In July, actress Sarah Hyland was named the new face (and first-ever celebrity creative director) for the legendary brand Candie’s. That move was just one part of the brand’s new approach: While the brand has retained a bit of its retro ’80s appeal we all know and love (seriously, who didn’t own a pair of its wooden heels back in the day?), it has pivoted its signature feminine, flirty aesthetic to a look that’s more elevated and chic.
For longtime Candie’s fans like blogger Emily Luciano, the change has been a major hit. “I remember my first Candie’s purchase as a teenager—a cute crossbody purse,” says the Lovely Luciano blogger. And while that purse is long gone, these days she’s loving the brand for its über-sophisticated yet affordable pieces that can work any day, anytime. Case in point: Today Luciano is showing us how to transition some of summer’s biggest staples (think off-the-shoulder styles and over-the-knee boots) into fall and winter using Candie’s pieces.
Keep scrolling to see how she styles two looks for after-work drinks and a more casual brunch with friends.
The Ultimate Brunch Look
A Sophisticated Happy Hour
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