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.)

Printed Pants

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Printed pants are great for throwing a chic outfit together in a hurry. All you need is a basic top and some accessories to look like a trendsetter. Here’s one of my favorite looks for printed pants:

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MOSCHINO pants / VIONNET top / ALEJANDRO INGELMO booties / MARC JACOBS bag / BALENCIAGA watch / ALEXIS BITTAR earrings / JENNIFER MEYER ring / KAREN WALKER sunglasses

The graffiti printed Moschino pants add urban flair. I paired them with a simple, chic top and some edgy booties to keep that cool girl vibe flowing throughout. When wearing a print it’s advised to play off of the colors within it for only one accessory…if that. You can stay safe and keep everything neutral, but a pop of color can be a nice way to break up the outfit.  Just be sure to keep the rest neutral or you could end up looking like you skipped the mirror.  (By the way, I’m absolutely obsessed with this Balenciaga watch…but who wouldn’t be?  So amazing.)

If this look is too downtown for your taste, don’t fret.  Printed pants can be done in pretty much any style.  Here’s a more uptown version:

PRABAL GURUNG pants / JUNYA WATANABE sweater / WALTER STEIGER pumps / VINTAGE CHANEL bag / ZADIG & VOLTAIRE cuff / HAIDER ACKERMANN scarf / HOUSE OF HARLOW sunglasses / OASIS earrings

Simply amazing. Zoe Saldana wore these pants to the fall 2012 Prabal Gurung runway show.  They are from the spring 2012 RTW collection and stole my heart the moment I saw them.

Zoe opted to wear them with the ankle zipped open to show off her Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung pumps.  She paired the pants with a turquoise blazer from the same collection and looked oh so fabulous. Perfect amount of class with a little bit of edge.

If you’re more of a bohemian girl, you’ll love this look:

YVES SAINT LAURENT pants / ACNE denim blazer / TOPSHOP top / L.A.M.B. shoes / 3.1 PHILLIP LIM bag / IRENE NEURWIRTH earrings / RAY-BAN aviators

I do realize I use the term “bohemian” loosely considering these are $2000 pants, but even rich girls need some hippie style in their repertoire, no?  Pairing loose pants with a crop top is a good way to avoid swimming in fabric.  Adding a denim blazer (a more polished play on the denim shirt) is a great way to transition this outfit from day to night.

Here is a more affordable version of the printed pant look:

RIVER ISLAND pants $47 WAREHOUSE top $37 ZARA clutch $30 RIVER ISLAND pumps $85 TOPSHOP earrings $10 WEEKDAY rings $10 NIXON watch $68 DOROTHY PERKINS belt  $8 JACK MARTIN sunglasses $13

Again, I picked up the color from the pant with the clutch and put two trends together: printed pants and neon. This outfit comes to a total of $308 dollars with nothing costing over $100.  Proof that you can still be chic on a budget.