One Chanel Top, 3 Looks: Date Night

Welcome to part II of a 3 part series on styling “One Chanel Top, 3 looks.” If you missed part I, “Daytime Casual,” you can check it out here.

There’s no better way to justify a purchase than one that can carry over from day to night. Whether it be date night with your significant other or with the girls, switching up a couple elements is part of the formula to add some glitz to that daytime look.

Top & shorts: Chanel
Blazer: Balmain also here & here; Bank account friendly options: here & here

These Chanel shorts were also worn in part I, and as you can see they’re effortless to transition from casual into statement. Since the top is made of silk, it’s a seamless outfit upgrade to compliment a cocktail in hand. Mine usually involve gin ๐Ÿนor champagne ๐Ÿฅ‚.

The Balmain double-breasted blazer is a classic staple piece. If you’re going to splurge on clothing pieces, staple items are where you want to invest. This blazer is something that I will wear for years to come. A good blazer can make you feel like your most polished self. The combination of a structured blazer, cropped top, and high-waisted shorts is a mix of business sophistication with a touch of sex appeal. The Balmain blazer brought that business inspired vibe in a flirty yet classy way.

Sunnies: Givenchy

An all black look is simple yet classic which makes it a great monochromatic go to palette for the evening. The beige in the top breaks up the color scheme just enough to give some dimension to the overall look. For those splurge worthy pieces, I tend to go with black because it’s universal…and most of the time, the black option always looks better.

A little fun fact on these Louboutins…when I first saw them, I thought “these are so pretty.” The laser cut leather details over a subtle, champagne sparkle background had me obsessing over them. After coming to the realization that I better buy these before they’re gone {nothing’s worse than buyer’s remorse}, I saw the name of the shoe is “So Pretty.” Well Mr. Louboutin, you couldn’t have come up with a better name for these babies ๐Ÿ˜.

All these photos were also taken by my friend Nhan Nguyen. When I went through selecting which photos to share, it really was a challenge to narrow it down. How neat is this last photo? I love how he framed the shot through the rails while capturing my reflection in the column. If you’re interested in Nhan’s services you can get more info on his site and give his Instagram a visit as well.

There’s one more look to finish off this 3 part series featuring this Chanel crop top so make sure you come back to check it out!

One Chanel Top, 3 Looks: Daytime Casual

If you’ve been keeping up with at That’s So Shima, you may have noticed that I love versatile pieces to create multiple looks. In my last post I styled a Zimmermann skirt casually, then again with a more dressed up look. Both looks were a personal fav and each rose to the occasion. Styling pieces in different ways is definitely a fashionable way to get more bang for your buck. It’s one of the reasons why I tend to buy separates so I can mix it up and create a whole different outfit.

Before splurging on this Chanel crop top, I took some time to imagine how I can get maximum use of it. Once I was done planning all the different looks I could create with it, from casual day to a night out, I was quick to hand over that Amex! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Chanel SS21 crop top and black high-waisted shorts with cropped denim jacket. Givenchy aviator sunglasses with stars.
Crop top and shorts: Chanel
Denim jacket: Ksubi
Sunnies: Givenchy

Before breaking down these looks, I just want to give a shout out to my personal friend Nhan Nguyen. He is one of the best photographers in Houston and when I saw the photos he created from our shoot, he made me feel like a Vogue model…and I say that in the most modest way possible ๐Ÿ˜Š. Nhan works his magic at weddings here in Houston, both for local Houston celebrities to some of the most beautiful venues you can imagine. He’s a true artist in his craft! Nhan’s Website and Instagram.

Now back to fashion…this Chanel crop top is part of Chanel’s SS21 ready to wear collection. Enough thinking about what looks to create with the top, now it’s time to wear it! For this look, I dressed the crop top with these Chanel high-waisted shorts {also part of Chanel SS21 ready to wear} and curated two completely different looks.

What’s so great about this top? I can make it work from running errands around Houston straight to an evening out with the girls for cocktails! Not too dressy, not casual. I love it.

Also..perfect for keeping luggage space free on vacation…I’m almost ALWAYS over the checked bag weight limit before I even add vacation shopping goodies on the return home ๐Ÿคญ.

For a carefree vibe to run around town, naturally pulled out my favorite Ksubi cropped denim jacket to layer over the Chanel top . The Chanel shorts are high-waisted, balancing out the midriff area for a bit more coverage. For that comfort level, balancing cropped tops with a high-waisted bottom is the key. Kept it sporty-chic with the Chanel Gabrielle backpack bag and these fun Golden Goose sneakers. Told you in my last post, I love this backpack bag so much I got it in both the beige and black ๐Ÿ˜.

When Golden Goose first hit the fashion scene, I couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on worn out looking sneakers despite many celebs being photographed in them. I have a friend that I’m convinced is secretly on their PR team who was persistent on luring me into the Golden Goose cult . One of their signature things is the star on the sides and I love stars (hence these Givenchy shades) that eventually I came across a couple styles that won me over. So here I am, an official Golden Goose groupie.

Denim cropped top. Golden Goose sneakers. Chanel Gabrielle backpack bag
Photo: Nhan Photography, Instagram

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One skirt, Two Looks with Zimmermann

It’s officially spring and it’s my favorite time of year! Spring is definitely my favorite season. The weather is perfect (we don’t get to say that much in Houston), the flowers begin to paint the landscape, and it’s time to pull out the spring wardrobe.

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