Continuing on with my Fall Essentials, today we're talking about felt hats, the glamorous way to keep warm and cute come fall. There was a time I was hesitant in wearing them because I felt they looked a bit over the top leading others to think, "who the heck does she think she is?" as I walked down the street. I've never had such a reaction, so it was all in my head and I'm glad I decided to forgo that insecurity and embrace them because they're ridiculously cute and fabulous! Here's why I love them...
:: WHY I LOVE THEM ::
They're practical for keeping your head warm, hiding bad hair days or greasy hair, and add a nice statement to an otherwise basic or super plain outfit. They're also a great way to experiment with pops of color, like I did in this outfit post with the teal hat.
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As mentioned, they're great ways for adding a statement to your outfit, while allowing you to step out in second third day old hair with no problem! I'll also suggest that when wearing them, you go a bit simple with your outfit, perhaps a plain tee with some added details or sweater. I've been guilty of teaming it up with a fur coat and it just looked too overwhelming and appeared as though I was trying too hard, a look you obviously don't want. I think it's best to opt for one major statement or focal piece alongside some subtle details that are still rather captivating.
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I hope you found this post helpful, my gorgeous friends, and that it inspired you to experiment with felt hats this fall season. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing Tuesday!
I hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend!
Depending on where you work, you may have a dress down day, which will most likely be on a Friday. On days like this, you want to aim for an outfit that's both casual and comfortable, yet still professional and the easiest way to do achieve this is to add a blazer. You may have noticed that I tend to add one to simple tops and tanks because it really helps to add a dressier and more polished touch to an outfit.
Today, I've toped my slogan tee with a blazer and paired them with distressed skinny jeans. I know that not every job that has a dress down day will permit for one to wear distressed denim and in that case, you can still opt for skinny jeans minus the distressed details. Skinny jeans have a tapered effect on the leg, making them the most dressier style of denim to work with. When the hems flare out, I think it can further enhance the casual feel, but this is totally my opinion not a fact. When it comes to shoes, I'd suggest a pair of pointed toes, either flats or pumps, you want to be practical for what your job entails, which is dependent on whether or not you're on your feet all day (flats) or at a desk (pumps).
Do YOU have a dress down day at work? If so, do you have an outfit formula you tend to turn to on those days?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing weekend ahead!
Do you remember a couple of weeks ago, I shared my love for lace camis in my Dressing Up Your Weekend Outfit post? I shared what I love most about them being that they are extremely versatile, especially during transitional times of years like now. In that outfit, I styled the cami on its own. Today, I've layered it underneath a plain white tee for a bit of a contrast. I've suggested v-necks as one of the most flattering necklines for those of you with apple or inverted triangle body shapes, where your upper body is wider and you have a larger bust line. I've been told by some of you that you don't like wearing them because you feel they expose too much of your bust, so this is a great way to add additional coverage, as well as a nice feminine detail to your outfit!
This is also a great way to experiment with color, injecting the slighted hint that will feel comfortable while trying something a little outside of the box for those of you who are a bit intimidated by color or avoid wearing it.
To fill in some void space, I added a y-necklace, which sits perfectly in between both tops, but the lace itself would serve as the perfect amount of detail, so feel free to forgo the jewelry in this case, the option is yours.
Layers don't always have to involve a ton of clothing, it's a method that can be applied to anything, so I encourage you to think creatively when putting together your outfits!
I hope you found some inspiration from today's post, my gorgeous friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you all in tomorrow's post!
This week's fall essential we'll be talking about is the blanket scarf! I was a little late to jump on the blanket scarf bandwagon when Zara first rolled them out a few years ago, but I've certainly caught up, building a collection comprised of neutrals and fall/winter color combinations and prints. Let me share just why I love them so much...
:: WHY I LOVE THEM ::
What I love most about them is how cozy they are, as well as the texture and print/color they can add to an outfit. The ones I have are mostly printed, so I'll typically add them to an outfit that has more solid colors to allow it to be the focal point of the outfit or at least one of them. I also love how versatile they can be, allowing you to wear them in so many different ways, which brings me to my suggestions for wearing them.
