Katie Lee’s vibrant, stylish wardrobe isn’t dictated by her workplace. Her office—she’s a Web content strategist for Jewelry Television—is comfortable and laid-back. (Lucky.) But Katie, who’s a fashion blogger in her free time, likes to step up her game with bright hues and pretty pieces. As a lifelong Southerner, Katie likes to mix gingham, pearls, and sundresses with edgier, more modern elements.
“I don’t ever want to look like a classic Southern belle,” she says. “But there’s something about that girl that’s very much a part of me.”
What’s your daytime work style?
Our work environment is business casual (it’s jeans-friendly), but I typically like to dress up most days. You can usually find me in heels and a colorful pencil skirt or a fun printed dress. I do dress down some outfits by throwing on a denim jacket or cute loafers.
How do you take your look from office to evening?
I usually stash some glam jewelry in my bag to dress up my work look for an evening date or happy hour with the girls. I often take into consideration what my postwork plans are when deciding what to wear—that makes for an easy transition. Strappy heels, pretty jewelry, or an embellished jacket are my go-tos to throw on after work.
My jewelry favorites are almost always changing. I've been a big fan of stacked bracelets for a while, but lately I’ve shifted to statement necklaces and dainty rings. I’m really loving a bold, sparkly necklace—even better if you pile on three or four at a time! I also am really into slim, stackable rings. They look great spread out or all stacked on one finger.
What’s your weekend style?
My weekend style is pretty laid back. This fall I’m reaching for easy dresses and menswear-style flats or casual booties. In the colder months I layer my dresses: with a denim vest and leather jacket, or just with a big scarf, a coat, and tights. One of my favorite parts about dressing for the colder months is layering.
What’s your best piece of personal style advice?
Don't be afraid to mix and match unexpected colors. I’m crazy about color and usually try to find an unexpected color combo for my outfits. A summer favorite was purple and orange. I’m not sure what I’ll reach for this fall, but I’m excited to find out.
See our stylist's picks on the next page.
1. The Suede Loafer
These menswear-style loafers in two-tone orange take any outfit from drab to fab. They are perfect for a day at the office or just running errands on the weekend.
Piper suede smoking loafers $98, available at anntaylor.com.
2. The Gingham Shirt
Gingham is an old-school pattern that becomes fashion-forward when you pair it with boyfriend jeans, heels, and a statement necklace. Reinvent how you’d wear something that can be seen as boring and stiff.
Gingham shirt, $50, available at gap.com.
3. The Tunic Dress
Wear this stylish number to the office with heels or booties, then dress it down on the weekend with a pair of flats. Invest in pieces that offer versatility and can be worn for different occasions.
Madewell cargo tunic dress, $155, available at madewell.com.
4. The Jeweled Necklace
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Accessories are often overlooked and can transform an outfit or update a look. This pendant necklace goes with everything and can easily be layered with shorter necklaces.
Anthropologie necklace, $58, available at anthropologie.com.
5.The Moto Jacket
You can never go wrong with gray. It’s such a versatile color that complements everything. This modern take on the classic motorcycle jacket is slim and chic.
Faux leather motorcycle jacket, $99.99, available at macys.com.
6. The Boyfriend Jean
Yes, the boyfriend jean is a very trendy look—so don’t spend a lot of money at first. Test the waters; if you like how the trend works on you, consider investing in a high-quality pair of denim.
Asos boyfriend jeans, $41, available at asos.com.
7. The Leopard-Print Scarf
Leopard is another classic print that will never go out of style. There are so many ways to wear this pattern, and it makes any outfit pop.
The Limited scarf, $33, available at thelimited.com.
8. The Cross-Body Bag
Katie isn’t afraid of color, nor is she afraid to mix and match unexpected hues. This bright handbag is the perfect way to top off any look she pulls together.
Rebecca Minkoff camera bag, $195, available at rebeccaminkoff.com.
Looking for a fashion adventure? Meet Alicia Barone, LuxeStyleNYC.com’s personal shopping and styling expert. She's fashion’s fix-it girl who knows what works and what doesn’t. Put your hangers in her hands.
Feel like you need a fall wardrobe revamp? Contact Alicia now and get 15% off of your first session.