Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Guest Post: Jen of Style IRL (Part 2)

When we last checked on Jen of Style in Real Life, she showed us the beauty of layering with a tough utility vest and pairing that feminine staple, the pencil skirt, with unexpected pieces. In Part 2 of this Guest Post, she elaborates more on the girlfriend-boyfriend style that she embodies so well. (Check out Part 1 here).

 3.    Check your boyfriend/husband/dad’s closet for inspiration
When I first came across The Sartorialist in 2006, he was featuring a lot of men’s street style. I was drawn to the Milanese street fashion, in particular, looking impeccably dressed even at their most casual – chinos + crisp white shirt. This directly inspired my everyday style that loafers, skinny pants and crisp button-downs became my uniform. I’d like to think I’ve evolved since, but my heart will always have a soft spot for menswear.

When I am in the market for a crisp white Oxford shirt, I always skip the ladies’ (they always come stitched at the back) and head straight for the men’s.

I live in my boyfriend jeans! They are comfy and easy to dress up with a pullover, statement necklace and killer pumps.

I always believe in creating the right proportion and balance. (Tight + tight is a major no!) So I put on a loose men’s tee to pair with my tight (and short!) skirt. This green men’s top is from H&M men’s athletic section so it has a drop sleeve so I wear with a hot pint top underneath.

4.    Sweat it
With the sporty chic trend dominating the runways of Philip Lim, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang, it’s time to give this trend a try. I think the key is to mix one sporty element with dressy pieces.
The easiest way to break into the trend is to pair sneakers with streetwear.  Avoid bulky running shoes. Instead opt for Nike Free’s, Chucks or this pair from Nike’s street line. (Confession: I wear this pair almost all the time now!)

If feeling experimental, pair your sweats with a dressy button-down or a blousy top and classic black pumps.

5.    Dress up your casuals
Casual doesn’t have to be sloppy. I love mixing in classics with casual looks.

Pair casual shorts with a slouchy, oversized top, then tie the look together by accessorizing with a classic leather shoulder bag and pumps.

Hope you enjoyed this Guest Post! Thanks once again to the fabulous Jen for sharing her style tips! Check out more of her at Style in Real Life.


impossible girl said...

Thanks again Iggy and hope your readers enjoyed the post.


Katrina said...

Thanks again Jen! Love the pics :)


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