I moved from the South to the Bay Area almost three years ago. During my stint here, I've undoubtedly assimilated to the denim-based wardrobe culture and muted tones of black, gray, and white. As much as I love my west coast aesthetic, I started to get a little bored with it and craved color like never before - just in time for spring. I was so inspired by the season's lively hues that I made color, a focal point for this season's Sip'N Style.
In addition to color, I wanted to share the closet staples you need for spring. Every year around this time, my clients will ask me about the key pieces they need for their wardrobes. As spring brings new beginnings and fresh starts, I'm sure they are always surprised to hear me tell them, to begin with, the staples. Staple pieces are the key items your wardrobe can't function without. As I started to draw the list for a few of my clients, I thought I'd utilize this season's Sip'N Style to note those universal pieces that every woman and body type (for reference) needs in her closet.
Staples in itself isn't the sexiest of words or concepts but adding a touch of color makes it all worth the while! I hope you enjoy this season's Sip'N Style.
CLIENT: ANNDREA M.
- BODY TYPE: RECTANGLE
- STAPLE: DENIM JACKET
New wardrobe ideas don't always require price tags. Before you start to press the checkout button on your next online purchase, take a peek at your existing wardrobe first - hidden gems may be right under your nose.
With the challenge to only use existing wardrobe items, I perused through Anndrea's closet came across this gorgeous pleated skirt. I loved the color, but wanted to tone down the bright chartreuse by layering on soft neutrals. The shoes were perfect, but I couldn't seem to find a top I was completely sold on to complement the look. I found a silk cardigan and decided to repurpose it, and made it double as a sexy, plunge neck top!
The denim jacket was a perfect outfit completer, adding edge to this soft, feminine look. Denim Jackets are timeless, classic and can be dressed up or down therefore, making it a true closet staple.
CLIENT: CIJI A.
- BODY TYPE: FULL HOURGLASS
- STAPLE: TRENCH COAT + PENCIL SKIRT
Take notes with your PENCIL'S please, because this spring look will not only take you from desk to dinner but command any room!
I LOVED how the vibrant red and split detail offered a fresh perspective to the pencil skirt - a true closet staple. I paired the skirt back to a chambray bow top, as it balanced the look and added femininity.
The trench coat added dimension and overall, lightened the look. Trench coats are a closet staple and will last you for life ( seriously, all of life). I adored the new, modern approach to this classic coat through the drapey details. The gingham clutch completed the look by breaking up the solids with a dynamic print.
CLIENT: ANIM A.
- BODY TYPE: HOUR GLASS
- STAPLE: WHITE T-SHIRT
Who said your white tee had to always go back to jeans? Start this season with a new perspective on your basics and take note!
T-shirts are known for their ease and sensibility. I'm sure that's the reason why there's a misconception that this staple can't be dressed up. However, I styled Anim's outfit with a contemporary approach, by pairing her whimsical skirt back to a classic white tee. Although the tee was dressed up, the reverse was done to the skirt making the outfit versatile for the millennial workplace, brunch, or just a day out in the city! I loved how the red added intensity to the black and white.
CLIENT: ANGELA J.
- BODY TYPE: PEAR
- STAPLE: FIELD (PARKA) JACKET
Not every girl, is a dress and skirt girl, so I had to show some love to my ladies who prefer pants, over skirts *inserts raised hand emoji*.
My chic lawyer, Angela, dominated this monochromatic look! Inspired by the color of the year, I styled her in blush hues, that provided femininity and softness to her power pants.
The olive field jacket was a perfect complement and gave depth to the look. To give her waist more definition and further stylize the outfit,I layered two skinny belts over the jacket.
CLIENT: ASHLEY W.
- BODY TYPE: TRIANGLE
- STAPLE: STATEMENT NECKLACE
Let's not forget the accessories! There is no better way to accessorize and emphasize a solid look than with a statement necklace.
I styled Ashley in this unique color block outfit and loved how the tones played off of each other. I'm literally obsessed with the cold shoulder and wrap skirt combination. The magenta and neon yellow have similar color intensities, so the nude shoes and soft gray of the cold shoulder sweater softened the look. The necklace was an excellent complement that pulled all of the colors together and completed the look.
GERMANEE, LEAD STYLIST
- BODY TYPE: PEAR
- STAPLE: A BOMB A** DRESS
Because every girl needs a show stopping dress - enough said!
Actually, I won't drop the mic and leave you hanging like that. I will say find a dress that you absolutely love that you can pull out whenever you need to. I loved this classic black and white with the lace detailing. However, if you don't know where to start, a good LBD ( little black dress) won't steer you wrong. Fit and flare dresses are also universally flattering as they cinch the waist and give/take attention away from the hips.
I styled my dress back to velvet bow slide-ins, I didn't lie when I said that I've really assimilated to the SF culture - I'm usually in heels.