4 Tips on Styling the Item You Never Wear

Hello, my lovely reader! I hope your day is going well. When I’m running out of creative style ideas, I pick a random piece of clothing in my closet and try to style a different look with it. That’s what happened with this polka-dot chambray top.

We all have that item in the back of our closets that has been waiting for this opportunity. It’s that item that you only style with that one outfit. Give that outfit a break, and let the beast out of its cage in a different way. My beast was this chambray top and this sequined top. I admit I own two tops that are very similar to this sequined top in a turquoise and gray. Both have rarely seen daylight. That is why I decided to stir up the pot and create an outfit that can finally incorporate two of my closeted beasts.

IMG_1089.JPGIMG_1053Now I admit, looking back at these photos I probably would have gone for a less dramatic shoe and a bag that actually matches. But you know what? There are no mistakes in fashion.

Force yourself to wear the item in three different ways. 

The best tip I can give you is just forcing yourself to wear it. You only wore that awkward length dress twice but don’t have the heart to give it away yet? No worries, force yourself to style it three different ways this month. You never know, maybe one of the looks will end up being one of your favorites.

Layers are your best friend. Try adding a layer to the look to make the item more comfortable to you. 

I’m a sucker for a good layering trick. So pile on different textures, different patterns, or even just clothes themselves. By doing this you may notice that the item pulls the entire outfit together. Even though you’re an adult you can still play dress up!

Mix up the way you think about the item.

For example, button downs can be cardigans or tied around the waist, tank tops can be worn over shirts or peak out underneath shirts, and dresses can be worn as skirts and shirts. There are so many different combinations you can do with wearing a certain item. Think creatively.

IMG_1077.JPGKnow when it’s time to say goodbye. 

This tip doesn’t stop at personal relationships but dives into fashion as well. Let’s face it. We all have items we grow old of. If you’ve tried the three outfits trick and layering trick and still think you might not wear it, it’s time to visit Goodwill or eBay. I’ve been a huge eBay fanatic right now and have been selling things up the wazoo. It’s a great way to get rid of old clothes and make quick cash for some new clothes. If that is too much of a hassle drive to Goodwill and donate your clothes. You’ll be helping a lot of people out and getting rid of that beast. Random eBay Tip: if you grew up with Pokemon cards and still have the time it’s time to go dig them up. They’re worth a ton of money online right now. 

As for my chambray and sequin tops, I think they’re going to stay around for some time. I tried out the three wears trick and ended up liking a few of my ideas. But if I don’t wear those outfits or these items in the next three months they might end up on eBay.

IMG_1051.jpgHow do you try and salvage items you never wear anymore? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Three Jackets You Need This Fall

Do you ever get this warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach when you think about something special? I feel that way when I think about fall. I don’t know if it is the hot chocolate getting to me, but I get this gooey feeling whenever I see a leaf fall or a pumpkin roll over. If you think of a cinnamon being pulled apart that is pretty much how I feel on a daily basis. My family puts up a freaking Halloween tree in the month of October. No joke. I’ll do any fall activity that comes my way. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw I carved a pumpkin this past weekend. No worries, this post contains 0% pumpkins. I figured you’re probably sick of seeing them on your feed.

My favorite part about fall is finally being able to wear more layers and, in this case, more jackets. Some people are shoe junkies, I’m a jacket/layer junkie. A jacket can do so much to any outfit by creating a totally different atmosphere. For example, a jean jacket with similar pants made me look feminine and girly, but when I put on this leather jacket I look edgy and mysterious. Sure, my obnoxious smile takes away from the dare devil image I was ‘trying’ to create, but you get the point.

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Jackets are an essential for your fall wardrobe. The three vital jackets I have on repeat are: 

Jean Jacket. Style: Sweet, feminine, casual.

Jean jackets are the ultimate staple of the girl next door. The soft hues and lightweight material makes it perfect for day time. Plus, it is by far the easiest thing to throw on a lightweight dress. This is the perfect jacket for those awkward warm fall days. My favorite posts of this jacket are this post and this post.

Suede Jacket. Style: Chic, fashionable, dressy. 

Suede jackets are the perfect in-between day and night jackets. The soft material is perfect for adding extra texture to all of your outfits. This jacket is literally perfect for any fall activity. My favorite looks wearing my favorite suede jacket are this post, this post, and this post.

Leather Jacket. Style: Edgy, mysterious, wild. 

Lastly, jean jackets are the ultimate show stopper jacket. If you want to make an impression go for this harsh textile and turn some heads. This jacket is perfect for transitioning a summer dress to fall or just spicing up a rather bland outfit like this one. I show how to transition a summer dress to fall in this post.

If you really want to push this list, another jacket you should get is a trench coat. Trench coats are extremely versatile and will always remain a classic. Plus, their neutral hue is perfect for the fall weather. Something more trendy would be a fur jacket that has been all the range last fall and this upcoming fall. Plus, it gives you the extra warmth on the colder, fall days. 

