Winter Wardrobe Refresh: Instead of This, Try That…

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I’m going to preface this post by saying that I’m not encouraging you to throw away your old standbys and buy a brand new wardrobe. In fact, a few of the “older” pieces I list here are actually some of my favorite things in my closet (you’ll have to pry my tee shirts and skinny jeans off my cold, dead body in order for me to part with them!)

But for those times when you feel like your wardrobe is getting a little redundant, sometimes simply swapping one of your old standbys for a new, more current or take on the same piece can make any given outfit feel totally refreshed.

straight-leg-jeans

 

skinny jeans: Mother

high-waisted, straight-leg jeans: Levi’s, Topshop, or Citizens of Humanity.

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raw-hem-jeans

distressed denim: Rag & Bone

raw-hem denim: Rag & Bone, Levi’s, or Citizens of Humanity.

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block-heel-boots

ankle booties: Rag & Bone.

block-heel, over-the-ankle boots: Kendall & Kylie, Sam Edelman, or Marc Fisher LTD (I own and love these!)

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loafers

ballet flats: Kate Spade

loafers: Jeffery Campbell (also in black), Kristin Cavallri, or Steve Madden.

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mock-neck-sweater

v-neck sweater: J Crew.

mockneck sweaters: UNIQLO (I own this one in every color!) or Halogen.

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bodysuit

t-shirt: T by Alexander Wang.

bodysuits: Ella Moss, Topshop, or Alix.

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bomber-jacket

denim jacket: Rag & Bone.

bomber jackets: Topshop (I have and love this one!), H&M, and Glamorous.

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wrap-or-cape

cardigan: J Crew

wrap: Rag & Bone, Banana Republic, or Club Monaco.

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boucle-jacket

blazer: Trouve.

tweed jackets: Rebecca TaylorIRO, J Crew, Veronica Bard, Banana Republic, or Ann Taylor.

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I’ve talked a lot on this blog about how I like to look for “classics with a twist”. Any of the above pieces fall into that category. They’re basics that make up the foundation of your wardrobe, but they also have special details that help elevate them and make them feel less generic.

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Fall Trend Alert: Backless Loafers

backless loafer

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My favorite fall trend happens to also be one of the most wearable, which is certainly not a coincidence. There is no need to go out a buy a whole new fall wardrobe in order to incorporate backless loafers into your style this season. They can easily be worn to work with business-casual attire or of course, worn with your streetwear. Just substitute these backless beauties for your trusty (but certainly worn down, by now) flats. I promise they will amplify your outfit, making it look much more current. And for an extra dose of cool, style them with cropped, raw-hem jeans – or even a dress.

Three of the four pairs in the images above are all by Gucci, the brand you can attribute to the popularity of this style. But I’ve round up lots of more affordable options to help you get the look below.

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A twist on the classic, menswear-inspired loafer, the slip-on style is more fashion-forward, and certainly more and fun. Not to mention less clunky than it’s parent shoe.

After some deliberation, I ordered these (also available here). I’ll update you guys with an outfit post and review after they arrive!


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Black + White

Black off the shoulder top and white jeans and converse

Black off the shoulder top and white jeans and converse

I generally wouldn’t suggest wearing white pants to any event involving ketchup and mustard, but despite my best judgement I wore them to my friend’s BBQ last weekend, because YOLO. And to the bars the weekend before. And to a festival the weekend before that… And somehow, after all all of these messy events, they’ve come out completely unscathed.

Is it possible that Gap makes magic pants, I can’t help but wonder?


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OUTFIT DETAILS
Gap JEANS (I’m wearing last year’s distressed version. This year’s version (on sale now!) are not distressed, but otherwise they’re the same jeans.) | Old Brandy Melville top (similar HERE) | Converse SNEAKERS | Gucci BACKPACK (similar, less expensive style HERE and HERE) | David Yurman BRACELET | Etsy NECKLACE | Ray-Ban SUNGLASSES | Benefit LIP STAIN + BALM


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Off the shoulder top, white sneakers white pants

I’ve been on a sneaker kick these last few months and have accumulated quite a few pairs from Nike, Adidas and Converse – but it doesn’t get any more classic than these Chuck Taylors. For the most part, I’ve been pairing sneakers with yoga pants almost daily (I’m trying to take barre classes as often as I can so I’ve found that dressing the part helps motivate me) but sometimes, if I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll throw on jeans like I did here or even a dress with my sneakers.

Speaking of pieces that add a little edge to an otherwise basic outfit, I have to mention my new backpack… It was an incredibly generous early birthday gift from my in-laws and I’m quite obsessed with it. It adds something unexpected to everything I wear it with and I’ve hardly taken it off since I received it. Mine is a bit of a splurge, so if you’re looking for something a little more affordable, I would also suggest this similar style (which is part of the Anniversary Sale!) or this super budget-friendly option.

Black gucci backpackOff the shoulder top white jeans white sneakers gucci backpackOff the shoulder top, gold ray ban aviators, orange lipstickGucci purse backpackjumping photo

Ps. Just a reminder – the Nordstrom Anniversary Pre-Sale is in full swing for cardholders right now, and the sale opens to the general public on Friday (which also happens to be my birthday :) ). A little birdie told me that they’re re-stocking most of their popular products early Friday morning too (happy birthday to me!) And in prep, check out my post about what to buy at the Anniversary Sale!


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15 Pairs of Nude Sandals You Can Wear in Grass

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I’m a bridesmaid in two outdoor weddings this summer. For both weddings, I’ve been asked to wear nude sandals of my choice. Asking your bridesmaids to pick their own shoes is a great way to make sure everyone is comfortable. But here’s the kicker – both of the weddings I’m in are outside in the grass.

I’m a heels girl through and through, and as anyone who has ever tried to wear heels in the grass can attest to, it’s not a pretty sight. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL, LADIES.

One option is to wear a stiletto heel with a heel protector to keep the shoe from sinking, which in my personal experience actually works really well. But another option is to opt for a sturdier platform or block-heel sandal.

Whether you’re a bridesmaid or just looking for a versatile nude sandal for summer, I’ve rounded up a number of options perfect for outdoor events below.

Click through the slideshow to shop my picks.

Featured image via Stylish Petite.


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