When it comes to my style, I’m just making it up as I go along. I’d argue that we all are! In fashion, the rules are set by others. In style, you’re in complete control of a look.
While I’m happy to be sporting a teal bow belt from Emily, this outfit was actually created around my peplum sleeveless top! In this post, I’d love to share with you one of my personal “rules” for getting dressed that tricks others into thinking that I know what I’m doing, in terms of clothes.
This top is my favorite kind of thing to style because it’s just so vibrant. It also has a bunch of colors that can help me put together an outfit. That’s where my trick comes in – you can just pull colors from a multicolored top and it’s almost a cinch that everything you wear with it will match.
By default, I think a lot of us just want to wear basic colors and call it a day. While I did do that by pairing my top with black jeans, I wanted the rest of the outfit to be fun.
This top has hues of blue and pink so I added my pepto pink jacket, Emily’s teal bow belt, a ridiculous cocktail ring (I don’t even know where it came from!) and matching teal shoes. Voila, it looks like I knew what I was doing when really all I did was match the colors of my outfit to my top. It’s elementary!
Outfit details: Jeans, Old Navy – Floral peplum top, ring, and pink jacket, thrifted – Teal shoes, outlet store – Teal belt, from Emily
So did I trick you? What tips or “tricks” do you use to put together an outfit? Let us know down in the comments. Sharing is caring, after all. ;)
If you thought a blanket scarf was only for winter, think again! Today I’m going to show you how to get away with wearing a blanket scarf in the summer without overheating.
The scarf I’m using in my example is a lightweight patterned blanket scarf that I borrowed from Emily. (Fun fact: she previously explained how to wear a traditional blanket scarf in the winter. Worth a read!)
I was stoked to get my hands on this scarf during the time that I rocked lavender hair. It was a perfect match and made coming up with an outfit really easy!
Wearing a scarf in the summer seems a bit impractical but I imagined wearing it on a cool night for a dressy event.
To begin, I pulled pieces from my closet that were breezy basics. This lace crop top is in heavy rotation, while the cognac colored skirt is a good balance because it’s on the heavier side, as far as fabric goes.
My finishing piece was the blanket scarf that I draped like a shawl. Best of all? You can remove it and it wouldn’t change the structure of the outfit and you’d still look put together.
Outfit details: Skirt, thrifted – T-strap heels, outlet store – Lace top, Target – Necklace, gift – Scarf, from Emily
If you’re still looking for another way to get use of your wintry blanket scarf this summer, consider using it as a blanket for a picnic in the park. It’s not fashion but it is functional!
Hope you’re all having a super awesome summer!
Believe it or not, this is not a hat on my head! What this actually is, is a nifty style of headwear that’s a hat attached to a headband. Noelle graciously lent it to me to style and boy did I have fun!
I wore this outfit during my purple hair days in the winter but I’d like to think it can transcend seasons. That’s what’s so good about vintage.. among a million other things.
I’ve worn this dress before in an outfit that was also a nod to the past so I guess it’s just getting typecasted. And if you’re confused about my dress looking like a top and skirt, well, it’s just another illusion in my outfit.
To style it this time around I added a shrunken navy colored cardigan and the cutest feminine spectator shoes. To me, it feels like a way to wear vintage everyday without being over the top or in your face. In fact, if I removed this hat, you probably would mistake this outfit for something modern! (None of it’s actually vintage, so there’s another fun fact about this look.)
Outfit details: Dress, thrifted – Cardigan & necklace, gifts – Shoes, outlet store – Headband, from Noelle
I’m so glad I got to take this headband/hat for a whirl. My head is actually too small to fit traditional hats so this technology is kind of blowing my mind. Just in case any of you have a hard to fit noggin, definitely try to track something like this down!
Thanks, Noelle, for sending this beauty along and challenging me to add a little bit of glamour to my everyday outfits. :)
If there’s something a tulle skirt doesn’t match, I have yet to find it. Neither has Kristina, who let me take her tulle skirt for a spin.
Let me just say, I absolutely adore it! A tulle skirt is now on my own thrifting wish list and here’s why:
- It’s perfect. ‘Nuff said.
But really, I had so much fun dressing up in this skirt. I styled it a few different ways but this was my favorite because it was the outfit I wore for my 25th birthday back in March.
