Styling

Denim Shorts 2 Ways

Fact: the last time I genuinely chose to wear normal shorts was in 8th grade. Yes, 10+ years ago and really because I was obsessed with my Abercrombie & Fitch collection of possibly too short shorts. Eventually as an angsty teen I decided to wear the most unflattering longer shorts and I truly wish I could forget this time of my life.

Cut to now where I have rekindled my love of denim shorts. This is quite possibly due to one of two things. Either my self confidence has grown (along with my ability to give no f*cks about imperfect thighs) OR I’m just tired of overheating during the summertime while wearing jeans. Doesn’t really matter either way because now denim shorts are my go-to whether I’m running errands or just hanging around all day. Embracing shorts has made my life 35,000 times easier and I regret having ever given them up. No offense, teen angst stage. You were pretty pointless style wise.

Of course it’s really easy to have denim shorts go south fast. If they are too short or distressed it’s simple to head into “no one wants to see that” territory. I have 2 formulas for rocking denim shorts right now, and both are equally simple but stylish. A tank top when it’s warm out and a sweater when I’ve had a bit too much sun or will be hanging out in the air conditioning.

Shop this Post: Frame Denim shortsH&M sweaterAdidas sneakersZara crossbody bagClean UP Dodgers hatTopshop tank topMichael Kors duffleQuay sunglassesAncient Greek sandalsMadewell rings

Styled: Boyfriend Jeans

A good pair of boyfriend jeans are a wardrobe essential. A girl can never have too many different pairs of jeans. Boyfriend jeans go in and out of style, but right make an outfit look relaxed without trying very hard. They are often baggy with a low waist which is a very 90s type of silhouette for girls. Boyfriends jeans can offset dainty pieces like lace or crop tops to add a little something extra to an outfit.

It girls and fashion girls love boyfriends jeans so there’s plenty of places to look for inspiration. One of my favorite ways to wear distressed boyfriend jeans is with a baggy sweater and loafers. It looks effortlessly chic but not too relaxed where it becomes frumpy. There are tons of different washes, styles, and brands to check out so it’s easy to find the right pair.

If you haven’t considered them before or thought they were out of style here is some inspiration to guide you.

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Styled: Kylie Jenner Graphic Tee

Okay the title of this blog might be a little off-putting, but hear me out. I truly don’t know why Kylie Jenner has an online shop filled with clothing (most of which is sold out) and cosmetics, but she does. Get those dollars, Girl. I am not a Kardashian-Jenner fan and, in fact, the only episodes I have seen of that show were courtesy of my best friend, Rachael. She knows if she turns on anything I can make commentary on purely out of confusion I can be entertained and distracted for hours. That said I’m not entirely pop culture blind & I know their effect on the planet (good or bad).

I’ve been known to look at Kendall for fashion inspo, and while I can’t quite figure out Kylie, Kendall I can get behind. Enter this tee. My best friend (personal assistant and stylist) insisted I consider adding this t-shirt to my large graphic tee collection. So I decided to play around & Style it just in case it ends up in my closet through some wine induced late night shopping. 

I’m the Kendall, You’re the Kylie Graphic Tee

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How I Wear My Go-To Sweater

Ah, my favorite go-to sweater. A black H&M sweater I got awhile ago I’ve worn so much I’ve had to replace it with newer versions. Sure, they aren’t exactly the same sweater every time. Maybe the one I have now is better than the ratty, old, discolored and misshapen one. But, the point is there is always the one piece in our closets we always turn to.

If I’m just not feeling any outfits that day I turn to my favorite sweater. Same goes for the days I don’t feel like standing in front of my closet it at all. I already know it goes with nearly everything and it has existed long enough to have its own outfit formulas (as seen below). This H&M sweater is light enough to wear year round, and with good care they last a pretty long time (my old one only recently started to look worn out). So there’s a case to be made for the longevity of favorite pieces of clothing.

I’m sorry to everyone who has to see it all the time. Actually I’m not sorry. Long live my favorite sweater.

Buy my favorite H&M sweater here

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Topshop jeansRaye slide sandalsVictoria Beckham bagMadewell ringsH&M necklace

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Zara leggingsAdidas sneakersJ. Crew jacketErdem x Linda Farrow sunglassesForever 21 bag

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Mango trousersVictoria Beckham clutchCarvela heelsRebecca Minkoff bracelet

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Topshop jeansTopshop leather jacketThe Row ankle bootsZara bag

Styled: Classic White Tee

A few weeks ago I was stuck with a classic style dilemma. I hated everything in my closet and refused to believe I had anything to wear. But then I remembered one of the most basic wardrobe essentials: the classic white tee. The classic white tee is one of the most versatile pieces in any wardrobe because it can be worn with just about anything. It can look more office appropriate when paired with a chic blazer. It can also look casual when paired with jeans, and even looks good paired with leggings and athleisure wear.

