adventures in styling

by Valerie

in fashion,how to wear it,personal style

I’ve been playing with Polyvore lately, as a new & improved way of procrastinating. Putting together sets is exactly like window shopping, or helping a friend put together an outfit for an occasion. Only I can do it while sitting at my computer (and there’s no budget, of course)!

The above set is all about the blue dress. I fell in love with it when I saw the long, double row of buttons. I love the way the tall boots echo the row of buttons, and the subdued rock-n-roll feeling they give the outfit. The slightly severe blazer takes it a bit more to the ladylike side of things, along with chunky, sparkly jewelry.

I couldn’t resist the drama added by the elbow length gloves…to me they are somehow sweet and ladylike and a bit edgy at the same time.

This set was inspired by the skinny patent leather belt, which I couldn’t stop thinking about after my post from last week about the cinched waist silhouette. I’m working on a skinnier belt to add to the Holland Cox collection, so I guess the look is on my mind.

I wanted to create two different looks with the same belt, one very proper and a bit preppy, and the other a bit flashier and sexier.

What do you think, how did I do? Would you wear any of these items together?


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura Lee October 28, 2010 at 6:04 am

Hey there
You are indeed in the right business! These are great! Now I need you to stop by and style my closet!!!
Hope to see you soon


Valerie October 28, 2010 at 10:50 am

Laura, you’re so sweet! Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 I will see you soon, I think!



Sandy November 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I want both collections – the black and blue AND the gray with red – right now. Everything fits together so perfectly. Would you be my personal stylist?



Valerie November 24, 2010 at 11:49 am

Thanks Sandy! Personal styling is certainly something that I’ve thought about – I love shopping and telling people what to do, so it seems a natural next step. 🙂


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