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Five Ways to be Fearless with your Style

A recent Refinery 29 article by Connie Wang, displays a long list of style options that could satisfy any bold fashion enthusiast!  We’ve narrowed the list down to our top five picks.  When it comes to developing your sense of style, it’s fun to branch out and be a little daring.  These five tips will undoubtedly be able to freshen up a stale wardrobe.

First, make room for over-sized clothing in you closet.  Whether it’s a pair of wide leg trousers or an over-sized baggy sweater, you can create an effortless look with clothing that drapes loosely over your body.   I’d suggest these wide leg trousers from Forever 21, featured below.  They’re stylish, comfy, and will look great paired with an over-sized sweater or a tight-fitting crop top.

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Photo Courtesy of Forever 21 ($22.90). Click through to original source.

Second, if you’re a fan of black outfits, Connie advises that each piece should really count!  If you’re going to wear a black jacket, why not make it a leather statement piece complete with buckles and silver zippers, like the one featured below from Nasty Gal.

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Photo Courtesy of Nasty Gal ($348.60). Click through to original source.

Next on the list, is a jacket with leather-cut appliqués.  I can’t get enough of this colorful leather-cut jacket and handbag, featured in the Refinery 29 article.  This look has the perfect amount of color to make it stand out!

Photo Courtesy of Victoria Adamson, Featured on Refinery29. Click through to original source.
Photo Courtesy of Victoria Adamson, Featured on Refinery29. Click through to original source.

Now it’s time to get a little crazier.  You can make the hottest statement look by combining awesome patterns with bold solid color pieces.  Connie demonstrates this perfectly in the following picture.  My favorite is the hounds tooth pants paired with the yellow handbag.  The yellow comes to life when paired with the black and white color combination of the pants.

Photo Credit: Victoria Adamson, Courtesy of Refinery29. Click through to original source.
Photo Credit: Victoria Adamson, Courtesy of Refinery29. Click through to original source.

Last but not least, it’s time to take your shoes to the next level by opting for a pair with an exquisite architectural heel.  In my opinion, no one does it better than Julia Lundsten in her Skin by Finsk collection.  The black shoes featured below are bound to turn any outfit into a statement!

Photo Courtesy of Skin By Finsk
Photo Courtesy of Skin By Finsk

I’m with Connie that some people love dressing for an audience and enjoy the passing looks from people in the street.  If that’s you, then it’s time for you to give these head-turning tips a try!  Check out the StyleChat app for all your style browsing and shopping needs.

By: Jaclyn Parker

How to Wear Houndstooth this Fall

When I say the word “houndstooth,” the reaction I get is usually, “Huh?” Many people are familiar with the houndstooth print when they see it, but have no idea what it’s called.

This is what houndstooth print looks like:houndstooth3

Now you know what I’m talking about, right?

Although you can find many different colorful houndstooth prints, it is a classic, black and white, jagged-checkered print.

So why should you care? Houndstooth is a hot print this fall.

But how do you wear something so bold? Have no fear, we’ve got ideas on how to look your best in houndstooth print.

But why would you need tips on how to wear houndstooth?

Well, as much as we love Lady Gaga, this is what we want to stay away from when wearing houndstooth:

Yikes! This really is too much of a good thing at once.

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You can totally wear all those houndstooth-printed items, we just suggest not wearing them all at once.

Houndstooth overload!

So where do we begin? Let’s start with a houndstooth dress. The one Lady Gaga has on above is gorgeous! If you’re going to attempt to wear so much of this print, dress everything else down so that the dress takes center stage. I mean, if you look at her for too long, you might start to get dizzy because there’s just so much going on at once!

This means wear simple or no jewelry at all. Aim for either simple makeup or classic makeup. Go for light mascara and a light lip color, or a smooth cat eye and a bold red lip color. Go for a solid purse as well as a solid shoe. Wear your hair down for a casual look, or pull it back in a bun or high ponytail for a sleeker look.

Most of all, have confidence when you walk around in a dress this bold! If you don’t walk around like you know you’re rockin’ that look, no one will believe it!

So what if you want to accessorize using houndstooth, instead of having it being the center of attention in your outfit? No problem at all! If you’re in a simple outfit and want to spice it up with some houndstooth print, try a pair of houndstooth heels or flats. I can guarantee your feet will be the most interesting ones in an elevator full of plain work shoes! 😉

Not a big shoe person? That’s OK. Try a small houndstooth clutch or scarf. Or do you love jewelry? Houndstooth earrings or a necklace would be cute! Or maybe you like showing off your style via your nails! Houndstooth nail art is all the rage!

No matter how you wear it, wear it proudly!

Here are some of our houndstooth favorites:

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By: Stephanie Wong