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Thursday August 6, 2015

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: THE FORMULA TO STYLING A WELL-TRAVELED LOOK WITHOUT LEAVING THE CITY

photo credit: Becky Byron

 

this summer has been a whirlwind for me (is it august already???!) 

I've been working on getting the podcast off the ground as a one-woman show...producer, host, sound tech (yes, I'm a self-taught Adobe audition master now if anyone wants a lesson:) Needless to say, dreams of a vacation have been a reality of city staycations and a weekend get-a-way here and there with Peter out to Long Island.  My summer style spirit animal will always point to beachy, travel-inspired vibes, BRILLIANTLY colorful dresses with lots and lots of accessories with tassels AND pom poms.  I could live in a caftan and ethnic jewelry seven days a week.  and while you often see this look in vacation settings, I've been concrete jungle bound this summer so I've been making it work in the city.  

 

STAY IN ONE COLOR PALATE

When you style multiple textures in one look (beading, embroidery, tassles, etc.) it can approach boho-homeless if you mix too many colors.  Stay with two colors and one accent neutral.  With black,white and gold you can never go wrong.  They are a great trio because they already nod to an urban vibe.  The clever trick here is instead of a black and white sheath dress and gold necklace (a look you could easily see seomone wearing to work in the city), you are choosing bohemian pieces in the same color family.  This also allows you to play with multiple textured pieces (embroidered bag, wrist of black and white bracelets and dress with contrasting beadwork) without it looking too busy to create a unique look.  

 

STRIKE A BALANCE: ONE PART BOHO + ONE PART URBAN

Choose one piece that represents a bohemian silhouette or mood.  In this case it's the dress.  Notice i'm not wearing it with casual sandals.  a metallic heel gives the dress a sense of city.

 

ADD SOMETHING SENTIMENTAL

The beauty of a chic vacation look is the "pile it on" sensibility.   You don't worry about what "goes", you buy a bracelet from a street vendor and you wear it- it doesn't matter if it matches...in fact in the best looks, it doesn't match, it gives the look of discovery.  The bracelets here from Figue are made of recycled flip flops by women and children in Mali, West Africa.  They are $15 for a little stack and they represent so much more than completing a look- they provide employment to women on the other side of the globe and make me feel like I'm connected to the world even if I don't leave New York City.

 

DRESSTUK TUK BAG AND BRACELETS ALL BY FIGUE, OVERSIZED PANAMA HAT BY SARAH J CURTIS, SHOES GIAMBATTISTA VALLI

 

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xo Alia