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One Dress, Three Events

This post was originally published on paprikasouthern.com in February 2016. It is being reposted now due to the implosion of our old blog content during the Great Website Meltdown of 2018 :) -BVJ

One Dress, Three Events

Written by Kara Speckhals / Photographed by Siobhan Egan / Clothing Provided by Harper

One Dress: Styled for Networking Event

Welcome to the new fashion blog with Paprika Southern! I am so excited to share some tips and tricks I use on a daily basis to help my clients gain confidence with their personal style choices. Starting out we’re chatting about making the most of what you already own. We chose one dress and challenged ourselves to be able to wear it for three different occasions: a networking event, brunch with our friends and date night. See how we did below!

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One Dress, Three Ways | Spring Outfit Ideas | Professional Outfit Ideas | Work Outfits | Personal Style | Spring Style | Spring Outfits for Women | Work Outfits for Women | Neutral Outfit Ideas | How to Style a Neutral Dress | Kara Bettie | Paprika Southern

We started with a classic white button down and comfortable black leggings under the dress and added some professional accessories.

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Flats are great for networking events when you will likely be on your feet for a few hours. Shoes are a great way to express a little of your own style while still looking professional. Our work bag can go straight from the office to the networking event while holding all of our essentials.

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Not only are these pockets adorable, but they make it so convenient to stash your phone or business cards.

One Dress: Styled for Brunch with Friends

Brunch with your friends is a great way to relax and your outfit can reflect exactly that. We took the same dress we used for networking and put together an outfit for a casual morning.

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A jean jacket is a great staple to have in your wardrobe as it goes with so many different outfits and instantly gives your outfit a casual vibe. We threw one over this dress so we could sit comfortably outside for brunch with friends.

One Dress, Three Ways | Spring Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfits | Personal Style | Spring Style | Spring Outfits for Women | Casual Outfits for Women | Neutral Outfit Ideas | How to Style a Neutral Dress | Kara Bettie | Paprika Southern
One Dress, Three Ways | Spring Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfits | Personal Style | Spring Style | Spring Outfits for Women | Casual Outfits for Women | Neutral Outfit Ideas | How to Style a Neutral Dress | Kara Bettie | Paprika Southern

To go with our casual look, we added a day bag to fit all we the items we need (as we’re probably running errands before or after brunch!) Our sandals are in the same color tones as the rest of our outfit which make them the perfect addition.

We topped the outfit off with this long necklace for a pop of color. Adding just a few accessories, like this necklace, helps make your outfit look more thought out and put together.

One Dress: Styled for Date Night

For our third event we wanted to take this dress and elevate it for a night on the town.

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One way we jazzed up this dress for date night was by adding a faux fur vest. Not only does this help keep us warm during a chilly night, but it also brings the whole look of the dress to a new level.

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By belting the vest over the dress, we are able to maintain the shape of the dress.

We put on some of our fancy jewelry pieces, a small purse and a pair of heels. Done and done: date night!

The reason this dress worked so well to be styled for different events is because it is a neutral color and a classic shape. This allowed us to add many different layering pieces with it to change the way dress looked. Look for a dress similar in your closet: whether it’s black, brown or grey and try adding different layers over and under to see if you can wear your dress in more ways than you originally thought.

Sweater Weather Part Deux: Fall Fashion

This feature originally appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full feature in print, plus an interview with artist Marcus Kenney, a southern coastal home tour, glamping-inspo galore, plus much more, order your copy of the Fall 2016 issue of Paprika Southern.

