This past week, I had the honor of featuring my Debut Collection at Phoenix Fashion Week at The Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. My collection "Paradise Place" closed the show on Thursday night, October 1st! So of course, I had to find the perfect outfit to walk the runway in. At first I was thinking a sleek and sexy solid color sheath dress in an amazing fit... BUT THEN I found this ah-mazing skirt at J. Crew! It is made in the prettiest jacquard fabric with gorgeous jewel tone colors and has a contrast turquoise/navy print trim. Best part of this purchase? Originally $128, looked to be on sale for $99 with an extra 30% off. However, I got to the register and it rang up for $22! Score! I was so proud of this purchase I've bragged to multiple strangers about it since. lol. I am always the one known to find amazing deals like this and I can't help but share it with anyone who will listen.
The next question though was: what top am I going to wear with this? I tried on a cobalt blue lace top from J. Crew, but I felt the whole look together was too matronly for my age. I also tried it with a simple black cami, which worked... but was kind of basic and boring. I had a cropped shell top in mind, because I knew with this high waist skirt, a top that I didn't have to tuck in and was cropped would fall at the perfect length. Naturally, I headed to H&M--because what better place to find a crop top for cheap? It was there that I found this textured shinny crop top in a sort of zig-zag/stripe print. Normally, I would not give this top a second look. BUT I think it looks 100x more chic, sophisticated, and expensive when paired with a nice skirt like this. I LOVE mixing textures, colors, and patterns. I think it automatically adds interest, excitement, and when done right: it looks like you really know style. So, I found my outfit! I had a strappy pair of turquoise snake print lace up heels in mind that I thought would be another fun element that would tie in with the trim on the skirt. I never got a chance to try the whole look on before flying to Phoenix though, so I threw these bright turquoise BCBGeneration platform heels in my bag just in case. When I finally put my outfit on and tried one heel on each, it was clear the solid platform matched the trim WAY better. (plus they are a million times more comfortable - which was key considering I had to wear them from 3:30-midnight) My simple black zip much clutch was all the accessory I needed to complete the look. At the show though, they had some vendors selling clothes and accessories and I found this adorable turquoise fluff ball key chain that matched my outfit and when straight on my bag. :)
SO, my advice: have fun mixing prints and textures! Don't be afraid to try pieces you normally wouldn't, and do not be afraid of bold accessories (instead of basics) to complete your look!