Fifty Shades of Beige

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Whether your newfound glory is sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace or playing up the layering trend, there’s a seasonal change that we’ve recently come to terms with in the Windy City – the nonchalant tonal shrug from crisp autumn breeze towards blistering winter chills.

Long gone were the days where a prismatic array of floral prints, soft pastels, and color mash-ups sprawled over Paris Fashion Week runways and emulated in our daily wares. Though bone-chilling the weather may be, swaying us away from trendy pieces like pleated skirts and crop tops, we have a swoon-worthy selection of luxe fabrics and crisp silhouettes to work into our wardrobe. From Céline’s longline duster coats to Helmut Lang’s shearling biker jacket, we have countless ways to integrate new fashion powerhouse designs into our ensembles while embracing a new season to come. Stylishly. No gritty teeth allowed.Oversized-coatsMuubaa-Aurora-Shearling-Biker-Jacket_1ImageGranted if you follow my blog for a while you’d notice I have an affinity for monochromatic separates (with a hint of colorful accessories), and it’s a given that I admire certain designers for their subtle indications of toned-down colors and classic designs. One of my favorite collections was from Chloé designer Clare Waight Keller sartorially introduced at Gustave Eiffel-Lycée Carno. Her minimalistic choice of colors entailed desert–khaki, camel, sand, blue and white, all of which are minimalistic hues that emphasized clean silhouettes and placid colors (like this biker jacket that exudes cool minimalistic edge).Chloe 2012_FFImage

I enjoyed perusing her collection because I believe classic staples are essential in our wardrobe at any given time, and multiple shades of beige like cream, camel, dessert sand, and unbleached silk are great foundations to build into a full-fledged outfit.

The choice is abundant — pair a caramel fuzzy sweater with distressed denim jeans, or for slightly cooler days experiment with the same color scheme by mixing a heavier fabric like cashmere with a lightweight button down shirt. In my outfit today I paired a baroque-styled cream shirt with a brown and beige wool cape, which I then added on suede boots (reminding me of these Rag & Bone ones I’ve been eyeing), Prada cat-eye shades, Seven jeans scored from a Shopbop sale (currently 30% to 70% OFF Seven and Citizens of Humanity Jeans at shopbop.com!) and a chocolate brown duffel bag in a classic silhouette to complete the streamlined look without going that off-kilter road.

What’s your take on the luxe layering trend, and have you put together an outfit with the simplistic triad of beige, brown and cream? 🙂

Xo~ Lena

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Top: Forever 21// Pants: J Brand// Cape: Club Monaco// Heels: Vince Camuto// Bag: Louis Vuitton// Shades: Prada// Necklace: Thailand

142 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Beige

  1. waa, it’s officially winter! it snowed a little in korea last night too! one thing i realized when i came here is.. how on earth do you stay so chic in this cold weather lena?! i can only seem to stay alive by bundling up in parkas 😐

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    • Oh that’s a very good question Annie I would say layering up nicely and thinking it’s not cold? Haha~ that’s my thought when I do these shoots, smiling thru the good and bad!! Have fun in Korea girl looking forward to your travel posts!! xoxo~

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  2. I am def. like you where I pick mostly neutral items and then add pops of color. I love your pop of color with jewelry! Your outfit today looks great! It looks very comfortable and stylish without screaming “look at me!” subtly beautiful and on point! love it!

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    • Thank you Rachel that’s very sweet of you I’m glad you like my choice of clothing. With the cold weather around classic colors of black, grey and beige are great ways to work an ensemble and I’m glad you feel the same! 🙂

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    • Oh really, I didn’t even read the book because it was so talked about I felt like I knew the story already! And who needs grey when you can have all the fun with beige right? Lol~ well thanks for stopping by Shireen I hope you have a spectacular Friday!! xoxo~

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  3. You have such great taste. This look is classic but you’ve given it a lot of oomph with that statement necklace. You look beautiful!

    Also, you are a very talented writer – I love your writing style; it keeps me engaged in your posts! XO- Danielle

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    • Thank you Danielle, that’s the highest regard as a talented writer! I always think of myself as a writer, a literal illustrator, before a fashion enthusiast, and I’m so happy that you like my writing as much as my photos. Thank you love you just made my day!! Have a great one! 🙂

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    • Thanks Mojisola that’s great to hear you enjoy my writing, it means a lot to me especially the fact that I consider myself a writer before a fashion enthusiast so I’m glad you find my literal musing entertaining! And yes this necklace is spectacular I got it from a village in Thailand so it has a lot of ethnic flair to it! Where in Africa are you from? I love African accessories my friend got me this clutch (http://felinecreatures.com/2014/10/06/shades-of-neoprene-blue/) from Kenya and I adore the trapeze style and unique print! Have a great one dear!! xoxo~

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      • Oh that’s great to know you’re an avid writer as well, and you’ve definitely got the fashionable look down pat! I hope to see more of your chic and classy outfits in the future dear, and hopefully featuring a Nigerian traditional outfit too! 😀

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  4. Lena, your post titles are always so creative and this one is no exception! 🙂 Beautiful cape, but I should also add your blush is really nice on your skin tone, especially on a snowy day! 🙂 xx

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  5. Okay, Lena, my dear, you are not helping me abstain from coat purchases with all of your wonderful coat features recently. haha. You have such wonderful taste! That coat looks absolutely gorgeous on you! I like the pattern and fuzzy texture too. And the lovely orange statement necklace is a perfect addition to an monochrome look. I hope you have a terrific day! xx Lauren http://www.ginnysclosetblog.com

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    • Thanks love! Yes this Club Monaco one is my all time fav – they have an amazing selection of outerwear! Plus a good coat is worth the investment especially with the winter dropping to the single digits! Stay warm and stylish as you always do Lauren!! xo~

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