It's so hard to dress for this weather. It's all about layers but sometimes you dressed a bit too warm for a day when the temperatures rise to 68/70 even when it's not the same level of humidity as it was in the summer. Other times, it gets super chilly and there is something about wishing you had grabbed another layer. This is a fab look when I love getting back to the coziness of the staple in my wardrobe for years, black.
My latest (one of many) obsessions is this Navajo cardigan style from Yigal Azrouel which is eye popping on its own and can paired over a simple pair of leggings. Slip on a pair of these Rider boots from Frye which has their logo on the side and presents a bit of that edge that we all love seeing. As you're running into the streets, rain or shine you need Chloe oversized black sunglasses. These are the perfect way to navigate the streets or to take a nap while traveling on a flight. Slip on Ted Rossi's J'amour Noir Python cuff which adds a pop of edge along with Kara Ross' Onyx, Hematite and Sapphire ring which is a conversation piece to say the least. Now you're ready for wherever this look is taking you!
In the 1920's, when Coco Chanel unveiled the Little Black Dress, it was yet another item that we would continue to add to our lists that would become apart of our fashion staples. Coco knew about LBDs and their staying power. It's something we gravitate towards many cocktail to black tie functions and one that never goes out of style. At the same time, it's easy to get stuck in a rut. When you're hitting your next function, think about how your dress can get an update. Whether you have a series of LBD's that you cycle through or you're purchasing a new one, there is no rule that states that it must be accessorized a certain way. I just recently fell in love with the house of Vionnet which has amazing styles that take a classic and bring another aspect to it - in essence the looks are reimagined which breathes a new life into each piece.
In many cases, I am a fan of securing the dress, wearing sterling silver pieces that also have black in them whether it's onyx, hematite or black sapphire and then it's all about the shoes or the clutch. It's these two areas where I bring in my personality and the unexpected. Many find it daunting when they opt for shoes outside of black and gravitate towards red, gold, silver, a skin or an animal print. Although these are great choices - what about a completely unexpected color and throwing in a bit of texture to boot! I'm loving the blush color as we all know that black and blush are fashions new "sushi and sake" pairings of style; however, how cute is it that as opposed to a rounded toe or peep toe - that we have a ruffled bootie by Cesare Paciotti? Whether you wear this with a simple sheath or even a dress that has ruching, gathering, a cowl effect etc - this is the perfect way to play with fun proportions!
Kimmie will style EC Twins and Sarah Polonsky of DJ Mag who is one of the sponsors. Follow along with the hashtag #AEFOLDFestival15 on Aug 4th and Aug 6th which is being held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY. As always, you'll be able to see my favorite items when I am traveling on location to style my clients as well as getting exclusive backstage access within the VIP tents.
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