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Nordstrom Roundup: Black, White & Pink

by Angie

There is a lot of black and white in stores at the moment, which isn’t a bad thing. These neutrals are versatile and most wear one or the other if not both together in a pattern or outfit. I also threw in some pink to break up the neutrals. Most of these items have been winners on my clients because they are soft and comfortable. Some of them are traditionally flattering, whereas others are just flattering enough.

  • Adrianna Papell Placed Print Sheath Dress: The placement of the white lace creates a flattering hourglass effect. Genius. Covered, dressy and very comfortable. Tailored and forgiving around the mid section. Well worth the rave reviews.
  • Nic + Zoe 'Twirl' Elbow Sleeve Knit Fit & Flare Dress (Regular & Petite): A simple black knitted fit and flare frock.
  • Trouvé Trouvé Print Pull-On Pants: These pants are as light as a feather, and work well with ankle strap footwear and booties with a higher shaft. Rise is quite high.
  • Halogen Roll Sleeve Crepe Blouse (Regular & Petite): This top reminds me of the '80s which is why it's in my shopping cart. Boxy and high necked with a fun diagonal sleeve roll. Generally more flattering than cap sleeves. Good layering piece too. Comes in pink and black. Does not require a camisole.
  • Leith Print Pleated Culottes: One of the best wide fitting culottes I've seen to date. Works surprisingly well on both a curvy and straighter body type. The fabric is very soft which offsets the volume of the silhouette. I LOVE the way the style swooshes as you stride. Dress the look up or down.
  • Ella Moss 'Monet' Print Crop Pants: Straight and streamlined casual culottes that look best with a tucked or partially tucked top. Very breezy and soft.
  • Madewell Ikat Print Track Pants: Drapey track pants in a soft viscose is extra comfy. The waistband is quite wide despite its elastic design. Seems wrinkle-resistant too. Lightweight and casual.
  • Wayf Pleated Culottes: Streamlined and longer length culottes for tall gals. Best worn with a cropped top or tucked top to showcase the waistline if you are regular or long in the waist.
  • Halogen Eyelet Pleat Front Skirt (Regular & Petite): Pretty, breezy and flattering. No pouffy gathers at the waistband or tummy area. Particularly great on a curvy body type with a defined waist. The eyelet is lined right to the hem, and I like the very neat finish on the hem. Also available in white. No need to wear a slip.
  • Caslon Side Ruched Stretch Knit Midi Skirt (Regular & Petite): Soft, comfy and casual. The best part about the skirt is its double lining which provides ample structure, and the side ruching which makes it forgiving despite its snug fit. The micro stripe gets my vote because it's different and can be mixed with other patterns. Plenty of length for tall gals.
  • Leith Three Quarter Sleeve V-Neck Tee: Drapey, soft and modern. Great on a larger bust and broader shoulder line. The V-neck might be a little deep on a short torso or petite. No need for a camisole.
  • NYDJ 'City/Sport' Windbreaker: I haven't seen this style in person yet, but it could be a fun Sporty Luxe piece. It probably runs a little large like most items in this brand.

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New Feature: Random Outfit Generator

by Angie

Having a wardrobe full of fabulous clothing, footwear and accessories is one thing, but putting it all together to create fabulous outfits is quite another. It’s here, at the outfit creation phase, that many of my clients get stuck. That’s why we have regular outfit creation sessions. 

But these sessions can be a bit of a slog for my clients. It takes hours and the chaos that is created as a byproduct of the process is quite something to behold. There are clothes, shoes and accessories everywhere

I spoke to Greg about this and it wasn’t long before he came up with a brilliant solution that creates outfits at the click of a button. Simple, fast, no fuss, and no mess. 

Here’s how it works in one step:

  1. Go to the random outfit generator page

Bob’s your Uncle. In front of you is your random outfit. Click the “Generate” button to create more outfits. The items we use are drawn randomly from the thousands of pieces that our members have collected using the Finds feature. If you’re a member and you have used the Finds feature to create a virtual online wardrobe, you can tell the outfit generator to only use items from your wardrobe. You can also press the button to post about your outfit in the forum and the items will be automatically attached to the bottom of your post.

Keep hitting that generate button and get access to an almost infinite set of outfit combinations. If you’re after more creative ways to wear the items in your wardrobe, the random outfit generator puts automated style evolution at your fingertips. For now we only support the formula of a topper, top, bottom, footwear and a bag. In future we will be adding dress outfits and other variations.

You might find some of the outfits you generate jarring or disconnected because, of course, the generator is picking the combinations completely randomly. In fact, sometimes they can move from “just flattering enough” to “downright unflattering“, but I think that’s a small price to pay for the creativity you’ll be unleashing with your new outfits. Irregular juxtapositions and unexpected combinations are stylish and fashion forward. You could be setting the next big fashion trend.

I can’t thank Greg enough for coming up with this fun and practical style tool. I’m committed to using it every day, starting today. When I pressed the generate button last night, this is the combination it presented. Colourful, pattern-rich, on trend and comfortable.

All I had to do was partially tuck the sweatshirt to create a longer leg line with the high waisted cropped pants. I’ll admit that the athletic sneakers were a bit of a stretch, but luckily the bright pink of the clutch picks up the pink accents on the sneakers, pulling the look together. Just the kind of serendipity that makes the generator so much fun to use.

April One Outfit

I should note that while the generator does save time, it doesn’t let you off the hook completely. After all, it’s still important that the items fit well, and that they are good quality.

Like all new features, there are bound to be some teething problems. If you have any technical issues, give us a shout via the technical support category in the forum if you’re a member, or using the contact form if you’re not.

