Lace and Flannel: Outfit Texture Mixing and Layering

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What does your casual weekend style look like? I pulled two picks from my recent Nordstrom sale recommendations (prices are good through August 3rd) for a layered, city-appropriate look of soft neutrals. You may recognize the lace-hem sweater and the mesh suede heels?

We meandered through neighborhoods, and had a blast shooting these photos along the way while popping in and out of a food festival, rustic coffee shop, downtown shopping, and city gardens.

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Sometimes I love the energy of bright colors, but when I want to reflect a mood of relaxed nonchalance, I stick to basic tones, and add interest with contrasting fabric textures. I usually pull and mix-and-match from staples that work virtually year-round.

Here, it’s a harmonious blend of waxed denim, soft flannel, delicate lace, slouchy loose knit, suede, and structured leather. They all come together around the off-white, blush pink, and black palette.

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The sleek moto-style skinnies (with side zipper detail that draws the eye up the leg) is balanced with roomy, fluid top layers.

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I love how the layers build upon each other – you get just a hint of skin tone through the breathable top, the lace pops against the black, and the mesh perforations and cut-outs frame the feet.

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The bag is my favorite souvenir from our trip to Rome, Italy last year. I found it at a pre-owned luxury item shop; the owner sources from her personal network of actresses, celebrities, and upper-class figures, having previously been an established actress herself.

It is a classic and timeless bag, with its versatile size, sleek proportions, fold-over and latch detail (a characteristic that I associate with other high-end bags such as Hermes), and symmetrical, subtle gold detailing.

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All of the items I’m wearing are great items to travel with. Each has a special detail or look that makes them unique riffs of of a standard basic, and any one of them could be switched out for a bright colored or patterned item for a more stand-out look.

I recommend inserting gel or high-quality foam pads into the footbed of the shoes to increase their comfort for long-term walking. However, in my Nordstrom sale post, you can read about how much I love Pedro Garcia booties.

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Top: Love by Design crochet hem sweater, Free People flannel button-down
Bottom: J Brand waxed skinny jeans (see current options here)
Shoes: Pedro Garcia perforated mesh peep-toe booties
Accessories: DVF aviators, Swavroski watch, Kate Spade bow ring

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Muah! Fun, easy outfit for a fun, easy day. Do you use similar clothing pieces for your relaxed looks?

xoxo,
lauriel

 

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  • http://www.smittensophie.com/ Smittensophie

    Gorgeous pictures! Love the mesh heels!
    Looking amazing as always <3

    http://smittensophie.com

    • http://EyeForElegance.com/ lauriel

      Thanks Sophie!! <3 We really had fun with the photos (as you can tell by some of the more playful shots) and I'm glad you love the heels too! Did you find some new treasures from the Nordie's sale? :)