How to Rock a Sleeveless Dress During the Fall Season

Before I start talking about this fun, warm combo… these pictures were taken before it snowed and dropped to temperatures more suitable for the Arctic (blogger problems). So with that in mind… to make this outfit winterized just add some tights, a thick black jacket, and maybe some over the knee boots.

If you live in a southern area where the weather might be a little bit warmer and you still want to rock your dresses… boy, do I have the opportunity for you. Since it isn’t officially winter yet (December 21), I can still rock my fall apparel on this blog.

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Cuff your sleeves so that you don’t have so much fabric up top. 

Whenever I have a button up, 9 out of 10 times I will roll up the sleeves. It adds the perfect amount of dimension to any outfit. This particular dress is more formal than a normal summer dress. It can easily be dressed up or down. To make this dress seem more casual the rolled up sleeves on this flannel do a fantastic job.

Don’t be afraid to mix black and blue

Growing up it used to be a huge taboo to wear black and navy together. I still have no idea why. They’re both neutrals and they’re often found together in nature. Hello, black and blue eyes are an actual thing. So why can’t I wear these colors together? Frankly, this is a rule I break quite frequently and have no intention to stop (fight me, fashion police). So if you want to be a rule breaker with me, rock what your mamma gave you and fight the power.

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Don’t worry about adding too many layers in the fall/winter seasons. 

It’s better to be warm than fashionable. So throw on those puffy jackets, thick warm flannels, and over the knee socks. You could easily wear this outfit with thick tights, over the knee socks and boots, a long coat, and a hat. Winter and fall are my favorite times to try out new combinations because you’re always fighting to stay warm. Don’t be afraid to try out new combinations. After all, you might end up loving the look.

Play around with necklines when incorporating bold undershirts.

The best part about style is you can try out anything. This outfit isn’t something I would traditionally wear but it’s something I’m able to have fun with. After all, shouldn’t every day feel like you’re playing dress up? To switch up this look I would love to play with lower neckline dresses and different flannel patterns. The contrasting textures make an interesting look.

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What do you think about adding a flannel to an otherwise warm dress? Do you ever mix black and navy blue together? Let me know in the comments down below.

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How to Style Masculine Accessories + Five Shoes Under $100

The day has finally arrived. I can finally wear my chunky knits and be appropriately dressed for the weather. Woo-freaking-hoo. You might have actually recognized this sweater (one of my favorites) from one of my favorite winter posts from last year, How to Make a Dress Warm for Date Night. Instead of the feminine approach, I decided to go out and try to make it a tad bit more masculine. So I picked out an army jacket, a fierce pair of shoes, and a loud necklace.

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Add traditional masculine textiles such as army jackets, dog tag necklaces, and oxfords on top of neutral clothes for the biggest impact.

Now, I admit… no matter what I do I’m never going to look masculine. Although I prefer dressing more feminine, I’m a sucker for incorporating different styles into my outfits. I normally style this cable knit sweater in a feminine way due to the fabric’s woven texture. However, the sweater can fit in well with masculine items when paired correctly. This army vest covers up most of the cable knit’s texture so only a little amount of the woven texture is peaking out. This necklace also resembles a dog tag traditionally worn in the army, thus adding another masculine element. The inclusion of multiple masculine elements creates a cohesive look.

To create a more masculine style stick to darker, neutral colors in your outfit.

Color to fashion is like water to the Long Island Sound… it is beyond necessary. When I’m styling an outfit, I focus on one item and then build the rest of the outfit around that color. These shoes are pretty hard to pair with many colors so I typically throw in a few neutral, dark colors such as army green, black, navy, camel, and white. If I’m feeling brave, I’ll throw on something red.

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If you’re scared of wearing a masculine element make sure it incorporates something you feel comfortable with.. aka leopard print. 

