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Kimberly's Springtime Sporty Chic

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Megan and I are big proponents of using every bit of your wardrobe. San Francisco loves to be casual (often much to my disappointment) and while dressing down works most days, sometimes it means missing out on wearing some of your favorite pieces. How do you blend with the casual culture while still expressing some of your own personality? Read on for a few tips on how to take your formal pieces to daytime casual.

Stay Stylish,

K&M

Find Your Statement Piece To Start

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I found this floral jacket at Club Monaco last Spring and fell in love with it. When I went into the SF Club Monaco shop late this fall and found it on super clearance I texted Megan from the dressing room. It was meant to be, the last one left was in my size. The print reminds me of French wall paper and I've always wanted a winter white jacket that is easy to keep clean. The purple shade of the flowers works with my Autumn coloring and the silhouette is a modern take on a 1950's classic. The sum of the design makes the jacket a polished piece that can easily be dressed up or down.

Dressing Down Is An Equation

I'm a pretty analytical thinker and the way I style often reflects my time working in buying/merchandising. I like to tell clients I see their closets like assortment spreadsheets. The name of the game is how all the pieces work together. A simple rule of thumb when putting together a smart-casual ensemble is to have one key item that is more formal and pair it with softer casual pieces. In this case, I paired a formal jacket with a casual top, denim and smart shoes. To keep this look soft, spunky, and sporty I added a clean pair of off-white sneakers to balance the femininity of the jacket.

Pro-Tip:The mix and match capability of an item is often directly related to its sell-ability (and value). Look for pieces that are easy to "dress up" or "dress down" before investing.

Stripes Can Unify An Outfit

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The floral print of my jacket adds a seasonal nod to impending spring, but it is bold and can quickly dominate a look. Pairing the print with neutrals looks great and elegant, but adds sophistication to an already formal jacket. To add contrast, Megan suggested trying my striped turtleneck. I bought this last year at the Gap and it has become a staple this winter because it is so easy to layer. I love the way it stands up to the print, but wanted a little more interest so added another staple layer. My camel j.crew sweater (this fall I blogged about this sweater blazer and it's finally back in stock) adds a collar to my jacket and another layer of warmth needed this time of year. 

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Jewelry Can Re-emphasize A Look

I like to keep my jewelry choices pretty simple and because this jacket is loud enough already I opted to keep it cool with silver. To play off the navy and white stripe, a simple pair of pearls keeps the look clean while still feminine. I added my silver Skagen watch for an contemporary edge.

The next time to open your closet, take a look and pull out that piece that doesn't get enough wear. Chances are you can wear it more often that you think!

Outfit Details: Gap Striped Turtleneck ( similar ),  J.Crew Camel Sweater Blazer , Club Monaco Jaelina Coat, AG Raw Hem Legging Jeans ( similar ), Cole Haan White Sneakers ( similar )

Outfit Details: Gap Striped Turtleneck (similar), J.Crew Camel Sweater Blazer, Club Monaco Jaelina Coat, AG Raw Hem Legging Jeans (similar), Cole Haan White Sneakers (similar)

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Posted on February 2, 2018 and filed under Style Stories.
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Can You Wear Florals In Fall? We set out to make the case...

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Florals For Fall--What's Old is New (again)

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Jan davidsz. de heem, Flowers in a Vase

This year, fall florals are returning in rich, dark colors. Maybe it was my trip to Holland this summer, but these prints remind me of classic still life's from Baroque Dutch masters.

This blouse from Club Monaco has Jan davidsz. de heem's hand all over it (see the image to the right for reference). So what makes a floral print fall appropriate? It's all about the color and grounded coordinates. Keep your prints seasonally relevant with jewel tones (red, blue, green) and dark backgrounds. 

Fall 2017 Color Theory

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We've blogged in the past about the top Pantone shades of the season. It's always helpful to know what designers are focusing on, what should be invested in, and what key colors will be available in the market.

This year the palette is a unique mix of traditional fall shades, pastels, and a fiery red. Knowing that florals would be "in" for fall and the trending fall colors worked well in my favor. I knew that when I found this blouse in the spring/summer markdowns it would be something I could wear into winter.

Stylist Tip: Having a basic sense of what people will be wearing next season makes you a more powerful sale shopper.

Mixing Mediums and Textures

Megan and I were looking for fun ways to talk about this year's fall trends, so we decided to ad lib a bit and infuse some energy into the looks. The blouse was the inspiration for this shoot (fit note: it runs big, I am wearing an extra small) and from there I added a heavy weight fringed textured skirt to keep the look less serious. This skirt, also from Club Monaco, is perfect for keeping on hand for the holidays and a worthy investment. It can easily be worn with a simple silk blouse and blazer or dressed down with an oversized sweater and booties.

Get Out of Your Style Comfort Zone

To balance to bold print of the blouse, I decided against my usual sleek shoe and added a cheeky printed sandal by Steve Madden. The price point was low enough to tempt me to play on the wild side and buy into with the Gucci inspired appliqué trend. Leopard is a great choice for fall and the contrast with the floral works well. I'll admit they are a little kitschy, but sometimes it's important to get outside of your box for a bit.

Stay Stylish,

K&M

 

Outfit Details: Club Monaco  Fredrikah Fringe Sweater Skirt  $129 (on sale),  Dolice Silk Blouse  $69 (on sale) and  Steve Madden Leopard Sandals  ($39.97)

Outfit Details: Club Monaco Fredrikah Fringe Sweater Skirt $129 (on sale), Dolice Silk Blouse $69 (on sale) and Steve Madden Leopard Sandals ($39.97)

Photos by Kelsey Johnson

Posted on October 12, 2017 and filed under Style Stories, Women.
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The Gentlemen's Roundup: Three Silhouettes to Watch for Fall 2015

This season Fall 15 menswear has gotten the slightest bit more relaxed, oversized and sporty. The inspiration seems to be found in the tension between classic sophistication and sporty street wear.

1.) The Bomber-This silhouette is a classic on the menswear scene and cycles in and out of popularity. As a follow up to last year's athletic baseball jackets the bomber typically has a zipper front instead of snaps or buttons and more pocket detailing. This year you will find it not just in the typical nylon fabric but also in suede and aged leather variations.

2.) The Overcoat- Great for cooler climates or guys who want to polish off a more casual ensemble. Our prediction is the silhouette will be in vogue for a while, mirroring the rising trend in womenswear. Keep the hemline above the knee and the color dark if you are shorter to help elongate your legs.

3.) The Quilted Vest- A classic piece in fall wardrobes, the vest has transitioned from outdoorsy rugged to sleek urban.  We like this version from BR that adds a little structure at the collar and comes in flannel (keeping it distinct from vests designed primarily for performance or corporate swag). For guys who carry their weight in their midsection, avoid the horizontal quilting and opt for diagonal lines and top pockets that define the waist, similar to this Belstaff vest.

Banana Republic Flannel Vest $140

Stay Stylish Gents,

K & M

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