Shannon and I are as passionate about fashion as we are about interior design and we both love to shop. But when we shop, we try and exercise some restraint knowing that clothes should typically fall into one of two categories: great staple/basic you will wear all the time OR obsessed and might die if it's not in your closet. The best (and possibly 3rd) category is: it's something you will wear all the time and you think you might die if it's not in your closet tomorrow...loosely translated for us: every IRO jacket ever made.
But seriously....when we think about a great basic or staple, we think about the perfect pair of jeans, cashmere sweaters, and tees. Lots of tees. We think about sneakers and boots, and sandals in the Summer. We think about the Mommy Uniform. And when we think about an item that MUST be in our closet to elevate the everyday, we think about strappy sexy heels, lace tops, embellished jackets and deco jewelry...and don't forget to throw in a few rompers.
It's a funny time of year for fashion. People are ready for Spring, but the weather reflects a different state of mind. Shannon and I have picked a few items that we love, and will transition from today through Spring & Summer. Most won't break the bank and can be styled a few different ways depending on season, or occasion. A couple are more of an investment, but an investment that will pay you dividends if you consider how often you will wear it!
The following are mine:
I love this Theory fringe tank . I think it is the perfect combination of edgy and elegant. Pair it with leather leggings and ankle strap heels for an evening out, or wear it with white jeans and studded sandals in the Summer for casual cool. It is on sale and will be worn all the time. Sexy enough for an evening out, yet restrained enough for a client meeting under a blazer with distressed jeans and leopard heels.
Searching the sale section on ShopBop I also came across this workhorse of a dress. It is sexy, stylish and has unlimited options....and did I mention it is under $130? The rouching is extremely flattering and the heather grey is a perfect base for layering. Pair this with a moto leather jacket and wedge booties ( I own these Isabel Marant booties and they are majorly on sale now) for an evening out, or slip on some casual sandals and a fun necklace for Sunday brunch. The dress is comfortable, stylish and begs to be layered.
The last item that will make it into my rotation is a new pair of Anine Bing sunglasses. Lately, I've been noticing so many sunglasses with exaggerated logos, colors, shapes or hardware. I love all different types of shades, but have been on the hunt for a clean, black, modern pair of sunglasses that defy trend. The "New York" sunglasses are the perfect size, with a solid dark lens, no fussiness or logo on the sides and will be at my doorstep in the next few days (:
These are Shannon's:
Stella McCartney's Falabella is her new go-to bag. It is large enough to carry tear sheets, binders and proposals during the day, and folded over is a great shoulder bag for evening. It is made of eco-friendly and durable faux-leather and the chain detailing is edgy without being loud.
The next mandatory item in her closet is her new pair of Rag and Bone Dre BF Slim jeans. Boyfriend jeans can look sloppy and unpolished. These are neither. The Dre BF Slim jeans are tailored with the perfect amount of distressing and a great wash. Because they are equal parts "boyfriend" and "slim, you can get away with pairing them with your favorite flats, a tee and a cardigan and not risk looking like a slouch. Her favorite way to wear the BF Slim is with stilettos, a simple top and a fitted jacket. Tailored boyfriend jeans paired with sexy heels shows confidence and cool...and there is nothing sexier than that combination.
Shannon's last pick is a pair of Kurt Geiger studded heels. Who doesn't love the perfect "going out" heel. You won't have to starve for weeks to purchase these, and they will make everything better. Everything. They will make your simple black dress stand out. They will make your Dre Slim boyfriend jeans acceptable to wear for a night on the town. The pinhead studs are just the right amount of rocker cool, while not competing with your outfit. They would look just as sexy on a 60 year old as a 30 year old and the cut-outs are perfection.
Hope you enjoyed our style tips! Feel free to email us or reach out on Instagram @jackryandesign for any more details or styling advice!