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Basics that are anything but.

Friday finds: an Isabel Marant cuff for Baroness Blixen

When I came across this Isabel Marant ostrich feather bangle bracelet, it was love. The oversized proportions beg to be noticed and it's clean and white which will look so fresh this summer. Come spring and fall, it's the perfect little textural touch to add to any outfit.

I imagine pairing the cuff with nudes and shirting, which combined with the ostrich feathers, conjures memories of the 1985 film, Out of Africa. Even paired with classic blouses, the cuff lends a subtle, romantic nod to the epic film and takes the mind to far away places.

To channel Baroness Blixen, I'd layer the cuff with whites, blushes and nude tones for a very chic, very effortless overall effect. In lieu of the Baroness' safari shirts, we're going with a Bettie in order to properly show off the cuff. These Pucci trousers are jersey-linen, perfect for keeping cool while looking polished. Finally, the Dolce & Gabbana bag and Reed Krakoff sandals add a bit more texture and interest to the ensemble. Don't worry, I'll spare you the pith helmet.

This monochromatic look is so striking, and incidentally, it's also slimming.

Pictured: Isabel Marant gold tone ostrich cuff, Butter nail polish in Tramp Stamp, NARS the multiple in GSpot (these names...) Armani Designer Lift foundation, Reed Krakoff sandals, Emilio Pucci jersey linen pantsVAUGHAN Bettie shirt in Stark Naked White, Dolce & Gabbana cutwork leather bag

For a bit more drama, pair with a vampy nail and clean bronzed skin. You'll look like you've just stepped from an African safari, albeit, a very glamorous one.

Behind the scenes of the 1985 film with Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, and her pith helmet.

 


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