Thankfully, not a lick of snow has fallen so I’m still proudly wearing these adorable, Steve Madden shoes (currently on sale for $49.98). Since I purchased them, I’ve literally been wearing them nonstop. It’s something about the fun, bold print mixed with a masculine styled shoe that gives me all the feels. Plus, they look fantastic with a pair of black jeans so it has been super easy to get dressed in the morning. If you’re fearful of styling leopard, play it safe by pairing the pattern with colors you’d normally see in nature. Last year I talked about 5 Reasons Why You Need Leopard Print in Your Closet. Check out that post some leopard print motivation.

For my jewelry, I’ve been wearing a Half United necklace I picked up a month ago. I rave about this company in this post. The idea behind Half United is that customers are doing their half by uniting together to make a lasting change in children’s lives. Each product has seven meals built into the cost. These meals go to children in the USA, Haiti, Fiji, and Cambodia. After every three months, Half United divides the funds into four charity partners. This necklace is made out of a recycled bullet casing to show a physical symbol for the fight against hunger.

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If you think you or your friend is bold enough to try a statement shoe here are five bold shoe ideas for the holiday season. Bonus: They’re all under $100.

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What do you think about incorporating masculine accessories in your style? What would you add and how would you wear it? What do you think about bold, masculine shoes? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Camouflage: The Most Underrated Pattern in Fashion

Camouflage doesn’t get nearly the enough attention it should. Normal patterns and textiles like lace, floral, cheetah, leopard, polka-dots and stripes suck up all the attention and leave nothing for poor, ole’ camouflage. Which is weird because this wasn’t always the case. In 1943, Vogue was the first to recognize camouflage in the fashion world. Eventually with the war, artists and fashion designers like Andy Warhol, Christian Dior, and Nicole Miller it would become a national phenomenon.

I admit I wasn’t always the biggest fan of camouflage because I never realized how many different patterns there are. I was used to seeing camouflage for strictly hunting purposes such the patterns Mossy Oak and RealTree. According to Heddels, there are 12 distinct camouflage patterns used in modern day fashion. I was completely unaware of all 12. That was until I decided to break out of my comfort zone, yet again, and purchase my first camouflage piece. IMG_4549.jpg

Tip: Pair camouflage jackets as a neutral statement piece. 

When I saw this camouflage jacket in Francesca’s, I knew it would soon be put in a bag and carried home. Don’t be fooled by the clear skies and dry hair, this jacket is actually a rain jacket. I decided to style the jacket like a normal jacket to give my outfit an extra fun pattern. Sometimes when you’re trying a new pattern might as well go all out. If you’re willing to do so, pair the pattern just as you would pair a neutral color. Pair it with other patterns and loud colors… after all, fashion is supposed to be fun.

Tip: If you want to tone down the camouflage, pair it with colors you would regularly see in nature. 

When taken out of a natural environment camouflage changes from a textile intended to conceal to a textile intended to make a statement. If you’re worried about making a loud statement with this pattern, pair it with colors the pattern would naturally be around. Colors like browns, blacks, olives, and even oranges can make the pattern seem less bold.

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Biggest Reason: Adding a camouflage creates an instant chic vibe to any outfit. If anything, it makes it seem like you know something about fashion. (I’m still trying to pull that off).

By taking off the jacket this outfit doesn’t have nearly as much of a “wow” factor as it has with a camouflage jacket. The extra pattern and layer add so much to an outfit, which is why I’m so obsessed with the textile as of lately. Don’t let a new pattern freak you out, you’ll rock it just like you rock your classic stripes.

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Have I convinced you that you need camouflage in your life? Here are five options that I’m obsessed with. I currently own the American Eagle jeans but I’m seriously eyeing the other four items. I mean the jacket from J.Crew… 

J.Crew Jacket,  Aerie Leggings (sale),    Express Shirt,     Lulu T-shirt,     AE Jeans (sale)

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What do you think about camouflage? Do you own any camouflage or would you? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Fall Nail Polish Essentials

Fine, I give up. I’m obsessed with painting my nails. Everyone has their little tick and this one is mine. I can picture my roommates and close friends fist pumping in the air like John Bender in the Breakfast Club. I finally admitted it. For those who don’t know, I paint my nails on average 2-3 times a week… sometimes more depending how stressed I am. I admit, its a pretty sick obsession. As soon as I see one little chip of nail polish that just doesn’t look quite alright… the rest of the polish will come off. I mean, I never said I was perfect.

