Apr 16, 2017

Spring Outfit Ideas for Women SS2017 - Blazers & Stripes, Sap Green Color

Hi Readers!

Spring is full in its glory~
Just updating what I posted on Instagram in the past couple of weeks.

We cannot forget the lovely fresh chic that Gossip Girl star
Blake Lively sported. Gossip Girl may be gone, but Style Remains!

Spring is a great time for blazers...
We are finally out of our stuffy Winter coats and layers!

But it's still quite chilly in the mornings and evenings...
So, we really need some cover.
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Office Styling for Spring 2017

This is a slightly casual work outfit...
Keep it fresh with a white blouse, a blue skirt, a layered hairstyle~

Then, top it off with tan leather accessories,
and some gold finish in your watch and necklace~

EZ PZ :P Right?

This second one is a dressy work outfit.

Exude elegance and grace with this sophisticated set.

Navy sleeveless blouse with belted flowy pants, gives you an elongated silhouette.
Wear your hair in a low chic Chignon...

Wear navy sandals in modern, edgy grid details...
Add an urban Dior bag and necklace with grey & dark silver details.

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My last point is the Sap Green color for Spring 2017.
Pantone chose two colors for this year.

An pink-beige color & a steady grassy green color.

For Spring however, I think a fresh Sap Green in a brighter tone is best.

Here is an outfit I just found from a Korean fashion store. (Thank you Facebook ad for recommending this site! You know my style~ now!)

What's really neat about this outfit is that each of the items are wearable with what most people own in their wardrobes. They will mix and match well and play well with other items. And yet, as an ensemble, the pieces create something very 'au courant' (of the moment)... 

Most of all, the outfit is pretty, casual, and just perfect for a Spring mood. :)

Stay classy & stylish, everyone!

Lots of Love
From Jessica Ahn

[Column] Create Your Own Style Principle 8. Stock Up On Your Hosiery!

20 Ways to Create Your Own Style Series #08

Principle 8. Stock Up On Your Hosiery!

Spring~ Spring~ Spring! Spring sunshine has begun to melt all corners of Seoul. It is still quite chilly in the mornings and evenings, so we are currently experiencing some serious desert weather.

Today, we will look at how the under appreciated *hosiery* benefits our personal style. Well employed, hosiery will affect your wardrobe with utilitarian and visual ways.

There are three utilitarian benefits of well chosen socks and hose.

First, your hosiery is a great ally to protecting your wallet. When people go on retail therapy, most opt for a new top or a bottom, maybe a dress. However, unless you spend wisely and shrewdly, it is ever so easy to justify that new gorgeous dress as a 'need' even though it was initially a 'want.' What I have observed from recording what I where daily and refraining from retail therapy over the years is that a lot of the times that I splurged BIG were those times when my 'sock and hose' drawer was not fully and appropriately stocked! This kept repeating, so I really saw a pattern here. It is so so easy to overlook the hosiery!

These days, when feel that impulse to buy something new, I go over to check my hosiery drawer. If my daily socks and nude tights look shabby and worn out, I start by disposing those. Then I check to see if I have enough hosiery for the current season and what I wear. I check if any of them need replacement. And I think of spending adequately on these as a measure of self care and defensive strategy against impulsive, compulsive, mindless shopping.

Second, having a well stocked hose drawer allows for a peaceful morning! As each second counts in the mornings, not having the good enough to wear socks or work tights wreaks havoc. It makes one go on a hunt for new hosiery at home and sometimes at a nearby convenience store. Working out the correct hosiery in advance gives you return on investment in your precious morning moments.

Third, bulk buying your hosiery simplifies your laundry routine to something totally brainless! When you carefully select only one type of design for each of your outfit categories (work/gym/formal), then you can toss all of your worn stuff in just one laundry batch (nude ankle dress socks/white socks/nude panty hose). If your sock ever lost its twin, it will match will all of the rest of your work socks. Finally, even without having to KonMari-fold everything, having uniform hosiery for each category of your outfits will create the illusion of 'Visual Zen' in your wardrobe!

Your hosiery also benefits your personal style in two visual ways.

First, a well chosen hosiery will instantly 'polish' your outfit.

The reverse is also true, effective immediately, when your sock is holey and you just entered a Korean restaurant with your team and you have to take your shoes off. Or your hose has a massive run and you are just about to shake hands with your devastatingly handsome blind date. The hosiery can completely undo your style in key moments of your life!

Basic Rule 1: Match the sock color to your pants or skirt.
In this image, the socks is a shade darker than the pants color, giving it a groomed and sophisticated look. 

Basic Rule 2: Match the sock color to your shoes.
In this illustration, the socks are 2 to 3 shades lighter than the shoes' color. The pattern in the socks echoes the textured pattern of the pants.

Basic Rule 3: For women, there is a benefit to choosing hosiery color a shade or two lighter than the clothes and the shoes. 
When you wear a black dress with black shoes as in the photo above, opting for an all-black solid look may not be a bad choice. However, by going a little lighter gives it a more elegant and feminine feel. Remember that doing All Black may make you look slimmer, but you run the risk of looking 'heavier' than you really are, or the risk of looking 'too armored.' Finding that exact shade of semi-sheer tights is a challenge but it is also one of the easiest ways to up play the feminine curvature in your calves!

