FASHION TRUTHS FROM AN EAST COAST GIRL

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Last week, L.A. based fashion blogger Natalie Kramer gave you favorite West Coast Girl styling tips. This week, take some Preppy and Polished tips from the East Coast influenced by tradition as much as practical concerns.

Since weather patterns can be unpredictable, with sun one minute and rain the next, East Coasters are used to fashionably styling a light cardigan or sweater year round. The East Coast is the home of Ivy League schools and academia in the North and manners and charm in the South. This influences the region’s style and fashion with the popularity of pearls, polos, plaids, and sweaters. Take a look at our 6 tips on how to dress East Coast style.

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CLASSY GIRLS WEAR PEARLS

East Coasters know that the best way to add a bit of class to any style is to simply add a string of pearls. From work to play, any outfit can be enhanced with this simple embellishment. Whether you choose to don a charming A Line Dress or classic oxford shirt and blazer, pearls are a more than acceptable accessory day or night. So grab those heirloom strands of your grandmothers or splurge with Majorica’s Three-Strand Pearl Necklace as a way of initiation.

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RAIN BOOTS ARE A FASHION STATEMENT

Every East Coast girl knows that rain wear is not merely a necessity, it is a fashion statement all its own. From rain jackets to umbrellas to boots, an East Coast girl knows how to rock these items in style. Start your fashionable rain wear collection with a trendy pair of weatherproof boots. For a perfect Spring style, we like Hunters Original Tall Gloss Rain Boots paired with Vineyard Vines Cashmere Linen Tunic Sweater and skinny jeans from Hudson. Add a little novelty to your look with jewelry pieces in the Cape Cod Collection from East Wind Silver Co.

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GET NAUTICAL

For East Coasters, nautical pieces are tied in from north to south inspired by sailing whether for pleasure or toil due to the convenience of the Great Lakes and the length of the coastline. Since the weather along the East Coast tends to be chillier and not as mild as the West Coast, our “beach wear” often includes a light sweater, cardigan, floppy hat or scarf. Start with Citizen’s of Humanity’s white cropped shorts paired with a striped tee from Paige Denim, your string of pearls, and classic boat shoes from Sperry. Be inspired by Spring’s runway looks from Giorgio Armani and Ralph Lauren, and start shopping your favorite nautical items. Don’t forget the perfect nautical jewelry, we love the anchor inspired bracelets by Kiel James Patrick.

GO POLISHED IN POLOS & PLAID

On the East Coast, the popular “preppy” style derives mostly from the universities. The polos, plaids, and sweaters have evolved into a very chic yet proper style perfect for anyone to try this Spring. Let your hair go natural, and pair Washed Dayboat Classic Shorts  with a Short Sleeve Polo Shirt and Lacoste Slip On Sneakers. Accessorize your look by tying a plaid button up around your waist in case the weather turns chilly. On dressier occasions, combine your polo and pearls with a White A line Mini Skirt from Hale Bob or a Candy Pink Striped Midi Skirt from Chic Wash.  Who says that you have to be a college student to enjoy one of the East Coast’s favorite fashion statements?

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BE PLAYFUL IN PREPPY PRINTS

In contrast, on the lower regions of the East Coast, Southern charm omits the plaids opting for lovely and light shades boasting floral and sea faring prints yet the proper look is still maintained with clean cuts, A line skirts, and the like. And since it’s Spring, now is the perfect time to “be playful in preppy prints.” Look for light pastels, floral prints, flutter sleeves, and midi-length skirts. Lilly Pulitzer has got it down to a science with their eye pleasing shades, one of a kind prints and oh so Southern Charm. We’re particularly fond of the Shellabrate print this year that easily pairs with your lightweight cardigans and Georgica Jelly Sandals.

You can even carry the playful prints to the workplace with Hale Bob’s Beaded Blue Silk Blouse and Wide Leg Linen Trousers. Slide into a pair of Metallic Gold Wedges from Lilly and your sure to bring a refreshing outlook to the office. From dresses to skirts to shorts, be sure to include the East Coast’s favorite playful prints into your closet this Spring.

