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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Layers

The Sweatshirt Edit

Jessica Wagner

Winter Layers

You know when you come across something that just fits - not just in size, but in personality?

That's how it was when my sister discovered these comfy cotton-terry pullovers at our most beloved place to shop, Anthropologie.  

I absolutely LOVE all three of these sweatshirts.

Kelly bought the "CIAO" and I immediately wanted it. I almost bought the same one, until I saw the other styles. I followed suit with "LA FEMME." 

It took little convincing for my youngest sister to get the "JOIE DE VIVRE." We all share clothes, and I know these will be on rotation, given their ease and versatility.

While the humble sweatshirt might be something most throw on to run an errand or hit up the gym, it's also become a super-chic layering staple. I love a slouchy, relaxed look for that low-maintance, off-duty vibe.

Elevated weekend wear, all-the-time wear.

I got mine in a small, and probably could have gotten away with an XS, given the "oversize" nature of the look. (I like to have a little more room!) If you are on the fence about a clever graphic sweatshirt, go for it! Not only are they comfortable, but they are stylish and cute. Perfect for when you don't know what to wear, great paired with jeans and boots/flats. Lately I've been into the juxtaposition of a flouncy skirt with a casual top. I could see any of these paired with feminine tulle and sporty sneakers. 

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As you can see, over the holidays my besties/sisters were in town (que: we're the three best friends that anybody could have!) and we all cozied up in our graphic sweatshirts for a little fun in the snow.

I convinced Rob to hang the tree swing and wrap it in twinkle lights. I love how it turned out! When it's all lit up it reminds me of a little doll house accessory lol. It's been too cold to go outside and play again, but I can't wait to get some sure-to-be-entertaining pictures with the kids!

It was magical to have a white Christmas, but now that the temps are dipping even lower into the negatives, I would recommend buying and wearing all three of these at once!!

Do you think sweatshirts can be stylish? Which one would you pick? I'd love to know in the comments below!


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A Modern Take On Corsets

Jessica Wagner

Weekend Uniform {Elevated}

When I saw a casual corset top on the cover of Porter magazine's Spring 2017 issue I fell in love with Natalia Vodianova, her Chloé top, and Isabel Marant belt. On a mission to recreate this chic combo, I jumped out of my seat when I came across a similar piece at Zara for under $30. Of course I didn't buy it and it sold out! Luck has it; the eyelet-fastening top came back in stock (and still is available in all sizes!) I can't get enough of this elevated version of the white tee.

The corset is back, but not in the traditional way you're thinking – it’s being used in a street-style friendly way - cinched over a midi dress or an oversized shirt. While this garment constrained waists in the 1800s, it’s being used today for fashion purposes. (Plus, it seriously does keeps your waist in check. I am pretty straight up and down and this top made me feel like a curvacious Marilyn Monroe!)

What I love about this particular top, is it's all one piece. It's a great option for styling if you don't have a lace up corset, or the thought of styling one is intimidating. It’s a wardrobe piece that still defines femininity brought up-to-date when layered over other clothing. So, yeah, it’s actually a little tricky.

A few key points to rocking this look. Keep your makeup minimal and hair a bit “un-done.” Stick to a monochromatic color pallet. Mind the structure of the rest of your outfit – balance out the tight corset with other layers. Overal the best advice is, keep it simple. (If you need more inspo Pinterest is a goldmine and Zara has a ton of other corset options.)

I viewed this top as a chance to elevate my weekend usual – I switched out my plain tee for the lace-up corset belt, my white sneaks for my pointed white mules and layered on a white blazer instead of my duster (last seen here.) Oh, and don't forget your third piece!

The best part of elevating a regular look? A new bag for spring! I picked up this neutral tote from J&G and they are offering all my followers a special 15% off discount with the code "WEEKENDER15" at checkout!! (Shop all their handbags here.) I was on the hunt for a new "everyday bag" and picked the Madison Tote for it's metal hardware, medium size and structure. I have been looking for just the right bag to swap out from winter to spring and this is "it" for sure! So easy pair with everything, and sturdy enough to handle day-to-day use.

