Mixing Textures, Colors and Patterns

“Style is putting our own signature on the clothes that we wear and the way that we live”.

Putting together an outfit that combines different colors, textures and patterns is much easier than you think.  The key is to have each piece contrast and compliment the others.

In this post, I wanted to show how you can do this…

The jacket is velvet, the shirt has shine like satin, the skirt is quilted and then by adding the sheer tights and leopard shoes it creates a really unique look.  I added the accent necklace just to give a little pop and prevent the shirt and jacket from being “just plain black”.

I love to combine velvet with shiny or leather items because they definitely compliment each other.

When you are choosing an outfit, there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration. Shape, color, cut, texture, pattern and shine are all very important factors when it comes to the things you put on.

Mixing fabrics isn’t hard to do, however if you don’t do it right you are going to stand out but not in a good way.

A great easy start is by mixing Denim with cotton, because is an example of how you can compliment fabrics in your outfit, or you can try leather with cotton…

The Shoes Don’t Match

“If I ever let my head down, it will be just to admire my shoes.”

Today I wanted to talk about how you can mix things up…
I remember there was a time when you would buy shoes and purse and they would have to match.  Well, I’m here to tell you that is no longer the case…

I wanted to show you that you can use a purse that is a contrast to your shoes and in fact, wearing shoes that are not the same color as the rest of your outfit can actually be a good thing!

I like to wear a bright colored or contrasting pair of shoes to add a little spice to my outfit.

In this post, I am wearing white shoes to add depth to the black and silver outfit, along with a wine colored purse.  This purse looks great with another post I did where it was paired with leopard print shoes.

The key here is to be bold and not be afraid to try new things…

Shoes:  Circus    Skirt:  Worthington (JC Penny)    Sweater:  Forever 21    Purse:  Kate Spade

Warm Red Choices

For anyone who wears lipstick, finding the elusive Red that works best for you can sometimes be a challenge…

Tips for making sure you have the right Red Lipstick

  1. Make sure that you smile before applying the lip color, this way you stretch out your lips and the lipstick can get into all the creases.
  2. If you don’t feel like you are very proficient at applying lipstick using a tube, try a brush. This will help you have more control and also apply it in such a way that it will last longer.
  3. If you typically have dry lips try exfoliating and then apply a lip balm before applying red lipstick, which can accentuate dryness and lines. If your lips are always dry, choose a more emollient formula, like a cream lipstick or tinted balm.
  4. Lip stains are tricky, so I would steer away from these until you are more confident in your color choice and application.
  5. Finally, before you walk out the door, stick your pointer finger in your mouth and drag it out slowly to capture any excess pigment so it doesn’t end up on your teeth!

NYX Matte – Pure Red

Nars Velvet Matte – Dragon Girl

Maybelline – Red Revolution

Milani – Best Red

YSL – Le Rouge

Mac – Brave Red

Besame Cosmetics – Red Hot Red

NYX Matte – Perfect Red

Sonia Kashuk Satin Luxe – Classic Red

Bobbi Brown – Burnt Red

Funky Style

“Fashion is about Suspense, Surprise and Fantasy.  It’s not about rules.” – Wolfgang Joop

When I go shopping, I usually do it in pieces.  What I mean by that is, if I see an item of clothing or accessory that just catches my eye and I feel shows my personality, I have to buy it.  Once I have that I either search in my closet for things that would accentuate that piece or I continue shopping for something that would finish off the whole look.  I do like to wear items of clothing in different combinations, so when I buy pieces of clothing, I always make sure that I have multiple things that will work well with that piece – that way it appears like a whole new look every time!

For example,  I have worn the Leopard Print opaque tights with a black pencil skirt and black slim fitting sweater and black stiletto heels – so that the tights become the main focus and spice up the plain black.

I especially love the colors and combination of the outfit I am showing today.  The tights add a little funk and the jacket makes the whole outfit just a little more edgy and cool.

Jacket:  Michael Kors     Tights:  Nordstrom      Dress:  Forever 21     Booties:  Vince Camuto

It’s Snowing Outside

“Fashion says ME TOO, Style says ONLY ME.”

It is a Snow Day here in Utah, and I am bundled up inside waiting for the snow storm to pass…

The look for today is the perfect outfit for cold, dry day (definitely not something I would wear today).

But I wanted to show how to put together a combination that has a few different elements:  Fur, Leopard Print, and fun booties.

The fur vest completely changes the look of the whole outfit, and would be easy to recreate.  There are lots of stores selling fur jackets, cardigans, shawls and vests so you can go find the perfect one for you.

Adding fur to any outfit is a great look for the holidays, and I always like to add that little extra like I did here with the Fur Print.

Jeans:  Old Navy     Blouse:  Express      Fur Vest:  Rue 21     Booties:  Ibiza (Nordstrom)


Styling your Sunday

“Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a Woman, but loose enough to show you’re a Lady.”

– Edith Head

Dressing up on a Sunday for Church is something that has been traditionally viewed as being conservative or boring.

I love putting together outfit combinations that are not your traditional conservative style, but they are still modest.

I love this faux suede wrap skirt because it is fun…I even had some fun twirling around to show how full it is.  The sweater  is perfect for a colder day and the leather collar accent adds some class.  While I love the skirt and sweater, the combination is finished off best with this pair of shoes that draw your attention.

