Long Skirts for the Modern Girl

When I was younger, I always kept my distance from long skirts. I felt they were restraining, unshapely, and one of the many fads from the 19th century that I didn’t want to revisit. Fast forward to 2018 when long skirts have completely reinvented themselves, and now they are not only breathable and flattering, but also versatile. They provide options for styling an outfit in a myriad of ways—from sporty to professional and everywhere in between. It’s fun experimenting with them. Check out some of my favorite long skirt trends thus far:
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P.S. Urban Outfitters and ModCloth have a ton of great options right now—just in time for Spring!

Glimpse of Spring

Old Navy, Nor Cal, Spring, Sunset, Fashion Top
This weekend was not typical for early February in Santa Cruz, but I’m not complaining. 
Old Navy, Nor Cal, Spring, Sunset, Fashion TopNormally, it’s either raining, cold, or both this time of year, but instead, we have been living in a heat wave with sunny skies and warm breezes. 
Old Navy, Nor Cal, Spring, Sunset, Fashion TopThough I worry about what this means for the world at large, I was eager to take a break from winter and pretend that spring had already arrived.. 
Old Navy, Nor Cal, Spring, Sunset, Fashion TopJoel and I spent the day as we usually do when the weather is warm—exploring the backroads. 
Old Navy, Nor Cal, Spring, Sunset, Fashion TopIt was nearing sunset, so we pulled over and looked out toward the west through an opening between the trees. There’s something so effortless about a Northern California sunset. It never disappoints.
Old Navy, Nor Cal, Spring, Sunset, Fashion TopI had recently bought this top at Old Navy in anticipation of warmer weather, but did not expect to be wearing it this soon. I love the shoulder detailing paired with the airiness of the cloth. I can picture it over a bathing suit come summertime. On days like these I can feel the lake calling me.
Old Navy, Nor Cal, Spring, Sunset, Fashion Top“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” —Anthony J. D’Angelo

Vintage Style

Most trends are cyclical, moving in and out of vogue over time. What was fashionable for an older generation, i.e. bellbottoms, may be a dreaded faux pas later; yet some pieces are so iconic that they have made repeated encores. Here are a few examples of style fads that have made impressive comebacks:

Oversized Sunglasses

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oversized sunglasses

High Waisted Bathing Suit

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high waisted bathing suit

Square Scarf

square scarf

square scarf, vintage style

Beret

beret, vintage style

beret, vintage style

Pea Coat

Pea Coat

pea coat

Wide Leg Pant

wide leg pant

wide leg pant

Oversized Sun Hat

oversized sun hat

oversized sun hat

Off The Shoulder

off the shoulder dress

off the shoulder dress

Crop top

crop top

crop top

LBD

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

High Waisted Jeans

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high waisted jeans

Asymmetrical Shoulders

asymmetrical dress

asymmetrical dress

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” —Coco Chanel

Winter Loungewear

December in NorCal, where I live, is quite crisp and chilly. By the start of Winter, I’m usually found either in loungewear or various other outfits that could double as pajamas. This is the time for thick leggings and joggers, fuzzy socks, warm UGG boots, and either a cardigan, flannel, or comfy pullover sweater. Check out my favorite Winter pieces below:

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Express

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Nordstrom

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Madewell

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Nordstrom

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Nordstrom

winter loungewear, fuzzy socks

Lucky Brand

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UGG

winter loungewear, UGGs

UGG

winter loungewear, Uggs

UGG

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Madewell

winter loungewear, sweater

Nordstrom

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American Eagle

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Free People

“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” -Ben Aaronovitch

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Sweater Weather

Sweater weather is in full swing, and I couldn’t be happier. When the temperature dips, my go-to looks usually involve a sweater. I love pairing a cardigan over a tank top and high waisted jeans, putting on booties with a chunky turtleneck, or wearing a simple loose-knit pull over with leggings and flats. Fall is the perfect time to update your sweater collection! After perusing multiple stores, H&M definitely has the best options for the best price. No matter the style, fit, or color, they have what you’re looking for and more! Check out some of my favorite sweaters from their collection:

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Loose-knit Sweater $17.99

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Knit Wool Sweater $59.99

autumn sweater

Mohair-blend Sweater $49.99

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Chunky-knit Sweater $19.99

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Knit Turtleneck Sweater $24.99

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Knit Hooded Sweater $39.99

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V-neck Sweater $34.99

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Knit Cardigan $24.99

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Fine-knit Cardigan $19.99

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Shawl-collar Cardigan $34.99

“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” — Oscar Wilde

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Fall Inspiration

Fall is finally here! Hands down, this is my favorite season, and October is the best month of the year where I live. I love the cooler weather, shorter days, and cozy vibes that Fall brings, and we can’t forget about the fashion, of course! I wanted to share some Fall trends to look out for, according to a few bloggers that have been inspiring me for years. Check them out:

Plaid Please

Plaid, Gal Meets Glam

Gal Meets Glam

Plaid is definitely back in style. I used to wear plaid a lot when I was a kid and have since tried to incorporate it into my wardrobe with bits and pieces, like a subtle scarf here and there, but now I feel like I can really dive in. I love the look of a plaid skirt. And no, I don’t mean like an old Britney Spears music video, but rather something a little longer, classier, and paired with a chunky sweater and boots.

Plaid Skirt

ModCloth

Plaid Skirt

Philosophy

Say “Yes” to Camel

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Damsel In Dior

Camel is one of the colors I rarely gravitate towards, but all of a sudden I’m thinking I need to hop on the trend train. Camel is simple, yet sophisticated. The earthy tone suits Fall perfectly, bringing out the foliage nicely. I love an oversized camel sweater or dress, and maybe even a camel wool coat too. It’s meant to be a statement piece, and that statement is understated elegance.

