By Marcus Stewart
Dear Fashion Doctor,
I’m in dire need of a huge dose of “fashion cough syrup,” to say the least. I’m a 27-year-old single professional gal in NYC. I’m 5’5” and weigh 125 lbs. I have spent my entire life in school.
Now that I have the career I’ve always wanted as a lawyer, with a master’s degree to go along with it, it’s time I let my hair down and enjoy my free time a bit more. But I find myself in a bit of a fashion crisis. Since school and work have been my life for so long, I have no wardrobe for casual weekends with my girlfriends, let alone a potential coffee date with a male friend. My look is always corporate and super-buttoned up. I have even been referred to as “the one-note-wardrobe lady” by my friends and colleagues.
I wear black blazers, skirts or trousers, and blouses on most weekends, which happens to be the same wardrobe I wear to work. I don’t own jeans or anything that has a casual vibe. I’m either conservatively dressed or in my college sweatpants and Ugg boots.
Can you please help me?!
Dear Casually Confused,
No need to fear …The Fashion Doctor is here! Let’s first congratulate you on your amazing accomplishments. To receive such academic achievements one has to be focused and dedicated, so kudos to you!
I have to admit, though, you are doing yourself a huge disservice by being a style-deprived one-note beauty! So many women and men get stuck in the cycle of work, work, work that they forget – as you have – that a beautiful and stylish life exists outside of your 9-5. You are in what we call a “Style-LESS Coma.”
Shall I explain? You are stuck in one look that works for you and while it is not particularly stylish, it is easy and you have great comfort in it. So instead of taking time and effort to diversify or explorer your real style, you have decided to become stylishly null and void.
Where is your style heartbeat?! Weekends are meant to be fun. Whether you are going out for a casual-chic day with girlfriends or meeting a gentleman for dinner and a movie, you must remember to spice it up a bit! Life is meant to be lived and lived with intentional style and grace – especially on the weekends!
Take a look at my spring 2015 fashion prescription for you…
The Fashion Doctor
Nothing says famine+ spring like florals and lace. Ditch your old white typical tee for something that is bold yet feminine. This top will add sweet chic-ness to any look.
Maison Jules Floral Scalloped Tee – $59.50, Macy’s and Macys.com
The only thing better than one gold chunky ring are multiple ones! Stacks and layer different rings on your fingers for modern glam look.
Bar III Gold Chain Link Ring Trio – $29.50, Macy’s and Macys.com
Instantly make any outfit interesting by adding a statement necklace. This is a fun yet inexpensive way to diversify your look. Don’t be afraid! The bolder, the better!
Bar III Gold-Tone Polished Statement Necklace – $48, Macy’s and Macys.com
Every girl needs a pair of classic “boyfriend jeans.” Add a cuff to them to give a basic pair a bit of an edge! This look can go from casual to a night out with the simple change of your shoe.
INC International Concepts Women’s Relaxed Denim in Medium Wash – $69.50, Macy’s and Macys.com
Nothing is brighter this season than the color yellow. This chic and – yes – walkable shoe is the easiest way to punch up a relaxed look.
INC International Concepts Women’s Zitah Pumps In Yellow – $69.50, Macy’s and Macys.com
Gladiators are always a spring must! Pair this with your boyfriend jeans for a casual weekend look.
Mango Leather Gladiator “Jade” Sandal – $99.99, Mango stores and Mango.com
Go from day to night with this transitional kimono – from Alexander Wang to Vera Wang – everyone was inspired by the kimono this season! Paired with a top or a dress, this acts as a bold and practical style line for an evening time breeze. Add a belt to define your waist!
Mango “Mod” Kimono – $99.99, Mango stores and Mango.com
A structured leather tote is forever. This is a classic piece that can go from office-chic to weekend fun with no fuss!
Trina Turk Cabana Satchel Small in Bone – $328, Dillards.com
Mix in an accent color when deciding on your jewels. These lucite and ceramic contemporary pieces will add depth to any look!
bar III Blue Gold Lucite Stretch Bracelet – $32.50, Macy’s and Macys.com
bar III Ivory Gold Zig Zag Band Bracelet – $32.50, Macy’s and Macys.com
Jewelry should be fun, yet functional. These feather earrings are sure to accent your face and hairstyle whether you are rocking an up do or fun and long loose waves.
bar III Gold Pave Feather Earrings – $19.50, Macy’s and Macys.com