:: MY SUGGESTIONS ::
As I've mentioned, I tend to wear them with solid colored outfits for added warmth and to add a pop of color and/or print, as well as texture. So, of course that would be one of my suggestions. At the same time, if you've been a reader of The Style Contour for some time now, you'd know that I love my colors and prints and I love mixing them all as much as I can, especially come fall! Most of the times, blanket scarves are in either a houndstooth or plaid print, so I'd suggest you refer to my Fall Print Guide and apply the tips and suggestions mentioned for pattern mixing with plaid when it comes to adding in another print to your outfit!
Another favorite way I love to wear blanket scarves is as a poncho or cape, as seen in my post, A Blanket Scarf Worn as a Poncho. It's another way to add warmth to your outfit and get the most use out of your scarf. I personally love them belted, as they really help to play-up one's shape that can otherwise get lost in the overwhelming fabric. That said, I'd suggest if you're petite and like the idea of wearing your blanket scarf as a wrap or poncho, you add a belt of some sort (corset belts are trending big time this season!) so you won't get visually lost in the fabric.
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Do you own any blanket scarves? Which do you prefer, solids or prints?! Share some of YOUR favorite ways you like to style them, as well as any favorite brands you've discovered and love!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends; I can't wait to see you all in tomorrow's blog post!
First, I'd like to acknowledge this day in our American History, 9-11, a day I will never forget. I remember distinctively what I was doing and where I was the moment I received the news of what took place and the feeling of fear that overtook me knowing my mother was working in NYC that very moment. I don't think any American will forget that day, it's become so engraved in our hearts and with that, I will never take for granted the lives that so unselfishly responded and acted with such bravery, paying the ultimate price to save whatever life they could. A family friend of ours, a nurse practitioner, was a volunteer days after and has since suffered health issues. May we never forget and always value the commitment our first responders, soldiers, and volunteers both here and abroad, dedicate for our freedom.
How was your weekend? On Saturday, we had my sister and brother-in-law come over to celebrate Eddie's birthday, which as you know was last Thursday. These past two weeks has been a whirlwind with family coming and going to see Aviah, especially since she recently turned two months; I still can't get over the fact that she's growing so fast!
Anyway, there are some colors trending for this upcoming season, one of which is orange! I know it may not be a favorite of many, since it's quite bold, but there are different shades and ways you can wear it in a way that's suitable for your personal style. I've teamed up with my blogger babe Quinn of Qustom Quinns to, hopefully, give you some different ideas on how you can wear the color this fall.
With a spectrum ranging from neon to rusty tones, there's a shade I'm confident that everyone would look great in and feel comfortable in. When it comes to skin tones, I'd suggest if you have cool undertones, you opt for shades, like the one I'm wearing, that have blue undertones, in addition to rust, leaning more towards brown. If you have warm undertones, shades that have more a red or golden undertone would look great on you, nearing the neon shades. Of course, true shades of orange would look great on anyone, in my opinion.
Since we're still in summer and the temps are relatively warm, I decided to style a linen orange blazer with a pair of denim distressed shorts. To add some fall-like touches, I added in my Louis Vuitton bag, which I tend to wear most this time of year leading into fall, along with one of my favorite sandals that are in a rich camel color. By combining the orange with darker browns, you instantly and subtlety enhance the fall-time mood, creating an outfit that's perfect for this time of year.
What are YOUR thoughts on this color trend? Is orange a color you'd consider embracing and if so, how do you see yourself doing so? Hopefully Quinn and I gave you some inspiration to work with!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you have the most amazing start to your week!
I hope you all had a great week and are ready to embrace the weekend with full force! Yesterday was Eddie's birthday! We're planning to celebrate this weekend. You guys, he's pickier than me, so getting him gifts he'll genuinely love and not just say, "I love it" in that voice that sounds more like a question is very hard. So, he usually ends up choosing his own gift and restaurant to dine (insert eye roll emoji). Since Aviah is too young to dine out, we'll most likely order in :)
Anyway, to continue on with the Fall Essentials series (read part I & II), I'm sharing another one of my personal favorites, the (faux) fur vest!
