(Editor’s Note: I was recently digging through my THD Archives for some late summer/fall fashion inspiration when I came across a post from February 2016.
While fashion can be overwhelmingly trend driven, this post proves that good style is here is to stay. As cool as the slip dress was almost 2 years ago, it’s still just as fashionable today. Different season, hell, different year but still 100% on point.)
Summer may be on its last legs, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to hide yours away!
Shorts are a fantastic style tool to help you navigate that tricky transitional weather. You know, when it’s way too warm to wear pants and you’re not quite in the mood to go full-on dress or skirt. The key to wearing shorts year-round lies in their fabrication. When crafted from the right fabrics and styled appropriately (think tights, boots, sweaters, etc.), shorts can be an incredibly chic addition to your fall wardrobe.
I am briefly breaking my moratorium on any Fall fashion talk to bring you this important message: this Fall, over-the-top, embellished shoes will be EVERYWHERE.
Think Cinderella’s glass slipper on a crack bender.
Based on Fall ’17 designer runways, merchandise hitting the stores and just overall fashion buzz, thisseason more is definitely more — at least when it comes to footwear. If you thought WHITE ANKLE BOOTS were a bit wild, buckle your seat belts you’re in for a fashion ride!
You know that time when you keep seeing the same piece of clothing pop up in all of your social feeds? I’m currently deep into that situation and the SWEATER causing me all of the angst is by a Copenhagen label called, GANNI.
It’s a style that has been around now for a few years and between the comfort factor and its versatility the bootie has pretty much become a fall staple for most of us. Obviously, you have your black, you have your brown (I’ve lived in my RAG & BONE HARROW for 3+ years!)… but have you considered a taupe suede ankle bootie?
Now that I have a few ankle bootie wearing years under my sartorial belt, I can say with confidence that if you’re considering adding a new bootie to your collection, taupe is definitely the way to go. It’s versatile in color and in addition to working with both your blacks and browns, it can also add a pop of unexpected “color” (Although taupe is pretty much a non-color? But I digress…) to any outfit.
One of my favorite and most simple outfits these days is all black everything with my taupe suede bootie. Just by adding that contrasting bootie it immediately looks like more than a whole 30 seconds of thought/effort was put into getting dressed… which clearly is not the case!
• If you’re looking for the most versatile variety of taupe suede bootie, look for a small chunky heel (2 inches, or so), an almond shaped toe, and an ankle shaft that is not too high. That particular style seems to be the most visually flattering on the leg and the most physically comfortable on the feet!
• When wearing you’re ankle bootie with jeans, try rolling up the jean cuff 1-2 times to get a small sliver of skin exposed between the bootie and your pants. That one small change can entirely change the look and give it a cool factor otherwise lacking.
• Wear your ankle booties with low/no-show socks in a nude or matching tone. Generally, the ankle opening is slightly wider at the top allowing eyes to see inside and you don’t want your Nike gym socks exposed!
• These booties are not just for fall! Taupe suede ankle booties can easily be transitioned year-round. The lighter neutral tone makes it the perfect pairing with some of winter’s whites and spring/summer’s floaty bright dresses!
Feeling fresh and well rested? Well, good thing because I have lots of good stuff for you today. My holiday weekend was a blur of entertaining two children (which clearly requires way more effort and patience than I generally have!), casual dinners/barbecues, and lots of lazy mornings. Oh, and a few intense workouts to counterbalance the lazy mornings and food/drinks! If you guys have not tried TRX, I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s a crazy strength training technique involving handles and straps suspended from the ceiling. Sounds way more “risque” than it is… It. Kicked. My. Butt.
Now, back to business. I love meeting and speaking with people who follow the blog, and I had the opportunity to do just that this weekend. I always seem to get the nicest, encouraging words and great ideas from you guys! So thank YOU. One of the things that came up during a conversation was that as we age, it becomes harder and harder to interpret fashion trends in an appropriate way. While I try my best to create posts that appeal to the “every-woman,” I totally understand that some of the age groups may feel a little left out. So, this post is for YOU!
Today, I’d like to break down one of my favorite trends for this fall- MOD. Think tall boots, shift dresses, bold colors and graphic patterns. We’re breaking away from my beloved full-midi skirt and heading into 1960’s-mini territory! Now, don’t get all flustered about showing off those gorgeous gams. Keep reading for styling tips on how to pull off this on-trend look at any age.
20’s: You’re young. You’re cool. You can essentially pull off most any trend in the most literal way. I hate you. Ok, I’m overreacting a little bit, but girl, you’ve got the best of the fashion world in the palm of your hand- USE IT.
30’s: You’ve matured a bit since breakin’ the 30 mark. There may be a child (or 2, or 3…) in your life. Life is not all sequins and sparkles anymore, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your personal style. Though perhaps slightly more modest fun, OK?
40’s: You’re a sophisticated woman who knows what she wants. Comfort is probably higher up on that list. Comfort doesn’t need to mean frump when it’s done correctly. Easy silhouettes and soft textiles make all of the difference.
50’s: You’ve lived it, you’ve seen it, and you loved it. Now it’s time to show everyone what you’re made of. How about some structured separates in sophisticated tones that highlight your assets and make you shine?
60’s: Fashion trends are as much for you as they are for those “girls” in their 20’s! Stick to well-cut pieces and classic colors that are timeless- just like YOU! Go ahead, and don’t be afraid to show those youngin’s how it’s done!
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 (sold out, but THIS is similar!) // 5 (on SALE & under $75!) // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15
Given my daily occupation, I’m constantly in front of the latest fashions hitting stores- whether in person, or online. It’s TOTALLY hard to control my own personal urge to shop (lord, please give me strength!), but I do have two kids to eventually put through private school and college and obviously, that takes priority.
Each season, I make a list of things that I am missing, or need to replace in my own wardrobe. Yeah, that white shirt that’s not exactly white anymore should probably go… as should those jeans that are embarrassingly worn out in the knees… perhaps that pilling sweater, too? Oh well, you get the point. Just like when I pack, I try to stick to a consistent color palette when I shop so that I can then mix and match the items all season long creating many more style options and ultimately, saving money.
My next pointer is one you’re probably sick of hearing… when building a well edited and timeless wardrobe you really should consider each purchase carefully in terms of cost per wear. I always splurge on good quality leather boots, shoes, handbags and outerwear, while trying to find the best deals for most everything else. Those splurges are the things you’ll end up using the most and generally speaking, they should last you years to come.
Lastly, one great styling tip that can be a great $$$ saver- repurpose! That shirt dress above? Well, instead of wearing it under a cute little blazer, why not leave it open and layer it on top of black skinny pants and a fitted tee? Such a cute look. Fashion should be creative and fun, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box… well, eh, the shirt dress in this case.
What’s on YOUR shopping list for this fall?
p.s. Not sure if you noticed, but I’m all about the oxblood/sky blue color combo that Taylor Swift inspired this weekend! Don’t know what I’m talking about and/or need a little refresher?! Well, get the full scoop HERE!