This week's Profile is Melissa Shilling of Philadelphia. Philly Fashion guru Catriona Whitehead tells us why Melissa is this week's That Girl.
What I like about this look.
Overall, this ensemble is about structure and sophistication. Her collared shirt, blazer, wool vest, pants, and even her shoes, have strong lines and specific shapes. While the outfit isn’t exactly minimalist (when one utilizes simple pieces and as little embellishment as possible), it certainly mirrors the general sense of the word; her outfit focuses on black pieces and easy silhouettes. The only embellishment provided, her patterned collared shirt, peeks out from beneath two other layers of apparel. Regardless of its simplicity in color and shape, this ensemble offers so much depth. She has three completely different collars working together, multiple textures to touch and see (brushed wool, worsted wool, cotton, leather, etc.), loafers with an avant-garde look, and bright red lipstick to seal the deal. She looks posh!
Where could this outfit be worn?
This outfit works for both day and night. She could go from work, stop in all of the stores on the street, and walk straight into the bar where all of her friends are waiting for her.
Where can you buy this particular look?
A wool vest just like hers, I have been unable to locate. However, you can find one more or less similar. Check out eBay.com, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and ShopStyle.com. A simple black blazer can be found at such stores as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, H & M, JCrew, ShopStyle.com, and any major department store. A slender-fitting black pant that hits just above the ankle is best found at GAP, JCrew, Polyvore.com, ShopStyle.com, and any major department store. A fashion forward black loafer can be found at ShopStyle.com, Steve Madden, TheFind.com, and most major department stores.
My one ensemble change would be to update the purse. While I appreciate its supple leather and older feel, it appears dull next to her chic outfit. I suggest going for a sleek patent leather bag.