Monday, July 24, 2017

It's black and white: styling vegan leather leggings with an oversized shirt, straw fedora, and beaded sandals

There's little doubt that leggings make a polarizing sartorial statement; I'm pretty sure most of us vote either a solid "yay" or a definitive "nay" when it comes to styling them for street-worthy looks...with very few stuck in any sort of grey area!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, beaded sandals, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

While I'm not a fan of those ubiquitous athletic leggings for anything but workout wear, I'm a huge proponent of black leather leggings for adding a bit of rock-and-roll edginess to a wardrobe.  Despite being more comfortable than the average pair of jeans (they're pull-on, after all!) they often feel more "I made an effort" than denim does...especially when paired with some fabulous footwear!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, beaded sandals, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

And speaking of footwear - aren't my new Sam Edelman sandals beyond amazing?!  I've been uncharacteristically restrained when it comes to summer shopping this year, but leaving these beauties behind after I discovered them during a recent Winner's foray simply wasn't going to happen!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, beaded fringe-embellished sandals, leopard-patterned backpack

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - black vegan leather leggings, oversized white shirt, beaded sandals, straw fedora, leopard-patterned backpack

Do leggings count as "real" clothes in your closet, dear readers...or do you wear them only when you're headed to the gym??  Have you dared to try a pair in leather yet??  I hope you'll take a moment to share!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - oversized white shirt, black and white straw fedora



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pop up: an alternative to the cute but uncooperative off-the-shoulder trend

So - I can't possibly be the only one who thinks those "off the shoulder" tops and dresses we're still seeing everywhere are flattering in theory, but waaay difficult to wear...can I??

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

Just to be clear, I'm not referring to this striped button-front blouse that I'm debuting today - which is the perfect cheat because of those skinny straps - but rather to the kind of top that has elastic around the shoulders to keep it in place...elastic that pops up over your shoulders the second you try to lift a Starbucks cup to your lips (for example). 😜

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - off-the-shoulder striped shirt, Just Cavalli sunglasses, pink hair

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - off-the-shoulder striped shirt, distressed cropped jeans, yellow patent mini-bag

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

There's no getting around the fact that what's pretty in pictures doesn't always work very well in real life.  After all, who wants to be seen constantly tugging their neckline back into place??  It brings to mind the zillions of ill-advised brides who spend their wedding days yanking up strapless gowns for fear of a wardrobe malfunction; not only is it horribly distracting...but it's the exact opposite of flattering.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - distressed cropped jeans, Steve Madden cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - an off-the-shoulder striped shirt with distressed cropped jeans and cut-out booties

Do these sartorial challenges have you simply opting out of all things off-the-shoulder and strapless, dear readers??  Or have you discovered the secret to keeping such slippery silhouettes in place??  As always, I'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say!!  

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - off-the-shoulder striped shirt, Just Cavalli sunglasses, pink hair



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Monday, July 17, 2017

Country time: styling a ruffled gingham skirt with a graphic tee, denim vest, ankle boots, and a baker boy cap

Last weekend Robin and I and my baker boy cap did the city...but this weekend??  It was "country time" all the way!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, ivory booties, baker boy cap

And what could be cuter for a country drive than this ruffle-embellished gingham skirt?!  I first spotted it at H&M about a month ago, but I was running late and didn't have the opportunity to try it on.  And then when I went back a few days later to do just that, it was gone.  😞

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, baker boy cap

Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, ivory booties, Fossil bag

Not really surprising, considering how big the gingham trend is right now.  So imagine my glee when I popped into H&M last week to check out their summer sale and saw the skirt again...and with a $10 clearance tag to boot!!  I took two sizes into the change room with me and ended up going with the larger one; not because my regular size didn't fit, but because I'm (still) not a fan of high-waisted anything.

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, baker boy cap, sunglasses

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, baker boy cap, sunglasses, Fossil bag

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - denim vest, baker boy cap

The lesson here - of course! always! - is that #iwillwearwhatilike.  Black and white gingham is a no-brainer for this neutrals-loving girl...but that doesn't mean I have to wear the skirt up under my armpits (teehee) the way everyone else does.  And what about you, dear readers??  I'd love to hear about the personal spin you're giving your own summer trend faves!!

Monika Faulkner personal style inspiration - ruffled gingham skirt, graphic tee, denim vest, ivory booties, baker boy cap

    
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