Posts Tagged ‘outfit post’

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

F+F Fashion & $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Where to work styles Minnesota is getting a lot of new food retailers lately, so much so that my favorite humor columnist wrote about it recently. But they don’t all offer clothing as well as food. Retailer Hy-Vee, which sponsored this post, is rolling out the British-inspired F+F fashion label at select locations. The most recent store to add it is the Eagan, MN Hy-Vee. The international fashion brand is in 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia and now the U.S. gets to experience the modern, trendy styles too.

ff-fashionSo here’s what it’s like to shop for apparel in a grocery store:

Before this, I had never shopped at a Hy-Vee. It is a giant grocery store, but it reminded me a little of a market or train station in Europe because it was filled with little departments selling different types of things. F+F is one of them–it’s a store within a store that’s laid out cleanly with styles for women, men and children.

It’s higher end and higher priced than I expected for a clothing line within a grocery store. Think better quality than fast fashion, but better pricing than a luxury department store. The fitting rooms were surprisingly luxe and made me forget I was shopping mere feet from the frozen food section. The trickiest part is adjusting to the sizing system. The sizes are European, but the labels also list U.S. and U.K. sizes. I tried on a few sizes before I settled on a Euro 38/U.S. 6.

The F+F fashion line space is small, but they make the most of it by merchandising everything well. There is enough variety to meet many different style tastes, with sections of pajamas, lingerie, shoes, active wear, casual wear, dresses and also styles you could wear to work. I gravitated toward the classic cardigans and blouses. I always check labels for fiber content, and while I had to work a little harder here to read these multi-language labels I was happy to find enough viscose available to satisfy my picky fabric palette. I made an exception for the poly-lined lace blouse, because the style was irresistible!

Fashion from Hy-Vee

Gift Card Giveaway

If you live near a Hy-Vee store, you can enter to win a gift card below! Note that not all locations have an F+F fashion store (you can look them up on the website’s store locator) but the gift card can be used on the great selection of other merchandise at the store.

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Throwback to Summer

The Pink PaperdollEveryone is so excited for pumpkins and raking leaves, and here I am reminiscing about lake shores and sundresses. Regardless of the season, I’m so excited to share this outfit post. I bought the dress for my cousin’s wedding, which was a casual wedding on a working farm. The fabric, viscose and silk, was breathable and comfortable. It ended up being one of my favorite purchases of the summer. The Pink PaperdollThis Anthropologie Santee Swing Dress is now majorly marked down (over $125 off!), although only available in limited colors and sizes. Sometimes getting end-of-season deals can really work out in your favor. The Pink PaperdollPineapple accessories can be worn year-round in my book. I wore this pink pineapple belt in October with a different dress. I also plan to get a little more wear out of this dress by pairing it with a blue wool cardigan. Even though the print is tropical, the fabric is thick enough to gracefully transition into cooler weather.

Pink pineapple belt! Fun summer accessories What do you think of using summer pieces into fall? As long as it’s done sparingly and appropriately, I think it can be a great way to get more use out of favorite garments that stir up fond memories of summer.

The Pink PaperdollDress – Anthropologie. Belt – from a friend. Hat – inherited from my grandma

Photos by Mo Ashley, shot in downtown Wayzata, MN

What Minneapolis Wore for Prince

Purple Rain flat layI was in Minneapolis last night for Gamut Gallery’s art lab, where for $5 you can join in a collaborative art night–painting on canvas, painting on other peoples’ canvas, or doing your own project such as knitting. The night was overshadowed by the passing of Minnesota’s own Prince. To celebrate his life, Minnesotans flocked downtown for an all-night dance party. Such an event requires dressing in your Purple Rain outfit finest, I learned from the artists at Gamut.

Purple Rain Outfit Street Style

Here are what the artsy people of Minneapolis wore to honor Prince.

What Minneapolis to honor Prince

Cassie Garner, co-owner of Gamut Gallery, dashed home to put together an outfit of sequined 80s finery. Is that a  side-slung fanny pack? Extra points, Cassie. Follow her on Instagram @mplsartbabe.

Minneapolis dresses up for Prince

Jade Patrick, gallery owner, rocked a pink-purple combo for her purple rain outfit.

Purple rain outfit

Mark Dean’s purple rain outfit had a more casual vibe, showing us how well teal and purple can pair.

Going to celebrate Prince’s life this weekend? Follow these Minnesotans’ example. Take a peek in your closet and throw together your purplest, most 80s ensemble for your own purple rain outfit to honor the prince. Oh, and here’s the collaborative art piece I co-made last night at Gamut.

Art from Gamut Gallery Lab

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