Day 30. Last up for our dress like a darling challenge is Victoria!
"I like to describe my style as casual-chic. Most of the pieces I wear can easily transition from day to night or go from casual to dressy with a little styling and a quick hair change. I love to mix an edgy textured piece with something more feminine and soft, like a silk top or scarf. At a whopping 5’ 2" on a good day, heels are a must. Heeled booties are my go to no matter what the season. They are both comfortable an super cute. Add a few bracelets, rings, and a solid purse and I’m good to go all day."
These blondies did an incredible job today! Kyle knows how much I love to rock a pair of wedges with some dark skinny jeans and a bring silky top on any given day. Allie picked up on two of my favorite trends: floral prints and vest. She even managed to wear them together which is no easy feat. Claire had a competitive advantage since we sit next to each other but did not disappoint. She paired a great pattered silk blouse with a skinny waist belt and didn’t forget to wear her wedges. Kelly really outdid herself with her flowy sheer blouse, dark skinny jeans, and tan wedge booties.
What I was most impressed about was that not one, but all of these fabulous ladies pulled off the high ballerina bun this morning! Great finishing touch to any outfit.
Victoria’s favorite place to shop? Bloomies of course!
Day 29. Just in the nick of time it was “Dress like Claire” day here in the office.
"My style has remained the same over the years which I would categorize as classic and feminine. I go weak for silky blouses that include any type of ruffle, lace or pleating but I also like structured pants and a preppy look that lean towards the classic side. I also believe you can never have enough pointed-toe shoes in your closet—they dress up any outfit and are ridiculously stylish. I’ll probably never change my fashion outlook which is: don’t fall too hard for the trends—there’s a reason why they fade out. Stick to the classics and you’ll never be out of style."
Allie has me down to a T with a neutral ruffle top, statement necklace and black dress pants. Kyle knows my summer look with color pants, patterned top and gold tipped flats. Kelley has the right idea with a silky feminine blouse and black ballerina skirt. And last but not least, Victoria nailed my look with a structured button up dress cinched with a signature belt and beaded sandals.
I must say despite everyone’s comments that they struggled this morning to dress like me, I think everyone did a fantastic job highlighting different aspects of my closet. Job well done my friends!
Day 28.For day 3 of “Dress like…”, Kyle was the inspiration!
"I am a very simple, classic, clean…and pretty predictable girl, so I had an idea of what I was going to see when I walked into the office this morning. Solid colors, cardigans, pops of color through accessories - that’s the name of my game."
Kelley and I have been working together pretty much hip-to-hip since we started around the same time two years ago, so I wasn’t surprised when she got me to a tee. Floral shirt with belted cardigan and simple white shorts? YEP. But the bandana headband…uhhh..that’s definitely a Texas thing.
Allie played to my summery, fun side - a simple, fun-colored cotton sundress that’s versatile from work to happy hour outside. She even wore a silver pennant necklace, similar to one I wear all the time! The one thing she has that I don’t though, is a tan.
Victoria went right along with my usual theme of wearing a cardigan with a flowy top and simple, black bottoms. She did a really good job of pulling in my favorite wardrobe staple colors too; black, white and hunter green. If you have those, especially the white and black - you’re set!
Last but not least, Claire 100% pulled off my go-to summer outfit with bright coral pants (if you haven’t noticed through this blog, coral and turquoise are my absolute favorite colors) and paired it with a great gold and white sequined top. A clean gold necklace really helped pull it all together with her gold and coral sandals.
Kyle’s favorite place to shop? Nordstrom…and Banana Republic.
Day 27. Kelley is up for round 2 of this challenge! Don’t mess with this girl and her fashion :)
"My style is pretty all over the place so I’m excited to see how awesome the rest of the challengers did! The main thing about my style is I LOVE accessories. I’m an accessory queen! How I fit them all in my tiny Manhattan apartment is baffling. Everything from scarves, hats, shoes and jewelry (I love hitting up the discount costume jewelry stores – what a deal).
So how did our challengers do? Kyle pretty much had me down to a tee with tan flats, white blouse with a floral scarf and lots of bangle bracelets! Victoria rocked a great maxi and brought out my signature scarf to give it a bit of color. Allie and Claire nailed my dressier styles – Allie with an pretty flowey skirt and shirt combo (complete with wedges!) and Claire with a classy dress accented with a black and gold belt (also love the sandals – studs are a great touch!). Since I never know quite how to explain my style, it was awesome to see if on the ladies!”
Kelley’s favorite place to shop? Target (Forever 21 was a close 2nd!)
Day 26. Time for new challenge: For the next 5 days, we will spotlight each advertising darling, challenging the other 4 girls to dress like she does. We all have our own individual style, many of us with identifiable cues that result in a lot of “that is so [insert darling’s name here]”.
Whether it’s a token accessory that someone wears a lot or a frequently worn pattern, the darlings were challenged to dress the part…of their fellow co-worker. First up….Allie
"What are my favorite things to wear? Let’s see… bows, gingham, bright colors, anything beachy, chambray, and braids. At least one of those trends usually makes an appearance in my outfit each day. Today, I really tried to dress the part…my part. I paired a simple white J.Crew dress with a super bright pink button down (tied of course), a turquoise necklace and some gold sandals. I added a kicked up braid bun to complete the outfit. Oh and my classic wave.
