Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to shop and dress like a Pro #3: Belts, Cardigans and Blazers

If you have been following my blogs, you might have noticed that I repeated belts, cardigans, and blazers many times with different outfits. I can’t emphasize enough that with a good collection of wardrobe you should be able to create any looks by mixing, contrasting and matching the pieces you already have. You don’t have to go out and look for an outfit to match each time you buy a new outfit. Shop like Pro! Having good collection of belts, cardigans and blazers could give you a number of diverse looks.  

Shopping for belts is not hard. Pick colors and designs that are in fashion. Orange, yellow, green, red and blue are for this fall. Also, having classics like black, brown, gold and silver are handy for any combinations. Besides colors, a big question in regards to cardigan and blazer is that how to shop for a perfect fitted cardigan or blazer. The trick to shop for cardigan is that if you would wear it as a top layer, the sleeves of the cardigan should fit your arms/hands tightly. Loose/big cardigan does not do the trick when wore as a top layer. The waist length blazer should fit the waist, and should give you shape. It is usually pretty obvious if the blazer is not a right fit. Sometimes the shape is right, but the sleeves are too short or too long. Of course, you could get alteration but oftentimes alteration is quite costly. You could wear the blazer by pushing up the sleeves to 3 quarter of your arms and that would do the trick. 
Belts, Cardigans, and Blazers
Navy blue shift business casual dress from Banana Republic , I got it for $50.39 (regular price $130, sale at $79.99 with 30% off and another 10% off). It is a simple dress with nice fitted shape. You could wear it with just a simple necklace, or you could add a belt, a cardigan, or a blazer to add little color. Any colors would do as long as we do not wear the same color piece on it. Recall from my first post….avoiding black on black. 
Belts, Cardigans, and Blazers

White casual dress from Gap, I got it for $34.29 (regular price $59.50, sale at $48.99 with 30%). Love the dress. The dress has some lace print on it. It is a beautiful dress for casual day when you don’t feel like wearing pants or jean. Dress it with a cardigan, blazer and denim jacket if you do not feel like wearing spaghetti strap dress or it is more age appropriate for you.
Casual Outfit

Last Saturday, I wore the dress with a denim jacket, a “grey multi” belt from Loft and a pair of “grey multi” ballet flat shoes from Banana Republic to a friend BBQ get together. In term of handbag, I like to carry a satchel handbag (red satchel handbag from Banana Republic) when I have casual outfit on. Satchel handbag gives sophisticated look. Often time sophisticated and causal looks complement each other. There is no rule that casual has to go with casual – contrasting pieces would give you a completely different and desired look.  
Please leave comments and feedback and share your ideas. I love to hear from you! 

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