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Winter is coming, winter is coming! While we all know I don’t really NEED anything new, here are some of the pieces I want to add to my closet this season. I’m going out of town this weekend, and will definitely be on the lookout for some of these items or something similar. Plus, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are quickly approaching, meaning so are the sales! We have to get ourselves Christmas presents too, right? 🙂 

Velvet errrrything

Velvet shoes, joggers, and tanks are everywhere right now, and for good reason. Velvet is warm, soft, and has an I-woke-up-like-this vibe. One of my favorite velvet items I have seen this season is this Missguided velvet bomber jacket, available from Asos. Best part? It’s ballerina pink: The color of the season! If you’re trying to ease yourself into the trend, Target has some amazing joggers in gray and blue velvet by Who What Wear. Unfortunately, they didn’t have my size at my local Target and I couldn’t get them- but it’s totally worth checking out. Check out this guide from Pinterest on some of the best velvet looks.

This gorgeous black lace maxi

For winter parties, cocktail dresses are great and fun- but they can get kind of boring. This dress is beautifully crafted, with intricate lace covering the entire dress. The slip just covers your chest, stomach, and upper thighs, which shows just enough skin. The deep V is also stunning!  I’ve had my eye on this dress since I met Stefanie and Tracy of the Eleventh Gorgeous YouTube channel and Madison and Mallory boutique. Spoiler: They’re amazingly sweet and just as beautiful in real life. Anyway, I have wanted this dress ever since this online store opened, but every single time it gets restocked, it sells out! This lace maxi comes in black, pink, maroon, and periwinkle- all are equally stunning. I want the black one (because, black) and I will keep stalking this site until it is mine.

Work appropriate leggings

I own these leggings from Loft in grey and in burgundy, and they have changed my life. Not kidding. They are super thick to keep you warm and to suck you in, and you don’t have to worry about finding a sweater to cover your rear end. I bought a small (I’m 5’6, and a 4/6 in pants) and they are definitely snug, but comfortable. And, for once, they are long enough to wear booties and don’t ride up! Definitely, definitely, definitely recommend. No, they aren’t paying me to say this. I’m just a slave to these leggings.

Sweater for cold mornings or late nights

In the mornings, I like to throw on a sweater while I drink my coffee for a little extra coziness. This Free People sweater-kimono is perfect for that. If you’re going out, you don’t want a bulky jacket over your outfit. This piece is perfect for that, too. The fringe keeps this sweater from looking too much like the shawl your mom wore to that wedding that time, and the delicate fur collar gives it a little flair. Basically I don’t need any other reasons to buy this. I’m obsessed.

Sassy over-the-knee boots

Not your faux leather boots stashed in the back of the closet. These babies are suede with metal detailing, and a pointy toe. First of all, pointy toes are the key to my heart. Second, the metal details are precious. Third, there is an inside zipper so you don’t have to send 45 minutes tugging them on. I could wear these with denim shorts in the spring, a dress in the fall with a long cardigan, and tights and a skirt in the winter. They also seem like they are fitted through the leg and won’t fall down, which is a plus when wearing skirts. These are going on my Christmas list, like now.

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Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons: The crisp weather, the beautiful leaves, the excuse to consume as many pumpkin-flavored products as humanly possible… the list goes on. But, one of my favorite things about fall is the fashion. September is the month when all of the designers debut their new collections and their warmer-weather gear, and it gets me in the mood for the cooler temperatures.

However, in Alabama, we’re still burning up. If you are ready to break out your fall clothes or start buying some new trends, try to think of how you will wear them now, while it’s still warm- and later when the cool air hits. Here are three of my wardrobe staples that will be carrying me into fall, but will be comfortable while the heat is still around.

Overalls

So many people associate overalls with summer and don’t think about the potential these babies can have for the fall. Mine are from Target, and I gave them a distressed look by taking a razor and sandpaper to the knees and pocket areas. Cuff the ends for an I-woke-up-like-this vibe.

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Wear it now: Layer a tank or short-sleeve shirt underneath with your hair in a top knot. (A striped shirt can never fail with these!)

Wear it later: Wear a long-sleeve shirt or thermal and booties. All the great things about wearing jeans, but you don’t even need a belt!

(Overalls from Target)

Printed flares

 

These are my life. Printed pants are some of my favorite things ever and they can be dressed up for work, or dressed down for a Saturday running errands. These printed flares, from Forever 21, are thin enough to let your skin breathe but cover your legs on cool nights. They also feel like pajama pants, which is always a plus. Embrace the 70s vibe of printed flares, but keep the focus of your outfit on the pants- otherwise, it could be overbearing.

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Wear it now: V-necks balance flares because they make your torso look longer. Add a long necklace to enhance the effect.

Wear it later: Add leather booties, a chunky sweater, and hoop earrings. Voila! The perfect fall night outfit in two minutes. (BONUS: If you’re an Auburn fan, just add a orange sweater and you’re set for game day!)

(Pants from Forever 21 [these are similar, different pattern], top from Target, necklace from local boutique)

Flowy basic top

I’m not sure what else to say about this shirt. It’s a staple that everyone should have. Black, white, beige, grey… A loose top in a neutral is pretty much going to get you through the season. It will go with every pair of jeans you own, and will even cover your behind with leggings. Double win.

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Wear it now: A top like this with layered necklaces and denim shorts equals instant cool girl style. Give the shirt a half-tuck into your shorts, and wear short booties.

Wear it later: Black skinny jeans will balance out the boxy-ness of the top, and a tall heel will make you look skyscraper tall.

(Top from local boutique)

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Style advice?

Denim.

THERE IS NO PROBLEM DENIM CANNOT FIX. I cannot stress that enough.

Years ago, I hated wearing jeans. They were always too tight, too short, too dark, or too something. I never wore them, and any pair I owned had to be an expensive pair. I was convinced that they fit better and would change my mind, and expose me to the joy of the blue material.

I was so wrong.

There was nothing that would make me like jeans until I liked myself. After some changes through the last few years (aka college years of eating nothing but cereal and peanut butter) I began to actually like my body. Once that happened, my love of denim flourished. Everything began to fit better and made me actually enjoy wearing them.

I probably own six pairs of jeans now, ranging in colors from black, to white, to a light shade of blue (I still maintain that dark jeans do not look good on me). I wear them at least 5 days a week, because I’m lucky enough to have a job where I can wear jeans.

The style point here is, jeans will save your wardrobe. Those short dresses I wear on the weekends double as tops over a good pair of skinny jeans during the week. A denim jacket can take your sundress from a party to the office. A denim vest makes something girly look edgy. And a solid pair of flares will change your life (maybe it’s just me on that one- no promises).

My other point here is, I didn’t decide to love wearing jeans because they suddenly looked good on a thinner body. The point is that I became happy with myself, and that made the difference. If you think some article of clothing doesn’t work on you, check your self confidence before swearing it off forever.

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