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Monday, February 25, 2013

Fashion Week: 7 Wardrobe Essentials (Hi Sugarplum!)

I'm so excited to announce that this week at Our Fifth House is Fashion Week!

7 wardrobe essentials every woman needs

You're probably thinking, "What in the world is Carmel doing hosting a fashion week"?!  I know right?!  I'm clearly no fashionista, I blog about diy design, so what the heck am I doing mingling with some of the most fashionable bloggers in blogland?  Well, here's the deal.  While I'm not a fashion or style blogger, I do blog quite a bit about organization.  I've mentioned before that I truly believe the key to a well organized closet is a well edited closet.  But how do you achieve a "well edited closet"?  I've rounded up 5 of the most stylish bloggers to help us answer that very question.  They'll all be dishing on what they believe are the 7 wardrobe essentials every woman needs.  I am so very excited for this series as my small-ish closet has made me realize that you don't need a lot of pieces in your wardrobe - you need the right pieces.  So let's get this style party started, shall we?!

First in the line-up of fabulously stylish bloggers that will be dishing the goods this week, is Cassie from Hi Sugarplum!  Cassie is just an all around stylish hot momma.  Her home is amazing, and her outfit inspiration posts are ridiculously fantastic!

I'll let the style professional take it from here!
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Hey, hey friends! I'm a huge fan of Carmel's mad DIY-skills, not to mention her gorgeous style. I mean, seriously, supermodel much!? So I'm thrilled to be sharing my Seven Wardrobe Essentials over here today. Assuming I can narrow it down to seven...

My biggest advice is first to figure out your body type and shape, and then here's the big part.....make peace with it! Embrace the assets that make you special, and focus on accentuating those with flattering silhouettes. We aren't all tall with narrow hips and long legs...trying to dress like we are is not cute. Trust me, I've tried.

I have fuller hips and thighs, and a long torso...but I also have a small waist and strong legs. To offset my pear-shape and lengthen my legs, I wear a lot of high-waisted full, and a-line, skirts. And to accent my waist and legs, I belt tops high on my torso and keep skirts above the knee.

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Dressing for your shape is a lot more flattering and fashionable than dressing for the trends. With that said, here are my wardrobe essentials.

1) Bootcut jeans in a dark rinse. Yes I have skinny jeans, and colored jeans, but dark bootcuts flatter everyone, and are easily dressed up or down.
 
7 For All Mankind® High Waist Bootcut Stretch Jeans (Los Angeles Dark)
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2) Striped tees. Stripes occupy half my closet...I'm slightly obsessed. I love them paired with a floral skirt, or peeking out from a basic cardigan. And don't forget the dose of preppy they add to business blazers and pants.

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3) Army-style jacket. They come in great neutral-shades of khaki and green, and look effortless thrown over skirts, jeans and dresses. Even the most basic outfit is made cooler by one.

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4) Colorful cardigans. I love all the cardis...fitted, boyfriend, chunky, and tissue...and in all the colors of the rainbow. They are great for layering over tanks and dresses, and even a pair of yoga pants look more pulled together when paired with a cardi instead of a sweatshirt.

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5) Brown boots. I love knee-high boots not only because they look great with jeans of any color, but also because they help to balance my hips. And yes, you can wear brown boots with black...just make sure the hues aren't too similar (think camel with black, or chocolate brown with light gray).

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6)  Leopard anything. Heels, ballet flats, scarf, sweater, skirt, belt...you name it! I wear leopard as a neutral, paired with almost any other pattern, in place of basic black or brown. Just that one change can give a basic outfit power!

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7)  Bright scarves and big earrings. These are my secret to looking stylish no matter what I'm wearing. A colorful scarf brightens your face and draws attention to your eyes, and over-sized earrings make even rumpled outfits and messy hair look fashionable.

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Come over to Hi Sugarplum for more {Outfit Inspirations} and read my tips for packing and traveling stylishly. Thanks for having me, Carmel!
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I'm pretty sure Cassie's never heard of a bad hair day!  Such great advice to make peace with your body type.  And is it just me or do you feel like you need more leopard in your life now?   Thanks so much Cassie!  Be sure to come back tomorrow to hear from another fabulous fashionista!

