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A fashion blog about weekend style

 

Filtering by Tag: Winter/Spring

Borrowed From The Boys

Jessica Wagner

The Coolest Loafers Of The Season

Menswear inspired clothing is at it’s best when paired with relaxed, feminine details.

These luxury Gucci loafers have been around for some time (have you seen these ones?) While this style may be nothing new, these particular slides feature a rosy floral embroidery that feels perfect for spring.

When I spotted this pair (at Forever 21 of all places) I had to give them a try. (Alas, this may be the closest I will come to owning the actual high-end set.) This was a definite save, as the splurge was just not in my relative future.

When it comes to fast-fashion vs. luxury brands, weigh your decisions carefully. While I have been lusting after the real deal, I rather save my pennies for a classic Chanel purse or something that I know won’t be off-trend in a few months. That’s not to say you shouldn’t invest in a quality loafer, but you might want to pass on the added details that may not withstand the test of time. The great thing about finding a similar style to a high-end look is that you can stay within your budget. This really allows you to go for a test-drive. Before investing in luxury pieces, say sunglasses for example, spec out a similar pair at a lower price point and see how much you really love them/wear them. Nobody wants those shopping regret blues!

For this outfit, in terms of going for a minimalistic boyish look, I layered my new-found loafers with a men’s vintage tweed overcoat and it’s seriously one of my favorite pieces. Personally, I have found this style hard to come by. Tweed blazers seem to be more abundant in options than the longer jacket style for women, but this coat is such an easy, smart layer any time of year. This one has been in my closet a long time, and shows some wear but I think that’s part of the charm! When searching for one of your own, don’t be afraid to look in the men’s (or little boys!) section.

Keeping it feeling femme with a hint of lace. A white button up shirt can make a subtle sexy play when paired with an eyelash bralette. Button downs should be slightly fitted through the body and hit below the waist. Tuck in the front, for a loose look.

As for the rest, try a slouchy handbag and retro feeling shades. The '90s are here to stay, so why not try a pair of slim oval lenses? 

Dark-wash, raw-hem jeans, with an exposed ankle are still rounding out my favorite style denim, and keep it weekend-friendly.

As for hair: casual, effortless, elegance. I can’t wait to share with you guys how my experience using HairStory’s New Wash the last month has been going, but spoiler alert: I am loving my hair and having more fun with it in it’s natural state than I thought possible. Somehow I think we are brainwashed to believe if we don’t spend a certain amount of time tweaking our hair it doesn’t look good, and that’s just not true! I’m so used to having to curl and get those coveted “beach waves” that don’t come easy unless I invest a chunk of time to getting them just so. I have been washing, air-drying and leaving it natural and straight with the help of two other HairStory products, their Hair Balm and Dressed Up lotion. They give it subtle texture and I love running my fingers through it or pinning it up in a “real girl” bun. For some reason I’ve always felt self-conscious about my hair being “flat” or looking “boring” - if that’s the right word. I think my hair is also enjoying the freedom. (Anyway, full post and review to come!)

With Spring close at hand, I am ready to trade in my winter shoes for easy slip-on styles (and as we are about to go see Beauty and the Beast -favorite childhood Dinsney movie- there is no better time to add some rose -themed floral embroidery to your repertoire!)  Ever appropriate for that allure of apparent effortlessness. Relaxed and easy as Coca-Cola in a bottle (not Diet.)

Outfit Details:
Jacket: Men's Vintage Tweed Overcoat (similar here) Top: Old Navy Classic White Button Down Bra: Forever 21 Sheer Eyelash Lace Bralette Jeans: Free People Destroyed Ankle Skinny Shoes: Forever 21 Horsebit Floral Loafer Mules Glasses: Urban Outfitters Bag: Zara (old, similar here) Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Path Ear Climber Lipstick: Tart Creamy Matte Lip Paint Birthday Suit Nails: Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud

Wanderlust & Gold Dust

Jessica Wagner

Spring Metallics 

Metallic accents are still going strong in Spring/ Summer 2017. This season is all about re-defining confidence with exaggerated lines, metallic effects, and sheer textures. Bring on a new generation of edgy shimmer with all things shiny -- and hot enough to set the streets of style on fire.

