Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Chloe Experiment

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Cape-H&M, Blouse-H&M, Pants-UniQlo, Belt-Zara, Bag-H&M, Sandals-Sam Endelman, Sunglasses-Forever 21, Ring-Forever 21, Bangles-H&M, Necklace-House of Harlow 1960

As many of you already know I have a love for the designers Stella McCartney and Chloe. You can see some examples here and here and here. Sometimes it is fun to take very literal approach to the idea of "runway to realway" and try to do your best version of a collection from what you have in your closet. Chloe's Spring/Summer 2010 collection got mixed reviews, but it was one of my favorites for it's simple chic outfits. I loved the boyish feel and how refreshingly natural it is. The Chloe women looks practical and not over thought in leather sandals, classic button downs and a cape or poncho.

So, I decided to create my own take on it. This H&M cape always reminds me of Chloe and is probably why I bought it. I also have so many great neutral colors in my closet right now that made it easy to replicate the gray pant and cream blouse in the outfit that inspired me (below and here).

Let me say that this outfit was not a favorite of my boyfriend. I had a sense he wouldn't fancy me all covered up and looking as if I am a extra on Star Wars. I showed him a video of this Chloe collection and he wasn't fond of it either, figures. However, he has a point. I think next time I will go more minimal like the Chloe girl and wear less jewelry. I was just in the mood to layer it on, but it makes me look a little like I belong in an Arabian dessert, but that doesn't change my feeling for Chloe. Never :)
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46 comments:

fashionclocked said...

I think this is a great idea runway to realway- perhaps if you swapped the flats for highhhh heels it would create a better silhouette? love the shirt and grey trousers, great interpretation of the trend! xx katie

nicole said...

I think you definitely channeled that Chloe very well, but love how you threw in your own personal twist. The leather cognac accents like your belt and bag totally make the outfit. I love the colour and fit of those UniQlo pants too!

tess stam said...

love your interpretation, very chic. that cape is perfection & looks so good on you! win. x

Star-Light said...

Very nice Look!

Michelle Elaine said...

high five tay! i think i'd like it more if you paired it with heels, but thats just cause i love height. even if it means my feet will most definitely suffer. and honey! it looks better with the coat opened cause it gives the assumption you're bulgy underneath and you're so not!! maybe belt it?

i need to try and do this "inspired by designer" idea.

KeepItFvncy,
M.E.

Dancing Branflake said...

It's all about the accessories so I can see why a guy doesn't really get it. Although, I think you look fab.

Mary said...

i lovvve your interpretation! you look great! boys always like more skin, haha... it's us girls who appreciate all the details and fine tuning ;)

xxMK

http://delightfulbitefuls.blogspot.com/

Christina said...

Thanks for the comment on the layout. I am liking yours too. I think what would have made this work better is tighter pants, like leggings or jeggings, or just a skinny fit. Then only one piece is boxy giving the whole look a sense of balance. Overall, though I think it looks really good and boys just dont get it.

vicky h. said...

I actually really like this look but only with the cape open! also, I think skinny jeans may have worked really well with this look...to make it not all baggy! but you totally got the chloƩ right! Perfect interpretation!

XOX Vicky
Bikinis & Passports

| Tex | Fashion Butter said...

boys just don't understand! :) Love those pants.

Taylor Sterling said...

Thanks girls. I love the tips!!

Just know I was trying to go as literal as possible (except the jewelry) to see how it would look in real life. I mean I couldn't get it perfect b/c I don't own all these Chloe clothes, but I wanted it to feel just like it.

Now if I was going to make it my own I would much rather wear skinny pants and jeans or even shorts.

NBeteck said...

I love how this outfit looks on you when you pose, and I also love the photos you used at the bottom of this post =]

Birgitte said...

Love the outfit and amazing blog!
Xoxo Birgitte

http://fashionaccordingtobirgitte.blogspot.com

Becca said...

WOW, this outfit is sooo cool! I like it so much, great job! :)

mieken petra said...

love the cape. maybe try it with bare legs? volume on top and narrow on the bottom always looks good.

crowdedcloset said...

ooo love ur take on this! I especially love the shape of the pants! WANT! you look fab as always ;)


xo, Kim www.crowded-closet.com

gorgeousclara said...

Love the cape, but I haven´t managed to find it in any shop.

Fashion is a Playground said...

Great !

Lucy Laucht said...

You are rocking this look! Sadly I don't think men get Chloe- but the girls do and it looks gorgeous!
Thanks for you adding me to your blogroll, I'm going to put you on mine because your blog is AMAZING!I can't believe I haven't seen it before, but I'll be following from now on xx
Lucy Laucht

Teresa said...

I'm with you. For sure. Love them both.

Denise @ Swelle said...

I think you captured the essence beautifully. Ha, I can see the man not liking it, it's definitely a look that only other women can appreciate!

Gracey Loo, Money Smart Fashion said...

i think it is a perfect interpretation! I love chloe too and she is just close to impossible to replicate. Always the airiest fabrics!

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ShoesForDessert said...

I love this look and how you took things from your own closet! You look very stylish but laid back and comfortable. So chic too! I've never been one to follow designers but I love this idea!

http://shoesfordessert.blogspot.com/

AttemptingStyle said...

I too love chloe, including this season. the sarape-esque thing is my favorite.

Jessica said...

Girls just like different things than boys, don't we?! I think you look like a glam nomad - very world-traveler chic!

Lindstyle said...

haha sounds like your boyfriend and my fiance would get along :) i like the look, its fun. I lovelove Stella McCartney. Shes one of my favorites too.

xo Lindsey

http://couturerehab.blogspot.com/2010/04/just-blaze.html

Corie said...

I just went to H&M and saw nothing that looked even remotely close to the cape you're wearing. I love it! I love the whole outfit.

Jamie said...

you're daring in this and i love that.
i just passed on an award to you - sort of new at this thing, but would love for you to check it out on my latest blog post.

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Like Square Polka Dots said...

You honestly look like you've just stepped off of a runway. Fabulous shoes. I haven't seen many capes around before but I am enjoying the trend. Lovely pictures!
www.likesquarepolkadots.blogspot.com

Amber's Notebook said...

great interpretation! I love it when it is open.

The Sound of Lace said...

you duplicated the look quite well!!
great neutrals!

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Emilie said...

Beautiful cape Taylor! You channeled that CHLOE look very well :)

My floor is red said...

The experiment went out well, love this outfit!

Domonique said...

I adore this simplistic look, that cape looks thee most cosiest garment ever!

janettaylor said...

Gorgeous cape, definitely reminds me of Chloe collection!

lamia said...

Great idea!! you're really talented!!
xoxo
lamia
http://ginger-chocolateandhoney.blogspot.com/

Laetitia´s Comptoir said...

Love the result of your experiment!!! You look great!

xoxoxox

Ivanka said...

So lovely!

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Gitte from France

kirstyb said...

you got it down to a T! i really wanted that cape as there re posters all over my nearest H&M but alas it never came in store! bloody rubbish! Much love K xxxxxx

Melanie said...

Very lovely take on runway to real life. I really love it when the poncho is opened. It breaks it up a little more. Regardless, nice work--you're so chic!

Melanie @Unravelled Threads
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Phuong said...

Looks great, I love it

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

you look amazing in all of those beautiful layers!
i would love to meet you sometime...hopefully u can stop by my store in Studio City!
xoxo alison

Bella said...

I like the palette of neutrals in this outfit! You look chic despite being bundled up :)

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Neekoh said...

This is fabulous! Lately, I've also been trying to do a literal take on my favorite runway trends (posts coming soon). I'm so excited to see you do it as well :D

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