The 411 on Scarves

I love scarves.  I have a whole drawer full of them.  I often am tempted to just throw them all on my bed and roll around on them like a bunch of cash.  Weird?  Maybe, but I’m okay with it.  These are often things that people buy, then never use…heck, I’ve been plenty guilty of this myself at times.  But I have found there are certain ways I LOVE to wear them, and henceforth, have allowed myself permission to buy them occasionally.  I might need to free up another drawer here soon…

I thought that I’d write a new post on scarves (I think I’ve done one before, but I can’t remember so I’m doing it again!) just to give you some ideas on the ways that I find are fun and easy and don’t add a lot of time to your getting dressed routine.  And it might save some of those random scarves you have laying around from extinction, right?

The “Sweat Wiper”
Sounds so gross right?  That’s why I called it that…I mean, a little shock value never hurt anyone, am I right Lady Gaga?  This is something I saw on a runway and I kind of ran away with it (pun intended) and made it my own.  Tie a bandana or a scarf around your wrist, leave it plain, add a brooch (bonus: you get to use those brooches you never wear), layer it with bracelets…and bam.  You look AMAZEBALLS.  As an added feature, you can wipe your sweaty forehead with it.  Just watch out for the brooch, that’ll leave a mark.

The “Working Girl”
I call it this because it reminds me of one of those 80’s blouses with the tie at the neck that are so popular once again.  But this way, you don’t have to buy a whole new shirt, you can make your own!  Simply take a long skinny scarf and tie it in a bow around your neck.  Kind of has a high fashion vibe to it, and looks great with chokers and layered necklaces.  I also use ribbons for this too!

 

The “Lady Tie”
Dude.  I cannot tie a tie.  My husband has to tie them for me every time I get it in my brain that I want to wear one.  But I CAN tie a knot.  And that’s all you need to do for this.  You can use a short scarf and make it kind of western, or you can use a long scarf and instead of a bow, just tie a simple knot and let it hang.  Easy peasy.

The “My Hair Is So Gross”
We ALL have those days.  The days when not even a bucket of dry shampoo is gonna hide that fact that you haven’t washed your hair in three days, you worked out every single one of those days, and there may or may not be peanut butter hiding in there somewhere from your kid’s lunch.  And then something magical happens.  You tie a scarf around your head, roll your hair up over the scarf in the back and secure it with a few bobby pins, and suddenly you are getting more compliments on your hair than those AMAZING shoes you actually spent a lot of money on.  The best kind of scarf for this is one of those super thin and lightweight large square scarves that you can roll up diagonally and tie around your head easily with a little to spare.

Have I convinced you to bust out your scarves yet?  And have you tried rolling around on them gleefully?  No?  Okay, cool, maybe later.

If you have a great way you love to wear yours, please tell me because I’m always looking for new ways to use these beauties!

Happy scarf-ing!
Katy

Advice In Style: Bag Lady Chic

I find it fascinating that what once is considered “ugly”, can suddenly (or more like gradually over time, but it often feels sudden) be in style and, well, attractive.  Trends are so interesting to watch.  It would be so funny to hop in a time machine in a normal outfit from today and see how someone in the, say, 1930’s would respond.  I think it would be quite amusing to hear what people from other eras had to say about today’s sense of style!

Years ago I remember being in Starbucks with my dad, and in typical “dad” fashion, he felt the need to comment on the garb of the youth.  He said: “I can’t tell who’s homeless and who’s dressed like that on purpose!”  (does it get more DAD than that?)  And while that does sound like a super parent-y thing to say to your young daughter, I think he has a point!  There is most definitely a style happening that once belonged exclusively to what we would call a “bag lady”.  It can be sort of a derogatory term and is kind of reminiscent of “cat lady”.  Both have bad connotations, but at the same time, are kind of hip now.  I mean, when I was in high school, we would have cringed seeing someone with a cat on a knitted sweater or a girl wearing a thousand layers over baggy jeans.  It would have been a faux-pas-faux-sure.  (do you see what I did there?)  And yet now, this is not so.

Before we break down this style, we must give props to the originators of this style.  The girls who brought bag lady from the streets to the runways…Mary Kate and Ashley.

