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You Be the Stylist – Tech Fashion Week

Tech Fashion Week San Francisco

So I’m in San Francisco and so far I’ve gone to a little town north of Marin to see a relative’s new award winning bar, Duke’s, and spent a day in Berkeley. 

But one of the main reasons I’m here is Tech Fashion Week. There are a few days left, including the day I present on a panel of fashion bloggers. I feel like I need to keep up with these super trendy west coast industry tastemakers, so I need your help!

I found this white skirt at Goodwill of Silicon Valley and I’m trying to decide if I should style it up for Tech Fashion Week, or wear something else! You can vote at the end of the post.

Option 1 – Feminine

The leather jacket is pretty much non-negotiable. It’s cold in San Francisco! I bring this jacket every time I visit the Bay Area. Black is a really common color to wear here, so I like wearing something a little different. In this case, white. The skirt is on the puffy side, so it’s quite different from the next option below.

Jacket – Anthropologie (Similar)

Skirt – I found a similar one from my all time favorite brand, Chi Chi London. It’s so beautiful and only $47!

Boots – Similar on sale

Option 2 – Glam

The same black jacket, but with a black dress with cutouts is another viable option. I think it fits in more than stands out. I’ll wear tights with both outfits because again, cold.

Jacket – Anthropologie (Similar)

Dress – Macy’s, majorly discounted, and a long version of the same dress.

Boots – Similar on sale

Option 3: Lace and Glitter

SPARKLY SHOES. That’s pretty much all I have to say about this outfit.

Shoes – Betsey Johnson, Top – F&F, as seen in this post, Leggings – Kate Spade

You be the stylist: vote!

Now there are a few days left of Tech Fashion Week, so there’s definitely a chance I could wear both. But just in case, I need your help. What should I wear? If you have styling suggestions let me know in the comments, even if it’s just a simple “go home to Minnesota these outfits are horrifying.”

And hey, while you’re here check out my favorite places to shop in San Francisco.

Thanks for the input, stylish readers! More updates on my experience at Tech Fashion Week to come soon.

3 Ways to Style Stripes for Spring

Stripes spring 2017 style

Stripes spring 2017 style

Runway reports are in: stripes are in demand for spring 2017. This might be related in part to the ’70s inspired style of the moment, which I mentioned recently in my post about pleats.

I’m actually publishing this post from Berkeley, where I’m spending the day today before the start of TECH Fashion Week tonight. I met a woman at the Berkeley ECK Center today who was wearing black and silver stripes so we were outfit twins. But black and silver stripes are far from the only ones available. Small stripes, big stripes, multi-color stripes–you can wear any and all of them.

If you’re unsure about stripes, here’s a guide for determining your ability to stripe. Are you a beginner, intermediate or expert?

Stripes level beginner: Try one item with lines, paired with a simple staple.

Stripes spring 2017 style

Stripes level intermediate: One striped item such as pants or a sweater, paired with a corresponding color or a tiny, unobtrusive pattern such as a petite polka-dotted scarf or the tiny dots on this jacket.

Stripes spring 2017 style

Stripes level expert: you can even mix and match stripes, say the stylists. Pair multiple types of stripes in one outfit, of any color. I do not have any photos to illustrate this because I have yet to reach this level of daring stripes expertise. But I do believe it can be done.

Read more thrifty style and spring style posts.

Stripes spring 2017 styleCompass Necklace

I asked for this necklace as a college graduation present. It’s a compass inscribed with a Thoreau quote: “Go boldly in the direction of your dreams.” It’s inspired me to pursue my passion for writing professionally ever since, even when I was working jobs that seemed to be leading me further from my dream. Safe to say I treasure the meaning behind the necklace, but there are more attractive compass necklaces out there. I’ve linked some below at a variety of price points (The Lauren Conrad is under $10!).

Compass necklace

Outfit Details

This outfit shoot, one of my faves from my fab photog Mo Ashley, is inspired by a sample sale striped sweater from a BFF. If you’ve read this far and want info on the rest of the outfit, I’ve linked to same and similar items you can shop for online below, all on sale!

Pants – Lysse Ankle Zip Leggings.

Hat – Nine West (this one has a tassel) and also this one.

Coat – I’m unsure of the brand because I gave this coat to my friend Julia as she was about to catch a flight, so I don’t have it anymore but this one from TJMaxx is similar.

If you have any style tips for stripes, I’d love to hear them in the comments!

How to Try Spring Style Trends on a Budget

How to incorporate trendy styles on a budgetTweed, Pink, Plaid and Pleats

With pleats in style for spring last year, they’re back again but lighter and airier. Think a delicate few pleats in flowing fabrics. Not gonna lie, I’m not really into this 70s/90s thing fashion has going on right now but I can work with a pleat here or there.

How to try a fashion trend on a budgetHow to try a style trend on a budget

This outfit is a great example of how you can incorporate a trend seamlessly into your look, without needing to buy an entirely new outfit. In general, trend pieces are not where you want to spend a lot of money, because you likely won’t be wearing them for many seasons. Yes, things do come back into style eventually but only after you’ve finally given those items away. It’s practically a scientific law. Just ask my choker collection, which went MIA just in time for the Great Choker Revival of 2016.

brick wall classic

I picked up this skirt last spring when pleats were everywhere, just so I could try the trend. I hadn’t worn pleats since…I don’t know, 2003? The tweed jacket and plaid scarf are items of classic style and good quality. Admittedly, I did not splurge on them as they were given to me secondhand. But they are items I would say you could spend on if you wanted. The designer purse was a splurge (A similar one here  is a majorly discounted), the necklace a vintage heirloom and the cowgirl booties and tights were just things I had in my closet.

