A few weeks ago, I closetiqued for my good friend Am-Lo. When I inquired why she wanted me to help her with her wardrobe, she said she needed “new ideas for how to revitalize my clothes; mix and match pieces that I never thought could work together; and understand what are some important staples that I’m missing from my closet.”
Am-Lo describes her style as “classic with a tropical twist”. She loves her prints and colors (she looks stunning in red!) but clicks to classic silhouettes as she does not want to blindly follow the trends.
Some of her favorite fashion icons include: DVF, Audrey Hepburn, Blair on Gossip Girl, Rachel Bilson and Penelope Cruz. Her go-to shops for wardrobe staples are Anthropologie, J. Crew, Shopbop, Urban Outfitters and our guilty pleasure, GILT Groupe.
This first outfit includes one of her favorite pieces – a beautifully delicate floral blouse (which she usually pairs with a funky grey and black striped sweater and jeans – she rocks it!), so we decided to couple the blouse with a muted sweater belted over a pencil skirt to change up the look. We end up with a solid outfit for work (but still playful with the addition of studs on her belt and knee-high Hayden Harnett boots with buckles across the ankle). This plays up the current trends, but doesn’t show an inkling of “fashion slave”. It just quietly whispers feminine with a touch of tough. Me like.
In outfit number 2, we played around with a really fun combo of preppy and punky. The grey J.Crew cardigan with black trim gives off a classic and conservative vibe which is totally blown away by a fitted black tee with gold and silver trains hanging from the neckline. Couple this with a black pencil skirt with zipper details and suede red heels and you’ve got a great modern take on the “Mad Men” secretary look.
Behind door number 3, we punched up the color vibe by pairing tones that normally most people wouldn’t consider – bright turquoise with browns and oranges. The autumn-hued circle skirt, antique brown belt and heathered brown batwing sweater are broken up by a dash of color by a beautiful silky turquoise blouse. Smashing combo for the Fall.
The next outfit is a more casual take on style #3. Replace the bulky sweater with a a buttery soft brown leather hoodie jacket, and a chunky-knit colorful scarf, and this outfit is perfect for a Saturday brunch date (followed by a walk in the park, …stomping on leaves with those brown flat riding boots required!)
The base of the next three looks is a DVF stretch wool dress that looked PHENOMENAL on Am-Lo. What we did was mix up the layers and accessories to build up three completely different looks. I decided that this was the most versatile piece in her closet. With sweaters and blazers, the dress can be transformed into a pencil skirt look, with thin silky underthings, we can pull in dashes of color to break up the black palette.
Look 1 – with a summery silky tank peaking out of the neckline, black belt and shiny red patent heels, we have a modern career-woman look (staying true to that tropical twist!)
Look 2 – with a black velvet blazer and a very Hermes-looking scarf, we get another classical look (but this has a more refined equestrian tone).
Look 3 – this outfit totally works “day into night”. Throw on a black/white/yellow floral sweater (compliments of Anthropologie) and a thick caramel belt with brown suede boots, you can easily imagine this advertising executive jetting from a client meeting to happy hour with friends!