YCS Style Diary: Center City Chic

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Often times I’ll get asked to share looks I’ve posted on the YCS Instagram account on the blog.  There are far too many outfits posted on Instagram to document them all on YCS; but, the outfit below has been requested on several occasions (mostly because I’ve worn it on several occasions, ha!).

I’ve worn the outfit below to the office, to client meetings, and to fashion shows.  Simply switching up the purse takes it from a day at the office to an evening with friends.  The look is simple and pulled together however, the leather keeps it interesting.

Most of the YCS family has seen this look on Instagram or the individual pieces used in other looks.  I am happy to share to share the full look with you guys. And, of course, when you really want to see something featured let us know!  We’re in the business of giving you what you want!

Your Chic is Showing,

Erika's Signature

Photo credits: Rob Bergsted

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Jacket: Worthington I Shirt: Fashion to Figure I Skirt: Avenue I Purse: Dressbarn I Shoes: Nine West I Scarf: unknown (purchased San Juan, Puerto Rico)

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Ring (silver + black): unknown (purchased in Paris, France) I Stacked Rings: Tiffany & Co. & unknown (gift)

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What to Wear: White After Labor Day

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

We’ve all heard the adage that we shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day.  And, if you’re like a number of people whom I encountered over this past weekend, you scrambled to wear the last of your white clothing before the “official” end of summer.  In case you haven’t noticed, we like to break a rule or two around here – especially that silly little rule about wearing white after Labor Day.

Now, I am not saying that you should wear your white linen pants or white lace dresses all year ‘round (though, if you do, more power to you!).  What I am saying is that just because September has come and the fall is upon us it doesn’t mean we have to lock away white until next May.  There are tons of cute ways to rock white – yup, white(!) – after Labor Day.  Here are a few looks that I pulled together with the help of Polyvore and my own closet for inspiration.

WHITE Outerwear

Sure, the weather is getting chillier and we’re all bundling up more but that is no reason for our outerwear to be second fiddle to the clothing that’s underneath.  There are a ton of cute pieces on the market; everything from trenches to capes to motorcycle jackets to wool coats.  I’ve mentioned in a past post that one of my favorite winter coats is an Olivia Pope-inspired piece I picked up last year.   The jacket featured in this post is an adorable cropped motorcycle jacket by River Island ($100).  I paired the jacket with earth-tones to make sure the piece gave a “fall” vibe.

White outerwear is a simple way to wear the color after Labor Day. Keeping a warm, fall color palette helps the color transition from summer. Check out our Polyvore page to get information about all of the pieces in this look: http://www.polyvore.com/white_after_labor_day_outerwear/set?id=96402533&lid=2892216.

White outerwear is a simple way to wear the color after Labor Day. Keeping a warm, fall color palette helps the color transition from summer.
Check out our Polyvore page to get information about all of the pieces in this look: http://www.polyvore.com/white_after_labor_day_outerwear/set?id=96402533&lid=2892216.

WHITE + Black

Another easy way to incorporate white into your fall and winter wardrobe is to pair it with black.  Not only is this still totally on trend (yay!) but it will always look chic.  It’s a classic pairing that is hard to get wrong.  To spice up this classic look I chose to mix a patterned Saint Laurent top (wishful thinking on my part) with a white and black grid-patterned skirt.  To make the look even more playful I added a pair of polka dot patterned tights.  Because everything remains in the white and black family, the patterns, though different, work together to achieve a cool and sophisticated look.

A simple way to wear white after Labor Day is to pair it with black for an effortlessly chic and on-trend look for the fall. Find out more about these pieces now: http://www.polyvore.com/white_after_labor_day_white/set?id=96365446&lid=2892216

A simple way to wear white after Labor Day is to pair it with black for an effortlessly chic and on-trend look for the fall.
Find out more about these pieces now: http://www.polyvore.com/white_after_labor_day_white/set?id=96365446&lid=2892216

WHITE Jeans

I get it; lots of people don’t want to wear white jeans no matter WHAT season it is.  Well, white jeans are the last thing on my fall wish-list and I’ll be copping a pair ASAP.  You can totally rock white jeans come fall and winter.  Just pair them with heavier, sturdier fabrics and pieces – like the Vila Voila Blazer, $60, featured.  An organic t-shirt and classic scarf in neutral colors help anchor the look.  Ankle booties and a messenger bag keep things über  casual – perfect for a low-key weekend.

WHITE Out for a Night Out

This look is my favorite and it is certainly the bravest.  It takes a strong woman to rock white (even winter white) from head to toe any time of year.  This tuxedo jacket and tailored tuxedo pant are the perfect foundation for an outfit reserved for a special night.  Forgo a shirt (risqué, I know!) and instead opt to layer tons of colorful necklaces.  Mix and match bright, bold colors for your accessories.  As long as you pick one fall/winter color for your accessories (in our case, we used Mykonos Blue) you won’t run the risk of looking out of season.