:: WHY I LOVE THEM::
Much like leather jackets, I pretty much have a fur vest obsession. I own about four in different colors and look forward to wearing them all throughout the season. I believe they're a great layering option when you want to forgo a cardigan for more warmth with a touch of glam. There's something about fur vests that exudes glamour to me, even when infused in the most simple of outfits. I also love that there are so many different color, length, and texture options (shearling or the classic fur).
:: MY SUGGESTIONS ::
As mentioned, they can be worn in place of a cardigan, serving the same purpose. I like to wear mine either with a fitted long sleeve top/turtleneck or atop a leather jacket. The latter is my favorite for added warmth and contrast in lieu of a full on wool coat. Plus, if it starts to get warmer out, you can omit one of the pieces without negatively effecting your outfit.
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I hope you felt inspired by this post, my dear friends! Have a wonderufl weekend and I'll see you all on Monday!
I've been doing some fall shopping these past few weeks and I've noticed a recurring trend pop up in nearly every store I've entered or site I've browsed online, camo. It's a print that I instantly associate with fall, however, it seem as though this year, it's even more popular than in season's past. I am one who prefers that more traditional color combination of the print, but when it comes to accessories, I don't mind the idea of burgundy camo boots or a metallic silver camo bag for a touch of the unexpected.
When it comes to styling, you can approach it as you would any neutral colored piece, such as black or white, it's quite versatile, particularly when in the classic color combination of army green. If you're feeling more adventurous and want to create a pattern mixed outfit, I have a guide which shares some other prints that work great with it, which you can refer to here.
So, what are YOUR thoughts? Are you loving that camouflage is trending huge this fall season? What are some of your favorite ways to wear it, in clothing or accessories? If camo isn't your thing, what's your favorite print to wear come fall?
Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends; I hope your day is as amazing as YOU!
How was your weekend?! As I said on Friday, Eddie was off from Thursday to Sunday, which rarely ever happens (maybe 3 times out of the 12 years we've been together!) so I really soaked up every minute with him, Aviah, and my step-daughter Destiny. We moved to Connecticut a year ago, but so much has happened this past year (we moved, I got pregnant, Eddie switched jobs & I gave birth) so we didn't have much time to get familiar with our new home town, until this past weekend. It literally felt like a vacation because again, I'm so not used to him being off for so long and life was just going at a slower pace, especially since I ditched my phone (for the most part ;).
I know some of you watched my IG Story of Aviah, isn't she getting so big?! She was wearing the Kate Spade outfit I got her during the winter, when I was still pregnant (flashback here) which she's only worn once and it already is too small to wear again :( Still holding on to it for baby #2 or #3 ;) She's doing a bunch of adorable things, like laughing! Whenever Eddie whistles, she starts cracking up! You guys, she'll be two months this Saturday; I can't deal with it! As she starts to get bigger, I'll be sharing more of her on the blog and social. I feel it's only right because you all are my friends and you've been on this journey with me from day one!
Anyway, since we are in the last week of summer, it's time we start saying the f word a little more...no, not that f word. Girl, STOP..I don't curse! I'm talking about fall! I've already began to prepare the way with a segment I've started two weeks, Fall Essentials, which you can check out here & here, in case you've missed them! Today's look is a perfect way to slowly welcome the season in a way that's still practical and seasonally appropriate for summer. What I did was work with summer pieces and added in some fall toned accessories with the hat and bag. This is literally the easiest way to add a touch of fall without saying good-bye to summer.
To talk a little bit more about my outfit in detail, I want to just share my love for these tee's! I got five and plan on adding more colors because they always seem to be on sale! They are extremely comfy. The only negative thing I can say is that they run a little on the bigger side; the v-neck comes down pretty low, so you risk showing some cleavage. If you're not comfortable with that, I'd suggest you size down twice for a more comfortable and modest fit. Aside from that, they are the perfect basic to add to your wardrobe and they come in so many colors!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by, my beautiful friends! Feel free to share some of YOUR favorite ways you add fall touches to your outfits, I'm always looking for some new ideas and inspo!