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Without this jacket, this look would have turned out being just a normal striped shirt paired with some colored pants. By throwing on this leather jacket, it has developed a whole new vibe to the look. A daring vibe I’m not used to but slowly adapting to. Plus, who doesn’t love being edgy for a day or two?

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What is your go to fall layer? Are you jacket obsessed like me? Do you like jean, suede, or leather jackets more? Let me know in the comments down below.

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BootayBag Review

Disclaimer: BootayBag contacted me to try out their subscription service. They personally sent me October’s package. Every thought and opinion expressed on Peculiar Porter are entirely mine alone and do not reflect the views or opinions of BootayBag. 

Subscriptions are like getting little presents in the mail. I’m a huge fan of online shopping simply because I love getting mail. BootayBag reached out to me recently and asked if they could send me a month subscription to their underwear service. When they messaged me, I admit I was a little hesitant. I was worried that it would make my blog cross too far to an unknown territory. But, the more I thought about it and the more I researched the company, I decided why not. After all, we all wear underwear so why not talk about it?

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BootayBag is a subscription service that sends two pairs of underwear straight to your door for $12. Nothing makes me feel better than a new pair of underwear, so I decided why not try it out. I’m a big fan of underwear. With that said, I’m also a huge critic. I hate when underwear slips and slides underneath a cute pair of pants. I usually hate having a harsh elastic on my underwear, but I became very found of the elastic on the pink pair. I love that it doesn’t roll up like other pairs of underwear. Plus, the band was much thicker than their underwear. I also loved the silky material and intricate floral pattern on the purple pair.

Personalized underwear selection: Always thongs, never thongs, and mix it up.

If you’re someone who always wears a particular style you have the option to pick between always thongs, never thongs, and a mixture of both. Since I was curious about both sides, I opted for the mix it up option. I liked getting pairs I wouldn’t normally reach for, something only a subscription service can offer. 

If you post a picture of BootayBag on Instagram and hashtag it #undermatters, BootayBag will donate $1 to charity. (The charity switches every month).

Now the average person probably wouldn’t flash their underwear on social media, but BootayBag makes you want to live life on edge. With every Instagram post that is posted with #undermatters they’ll donate $1 to charity. Last month the profits went towards Houston SPCA and this month the money will be going towards breast cancer research and education.

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Would I buy them on my own?

Bottom line: yes. I love the idea of getting new, updated underwear delivered to your home. It’s like two days out of every month where you know you’re going to feel g-o-o-d. Plus, you might end up with a pair you wouldn’t normally reach for so you get to try out something different. 

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Would you try a subscription service for underwear? Have you ever tried BootayBag? 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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How I Maintain My Sanity During My Daily Commute

Hello my lovely readers! I hope all your days are going smashingly (I hope you read that in the voice of Nigel Thornberry). As some of you may know, I commute an hour to and from work every day. Depending on the traffic, sometimes the commute takes an hour and a half. To some that may sound insane, but I have a love-hate relationship with my daily commute.

As a result of my commute, I’ve had more opportunities to reflect on my day to day life and work on things that may need more attention. Reflecting could mean rethinking what I wrote at work or even what I’m going to be doing this upcoming weekend. If I wasn’t forced in a car for 2-3 hours every day I wouldn’t have time to think about these things and reflect as much as I have.

I do admit that sometimes reflecting gets either boring or overwhelming so I’ve decided to share my secrets on how I survive the long commute.

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Download Waze.

If you don’t already know what Waze is you need to open your app store right now and download it. This app has become a life saver whenever I hit traffic. I turn on the app and it either tells me how long I’m going to sit in traffic or a convenient route around the construction, accident, etc. The nice thing about the app is that it changes in real time through other users reports.

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Go-to Casual LookFind a podcast you love.

This is the biggest life saver for me. I’ve been commuting for almost three months and I’m addicted to listening to “Anna Farris is Unqualified” and “Small Town Murder”.

“Anna Farris is Unqualified” is a great podcast if you love listening to famous people discuss how they got where they are now. I’m not someone who particularly pays attention to actresses and actors so most of the time I have no idea who they actually are.  After Anna and the special guests banters, they take relationship questions from listeners. It’s nice hearing the special guest’s story, but I’ve developed a bad habit where I usually just skip to the part where Anna and the guest answer relationship advice. It is so interesting hearing about issues that are going on in other peoples’ lives and thinking about why advice I would give them. Is that weird?

Now the podcast that I literally cannot stop listening to is “Small Town Murder.” As most of you know, I grew up in a small town (around 4,000 people live in my town). There haven’t been any murders in my small town (that I know of), but I find it so interesting hearing about other towns. The podcasts starts off with two comedians giving a brief overview of the town and then gets into the murder that occurred there. They do in depth research about the horrible tragedy and then develop a comedic spin on poking fun at the murderer. You normally don’t hear comedy and murder in the same sentence but these two comedians figured out how to tastefully liven up this grotesque topic.