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MONOGRAMS ARE A MUST

Finally, our favorite “style” that every girl should choose not just for Springtime but throughout the entire year is monograming. East Coasters from North Carolina down are obsessed with monograming everything, making it their own. From jackets to handbags to jewelry to even iPhone cases. Putting your initials on your favorite styling items shows ownership and commitment to the things you love best. The East Coast is characterized by individualism and hard work, but with class, character, and charm. We love the classic East Coast look pictured above with your very own personalized with a Merino Wool V-Neck Sweater paired over a Polka Dot Blouse, and Cropped Denim Jeans. If you choose to try only one East Coast style this Season, pick your favorite item to monogram and take ownership of your fashion. Whether you choose to own your most loved handbag, hat or  hoodie Southern Charm Embroidery is the place to go to put your stamp on it.

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From our list above, there is sure to be an East Coast style that suits you this Season. Maybe you’ll decide to add a string of pearls on your next evening out. Or you may tie a cardigan around your outfit for lunch out with the girls. Or why not monogram your favorite fashion accessory or wardrobe essential, exuding style, class, and individuality.

Now that you have read both last week and this week’s blogs on West Coast vs East Coast fashion truths, we’d love to hear YOUR opinion on which style you think fits you best. Will you follow your region’s trends and styles, or will you choose to “go against the grain” and try something new and different? Let us hear from YOU and comment below. And remember, no matter what we here at Posh at Play want you to be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

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WEAR SPRING NOW!

 

bohemian-marie-claire2If you’re tired of the same old jeans and jacket outfit, don’t worry! You can start wearing your favorite Spring trends NOW. From Michael Kors to Naeem Khan to Gucci, flowy “Boho” is back in a big way this Season with flouncy floral print dresses, cropped wide leg pants, off-the-shoulder peasant tops, gladiator sandals, and floppy hats. Other trends include cropped tops, leggings, military jackets, peplum, and crochet shawls. We’ll show you how you can start to incorporate a little bit of Spring into your wardrobe now. Chilly or warm, workday or playtime, enjoy your favorite trends today.

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FLORAL DRESS AND MILITARY JACKET

No need to wait to bring out your favorite floral Springtime dress this year. Even if the weather proves too cold for your sheerest of dresses, there are many tips to stay warm against the elements without cramping your style. We like Hale Bob’s ruffled silk chiffon sundress contrasted with this Season’s trendy utilitarian military jacket, and accessorized with bright caged heels from Donald J Pliner and a neutral oversized handbag from Vince Camuto. Or start showing off your “beach body” curves with Hale Bob’s snug pink floral sheath dress paired with Jill Sander suede ankle booties when the weather is chilly and metallic triple strap sandals NEW from VANELi for warmer Spring days. Your military style jacket also looks great on your way to the office over the sleeveless jacquard floral dress from Hale Bob. From home to work to party time, go ahead and bring your flowery Springtime dress out to play.

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FLOUNCY FLUTTER DRESS AND CROPPED JACKET

Our second favorite dress and jacket combo is the fluttery flounce dress and cropped jacket look. Even if this year’s Easter proves rainy or cold, don’t let that stop you from wearing your favorite Springtime style. We like Hale Bob’s satin floral print silk sundress paired with the black Bolero jacket and black ultra suede leggings in case the weather is extra chilly. If the day becomes warmer, simply remove the leggings and swap out your heels for slip on wedge sandals from Jimmy Choo. You could also accessorize your look with a classic leather jacket as pictured above for a “rockin'” Spring style. Go neutral with Trouve’s classic black, Halogen’s pale pink cropped, or spice things up in Rag & Bone’s bright red. Whichever jacket style you choose, you’ll definitely be able to wear your flouncy Spring dress sooner rather than later this Season.

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MAXI DRESS AND SWEATER

Don’t leave your favorite maxi dress out of the mix either. With “Boho” trending now more than ever, it’s time to let your hair down and start feeling Summer’s carefree days to come. Start with Liberty Garden’s ivory embroidered strapless maxi and top with a simple ivory gauze button down also from Liberty Garden and flat gladiator sandals from Rebecca Minkoff. On chilly days, stay warmer in Hale Bob’s ivory cropped jacket or Liberty Garden’s terry knit lace. If you’d rather go with some color, shop Posh at Play’s wide selection of Hale Bob print maxi dresses from colorful coral to bright green to rosy red. Perfect the “Boho” style by accessorizing your look with Free People’s straw wide brim hat, hobo bag from Elliot Lucca, and fringe sandals from Diane von Furstenberg. On Spring’s colder days, swap out the sandals for fringe booties from Sam Edelman, and layer with suede leggings from Hale Bob. Warm or cold, either way, you can start wearing Spring’s favorite “Boho”trend now.

