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MCLV Style | My Current Uniform

I talked about my聽classic and somewhat聽minimal approach to fashion and style聽recently. In general, I’d rather have fewer high quality pieces that fit perfectly into my wardrobe than fast fashion trends that get tossed after one wear. {You can read more about my thoughts on fast fashion here – Why I Shop Vintage and Consignment}

This week, I’m sharing an example of my “uniform.” No, I’m not Steve Jobs-ing it up and wearing the exact same thing every day. Though I have to admit, that’s definitely tempting some days. 馃檪

What I mean by uniform is that I wear a variation on a similar style most of my days off. While I adore dresses and will be back in full dress mode as soon as the weather warms up, this time of year is all about pants for me.

Specifically – Slim fitting pants and tunics.

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Skinny Crop Pants – Who What Wear from Target

Black & White Striped Tunic – BP from Nordstrom

Longline Vest – Soia & Kyo from Nordstrom

Black Slides – Steve Madden

Gucci Soho Crossbody Bag – The Real Real

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

 

I’m always on the lookout for a great pair of pants. I’m extremely picky about how things fit on my waist and since I have muscular, athletic legs, I try not to end up at the skin-tight end of the slim fitting pants spectrum. These Who What Wear for Target pants are great. I was looking for my favorite deodorant and spotted these, and had to try them on. I was surprised by the quality and the fit, both of which were great. They also come in an army green version which I may have to pick up.聽And here I simply paired them with a classic striped tunic and a longline vest for layering.

Do YOU have a uniform?

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MCLV Style | Minimal Fashion

When I first got interested in fashion during my early twenties – I tried everything! I loved fashion magazines and was glued to fashion week commentary each season. I wanted to give every trend a try, and聽loved to constantly buy new pieces from high street brands like Zara, Mango,聽and H&M.

Part of the fascination was due to the fact that I had my first job and could afford to shop and try new things. And the other part was that I didn’t have a defined personal style. I was still playing dress up all the time and figuring out what worked for me.

Wrap dresses – Yes. Crop tops – No. V-Neck necklines – Yes. Boyfriend jeans – No.

I was essentially creating my sartorial personality by trying different styles out, keeping what worked, and discarding what didn’t suit me.

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Houndstooth Dress – Alice + Olivia {similar styles here, here & here}

Talia Double Breasted Coat – BCBGMAXAZRIA

Patent Leather Pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti

Black & White Laurel Satchel – Kate Spade New York

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Minimal Style Classic Timeless Retro San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

These days, my personal style is fairly established. It may seem boring that I rarely try new trends or go shopping just for fun now, but it sure makes getting ready easier. If I went into my closet today everything would fit me, suit my body type, and virtually all of it would go with other pieces. Those are the benefits of knowing your style and keeping things minimal.

What is my style?

I like to use the phrase “classic with a twist,” but who knows what that means to you. I like classic silhouettes, and timeless, sometimes retro styles. Overall, my wardrobe is fairly minimal from a color perspective. It’s predominantly black and white, including plenty of black and white prints, with the occasional primary color or jewel tone. I tend to rely on accessories, especially handbags, as my “pop of color,”聽so I’d say that 70% of my wardrobe is black and white. And 95% of my workout clothes are black. 馃檪

What’s YOUR fashion personality?

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MCLV Style: Business Casual Attire

Getting ready for work can get fairly boring year-after-year, especially if you’re constrained by a set dress code. My office is a strict business casual arena and I wore dresses every day for years. Shift dresses, wrap dresses, and classic, ladylike silhouettes.

Recently, however, I’ve been branching out more into the wonderful world of separates.

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Cropped Black Tuxedo Pants – Vince

Mock Turtleneck Top – Amelia Toro

Ankle Strap Heels – Sam Edelman

Epi Cluny BB Handbag – Louis Vuitton

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Business Casual Black on Black Workwear Ladylike San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I’ve found that playing with different pieces and mixing and matching separates has made getting dressed for the office a bit more fun. I tend towards black and white and prints, and love an eye-catching accessory.

These Sam Edelman shoes are endlessly comfortable, I have them in two colors, so they’re great for long days or nights out where I’ll be on my feet for long periods of time. And I’m still head over heels in love with my Louis Cluny bag. It’s much smaller than my usual handbags, which was by design, and is helping me move towards a more simplified, paired down daily haul.

Best. Christmas. Present. Ever. 馃檪

What do YOU wear to the office? Do you have a dresscode like business casual?

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MCLV Style: Airport Fashion

I have old-fashioned sensibilities when it comes to certain things and one of those things happens to be travel. Let’s just say, you’ll never see me at the airport in sweatpants or a pair of Uggs.

Comfort is important, especially on long trips, but I also like to be put together. Over the years I’ve developed a go-to uniform for flying and while the various iterations shift, the basics remain the same.

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Ponte Knit Pants – Karen Kane

Tunic – Tibi{Similar styles here, here & here}

Loafers – Coach

Luggage – Longchamp

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Airport Style Travel Traveling Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

Comfortable Pants:

I used to primarily wear dresses when I traveled, but I didn’t like having my legs touch the seats so I traded them in for comfortable, but chic pants. I love these Karen Kane ponte knit pants {I have two pairs} because they’re flattering and easy to wear, and the lack of a button closure means they’re a bit more comfortable for hours of sitting.

Tunic:

When I travel I wear all black or black and white. This Tibi tunic made it into my travel rotation in 2017 {check out my Best Purchases of 2017} and I have it in two colors. It’s the perfect piece for traveling because it’s thick and doesn’t wrinkle.

Flats:

Since I gave up my beloved high heels, I’ve traveled exclusively in flats or boots. These metallic loafers from Coach are great for vacation because they’re versatile and can be worn the whole trip. Plus – Super comfy.

Luggage:

I’ve been carrying the Longchamp le Pliage luggage for years and absolutely adore it. They’re durable and easy to clean, and they’re hold a ton of gear. Plus they fold up into little pouches for easy storage at home or once you’re unpacked on vacation.

Do YOU have a go-to airport style?

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MCLV Style | Peter Pan Booties

Since I (finally) gave up heels in favor of being able to walk without excruciating pain {You can read the story here – The Painful Truth About High Heels} I’ve been on a seemingly full-time mission to find cute, flattering, versatile flat shoes.

You know the ones I mean.

A pair that you wear to work or out for dinner, and can – GASP – Actually walk in.

You can check out my Fall Footwear blog post for some of my picks for this season. Hands down,聽my two favorites are the Vince Camuto Karita Leather Block Heel Over The Knee Boots and Unisa Adivan Over The Knee Boots from聽DSW.

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Booties – Costume National

Metropolitan Watch c/o Timex

Gucci Crossbody Bag – The Real Real

Fit and Flare Sweater Dress – Eliza J

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Peter Pan Booties Ankle Boots Trend Coat San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Streetstyle

So when I saw these flat Peter Pan Booties on The Real Real website, I was thrilled. They have that delicate, feminine silhouette to them that makes them look great with dresses as well as slim-cut pants. They even look great with tights!

Plus they’re flat with a thick sole, which means that they’re comfortable for walking around the city in this time of year.

Sadly, this specific pair is sold out, but here are some similar聽styles:

What’s YOUR perfect boot?

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