Statement Sleeves

Go big, or go home. 

It's all about the exaggerated sleeve. The bigger the sleeve the more fun it can add to your look. There are many options including bell-sleeved, extra long, balloon-shaped, ruffled and flounce - just to name a few. Instead of wearing a regular shirt and jeans you can play up your look by selecting a top with an exaggerated sleeve. Shop my look below and a roundup of my favorite exaggerated sleeves. 

 

#wornbySam // top: Forever21; jeans: Free People; sunglasses: Forever21; bag: Zara

Shade Swatch

Blue hues. 

Mixing and matching different shades is one of my favorite ways to style an outfit, mostly because it's so quick and easy. This cropped sweater from Zara is extremely comfortable, it's not too thick but not as thin as a t-shirt. The bell-sleeves caught my eye, I love a good top with exaggerated sleeves. The pants are simple and minimal, yet the color makes the outfit pop. I decided on the deep red suede mules to contrast from the blue hues.

 

#wornbySam // Top: Zara; Pants: Zara; Shoes: Zara 

3 Tips For Mixing Prints You Need To Know NOW!

Forget the "rules".

1. Match colors, not prints. If the colors look good together, it's likely that the prints will mesh well together too. It's really a matter of personal preference. If you're not comfortable about the idea of mixing prints to begin with you can always stick to black and white. 

2. Break up your look with solids. If the print mashup is too much for you to handle, just layer your look with some solids to calm things down. 

3. Have fun. The most important part about mixing prints is having fun. You want to stand out and make your look pop. The options are endless. Mixing prints is a bold statement there's really no wrong way to go about it. According to street style stars, the more bizarre the better. As long as you wear it with confidence you'll be sure to pull it off.

I wore navy pants with flowers that had hints of orange, when I came across the burnt orange bandeau I knew it would be a perfect match. The contrasting colors allowed the different prints to really stand out. I layered with a white long sleeved puffed shirt to calm down the look and really shed focus onto the prints. Lastly, I slipped on a great pair of standout black and gold striped heels, which really complimented the look because they didn't match any of the colors in the print. Keep scrolling to shop my prints and a few similar options! 

 

#wornbySam // Top: Zara; Bandeau: Zara; Pants: Zara; Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell; Jacket: Banana Republic

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Street-Style-Approved Guide to Wearing Trackpants Outside the Gym

Sign me up.

Fashion's athleisure trend isn't going anywhere. Track pants are having a major revival. Celebs, stylists, off-duty models and street style stars are looking back to track for the latest style. The major upside - comfort. Who doesn't want to wear sweatpants in public and still look chic?

More commonly known as a dress-down staple, track pants are quite easy to dress-up. I styled my FGA track pants with a contrast top with dramatic sleeves and a pair of suede pointed-toe sock booties. I accessorized with a long gold chain. In order to reveal the intriguing shape of the boot I tucked the bottoms of my pants into my sock booties. 

It's easy to dress-up track pants because they can be worn with just about anything. As long as your adding some form of a heel (preferably strappy or pointed) you're set. Track pants, t-shirt and a pair of heels and you may just be mistaken for a street style star. 

 

#wornbySam // Top: Zara; Pants: Adidas; Shoes: ASOS; Necklace: ASOS

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Style Your Outfit in Under a Minute

Rock a denim skirt all year round. 

It's 2017 and I'm still flirting with denim skirts. Let's face it - denim is the style staple of society. Regardless of brand, color, cut or style everyone wears denim. Why? Because it's easy. Although denim skirts are trendier at certain times over others, they're truly seasonless and never fully go out of style. Good news for the ladies hoarding their high school micro-minis, never escaping the cringe-worthy times when jean mini-skirts and Uggs were regrettably "a thing". Denim skirts are an easy piece to slide into and quickly create a cool outfit. Finally, it's time to take the tags off those tops you bought - the ones you didn't need, claimed you would "find something to wear it with", yet never wore.

I styled my high-waisted dark grey denim skirt with a striped grey turtleneck. I paired my look with colored tights since the weather has been pretty cold lately and black combat boots, topping it all off with a black shaggy faux fur jacket. The grey-scale of my outfit allowed the tights to really stand out, although the outfit would have looked equally as good with a neutral pair of tights. I put this outfit together quickly with little to no thought besides the weather. Denim skirts can be worn with tights during colder times and can also be worn in the heat with sandals and a light top.

Denim skirts go with everything, and I mean everything - even a denim top. There's a variety of styles such as the mini, micro-mini and maxi just to name a few. They're easily paired with basics or something a little more complicated (think prints) and don't give off the same everyday casual vibe as jeans. They're versatile and can elevate your style in seconds. Shop my look and the ultimate denim skirt edit below! 

