If you have been following us on Instagram and Facebook, wait no more! Our blog post is finally up! (Sorry for the lag, everyone. We wanted to hype it up!) This blog post is titled, "Back to the Basics" because it's centered around a piece of clothing that almost every girl (and guy) has in their closet--a basic white button-up shirt. For this blog post, we've used our white pleated collar sleeveless white shirt. The pleated collar gives it that ribbon-like appearance and is ever-so elegant and versatile. So for our style guides, we get down to the essentials and show you how you can style your basic white button-ups in an infinite number of ways. But for your sake, we've limited it to only five. So the next time you stare at your full closet thinking, "I have nothing to wear!" remember all the tips we give you to make your white shirt go from plain to holy-crap-why-didnt-i-think-of-this-outfit-before!
Earrings: Vintage logo dome earrings // Chanel
Armparty (top to bottom): Black & gold bird friendship bracelet, Juicy Couture orange pyramid stretch bracelet, and Fornash sailor's knot bracelet
Simple black and white, with a pop of orange is a great go-to outfit that's not only easy to do, but also easy to alter. If orange isn't your color, switch it out for anything else, just make sure to add that pop of color throughout your accessories, like how we did with the earrings, bracelet, nails, and lips. We paired the white shirt with a double-slit maxi skirt in black, keeping it simple, and let the accessories do all the talking. Due to the detailed pleated collar, we didn't add a necklace to let that collar shine through. We love the combination of orange, black, gold, and white. Something about it is different and adds a little touch of freshness from the orange, but beware! Add just a tad too much orange into the ensamble and you'll end up looking like Halloween. Complete the whole look with gold accented ankle strap heels to give it that fresh sophisticated look.
Armparty (top to bottom): Rose gold tortoise link bracelet // Michael Kors, Mini omega bracelet // Vita Fede, & Kelly bracelet in rose gold // Hermes
Earrings: Bloom hexagon stud earrings // Gorjana
Rings (start from top left, going clockwise): Ariana band ring // Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry, Double baguette open ring // Jacquie Aiche, & Chevron stack rings // Jules Smith
Lips: Cha cha tint in sheer mango // Benefit
Nails (L to R): Nail varnish in faithful-coopered metal // Illamasqua & Dior vernis nail lacquer in safari beige // Dior
Necklace: Raw lapis necklace // Heather Hawkins
Earrings: Braided earrings // Pim + Larkin
Watch: Slim runway // Michael Kors
Armparty (top to bottom): Standard skinny hinge bracelet // Marc by Marc Jacobs, Buckle bangle in navy/gold // Michael Kors, & Titan crystal bracelet // Vita Fede
Mixing metals is an art of trade that not many of us have mastered yet, so here is a cool way to help you become the sensei of fashion arts. The collared shirt is the perfect medium for a tie, so we chose a necklace that has a lapis stone shaped like a tie! We kept the color scheme fairly monotonous so that we can mix different metals. Tip for how to mix metals: BALANCE IT OUT!! Use white as the balance to bring in both gold and silver. Also, if you have colored accessories that match your outfit, use that to help tie everything in together, like this blue satchel handbag from Vince Camuto.
Earrings: Fused stone skull studs // Iosselliani
One arm bracelet: Island adventure bracelet // Rose Pierre
Other arm armparty: Mosaic Bangle // Sequin, Spikes and bolts bracelet // Topshop, & Kingston wrap bracelet // Gorjana
Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti heels
We've gone through sophisticated to school-girly, so we MUST go through edgy in our style guide, so here is our edgy take on the versatile white shirt. We paired it with one of our best selling vegan leather weave skirt that is not only form fitting, but also very figure flattering. We thought these amazingly gorgeous Giuseppe Zanotti caged heels were to die for and looked perfect with the weave skirt. The gold-plated cage of the heels set the golden standard when it came to the accessories. The layered necklace from Venessa Arizaga is both sophisticated and young at heart in its choice of pendants and stones. It even has a gold teddy bear pendant! Its great for toning down the edginess of the outfit because we vamped it up with plum red lipstick and deep purple nails, with a green clutch as a contrast that makes this a spring/summer look. We went heavy on the accessories with an armparty consisting of spikes, gold, white, and skulls. Since there's so much on the arms and neck, we kept your fingers and ears simple with two rings, and a pair of skull earring studs. Whether you go out for a lunch date or for a night-out, this is thee best look to make use of your plain white shirt.
So we got back to the basics not only in terms of using a white shirt, but also on how to accessorize (read more here). If you could take anything out of our style guides, it should be a sense of confidence to experiment with different colors and create interesting contrasts. Adding color to a simple white shirt is like adding salt when you're cooking. Add too much, and you get too salty. Add too little, and it's bland. But add a few herbs here and there, and you really kick it up a notch and add a completely new flavor profile to the mix. (Thank you Emeril for that catch phrase.)
Overall, our style guides are not here to tell you that you're dressing wrong or that you need to buy expensive designer goods to make your outfits look spectacular (even though they actually do). We're here to tell you and encourage you all to try new things; to try new colors, and be a bolder, more confident version of you.
We hope that you have enjoyed our style guides and that you're getting ready for your weekend on this lovely Thursday afternoon.
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