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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Trench Coat

Rose Tinted

Jessica Wagner

Valentine's Day Casual

With Valentines Day three days away it’s the perfect time to pull together your girliest shades of pink for a head to toe pop of wow.

Whether you spend the day with a significant other, girlfriends, family, or yourself it’s a great excuse to wear something that makes you feel special and to spread the love.

This look flaunts a playful silhouette with graceful textures and hues that say, “made you blush!”

For an intimate yet relaxed look, take a lesson in layering with monochrome pale-rose and butter-soft knits, which always make a chic paring.

In this post here I talked about how monochromatic outfitting is an easy way to make a major style statement.

Today’s look is about a much softer color story in sheer tulle with whips of cream. (Trench last seen here, and bag last seen here.)

If you want to see life through rose -colored lenses, (last seen here) keeping a positive opinion of yourself is a crucial first step. Ever notice how a color can brighten your mood? An optimistic perception begins and ends with you. So you can start by dressing the part.

For me, that shade is usually something bright and fun.

The correlation between your outer presence and what’s on the inside are totally related. I know I feel my best when I look my best (that’s not to say I’m not at my best when dressed brooding, dark and moody.)

Try it. Set aside some time this week and dote on yourself (inside or out.) The other day I was feeling bored with life/myself and rather all-around uninspired, so I took 10 minutes to try out a new hair style. You would be amazed what a cute braid can do for your frame of mind (while exercise may be the best way to release those endorphins I find my spirit can be lifted by the simplest of pleasures!)

You ladies know what I am talking about! A fresh mani/pedi, new haircut, maybe even a new shade of lipstick. If you don’t have the cash to spend on the special treatment, do what I did and play around with your look at home. Put on a hat (princess crown) whatever makes you smile. For me, I say give me all the pink, and not just on Valentine’s Day. 

Positive thinking can be so easily influenced. If all else fails you can come borrow my pink shades, as I’m pretty sure rose-colored life is the best life.

Outfit Details:
Top: Old (similar here) Skirt: Forever 21 (similar herehere and here) Coat: Zara (similar here and here) Shoes: Lace Up Flats (similar here) Bag: Olivia + Joy Scarf: H&M (similar here) Hat: Forever 21 (similar here) Sunglasses: Le Specs Flashy Cotton Candy Necklace: Stella & Dot Covet Black Diamond Abundance Lips: Stila Baci Nails: Essie Ballet Slippers

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Nautical Winter White

Jessica Wagner

Maritime Chic: Fisherman Fashion

Navy and white will always look chic, especially when set against sandy dune-backed beaches. 

When planning for a winter seaside escape, go for modern maritime with sleek lines and clean details. 

We took advantage of a warm front last weekend and spent the day exploring near the shore. The beach was pretty much our own deserted island. Enchanted, we chased seagulls and gathered shells (and had multiple heart attacks when the kids tried to dip into the freezing water and climb the craggy rocks.)

Draw inspiration from the sea, with a captain’s fisherman hat and a chunky knit pullover that will keep you warm, with minimal effort. 

A thick cream cable knit is one of those items every closet should have. Irish Celtic lore originally inspired fisherman or Aran sweaters. The cable stitch is said to resemble a fisherman’s knot or rope, representing safety and good luck at sea. The sweater’s traditional cream color comes from bawneen or un-dyed wool. With its soft almost golden hue and beautiful knots and loops, a hand-knit Aran sweater has become a kind of mascot of the Irish islands, and classic American wardrobe piece. (J.Crew

When shopping for a fishermen style sweater, look for a one that is tightly knit, heavyweight and in a natural shade. I guarantee just sliding one on will make you feel stronger and studier.

When imitating this look mix with a few preppy touches, like this Brixton cap. Add a structured bag and understated makeup (a love of lobster, anchors and sailing doesn’t hurt either.) Layering with a navy coat (this one last seen here) and other warm details, like lace-up ankle boots and thick knit socks. Balance out the chunky cable with skinny jeans.

