How She’d Wear It with Style and Cheek

By Tuesday, January 29, 2013 0 Permalink

Today is the last emerald post over at The Lady and The Beard. It went by so fast! New month, new trend so get ready for something else entirely for February. And don’t be shy, if there’s a trend you want us to feature for a month, let us know. Anyway, check out Jamie’s blog The Lady and The Beard and her Friday Favorites – especially the video of the grandma dancing to Rack City.

Emerald Dresses

When I started making the collages for How She’d Wear It: Emerald, I figured I’d end the series with dresses. It seemed like a fitting choice because dresses are real stand-out pieces, but I was having some serious problems with inspiration. It wasn’t until Jamie emailed me with some dress options for her engagement photos that I really got into the idea. She asked me my opinion on shoes for the dress she liked, and as always with emerald there were a lot of options – black, nude, gold, even bright colors. With that in mind, when I put this collage together I expected to find a nice purple or burgundy pump but then I found orange. I would have never chosen orange if I wasn’t forcing myself to be open to color, but taking chances is the only way to really know what works best with any outfit.

Next week we will focus on a new trend for the month of February. We may be done featuring emerald but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still keep your eye out for emerald inspiration. If you’re a big TV fan (like we are) you’ll notice how everyone seems to be wearing it. It’s been all over Revenge, Hart of Dixie, even Top Chef. It’s everywhere!

Emerald Strapless Dress - Style and Cheek | Emerald Dresses

This is not how I thought this outfit would turn out. I’d planned for purple and ended up with a lot of white and gold. Making collages is a lot like putting together an outfit in real life. You have an idea in your head but as you start pulling out pieces you realize it’s become something else entirely. A ladylike coat is a great choice for a strapless dress and the combination of this bright emerald with white and gold is very sleek but romantic.

1. Kate Spade New York Large “Gumdrops” Stud Earrings

2. Michael Kors Buckle Bangle

3. Michael Kors Watch Resin-Horn Bracelet

4. Michael Kors Tonne Large Fold Over Clutch with Tassel

5. alice + olivia Dina Snake Embossed Pumps

6. Modcloth Vert-ing with the Idea Dress

7. GOAT Redgrave Summer Coat

Emerald Dresses

I texted Jamie asking her opinion on fur coats. I wanted to make sure we felt the same before I sent her an outfit featuring a trend she may not even like. Turns out, she was going to text me that same day asking for my opinion on a fur shawl she wanted to wear that night. If that doesn’t show you why we were meant to be collaborators, I don’t know what will. This outfit is modernized vintage. It’s a bit of a throwback with the fur coat and shape of the dress, but still relevant today with the shape of the heel and pyramid earrings. A neutral palette works well with the bolder shades.

1. Moratorium Single Small Solid Pyramid Earrings

2. RJ Graziano Multi Set Bangle Bracelets

3. ALDO Swingle Clutch in Gold

4. Modcloth Everyday Energy Heel in Orange

5. Modcloth I Think I Can Dress

6. Vintage Faux Fur Coat