STYLE GURU STYLE: Class Act

Alexander Lewis’ pre-fall 2015 runway show paid homage to clean lines and a more modest aesthetic. With its pretty pastels, pencil skirts and luxurious cardigans, the line channels a more feminine take on classy business-wear. The seemingly ’40s inspired garb includes looks that are both sophisticated yet sensual. Heavy materials and sturdy construction detract from miniscule hemlines. This juxtaposition adds a flirty element to the line and prevents the looks from seeming stuffy or overly masculine. Other notable elements of the line include asymmetrical pleating, stripes and color blocking. And of course we can’t forget the trendy boater hats which add a unique twist to many of the ensembles. Lewis proves that conservative doesn’t have to mean boring; sexiness lies in the subtlety.

Following Lewis’s designs, I paired a striped cardigan with a full skirt. Instead of pleats, my skirt is constructed with button details and cinches at the waist. I played with Lewis’s idea of using similar color shades to create a nice flow to my ensemble. While Lewis’s model dons her own intricate belt, my skirt features a large bow that ties around the waist. This look was very simple to put together and required few accessories or additions. Its simplicity makes it easy to wear yet effortlessly chic all at the same time.

Lewis’s line is a testament to the power of the structured coat, knee-length pencil skirt or quintessential cardigan. One thing is for sure: class never goes out of style.

Get My Look: 1. A striped cardigan. 2. A full skirt emulating a pleated design. 3. A strappy sandal.

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