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I don't typically go gaga for checks.

However, Theory gets an A+ for this fall look.

Theory is known for its impeccable tailoring. And the Laurent top is precision, with contouring seams made to flatter. Woven with a Prince of Wales check, this stretch wool piece has handy zipped pockets and is unlined for lightness. Paired with Theory's Demitria pants, and you have simple perfection.

Available at Net-a-Porter

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That's how I like it.

No new news here. I'm still preaching the all white wardrobe. Simplicity at its finest.

And while I am supposed to attend an event tomorrow in which I'll be wearing black, I much prefer white.

My schedule has been extra busy lately. Between shoots, clients and Bo, it's a wonder I manage to dress myself. Add in my children's sports (with my head spinning), and you've got a chaotic calendar.

Recently, I spoke at a group function where I presented easy breezy spring styles. The format was user friendly — changing the models' looks right on stage to showcase the importance of versatility in the wardrobe. Of course, the topic of white came up. My rule: white is fine year round (as long as the pants aren't linen). Yes, I prefer white denim in the winter over any other bottom, but that's not to say it can't be done. There's always winter white, too.

See, some chaos can be good. I wouldn't drop a thing in my life right now. I am doing what I was put here on earth to do.

Although, I do believe my client tomorrow will trump the event. Something has to give, and I love my clients. I'm thrilled I had the opportunity to dress clients for this particular event. I am behind more scenes than you can imagine. 

Will any of my clients be in white tomorrow? What do you think?

Photo from unknown source

Are you ready to take on this style challenge?

I love this one, as I love layers. However, I still find it challenging. When I think of layers, it's easy to fall back on the typical — cropped sweater over a blouse, major coat, scarf. Some days that fits the bill. While other days, it's too simple.

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What makes fashion so much fun is its ability to transform into whatever floats your boat. Take an artist perspective. Go preppy. Add sophistication. How about rocker chic? Whatever you do, express your style personality! This is not to say you should take on a look that is not authentic. Not only will you not feel yourself, but it will be apparent to others.

For me, I have to take layers to a whole other level in order to truly challenge myself. Below are my favorite inspirations, from jewelry and home decor (layered rugs) to socks over tights and fabulously layered textures. My favorite one to watch is Maja Wyh, a German style maven who does layers better than anyone. I am definitely attempting a dress layered over jeans with a blouse and sweater over the top of the dress. And maybe even a jacket and scarf! Sounds like a lot. But with these temps, the warmth will be welcomed!

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So how will you challenge yourself? Here are some layering considerations:

  1. Arm warmers over leather gloves
  2. Socks over tights
  3. Leg warmers (yes, they're back) over leather leggings
  4. Two scarves
  5. Sweater with long blouse over top versus underneath
  6. Wrap coat or sweater over two layered pieces
  7. Four necklaces, mixing in a few different styles
  8. Textured and colorful rugs over each other (perhaps a print floor pillow, to boot)
  9. Dress over jeans with jacket over dress
  10. Over-the-knee socks over leggings with boots (from shorties to tall)

Are these do-able for you? Perhaps only one or two at this particular time. However, come back to this list each week. What else are you willing to attempt? I'm just asking that you begin to nudge yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you aren't sure how to make it work for you, call me. 

One thing I can promise you, when you step outside of your box (within your style personality), it's liberating — and you'll want more! Please do keep me posted.

Photos from Maja Wyh, Park and Cube, London Fashion Week, Le Fashion, Vintage Vibe, unknown sources


It's time for another style challenge. Style Challenge #3. Here's your teaser — tomorrow all the details will be laid out. As we head into the holidays, think about how you typically utilize your wardrobe in the winter months. What would you change? How can you see yourself evolve? What a great time to experiment! Stay tuned.

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