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Trend Watch // Leather Weather

You may or may not remember this – but last spring I took the plunge into the world of leather jacket ownership, pretty life changing.  And since I was pleasantly surprised by one leather item I’ve been toying with the idea of expanding my leather ownership into other categories. And, after seeing some rather chic looks on the Spring Runways, I’ve been seriously considering the leather dress. Leather-AW15-3Narciso Rodriguez (1 & 2) // Belstaff // Fendi

I used to believe that leather dresses were only for floozies. However, it seems that I have just been blind to their potential for chicness. Take for example, Jennifer Aniston, no one would ever call her a floozie and she rocks leather dresses all the time (all the time!) Same with the rest of these ladies.

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But I do think there are some limits to trend – not just any leather dress can look chic… Here are a few things I’m keeping in mind while searching for the right fit:

  1. Keep it Classy – since leather tends to err on the side of sexy, look for dresses with higher neck lines or sleeves to avoid looking like a floozie.
  2. Shape and structure – take a cue from Olivia Palermo  and try a shift dress or a boxy top for a fashion-forward style.
  3. The Details – if you’re not 100% ready to go leather, try a dress with leather trim or sleeves to add a little edgy flair.

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xoxCrissie

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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xoxCrissie

Upping My Skirt Game

This morning while standing in front of my closet, deeply pondering what to wear, I came to the realization that I have a lot of cute blouses, blouses I would usually pair with nice jeans. But it’s summer, and I live in Manhattan, and the thought of wearing jeans is as laughable as the thought of wearing jeans into a sauna (which is basically what Subway stations have become…) So, as soon as summer hits you need skirts to pair with your cute blouses – and I’ve realized I have a serious skirt shortage.

Guess what that means? Time for some shopping! Loving these options:

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xoxCrissie

Featured // ShopStyle

Here’s a little fun self-promotion! My Spring Trends shop is featured on ShopStyle today!

Check it out here and let me know what you think!

xoxCrissie

Hello Gorgeous!

I used to be obsessed with purses – I had a whole wall of them, and would use a different one each day.
That was back in the days when I could spend under 20 bucks on a bag and feel like it was amazing.

Now that I’ve gotten all label conscious my purchases have been limited (by my bank account) but some of these beauties are really making me wish I had unlimited funds for bag-buying, especially with Fall speedily approaching.

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Do you have a go-to bag year round, or do you practice the seasonal change-up?
xoxCrissie
 
PS: (This post was sponsored by Harrods)

 

Rompers, Jumpers, Judgements

I have learned many things about fashion over the years-the most important has to be “never say never.” I used to swear I’d never wear black with navy or socks with heels. There was a time I even claimed I would never wear skinny jeans–now they are staples of my wardrobe. But-oh-the Romper. Sneaking onto the fashion scene a few seasons ago they took a strong hold this Spring, but my nose stayed turned up.

Until now. 
Why is it that I have become so tempted by the trend?

Coco makes hers look so chic. And then I fell in love with this one, spotted on ModCloth: 
But–could I pull it off? What about with a black blazer and ankle booties? Would it work for a day at the office? I think I’d feel like I was wearing PJs… wait, that actually sonds pretty amazing. And at $50 it might be worth a shot. What do you think? Should I give it a go- or would  you totally judge me?
{images via Vogue.com and ModCloth}

Buy, Buy Bank Account

Dear Savings Account, 
It was so nice to have you. But I have just learned that Madewell has opened an online store, and I fear we will not be together much longer. It’s been fun. 

{sweet summer stripes, from Madewell}