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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

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Le Beret

Jessica Wagner

Mon Chérie 

Let’s be French! My favorite accessory for when I want to feel a bit of an escape is a classic wool beret. (As seen here.) Tipped to one side, with a slight bit of jaunty attitude. 

These cold days have me longing for adventure, and right now the closest thing to that is dressing a bit overconfidently for a foggy morning trip to the donut shop. 

Thinking about trying a beret this winter? There are so many color options out there to choose from, and at a variety of price points. This one I’ve had for so long it’s practically vintage. I found this pale pink one on Amazon here. It was inexpensive, so a perfect option if you want to experiment with this femme look. (As seen here.)

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While it might seem an intimidating accessory, the easiest way to style this classic is with confidence. Try not to puff it up too much on top, or it will look a bit like a muffin. On the other end, you also don’t want it too flat, like a pancake. Style some hair around your face, to keep it soft.

While this look is trending, I’ve always loved the playful anything-but-under-the-radar feel of it. While dressing for the weekend sometimes makes for lazy tees and joggers - leopard spots, a big red bow, high-rise jeans (last seen here) and mega babe boots make for a perfect combo when trying to break free from the heaviness of winter and have a little fun, even if you have to create it yourself. 

If you can’t have a weekend adventure, accept the grand adventure of being you {with a French hat or maybe just some french fries.}


Outfit Details:
Top: Urban Outfitters TRULY MADLY DEEPLY DOUBLE ICONS TEE Jeans: H&M Hat: Free People Du Jour Beret Shoes: Old (Similar here) Coat: Old (Similar here) Glasses: Free People Bow: Free People Cup: Starbucks Reusable Travel Cup

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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?

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