Category Archives: Street Style

Going West Coast

Looking to the lovely West Coast for inspiration today. The steady beat of sunshine, rock-n-roll cool and creative chic outfits that Californians put together, make terrific warm weather influences for the rest of us.

Chictopia A House In The Hills

A House In The Hills

Annabelle Fleur

Annabelle Fleur

Annabelle Fleur

Annabelle Fleur

Hallie Daily

Hallie Daily

Reyal Fashion

Reyal Fashion

Stay Classic

Stay Classic

The Maya Kay

The Maya Kay

Wander Uptown

Wander Uptown

So, Cal

There’s an undertone of ease to these looks, which I am always drawn too. Pops of color and accessories really elevate these looks from anything ordinary. The addition of a white blazer on Elsal of Wander Uptown, takes her short + T-shirt combo to the next level. And did you notice the light-wash jeans on The Maya Kay?! It’s a 180 degree departure from the over-dyed indigo jeans that have ruled for the past few years. The light color feels right at home during the warm months with an ocean breeze on your skin. If you didn’t want to lighten up your jean color (a bad-idea for some of us — like me), maybe a jean jacket is better. They’re back too.

I no longer wear short-shorts (eek), but would happily swap-out the shorts for a skirt or cropped pant in these outfits. It’s all about doing what works best for your body and re-imagining your closet in new ways. We probably don’t need as many new clothes as we think we do, just new ways to pair our current clothes.

See more flat-out fabulous outfits from these LA fashion bloggers on Chictopia:

We’ve finally got warm weather in Boulder and Denver, so we’re catching up to the rest of you. Enjoy the day!

x Laura

All photos via Chictopia.com

Oh la Lemon

Miroslava Duma in Jason Wu

Miroslava Duma in Jason Wu

J. Crew LemLem scarf

J. Crew LemLem scarf

Miroslava Duma neon sunnies (street style NYC)

Miroslava Duma neon sunnies (street style NYC)

Lemon Verbena Gimlet

Lemon Verbena Gimlet recipe

Miroslava Duma (photo: WDUGT street style) via The Covetable

Miroslava Duma (photo: WDUGT street style) via The Covetable

Sephora Smoothing Body Scrub in Lemon Verbena

Sephora Smoothing Body Scrub in Lemon Verbena

Mrs. Meyers Surface Scrub

x Laura

Loving: Sweatshirts and Skirts

Wearing a sweatshirt with a dressier skirt is one of those artfully casual-but-not-really looks, that appeal to me. A throw-on outfit that manages to be both pulled-together and down-to-earth at the same time. It elevates the sweatshirt out of its weekend rotation and is a nice option for cool days and nights. Check out how these beautiful bloggers have styled their sweatshirt + skirt combos. And it seems to me that this outfit  works for many ages and body types.
Sweatshirt + Full Skirt

sweatshirt with skirt

Blogger Auroran Henkarit via Chictopia

Sweatshirt + Pencil Skirt

Left - blogger Fashion Agony, Right - Made With Fashion, both via Chictopia

Bloggers Fashion Agony, left and Made With Fashion, right, both via Chictopia

Sweatshirt + Short or Long Skirt

Left - blogger Glamgerous, Right - Maria Jernov both via Chictopia

Bloggers Glamgerous, left and Maria Jernov, right, both via Chictopia

Links to these ladies:

Two Cute Options:

Rebecca Minkoff Sleeveless Sweatshirt $198

Sundry Pullover $87

Do you think this works for older women as well or is it better on the under 40 crowd? Being 40+ myself, I’m always curious to hear what you think. Are cozy sweatshirts ready for prime time?

x Laura

Loving: Oxfords

Time to borrow from the boys this spring and lace-up a cute pair of oxfords. Slip them on to balance out a feminine dress or pair them with cropped pants to show off the details. I love how these chic women styled their oxfords (all in pants, no less).

spring  oxfords street style

photos: Chictopia

Left to Right: themoptop, triplethread and thesparrowscherry

spring oxfords street style

photos: Chictopia

Left to Right: thefashiondiet2 and districtofchic

In my last post, You’re Probably A Better Shopper Than I Am, readers chimed in to say that they love to shop online. It’s one of the reasons that I like to include a product feature whenever I talk about trends. I’m hoping that it saves you a bit of time searching for the perfect thing.

These are 5 of the cutest pairs of oxfords available right now.

best spring oxfords shoes

Spring Oxfords

  1. Cole Haan Gramercy Oxford, $198 (more colors)
  2. Maison Martin Margiela Glitter Oxford, $940
  3. Anthropologie Lacey Oxfords, $98 (more colors)
  4. Steven Steve Madden Goldey Oxford, $149
  5. Frye Delia Oxford, $168 (more colors)

While searching for a pair of black pumps a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this comfy oxford with a white sole (tip: size up if you end up getting a pair) and bought it. What do you think? Looking forward to breaking them out soon.

Enjoy the day!

x Laura

Vertical Stripes: Avoid or Embrace?

It’s going to happen whether we like it or not and it’s time to decide where you stand on this one. Better now than in the dressing room, wondering, ‘Is this me?’

One of the strongest trends for Spring 2013 is vertical stripes. Cute, like pinstripes, right? No, more like jailbird or circus usher. When Marc Jacobs, Balmain, Michael Kors, Dior, Tommy Hilfiger and Moschino all sent very bold stripes down the runway, I thought, wow…really? And it’s not just the big design houses. Bold stripes are already trickling into more affordable stores like, Asos, Zara and H&M.

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I know we are going to see many adorable, stylish women who have managed to make this look chic. In fact, here is proof of it:

vertical stripes street style spring 2013

via The Wall Muse

But then again she is a model (on-duty/off-duty…it’s hard to tell) and it’s in her wheelhouse to carry off anything. If you’re a style blogger and you love this look, feel free to make a lovely example of yourself, prove how awesome this trend is, and send me the link. I’d be happy to post it.

Dipping your toe

What if you madly love vertical stripes, but need to tone it down in order to commit? I grabbed some beautiful Spring 2013 runway looks from my Pinterest board that show more forgiving ways to wear this trend.

Spring 2013 stripes

Or just add a cute bag and still be right on trend. Now this, we could all do.

striped bag (Left, Poverty Flats, $68. Right, Rebecca Minkoff, $125. Both at Nordstrom).

How do you shake out on this trend? Embrace, avoid or willing to cross the line?

x Laura

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