Be Bold when Accessorizing

“I see bold accessories as a Woman’s Armor” – Rachel Zoe

Fall is full of muted and more earthy tones.  So what if you are picking out an outfit and you really want to be noticed.  How do you do that?  One great way to make any outfit “pop” is by adding accessories that are a contrasting color.

I paired a teal clutch with the brown dress and leather jacket that I posted yesterday.  Although it is not a “matching” color, it really makes the whole outfit stand out and be noticed.

You can do the same with an animal print or any other bright colored purse or clutch.  You could also choose to add some earrings, a scarf, a bracelet or even shoes that are a contrasting color that will bring that extra wow factor!

It is important to remember that not everything needs to match – in fact, it is a good thing to have pieces that stand out rather than match.

Try this method for yourself, I think you will be surprised and happy with the results!

Styling with Leather

“It takes nothing to join the crowd.  It takes everything to stand alone” – Hans F Hansen

Spice up your business attire by wearing a leather jacket.  In this post I wanted to dress up this relatively plain sweater dress  by adding a cropped leather jacket.  The dress is professional but the jacket screams cool!

There are so many different way to wear leather:

Leather can add to any outfit.  If you are thinking more casual, then pair your leather jacket with either colored jeans or or boyfriend cut jeans and finish off with a nice pair of heels.  The jacket and shoes will really finish off the look!

For a really amazing dressier look, pair your leather jacket with a pleated maxi skirt.

For Fall a great combo is a cool green, mustard or maroon colored dress with tights, your leather and then add a patterned scarf to finish it off.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more ideas of how to style with leather!

Wearing a Cuff

“Don’t let anyone ever dull your sparkle”

When you are looking to accessorize, cuff bracelets are a great thing to wear if you want to make a statement.  To make the cuff stand out, wear a shorter sleeved top or tight long sleeved top that is just one color.  Patterns would overwhelm the look.  Make sure that if you are wearing a cuff, only wear one…you don’t want to overstate the look.

Bangles are a great way to add accents as well.  These are great because you can mix and match different styles and colors.  Try to stick to a maximum of 6 bangles again to not overwhelm the look you are going for.

I always like to mix and match gold, silver and then add in a color that compliments the outfit that I am wearing.

Styling with Patterns

“Never fear standing out, being bold, being Phenomenal or being Just You!”

I have talked before about not being afraid of patterns. I love this great pair of pants that I just wore with a plain black sweater finished off with a metallic belt.  One good rule of thumb for wearing patterns is to not try to overdo it.  For example, I didn’t want my outfit to look too busy so I only wore the pants and then added a plain top.  You can always dress up the top with a cool accessory or belt.

I love wearing a bold pair of pants because it gives me a great sense of confidence! You can always tone down your pattern with a plain top so you don’t feel too overwhelmed.

If you don’t feel really like you could pull off wearing patterned pants, a skirt or dress, a great place to start is by wearing a patterned top.  

Go ahead – be BOLD!


Keeping Warm

I love how hats look on other people, but they have never been something I have really experimented with.  I think I have always been worried about what my hair looks like when wearing a hat (especially when I have had hairstyles that are shorter)…When I found these cute beanies with fur pom poms I thought it would be a great time for me to try one out!

I love the colors – they are so great for the season, and I think the fur really accents them well.

I love both colors – let me know which one you like best…

For everyone that comments on this post, you will be entered to win one – I will be drawing two winners on Friday at 12am MST.

Good luck and let me know what you think!!

What I’m craving…

“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy shoes, and that’s kind of the same thing”

Let me tell you a little about myself.  Before I ever go shopping for myself I usually have a pretty good idea of what I want.

Recently I have been thinking that I want some new booties, but I have a specific type in mind.  It sometimes takes me a while to find the exact ones that I want because I always have something really clear in my mind.  That doesn’t mean that if I go shopping I won’t find other things that I like, but I definitely have the thing I am really “craving” in the back of my mind all the time.

I like to find a deal so I very often shop around online first.  My favorite sites to look at are:  Nordstrom, DSW, Zappos and Steve Madden.  Aldo has some great shoes as well.

I have highlighted 2 pairs of boots above – let me know what you think!

If you are looking for a pair of shoes or boots for a specific event or to wear with something in particular, I have always found that it is best to find a contrast rather than try to match too much.  I love to wear red or maroon shoes with black, and Gold and Silver are always a great way to accentuate anything you are wearing.

Boot 1 – Vince Camuto from Nordstrom

Boot 2 – Aldo Shoes

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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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