The one thing your winter wardrobe needs

The one thing your winter wardrobe needs

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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?

Fur Sure (Beating the fashion blues)

Fur Sure (Beating the fashion blues)

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“You cannot fake chic but you can be chic and fake fur.” – Karl Lagerfeld

If your winter wardrobe is beginning to drag like the days until April … perhaps fur could do the trick. Whether faux or real, fur can take your outfit to a different level.

If your inner dialogue with fur is:

I can dip my toe into the pool: start with a stole.

You’re pretty sure you can pull it off: so slip on a vest for a solid daytime to night statement.

All eyes on me in the center of the room (just like a circus): a coat obviously, and maybe multicolored.

I couldn’t leave your shopping carts empty either, so see below for some great outfit starters.

 

Fur Sure

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Lost Ink imitation fur coat/ Mango coat / Jack wills coat / ASOS fake fur scarve/ Jack Wills faux fur scarve

Style Insight: Belted Scarves

Style Insight: Belted Scarves

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Sometimes your closet gets boring. We get it. No matter how organized, curated, and color coded your clothing may or may not be, some days lack total outfit inspiration. Don’t fear though, that’s where a little dose of creativity comes into play.

Enter the belted scarf look. You may have seen this look on other blogs, or Pinterest boards, but it wasn’t until this week that I really became a believer.

First of all, this is a cozy and warm look. You’re basically wearing a blanket, but also retaining some of your feminine curves via the help of a belted waist.

Start with a fitted base. It could be a flowy dress (Hello Olivia P!), turtleneck, or even a more loose fitting top with a tailored bottom. Don’t limit yourself. Dress in what feels comfortable to you.

Choose dramatically. This look doesn’t work with a thin, or short scarf. Think large! Look for something that is at least two thirds the length of your longest layer. Ideally there won’t be too much bulk around the shoulder or waist area, we want this to look long and graceful. Stick with a color palate that compliments your base layer, and don’t fear patterns.

Cinch it. Finish it off with a complementary belt.

I’ll going to be heavily rotating this idea, especially since I’m on a shopping cleanse until March.

Are any of you game to try out this look? Leave me a comment and share a thought or two.

Neutral brights

Neutral brights

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[Outfit Details: Shirt: J.Crew; Jeans: Madewell; Shoes: Nine West; Necklace: Anthropologie; Coat: J.Crew; Scarf: T.J. Maxx)

This weekend brought some rare, beautiful, 50-degree weather. Don’t worry guys, I reveled in it. Despite the neon trends wax and wan over the past few season, I still think a few choice pieces can be introduced in a suble way to any outfit.

I used neutral dark jeans and rich camel tones, to both enhance and calm the neon effort, as to not look too highter party ready. I’d also love to try a similar look with a navy base (we all know of my affinity for an all-navy outfit by now).

What do you all think, will you be brushing out those neon pieces again for another season?

Jumpsuit (Winter edition)

Jumpsuit (Winter edition)

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Image [Outfit Details: Jumpsuit: Target (old); Sweater: TJ Maxx; T-shirt: Target; Heels: Franco Sart0; Necklace: Bauble Bar]

You know what they say about jumpsuits … once you have one, you’ll be forever loyal. Okay, so no one really says that but sometimes actions speak volumes over phraseology. Obviously jumpsuits, rompers, etc. were huge this summer and fall, and the look is not slinking away while the S/S ’14 looks parade in.

If you’re not on the bandwagon yet, this is your moment. Let’s be honest, does it even look like I’m wearing a jumpsuit? For those of you who would never consider a jumpsuit hear me on this one: no, no! With essential winter layers, you can transition this piece into your wardrobe without being too blatant about it. If you’re on the fence about trying this look out, consider the following.

Jumpsuits provide:

Ease of dressing – you know that dress you throw on when you have little-to-no-time to get ready in the morning? Consider a jumpsuit for those situations, but the equivalent of what your cooler friends/cousin/co-worker would throw on.

Universally flattering – it doesn’t matter if you’re curvy, straight and tall, thin, or full-figured, the jumpsuit will forgive, forgive, forgive! Most pieces have a draped front, tie-waist, and hit at a flattering point on the female figure. Add to that the slim cut pants, and I ensure you’ll look amazing.

