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The One-Minute Change I

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Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of fashionrollcall.com, zimbio.com

We have to admit that dressing in the morning requires more than “3C”: being comfy, chic and confident. The outfit we pick needs to be “multitasking” too. There are so many things to do everyday and we want the outfit we put on in the morning can help us accomplish all of them with minimal change: from sending kids to school to client meeting to dinner and happy hours.

That’s why I focus on featuring and sharing versatile pieces and quick outfit transforming tips in my blog (like previous posts here, herehere and more). Today’s looks from Olivia Palermo are also a great example: by changing one or two pieces, you get different but equally stylish outfits.

There are more we can learn from these two looks: the way Olivia Palermo mixed and matched winter and spring pieces for in-between season (keep the turtleneck sweater and wool coat we worn in winter, pair them with fresh printed skirt and bright clutch), and the way she nailed the black and white trend (keep the color palette simple and classic, then add one or two eye-catching hue with accessories to brighten up the monochrome look).

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Sweater: J.Crew (buy one size bigger to get a relaxed look)
Skirt: Thakoon Addition (also here)
Bag: Cole Haan
Shoes: Aquazzura (also here)

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Cardigan:Mango (great style on sale here)
Skirt: Thakoon Addition (also here)
Bag: Cole Haan
Shoes: Aquazzura (also here)
Hat: French Connection (65% off now!)

Slowly but surely, the weather in New York is getting warm now. Many mid-season sales have started. I want to take full advantage of Kate Spade’s two day F&F sale and get this beautiful cobalt blue trench coat and the bright orange cross body bag that I have been lusting. With an extra 25% (use code S13FFUS) on top of the 60% off, I think it’s time to bring it home! What’s your find for the new season? 

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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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Holiday Party Outfit Ideas For Every Age—Chic Winter White

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Photos (from left): Emma Stone, Diane Von Furstenberg and Jessica Biel; Courtesy of vogue.com, zimbio.com.

Thanks to the consistent advocacy of “wearing white after Labor Day” in the fashion industry, now that “Can I wear white in winter” is no longer a question. Many of you are asking “which white should I wear” and “how to wear it”. Given the holiday season upon us, I picked three of my favorite outfits lately that all incorporated chic white to help you answer these questions.

To make white pieces weather-appropriate during this time of the year, Continue reading Holiday Party Outfit Ideas For Every Age—Chic Winter White