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Jewel Tones: Color Mixing for Fall

Last week Kimberly blogged about how she is incorporating the plaid statement jacket into her wardrobe this fall. Today, Megan is sharing her favorite tones for the season and what pieces she is coveting the most.

Stay Stylish,
M&K

 Outfit details: H&M pleated midi skirt ( similar ), green crop sweater ( similar ), patent leather studded flats ( similar ),  Cuyana circle crossbody

Outfit details: H&M pleated midi skirt (similar), green crop sweater (similar), patent leather studded flats (similar), Cuyana circle crossbody


Jewel Toned Color Palette

One of my favorite things about fall is all of the incredible jewel tones that come out. I have always preferred the rich, deep colors of the season that feel luxurious and indulgent. Oxblood, deep greens, rich blues, and golden hues all make up this fall’s color palette. Most jewel tones wear well together, so take some time to play around and see what combinations feel the most natural for you.

Pick Two Main Colors

The easiest way to colorblock with jewel tones is by starting with two colors that complement each other. I first picked my foundation piece, which is this deep purple pleated skirt I found at H&M. Then played around with what to wear on top.

Often times when I am getting dressed, I start with one item that I know I absolutely want to wear and then look for another items to plays well off of it.While black or white would have gone fine with the skirt, the forest green sweater felt more in line for fall and added extra color.

Pro Tip: Have fun with mixing and matching jewel toned prints to your outfits like a floral against a black background or a burgundy plaid.

Keep Your Accents Simple

The jewel tones are really the star of the show, so everything else can be muted or simple. I decided to add my patent leather flats (if only SF was a heel friendly city!) and round blush bag from Cuyana since the soft color can also serve as a neutral. Since the colors of the skirt and sweater were so bold, I opted for a softer pink lip and matching nail polish to keep the overall outfit from looking too severe.

If I were to mix this up for evening, I’d swap the bag for a metallic clutch, pop on some patent leather heels and add a darker lip. I wish I could say that I’d take my hair down too - but I am always just more comfortable with it up in its usual bun!

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Not Everything Needs to Match

If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know that I have a bit of an eclectic sense of style. I always like to incorporate the unexpected into my daily outfits.

One of the easiest ways to do that is with jewelry. I find my jewelry to also be the most personal part of my wardrobe - most of the pieces I’ve either been gifted or have inherited - and I like to mix and match pieces for a high-low effect. If mixing silver and gold doesn’t feel authentically you, then try weaving in beads or stones with your metals to create depth and texture.

Pro Tip: Travel is the perfect time to add to your jewelry collection. The pieces don’t have to be expensive and they are a great way hold onto memories. Look for local markets to find authentic items.

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Posted on October 5, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living, Style Stories, Women.
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The Plaid Statement Jacket: How To Make It Yours This Fall

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A few weeks ago we blogged about fall 2018 trends you’ll want to invest in. This week Kimberly is sharing what trend she is taking to her closet and how she is incorporating it in with what she already owns.

Find a Piece You Love

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Last year winter I borrowed a plaid jacket from Rent the Runway to style our Beret Story and fell in love with the ba&sh Clock Coat but not the $695 price tag. Having a plaid wool coat not only added a layer of warmth but the playful print created a new set of combinations to my neutral wardrobe.

I added a plaid coat to my shopping list* and when I found a menswear inspired wool Zara coat at a French Consignment party over the summer for $25 I snatched it up. I knew come fall it would fit into my wardrobe perfectly and add a bit of freshness at a low cost.

The cut of the coat is longer and slenderizing, hitting me at just above the knee so layering underneath is easy. Many plaid jackets this year hit at the high hip which for women is often their widest spot. So, pay attention to cut, scale or print and direction for the most flattering look.

This year the Glen plaid or Prince of Wales Check is the plaid of choice. If you are petite, a small scale vertical print plaid (like the Glen Plaid) will work better on you than a large scale horizontal. If you are tall or plus size look for larger scale plaids or houndstooth. Unsure about how your plaid of choice reads? Take a selfie in the dressing room! The photo will give fast feedback on if the scale works for you.

*ProTip: Throughout the year I make a rough wardrobe shopping list and rank items in priority order from “need” to “like to have” by quarter and compare it to my budget. Having a mindful shopping list will help keep impulse purchases down and closet overflow in check.

