An easy way to get out of a wardrobe rut

We’ve all been there. We look at our closets and think “bluck, everything looks the same.” We also look at our wallets and think “bluck, I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on a new wardrobe.”

Well, I have a super easy tip to get you out of a wardrobe / outfit rut:

Buy one or two things in a color you don’t own.

Now, I know what you might be thinking “I look crazy in emerald green, so, pipe down you redheaded fool.” But hey, don’t knock it ’til you try it.

I personally never thought I could pull off the color lavender. I tried a lavender top on at Marshall’s and ended up loving it. When I wore the top out I got a lot of compliments about how good I looked in it!

So, for you, a few things to keep in mind:

  • The style and fit matters more than the color

You want a piece of clothing that is flattering and you feel confident in first. If you typically look good in wrap tops, find a wrap top in a color you don’t own. If you feel good wearing the style, you’ll more than likely feel good wearing the new color.

  • Go solid

Prints are always fun to add to our wardrobe, but we want the new primary color to stand out. Find a solid piece that has fabric details such as pleating, ruching etc. The top I chose had some slight puff in the sleeves. The more basic with subtle details, the more likely you’re able to wear it again by mixing and matching with items you already own.

  • Make sure the color works with other pieces you own

You found your new color – great! But unfortunately lime green only goes with one pair of pants that you typically only wear in the fall. Yeah, we don’t want that. Find a color that’s new, but also goes with other pieces you have. For example, you bought a sweater in a new color for fall. Does it pair well with your Jackets? Pants? Boots? Can you create three outfits with this new sweater? If you can, great. If you can’t, you might want to try and find another color.

  • Ease into it

Now, I’m not saying go bold or go home – there are plenty of shades out there to choose from. I don’t own anything purple, but couldn’t pull the trigger on something PURRRPLE. Hence, why I opted into the more subtle lavender color.

What new color are you thinking about getting?

Date night outfit

Women's black leather pants

Lavender top

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Womens lavender tops

 Urban Outfitters UO The Mom V-Neck Tee • Urban Outfitters • $20

BELLE + SKY Belle + Sky Smocked Sleeve Blouse • BELLE + SKY • $11.10

We The Free South Side Thermal Top • We The Free • $68

Naked Zebra Halter V-Cutout Tank Top • Naked Zebra • $19.97

Tiered Ruffle Blouse • Ella Moss • $39.98

Forever 21 Boxy High-Low Shirt • Forever 21 • $14.90

-Happy Styling-

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How to color block your outfit

If you love color as much as I do, I’m sure you sometimes come across the issue of knowing what colors do/don’t look good together – especially when you try to combine 3+ colors. Color blocking is essentially mixing a palette of solid colors that compliment each other into an outfit. Typically, each piece is a different color. The best way I accomplish this look is by generally knowing what colors look good together, trial and error or a happy accident.

For this look, I had laundry on my bed and my green blouse and yellow pant were next to each other. I thought, “Hm, that could be a good color combo.” I tried it on and it looked great. Next up were shoes. I tried on a few safe colors like black and tan, but then I tried on my coral pair and it looked great. I finished the look with a white cross body bag.

Bright outfit idea

Zara yellow pant

Photography: THEORY

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Forever 21 Boxy Pocket Shirt • Forever 21 • $14.90

Urban Renewal Remnants Linen Pin-Up Pant • Urban Renewal Vintage • $59

Ann taylor Ann Taylor Nicole Suede Block Heel Sandals • Ann Taylor • $80–128

Vince Camuto Aylif Leather Crossbody Bag • Vince Camuto • $69.97

-Happy Styling-

Same blouse, different sleeves

Do you ever feel like each time you shop you buy similar looking things every time? Oh great, another off the shoulder blouse, or another crop top, let’s add another striped tee to the mix. Did you also know that it’s totally okay to do that? Everyone has a uniform whether they know it or not, and everyone has certain styles that they know are flattering on them. Now, don’t get me wrong, owning 25 striped tees might be a little overkill, but having what you know looks good can really help you put outfits together much easier.

One of my favorite pieces to buy is a long sleeve blouse. There are differences between the blouses such as fabric, neckline, color and print; however, there is also sleeve style. Lace on the sleeves, ruffles or ruching, cut outs, strings, you name it. A unique sleeve can always catch my eye – which leads me to this top I’m sharing today. I found this Mango top a few months ago and absolutely love the oversized cuffs at the bottom of the sleeves. The sleeves add a unique 70’s style to the top that I love.

