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Styling Tips For In-Between Season

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Photo: Blake Lively; Courtesy of vogue.comaceshowbiz.com.

Apparently, winter is not done with us. Every time I was expecting sunshine, another heavy snow came. Although adorable spring pieces are calling, we still need winter clothes for a while. Thankfully, we are not alone, even celebrities can’t “beat” the cold. But the tips to make fall/winter numbers fresh and current? Take a hint from today’s look of Blake Lively.

The Marios Schwab dress on her is made for next fall/winter, but I’m sure burgundy pieces can be easily found in our own wardrobe. By pairing the dress with fresh white pumps that are right on trend this spring, she made it in-between season appropriate. Her bare legs balanced the thick wool coat. The total look is not harsh in cold weather while sending that fresh spring allure.

Like what Blake did, a little bit of balance is what we need for this awkward transaction time: warm cashmere with light jacket instead of wool coat; thick outerwear with flowy dress or airy button-down shirt instead of winter knits; fitted jacket paired with ankle booties whereas long coat with sexy pumps or sandals.

Below are my favorite ways to update my burgundy pieces in chilly early spring: studded clutch and black/white sandals go perfectly with an A-line dress; a delicate lace dress needs modern metallic add-ons; fresh white pumps add sexy, feminine touch to the casual sweater and jeans combo (don’t you love the unexpected heel? It’s truly a piece of art!)

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Dress: ModCloth
Coat: Burberry London (similar here)
Bag: Natasha Couture (under $25 here)
Shoes: BCBG Max Azria

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Dress: J.Crew Collection (love everything about it!)
Coat: Burberry London (similar here)
Bag: Proenza Schouler PS11 (great style here)
Shoes: J.Crew

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Coat: Burberry London (similar here)
Sweater: Topshop
Jeans: J Brand (great style here)
Shoes: Balmain (great buy here)

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Perfect Match: Peplum Top & Pencil Skirt

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Photo: Elena Perminova; Courtesy of vogue.com, elleuk.com.

Peplum is the hottest word last season, and will still be around this year. That little extra fabric makes a huge difference: it perfectly reshapes our body by creating that attractive “S” silhouette while allowing us to eat one more piece of cake.

There are many ways to wear this style: with jeans (skinny, boyfriend or distressed), cropped pants or skater skirt. But the more feminine way? With pencil skirt. The body hugging pencil skirt highlights the exaggerated peplum, gives the whole look a sexy vibe.

Since both pieces (peplum top and pencil skirt) are so feminine, to balance it out, today’s look is a perfect example: the military style and neutral palette of her jacket grounded the bright skirt and pumps while the colorblock bag adding a sleek, modern touch.

Inspired by the overall shape and color palette of  Elena Perminova’s outfit, I found the pieces below that I adore this season, hope to give your some ideas on how to play with this silhouette and the seasonless, timeless color combo (blue and orange/red)!

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Jacket: Burberry (similar here)
Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg (also here, similar here)
Bag: Fendi (affordable colorblock version here)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (similar here, the pair on Elena Perminova here)

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Jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar here)
Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg (also here, similar here)
Bag: Reed Krakoff (great buy here)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (on Olivia Palermo here)

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Ways To Style Your Trench Coat for Holiday Activities (Wardrobe Essential Part II)

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Photos (from left): Miranda Kerr, Poppy Delevingne and Emma Stone; Courtesy of justjared.com, vogue.it, instyle.co.uk.

There is no better example of wardrobe essentials than a classic trench coat. From First World War to the runways to style icon’s wardrobe, trench coat has gone far beyond its practicality and become a timeless, iconic fashion piece. If my words and many stylish women on street wearing their trench coats can’t convince you that how necessary it is, this book can (it’s also a great coffee table book!)

Among so many street style looks that incorporated trench coat, these three above are Continue reading Ways To Style Your Trench Coat for Holiday Activities (Wardrobe Essential Part II)