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TURTLENECK LAYERING

Another favorite way we love to style the maxi dress for now is by layering a sleek turtleneck underneath. The key to pulling off this look is to be sure that the material of your top is super thin with no embellishments to prevent your silhouette from looking too bunchy or bulky. If needed, you can also add a cropped coat or leather jacket over your outfit for added warmth. Turn heads this Season in Hale Bob’s teal printed silk maxi paired with the black knit long sleeve turtleneck, buckled ankle booties from Free People, and shoulder strap purse from Zac Posen. You can also use the turtleneck to pair under other trending Springtime fashions like Hale Bob’s silk floral blouse, the off the shoulder velvet top, or Liberty Garden’s black sheer lace chiffon. This versatile turtleneck can even be topped with rompers like Liberty Garden’s lace trimmed twill shorts set or any of the tank dress selections from Hale Bob and Liberty Garden. Don’t let cold weather dampen your Spring style. Simply grab a turtleneck to keep you warm underneath your favorite Spring trends.

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CAMI AND SEQUINED CARDIGAN

Give your favorite snug winter sweater a Springtime update by pairing with a loose gauzy cami and lightweight skinny jeans or leggings. As the weather warms, you can tie the sweater around your waist for instant style. Grab Hale Bob’s grey sequin cardigan and top with AC Collection’s silver metallic skinny jeans and a rose quartz colored silk and lace tank, Pantone’s color of the year. We also like Hale Bob’s ivory silk tank with flounce or the mixed media flyaway cami from Liberty Garden accessorized with Hale Bob’s cool silver cargo leggings and glam round sunglasses from Tory Burch as seen across the runways this Season. Look ahead to warmer weather and start wearing your favorite flouncy tanks and camis now.

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SHORTS AND LEGGINGS

And lastly, what says “Summer” more than your favorite pair of shorts? Though the last of winter’s weather may leave your legs too chilly to wear alone, we’ll show you how you can still wear your favorite Seasonal style right now. Start with a pair of basic blue denim shorts and layer snug knit or suede leggings underneath, accessorizing with a cropped coat, oversized sweater, or wool scarf depending on how cold your climate is. We like Citizen’s of Humanity’s “distressed” denim shorts with Hale Bob’s matching ultra suede leggings , silk washed cami from Equipment, and Liberty Garden’s lace Kimono for a clean, streamlined look. Usher in Spring’s florals in flower print denim shorts from Joe’s Jeans paired over Hale Bob’s gray ultra suede leggings, cozy gray knit sweater from Shabby & Chic, and ankle booties from BP. If shorts are not quite your style, you might find Citizen’s of Humanity’s loose fit long denim shorts a more comfortable option, or if you are looking to take a few inches off your waistline, get AC Collection’s vintage high waisted denim. Whichever silhouette suits you best, you can start wearing your favorite Summer staple now.

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There’s no need to wait to wear all your favorite Spring and Summer trends. Go ahead and shop your favorite looks and use our layering tips to keep warm until the weather changes. If your city is still chilly, layer your outfit with your favorite winter jacket or overcoat and warm leggings or skinny jeans. If you happen to live in a warmer climate, forgo the leggings and skinny jeans and layer with lightweight fabrics to segue into cooler evening hours. Enjoy Spring today!

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO PULL OFF THE SKIRT AND SNEAKERS LOOK FOR SPRING

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It’s that time of year when we are all anxious for Spring to arrive, yet the weather tells us differently. However, there is a way you can begin to incorporate the Season’s styles and still stay warm against the elements. Why not try the skirt and sneaker trend so popular on the runways this year? With the wide variety of running shoes available today, it is easy to find just the right match for you. While stilettos may help us feel confident and commanding, there is nothing like slipping into something comfy that will let you run around the city in style and without hassle. Peruse our favorite skirt and sneaker looks below and choose the one that’s right for you.

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AT THE OFFICE

Turn heads in the workplace this Season with a smart skirt and sneakers combo. The trick   is to pair your look with a tailored blazer or fitted sweater for a classy yet trendy style. Start with Liberty Garden’s NEW beige ultra suede patchwork skirt topped with Hale Bob’s black lace sweater knit long sleeve shirt and black bolero jacket. Complete your outfit with a pair of chic white high top sneakers from JSlides and a posh leather briefcase from John Varvatos. Don’t let office politics get in your way. Wow them at work with your own unique style this Season.

