Jessie Artigue (29) is a creative consultant and fashion blogger operating from NYC who documents her outfits over at Style & Pepper. She loves accessories, high heels and breathing new life into vintage treasures. Her style is maximal, ladylike and eclectic with boho influences and the occasional preppy touch:
“My style seems to evolves day to day more than year to year! I like to describe my style as being a smile-inducing mix of modern trends and vintage pieces, and more than having a defined ‘look’ — I dress to express my moods and fit my daily needs and events.”
It’s always fun to see how other people are wearing pieces that are hanging in your own closet. I have this exact sweater, and adore the cheerfully eclectic look our blogger has created with it. Vintage fan Jessie has a real knack for putting together fashion-forward outfits with those one-of-a kind thrift pieces. The vibrant shawl collar tapestry coat is undoubtedly the star of the show. What a statement piece! By pairing the retro floral print with timeless stripes, and sizing up on a pair of straight leg jeans to get the boyfriend jeans effect, Jessie achieves that on-trend feel that is one of her style trademarks. She’s a maximalist in the jewellery department. Here, the multi-layered necklace and pale pink and black round stone bracelets pick up the colours in the simple two-toned pointy toe pumps. The red hobo bag fits the relaxed vibe of the look, and the sweet vintage hat adds a little cheeky je-ne-sais-quoi.
A sweet outfit to celebrate the start of Spring. Jessie is de-bombshelling a pair of adorable short shorts by pairing them with an untucked soft top, casual denim jacket and flat footwear. A flirty and romantic look. And bless our high heel loving blogger for sporting these beautiful rose gold flat ankle strap sandals! The ladylike cream petal tank and silk material of the floral shorts have a flowy feel. Jessie creates structure by scrunching the jacket sleeves and showing some forearm. Outfit depth is achieved by adding texture via the petals on the tank and the dark straw fedora. Jessie’s long hair flowing out from under the hat further enhances that effect. The brown tote introduces another colour into the mix, and lots of arm candy consisting of a watch and chunky cuff bracelets in black, yellow, white and rose gold, finish off the look.
I have a soft spot for chunky knit turtleneck jumpers with extra large collars. They are not the easiest to pull off because of their overwhelming effect. However, wearing this oversized sweater with streamlined straight leg jeans does the trick nicely. The colour block panels and leopard print tote bag add spunk to the outfit. I love the light-wash denim with the tans and browns. It’s modern and soothing at the same time. The dark burguny hat adds floppy flair, the lace-up booties a dash of urban ruggedness. For jewellery-loving Jessie, the outfit wouldn’t be complete without two long craft-style necklaces and a big pile of bangles. Fun tip: if you want to fake a shorter hairdo, just tuck in the ends of your hair into the neck opening of your jumper.
“I have drastically chopped and donated my hair 3 times in the last 10 years or so, and every time it is just so liberating. I knew that I’d likely be going short again soon, but decided to actually bite the bullet while I was sitting in my stylist’s chair. I have definitely noticed that the cut lends itself to a more ladylike look, and because I always try to pay attention to balance, have found myself leaning a bit more towards edgy accessories and dramatic beauty looks to counter the sweetness of the new style.”
These soft silky pink trousers are absolutely divine and have stolen my heart. The high waist, tapered hems and subtle bagginess are the height of fashion, while the drapey side pockets add a touch of avant-garde to the silhouette. I love that they are full length too. An eye-catching item like this doesn’t need extra bells and whistles. Jessie kept the rest of the outfit fairly simple by pairing the pants with a soft sleeveless button-down. The tonal herringbone print and see-through effect create texture, so do the open weave sandals and the fun tan bag with gold metal chain link strap. A statement necklace in silver and gold, sleek cuff bracelet and big cocktail ring play up Jessie’s arty side.
I call this Jessie’s preppy polished rock star look. The body-hugging skinnies with animal print effect, zippered handbag, high-heeled gold buckle booties and studded leather cuff are the cool rock kids in this outfit. The beautiful cognac collarless leather jacket brings the dressy polish. The plaid shirt adds casual prep and maybe even a tad of ’80s grunge. Great pattern mixing with the jeans too. Love the blue, olive and cognac together. The white skinny belt and crystal covered necklace are girly touches that provide lightness. Jessie’s hot pink lipstick is just plain fun, and her fab shorter ‘do is looking better than ever.
Browse the rest of Jessie’s outfit archive on her blog, check out her pinboards, or follow her on her own YouTube channel where she shares “style tips for a flavourful life”. But first, we’d love to hear what you think of Jessie’s eclectic and creative style.