When it comes to dressing up, I prefer to make a statement. Typically I accomplish that through either color/pattern choices, accessories, or makeup. But occasionally something magical will happen where all three elements come together perfectly to create a look that not only stands out but truly POPS!
The lip color you choose, the eyeshadow you use, and the way you style your hair has a major effect on your overall look. When planning an outfit I have to take into account what hair and makeup will compliment my clothes best - that's how you plan a look. I thought sleek, straight locks would work best with this combination and I wanted my makeup to have a light, summery feel, which is why I opted for a bold pink lip instead of red. Get this standout lip shade for yourself here.
These striking heels pop like no other. It seems to me that Ivanka Trump has mastered the elegant yet wildly unique pump. There's nothing like a splash of metallic paired with a burst of animal print when you want to get noticed. And guess what? They're available in black and leopard too.
Although I chose a more casual top for this particular look, the skirt can easily be dressed up even more. I'm just personally a fan of wearing dressy and casual pieces together. For future looks I'm aiming to style this skirt with a navy, white, or even a red top.
With eye-catching heels, a bright lip, a bold skirt, and statement earrings, I thought it was best to keep my necklace simple and refined. This Ann Taylor staple is a necklace that I turn to for everything from everyday looks to date nights out on the town.
My mom and I fell in love with this skirt when we spotted it in the early spring. It has an artsy flair to it yet the pleats coupled with the midi length makes this skirt both feminine and a tad preppy as well. Plus, my twirling game is strong with this one!
Don't be afraid to pop! Silver stackable bangles add to my artistic and casual vibe.
The bigger the earring the bigger the impact. But what I love about these babies is that they're super duper light. A heavy earring weighing down my lobe? No thank you!
Photos by Dan Harper
[top: Ann Taylor (similar here), skirt: Classiques Entrier (similar here), heels: Ivanka Trump (similar here), necklace: Ann Taylor, earrings: Francesca's (more expensive option here), bangles: Alex & Ani, silver spike bracelet: Stella & Dot, watch: Fossil (similar here), heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co.]
I love how our style choices can speak to who we are and how fashion can be our silent way of speaking to the world. I think we all have some pretty cool things to say and fashion can help us! By making your look pop you're making yourself pop, and thus, in a small way, your voice is being heard. Fashion's pretty rad, huh?