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Two Stylists, Two Looks: Oxblood Cutout Heels

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My friend and fellow stylist Carly Gatzlaff and I have extremely similar business models for consulting with clients, but we also have very different personal styles. Naturally, we put our own preferences aside when working with clients and focus on their tastes and needs, but we definitely bring different ideas and techniques to the table. So we thought it would be fun and interesting for us both to take items from our personal wishlists, style them into outfits, then post them side by side.

And since the two of us are collaborating on a workshop – How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe – this series will focus on footwear. During the workshop we’ll discuss footwear trends, talk about how to pick shoes for your outfits, and reveal each of our top 10 picks for timeless shoe styles. Today, we’ll look at one of the pairs on Carly’s wishlist, the Sam Edelman Zachary Ankle Cuff Pump.

Carly’s Look

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Details on Carly’s set here

CARLY’S THOUGHTS: I have been loving the look of cut-out heels for fall and this oxblood beauty by Sam Edelman recently caught my eye. Though they would be fabulous for any fun night out, I choose to instead style them for the office. Since this is a sexier heel, I wanted to tone it down with a fabulous midi length dress, ending past the knee. To make the sleeveless dress more office-friendly, I showed two jacket options. On the left, I styled for a more on-trend, business casual office, with a fabulous fitted denim jacket and layered gold necklace. On the right, the outfit is made more business formal with a fitted tweed jacket and statement necklace. Regardless of how you wear them, this is a fabulous colored heel, since it works as a neutral while still being a ton of fun!

Sally’s Look

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Details on Sally’s set here

SALLY’S THOUGHTS: My own style is starting to morph a bit, shifting toward juxtaposition and rocker-ish looks, so I ended up taking these dressy shoes in a casual direction. With a high, dark, thick ankle strap like that, I know that these will interrupt the leg line on all but the darkest of skin tones, so I opted for distressed boyfriend jeans instead of a skirt or dress. As long as the jeans are cuffed an inch or so above the shoe, you’ll still see a sassy little curve of ankle. I love the look of oxblood with stripes, so I nabbed a classic Breton and threw on a long crystal and brass necklace to soften the look a bit. Add a chunky watch and a bracelet or two, sling a minimalist cognac tote over your shoulder, and voila! You’ve got a look that juxtaposes dressy and casual, traditionally feminine and traditionally masculine.

Which one suits your taste? Or would you wear both?

Join us for our workshop,
How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe!

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4
Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance

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Two Stylists, Two Looks: Metallic Ballet Flats

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My friend and fellow stylist Carly Gatzlaff and I have extremely similar business models for consulting with clients, but we also have very different personal styles. Naturally, we put our own preferences aside when working with clients and focus on their tastes and needs, but we definitely bring different ideas and techniques to the table. So we thought it would be fun and interesting for us both to take items from our personal wishlists, style them into outfits, then post them side by side.

And since the two of us are collaborating on a workshop – How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe – this series will focus on footwear. During the workshop we’ll discuss footwear trends, talk about how to pick shoes for your outfits, and reveal each of our top 10 picks for timeless shoe styles. Today, we’ll look at one of my top ten - metallic ballet flats!

Carly’s Look

 

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Details on Carly’s set here

CARLY’S THOUGHTS: A metallic flat is a must-have for every women. They are comfortable, sleek, and simply match with everything! Whenever I am styling flats for clients, I try to keep the lower half or their outfit more tubular. For example cigarette leg pants, straight and pencil skirts ending above the knee, and dresses that are straight and do not flare out. For my look, I wanted to create a tailored outfit to help dress up the flat ever more. A fitted top and blazer give a more formal look, while the slightly distressed denim still reads fun. To transition the look for work, try swapping the denim for a navy slim ankle pant!

Sally’s Look

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Details on Sally’s set here

SALLY’S THOUGHTS: Although I find that metallic flats and sandals of just about any shade are incredibly versatile, bronze has been my go-to this summer. I wear my bronze flats with EVERYTHING, so I opted for a similar pair. They’d look marvelous with a neutral mix, but also add some zest to this colorful outfit featuring a turquoise floral dress and denim jacket. Black would look too stark with this frock and although you could pull out the pink or yellow with your footwear that might feel a bit matchy. The bronze is warm and subtle, and slightly more unexpected than tan or cognac. That said, a tan leather bag, tortoiseshell shades, and a couple of brass-toned bracelets unite the look with their earthy tones. This outfit would be great for weekend errands, a backyard party, or casual night out.

Definitely some overlap with these looks, but they’re quite different, too! Which one suits your taste? Or would you wear both?

Join us for our workshop,
How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe!

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4
Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance

**Disclosure: Actions you take from the hyperlinks within this blog post may yield commissions for alreadypretty.com. See Already Pretty’s disclosure statement for more details.

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Two Stylists, Two Looks: J.Crew Graphic Tee

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My friend and fellow stylist Carly Gatzlaff and I have extremely similar business models for consulting with clients, but we also have very different personal styles. Naturally, we put our own preferences aside when working with clients and focus on their tastes and needs, but we definitely bring different ideas and techniques to the table. So we thought it would be fun and interesting for us both to take items from our personal wishlists, style them into outfits, then post them side by side. Today, we’re continuing this series with Carly’s pick - a graphic tee from J.Crew!

Carly’s Look

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Details on Carly’s set here

CARLY’S THOUGHTS: This summer, I adore the look of neutral graphic tees. My favorites are subtle messages in soft colors and linens that can be styled from weekend casual to a replacement for a white shirt in many business casual environments. For my look, I did a take on last season’s pattern mixing by topping the graphic tee with a fabulous leopard cardigan. I would mullet tuck the tee (front in, back out) into a cigarette legged white denim (the AG Prima shown is one of my all-time favorites). Place a skinny cognac belt on the pant to tie in the brown tones of the cardigan and make a small cuff on your jean to show off the adorable lace up peep toe flat. To finish off the look, use a colored layered necklace to give this otherwise neutral outfit a bit of a pop!

A casual take that could easily be office ready by swapping the jeans for a white pencil skirt and the flat for a cognac heel!

Sally’s Look

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Details on Sally’s set here

SALLY’S THOUGHTS: Although I love certain graphic tees worn with skirts, Carly’s pick will work best with pants since the graphic takes up most of the torso’s length. I did a light palette, too, to keep the vibe summery, but opted for cool gray slouchy pants and comfy sandals with a block heel. (I’m waiting on my size up to arrive from Sundance – these sandals are gorgeous in person, though they run a bit small.) Like many women I’m constantly cold, even in summer – air conditioning ya know – so I threw in a perforated suede jacket that echoes the color of the sandals. The jacket also adds structure to an otherwise fluid grouping, though it can certainly be omitted. A long pendant with some fun movement adds to the laid-back feel and a snake-print tote lends some pattern.

Definitely some overlap with these looks, but they’re quite different, too! Which one suits your taste? Or would you wear both?

Thanks again to Carly Gatzlaff of A la Mode Wardrobe Consulting, and keep your eyes peeled for the next installment!

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