Reminiscent on Renaissance

The Fall/Winter 2016 runways had us reminiscing on the renaissance era with the abundance of rich colors, draping and lavish materials. But let’s be honest, not many of us will be walking around looking like a renaissance princess on the daily. To convert these extravagant looks into something wearable, it’s important to break the trend down into simpler aspects. Personally, I love the detailed silhouettes of the sleeves and drapings which create beautiful movement. I chose to feature those elements along with a rich color story to give the outfit a fall feel. The burnt orange top cinches at the waist and provides a great contrast to the flow of the kimono. I styled the rest of the look with wine colored boots and a complementing leather bag.

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Kimono: rue21/ Top: H&M/ Pants: Saks Fifth Ave OFF 5th/ Boots: Lulu’s/ Bag: Member’s Only

The Must-Haves of Falls

Shearling swept the Fall/Winter 2016 runways in a more than unconventional way… Lucky for us, the Ready to Wear lines have adapted the extravagant furs into a perfectly attainable statement piece. As neutral lover, I can’t help collecting these pieces in blacks and tans, so they’re easy to style with the popular colors of almost any time of year- except maybe not the midst of summer. I paired my thrifted shearling vest with a boat-neck sweater and contrasted those pieces with shorts to show off my other fall must-have item: over the knee boots. These are the ultimate pair of boots for versatility. They can be worn day or night, on a warm fall day or when the air turns cool after nightfall. I finished off the look with gold jewelry and a bold, berry lip.

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Vest: Thrifted from Crossroads/ Sweater: Zara/ Shorts: H&M/ Boots: Steve Madden/ Necklace: Akira

The Return of Sweater Season

Crisp air, beautifully dreary days, falling leaves, and the return of layering: fashion’s favorite season is right around the corner. I’ll admit to being overtly fall-obsessed. This week the weather dropped to the sixties with rain showers and grey skies, and I could not have been more excited. It finally meant it was time to start bringing back my seemingly endless collection of boots and sweaters. Before I get too ahead of myself, transitional outfits can be some of the most amusing in the sense of styling. It allows for creativity to flourish and the pairing of pieces together that you wouldn’t instantly expect. During Zara’s End of Summer Sale, I picked up this simple, yet perfect black sweater dress. The material is thick enough to keep warm without a jacket but still thin for layering. I styled it with this season’s must-have over the knee boot and a complementing choker.

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Sweater Dress: Zara/ Boots: Steve Madden/ Choker: rue21

Fall Statements

Making a statement is what fashion is all about. With colder weather coming, it’s time to bundle up which can mean hiding some of our favorite pieces under layer upon layer. On the other hand, this also allows the opportunity to make a statement in more creative ways. Finding the perfect jacket, scarf, or pair of boots can completely transform a drab outfit. It’s probably obvious I’m almost obsessed with boots. Finding unique pairs and complementing them with jackets is a great way to make your fall look stand out. Jackets are actually my favorite item to thrift, because there’s so many unique cuts and colors that you don’t always see in the department stores. Don’t be afraid to try something new and make a statement this fall.

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Trench: $80 Uniqlo/Sweater: $25 Akira/ Pants: $45 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th/Boots: $45 Lulu’s

Finally, Fall

It’s finally just about my favorite time of the year again: fall. The season of perfect fashion, mild weather, beautiful scenery, and tasty treats; what could possibly be better?Burgundy and black practically take up my entire wardrobe, so there’s nothing more fitting than to create an outfit around those for my first post of the season.  I couldn’t wait to bring out my favorite leather heeled boots for this season. I accessorized them with burgundy knee highs to accentuate the red in the cropped flannel. Since the sun is usually still quite warm around this time, I kept a more summery silhouette but used fabrics that best represent the upcoming season. There’s nothing more perfect than head to toe leather and flannel to welcome back fall.

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Cropped Flannel: $20 H&M/Shorts: $15 H&M/Knee Highs: $4.90 Forever 21

 

April Showers

Weather in the midwest has taken unpredictable to a new level. Just today, It’s been 65 and sunny to dark skies with April showers. I recently bought this top in NYC, and it’s perfect for the awkward, in-between spring weather. It’s cashmere with a turtleneck, so it’s great for warmth; but, it’s also cropped and a baby pink perfect for a spring day. Because of the gloomy skies today, I styled this look darker by adding a long, black cardigan, leather skirt, and knee high boots. Hopefully the weather will start clearing up soon; but for now, I couldn’t be more happy I can still wear leather and black a bit longer than I expected.

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Cashmere top: $30 Beacon’s Closet/Leather skirt: $12 Forever 21/Black Cardigan: $15 H&M

For the Love of Sweaters

As the weather gets cooler, fashion becomes all about sweaters. Outfits often start to get repetitive with the classic leggings, boots, and oversized sweater combo. One way I like to change it up is with sweater dresses. They’re a great way to bring a usually warm weathered style into the colder months. I bought this sweater dress last year at H&M, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. It has intricate patterned stitching on the collar down to the sleeves which makes it really unique. I also love it, because it’s a perfect way to pull off the winter white look without being over the top. I styled it with a chunky pearl necklace and heather grey boots. For days it’s really cold, tights are a fun addition to the look. Just throw a peacoat over it, and you’re ready to take on a chilly day in style.

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Sweater dress: $32 H&M/ Boots: $50 DSW/ Necklace: $9.80 Forever 21