Add Mix and Match Basics with a Twist

When wearing a printed jacket you can make the outfit all about the jacket or all about the ensemble. Because this jacket has an active print you can pair it with simple basics to showcase the details of the jacket and not detract from it. For this blog I decided to do exactly that, knowing that it would show up better on camera. However, I could have easily added a coordinating striped blouse or printed sweater to balance the power of the jacket. The trick is adding a coordinating print that is a different scale (larger or smaller than the scale of houndstooth fabric).

Pay attention to the details when selecting the right basic piece for you. I love the banded inverted collar on my Zara coat because it keeps the cut fresh and a little more modern. To mimic the modern feel I paired it with a basic camel turtleneck shell that is cut out on the back. Not only is this piece great for layering, it’s helpful during our Indian summers when a plaid coat is too warm midday and you still need to look put together. Similarly the side-zip Everlane pants add a small element of interest and half tucking the turtle neck keeps the outfit balanced and tailored.

ProTip: When building an ensemble think of it as an equation: one part interest and one part flow.

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Compliment the look with Coordinating Accessories

Notice we did not title this section compliment the look with matching accessories! In fashion and certainly when creating compelling ensembles harmony does not mean every piece holds equal weight. Like art, any compelling look needs a focal point (or in this case piece—i.e. Plaid Coat) and a little unexpected tension.

I paired the coat with my trusty oxfords to jab at the menswear them. The open work of the shoe mimics the houndstooth print but reads neutral given the color. To add a little more pop I choose my new Cuyana bag in burgundy and my gold and black watch to add depth and keep the accessories tied to fall shades.

Stay Stylish,

K&M


Our Favorites to Steal the Look:

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Oxfords

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Posted on September 28, 2018 and filed under Style Stories.
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Fall Fashion: Trends You’ll Want In Your Closet

Fall is one of our favorite times to take clients shopping. If you live in San Francisco, it’s the perfect time to shop for pieces you can wear year round. Not to mention, we’ve been programmed by a cultural norm of back to school shopping and starting fresh in the fall.

This year the runway stuck with some traditional fall trends, so it’s the perfect time to invest in classics that have staying power. If you are looking to update your look on a budget chose one trend and incorporate it with what you already own. Below is a guide to our favorite trends for men and women this fall. We’ve included both investment and budget-friendly pieces that are accessible to all.

Stay Stylish,
M&K


Fall Menswear Trends

1.) Shearling

One part manly, one part cozy, shearling is a trend we are tempted to steal from the guys this year. If you run cool, we recommend a fully lined shearling jacket, but if you are warm blooded opt for a shearling collar denim jacket that won’t overheat you.

2.) Corduroy

A casual fabric, corduroy locks in an extra layer of warmth to an ensemble. Additionally, corduroy adds a little texture to your wardrobe. You will want to balance out that texture with something equally soft, such as a flannel shirt or sweater.

3.) Plaid Flannel

Up your lumberjack game with a great plaid flannel this season. Plaid is always around in fall, and this season it’s showing up in shirts, jackets and even some pants. A flannel plaid shirt is perfect for a casual day at work, tailgating with friends, or paired with a shawl color sweater for an easy weekend look.



4.) Maroon

Maroon is showing up everywhere for men this fall. Pants, chinos, jackets, sweaters - you name it and they’ve made it. A nice maroon pant is a great denim alternative for the season, while a maroon jacket adds color to your wardrobe with making too much of a POP!.


Womenswear

1.) Plaid Menswear

We love the strength and structure of menswear inspired plaid jackets and coats this fall. If you are broader or bustier opt avoid the double breasted look and try a dropped lapel silhouette.

2.) Animal Print

Walk on the wild side this fall with a print that is everywhere. Cheetah is a very popular print in every cat-e-gory (bad pun) whether you are looking for a small hint in an accessory or a full commitment in a body conscious dress you will find it this year.

3.) The Combat Boot

The 90’s are back in a big way this fall, and it wouldn’t be a true 90’s flashback without the combat boot. Except this season’s variety aren’t your average Doc Martins. Expect to see patent leather, hardware, and sleek styles that you can wear to the office.

4.) Velvet

Velvet is such a luxe fabric it is usually reserved for the holiday season, but this fall you will see velvet everywhere. We love the trend translated into an easy-to-wear dress, a simple bodysuit, or as a sleek pant to replace your jeans.

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