As a result of my sick obsession, you can be sure that I’m always on the hunt for a good polish. I’m normally a strict OPI girl, but after one shade from Essie caught my eye I decided to expand my horizon. CVS was having a great deal at the time that was buy three get one free. Normally, I’d just shop through TJ.Maxx or Marshall’s and find a discounted polish, but I was itching for a splurge session.

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After picking up multiple nail polishes and putting them back, I decided on Petal Pushers, Winning Streak, Angora Cardi, and Barre with Me. I would love to meet the person who designs names for nail polishes. If you’re ever lacking inspiration for an Instagram caption go to the OPI or Essie website for some inspiration. Trust me, they’re literal geniuses. 

Petal Pushers: If you’re not getting the biker gang vibe from the name just picture yourself wearing this color riding a bike through crisp, fallen leaves. Okay, so maybe I’m the only one that thinks that kind of stuff when I buy nail polish but whatever. This color is great due to being a lighter version of an otherwise dark color.

Winning Streak: This color is my cup of tea. I’m a big fan of rich, dark colors like this one. It is the perfect mix of purple and grey to create this eery color perfect for Halloween.

Angora Cardi: This is my go to if I’m going for something a little daring on my nails. I’m not a huge fan of bright red colors on my nails because my nails so tiny, but I love this mix of purple, grey, and pink. It’s bold enough to say “oh, hello” but calm enough to be like yeah-please-leave-me-alone. My kind of polish.

Barre with Me: The name on this one got me because I recently tried barre and it was the definition of d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r. During the routine, I felt like I was going to die and I was sore for days later. Regardless of the near death experience, I fell in love with this color. I normally don’t go for light colors but this color was the perfect mix of nudes and feminine pinks. I’ve been wearing this color the most out of the four.

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What colors are you rocking this fall? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Recap: Fall Fashion 2016

Hello darling! How is everything going? If you saw my last post… you might have been this coming. Fall has ended and now we’re moving to winter. Before we break out the winter boots and thick winter jackets, I thought I would post a recap of all my fall posts. Just in case you missed one here they are…

We started this collection with My Favorite Fall Color. This is one of my favorite fall dresses because of how comfy it is. It also helps that it has this beautiful open back and is my favorite color. I stayed it with my newly found statement necklace.

The next outfit was Don’t Sweater It. I love pairing orange and green together because it mimics the leaves falling. The dress and poncho make an appearance in later posts because I adore them so much.

I love this outfit because I finally broke out my suede jacket in Susie Has a Suede Tooth. I adore this tiny turtle neck dress because it is so easy to pair. I’m not someone who owns a lot of grey in their closet but this dress definitely made me reconsider.

This outfit is definitely for the cold weather! I layered piece after piece over the same orange shift dress worn earlier. I wore this outfit in Montreal and the post is called The Temperature is Dropping, But I’m Not Stopping. Check out all of the different elements in this outfit and how to layer pieces. It will definitely be helpful in the winter.

This is another Montreal outfit that I couldn’t not blog. I blended so well with the purple graffiti that I had to name this post Blending in Montreal. This is probably one of the comfiest shirts I own because of the bohemian feel to it. Obviously I had to edge up the vibe of the shirt though.

I needed to get on the Bandana Trend train, so I incorporated it into this Blair Waldrof type of outfit. Either this outfit or the next outfit is my favorite because of how effortlessly easy they are to put together.

I warned you that the poncho was going to return! This time I’m reusing a summer dress and warming it up with tights, booties, and a poncho. It is so easy to Transform a Summer Dress into Fall with the easy tips I list in the post.

With the election I had to show my patriotic colors. If you’re still upset about the out come of the election I would definitely check out For the Red, White, and Blue. If you didn’t really care about the election you should still check out this post to see this patriotic outfit.

Last but not least, the most fall outfit on my blog thus far. This outfit really incorporates all of the fall colors behind me, which is why it is called Oh My Gourd, I Love Fall. I’m definitely sad to see fall go but this post features a few reasons why you should be excited for fall.

