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Red, White, and not-so Blue

Getting back into the swing of things, I wanted to do a look that was simple and fun.

Starting with this casual smock dress (find here), a full red and white look was a no-brainer, and adding some red sunnies (find here) was icing on the (red and white?) cake.

And of course, you can’t go wrong with a white leather shoe/bag combo (unless it’s after labor day)!

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Keep it Tucked

Yet another look from Madewell. What can I say, I’m a bit obsessed, but what I love about these last couple looks is that even though the clothes are all from Madwell, they give off completely different vibes while still remaining chic as hell yet classy as always.

Endless blue tones keep the look cool, summery, and seemingly effortless while a strappy platform (find here) adds an edge factor. A tucked blouse (find here) and a fun basket bag with a blue striped liner adds exactly what the outfit needs for a complete look.

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Pink Priorities

When I started styledbykyle.com it was so much fun. I loved every second of it, but over the past couple months it began to feel more and more like a job and for no other reason than the fact that I was putting enormous amounts of pressure on myself to make this into something that wasn’t possible in such a short amount of time. I was stressed out 24/7 for literally no reason. My Instagram stressed me out, this blog stressed me out, my other social medias stressed me out, all because I thought I wasn’t doing good enough work or trying hard enough. I was constantly analyzing everything I was doing so carefully to the point where it was driving me crazy, so I just had to take a break. I had to realign my priorities and figure out a way to keep up with this and my personal blog without letting them consume me so much that it caused me severe anxiety, and with that came the decision to not take a year off from school and make this blog my #2 priority. I had to turn these websites back into a hobby and something fun. I had to take the pressure to be perfect off of myself. I needed to get back into a casual mindset so that I don’t continue to spend hours at a time analyzing every little aspect of what I’m doing with my blogs, and now that I’ve come to these conclusions, I finally feel ready to move forward, which brings me to this post (which I should’ve posted a long time ago), Pink Priorities.

As did my last post, this look mostly came from Madewell (that store is dangerous guys). I couldn’t resist the thought of this dainty white tank paired with this chic wrap skirt (currently on MAJOR sale here), and having already snagged this tan shoe/handbag combo, I knew I already had a perfect look!

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Pink Party

Sometimes a dress just isn’t enough all alone and needs a little somethin’ somethin’. That was the case with this pink faux-suede dress. As super cute as it is (find here), I knew it needed something else to make the look a little more unique and put together, and what better than a white puff sleeve shirt (find here) to add some much needed pink-break-up.

Continuing with the themes of both texture and pink provided by this dress, a suede fuzzy heel (find here) and a grainy leather bag (find here) added the right amount of both!

Outfit Details:

Pink Suede Effect Dress (find here), Pink Fuzzy Heel (find here), White Poplin Shirt (find here), Pink Bag (find here)

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Weekend-Wear

White skinny jeans (find here) are a spring staple for every girl, and when paired with a bright statement top, they’re most definitely at their prime.

This denim top (find here) is casual enough to be worn out to lunch or to run some weekend errands, yet can easily be dressed up enough for a girl’s night out.

Paired with some beige accessories to keep things light and bright (purse here, shoes here), this look stands out without seeming to try too hard, AKA the perfect weekend look.

Outfit Details:

Denim Top (find here), White Skinny Jeans (find here), Tan Sandals (find here), Leather mini-bag (find here)

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Colorful Culottes

Culottes. One word: OBSESSED.

Creating this look was as effortless as it is effortlessly chic. Especially once I found these fabulous pants (THANK YOU ZARA ~ find here).

I love when a statement piece gives me a color scheme that I can take and run with, because it makes being bold with accessories that much easier since I don’t have to put in the extra effort needed to tie in a bold color, and I always love when I get to do a not-so-similar shoe/handbag combo (my OCD only lets it happen once in a blue moon), too.

I chose to play with the red and green colors of the culottes by choosing a moss green mini bucket bag (find here) and a simple red heeled sandal (find here), and to finish off the look, a unique white blouse (find here) that added to the CHICNESS without drawing too much attention from where the real party is (the CULOTTES).

Outfit Details:

Culottes (find here), White Blouse w/ Detachable Bow (find here), Moss Green Bucket Bag (find here), Red Heeled Sandal (find here)

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Must-Have Rompers

Rompers have long been a summer staple, but as with so many things, SS17 has taken the romper and glammed it up to the max, so I spent some time going through my favorite sites and finding some of my favorite rompers available this season (with all my favorite trends incorporated into them as well).

