Over the past 3 years since founding THD, I feel like I’ve accumulated a wealth of styling knowledge, tricks and tips — things that you never think might come in handy, until one day they do.
Fall closet transitions are one of my biggest styling projects of the season. As people clamor to get their summer clothes stored out of sight and bring back the fall layers and knits that everyone loves so much, sometimes a little professional help goes a long way.
Aside from committing a bit of time (I would say 3-hours is the average), tackling a fall closet transition is a relatively straightforward task that makes your cold-weather dressing much (much) easier and enjoyable in the months ahead.
You reap what you sow, right?
Since I’ve been doing this for a number of years, I thought I would share with you 5 easy swaps to make in order to get your wardrobe organized and fall ready! Now, who’s excited!?
One of the most straightforward changes to make between warm and cold season wardrobes involves texture. Fall’s biggest style draw is the ability to layer and mix textures to create unique and functional looks using pieces already found in your closet.
When it comes to fall textures, cozy is the most overused, basic, yet annoyingly accurate word to describe the clothes we love. Linen and eyelet are true trademarks of summer dressing and should be stored away once temperatures begin to dip. Don’t worry, I’m not a stickler for timing and any of those archaic style rules like NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY! Take your time, but eventually move toward the velvets and suedes that give your fall clothes that rich, luxurious feel.
With the 70’s influenced trends still going strong, velvet and suede styles are widely available and look amazing interpreted in today’s modern cuts.
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Sayonara, sandals. Arrivaderci, espadrilles. It’s time to say goodbye.
Honestly, I’m not really complaining about this one. I much prefer the structure and comfort of enclosed shoes and boots over the scrappy and unsupported summer options. This season, you’re going to see an abundance of comfort-meets-style footwear options.
Let’s begin with the lace-up flat. Remember when I told you this shoe was going to be everywhere and you should probably consider purchasing a pair before they sell out? Yeah… they’re kind of sold out. At least the more affordable versions of the gorgeous AQUAZZURA original. Keep your eyes peeled, as retailers are definitely going to be restocking these best-sellers as quickly as possible.
Next, let’s talk oxford. This style is not new on the scene, but you’re going to see it in a different light this season: pointed toed and platformed. If this more “on-trend” version is not your speed, no worries. The tried and true classic oxford, is just that — classic. That bad boy is going nowhere.
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I’m a little sad to be saying goodbye to my beloved DENIM CUTOFFS. They’ve been my summer style VIP this season. However, I am looking forward to getting to wear my most favorite boyfriend and flare jeans… a lot.
You may have recently seen some magazine articles, Facebook posts or style websites claim that skinny jeans are leaving the style party, but in this case, I would say:
“Put that magazine/ipad/iphone down and totally disregard what you just read!”
Skinny jeans are not “out.” They will never be “out.” Now, you simply have more options to mix in with your skinny denim styles — specifically, boyfriend jeans and flares. Both are not as easy to fit as the skinny, but keep trying different brands and cuts and I promise you, you’ll find a pair you love as much, if not more than your best skinnies. For example, some of my petite clients have been complaining that all of the flare jeans run too long and can’t really be shortened. If that’s the issue, please try the PAIGE LOU LOU PETITE FLAIR.
See?! Problem solved.
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Who doesn’t love a pretty, little sundress? They’re the style solution to dressing for some of summer’s most sweltering days/nights. Unfortunately, they do have a seasonal lifespan. If you like the look of a flirty summer dress, why not try a long-maxi or jumper instead? Both styles provide the same feminine aesthetic but with a bit more seasonally appropriate coverage.
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So who’s excited to start making the transition?
Got any questions about fall style or your fall closet transition? Leave them behind in the comments section below or via my CONTACT tab and let a pro help!
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If you’ve been to one of my style presentations, you’ve probably heard me declare my undying love for a well structured blazer. Like a white blouse, soft t-shirt or great fitting pair of dark wash jeans, in my opinion a blazer is a must for a woman of any age.
Think about it– what other jacket or topper can instantly dress up any outfit while creating a lean hourglass silhouette?
Blazer = Miracle worker.
No matter how good of a listener you are, or how many blazers you actually own, a blazer is only as good as its fit and fabrication. I thought it would be helpful if we had a little coffee-talk (or tawk — as my fellow NYers would say) about what to look for when shopping for a blazer, since I know you probably have a few questions.
Let’s start at the very beginning:
What blazer shape is best for my body?
