Fashion

Style Building Blocks // Leather Jacket

I used to think that I was not cool enough to wear a leather jacket. But I’m starting to feel like I have that backwards. Maybe I don’t have to be cool enough – maybe by wearing a leather jacket I’ll automatically become cool. It’s all about perspective, right?

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Before I go any further, quick leather jacket history lesson! They weren’t always the epitome of ultimate coolness – the leather jacket started as warm, durable outerwear for the military (think bomber jacket), their next step was as protective gear for motorcyclists. From there, they made their way to Hollywood, with the help of icons like Marlon Brando and James Dean.

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And just like that – the leather jacket became synonymous with cool.

Big question is – although there is no doubt that leather jackets are cool – are they really a style building block?? Let’s reference my building block check list:

  1. It has to be timeless – They’ve been popular since the 50s, seems like a check!
  2. It has to be versatile – Marlon Brando AND Taylor Swift can both make it look good. That’s pretty versatile.

I guess that’s my whole checklist, timeless – check, versatile – check! Versatility is really key – to really be a building block a piece has to fit with many different styles. A leather jacket does that – it can be dressed up or down, can be girly, glamorous or very minimal.

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My favorite jackets all seem to have some sort of quilted detail – I especially like when the quilting is on the sleeves. It gives them a slightly more feminine look, while still being badass.

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Here are just a few that I have my eyes on right now, which style do you like?

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xoxCrissie

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Real Life Style #29 // Gingham & Pearls

Disclaimer: This post is a throw-back to a few months ago when the weather was slightly warmer. Fun fact: these steps happen to be the steps of the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt. History! 

OK, on to the outfit! I love this look. I love it because it looks polished and classy, but it’s still super comfy.

It’s pretty simple, pair a soft wash button down with a full skirt (make sure the skirt has pockets. Pockets are key), add some killer accessories and you’re good to go.

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This skirt  (which PS, is from H&M! Here’s a similar one in-stock now!) has a more casual feel because of the woven texture, but you can still dress it up with some glam accessories.

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xoxCrissie

photos by Kelsey Combe

Style Stereotypes // French Girls

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They say that stereotypes exist for a reason, and that’s just as true when is comes to fashion as it does the rest of life. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule but as a whole, they can be pretty spot on.

For example, the always ever so chic French. (With icons like Coco Chanel, Francoise Hardy and Brigitte Bardot setting the stage, it’s hard to go wrong.) 

French girls have a simple, effortless look that always has that – dare I say it – Je ne sais quoi. They go for simple and understated, but never sacrifice quality. They make casual, chic and they embrace the power of the flat.

Since they value quality over quantity, they invest in a lot of neutrals that easily mix and match (read: BLACK). They know what looks good – and they stick with it.

I bet they really love turtlenecks too.

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Obsessed yet? Me too. So I pulled together a few of the essential pieces you’d need to start building your Parisian Chic wardrobe. BRB – I have some shopping to do.

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xoxCrissie

How to Dress // Margot Robbie

I’ve always really liked Sundance, not because of the films, but because it’s a great opportunity for spotting celeb’s winter style. It’s nice to see the non-red-capet, non-LA winter looks that people put together!

Exhibit A: Margot Robbie. Margot’s style tends to be classic, with an edge. She’s a little bit of a fashion risk taker (jumpsuit on the red carpet, that high slit, mixing prints) but she never crosses the line into crazy.

This ensemble at Sundance is a great example. It’s a classic look: sweater and a button down. But the sweater is slightly cropped, her collar is slightly oversized AND she pairs them with leather legging and over the knee boots. Classic, with an edge. I love it.

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xoxCrissie

Style Building Blocks // Turtlenecks

When I first had the idea for this post I thought it would be a quick look at a street style trend with the potential to become a style staple. Was I ever wrong. Somehow, I have blocked the relevance of the turtleneck from my mind. Until recently, the turtleneck only seemed appropriate on the cover of a 1990’s L.L. Bean catalog (or on the girls from the Mall Madness and Dream Phone boxes).

However – they are already all over my Pinterest boards (on style icons – including Kate Middleton!!, celebs, style bloggers) and always looking oh-so-chic. How have I disregarded such an important style element for so many years?!

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Brief history of the turtleneck – apparently they first started showing up in the late 1800 as a base layer for athletes. Soon after the military adopted them as well. In the 1950s the black turtleneck became a style staple of the beatniks – making it synonymous with intellectuals and artists. But it didn’t go mainstream until Audrey Hepburn wore one in Funny Face. Since then, it has been worn but the chicest of the chic – Jackie O., Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and on and on. (See here for more).

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 I think it is safe to say the basic black turtleneck is a closet staple (and I need to buy one ASAP) but it goes beyond just that. Chunky knit turtlenecks in cream, grey and beige are what grabbed my attention in the first place.

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And the true sign of a real wardrobe building block? How well it fits into all style types – it can play preppy, minimal or super girly.

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I’m sold. The turtleneck is a classic must-have!

 

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xoxCrissie

Capsule Wardrobe // Kate Middleton

As you may or may not know, I have a slight obsession with Kate Middleton’s style, so I thought she was the perfect choice to kick off my new Capsule Wardrobe series! Here’s the concept – I’ll take style icons (present & past!) and break down their wardrobes to the basic building blocks, the pieces you’d need to capture that particular icon’s signature look.