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 Mango MANGO Chest-pocket check shirt • MANGO • $23.99

L’Academie Pajama Split Track Pant • L’Academie • $104

Who What Wear Women’s Grace Satin Knotted Slide Sandals – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $34.99

-Happy Styling-

What convinced me to buy something gingham

We all know the gingham print is a timeless print that recently made it’s way onto the bodies of many bloggers. Crop tops, skirt and top sets, dresses, it’s all over. I’ll be honest that at first I could not get sold on the print. Every time I would try something on I would feel like Dorthy, Little Bopeep or a picnic table. Alas, I stumbled across this beautiful top at American Eagle. I loved that the gingham print was smaller, so the checked look wasn’t as drastic. The puffed sleeves also sold me. I styled the top with my favorite white high waisted shorts and satin sandals.

Gingham crop top

Afraid to look like a picnic table?

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Why you need a shift dress

We all know about the little black dress – but having a closet staple based on color isn’t the only thing you need to focus on. Sometimes the style of the dress plays a bigger role than the color. For instance – the shift dress. I love the shift dress because of the different ways you can style it. Leave the dress loose, belt it, or wear it as a tunic over a wide leg pant – the options are endless. I bought this shift dress from Mango a few months ago. The not so typical polka dot print and color is what captured my eye at first but then the numbers of ways I could style it made me want the dress eve more.

For this summer look, I styled the dress in a flirty way by adding a belt to shorten the length. Adding these oh so comfy wedges and a bright lip completed the look.

Red shift dress

Red polka dot dress

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Mango shift dress – $39.99Mango shift dress

Black wedges – $41.99

Use code BPAMBVX for 20% off your purchase!

Black wedge sandals

-Happy Styling-

 

 

2018 Wardrobe Boot Camp – What to Keep and Cull

Out with the old and in with the new – that’s how the saying goes. We’re virtually all in the same boat, although some more than others. Following certain trends is inevitable, and very few of us are immune to the appeal of the new. However, all good (or debatable) things must come to an end, and unfortunately, many of the trends we enjoyed and rocked relentlessly in 2017 didn’t make the cut.

That’s the thing about trends – they’re called trends for a reason, the reason being they’re fleeting, and as soon as something new and perhaps improved steps onto the stage, it sends the old into the land we like to call “outdated”. This is precisely why you need to sit down and set your wardrobe straight. Take the time to curate your wardrobe, see what needs to go, what can be spared for now, and which new additions are due. Let’s do this.

Whimsical vs. Meaningful

If you’ve got an entire stash of tops with whimsical prints like “shopping is my cardio” or just “donuts,” it’s time to take them out, donate or repurpose them. The printed tops are not a thing of the past, far from it, but in the era of increasing awareness on social and equality issues, meaningful prints take center stage, which makes things along the lines of “the future is female” and similar quotes appear on the runways of powerhouses like Dior. You’ll still retain a touch of whimsy but also send a strong message, which is always desired.

The future is female tee


Frilly vs. Elegant

The festive and sultry vibe of the off-the-shoulder dresses and tops was hard to resist, so you probably ended up with a plethora of playful, ruffled items of this variety. We’re sorry to have to be the ones to tell you that the look is slowly making it’s way out the door. Instead of the playful frills, adopt a more sophisticated approach in the form of asymmetrical necklines. Spotted in the collections of Altuzarra, Isabel Marant and numerous other designers, this neckline is captivating with its level of sophistication, while it still leaves just enough skin exposed for you to show your sensual side.

Ruffle off the shoulder top


Skinny vs. Chic

We’re not exactly saying you should give up on your perfect pair of skinny jeans. What we are saying is that wide leg pants, culottes and even flared jeans are not only in style, leaving the skinny cut behind, but they’re also far more flattering on a variety of body types. You can still rock your skinny ones from time to time, but it might be best to go over your collection and make some cuts – everything that doesn’t flatter and fit you perfectly should go, and cuts that allow for more movement and are more complimentary should be made a priority.

Skinny vs. chic


The age of empowerment

As we are, just now, living in the age of female empowerment, it comes as no surprise that one of the most powerful trends with the biggest staying power is the suit. Whether it’s fitted or oversized is irrelevant, as there are so many wonderful cuts. So if you already own one, make sure you keep it. Crop tops and body-hugging pencil skirts are sexy, but is there anything better than a woman who looks both polished and sexy and the same time? Didn’t think so.

Womens power suit


The end of an era

With an increasing number of designers and brands vowing to stay away from fur, it’s safe to say that for real fur, this is the end of the road. No more Gucci fur slippers and pom-poms. Now is the time to accessorize responsibly, so let go of the fur and embrace the new age of textile accessories which aren’t only environmentally responsible, but way classier. Neck scarves, head wraps and turbans will be going strong this season, and as they were popular decades ago, chances are they’ll be here for the long haul.

