The New Neutral: Silver

Start your summer season off right with a little metallic charm in your life. We’re forever obsessing over all things metallic, but specifically silver. Adding a little shine can amp up any basic jeans and tee shirt look, or complete any work wear look.

We often only gravitate towards silver shoes or jewelry when dressing up for a special occasion. Step outside the norm, and start curating silver pieces that give your everyday wardrobe a refresh too.

Adding a sophisticated silver sandal or pump can really change the look of any outfit. We like pairing a silver pump with a boyfriend jean and leather top for an edgy night out look. Or pair a strappy sandal with a mini skirt or leather shorts for a summer concert look.

For your work wardrobe, grab a great silver oxford or flat to wear with an A-Line dress or shift dress. Complete your work wear look with a third piece like a bold, colorful blazer or jacket over your dress. We chose a similar look for our mood board, see the cobalt blue blazer which compliments the silver shoes in such a chic way.

If punchy colors are not in your wheel house, pair your silver accessories with pastel colored shirts and skirts. While silver is a great way to class up your edgier outfits, this neutral is also a great way to complete your ultra feminine sensibility.

Pairing flat, silver sandals with a sky blue button-up, and a pink midi skirt, will keep you comfortable and fashionable all season long. Another classically feminine way to pair silver is with white. These two colors, silver and white, are classic compliments for any occasion, day or night.

How will you wear silver this summer?  Let us know in the comments below.

Ashleigh K. Copeland

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Why Women Need to Wear Valentino

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Stunning is the first word dripping off my tongue watching the Valentino spring 2019 collection.  The beautiful drama running down the runway in mixed prints, bold black and white, neutrals, and of course signature Valentino red.  However short this presentation, it seems like it lasted for an hour, in a good way of course.  This collection is a story told by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli.  The story could be about any number of things, depending on your point of view.  For me, this collection is the story of women in 2018.

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Black draped garments start off the story making a bold statement about being comfortable with wearing glamour, and choosing not to hide or shrink away.  Feathers trail behind on the runway, falling from embellished sandals.  Millinery is on the rise here, with avant-garde feathered hats creating an orbital pull, further engaging the audience.  Street style is a heavy influence here, seen in the oversized gold hoop earrings, amongst other accessories.

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Part two of our story injects neutrals beyond the black hemisphere.  Khaki and white brighten up the sea of black garments.  Pops of Valentino red sprinkled throughout the middle of the collection on pleated maxi skirts and couture level dresses.  For me this collection is about layers.  Peeling back the mourning and heavy cloaking that some women choose to hide behind, especially during such a tumultuous year as 2018.

The last part of the collection still shows intriguing hues of plums and browns.  Spring 2019 is to be about standing out and being confident in who you are.  As the finale approaches, glittering, contrasting prints in mint, bubblegum pink, rich plum, and burnt orange breakthrough.  Like every show there will be pieces that never make it to mass market, or even make it past the red carpet, but there are so many looks here that any woman would look good wearing.

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The finale brings chills to my spine as each model took their final walk down the runway.  A collective wave of comfort, security, and ease seems to be felt by the audience for creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s spring collection.

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Your Next Trendy, Traditional Pant

At AKCstyle we are all about how to make a trendy piece into an everyday essential.  Just because something isn’t classic or traditional, doesn’t mean it isn’t functional.  This is true for so many different types of fashion trends, but today, we’re talking about our latest obsession… the paper bag pant.

While the paper bag pant never really “fell out of fashion”, the popularity of the trendy pant fluctuates over time.  Spring 2019 is the season of this trend.  Mainly because of the versatility it brings to your wardrobe, it’s easy to style for any occasion, and these pants are so comfortable.  Whether you are tall or short, curvy or pencil thin, wearing these to work or heading to brunch with your friends, the paper bag pant is for you. 

We’re seeing so many versions of this style pant.  Everything from shorts, to tapered or pleated pants, wide leg, cropped, or more typically flared legs.  The drawstring helps define your waistline and can easily become the focal point of your look. 

