t go over the top. For shoes, because it was warmer that day, I chose my gold mules. Another trend, but I think they really work here. I kept all other accessories super simple, just my watch and a pair of classic sunnies.

Sometimes it’s tons of fun to take risks and be a walking trend. But of course, it’s not that fun looking like a crazy. So my advice is to stick to one loud piece and pair with smaller trends, like a detailing on the sleeve or the cut of the shoe. And, also it’s important to note that this can’t be worn just anywhere. I happened to wear this to work the other week, but it was a bold move, so if you’re just starting to experimenting with incorporating trendier pieces, I recommend this look for drinks with a close girlfriend or a casual coffee date. But don’t be afraid to do it in general. Rules are meant to be broken and style is meant to be played with. So go out there and have some fun with trends!

-Masha