There is no better time than the middle of winter to snuggle deep into a sweater that will never go out of style. Plus, any excuse to add a few nautical-inspired pieces to your wardrobe. 

Outfit Details:
Coat: Anthropologie Fayette Trench (similar here, also love this one) Top: Ralph Lauren (similar here) Bottoms: Old Navy Mid-rise Rockstar Distressed Jeans Bright White Hat: Brixton (similar here and  here) Bag: Abercrombie & Fitch (similar here) Shoes: White Mountain Foxhole Boot Lips: Anthropologie Albeit Rosewood Nails: Formula X Pacific Haze

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Little Navy Trench

Jessica Wagner

Wardrobe Essentials
 

Early days of spring call for classic, always in style, winter-to-spring transitional pieces. 

Enter: The trench coat.

No surprise, this all-weather overcoat is a wardrobe essential. Iconic in wear, it's a versatile piece that flatters every silhouette. It’s also reliable against the elements.

Perhaps its golden status has to do with its popularity among style icons. Everyone from Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to Kate Moss has been known to slip one on. Past or present, it has a chameleon-like ability to adapt to the moment. 

For such a legendary piece, I thought it would be effective (and fun) to show it styled two ways on location. Exploring the city of Cleveland is something I haven't done much besides the random visit to enjoy the vibrant nightlife or sporting event. I grew up a mere 15 minutes from the downtown metropolis and enjoyed seeing the city thriving and alive early Saturday morning. We grabbed some much needed coffee from Colossal Cupcake and walked E. 4th Street. After that, we drained our cups sitting by the lake at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Before I get too ahead of myself, allow me to introduce the biggest sweetheart you will ever meet, my younger sister Kelly.

Kelly is an apparel manager with Anthropologie in Lexington, Kentucky. Always in the know on the latest trends, she is my first consultant when it comes to fashion. She knows how to wear a LBD like a champ, and understands the value of understated, elegant ensembles.

Kell purchased this Anthropologie fit-and-flare trench coat a few weeks ago. Before I had my arm through the sleeve I knew I would follow suit. The navy color is fresh and the fit is everything. Usually, I am the enabler when it comes to convincing an apparel purchase. That being said, I try not to be blindly enthusiastic. Deciding what pieces are worth the splurge is one of my talents, and when it comes to this timeless trench, I wholeheartedly stand behind it as a solid investment.

There is something alluring and masculine about a trench coat, which is why it’s the perfect contrast to a feminine cocktail dress. Kelly and I agreed on this point, down to the color. Although Kell and I have similar taste, as you can see, we have different ways of styling. While I tend to go glam, Kelly leans towards a more streamlined and charming way of dressing.

When selecting the right trench for you, look for classic details. Elements like the storm patch, wrist cuffs, and belt are what make this outerwear option a universal staple. Though originally created for utilitarian purposes, they now double as fashionable accents. Once you find your trench coat-soulmate enjoy pairing it with everything from jeans and an understated top, to your own “little white dress.” 

While few fashion items have stood the test of time, the trench coat has the ultimate staying power.

Outfit Details:
Coat: Anthropologie Fayette Trench Dress: Express Fit and Flare (Also in black) Shoes: Anthropologie Billy Ella Lace Up Flats in Blush Belt: Old (similar here) Scarf: Vintage Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Anthropologie Albeit Geranium Clutch: Unknown Watch: Michael Kors Bracelet: Stella&Dot  Nails: Essie Yogaga (similar here)

Kelly's Outfit Details:
Coat: Anthropologie Fayette Trench Dress: Anthropologie Pina Lace (same print top here in black/white, similar dress here) Shoes: Sam Edelman Petty Suede Ankle Boot Earrings: Anthropologie Aufeis Drops Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lipstick: Anthropologie Albeit Geranium Hairspray: Arbonne

 Follow Kelly's Anthopologie store instagram here!