WHITE Out for a Night Out

Wearing a monochromatic, cream palette gives you a clean base to work with to build your outfit. By anchoring the bright yellow and hot pink with blue hues we are sure not to confuse the season for summertime!
Get this chic look here: http://www.polyvore.com/white_after_labor_day_white/set?id=96399329&lid=2892216

To get details on all of the looks and where you can purchase these amazing pieces, check out our collection on Polyvore.  And, make sure you follow us on Polyvore.  We’ll be posting outfit ideas at least weekly, if not more often!

I know I’ll be rocking plenty of white after Labor Day; will you?  Share your thoughts below!

Your Chic is Showing,

Erika's Signature

PS – Today is the last day to submit nominations for the Black Weblog Awards.  We are grateful for the two nominations we have received thus far – Best Blog Post Series (Men’s Style  & Make-up Moves) and Best Plus Sized Fashion Blog!!  If you like what you read here consider nominating us for the Best Fashion Blog and Best Group Blog.  Thanks for your continued support!

2013 Trends to Watch

2013 is in full gear and we’ve all had a couple of weeks to get into the swing of things.  As the fall runway shows get underway in February, there are still a TON of trends to look out for in 2013.  With a little help from our friends at E!, Style and your favorite fashion magazines, I’ve narrowed down a list of the top 7 trends to be on the lookout for in 2013.

It’s really easy to get caught up in all the trends.  But remember, not all trends will work for everyone.  Pick only the trends that 1) you like and 2) are flattering on you.  And, if you need to modify, by all means do so!  For example, I love, love, love the black and white trend that is everywhere (and #1 on our list). However, I look horrible in the geometric prints that often accompany the black and white trend (think the checkerboard prints seen on the Louis Vuitton runway or jagged stripes in Marc Jacobs’ ads).  So, I do black and white my way – using the colors in a more traditional and classic way and avoiding the harsh shapes that do my body no good!

And actually, this leads us to our #1 Trend for 2013 – Black and White.  This look was not only on the Louis Vuitton runway, as mentioned above, but also all over Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta.  The great thing about this trend is that we can all wear it.  It’s easily mixed and matched with the things that we already have in our closets (as showcased below) and it’s a safe way to experiment with bold patterns or prints (if your heart so desires).

             Black and White 1 Black and White 2             Black and White 3Black and White 4

Speaking of bold patterns and prints, our #2 and #3 Trends for 2013 are Tribal Prints and Graphic Prints.  Ethnic and tribal prints were seen on the runways of BCBG Max Azria and Michael Kors.  And the likes of L’Wren Scott, Louis V (he’s all over the trends!) and Marc Jacobs showcased graphic prints in checkerboard and stripes.  The patterns in prints came in beautiful maxi dresses, structured suits and lightweight fabrics which ensures that there is something for everyone.  If you’re like me and a little “print averse,” try rocking a tribal or graphic print on a bag or scarf to get used to it.  We can graduate to bigger items later.

Givenchy Spring 2013Photo Credit: www.wmagazine.com

Givenchy Spring 2013
Photo Credit: www.wmagazine.com

Also popular on the runways was our #4 Trend for 2013 – Structure.  Givenchy, Prada and Rodarte all showcased structured pieces on the runway.  Defined by sharp lines, you’ll want to think oragami dresses and architectural skirts when rocking this trend.  This is a great trend if you’re bold and brave.  The pieces look clean, crisp and sharp.

Being the girly girl that I am, I simply adored the #5 Trend for 2013, Fluidity and Flounce, seen on the runways of Chloe, Balenciaga, Gucci and Prabal Gurung (side note: Can’t WAIT for the Target collection in Feb!).  Any excuse to rock exaggerated ruffles, sheer, flowy fabrics and, big, oversized necklines gets two thumbs up in my book!  Bonus points if you can combine this with the super hot Black and White trend a la Balenciaga.

Balenciaga Spring 2013Photo Credit: www.fashionbombdaily.co

Balenciaga Spring 2013
Photo Credit: http://www.fashionbombdaily.co

Here’s the great thing about 2013, whether you’re a warm or cool skin-tone, colors that complement you are IN as the #6 and #7 Trends for 2013.  That’s right, Hot and Cool shades are in.  Blues, greens, emeralds and aquas were all over the runways of Alice & Olivia, Monique Lhuillier, and my personal fave, Michael Kors.  And reds, hot pinks and poppy were seen at Gucci, Valentino and Burberry Prorsum (I am dying for the hot pink, metallic trench which would make the ULTIMATE 30th birthday present – in case you’re wondering).  Now, we have no excuse not to rock clothes and colors that look FABULOUS on us!

So, my fashion hawks, what trends have you noticed for 2013 thus far?  Are there any that are your favorites?  Clearly, I’m LOVING black and white.  What are you loving?  Send in pics and show us how you’re wearing the latest trends!  I’m sure your looks will inspire the rest of us!

Your Chic is Showing,

                                      love erika