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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Uniquely You.

ModCloth Uniquely You The Hearts Delight Red White & Cute Stella Compiseno

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

fall winter 2014 coat guide The Heart's Delight Stella Compiseno

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

save // splurge

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

save // splurge

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

save // splurge

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

hangers One Dress Three Ways The Hearts Delight Stella Compiseno Ann Taylor Sleeveless Trench

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

Crack is Whack… Or 5 Reasons You Should Be Wearing a Mid-Rise

crack is whack 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Wearing a Mid-Rise

1. Because you’re not a plumber.

Unless you’re a chubby, squishy, sweet-smelling, cherubic, newborn baby, no one wants to see your butt crack. Or your “whale tail” for that matter. Yeah, I went there.

2. Because we are not all American Ninja Warriors.

No matter how fit, thin, athletic, toned, etc. you are, when you sit down, gravity does its thing. Everyone has that little roll of skin that drops down above their waistline when in a seated position- which might I add, is the most common position for most of us with a desk job! The lower the rise, the bigger the roll. Simple as that. Add a few extra inches of material up front holding everything in, and “Voilà!” Your abs have never looked flatter.

3. Because we’re not 14 years old.

Ok, some of you make take offense to this, but I stand by my commentary! If you’re over 30, low-rise should be a thing of your past… kind of like sleeping until noon, or wearing pajamas out of the house. No matter how you cut it, a low rise pant is just not a sophisticated look. You can do better than that.

4. Because we don’t need a visual line drawing attention to our body at it’s widest point.

For most of us, our hips tend to be the widest part of our body. Why would you go ahead and smack a line of fabric across those hips? As a wise woman named Shakira once said, “I won’t deny, my hips don’t lie!” Hips all over the country are screaming for mercy. Can you hear them? Invest in a good pair of mid-rise bottoms that will make your hips diminish along with some body insecurities.

5. Because a slim cut, straight leg mid-rise is the perfect companion to fall’s hottest styles.

Yesterday, we spoke about the return of the mod shift. In addition to that swingin’ 60’s flashback, chunky knits and turtlenecks were seen all over the Fall ’14 runways. So what does this mean for you and what does this have to do with plumber’s crack? Well, let me fill you in.  Knitwear can be a super flattering and forgiving fashion.  However, done the wrong way and you’re flying first class to Frumpyville.  Trust me, you DON’T want to go there. Now, take a thick, luxurious and boxy cable knit sweater and pair it with a mid-rise slim fit pant and you’re turning that plane around right back to Style Central.  It’s a real place. I swear. Worried about wearing a more form-fitting knit that could potentially show unwanted ripples and bumps? Have no fear, mid-rise is here to conceal any imperfections and give you a smoother, more contoured shape. With a higher rise, you can, dare I say it, even pull off a chunky-knit, cropped style!

Still, not convinced? Hopefully, these great mid-rise looks will seal the deal.

Look #1: Turtleneck Sweater // Mid-Rise Jeans // Boots // Crossbody Bag // Watch

Look #2: Merino Sweater // Cropped Mid-Rise Pants // Tote // Ballet Flats // Earrings // Ring

Where do YOU stand in the low-rise vs. mid-rise debate?

XOXO,

Stella

Eye Spy: Tangerine & Gray

I’m always on the hunt for new color combinations and ways to mix and match my existing wardrobe, so I was undeniably excited when I saw various shades of gray (no, not 50 shades!) paired up with a peppy tangerine.  I loved how the gray helped transition the bright orange hue into fall-appropriate territory.  It also had a bit of a casual, sporty vibe to it, which is totally my speed. Hello!?! An outfit that encourages sneakers?! Yes, please.

Look #1:

Moto Jacket (such an amazing price for a luxury piece) // Cropped Sweater // Pleated A-Line Skirt (currently 70% off!) // Cutout Booties // Chain Link Necklace

Look #2:

Chambray Shirt // Draped Wool Pants (comfy & cute!) // Polka-Dot Sweatshirt // Sneakers (love the bright colorblock!)

Have YOU discovered any great color combos for next season?

XOXO,

Stella

P.S. If you’re looking for more color inspiration, definitely check THIS and THIS out… Some oldies, but goodies!