Dress: Nordstrom, similar here; Ballet flats: Sam Edelmen “Felicia” Flat; Sunglasses: Kate Spade “Gayla” Sunglasses; “Love” Necklace: Something Silver.
Meet Issa, my sister and psuedo-twin — we share a birthday and a closet. We have very different careers and, in turn, very different senses of style. Issa is the mastermind behind the majority of the 5 o’clock Sunday “Look of the Day” photos and by day she’s a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at a local middle school. The one thing about 11 year olds is that they are hyper-focused on visual details which makes her acutely aware of her personal style everyday.
I like to think of her as a combination of Zoey Deschanel and hipster tomboy chic. I finally got her in front of the camera to capture a few of her work-day wardrobe looks. She may be more taking photos until now but I’m excited to feature her more on the blog in the future.
On Brooks: Dress: Divided from H&M– similar here; Shoes: Vince Camuto; Bag Belt: Michael Kors; Sunglasses: Justin by RayBan
One benefit of living with your sister and best friends is a more than a tripled wardrobe and one of the best things about sharing is that I get to see all of our clothes styled in three very different ways. My sister and I share a birthday, a size and a closet but have a very different sense of personal style. She always seems to feel a bit more pulled together than I do with her casual cool hipster-teacher vibe. I caught her post class Friday to snap some 5 o’clock photos and am excited to feature her a bit more on the blog especially to show how she styles my staples in the future.
Side note on the messy bun half-up trend: At first I wasn’t a believer, thinking that there was absolutely no way this look was going to be flattering on anyone other than supermodel-esque, baby-faced twenty two year olds but after a few days of dirty hair half up attempts, I’m officially on board. More about my new messy bun obsession to come.
Top and bottom: Target; Shoes: Nine West; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag; Jewelry: Random assortment of bracelets from Kenyan Flea Market
Girls night dinner and drinks wearing my impulse-buy top and bottom from Target. Styling tip: Shorten the top by 1.5″ for an edgier trendy crop top and skirt combo.
Leather Pants: H&M; Wedge Desert Boots: Aldo; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag; Jewelry: Random assortment of bracelets from Kenyan Flea Market; Flannel Shirt: Vintage; T-shirt: Target
A lot of fashion folk talk about uniforms. This is one of the of the first pieces of advice I give to my friends when giving them shopping advice. “It’s less about trying new things all of the time and really about figuring out a few uniforms that work for your lifestyle. Then you simply build a wardrobe around those basic equations.” I may look like I change it up every day but really I just rotate between different combinations of uniforms all built for a specific purpose in my life. For example, this is my go-to casual work uniform.
Skinny jeans + boots or sneakers + comfy tshirt + mens button-down shirt (tied around waist so it can double as a coat) = Casual downtown vibe
It’s the perfect studio look, comfortable enough to sit in while sketching all day yet downtown cool enough to go meet “the guy” after work for a drink without having to change. I can wear it to photoshoots and move around easily with my models or run around town to art galleries and fabric stores without feeling like a complete slob.
More on my other life uniforms to come.
Dress: Zara; Over-the-knee boots: Bakers Shoes; Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody Bag; Jewelry: Cuff from Forever 21, Bracelet from Kenyan Flea Market
I, personally, love the late summer weather in San Francisco. The mild heat allows me to live in my favorite combination of dresses and boots. These last few years, I have built quite the collection of over-the-knee boots– one might say I’m a bit obsessed and they have become part of my weekly uniform. Between the boots and the micro-mini hemlines hanging on every available space, my room hints at quite the Pretty Woman vibe.
Two things about these boots that I’ve learned over the years of experimenting with them: 1. These aren’t shoes you wear to NOT get attention. No matter what you pair them with, just accept the cat calls and “Wow, great boots Miss.” But let’s be honest, you don’t wear over-the-knee boots to be discrete. And 2. They pair best with slouchy layers, longer hemlines or second-skin denim. If you really want to rock the mini hemline — and, yes, I have my Pretty Woman moments too– just throw on an oversized sweater or sheer black tights to keep it more city street chic and less city street walker.
Full disclosure: Ever since I recently started posting my outfits on 5 o’clock, I’ve had this urge to purchase more statement purses and sunglasses. For anyone that knows me and my personal style, this is a very strange reaction. Blogging definitely makes you feel as if you have to be more accountable for your fashion choices each day. It gets kind of redundant showing detail shots of the same bag and shoe every post. Honesty, in the past, I’ve never been the girl who needed 10+ designer bags and glasses to rotate between my looks. I was never a bag girl. Every Christmas, I buy myself a new handbag, usually a practical, black, cross-body bag and after about a year I’m just about ready for a new one. My accessory choices have always been based in practicality above all else. Lately, however, I crave a bit more diversity.
We will see where this new chapter of accessories takes me but I promise you – Dear Reader- that I’m going to try and stick with that kind of authenticity while posting on here. More power to the ladies out there that can remember to switch their car keys, wallet and various smart devices to a new corresponding bag each morning but, I’ll be honest, I’m lucky if I get out of the house with my sanity and the puppy in tow. #realtalk #workingonit #bloggerproblems
Skirt: Brandy Melville, Top: Forever21, Leather Jacket: H & M, Sunglasses: RayBan
I’ve always had an issue pulling off the skater skirt trend. I was in middle school the first time the trend hit us. I styled them with oxford and knee socks a la Clueless and with Doc Martens and flannel waists a la Seattle grunge. Neither version ever felt quite right. As a woman with a bit of a derriere for my small frame, the fit and length never seemed to do much for me. I have the same apprehension with the shift dress. Rather than skim my form subtly it always seemed to catch me at the entirely wrong part. Then along came the skater skirt + crop top combination and I decided to give the trend another try 15 years later, this time with a bit of an edge.
I’ve tried everything from full circle skirts to semi-circle pleated cuts and still couldn’t find my perfect skater shape. Finally, I ran across this version from Brandy Melville and with its seaming and subtle pleats I may have finally met my match.