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A fashion blog about weekend style


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Jessica Wagner

Basics with a Twist

Because sometimes all it takes is a swipe of classic red lipstick (and a crushed pumpkin spice latte.)

Autumn brings so many styling opportunities. From drapey dresses and snuggly sweaters to structured jackets and statement boots.

While there are an endless number of ways to create an amazing outfit this fall, here is a simple one to inspire you.

Go fresh-faced, and accent with statement lip. (My current favorite is Chanel Rouge Coco in Arthur, but really any bright shade will do the trick.) Keep it easy and effortless. Slip into stripes and add your favorite weekend jeans.

I’m always on the hunt for minimal pieces with that extra something. Basic, yet elevated.

These high waist jeans are a perfect example, classic with a twist in the raw edge ankle and multi-button closure. (Plus my coffee-guzzling partner in crime here, keeping it simple in her black and white checks, and black boots.)

While I have a closet full of striped tops (don’t we all?) this particular one is unexpected in it's structure and crop (and it's less than $20!) The sheen makes the black against white pop – it’s about playing with contrasts. (The clean backdrop makes those red lips stand out in the best way!)

Add is some minimal flats (with that Zara edge) and a simple leather bag and your golden, girl! 

Sophisticated and relaxed, for a weekend of fun or on the run.

Outfit Details:
Top: Forever 21 Contemporary Boxy Sheen Stripe Jeans: VIP Shoes: Zara (also love these and these) Bag: Forever 21 Watch: Michael Kors Bracelets: Arm Candy Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Arthur Drink: Rustbelt Coffee Crushed Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Coco's Outfit Details:
Dress: H&M (old) Socks: Target Toddler Fawn and Raccoon Knee Highs Boots: Toddler Chain-Link Sole Chore Rain Boot Bunny: Rustbelt Coffee

Elevated Basics

Jessica Wagner

 The Third Piece

Grade school Jess had to wear a uniform, and hated it. Looking back it wasn’t so bad. At the time it felt like an infringement upon my freedom of self-expression.

Today, I find myself gravitating towards a uniform, or my go-to favorites.

Let’s talk typical weekend. Mine is probably similar to yours.

Weekends are spent as a family, going to out breakfast, (no brunch life here!) cheering on soccer games, working the odd project around the house, and cleaning (ugh.) So yeah, I don’t need to style myself to the nines to run to the market and sweep the kitchen floor. 

This means my go-to outfit for the typical weekend is minimalist. Skinny jeans and a comfy sweatshirt. Understated and classic. These basics could be seen as careless, but when getting dressed, my goal is to look effortless, comfortable, and cool. (Yeah, this newly 30-year-old still wants to look cool.) 

Elevating a basic outfit takes adding “the third piece.” Take your basics, (top, bottom, shoes, bag) and add a layer. This can be a jacket or sweater, or a statement accessory, like a scarf, or hat.  These are all ways to next-level your look. Create a point of interest. Compliment your personality. I’m not talking about a signature look or anything, but making an outfit you feel good in, more interesting. 

For example: I tend to go for a girlie style (to compliment my bubbly personality!) I have a favorite pair of blush-pink skinny jeans. I might pair them with an "ironic" graphic tee, ankle boots, and a black leather moto jacket (third piece!) The leather jacket is my third piece, elevates the look, and adds balance to any overly girlie vibes. Feeling adventurous? Go for a fourth piece, a leather wrap necklace or slim suede belt will do the trick. 

DISCLAIMER: Most fashion bloggers would have you believe holding a cup of coffee in your hand counts as a third piece. This does not count. (Darn!)

Think about the last time you complimented someone on what they were wearing.  I’m sure it was because the outfit was striking.  Fashion is a lot of things, but it's not boring.

This weekend skip the usual.  Knot a printed bandana around your neck.  Twist a bow in your hair.  Don’t be afraid to drape a sweater over your shoulders or wrap a sweatshirt around your waist. Start asking yourself before you leave the house – “Am I wearing my third piece?” 

Do you have a weekend uniform?  What’s most important to you when it comes to fashion? Comfort? Trends? Fit? Personality? I’d love to know in the comments below!

Outfit Details:
Leopard Coat: Nicole Miller (old, similar here) Hat: Madewell Biltmore Top: Madewell (old) Jeans: Free People Destroyed Ankle Skinny in Josie Bandana: Vintage Bag: Madewell Shoes: Gap D'orsay Flats (old, similar here) Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Watch: Michael Kors Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud Lipstick: Chanel Rouge Coco Aruthur