Advice in Style: How To Dress Like You Tried

Hi, my name is Katy, and sometimes I don’t feel like putting together a fun and creative outfit.  Sometimes, I just want to throw something on and go.  Maybe I’m just tired, maybe I just have to run out to the store and don’t feel like putting a ton of effort into what I’m wearing, or maybe I’m just not feeling all that creative, but I still want to feel like I look good.  Know what I’m saying?  I’m going to introduce you to your new lazy day BFF, the new MVP of your closet, the thing that will make you look “date night” while you feel “pajamas”.  I’m talking about the black jumpsuit.  This is not a theory, you guys, this is a tried and tested fact. This is the LBD of the daytime, the go-to for park days and target runs.  It’s the thing that may not be all that exciting, but it’ll sure as heck get a whole lotta wear!

Let me tell you a few stories of my first hand experiences with my LBJ (not, Lyndon B. Johnson, Long Black Jumpsuit, to clarify). I went to Target with one of these babies on with some red lipstick.  I got told multiple times that I looked “SO GOOD”  and “SO PUT TOGETHER”.  I wore a different one out running errands and someone asked me “where I was going”.  I looked at her, puzzled, and said…”um, here?”  Then I realized that I looked like I was going to a fancy event because of this amazing article of clothing that requires ZERO effort.  Another time I was at a playground, and one of the moms told me she had been staring at me because she thought I looked so good.  Have I convinced you yet?

If you really want to look good, and I mean, like you REALLY tried, add lipstick and a nice pair of mule slides.  I’m not kidding you guys, this is the magic look for the days you just don’t wanna try.

Here are some options for you.  Strapless, really cute culotte style, and probably the most comfortable and flattering (in the tummy area primarily!) thing you’ll ever wear.

Go get yourselves one of these!  You won’t regret it :)
Katy

Advice In Style: How To Dress For Indian Summer

Welcome to September!  That means only one thing…fall, right?  WRONG!  Hahahaha you thought summer was OVER?  JUST KIDDING!  Well, at least for some of us in certain parts of the US, we were just about to get our sweaters out…and then BAM.  Ninety degree weather is baaaaaack.  Now, I’m kind of a weather rebel.  I mean, in some ways, I kind of have to be in order to get to wear some of my stuff more than like, once a year in California.  However, I also get hot very quickly, so I also experience that same desire to change my style when September hits, but since the weather doesn’t want to change along with me, I gotta improvise.  I’ve got some simple (hopefully!) ideas to help those of us sitting here in shorts and a strapless top, sweating, to keep our style from suffering for it!

Unexpected Denim + Fur Accents


I know.  You’re like FUR??  Are you MAD?  Well, that’s a question for another time.  But back to the outfit.  It may be too hot for jeans and you may be too bored for denim shorts.  How about a little denim pinafore or some shortalls?  I also LOVE fur (as many of you know!) and while it’s not the most wearable for indian summer, a little accent never hurt, right?  Add some boots and a short sleeve tee, and you’ll have a little bit of a transitional style going on without sweating too much!

Light Layers

Layers are HARD when it’s warm.  So the breathability factor is super important during this transition season.  A breathable kimono (this one’s my own and coming soon!) and a graphic tee (again, coming soon!) are good fall-ish pieces to try out when it’s still sweltering outside.

Fall Trends…In Summer Lengths

Velvet is one of those awesome fall trends that I am of course, itching (I mean sweating really!) to wear!  If you can find some of the fall fabrics, but in shorter lengths like this skirt, it really helps to make the piece wearable sooner, before the temperatures start to drop.  So try a velvet flared mini skirt with a lightweight blousy button down.  You’ll feel fall without the major deodorant fail.

Hope you guys are staying cool.  Phew.  Where’s my cold brew…
Katy

Advice in Style: How To Dress Like A Crazy Lady

Yes, you most definitely read that right.  It says: “How to Dress Like A Crazy Lady” in case you weren’t clear the first go round.  First off, let me address the question at hand.  “Why would you WANT to?”  This can be answered multiple ways.  Now, this post is written in a slight tongue and cheek manner, so you can most definitely treat this as a “how NOT to dress” post.  Like a: “don’t mix all these things together…or people may think you’re insane” post.  Got it?  BUT (big but hehehe), there may be an actual reason to pull off the “I have 14 cats and knit matching sweaters for them all” look.  BECAUSE IT’S ON THE RUNWAYS…ALL THE TIME.

