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fall sock shopping guide

October 18, 2017 • By

Vintage sweater | Collective Concepts skirt | Alaïi heels | Brixton hat

It’s all about the socks, baby. Socks have been a huge street style and runway trend the last few seasons, and it’s seriously one of the easiest (and cheapest!) to fuse into your own style. Especially now that temps are starting to drop, they are a great tool to transition some of the shoes that you’re not quite ready to pack away yet. Plus, you can easily double up on trends here too. Add a pair of metallic socks under a peep-toe ankle bootie, and you feed two trendy birds with one scone. Or try some short fishnet ankle socks under a traditional mule to grunge up an otherwise classic silhouette. Shop my favorite affordable picks below!

 


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how to style white for fall without looking basic

October 11, 2017 • By

White for Fall

White for Fall

White for Fall

White for Fall

White for Fall

White for Fall

White for Fall

White for Fall

White for Fall

White for Fall

Men’s Merona button down | Parker Smith jeans | Cape Robbin mules | Mango hoop earrings (similar)

White after Labor Day is still kind of a newly acceptable thing, and as such feels a bit dangerous, doesn’t it? You don’t want to feel like you’re holding onto summer, or too preppy, or like you just can’t pull it off. Wearing white for fall is a bold choice, so it has to be executed in a way that feels effortless and natural, even if it is anything but. So how do you put it together so that it feels stylish and not forced?

When I think of white looks in colder months, two vastly different images come to mind. The first is high fashion. White dresses and boots at Paris Fashion Week or soft eggshell cashmere sweaters paired with crisp white distressed denim. The other is white skinnies with brown riding boots and a turquoise blouse. Queue the infinity scarf, latte and cardi. And I think that is my biggest hesitancy in attempting white for fall – that I’ll end up looking more pumpkin spice latte than high-end style vibes. In fact, we shot this look three times before getting it right.

In all the outfits I came up with to style these jeans (which fit like a dream btw – you can get them here) here is what I have decided is key in pulling off white for fall.

Keep It Simple Stupid

Great advice. Hurts my feelings every time. Any Office fans here? No? Okay.

I ended up loving the classic white button down approach. It’s easy and it always looks good. I was definitely overthinking the first few looks I tried, but once I started to par it down, everything came together.

Monochrome or Go Home

When researching (yes, okay, pinning) my favorite fall and winter white looks, I realized I am very much attracted to the monochrome feel. I especially love the subtly of an off-white and true white paired together, though I think that can be a bit trickier to master. But all in all, the monochrome or even all neutral looks get an A+ in my book and look quite luxe.

Texture is your Friend

Had it been colder, I would have opted for a chunky knit or tweed jacket, but as it refuses to cool off here in Texas, I chose to add a bit of color and texture all in one with my trusty (and dirt cheap) satin mules.

Unexpected Details

Recently, I learned this asymmetrically buttoned off the shoulder trick for classic button downs and I love it! It gives this look the perfect amount of interest to an otherwise simplistic look. I also toyed with the idea of adding a red hat, metal belt, or another bold accessory to add a little character, which also would have done the trick.

I don’t know, what do yall think? Is it still too basic?

-Madison


Style

My Week of Outfits on The Everygirl

September 23, 2017 • By

The Everygirl

Hey guys! I recently wrote a guest post for The Everygirl and wanted to share it here. Doing this post, I realized just how much denim I wear! I definitely am a denim girl. Go here to check out my typical week of outfits!


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red beret

September 19, 2017 • By

red beret

Madewell Central Shirt | Beehive Corduroy Skirt | Cape Robbins Mules | Amazon Red Beret | Celine Sunglasses

Is anyone else noticing this hat trend popping up?  The beret seems to be taking Instagram by storm! Though generally, hats have always been a go-to accessory of mine, I never saw myself trying this particular style. It felt like trying too hard maybe? Or perhaps I just couldn’t picture what to wear it with before being bombarded with beret inspiration via social media. Whatever the case, I am clearly fully on board now.


