STYLE GURU STYLE: Mixing Seasons

2014 is officially over and 2015 is here, people! This means everyone’s breaking out their New Year’s resolutions and that I’ll be dating the year 2014 instead of 2013 on all of my essays!

I’ve never really been a believer in the whole “new year, new you” thing. But for some reason I’ve recently had a change of heart. 2015 has inspired me to create my own list of goals that I want to achieve. Staying inspired and taking risks are just a couple of things I hope to check off once 2016 rolls around. And I can’t think of a better way to do both than by experimenting with my sense of style.

Alexander Lewis’ spring 2015 ready-to-wear line consisted of a varied range of silhouettes influenced by ideas of light and shadow. Pieces included leather mini skirts, dresses with multicolor pleats and sleeveless jackets. What attracted me to Lewis’ collection was the way he played with proportions by mixing short hemlines with long coats and tall boots, which were designed by Lewis in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik.

To recreate the aesthetic of Lewis’ collection, I decided to incorporate different proportions by mixing seasonal pieces. To add my own personal touch, I kept my color palette neutral, focusing on dark colors and metallic embellishments. I layered a short charcoal sweater over a large black and white flannel for an unexpected pop of pattern. Layering is always important during chillier seasons. But because my wardrobe consists of mostly neutral colored pieces, layering different textiles is an easy way to add interest and depth to my outfits. Due to the unpredictable Kansas weather, I was able to wear my high-waisted leather shorts. For added coverage I paired some knee-high socks with my favorite chestnut lace-up booties. I kept my accessories minimal with aviator sunglasses, a gold watch and a double layered necklace. My favorite part of the look was my metallic clutch that I recently got from Urban Outfitters. The intricate sequin detailing of the bag gives the outfit a glamorous edge. Finally, I wore my green hooded parka and gray beanie for warmth.

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?

Get My Look: 1. A hooded parka. 2. Faux leather shorts. 3. Knee-high socks.