3 WAYS TO STYLE: Black/white Print | Style Inspiration | Lookbook

If you have not noticed by now,  I am loving my black and white capsule wardrobe. I've been using the same 11 pieces for the past couple of months.  If you want to know the process behind that, check out more here. In my mixing and matching, I have fallen in love again with black and white print. But first it was me trying something out and I found myself being drawn more and more to black and white print as I was restocking my closet. After using this capsule to get it out of my system, I realize that it's here to stay. So let's dig into how I capitalize off the black and white print.


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This look is what I call flirty fun. In my transition from Young 20 something to Young 30 something,  I have found that I want a little bit of both worlds. Something to reflect where I've come from and where I'm going. This look is the perfect representation of that. The ruffle billowy sleeve trend has stayed yet another season and I am making the most of it. A classic print skirt and I’m cocktail hour ready.  Although my cocktails are usually a double shot of apple juice.

 
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I find myself leaning more towards jeans than I previously have in the past. I'm usually not a Jeans type of girl. But I love to play within this capsule to see how I would play up jeans as if it's my standard. This look gives me tomboy Chic aesthetic that I absolutely love. It's comfy.  It’s not too fussy . It allows me to get things done in my day-to-day life. What else could I want?

 
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Why not go for Max black and white print? I love the inversion of black-and-white that allows the eye to interpret this as two different prints that are similar. In actuality, it's really the same print with inverted emphases. It gives the eyes some break from all the prints by having that little contrast. But we already know a little change goes a long way.

 

I have enjoyed every bit of this black and white lookbook series. So many outfits have come from just 10 pieces. If you want to create a capsule of your own, let’s create your 10 piece masterpiece today.


3 WAYS TO STYLE: Black, White & Jean all over | Style Inspiration | Lookbook

This mini lookbook was inspired by an iconic Janet Jackson video. It is the “Love will never do without you” video. If for some reason you do not know this video let me explain. This video is virtually nothing but Janet on a beach smiling dancing around in jeans and tank top combo with lightly tossed hair. That's it. But the visual is so iconic for its Simplicity and sexy cool, Janet’s calling card.  This image has stuck with me because it's one of the first times that I can remember looking at someone and saying wow that's what a woman should look like. Not because of it being Janet Jackson with this gorgeous body. It was because of the confidence that she carried and how beautiful she looked in such a simple outfit. I aligned being a woman with being confident. From that moment on that was how I viewed Womanhood and being stylish. It never left me. I wanted to create a lookbook with my version of that outfit and how I can make different variations to fit my style. Let's dig into the looks.


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I'm going through this phase that I don't think is really a phase, but a new standard. I love to put a dress over any look, no matter what I'm wearing. It's great for layering, acting as a duster world without the added sleeves. I wanted something on top, but I didn't want to cover up the billowy sleeves of the beautiful blouse that I was wearing. The dress meet both criteria.


 
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This look lacks a white piece but still goes to the same feel. I put two dresses on top of each other. One dress acts more like a long tunic with the ruffle sleeves. The other acts as it did in the previous look as a duster. Something about the same colors with different textures always elevates a look no matter how simple the pieces.


 
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This last look is the purest form of my interpretation of the video. I love Chris White tops. But until recently, they didn't love me back. It's because I'm a Messy eater. I could be eating plain rice, and somehow a Barbeque Stain will find its way on any white shirt I wore. I've gotten better with the voiding the stains and I'm falling in love with a white shirt again. I'm so glad I get to relive this look and if you want to buy a crisp white top this is the perfect one. It has a v neck some details on the wrist above all else it can fit in accommodate many a body type. I shortened it by taking it under itself because of my waste setting higher on my body than others. I even ventured out with my choice of June. I chose one that has rips and tears, string from my usual classic cut Jean. I wanted to give a feeling of relaxed chic. I got it.

 

I gladly used an iconic moment in music to inspire me to play up my version of simplicity. Which look was your favorite? Will you interpret the look in your own way? Let me know!


3 WAYS TO STYLE: Co-Ordinates | Style Inspiration

Coordinate outfits have been a staple in fashion for at least the past five years. They are not going anywhere and for good reason. They offer the ability to mix and match or have a ready to go look of separates with ease. Don't get too comfortable though. Push yourself to think outside the box and maximize this current fashion Staple in your closet.

I have fallen in love with this black and white print coordinate set from Shein. It is stretchy, comfortable and allows me to navigate my capsule wardrobe with ease. Remember it's all about function and fashion. There doesn't need to be a compromise and this coordinate set allows me to have both in abundance. These looks are just an extension of my overall 11 piece capsule wardrobe that you can preview here. Let's dig into the looks.


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This first look keeps it simple Chic. I love nothing more than the crisp white blouse contrast against a print or dark color coordinate. It is going to give you a classic look that is instantly pulled together without too much trouble. If you're like me and love the opulent little details this top is perfect for you. I chose it because I loved the Pearl details around the wrist and the fact that it gives me a billowy feel in the sleeves.

 
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This next look is all about minimal effort but Maximum Impact. It was easy to do since the coordinates already made an outfit and simply placing a bomber jacket on top created a new look. This look Work because it is the same print inverted. Whereas the coordinates and precise the black with white lines, the bomber jacket is the exact opposite. The contrast makes the difference and allows me to feel like I'm mixing prints without actually doing so.

 
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When all else fails, combine a print with a texture. This look is as easy as it comes. The coordinate top is perfect to layer underneath this drift it velvet dress. It provides me covering for the top of my arms but doesn't drag all the way down to the bottom of the dress so I'm constantly adjusting the lair. This is a great option if you simply want to break up your coordinates without doing too much. Simplicity is key

 

This small lookbook allows you to understand the importance of mixing and matching to maximize all the clothing in your wardrobe. It only took four pieces to create three distinct outfits in this lookbook. Try to replicate this in your own closet to see what you like and what don't.  Black and white never has to mean boring. Which look was your favorite?