If you are straight/boyish, that means your shoulders, waist and hips are generally in line. You’re one of the lucky ones who can pull off most styles. When shopping, make sure to look for a classic cut that nips in at the waist to give you more of an hourglass shape. Peplum blazers that flare out below the waist would work well, too.
If you are a pear, your hips are generally wider than your shoulders. You want to avoid any blazers that are on the shorter side and fall at the hip line, emphasizing widest part of your body. Instead, look for boxy cropped blazers that fall above the hips, or slim cut blazers that are on the longer size.
If you are an apple shape, you are rounder through your midsection and require a little waist definition. This can be accomplished with a below-the-hip-length blazer in a thinner fabric. The last thing you want to do is add additional bulk with heavy fabrics such as tweed, or bouclé.
If you are an inverted triangle, you have muscular, broad shoulders and slim hips. What you want to look for is a blazer that is more of a boyfriend/oversized fit, or constructed in a looser, drapier fabric that will balance our your body and give you a softer look.
What materials should I look for?
A classic blazer is not inexpensive. You want your blazer to last a very long time and be seasonless so I recommend a wool blend — it’s not too light, not too heavy and holds up well over time and dry-cleaning. Stay away from 100% polyester, 100% cotton, linen, or anything that is too seasonal.
How can I make a blazer most functional when I work from home, or in a very casual setting?
I’ve worked in an office setting and at home, so I understand the struggle with finding styles that suit your daily grind. If you’re lucky enough to work from home, or not work at all, a blazer should still be a wardrobe staple. The simplest way to give a very formal blazer a less structured spin is two-fold:
Now, onto the good part! Shopping…
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Rise and shine… Wakey-upey, friends!
If that blaring alarm and coffee hasn’t done the trick yet, just come on over to my neck of the woods and step outside for a moment. The bone-chilling, frigid air will wake up right up. Rumor has it, this lovely deep freeze is sticking around for only one more week… One. More. Week. We can handle one more week, right? Especially, when it’s an excuse to keep your warmest, softest sweatshirts in constant rotation.
While you may be most familiar with the sweatshirt for your lazy, weekend wear, you CAN put that fleece to work for you from casual office to late-night drinks! With a few simple style tips, all of a sudden the basic sweatshirt can become the chic centerpiece of a surprisingly, elevated look.
First off, let’s set some sweatshirt ground rules:
1. The sweatshirt I’m referring to is not the ratty college sweatshirt (possibly stolen from an ex-boyfriend) with the assorted stains, worn seams and faded print. Yes, I have one too.
2. The sweatshirt I’m referring to is not grossly oversized. The idea is to accentuate your figure, not swallow it whole in excess fabric.
3. Since we’re on the topic of sizing… you should actually invest in two sweatshirt versions:
A) a fitted, shrunken crew-neck and B) a slightly looser/drapier option.
As counterintuitive as it seems, a sweatshirt can work in a creative/business casual office environment. Keep the cut fitted and on the shorter side, layer over a feminine patterned blouse, and style with a ladylike pencil skirt. Throw on a pair of heels and you’re ready for work…and happy hour a few hours later!
This variation is literally borrowed from the boys and plays off of more masculine pieces, fabrics and proportions. Since this look is a little more fun/after-hours, this is where a graphic sweatshirt can come into play. Pair your favorite graphic sweatshirt with looser fit trousers in a dressier fabric: think Annie Hall. A pair of your sexiest heels and delicate jewelry keeps the style from getting too boyish.
Leather pants play co-star to a soft, heathered grey sweatshirt giving your outfit some serious structure and attitude. I like to play up the edginess by layering assorted chunky necklaces and perhaps some cutout booties. In need of leather pants!? No worries, check out my favorite pairs for all budgets HERE.
Sweatshirts are a great way to transition your prettiest summer floral dresses into your spring wardrobe. I like to layer a fitted sweatshirt or zippered hoodie over my favorite dresses to make them more seasonally appropriate. Weather permitting, an on-trend lace up gladiator sandal would complement to look perfectly. Still too cold outside for sandals? Throw on your favorite tights and ankle booties and you’re dressed to impress.
Just in case your sweatshirt collection doesn’t meet the ground rules set above, I’ve picked out some of my favorite styles for you to shop:
How will you be wearing YOUR sweatshirt?
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It’s currently way later than I’d like to admit and I’ve just returned from the deep trenches of Pinterest. Isn’t it amazing how that site can just suck you in? I went in with a plan and came out (2-hours and 2 Great Lakes Christmas Ales later) with way too many street style inspiration pins and a refresher course on fashion styling. I’d like to consider this my version of Continuing Education… sure beats the finance focused continuing ed courses I had to do back in the day! Suckers.
