A while back I did a post about how I would love to get into styling.
As of today I have my first client - Miss G!
She's a sophisticated working woman. She has a career wardrobe she loves but struggles with what to wear on the weekends. She wants to look casual but not sloppy. Miss G lives up North and wants to spend around $150 to update her weekend look.
Working long distance I wanted to get a feel for who inspires Miss G. Two distinct, yet different women came to her mind - Lauren Conrad and Tory Burch.
To narrow down the style selection I can sum up each woman's look in three words. Lauren: Chic, On-Trend, Classic. Tory: Colorful, Tailored, Risk Taker. As you can see these women are very different yet are both super stylish.
Next I asked Miss G to send me photos of the weekend basics she already owns. Going shopping in your own closet is the first thing to do when you're looking for an update. It's important to know 1. what you already own and 2. what looks good on your body before investing more money.
Miss G's closet consists of these weekend staples: 1. A Denim Shirt - PERFECT for any closet as it goes with just about everything. 2. A Floral Tunic - I like a tunic as it can be tucked into bottoms or worn with leggings. 3. Three pairs of pants: Skinny Jeans, Black Leggings and Boot Cut Jeans. 4. Brown Knee High Boots. 5. Plain shirts (not pictured) - these are a perfect layering tool and can match about any bottom or jacket.
Based off what she already has in her closet and the style she's trying to attain I came up with the following: (I really tried to blend Lauren and Tory's style while staying within a budget)
A Sequin T is a great weekend staple. It can go from day to night and if you choose a neutral color can match just about anything in your closet.
Tory Burch loves a good print! I chose this chevron blouse for Miss G because it will play well with other patterns and is comfortable yet stylish.
A mixed metal necklace (one with both silver and gold) is worth the investment. By having one piece of jewelry that is both metals you can layer in other necklaces and anchor the look.
Wearing a scarf is a great way to change up your look. I really like this one from Gap because it has a trendy neon color paired with a versatile neutral.
I'm a big fan of the blazer. LC rocks one frequently - it gives both a structured look to jeans and dresses down a cocktail dress. Opt for one in a bold color like neon pink or green.
Wearing a skirt on the weekends is a fun and flirty alternative to pants. Pulling inspiration from LC with a flouncy fashion forward High/Low hem and from Tory with a fun print this polka dot skirt is a great way to freshen up your closet.
Miss G mentioned that winter shoes are hard for her to find. I love a low heeled bootie. This tan one will go with almost anything, allows for city walking and is super chic.
There are pieces you invest in (an amazing black leather bag) and then ones that you spend as little as possible on but enjoy the trend. This orange and gold bag is right up Tory Burch's color ally and will send a shock of color thru any outfit.
Nothing says Lauren Conrad more than a tuxedo blazer. It's chic and can pull an outfit together.
You can't wear shorts or skirts in the winter with out tights. Invest in a pair of black, brown and gray and you're golden!
I adore the slippered ballet flat. It's on trend and when done in a fun pattern can make the entire outfit.
There are a few pieces that both Lauren Conrad and Tory Burch could agree on. One is a faux fur vest! This piece is fun, funky and adds depth and luxury to any weekend wardrobe including Miss Gs.
I think it's important for Miss G to play around with pattern. This short sleeve, patterned, tailored blouse will jazz up any closet.
Wedged booties are a classic winter weekend shoe. The wooden heel dresses down the look and we all know black goes with anything.
Shorts in the winter are unexpected and fun. These brown faux leather ones can go from day to night and will always look right.
Check back tomorrow when I pair these new buys with Miss G's current closet to make 8 FAB weekend looks!!