Wishlist for Erika M., January, 2014
Urban, professional, edgy, sophisticated
Welcome to 2014! Based on our conversation, I'm focusing on the fundamentals: shoes and pants. I'm sticking with fewer retailers in each wish list so that you can hopefully meet minimums to avoid shipping costs. As always, if you have requests from month to month, just let me know. Also, if you decide to purchase any items, please begin by clicking on this page as it may result in a commission for Poplin. Thank you!
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I can hear your apprehension as you look at this:) It's true. You aren't feeling the print clothes, so animal print shoes may make you wonder if I'm listening to you. I can assure you that I am. Coordinates well with items in your closet? Check. Comfortable but still sophisticated? Check. Classic but also edgy? Check. It takes a lot of confidence to rock these and you have it. Try them with jeans, a basic tee and a cardigan/ scarf combo. Put together, but still effortless. Alternatively, skinny pants or tapered pants for the office highlight your ankles/feet and balance out your frame. These match nicely with just about any solid color (please don't go with just tan and black) and set you apart from the pack. Keep in mind the one animal at a time rule- no leather and animal prints simultaneously.
I like these with jeans; but they can clearly be worn with a variety of ensembles. Again, drawing attention to your feet, which balances out your frame. These are on trend, comfortable and coordinate nicely with your color scheme. They'd be especially flattering with your grey cardigans, still giving you the option to throw in a colored top or perhaps some stripes. In warmer weather, these pair nicely with colored ankle length pants. They are appropriate for the weekend, work and everything in between. Plus, you can't go wrong with Frye.
Seriously, $34. These are a transition, for sure. Relaxed pants are coming back fast and these are a nice gateway without spending too much. Urban, current and functional. For work, wear them with a bootie (as shown), a heel or pair of dressier flats (see above). For play, pair them with a fitted t-shirt, a zip up hoodie and your leather jacket. Finish it off with a bootie to keep things elevated. Sneakers can also pair with these, just keep it pulled together by adding an infinity scarf and a touch of makeup/ jewelry. These are a great option for the days that you don't want to leave the house, but you must. And, when you get out, you need to look hip.
The All Saints vibe kicked up a notch and less expensive. Win. Again, effortless style. Try one of your striped crew neck sweaters/long sleeved t-shirts with a jacket over top and a pair of booties and you are the stylish urban professional with an edge. The red is bold, but not too bold and looks great with your closet's color palette. I recognize you are more likely to wear these to happy hour, dinner or drinks. That's great, too. In the warmer months, roll them up to show off your ankles and a natural woven shoe to balance out the unnatural nature of coated jeans:) When you style these, your goal is to maximize cotton, cashmere or any other soft natural fabrics to make your outfit more luxurious and expensive feeling.
I love this for you and it comes in multiple colors. The sheer sleeves draw attention to your arms and the 3/4 length sleeve is crazy flattering. Plus the gathered waist makes the whole thing feel really put together while still relaxed. The blue pairs nicely with your eyes and your wardrobe. It's also a nice canvas for your memorable jewelry. I especially like that the long sleeves allow you to go sans cardigan or jacket, which makes getting dressed each day even easier. LOVE with a colored handbag or shoes.
Tsubos are the ultimate walking shoe. Plus- how hip are these guys? Not convinced? They are 50% off and they come in black. So, there's that. There's so much you can do with these- they'd pair nicely with pretty much everything on this wish list. Feeling sophisticated? Try grey or dusty blue nail polish (something you're already doing!) with the grey heel and a basic black ensemble. Subtle tweeds often have a touch of grey and this is a nice way to pull that out of a fabric. Tsubo also has an animal print flat on sale if you decide to do both from the same site.
Per your request, I'll start focusing on dresses for weddings in the coming months. Thanks for the heads up!
Also, if you decide to purchase any of the items listed above, please start with the link on this page:) I'm excited to create these for you monthly and want to ensure they are always inspiring and useful. I hope that your personal style plan is a helpful reference as you build a wardrobe that is reflective of your style: sophisticated, edgy, urban and professional.
Here's the thing- I'm always telling you not to draw attention up top with added bulk and this neck is obviously a statement. However: 1. You really like those necklines and the draped effect. 2. The leather on the sleeve draws attention toward the arms and the empire waist that buttons right below the chest are all pluses for your figure. The length also draws the eye down. It's Tahari, so tailoring and quality are glorious AND the price is ridiculous. Woah. It's a sophisticated, edgy, memorable coat that is not loud. A find, for sure.
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