Despite not having taken a ballet lesson since the age of 4, something about this skirt brought it all back to me. I was definitely twirling all day and I think this skirt is the culprit. (Or it was all the cake and ice-cream I was hopped up on!)
But because I’m a grown-up now, I wanted to style this skirt in a grown-up way. I went with a striped crop top, colorful shoes, and my trusty denim jacket decked out in vintage buttons. This girly-girl meets tomboy look is killin’ me!
Outfit details: Skirt, borrowed from Kristina – Everything else, thrifted
If you’re on the fence about buying a tulle skirt, just scroll through this blog post again and tell yourself to just go do it.
Be sure to check out Kristina’s blog because she’s styled this skirt a plethora of ways. There’s so much inspiration to be had!
I hadn’t realized sooner that I would be posting on St. Patrick’s Day so please excuse my lack of green in this outfit post. I really do love dressing for a theme but I guess I had poor foresight today!
My outfit is not completely void of green because there are some green leafs hiding among the flowers and wild animals.
This midi skirt was borrowed from Kristina and it is right up my alley!
The pattern is really playful because of the flowers and leopards chillin’ next to one another in perfect harmony. Where else are you going to see that except on a wild ’80s print skirt? (Well… maybe in a National Geographic magazine but let’s just focus on the fashion world!)
Since it was already over the top I figured why not keep going up? I added leopard print flats, a striped tee, and my lace moto jacket that’s practically been worn to death. One could not call this outfit boring!
Outfit details: Kristina’s skirt – Walmart flats – Sear’s striped shirt – Monroe and Main lace moto jacket – Thrifted bracelets
Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s hoping you’re wearing more green than me to avoid the pinches of pesky friends, family, and leprechauns. ;)
If you look closely beneath my hat, you’ll notice a hint of a new purple hair color. That’s not the only thing different about this post!
Both pieces that I’m wearing are up for grabs but I’m the first (er, only?) person to wear them. This dress is a long standing favorite in my closet but this floral coverup is new-to-me.
I went in a completely different direction when styling this outfit and dipped into hippie territory. This coverup just has such a relaxed vibe to it that it felt wrong to pair it with something structured. Though, I’ll probably still try it in the future. ;)
This coverup has the most incredible mix of patterns on it so I went ahead and threw on another pattern via this striped dress. Hey, life’s too short not to wear all the things.
I rounded out the whole outfit with some familiar accessories like my favorite pork pie hat, a couple oversized black necklaces, and my trusty gray knee-high boots.
Outfit details – Dress & cover-up, thrifted – Boots, Payless – Hat, ASOS – Tights, Wal-Mart – Necklaces, thrifted/gift
It may be a lot of look but it’s fun trying out different styles and new things. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
There is no “How They Wore It” because I’m the first. Looking forward to others styling these pieces in the future. Stay tuned!
How about a little fashion math on this Monday morning? One floral dress + one matching long sleeved top = a whole new dress.
Kristina might be surprised to see that her sleeveless summer frock grew arms since the last time I wore it! Where did they come from?? It’s actually a funny story.
Kristina posted privately on Facebook about thrifting this homemade dress, which then Emily and I (yeah, we’re all friends outside of the blog) chimed in with our own stories of owning something in a similar floral pattern. After taking a few comparison snapshots of my clothes, I found out my floral was an exact match! (My other floral garment is a vest but I think it would be overkill with this outfit, right?)
Of course I had to bring the pieces together to create an outfit because I’m just that kind of person.
I wore my floral top under the dress because it had this really great ruffle that complimented the neckline of the dress perfectly. It looked like straight up Little House On The Prairie so I tried to get away from that by creating a boho-inspired outfit. (Or maybe it’s not? Boho is so blurry to me.)
I was really feeling the vest, boots, and even the slouchy hat when I looked at the final outfit. Some dancing may have occurred because I was so excited at how it all came together…
And for any worry-warts out there who are concerned about the wellbeing of fashion bloggers – yes, I wore a coat before and after pictures, and yes I’m wearing skin colored tights. Though you’re welcome to believe I just have super pasty legs in the winter. I embrace my pale!
Outfit details: Kristina’s dress – thrifted blouse, vest, and belt – old K-Mart boot – Dollar Tree hat
So I didn’t test the waters of print mixing with this dress but I’d say I did even better.
What are the odds of two similarity patterned retro threads, thousands of miles apart, finding each other and making an awesome outfit? If that’s not fate then I don’t know what is!