If it’s good enough for a professional stylist, it’s good enough for me.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from pros in the style business, it’s that an outfit put together with a combination of high-end and lower-end elements can absolutely work. Sure, it would be wonderful to buy designer everything, but there’s a challenge in mixing the expensive items with the bargain finds to create a look that’s uniquely you. I’ve teamed:

Gap slim ankle pants with a tuxedo-style Chloe jacket…

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An on-sale DVF mini with houndstooth tights and a Catherine Malandrino jacket…

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A Sarah Pacini wrap sweater with a Halogen pencil skirt…

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Gap jeans with a Catherine Malandrino sweater…

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A vintage Ungaro bustier with an Anthropologie midi skirt…

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Interestingly, the statement piece of the combo isn’t always the costly one.

 

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Flower Power

My husband is accusing me of having a ’70s flashback moment, but I absolutely love these jeans. Made by 7 for All Mankind and available at Anthropologie, they’re super soft and incredibly flattering.

I’d pair them with black booties or heels, a white tank, a long black cardigan, and a red scarf. They’re a perfect way to add a splash of bright color to a wintry day.

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Spring is (almost) here!

Okay…so there’s snow on the ground as I write this, but there’s a glimmer of spring in the air. The Daphne are beginning to bloom, and their heady fragrance of spice hints at the warm weather to come. So what if it’s still cold?

Anthropologie has solved that problem with the Ajuda Field Blazer. A little bit Monet…a little bit romantic…and a lot cozy…this blazer-inspired sweater is the perfect transitional wear from winter to spring.

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Body conscious and fitted, it’s a great way to show off toned shoulders and arms for those of you who spend a lot of time in the gym. If that’s not your style, sizing up will give you a looser, more forgiving fit.

Because of the intensity of color, I prefer it paired with basic black. Both skinny and flared pants will work…or a pencil skirt…and a simple tank or T. Oh…and perhaps your favorite floral fragrance to enhance the mood.

Easy, Breezy Summer Sweater

I’m a huge fan of skinny jeans paired with heels, a cami, and a long cardigan. It was my go-to casual outfit all winter long, and I loved cozying up in a warm sweater that covered the parts that tend to announce themselves loudly if I dare to gain a pound or two.

I love the look so much that I want to be able to carry it into spring and summer–ergo, requiring a lightweight cardigan that won’t be too hot for the California summer. And this is it.

Anthropologie’s Trifecta Cardigan comes in a fabulous shade of soft teal that would look great with white jeans. Adding another pop of color in a tank or camisole–perhaps coral, bright yellow, or rose–would be the perfect finishing touch. To take it to the next level, add a lightweight flowered scarf that includes the colors you’ve selected.

Retro Love

There’s a very strong part of me that truly believes I was born in the wrong era. I have an unwavering love for the styles of the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, and the re-emergence of clothing that reflects these periods makes me very happy, indeed.

A classic example of this trend is the Turner Dress, designed by Anna Sui and available at Anthropologie.

I’d pair it with a chunky silver necklace that sits right in the “V” of the neckline, a silver bangle or two, and a pair of peep-toe, platform, black patent leather pumps. Oh, and a fabulous red lipstick.

Hurry Up, Summer!

Here in Northern California, it’s been raining relentlessly for weeks. I know I’ll be grateful for these constant downpours once fire season is here, but for now it’s rather dreary. To help combat the winter’s-never-gonna-end blues, I’ve been looking at warm-weather clothes, and the East Winds Dress from Anthropologie looks like a true winner.

From the vibrant color to the easy fit to the playful asymmetrical hemline, this looks like the sort of go-to dress that will be the perfect solution for warm summer days.

Fabulous Pants from Anthropologie

I love how the shape of pants ebbs and flows with the passage of time. Wide-legged trousers have been in fashion during several different decades of my lifetime, which makes me wish I had the space to archive items and bring them back into my wardrobe when the fashion gods tell me it’s time. Alas, I have neither the room nor the patience to do that, so I’m forced to buy new clothes when styles return. Dang.

After depositing numerous wide-legged pants at the consignment store, I now find myself buying them again—and loving the forgiving nature of their shape. My stylist buddy Sam Saboura once described my shape as “rectangular, with pear tendencies”—a description that made my personal trainer gasp, but which is probably pretty darn close to the truth. If I’m going to jut out anywhere, it’s at hip level.

By their very nature, a perfect-fitting pair of wide-legged pants will skim over the hips, adding volume at the bottom of the leg for balance. The Abiding Trousers from Anthropologie do precisely that. They’re also fully lined, making them feel like the most luxurious pants in the world.