Camel Oversized Sweater

Boohoo

Camel Wool Coat

ASOS

Pleated Skirts are Unexpectedly Fun

Late Afternoon, Pleated Skirts

Late Afternoon

A long pleated skirt has been on my wish list for some time now, but I’ve been seeing them a lot lately. Long skirts transition well—you can pair them with a sweater or heavier coat, flats or booties, and dress them up or down. They are a must-have closet staple, and add just a tad of special to an ordinary style.

Pleated Skirts

Vince Camuto

Pleated Skirts

LOFT

Pop Some Color

Natalie Dressed, Earrings

Natalie Dressed

Usually when I think of Fall, I imagine muted colors and tones, like tan, burgundy, and green. But I love the way an accessory can add a pop to a Fall outfit. It isn’t overwhelming, just a little something to make you look twice. One bright color can be the best complement to an otherwise understated look. I love the splash of a brightly colored scarf, tights, or piece of jewelry.

Bright Earrings

Kenneth Jay Lane

Bright Earrings

Reva

Meet my Good Friend, Suede

Something Navy, Suede

Something Navy

Suede is a great alternative to a heavy leather jacket. It’s lighter, subtler, and softer! The brown suede jacket is a classic look for Fall, but other colors are fun too. A warm burgundy or orange is a playful way to wear the fabric. Suede makes everything more fashionable. Throw it over a simple t-shirt and jeans; you’ll be ready for whatever the day has in store!

suede jacket

KUT From The Kloth

Suede Jacket

Missguided

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” – L.M. Montgomery

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The Sleeveless Turtleneck

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I love the retro look of sleeveless turtlenecks. I find them incredibly flattering and stylish.

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When I was in elementary school, and my mom still helped me pick out my outfits for the day, she used to always suggest I wear a turtleneck. At the time, I refused with all my might. Now, I reach for them all the time and laugh at the irony.

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Sleeveless turtlenecks are perfect for the hotter months of the year, when you still want the same look of a turtleneck without the extra warmth.

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On a side note, I love the way black and brown complement each other. I know that’s an unpopular opinion—to each their own. To me, there’s something so effortless about the combo.

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Whenever I wear this top, I pair it with a simple outfit—jeans, low heels, and cat eye sunglasses. Everything fits together seamlessly, putting a vintage spin on the classic jeans and a tank top style.

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Summer Slides

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Every summer I find myself slipping into these slides again and again.

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Aside from being incredibly comfortable, they go with everything. I wear them with dresses when I’m going out to dinner, or with jeans on casual day.

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I love the way they elevate a simple outfit like you see here. What would have been the equivalent of a “moving day” outfit is now enhanced to create a cute weekend look.

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Being just under 5 “4”, most of my favorite shoes have a small heel. I have seen a lot of flat slides recently, but this kitten heeled one is perfect for me. It’s high enough to make a difference, but low enough to walk in for long distances.

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Shop my look:

Nine West Jaya Solid Crossbody • Nine West • $44.25
Who What Wear Women’s Carolina Double Band Block Heel Slide Sandals – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $32.99
Women’s Free People Found My Friend Sweatshirt • Free People • $78
BDG Twig Super High-Rise Skinny Jean – Indigo • BDG • $59

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Put Together

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I have always been told that I look “put together”, and it’s something I strive for when I am getting dressed each day. It doesn’t mean that everything matches perfectly, or that I have a million accessories on, but instead that everything together creates one, unified look.

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I have a few tricks that can make this process a little bit easier. 1) Always start planning your outfit at the basics—the shirt and jeans, the skirt and top, etc. For instance, if you’re wearing a pair of high waisted jeans, choose a crop top. If the baseline of your outfit looks off, then your whole ensemble will suffer.

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2) Match your shoes to your blouse. This doesn’t have to be a perfect color match—it could mean that stylistically they go really well together. For example, a lot of jobs allow you to wear jeans to the office, but you still need to look professional. To do this, wear a button down top and a pair of pointy toe pumps. The top and shoes always signify the mood of your look.

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3) Pick one statement piece. In the look I’m wearing, I chose the bell sleeve cardigan. You want something that stands out from the rest—something that draws the eye in, but still subtle enough that onlookers won’t be able to pinpoint it. This goes for jewelry too. Have you ever heard the famous Coco Chanel saying, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”? Overdoing it is an easy mistake to make. Wearing just one statement piece of jewelry is a good way to play it safe, be it a dramatic earring or a beautiful necklace—you can’t go wrong.

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On Me: Similar Nordstrom Cardigan

Similar Clarks Shoes

Forever Top

Urban Jeans

The Utility Jacket

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I’ve been trying to find a cute, everyday utility jacket for a long time. I wanted something that was light enough to be worn year round, but also heavy enough to keep me warm on a chilly day. This Gap jacket fit my requirements perfectly.

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Utility jackets can often be a little too masculine for my liking, but this one was cut in a more feminine way. It’s both cropped and loosely fitted, which adds a little extra style than a typical cut.

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I love the versatile collar too. I’ve been wearing it untucked recently, but folded down is great for a warmer day. All in all, I highly recommend investing in this closet staple–especially if you’re living in a city like San Fransisco that’s freezing one minute and hot the next.

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On Me: Gap Jacket

BDG Jeans

Lucky Brand Shoes

Nine West Crossbody