Recreate The Look: Utilitarian Blouse

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I’ve had some of you ask where you can get the utilitarian blouse, so I’ve listed a few options at different price points. Even if you don’t have a utilitarian blouse, I would recreate the looks with any kind of button up blouse. Revisit the looks here.

Banana Republic BUY here.

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J. Crew BUY here.

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Equipment BUY here.

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Zara BUY here.

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GAP BUY here.

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“Create your own style. Let it be unique for

yourself and yet identifiable for others”.

Anna Wintour

The Blazer

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No matter your lifestyle. No matter if you work in an office, stay at home, or you wear a uniform or scrubs every day. Every woman needs at least one blazer in their wardrobe, that they can depend on.

Just like my wardrobe basic #1 jeans, the blazer gives you countless options. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t own a lot of clothing but I invest in the wardrobe basics and have some great accessories that allow me to create many different looks. 

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Wear your blazer with any trouser, dress or skirt, you have now created a suit.

Wear your blazer with any pair of jeans.

Blazer can be dressed up or down, depending on the shoes you are wearing.

Add a fur vest to give an entirely different look.

Wear over your shoulders to add instant glam. (I love wearing a blazer over your shoulders when wearing a dress).

You can add accessories to your blazer and no one will even remember it’s the same one. Accessories such as a fur collar, silk scarf, necklaces, and broaches.

Belt the outside of the blazer.

Roll the sleeves up to make it more causal.

7 Days of Style Tip: Fit is everything. If you purchase a blazer that doesn’t look like it was meant for you, go and visit a tailor.

“Style – all who have it share one thing: originality.”

Diana Vreeland

The Super Puff

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For the last two years I’ve depended on the Tna League Puffer. Due to its versatility it has become apart of my signature style. I wear it with everything from Adidas track pants to slim black pants with heels. I love the feminine silhouette it gives you all while keeping you warm. This season it’s all about the supersized puffer. In black, I may need to add this to my wardrobe. I do live in Canada, so owning multiple coats is essential.

Photo Credit: The Zoe Report

“A fashion that does not reach the streets is not a fashion.”

Coco Chanel

The Power of the T-shirt

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You may think a t-shirt has little importance in your wardrobe, but I’ve recently found the perfect v-neck black t-shirt on Aritzia’s website and it’s from The Group by Babaton. It’s tailored but still gives you a feminine look. The fabric is a blend of Peruvian pima cotton and modal. Super comfy which is key, and works with everything from jeans to suits. When building your wardrobe, you need to have those classic items that will never go out of style and are reliable. Whether you choose black or white, make sure you find the perfect fitting t-shirt that suits your body. This t-shirt will take me from day to night, season to season, and will never date itself.

Below I’ve paired the black t-shirt with an IRO tweed jacket and a Hermes silk scarf. When completing the outfit remember that the shoe will dictate where you are going. For example, with this  I paired with a sleek leather mule with a kitten heel and dark denim which is perfect for going out to dinner with girlfriends. This same look would also work with ankle boots, ballet flats and a fashionable sneaker.

“Anyone can get dressed up and glamorous, but it is how people dress in their days off that are the most intriguing.” 

Alexander Wang

Easy Dressing

abf0c4219a1bea02be496b41dbaa8037Easy dressing is about having the key go-to items in your closet, that you can dress up or wear casually. I love how Barbara Martelo wears her black leather pants like she would wear jeans. She makes them look sexy and sophisticated with a black stiletto, black t-shirt, and a long coat but can wear them casually with a plaid shirt and ankle boots. Leather pants can also work for the office when paired with a blouse, and a blazer.

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7 Days of Style Tip: Whatever you purchase, always make sure you give yourself wardrobe options. Try to get as much mileage out of your clothing as possible. Aim for three different ways you can make that item work.

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Image #2 photo credit: Style Du Mode

“Style is something each of us already has – all we need to do is find it.”

Diane Von Furstenberg


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