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LOOK AHEAD TO SPRING

No need to wait until the official day of Spring arrives. Go ahead and bring out your favorite flowing chiffon skirts and dresses. We love Hale Bob’s NEW printed chiffon maxi skirt in quartz rose, serenity blue, and sea green, Pantone’s Spring colors of choice. If bold is more your style, go with Hale Bob’s cherry red, canary yellow, and bright purple printed chiffon maxi skirt. On chillier days, pair your skirt with a warm leather jacket from Oak and Eileen Fisher’s cozy wool scarf. When the weather warms, top your filmy skirt with a delicate lace embroidered sweater knit top from Hale Bob accessorized with an oversized straw tote from KAYU. Whichever way you choose to fashion, be sure to finish off your look with comfort and style in your classic Soleil V2 comfort sneakers from Puma. Look ahead and start sporting Spring’s prettiest trends today.

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EVERYDAY CASUAL

Switch out your usual “go to” jeans and tee outfit for a sneakers and skirt combo this Spring. Start with Hale Bob’s ivory pencil skirt with suede contrast and pair with a cool casual ivory ultra suede long sleeve shirt or a comfy white open shoulder shirt from Liberty Garden. Why not go bright this Season and accessorize with a hot pink pair of sneakers from Brooks and a matching cross body bag from Kate Spade. If you prefer a more “girly” style, go with Hale Bob’s white jacquard “A” line skirt topped with a flowy long sleeve velvet floral blouse and matching white original “Superstars” from Adidas. No matter which skirt style flatters you most, be sure to include this combo into your everyday errands about town or lunch out with the girls.

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ROCKER CHIC

Live on the edge a bit and go “rocker chic” cool this Season. Start with a black faux suede mini skirt with lace overlay or try the charcoal double slit knit maxi skirt NEW from Liberty Garden. Elongate your silhouette by pairing with a matching color long sleeve shirt with mesh inserts from Liberty Garden or satin blouse with lace detailing from Hale Bob. Complete your look with a classic black leather jacket from Asos and matching high top sneakers from designer Philip Lim. If all over black is too predictable for you, add in a pop of color with Hale Bob’s purple printed silk maxi skirt or Adrianna Papell’s cobalt blue jersey maxi dress as featured above. Accessorize your style with matching color sneakers and a “night lights” bucket bag and trendy “rockstar” sunglasses from Betsey Johnson. Stop playing it safe this Spring, and take a walk on the wild side.

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ELEGANT EVENING

Yes, you can even carry your sneakers and skirt look into the twilight hours. The key to making this style work for dressier evening occasions is to forget the formal cocktail dress, and go with a tulle or midi length skirt and evening sweater or blouse combo. Start with a soft grey tulle skirt from Bailey 44 , top with an elegant grey draping sweatshirt from Liberty Garden, and complete with shocking pink sneakers from Nike or sparkle in style with glitter high tops from Maison Margiela. If sleek is more your style, grab Hale Bob’s grey or black floral lace pencil skirt with half slippair with Hale Bob’s lace sweater knit long sleeve shirt, and accessorize with Kate Spade’s glitter black slip ons and matching clutch from Whiting & Davis. You won’t have to complain about aching feet  on your next evening out with this Spring party trend.

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CLASSIC COOL

If the thought of pairing sneakers and a skirt seems a little out of your comfort zone, ease into this Spring trend with a classic cool look a la “Audrey Hepburn.” Grab you favorite solid color pencil skirt and matching tee, and accessorize with your favorite patterned slip on sneakers for easy breezy Spring style. Get the above look with a black leather pencil skirt from Joe’s Jeans , a comfy slim fitted black jersey tee from The Row and leopard print slip on sneakers from designer Saint Laurent. We also like Hale Bob’s soft brown leather fringed pencil skirt paired perfectly with Michael Stars’ cowl neck asymmetrical knit top and tropical floral print slip ons from Nike. This outfit choice is a great way to ease into one of this Season’s most popular trends.

 

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We’ve shown you 6 of our favorite ways to style your favorite sneakers with Springtime skirts and dresses this Season. Whether you choose to pair with a flowy maxi or a tailored pencil, your skirt and sneakers look can carry you from work to everyday to formal evenings out. Your perfect “athleisure” style is waiting for you, so when you start to put your outfit together tomorrow, think skirt + sneakers. Give your feet a break and go for style plus comfort. This Season is all about discovering yourself and being comfortable in your own unique style and silhouette. Be you, be fabulous and always be feminine.