Check out Courtney's essentials here.
Amanda dished hers here.
See what Natalie had to say here.
Here's where Camilla shared hers.
Last but not lease I wrapped this series up and shared my 7 wardrobe essentials here.

27 comments:

  1. Bootcut is so out!

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    1. They might not be as trendy as skinny jeans but they are much more universally flattering. And this is about essentials - not what's "in" at the moment - but more about classics. I think a great pair of jeans that flatters your body is always in style.

      But we're all entitled to our own opinions - that's what so fun about fashion- just like design it's all about your own personal style!

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    2. so if boot cut jeans are so "out" why does JCrew still sell them? Im wondering if Jenna Lyons from J Crew knows this???
      ;-)

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    3. Still love my bootcut too- by Hudson. You're so good at wearing color. Come help me!

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  2. Funny, I was just thinking how much I love those jeans. I live in skinnies but bootcut just look more sophisticated and classic. To each their own!

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  3. So fun to see Cassie over here with her tips! And I totally agree, skinny jeans might be the "jean of the moment"....but everybody should have a great boot cut in their closet.

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  4. I'm moving close to Cassie this summer and she doesn't know it yet, but I'm totally going to hit her up to take me shopping! ;) I could definitely learn a few things from her stylish self.

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  5. I'm so excited about this series!! Love these tips from Cassie!! She always looks great! Looking forward to hearing from the other bloggers too!

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  6. Thanks so much for having me, Carmel! I hope you plan to contribute your 7 picks as well...your outfits are always amazing! And so excited to read the other bloggers as well!!

    xoxo. C

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  7. love her!! and great tips too! I love me some cardigans and its so true that you can throw them on top of anything & look put together.

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  8. I love that Cassie added Boot cut jeans. I have a serious soft spot for fashion but my super long torso, and full thighs look ridiculous in skinnys. The jeans and making peace with your booty (I mean body)comment go hand in hand for this girl.
    Love the idea of this series - thanks ladies!!

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  9. I'm so excited that I clicked the link over to your blog from Hi Sugarplum. I'm in DIY love. Cartigans are a necessity in my life too. The more colorful the better.

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  10. What a fun series! Great way to kick it off with stylish mama, Cassie :) And, Carmel, you are crazy - you're a DIY blogger but a hot one!! Pearls and power tools, girl!

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  11. Such a fun series! Love Cassie's style, and can't wait to see what else you have planned this week!

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  12. Great series! I clicked over from Cassie's and am looking forward to seeing the other posts! :)

    And while I'm very petite, I still have a "pear" body shape so those boot cut jeans look best on me too! Great thought, Cassie- make peace with what you've been given... it's better to choose the cut of pants that most flatter your figure than try to wear something that doesn't!

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  13. ::furiously changing out of my yoga pants & throwing on a bright scarf::

    All I can say is WORD to every single essential sassy Cassie talked about. Girl knows what she's talking about. Girl has also never had a bad hair day, I agree. Frenemym wha-what?

    Love you gals!!

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  14. I just love her style! She is one hot mama! And I couldn't be more excited about this series!

    xo,
    Jen

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  16. I love to see what other people are wearing and what their must-haves are! I can so relate to throwing on a scarf over rumpled clothes and then people saying how pulled together I am, lol.

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  17. Loving this! I'm going through the process of clearing out my closet of all the things that don't work for me, and trying to build up my essentials, so these posts are PERFECT for me right now. Cassie is definitely one I adore :)

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  18. I absolutely love Cassie's sense of style! Her outfits are so gorgeous and fun! She's basically amazing.

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  19. Great post! As always, Cassie, has great stuff to share and her outfit combo's are to die for. Glad I found a new blog to follow!

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  20. Cassie! Where did you get your army jacket? I SO need one :-)

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    1. Mine is from LOft, but they are everywhere! Good luck and happy shopping!

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  21. I am having so much fun catching up on all these posts! Love to see everyone's top picks! Makes me think I left leopard off my list!

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  22. Love Cassie and she has amazing style! I love my bootcut jeans and they work for my figure as well! I need to use bright scarves more often! Great series!

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