Brightly Done!

FullSizeRender (49)Every now and again I enjoy wearing bright colors together.  For the most part if I am wearing a bright color on top then I’ll pair with a more subtle color on the bottom & vice versa. Today was different.

When I purchased these yellow slacks a year ago, they fit perfectly.  I’ve gained some weight along the way causing them to fit differently. They’re a little snug making them a little shorter.  

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Yellow slacks worn to work last year. They sure don’t fit like this anymore.IMG_7073

To cure the “high waters” syndrome, I used 2 hair ties to taper the legs giving them a cropped look. Improvision is the name of the game; after all, I’m no seamstress!

FullSizeRender (48)The Rue 21 statement necklace has become my “go to” piece these past few weeks. It fits perfectly with most solid fits adding color- just right for the summer. I haven’t been shopping in the last few months thus forcing me to practice what I preach of remixing what’s in my current wardrobe. All items worn are from my current wardrobe.

Wear what you have & love them or recycle them.  No need in holding on to items you don’t intend on wearing again & for those items you want to wear, but unsure how to wear them or what to wear them with drop me a line & let’s discuss. Sometimes all it takes is another set of eyes & I have four…(lol) Utilize local consignment shops & clothing donation centers when purging. Remember, just because it’s outdated (purchased years or eons ago) or in this case a little shorter doesn’t make it unwearable. Utilize local drycleaners that provide alteration services, use the DIY method or contact a seamstress.  If you’re in Atlanta, GA you are welcome to use mine, Carolyn Jean Blue who can be reached at 770-905-3771 or jeanbluescreations@gmail.com.

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Items worn:

Blouse: Similar

Slacks: Similar

Shoes: Similar

Clutch: Similar

Statement necklace: Similar

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One Love!

Casual Friday flex at work in my new Target “One Love”- Bob Marley tee.

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Like I said before, tee shirts are not allowed at work without a cover-up.  My cover-up of choice was my favorite boyfriend blazer, also from Target, making the fit work appropriate.  I actually considered wearing heels, but figured I’d keep it casual with a cute pair of flats. Monday through Thursday I live in heels; most Fridays I enjoy flats.  Of course, that all depends on the outfit as some just look better with heels.

FullSizeRender (43)I am totally addicted to graphic tee shirts & this one may have just become a favorite.  I do wish it were a little longer.  Hmmm, the search is on for another.

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My little “there’s no place like home” Dorothy from the Wizard Oz red flats… 🙂

All other items worn are from my current wardrobe. The red flats are American Eagle Outfitters purchased from Payless several years ago. Yes, I did say Payless; I’m not opposed to purchasing shoes there as long as they are comfortable.  It’s all about comfort.  I’ve found that not all higher end shoes are comfortable. Don’t fall victim of labels, names or price. Go with cute, yet comfortable. Just because they’re expensive doesn’t make ’em comfortable.

Items worn:

Boyfriend blazer: Similar

Graphic tee: Exact

Skinny denim: Exact

Flats: Similar

One Love!!

Little Black Dress!

FullSizeRender (38)Having long legs isn’t always a great thing, it’s an AWESOME thing.  At times those legs place restrictions on what I can wear. Because I know my legs are long, tweaking how certain things are worn is a necessity, especially for work.

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I decided to wear the little black dress as a shirt with a pair of green & black crop pants, black tuxedo blazer, royal blue pumps & a statement necklace. Had to keep it appropriate for the workplace; having my legs & goodies exposed is not an option. Remember, dressing the part is important.

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These hot temperatures & sunny days inspire bright colors.

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Quick change: flats for Food Truck Thursdays at Brook Run Park, Dunwoody, GA.

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All items worn are from my current wardrobe, merely remixed.  The blazer has made several appearances on the blog & the statement necklace made its debut in the last blog.

Let your clothes work for you & for those pieces that don’t work, let them go.  Need assistance deciding which items to keep, maybe (keep) or toss, email me at styledbyjreid@gmail.com or call 404-594-2624.

Items worn:

Boyfriend blazer: Similar

Little black dress: Similar

Crop pants: Similar

Royal blue pumps: Similar

Multi-colored statement necklace: Similar

Fuljoy!!

