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ONE SHOOT: A MILLION WAYS

I've been meaning to put this post together for about four months... 

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The way I structured my last photoshoot with Arnel is how I structure my wardrobe. This is how I shop, this is how I PACK! And this is how I help women build a seamless wardrobe of basics, power pieces and personal touches. What you'll see below is a mix of high-low price points, prints and staples.  Unfortunately, I waited a little too long to write this post so, many of these items aren't linkable (ugh!) but you'll get the idea from the "similar" linked photos. Here's the wild thing. I used a TON of stuff from H&M. Practically on accident. I was returning something to Atlantic Station and decided to pop in and see if I could find anything funky. And that's what I rolled into my shoot.

CHECK IT OUT:

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Button down: H&M
-- similar style, same brand $29.99
Circle skirt: Susana Monaco
-- similar style, same brand $108
OTK Boots: Stuart Weitzman
various colors $798
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Papillon NM (purchased in 2006!) $1200

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Hat: Madewell x Biltmore
-- similar style $68
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Ashton Fringe Earrings $49

SWITCHED TOP + EARRINGS

I am so obsessed with this little Susana Monaco top x skirt "set." It's a nylon/lycra blend that feels super casual but looks insanely chic. Susana Monaco's fabrics give you that "held in" feeling when you want something sexy but not overly revealing or dressy. Here's how I transitioned from the look above.

- Removed H&M "Statement Blouse" and Ashton Fringe Earrings
+ Added fitted long sleeve Susana Monaco Top + Riva Tassel Earrings

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Top: Susana Monaco
-- similar style $242
Earrings: Stella & Dot
Riva Tassel Earrings $49

SWITCHED SHOES + JEWELRY

You'll see in this next look how the Susana Monaco pieces can look borderline cocktail when worn together with the proper accessories. All I did was...
- Remove the OTK Boots and statement earrings
+ Add the statement pumps and choker

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Shoes: Steve Madden
-- similar style $99.95
Necklace: Stella & Dot x Rebecca Minkoff Collaboration
-- similar style $134

SWITCHED BOTTOMS, JEWELRY, SHOES

Continuing to make use of this sexy, versatile fitted top, I changed into these high rise jeans (linked below) and brought things down a notch with casual slouchy boots.
- Remove the skirt and pumps
+ Add the denim, pendant necklace, large hoops and boots *kept choker on!

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Denim: Madewell
10" High Rise Step Hem edition $128
Boots: FRYE
Veronica Slouch Bootie $298
Earrings: Madewell
Oversized Hoops $24
Necklace: Stella & Dot
Rebel Pendant Necklace $79

ADDED STATEMENT BLAZER, BELT

- Remove the choker and pendant necklace. Too much with LV logo on belt.
+ Added H&M statement blazer + LV statement belt.
* kept the gold hoops that tie into the blazer.

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Statement Blazer: H&M
similar style $59.99
Belt: Louis Vuitton
LV Initial 40MM $490

 

Notice! This is the fourth outfit wearing the same Susana Monaco top.
It is the second ensemble made with these denim.

I could also put the over the knee boots on with the this full ensemble
OR put the "Girls Unite" button down top with this ensemble.

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CHANGED TOP ONLY

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Top: Urban Outfitters
Silence + Noise Carla Dolman $59
I absolutely love a soft ivory top with billowy sleeves. If you've been shopping recently, you know that there are TONS of those out there! But how much you spend on it doesn't have to kill you. This one is from Urban Outfitters! 

ADDED VEST OVER TOP

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Vest: Anthropologie
-- similar style $118

This ivory blouse has a very deep v in the front so the vest completely changed the look when I added it on. The colors and shimmer were perfect for November and I was reminded to wear it when family was in town over Thanksgiving.

RECAP

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What I used:

  • THREE TOPS
  • TWO BOTTOMS
  • THREE SHOE OPTIONS
  • THREE EARRING OPTIONS
  • ONE STATEMENT BELT
  • ONE STATEMENT VEST
  • ONE HAT
  • TWO NECKLACES

Okay, seriously. Can you even believe how much could be accomplished with just a few pieces!? There was more to this shoot (not pictured in this post) but again, everything went together. Here's why. Shoes. And Accessories. Change. Everything. They set the tone. They change the mood. Scroll back up and see how I put moody pink lipstick on with the hot pink sequin shoe. I wiped it off and threw on jeans for the next look. The details are EVERYTHING. Your basics must be your best fitting pieces. Everything else is statement this (vest, blazer, belt) and accessory that (fringe earrings, chokers, pendant necklaces.) The personality shines through in the graphic tees, in the sequin shoes and in the lipstick.

IS THIS HOW I WOULD DRESS YOU?

HELL to the no! This is how I dress me because I love the way I feel in these clothes. Is it a tad revealing? Maybe. But I'm from Myrtle Beach, it comes with the territory. (ha!) But seriously... I love my waist in high rise jeans. I can walk forever in those expensive boots. I feel like a boss in my big fringe earrings.

Do I expect you to want to wear what I wear? No. Absolutely not.

This is just an example of what is possible in terms of versatility, high-low price points and letting your personal flare show throughout the process of building a wardrobe and getting dressed to accent who you are!

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