Shop My Picks:

(arranged from lowest to highest price)

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Metallic Details

The summer months are upon us and sometimes a night out requires something other than a dress, so luckily the romper is here to save us all from an endless stream of mini dresses, and when I saw this awesome lace romper (find here), I thought it was time to do something a little more night-time appropriate than I normally do.

With intricate detailing, bell sleeves, and a high neck, this romper needed accessories that didn’t overpower, but instead added to, the statement this romper makes. And at the top of my list was metallic and embellishments, coming together perfectly with a gold short heel (find here) and a 3D floral clutch (find here).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit Details:

Lace Romper (find here, similar here and here), Shoes (find here), Clutch (find here)

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Vertical Stripes

Long dresses aren’t something I normally gravitate towards, but lately I’ve had the beach on my mind, and this dress (find here) certainly seemed beach appropriate (if only I had, had a beach to shoot this look on).

Simple yet chic, this maxi dress brought effortless elegance to a simple look that could easily be spring wedding appropriate.

Paired with a simple straw clutch (find here) and a white heeled sandal (find here), this look captured the simplicity any beach-ready look should!

Outfit Details:

Striped Dress (find here, also love these other versions here and here), Straw Clutch (find here), Heeled Sandals (find here)

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Beach Bags

In honor of yours truly being beach bound in 48 hours, I felt it appropriate to create a little beach bag editorial for you all.

I’ve mentioned before how much I love the bags SS17 has brought to us, and when searching for the perfect bags to add to this post I was not disappointed.

From colorful Kate Spade’s to endless straw bags in countless shapes, all these bags are certainly beach certified.

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Pants that WERK

I’m a firm believer that more women should wear pants that aren’t skinny jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I love skinny jeans, but there are more options!!! Options of which can be just as flattering, feminine, and styled in endless ways.

And here lies exhibit A. At first glance, these trousers, or linen cigarette pants as they’re called on asos.com (find here), may not seem like the most feminine or flattering thing a woman could wear, but hear me out!!

The high-waisted fit accentuates curves especially with such a lightweight linen fabric, and when paired with a cropped wrap-top (find here) with a bow detail on the back, it screams femininity.

A simple strappy sandal (see – you don’t have to wear a manly dress-shoe with a trouser!) (find here) and a handmade straw bag (find here) add even more touches of effortless femininity, all together creating an unexpected look that screams power-chic.

Outfit Details:

White Wrap-Top (find here), Linen Trousers (find here, available in pale blue here), Strappy Sandals (find here), Strawberry Bag (find here)

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Gingham Set

The concept of a matching set is certainly nothing new and can often come across as overpowering or a bit too much, so whenever I come across one I love, I always snatch it up for one of my models (skirt here, top here).

The key to perfecting a matching set #ootd is to keep things simple. A matching set will always make a statement. It’ll always stand out from the crowd, so don’t overpower it with bold and loud accessories.

To create a not-too overpowering contrast affect to this look, I decided to add a simple black shoe/handbag combo to keep from drawing too much attention from the gingham set while preventing them from being lost in the look as well (bag here, wedges here).

Outfit Details:

Gingham Top (find here), Gingham Skirt (find here), Wedges (find here, similar here ~ under $100), Leather Bag (find here ~ on SALE, similar here and here)

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Must Have Day-Dresses

Dresses are one of the simplest ways for a woman to look effortlessly chic while still being cool and comfortable during the spring/summer months! And in my opinion, SS17 has brought with it some of the most unique and differentiated styles we’ve seen in quite some time!

These dresses are all fabulous, and I chose a selection that would incorporate every budget ranging from $20-$200, while all still delivering some of this spring’s must-have day-dress trends!

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Striped Midi Sundress

Yet again I have gotten behind. Very, very behind, but in doing so I was able to get ahead…surprisingly. But I can officially say that I have things back on track, have made some improvements, and am taking things to the next level! I’m going to start trying to post 5ish times a week instead of the twice I’ve been doing. They won’t necessarily be outfits I’ve styled and photographed but I have some ideas runnin’ around so def. check back more often or subscribe so you never miss a post!

