Dress You Up #5: C.


Do I ever have a treat for you! This week on Dress You Up, C! C is a good friend of mine and someone I've always wanted to dress up--she's so glamorous looking, and has such a different style than I do. Here's what C has to say:

I'm a size 2 or 4, depending on the day and just recently colored my hair dark brown from blonde. I'm stuck in a bit-time rut fashion-wise but I have been trying as of lately to put in more effort. What I really admire about other people's fashion-sense is the ability to look comfortable even when super-casual(aka -- not wearing sweats). I'd like to try more patterns and I love to stick with bright colors and I adore stripes and a feminine look, in general. I'd say my favorite fashion icons are Audrey Hepburn and a modern choice would be Jennifer Aniston(don't laugh).

I am so not laughing! That totally makes sense!

This is the gorgeous C:
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Some things I know, but C didn't mention:
1. C is a busy mom of 3 little ones.
2. C lives in a seasonal, but not extreme climate.

Since C specifically mentioned some fashion icons, I thought I'd do a little image search for inspiration. These are the images that resonated with me:

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Audrey Hepburn in casual stripes, image via About.com

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Chic Audrey on a bike, image via Library of Congress

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Audrey checks the oven in a short dress--unable to locate photo credit

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Casual styled Jennifer Aniston looks from People.com

I think Audrey Hepburn and Jennifer Aniston are absolutely perfect style role models for C--both have a simple, laid-back glamour that showcases natural beauty and not a ton of overdone accessorization.

The first thing the casual glam mom needs, as showcased by the pictures of Jennifer Aniston, is great jeans. For C., I thought similar jeans (a dark wash and a boot cut) would be perfect. I paired them with simple, casual stripes, a ruffled tank, and a great wedge sandal. I see C. taking her kids to the park in this:

Crochet top
$40 - delias.com

Knit top
$7.99 - delias.com

GAP slim fit jeans
$50 - gap.com

Old Navy sandal

J Crew summer handbag
$43 - jcrew.com

Guess jewelry
$18 - buckle.com

Forever21 sunglass
$5.80 - forever21.com

Though both Audrey and Jennifer rock a sleek look, I also like the idea of C. in a more feminine, boho style, which Aniston often wears. Still casual, but softer. Something, maybe, like this:

Old Navy floral top
$22 - oldnavy.gap.com

Old Navy ribbed tank
$8.50 - oldnavy.gap.com

Gladiator sandal
$35 - delias.com

Leather shoulder bag
$41 - orvis.com

Wrap belt
$19 - shopruche.com

It is impossible to discuss Audrey Hepburn as a style icon without adding black cigarette pants to the mix, so I'd be remiss not to style some up for C. If you've been reading these Dress You Up entries, you'll recognize these. They're a great, chic alternative to jeans. I'd love to see C. wear some with flats and a vintage-inspired blouse:

Dorothy Perkins short sleeve top
18 GBP - dorothyperkins.com

R2 shoes
$40 - tillys.com

Nine West studded handbag
$50 - ninewest.com

Gold jewelry
$35 - kohls.com

Sunglasses tortoise sunglass
$24 - spiegel.com

Another simple, Audrey-inspired twist on the cigarette pants:

J Crew t shirt
$20 - jcrew.com

GAP cropped pants
$50 - gap.com

BDG shoulder bag
$30 - urbanoutfitters.com

Handmade jewelry
$42 - peggyli.com

Glass pearl necklace
$8.99 - girlprops.com

A chic mom cannot live by pants alone. For my money, nothing is more flattering, comfortable, and versatile than a dress, especially in the spring and summer. This floral version, by Patagonia, can be thrown in the washer and dryer and dresses both up and down well. With flat gladiator sandals, a big bag, and fun jewelry, the dress is casual and fun.

Patagonia dress
$40 - moosejaw.com

$30 - alloy.com

Banana Republic nylon tote bag
$50 - bananarepublic.gap.com

Forever21 bracelet
$4.80 - forever21.com

Vans aviator sunglass
$10 - swell.com

With heels, a pashmina, and more formal jewelry, the same dress can go out:

Patagonia dress
$40 - moosejaw.com

Nine west handbag
$20 - ninewest.com

Sequin silver earring
$42 - charmandchain.com

The photo of Audrey Hepburn in the short dress, peering into the oven, makes me want to try a short dress for petite C. Two possible casual looks with short dresses:

Nautical dress
$40 - delias.com

Pointelle cardigan
$9.99 - delias.com

Rocket Dog flat shoes
$46 - shopruche.com

White handbag
$44 - unique-vintage.com

GUESS black gold necklace
$30 - zappos.com

White House Black Market earring
$24 - whitehouseblackmarket.com

Tea dress
$46 - shopruche.com

BC Footwear flat shoes
$37 - endless.com

Cross body bag
$30 - dsw.com

Square earring
$20 - urbanoutfitters.com

Beading necklace
$12 - mandee.com

A last crucial wardrobe element, as far as I'm concerned, is a denim skirt. I love denim skirts, and I think a short, straight, dark version would be great for C. Two possible looks:

Floral top
$35 - delias.com

Old Navy rib tank top
$8.50 - oldnavy.gap.com

Old Navy straight skirt
$30 - oldnavy.gap.com

Nine west flat
$44 - ninewest.com

Magid handbag
$46 - endless.com

Betsey Johnson bracelet
$35 - piperlime.gap.com

Enamel jewelry
$5.50 - agacistore.com

Old Navy graphic tee
$15 - oldnavy.gap.com

Old Navy denim pencil skirt
$30 - oldnavy.gap.com

Wedge sandal shoes
$40 - delias.com

Roxy shoulder bag
$42 - zappos.com

MNG by Mango coral ring
$16 - jcpenney.com

$13 - delias.com

So what about remixes?


omg, I wish I could wear this stuff.

Beautiful, as always!

Love these looks!

WHOA! I love it all, especially those jeans from The Gap. I'll have to check those out. The stripes and colors are dead on for me, too, Gracie. I love the flats, especially the green ones. Ooh, I'm going to be coming back to this all day and day-dreaming. :)

You were really meant for this, Grace! And I miss your daily outfit posts.

Wow! C would look good in a potato sack, but these outfits you picked will look divine on her!

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