DO YOU SEE WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT?  Dude, she’s even HOLDING A CAT, I don’t even have to make this crap up.  This photo proves my point.  “Crazy Lady Couture” is all the rage now.  So go with it.  But please, don’t buy 14 cats.  At least cap it at like 4 or 5.  For their sake.

Here are your basic Crazy Lady Couture Rules:  (feel free to go off book on this one, there are a lot of variations among this theme)
1. Always wear a hat.  Even when indoors or during the summer.  Have you ever seen a crazy person not wearing a hat?  I rest my case.
2. Sweaters are essential.  Sweater vests are even better, because they’re even more specific.
3. Lots of layers add to the madness.  This is not a look for the faint of deodorant.  Trust me.
4. Tights help.  They add an extra layer of texture to this mash up.  Plus, a lot of “normal” people don’t wear tights past the age of nine.  So.
5. And finally, the weirder the accessories, the better.  You can’t mess this one up, unless you actually try to.

Here’s my crazy lady couture look.  I gotta say, this look isn’t always the most wearable unless I’m having a SUPER confident day, but MAN IS IT FUN!

Go forth and layer to your heart’s content.  And if you have a cat compliant enough to chill with you as an accessory, even better.
Katy

Fashion Feelings: Flowers Are Better Than Numbers

I hate it when passwords have to have numbers in them.  You know why?  I can’t remember numbers.  The first two years of my marriage, I wrote down our anniversary on the calendar on the wrong date.  My husband just looked at me and was like…”why are you writing our anniversary down on that date…you know that’s not actually our anniversary, right?”  Yep.  Two years in a row, no joke.  Remembering my kids’ birthdates or trying to figure out what year it is…my brain rejects numbers vehemently.  I remember things by pictures, words, or by where the nearest Starbucks is to them.

For all you numbers people out there, seriously, I have so much respect for you.  How would we function without you??  This is not meant to offend you, this is just my brain and how it thinks!  I often wish numbers could be replaced with words.  It would be so much easier…common questions like “what time is it?” or “how old are you?” could be answered with colors or feelings.  I could remember that so much easier!  Taking this even further, potentially offensive questions like “how much do you weigh?” or “how old are you?” could become much less horrifying with answers like “feathers” and “happy” (respectively, obviously!)  Yes, I think I am on to something.  Granted, everyone may be in a constant state of confusion, but hey, there would be no more math and that would sure help my brain out a lot!

So today, I’m flowers years old and I weigh roses!  Florals are IN FOR FALL (can I get a hallelujah?!) and I’m so down with that!

Rocking florals for fall is all about LAYERS!  Take a floral sundress (you have one of those right?) and put a shirt under it, or throw a jacket over it, and you are fall ready!  I love the idea of taking a scrappy dress and putting it over a shirt.  It’s super hot right now and is a lot more fun and wearable than you think it is!  Here is a gorgeous (and under $100) idea for a fall floral maxi and here is a great layering piece for underneath to take that dress right into the new season.

Happy weekend :)
Katy

Fashion Feelings: Fear Factor

I’m not a huge reality tv fan.  I watch the occasional season of The Bachelor, but for the most part, I’d usually choose something with more of a story line than reality television typically has to offer.  But boy did I love to watch Fear Factor.  Remember that show?  Something about watching people eat bugs (and much, much worse things), jump off high buildings, and lay down in spiders just really never got old!  Maybe it was Joe Rogan’s snide comments, maybe it was watching to see how far someone would go for money…it was all just quite entertaining.  I was recently thinking about that show, and envisioning how it would go if it was all about fashion.