During the summer weekends, many of us have fun plans that involve getting out and getting active, whether it be strolling around, brunching, or what have you, we just want to get up and out! This means we're cutting back the time we spend getting ready with quick and easy makeup routines and clothing that we can just throw on and go, but of course we don't want to sacrifice style, right?
Well, I've shared a number of ways to create effortlessly chic outfits for the weekends before and today, we're talking about a piece that's super versatile and that has a luxe vibe, lace camis. They can be worn on their own, as I've done in today's outfit, during the summer months and layered under blazers or cardigans come fall, making them a great transitional piece. What I love about them is that they instantaneously add a nice chic element to your otherwise basic or simple outfit. With simple outfits, it's easy to appear flat and dull when you don't have any added details or colors to captivate the eye. Lace gives the impression that you've tried, even though you didn't, but that'll be our little secret, k?
To up that chic factor and that I didn't even try to look this good vibe, try half or front tucking. This will help to balance out the volume and flowiness if your cami has a more relaxed fit like mine, plus it's super flattering, as it creates a bit of a tapered effect and nicely drapes the midsection. Layer a few necklaces and voila, you've got yourself a few chic details that'll dress up and polish your outfit.
I hope you found this post helpful, my dear friends! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend, let me know what you'll be up to! Eddie is off for the entire weekend, which is a rare occurrence, so I'll be savoring every minute, haha!
In case you missed it, last week, I began a series on the blog entitled Fall Essentials. The series will feature some of my personal favorite essentials for the fall season and I'm sharing them all with you leading up to fall in hopes of inspiring you to add in some of the gaps you may have in your fall wardrobe or perhaps give you some ideas and inspiration for wearing and styling them. If you did miss that introductory post, you can check it out here, it was on my personal favorite fall staple, leather jackets!
Today, we're talking about yet another favorite of mine that I have quite a few of, perhaps too many if you were to ask Eddie, but thankfully we're not asking his opinion on this topic (sorry babe) lol, ankle & midi boots!
:: WHY I LOVE THEM ::
First off, let's clarify what exactly are these boots, though one of the names may sound quite obvious. I, myself, have been guilty of labeling all boots that are below the knee ankle boots, but that's just not the case. Ankle boots hit the ankle and midi boots are in that awkward space anywhere between your knees and ankles.
Now that we've got that out of the way, what I love about them is that they make for the perfect transitional style from summer to fall. They allow for you to continue wearing your favorite summer pieces, such as: rompers, shorts, skirts, and dresses. By adding these in lieu of your favorite sandals or espadrilles, you instantly create a fall vibe (especially when worn in rich fall saturated colors or dark neutrals), while also adding a teeny tiny bit of warmth.
They're also the most flattering in terms of length for all my petite girls or anyone who wishes to create the illusion of longer legs, even more so when coupled with a pointed toe. The reason being is that more of the leg is exposed, there isn't a shortening effect. They're also great options for those who have a hard time finding boots that stay up over the calves or who have fuller calves and have a hard time finding boots that fit. As the season progresses, thick opaque tights, leggings, or denim can be worn with them for additional warmth to make them a more practical option for the cooler temps.
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If you don't have either styles in your wardrobe, I'd suggest adding at least one of the two, depending on which style you like the most in terms of height. I'd also suggest opting for black above all other colors because it's the most versatile and looks amazing when worn with black skinny jeans, tights, or leather leggings/pants come winter, once again enhancing that lengthening and sleek effect.
They're also great for combining with midi dresses and skirts, particularly fitted styles. Another thing you may want to keep in mind is that rounded toes make the foot appear smaller, which you may want if you're self conscious about your feet, but they can also have the tendency to make full hips and thighs appear larger and can make one appear stumpy if they're petite.
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COLORS, TEXTURES & PRINTS
I hope you enjoyed the second installment of the series and that it gave you some ideas, suggestions, or overall inspiration in preparing your closet for the season! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the most amazing week so far!