I’m looking forward to seeing your new outfits in the forum. We hope you enjoy this exciting way to accelerate your style journey in a completely new direction!

April One - Close

April One - Awkward

April One - Sweater Close

April One - Sweater

Fab Finds: Floral Tops

by Angie

Floral blouses, shirts and tees scream Spring and Summer, especially in brights, pastels, and in patterns with light backgrounds. Here’s an assortment of floral tops, many of which have worked well on my clients. Some are bold and romantic while others are subtle and more graphic. 

Florals are actually very versatile. They can be combined with solids and other patterns like stripes, polka dots, two-tone geometrics and gingham.

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Wrap Jersey Top
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Eliza Top
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The Shirt
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March Recap: Spring has Sprung

by Angie

March is all about the arrival of Spring, and that is reflected in our monthly recap. It was also a bumper month for outfit inspiration with Inge covering three outstanding outfit bloggers. Also, three ensembles, one capsule and lots of other posts you might like to check out.

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March Recap

Rebel Chic

Jean Druesedow

The Sartorialist: Closer

Scott Schuman

The Truth About Style

Stacy London

kate spade new york

Deborah Lloyd

You Are What You Wear

Jennifer Baumgartner
Outstanding Outfit Bloggers

Signature Earrings and a Statement ‘Do

by Inge

Kansas City-based Kilee Nickels (28) is a small business owner who blogs about life and style on One Little Momma. This Mum of three, with baby number four on the way, is a budget-conscious shopper with a relatable and trendy style. She favours casual and practical outfits, loves neutral colours, and sports jeans often. Two signature elements amp up the style quotient of everything she wears: her edgy angled ombré bob hairstyle, and the large leather earrings she wears daily.

“My style has definitely always been casual, but over the last few years I’ve learned that I love to stick to the edgier side of casual. As a mom I dress for comfort, but my outfit always has to be interesting so I do that with shoes, earrings or another accessory that adds a little edge or something unexpected.”

Kilee - 1

The combination of ripped-at-the-knee jeans with tall boots caught my eye. It adds an interesting twist to this simple tee and denim look. Throwing on a faux fur vest over the striped T-shirt creates outfit pizzazz. The black is repeated in the knee-high boots, striped top, and colour blocked clutch for visual cohesion. Keeping the vest cropped works well with the jeans-tucked-into-boots silhouette. As always, Kilee uses her trademark angled ombré bob and eye-catching leather teardrop earrings to further amp up the style quotient.

Kilee - 2

Kilee - 2

Kilee dresses down a ladylike cream crochet skirt with chambray and suede booties. Semi-tucking the chambray shirt into the midi skirt, and sporting bare legs, lengthens the leg line. The light blue chambray, pretty lace pattern, our blogger’s tousled beachy waves and pink lips are the girly elements in this outfit. She toughens things up with camo print earrings, a sturdy crossbody satchel, a leather cuff and large metal chain bracelet on the other arm. Fun juxtaposition. Note also how well the warm and cool-toned shades of brown — cognac bag, dark brown cuff bracelet, and taupe footwear — go together.

Kilee - 3

This is a fab example of Angie’s Drapey Black with Leggings ensemble. Our blogger created a dark column of colour from top to toe by pairing black faux leather leggings with a charcoal tunic and black footwear. The charcoal top breaks up the expanse of black, while the chiffon trims on the soft flowing tunic also add outfit depth. The faux suede wedges have a wide ankle strip, thus lengthening the leg line when wearing cropped leggings. Kilee’s stone bag also introduces lightness to the look. A smoky eye and the subtle sparkle of the earrings complete this monochromatic date night outfit.

Kilee - 4

The palm print sweatshirt and turquoise accessories make this look for me. Kilee combines on trend cropped straight leg jeans with a fluid fit sassy sweatshirt. The potographic print gives the look graphic crispness, as do the big white soles on the sporty leather slip-on sneakers. Layering a white tee under the subtly cropped sweatshirt creates vertical integrity and adds extra warmth. A black leather wrap cuff and Kilee’s ‘do bring a nice dose of edge to the look. The bright turquoise clutch and earrings work great with this neutral colour palette, and feel extra fresh for Spring.

Kilee - 5

Kilee - 5

A romantic look with pleats and sequins. Kilee often wears jeans, but she rocks a skirt too. Here she’s paired a full pleated midi with a pretty sweater adorned with ruffles and sequins. The blush and white combo is feminine and elegant. Kilee’s tan bag and nude pumps don’t match but go well with this soft colour palette. The tailored fit and welt hem of the top emphasize the waist even when the sweater is untucked. The low-vamped, low-contrast footwear lengthens the leg line when sporting a below-the-knee-length skirt. A dainty cuff bracelet and sparkly silver leather earrings finish off the look.

Kilee - 6

Kilee is a neutrals gal at heart who likes to have fun with colours too. The high-contrast floral print jeans are the centrepiece in this casual outfit. I love how the dark grey background creates a moody effect that contrasts cleverly with the happy coral sweater. The open weave stitch of the cropped sweater adds lightness, while the white tee brings crispness to the look. Our blogger has rolled the relaxed fit skinnies to leave a bit of room above the wide ankle strap of the sandals. This creates a horizontally cutting line that is just flattering enough because the jeans and cognac footwear are relatively low contrast. The ankle strap closes the gap and adds structure to the leg line. The pile of turquoise bracelets pick up the blue in the floral jeans, while our blogger’s silver cuff and earrings also complement each other.

You can browse the rest of Kilee’s fab outfits over at One Little Momma, or check out her pinboards here. But first let us know in the comments what you love best about our blogger’s brilliant Mum-on-the-Go style.