I imagine it would go something like this: the announcer would introduce the contestants.  “This is Mary, and she’s a mother of three from Ohio!  Her biggest fear is wearing shorts!  This is Jennifer, she’s a businesswoman from Maryland and she never ever wears anything other than black!  And finally, we have Susan from Washington, and she never EVER wears dresses!”  I’m already hooked on this show.  Let’s get this straight.  I do not like seeing people uncomfortable in any way, shape or form.  (Unless it’s eating bugs for money, because that’s their decision isn’t it!?)  But I DO love watching people face their fears and conquer them!  I love watching a woman walk into the store, try something on that she never would have had the confidence to wear without it being suggested to her, and leave feeling like a million bucks because that one “scary” item of clothing actually makes her look AMAZING.  Yes, this is my kind of fear factor!  Here are some things that I think women are commonly afraid to wear, just from my experience: shorts, sleeveless tops, dresses, bright colors, patterns, bell bottoms or flared jeans, skinny jeans, and anything deemed “too young” for them.  For sure, not all of those things are for every single person, but I’d wager a guess that there is probably something in that “fear factor” category that not only would work for you, but would REALLY WORK FOR YOU.  I’m pitching my show idea to Fox. (just kidding)

I saw this look in a magazine and I thought to myself: “this is a fashion fear factor look if I ever saw one!”  I mean, bold jacket, brooches, shorts over tights, AND a bare midriff??  This would send some women into the fetal position just thinking about wearing this!

So for me, my “fear factor” is the bare midriff.  My midriff has never been the most visually amazing part of my body, and hey, that’s okay, because in real life bare midriffs aren’t really all that socially acceptable after junior high.  I decided to recreate this look for fun, but with my own take.  Swap the bralette for a vintage cami top and you eliminate the midriff issue!

I love how tights help kind of smooth out legs under shorts!  While it is usually considered a bold style choice, it can also help out a little with those who are less than comfortable with their legs being bare.  I also love the balance of a short skirt or shorts with a long sleeve top or jacket.  It’s perfect for the more temperate climates as well as being a nice contrast.

The moral of this story is: face your fashion fears in manageable ways and don’t eat bugs no matter how much money you’re being offered.  Because, yuck.
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

Switch It Up: Track Pants

One of the biggest trends it seems that is everywhere I look is athleisure.  I mean, everywhere I go, it seems like there’s a woman who looks like she just came from yoga.  Did she come from yoga class?  Probably not.  That, it seems, is besides the point!  Obviously, yoga pants, leggings, and tennis shoes are the usual staples of this trend, but I thought I’d like to play around with something a little more 90’s reminiscent…track pants!  I actually really like track pants because they’re sort of the fancier older sister of the sweat pant.  They’re comfortable, but can be a little chicer, sleeker, and more flattering.  This trend is kinda 90’s inspired (especially if you think about adding chunky Adidas tennis shoes and a black choker) but it can go in a lot of different directions if you have un with it!

Here’s some couture track pant inspiration to start with:
Of course, I want these GORGEOUS Chloe track pants, however, spending $1,200 on a pair of track pants is not really something I’m about to do right now! So I went down to the Goodwill and grabbed a pair of Adidas pants for under $5!  I looked for the kind with the ankle zipper, because that gives the bottom of the pant leg a little bit of a flare which is super flattering.

Here’s my trick for athleisure.  I choose one piece that’s TRUE athletic wear.  Only one.  So, yoga pants, leggings, track pants, tennis shoes…I choose ONE of those.  Then I balance the look out with other pieces, typically I choose things that are lacy, satiny, or basically anything that you would never wear to the gym, ever.  That way, the look is intentional and no one wonders where your yoga mat is.  I took a cue from these looks and tested out a few of them with my own pieces:

A Kimono…to Keep You “On Track” (pun intended) 

I love this whole kimono/track pants look…it’s really is the true definition of ATH-LEISURE right?  I got these espadrille slides from H&M and my favorite thing about them is that they’re sparkly!  It kind of ups the class factor of the casual trend!

Off The Shoulder, Still On Track (my puns get better and better!)

Here’s a combo of two trends that are everywhere right now…off the shoulder ruffle tops and athletic wear!  It’s kind of a fun and interesting style mash up!

LACE Up and Hit The Track (I am on FIRE today!)

The easiest way to just throw on an outfit and go, is to add a lacy cami top to a pair of track pants.  It is a little bit sexy, and not at all like you just hit the gym.  It’s a good balance of sporty and girly.

