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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE AFFAIR

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 4.32.47 PM Have you ever wondered why when you see the color white an overwhelming feeling of calm and relaxation washes over you?  Research has proven that colors have a profound impact on how you feel.  It was thought a long time ago that white was the absence of color, but it’s actually the opposite.  Thanks to Sir Isaac Newton we have the correct info.  The color white is actually a combination of all the colors of the visible spectrum. White has come to symbolize peace, purity, innocence, honesty, cleanliness, fresh starts, perfection, modernism and sophistication.   It can give you a different feeling in the way that it’s used.  For example, if used with casual cotton clothing or on canvas furniture you would get a relaxed, casual feel but if used with a leather jacket or white tufted modern couches you would get a more contemporary modern feel. Anytime I walk into Pottery Barn and see a cushy oversized white couch, I just have an urge to lay down, prop up my feet, grab a good book and a blanket and relax.  Of course, I don’t do this, I’m pretty sure Pottery Barn won’t be too happy with me.  People that tend to be drawn to this color usually long for a simpler and more relaxing existence.  With today’s crazy fast paced world, I can see why white décor has become the latest trend.  Maybe it’s our way of slowing down, sitting back and smelling the roses.

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The ever so popular White Party has been held annually for decades.  The décor is white, crisp, fresh, classy and the party has events all day preceding up to the big event at night—One Blowout Bash with plenty of food, celebrities and entertainment.  It’s one of the most anticipated events of the year, where the elite show off their newest white clothes, drink champagne and mingle with the wealthy.  These types of parties have become so popular they are now held in places such as Chicago, Alabama and Canada.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 4.35.11 PMWe love this dress Kerry Washington is wearing.  She looks elegant and classy in this White Evening Gown. http://www.pinterest.com/poshatplay/white-affair/

White ShortsSEQUIN EMBROIDERED WHITE SHORTS

Breeze into summer with these super chic white shorts.  Combined with cotton and sateen and embellished with gold sequins, these shorts will have you bringing in the summer season in style.  Pair this with the Ambrosia Pump by Racheal Zoe to complete this look.

Silk Cargo Pants WHITE SILK CARGO PANTS

This is a must-have this season.  These white silk charmeuse cargo pants are polished yet comfortable.  You can dress these up with a pair of heels or down with your favorite Tory Burch sandals.  Pair this with our Ivory Braided Chain Silk Cami to complete this look.

White Knit DressBEADED KNIT BLOUSON WHITE KNIT DRESS

Heat up the season in this sizzling white jersey knit dress.  With its beaded detail and sliced envelope sleeves, this white dress offers a fresh new take on your summer wardrobe.  For an instant pretty, pair this with Michael Kors Mallory City Sandal.

Wide Leg White Pants“CAMDEN” WIDE LEG WHITE PANTS

Love these White Lace Pants.  They are sophisticated and sexy with their contrast piping and lace detail.  Pair this with our Silk Charmeuse Lace Cami to get this look.

Hi Low SkirtWHITE SATIN HI LOW SKIRT

This white skirt is pretty, fun, free-spirited and perfect for any summer occasion.  It’s incredibly versatile and can be worn for a night on the town or for a casual day at the beach. This twirl worthy skirt is sure to become one of your summer favorites. Pair with our Pink Jersey Knit Halter Top to complete this look.

White VestSTUDDED HIGH-LOW WHITE VEST

Done in poly satin, this stylish layering piece is draped to perfection. With its high low hem and studded detail neckline,  this vest gives you an edgy-meets-feminine look.  Pair with our Skinny Hudson Jeans and the Krandie Bootie by Vince Camuto to complete an edgy look.