Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dressed Up and Down

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In my post yesterday, I took a single blouse and styled it two different ways. In addition to that, I mentioned that I liked taking a dressy look and pairing an edgy jacket with it and doing the opposite with a casual look. I seem to be drawn to black and white a lot lately but I couldn't resist throwing in a bright red pump and slightly over-the-top red earrings for the dressed up look.

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These two looks may not share the same blouse but they are both great examples of how to add a polished vibe to a relaxed look, and take a dressy look down a level with a cargo-style jacket. Instead of wearing a sweatshirt with jeans (my frequent go-to option), try a pair of leather shorts. The studs on the loafers take this relaxed look up a few notches and the black blazer polishes the look off perfectly.

The dressed up version to the right can easily feel too girly so throwing on a parka with faux leather sleeves instantly takes this glam version down a bit. 

Of course, not everything has to be in opposition. There are plenty of times when I want to wear a blazer with my dressy look, and my leather jacket with my ripped jeans. It all depends on my mood.

Have a great day!

29 comments:

  1. Perfect outfits dear! xoxo
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  2. Love your blog hun x Thanks for the comment xx

    Im now following xx Follow me back.

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    h x

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  3. Love these looks, and the Paris sweater is adorable!

    SDMxx
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  4. Love these picks - especially that perfect skirt!

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  5. I love seeing the versatility of pieces, great job!

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  6. You did an amazing job at switching up & switching down looks Amy....certainly becoming a master at that skill!!!!

    REBECCA
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  7. in love with the second post

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  8. gorg selection )
    kisses



    Angela Donava

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  9. Love that black skirt! My favorite Zara skirt!

    xx Amy

    Leopard and Lillies

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  10. I love seeing versatility posts!

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  11. I'm loving the outfit with the Paris sweater and the shorts!

    -Sharon
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  12. Love these posts! I really need to get my hands on a leather skirt!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  13. Love this post and thanks for this mini tutorial. Sometimes I tend to see a single piece as it is when actually the possibility could be endless!

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  14. I really like that Paris sweater! Great looks :)

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  15. Love the multiple ways you used this top. very cute and creative ideas!
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

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  16. oh so pretty! every look with the top is so awesome! xO!
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  17. I love this post! I LOVE the white and black blazer and the paris sweatshirt..those are definitely my faves!
    Sheree xxx
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  18. I need that paris sweatshirt in my life like right now!!!
    brooke @ what2wear

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  19. love the outfits!i have been loving the blacks, whites lately so chic !

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    xxx

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  20. I love that parka with leather sleeves! A great edgy touch to an otherwise feminine outfit.;)

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  21. ooo I LOVE this idea! and those Miss Selfridge slippers are calling my name..! must resist...

    xx, Eleanor

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  22. yes please to that adorable paris sweater!!! just came across your blog-too cute!!

    xo,Taylor
    iLikeMyClothesTaylored.blogspot.com

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  23. I really like this idea! Great post!

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  24. Great ideas here!

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  25. Stunning choices. Really impressive blog, love your style. If you want check mine and we could follow each other:-)
    Kisses
    Aga

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  26. Definitely want that beautiful green jacket with the black leaves.
    really nice picks

    Tash
    http://style-isle.blogspot.ca/

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  27. Such cute looks! In love with the "Paris" sweater look!! Adorbs!

    xx
    Giovanna
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