Now onto this lovely spring look. Midi skirts and midi dresses have made quite the comeback in recent years, and I’m pleased to see it staying strong through SS17! These vertical stripes (find the dress here) work to elongate while the pops of color keep the look light and bright.

And a suede sandal with a bow detail (find here) works with this gorgeous handmade strawberry bag (find here) to keep the look feminine and warm-weather appropriate.


Outfit Details:

Striped Midi Sundress (find here), Handmade Strawberry bag (find here), Suede Bow Detail Sandal (find here)

Below are some similar bags, dresses, and shoes that are all must-have’s this spring!

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Suede Slides

Until recently, when I thought of the term “slides,” the only image that came to mind was athletic slides basketball players wore and those around me began to wear, too, but not without some sore of athletic sock to match, but SS17 has brought the slide back and in full throttle.

Slides with fur, slides with bows, slides with pom poms, slides with any and everything imaginable have become available in recent months, so I felt it was about time I put the trend to the test, myself, and I liked the vibe it gave a look that could’ve easily been dressed up or dressed down.

These pink suede Steve Madden slides added a touch of casual femininity to make this look perfect for daytime but even better for a beach getaway (that part was unintentional).

Outfit Details:

Jenna is 5’8”

Open Back Tie Dress ~ ASOS (wearing US 2) (find here (in tall) and here (in regular)), Suede Slides ~ Steve Madden (true to size) (find here), Handbag ~ Kate Spade (find here)

Shop these and more below! All the dresses are available in WHITE and all the shoes/bags are available in PINK!

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Black and White

Gingham has taken over the realm of patters for spring 2017, and in more ways than you’d expect. Gingham is no longer just for picnic table shades of red and blue, it’s for bold design, bold colors, and so much more.

Gingham took this black and white look to a whole new level of sophistication, and the ruffles down the sides added a touch of fun and flirty that tied in with the trumpet sleeves on the off the shoulder top, which had a bit of ruffleage (a word I invented) going on of its own.

Keeping things sleek and sophisticated, a patent leather handbag and shoe combination left the look feeling complete, with a heavy contrast between the lightness of the linen-like material of the top and pants and the bluntness of the patent leather.

Outfit Details:

Jenna is 5’8”

Gingham Pants ~ Zara (wearing size small)
Patent Leather Heels ~ Zara (ran a size big)
Trumpet Sleeve Top ~ Zara (wearing size small)
Leather Handbag ~ Ted Baker (Nordstrom)

Urban Corsets

Thanks to the Kardashians and Jenners, the corset has taken over the world of high fashion / street style. I mean, why wear something not fitted as it’s supposed to be worn when you can add a corset and show off your figure?

This bright yellow t-shirt dress was just simple enough to add a corset to, but to keep things from getting too black and yellow once I factored in the puffer jacket, I chose an embroidered pair of ankle boots to add some more pops of primary colors.

All together a simple but high fashion city inspired look.

Outfit Details:

Chesney is 5’2”

T-Shirt Dress ~ ASOS (wearing US 2)
Puffer Jacket ~ STYLENANDA (ASOS) (wearing S/M)
Corset ~ ASOS (wearing size S/M)
Patchwork Boots ~ ASOS (true to size)

Wide Legs and Wedges

Marc Fisher single-handedly brought back the wedge for Spring 2017, and I can’t say I’m upset. Wedges go so well with so many things, and they really help to make your legs look longer while being a hell of a lot easier to walk in than a stiletto (so I’ve been told ~ this is styled by KYLE (a boy who has never had to walk in heels)).

Normally, a wide leg trouser would cause someone shorter than average to seem even shorter, but with the combination of a cropped length, the height of a wedge, and the lace-up factor, the leg is elongated dramatically. Not to mention high-wasted pants always work in shorter women’s favor as well.

A flowing off the shoulder top and a simple black cross-body bag kept things effortlessly chic to finish off the look.

 

Outfit Details:

Amanda is 5’0”

Off the Shoulder Top ~ Love, Fire (Nordstrom) (wearing XS)
Wedges ~ Zara (true to size)
Wide Leg Cropped Trousers ~ ASOS Petite (wearing US 00)
Crossbody Bag ~ Zara

Gold and Pearls

With all the pink I’ve been focusing on lately, this black and gold look is quite the contrast.

Watching this look come together was quite the experience: it’s certainly detail oriented. The gold and pearl detailing on the loafer matches the detailing on the handbag, and the gold midi skirt and black crop kept things simple and color coordinated.