 

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Depending on the opportunity, like the awesome opportunity I currently have, sometimes commuting long distances can be worth it. I’m constantly on the edge of my seat listening to my podcasts, so I really don’t mind.

I have four more episodes of “Small Town Murder” to listen to, so if you have any other podcasts I should try let please let me know in the comments down below.

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Summer Recap 2017

Hello my lovely readers! Our summer chapter has come to an end and fall is just around the corner. I couldn’t be more excited to throw on extra layers and pull autumn colors into my wardrobe. Before I do all that, I wanted to throw it back to a little bit of a summer outfit recap. This summer I’ve been really into floral patterns and maxi dresses. What was your go to?

I start out summer with a trip to Lavender by the Bay in Long Island. I absolutely love how this “edgy” outfit looked contrasted with the feminine lavender flowers. If you missed out on this post, I would definitely revisit this post because Lavender by the Bay is great destination to go visit if you’re ever in the North Fork of Long Island.

I always love stretching out dresses and tops into different outfits. That is why in this post I show how you can make a crop top appropriate just by simply throwing it over a dress. Now you really don’t have a reason why you can’t wear a crop top in public!

One of my favorite events that happened this summer was going to Her Conference in New York City. It was incredibly inspirational hearing from so many influential women. Since the conference, I’ve been diving into a few books. I’m half way into The Big Life by Ann Shoket and it is nearly impossible to put it down. Expect a post about it shortly.

I just graduated in May and my college has already had a reunion. A couple hundred of Siena Grads went to Saratoga Race Track and bet on horses. I talk about the reunion in my post What to Wear to a Horse Race.

My lovely cousin was married to the love of her life in August. The wedding included a beautiful ceremony, crazy dance moves, and pie. Plus, it was my first time visiting Virginia so I was over the moon about the whole experience. Fun fact: I’ve now been to 13 countries and 13 states.  If you want to check out what to wear to a barn wedding and some more wedding photos check out this post.

There is this weird giddy feeling I have when I get to break out green pants for the fall. Check out this summer outfit transitioning into fall. Plus, I’ve added some new pins to my jackets and they’re pretty cool if I say so myself.

I finally admit my height in this post. Did you know I’ve been asked how tall I am because apparently my photos make me look much taller than I am? I’m not really sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing… I’ll let you be the judge of that. So if you’re an awkward height like me, check out this post on how to make sure your maxi dress isn’t swallowing you whole.

I finally decided to let you know a little secret about me… I hate rompers. Check out some weird reasons why I have a love/hate relationship with this fashion piece.

There you have it! That is my lovely farewell to summer… bring on the sweaters and jackets!

What was your favorite look or trend this summer? Let me know in the comments down below. 

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True Life: I Mildly Hate Rompers

Hello my lovely reader! I’m definitely one of those obnoxious people who love fall. Now, I’m not a pumpkin spice girl, but I can’t say no to a good comfy sweater. With that said, here is my last outfit for the summer of 2017… hold your tears.

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I’ve never been a romper girl. I know some of you are probably punching her computer or click out of the screen as you read further… but hear me out. I drink an excessive amount of water. With that said, I pee just as much. I don’t know how you romper lovers do it. It is impossible to get out of these things! The work! It’s outrageous.

On the bright side, the amount of time that you would have taken to plan an actual outfit can be geared towards actually taking off the romper to pee. Okay, that sounds like a minor plus. I’m still skeptical though…

AE RomperMy second issue with rompers is that they’re either incredibly boring or incredible intricate. You’ll see rompers with these insane sleeves and buttons in random, unneeded places. Luckily, I found this pretty interesting but still mildly low-key romper from American Eagle. I actually decided to try on this romper because of the fun lace up detail. It might even be fun to wear the top part of this romper as a shirt and throw a pair of high waisted jeans over… that would add to my issue above though… stay tuned I might report back.

Lastly, my biggest issue with rompers is that the shorts are always impossibly short. I feel like every fashion designer went to a meeting in NYC and planned that all of the shorts have to be itty bitty. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but why are they all so obnoxiously short?

To get around that major issue, I decided to pair this long cardigan over it. The cardigan hits mid thigh (where the romper should be hitting) so it makes it look as if my legs are much longer.

Pictures taken in good ole’ Albany the same weekend I went to Saratoga.

I’m sorry for being a romper hater. Hopefully you’ll still love my blog. This romper has slightly changed my mind, but you’ll most likely never see another romper on this blog/my body. I could possibly see myself trying a jumpsuit in the future because it would cut out my third/main problem… we’ll see.

What do you think about rompers? Does it bother you that the shorts are always way too short or do you think they’re perfect the way they are? Let me know in the comments down below.

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