A Well Balanced Outfit

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Skirt and Top Free People Sunnies Stella Mcartney Bag Coach Shoes Christian Louboutin 

Some people say you can only wear white through Labor Day. Well according to those folks I’m still well within the calendar to rock one of my favorite skirts, accompanied by a top with one of my favorite stories.

Summer is one of my favorite seasons for a multitude of reasons. Longer days, especially for one who works random hours of the day, it’s nice to walk outside and not feel like a vampire. An excuse to bust out fun accessories. Big hats, and big sunglasses for starters! Because who likes a sunburn? Not this gal. And one of my newest favorites is this fun parasol.

Naturally, a fun accessory requires an equally fun ensemble! Fortunately, I have this ruffled Free People skirt on standby ready to step up to the plate! When you are anything less than 5’5 wearing anything maxi can be a bit tricky. You never want to wear something that makes you appear even shorter than you already are. But a little trick I learned years ago is to emphasize balance. In this case I created an empire waist by wearing the skirt a little higher than normal. Also, the black waist band helped accomplish this. Have a fabulous piece without such a nifty add on? It always helps to have a solid wide belt on standby.  Not only does this help with maxi dresses but sometimes I’ve found that a belt even helps with dresses or tunics that also appear to be too long. Just grab a belt and create a flowy effect by pulling the remaining fabric up just enough so again you don’t look like you’re drowning in fabric.

A few summers ago I read a style tip from Victoria Beckham which suggested the importance of balance in an ensemble. For example, if you’re wearing a short skirt, you want to make sure you don’t wear an equally revealing blouse. I find this to be equally true when a long skirt is the piece of choice. Turns out a sleeveless blouse was just what I needed to find the perfect style balance.

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Fun fact. This top is the only piece in my wardrobe that only cost a penny. And it was discovered entirely on accident. Initially when I found it, the normally $70 was on sale for $7. Total bargain right? That’s what I thought until it rang up a penny! The sales girl informed me it was on the floor by accident and as a result was only a penny!

Not Your Typical LBD

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Dress: Lush Hat: Saks Bag: Coach: Gladiators: Steve Madden Sunnies: Miu Miu

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For nearly 10 years, I’ve been subjected to a career dominated by rules that restrict my wardrobe to the color black 5 days out of the week. Which isn’t bad. I mean I suppose I could be forced to where an unflattering uniform, but that’s never been my style. In fact I am eternally grateful to my mom for recognizing this even in my middle school days. True story, in 6th grade my school thought it would be brilliant to level the fashion playing field and make everyone wear those dreadful navy and white uniforms. Which, don’t get me wrong, navy and white works for some people. I just prefer options is all. How is one supposed to use fashion as an art form if you limit their palette to only 2 colors? I got out of that predicament before I was even put into it by my mom telling my school a dress code was against our religion.

Back to present day. Alas, on my days off I put in a diligent effort to infuse my wardrobe with as much color as possible. But, I can’t help but have my days where I too want to indulge in one of the fashion world’s chicest ensembles, aka the little black dress. Traditionally believed to be reserved for those fancy nights out on the town, or funerals the fashion world has seized this iconic wardrobe staple and made it appropriate for even the most casual days. And the best part? It’s literally like a blank slate! You can infuse whatever colorful accessories or shoes you choose. So for color enthusiasts such as myself it’s still a viable option. Today I opted to pair my newest LBD addition with my favorite Steve Madden gladiator sandals. It also made the perfect backdrop to debut my new Coach Tea Rose Appliqué Dinky bag. I know, I know, florals for Spring. Groundbreaking.

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Olivia had to join me for today’s fashion adventure.