27086, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Saturday 20th December 2008. A homeless looking Mary Kate Olsen awaits her driver after eating at Cafe Vida in the Pacific Palisades. Photograph: ©Gaz Shirley/PacificCoastNews.com

See what I’m talking about?  The caption even SAYS she looks homeless.  But how much you wanna bet that outfit cost, huh?  And there’s my point.  Bag lady is now chic.  I thought I’d give some tips on how to rock this style…some of them are more facetious than others, but you all know I kid because I love. 🙂

  1. Nothing should be your size.  If it is, you’re doing it wrong.  The key to this look is wearing EVERYTHING oversized.  That means you’re sizing up at least one to two sizes.  All kidding aside, the way to make this look GOOD and not like you just have no clue what size you are, is to pick things that are oversized but still flattering.  You’ll see Mary Kate and Ashley wearing a lot of thin drapey oversized dresses that hang on them large, but because they’re drapey, they don’t look like you’ve gained 10 pounds.  Thin fabrics are usually a good idea, or heavier knits that hang instead of stand up on their own, adding bulk.  Also, oversized structured jackets and sweaters can look chicer than baggy coats…however, the whole “giant puffy jacket” look is most definitely having a moment right now.
  2. Your jeans should be baggy enough to fit a diaper in the crotch.  Please don’t WEAR a diaper, but you catch my drift.  As in the previous point, if you get denim that’s soft enough, it will hang heavier on you and won’t look bulky.
  3. Structured shoes are a must.  If you wear this look with something casual like tennis shoes, it will be bag lady in the WRONG way.  So loafers, heels, booties, and scrappy sandals will be your friend with this look.  It’s all in the details.
  4. Don’t go too crazy on the jewelry.  This look is all about the mass amount of clothing you’re wearing and if you try to layer a ton of big jewelry, you WILL look like you’re just wearing everything in your closet.

Here’s my “bag lady chic” look.  I’ve got my favorite boyfriend Levi’s that sit lower on my waist because they’re a size too big, an oversized drapey vintage cami top, and my huge structured coat.  Structured shoes and simpl(er) jewelry make it not TOO crazy.

Some people really don’t like to wear this look.  I understand that.  It’s not the most flattering or slimming, but it sure does FEEL cool to rock!  If you’re feeling shy about it, you can always simplify it a little and wear skinny jeans instead of the boyfriend baggy fit…that might help you not feel SO oversized!  It’s all about finding the way that YOU like to wear a trend, not how other people wear it!
Happy bag lady-ing
Katy

Switch It Up: Velvet

This fall 2016 trend was made for me.  I mean, let’s get real.  When velvet is not a trend, I will still be happily wearing it in every piece of clothing possible.  I love velvet.  I want everything in my house to be velvet.  It’s my favorite fabric!  So when I started seeing this luxurious fabric pop up everywhere in magazines and on the runway, I let out a resounding cheer and began buying even more of it.  Naturally.

Now not everyone feels this way about it, I understand.  While I love velvet pants and wear them like most people would wear jeans…like a basic…this is not something that everyone would do.  Why not explore some options on how to wear this (amazing) trend, in ways that are economical and approachable?  I have a few options for you in this department!  And none of them are pants, because y’all already know how I feel about them velvet bells. 😉

Committed Relationship

This look is basically a runway hack for the velvet trend.  While you could spend a lot on a velvet dress (which is perfectly acceptable), you could also go to the pajama section of the thrift store (my all time favorite section after the costume section) and keep your eyes out for a nightgown/robe like this one!  The velvet dress is not for the faint of heart, but it is very fall and winter appropriate and very chic.  Keep accessories simple, as this is a statement piece all on it’s own, and boots really make the look wearable.  This dress is a gorgeous option for fall if you’re looking for a very wearable piece!

Just a Tad

If you’re feeling like wearing velvet may be too much for you but you really like this trend and want to mix it in, try a pair of velvet booties!  This makes the trend a little more of an accessory and you can easily wear them with a tee and jeans like I did here.  This pair is very unassuming and not as loud as mine are!

With Some Velvet On Top

Adding a velvet blazer to your look is a great halfway point between completely committed and wearing it as an accessory…and it’s so rock and roll!  Throw one on over a graphic or a band tee with some jeans and you’re an instant cool girl.  You can also put one over a button down with a pencil skirt if you’d like to keep your look more structured and office appropriate!  Either way, it kind of adds that little je ne sais quoi to your look that takes it to the next level.  This blazer is on sale for an insane price and…I want it!!!

No matter how you wear it, it’s a fun trend to try and I hope you’re giving it a test run!
Katy

On Pajama Dressing, Part Three.

