Today I’m in serious holiday shopping-mode and sharing my recent visit to the Palm Beach Tory Burch store. I stopped in to check out their amazing Holiday Sale items (most on sale for 50% & 60% OFF by the way) and to style some Southern-Climate-Winter-Ready looks. My outfit today is all about “elevated casual.” The neck tie blouse is undoubtably a staple this season, but when paired with soft skinny jeans and the unexpected addition of a platform sneaker, this office party Mary Tyler Moore invoking piece becomes an instant modern street style-setting essential.
The challenge of styling a great statement piece, like the stunning stitched pattern vest above, is making the piece flow within the look. The layer needs to pop for sure, but also tie into the narrative of the composition that is the outfit. Trying to match it’s standout quality by pairing it with another loud or too intricate piece is only going to create a cringe worthy cacophony of clothing. Instead, using neutrals provide a nice base to a vest as strong and eye catching as this, and I love the unexpectedness of taking this beautifully tailored and embroidered piece to the streets to catch a casual brunch or a movie with friends. It’s wow-worthy and wearable all at once.
So when it comes to layering trends it is all about that funny subjective thing called cohesion. The usual rule of thumb is wear no more than 2 trends at once, but here I’ve got a few styles of this season going on, and believe it or not, it works. Why? I think because the distance between each layer or piece allows the trendsetting item to breath and be seen without clashing and bashing into the other. The platform sneaker is separated from the pop of the vest by the dark neutral skinny jean, and the neck blouse is in an off white cream, therefore blending calmly behind the printed vest. I chose a bucket bag and retro colored shades to brighten the blended tonality of the outfit, but again all these items exist in their own “spheres of style” within the larger look, and therefore come across looking very comfortable hanging out with one another.
The key to bending a fashion rule (whether it’s one I’ve set myself, or learned and followed for years) is practice. Trying something on and working with an outfit takes a bit of time, concentration, and a “willingness to work it”. Sadly there isn’t a tried and true formula for styling that great new outfit, but sometimes a little trial and error with a whole lot of confidence in your choices will bring out the trendsetter you never knew you had in you.
Shop my favorite Tory Burch sale items of the season bellow…
Photos by Chelsae Anne Photography