Drawing your eye directly to your tummy is something most women try to avoid, this can be a positive when wearing a paper bag pant.  Most versions of this pant have a high-waist, so they will sit just above your belly button, covering anything you’re self-conscious about. 

The key to why these pants are so amazing is the oversized drawstring which also gives you the illusion of wearing a belt.  So, tucking in a solid color tee or blouse won’t make you feel under dressed when wearing the paper bag pant.

Pairing this trend with a block heel pump, or ankle strap sandal, gives you a great date night look with a cropped tank, or graphic tee, and your favorite jewelry.

Wearing these pants for work is made easier with a plain top and loads of accessories to keep from looking to casual. Check out our Pinterest page for some accessory inspiration.

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not this trend is for you, start with a simpler version.  Try pairing a paper bag short with a solid tank top and flat sandals, for your next vacation ready look.

Are you into our latest obsession?  Let us know in the comments below.

-Ashleigh K. Copeland

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Dream in Color by Prada

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Over the years, Miuccia Prada has turned out some memorable fashion shows for the brand in her namesake.  Prada continues to outdo herself by leaping to new creative heights every season.  Each collection has an inspiration made real by the scenery, music, and ambiance of her runway shows.  Prada asks you to dream bigger, look into the future, and expand your ideas about what fashion is supposed to be.  For 11 minutes, the audience is brought into the mind of Miuccia Prada and her team.  It is apparent how detail-oriented the Prada team is when it comes to the brand’s footwear & accessories collections.

For Prada’s spring 2019 collection the shining lights of the entire show are the accessories.  Each model is adorned with a futuristic, 1960s inspired head piece.  Some are studded to look like crowns, others are finished with a colorful satin.  Either way, every women walking on the runway looks like they are rocking a crown.

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Legwear is another huge take way in the accessories division.  Every look is accompanied by opaque knee highs with the signature, triangular, Prada logo showcased on the side of the calf.  These school girl style knee highs won’t be considered a fall-only staple going into 2019.

Along with legwear comes footwear.  The always innovative mind of Prada does not disappoint this season.  Platform oxfords that are reminiscent of Nike Air Max 270s, at least the extreme fashion version of them.  Slingback, negative heel, Mary Jane pumps, with peep-toe and Prada logo accents, in colors to match the bags.  Last but not least, new age loafers and flat sandals made in multi-colored knitted fabrics.

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Of course, who can live without fawning over the fantastic handbags almost every model carried on the crook of her arm.  Luxurious leathers in red, stark white, creamy ivory, black, baby doll pink, saddle tan, and even tie-dye.  As usual, Prada will be dictating the eyewear trends for next year as well.  Back to oversized, flamboyant, pieces of art used to protect your eyes from those UV rays.


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We’re Obsessing Over This

Today, we’re here to talk about our current shoe obsession…patent leather!  We simply cannot get enough of this glossy finish. We’ve been following this trend for the last few years, and still love it. 

Wear your patent as a stacked patent leather boots, sleek patent pumps, or adorable, men’s inspired oxfords.  Street style queens, and influencers alike, are always stomping around New York, Milan, Tokyo, and Paris in patent leather, causing heads to turn on all continents. 

There’s no hiding when you’re rocking patent leather.  This trend is perfect for a night out with your girls, or as a bold choice for a weekend shopping trip.  Patent leather just turns up the volume on any outfit.

Pair your patent oxfords with a cigarette style trouser, graphic tee, and tailored blazer for a modern business look. Or pair your patent boots with flared denim and oversized outerwear, and your favorite pullover.

Re-create our favorite street style trend by throwing a neutral turtleneck under a long, navy trench coat, grey plaid pants, or light wash denim, and of course patent boots.

