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The Shop Your Closet Challenge: Josie Bisono

3 Apr

Closet Challenge - JB 9

In an effort to spend less and save more, my dear friend and fellow fashionista Josie Bisono has decided to take on the challenge to shop her own closet as much as possible for the rest of year, only adding pieces when absolutely necessary. To get her started on her quest I challenged her to style one article of clothing that she already owns 3 different ways; I figured this would help get her creative juices flowing and be a catalyst for staying on track with her goal. She chose to style a leatherette peplum top that’s been hiding in her closet since she bought it a few months ago. Many thanks to Josie for fearlessly taking on this challenge, and letting me document it publicly!

Yours in inspiration,

Wendy Coral

JB: Months ago when I bought this gorgeous faux leather peplum top by Gracia I was so excited with the many possibilities on how I would wear it, unfortunately It ended up sitting in the back of my closet waiting for the right occasion that never seemed to come. So I took on the challenge given to me by my fellow fashionista and finally decided to dust it off and create a few of the looks I had in mind.



JB: I immediately loved the idea of creating a casual look for the very structured leather top. I paired it with some pinky peach skinny jeans from the Gap, added a colorful turquoise necklace that I purchased a few years ago at Banana Republic and added some fun snake print pointy toe pumps from Stewart Weitzman to complete the look. I would also change the shoes and wear flats or gladiator sandals for an even more casual look. In this outfit I picture myself meeting the girls for casual drinks at our favorite bar.


JB: This time around I wanted to keep the look a little trendier so I went with these black and white leggings that I picked up in a boutique in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. I actually wore them last year on my birthday with a bright blue silky top for contrast. The leggings are so cute and fun that I was dying to wear them again with the peplum top. I added sexy booties from Ann Taylor, a stack of gold bracelets by Amrita Singh and a pretty gold necklace by Kenneth Jay Lane for a fun and trendy night outfit. You can also stay on trend by adding a bright pump and clutch for a pop of color.


JB: This look to me says sexy sophisticated lady. I bought this gray BCBG power skirt to add to my work wardrobe but since it’s such a versatile piece I wanted to try it out with the peplum top for a work to drinks look. For work I would add a soft cardigan in a nice pop of color like pink (my favorite color) and add my black pumps. After 6pm I would slip into these hot cheetah print booties from Steven by Steve Madden purchased a few years ago by my sweet beau. I also added a cool tribal style necklace with hints of turquoise for a funkier look.

I had so much fun working with Wendy. It was great seeing my concepts finally come to life and I can’t wait to put together more looks…or help style whoever is ready and up for the challenge next! 

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