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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

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Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

Style Guide: How to Wear Peter Pilotto for Target in Real Life

The Peter Pilotto for Target collection hits stores (and February 9th. While I immediately loved the look book, I understand I've had decades of flipping through VOGUE and designer collections to help my eyes adjust to the fashion world. 

I know that for most women, one glance at the Peter Pilotto for Target collection has her wondering how on earth am I supposed to wear that?  

First, understand that look books are for showcasing an entire collection and excluding other designers. Though pieces were meant to be mixed. Much like with an outfit on a store mannequin, you should always take bits and pieces and mix them with other items. In the Peter Pilotto collection, the easiest way to style these bold prints is to pair them with simple black pieces.

Pictured above: Peter Pilotto Blouse in Red Floral Print - $34.99 //  Peter Pilotto Skirt in Red/Floral Check Print - $34.99  //  Peter Pilotto Pouch in Clear/ Red Floral Print - $22.99  //  Rag Bone black sleeveless shirt  //  Amanda Wakeley black silk pants, $290  //  Enzo Angiolini flat ankle strap sandals (currently unavailable, similar here)  //  Ivanka Trump black patent leather pointed-toe flats  //  Vince Camuto black clutch (currently unavailable, similar here)

This Peter Pilotto pencil skirt for example, is busy enough on its own. In the look book, it's shown with the Rash Guard top, which should actually be reserved for the beach. And the clutch, while beautiful, is way too matchy-matchy to wear with the skirt. Tone the skirt down with a plain black blouse or tee and black accessories. I love a graphic floral print paired with lace-up heels.

Pictured above: Peter Pilotto Rash Guard in Black/Green Floral Stripe Print - $29.99  //  Peter Pilotto Pencil Skirt in Green Floral Stripe Print - $34.99  //  Peter Pilotto Pouch in Clear/Green Floral Stripe Print - $22.99  //  Ralph lauren top, $97  //  Shoe Republic black stiletto lace up heels  //  Black and white Merona Satchel

This look is perfect for a day-to-evening look if you have to dress up for work. For the look book (shown on the right), the blazer looks great with the floral print, but I think the other items distract from the blazer and are way to casual. Pair it with a white sheath dress or pencil skirt to make the color block blazer the focal point. Heels, a sleek envelope clutch, and a tank or sleeveless blouse will take this look well into the evening for cocktails or dinner. I love the look with the Vince Camuto blouse pictured above.

Pictured above: Peter Pilotto Color Block Blazer in Blue, Black, and White - $49.99  //  Peter Piloot Pants in Black/Check Print - $34.99  //  Peter Pilotto Slip-On Shoe in Black/White check Print - $29.99  //  Vince Camuto circle-patterned sleeveless blouse  //  Lanvin mid length skirt  //  Michael Kors black and white pointy-toe pumps  //  BCBGeneration Leah black envelope clutch  //  Hammered Silver Stretch Bracelet  //  Vince Camuto Silver and Crystal Pave Stud Earrings  

I love the bustier bikinis in the Peter Pilotto for Target collection. While I'm usually not a fan of matching prints all the way, I love the Bikini Crop Top in the Black/White Print paired with the matching bikini. It's the perfect swimwear to take on a weekend trip to the beach, because both the bustier bikini top and the cropped tee both go so well with high-waisted black shorts, and a black midi skirt or short fit-and-flare skirt. Take all those pieces and you've got several different interchangeable outfits you can wear from the boardwalk to the beach and vice versa. Though I also love the black and white print beach tote, I'd break up all the black and white in this look with a bright neon bag. A simple pair of T-strap sandals will be casual enough by the water yet nice enough for lunch or shopping.

Pictured above: Bikini Crop Top in Black/White Print, $24.99  //  Skirt in Light Blue Floral/Check Print, $34.99  //  Tote in Black/White Print, $39.99  //  Peter Pilotto Bikini Top in Black/White Print, $22.99  //  Peter Pilotto Bikini Bottom in Black/White Print, $16.99  //  Slip-On Shoe in Black/White Print, $29.99
Dsquared2 mid calf black skirt  //  Short black high-waisted shorts  //  Aldo shoes  //  Witchery Neon Beach Tote, $31

What can I say, I 'm just not digging those black pants. I feel like they're too much to pair with a printed top, yet too plain to go with a solid top. I do however like the sweaters in the Peter Pilotto collection. I'd pair the one featured above with a pair of cropped boyfriend jeans (still a huge trend for spring and fall 2014) and some comfy slip-on loafers. It's the perfect casual weekend outfit for shopping downtown.

Pictured above: Peter Pilotto Pant in Black/Check Print, $34.99  //  Peter Pilotto Sweatshirt in Light Blue Floral/Check Print, $29.99  //  Peter Pilotto Slip-On Shoe in Black/White Print, $29.99  //  Sass & Bide boyfriend jeans  //  AK Anne Klein Women's Savina Reptile Slip-On Loafer   //  Rebecca Minkoff studded crossbody handbag 

Click here to view the entire Peter Pilotto for Target look book. All layouts featured above by Krisztina Williams, exclusively for / powered by Polyvore. *Disclosure: Contains some affiliate links.



  1. This is why I have a problem with fashion. Most of it is too weird for the real world.


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