Social icons

Sunday, October 27, 2019

F/W Favorites: The Sweater Edition

I am literally in a sweater 80% of the year. And I often get asked where my sweaters are from. My go to outfits are always sweatshirts with jeans or leggings with sneakers, or cozier knitted sweaters with skinny jeans and boots. I've already shared my favorite boots in my last blog post, so this one will round up a few of my current favorites.

After going through my wardrobe, it's essentially divided up into three categories: hoodies/sweatshirts, knits and turtlenecks, and designer sweaters. The last category is definitely not a necessary closet essential, but if you're looking for that one statement sweater that you know you'll get a lot of wear out of, then check out the last category for my favorite "designer" knits for Fall/Winter.

SWEATSHIRTS/HOODIES
This is usually my go-to when I'm feeling lazier. For these styles, I also tend to shop the mens section because I go for that oversized fit. My favorite stores for sweatshirts and hoodies are Zara Mens and Kith. American Eagle has some super soft ones for lounging and Aritzia has great ones as well. I've rounded up some faves below:


KNITS/TURTLENECKS
Most of my knits are from Aritzia or H&M, and over the years, I've picked up a few pieces from brand collabs that are wardrobe staples for me. For higher priced knits, I would recommend waiting until a department store has sales or until the end of the season. But when you shop sale, make sure they're classic styles and you'll still love a year from now. Mango and & Other Stories have a great selection as well.


DESIGNER SWEATERS 
Definitely not necessary, but I've also succumbed to logo mania. If you're into a designer sweater or two, check out some sweaters that I've rounded up down below!



Hope you found some cute styles in this post!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 New York, NY, USA

F/W Favorites: The Boots Edition


I'm definitely a fan of boots and booties. Short boots, tall boots, chelsea boots, chunky boots. In this post, I'll be talking about my favorite styles and linking a few pairs per category. Note. I am not a skinny/stiletto heel person (because I honestly cannot walk in them) so those will not be on this list. But if you're like me and love a chunky/block heel, then you might be able to find some good ones in this post.

THE EVERYDAY BOOTIES

I like a lower heel around 1"-2" because those are the most comfortable for me for a full day out. Please note that most of these boots are on the pricier side, but they are a great investment for an EVERYDAY bootie. They're perfect with leggings, skinny jeans, cropped, with skirts, dresses, etc.

For boots under $200, my go to is Zara and DSW!




THE COMBAT/CHUNKY BOOTS

I love a good chunky boot, simple because they're so comfortable (after breaking in usually) and they're really flattering in my opinion. The chunkier shoe makes legs look slimmer, and is usually my go to when I'm styling an oversized sweater. The ones pictured above are from last year by Stuart Weitzman, but they're now sold out. Linking a couple other options below!

*Note: The chunky pull on boots are now trending for the upcoming season! Definitely something to think about, but if you're looking to give the trend a shot, just try on in store and see how you feel about it.




OVER THE KNEE BOOTS
For that "over the knee" style of boot, I think a lower heel pair and a higher heel pair are all you'd really need. My favorites are from Stuart Weitzman and they constantly are coming out with different styles. The great news about this is, they often go on sale! I linked a few "new" styles that are priced at retail down below as well as some older styles that you can get for a great price. (*Note: the discounted styles do come in limited sizes)



That's all for now!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Do This Before You Shop


I've been editing my wardrobe a lot the past few years, shifting from what my style was back in high school and college, to a closet that's a little bit more curated once I graduated. I've gotten a bit simpler, I'm a big fan of being an outfit repeater, and so when it comes to a wardrobe that is in a constant rotation, investment pieces have definitely been a huge contribution to my current style. 


BEFORE YOU START SHOPPING
I have a few shopping round-up posts coming up so before you check out those, I wanted to be sure to mention this. I have made my fair share of bad shopping decisions, impulse purchases that I would end up regretting past the date I could return something by, etc. So before those "shopping" posts go live, you should do this first:

Go through your closet and see what's in there. Keep what you love and take out anything that you haven't worn in at least a year, donate what you can, and set aside elsewhere things that may have sentimental value, but realistically, you're not going to wear.

After you've become fully aware of your closet and what you've got in there, it should be easier to figure out what you're looking for. This will also help you steer clear from picking up anything that might be too similar to something that's already in your closet. I usually make a mental note of things I want to keep an eye out for if I'm out at the mall or in the city, and knowing exactly what's in my closet definitely makes it easier when I'm trying on things before buying them. Because my style is super simple, I just mix and match the same core pieces to get different outfits.

RECAP
1. Go through your existing wardrobe.
2. Get rid of anything that doesn't fit, hasn't been worn in a year. Sell, donate, etc.
3. Create a list of what you're missing + what you actually need to tie your wardrobe together.





I have worn the above sweater so many different times. It's one of my favorites! (Adichie Sweater from Aritzia)

SHOPPING
Now that you've purged, created your list, you can begin to shop for whatever it is that you're looking for. The following questions may be helpful if you're still a little unsure about whether or not you're going to spend on something. Also, if you're concerned about spending too much, create a budget and prioritize what you'll get the most use out of. For example; a wool coat, or every day boots, or needing a new work bag.

THE QUESTIONS
"Will I wear this a lot? What is my cost per wear?"
When it comes to any investment purchase, it's important to think about how often you will wear something before you buy it. Don't buy a $600 dress that you'll only wear once.

"Where can I buy this for the best price?"
Try on in-store, make sure you know exactly what you want, but before making that in store purchase, make sure you check for any discount codes or coupon codes. Certain things such as designer jeans or particular bags often make it to the sale tab of certain sites. Keep this in mind before you pull the trigger on something because I've been able to save anywhere from 10-50% on something just by assessing all my options. Check where that item is available and check to see if there's a discount code you can enter. I use Honey to scan the internet for codes.

"Is there anything in my closet that I can sell to fund this purchase?"
I've been going through my wardrobe more often and as I filter more, I've been able to fund new purchases from things that I've sold, or just be able to save money in general. This is a great way to update your wardrobe without making too big of a dent in your bank account as well as prolong the life of an item by allowing someone else to get more use out of it. (I sell through IG but I've seen friends use Depop and Poshmark.)

"Do I genuinely love this or am I falling for a trend?"
Investment items should ALWAYS be because you genuinely love it and can see yourself wearing it for a long time. If you're into a trend but still unsure, you may not want to spend a lot on it.


The above points are just things I keep in mind when I do shop. I've made my own shopping mistakes in the past. I hope you guys found these tips helpful! Just wanted to share some things to keep in mind for when you are shopping for things that might be on the pricier side as a few shopping posts are coming up.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave them down below!