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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Why I Blog

I hope your day is going better than expected on a Tuesday. Tuesdays sometimes just seem to drag on like a bad punchline. Hopefully, your Tuesday feels more like a Friday night than a Monday morning if you get what I mean.

Now that I’ve been blogging for a little over four years, I’ve started to get used to being asked why I blog. This question still confuses me because it isn’t something that really ever crossed my mind. Even before I started my blog four years ago, I loved reading blogs. I loved reading them on Tumblr and then I found the mystical world of WordPress where I was able to consume many, many blogs at once. I love hearing different people’s opinions on fashion from all over the world. I can read blogs from Italy, Africa, Japan… you name a country, I can find the country.

After reading so many different blogs, I decided to get brave enough to share my own thoughts, feelings, and opinions with the world. Now, I’m not going to lie to you… I was terrified of what people were going to think. Would they think it’s weird? Would they understand my thoughts? Would people actually read it? Were all thoughts that ran through my mind as I clicked that first bight blue “published” button. I hid my blog for about a year until I figured I put on my big girl pants and share it with the world. To my surprise, people responded like crazy. My blog now reaches over 128 different countries and I just surpassed my 200th post. I have no intention of stopping anytime soon. But to answer the question that has been asked again and again…

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Blogging forces me to get outside my comfort zone and do things that I wouldn’t have otherwise. 

During college, it’s very easy to stay inside a little bubble and not venture far outside of the town or city you’re in. This blog forced me to venture out into the surrounding cities to take pictures, eat interesting food, and experience different ways of living. Even this past weekend, I wandered the streets of Yale to take pictures. Something I would have never of done if it wasn’t for this blog. I love blogging because it allows me opportunities to get outside my comfort zone.

Blogging has made me a more creative person in both my style and writing.

Let’s face it, if you met me four years ago I wouldn’t have been seen in camouflage, turtlenecks, or a leather jacket. This blog helped me experiment with different style pieces and open up my mind to what I like and don’t like in fashion. Something I would have never done if it wasn’t for this blog. As for writing, each new post has helped me think outside the box by creating different posts. I think of what is relevant to you and what you might actually enjoy reading. As a result of this blog, I’ve developed a better sense of my audience and who I’m trying to communicate with.

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I love the community of blogging and value each and every interaction I’ve had over the years. 

There are so many lovely people I’ve been able to interact with thanks to this blog. I love reaching out to you and hearing what you have to say. Thanks to you, I’ve been able to find out awesome podcasts to listen to on my daily commute, how you stayed positive after the outcome of the 2016 election, what shows to watch on Netflix, and you’ve even been there when I removed negative influences from my life. Your influences have impacted me drastically. I wouldn’t have close blogger friends who live in Germany, Canada, Texas, and so forth if it wasn’t for this blog.

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This blog has allowed me new opportunities to network and meet new people. 

December 18th, I’m going to my first blogging event where amazing bloggers like Rachel from Pinterest Plans, Alycia from CT Eats Out, Kallie from But First Coffee, and Sandra from The Rustic Life are speaking. I’m so excited (and nervous) to yet again, get outside my comfort zone thanks to this blog.

If you’re always enjoyed reading blogs but have never bit the bullet to create one, now is the time to do so. If you’re looking for a sign… here it is. My advice is to sign up for a WordPress account and just start typing away. You’ll be shocked how many opportunities come your way.

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Why do you blog? What is your favorite thing about blogging? 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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Thanksgiving Day Outfit

Is November 13 too early to put up Christmas decorations? If you said no you wouldn’t be surprised walking into my house. Over the weekend, my mother put all six of our Christmas trees up. Yes, you read that right, six Christmas trees. We currently have four large trees and two small. We’re actually missing a tree because we threw one out last year. Our large trees consist of a folk art tree, antique tree, snowman tree, family tree, and animal tree. The two small trees have baby ornaments and cardinals. Be sure to be on the lookout for the Christmas spirit on my Instagram Stories.

With the drop of temperature and cheerful Christmas tunes blasting on the radio, I decided to pull out my favorite green scarf and lacy, sweater dress.  There is something about a huge oversized scarf can instantly pull an outfit together. It doesn’t matter if you have a food baby or if you accidentally spill something on yourself… a big scarf is there for you.

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Thanksgiving is actually a holiday my family never really celebrated the “traditional” way. My mom usually recruits field hockey players so she has never been around for a Thanksgiving. Normally, my father usually just smokes fish or grills steaks instead of cooking a traditional turkey. Some years we all picked a favorite dish and made that. Mine is always mashed potatoes (yumm)! Last year, was the first time we celebrated it the “traditional” way at my brother’s house.