My favorite way to wear my favorite H&M white tee is on my laziest days. Those days where I just toss on leggings or black jeans and grab a denim jacket to run out the door. I think basic tees of any color are essential to a wardrobe for this reason. They can be paired with just about anything quickly and require little brain power yet look effortless without looking sloppy. Basic tees also come in a variety of colors which is makes them a staple. The looks below are a bit monochrome because that’s how my style is, but swapping out a classic white tee for something a bit more colorful.

They don’t have my favorite white tee online, but this one is fairly similar: H&M White Tee

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Who What Wear birdcage skirtExpress sandalsQuay sunglasses

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Topshop jeansBCBGeneration bootsMatt & Nat tote bagTopshop duster

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IRO moto jacketH&M pantsIsa Tapia flatsRebecca Minkoff satchelSaint Laurent sunglassesDelfina Delettrez ring

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Zara leggingsNike sneakersH&M cardiganMansur Gavriel bag

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Rachel Zoe flatsZara blazerRag & Bone jeansJ. Crew beltH&M bag

 

Styled: Denim Jacket

A few weeks back I was at the gym and on one of the televisions there was a local news segment called “How to Style Your Denim Jacket.” Of course, this was a kind of backhanded segment aimed at older (or middle-aged) women informing them they too could wear the trendy piece. I definitely don’t think morning show segments like this should exist it got me thinking.

When I was a kid I loved my denim jacket. Denim jackets were cool especially if they were Levi’s or from Planet Hollywood (I never owned one). But when I got older I just let them fade away from my wardrobe until a couple of years ago. I can see why this morning show segment was pushing them so hard because there is a notion they are so 80s/90s and should be left that way. In reality, they are actually versatile, chic, and a true classic.

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Denim jacket & dress: H&M

A good denim jacket is a wardrobe staple because there are so many ways to wear it. I grab it when I’m rushing out the door and need a jacket to keep warm at work. On rainy days I know it’s tough enough to withstand the elements. It adds just a little something extra to complete my outfit. There is only one thing I try to avoid: the Canadian Tuxedo. Yeah, I desperately try to avoid the Justin Timberlake at the American Music Awards in 2001. Don’t get me wrong denim on denim is acceptable now and I have been known to rock the occasional chambray shirt/blue jeans combo, but when I know I want to wear blue jeans I reach for a bomber jacket or blazer instead. Of course, other shades of denim (like grey or black) don’t apply to this.

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ASOS Military Dress, H&M jacket, Rag & Bone sneakers, Quay sunglasses, The Row bag

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Topshop jeans, Etienne Aigner bag, Noisy May jacket, Sub Urban Riot tank, Forever 21 rings, Express booties, Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Loeffler Randall boots, Victoria Beckham jeans, Who What Wear tie blouse, Phillip Lim satchel, Citizens of Humanity jacket

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Topshop playsuit, Kimchi Blue tote bag, Zara denim jacket, Gap sandals, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Gorjana necklace

 

 

 

Style Inspo: Concert Tees

A few weeks back I went to catch Selena Gomez in concert and I bought a t-shirt at the show. I had seen Selena modeling it before the tour started (the featured image on this post actually), and for some reason I thought “I want that” and my adult wallet was like “sure why not.”

Ever since I was younger I always bought t-shirts at shows so I never really thought anything of it. I prefer it over buying it in a store on a whim, and usually, they are exclusives you can’t get anywhere else. Except now because the internet and well eCommerce. I struggle to find ways to add these items into my wardrobe without looking like they are “lazy day” clothes, but I have so many worthy of being wardrobe staples. I have a few vintage finds and hundreds from shows growing up I just really don’t want to part ways with. (Hello, really old Fall Out Boy tee from when they were just openers on larger tours) Of course, it makes no sense to leave them sitting in a box somewhere either.

I love this Selena Gomez shirt. It’s incredibly soft, and resembles a utility shirt. My only complaint is obviously it would be way cooler as a utility shirt rather than an oversized cotton tee. I’m going to embrace my new tee and wear it a bunch.

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Madewell Leather Shorts, Led Zeppelin Tee, Adidas Sneakers, Alexander Wang shorts, Selena Gomez tee, Calvin Klein t-strap sandals, Topshop Jeans, Taylor Swift tee, Ted Baker heels, Topshop leather jacket, J. Crew pencil skirt, Bon Iver tee, Kendall + Kylie boots, Forever 21 duster