How To Style A Boyfriend Cardigan 3 Ways

How To Style A Boyfriend Cardigan 3-Ways The Heart's Delight Stella Compiseno

One of my favorite parts of the cooler seasons is getting to fully engulf myself in the warmest knitted layers. While the thought of wrapping myself in only the softest oversized sweaters and scarves is definitely VERY appealing, there are definitely a few guidelines to follow to keep from looking like a shapeless marshmallow puff. Speaking of (edible) marshmallows, I’m probably the only person on earth who actually dislikes those things. Meh.

The main takeaway from this little lesson in styling is that proportion is key. While the sweater should look like something that you borrowed from one of the boys, the end result should look ALL girl: refined, tailored and slimming.

LOOK #1:

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Take your favorite little dress (in the case above, a fitted shirt-dress) and layer it up with a cozy cardigan and fall ready boots.  This look works because while the sweater may be oversized, the smaller scale of the dress and your long, lean legs, keep the outfit balanced.

Now, here is my version:

Cardigan: BB Dakota // Shirt-Dress: Current/Elliott // Boots: Stuart Weitzman // Bracelet: Nine West // Bucket Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

 

LOOK #2:

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Get creative with your accessories and create an hourglass silhouette using a great belt! A little cinch at the waist is all you need to give yourself a great shape and highlight your waistline when layering a cardigan.

Check out my look below:

Cardigan: Titty Peggy // Turtleneck: J.Crew // Leather Pants: Rag & Bone // Sunglasses: Karen Walker // Belt: Charles & Keith // Clutch: Clare Vivier // Flats: Joan & David (sold out, THIS is similar)

LOOK #3:

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An oversized cardigan can go from casual to office appropriate when paired with a structured pencil skirt and lady-like top. Again, it’s all about proportion, so to balance out a bulky sweater, keep the rest of the look streamlined and fitted. A pointy toe pump is also a great way to elongate your legs and give you the illusion of a few extra inches of height.

My take on this feminine style:

Lace Blouse: Ungaro // Pencil Skirt: Reiss // Cardigan: J.Crew (currently 25% OFF with code SHOPASAP) // Sunglasses: Vince Camuto // Bag: Karen Millen // Belt: H&M // Shoes: Schutz

Now, onto some housekeeping… I’m currently deep into a total website overhaul and way over my head when it comes to HTML coding and CSS… Ummm, yeah, no I idea what those stand for, either! I must apologize in advance for any “under construction” technical difficulties you may experience over the course of the next few days. Hopefully, I’ll get my tech savvy act together and we can return to our happy, special place. Except this special website place will totally blow your mind with it’s beauty and you’ll never want to leave. Kind of like the shoe department at Bergdorf Goodman.

XOXO,

Stella

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Shop It: EVERLANE

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Well, I’m back from a gorgeous weekend and what a better way to start the week than with some talk of a new clothing and accessory brand that I can’t seem to get out of my head (or virtual shopping cart). The company is called EVERLANE and they’re unique in that they cut out the middleman to bring you their products at a major savings when compared to similar quality brands. Did you know that the average t-shirt you purchase is marked up an average of 8x it’s manufacturing cost!? It kind of makes me throw up a little in my mouth and definitely think twice before I restock my favorite white tees. Since EVERLANE employs an online only, retail approach, they can bring their great designs straight from their factories to your door!

Now, let’s talk style.  EVERLANE is the type of clothing that I picture Jennifer Aniston “throwing on” on a weekday morning before meeting up with Justin Theroux to discuss world politics over a vegan breakfast, green juice and chai tea.  That’s very specific, but my point is that the clothes and accessories are all very simple, well tailored basics that when combined make a killer wardrobe that can convince your friends that you really DID “just wake up like this.” Soft crew neck sweaters that skim the body, silky blouses that can go from work to cocktails and the perfectly slouchy tees.  You KNOW how serious I am about a good t-shirt. Definitely check out their totes too… they seem like they’d only get better with age. Rather than me continuously blabber on, why don’t you take a look for yourself.

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XOXO,

Stella

***Disclaimer: I did not receive any form of compensation from EVERLANE for this post.  I just love the brand and products and want to share my good finds with YOU! 

In The Wild

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If you guys haven’t heard, Cleveland is having a renaissance of sorts. The city has been undergoing an unprecedented transformation and returning back to its booming late 19th century roots. What was once old is new again and people are flocking back into the city to take part in this exciting change. Abandoned manufacturing plants have been given new life as art galleries, high-end restaurants and yes, even residential housing. New luxury high rises are going up where “Rust Belt” ruins once stood. Construction crews can’t seem to keep up with the growing demand for urban living. It really is a fantastic time for this city and I’m very lucky to be a part of it. While it’s now really easy to capture the beautiful downtown revival, there is still a gritty, understated beauty in what Cleveland once was. I could think of no better outfit to capture that element than this mix of graphic zebra print and leather. Surrounded by garages, industrial manufacturing, and shattered glass (there may have been a bullet hole… or THREE!), I truly felt like an animal blogger in the urban wild.

