I Want What She’s Wearing: Mixed Materials

- By Teresa Greenfeld -

Olivia in an Armani wool and fur detail jacket, Tibi leather camisole & silk pants, and B Brian Atwood boots. Photo by  Benjamin Stelly

 

In New York, the aisles of Duane Reade, the pharmacy found on every other block, are filled with garlands and twinkle lights. The face of a certain gentleman, whose stomach resembles a bowl full of jelly, can be found, eyes twinkling, on every imaginable surface.  Sesonally themed tunes have begun to make their way into television commercials and out of store speakers.

Cuff from Olivia’s private collection. Photo by Benjamin Stelly

Like it or not, the holiday season, it seems, is upon us. This year espicially promises an abundance of holiday parties, cocktails and dinners, and the thought of seeing the same tired and overdone holiday attire is causing some very Grinch-ly  thoughts to dance in my head.   Dressing for these holiday themed events has become too predictable; it’s almost as if everyone Google’s “Holiday+Party+Outfit” and dresses accordingly.

 

B Brian Atwood ‘Paramour’ Booties. Photo by Benjamin Stelly

Instead of outfits that can only be worn a few times a year, incorporate beautiful pieces in different and interesting ways, as Olivia has here.  Her mix of textures can be done to suit both a dressier occasion, and an every day look.  The trick is to substitute one or two pieces with a more occasion appropriate one.   Her wool and feather jacket, for example,  paired with a tissue thin white T,  leather leggings, and a jeweled flat, dresses the look down appropriately for a brunch date.   Olivia’s silk Tibi pants, paired with a light sweater, wedge booties and a leather jacket would work for a casual dinner out.   Mixing different textures is a simple yet sophisticated way to instantly add a richness and styled look to your wardrobe.  Now, I beg you, no holiday sweaters.  I will come after you.

Here are three versions of Olivia’s outfit, plus casual ways to wear it!

 

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Pair a fur embellished jacket with a  leather pant and a printed silk top. A jeweled bootie and spiked cuff add an edgy flair to this Party-ready look.  For a more dressed down look,  switch the silk tank with a T, and slip on a jeweled flat.
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1. MIHA Onette Fur Combo Coat, $675
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2.  M.S.P. Leather Legging, $885
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3.  Helmut Lang Printed Silk Chiffon Tank,  $320
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4.  MiMi by Sorelli Gold-Tone Cuff Bracelet, $110
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5.  IRO Distressed Linen Jersey T-Shirt, $140
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6. Topshop Alita Jeweled Ankle Boot, $190
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7.  Tory Burch Eddie Bow Flats, $250
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Sequin wide leg pants, leather camisole and a tweed and fur jacket make up a perfect  and celebration worthy outfit.  The unexpected forrest green velvet boots and jeweled cuff take it to the next level of chic.  When you want to go casual, a dark flared jean, and suede loafer keep this look comfortable and sleek.

1. Rebecca Taylor Runway Colorblock Coat, $995

2.  7 For All Mankind Dojo Trouser, $159

3.  Halston Heritage Sequin Crepe Pants,  $385

4.  Mason by Michelle Mason Leather Front Camisole, $308

5.  Rebecca Minkoff Belgian Loafer, $185

6.  ASOS Velvet  Chelsea Ankle Boot, $116.81
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7.  Dannijo Frances Cuff, $568
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For all you print lovers out there, a slim printed pant looks luxe with a leather racer-back tank, and cashmere and fur coat.  Paired with sky high heels and an oversized cuff for ‘best dressed list’ status.  On days spent off the red carpet, don a cashmere turtleneck, leather jacket and lace up wedges with your silk pant.

 1. Burberry Tiered Fur Skirt Coat, $2595

2.  Jardin des Orangers Cashmere Turtleneck Pullover, $355
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3.  Proenza Schouler Ikat Trouser, $765
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4. VEDA ‘Max” Leather Jacket, $825
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5.  Valérie Egée Amethyst Crystal Cuff,  $2303
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6. Muu Baa Leather Top, $132.98
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7.  Elizabeth and James Manor Wedge Booties, $375
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8.  Alice+Olivia Priss Suede Bootie, $395

 

 

 

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