Anatomy of an Outfit

Once again I was excited to have another opportunity to style Meredith – this time for the UGA Alumni Awards luncheon. My inspiration was wanting Meredith’s outfit to be professional but still evoke a spring vibe.

 

(Blazer, JCrew Factory; Dress, Jcrew; Belt, Target; Calvin Klein Pumps, Nordstrom)

I fell in love with a V-neck fit and flare dress from JCREW and thought it would be the perfect focal point for Meredith’s outfit. The dress had a geometric lace overlay in black and white and looked like something Meredith could continue to wear year round. I was pleased that the fit-and-flare dress had a V-neck because they’re not as common as their crew-neck counterparts. For a woman with curves and a larger bust, a V-neck balances the upper body so that the bust doesn’t become the focal point. Because Meredith had to wear red and black, we bought a white linen blazer to lighten the dress and accessorized with a skinny black belt and red patent leather pumps. Meredith was a little unsure of red shoes but I recommended a darker red that wouldn’t be so bold at a business event.

 
Because I’m a UGA alumna and bleed red and black, I really enjoy styling a client in one of my favorite color palettes. I look forward to creating more looks for Meredith in the future!

(Photo Credit: Meredith)

Anatomy of an Outfit

I recently had the opportunity to style my client Meredith Johnson for the UGA* Alumni Association Bulldog 100 event. The Bulldog 100 is a celebration of the top businesses owned by UGA alumni. Meredith is the AA’s Executive Director and is a prominent figure at the event. It was important for Meredith to look professional but feel stylish at the same time. Meredith would be on stage and photographed several times, so I wanted her outfit to be dynamic but not overdone.

Because Bulldog 100 is a professional event I first thought a blazer should be a part of the outfit. A blazer commands confidence and adds a balance of structure to a more feminine dress or skirt. I shopped for a blazer/blouse/skirt ensemble which would create an ideal silhouette for Meredith and would help hide any unwanted curves. Also, a three-piece ensemble would give Meredith more pieces to pair with items in her existing wardrobe.

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(blazer, JCrew Factory; tie-neck blouse (similar), Banana Republic; polka-dot skirt, Kate Spade; Calvin Klein black patent leather pumps, Nordstrom; Phase 3 color block clutch, Nordstrom; earrings (similar), Banana Republic)

UGA’s school colors are red and black so I looked for those colors when shopping. Banana Republic had a beautiful red tie-neck blouse that was a perfect blend of a button-down shirt and a feminine neck tie. Next I found a beautiful¬†black and white polka-dot lace skirt from Kate Spade. With a classic black blazer from JCrew Factory her outfit was complete sans accessories. I bought Calvin Klein black patent leather pumps and a Phase 3 black/white color-block envelope clutch from Nordstrom that tied into the business theme of the event. Lastly, I bought a pair of pretty crystal studded earrings from Banana Republic that were more visually interesting than simple pearls.

Meredith was busy with the event and had no time to shop, so we handled everything online. I enjoyed working with Meredith and look forward to creating more looks for her in the future!

*University of Georgia

Shopping for the Office with Lashon J.

Pics from a great shopping appointment with my client Lashon J. last week. We went shopping for work pumps and in 15 minutes bought 3 new pairs! We also checked out the new Scandal Collection at The Limited.

Our first stop was Dillard’s to check out their selection of work pumps. Lashon loved the Nine West black wedged pumps she bought from Macy’s a couple months ago so much, she had already worn them out and needed a replacement. Thankfully, Dillard’s had a Calvin Klein pair of wedged pumps in smooth black leather that Lashon purchased. Lashon also bought a pair of Calvin Klein pumps in brown and navy with a work-appropriate heel.

Next, we ventured to The Limited because Lashon was itching to check out their new collection inspired by the show Scandal. From what Lashon tried on, she walked away feeling like Olivia Pope with some new blouses and pants.

I particularly loved the “Scandal” black fitted ankle pants because they looked awesome on Lashon, although they were a step outside her comfort zone. There is something about a fitted ankle pant that best showcases a woman’s figure & femininity in a classy way.

What was a recent piece that you purchased that looks great on you but was a step outside your comfort zone?

Until next time…Class dismissed!

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Shopping for Work Accessories with Danita K.

Here are a couple of pics from my shopping appointment a couple weeks ago with client Danita K. We were on the hunt for a work tote. We came across a couple we liked, but Danita wasn’t ready to commit and make the investment.

Our appointment started with shopping for pumps and flats for work. The selection for pumps and flats weren’t in abundance since most department stores have transitioned to “boot season”. After a great talk about what boots to look for in the coming months, we decided to look at work totes. We found 2 options, one by Ralph Lauren and another by Tory Burch. Although these work totes may have been more than what Danita was originally willing to pay, she finally understood that a quality tote will be a good investment piece that will last her for some time. I hope she decides to take the leap and purchase!

Tell me – what investment pieces have you recently splurged on?

Until next time…Class dismissed!

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