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What I’m Wearing:

Zebra Sweater: ALC // Leather Shorts, old (similar) // Chelsea Boots: Topshop // Spike Necklace: Joomi Lim // Bracelet Cuff, old (similar)// Crossbody Bag: Halston Heritage

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(Photography by Shannon Ahlstrand)

XOXO,

Stella

P.S. This little post is all about turning inspiration into reality… it all started HERE!

Baseball Fanatic

Baseball Hat // Striped Shirt // Denim Skirt // Cashmere Hoodie (currently on SALE 25% OFF with code SHOPFORFALL) // Sneakers (how sporty chic are THESE?) // Backpack (a classic for many years to come!)// Scarf

With all of the NFL football buzz lately (Roger Goodell, you have quite the PR predicament on your hands!), baseball has taken a backseat.  While most people associate baseball with hot summer days (and cold frosty adult beverages), I think I prefer the late season games where the air is crisp and dreams of making the playoffs are not fully crushed (yet). When it comes to dressing for games, I take a rather unique approach. I play for “Team Festive Fanatic” hoping to one day outplay and outnumber “Team Frumpy Fan.” It’s a long-time bitter rivalry, and we’re actively recruiting a bench deep with talent.

Obviously, good team spirit starts with a great baseball cap that can be worn year round. I prefer the understated single initial caps in bold colors that look great both in and out of the baseball stadium. Fanatics has always been my source for the best cap selection and the great place to “cap off” your game-day style. Cracker Jacks optional.

How do YOU display your team spirit?

XOXO,

Stella

Uniquely You.

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Have you guys ever shopped at ModCloth? Its an exclusively-online retailer that has such a unique business model and philosophy. The best way to describe it is a “Democracy of Fashion.” You’re probably asking,”What does THAT mean?!” Well, it means that it’s a company devoted to its clientele, allowing them to dictate the buying choices, the styles carried and even the designs themselves. It also means that whether you’re a size 0 or plus-size, retro-hipster, or corporate professional, chances are you’re going to find that perfect something to complement your personal style- at a great price.

Now, let’s get back to style.  When ModCloth reached out and asked me to participate in their “Uniquely You” campaign, I was totally excited for a good fashion challenge. Since we’re in a full-blown transitional season, I thought I would give you guys an easy way to get a few more wears out of those fun dresses that are so flattering and easy to throw on. The perfect choice for those mornings when you just NEED to get that one extra alarm snooze in! Trust me, those extra 7 minutes of R.E.M. bliss make a world of difference. So does all of the coffee.

Here’s how it goes down:

1) Alarm goes off. Curse, roll over and slam the snooze button immediately.

2) Roll out of bed 7 minutes later with eyes half shut and hair a hot mess.

3) Shower and try to wrestle hair into somewhat presentable form.

4) Take favorite go-to summer dress and add a few strategic layers.

5) Cinch it all up with a belt – because we don’t have to sacrifice our waistline for cozy warmth.

6) Throw on some fall inspired accessories (ummm, I may be obsessed with hats lately?!) and you’re ready to go.

ModCloth Uniquely YOU: A dress for all seasons

Dress // Chambray Shirt // Buffalo Check Cardigan // Belt // Bag (currently on SALE 30% off!) // Boots // Hat // Earrings

What’s YOUR favorite transitional style that’s “Uniquely You”?

XOXO,

Stella

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Fall/Winter 2014 Coat Guide: Save vs. Splurge

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Ok, so here’s how the past three winters have gone. I find a coat I fall in love with. I hem and haw about spending the money to purchase the coat in September.  It’s not THAT cold yet, right? I start shivering around early November, and finally decide to pull the trigger and buy the aforementioned coat. It’s inevitably sold out. Everywhere. I shed a single tear.

I’m putting my foot down this season. I’m done with this “sold out” bullsh*t (can you tell I’m bitter?). I started scouring the style forecasts in AUGUST this year and have decidedly narrowed down the top style contenders for this season. You’re going to want to pay attention to this. You definitely don’t want to be left out in the cold… Get it?! Left out in the cold!? I crack myself up.

MAXI COAT

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Move over boyfriend jeans and brogues- there is a new menswear inspired trend in town. This time in the form of an extra long and tailored topper.

ROBE COAT

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Like the softest, plushest hotel bathrobe, this coat engulfs you in it’s warmth. This season the robe is all about oversized collars and a loose, slouchy fit nipped in at the waist.