Womens statement earrings


Fisherman vs. French girl

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the bucket hat trend is gone. Bring out the fedoras which will never go out of style, along with all the cute and sophisticated berets that will make any French girl envious.

Women's french girl hat


Comfort vs. Style

The last trend on its way out is the extremely uncomfortable sky-high heel trend. It’s not that those high-heels will ever lose their visual appeal, and we’re definitely not telling you to throw all your pumps and stilettos away. However, with dad sneakers being one of the most popular, not to mention comfortable trends of the season, who would want to suffer in heels when such a cozy alternative is calling out to you? Hold on to your sneakers, because thanks to the continuous rise of the athleisure trend, they will be here for you for many seasons to come.

Chic comfortable outfit


Parting ways with items you’ve loved for a year, sometimes longer, is difficult, that’s certain. But after you come to understand that by letting go you’re actually making room for future greatness, that understanding makes the process a whole lot easier. Don’t be afraid, just do it. Images sourced via Pinterest.

Thank you Amy, a contributing author to High Style Life, for creating this post!

-Happy Styling-

The best high-waisted jeans

Alright ladies, we all know the problem. It’s a problem I’ve dealt with since the whole high-waisted trend came back into the mix. It’s been hard to find a flattering pair of high-waisted jeans that fit comfortably around my waist, hips and tush (no one likes the flattened butt look some high waisted styles can create). Luckily for you, I’ve found the perfect jeans for those with a smaller waist and a little more junk in the trunk/wider hips. These jeans are not only flattering, but insanely comfortable and an affordable price.

I styled my high-waisted jeans with a black sweater with sheer sleeve detail, suede moto jacket and statement pumps.

Cute spring outfit

high waisted jeans for curvy girls

Dark high waisted skinny jeans

SHOP THE JEAN Super High Rise True Skinny Jeans in 360 Stretch • Gap • $79.95

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Blank NYC – Camel Suede Moto Jacket in Coffee Bean Women’s Coat • Blank NYC • $198

I.n.c. Mock-Neck Cutout Sheer-Sleeve Sweater, Created for Macy’s • INC International Concepts • $14.96–24.93

The Fix Fatina Slingback Pumps • $79

Express metallic o-ring western shoulder bag • Express • $69.90

-Happy Styling-

How to make a cardigan sexy

Let’s face it – cardigans are super cozy. I personally haven’t been into them for awhile, but I found a picture on Pinterest of a cardigan I was obsessed with and I spent months trying to find the exact one [or something similar that was still a decent price]. I’m typically an online shopper, and right when I gave up looking for my cardi, a little boutique I went into had exactly what I was looking for. A long, neutral duster cardigan with slits, pockets and soft material. I’ve worn it probably five times already.

Now, how to add a little sexiness to that cardi. Whether it’s chunky, thin and flowy, or straight up frumpy, adding something see-through will instantly add some va-va-voom. Lace, mesh, chiffon, there are so many fabrics that can add that peek-a-boo effect.

I styled my cardi with a black lace top and light gray bralette. I love how the contrasting color of the bralette makes the lace stand out even more. A nice pair of denim, sock booties, statement accessories and a bold lip completed my look.

Cardigan outfit idea

Dressing up a cardigan

Date night outfit idea

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cardigan outfit idea

Love Tree Long Knit Duster-Cardigan • Love Tree • $48

Norma Kamali Racer Tank Bodysuit • Norma Kamali • $59

PAIGE Sarah High-Rise Straight-Leg Crop Jeans with Fray Hem • Paige • $239

Nest Oxford Set of Three Gold and Wood Bangles • Nest • $150

Jeffrey Campbell Siren Bootie • Jeffrey Campbell • $124.95

-Happy Styling-

Bloggers styling bloggers – part three

Happy Monday friends!

Who else had the day off work? I did and it was amazing. I’ve been sick lately, so it’s been nice to catch up on all things life. Here is the third look local blogger Rizelle from Tour in Style created for me. She naturally gravitates towards blushes and neutrals when dressing herself, so it was nice to see how her style translated to an outfit she created for me. I’ve never worn this combo before, so I loved it!

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Winter outfit idea

Leopard booties

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Winter outfit

Sandro Ladies Camel Elegant Single-Breasted Wool And Cotton-Blend Coat • Sandro • $375

7th Avenue – Piped Bell-Sleeve Poplin Shirt • New York & Co. • $25

H&M Satin Pants • H&M • $24.99

Splendid Dante Leopard Print Calf Hair Booties • Splendid • $84

-Happy Styling-