How To, Style

closet cleanup: how to manage your end of summer wardrobe

September 7, 2017 • By

Closet Cleanup

Closet Cleanup

Closet Cleanup

Though fall is technically fast approaching, it won’t feel that way here in Texas for quite some time. The temperature stays in the 90s through the end of September and into October. However, I am already itching to buy sweaters and jackets and all other things “fall.” Sweater weather, yall! It kills me to see friends and family up north already layering with cardigans and enjoying crisp days. So ready for that. I am decidedly OVER summer and my summer wardrobe.

Near the end of each season, I like to go through my closet and take inventory. What did I try on 10 times but never actually wear out? Was there anything I didn’t wear this summer? Answering these questions helps me decide what is adding value to my wardrobe, what needs to be replaced and what pieces can be discarded to make room for new seasonal items. Today, I am sharing my process of how to take inventory and what to do with all those clothes you don’t use anymore. It’s time for the end of summer closet cleanup!

Take note of everything you didn’t wear this season.

First, I take note of all the seasonal pieces I didn’t wear. There’s usually quite a bit. Maybe it’s something I bought on a whim that I didn’t need. Or it’s a little old now and as a result, I just overlook it when browsing. Sometimes, I just forget to return something that didn’t work out. *face palm* Hate when I do that! Once you go through everything you didn’t wear, set it aside.

Decide what to do with it.

I know this is super vague but hear me out. There are a couple different routes you can take to decide if these pieces stay or go, and they don’t even require a Sex and the City style closet cleanup montage.

Wear it.

If you don’t want to get rid of it, wear it! Put together an outfit and try to wear it in the coming week. If by the time fall actually comes around and you still haven’t worn it, it’s time to let go. I’ll be honest, there are some pieces I wear near the end of summer just to cross it off the list. I bought pretty white dress months ago and wore it just to say I did, so guess what? It’s for sale. Which brings me to my next point.

Sell it.

There’s no shortage of ways to sell clothes in this day and age. One of my favorites is taking it to a second-hand store like Buffalo Exchange or Wasteland. I don’t recommend Plato’s Closet because they only take trash and pay you pennies for it. Buffalo Exchange will give you 50% worth of trade or 30% cash from what they buy in. I usually take the trade because it is better a value and I can usually find some stamped silver rings there or a vintage tee. They only buy in pieces that their customers are currently shopping for (duh) so sometimes this is not a great option for getting rid of more seasonal pieces. For example, I save all my coats and jackets to sell until I know that is what they are buying for the store.

There are also tons of apps you can use to sell clothes. In the past, I’ve used Depop. I have also just started using Poshmark as well. These are great because you can set your own prices and even trade if you’re into that. Typically, I get more money for each piece than if I were to sell at a secondhand store, but sales come in slower so it’s a trade off. A couple other cons of this method include people asking you to sell your stuff way below what you asked for (annoying) and figuring shipping which can be a beating. But overall, I’ve had a good experience.

Alter it.

More than once, I’ve had something sit in my closet for ages because the fit was just a little off. Now is the time to take care of it! If it’s a quick DIY fix like hemming a dress or taking in a skirt, set the garment next to your sewing machine to remind you to do it. Or grab your good ol’ fashioned needle and thread and put it next to your side table to work on the next time you watch TV. If it is something more technical that requires a tailor, go put the garment in your car so that when you’re running errands, you don’t forget it at home.

Keep it.

Sometimes you’re just not ready to part ways with something and that’s okay. I have a couple of items that fit me to a t but have a loud print. Things like this warrant the perfect occasion! For others, I am still waiting for the perfect outfit to come together. Typically, if I love a piece and it fits well, it still adds value to my wardrobe even though I haven’t worn it. So I keep it!

Put on Spotify playlist and spend an otherwise lazy Sunday afternoon productively performing your closet cleanup. You’ll be happy you did! Plus, you know it’s about time to make room for those chunky knit sweaters and cozy jackets!

-Madison