Anyone who knows me is well aware I’m always three to five minutes late, enter my destination typically like a tornado while apologizing, and have a tendency to stay in bed just a tad bit too long in the AM making me a complete spaz mess while trying to put my outfit together. Truthfully this applies to my afternoon outfit, and let’s be honest my PM outfit as well. Ok, basically ALL outfits, all occasions.
Little secret- I wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s a few reasons why.
Too much time means TOO MUCH THINKING. I rarely change more than once or twice. Your first choice is really usually your best. Call it that great female intuition we have, but I’m pretty convinced it’s true. Think about it ladies; how many times have you changed 15 times only to go back to that first outfit? I rest my case.
I define my style as a bit polished, a bit messy; hence I’ve dubbed myself “The Polished Frenzy.” I never want to look too put together, and I don’t really ever want to “Match”… that’s just not me. (Except for mono-chromatic which I’m loving). With that all being said, I do want what I put on to WORK, and here are a few little tidbits on how I think I make it my own, hopefully looking fabulous while doing so. (Fingers crossed!)
So with all that being said, this particular blog is about trends I’m loving right now as well as ways to get yourself out that door in five or less looking like you’ve spent a good hour working on your hotness.
First tip that I’ve stuck by for years. “Find your favorites.” What’s your signature scent? That ring you never take off, those little initial stud earrings from a special friend, the simple gold necklace you’ve never seen on anyone else, and that classic watch that will never go out of style. That’s what I mean by “find your favorites.” The pieces that you have made YOUR own. You wear them every day and they are essentially you. They will tie in with anything you wear perfectly because they are classic, understated and a true extension of yourself.
I’ve worn a rare little gold necklace from Ginette_NY every day for so long now when I didn’t have it on at work the other day one of my co-workers thought I must have lost it. Remember Carrie and her “Carrie Necklace?” Remember when she wore a simple strand of pearls for a whole season? It somehow always worked and she always looked damn good. It was “hers,” and I loved that.
Once you have your accessories that are uniquely you, you are half way there. I mean it. Take them off at night, put them on a beautiful vintage little plate from your favorite flea market, throw them on again in the am, and lightly spritz your neck with a fragrance you can call your own. You are no longer “naked!”
Now the fun part. What the hell are you going to wear?
The Midi skirt is FABULOUS right now. There are so many ways to wear it the list is endless. Wear it with a shrunken tight buttoned up denim jacket, an over-sized flowy loose wool coat with a silk tank tucked in underneath (very Kim K. but let’s be honest she IS killing it lately), a bandeau with a peak of skin and a sexy long loose cardi. And in my opinion, always the classic pointed toe pump. The midi cuts at a place on your leg where you NEED to wear a shoe to continue to elongate. Unless you’re Giselle you do not want to wear booties or anything with an ankle strap which will create the illusion of stumpiness. No one wants that.
I’ve talked about winter white before which ties into my love of anything mono-chromatic (where I break my rule about matching). I’m really loving a cream top, white denim, and nude heels. You just simply can’t go wrong with something this classic. Not to mention it works with any hair color or skin tone. This particular Shop Luxy sweater I’m wearing is the perfect winter to spring transitional piece.
When the weather gets warmer for you east coast ladies, I mean seriously, I FEEL FOR YOU, don’t be afraid to throw on a pair of lilac shorts with a darker purple top. Mono-chromatic can be shades of the same color, it doesn’t have to match perfectly. Just make sure not to over-accessorize. The colors ARE the accessory.
One last love that will forever and always be a closet staple of mine is the classic and sexy long sleeve sheer silk top. This top is just easy. Get one in every jewel tone color of the damn rainbow. You will thank me. Dressed up or down, the options are endless and you can have fun with a top like this for so many reasons.
One, it’s loose, so a pair of tight jeans and sky-high heels will take you from day to night effortlessly. You’re leaving a bit to the imagination up top but are rocking the perfect pair of skinnies down below.
Try dressing it down with a pair of ripped up boyfriend jeans and then add some flair with a pair of insane flats. Try a simple black leather jacket over it with classic black pumps.
All of these looks are sexy, eye-catching, and most importantly easy- remember the five minutes rule! We’re all busy ladies. Let’s look good without having to work harder than we already do!
Xo- The Polished Frenzy,
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