lately, all i want to do is shop. need supply co is one of my favorite sites to browse -- it's incredibly curated, and the pieces always feel special and fresh. during one of my last online window-shopping sprees i stopped by need supply co, and found myself wanting everything, even things i usually don't think i'd like. for example, i never thought i'd have a pair of blue ruffle trousers on my radar, but now i need them in my life! so today i wanted to share some of the pieces i liked the most from need supply's new spring arrivals because it's too good not to (and let's be honest: this doesn't include the home section, that's a whole different story):
happy friday! i'm back with another edition of my why this works series! -- an attempt to break down crazy print combinations that shouldn't go together, and share my favorite tricks behind why they do.
so let's talk about this gal's outfit: i was immediately drawn to her amazing people-print coat for obvious reasons -- good colors, classic shape, teddy texture, seriously cool pattern. this outfit is also great example of why pairing a large scale print with a smaller style will always look good. there are so many ways you can wear this coat, but instead of throwing on a white dress or jeans (although both would look amazing) consider something unexpected: a long yellow dress covered in dainty florals with a quirky striped basket clutch for example. the trick is playing with scale -- a large print will naturally steal your eye's focus allowing the smaller print to blend into the background. i always look for similar or complementary colors and a distinct difference in pattern size to make sure everything feels cohesive.
scroll down for more print mixing secrets hiding in this outfit!
+ this coat has a classic shape which helps this loud print feel not so loud -- stick to silhouettes you know and feel comfortable in.
+ long simple layers create a long and lean look that won't compete with head to toe pattern mixing.
+ when using two different pattern sizes in one look, be mindful of color and difference in size.
+ pay attention to content -- florals are a pattern neutral and are easy to mix with trendier prints like the one found on this coat.
+ don't shy away from playing with accessories in clashing prints (especially bags or shoes!), it's a low commitment way to experiment.
+ when wearing a lot of patterns you need a place for your eye to rest. i like to stick with simple makeup and hair, like a fresh face and a low bun.
original photo / via we what wear
out of all of my warm weather shoes, my favorites are the ones i can easily slip on and off -- not that i'd pass up a pair of strappy sandals, mind you. but this spring i'm completely on team mule. i recently bought this snakeskin pair from J.Crew, and it's left me wanting more! who knew i could fall so far for a pair of shoes (wink!). i'm pretty convinced they're a new closet staple, and why not? mules are comfy and basically effortless. plus there are literally hundreds of different options, which means you'll find a mule that fits your personal style. just another reason to love 'em.
shop my favorites below:
1. rhinestone hands by Gucci / 2. embellished silver mules from ASOS / 3. rainbow straps by Alice + Olivia / 4. girly scallop trim by Chloe / 5. classic red mules from Mango / 6. Marie Antoinette-inspired by Jeffrey Campbell from Nordstrom / 7. pearl slides by Stuart Weitzman / 8. feather slides by Alexander Wang / 9. striped heels by Loeffler Randall / 10. snakeskin slippers by J.Crew
i made this post back in October when fall was on my mind, but never got around to publishing it. better late than never, right?
fall is, hands down, my favorite time of year. for us New Englanders, fall is nature's moment in the spotlight and it really is as magical as people say it is. it's when Boston turns deep scarlet, gold, and bright orange, and when mornings become brisk and chilly -- you start to crave those cozy layers and wool sweaters after months of long summer days. although winter has a bad reputation around here i am one of those people who loves freshly fallen snow, and heavy coats.
the cooler months are also one of my favorites time for fashion. now that the holidays are here, it means the return of wearing plaid and reaching for pieces that layer. it also means reinvention and experimentation for fresh trends. right now it's luxe velvet and fuzzy stuffed animal furs. i've seen a major resurgence of embroidery motifs, irreverent sayings, as well as abstract lines reminiscent of Matisse. the 70s trend is also pretty great, and feels more 'now' when paired with blush (the color of the moment) mustard, and marble.
so without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things right now --
images via pinterest
i love a good date at the art museum. it's something my boyfriend and i will do every few months especially on a rainy day. living in Boston, we're so lucky to be surrounded by so many great options, including a few of our favorites: the Museum of Fine Arts, ICA, Harvard Art Museums and the RISD Museum in Providence. this drop-waist LBD is something i'd wear to one of these outings -- it has that easy, classic silhouette that i am forever drawn to. i would pair it with something masculine, like a pair of Loeffler Randall snakeskin loafers. a fun clutch (seriously how fun is this pool girl clutch?) and red lipstick.
fab fringe / Missoni.
wrought iron beds are on my radar. this bed frame is an ikea hack -- given a fresh coat of green.
antique embroidered kimono with colorful flowers / Gossamer
a pineapple diy that's perfect for summer nights / Drawn to DIY
people pattern / tumblr
i've been really inspired by prints inspired by people. from hands to eyes to the whole person, these patterns are quirky and a little bit strange, but whimsical. wear it, decorate with it, or admire it every time you reach for a bit of green tea, you really can't go wrong.