Tuesday, November 10, 2015

4 Ways to Be in Style With Your "Go-To" Pieces


Whether you love to stay on trend, make your own style, or you think you have no style it's always good to have "go-to" or "basic" pieces. The ones you know you love and look good in. I guess I fall between following the trends and making my own style. But what I love the most is going out the door feeling like I'm making a statement with what I wear. Sometimes it can be the whole outfit, sometimes it can be the shoes accessories, or the shade of lipstick I wear. But always making sure they make me feel like ME. I want to share with you some of my "go-to" pieces in hopes you can come up with your own.

Four of my go-tos: how I take them from day to night

1. Ripped Jeans:

They are always a casual option that allow you to feel just the right amount of sexy without going overboard. You can pair them up with heels, sandals, boots or sneakers. You can wear them with a t-shirt, crop-top or body-suit. They are very versatile and suit every body type.
As you can see in the first picture, I paired up my ripped jeans with a body-suit, (which are my new favorite thing), and heel sandals  - which I wear on a night out with friends. 

With this look I paired up my jeans with a simple muscle tee and sandal wedges for a chill-daytime look. Looks like ripped boyfriend jeans have almost substituted skinny jeans in the fashion world.

2. A Basic Color Dress:

Right now I'm really loving dresses with bell-shaped sleeves that are body-con. I love to mix them with booties and use a chunky necklace. If I want to make the look more casual I'll combine them with a simple necklace and gladiator sandals (that always make your legs look awesome). In the pictures you can see I mixed the dress with gladiator sandals and a necklace from a local jewellery line to give it a vintage vibe that is always timeless.

I paired this dress up with chunky black earrings and heels for a more modern twist and I'm ready for a night in town.

3. Statement Jacket: 

A good jacket can take your outfit a long way. I love a classic motorcycle jacket. This is something you can wear over a basic dress or pair up with literally any jeans and singlet (tank) tops in your closet, the same goes for a good blazer. It can be worn with dress pants or jean shorts. The best way, I've always found, is to try and find a blazer with a pop of color or print to keep your look fresh.
In this look I paired my casual ripped jeans and jacket for an outfit fit for a cooler day.

I've had this jacket for almost 2 years and it always find new ways to wear it. You don't always have to go out and buy something new. Instead, give something older in your closet a chance to be shine again. My jacket was paired up with a basic bodycon dress and boots.  

4. Jean Shorts:

Since I live in the Caribbean this is an item I can wear all year, however for those of you who don't live in a tropical island there are also options. You can wear dressy shorts with tights or leggings and pair them up with booties and this makes for a chic casual outfit. I believe we all have a pair of jean shorts in our wardrobe. I mixed my jean shorts with boots and a crop top for a fun girls-night casual look.
 I paired my shorts up with an oversize sweater in a camel colour (that is very in style right now),  a chunky necklace and boots for a look that can be worn during the day or night.

Now it's your turn. Look in your closet and try to find 4 go to pieces you love and mix and match. I try to always have timeless pieces that aren't in or out of style and mix those with other pieces that can be currently on trend; that way you will always have options. Dare to explore your style and most importantly to make it your own.
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*Thank you to my sassy pants Puerto Rican friend, Cristina LoPresti, for doing this fashion guest post. She runs her own fashion page on Facebook called (*in spanish) El Closet De My Amiga. She used to live in Australia with me years ago and I remember her always being one step ahead of shoe fashion. Still a mystery how she fit so many shoes in her suitcase. One of the cool things about blogging is that we can be on opposite sides of the world and still share posts internationally at the click of a button (or a few). It's that global reach which means our trends are similar and Cristina can share her great tips on this fashion stuff with all the Aussies. That's a feat I would never have the balls to do myself.
  -  Love (from the not-a-fashionista), Jess of Peachy Keen Mumma    

** PKM is Linked up with Essentially Jess for I Blog on Tuesdays

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