My father once told me that his favorite color on me was brown. I was confused and a little taken aback (perhaps even slightly miffed): brown?! Of all the feminine colors out there, how could he associate constantly-in-color me with brown?! But I slowly realized that brown is in fact one of the most flattering shades on a brunette — and one of the classiest colors imaginable when in a rich fabric or accented with ivory. It’s as yummy-looking a combination as a perfectly-prepared mocha.
Add some enorma-shades in tortoise shell (Kate Spade, $148, Nordstrom) and these Enzo Angiolini tortoise pumps (I’m obsessed with this style — and they’re so affordable! — on sale for $53, Zappos), and you’ll be classiest thing your office has ever seen.
Or, if you’re a label luster like myself, check out these picture perfect Louboutins ($775, Neiman Marcus):
Why not punch things up with these fab retro-chic enorma-studs by my personal favorite jewelry designer, Bounkit ($385, Bounkit)?
Alternately, classic pearl studs are always permissible (Mikimoto, $300-$1,400 depending on size, Nordstrom), especially when offset by this eye-catching Amanda Rudey smokey topaz and pearl ring ($140, Max & Chloe):
And — if you’re moving from day-to-night, simply whisk off your artfully-tied scarf and add this lovely hard-case tortoise shell clutch ($99, Johnston & Murphy):
For something a bit more party appropriate, how precious is this tie-dye inspired Campaigne dress (on sale for $119, Bluefly)?
Darling. Adapt the style to your office environment by investing in this Lela Rose dress (on sale for $570, Neiman Marcus):
Because the cut is so femininely demure, you could probably get away with those bold Rupert Sandersons while still looking super refined. If you need something more corporate, I love everything about these classic point-toed suede pumps (Kate Spade, $258, Shirise):
They would look equally appropriate when sported with this bold chocolate-on-white DVF dress (on sale for $211, MyTheresa) and the iconic Mulberry Bayswater in white (one of my all-time favorite bags — and I just found out my little sis snagged one! I’m jeal — $1,000, Mulberry):
For weekend wear, I’m envisioning this espresso-colored Milly top (on sale for $124, ShopTwigs) with your favorite pair of white jeans:
Wear with simple gold t-straps or — how sick are these Chloe flats ($625, Net-A-Porter)?
Then simply add on this adorable Kate Spade tote ($295, Kate Spade):
Round it all out with these killer brown wedges ($187, Matt Bernson):
For poolside lounging, mocha-colored swimwear is surprisingly sophisticated. I love the simplicity and (dare I say this in reference to a bikini?) elegance of this Tooshie two-piece ($182, TheOutnet), especially when worn with a simple wide-brim hat (Eugenia Kim’s hats are all.the.rage — $298, Intermix):
Or, if you’re more in the Kardashian camp of fashion (I’m not ashamed to admit that I obsess over Kourtney Kardashian’s fearless styling), consider layering this leopard print pareo over your bikini (on sale for $14, Spiegel) and sporting some timeless aviators ($139, Ray-Ban):
Or maybe you’re into splashier prints? How unexpected is this Kushcush palm-frond-print bikini ($49 for top, $52 for bottoms — Bluefly):
Super fresh with a billowy white tunic — Calypso always has incredible beachy-chic options, and I’m especially bananas over this Madame A Paris brand cover up they’ve been carrying (on sale for $99, Calypso):
If you’re on the preppier end of the styling spectrum, add this chic Elaine Turner straw bag (very Charlotte York — and on sale for $147, Elaine Turner) and a pair of Lanvin shades (on sale for $146, TheOutnet):
If you count yourself an eclectic dresser, pair with this fun little Kate Spade tote ($338, Endless) with these fearless gold gladiators (I’ve been on the hunt for a flattering pair forever, but just can’t yet make these leap — these are on my short list, however: $175, TheShoeBox):
And, for a dinner out, how about this ridiculously discounted Derek Lam dress ($567, TheOutnet):
Love the upscale tribal chic look — perfect with these sky-high Lanvins ($383, TheOutnet):
If those are too “out there” for you (several of you wish I’d steer away from the platform style), these classic patent leather Valentinos with the fan-accent on the toe are stunning ($298, TheOutnet):