STYLE GURU STYLE: Mix Master

Everyone loves striped T-shirts, leather minis and vintage-inspired heels, but most people would not expect that a ridiculously awesome outfit would come to be when wearing these pieces at the same time. When I combined these elements, I was shocked at how a timeless shirt, a tough skirt and elegant wedges could work together so magically. Mixing different styles is easier than you think and always results in a unique and eye-catching look.

I was inspired by the Sonia by Sonia Rykiel resort 2016 collection. Challenging myself to think outside of the box and combine staples that I would normally never put together was difficult, but looking at this collection showed me that it could create a look that is classic and edgy at the same time. This collection features many striped pieces, visible statement zippers, leather, denim and even the occasional animal print accent.

Overall, the collection has a nautical vibe with some modern twists and I wanted my outfit to have that same trendy, seafaring look. What I noticed most of all when looking at this collection was that Sonia Rykiel was not afraid to mix different colors, patterns, textures and silhouettes. An example of this expert blending is how she paired a breezy, striped maxi dress with a blue and black oversized leather jacket, which one was of the looks that inspired my final outfit. However look 16 was the one that really caught my eye. I immediately loved the quirky T-shirt with simple pattern details combined with the sleek leather skirt that had a bold zipper going down the front. Upon first glance, the shirt and skirt might look like they belong to two different people, but it is the balance of these two very different pieces that is simply chic.

My outfit includes a red and gray striped tunic from Urban Outfitters paired with a tight leather mini from H&M with a zipper down the front, just like the skirts in the Sonia Rykiel collection. I completed the look with black velvet and metallic wedges, which added some vintage flare and shine and also tied my look back to the collection. All of these pieces are undeniably great on their own, but when put together they result in a look that is modern and effortlessly cool.

Get My Look: 1. A striped T-shirt. 2.  A leather mini with zipper details. 3. Vintage-inspired heels.