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Memorial Day Midi

Memorial Day Midi

A week of sunshine has never been more welcome or needed here in Portland.  After a long, cold, wet winter and disappointing start to spring, a few days of 75 and sunny is just what the doctor ordered.  Unfortunately, our phones can't tell us exactly what's happening over the holiday weekend, so it's best to be prepared.  Rather than risk freezing your tail off in a sundress and sandals or wilting in jeans and a jacket, we thought we'd combine the best of both looks for an easy and casual Memorial Day look.

From L to R: ALC Sandra Dress, Vince Military jacket, shay white gold and diamond choker & Jack gomme leather tote.

Start with a breezy midi dress that can stand on it's own - this is a great time of year to snag a couple of versatile dresses (hello, wedding season) that can be worn day to evening - then trade your sandals for a pair of white sneakers to keep your look fresh and comfy.  Throw a military jacket over your shoulders to keep you warm into the evening and add a choker (that's on sale!) for a touch of glam. Finish it all with a light weight leather tote bag so you can bring along your BBQ essentials (a bottle of rosé and your favorite sunnies of course).

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Tailored Trench

Tailored Trench

A piece every woman should own in her closet is a classic trench.  It is the ultimate piece of outerwear that will take you from season to season and every phase of your life.  Think of the women who've made this piece iconic, Catherine Deneuve, Diane Keaton, Brigitte Bardot, Kate Moss and Audrey Hepburn to name a few.  We love the standard khaki, but can't help but get excited about a trench with a twist - whether it's the color, details or fabrication - sometimes a little change can make a piece totally new again.

From L to R: Rag & Bone floppy brim fedora, Frame "Le Stripe" shirt, Vince leather camera bag, Rag & Bone "Siggy" suede skirt, ALC trench coat, Frame "Le Crop Mini Boot" jean, T by Alexander Wang stripe tee, Vince convertible leather backpack.

From L to R: Rag & Bone floppy brim fedora, Frame "Le Stripe" shirt, Vince leather camera bag, Rag & Bone "Siggy" suede skirt, ALC trench coat, Frame "Le Crop Mini Boot" jean, T by Alexander Wang stripe tee, Vince convertible leather backpack.

You really don't have to worry what you pair your trench with (it goes with everything) throw it on over a dress or jeans and a tee, and you'll look sleek, polished and totally chic.

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Modern Cocktail Attire

Modern Cocktail Attire

With the arrival of June comes a whole new season of events - weddings, graduation parties, bridal showers - and with those events comes the need for a versatile, chic new dress. 

We love that rules for event dressing are looser, and you can get creative with not only your dress but your accessories as well.  Instead of a bold necklace, try throwing on a fringe, skinny scarf for a totally modern and updated take on the lariat.  And rather than stick to the basic black handbag, add color, texture and sparkle with a Lucite clutch filled with flowers.

From L to R: Ashlyn'd clutch, Versace Collection dress, Sarah Weinstock french lace starburst pendant, Halston notch neck dress, Shiraleah leopard print clutch, Chan Luu skinny scarf with fringe, ALC "Louise" dress and Claudio Cutuli laser cut leather handbag

Each of these dresses can easily take you from a daytime luncheon to an evening wedding, all you need is a change of footwear and a touch more lipstick.

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Pattern Play

Pattern Play

Mixing prints and texture can seem like a daunting trend to take on, better left for the fashion editors and bloggers.  How do you mix and match your patterns without looking like your kooky neighbor?  It's really fairly simple, and we're excited to teach you how to incorporate this bold and chic look into your wardrobe. 

If you stick to a few simple rules, you'll look like the street style stars of fashion week.

1. Pick a color story, and keep the prints within the same color group.
2. Play with proportion, a large pattern can compliment a more delicate print.
3. Texture is your friend here, a solid sweater or tweed jacket with a bold texture will add just as  
    much as a graphic print.
4. Try using the same pattern in different sizes and/or inverted colors (think navy sweater with       white stripes paired with white pants with navy stripes)
5. When in doubt, throw some polka dots in the mix and always treat leopard and stripes as a
    neutral.

From L to R: ALC "Sadie" hobo bag, Rag & Bone "Olympia" top, Tucker pleated midi skirt, Rene Escobar Oxidized silver pendant with diamonds and assorted 18k gold, oxidized silver bangles with diamonds

Remember, fashion should be fun. and this is a great technique to play around with your closet.

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Wardrobe Essentials - L B D

Wardrobe Essentials - L B D

If you're anything like us, you probably have more than one little black dress hanging in your wardrobe.  Just in case, we've pulled some of our favorite LBD's of the season and a couple tips on how to choose the best dress for you.

Most importantly, FIT is key.  Find a silhouette that suits your body and if necessary have your tailor work her magic to make it fit perfectly.  You want to be able to wear this dress over and over again, and the better it fits, the more likely you are to grab it from your closet. 

Your dress should be VERSATILE.  Whether that means you can take it from day to evening or wear it all year long, a dress that can be worn in multiple ways on multiple occasions will get more use and more love.  That being said, it's also important to invest in classic, black cocktail dress for evening that makes you feel fab.

Leo & Sage Shift Dress, Theory Lakelyn Dress, A.L.C. Jacobson Dress, Akris Punto Contrast Hem Dress, Theory Kadrayel Dress

We can thank Coco Chanel for pioneering the modern LBD, our closets would not be the same without it.

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