How to Wear a Faux Suede Vest

Fall 2016 is the season of rich texture. From leathers to velvet to suede, adding pieces in one of these luxe fabrics is an easy way to update our fall wardrobes. I’ve already found one of my go-to pieces of the season in a drapey faux suede vest from Christopher & Banks. Furthermore, I’m really excited to be hosting a Girls Night Out at my local Christopher & Banks this Thursday (details on Girls Night Out) to explore all the other affordable, luxe-looking pieces.

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What I’m wearing:

Vest (c/o Christopher & banks) | Racerback tank | White ankle pants (my review of these)

Leopard pumps (on sale) | Ear climbers | Necklace (c/o)

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I love this faux suede vest so much that it’s already on repeat (see the last look here). Since St. Louis is serving some 9o degree temps this week, I’m combining the faux suede vest with summery whites for perfect transitional style. And, the color combination? Magical!

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I added my leopard pumps to jazz up the neutrals. Of course, leopard everything is hot for fall, and this pair of pumps is on mega sale.

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As a proud Kittitian, I’m screaming, “Happy Independence Day, St. Kitts & Nevis!” 33 years ago today, my home country won its freedom from Britain. I was in primary school on September 19th, 1983, and I still remember the huge celebration that followed the first announcement of our independence.

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So, today, I’m waving the St. Kitts & Nevis flag in celebration of freedom.

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Pretty Pleats are Plentiful for Fall 2016

Pleats, please! Pretty pleats have appeared as micro trends for a few seasons now, and of course, I’ve been loving it. I enjoy my pleated skirts and dresses because they wear effortlessly and move magically. Furthermore, items with pleats just exude that gone-with-the-wind-fabulous vibe. Therefore, I’m especially excited to see pretty pleats among must-wear trends for Fall 2016.

Pretty Pleats Fall 2016 Trends

Crop top (similar) | Skirt c/o St. Louis Premium Outlets (option) | Flats

Earrings | Ring and ring | Bracelet (want this)

Mac “Rebel” lipstick and Mac “Currant” lip pencil

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Today’s featured BCBG pleated maxi skirt is a favorite bargain find from a shopping trip I hosted at the St. Louis Premium Outlets. You’ve seen me wear it before in this post. For a different look this time, I decided to pair the skirt with a top in a similar hue to create a monochrome ensemble. By the way, this is another option I’m considering for the Beyonce Formation Tour.

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In addition to its color, the turtleneck crop top is a perfect complement to the skirt because of its silhouette. Most important, the shorter top creates balance with the longer, voluminous skirt.

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Location: Old Power Plant on Locust Street in Downtown St. Louis

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Not near a Premium Outlets Mall? Here are a few pleated maxi skirts online: 

Soon Come: Style Weekend St. Kitts

It’s September, which means we’re that much closer to Style Weekend St. Kitts, going down on November 6th to 8th, 2015. Picture this. Three exciting days of upscale parties and posh style events in paradise.

To find out even more about Style Weekend St. Kitts, check out my interview with creator, Winnielle Pereira. If you’re in St. Kitts, be sure to catch the Style Weekend St. Kitts media launch and party on September 7. Not in St. Kitts? Get daily inspiration to pack your bags and head there by following Style Weekend St. Kitts on Instagram.

A couple snaps from a recent Style Weekend St. Kitts photo shoot:

Director: Ms Winnielle | Photos: CreateOne Media | Designer: Shirrine Gilon

Makeup: Alluring Elements of Beauty and ViKreations
Models: Anastasha, Denuala, Dr. Merisa Grant

Location: Romney Manor

Redbook’s September Issue Reaches St. Louis!

It’s here! It’s here! I walked into my favorite Barnes & Noble store this morning, and there it was. Redbook’s September issue. Sitting right in the middle of the women’s interest magazines.

The cashier at the register was curious as to why I was purchasing so many copies. When I showed her that I was on the cover, she was ecstatic and beamed with St. Louis pride. All of the customers in line gathered around. They were really happy to see a fellow St. Louisan on the cover. They were more thrilled with the notion that women who look just like them have gotten recognized in such a big way.

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Let’s make today a #RealWomenTakeover. If you see the issue at your favorite newsstand, snap a pic, share on social media, and tag me. Here’s where you can find me:

Facebook: @economyofstyle

Instagram: @economyofstyle 

Twitter: @economyofstyle

I know you’ve got great style too. When you share your favorite outfit of the day on social media, use the #RealStyleRealBeauty hashtag to join this movement.

Related: The Road to Redbook’s September Cover

Black and White

This week, I’ve been on a bit of a neutral kick. On Wednesday, I embraced olive green as a go-to neutral. Even this lover of brights values that neutral hues so effortlessly produce simple, sophisticated outfits. So, today, it’s all about black and white. Of course, mixed black and white prints make this neutral outfit jazzy.

Top—℅ Ross

Pants—Nine West | similar

Shoes—J.Crew
Clutch—℅ Chameleon Girl

Earrings—℅ Luxe Caribe

Watch—Movado (Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015)

Lip—Mac “Carmine Rouge” lipstick, Mac “Brick” lip pencil

Blush—NYX powder blush in mocha

Adding oomph to neutrals. Every piece in the look is black and white. But, the blouse has gunmetal studs on the front. The pumps feature a striking print that looks like it was created by blending a graphic print with an animal print. The clutch (oh how I love this clutch) is made with African textiles, including Bogolanfini mud cloth. Lots of oomph.

I’m also wearing a pair of earrings by Kittitian designer, Davina of Luxe Caribe Handmade Jewelry. Remember the pair that inspired an entire outfit in Styled Around a Small Floral Detail? I remain in awe at how Davina takes dried flowers and metallic flakes and creates these one-of-a-kind earrings. 

When I’m planning outfits that mix prints, I like to see the prints together before trying them on. I do this to make sure that there’s harmony. I knew I had a winning combination when I did this flat lay.

This pair of J.Crew Elsie printed leather pumps was an impulse buy. I got them for $40 (orig. $275) during that wild summer sale at J.Crew last week. That sale is back! You can get 75% off several marked down items using the code “SHOPSALE” (shop the sale here). Of course, sizes are very limited now, but the deals are worth a look.

Have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you here on Monday. Let’s connect on Instagram until then.