Los Angeles-based Julie D. Harbour (56) is a stylist who documents her outfits on Instagram, and her website, Stylish Paradox. Julie is a confident dresser who loves bold patterns, colour, and a sassy high heel. She alternates between silhouettes that accentuate her curves and more fluid-fit outfits. Her trademark radiant smile, bright lippy, and big hoop earrings are all an integral part of her wonderful style.
“My style has evolved into only incorporating clothing into my wardrobe that I love. One of my style mantras is, don’t buy it unless you love it! And I’ve learned to always show up as myself! Being a little extra with your style is okay!!!! Own it!”
This off-the-shoulder midi number in pretty pastels is wonderful for a warm Spring day. The subtly frilled neckline, and tiered silhouette with more exuberant frilly hemline create playful movement and visual interest. Julie’s wide cream belt with oversized gold buckle accentuates her waist and adds structure. The stiletto sandals lengthen the leg line, while the unexpected cornflower blue colour is perfect with the light blue and peach pattern of the dress. Oversized sunnies and big earrings add pizzazz. Julie’s sleek straight hair juxtaposes cleverly with the frilly detailing of the frock, and her bright red lippy draws attention to our blogger’s trademark radiant smile.
Julie loves a bold pattern, and this gorgeous floral print pantsuit fits that bill perfectly. Wearing the same pattern on top and bottom streamlines the look, and creates vertical integrity by drawing the eye up and down. Julie combines the eye-catching florals with an equally bright orange top with high neckline that matches one of the colours in the jacket. The cropped tapered pant legs showcase dainty strappy sandals. The black footwear echoes the black background of the floral print, which also lengthens the leg line. A fun geometric necklace, bright red satchel, and statement red specs complete the look with aplomb.
Our blogger created this soft-edged look around a form-fitting black dress with interesting design details. The V-neckline and vertical seam running down the middle have an elongating effect. At the same time, the ruching adds flattering visual interest and creates a subtle faux high-low hemline. The tie-dye moto jacket in grey, black and white adds edgy toughness. Julie’s fun three-toned platform brogues add a bit of a lift, and echo the colours in the jacket. Large silver hoops add subtle bling, while Julie’s curly hair worn down brings softness to the look.
It’s interesting to see how you can create a completely different vibe with the same pair of shoes. Julie is wearing the same chunky brogues as in the previous outfit. Here, their menswear flair juxtaposes brilliantly with the soft pink and flowy silhouette of her shirtdress. The combination also has a subtle ‘50s vibe to it. The white polka dots on the dress — that match the white in the footwear — and billowy sleeves add playful charm. The fit-and-flare style accentuates Julie’s waist and creates structure. Her big sunnies and bright red lipstick add old-school glam.
A chic column of black gets the glam treatment by adding a luxe looking tweed cape. Julie is wearing an elbow-length puff-sleeved top untucked over a black faux leather pencil skirt. The sleek below-the-knee skirt is a Modern Classic. Combining it with black pointy-toe boots lengthens the leg line, while the slouchy scrunched style creates fun visual interest. The fab multi-coloured tweed cape worn asymmetrically over one shoulder glams up the entire look. Note how the beige and brown lining matches Julie’s wide belt that streamlines the voluminous topper. Wearing her hair back showcases the cape’s beautiful collar and Julie’s oversized hoop earrings. Bright lipstick and our blogger’s fab smile are the icing on the cake.