A new month means more closet gaps to fill, and I've got plenty to go around. The weather has cooled down considerably, so here's what I'm on the lookout for as fall eases more and more into winter, and the cozy holidays approach. AND, it's my birthday month. That means that all purchases can be justified, right? Again, as told by street style.
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wide leg jeans
I just gave away my pair (that I had since high school!) so I'm in the market for new ones. I think these look so striking with heels and wedges, and they give a fun 70s vibe to any outfit, but can also offer a different sort of casual jeans look when skinnies are the go-to these days.
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Nothing defines a feminine shape quite like a big, boxy, stolen from the opposite sex blazer, preferably in your grandpa's favorite tweed, check or houndstooth. I love this look with layers, with a more traditional outfit, shorts, or if it's long enough, with nothing underneath!
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Add this to my list of camo must haves, too. These act as a neutral, but make any outfit more interesting. Great with heels or boots or booties...or sandals, I want to wear these all fall and winter. And spring.
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These are everywhere nowadays, and for good reason. Everyone's body type is different, though, so finding one that hangs just right is important. These are necessary for casual, layered, skirted, shorted, everything-ed looks for all seasons. I'll take one in white, gray
and black, please.
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white wide leg trousers Moda Operandi
is doing their "the one that got away
" series right now, and I could write a book with all the stories I have like that. Including beautiful white trousers from Joe Fresh I waited too long to get last year. They're maybe slightly more tailored than the ones seen here, but nothing looks more glamorous than a white or cream pant, especially in the winter.
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I've become a total camo convert, and this kind of coat goes well over anything. It's the perfect layering piece and adds just the right amount of pattern without distracting from the rest of the outfit. Many of these coats strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.
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Not unlike their camo counterparts, these can go with so much, and look so rich for the season. When blue and black are boring but you want to keep it dark, this is the perfect alternative. Great with blacks, browns and pretty much all neutrals, these would be a welcome addition to my jeans drawer. As would an eggplant-colored pair.
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Pajama sets for day are acceptable now, but I don't know how I would feel in a silky, patterned, matching top and bottom. That's why I'll stick with the shirt (in either solid or patterned) to wear with trousers, cutoffs, under blazers and jean jackets and get to stay comfy all day.
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It's officially November, which means that soon we're going to have to seriously start bundling up. The pleasant transition weather in October begins slipping into almost-winter territory right around now. Enter this amazing sweater (the amazing whole outfit comes later). It's Friday which means 1) it's Friday and 2) almost saturday, so this sweater looks pretty much as welcoming as it gets, and she wears it well. Now that it's actually humanly cool enough to wear leather and not be considered a little crazy, these slouchy leather trousers, which are just a little oversized, pair well with the extremely oversized sweater. It's a possibly dangerous look with so much slouch, but the asymmetrical hem of the sweater, sloppy tuck (which helps define the waist) and cuffed ankles give the silhouette some shape. Simple black pumps with interesting detailing were a great, feminine choice to finish off this outfit and add some structure and a bit of refinement. Now go and consider the many options for this sweater while I go get one for myself.
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The rise in popularity of menswear over recent years has led to an interesting suit trend, one that becomes very evident when the peacocks come out for Pitti Uomo and fashion weeks. We pretty much know that the suit isn't only for formal events and suit-required office environments anymore, as a trend in people electing to wear suit for fun is in an upswing. But this doesn't mean donning your Sunday best for Sunday brunch, necessarily. An interesting appearance of what I'll refer to as the "day suit" helps classify exactly what is formal and what is recreational suit wearing.
Recreational suit wearers often belong to the bare ankle club, cuffing their suit pants to reveal sockless feet in any number of shoe varieties, or when it's cold, exposing crazy sock patterns artfully crumpled around the ankles. These suits are more fitted and often more stylized, sometimes more colorful, usually have a pocket square and definitely don't require a tie. Shoes from sneakers to oxfords can be worn with this kind of suit and if you're feeling adventurous, mixing and matching the tops and pants is common practice. Just like girls have "day" dresses and "day" heels, now the guys get to play, and it's a pleasing trend to discover.
How do you tell the difference between a suit for fun and a suit for formal? Well, I guess they aren't always so different, but you can kind of tell. Tie (bonus points for tie bar!), and formal shoes finishing off a fully suited look, toned down colors and a limited color/pattern option for the shirt underneath are all telling signs. Oh, and if the pants are the deemed "appropriate" length, meaning no ankles in sight, you're probably looking at someone with a place to go.
