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Statement Accessories: Make Any Outfit Elegant

I am a lover of anything with a bold statement. That said, there’s an art form to styling a statement piece if you want it to really pop and work for you and your style. This week, I am showcasing one of my favorite statement accessories to date: the feather collar. I found this lovely gem at a local boutique, Thread Lounge, located in the Mission District of San Francisco. San Francisco is usually never synonymous with editorial fashion trends, so it came as a wonderful surprise to find this unique piece in the mix! It’s an easy piece to add to an otherwise elegant outfit, however, its a completely different feel to blend it with more casual designs.

This week, I want to talk about how to take your favorite loud statement piece and make it your own with a casual outfit of your choosing. I know my fashion looks are often rebellious and may not speak for everyone, however, that’s not my point when styling looks. What is? Teaching you to think outside the box in your own wardrobe, taking risks where you feel comfortable doing so.

Choosing The Statement Piece

The starting point to mastering this trend is to pick ONE piece that speaks to your inner self. I have always loved feather trends, from those silly yet fun feather extensions to earrings, which was an inspiration I took from Kesha back in her earlier days. I’m a free spirit at heart, and it brings my looks full circle, blending my elegance and renegade attributes to the forefront together. If feathers are your jam, try this option, and if you’re hesitant, opt for a monochrome paring like I did, black on black, letting the details shine, not just the overall piece. What’s next? Always start small: one of the biggest trends having a comeback right now are statement earrings, I’ve linked a few of my faves here, here, and here.

I started with an otherwise casual outfit, blending silk trousers with one of my favorite sporty crop tops that legit goes with everything:

Pair Your Outfit

Next, take your statement piece and add it in. Let the piece speak for itself: what I mean is to downplay your other pieces either through solids or simple designs. The solids in this outfit compliment the tones in the feather collar perfectly, bringing the whole look full circle. Still have questions? Shoot me an email, I’d love to help you strategize your statement look!

Outfit Details

Feather Collar: Thread Lounge (similar here)

Cropped Sweatshirt: Dry Versa Training Crop, Nike

Pants: New Wave Wide-Leg Pants, Nasty Gal

Shoes: Superstar, Adidas in Rose Gold

Sunglasses: Livin’ Large Mirrored Aviators, Quay Australia

Makeup Details

Primer: Ren Skin Finishing Serum, c/o Ren Skincare

Foundation: Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream in Light, IT Cosmetics

Blush: Cloud Paint in Puff, Glossier

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

Lips: Amuse Bouche Lipstick (custom Bite Lip Lab shade), Bite Beauty similar here

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, Target

Hair Tools Used: BaByliss Crimper / Sultra Bombshell Wand 1 1/2 inch

Nail Art: Elegant Nails Salon, San Francisco

Photos by Lauren of Laurel Creative
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I Wore Activewear At NYFW & Here’s What Happened

Alright, guys. I’ve got a confession to make.

It’s obvious I love my activewear and sportier trends, however, this may come as a shock: I wore activewear in EVERY outfit every day during my time at New York Fashion Week. Yep: EVERY outfit, every show, every event. I’m sure some of you are wondering how on earth you can get away with blending in your favorite stretchy activewear into fashion show appropriate attire, and I’m here to tell you: ANYTHING is possible if you believe in yourself. This season, I was super excited to see even more athletic-inspired trends on the runway (Chromat, Public School, Fenty x Puma), so I felt even more comfortable this season getting a little more audacious in my stylings.

The key to bridging the gap between gym attire and street style lies in layers. It’s about incorporating a specific note of the active piece you are adding in with a similar style in your street appropriate pieces. Blending two codes of dress is tricky: you never want to add in more than two pieces. At that point, it begins to look more like post gym athleisure. Since mesh and fishnets are making a huge splash for fall, I grabbed my go-to Michi Bras and used two different colors and styles for the entire trip (when I wasn’t adding Agent Provocateur sets underneath) underneath low plunging gowns and sheer tops. They added the glamorous grunge look I was going for this season, and actually made the softer notes of my dresses pop!

Activewear at NYFW: The Consensus

So…how did it go over, you ask? Pretty freaking stellar. On my first day for Chromat’s show, I chose a blue power pantsuit (on sale!!) to channel my inner boss girl vibes, with only the Michi Bionic bra underneath, and a killer statement necklace from BaubleBar and Fenty cap. I got tons of attention from street style photographers, and even got pulled in for a quick photo shoot for IMG x Lexus in front of the entrance to the shows! Stay tuned for these pictures later. The most common comment I got was how original edgy it was, and it was the outfit I got stopped the most for to pose for street style photos and to spill the details for reporters.

This dress was one of my favorites of the week. Kimonos are my jam these days, I love a staple elegant dress with Japanese style details. As you know, I live in a pretty black and white world, and usually only incorporate cooler toned colors into my outfit mixes. Red was a fun way to break out of my comfort zone this season! I am all about changing the stigma of fashion, that you can feel comfortable AND glamorous in your outfits, regardless of the code of dress. This dress was light and full of movement, and the asymmetrical hemline made it so easy to relax and actually take in the wonders of Fashion Week. I was able to live in the moment, not uncomfortable and in my head. ASOS slays the dress game, and mini spoiler alert: I will be adding in pieces from their site for my upcoming street fashion series, so stay tuned!

Outfit Details

Dress: Kimono Twist Front Maxi Dress, ASOS

Bra: Bionic Bra in Blue (SOLD OUT, black linked), Carbon38

Shoes: Rose Gold Superstar, Adidas

Sunglasses, Living Large Aviators, Quay Australia

Makeup Details

Foundation: Your Skin But Better Illuminating CC+ Cream in Light, IT Cosmetics

Blush: Cloud Paint in Puff, Glossier

Highlighter: Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, Fenty Beauty

Lips: Amuse Bouche Lipstick (custom Bite Lip Lab shade), Bite Beauty similar here

Brows: Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Lashes: Ardell Wispies, Target

Photos by Lauren of Laurel Creative

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