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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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Uptown Downtown NYE Style

New Year's Eve is just a a few days away and we have been busy planning what to wear. While Megan prefers to lay low with friends, I always enjoy getting glammed up for a night of celebrating with close friends and loved ones.

Simple Uptown Downtown Dressing

The key to enjoying a night of festivites is a outfit that doesn't get in the way. Both Megan and I love the "high-low" approach of this look that is perfect for San Francisco. The mix of an edgy moto jacket with a feminine glittery lace midi dress strikes the right balance. What makes a look "high-low"? In this case opposites attract in unexpected ways. We paired an investment piece, a Theory Leather Jacket, with a lower priced lace dress from Topshop.

Accessorize with Strong Players

To add a little more luxe to the look I layered on strong accessories. An old statement necklace that mirrors the dress neckline adds the right amount of bling while standing up to the bold lines of the moto. My trusty gold toe pumps finish the look and keep the harmony of the Uptown Downtown vibe.

Want to make the look your own? Start with our simple equation: Feminine Dress + Structured Jacket (we love the moto) + Dance Worthy Pumps and add a dash of fun with accessories that you love.

Stay Stylish,

K&M

 

The Look:  Top Shop Metallic Midi Dress , Theory Navy Leather Jacket ( similar ) and Cole Haan Gold Toe Pumps ( similar ), Statement Gem Necklace ( alternate ), Kenneth Cole Bracelet ( alternative )

The Look: Top Shop Metallic Midi Dress, Theory Navy Leather Jacket (similar) and Cole Haan Gold Toe Pumps (similar), Statement Gem Necklace (alternate), Kenneth Cole Bracelet (alternative)

Photo Credit: Kelsey Johnson

Posted on December 27, 2016 and filed under Style Stories.
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