Slight dilemma!

It’s funny how much my hair dictates what I’ll wear. These last few days I’ve been wearing my hair un-straightened.

Like I said before, your hair is your best accessory & should flow with the fit. I must say, the outfit choice went perfectly with my hair.

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Remember your hair along with your make-up are your best accessories. Eyebrow upkeep is part of the make-up process.

Today’s fit is a combination of remixed & new items. The skirt is another hidden gem that has been in my wardrobe for 3 years, yet only worn once.  Why?? Don’t ask because I don’t have an answer.  Although barely been worn, I really like it.  The vest & handbag are new.

 Ran into a slight dilemma trying to decide which shoes to wear.  Both looked good & worked with the fit however, the pumps did it for me. Gave it a more polished look. I’m a sucker for a classic, more polished look.

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Both go well. Was almost tempted to wear each one. 🙂

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Although the skirt is light-weight it holds the heat.  I was sweating like a pig, but it was worth it. Side note- I’m ready for fall. I challenged myself to wear more skirts & dresses & that’s what I’m trying to do.

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Items worn:

Denim vest: Similar

White tee: Similar

Multi-colored skirt: Similar

Cognac pumps: Exact

Blacksburg handbag: Shoe Dazzle

Multi-colored statement necklace: Similar

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Fuljoy & be blessed!!

Track pants to work? Why not!

Love the fact work clothes aren’t as boring as they once were.  Well, for me anyway.  I used to be hell bent on wearing regular slacks or capris.  Slacks aren’t just slacks anymore. Never thought I’d see the day I’d wear track pants to work.  The irony & secret here is when my khakis shrink I use thin hair ties to scrunch the legs of my pants, giving them a track pant look.
FullSizeRender (33)These pants are exactly like the track pants we used to wear in the 1990’s. Fashion always makes a turn around.

Purchased the pants on sale at the beginning of spring from Dress Up & the blouse from H&M (both items no longer available).  The accessories are from everywhere; too many places to list all & some I can’t seem remember.

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Fuljoy & be blessed!

Summer Green & Orange

When it comes to some colors we think they are limited to certain seasons. That’s not the case!  It all depends how the colors are worn & with what. It’s perfectly okay to wear yellow during the fall & winter.  It’s all about execution. Wearing orange with a darker green is also acceptable during the summer.

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It shocked me when someone said, “wow, never thought of wearing green & orange combination in the summer.” But why not? It looks perfectly fine to me. My eyebrows were scrunched, I’m sure. Styled by JReid used that as the perfect opportunity for a brief tutorial. Fashion is about taking risks, experimenting, having fun, & self expression. Fashion is art.

FullSizeRender (30)All items worn are very cool & summery.  Bermuda shorts, sheer-sleeveless shirt & peep-toe pumps.  Worn with closed toe booties, tights, a sweater, jacket or coat with a scarf (basically layers) would easily transition the fit from spring & summer to fall & winter. Just to list a few ideas. Remember, accessories can change the dynamics of an outfit drastically.

Have fun fashionably!

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All items from my current wardrobe & exacts are no longer available.

Enjoy & be blessed!!

Hidden Away!

IMG_1520 (1)I wake up everyday extremely thankful to GOD for an abundance of clothes.  This Sunday was one of those days as I discovered a few dresses that haven’t been worn in years.  The last time this dress was worn, it was to one of my cousin’s wedding in 2013. Since I hadn’t worn it in so long if felt like I was wearing something new. It’s simply amazing what can be found in one’s wardrobe.  Purchasing something new isn’t always necessary.IMG_1519 (Sorry for the crazy faces; the sun was out with a vengeance.)FullSizeRender (25)

Take time going through your wardrobe to find all hidden gems.  Be sure to try them on to ensure they still fit comfortably & are flattering on.  Change the shoes & accessories to style it differently than the last time it was worn. Don’t forget about hats, scarves, cardigans, blazers, belts, brooches, ties & jewelry; they’re all great accessories & can remix repeated looks.

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Items worn:

GAP blazer:

NY & Company dress:

Shoe Dazzle pumps:

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Enjoy & be blessed!!