 

#wornbySam // Top: Forever21; Skirt: ASOS: Tights: HUE; Boots: Sam Edelman; Jacket: Reformation; Sunglasses: Fendi

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Pajama Inspired Styles with IRL Potential

How to get in on the trend without looking like you just stepped out of bed.

I love wearing jeans and stiff dress pants, said no one ever. The idea of wearing pajamas during daylight still feels strange, but go with it. With fad trends that spread like wildfire and then die out (R.I.P. lace-up body suits) pajama dressing is here to stay. Pajamas are easy to mix and match and even easier to dress up.

I styled this trend a few different ways so you can really see how easy it is to look cool and stay comfortable. I wore silk snakeskin printed pants with a plain pajama style top, first pairing the look with heels before switching to loafers. I then transformed the top into an off-the-shoulder look and accessorized with a neck-tie (sorry chokers, it's time for a break). For my last twist on this trend I swapped my pajama style top for a sweater to stay even more comfortable. 

Practical pajamas make the perfect brunch outfit, you can dress them up for a night on the town or even give them a corporate twist by adding a blazer. A full pajama set would look great with heels, mules or your favorite flat. For a simplified version try wearing pajama inspired bottoms with a sweater, button down or even a t-shirt to keep things casual. Staying chic all the while keeping cozy. Check out the top PJ-inspired pieces you need to add to your wardrobe now. I'll let you sleep on it. 

 

#wornbySam // Top: ASOS; Pants: Nanette Lepore; Shoes: (heels) ASOS; Shoes: (loafers) Gucci; Sweater: (blue) Zara; Sweater: (pink) Forever21

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Avoid the Effort of Matching Outfits

Spoiler: black isn't the answer.

If you're constantly sending mirror selfies to your most stylish friend asking if your outfit matches, this style tip is for you. Matching your clothes doesn't have to be hard. One color, different shades, one outfit - it's that simple. 

I selected a combination of orange shades - ranging from marigold yellow, to burnt orange, to a deeper shade of rust. Major '70s vibes, I know, but it's a huge color trend for 2017. I wore a faux leather skirt with tights, a turtleneck with a button-down* on top. I swapped the button-down for an ivory sweater (not part of my color scheme, guilty - but I was cold) and slid into my black Gucci goat-hair slides.  

Head to your closet and start grouping some pieces by color. Forget the "rules" of pairing colors with neutrals, blacks or blue jeans. Time to break out of your color comfort zone. Shades of the same color don't clash when paired together. Grouping your look by shade is key to effortlessly matching while making a statement. 

*Earn major street style points by leaving the last few buttons undone and tuck in only one side of the shirt while leaving the other out.

 

#wornbySam // Turtleneck: alice + olivia; Button-down: Nordstrom; Skirt: Urban Outfitters; Tights: HUE; Shoes: Gucci; Sweater: Boohoo

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The Banker Stripe Button-Down

Raise your street style cred in seconds. 

What's a banker stripe button-down? Oh, you mean the blue and white striped shirt that just about everyone (and your hot Wall Street crush) is wearing? Okay, got it.

Fashion girls around the globe are sporting this androgynous trend on the reg - but why? One word: versatility. It's a go-with-everything basic staple; but with basic of course comes boring. I took this trend to the streets and (literally) unbuttoned a few styling tricks. R.I.P. to that basic button down you used to see, its days are over. I unbuttoned a few buttons and draped the shirt off my shoulders to seamlessly create an off-the-shoulder look in seconds. 

I wore my no-longer-basic banker with nude pleated culottes, paired with bright white pointed heels, statement socks, and topped it with an oversized mustard cardigan*. No, I didn't forget - I swung a graphic bag over my shoulder. Grab a slogan bag that speaks to you, graphic accessories are an easy way to spark interest while adding major sass to your look. Buying my shirt a little oversized allowed for a dramatic bell-shaped cuff, which made the design seem slightly more intricate than it was (uhm, cool). Leaving it untucked exaggerated the effortless boyfriend look, infamous of most street style stars.  

I'm a total sucker for contrast and statement pieces. If you're a little more on the conservative side this shirting can be easily paired with anything from jeans to leggings. You can top it with a neutral overcoat and totally ditch the sparkly socks, all while still being your best street style self. 

*Disclaimer: cardigan negates off-the-shoulder look, but layering is also cool and I was cold. 

 

#wornbySam // Shirt, Pants, Socks, ShoesASOS; Sweater: Forever21; Bag: Zara

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