I have discussed before that the most common questions I field are, what do I wear with that? “That” being a pair of pants, a skirt, top, etc… Since the cooler temps and Winter months are upon us I found it appropriate to discuss, What to Wear with a Cardigan. It’s so easy to throw on a tank, cami or t-shirt underneath. But I think it’s important to showcase pieces beyond that parameter, to keep the look exciting.
I personally like to have my arms covered during this time of year so a sleeveless top doesn’t really cut it for me. Adding texture, color, patterns, embellishments tops are great way to transform a cardigan from looking ordinary to extraordinary. For example, if the cardigan in combination #1 was paired with a plain t-shirt than the the outfit would look well, plain. Pairing it with a patterned top keeps it fresh and interesting. Finishing the outfit with black skinny pants or a straight leg pant would complete this outfit nicely.
1. Cardigan: Topshop, Blouse: J.Crew
2. Cardigan: J.Crew, Blouse: Romwe
3. Cardigan: Romwe, Blouse: Marc by Marc Jacobs
4. Cardigan: Topshop, Blouse: Vince
5. Cardigan: Topshop, Blouse: Madewell
* Madewell is having a sale this weekend, 25% off Fall Favorites!
The gloomy weather that we had the past few days had me thinking of Fall, crisper days and layering pieces. This Fall I am turning to rich jewel and luxe fabrics and textures to fill my closet. Almost every Fall jewel tones are shown, but this year they seem more intriquing, vibrant and alluring. I think the mix of rich colors against interesting fabrics makes for a fascinating outfit. If the trend of metallic snakeskin or wearing a jewel tone doesn’t seem quite you, then you can start by warming up to the trend with an accessory, shoe or even wear a jewel shade on your nails.
1.Clutch, Marc by Marc Jacobs $158
2. Dress, Diane Von Furstenburg $465
3. Leopard Flat, BP Shoes $59.95
4. Evil Eye Bracelet, House of Harlow $55
5. Road House Blues, OPI, $8
6. Tripe Finger Ring, ASOS, $25.86
7. Boyfriend Cardigan, Topshop $80
8. Cargo Blouse, Madewell, $110
9. Leather Shorts, J Brand, $205
10. Perforated Suede Platform Sandals, Belle by Sigerson Morrison, $350.
Below are the details of the outfit I wore for the Fashion Week video submission. I wanted to wear something comfortable, not too complicated, and an ensemble that wouldn’t be distracting to viewers. I chose colors that are easy on the eye, so the focus wouldn’t be too much on what I was wearing, but on what I saying. Most importantly I wanted to exemplify the topic of the video, How to Transition an Outfit from Summer to Winter. I know the skirt may look summery, but with an addition of a blazer or even gray tights (and a shoe exchange) this outfit could easily work in the Fall or even the Winter. In the dead of Winter, I love wearing a piece that it is wispy and ethereal. It is such a refreshing contrast to the grey, dreary days.
Here is the link to the video: talenthouse.com/adahliavolk Voting begins tomorrow!
Skirt: BCBG Generation
Blouse: Red Haute
Ring: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Packing a bag for a weekend getaway can sometimes pose a challenge. Cramming essentials, clothes and shoes in just one bag can definitely present some logistical and practical problems. Being a person that loves to throw everything under the sun into her luggage when packing for a trip, when packing a weekender this simply does not work. So, I follow a few “fail-safe” rules to make sure my packing is pragmatic, but I still have room for all of my fun pieces!
1. Plan your Packing! Put your shoes on the bottom and layer everything else on top.
2. Organize by Category! Put all your tops, pants, intimates etc.. in piles in your bag. This is helpful when you are grabbing something quick out of your bag because you will know exactly where it is. Plus, if you don’t get a chance to unpack you will still keep your clothes in order.
3. Versatility is Key! Pack items that are either neutral or ones that can easily intermix with other pieces you have packed. This will help you get the most out of the few items that are in your bag.
4. Wear it There! I always wear an outfit that I can wear again on the trip. Whether it’s a tank and cropped jeans or a T-shirt and printed shorts, these outfits can be broken up and worn with other pieces.
5. Don’t Stress! If you have gone through all your outfits and have to wear the same thing twice, don’t worry. When you think back on the trip you will remember the great memories and not that you wore the same outfit multiple times.
1. Tank Dress $110
2. Weekender Bag $558
3. Gray Wedge $45.99
4. Orange Tank Top $89.50
5. Cropped Pants $70
6. Mara Necklace $170 (per each strand)
7. Maxi Dress $60
8. Cardigan $76
9. Jean Shorts $39.50
10. Feather Sandal $225
There is a new skirt length in town for Spring and Summer and it is being welcomed with open arms, The Midi. It is a 3/4 length skirt falling somewhere between under the knee and above the ankle. The Midi provides a fresh alternative to the Mini and the Maxi skirts, we have seen in past seasons. The ladylike nature of the hemline leans towards a ultra feminine look without being too obvious. Flowy options call for ballet flats or pumps, while skin tight skirts are best paired with a sexy high heel or sandal counterpart. Personally, I love to pair a flowy skirt like the Marc By Marc Jacobs, shown below, with a broken-in tank.
1. Marni White Blouse $238
2. Striped Skirt $66
3. Splendid Vintage Tank $44
4. Marc By Marc Sylvie Skirt $298
5. Army Green Tank $223
6. Thakoon Addition Washed Silk Skirt $ 395
7. Bird Blouse $88
8. Pleated Skirt $80