Happy Thursday my gorgeous friends!

My posting schedule is a little all over the place this week, so sorry about that! It's been one of those weeks that something keeps popping up and not enough hours in the day, we all have them, right?

Anyway, with fall right around the corner, I thought I'd start a series leading up to it, fall essentials. Everyone has a different list of what they'd consider essentials, so I'll be sharing my personal favorites and my most favorite of all, which you'd know if you've been reading The Style Contour for a while now are leather jackets! I'm a collector, they're my weakness and what I gravitate to instantly upon entering a store this time of year. 

:: WHY I LOVE THEM::

What I love about a leather jacket is it works so well with any and every style and outfit, adding the perfect touch of edginess, while keeping you warm of course. It makes for the perfect layering piece. Yes, they're perfect for adding a bit of warmth on those cool early fall days and nights, allowing you to continue to wear some of your favorite summer pieces, which is pretty awesome if you ask me! 

:: MY SUGGESTIONS::

My first suggestion would be to make sure you have a plain black one before all else. No embroidery, studs, spikes, etc. You want to make sure that it's not a trendy piece and one you can wear for years to come and with any outfit, it needs to be versatile. Depending on what you prefer, you can opt for one that has large zippers and buttons or one with details that are more subtle. A moto style is a bit more on the edgier side, further enhancing the vibe, while one that isn't has a bit more of a sleeker feel, perfect for all you minimalists! If you're looking to invest, a black one would be the color to do so with, you'd get the most use out of it for sure. If you feel black is too harsh or too edgy for your liking, opt for grey, taupe or camel brown as alternatives, they're just as versatile and don't give off the same edgy vibes as black would. 

Once you've added a basic black or your alternative neutral, then I'd say it's safe for you to experiment and add other fun colors, prints, and details to your collection. You don't need to invest in an authentic leather either, it can be vegan, which is just as good. In fact, one of my favorite brands for leather jackets is Blanknyc and they make incredible vegan options as well as genuine leather/suede. What I love about them is that they make affordable alternatives to high end designer stlyles, like Alice + Olivia and All Saints; I'm all for desinger dupes ;)

:: MY PICKS ::


PLAIN BLACK



PRINTS + EMBROIDERY



COLORS

 

 

I hope you found my suggestions and selecitons (totally didn't mean to rhyme there, haha) helpful! Let me know, do YOU like wearing leather jackets and if so, what styles do you prefer? Plain, detailed, colorful?! 

 
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you in tomorrow's post, my dear friends!
 

XO, 

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Happy Friday my sweet friends!

I hope you all had a great week; I'm beyond ready for the weekend. As I mentioned in Wednesday's post, Eddie hasn't been feeling well and neither has my mom. With two of the people that would typically be helping me out the most at this time in my pregnancy not feeling well, it's been a bit of an overwhelming week to say the least. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love to cook and I typically make vegan meals during the week, but sometimes they're not all that quick and easy. That said, it's been one of those pasta and whatever else that requires as little time as possible kinda weeks, yup! 

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Happy Thursday my lovely friends!

Today's post is on a piece that's perfect for light layering for those chilly spring and summer nights or for times you want to add a little extra coverage to your outfit, i.e. you're wearing a shorter dress, skirt, or shorts and don't feel comfortable exposing much in the back. What I love about kimonos is that everyBODY can wear them, they're so versatile and are flattering for every body shape and height. 

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Happy Tuesday my beautiful friends!

As the weather begins or continues to (it's been rather inconsistent for us here in Connecticut) warm up, we find ourselves reaching for our easy breezy pieces, though some aren't so easy to reach for, one of which are shorts. Finding a great pair shorts should be easy though, right?! Unfortunately, that's not often the case, like with jeans, there are things to consider when shopping to ensure a flattering fit and I'm sure you're nodding with agreement having had a struggle in finding the perfect pair, I'm with you in that and because I know a thing or two about works and what doesn't, I figured I'd share some, what I'd like to believe, helpful tips with you to make the search that much easier. 

 

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Happy Thursday my friends!

If you've scrolled through Instagram, flipped through at least one magazine, or just walked into a couple of stores, chances are you've seen an array of clothing and accessories in a stripe pattern and not just any stripe, light blue and white stripes, better known as banker stripes. This particular combination is quite different than nautical stripes, which feature a navy blue and white combination. Also, banker stripes aren't horizontal, they're vertical, which are more universally figure flattering and as a result, it takes less effort to style. 

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Happy Tuesday my beautiful friends!

A few months ago, I mentioned how pink was a growing color trend, sharing some of my favorites in the color, mainly blush pink, which is THE pink shade of the moment. Though there are many who are embracing this color trend, such as myself, there are some who have reservations and it's in due part to the possibility of pink looking a little too playful and well, childish. 

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Happy Thursday my gorgeous and stylish friends!

You may remember last year, I put together a post with my suggestions for the most flattering gingham pieces for your body type. Well, I figured it would be a great time to reiterate some points, while sharing some new style tips, as well as some pieces I have my eyes on, since the trend seems to be even more huge this time around and has been merged with other hot trends of the season, such as ruffles. 

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Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

We're nearing the end of my pregnancy with me being 33 weeks, which I still can't believe. This is the time where getting dressed sometimes can post a challenge and you have to avoid purchasing new pieces and figure out ways to re-work what you already have in your wardrobe, especially since we've been having such unseasonably chilly weather here in Connecticut, so I haven't been able to wear dresses as much as I'd like, which are so much easier to work with. 

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Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

One comment I receive often, both in person and here on the blog is, "you can't even tell your pregnant from the front!" Now, I don't intentionally try to conceal my baby bump because I personally feel as though it's something to be embraced, you're carrying around a human that's apart of you and being made in you, what's there to be ashamed of?!

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Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!

We've made it to the end of the week, which calls for celebration! It did kind of seem to go a little fast this time around though, perhaps it's because of all the naps I've been taking lately?!  

I'm not going to be a negative nelly and harp on the cold weather we've been having and my disdain for it, but it did interfere with me being able to share an outfit post, as I typically would on a Friday. So, I figured I'd share a little #flashbackfriday post featuring some outfits that are perfect for spring and are quite unique in color combination. 

As you all know, I love to play around with colors, sometimes I create successes, other times not so much, but that's how you learn what works, right!? Well, today, I'm hopefully taking some guess work out of your hands with some color combinations I've put together last season and received so many compliments on. Of course your pieces will vary, but even if you happen to have some accessories in the colors that are within any of the outfits, you'd be able to recreate the look with your own spin. Since it's Friday and you may have some night out plans, let's start off with an outfit/color combination that'll be perfect for the occasion. 

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