Business Casual

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As you dolls know, I am a all-out neutrals gal. It is very rare that I wear an outfit that does not include black. This day, I got my fashion design portfolio reviewed by design companies. The only issue was that I left my dress pants at home. However, there are always ways around this. Putting a blazer on took this look from casual to business casual. Yes, my jeans are a tad tight for business attire, but the longline blazer compensates for it. I put on my favorite silver necklace and these stylish color block booties I bought from Primark. Adding the gray and black booties added more depth to the look- the black becomes less overpowering. I would not recommend this look for an interview, but it could definitely work for a  meeting or day when you want to look professional, yet fashionable and a little more on the casual side. I wore my hair in a sleek bun versus my fro to look even more professional, and kept my makeup on the simple side by adding a nude lip color.

Get the look:

  • Black Skinnies: FashionNova ($25)
  • Color block Booties: Primark ($25)

Fall Neutrals

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img_5818img_5821img_5825I wore this  outfit to class. I wanted to keep it simple, as always, but I also wanted to be a little less casual than usual. I decided to go with an all black outfit- my holy grail. The top is a simple long sleeved V neck and the ankle-length pants are Zara, but I bought them at a local thrift shop. They are slightly high waisted and have a lot of stretch to them, which I love. Also, they are ankle length, but I rolled them up to show off the booties. For a pop of color, I added my longline olive bomber jacket and the most comfortable pair of booties I own. Instead of doing a typical black shoe for this all black look, the tan shoes give more color and interest, and complements the olive jacket very well. Since the weather was descent this day, I rolled my sleeves up a little, which I think looked much better with the rolled up pants.

Get the Look:

Top: This is a basic top which you can find anywhere (H&M, Forever 21, Rainbow). I do not remember where I bought mine. It was probably no more than ($5).

Pants: Zara brand, but purchased at thrift shop ($12)

Longline Bomber Jacket: GoJane ($38)

Camel Booties: Charlotte Russe ($12 on sale)

Chic Biker Style

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Being a fashion design major in college is tricky. You want to be comfortable, as you have many studios. However, you also want to be stylish from time to time. For the very first time in a long time I felt like putting on real clothes-meaning no workout clothes or leggings. Plus, it was Halloween so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to channel my inner dark side.  I wore these black acid wash high-waisted jeans. I styled them with a long sleeve black crop top, my favorite faux leather jacket, and these quilted suede over-the-knee boots. As you can see, the individual items are very simple, but when put together they work well and makes it look like I actually put a lot of thought and effort into the outfit. Lastly, I am wearing a suede choker around my neck to add more detail and edge to the look. For a more dramatic look, I added a bold winged eyeliner with a vampy lip.

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Crop Top: Charlotte Russe

Black Acid Wash Jeans: H&M

Over-the-Knee Boots: Go Jane

Faux Leather Jacket: Forever 21

 

 

Penn’s Landing

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Ever wonder what to wear on a hot day spent by the ocean or river? I wore this outfit on a hot day at Penn’s Landing. No matter how hot it is outside, it will always be breezy by a body of water, especially when the sun starts to set. Personally, I find jeans are more comfortable than wearing shorts or a dress. I don’t have to worry about my legs being cold or pulling an accidental “Marilyn Monroe”-one of a woman’s biggest fears when wearing a skirt or dress that the wind will blow it up in the air. The jeans of my choice for this were my mom jeans. These are the most comfortable pair of jeans I own, especially when doing laid back activities. I paired it with a mock turtle neck tank and my favorite sneakers, which is something else to keep in mind.  It may also be a good idea to wrap an oversized shirt or sweater around your waist in case you get cold- I happened to leave mine in the car. No matter where you are going, always think about your comfort. Add your favorite purse and pair of sunnies and you’re good to go!

Mom Jeans: H&M

Styling A T-Shirt Dress

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T-shirt dresses were very popular this summer. You’ve seen them on your favorite celebs and in your favorite boutiques. I haven’t worn dresses until recently. I’ve always been uncomfortable in them, but after realizing how easy they are to style and wear when you don’t feel like getting glammed up, I fell in love with their simplicity. I wore this simple scooped hem t-shirt dress for my first day of classes. I was so breathable in the unbearable heat. Of course I threw on my Adidas and tied a shirt around my waist. For this look, I chose  a multi-colored plaid shirt to add some color. This is a very minimal look that is perfect for those “I can’t find an outfit” mornings.

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T-shirt dress: Ross

Plaid shirt: H&M

Shoes: Adidas Superstars

South St. Vibes

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On a hot summer day, I wore a taupe sundress, a denim shirt, sneakers, and a faux snakeskin textured tote. It was in the high 90s, so I wanted to wear something lightweight and breathable. This thin knit dress was not too tight, so I was extremely comfortable. I love tying shirts around my waist to add my simple style. I chose this denim one because it complements the color of the dress. For shoes, of course I am wearing my Adidas Superstars. These go with literally everything. There are many different shoes you can wear to either dress your your look up or make it more casual. I wore sneakers because I knew I would be doing a lot of walking. To complete the look I added my faux leather snakeskin black tote bag to add one more color to the look and to match the stripes on my sneakers. You guys know I live for contrast- I also love how the black contrasts with the lightly colored dress and denim shirt. Lastly, the real statement piece of this look is the beautiful mosaic street art behind me, which I could not resist having a mini photoshoot in front of.

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Dress: H&M

Denim Shirt: Burlington Coat Factory

Shoes: Adidas Superstars

Tote: Primark

 

Boho Chic

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For this bohemian chic look, I wore a tribal printed open-back dress. I styled it with triangle earrings and chestnut colored gladiator sandals. The detailed print and trim on the  dress add a boho flair, while the open back adds edge. Open backs are trending and they add so much fun- you can wear a lace bralette or use the open back to add a pop of color. I usually wear a lace navy blue bra with this dress, but of course I couldn’t find it. The bell sleeves also add to the boho theme. This dress is very breathable and comfortable, even in 90 degree weather! To top off the look, gladiator sandals scream boho vibes. Not only are the stylish and trending, but they are comfortable as well. They also have small triangle cutouts on them, which adds even more detail. Finally, I had my hair in two French braids to complete the look (there will be more details on hair and makeup in my next post). French braids are in again and this look was the perfect opportunity to wear them.

Get the look:

  • Patterned dress (Charlotte Russe)
  • Gladiator sandals (Ross)
  • Triangle cutout earrings (Forever 21)