Recently I had someone comment on one of my Instagram photos, saying how they felt they couldn't pull off my style without looking like a kid. By now you probably know I love mixing prints and wearing cute and quirky pieces, but it definitely can be tricky to keep this type of style age appropriate. Yes, there are times when I probably totally look like a five year old, but in general I try to keep my style whimsical yet mature. I thought it might be a good idea to put together a blog post with some tips and examples of how to keep a cute and quirky style age appropriate, starting with this look I shot at Economy Candy, featuring this dress from Dolly & Dotty.
try to stick with only 1 or 2 quirky pieces:
I try to avoid having my outfits look too gimmicky or costumey, so I aim to only have one or two quirky pieces per look. For this look, my Kate Spade taxi flats are that piece. The white tights and green beret also add some whimsy to the look, but don't compete with the shoes.
anchor the look with something sophisticated:
I always try to add classic items to my looks to keep them grounded. Some examples include solid black pieces (like a layered turtle neck or black tights), a structured handbag, or a shoe with a small heel. In this case, the dress I am wearing is classic, in the cut, colors and print, so I was able to have more fun with the accessories.
Obviously children don't wear makeup, so adding this can instantly elevate your look and make it more mature. Here I added a red lip and winged eyeliner.
I will most likely continue this series and break down some more of my looks with additional tips. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out!
If you'd like to shop my dress, you can find it here:
Dress: c/o Dolly and Dotty
Beret: Reminiscence Vintage; Tights: Target; Shoes: Kate Spade
Location: Economy Candy (Lower East Side, NYC)
breakfast at tiffany's
I've partnered up with Utopiat again to bring you another Audrey Hepburn inspired look. This time I've channeled iconic NYC party girl, Holly Golightly. The dress I am wearing is part of the Audrey Hepburn Costume Collection, but instead of copying the outfit from the movie exactly, I styled this classic LBD ensemble in my own way. I added vintage sunglasses, polka dot tights, and my Kate Spade taxi flats to put my own quirky twist on this look.
I originally planned to shoot these photos at 169 East 71st street, the address of the brownstone where the exterior shots were filmed for Breakfast at Tiffany's. I had visited this brownstone about 3 years ago. However, since then, the brownstone has sold to a new owner. When I arrived to take photos the other day, there was construction being done on the front of the house, and the iconic dark green door looked to be completely sanded down, assuming they are replacing or repainting it. We ended up taking the photos across the street at a more photogenic house. Even though its not the same brownstone as in the movie, I think the photos still get the point across and feel reminiscent enough of the film. I hope the owners of the brownstone leave the door and repaint it to its original color. Even though it's just the door of the home of a fictional character, Breakfast at Tiffany's is such an iconic movie, it would make me upset to know a part of history is disappearing.
Again, if you're interested in shopping Utopiat's Audrey Hepburn Costume Collection, you can use my code nicole13 for 13% off your purchase.
Dress: c/o Utopiat
Sunglasses: Vintage; Tights: H&M; Bracelet & Shoes: Kate Spade
Location: Upper East Side
Ciao Bella! I channeled my inner Princess Anne and put my own twist on Audrey Hepburn's iconic Roman Holiday look with the help of Utopiat’s Audrey Hepburn Costume Collection. If you're not familiar, this company sells recreations of Audrey Hepburn's cinematic looks. From Roman Holiday to Breakfast at Tiffany's, you can buy the full outfit, down to shoes and accessories, or buy individual items to mix in to your everyday wardrobe.
For this look, the scarf and shoes are part of the Roman Holiday collection. I paired them with a polka dot button up shirt and gingham skirt I already owned for a more modern take on the outfit Audrey wears in the movie. I also want to note, the quality of these products is great. These items definitely don't feel like a cheap costume so you can easily wear these pieces on an everyday basis.
Now I’m ready for a trip to Italy, but for now I guess I’ll just have to settle for this cute gelato spot in East Village.
If you’d like to shop the shoes, you can find them here:
If you’d like to shop the scarf, you can find it here:
You can also use my discount code nicole13 for 13% off your purchase!
Scarf & Shoes: c/o Utopiat
Top: Macy’s; Skirt: Madwell
Location: Gelarto (East Village, NYC)