Thursday, December 11

#SSBeSassy #OOTD: Embellished Top w/ Print Sleeve

Embellished Top w/ Print Sleeve, Sugar & Spikes Boutique; Coat, Burlington Coat Factory; Hat, Discovery Clothing Co.; Jeans, DKNY; Boots, Kham'ryn B.; Bracelet, Own

I mentioned in my last post that I am something like a style chameleon. For me, style is art, a blank canvas for me to paint my story. It's always one piece that inspires the entire look.

Embellished Top w/ Print Sleeve, Sugar & Spikes Boutique

In this case, my inspiration was drawn from the Sugar & Spikes "Embellished Top w/ Print Sleeve" from the 2014 Holiday Collection. The top has silky sleeves, great stretch in the bodice, and studded embroidery across the front. It even features a 5" exposed zipper in the back.

Embellished Top w/ Print Sleeve, Sugar & Spikes Boutique; Hat, Discovery Clothing Co.; Jeans, DKNY; Boots, Kham'ryn B.; Bracelet, Own

This "Embellished Top w/ Print Sleeve" can be rocked many different ways, but I choose to be "cool."

3 Styling Tips for the "Embellished Top w/ Print Sleeve":
  1. Pair it with statement accessories. - The top is enough on its own, but accessories will draw some parallels for visual interest. In this case, it was a silver/gold cuff bracelet to play off the frontal pattern, and a playful, knit hat. Add accessories one at a time to make sure that you're not overdoing it. They should complement the focal piece, not steal the show.
  2. Choose your shoes. - The shoes are what really tell the story. A pump or oxford would have taken the look in a different direction, so I chose a pair of funky, metallic grey, combat boots to express my "cool."
  3. Add a third piece. - This is a style secret that I recommend across the board. Adding another layer on top makes your look come alive. My coat did the trick.
Embellished Top w/ Print Sleeve, Sugar & Spikes Boutique; Coat, Burlington Coat Factory; Hat, Discovery Clothing Co.; Jeans, DKNY; Bracelet, Own
Aaja Corinne is a Chicago-based image consultant and brand strategist, helping entrepreneurs and fashion retailers to shape brand perception through presentation, and maximize their brand power in an ever-changing business climate. For more style-savvy tips, connect with Aaja Corinne on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information on styling services, please visit www.aajacorinnethebrand.com.