Spring style trends on a budgetSo the takeaway here is: Save on trendy items + Splurge on quality classics + Combine them into outfits that are the perfect mix of staples you can wear again and on-trend pieces that won’t destroy your clothing budget.

Then you can throw your scarf in the air without a care in the world!

Save money on style trends These photos were taken by Mo Ashley. They have a lovely early spring, Secret Garden-inspired aesthetic that I’m really enjoying. It reminds me of my Secret Garden Literary Scarf. For more of her work, see these earlier posts I did with her on my favorite ever Anthropologie dress, transitional season style and subtle colors.

Tweed pink and plaid with pleats in style for spring

What are you looking forward to this spring?

For more spring inspiration, take a peek at my Style Inspirations board on Pinterest.

How to try style trends on a budgetFor immediate shopping ideas to create your own look, start here:

 

Trend_ Pleats
Try style trends without spending tons of cash on all new clothes

Spring Formal Dress Trends 2017

Spring formals, parties and weddings are just around the corner, so with the help of sponsor MUEE I’m rounding up some spring formal dress trends to keep an eye on in 2017!

Green dresses

If you haven’t heard yet, Pantone’s color of the year is Greenery! Pantone says “Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations.” I think it’s a refreshing color that reminds me of summer, shade and the lushness of nature. Expect to see lots of bridesmaid dresses and prom dresses in green hues this year.

Pantone color of the year 2017 GreeneryTea length dresses

Can we get a round of applause for the tea length dress? This is a highly flattering and feminine length. It’s just nice to have an option for evening dresses and cocktail dresses that’s in between floor length and above the knee. Both of those lengths are lovely too (I loved twirling in this long dress), it’s just nice to have a change. This dress is pretty similar to one I wore last spring, which totally converted me to loving tea length dresses.

Formal dress trends for 20171950s flair

As you can see in the above example as well, full skirts and a little bit of a retro vibe are in full swing for 2017. Fun!

Spring formal dress trends for 2017. Retro flair and vintage inspired evening gowns are beautifully instyle this season (yay!)Whether you’re in the market for homecoming dresses, first communion dresses or wedding dresses, keep these spring formal dress trends 2017 in mind (and let me know your favorite trends below)!

Mix and Match Your Style with LuLaRoe

lularoe-shopping-tipsI can’t scroll my Facebook feed these days without seeing multiple posts about LuLaRoe fashions. Out and about I’ve seen women wearing it everywhere, even at the Minnesota Blogger Conference. So I decided it was time to try it for myself. With the help of my friend Hanna in Michigan, I tried styling LuLaRoe leggings and a dress and I’m reporting back to you on how you can try it yourself–and snag a super exclusive deal on your first order! I’m especially excited to share my styling tip of fishnets over LuLaRoe leggings further on in the post.

things-to-know-before-shopping-lularoeThings to know about shopping for LuLaRoe

LuLa-what? You kind of have to learn new lingo for this brand, so let me help you out. I learned about:

  • Where it’s sold. It’s direct sale, so when you shop you’re supporting Stay at Home Moms who run their own LuLaRoe businesses out of their homes. You can buy online through Facebook groups (join Hanna’s here), at home parties or at pop-up shops.
  • Patterns. The brand is for its patterned leggings–which come in motifs from dragons to piano keyboards. The patterns are limited edition, so you likely won’t see anyone else wearing the same ones as you (pro) but it can be hard to locate a specific pattern (con). Not to worry if you’re more of a solids and basics gal–there are classic black leggings and almost everything comes in solid colors, too.
  • The fabric. I am partial to natural fibers, so what I was most reluctant about was the poly/spandex content. When I tried the leggings and dresses I realized why these are worth breaking my rule for: not only is the fabric is super soft, but the dresses fall just the right way so they are flattering without being tight.  And the leggings stretch over your curves without getting stretched out.
  • Sizing. Finding the right LuLaRoe size is easy in leggings: there are only two sizes, One Size (OS) for sizes 0-10 and Tall Curvy (TC) for sizes 12+. There are also kids’ sizes for your mini-me. For tops and dresses, I suggest asking a consultant to help as they are experts on their product. It runs large in my opinion–Hanna picked out a size XXS Carly dress for me, and it fit beautifully although I am definitely not a size XXS in any other brand.
  • The fit. No thigh gap? No problem! The stretch kind of holds you in for an outfit that’s forgiving, flattering and fun.

lularoe-stylingGrab this Deal: Coupon and Free Shipping on LuLaRoe!

If you’re new to shopping with Hanna Serena, she has an exclusive deal for my readers. Get a coupon AND free U.S. shipping on your order. I don’t get any kickback from this, I’m just offering it as a perk if you want to try some soft leggings. Head to LuLaRoe Hanna Serena and tell her you found it through me.

Fishnets over lularoeLuLaRoe Styling Tips

This brand is designed for mix-and-match. Although you can totally wear head-to-toe ‘Roe, I like pairing them with other things in my closet for endless new looks. For this look, I used fishnets over LuLaRoe solid leggings to make a whole new look! I felt like it dressed up the casual outfit a bit too.

Fishnets Over LuLaRoe

You can see from the photos in this post that I wore the same Carly dress and solid leggings and switched up the color of the accessories (white vs. pink scarf, black vs. pink fishnets) for two totally different looks:

2-ways-to-use-fishnets-over-leggingsIf you have any questions that I didn’t answer here, let me know and I’ll try to help or find someone who can! Do you wear LuLaRoe, and if so what do you have?

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