Mixed Metallics

When it comes to date night/dinner with the girls/vampire slaying/after hours chic, few things beat the mullet-like glamour of a blazer and jeans (you know, business up top and party on the backside?). Seriously you guys: boyfriend blazer, blue jeans, can’t lose. It’s equal parts dressy sophistication and down home chill – or if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to trade your work pants for jeans, but are too lazy to find another top. The only downside is that it’s also basically the toast of outfits – real bland and crusty without something to jazz it up. So what’s a girl to choose? Metallics-duh (which coincidentally is the name of my fashion metal band – we wear all black [so fashion, very wow] and screamsing the articles from last month’s Vogue). Now, you could certainly pick one like gold or silver and build a whole look around that… orrrrrrr you could go big (cuz you ain’t goin’ home) and re-mix those metallics! Utilizing our lesson in color theory from a few weeks ago, pick a few shades that are similar, but definitely not the same. For example, the gold in this necklace is the perfect transition shade between the pale, champagne-gold of the clutch and the deeper bronze of the glittery flats. Leaning more towards the cool end of the spectrum? Try a bright white platinum, mid-tone silver, and deeper hematite/pewter! It’s a super easy way to dress up your basics without having to tear through your closet for the bracelet that matched the ring that matched the purse that matched the belt that matched the shoes that matched the…. (Trust me guys, life is too short to worry about whether or not your socks or your metallics match).

Blazer: Forever 21 (similar)

Cami: Express

Jeans: American Eagle

Glitter flats: Sole Society

Wink clutch: LeTote (similar 1) (similar 2)

Necklace: Rachel’s Grove (similar)

Ring: Charming Charlie (similar)

It’s In The Bag

Ah purses; the perfect finishing touch for any outfit. I was never a huge purse girl myself, having often argued for bigger pockets in all my clothing rather than having to put my belongings in a bag I will bump people with and will quite possibly forget to grab when I leave, but recently I have begun to understand the appeal. I think one of the reasons purses have started to catch my eye is beyond just being practical, a purse can really add a lot of personality to your look. And there are just so many options! So below, I have put together a few of my favorite finds in the hopes that you might find something that helps you realize a purse can do so much more than hold your cell phone and lipstick (though they do excel at that too…)

The Tote Bag: Totes have earned this name for a reason; they are easy to grab and go, and can basically hold everything you own. That being said, don’t start thinking that something so practical can’t also be super cute, because you would be super wrong. For example, this great mixed media tote adds a subtle bit of fun to any ensemble, and the detailed scalloping on this beauty is pure perfection.  And hey, if you’re looking to add a pop of color to your ensemble, this green tote will match almost everything, and you know I always adore stripes. So find your tote, then pack up and ship out!

The Classic: The quintessential purse silhouette seems to be back with vengeance (or it never left and I just didn’t notice), but it seems like designers are finding great ways to update the style and add just a hint of fun. One might even be tempted to say that when it comes to the classics, momma’s got a brand new bag (I’m sorry, I just couldn’t help myself!). Try a new hue, put a bow on it, add a tassel or two, or go full floral; no matter what you choose, you cannot go wrong!

The Clutch: For those evenings when a giant bag slung over your shoulder is really not the sleek and sexy look you are going for, a clutch is the perfect solution to looking cute while still honoring the Girl Scout Code to always be prepared. Try something with a bit of hardware, or perhaps something more ladylike.  And if you’re ready to give some patterns a go, you can always stick with everyone’s favorite animal print, or embrace something bright and bold.  No matter what you choose, you will be feelin’ clutch all night long.

The Crazy: Look, practical is good and all, but sometimes you just have to say screw it and go full on whimsical with your bag.  Give same old same old a kiss good-bye, show everyone your cat-itude, remind the world you’re a funghi (or girl), or even let your inner monster out and wear it on your shoulder.   Show off your wild and crazy (and punny) side with a bag that is not too much, but just enough.

So no matter what you choose, don’t forget, you’re never fully dressed without your purse!