During the wacky-weather month of September, calculating a brilliant look can feel a lot like homework. Just when you thought you needed to add another layer, you suddenly find yourself subtracting, thanks to the rising temps. But, there's a solution to your wardrobe woes! It's called Perfect Outfit Building 101 — and the professors are none other than local blogger legends behind Stop It Right Now, Scene Of Changery, and M Loves M.
These SoCal style savants are straight-up geniuses (just ask any of their pupils for proof!), and they're here to drop some knowledge and teach you the best ways to beat the inevitable Indian Summer heat. Grab your No. 2 pencils, because your closet is about to get sartorially schooled!
What's great about Amber's fall-worthy ensemble is that she's taken the simplest of fashion equations (black + white) and brought it to a whole new level. Never one to pass up an over-the-top look, the Scene of Changery blogger paired a formal lace skirt with one of the most casual closet staples ever, a white button-down. But she didn't stop there — a cinched crop top and round frames finished off the attention-grabbing getup. Go on and stare!
From Left, Clockwise: Helmut Lang Element Button-Down Shirt, $381, available at MyTheresa; ASOS Round Sunglasses, $20.70, available at ASOS; Topshop Lace Corset Style Top, $45, available at Topshop; Gryphon Linda Lace Maxi Skirt, $415, available at Nordstrom; BKE Multi Glitz Bracelet Set, $15, available at Buckle; Diane Von Furstenberg Harper Envelope Clutch, $351, available at Matches.
Photo: Courtesy of Scene of Changery
Jayne Min of Stop It Right Now really should rconsider changing her blog title. If anything, everyone has been telling her the opposite — and, with shout-outs from Vogue, Helmut Lang, and the like, it's easy to see why. This outfit, for example, is one of her best to date — sky-high heels keep those tomboyish shorts in check, and that fuzzy coat will help her stay warm, no matter what coast she's on. As for accessories: Min obviously has minimalist dressing down to a science with a single gold necklace and simple black bag.
From Left, Clockwise: D.EFECT Ursula Grey White Coat, $547, available at Coggles; Argento Vivo Metropolis Pendant Necklace, $148, available at Nordstrom; Opening Ceremony Large Flap Bag, $750, available at Opening Ceremony; Alexander Wang Illusion Pocket Shorts, $385, available at La Garçonne; Topshop Shout Thru Sole Demi Platforme, $170, available at Topshop.
Photo: Courtesy of Stop It Right Now
We think it's pretty clear why we fell in love with Mara's lovely layered look — the M Loves M blogger totally transformed her summer frock with a few strategically placed layers and accessories. Ankle-strap heels and a ladylike purse rather than sandals and a tote elevate this from day to evening in seconds flat. Oh, and that button-down is pure genius — just undo a few of those buttons if things get hot and heavy on your next date night (we're talking about September temps here, people!).
From Left, Clockwise: Steffen Schraut Soft Flannel Open Collar Lucy Silk Blouse, $270, available at Stylebop; Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses, $207, available at Matches; Billie & Blossom Port Crinkle Chiffon Dress, $49, available at Dorothy Perkins; ASOS Open Chain Link Bracelet, $13.80, available at ASOS; Dorothy Perkins Pink Frame Hand Bag, $49, available at Dorothy Perkins; Zara Basic Slingback, $49.90, available at Zara.
Photo: Courtesy of M Loves M