Pattern Play

Dots and tribal and lemons, oh my!  I decided to kick off summer in a cheery, pattern-popping way by toying around with several of the patterned pieces taking up residence in my closet.  And with this pattern play, I focused on mixing neutral textural patterns with bolder statement patterns (see below for more on mixing patterns) to create a subtle patterned look.

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Shoe Solutions

Let’s set the scene:  You live in an area where you must walk at least part of the way to work.  It’s hot; it’s sticky, and you just want your feet to breathe before being cooped up in an office all day — or — you’re racing to make it into work on-time, which has incidentally transformed you into a champion power walker.  In either case, comfort during your commute is your top priority.  So what do you do?  You strap on flip flops or sneakers and set off on your merry way.

::Gasp::

I’ve seen everyone from interns to management commit this business-attire indiscretion (and may or may not have comitted it once or twice myself).  But there is hope.  Just nix the flip flops and sneakers and embrace these shoe solutions:

1.  D’Orsay.  I’m a known supporter of the d’Orsay flat (see April’s post, Feeling Flat).  D’Orsays are a solid wear-to-work option with their sleek silhouette that still allows for a fair amount of air flow.  Look for d’Orsays that provide full coverage in the toe region to limit irritation or discomfort brought on by long-distance walking.  I’m loving this cap-toe pair by Chinese Laundry and these Ivanka Trump beauts. Continue Reading

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Ask The Glamour Less – Packing Strategy

Introducing a new series on the blog — Ask The Glamour Less.  Send your style questions this way!

HELP! I’m leaving for a 20-day Europe backpacking excursion (aka only getting to pack 4 outfits I re-wear again and again), immediately followed by a wedding + week at the beach in NYC which I have to pack for pre-Europe.

No clue what to pack or how to even wrap my mind around it, but I want to look less travel-shabby and more beach-chic, if possible.

Ideas?
– AI

Packing for a vacation, no matter the length, is an endeavor not for the faint of heart.  But as you’re gearing up to fill your suitcase this summer, remember that packing does not have to be (and most likely won’t be) perfect, and it can be simplified if you keep several tips and strategies in mind.

  1. Stick to the basics.  Sticking to versatile, stress-free basics doesn’t mean that you can only pack white tees and denim shorts, but think practical and functional (e.g., leave behind the top that you can only wear with a certain bra that requires some adjusting…) and pack pieces that easily complement each other and can be worn multiple ways for multiple occasions (e.g., simple sheath or wrap dresses, sleeveless shells, and tailored shorts usually fit this bill).  No matter what, I always recommend throwing a pair of dark jeans in your suitcase — they’ll come in handy more often than you think.
  2. Choose your palette.  Planning outfits ahead of time and packing pieces based on a central color-scheme will eliminate on-vacation indecisiveness or possible mismatching.  Neutrals are Continue Reading
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When Allergies Attack

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Spring in DC is in full swing, which means only one thing – my allergies are raging to the point that I should probably buy stock in the allergy pill industry.  Any sort of allergy flare up, whether it is in the form of red itchy eyes, puffy skin, runny nose, or a pimple outbreak (yes, allergies can trigger a breakout), makes getting ready for the day that much harder.  To help guide your style through an allergy-ridden day, I’ve compiled five tips  Continue Reading

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Late for an Important Date

Something you must know about me:  I am habitually late for just about everything.  And if I’m not late, it’s most likely because I’ve rushed to get ready as quickly as possible, turning my apartment into one incredibly messy closet in the process.  I openly admit — much to my friends’ dismay — that my punctual inabilities have led me to run out the door with wet hair and a belt or other accessory in hand.

Charlotte Olympia Fashionably Late Flats

Now, since fashion and haste don’t necessarily make the best combination, I’ve been told countless times to plan my outfits beforehand or shower and start my hair the night before.  Quite frankly, these tactics (though great for some) just do not work well for me. So I’ve compiled my top five practical tips for getting ready in a hurry.   

1.  Stock your closet with basics.  Neutral and versatile pieces truly make your style-in-a-flash world go ’round since they provide a base from which to start and can be styled relatively quickly. Don’t overlook a pair of classic dark-wash jeans or a flattering tank that looks great under a blazer.  Other functional wardrobe essentials include simple crew Continue Reading

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