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SHELLY STUCKMAN X CHARLOTTE RUSSE

I want to start by saying that I’m not a guru on all things cool, as proven by my collection of Hello Kitty dolls and having watched every episode of Gilmore Girls… twice, but I have been a stylist for a while now, and I have loved fashion since I could walk. Along the way, I have picked up a few things about how to look cool. Recently, I styled two outfits for a getaway weekend in Sedona, Arizona, which is so beautiful with its red rock cliffs, exquisite art boutiques, and fine dining. Of course, a girl has to look casually fabulous while sightseeing and traveling.

For the first outfit, I selected high-waisted, dark blue skinny jeans and a striped crop top, showing just a hint of skin. One of the pointers about being cool is to come off as laid-back with just a touch of allure. You know that popular saying, “I woke up like this”?  Such a lie, but some guys love it when we keep that fantasy alive. So, some form-fitting jeans with a simple striped crop is an excellent combination of comfy chic and on-point trends. Add delicate jewelry, a handsome black bag, and high-heeled combat boots for a perfect ensemble. Again, the combat boots with a high heel have the casual, more boyfriend appeal combined with a feminine accent. The outfit is flattering, with a hint of intrigue, and yet seems effortless–just plain cool.

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The second outfit has the element of chic with the distressed, cropped skinny jeans but also the casual, relaxed look with the espadrilles and button-up tee.  Adding a great hat and a fringe purse shows you to have confidence and a little bohemian attitude. I totally recommend having fun with accessories. Contrary to what a lot of non-believers say, hats are not just for bloggers. All girls should express themselves and experiment with accessories from head to toe.

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Being cool mostly involves confidence. Break free from any rules and wear what makes you feel good. Leave a comment and let me know your style of cool.

Xoxo,  Shelly

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