While not all of the trends we see at fashion week make it to mainstream, every year a handful of them do. This season, that standout look is the corset. Give it a try, and know you won’t have to be shy when going for that extra fry! :)

Outfit Details:
Top: Zara Corset T-Shirt 
Jeans: Zara (similar here
Blazer: Old (similar here)
Shoes: Zara (similar here
Bag: Shop J&G The Beige Madison Tote
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Hat: (similar here)
Sunglasses: Zara
Lips: Revlon Nude Attitude
Nails: Sally Hansen 

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Fishnets

Jessica Wagner

How To Style Fishnets Like A Fashion Girl

Fishnets are one of those accessories you may have considered, only to decide you could never pull them off. Fair enough. These bad boys may be best known in traditional sense for being sexually suggestive, subversive even. Best left to flappers, punk rockers and Madonna. Which is the disquiet when giving this textile styling look a try.


A Brief History of Fishnets....
Fishnet stockings have an alluring history full of edgy ethos. Adding a hint of subtle sexuality, they became popular with flappers in the 1920’s as hemlines rose (to below the knee – gasp.) Punks of the 70s made them more extreme, with rips and tears. Then 80s pop goddess and fashion icon Madonna took the look to a whole new level by dressing in fishnet tops, gloves, and body suits. Come the 90s, fishnet became a normalized mainstay within the fashion realm. 


The suggestive connotation of this garment has made it a symbol of “sex” but it has also served as a bit of an “F-YOU” to the male gaze. In some ways the fishnet stocking represents western culture’s obsession with the putting women in a box, sexually speaking. You are either a good girl or a bad girl. In sexual politics, women are often viewed as one or the other, limiting sexual expression, by only offering two exclusive ways to construct a sexual identity. (Prude/trashy, respected/desired.) Which is totally backwards. Fishnets are delightfully gratifying in that they show some skin, but don't reveal all, allowing women to play with this dichotomy on their own terms. Fashion should be about looking past labels (literally and figuratively) and breaking down stereotypes.

Today, these fashion-forward tights are having a major comeback in the street style scene, and all it takes is the right amount of inspiration to work them into your current wardrobe. Styled right, they become a mixture of mordern and cool. Isn’t that how fashion works? It takes a risky (or in this case risqué) fashion move and morphs it into a trend.

There are a few ways to approach fishnet tights to keep them looking current. One is to view them as an add-on accessory, letting them peak through your ripped jeans or showing off a few inches just above the waistline. (Done with a cropped top and high-rise bottoms.)

The other way is to let them be the focal point, keeping the punk vibes strong in a mini skirt with heavy boots for an outfit that is sure to turn heads.

Fishnets are an easy and inexpensive way to add a touch of tough of edge to your favorite dressed-down ensemble. (You can usually find them for under $10.) Plus, a netted layer does an amazing job of emphasizing curves and accentuating tone definition.

I went for a layering trifecta (read up on my third piece post here) with an oversized leopard print as my outerwear (à la Olsen twin) with a black long-line blazer, and a sweatshirt/tee combo. Keeping the look street-cool, with classic white sneaks and a slouchy beanie. (I literally grabbed this hat in the grocery store checkout lane one day. Ha! You never know where fashion inspiration may be lurking.) 

Still not convinced? Scroll through Instagram, or pictures from fashion week around the world. You will see fishnets are indeed everywhere. Layered with cropped pants, letting the upper ankle make a subtle play, or with loafers for a ladylike twist.  Styled grunge, with a graphic tee and bold print jacket (as leopard and fishnet is never too much) or with a simple 90s slip dress. You can always take it a little softer in a white, nude or a pale color pallet, or even more delicate ankle socks. Play around with dimensions, as the design can be can be small diamonds or large-scale checks. The latter seems to own the fashion elite’s consensus. 

If you are feeling inspired, the modern fishnet is all about taking a fashion risk with unexpected parings, so be bold. While the fishnet may appeal to the male gaze, it has always been a symbol of reclaimed female sexuality. Fishnets say: "I know you think I'm a tease, and I don't care." In other words, fishnets are all about female empowerment, which of course, is always in style.

Outfit Details: 
Coat: Nicole Miller (old, similar here) Longline Blazer: Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise (similar here and here) Sweatshirt: Old (similar here) Tee: Brandy Melville Jeans: Forever 21 Distressed Boyfriend Hat: Old Fishnets: Forever 21 (similar here) Necklace: Satin Choker Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers Lips: Revlon 001 Nude Nails: Essie Go Go Geisha

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What are your thoughts?  Do you already own or a pair of fishnets or are you snatching up a pair to wear this season?