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Swap This For That: The 2017 Edition

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Fashion is always evolving.

With each season, each runway collection and each trend introduced there will inevitably something new that you just have to have… or so they say. Often times, it can be hard just to keep up. Just as you’ve grown comfortable with some “out-of-your-comfort-zone” style, it’s time to pack it up and move on.

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The Pajama Game

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WARNING: This style is not for the timid or fashion risk averse.

The pajama trend has been creeping its way out of the bedroom and into the closets of stylish women globally over the past few years. Occasionally, a trend goes down a runway for a few seasons before it becomes casually interpreted for real life wear. This happens to be one of those slow-adoption trends that proved slightly more difficult for fashionistas to figure out and make their own.

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The Stylist Approved Way To Wear Track Pants

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Athleisure is going nowhere.

Love it or hate it, the infiltration of athletic inspired clothes into our non-athletic lives is inevitable. A far cry from the Juicy Couture velour sweatpants you wore circa 2002, track pants can in fact, be sophisticated.

Still doubting me?!

Right this way, please…

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Bell Sleeve

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Isn’t it interesting how fashion evolves from season-to-season?

This past spring was full of LACE-UP styles which eventually evolved into summer’s OFF-THE-SHOULDER and ruffles. Now, with fall approaching, designers have taken this style to the next level and extended the lace-up, off-the-shoulder and ruffles to include the longer bell sleeve.

So, what has remained consistent?

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Pint Size Purses

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The mini handbag is trending hard this season.

As you may already know, I believe that summer ensembles could use an accessory or two in order to spice up the scanty clothing that often comes with warmer temps. Fortunately, the pint size purse explosion is perfect for adding a new piece that won’t visually weigh down your outfit. And the great part is that these little bags look just like their larger counterparts — no style was sacrificed in the making of these purses.

But with all of the different shapes and sizes, which one will I choose?!

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Varsity Jacket

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Sometimes, I’m deep into a style as soon as I see it.

(Hello, COLD SHOULDER tops!)

Other times, it takes me much longer to warm up to a new style or trend before I’m comfortable wearing it, or recommending it to my styling clients.

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The varsity jacket (and bomber jackets, in general) had me questioning if this retro style was something that had enough longevity to invest in, or if it was a fleeting desire fueled by inspirational street style snaps such as this one. The fact that every bomber style I fell in love was sold out was a good indication that perhaps I better get involved.

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As I’m never one to turn down a structured outwear layer, I’ve decided to open my mind and possibly my wallet and get on board the “Varsity Jacket Express.” In order to keep from looking like a blast from my high school past (not in a good way), or a long-lost extra from the James Van Derbeek hit, Varsity Blues, here are some styling notes to keep in mind:

1. Stick to only one “borrowed from the boys” piece at a time. If you’re going to give this varsity jacket a go, try to pair it with feminine pieces like dresses, heels or fitted jeans.

2. Look for a jacket that is not TOO oversized. You don’t want the jacket to swallow up your frame or create a sloppy look. A slightly tailored, fitted piece will be much easier to dress up or dress down and will keep you from looking too bulky.

3. If you want a more classic look, try a toned down MONOCHROME version of this jacket. If you’re bolder and love color, there are many EMBROIDERED or PRINTED options that become statement pieces for any outfit.

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In case you didn’t catch YESTERDAY’S POST, I think I found a hidden gem of a varsity jacket that’s fully customizable, for under $50 (with code: A16CG)! I already have the “Graphite Heather/Vintage Heather” combo sitting in my cart…

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Are YOU going to be joining the varsity jacket team this season?

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