Hello everyone! Today I have something extra-special to share with you. I recently was approached by Juny, a super sweet reader who actually owns her own US-based Asian fashion boutique, www.junys.com. We both thought it would be super fun to do a little fashion challenge using a piece from her store, which is just perfect for me because I rarely wear the same outfit twice!
I personally love styling the same thing in many ways so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show the versatility of a statement piece like this navy, cap-sleeved Zara cardigan that Juny sent me for the challenge. Sequins are HUGE this season and although it may seem like an intimidating trend for some to wear, it's really not as hard to rock as you might think.
It's so difficult to capture the true beauty of anything that sparkles on camera but I'm not kidding, this thing is really nice. The fabric feels weighty and the front has a few flat metal hooks that invisibly closes the front (not the cheap wire kind).
OUTFIT 1: Party Style
So for my first outfit, I decided to wear the cardigan in the traditional way. I wore a black silk dress by Free People with lacey tights to balance the texture of the top. I also added a black fur neck wrap since it was FREEZING outside and to add another layer of texture. The neutral black really helps the navy sequins to pop!
OUTFIT 2: Work Style
Next, I thought about how you could wear this cardigan at the office. Naturally, this is a fairly loud piece so if you work for a super conservative office this probably won't fly but in a more fashionable office that still requires employees to follow a dress code, this can really bring a dull outfit up a notch! I pinned up all of the hooks and wore the cardi as a vest over a white collared shirt and plaid pencil skirt from Arden B. A black blazer finishes the look. (lol, you can see snow began to fall! >.<)
OUTFIT 3: Street Style
This outfit is something I'd wear on weekends. Fashionable but casual with a street flavor. I like the contrast of something a little dressy with something VERY casual like these black canvas boots. I wore a 3/4 sleeve waffle shirt and deer tee from Forever 21, my faaaaavorite Bullhead Solana acid wash jeans from Pac Sun, vintage necklace, and borrowed the hat from my dear friend Hannah who was my photographer for the day! :D (Thank you Hannah I love you so much!!!)
OUTFIT 4: Casual Jen Style
Lol, I didn't know what to call this outfit but it is casual and quintessentially Jen. Ballerina style maybe. I again wore the sequins as a vest under a grey boyfriend cardigan. The rest of the outfit is pretty simple for me, white tank, Forever 21 necklace, pale blue flounce skirt from Abercrombie a few years back, black leggings, grey legwarmers from Target, and my Stevie's sweater boots. Nobody ever tell me leggings or legwarmers are out of style because I will cry and tell you you are wrong.
An overarching idea for all 4 outfits is balance. There should be visual interest at each level of your body so that the sequin cardigan doesn't overtake the outfit. Remember, you should be wearing it not the other way around. ;)
Did you notice the photo quality getting worse as pics went along? The snow/sleet was doing crazy things to the focus on my camera. XD Omg, it's been soo cold here! Right now it's 9 degrees F! I hate cold weather since I shiver like a chihuahua. I only like the cute sweaters and accessories that you wear when it's like this. Hehe.
In other random news, I finally saw New Moon last night. It was cheesy indeed but very adorable! I enjoyed it much more than the first film. I'm liking the idea of switching directors for each film because it gives the movies more depth as a whole. So glad the wolves were well-done!
Anyway, keep your eyes peeled because Juny is going to be sponsoring a giveaway in my next post. Woohoo for free awesome stuff! Be sure to check out www.junys.com for more cute Asian clothes for a very reasonable price compared to other shops I've seen!
Note: This cardigan was sent to me from Juny as a promotional piece and I was not in any way asked to give a positive or negative review about it. I was not paid in any way and I try to make all my reviews totally honest. :)