In the case of Duchess Kate, I focused on her more causal looks – not that her gala attire is not spectacular, but the every-day gal has little use for ball gowns (tragic, I know). I really wanted to look at the attainable pieces that make up her wardrobe. Her Icon status was contested this year (OUTRAGE, HORROR, BLASPHEMY) but to me, her tendency to dress “sensibly and practically” is what makes her an icon. She does simple and she does it well – consistently.

To copy Kate’s polished causal style you really only need a few things: great jeans, an assortment of blazers, wedges, and a sheath dress or two. Oh, and a coat – she. has. amazing. coats.

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I think I might just stop my personal style search right here. What Would Kate Wear can just be my new mantra.

What do you think of Catherine’s style? Is her icon status deserved? What would you add to this capsule to make it your own? (I think she needs more pointy toe flats….) 

xoxCrissie

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The Great Wardrobe Project // Part One

BIG news! Over the weekend I dove in to my wardrobe re-build project – with some good old fashion organization. Since I have a rather large wardrobe – I’m taking it in sections. So far I’ve completed the Fall/Winter clothes from my dresser (Spring/Summer is all stored, to deal with later). 

Here’s what I did-

Step 1: Emptied drawers and FOLDED EVERYTHING. (yah, yah, yah, I know I should always fold things but sometimes stuffing everything in haphazardly is just more fun).

Step 2: Cataloged. I made an excel spread sheet to keep track of everything – sorting by item type, season, color, condition and what I wanted to do with it – Keep, Store, Repair, Donate or Trash.

Step 3: Bagged up everything for donating, and then re-filled the drawers!

I still have a long way to go. On one hand – I did achieve my goal – I got rid of everything I don’t wear (most of it’s going to GoodWill) however, on Monday morning I still felt like I had nothing to wear. This was largely because everything I’m left with I’ve worn… recently… Which means I better figure out this style thing so I can go shopping soon!

On that note – I’ve been pinning a lot of simple, minimalistic  style lately, which I’ve always enjoyed, but never feel cool enough to pull off. Maybe now’s the time?

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I love minimalist fashion because it always looks effortless but never lazy. It’s doing a lot with a little, which is kind of what I’m going for here – isn’t it?

More soon!

xoxCrissie

Making A Change

I have something to confess.

I don’t really know anything about fashion. And lately, I feel like I know very little about style either.
For the past 5 years I’ve been a “Fashion Blogger,” and with that title I always feel an obligation to be a fashion expert. I feel like I should always be stylish, fashionable and perfectly dressed.

Recently, I’ve been handicapped by that feeling.

I never feel inspired to do posts, because I worry that I’ll say the wrong thing and look silly. And, beyond just the blog – I rarely feel good about what I’m wearing. My dresser is stuffed with items I never wear – either because I don’t like them anymore, I don’t have the right things to wear them with, or they don’t fit. I end up wearing the same thing over and over, and just going with what’s comfortable – not what’s “fashionable.” And it makes me feel like a horrible failure of a fashion blogger.

So, I’m making a change.

It’s a two-part adjustment – one part blog life, and one part real life.

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On the real life side of things, I want to do some serious closet rehab. I want to purge the things that I don’t like or wear, and rebuild a wardrobe that works for me (and makes me happy)!

On the blog side, I want to explore what that new wardrobe should be. I want to shift from being a fashion blog to being a style blog. I want it to be an exploration of style, and a journey to discover what personal style really is. I don’t want to be an expert voice. I want to be a learner and an observer.

SO, what changes might you, dear reader, notice?

1.  More Personal Stories – I want to share the steps I take on my adventure to discover my personal style (with posts about cleaning my closet and refining my wardrobe). And, my current Real Life Style posts will change a bit as well – I want to make them more about things I love wearing, not just perfect outfits carefully chosen for a blog photo shoot. I want to be open and honest – especially when I have no idea what I’m talking about.
2.  A New Perspective – I want to infuse a personal style element into every post I do. So, for example, a celebrity get the look post would focus less on where to buy the items the star is wearing, and more on what it says about her fashion habits. A post about a trend will look at how to incorporate trends into an overall style, etc.
3.  More Consistency – this is the big one. I want to be inspired to post so that I post more. I am pretty excited about this shift in direction, so my promise to you is more posts, more often. 🙂

Thanks for sticking with me. Hope you’re excited for this new adventure. I know I am (well, excited and scared)!

xoxCrissie

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Real Life Style #28 // Fall Uniform

I’m really not kidding when I say this is my fall uniform. I’ve been wearing some combination of jeans, boots, a button down and a blazer (or a sweater – sometimes both!) just about everyday this season. It’s simple but still cute, don’t think I’m going to get sick of it anytime soon!

Do you have a go-to look for fall?

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xoxCrissie

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Shopping List // Brown Booties

Recently I have come to the shocking revelation that my fall wardrobe is missing a key element, stunning, I know! But the versatile brown ankle bootie does not {yet} have a place in my closet. It’s really unclear how I’ve survived this long without a pair…

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