REAL STYLE is...
Runways and fashion magazines are great places to search for style inspiration, but my favorite source is all around me — in my fellow females. I often find myself “checking out” other women on the street, while I'm passing by in a cab, or eating lunch in a restaurant.
It's a great way to get a fresh perspective and see that there really is more than one way to wear something. I love to see women boldly “break the rules.” And while the much-loved "makeover" is a relevant way to learn along with the brave subject, I instead wanted to celebrate everyday women with great personal style (no glam squad needed).
We often focus on what needs improvement, but not often enough on what’s already great. So with camera in hand, I took to the streets in search of new friends to inspire us all.
One of my favorite things to spot is a blend of neutrals in one ensemble. And yes, it’s OK to mix black and brown! (In fact, TODAY’s own Matt Lauer loves to wear brown shoes with his black suits.) This is one of the most common questions I’m asked about in terms of color. Naina, a blogger from Boston, grabbed my eye with her chic black boots and brown bag combo. While a black bag would have worked as well, the chocolate brown added another element, softening her look. Khadija, a student from New York, layered basic black underneath her on-trend camel cape, but didn’t go with the obvious — a black belt. Rather, she not only cinched her waist, but tied the outfit together in less contrived way with a brown belt.