Style Breakdown: Shiona Turini - Cupcakes & Cashmere

Style Breakdown: Shiona Turini

A fashion editor who rocks crop tops and high-waisted skirts.
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If there's anyone who can pull-off an orange and black outfit without feeling too Halloween-y, it's Shiona Turini. She began her career as the public relations coordinator for Yves Saint Laurent, moved to accessories director at Teen Vogue, then fashion market director for Cosmopolitan, among other high-level positions. Now, she's a contributing editor for The Cut, New York Magazine's outlet for women's fashion advice. Basically, to say Turini has fashion experience would be an understatement. Between crop tops paired with high-wasted trousers and lettered tees tucked into pencil skirts, Turini can make any fashion trend feel fresh, unique, and attainable. Here are some stand-out looks from her wardrobe: 

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Pencil skirts can be hard to pull off, but Turini shows us that it can be done in more ways than one. Whether paired with a matching sweater or crop-top, she makes a pencil skirt work for the weather and occasion. She also layers with a leather jacket or blazer, which adds an air of professionalism to each outfit.

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For most of us, a jacket is the last detail we add (or throw on) when we're running out the door, but Turini utilizes tailored coats as accessories to her outfit—and we love it. The jackets are curated additions that add color and depth to otherwise simpler outfits. Also, Turini, if you're reading this: Can we borrow that blush-pink fur number?

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Scarves can either make or break an outfit—if it's too chunky or patterned, it can throw off the rest of your look. Turini, however, wears scarves in unique and bold ways, whether it's adding a pop of pink to an otherwise dark outfit, tucking a scarf into her cinched belt, or wearing it around her waist. In all three outfits, Turini shows us that scarves can add design and texture to any outfit regardless of the season.

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Mix-up that go-to dress by adding a belt. Having one that cinches at the waist is so flattering, and Turini's inspiring us to reach for belts we haven't worn in years. She even wears thick belts with bold buckles and balances the look with simpler, sophisticated skirts and dresses—the perfect combination for professional situations (without going all-out '90s). 

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Tees aren't just meant for jeans—they look equally great, if not better, paired with a skirt. It's summertime, so whip out your favorite lettered tee and pair it with a mini, maxi or bell-shaped skirt.

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Whether navy blue or bright orange, Turini's high-wasted pants feel both playful and professional. And, pairing them with blouses or crop-tops makes them a versatile option for both work and play. (Note to self: Buy a pair of wide-leg red pants immediately.)

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Who knew clutches could be so fashion-forward? Aside from the convenience of carrying a big bag that you can throw anything into, Turini's clutches add color and balance to her outfits. 

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If we learned one thing from Turini, it's that you can never have enough crop-tops. A black or white top can be paired with pretty much anything—even suits—if you style it correctly. Since crop-tops are so form-fitting, Turini usually pairs them with a looser skirt or pair of trousers, in a way that doesn't distract from her trendy heels, colorful jacket, or patterned skirt.

What do you think of her style? Check out all past Style Breakdowns here.