It’s a new year. Time to make some changes. From being more creative to opening up my shopping horizons, the time has come to shake up my wardrobe and much more!
I’ve been trying to get this thing off the ground for a while now. It’s been tough, but I’ve found inspiration from cool fashion blogs like Girls Off Fifth, Mayte Doll, and even men’s fashion blog I Am Galla. I like to think I have pretty cute outfits and style ideas too, but it’s about so much more than that. It’s about self expression. So I’m throwing my hat in the game! I can’t wait to see what I learn about myself and anyone who happens to view my blog. You can expect OOTD’s, Looks For Less, and my opinions about trends and maybe some upcoming collections. I’m excited. I hope you like it!
I’m so happy to see that boyfriend jeans will be holding their ground in 2014. At first, I thought the only sexy jeans were those of the super skinny or jegging variety. All others were relegated to Mom Jeans in my mind or, even worse, I was AFRAID that I couldn’t pull off the awesome styles I saw in fashion blogs or magazines because of my just-barely-5-feet frame. Thank the fashion Gods I have finally gotten some sense knocked into me! Cool Girl Sex Appeal requires a great pair of low-slung boyfriend jeans. An even bigger blessing: the knowledge that I am 100% capable of rocking the look with glossy pumps, a slubby tee and a shrunken blazer.
And we all know that Rihanna is a pro at styling boyfriend jeans. This is still my all-time favorite look of hers.
I am obsessed with the possibilities of DIY’ing! It’s incredible just how much a girl (or guy) could make herself. What’s even more incredible is the amount of resources available! Pinterest, YouTube, blogs like P.S. I Made This
…the list of DIY awesomeness can certainly go on. I’m most excited about DIY’ing jewelry, room decor items, and cute, chunky knit scarves (at least while the deep freeze and bipolar winter weather last).
Here are some great DIY-inspo videos from one of my favorite DIY vloggers, Ann Le (her channel is called AnneorShine. YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT!!!)
DIY Necklace and Jewelry Display Spinning Stand
DIY Animal Glitter Jewelry Storage
4. Keep it Classy With Tea Length Skirts
There is nothing dowdy about these beautiful skirts when they’re done right! I love the mid-length skirts when they’re full (preferably with tulle for extra girliness!) and pulled together with cropped sweaters and D’orsay flats or pumps. The look just screams modern, classy, lady-like chic! In the winter, I’d wear them with opaque tights or cute suede booties.
I like this pretty, casual take on the look worn by Hannah Simone in Redbook magazine:
Jessica Alba looked great a while back in a slightly longer, whisper pink version with a simple black, cropped, pull-over sweater. Stunningly Jackie-O:
Here’s how I’d do it:
(I really love blue nowadays!)
The dainty, pointed-toe pumps and wispy ballerina-inspired skirt are very feminine, while the chunky-knit sweater and belted moto jacket add coziness and edge respectively.
Faux Leather Jacket: H&M
Cropped Sweater: Forever 21
D’Orsay Pumps: (Jessica Simpson) Nordstrom
5. Print Mix Like a Pro
I like to match. Whenever I put on clothes, shoes, and accessories, I feel like at least two items have to match. I want to break out of that rut. It’s boring. It’s safe. I’ve learned that outfit details can be complementary without being matchy-matchy. I want to put that knowledge into action with bold, eye-catching print mixing.
In my opinion, the key to keeping it chic and cool and not like you’re trying to get the Most Tacky award in the high school yearbook is to choose prints with a similar shape or one coordinating color. To go really daring but still stylish, it’s great to mix prints in colors that already go well together. Another great, bold way to rock prints is to wear one awesome print from head to toe – COMMIT! The beauty of all-over print is that it requires little thought so it’s a great way to break into the look. Here are some great examples of each:
(PHOTO VIA 10 CROSBY DEREK LAM (PHOTO VIA SEQUINS & STRIPES) (PHOTO VIA ELLE.COM)
Here’s how I’d go about making a bold fashion statement:
Since I’m a newbie, I’d start out by going all-over bold with a gorgeous floral print (my favorite!). This look is perfect for a summertime date night.
Floral Satin Cami and Skort: Topshop
Once I get a bit more comfortable with this striking trend, I’d go with a pair of trousers with a large print, and go for a smaller, subtler print on top, picking up a shade that’s present in the pants. Something like this:
(Still safe but baby steps, y’know?)
I’d pull together both looks with a cute, fitted denim jacket and strappy heels.
6. Shop Outside of the Fashion Box
I love shopping! I love online shopping! I love shopping (online and in-store) at only about two stores. Open up my closet and an avalanche of clothes will swallow you whole. The label on each item will surely read either H&M or Forever 21. While both establishments are great – H&M FINALLY launched its e-commerce site in the U.S. and Forever 21 is really stepping up its game when it comes to style and quality – I’ve got to broaden my fashion horizon. Stores like Topshop, Zara and Asos (to name a few) are great places to start. Another resource I’m using more and more is Shopstyle. I love it! I like to call it the Google of shopping. Anything you need, you can just search for it on Shopstyle, refine by price, color, or even brand, and there it is: pages of possibilities!
Here are a few great (affordable) items I’ve found at places that aren’t H&M or Forever 21:
Black and White Floral Jacket: Sheinside
Floral Trousers: New York & Company (old) Similar here and here
Faux Leather Jacket: Aeropostale
7. Break Some Rules!
Well, one rule really: dressing for my body type. I resolve to wear what I damn well please if it makes me feel good! I remember being on the hunt for some wide-leg jeans a few years back. It was almost impossible to find them, but I finally found a pair that I liked; they fit perfectly and made my butt look AMAZING! But then I made the mistake of asking the girl in the fitting room what she thought. She said I should ditch them because my 5 foot nothing frame couldn’t pull them off. Apparently I looked stubby. With my head slightly lower I walked out of that American Eagle without those jeans. Well NEVER AGAIN. While it’s great to accentuate your positive features with flattering threads, it’s great to also accentuate your ego and wear what makes you happy. Confidence is the best feature, after all. I credit this article from Cosmopolitan for bringing me into the light.
And here are some great wide leg pants as a nod to that pair I regret putting down
Both Wide-Leg Jeans: New York & Company
So those are a few of my fashion resolutions for 2014. Unlike eating healthier or getting more exercise, I think these are actually doable (just kidding! those are great resolutions that are 100% possible to achieve)! I’m excited to see what this year brings. Let me know what you think and what some of your fashion resolutions are.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, fashionable 2014!!!!!!!