Knowing it was missing something, I had the idea to see if I could find some gold glittery stockings to add a little something to the look and I quickly found just what I was looking for.

Outfit Details:

Claudia is 5’8.5”

Pleated Skirt ~ Zara (wearing medium)
Velvet Loafers ~ Jeffrey Campbell (Nordstrom) (true to size)
Knit Crop ~ Zara (wearing size small)
Handbag ~ Zac Posen (Nordstrom)
Glitter Ankle Socks ~ ASOS

Pink Fur Pink Bag Pink Shoes

Boring is not what I do. A denim look can easily take on a life of its own when I’m involved.

This look screams texture. Fur, patchwork, suede, and leather all bring added dimension to the look, but color coordination brings it all together nicely.

The pink in the patchwork is brought together with a pink bag, pink heels, and a pink fur coat, while a white poplin top keeps things bright and its asymmetrical “tail” adds one more factor of added dimension to the look.

Outfit Details:

Mikayla is 5’7”

Patchwork Jeans ~ Zara (wearing US 4)
Suede Heels ~ Sam Edelman (Nordstrom) (true to size)
Handbag ~ Ted Baker (Nordstrom)
Poplin Top w/ Asymmetrical Hem ~ Zara (wearing size small)
Faux Fur Coat ~ Betsey Johnson (Nordstrom) (wearing size small)

Endless Pink

I’m working on some transitional looks, and with that comes the usage of a lot of pink, especially this spring when pink is the hottest color. I’m obsessed, and this look definitely took on some 50 shades of pink action.

My goal for this look was to be work appropriate, fun, chic, and bold. You can’t deny how happy seeing this much pink makes you. It’s fabulous.

A cropped trouser keeps the look smart, while a ruffle sleeve sweater adds a touch of femininity and boldness, and I chose white to break up all the pink in the look while also fitting in perfectly to the bright color scheme.

A light pink Ted Baker bag and some some dark pink suede heels for a nice contrast completed the look, making it feel effortless while still maintaining a bold statement.

Outfit Details:

Mikayla is 5’7”

Cropped Trouser ~ Zara (wearing size small)
Suede Heels ~ Sam Edelman (Nordstrom) (true to size)
Ruffle Sleeve Sweater ~ Zara (wearing size small)
Leather Satchel ~ Ted Baker (Nordstrom)

Athleisure

Athleisure has effectively swept the nation, and the rest of the world, too. How else would you explain seeing people wearing sneakers with pretty much everything on a daily basis?

It definitely took me awhile to warm up to the whole sneaker trend, but once I started exploring it within my own wardrobe, I thought it was time I styled an athleisure look for one of my models, too.

Brittany is the definition of gym rat, so with her athletic build and generally laid back style, I knew she was the perfect candidate to explore an athleisure (so apparently athleisure doesn’t follow the i before e, except after c rule and it’s bugging me) look with.

This look is comfy, casual, chic as day, totally in-trend, and still athleisure as can be.

I also wanted to bring as much femininity as I could to this look. I didn’t want to do your average sneaker look, and these Ted Baker leather sneakers did just the trick. I’ve talked about how much I love Ted Baker before, and these sneakers only increased my love. I took the color of the floral on the sneakers and made it the base color for the look, and contrasted it with a navy blue duster coat.

Duster coats are insanely lightweight, comfy, and will leave you feeling like you just stepped out of your mansion. The length of dusters also elongate your body, making you appear taller.

And I finished the look with a simple Ted Baker cross body. There’s no such thing as too much Ted Baker, right?

Outfit Details:

For Reference ~ Brittany is 5’2”

Duster Coat w/ Velvet Pockets ~ Topshop (Nordstrom) (wearing US 4 (fits like 0-2))
Floral Sneakers ~ Ted Baker (ASOS) (true to size)
Jeans ~ Zara (wearing US 6)
Sweater ~ Topshop (Nordstrom) (wearing US 4 (fits like 0-2))
Cross-body Bag ~ Ted Baker (Nordstrom)

Dressing Transitionally

Dressing transitionally can be a daunting thing, especially when spring comes a few months too soon (as in GA where it’s already 60/70 degrees).

The key is to put together a look with the perfect mix of spring and winter. The look also needs to be sustainable with or without some sort of outerwear in case the morning/evenings are too cold without or the daytime is too hot with!

