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{ Dare To Wear } Summer-Style To The Maxi

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Like my dress? Thanks! I got it at a consignment shop and tend to wear it more than other maxis I’ve paid much more for.

Why? The cut is so complementary, even on my 5’2 1/2 frame. The fabric is super light (perfect for the heat wave we’ve been having), but not sheer. Oh, and there’s a slit.

I’ve worn this baby casual as well as more dressed up … and to think I almost didn’t buy it!

Why? Well, like I said, it’s from a consignment shop. It’s not that I don’t shop thrifted threads (I actually love to!). I found this fab find while I was selling some of my stuff to Plato’s closet. When I’m cleaning out my closet I try not to pack it right back up, but this maxi was special. For one, it wouldn’t need to be hemmed. So I tried it on and never looked back.

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1. Accessorize your hair to beat the heat. Sometimes it’s just too hot out for a big statement necklace. A headband or pretty clip keeps hair out of your face and leaves less of a need for jewelry.

2. Pick a maxi dress with a high waist to elongate your legs. I’m under 5’3 and yet, this long style works. Why? Because it goes in right below the bust, making the lower half appear way longer.

3. Dress it up with an evening bag. I’ve got a few vintage favorites that I turn to often. A little beaded clutch has a way of taking this from the beach to perhaps a beach wedding?

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{ Aqua maxi dress, Plato’s Closet | vintage clutch | Vince Camuto sandals }

Like the look? Scroll though the showroom below to check out other maxi dresses that caught my eye. All are under $100!

Dare To Wear } a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same style three ways. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

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{ Dare To Wear } Denim + Denim

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It’s casual. It’s cool. It’s often my uniform for living life. Denim on denim, or the “Canadian tuxedo” as many call it, is easy and effortless. Plus you can take it so many different ways, depending on how you accessorize it. A bright heel, slip-on sneaker, or perhaps snake-skin loafers — all-denim dressing is can be go in whatever direction you’re feeling. That probably what I love about it most. My mood changes and with this laid-back canvas I can easily switch up my style with a swipe of lipstick or by pulling a statement necklace out of my clutch (yes, I usually have a few accessories on hand for those very moments).

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1.Tie it up. It’s a simple trick to fix a wrinkled shirt (or in my case, a dress, yes the top is actually a dress) and helps create more of an hourglass shape on the body.

2. Infuse your own flare to a monochromatic look with your accessories. Try a printed shoe on for size or a unique necklace.

3. Similar washes work well together. Keep your denim on denim feeling summertime-fine with light jeans and a pale chambray top.

4. Experiment to craft your own style. I love dark denim and medium washes too, so mix and match until you find what YOU like. Sometimes I like to tuck my top and other times I like to tie the top or even wear it open over a tank top. Have fun and make it your own.

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{ jean dress | Diesel jeans | LOGO by Lori Goldstein shoes | LOGO by Lori Goldstein statement necklace | vintage clutch | Ray-Ban sunglasses }

Like the the timeless denim-on-denim trend too? check out the showroom below featuring some of my favorite chambray tops I found online. Bonus: lots are on sale and all are under $100!

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{ Dare to Wear } Retro-Inspired Ladylike Style

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I’ve always had a thing for retro styles. The circle skirt + this little jacket that I’ve owned for like 10 years = a ladylike look with a mid-century vibe and lots of personality, perfect for a bridal or baby shower. Note to self: remember this outfit the next time I’m running late to a daytime event.

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1. Like it? Wear it with confidence. It’s the secret sauce to any look.
2. Neutral prints play well together. The little jacket has a geometric pattern, while the skirt is a sheer plaid. Thanks to the muted color palette these designs aren’t competing.
3. Tuck it in. Turn your tank dress into a top by simply tucking it into your skirt.

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{ mock-neck tank dress + sheer-printed skirt, Smak Parlour | DKNY 3/4 sleeve jacket | Ray-Ban ‘Club Master’ shades | vintage faux-pearl chocker | Christian Siriano for Payless heels  } Like the look? Scroll through the widget below for similar styles.

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{ Dare To Wear } How To Elevate Your Biz-Casual Style

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My work requires me to look pulled together with a stylish, creative flare and guess what? That’s what so many of the individuals I style are looking for — a bit professional with personality.  That’s why I am loving this combination so much. It’s easy to recreate and the statement necklace adds so much style. I’ll remember this pairing for a morning that I need to look the part but don’t have the time to dream up a new ensemble before I leave (note: I often have a few ideas of what to wear so mix and match before I head out).

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1. Button up. Yup, button up the shirt and wear the statement necklace over it. Now that’s a way to make a statement while keeping it totally professional.

2. One and done. Adding a bold necklace is a the quickest way to infuse fashion and creativity to your look. That’s why I am often with a few statement necklaces in my bag. Tossing one on is so simple and totally switches up an outfit.

3. A monochromatic color palette = a chic canvas. A fun shoe, jewelry, or nail can make it pop. Be an artist and start styling that canvas.