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Sweater Weather | Fall Fashion | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Layered Fall Outfits | Fall Layering Ideas | Personal Style | Fall Sweaters | Fall Sweater Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Sweater Weather | Fall Fashion | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Layered Fall Outfits | Fall Layering Ideas | Personal Style | Fall Sweaters | Fall Sweater Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Sweater Weather | Fall Fashion | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Layered Fall Outfits | Fall Layering Ideas | Personal Style | Fall Sweaters | Fall Sweater Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Sweater Weather | Fall Fashion | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Layered Fall Outfits | Fall Layering Ideas | Personal Style | Fall Sweaters | Fall Sweater Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Sweater Weather | Fall Fashion | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Layered Fall Outfits | Fall Layering Ideas | Personal Style | Fall Sweaters | Fall Sweater Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Sweater Weather | Fall Fashion | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Layered Fall Outfits | Fall Layering Ideas | Personal Style | Fall Sweaters | Fall Sweater Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Sweater Weather | Fall Fashion | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Layered Fall Outfits | Fall Layering Ideas | Personal Style | Fall Sweaters | Fall Sweater Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Sweater Weather | Fall Fashion | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Layered Fall Outfits | Fall Layering Ideas | Personal Style | Fall Sweaters | Fall Sweater Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern

Photography: Siobhan Egan

Styling: Kara Bettie

Hair & Makeup: Jules of Dollface by Jules

Location: Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Model: Tiffani Bunch

Clothing and accessories provided by Brooke Atwood, Cedric Brown Collections, Eva Design House, Harper, Kristen Baird, NOLA Jane, Sea + Stone, Terra Cotta, The Brass Belle, Ziggy Nicks

Back to School Fashion Tips

This post was originally published on paprikasouthern.com on August 25, 2016.

Written + Styled by Kara Bettie / Photographed by Siobhan Egan / Model: Leilah / Clothing provided by Red Clover

Back to School Fashion Tips

With the back to school rush in full swing, I wanted to write about some tips on how to look your best. We were lucky enough to have lovely Leilah model for us with clothing provided by Red Clover right here in Savannah.

Tip #1: Use fashion as a way to express yourself.

When you’re on a student budget, don’t feel like you need to follow each trend or buy a new item every week. Instead, create your own style by layering and mixing and matching the pieces you already own.

Fall Fashion | Back to School Outfit | Fall Outfit Ideas | College Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfit Ideas | Personal Style | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Back to School Outfit | Fall Outfit Ideas | College Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfit Ideas | Personal Style | Paprika Southern

Tip #2: Often you’ll be rushing to get ready in the morning before class.

When you only have 20 - 30 minutes after rolling out of bed, throw on a simple dress. For a funkier look, add some boots. Bonus: this doubles as a super stylish outfit for a night out with friends!

Fall Fashion | Back to School Outfit | Fall Outfit Ideas | College Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfit Ideas | Personal Style | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Back to School Outfit | Fall Outfit Ideas | College Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfit Ideas | Personal Style | Paprika Southern

Tip #3: Before going back to school, go through your wardrobe and purge items that you aren’t wearing.

You don’t want to take a lot of unnecessary items with you and your style might evolve as you meet new people and learn new things. Also, keep your clothes organized as you will likely have limited space. That way, you’ll be able to get to the best of the best in your closet.

Fall Fashion | Back to School Outfit | Fall Outfit Ideas | College Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfit Ideas | Personal Style | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Back to School Outfit | Fall Outfit Ideas | College Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfit Ideas | Personal Style | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Back to School Outfit | Fall Outfit Ideas | College Outfit Ideas | Casual Outfit Ideas | Personal Style | Paprika Southern

Fall Fashion Trends

This post originally appeared on paprikasouthern.com on September 29, 2016.

Written by Kara Bettie / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

While it might just be starting to cool down in Savannah, fall is officially here! Fall is my favorite time of year to dress and to update my look. I love playing with layers in my closet and buying into a few of the newest trends. Below the beautiful Jules of Jules More than Makeup and myself show off some of the wearable and fun fall trends. All of the clothing can be found at Terra Cotta, one of my favorite boutiques!

Dusty Pink and Mock Turtlenecks

While pink can seem like more of a spring or summer color, it is carrying into fall in a slightly darker shade. Jules’ top is the perfect fall pink color! I love pairing it with the black and white sweater and some jeans for a perfect bistro casual look.