FAUX FUR

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This is not for the meek! Be bold and show off your style with these fuzzy coats and jackets. While bright candy colored versions are super fun, beware entering into Muppet territory! I recommend selecting a toned-down neutral that will instantly kick up any outfit you put on.

It may not be frigid just yet… but trust me! After the deep freeze of Polar Vortex 2013-14, you don’t want to be taking any chances this year! If you’re going to be wearing a coat for 5 months straight, it may as well be one that you absolutely love!

XOXO,

Stella

 

1 Dress, 3 Ways

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Did you ever have a dress, shoes or a (“fill in the blank”) catch your eye and that was all you could think about for the next few days!? Maybe it’s just me.  Ever since I saw THIS dress online, I’ve been mentally and virtually styling it to justify the price ($149).  Well, now it’s 25% off (for a limited time only w/ code ANNWELCOME11) and obviously that makes me even more excited.  Come to Mama.

In case you were wondering, here are the 3 ways I would wear this most perfect fall closet addition.  I love that you can transform it from a standalone dress, to a key fall layering piece for both work appropriate and casual looks!

LOOK #1: Earrings // Bracelet (the Chloe version sold out, but THIS or THIS are similar and much less $$$) // Eyeliner // Lipstick // Shoes // Handbag

LOOK #2: Skirt (currently 25% off, with code SHOPFORFALL)// Sweater // Satchel // Boots

LOOK #3: Hat // Sneakers // Jeans (under $30!!! WHhhaaaat?!)// Tote // Shirt

How many ways would YOU wear this dress?

XOXO,

Stella

Fall Flat.

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I would say that I’m on my feet a good 60-75% of the day.  Legit, right? Between running around town, business related appointments, entertaining two kids, cooking and cleaning, my poor feet bear the brunt of the load.  Sometimes, that load is just too much for even my chunky, most comfortable heels. Call in the flats!

The fashion powers that be must have heard my calls because this season there are more flat choices than ever.  Perhaps it’s the continuation of the activewear trend infiltrating into mainstream fashion, but the low heel/no heel styles are just so, so good! I’ve seen everything from ridiculously cool sneakers to loafers, to oxfords, to ballet-inspired slippers. With this many options there is no reason to sacrifice style for comfort.  Take it from the ladies at New York Fashion Week…

Karlie Kloss. Photo: @ashleyjahncke

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Eva Chen, editor, Lucky magazine. Photo: @ashleyjahncke
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Natalie Suarez, blogger. Photo: Ashley Jahncke

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Zanna Roberts Rassi, Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor. Photo: Ashley Jahncke

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Here are some of my favorite styles to his stores this fall:

Athletic Inspired: 1 // 2 // 3

Pointed Toe Flats: 4 // 5 // 6

Menswear Inspired: 7 // 8 // 9

Chelsea Boots: 10 // 11 // 12

How will YOU be wearing your flats this season?

XOXO,

Stella

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#NYFW #FOMO

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I’m starting off this week with two hashtags that perfectly describe the last few days…

First off, Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week (#NYFW)  kicked off late last week and I’ve been following the constant stream of Instagrams (hyperlapse is AWESOME!), twitter updates and live streaming fashion shows online. Not quite the front row experience, but it’s pretty awesome to see all of the new fashion trends as soon as they hit the runway!  Equally as exciting has been the street style. To be honest, if you follow my Pinterest “Style & Fashion” board, you’ll see that most of my favorite looks are actually street style snaps OUTSIDE the shows. That’s where the REAL fashion happens!

All of this fashion tracking has lead to a ridiculous amount of fear of missing out (#FOMO). I would kill for a seat at Alexander Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Derek Lam, etc. The artistry behind the clothes, makeup, music and lighting just make for the most epic 15 minutes of fashion fantasy. It’s been a joy to watch, even on my screen. Am I fashion/style addicted, or WHAT!?

So, back to this post.  Since I can’t be in NYC in person, I thought I’d put together a killer “front row” look that would be Bill Cunningham (the Godfather of Street Style Photography) worthy!

1 (who knew pearls could be edgy?!) // 2 // 3 // 4 (to drape over my shoulders like a fashionista!)

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9 (perhaps the sexiest shoes EVER.) // 10 // 11

What will YOU be wearing to Fashion Week?

XOXO,

Stella

P.S. On a much less glamourous note, my big boy’s birthday bash (say that fast 4x!) was a huge success! The visually offensive neon green/black game truck and trailer might have made me the coolest mom ever.  It also might have gotten 10 very excited (and LOUD) boys out of the house and in video gaming heaven for 90 minutes.  It was a win-win for everyone.