Perfect Pairings



If Tuesday's post was any indication, I'm on a serious leopard kick right now. It's a classic print that never truly goes out of style and couldn't be more perfect for the autumn season. I've rounded up the best affordable pieces I could find in both bold oversized patterns & more subdued sophisticated styles. If you've never incorporated this print into your closet, why not take a walk on the wild side? And be sure to check out the scrolling bar below for even more leopard finds.




I'm a sucker for anything lace, but particularly a delicate eyelet pattern because it's slightly more wearable, youthful and so perfect for summer. Though traditionally seen as a feminine & sweet textile, there are plenty of ways to modernize it by pairing with more casual or edgy pieces. Take a look at the outfits I've created here & shop the scrolling bar below for over 65 affordable eyelet styles to love.




I have always loved pleats for their feminine feel and soft structure (as evidenced by the photos shown above). These pieces are so airy & pretty for the summer months and they can really help balance out your shape in a flattering way. In my opinion, a pleated skirt (knee-length, midi or maxi) is a wardrobe essential. Take a look at the 2 outfits I've created here and then scroll through my affordable pleated finds below - everything under $70!




I decided to focus this month's Perfect Pairings on a trend that was seen all over the spring runways - designers like Marni, Dries Van Noten & Rochas created show-stopping looks by embracing soft & sweet ruffles. But, even if your style isn't overtly feminine, there's still plenty of ways to modernize these frilly frocks by balancing them out with structured pieces. This keeps the overall look feeling less girly & more sophisticated. Take a look at a few outfit ideas I've put together here + shop my top affordable picks below!




Spring is the perfect time to embrace your feminine side and there's nothing more ladylike than lace. The key to styling these pieces is to mix in either relaxed or edgy accents - it helps balance out the sweetness of this dainty fabric and keeps the overall look feeling modern. Here are a few of my favorite examples for the season (all under $75) and you can shop even more affordable lace styles below!




Since so many of you have commented recently about wanting to see how I put outfits together, today is the first in a new monthly series called Perfect Pairings. I'll show you two affordable looks based around the same theme...and for June, I've chosen stripes! I especially gravitate towards striped pieces in the warmer months - what could be more summery than a classic breton shirt and a bold red lip?




Brights

It's time for our monthly installment of Perfect Pairings (see June's post here) - this time I decided to focus on brights. What better time than summer to get decked out in bold cheery hues? Whether you gravitate towards a timeless silhouette or crave more tailored pieces, these options are all affordably priced (everything under $60) & spot-on for the season.





Since the summer weather is sticking around for a few more weeks, it may seem crazy to talk about leather - which is why I stayed away from jackets & pants for this post & focused on versatile pieces you can actually wear now. These will also transition nicely into fall & winter - try the vest over a black blazer or under your wool coat for an added layer of warmth & pair the pencil skirt with a plaid button-down under a crewneck sweater for a preppy feel.






Whether you choose to call it maroon, oxblood, wine or burgundy, there's no denying that it's one of the hottest colors for Fall/Winter 2013. The good news is that this shade looks gorgeous on all skin tones, which makes it easy for anyone to wear. I've created two looks using affordable pieces below - though I paired this rich hue with neutrals, it also works well with soft pink, mustard & eggplant.





As I mentioned yesterday, I'm making a concerted effort to inject more color into my wardrobe...and with all the new arrivals hitting stores, there is no better time than now to stock up on pretty pastels. This might be a bit premature, but I can't help but dream of warmer weather & lighter layers - spring is just around the corner, right?





For this month's edition of Perfect Pairings, I decided to focus on my favorite springtime print. And because I was able to find so many great affordable options, I put together 4 outfits (instead of the usual 2), featuring a mix of both dressed up & casual looks. Whatever your personal style, there is something here for everyone - be sure to check out more budget-friendly floral pieces below and let me know which one is your favorite!




I grew up in a house that was mainly decorated in red tartan and with a mom who dressed me in plaid almost year-round...which is why I had such an aversion to it in my late teens & early twenties. However, I am now (finally) coming back around & have a greater appreciation for this traditional print - especially when it's styled in a more modern way & offset by slightly edgier pieces.




Nothing says fall like the nubby rich texture of tweed, which is why I've chosen to feature it in this month's edition of PP. And though this fabric typically has a more classic feel, there are new styles out for the season with subtle modern details (like the zipper-embellished skirt & moto-style jacket seen here).





With New Year's Eve just around the corner, I thought it was only fitting to focus on glam pieces for this month's edition. I've tracked down the most affordable sequinned finds from dresses & skirts to jackets & tops. And I've styled some of my favorites into 2 perfectly festive looks, proving that sequins don't have to be reserved only for special occasions.





For this month's edition, I decided to focus on a seasonally-appropriate fabric. There is an unmistakable ease with linen that reads relaxed and effortless. When looking for a lightweight piece in this textile, I prefer to choose one that is a blend with either cotton or silk, which produces a softer finish and doesn't wrinkle as quickly. I've created 2 outfits below featuring transitional pieces that will work both now & later - just swap out the jeans for shorts and the sweater for a sleeveless blouse!




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