You’re sure to create a buzz in your patent look!  Are you feeling the patent craze?  Let us know below and on our Instagram @AKCstyle






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Your Next Essential: The Pullover

Welcome back to AKCstyle!  Winter may be over, but we all still have one piece we’re clinging to this spring. Our early spring essential is the pullover sweater. Wear it casually, or a little dressed up for a fun fashion moment. Dig into your closet and find your pullovers before the humidity hits Boston. Our latest obsessions for the month, are oversized coats and classic pullover sweaters. 

No New England closet is complete without at least a few pullover sweaters.  Whether your pullover is casual or dressed up, we’re here to show you how to maximize the number of looks you can pull off with this staple piece.

Pair a casual pullover with your oversized coat or jacket to make a statement this season.  We love pairing a neutral color sweater with denim or a mini skirt to pull this look together.

Wear your pullover turtleneck in white or gray with a plaid mini or dark denim for a more traditional and business casual look.

Or, get comfy in a chunky, bright colored pullover with light wash denim, and neutral colored booties.

The pullover sweater will never go out of style, so this is sure to be a piece you will always wear.  It’s worth investing in neutral colors like white, black, gray, and tan to wear year after year.  Go for bold cobalt blues, corals and reds, yellows, and even shades of green for a trendier look.

What’s your go to sweater look this season?  Comment below and follow us on Instagram @AKCstyle.

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Give Your Skin A Break!

The calendar may read May, but it still feels like early March here in New England.  Frigid temperatures, cuddling up by a toasty fire, throwing on wool socks, and layering up on the moisturizer are in the rear view mirror.  But, the chilly, rainy weather hasn’t yet caught the hint that we’re longing for sunny days with 70 degree temps.

While we can’t force the weather to change, we can get into a spring mindset with our skincare routines.  No need to keep lathering up on the thick moisturizers and oil based serums we use in winter.  Keep reading for helpful tips to get your skin on track for (hopefully soon) more agreeable weather.

1.Use a face moisturizer with a water-based formula

Humidity & heavy moisturizers are not friends, think oil and water. Choose something with Hyaluronic acid instead. Light moisturizers help keep sweat and toxins from building up in our pores.

2. Up your SPF game

Spring is a high risk time of year for our skin. We don’t often expect the sun to be as harsh in spring, as we do in summer. Switch out your SPF 30 moisturizer for SPF 50 giving your face maximum protection from those rays. While this may not be everyone’s desired SPF strength, the point is we need more protection from the sun rays in warmer weather. Protection is key, be gentle on your skin.

3. Let your pores see the light of day

After a long day in the sun, toxins and pollutants linger on your skin just as they do in the air. Wash your face with a cleanser after taking your makeup off each night. Cleansing your face before bed, gives you a clean canvas for the next day. Your pores will thank you!

4. Exfoliate!

The best time to exfoliate is when you feel your skin is dry. Try a moisturizing or exfoliating mask up to three times per week. Less is more when it comes to masks. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and gives your pores the chance to see the light of day, free and clear.

5. Throw away your old products & clean your makeup brushes

We all do it, holding onto an old foundation or moisturizer for as long as we possibly can due to cost of a new one or sentimental value. Maybe it was an expensive serum or concealer your mom gifted you after graduation. Or a great shade of blush you splurged on. Well, it’s time to stop and evaluate how long it’s been in your makeup bag.

Harmful bacteria and buildup are probably lurking in your old products and supplies. Makeup brushes are the worst offenders here. Clean your brushes frequently with soapy water, and blow dry them instead of letting them air dry. You wash your face daily, why wouldn’t you wash your brushes frequently too?

Wash your face to unblock your pores, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, switch to a water-based moisturizer, up the strength of your SPF, and throw out your old products. Seems pretty basic, but I can attest that change is not easy.  After switching up my skincare routine and using brand new makeup brushes, my skin is clearer and I’m ready to take on spring! 

The most important thing to remember this spring is to be gentle on your skin, by protecting it. 

What’s the best skincare advice you’ve received? Comment below!

Until next time, fashion your best way,

Ashleigh K. Copeland

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