Secondly, hosiery creates visual interest in your outfit.
For women, an all together boring and blah outfit can be modified by patterend or textured hosiery. For men, opting for different daily work wear socks and more fine woven dress socks for formal occasions can 'complete' your level of style refinement. For both genders, the socks can amp up a casual outfit to the max, or recruiting the latest trendy hosiery can add some much needed novelty in your wardrobe.

Rules for Variety: Men's Dressy Socks
These are thinner than daily socks usually, and often have a sheen to them.

Rules for Variety: Men's Semi-Casual Socks
The example above shows a pair of navy socks with cheerful red added in a grid pattern. The overall mood becomes more vivified with these socks, while the navy communicates enough seriousness in the outfit.

Rules for Variety: Men's Dandy Casual Socks
This pair has tightly patterned Hounds Tooth all over it, giving the outfit a lot of personality and casual punch.

Rules for Variety: The little black dress is matched with three different patterned tights here, demonstrating how hosiery can give a single outfit varied visual effects!

Rules for Variety: Opacity levels of your hose determine the visual mood you create in your outfit. 
On the left, a casual dress gets a fun patterned but very sheer tights. The amount of sheer here gives the outfit an bit of a sexy oomph! 
On the right, the striking colored opaque tights make a bold style statement. The hat, the bag, the tights, and the shoes all fall into a tight range of color mimicry. 

Today's Action Tips!

1. What hosiery are you currently wearing for your daily outfits?
Are they in good condition or in need of replacement?
Is your hosiery drawer well stocked for your daily outfits?

2. Do you have all of the hosiery necessary for the season?
How about your special occasion hosiery? Are they in place too?
As Summer approaches us, hosiery gets replaced with pedicure. When do you think you will start needing proper foot care?

As the saying goes, 'God is in the Details.' 
Your hosiery is a style asset that is often overlooked and totally hidden, dormant in its expression. I bid you another stylish upgrade today and I trust that you will take the reigns of your classy, stylish life this week!

Jessica Ahn

Apr 8, 2017

[Column] Create Your Own Style Principle 7. Have Three Fully Accessorized Outfits

20 Ways to Create Your Own Style Series #07

Principle 7. Have Three Fully Accessorized Outfits

Hey readers! Fashion Coaching and the City is already at its 8th greeting! Here in Seoul, Spring has arrived but with its usual capriciousness. Beware the Spring flu, wherever you are!

In this column, we will talk about the advantages of having 3 completely accessorized outfits, as well as the steps to achieve them! For those of you who have spent some time taking action on some of the tips I have shared, you may already have your metals in their right color categories or coordinated outfits that capitalize on your natural or intentioned silhouette. But there are always those readers who are pressed for time, and today's tip will hopefully benefit your busy lifestyle!

First, let's take a look at what the term 'Fully Accessorized' means for an outfit.

For those of you who like to shop, have you ever wondered why you shop quite often but once you bring your shiny new clothes home, the final outfit you put together looks like the same kind of 'blah~?' Maybe you wondered it was due to the different lightings or slimming mirrors in the clothing store, or perhaps you feel like you had given too much credence to what the store clerk said. Well, actually, the real culprit here are your 'accessories.' Most clothing items when mix and matched without accessories almost always end up looking like a version of a 'school uniform.' So, let's take a look at this formula!

Creating an Accessorized Outfit

1. One Basic Item
2. One Interest Item
3. One Completer Item
4. Other Accessories

Image Source: http://inspiredbyfamilymag.com/2012/04/13/fashion-formula-how-to-put-outfits-together

Let's put together some outfits, using this formula!

Case Study 1. 
Casual Friday Men's Jeans Outfit for Office
1. Base Item - Neat dark wash denim jeans
2. Interest Item - Fresh striped shirt in cotton or cotton blend
3. Completer Item - Semi-casual jacket
4. Other Embellishments - Sunglasses and a watch

Case Study 2. 
A Denim Skirt Outfit for a Professional Woman Attending a Christening Celebration
1. Base Item - Neat dark washed denim skirt
2. Interest Item - Spring-like striped jacket
3. Completer Item - Purse that is a focal point
4. Other Embellishments - Bracelet and shoes

Now, set aside 30 minutes or more to create YOUR OWN fully accessorized outfits! Make all three of them! Most people can easily create 3 completely accessorized outfits without having to go shopping. You may start off with a black base outfit, then a white one, and a jeans one. Or you may choose to pick one favorite clothing item and see if you can produce 3 completely different outfits using various accessories. 

This technique is highly recommended for people who are moving houses or constantly on the move, or frequent business traveler. When you have at least three completely accessorized outfit in your own wardrobe, those splendid window displays will cease to pull on your heartstrings and purse strings! Your well invested 30 minutes may well protect your valuable cash!

As always, thank you for reading and stay stylish!
I'm here to cheer you on!

Jessica FlatShoenista

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