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How to Wear a Cape Jacket

The warm weather is finally here! Although here in New England we’re still dealing with a few cool days I can’t complain. Anything is better than cold weather.

My ever so stylish mother recently visited for my wedding dress shopping and in her usual fashion she brought some fab clothing items for me. One of my favorites was this white Cape Jacket. I wore it with white pants for my Baptism in April and will be wearing it a lot this summer.

White cape jacket with black pants


Outfit details:

 Cape Jacket: Zara,

Black Mid-Rise Leggings: Target, Black Strappy Scandal: Banana Republic

Sunglasses (Similar): Marc Jacobs

Statement Flower Necklace (Similar): J Crew 


Cape Jackets are one of those fashion items that you either love or hate, but if like me you love to experiment and have fun with outfits then you will love it. There is something very stylish and sleek about this look.

When shopping for a Cape Jacket, solid colors are the way to go. Start with a white or black one and go with other colors down the line. I love the combination of skinny pants with a cape blazer. I would say that don’t ever wear them with loose fitting clothing to avoid looking frumpy. For example a Cape Jacket will always look good with skinny pants and pencil skirts instead of a maxi skirt or baggy pants.

White cape jacket

Black Strappy Scandal

To complete a Cape Jacket look, add some accessories. Just remember not to go too crazy with the accessories. A few pieces like a watch, thin bracelets and a statement necklace will do the trick. For shoes you can go with a pointy toe heel which always looks fab paired with a cape jacket and skinny pants. For this look I went with black strappy heels, which worked perfectly.

With summer pretty much in full swing, what fashion items are you loving and rocking this year? Please do share in the comment section below! If you are looking for a more casual look be sure to check out on elf my casual ensemble here

Style Spotlight: Grey New Balance 574 Sneakers

Hi Loves! It feels so good to be back after my break. I wish I could say I was on vacation or something fabulous but I have just been running around getting stuff together for the wedding, keeping up with my demanding 9 to 5 job and working on another big personal project I am excited about.

I decided a casual attire style post is fitting as I have had to rock a few during this busy period. The key to a simple yet fab casual attire is to avoid looking frumpy. While it’s tempting to default to just sweats when looking to dress casual you can add accessories and key pieces to make your outfit standout. Simple pieces of jewelry can drastically improve your casual wear. In this case my grey New Balance 574 Sneakers were the highlight of the look because of their classic design and grey color that stands out.

All Black Casual outfit with Grey New Balance 574 Sneakers


Outfit details:

Vest (Similar): Jet , Gold layered Necklace (Similar): Lulus

Black Mid-Rise Leggings: Target, New Balance 574 Grey Sneaker: New Balance

Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs


All Black Casual outfitAll Black Casual outfit with Grey New Balance 574 Sneakers

The whole idea of casual wear is comfort. To this end comfy sneakers are a must especially when you’re running around completing errands. I love wearing my grey New Balance 574s sneakers. Not only are they extremely comfortable but they add a touch of fab to a casual outfit. Recently on one of my busy errand days I wore my 574’s with all black jeggings and complimented the look with a pair of simple pearl earrings and a gold layered necklace.

There are so many ways to dress comfortably while still looking great but we all have out go to look. I would love to know your favorite casual outfit combos in the comment section below!

 

Disclosure: The sneakers were a complimentary gift and as always, all opinions, styling expressed in this post are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Embracing the Black and White Outfit

Black and white is a simple yet sophisticated and timeless color combination that I often run to whenever I need a clean and elegant look. This color combo can however look too formal and boring so wearing it successfully requires some creativity. An example is wearing a fun and edgy shoe instead of a dressy heel. Another example is mixing casual and tailored or fitted and loose like I did with this light coat and black skinny pants.


Outfit Details:

White coat: (Similar) Nordstrom, Black Jeggings: Target, Flower Necklace: (Similar) J. Crew Factory

Booties: Shoptiques.com


3 Ways to Spice up a Black and White Outfit:
  1. Mix different textures and prints: Try a black and white striped top and black pants or black and white polkadot blouse with black bottoms. Different textures like leather and suede all take away the boring from black and white. A fun example is a black leather pencil skirt, white cotton tee and pointy toe heels. So chic and stylish.
  2. Keep it casual chic: Next time try pairing your black leather jacket with a striped tee and those black slouchy pants with elastic on the bottom.
  3. Go completely monochromatic: Try a black top, black pants with a pair of white shoes or all white  outfit with black shoes.

Need more color inspiration? Check out my Bubbling in Burgundy post

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Inspired by Black Panther: All Black Head to Toe

So I finally watched Black Panther last weekend and it is safe to say that this amazing movie has become my new obsession, at least until Game of Thrones is back. The Black Panther movie is not only breaking many records, it has created an amazing movement of self-love among minorities as well as female empowerment. To celebrate the movie many people have adorned themselves with traditional African attire or all black outfits. Needless to say I could not resist the opportunity to wear all black again.


Outfit Details:

Coat (Similar): Uniqlo , Down Vest (Similar): Macy’s

Knee High Boots(Similar): Macy’s

Black Leggings: Target


My original plan was to wear some African traditional gear to the movie but unfortunately I did not have one so I opted to wear an all black outfit . Wearing all black is always tricky especially since black comes in so many shades however I just went with the flow in this outfit. My blacks did not match at all but they blended well together. You can check out how I pulled off another all black look here.

If you have already seen the Black Panther movie I would like to hear your thoughts about it. If you haven’t I would love to know what your favorite movie is this year.

Style Spotlight: Oversized Sweater

Its time for another style spotlight! Today I am introducing you to the world of oversized sweaters. Not that they need much introduction because you probably have one in your closet right now. I am just here to tell you that oversized sweaters are totally in trend and can look really good if styled well. I love a cozy oversized sweater with jeans and riding boots in the winter. Especially on a mild winter day like the one we had last Sunday in Boston.

Style Spotlight: Oversized Sweater


Outfit details:

Sweater (Similar): Primark , Skinny Jean’s (Similar): Celebrity Pink Jeans

Knee High Boots(Similar): J. Crew


Style Spotlight: Oversized Sweater

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What is your favorite winter fashion item? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below. I am always looking forward to hearing from you.
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