Alrighty, it’s been a whole week of PYJAMAS!!!  I still am super psyched about this whole trend because it’s just so comfy and I feel like I have a whole new set of pieces to mix into my (busting at the seams) closet!  Now, since I talk about and (most likely) overuse kimonos in all my posts, I wanted to steer clear of doing a look with one of those in this week of jammies.  I mean, they are definitely part of the trend, but they’re kind of one of those things that I use in a larger sense of this whole loungewear thing that’s going on.  So for today, I wanted to use a couple other things besides the pyjama tops that I’ve been wearing in the earlier posts!

The thing about pyjama bottoms, is that the shape is pretty important.  I had a hard time thrifting these for that reason.  The older styles, and cheaper brands tend to have a decidedly tapered leg, which is just not a great shape for me at all.  Now, I do know some girls who can pull this funky shape off like a boss, but I am not one of them.  I generally need pants to have a straight shape to the leg or at least a slight flare to them for them to work on me.  This is why I went ahead and actually ordered this pyjama set from J Crew, and I’m really glad I did because these pants are exactly what I needed!  There are A LOT of things you can do with these pants.  I think dressing them up with a blazer and heels would look amazing, but for today, I’m dressing them down, thinking about how I’d run to the grocery store or go shopping in them.

A graphic tee and heeled clogs would be one way that I would wear these pants.  They are a GREAT choice for summer because they are lightweight and breathable…so perfect for a day when you don’t feel like shorts or a skirt.  Jewelry is key when it comes to this trend as I’ve mentioned before because it makes certain that people know that you are INTENTIONALLY wearing something that looks like pyjamas!

The second piece of clothing I wanted to bust out, is this funky vintage robe I got thrifting.  Now, some robes completely double as kimonos and you almost cannot even tell the difference if you wear them like you would a kimono.  However, there are some pieces that are obviously robes…they have tighter sleeves and they hang like they are supposed to be worn as a traditional post shower piece of clothing.  Sometimes they aren’t really acceptable for wearing outside (like those big fuzzy fluffy things you actually DO wear post shower!), but other times, they are beautiful items of clothing that can work much like a kimono style piece of clothing.

I have a tendency to want to minimize what’s going on on my bottom half when I wear something like a pretty dramatic or very funky robe.  That means that I gravitate towards shorts or skinny jeans, because they don’t add bulk when I have something rather bulky on top.  I also kept the top simple and form fitting so as not to add unnecessary bulkiness on the top.  I love the fur boots with this because, well I love those boots with everything, but they kind of are almost paying homage to slippers! Lots of turquoise and a tassel felt like a good addition to class up this sleepwear item.

It’s just loads of fun you guys.  Where is the fun in dressing when you can’t wear stuff “wrong” right?  It’s fun to test out what can double for what, and not compromise comfort while doing it!

Hope you’re in your jammies, netflixing, and chillaxing 🙂
Katy

On Pajama Dressing. Because, It’s Wednesday.

So I’m back.  Still in my pjs.  Really in awe of how all you super cool Brits call them “pyjamas”, which my American spell check absolutely hates, but I honestly think is way cooler than plain ole “pajamas”.  Maybe that’s the trick…when we sleep in them, they’re pajamas, and when we are classy and wear them out and about, they’re pyjamas.  I like it!  But enough about wordplay, let’s talk JAMMIES!

If you’re on the fence about this PYJAMA trend, let me try and talk you off the fence, and on to the appropriate side of the yard (my side, which is, OBVIOUSLY the RIGHT side. ;)) Here’s a few reasons I love this trend, and always have.

It has a kind of “devil may care” vibe.  You know those girls who always look cool and like they aren’t trying very hard…that’s what this look kind of gives off.  It’s got a little bit of an air of, “I don’t care, I rolled out of bed looking this hot” to it.  I’m so not effortlessly cool, so if there’s a style that makes me look like that, I’m instantly sold.

It’s cozy, but still looks nice.  These shirts, as I said in the last post about PYJAMAS, are only one step away from collared shirts.  This is kind of cool because they look good with slacks, a blazer, or a pencil skirt…among MANY different pieces you can mix them in with.  This makes them kind of a classy/casual hybrid.  It’s like a button down, but with added interest.

It’s different.  While this is definitely a “trend”, I really don’t see this in real life that often.  So it’s unique, and you can easily rock this and look like you are “trend setting” because quite honestly, most people don’t really know what’s going on on the runways or in fashion unless they’re super into it like we are.  Many of the “trends” I see in magazines are not that popular on the streets unless you live in a fashionable area, or it’s been a “trend” for quite some time.  This trend is different, but not so different that you’ll stick out like crazy.  It’s a small way to add interest to your outfit without you feeling like you have to go out on a limb and have everyone staring at you!  (Unless you enjoy that feeling, and if you do, we should talk because I’ll give you the “special” tips on how to look like a crazy person.  I pull that off daily.)