Wanna give it a whirl?  Here are some pieces for you to test out: these pants are SO couture, and um, I think I need them.  Here are some super chic slides, and as for a cami, this one is amazing.  This off shoulder top would be amazing with some track pants and this kimono is on sale right now!

How do you wear your athleisure?  I want to see!
Katy

 

DIY Styling: Gucci Style Part Two

Aaaaaand we are back!  How many parts of this DIY styling will be Gucci, you may ask?  How many stars in the sky are there…how many grains of sand…just kidding.  This installment of DIY Styling is fairly simple one.  Remember, most of these aren’t as much “do it yourself” as they are “wear it yourself”…this is DIY styling first and foremost!  Because there’s nothing I love more than styling!

One of the greatest things about the Gucci line right now is that it’s incredibly eclectic.  There’s a glorious “mash up” of styles happening that makes this an incredibly fun style to recreate.  Also, pretty easy…because mixing things to create a style is much easier than needing one exact piece to make it happen!

I absolutely love this look in the September issue of Vogue.  I love the baroque mod mash up…because what a strange and unusual combo!  Baroque conjures up images of lots and lots of excessive ruffles, lace, jewels, velvet, and fur.  And then mod makes me think of simple shapes like sheath dresses and clean lines.  But put em both together?  Why not?!

See what I mean?  It’s such a strange and interesting combo that it just might work!

Here’s how you can recreate this look.  You can really do this your own way…all you really need is a mod style dress.  Think a 1960’s style dress (it doesn’t have to be striped or chevron, any 60’s simple sheath will do!) and then add some baroque styling elements.  Baroque is an easy style to add accessories in.  Think large blingy gold statement jewelry, fur scarves, collar necklaces, and the like.  Those are usually an easy find from almost anywhere you go.  Then marry the two (ceremony not necessary) and bam.  Instant “Gucci Style”.

For this look I used a vintage 60’s dress (I stuck with the color theme of the photo for visual simplicity) and I added a vintage fur collar to the dress.  These are often found in the costume section of the thrift stores or sold at vintage shops.  Even Free People sells them!  Then I added this antiqued gold collar necklace (these pearls would do nicely too!) to give that baroque bling.  I have no idea what her footwear is in this image, but hey, that means we get more room for creativity with this look right?  I chose loafers, because, well, nothing says “Gucci” like a great pair of vintage loafers!

Hope this inspires you to go do a little baroque mod mash up of your own!  If you do, please tag me on Instagram so I can see!
Katy

 

Switch It Up: Slip Dresses

Dontcha just love it when something you’ve been collecting and loving for so many years is finally in style?  You know, when everyone suddenly thinks you’re copying the latest trends…and you’re screaming NO I WAS DOING THIS LIKE THREE YEARS AGO!  And no one really cares?  Man I need more coffee today…I feel as though the cranky part of me is eating the peaceful calm side of me.  Like I have a peaceful calm side.  (*hysterical laughter from my husband)  I’ve talked about my love for slip dresses before, but let me just reminisce for a moment about the GIANT BOX OF VINTAGE SLIPS that I got rid of when I finally gave up hope that I’d ever wear them again.  I know, sometimes I am so far away from being smart it scares me.  But now, I’m collecting them once again, making up for my momentary lapse in judgement.  We can call like three years “momentary” right? Okay, thanks.

Let’s talk slips.  Everyone’s doing it.  And if everyone jumped off a cliff we probably would too, right?  (occasionally the “mom” in me rears its ugly head, sorry kids)  It’s cool and it’s fun and thanks to Courtney Love in the 90’s, it’s retro chic.  The great news about slipping into a slip dress, is that they are plentiful, can be relatively inexpensive, and are quite varied in specific style amongst themselves.  Theres the lacy ones with lots of darts that are more fitted.  There are the simple satin ones that are more likely from the 80’s or 90’s that are less fancy.  And hey, you can even find new reproductions if vintage or thrifting isn’t your thing!

Business Pajama Casual
I love the combination of a slip dress and a striped, gingham, or plaid button down.  It’s the secret 90’s fashion lover in me I guess.

This look is super simple, kind of looks like you’re wearing your boyfriend’s shirt…it has that sexy “I just rolled out of bed” look to it.  It’s an easy one to reproduce!  Vintage slip plus over sized button down, and good to go!  I added the fringe Converse because it kind of adds to the tomboyish look with a fun flair.

