Mix it Up // Dotted Ruffle Top + Stripes & Floral

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Spring street style by Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper of Kat's Fashion Fix.
What do you get when you mix polka dots, floral, and stripes? A playful spring look that's fresh and fun with a dash of daring. While patten mixing can be intimidating, when done right, it's beyond rewarding. Why? Because the result is an uber stylish look that warrants major fashion cred.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a pattern-mixed outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Anthropologie floral clutch
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute weekend outfit for spring.
Pulling off multiple prints at once comes down to: 
1. Choosing one print to dominate and one (or two) as an accent.
2. Mixing prints of different scales.
3. Keeping your fabrics in the same color family.
4. Keeping the rest of your outfit neutral.
5. Remembering stripes can almost always be treated as a neutral ;)
Fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a spring outfit in New York City.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing leather slides by Theory.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a polka dot ruffle top and jeans.
I've never been one to aggressively pattern mix, which is why I love this particular look so much. It's subtle but intentional, and 100 percent memorable. The navy polka dots on this top complement the navy stripes on my headband, and my dark floral clutch gives the whole outfit a refreshing burst of color. 

And don't even get me started on these glorious face-framing earrings; they're obviously not printed, but they do play up the whole Hamptons vibe. ...They're also SUPER lightweight 👌.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to pattern mix.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's springtime date night outfit.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring outfit idea.
[top: Anthropologie // jeans: J.Crew (sold out, but similar pair here) // slides: Theory (similar pair here)  // clutch: Anthropologie (I also like this one) // headband: Anthropologie // earrings: Anthropologie // lip color: Lancome Matte Shaker in "Berry N Clyde"]

With temps in the 80s now, it almost feels like we went from winter straight to summer with barely any spring in between. And while I love summertime, I am not ready for 1. the humidity, and 2. sweating my makeup off by noon — eek! 

Regardless, I love the above look for that (supposed to be) mild time when it's warm and sunny but not yet HOT. Ideal for Memorial Day specifically, this outfit is stylish, playful, and bold in a fun and polished way. Antonio and I will be in Washington DC for MDW and we are pumped for the change of scenery!

//SHOP//


Easy Versatility // LBD + Sneakers

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to style a black dress.
The powers of a little black dress are undeniable. Arguably the most important dress a woman can own, it’s the one piece you can wear any time, any place and feel perfectly on-trend and perfectly in place. Not sure what to wear for that first date? Can’t seem to find a suitable wedding guest dress? An LBD won’t disappoint!
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 black dress outfit idea.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring outfit ideas.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Alice & Olivia face clutch.
Every so often I like to touch on the little black dress’ fail-proof versatility, and this time I decided to illustrate just that with a sporty, casual look that works surprisingly well for the office, date night, or an afternoon out and about.

The secret to mastering LBD styling, is in the accessories, and for this look I went with up-for-anything sneakers, a chic statement purse, and a fun leopard cardigan that adds an unexpected flair.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's black dress outfit idea for Spring.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing a cute black dress for work.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring date night outfit.
I dressed this look down significantly with my footwear choice and the fact that I tied a sweater around my waist. But that’s the glory of an LBD — it takes on whatever form you want it to, and it looks great with EVERYTHING. Consider it your closet chameleon and start stocking up now — if you haven’t already ;)
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper wearing delicate gold jewelry.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring street style.
[dress: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // cardigan: J.Crew // sneakers: Adidas // purse: Alice & Olivia (similar one here) // dangle earrings: Kendra Scott // stud earrings: Kevia (similar pair here) // choker: Uncommon James // pendant necklace: Kevia (I also like this one) // lip color: Nars Powermatte Lip Luster in "Pierce"]

This past weekend I wore this look out to brunch with a friend — we tried Coco & Cru, which I'll be recommending to all my fellow New Yorkers — wandering the city with Antonio, and later, date night at a trendy rooftop (Versa) for dinner and a cocktail. It was an absolutely gorgeous day consisting of temps in the mid 60s and tons of sunshine!


An LBD look like this one is a go-to for multifaceted days when I want to look put-together. I love how easy, polished, and completely timeless a black dress is — it’s the true fashion girl’s uniform.

// SHOP //


Cardi Season // Silk Maxi Skirt + Grandpa Cardigan

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring 2019 cherry blossom pics
Oversized cardis, or "Grandpa" cardigans, as they're adorably referred to nowadays, have made a surprising comeback in 2019. I used to think of cardigans as an "old lady" item, but I have since seen the light, realizing how stylish, effortless — and dare I say chic — cardigans can truly be.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's Brooklyn Botanical Garden cherry blossom pics
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 grandpa cardigan outfit ideas
Cardigans may be a winter staple, but I'm making mine work all the way through spring with a few refreshing tweaks. First, I ditched my shirt — who needs 'em once May rolls around anyways? I then only buttoned this deep v-neck cardi in the middle, leaving the bottom loose and free to flash some skin now and then. I also bunched the sleeves a little bit to add some lived-in flair.
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival
Nyc cherry blossoms spring 2019
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's spring outfit ideas
To balance out my baggy sweater, I slipped into a curve-hugging, silky maxi skirt. It served as the perfect feminine companion to my grandfatherly top. Finally, stark white chunky, athletic sneakers completed my look in a comfy-cool way. Just call this my go-to outfit formula for spring 👌
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's silk maxi skirt outfit idea
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper showing how to wear a grandpa cardigan
Nyc fashion blogger Kathleen Harper's 2019 spring outfit ideas
[cardigan: Trina Turk (I also like this one) // skirt: Anthropologie (sold out, but I also like this one) // sneakers: Nike // purse: Rag & Bone (super similar one here) // necklace: Dogeared (similar one here) //earrings: & Other Stories (I also like this pair) ]

These photos were snapped during a recent trip Antonio and I took to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It was my first time there and I had gotten us tickets for their annual cherry blossom festival. Although it was super crowded, it was really cool too see so much pink in one place. 

I absolutely love cherry blossom season and every year I try to incorporate as many pink trees as I can into some shots. They never disappoint as a beautiful, whimsical backdrop!

// SHOP //