The one thing your winter wardrobe needs

The one thing your winter wardrobe needs

shave your sweater

I get it. Shopping out of boredom is one of the easiest ways to keep your outfits interesting for winter. Been there, so guilty of it.

But, there is a way to take a month off of shopping, and take care of the things you already called yours. Sweaters, no matter how quality, eventually start to pill. Some people swear by the “dull razor” trick to remove pesky balls, but that makes me nervous, and I also swore off cheap razors.

This $10 dollar fabric shaver has been breathing life into some wool coats, cardigans, and pullovers of mine that have been close to the “donate” pile.

Does anyone else have any tricks for keeping their items fresh?

Style equation

Style equation

Style Math 1
There are certain outfits whose uniqueness stems from the different items that together create something really special. Something that just works. I’ll be featuring a new series here on Steeped in Style called Style Equations that breaks down how to pair certain elements for a great look.

 

First up, is an outfit that I wore that sparked the idea for this whole feature. I’ve spoken before about my love for a solid jumpsuit, so this look centers around that. Fall is a great time to work with different layers and proportions, it’s one of those times where unusual seeming outfits work.

 

Start with your jumpsuit. A few great ones are above (if you still need to add one to your collection); then top with a long coatagin (coat + cardigan combo), which makes the whole thing casual and elegant. Finally, finish the look off with a great heeled lace up or ankle strap shoe. This really elevates the entire things, especially if your jumpsuit is slightly cropped with an exposed ankle.
Do it, flash some leg.

 

Hope you all enjoy this first style equation, let me know if you take this look for a spin.
Pom poms galore

Pom poms galore

 
  
  
[Outfit Details: Dress: J.Crew; Hat: Banana Republic; Shoes: Joe’s Jeans]

I would consider my style mostly classic, aside for my fondness for certain fabrics and patterns. Embroidery, and playful pom poms are like the rainbow sprinkles that I can’t resist adding to my soft-serve cone.

I wore this outfit to an outdoor concert and firework display, one of my favorite nights so far this summer.

Here are a few similar items available right now (Most are on sale too!): 1, 2, 3, and the J.Crew Factory dress and top version of what I’m wearing.

The best of (Black boots)

The best of (Black boots)

Black boots

In the midst of closets organizing, and wardrobe planning, you sometimes stumble upon a rockstar item that hass been holed up in the back of your closet, or is somewhere out there in the retail universe that you need to bring home. I’m somewhere in the second camp, in regards to black booties.

While I gravitate more towards neutral browns, the power of a pair of boots can’t be denied. I’m leaning more towards a 1-inch heel height, but there are lots of options out there for wherever you forsee these little beauties taking you :)

Shop some of my favorites above, or let me know what you’ve seen about the interwebs yourselves.
Step lightly into fall

Step lightly into fall

Step lightly fall
With the new season comes the gaping hole in your wardrobe for wearable accents (once you do the annual closet switch, that is). This Fall, the pointy-toed flat is striking the right cord. With silk blouses, and loose trousers, these simple but striking picks will create a modern look from head to foot.

Which look is your favorite?
Summer shoe of choice

Summer shoe of choice

Summer shoe of choice
It’s the type of shoe that fits every idyllic summer moment. The early morning bike rides on the boards, sandy toes finding their way in as you walk up the beach steps. Perfect for the sundress, cut-offs, and a boyfriend’s over sized shirt.

In an effort to minimize purchases, and hone in on the items that support that simple life, consider the espadrille. It’s a classic for a reason.

Shop more of my favorites at Soludos.
Simple (Black & White)

Simple (Black & White)

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[The Details: Blouse: F21; Pants: F21; Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden; Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target]

A few quick shots before running out the door for another busy day. I’m so happy to have these new black flats with a little luxe (see the gold heel). Sometimes it’s the small details that make a basic really work for you. In other news, this is one of the bags I picked up at the Phillip Lim for Target insanity. That’s right, I was one of those crazed fashion people breathing on the glass of the Target door at 8 AM on Sunday morning. Worth it.

Happy almost weekend!

Be Bold

Be Bold

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grace1 (The Details: Top: J.Crew (old), Skirt: J.Crew Factory, Necklace: Banana Republic, Sandals: ASOS, Bag: Target)

Hi All! I’m excited to share these photos from a lovely afternoon spent with friends over brunch near the Delaware River. This little skirt from J.Crew works pretty hard don’t you think? It brings just the right amount of spark to an otherwise pretty typical outfit for me.

Thanks to Caitlin for taking these pictures of me – she has a great blog, The Semi-Frugal Life, that you all should definitely check out. Her creative cooking solutions and gorgeous photos will inspire for sure.

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