Retro Fabulous
I love a ringer tee.  When you layer a slip over a tee, it almost has a vest-like effect.  It’s interesting and different.  Adding the destroyed boyfriend jeans definitely gives this a bit of a 70’s meets 90’s vibe.

Easy to create…any tee, doesn’t even have to be a ringer…it can be a v-neck or a plain tee too, and some baggy jeans and you’re good to go.

Tuck It In
The magic of a slip dress, or any simple sheath dress, is that you can double it as a top when you tuck it into a maxi skirt!

Belt it or not, use a midi or a maxi, there are plenty of options to this look!  Remember too, if you tuck a slip dress into a skirt that’s rather, er, see through, you can use the bottom of the dress as an ACTUAL slip!

If you aren’t comfortable with thrifting one or you aren’t into the vintage ones, check out these for a cotton minimalist approach (v-neck version here) and for a more vintage inspired look check out these.

Go forth, and slip into something more slip dress like!
Katy

Advice In Style: Costume Couture

Drop everything you are doing right now, stop reading this, and run, RUN to your local thrift store.  Okay, okay, maybe finish reading this so you know why you’re running.  I went to my local Goodwill the other day, and do you know what I saw?  THE COSTUMES ARE OUT!  (I know, I need to switch to decaf, I hear you loud and clear).  You guys, I cannot emphasize enough how much this is the BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO THRIFT.  (*Pouring decaf now).  Now, you may be saying: “Katy, I don’t wear weird stuff like you, I don’t want to shop in the costume section!”  But that’s why you need to read this post.  From the weird to the conservative, there is something for you in that costume section.  Lemme break it down for you!

Sure.  This looks like madness.  All together, you’re thinking: “Well THIS sure doesn’t look like couture to me!”  That’s where you’re wrong.  I would bet money that a runway stylist could shop the costume section at the Goodwill, send a model down the runway in it, and you probably wouldn’t even know which model was wearing the “costume couture”.  Why?  Because styling is everything.  Sure, that jacket doesn’t look expensive siting on the rack next to the Spiderman costume!  Nothing would!  But here’s how you can shop top trends and regular style staples in the COSTUME SECTION!

Jackets

This jacket is a real vintage jacket.  It’s only in the costume section because someone deemed it “costume worthy”.  That’s something to remember if you are feeling insecure about this whole ordeal!

Check out this black beauty of a duster I found!  I just saw this style on the Today Show this morning you guys.  Top trends in the costume section.  Under $20.

Retro Denim
This is a GREAT time to find some classic 1970’s bell bottoms, some 80’s overalls, or pretty much any era of great denim.

How about this patchwork denim vest, totally on trend for Fall?

Metallics
Metallics are so hot right now.  Thanks to the costume section, you won’t have to pay much to give this look a shot!

GOLD BABY!

Skirts
There are skirts a-plenty during this time a year!  I’ve seen vintage petticoats (which make amazing prairie skirts, think Spell Style), square dancing skirts, and even just simple solid colored vintage midis…on trend for Fall.

This black skirt is full and perfectly flattering for the upcoming season!

Fringe
You know I love me some fringe.  I saw a fringe vest today and really, the crowning jewel of my costume couture hunting happened right here:

This is a vintage, handmade, leather fringe tunic.  I know.  I know.  I got no words you guys.

Pajama Couture
Pajamas are so hot right now…you can wear the top with jeans or the bottoms with a graphic tee…or just rock ’em together, devil may care!

Maxi Dresses
Sometimes vintage nightgowns make the best maxi dresses.  They often are what the new bohemian maxi styles are modeled after!

I fully plan on wearing this bohemian maxi with cowboy boots and lots of turquoise.

Kimonos
Yeah, I said it.  This is THE TIME to find traditional gorgeous asian couture!

Just look at those pretties…perfect with jeans!

Military Jackets
These are out in spades right now, and they are always so chic!

And So…
I decided to make my very own thrift store dressing room costume couture chic outfit (over my athletic leggings obviously)!

Sure, the dressing room isn’t quite couture, but hey, the prices and the finds make it worth it!

GO FORTH AND COSTUME SHOP!
Katy