Suit for fun. Image via: TheSartorialist.com
Suit for purpose (although VERY well styled with personality). Image via: TheSartorialist.com
Bridal fashion week ended not too long ago, and though I'm light years away from actually having to choose a dress, I can't say I don't like to look, especially in the spirit today's topic of dressing up. One of the most striking things I usually take away from the week of shows is how many different styles of dresses there are, and how much I would want to wear some of the dresses to other non-wedding fancy events (considering I'm only planning on wearing a wedding dress for a wedding one time). Though white dresses always threaten to be "bridal" on a red carpet or at other formal events, I love white in a sea of black and red party goers. If a white dress is styled right, it's easy to forget that looking bridal is a possibility in the first place. Below are some of my favorite dresses from the season that just showed to wear outside of a wedding, or, I guess, ones I'd love to see walk a red carpet. You know, in the event that red carpet invite comes in the mail. I guess we can always leave that for the celebs.
All images via TheCut.com and Brides.com (these photos are also watermarked).
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I've been pretty into dresses over shirts lately because I've seen it done well around the interwebz. I can't help but catch a little of this holiday buzz, even though I try to fend it off until after Thanksgiving (one holiday at a time, please). That's why this sparkly dress caught my eye. It's something I'd probably pick up on my own, and would be perfect for pretty much any holiday party, but it looks so good over this unassuming gray turtleneck, too. Add some tights and biker boots and this look becomes daytime cool. Pair it with some pointy (but not too pointy) black pumps with an oh so skinny heel, and it's a not as dressy but extremely interesting
night look. I mean, if you're going to be wearing this between now and spring, why not make yourself more comfortable and add some sleeves?
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Happy halloween! Hope you have a happy, spooky, scary
, fun, candy-filled holiday!
At this point, I don't think it's a secret that I'm a fan of costuming in shows and movies, and I notice it as much as whatever is happening on screen. Which brings me to Edith Head, one of the absolute greats in the business. She won 8 oscars for her designs and was the mastermind behind some of the most iconic movie looks in the history of film. Google had this lovely doodle for her birthday yesterday, and Honestly WTF
did a roundup of some of her designs, which invite you to stare for hours. So, go on.
Update: catching up on reading, and The Cut has arelated slideshow
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Following in the much-discussed Elisabeth Moss, Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, etc. chop department, Shailene Woodley has been added to the Hollywood pixie cut list. In preparation for her role as Hazel Grace in 2014's The Fault in Our Stars
(based on the amaaaaaaazing but weepy young adult novel by John Green), Shailene chopped off and donated her very long, very thick hair (and asked others to do the same
). I couldn't stop staring when I saw an Instagram photo of her on the red carpet at Elle
's Women in Hollywood event for which she is one of the cover stars
in the corresponding November issue. Every role she's had before has her hair long and flowing, so I never really thought about how she'd look with such a short cut, but I'm officially obsessed. I think she looks great, and it's styled perfectly here. I can't wait for her to start press for March's Divergent
(and then almost immediately after for Fault
, probably) so we can see what else she does with it.
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Whether it's layering necklaces, an arm party or stacking rings, dainty jewelry in endless combinations seems to be hanging around. I love the look of it, it's a nice break from statement pieces, which I also love, but some outfits call for something a little lighter. The look of layers can sometimes be more interesting and unexpected than bolder pieces as well.
It seems like jewelry designers come out of the woodwork with each new jewelry trend, and it makes shopping for these items exciting with each new discovery. Here are some great places to get your hands (and neck and wrists) on the latest. Jennifer Zeuner
has great graphic shapes in all the types of jewelry she makes. Jennifer Fisher
is known for her barely there bracelets and rings that offer the perfect daintiness when worn alone and the slightness to be stacked and stacked, but she also makes the shapes of the moment and great charms. Breakout jewelry shop Catbird
is perfect for quirky charms and rings that invite you to stack to infinity, as well as unique wedding and engagement options. Bing Bang
has both bold pieces and fun little items that would be great to mix for any kind of layering. Jennie Kwon
's designs are minimalist and thoughtful, offering the feminine pieces you didn't know you've been wanting. Ariel Gordon
's designs let you choose between types of metals and categories so there's a lot to choose from. Gabriela Artigas
has structural collections, some with natural elements that are modern and unique. Odette
takes simple and interesting designs and texturizes them, making the pieces both bold and dainty. And, of course, BaubleBar
offers affordable pieces in every trend imaginable. UPDATE:
I originally left out Jennifer Meyer
, who I definitely meant to include in this little roundup. She's such a genius with this type of barely-there dainty, beautiful, personality-filled jewelry that is perfect for a simple and basic look as well as the foundations or finishings of a stack. What an oversight!
So get shopping and stack away!
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It's easy to default to tights under dresses all fall, but sometimes it's warm enough (or you're just brave enough) to let the thigh feel the chill and let tall boots go unaccompanied on the leg with a dress. Long sleeved minis are one of my favorite things (in the same arena as shorts with sweaters), and this girl wears the combo well. The big belt defines her waist and adds some interest to the plain black dress, and it's the perfect brown to go with black. The brown boots match the belt perfectl, and because they're accessories and they're simple, it doesn't look matchy matchy. This is a great day look, but with a clutch like above, it's also great for evening drinks or dinner, as well as all those family fun times coming up. I know who I'll be copying in the next few weeks.