For this look, the spring aspects are in the colors and the sandals. The pink sweatshirt with the puff sleeves, the tassel sandals (which have so much volume you almost can’t tell they’re sandals from the front), and the light-wash and colors in the jeans all scream spring 2017.

The sweater’s long sleeves make it wearable without the fur coat, as the bag ties in the shoes nicely, but when the coat is added, it fits in so nicely it’s almost hard to imagine the look without it!

Outfit Details:

*Grace is 5 foot 5*

Pink Sweatshirt ~ Zara (wearing small)
Patchwork Jeans ~ Zara (wearing size US 4)
Coat ~ GLAMOROUS  (ASOS) (wearing US 2)
Shoes/Bag ~ Zara

Bell Sleeves and Sneakers

For this look I wanted to go in a casual direction, but this bell sleeve dress could definitely be dressed up, too! Maybe some ankle boots and a coat (maybe even a corset belt) could dress this sweatshirt dress up just a little, but like I said, I was thinking casual.

A white sneaker made the look athleisure while the blingy bag made things still casual but nice enough for a lunch date! This look is perfect to run some errands, too!

If you wanted to take this look into total athleisure-mode, a white mini backpack could do just the trick!

Outfit Details:

*Andrea is 5 foot 3*

Dress ~ Zara (wearing small)
Sneakers ~ Reebok
Cross-Body Bag ~ Zara

Tweed Obsessed

Tweed is the perfect material for adding an element of class and chic-ness to any look. It instantly makes even the most casual of outfit seem just a little more dressy.

For this look, I wanted to take the minimalist approach while having pops of color in the tweed top, and since the top has black as one of its main colors, I decided to do a borderline-monochromatic all black look.

A minimalist black coat, a simple pair of leather ankle boots, and a blingy black cross-body bag kept the look simple and cohesive, while the perfect pair of cropped jeans made for a nice contrasting factor.

Outfit Details:

*Andrea is 5 foot 3*

Apparently I have a Zara problem because this entire look was unintentionally purchased from Zara.

Tweed Top ~ Zara (wearing small)
Leather Boots ~ Zara (true to size)
Coat ~ Zara (wearing XS)
Cropped Jeans ~ Zara (wearing US 4)
Cross-Body Bag ~ Zara

The Tulle Skirt

In honor of NYFW coming to a close, I wanted to put together a look that would’ve been street-ready and just crazy enough to have been the coolest look in any room (major NYFW FOMO over here).

Midi-skirts have become quite the staple in the world of street style as of late, and tulle is one of the newest additions into the midi-skirt family to catch some momentum.

The daintiness and femininity of a pink tulle skirt makes for an amazing look when contrasted perfectly. The metallic shoe/clutch combo adds an edginess factor, while the long coat adds a hint of masculinity. All while the bell sleeve of the knit top and the floral embroidery tie back in the femininity of the tulle skirt.

Outfit Details:

Mikayla is 5’7”

Tulle Skirt ~ TopShop (Nordstrom) (wearing US 4)
Metallic Heels ~ Zara (true to size)
Bell Sleeve Top ~ Zara (wearing size small)
Lips Clutch ~ LULU GUINESS (ASOS)
Embroidered Coat ~ Zara (wearing size small)

Macy McDonald // The Puff Sleeve

Spring 2017 has brought with it many unexpected and unusual trends; one of which being the puff sleeve, and when I saw this sweatshirt I fell in love. And being as unique as it is, I wanted to keep the rest of the look as unique as the sweatshirt.

The ripped jeans kept the look casual while the asymmetrical hem flowed perfectly into the Marc Fisher heels I chose to add a sleek, polished feel to the look. And to tie in the heels, I chose this structured corset bag to add one more wow factor to the already poppin’ look!

The light shades of pink, brown, and blue all tied into each other so nicely to create a look that made each piece seem like it was made for the other. The colors and materials also worked together to create a look warm enough for those final winter days yet bright enough for the transition into spring, because here in GA spring is coming a little early this year!

Outfit Details:

*Macy is 5 foot 3*

Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt ~ Zara (wearing small)
Boyfriend Jeans ~ ASOS (wearing W25 L30)
Zala Pump ~ Marc Fisher (true to size)
Corset Cross-Body Bag ~ Zara