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{ LOGO Links by Lori Goldstein statement necklace, QVC | Lilly Pulitzer top (warehouse-sale find) | Elizabeth & James jeans  | Kate Spade iPad case | French Connection heels, DSW | Giles & Brother ‘Cornita’ cuff }

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Like the look? I’ve filled the showroom below with stylish pieces that are similar to the ones I’m wearing. If you see me on TV or follow along on Instagram, then these gorgeous necklaces may look familiar. They are indeed from the brand that I’m so proud to represent on QVC, LOGO by Lori Goldstein (my 1 year work anniversary is coming up!). They offer seriously gorgeous statement jewelry in the LOGOlinks collection (and no, I’m not being paid to write this). I get to wear these beauties on air and get so many compliments on social media and in real life that I felt the need to share and style them here on the blog. After all, these outfits are made up of pieces that are really in my wardrobe and that I really love, hence all the repetition of certain pieces. ;)

  Dare To Wear } a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three ways. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

P.S. Wondering what item is on repeat? There isn’t one. It’s actually a type of item — statement necklaces. I’ve heard so many styling clients and friends say that they love the look, but feared they couldn’t pull it off. Crazy talk! So I decided to style three totally different outfits showing the versatility of statement necklaces. Next one up involves stripes and florals, stay tuned!

P.P.S. Did you miss my previous blog post on styling a statement necklace? See it here: { The Bolder, The Better }

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{ Dare To Wear } The Bolder, The Better

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Dear life, you are meant to be lived so I am dressing for the occasion! I wore this dress, necklace, and earrings for a recent TV segment on Fox29 (see: the look on Instagram). I threw it together early that morning, right after moving, so all my stuff was/is a bit in disarray. To my surprise, this bold look got lots of love. Note to self: don’t be afraid to be different. That’s what makes us all unique. Dress like the special being that you are!

So here it is, and it’s the very first look shot at the aforementioned new place. Continue reading…

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{ Dare To Wear } Winter Accessories

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Two things I wear all winter:  beanies + scarves. They are pretty much a must for my daily life and often stay on after my coat comes off.

Beanies truly are the cure to a bad hair day and cold ear, and scarves basically make me feel like I’m wrapped up in my own personal blanket. This Nich Boutique scarf happens to have pockets. It blew my mind and has been perfect for stashing my sunnies. I’ve been stowing my phone in the scarf too and actually panicked a few times thinking I lost my phone, before remembering the pockets. I do love pockets. They’re a weakness of mine.

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{ Style Tips }

1. Make outerwear part of the outfit. Yes these pics are outside, but I often keep my scarf or beanie or both on after my coat comes off.

2. Pair a loose-fitting top with skinny bottoms. Dressing is really all about playing with proportions. Loose clothes all over can drown you and hide your shape, so an over-sized flannel looks great with more fitted pieces. Leggings, skinny jeans, or ponte pants are all great options.

3. Roll and cuff above the boots. As you can see from this previous outfit post, sometimes I like to wear these boots with the pants tucked. This was not one of those times. instead I cuffed these comfy pants to sit on top if the boots. It’s these little styling touches that make an outfit a whole look so play around with your clothes to switch up the vibe.  how to dress for winter

{ beanie, C21 | scarf & plaid button-up top, Nich Boutique | Lilly Pulitzer travel jeans | Ugg kesey boots }

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{ Dare To Wear } How To Layer Up Your Little Black Dress

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 Is it me or do these pics have a slight Halloween vibe? Maybe it’s the location (the church at my alma mater, Cabrini College), or the the dark lip + dark hair + dark clothing. I tend to wear lighter colors close to my hair to brighten up my look, which is maybe why I naturally finished the outfit with an olive topper. Is there a color you avoid close to your face? For me, it’s usually black, since by hair is so dark and it’s just a whole lot of darkness. Continue reading…

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{ Dare To Wear } Double-Cuff Love

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This outfit incorporates a few of my favorites for fall — layering, plaid, olive green, cuffed jeans, and wine hues too. Pretty much everything I have on is something I’ve been wearing a lot lately. The jacket and plaid top are a recent Nordstrom purchase and work so well with so much already in my closet. It’s about building a wardrobe, so be sure to be buy pieces that will only enhance and add life into your current style cycle.

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{ Style Tips }

1. Plaid+ flannel are forever. They never go out of style, so buy one you love and you’ll have it for a while.

2. Do the double cuff. I first cuffed the sleeves of the coat, then did the same to the plaid shirt, resting the folds on top of the jacket.

3. Tighten the coat’s waist. This one has a drawstring on the inside. I like to make sure it’s cinched in a bit to highlight the idea of a waist through the layers of clothes.

4. Dress up a casual look with a heel. It makes all the difference. Take it a step further and cuff the jeans to really draw attention to the fancy footwear.

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Special thanks to Renee Patrone + Pineapple on Main for letting us use their amazing space for this month’s blog pics.

Dare To Wear } a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three way. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and styled three ways throughout the month. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

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