Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paul Fredrick - Summer 2014 Collection

How many of you out there tend to dress your husband? And when I say dress, I mean exclusively shop for from head to toe! I know two women in my household that do, me and my mother. We have been dressing my dad for years and now, I we dress my husband and three year old son. (You've got to start them young, right?) So when Paul Fredrick reached out to me to chat up their 2014 Summer Collection, I jumped at the chance!

Paul Fredrick, was founded 25 years ago and originally specializing in dress shirts. It has grown to so much more since then, offering suits, ties, separates, and accessories. They design, manufacture and directly distribute every item in their collection. And what a collection it is!

My dad worked in an office environment for years, where a suit and tie was a must. My husband did as well. I love a man in a suit! They are so dapper, so handsome, so confident! I wish I could see them both in suits more often. I love to see my husband in his gray, pinstripe suit, crisp white button down, and printed tie. But, a basic gray suit and white shirt can get a little tired, no?

With it turning warm out, you want to give a suit a little punch for the summer. I may tend to dress a little trendy in my own wardrobe, but my husband tends to be a little conservative/old school. So how do I get around that classic style of dress? I add prints and color! Here's how I would style it! 

Okay, okay, I know this is a white button down, the one I was trying to steer clear of, but I love a French Cuff! Talk about adding a punch. Cuff links are a great accessory for men, like jewelry for women, and make such an impression as they peek out from under the suit coat.

Here are some of the prints I was talking about. A classic windowpane is a great way to add a little texture to a suit. A pinstripe is the ultimate button down closet essential for a guy!

And you can never go wrong with a standard blue shirt. Another wardrobe staple. And if at all possible, go with a button down collar. Just a small detail I love.

 I love to pick out ties. My dad would get a "Back to School" tie every August and I would scour the tables looking for the best ones. When I worked in retail years later, I would always shop the tie table, looking for the best tie for him. I am pretty conservative when it comes to the print of the tie. Maybe that's because my dad is as well. I'm the same way when I pick out ties for my husband. But these, these are all classics!

Yellow and red ties should be a part of every guy's tie collection. I adore the simple dots on the left. But, the red one is my favorite!

I am obsessed with this Chevron print tie! It would look great against the plain, white button down, but the blue would look fabulous as well!

Who says men don't wear pastels? Mine do! The pink stripe would look amazing with my husband's gray suit, as would the yellow. Could be why he owns both colors today! 

A nod to the sea is a perfect summer time pop! Also, nautical anything is so on-trend. And, who wouldn't rather be sailing?

My husband is a sweater wearing guy. I'm not sure if it's because I keep buying them or because he really likes them. I am going with the latter. I love when he wears a button down, v-neck, tie, and sport coat. The ultimate preppy look and a look that makes my heart melt. (Side note, the vest on the right would be a perfect way to incorporate his collegiate colors while keeping it work place appropriate.)

 Lastly, what look isn't complete without the shoe! And, being a shoe girl myself, I have turned my husband into a shoe guy. That woven Italian leather Oxford on the left is a definite show stopper. And, not a shoe he currently owns. The Wingtips on the right are a modern take on a classic. I love the use of lighter tones for spring and summer. 

 So that's how I would style my guys. What do you think of my picks? Do they go along with what you think of when putting your guys closet together? Do you have favorites from the Summer Collection? Let me know your thoughts! I would love your feedback.

Happy Styling!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Feeling Like Myself

Shirt: J.Crew; Tank: LOFT; Jeans: Banana Republic; Shoes: Coclico;
Shades: MARC by Marc Jacobs; Necklace: BaubleBar/Lord & Taylor; Bangles: Ralph Lauren
Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff via Gilt

Yesterday was the first day I've felt like myself in about a week. I've been sick since last Tuesday wearing only pajamas and lounge wear, so you can imagine how good it felt to finally get dressed. (Aside from Easter Sunday.) I didn't take the look too far though. Boyfriend jeans, my wardrobe staple, and a springy, pink gingham shirt was perfect for my first day back.



The Top: Before and After

I had all but forgotten about these shoes! I love them! They are the perfect mix of casual/dressy. A great way to complete this laid back look.


I have to say that this is one of my favorite looks to date. And, it's one I plan on wearing a lot in the future. More on that later in the week....

Monday, April 21, 2014

Super Easy Easter

Sweater: Target; T-Shirt: Gap; Shorts: LOFT; Sandals: Seychelles; Shades: Prada 

We are a very casual Easter family. The only one who really gets dressed for the occasion is McKinley, but that's only because I'm still picking out his clothes! This look started out with these jeans, but by mid afternoon, it was time for shorts. 

I really love this lemon-lime color combo. And the scarf adds some color and additional texture to the overall look. Oh, and excuse the ponytail. It was a warm day spent hiding eggs, playing in his new bouncy house, and loving the amazing spring day!

The Shorts: Before and After

What do you and your family typically wear on Easter Sunday?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Rainy Sunday

Sweater: Missoni for Target; Tank: Ann Taylor; Jeans: LOFT; Boots: Hunter;
Necklace: Jane Basch; Shades: ULTA

Last Sunday was a stormy, rainy mess of a day, however we still had tons of things to do outside. And, even though it was rainy, it was a humid day to boot. It was the kind of day that called for a lightweight sweater and jeans. And speaking of boots, any chance I get to wear my Hunter's is fine by me.


The Sweater: Before and After

See other ways I've styled my Hunter's here, here, here, and here

What's your go-to look for a rainy day?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Perfect Choice

Dress: Kate Spade; Pumps: Saks Fifth Ave (on sale/credit); Clutch: Milly for Banana Republic;
Necklace: Banana Republic 

Over the weekend I attended a baby shower for my sweet friend who recently had twin girls! (They are darling in photos and I can't wait to get my hands on them!) I love showers of any kind, unless they're rain showers. Pink was the color of choice, obviously, and this dress was perfect way to go.

I paired it with my new, amazing metallic pumps and my coordinating metallic wristlet. I love a wristlet. You can still carry a little clutch, and because it hangs off the wrist, it allows you to be hands-free. My chunky brooch necklace was the perfect piece to complete the look.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coachella - What I Might Wear

Top: Anthropologie (similar); Tank: LOFT; Jeans: Loft; Sandals: Camper (similar); 
Shades: ULTA; Bag: Ann Taylor; Earrings: Silpada

Over the weekend, and this weekend as well, is the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. The festival is an annual two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival that features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. And, it's become one of the hottest spots for the Who's Who of fashion!

So in keeping with the much anticipated looks of the weekend (see what Kendi Everyday and the gals from A Piece of Toast are planning to pack) I decided to take a tour of my closet and put together a look that I might sport to the event. Turns out, my almost every weekend look isn't far from the looks of those going to the festival. Does that mean I'm indie-rocker-chic all the time? Probably not, but I've always been a hippie at heart!


The Top: Before and After


If you were headed to a three day music/arts festival, what would you wear? Can't wait to catch all the looks on the fashion sites this week!