Press in a Dress

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Right before I left LA, I had one last press event to attend, so I figured I would make use of this thin, pastel dress before I moved to a city that actually had colder seasons. I usually like dressing badass for press events, because I like to be taken seriously, but this time I opted for something a little more girlie.

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For my accessories, I followed a black and white motif–sticking with silver accents. In my opinion, b&w is a “cooler palette,” which corresponds to silver metals (as opposed to warmer palettes, which correspond to gold.) Also, I stuffed a t-shirt inside my clutch so that it wouldn’t fall completely flat. A slightly bulkier clutch generally improves the quality of its appearance, making it look more expensive.

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The reverse Peter Pan collar on this dress gives it a unique, unexpected youthfulness, while the pointy corners of the collar play really nicely with the zig-zags on my shoes. You might not be fully conscious of the small details that make an outfit feel cohesive, but tying your shapes together like that (corners, zig-zags,) gives an overall aesthetically pleasing impression.

IMG_6002_edit-2IMG_6012_editDress: Forever21 (similar here). Clutch: BCBG Maxazria. Shoes: (on sale!) Michael Antonio. Earings: Boutique.

 

City Safari

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I swear all my best finds are from H&M–like this fantastic safari dress. I love it so much, and it was only $49 (no longer available.) I’m surrounded by expensive designer pieces on a daily basis, but when it comes to my personal style, the price tag has never mattered. I have a hard time shopping in some fast-fashion brick-and-mortar stores (too overwhelming,) but why not take advantage of their affordable prices by shopping online?

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What’s the difference between “military” and “safari”? Honestly, everyone has their own way of differentiating, but my industry contacts said that there isn’t really a difference. I couldn’t decide which of the two trends this dress fit into better, so I dubbed it the “safari dress” simply because it sounded good in the title.

This safari/military trend should be kept with warmer neutral tones (i.e. colors such as beige and brown) and gold jewelry as opposed to silver. When properly kept with warm neutrals, this trend can also make you look live you’ve got a good tan–and who doesn’t want that?

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