This year, I’ll be traveling to my brother’s house again and I’ll be rocking this outfit. This outfit is perfect for Thanksgiving because its chic and will be able to hide my massive food baby. Plus, if I accidentally spill some cranberry sauce on myself I’ll be in the perfect position to hide it. Gotta love big chunky scarves! If you’re still thinking about your Thanksgiving outfit consider a big, chunky scarf like this one. It’ll hide your food belly, cover your spills, and add the perfect amount of color to your outfit.

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What do you traditionally do for Thanksgiving? What is your favorite food? What do you plan on wearing for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments down below.

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October Favorites 2017

October has been full of fun birthdays, last minute costumes, awkwardly hot weather, and fun experimentations with fashion. What has been rocking my world and been keeping me very busy is deciding to write more blog posts. I’ve decided to step up to the challenge and post twice a week. To some fashion bloggers that might not seem like a lot, but I decided I have to post more than my normal weekly post. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally be able to start a “Friday Finds” series.

As for my favorites…

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My friend, Courtney, had the brilliant idea of going to Watermark for her birthday. Watermark was hosting their annual Octoberfest filled with tons of beer and $18 pretzels. It was a day filled with good views and even better company. What is not to love  about an event like that?

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Favorite Post: “Camouflage: The Most Underrated Pattern in Fashion

I oddly love finding out the history of fashion and how certain styles come to be. For this post, I decided to look into the history of camouflage. Weirdly enough, I found out that camouflage first made its way into the fashion scene because of Vogue. Did you know that there are more than 19 different patterns of camouflage? Yeah, me either.

Clothing Piece I’ve Been Levitating Towards: Embroidered Jeans

If you couldn’t tell from my last post or my most recent Instagram… I’m hooked. It took me one pair of these magical jeans and I already want to order 12 more. I literally want to order this same pair in black. What is wrong with me? Please, someone convince me to buy something else so that my jean drawer still has the ability to close.

Audiobooks I’ve been loving: “#GirlBoss” by Sophia Amoruso and “Leave Your Mark Land Your Dream Job, Kill it in Your Career, Rock Social Media,” by Aliza Licht. 

As some of you may know, I commute and hour to and from work every day. Besides the fact that you could probably see stress wrinkles already forming on my young, twenty-year-old body, you would never know how much I drive every week. That is because I’ve found the magical app “audible” from Amazon. No, I’m not sponsored but I should be at this point. This brilliant app allows me to download all of these fantastic books. This month I was focusing on self improvement so I downloaded Sophia Amoruso and Alizia Licht’s books. Unlike most self-help books, these two authors know how to write helpful information while packing the books filled with funny, personal stories. I hope that by listening to these two books that my inner Girl Boss will break free… a girl can only hope.

Favorite Instagram Stories: Honeygrow in Hoboken, NJ and Wednesday’s Table in Southold, NY.

I’m usually not one to say a picture says a thousand words, but in this case it totally does. Just looking back and these photos is making me hungry. Honeygrow is a build-it-yourself salad or stir fry place. Wednesday’s Table is a restaurant that isn’t open on Wednesday’s and serves delicious scones, sandwiches, gyros, and wraps. Ugh, my stomach is grumbling.

Favorite Quote of the Month: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory,” Dr. Seuss.

What was your favorite part about October? What are you looking forward to this November? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Why You Should Own Embroidered Jeans

Hello friend! I hope your Halloween was spooky and weird. Hopefully, many children came to your house and screamed “trick or treat” at you. Weirdly enough, we didn’t have that many trick or treaters this year. When I was little, we used to have a plethora of children running around our street. Children from other neighborhoods would come to my street on hayrides. I really hope that the trick or treating spirit isn’t dying but instead the children in my area have grown up.

Speaking of childhood, these pants brought me back to a weird memory of being tormented by my brothers and cousins. You see, I’ve always loved funky pants. I remember being tormented by my brothers and cousins because of this one pair of pants I would wear. They were awesome. They had this funky, abstract print and were made out of this mauve, pink color. “Logan Pink Pants Porter” still rings in my ears to this day. As you can tell, that chant or slight harassment didn’t deter me away from styling these awesome pants. IMG_4890.jpgStudded pants have been all the rage last year and they continue to dip into fall. Amal Clooney, Miley Cyrus, and Bella Hadid are just a handful of celebrities that have supported this major trend. Now, I’m not one to always jump on the trend bandwagon, but I couldn’t help but listen to my inner child when I saw this pair of pants. Not only were they studded but they also had these beautifully embroidered flowers. If that wasn’t enough for me to yank on the pair and drag them up to the cashier… they were also on sale. It’s like the pant-Gods were throwing lightning bolts at my feet. I just had to get them. IMG_4888.jpg

IMG_4896.jpgSo are embroidered jeans worth picking up? I think yes, yes, and double yes. This trend dates back to the 60’s and 70’s where embroidered jeans were all the rage. Artists and hippies decided to give life to their causal jeans and design them with colorful threads, patches, and textiles. Flowers, like the ones I’m wearing, were often placed on jeans to go alongside the bohemian and Woodstock influence. Although the patches and studs weren’t as carefully placed as they are in this 2017 trend, the embroidery still has a similar objective: to allow expression into your everyday style.