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Fall Fashion | Fall Style | Fall Fashion Trends | Personal Style | Southern Style | Dusty Pink | Mock Turtleneck | Women’s Fashion | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Fall Style | Fall Fashion Trends | Personal Style | Southern Style | Dusty Pink | Mock Turtleneck | Women’s Fashion | Paprika Southern

Not surprisingly, necklines start to rise in the fall; mock turtlenecks are a great trend to show off this fall. I love the unique look of this open vest with a fitted camisole under. I paired the tops with some on-trend dusty pink pants to complete the look.

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Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Fall Outfit | Fall Outfit Ideas | Southern Style | Personal Style | Dusky Pink | Mock Turtleneck | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Fall Outfit | Fall Outfit Ideas | Southern Style | Personal Style | Dusky Pink | Mock Turtleneck | Paprika Southern

Reimagined Sweatshirts and Menswear

For those of you who love the lounge wear trend, this fall is perfect for you. A lot of designers are showing over-sized sweatshirts with leggings and other lounge wear re-worked to be worn out of the house. Jules’ sweater dress with the sweater over is a great example of how to jump on this trend. She looks great and is completely comfortable; bonus: there’s a surprise on the back of her dress!



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Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Personal Style | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Sweater Weather | Women’s Fashion | Menswear Inspired Women’s Fashion | Sweatshirts | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Personal Style | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Sweater Weather | Women’s Fashion | Menswear Inspired Women’s Fashion | Sweatshirts | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Personal Style | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Sweater Weather | Women’s Fashion | Menswear Inspired Women’s Fashion | Sweatshirts | Paprika Southern

I absolutely love the menswear trend. Not only are we seeing this in clothing but also accessories: especially shoes and bags. These tuxedo pants work great with the oversized blouse and are a perfect example of how to make menswear still look feminine. I added a pop of color with the bag to soften the starkness of wearing black and white.

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Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Personal Style | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Sweater Weather | Women’s Fashion | Menswear Inspired Women’s Fashion | Sweatshirts | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Personal Style | Fall Outfits | Fall Outfit Ideas | Sweater Weather | Women’s Fashion | Menswear Inspired Women’s Fashion | Sweatshirts | Paprika Southern

Shearling and Cape Coats

These are two of my favorite outfits I pulled from Terra Cotta! Shearling is showing up in all sorts of ways: jackets, coats and accessories. The shearling vest I’m wearing is incredibly flattering and comfortable. I love wearing it over this dress but it looks great over pants as well. As it gets cooler, I would simply add some stockings to the outfit and I’d be all set.



Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Fall Outfits | Personal Style | Fall Outfit Ideas | Shearling | Cape Coats | Street Style | Southern Style | Neutral Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Fall Outfits | Personal Style | Fall Outfit Ideas | Shearling | Cape Coats | Street Style | Southern Style | Neutral Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Fall Outfits | Personal Style | Fall Outfit Ideas | Shearling | Cape Coats | Street Style | Southern Style | Neutral Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern

Jules is wearing a great cape that can easily act as a coat. This is a great trend for the south as it doesn’t usually get so cold that we need coats but you may want to add a layer like this to keep you warm. I love how it adds an extra layer of interest to her outfit as well.

Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Fall Outfits | Personal Style | Fall Outfit Ideas | Shearling | Cape Coats | Street Style | Southern Style | Neutral Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Fall Outfits | Personal Style | Fall Outfit Ideas | Shearling | Cape Coats | Street Style | Southern Style | Neutral Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern
Fall Fashion | Fall Fashion Trends | Fall Outfits | Personal Style | Fall Outfit Ideas | Shearling | Cape Coats | Street Style | Southern Style | Neutral Outfit Ideas | Paprika Southern

A few other fun trends coming your way? Restructured denim, statement furs and velvet everywhere! Keep your eye out for some of these fun trends this season and of course support your local boutiques while you invest in your fall pieces.