Chunky Cable Knits

Fashion, Luxury, Reality, Style

When my alarm is going off and I hear the winter wind whistling against my window, the last thing I want to do is get out of my warm, cozy bed and venture into the freezing cold. Rather than sleep in, try layering under warm, chunky cable knits.

Chunky Knits in Luxury

BOY. BY BAND OF OUTSIDERS sweater / ERDEM pants / DKNY coat / MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA booties / PROENZA SCHOULER bag / COACH fur scarf

A simple white collared shirt would be perfect under this Boy. by Band of Outsiders sweater (and yes, tuck it in.) To add some trendy individuality (oxymoron?) you can attach collar tips like these ones from ASOS:

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The modern feel they have works best with the outfit above, mainly because this look is a little bit more relaxed:

Chunky Knits in Reality

ROMWE sweater $80 / RIVER ISLAND jeans $55 / UNTOLD coat $76 / OASAP boots $63 / TOPSHOP bag $68 / WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET faux fur scarf $50

This sweater has much more of a lumberjack vibe, obviously made chic by the surrounding pieces. Nonetheless it would look foolish with a collared shirt layered underneath. It could also potentially make the outfit seem like it’s trying too hard to look good. This look is trendy enough with it’s mixed prints (floral and houndstooth,) yet still understated. Always a good combination.

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The Lady in Leather and a Crop Top in Reality

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This outfit is a little edgier than yesterday’s version. I love pairing navy and black together. A lot of people would never dare mix the two, but I think it creates a chicness only attainable by these two colors. The oxblood bag is on trend and works well with the navy and black, and if you don’t like the grey coat it can easily be swapped out for black to create a sleeker look.

Lady in Leather and  Crop Top in Reality

BARDOT top $73 / MARC BY MARC JACOBS skirt $248 / WALLIS coat $83 / MANGO bag $100 ALDO boots $98 / COLE HAAN gloves $49

I know, I know…the skirt is expensive, but it was on sale from $500. Sometimes it’s worth it to invest, especially if you see a staple piece by a designer that you love on sale. Take this skirt for example. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but it’s a quality piece that will last forever and can add some luxury to your closet. (Here’s a little secret of mine: if you wear cheap things next to expensive things, everything looks expensive…as long as the cheap things aren’t tacky.)

If you do decide to splurge, here are 5 things to remember when sale shopping for designer pieces:

1. Buy neutrals (It’s a guarantee that they will match with most things in your closet.)

2. Buy classic shapes (So that your investments don’t go out of style.)

3. Buy for many settings (To make the investment worthwhile.)

4. Make sure you really love it (So that you will wear it a lot.)

5. Enjoy your splurge! (Don’t go home and worry about the money you spent…revel in your new purchase!)

The Lady in Leather and a Crop Top

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Whoever said you can’t be ladylike while baring a little midriff obviously didn’t try hard enough. This outfit is the perfect balance of classic and modern. The small strip of skin definitely ups the cool factor, but the leather is what really gives this look its edge:

Lady Crop Top

OPENING CEREMONY top / TIBI skirt / JIL SANDER coat / VICTORIA BECKHAM bag / CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN boots / AGENT PROVOCATEUR gloves

The Christian Louboutin boots, Victoria Beckham purse and Agent Provocateur gloves completely modernize the look. The clean lines, rich leather (very trendy right now) and unexpected color palette bring this look to life.

In the winter the leather boots are a necessity to keep bare skin to a minimum, but in the spring they can easily be swapped out for some heels to transition the outfit. Just make sure they contrast with the propriety of the skirt and top. The trick to looking cool in a matronly skirt is to keep the rest of the outfit relatively hip.

Embellished Jackets

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My new obsession is embellished jackets. They may sound expensive, and most are, but these more affordable British clothing companies, like TopShop (which has now taken over the US,) ASOS and River Island, are making it much easier to stay on trend and under budget. This ASOS jacket is amazing:

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screen-shot-2013-01-28-at-4-06-22-pmThe white version runs petite while the black comes in regular sizes. For the price ($132) it’s a pretty gorgeous jacket. The best thing about it is that it can be dressed up or down. Throw it on top of jeans and a t-shirt and you’ll look effortlessly chic. Put it on top of a dress and you’ll be the trendiest girl at the party. Here’s one by River Island for $142:

River Island Embellished Jacket

It gives off more of a Park Avenue vibe, but still manages to maintain a bit of an edge. Of course, the neon drew me in (you know how I love neon,) but the embellishments are what make this jacket stand out. Here are two of my favorite designer embellished jackets:

Matthew Williamson and Elie Saab Embellished Jackets

The powder pink bomber is by Elie Saab and the black is by Matthew Williamson. I am absolutely in love with the Elie Saab. Not only is this color (blush) very hot for spring, but it looks amazing on all skin tones. It can also act as a neutral while allowing you to change up the black, white, brown routine.

If a whole jacket is too much embellishment for you, this Anna Sui vest is a beautiful alternative:

Anna Sui Embellished Vest

The colors of the jewels and the texture of the velvet work hand in hand to create a gorgeous, eastern inspired vest. The collar is very Asian and almost has a regal look to it. These next two jackets are stunning, a bit more ladylike and, again, can be dressed up or down:

Prada and Miu Miu Embellished Coats

The pink is by Prada and the black is by Miu Miu, and both need to get in my closet. If I had to choose, I think the Prada would be my favorite. I don’t know if I’m just in a pink mood today, but I think I would love this jacket in any color. The delicate details and clean lines are just gorgeous. Proof that you don’t need to be over the top to create something breathtaking (although sometimes a little over the top doesn’t hurt.)

Neon Green with Envy in Reality

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I love a t-shirt with a seemingly meaningless symbol (though this one makes me think of Pink Floyd…anybody else?) It exudes an “I don’t care” attitude that so many well dressed people seem to possess. The heels don’t hurt either. 4 inch strappies with no platform that preferably have some shiny metal on them, are hot. Platforms are so 2011, and also very painful. So lose the stilts and throw on a pair of these. I find them equally as torturous, but if you’re going to be in pain, why not be in good shoes too.

neon green reality

COZBEST jacket $81 / CHEAP MONDAY jeans $90 / FOREVER 21 tank $15 / ASOS heels $79 / ATMOS&HERE bag $63 / DOROTHY PERKINS ring $11 / RIVER ISLAND necklace $19 / ASOS sunglasses $21

The jacket adds a pop of color, just like the Antonio Berardi blazer did in the luxury version of this look. The subtle jewelry is key to looking chic. You can’t look sleek with frilly jewels hanging everywhere, unless they’re really expensive nice. Instead stick to clean lines. Think modern and metallic. And again, the black and white motif really ups the trend factor. Of course, there is that pop of neon…seems I just couldn’t help myself. Here are 7 of my favorite black and white pieces for under $100:

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1. H&M dress $32 / 2. NASTY GAL jeans $75 / 3. NASTY GAL maxi skirt $58 / 4. ALIAS MAE wedges $80 / 5. BARDOT crop top $53 / 6. MOTEL skirt $44 / 7. CHIC NOVA t-shirt $44

The maxi skirt gets even better once you put it on. The white stripe is bordered by zippers that can make one or two slits:

zip black and white skirt

The versatility of this skirt makes it my favorite piece under $100, though the Bardot crop top is a close second. Which is your favorite?

Check back tomorrow to read about my newest obsession.