So what did I learn?
1) GREAT LAKES CHRISTMAS ALE might be my favorite beer of all time. Especially when your chilled pint glass is rimmed with the perfect blend of cinnamon-sugar. Delicious.
2) You don’t need to be a magazine editor or street-style celebrity to look like one. All you need are 3 handy tricks to take your ordinary look and make it something memorable (a.k.a. Pinterest pinnable).
Whether you’d like to admit it, or not, everyone has a style uniform. It’s that certain look your gravitate toward no matter the time of year, the occasion, or the budget. It’s the outfit in your closet that you just KNOW will make you look (damn) good and feel good as a result. Your uniform should highlight your best physical asset and show it off to the world. I totally do it…
skinny jeans + black oversize/slouchy cashmere sweater + high heel pumps = my uniform
Even the most successful fashion professionals do it. Stylists, editors, bloggers… even celebrities. Anna Winter does it. The Olsen twins do it. Love her, or hate her, Jennifer Aniston has got the uniform thing nailed. Kim Kardashian’s uniform is tight, low cut and definitely accentuates her ahem, ass(ets). You get the idea…
When perusing the Pinterest images, I noticed that all of the pins I gravitated to involved pretty straightforward outfits that became memorable because of a single accessory that really make them unique. Whether it’s a bracelet, a unique handbag, or even a sexy pair of heels, that one accessory can change the look and feel of an outfit as soon as you put it on. I recommend investing in the BEST quality standout accessory you can afford, because if you get it right that accessory will make even the least expensive of t-shirts look FABULOUS.
Both outfits below are put together using classic pieces most women already own. What makes them noteworthy are those incredible VALENTINO ROCKSTUD pumps! For a more budget friendly alternative, try THESE (under $100!) or THESE.
So now that you’ve got your uniform nailed down and an eye catching accessory to make it standout, what’s next?! It’s time to get creative people. Wearing a girly, flouncy skirt?! How about pairing it with a pair of masculine oxford shoes instead of the usual ballet flats? Destroyed, boyfriend denim on the agenda? Throw on your slinkiest, most feminine strappy sandals for a dose of style. That delicate scarf you wear around your neck, might be 10x as cool when it’s tied around the handle of your handbag for a dose of color. It’s time to rethink how you put your outfits together and consider new alternatives.
Who would’ve thought a casual flannel paired with tuxedo pants could look so chic?!
In case you were wondering: Yes, that is in fact a sweater wrapped around that woman’s neck like a scarf.
What things do YOU do to amp up your look?
Clearly, I must have shoes on the brain this week! First, we spoke about my favorite over-the-knee boots and now, we head down low to the ankle. In my styling work, one of the most frequently asked questions I get is about how to wear ankle boots.
“Should I be wearing my booties with long jeans? Skinny jeans? Cuffed jeans? Scrunched? With socks? Without?”
Lots of questions, people… lots of questions! Fortunately, today I have the answers! Actually, 5 of them.
1. Ankle boots with skinny, ankle-length jeans.
Like peanut butter and jelly, these two were just MADE for each other. If you’re a tall girl like me, by default, most skinny jeans probably fall into the ankle-length category. If you happen to be on the more petite side, most retailers and denim designers offer jeans in an official ankle-length. That small sliver of skin makes the whole look appear in proportion and visually interesting.
2. Ankle boots with cuffed, skinny jeans.
So you’re next question is probably, “Well, what do I do with my FULL-LENGTH skinny jeans?” No worries, you can wear them too. Give them a little cuff at the bottom and they’ll look fantastic with any ankle boot.
3. Ankle boots with boyfriend jeans.
Speaking of cuffs, boyfriend jeans are a perfect choice if you’re looking for another more casual, cuffed alternative. The slouchier the better.
4. Ankle boots with socks.
No joke. Really, this works. Pick a pair of your coziest, marled cotton, or wool socks and scrunch them over a pair of skinny jeans or leggings for that “Fall/Winter by a roaring fire with hot cocoa” look.
5. Ankle boots with skirts.
Fall is the time to trade in those heels for a more comfortable, fuller-coverage option. Whether straight or flared, ankle booties work well with most skirt/dress silhouettes. If you’re on the more petite side, try to stay away from longer skirt lengths to avoid any dowdy Little House on The Prairie ensembles. Oh, and tights are definitely a DO for all once the winter chill sets in!
Have you guys seen these FLEECE LINED TIGHTS?! Winter game changer.
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