Layering potential – Cost-per-way gold mine my friends. If you’re into a pieces’ longevity listen up. In summer you can wear this piece as is, while in the fall/winter/spring, layer with knit  sweaters, jackets, blazers, etc. If you want to play up the silky bottoms, cuff your jumpsuit and add a killer pair of heels, for a brand new look.

Hopefully some of that rant hit some readers out there. What do you all think about the jumpsuit for winter? Share away!

It was all yellow

It was all yellow

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[Outfit Details: Button down: thrifted; Skirt: Old Navy; Jacket: American Eagle; Boots: Unisa; Lipstick: Clinique Peony]

I don’t have a ton of explanation for this look; the truth is I’ve had a hard week, I wanted to infuse a little “happy” in my day, and this occured. I can always trust polka dots, navy blue, and my Paddington toggle coat to brighten my day.

Happy Wedneday!

A shirt of possibilities (Part III)

A shirt of possibilities (Part III)

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Image[Outfit Details: Shirt: Banana Republic; Jacket: Zara; Jeans: Paige; Boots: Franco Sarto]

Surprise, surprise. I proved my own points (see them here, and here) this week while donning this outfit. I literally didn’t even consider my previous outfit posts, and inadvertently found myself wearing the Canadian tuxedo I mentioned. Oh, the irony.

This jacket is a favorite from Zara last year, especially with it’s dusty old professor feel, elbow patches included. So my dears, have I provided any more outfit inspiration for you all? My two-part series has become a three-part one, so I hope the answer is yes.

Here are my shoppable denim picks-

Joie Women’s Cartel Chambray Button Down Shirt
Levi’s Women’s Annie Western Top

Enjoy your weekend and I hope there’s a touch of denim in there.

A shirt of possibilities (part II)

A shirt of possibilities (part II)

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Image[Outfit Details: Sweater: Gap; Denim shirt: Banana Republic; Waxed pants: Madewell; Loafers: Dolce Vita]

Here we are again my friends, talking about those pieces that really go the distance in the outfit-making department. Last time we talked about the denim shirt and the multiple ways I find to wear it (and hopefully inspire you to do the same), and today we’ll continue on that trend.

This outfit stemmed from a place of seeking warmth and deliciously baggy layers of clothing. Oh, also I got these amazing waxed jeans and have been wanting to wear them practically every day since then. Pairing a denim shirt underneath any type of sweater can give a little interest factor to any basic navy, black, or gray variation. I also love wearing a Canadian tuxedo (denim on the top and bottom) with a dark and light denim item.

So how are you all wearing your denim shirts? Are you convinced of their outfit potential yet? Let me know!

A shirt of possibilities (part 1)

A shirt of possibilities (part 1)

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Image[Outfit Details: Shirt: Banana Republic; Skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target; Necklace: Baublebar; Tights: Target; Boots: Anne Klein]

It goes without saying that the world of fashion is one wrought with frivolities and indulgences, despite the tired reply that we all have to get dressed in the morning. Obviously I wouldn’t have this blog if I didn’t love style, getting dressed, and all the trappings that come with it. I will say though that any opportunity I get to remain smart in my purchases, whether in price or wearability, I’ll take it.

Say hello to the denim/chambray/whatever-you-want-to-call-it, shirt. If you want a go-to item that can enable an endless amount of looks, this is it. I choose to wear this darker variation with this great Phillip Lim for Target skirt, and Baublebar tortoise necklace that I find myself reaching for often.

If you don’t have a denim shirt yet, first of all, where have you been, and secondly, get on that! It’s no longer just a trendy item that will expire in a season or two, instead the denim shirt has proven itself a fashion mainstay.

Not convinced? Stay tuned for another outfit post this week featuring (you guessed it) the same shirt.

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Faire Isle Sweater

Faire Isle Sweater

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Image[Outfit Details: Turtleneck: Target; Sweater: Old Navy; Jeans: Madewell; Socks & Hat: Target; Boots: Hunter; Coat: J.Crew]

You know that secret thrill you get from wearing really adorable underthings, or fuzzy socks? That’s how I felt wearing this striped turtleneck underneath this faire isle number. Both things are from high school or college days (fast fashion investment pieces, what?) and have been lingering in my closet asking me to bring them out once again.

Obviously layering is key for the cold temperatures – I stick with thin layers, like tights/leggings underneath fitted pants, and high socks on top. When I can, I like to avoid bulky layers that leave you walking the streets looking like a female marshmallow.

What little fashion thrills are getting you all through the week and keeping you cozy?