STYLE GURU STYLE: Mixing It Up

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It’s something I don’t do nearly enough, but sometimes it can really make a statement to combine casual pieces and dressier pieces within the same ensemble. For this look, I took inspiration from Gucci’s pre-fall 2014 collection. The collection strongly involves juxtaposition—looking simultaneously to the future and to the past, mixing masculine and feminine pieces and combining colors that generally aren’t paired together.

I decided to mix the masculine, the feminine, the casual, the dressy, some winter and some summer pieces to achieve this look. I based my outfit mostly off of Look 18. I began with a lightweight striped H&M T-shirt that mimics the red and hot pink pairings that were seen throughout the collection. A turtleneck (as is shown in Look 18) would have been too much for the summer, especially when paired with a jacket. I’m wearing a Steve Madden faux leather jacket with faux fur trim, which is a little heavy for a summer day, but would work well on a breezy night. I like the look of the distressed sort of boyfriend jean, but I also wanted to modify that for summer. I compromised by wearing a pair of boyfriend jeans that I actually cut into shorts a few years ago. I usually cuff them anyway, but the cuff remains true to the look from the show as well. Finally, I added a pair of low-heeled, black Stuart Weitzman pumps. This glams up the look a bit and adds femininity to contrast the masculinity of the shorts and the jacket.

The differing elements come together to create an effortless look that isn’t overdone. It is so easy to throw on a T-shirt and some loose-fitting shorts, step into a pair of pumps and add the jacket if necessary.

Get My Look: 1. H&M T-shirt 2. Express boyfriend shorts 3. Stuart Weitzman pumps.

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