The first thing you need to do when dressing in your Sunday best, is dispel the belief that modest needs to be conservative or boring.  Add a little spice to your Sunday best and pick out an outfit that is finished off with a pair of shoes that can add that missing piece to any outfit…

Skirt:  Charlotte Russe      Sweater:  H&M     Shoes:  Jessica Simpson

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“You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure!”

I grabbed a pair of amazing leggings that I recently purchased because they fit both criteria.  Leggings are a perfect wardrobe addition (if you pick the right pair) because they are comfortable, they can be flattering and of course don’t forget, you want to find a pair that is stylish.  I have seen lots of people walking around in leggings that are either worn out, the wrong color or fabric for someone’s body type (they show off ever bump and curve) and finally the worst thing I think I have ever seen is a pair of “flesh” colored leggings that looks like someone isn’t wearing any pants at all…definitely not the impression you want to make EVER!

The booties have a perfect heel height for lots of walking, shopping and errand running – which is essential for weekends and holidays.  As I have mentioned before, I like to wear shoes with heels a lot more than not, so when I find a pair of boots or shoes that have heels but are still comfortable, I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot!!

What is your ideal street style?  Do you look for comfort first?  Style first?  Or do you just throw on whatever is closest.  The great thing about style and fashion is that it is ever-changing so you don’t ever have to stick with what you have always done, you can change at any time.

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Find Your Personal Style

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as WE are!”

What is your personal style definition? There are many different types of personal style how do you identify your fashion style? We have many personal style examples here at Style Queenie!

Don’t get caught up in wearing things that you think you should wear or what you think others might like, dress for yourself, be yourself, love yourself…let that confidence and certainty in yourself shine through in everything that you do.  Which means picking out your outfit is only a small part of that, but it is something that will set the tone for your entire day.  I know for a fact, when I feel like I look amazing, I am going to perform and react a lot better than if I feel uncertain about my outfit or even my hair.

We all have bad hair days, we all have not so great outfit days, that’s why I always have a few outfits that are back-ups, which means that I can fall back on these outfits on days where I know I need to look my best.  It is something that isn’t thought about much, but it is always a great idea to have a few outfits ready to go in your closet just in case you need them!  Choose things that flatter your body, your coloring and boost your confidence.  I have talked in previous posts how certain colors can evoke certain feelings…there are always colors that you are more in tune with than others, I am drawn to Red and when I want to feel really sassy, powerful and confident, that is always the color I am drawn to first.  Do you have a color that makes you feel most confident?  If you do, make sure you have something in that color that is a standby just in case you need it.

Johnny Cash was always known for wearing all Black – during his era people thought it a little strange.  These days it is not so unusual, but still not something that everyone likes to do, and that is totally fine.  Outfits that incorporate all of the same colors, or closely similar colors are becoming more and more popular – I love the idea of wearing all Beige or all White, to me that is classy.

This is just one more way for you to put your unique personal style stamp on what you wear and how you present yourself…have fun on your personal style journey and don’t be afraid to try new things!

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Here to Empower Your Fashion Sense

Don’t underestimate yourself by comparing yourself to others.  It’s our differences that make us unique and beautiful.”

What if I told you that you need to forget everything you already know about style and fashion inspiration.  Not because you are doing anything wrong, but because no matter how great you are at putting together outfits and fashion, it is always fun to “clean house” and go back to basics.  We are your fashion inspiration blog with fashion inspiration themes we are not here to tell you who you are but help you find your own fashion inspiration and personal style.

If you truly want to be different, unique, or stand out, the only way you can do that is by taking risks – and the most important thing to remember is that you will probably have people that don’t like what you are wearing BUT if you feel good, then you have accomplished what you set out to do.  Are you confident enough to create your own unique style.  It is easy to see what someone else is wearing and copy it or try to be just like them – but what takes real confidence is to be you…and not care what anyone else says about it.  Now that doesn’t mean you can’t try to recreate outfits that you see in magazines or see a pair of shoes and want to buy them – because magazines and blogs (just like this one) are there to give you ideas and inspire you!

I honestly believe that we were all created to be unique and that our style has the opportunity to show the world just how unique without us having to do or say anything.  As you go out in your own outfit creation, don’t forget to smile and have fun…the more happy and confident you feel, the more others will feel it too!

“Fashion inspiration should be a form of escapism not a form of imprisonment.”

Have you ever wondered which colors suit you best?  Do you sometimes hesitate to wear certain colors because you think they are too bold?

“If you want to have something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done!”

Wearing a tight skirt with a tunic or dress over the top is actually a really flattering look and appropriate for most occasions. I feel that it looks professional, especially because I didn’t have to worry about pulling down a shorter dress all day long (especially when sitting down).

Wearing short dresses in the summer can be really tempting but beware of wearing something too short for work – it not only conveys the wrong message to people you are meeting, but it also means you are going to be trying to adjust your hem all day long. Even if when you are standing and it’s not too short, it is a good idea to do the sit test and see how the dress or skirt fits you when you are sitting down.

Doing something unexpected is definitely going to be different for everyone – I tend to try things that can be unusual, but that doesn’t mean that you have to. The key is to make sure you don’t come outside your comfort zone, but you can definitely stretch it!

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