Today, I’ve got a short sleeved pyjama (I just decided that I’m British today, so roll with it ok?) top that I thrifted, and styled two ways.  This is very similar to the long sleeved one, but it’s maybe more summer appropriate.

When people say they don’t know what they can wear cowboy boots with, I respond, “um, well, hmmm…EVERYTHING.”  But I digress.  I love how easy and casual this vintage pyjama (it’s my story, and I’m sticking to it) top looks with some cutoffs.  The vintage cowboy boots in red kind of add a “if Wonder Woman wore pyjamas, this is what she’d wear” vibe.  Don’t you think? 🙂

I love these pyjama (stop trying to auto correct me, computer!) style pants from Zara.  I think this is a way to class up this vintage top and of course, espadrilles because it’s summer and they are just so comfy, I can’t resist!  Again, adding on lots of jewelry to your pyjamas (yep, still doing it) will counteract that “wait…are you just wearing your jammies?” look instantly.  Because unless you know someone who sleeps in loads of jewelry, then this is not a normal night time loungewear look!

Have I convinced you yet?  No worries, I still got one post to go on this topic.  Then I promise to get out of my pyjamas (you’d think auto correct would have given up by now, but it’s a persistent little bugger isn’t it) and talk about some other stuff.  I’m not quitting this trend though, even when the magazines decide that it’s “out”.  This is to classic and timeless (and comfortable!) to ever be OUT in my opinion!

Happy midweek all you pyjama wearing gals!
Katy

 

Palazzo Pants. Please Don’t Be Afraid.

Started a new workout program today…Way of Grey or @wayofgrey on Instagram.  So if I begin typing a word and it ends in “sdfhhhhhhhhkkllllll…” it’s because I’ve temporarily lost control over my arms due to doing 5,934 burpees earlier this afternoon.  Send immediate help, oh and someone please grab me an iced coffee while you’re at it?  Thanks.

Ahhh I do enjoy a good self inflicted butt kicking!   But that’s just my afternoon.  My morning started with me throwing a toddler-sized tantrum (and the toddler-sized ones may SOUND small to you, but when it comes to tantrums, smaller is actually larger) because it’s too hot I don’t know what to wear and I feel fat.  It ended with all of my shirts being dumped into a pile on the floor.  And there you have it.  Me in the heat.  When it gets this hot I basically want to stick my head in the fridge, cry a little, and have an endless stream of iced beverages handed to me while I whine.  I’m so not high maintenance it’s not even funny.

Now that we’ve covered the length of my day and aired out all of my issues with the heat, it’s time to talk about palazzo pants.  Those amazing and sometimes tricky little buggers that girls either love or are completely terrified of.  There’s nothing I love more than an amazing pair of pants.  Except maybe a jumpsuit.  Oh and vintage dresses.  Graphic tees.  Oh yeah…boots too…okay okay I get it.  I love A LOT of things!  But pants definitely rank pretty high!!  Here’s some ideas on how to wear these suckers!

 

Let’s start with the most dramatic way to wear them.  With a flowy top.  This is definitely a look for the more waif-ish figure, where super flowy things don’t add too much bulk.  Kind of like a Free People/Mary Kate & Ashley (but with more color!)/boho look.  Both the top and the pants are Free People by the way, but were bought second hand at Curio and Ruby Rose (respectively).  This is a look for the bold and fearless who absolutely love to make a statement.

 

And now for the more conservative.  A denim or chambray button down really balances out these pants.  I added a vintage bolo to up the western look of the outfit, but you could add pearls or just something small and more dainty to go in a different direction.  This is a much easier, less statement way to wear palazzo pants but still awesome!

I thought I’d bust out a nice silly face for your Wednesday 🙂  And here’s the rocker-chic way.  Take a nice graphic tee (it could be a more sweet and subtle print or even just a plain white or black tee!) and knot it at the waist.  Think slimmer and tighter (doesn’t have to be skin tight, just more fitted!) on the top and flowy on the bottom. Balance. You definitely want to try and give yourself a waist in big flowy pants like these…unless you’re going for the more boho statement look.  I used the bolo like a choker for fun!

I hope you’re having a fabulous week!  And I hope you’ll give palazzo pants a try!  Even a nice solid black pair if you’re not feeling adventurous.  They are so comfy and so beautiful on…and they are fun to walk in because they swish! 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

Katy