A few reasons why you should jump on this trend:

  • Embroidery is a great way to express your personal style. There are political and movement patches you can incorporate.
  • These pants allow you to experiment with another style. If you remember this post, you know I’m big on experimenting with fashion.
  • Adds another texture to your outfit, which adds dimension to your outfit.
  • Allows an opportunity to start a conversation.
  • Opportunity to wear neutrals without thinking twice about it.

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The best part about these jeans is that you can create them yourself. You could simply grab patches and start sewing or ironing them on. But, if you want the easy way out I found a few similar pairs:

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1 ($59.99), 2 ($119.50), 3 ($47), 4 ($92), 5 ($32)

What is your opinion on the embroidered jean? Would you rock a pair of embroidered jeans? Let me know in the comments down below.

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5 Graphic Tees that Give Back

Disclaimer: Running for Rescues contacted me to review their organization. They personally sent me this graphic tee. Every thought and opinion expressed on Peculiar Porter are entirely mine alone and do not reflect the views or opinions of Running for Rescues. 

Style can do so many great things for your confidence, but it can also help others in need. Running for Rescues, a local Connecticut organization, recently reached out to me and asked if they could send me one of their shirts. Since I’m a huge animal lover, I immediately said yes.

Running for Rescues is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that raises money through races, donations, and products to help rescue animals from high-kill shelters. Runners from across the country can pick a race they want to run and fundraise independently for Running for Rescues. This money then goes to small organizations that help fun the rescuing animals and the associated costs.

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As some of you may already know, I’m that obnoxious person who talks in baby voices to dogs. I know, it’s embarrassing and I cannot help it in the slightest. With that said, I don’t know what I would do without my two dogs. Butch and Daisy are like weird, goofy humans. They both have their own personalities compact with weird poses, obsessive habits, and funky sounds. We picked up my dogs from a farm in the middle of a huge blizzard. With that said, Butch and Daisy were not rescued from a kill-shelter. However, I can only imagine what it would be like if my dogs were behind bars, constantly waiting for a warm home, hugs, kisses, and above all… love. No animal should be put down just because they simply exist. If you have the ability to run, donate, or purchase a shirt from Running for Rescues, I’m sure each and every dog and cat would be thankful with warm, slobbery kisses.

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Buying socially conscious goods opens an opportunity to start conversations and develop awareness to values you believe in. It is one thing to be stylish and another thing to be able to convey messages you’re passionate about. By wearing a t-shirt that captures the values you believe in, you can create a conversation that wouldn’t have been able to happen otherwise. Plus, you’ll look good doing so.

Graphic tees are incredibly easy to style with any outfit. You can throw on a fun skirt like I did in this post or put on a bold pair of colored pants like I did in these pictures. Lately, I’ve been really into trying the graphic tee into a knot and rolling up the sleeves. Just throw a fun jacket over this look and bam a whole new look. You’re making an impact while having an incredible outfit.

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I admit it is pretty hard to find socially conscious t-shirts unless you look hard for them. That is why I developed a little list of five companies you can buy shirts from. You can buy a Running for Rescue shirt here or you can buy one from these four other companies:

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  1. Feed Shirt ($16.50). For every purchase from Feed, a portion of the money goes to school meals. This particular shirt provides 10 school meals to children in need. Feed has a wide selection of bags and accessories. I’ve been saving for one of their beautiful, leather bags.
  2. Arm the Animals ($21.99). Similar to the company I’m sporting in this post, tArm the Animals’ mission is to spread the word about animal welfare. They have a long list of witty t-shirts that bring awareness to neglected animals.
  3. Krochet Kids ($48). Every product that is made from Krochet Kids is hand signed by the person who made it. They do this in an effort to make you realize where your products come from. This particular shirt states “Wear for Hope.” Their business is established on the principle that people in developing countries should be paired fairly and equality.
  4. Serengetee ($32). Serenge Tee supports 32 different causes ranging from education to ending sex trafficking. Each shirt comes with a different pattern that is linked to a specific cause. If you want to incorporate abstract patterns in your every day look while helping out great causes look at this company.

What do you think about graphic tees that give back? Do you think we’ll be seeing it more in fashion? Do you know of any similar companies? Let me know in the comments down below.

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