As for my competitors – damn they look good! Is that considered cocky? Claire pretty much dressed spot on as my twin today – were you stalking me this morning? Kelley killed it in a navy gingham dress matching one of my favorite pieces (rocked on Prep day). Victoria nailed it with pairing colored denim with patterns and the tied shirt tails was a great touch – so me. And Kyle rocked a crisp white tank with a cute skirt – gotta love those white t’s. Well done gals!”
Day 25. Pinterest. One of our favorite challenges from last season is back! A great way to find new ways to push what’s already in your closet is to browse the Women’s Fashion section of Pinterest for inspiration. Even if you don’t have the exact pieces, you may find you can pull off a look with what you already have. Here were our Pinterest looks for today:
Day 24. Resemble a flower. For today’s challenge, we each rummaged through our closets to find the best outfit that represented our favorite flowers. Kyle wore a summery purple sun dress to represent a lilac, while Victoria dressed like a tiny white crocus. Kelley wore stripes to show off her gerber daisy dress and Claire brought a pop of color to the group to be a poppy.
While JCPenny might have had some better floral-print dresses that we could have rocked, we stood strong and stuck with the challenge of using things in our own closets. The other fun part about today’s challenge? We all picked our cute, its 95 degrees in the city, summer shoes and everyone but Victoria showed off their toes!
Day 23 #tbt. Throwback Thursday. A fan favorite is back for round 2! This time, we all found pictures from our freshman year of college. Man, did that bring back some great (and regrettable?) memories. The we attempted to match that style in our outfits. Some of us even still had the same pieces from the pics!
Kyle -So, the best part about this #tbt was that not only did I still have a tube top in my wardrobe (WHY that was a staple of my freshman year in college, I don’t know..) but I had THE tube top that is visible in many of my pics. I had client meetings today, so I had to pair it with something that was client-appropriate (enter red summer crops, wedges and cardigan). While going through old pictures last night, I also realized that I tended to “whip my hair back and forth”. So, what better way to celebrate being 7 years out of freshman year by going back to my old ways. Hopefully, this tube top won’t come out again anytime soon.
Victoria - I love prints and flowy sleeves. Always have, always will.
Kelley - I went to school in Texas which means weekends in the fall were dedicated to tailgates and football. So, naturally when I went digging through my freshman year pics I came up with a lot of game day moments. I matched my outfit today almost perfectly - right down to that string of pearls I wore almost everyday freshman year (#sororitygirl). If I’m being honest, you’ll be able to see me in this same outfit this fall too. That Texas A&M jersey isn’t going out of style. Thanks and gig ‘em!
Claire -#TBT to my freshman year of college at the University of Delaware—Go Blue Hens. Here I am in a stereotypical freshman prison cell, I mean dorm room, prepping for a night out on the campus to a classy frat party. My cobalt blue silk spaghetti strap and white bottoms were something I could translate into my work outfit with an updated blue blouse and texted cream pants. Sadly, I lost the hoop earrings and under eyeliner and I traded them in for some gold accessories and a fresh face. Although the frat party days are behind me, I can still say I’ve stayed true to my style for quite some time now—I’m just an older and wiser me.
Allie - In college, specifically freshman year, there were a few items I rocked….rather frequently. Those items were: gauchos, tube tops, pointed black pumps, and headbands. Looking back at my fashion choices ..7 years post freshman year ( i just counted on my fingers- wow Im old), I’m feeling a. Less than confident that I hid the “freshman 15” as well as i thought I did and b. very confident that I won the award for most matchy matchy outfits.
If I learned one thing since freshman year ( if not that sharing a bag of Oreos with your roommate is NOT okay or that adding a sparkly top to anything DOES makes you party- ready) it’s that sometimes it’s better to mix and match. Styles, colors, patterns..sometimes an outfit isn’t complete unless something its just a little off..and that’s when people notice(in a good way). In my defense that headband matched that necklace to a T and Ill put money on my shoes being purple too. Until the next time I reminisce on fashion past, remember that at the time, you looked good (or at least your roommates said you did). Go Blue Hens.
Day 22. In a hump-day break from challenges, everyone did their own ‘thang! Claire rocked her old but new, “genie pants” with a black top and cute tribal wedges. Kyle did a office-chic navy and white outfit paired with bright orange shoes and accessories. Allie wore a comfy cotton sundress to show off her tan, while Victoria pulled a Jennifer Aniston and paired jeans with a crisp white shirt. Kelley gave off a summer vibe with her cute printed maxi and belted cardigan.
Prep yourselves for tomorrow because #tbt is going to be a treat!
Day 21. How do you like your stripes? There are a bevy of ways to rock the sharp and sassy stripes trend this summer—whether vertical, horizontal or chevron, we’ve got it covered here today. Stripes are one of the most classic looks a girl can rock—they are timeless, flattering and can be mixed with colors and other patterns for the daring.
Kyle went with a navy dress with thin white stripes and snakeskin belted a white cardigan for comfort and topped it off with gold-tipped nude flats. Victoria went for the wildcard chevron gray and white striped pants, black blouse and rose gold accessories. Allie interpreted the stripes challenge with seersucker pants and pink top to really get the summer nautical look going. Claire rocked a navy and white dress with a structured beige belt, red flats and gold jewelry. And last but not least, Kelley owned the layers with a striped skirt belted with a white top, denim jacket and topped it off with neutral wedges.
Even though it’s only Tuesday we were feeling particularly playful today and choreographed our own special Vine. The Rockettes ain’t got nothin on us.