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:
High Waisted Bathing Suit
Wide Leg Pant
Oversized Sun Hat
Off The Shoulder
High Waisted Jeans
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” —Coco Chanel
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Me: Similar Nordstrom Cardigan
Similar Clarks Shoes
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.
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.
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.
On Me: Gap Jacket
Lucky Brand Shoes
Nine West Crossbody
This weekend Joel and I went wine tasting at the Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room in Davenport.
We had a great time. With each sip, we tried to guess the notes for each wine–a perfect date night activity.
We even ended up walking away with two bottles: the 2014 Old Telegram (Joel’s pick) and the 2013 Vinferno (my pick, obviously a dessert wine).
I always envisioned my first wine tasting expedition up in the Napa heat, with a floral print dress blowing in the wind. Since this was a spur of the moment idea, we decided to stay local. Therefore, I modified my idyllic outfit vision for the Santa Cruz wine tasting experience.
This weekend really cooled off, so I opted for a pair of booties, jeans, and a denim jacket.
I fit right in with the laid back and casual look of Santa Cruz.
If you’re ever in town, I highly recommend trying this place. They were informative, fun, and friendly. What more could you ask for?
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” -Benjamin Franklin
On Me: BDG Denim Jacket, Urban Crop Top, Gap Jeans, Lucky Brand Booties
Suede is the perfect material for a Summer jacket.
It’s lighter than a leather, but still edgy.
During the colder months, I love to add my leather jacket to any outfit. It’s a statement piece that takes jeans and a t-shirt to the next level.
The Summer months are way too hot for leather, unfortunately. Luckily for me, I discovered this replacement suede jacket from Bar III.
I love the simplicity in it. Without too much going on, the cut and shape of the jacket complements any figure.
Not only is this jacket flattering, but it’s also versatile. You can pair it with jeans or a dress–day or night. Definitely an essential for your closet!
On Me: Bar III Suede Jacket
Lucky Brand Sandals
Since it is now 2016, I think it is appropriate to reflect on some of my favorite blog posts–going all the way back to the beginning! I love looking back and seeing how my style has evolved. I’m proud of these looks. This blog has been a wonderful outlet, and I’m so excited for what’s to come!
Happy New Year!!!
Urban Outfitters Dress
Urban Outfitters Pants
Nordstrom Crop Top
Cathy Jean Booties
Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans
Cotton On Scarf
Urban Outfitters Pants
Brandy Melville Dress
American Apparel Top
The Sak Purse
Brandy Melville Hat
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” -Rachel Zoe
I have always been self-conscious about my legs. It’s been hard for me to find a good pair of shorts that I feel confident in. Most denim shorts are too tight, too short, and fall too low on my waist. Luckily, I have found a few pairs of high-waisted cloth shorts to wear instead.
They are looser, more comfortable, and more flattering.
These alternatives are a lot easier to dress up too! Pair them with the right accessories, and before you know it they are ready for a night out on the town.
The right pattern makes them the best accent piece to bring out on a hot day.
A crop top and a denim jacket add a classic and simple vibe to the look.
On Me: Abercrombie Shorts & Top
Our first day in Newport was so wonderful. What I love about SoCal the most is probably the weather. When it is a little overcast and a little foggy the overall temperature is still warm!
Being down there felt like a dream! The water was clear, the people were easy going, and time didn’t seem to matter as much.
Though we didn’t venture outside of our lovely state, every day still felt like an exploration. There’s something so exciting about crossing unfamiliar territory.
“Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream.” – Donatella Versace
On Me: Express crop top
Chelsea Crew Sandals
“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso
What does a day off from work call for? A photoshoot…duh!
Believe it or not, but this look didn’t have much prep work put into it!
I woke up with BED HEAD (didn’t brush my hair after the shower), and decided to curl my hair…it worked out better than expected! Then I put on my “dress up” crop top, some high waisted jeans, Freshman Year Formal heels from Bunny’s Shoes (my favorite hometown shoe shop), and called it a day!
It’s amazing what dressing up and getting out of the house can do for the soul! Photoshoots have surprisingly been one of my most favorite aspects of blogging.
I used to hate having my picture taken, but after a while I learned to experiment and found an assurance in myself that I had always lacked.
We live in such a divine place, and I have gained confidence just from realizing that I am a small part of this world.
I am dreaming of Summer.
I am eager to go up to the lake, lay out on the dock, and feel the sun on my skin.
The lake reminds me to SLOW DOWN. That’s what inspired this timeless ensemble.
Sometimes the trick is letting your hair down, wearing something that makes you feel confident, and looking through rose-colored glasses at the ever-evolving world.
“I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.” – Joan Rivers
On my Sis: Urban Crop Top & Print Shorts
Cathy Jean Flats