Striped top: My exact top is from Nordstrom, but isn't available. I love this striped ASOS top, this side slit tee that's only $19 and comes in a few colors and this long sleeve tee. // Leggings: Kate Spade, but I also have this Bp. pair ($19) that I love too because you can never have too many black leggings right?! // Utility jacket: Mine is from H&M, but no longer available. This utility jacket (also comes in gray), this draped jacket and this hooded jacket are also really great options. // Flats: H&M, They're only $25 and definitely something you'll wear on repeat this fall. // Purse: Kate Spade // Sunglasses: Ray Ban // Bow watch: Kate Spade // Ear jackets: Similar pair that comes in gold and rose gold // Lip color: Fresh Beauty sugar lip in 'Fig'
Happy September! The somewhat terrible month of August is finally over! I'm ready to put the craziness of the hurricane behind me and my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected. If you're able, please think about donating to JJ Watt's Flood fund or the Houston Food Bank. I know that together we will be able to rebuild the city to be even bigger and better than before. All I can say it that I'm ready for the fresh, crisp air of fall and all the new opportunities that September will bring.
Fall is definitely starting to arrive in the Northeast and it's so lovely. It's cool in the mornings and evenings, but still warm and breezy during the day...it's when you can start pulling out your light jackets, cardigans and long sleeve shirts. Besides a denim jacket, one of the best layering jackets I've found is the utility jacket. It's a little outside my comfort zone since 9 times out of 10, I'll choose anything with lace, bows or ruffles in any shade of pink over anything else. But I found myself really drawn to this jacket, so I decided to buy it and figure out a way to style it in a way that didn't scream "uniform".
1. Practice wearing the piece until it feels comfortable.
One of the best ways to make something feel more like a part of your wardrobe is to wear it in place of the pieces you regularly wear. When in doubt I find myself reaching for a black or gray cardigan, but the neutral color of this jacket makes it a great alternative. Swapping it out for your regular "go to" pieces, makes it feel like something you love already and makes you more comfortable with it each time you wear it.
2. Wear it with things that are "you".
I love bows, stripes and feminine details, so when I find something that feels a little opposite of feminine, I always make sure to include that feminine touch. Accessories or patterns are a great way to do that. A cute bow watch, a classic Kate Spade bag or a pair of bow flats instantly make an outfit feel feminine. If you usually wear plaid, stripes or gingham, adding that to an outfit makes it feel like you and adds a touch of fun to the look.
3. Have confidence!
The best thing to do when wearing something you wouldn't usually wear is just to rock it. If you're confident and feeling like a million bucks than you can pull anything off. But if you're unsure and uncomfortable, people will definitely be able to tell. Wearing things outside your comfort zone teaches you how to be comfortable in your own skin no matter what.
Have you added a piece to your closet that wasn't something you would usually buy? Do you have any tips on how to wear it? I'd love to hear them in the comments below.