That’s a wrap! What was your favorite fall outfit? If I had to pick between them all I think I would say the Bandana Trend because I got to wear something very unique. Let me know what you think in the comments down below.

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Oh My Gourd, I Love Fall

Hello darling! My awful puns continue on! I hope you love fall as much as me because these post ideas keep coming out of my ears. I really think it is something about the fall colors that surround us that make me so happy. These pictures came out so well just because of the beautiful autumn vines I stood in front of. They made my outfit almost seem like it was glowing.

Despite the our world about to be blasted with tons and tons of icy snow, (we actually received a little bit of snow last weekend) there are some things I am looking forward to in the winter. Some things you can’t experience in any other season.

  • Hot chocolate after playing in the snow.
  • Ice skating for $4 in the center of Albany.
  • Christmas music blasting through the college walls at 2 am.
  • Ugly Christmas sweaters!
  • The first snowfall.
  • Sledding!
  • Rocking your winter jacket like it is nobody’s business.
  • Cuddling up with a blanket and Netflix.
  • Throwing on chunky scarves.
  • Mom making cookies every other day.
  • Driving around to see Christmas lights.
  • An excuse to stay in bed a little bit longer.
  • Being able to wear fuzzy socks whenever you want.
  • Basketball season starts!
  • Getting to wear tons and tons of layers.
  • Not worrying if your chapstick will melt in the car.
  • Everyone being home and merry.

I hope some of those made you the least bit excited for winter!

If not, maybe looking at my outfit of the day will help you remember how great fall has been. For this outfit, I decided to pull out the rich colors from around campus. I needed a neutral color so I picked this incredibly detailed white shirt from Marshalls. I love the mix of pleats and lace throughout this shirt because it adds so much texture to the outfit. Without this eye-catching shirt, the outfit would have been a lot duller and boring. I then threw on this camel, suede vest. I love how laid-back it makes the outfit because of how unstructured it is. I was between pairing this outfit with olive green pants or with a maroon pair I have. Both colors would have looked fabulous with this outfit because of the fall colors they both capture. Since I was going for a more earthly look, I decided to wear these olive green pants from Charlotte Russe. For shoes, these booties are from Marshalls as well. I love the taupe color mixed with the other fall colors in this outfit.

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Are you incredibly heartbroken for fall to end? Do you want to cry at the thought of snow falling or you extremely excited about something in the winter? Let me know in the comments down below! At least tell me one thing you look forward to!

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Transforming a Summer Dress to Fall

Hello darling! Do you hear an alarm going off in your head or home? Yes, I am repeating not only one item but two items! I wanted to show you guys how you can transform a summer dress into a fall one by adding a few items. No really! All you need is a cardigan or poncho of some sort, tights, maybe a belt, and some booties. There you go! Your summer dress is now able to be paraded off as a fall dress.

This summery striped dress is the same one I wore in the 90° weather in this post. It has quickly become one of my favorite dresses because there are so many different things you can do with a simple black and white stripe item. A stripe dress has become a necessity in styling… almost as close to a necessity as a little black dress. You can throw on different color shirts over it, mix and match patterns with polkadots, or even throw on a simple blouse.

I then threw on the same poncho I was wearing in this fall post. If you’re not a fan of the olive green, the poncho also comes in black, maroon, and beige. If it was a little chillier than it was this day you can pile on a long sleeve shirt and tie a knot at your waist. It is a layer that makes you look as if you’re wearing a skirt instead of a dress.

Since the dress isn’t form fitting, I decided to belt the poncho and dress at my waist. As a result of belting in the dress and poncho at my waist, it automatically made this outfit more put together. I then threw on a pair of sheer tights and a pair of suede J.Crew booties. Botta-Bing-botta-bang. There are so many ways where you can transform a summer dress into a fall dress with the right accessories. If you’re super careful, sometimes you can even transform it into a winter dress. That is another day though!

 

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What are some of your favorite ways of transforming a summer dress into fall? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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