Whimsical Blazers: That time Grace Kelly was a woodland creature

Wearing Collars Without Regret: Subtle Elegant

Grace Kelly.

One, two, three.. group sigh. Every woman loves her, in a way that, when your boyfriend says “Grace Kelly was pretty beautiful, huh?” you say, “Pretty beautiful? Pretty beautiful?! Are you blind, nitwit? Dweebface? Butthead? Who are you?”

When he says Jennifer Anniston is cute, you say “Ew, her nose.”

This is my half-baked homage to everyone’s favorite Disney princess, Kate Middleton a close second, right behind Ariel (who of you seriously didn’t get your babysitter to dress you up like a mermaid when you were little so you could sing “Up where they walk, up where they talk, up where they PWAY ALL DAY IN THE SUN!”?). This is Grace Kelly meets Titania, or, at worst, Ophelia. Something about the dress and its romantic, winding detail exudes natural whimsy and an elegant playfulness. The shoe plays off of a vintage student Oxford, in the perfect shade of camel leather that states timeless, understated style–the youthful, flirtatious answer to the red peep-toe or black suede almond toe pump. The dress could be played highly formal, but in this instance, the Oxford brings it back down to earth, in a fresh, yet refined, way. ThisĀ is not-trying-too-hard, just hard enough.

The gold dagger collar necklace complements the negative space left on your chest by the sweetheart neckline of the frock, and brings in a cooler, more modern sense of elegance, with just a hint of trend and know-what. The wayfarers, of course, a classic, pose a film-star-vacationing-in-Cannes vision and help you with a bit of classic, vintage cool. The clutch is tidy and geometric, playing off the loose flow of the dress; the deep shade of emerald works subtly with a shade in the detail of the dress’ bustier.

The blazer is your focus trend piece, which is somewhat ironic, as it’s quite possibly the most timeless piece of the entire outfit. Nonetheless, blazers and structured jackets are set to be everyone’s street trend staple this fall, so here a classic cream wrap-blazer plays at both current style and chic, timeless glamour, seeming to pop out of one of the wardrobes of a 1950s film star. The lines are totally elegant, yet the wrap reads feminine , over power suit.

Leave the bracelets on your dresser and let the line of your arm and bare wrists play delicate for you.

For the hair, two options: gentle Veronica Lake waves with a light, beaded across the brow, or go all Grace and pull your mane into a low chignon.

If you forego the collar necklace, add a pair of gold drop earrings–gold drop pearls would be particularly nice. If you keep the necklace, go without earrings altogether or wear a simple pair of diamond studs. The goal here is elegance, not overload.

Most importantly, blazers are still on sale at sheinside.com until the end of today! 40% off with code fallsuit2012. Try this for the look, a total find at 40% off:

Go ye and Grace it.

For a complete look at the first set, go here.

About theStylistQuo

I'm a twentysomething living in Memphis, TN committed to the idea that we've lost the art of living. I'm here to help you bring it back! I adore food and entertaining, classic style steeped in a little bit of trendiness, and traveling. I'd be delighted to show you how to prepare the very best filet mignon, style trends in a way that won't make you groan when you see photos in ten years, and create the perfect playlist to set the mood for a party. I am the Stylist Quo. This is my answer to the lost art of living; this is my idea of how to bring style into every crevice of your life.
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