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How To Wear Red (Part II: Shoes)

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Photos: (from left) NYC street style, Jessie J and Taylor Tomasi Hill; Courtesy of fabsugar.comwhowhatwear.com.

Compared to the bold red clothing pieces we shared in my last entry, shoes are one of the easiest ways to incorporate this classic, eye-catching color without being overwhelmed:

You can make the red shoe as a centerpiece by teaming it with understated neutral items, like the crisp white shirt and grey pencil skirt in first look above; You can emphasize it by wearing another red piece, like the red jumper on Jessie J (above middle); Or you can play with colors by adding analogous colors (like Taylor Tomasi Hill’s purple floral blouse, above right), or adding complementary colors (like green). 

As always, details make a big difference: for the first outfit, the blue printed scarf and leopard sunglasses really spice up the look. I like to take one step further by adding this modern diamond colorblocked skirt by Ann Taylor. This look is great for any age.

For the second outfit, compared to a regular skinny jeans, a two-tone tuxedo version nails this season’s hottest trend while a school-girl vibe satchel adding ease to the look. Change the bag to a more sleek, structured version, I can see this outfit on women over 40.

The third outfit is all about colors, from the printed blouse to the colorblock pumps. Use neutral pieces to cool the loudness. Another ageless look that’s great to embrace the coming spring!

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Shirt: J.Crew
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Dolce Vita (also here, similar here)
Accessories: Forever21 scarfStella McCartney sunglasses (similar here)

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Sweater: Topshop
Pants: Tibi (70% off now! also here)
Bag: Ted Baker (great alternative here)
Shoes: Topshop (lust worthy one here)

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Top: Lord and Taylor
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar here)
Shoes: Pierre Hardy (60% off now! great style here)

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Go Bold with Brights–Three Ways to Wear Maxi Skirt

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Swedish fashion model Frida Gustavsson at Fashion Week Haute Couture in Paris

Top: Eddie Bauer

Skirt: Richard Nicoll (great style also on sale here!, similar here)

Shoes: Ralph Lauren (or this pair)

Bag: G By Guess (similar here)

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (love this pair)

You may still remember my previous post about the timeless maxi dress and its simple solemn beauty. Although those black ones are versatile, bright colored ones are definitely more eye-catching during this time of the year, especially in a bright red-orange hue like the one on Frida Gustavsson above. It’s brighter than red, sweeter than orange–perfect for summer. Continue reading Go Bold with Brights–Three Ways to Wear Maxi Skirt

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Perfect Alternative to French Stripe: Marc by Marc Jacobs Flavin Stripe

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Estate blue multi print on Marc by Marc Jacobs spring 2012 runway

Blue and white striped pieces have been an undoubtable wardrobe staple since Coco Chanel first introduced it to the fashion world during her nautical collection in 1917. But the print is becoming too familiar which makes me always looking for an alternative: it should be something new but as classic as the French stripe. Continue reading Perfect Alternative to French Stripe: Marc by Marc Jacobs Flavin Stripe