Looking for ways to bring new energy to your metallic pieces? (See metallic skirt post here.)

Silver and gold already boast high-octane elegance. Mix in some laid-back charm by adding elements that have all the vintage-feels.

Some favorites: a quirky hat, a bold earthy lip, and oversize glasses.

I’m all about the 70s revival of oversize clear aviators readers. They are a sure way to make a contemporary statement with a major retro look.

To finish off the lineup – flat studded ankle boots {always} and a romantic pleated skirt will sweeten up the tough tomboy details. Loop on a neutral printed bandana for added effect, to counter-balance your glamorous undertone. Layer on a long-line blazer, the perfect transition piece this time of year for it’s unique silhouette. Bring on the textures {in this case a dose of gold-flecked glitter} with a sheer fitted bodysuit and keep the rest of your outfit in neutral pallet.

For this look I swept my hair back in a “banana bun” -- the new hairstyle for that effortless "I rolled out of bed with a perfect head of tousled hair" look. Messy + easy. This style is a modern un-done take on the French twist, achieved by rolling your hair in a low twist and adding a few strategically placed bobby pins. It’s an uber-chic alternative to the chignon with lots of loose face-framing tousled texture.

This spring, whether you live the wanderlust lifestyle year-round or dream of making the great escape, throw on your silver blues and dusty golds, and cowgirl-desert-queen off into your wildest dreams seamlessly styled in an effortless look. 

Outfit Details:
Top: (similar here) Skirt: Forever21 Metallic Pleated Longline Blazer: Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise (similar here and here) Glasses: Clear Aviators (similar here) Bag: (similar here) Hat: Vintage (similar here) Shoes: (similar here) Bandana: Urban Outfitters Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Path Ear Climber Lips: MAC So Select Nails: Barefoot Nude

Red Leather Jacket

Jessica Wagner

How To Dress Like A Badass #Girlboss

A bold leather jacket in a bright fun color is the answer to every cool weather occasion. With Spring around the corner it's time to lighten up your wardrobe with a cheery layer that packs a punch. Look no further than the classic red leather jacket.

I love this faux one from Express (on MAJOR SALE!) for it's play on masculine/feminine. With a high femme fit and contrasting masculine side buckles, this color block jacket is the perfect mix of modern ladylike badass style. The dark red-on-bright red make for an ultra-cool look that radiates confidence.

When searching for one of your own, look for a style is that classic and functional. A good fit is a must, and avoid anything too tight in the arms! Vegan options are plentiful and usually better for your budget.


Unspoken Rules of Being A Badass Girl Boss: 

1. First rule of being a badass girl boss: A badass girl boss does not talk about being a badass girlboss. Period.

2. Second rule of being a badass girl boss: wear a red leather jacket. 

Ok babes (and badass girl bosses!) Get out there and enjoy this lovely weather! And don't forget your leather jacket.

***BTW, what are your feelings on the term "#girlboss?" I love this post on the matter by A Cup of Jo. Do you see it as rejoicing in being female? The creating of a cool, empowering club of smart brilliant women that we are all invited to join? Or is the term, "be a boss not a #girlboss?" more powerful?

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Outfit Details:
Jacket: Express Red Color Block Leather Jacket Top: Abercrombie & Fitch Bell Sleeve Bodysuit (love this one too) Jeans: Free People Destroyed Ankle Skinny Shoes: Zara V-Cut High Heel Bag: Imoshion Gigham Clutch(also here) Sunglasses: Mirror Cutouts (similar here) Fishnet Socks: Forever 21 Necklace: Stella & Dot Mia Collar & Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Beso