Style Sum

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So… If I had to summarize what I like in clothes in one picture.. It’d be this one. A little plaid, a vintage army jacket, and a pretty chiffon and sequin skirt. The perfect blend of comfortable, chic, and pretty. A little unexpected but overall it just works. I’d definitely pair it with an arm party and a Rebecca Minkoff and top it off with some heeled fringe booties.

Fur faux real

I don’t know about y’all but I am constantly freezing. I can never warm up once I get cold and I always need a good blanket around.

One fashion fix I’ve found for those chilly fall days is a blend of blanket and style: fur vest. Regardless of your thoughts on animals rights, you have to admit a fur vest looks pretty darn cute with that Splendid layering long sleeve tee and jeans with a cute up do for a casual Saturday off. To dress it up for a work or formal night out, throw on the vest with your favorite LBD and sky high heels. Sure to be a knock out every time. Faux real.

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Not just for sleeping

SILK.

Silk & leather — the two most wonderful fabrics to mix and match. Want a multimedia outfit that’s incredibly easy and not to mention super comfy and stylish: your favorite jeans, silk blouse unbuttoned enough to not be a grandma, and an awesome retro leather moto jacket. You’re welcome.

Overdue Peplum

I’m literally disgusted with myself for not writing about this season’s #1 trend: peplum. Leather is awesome obviously, but it’s a classic. Peplum is back on trend and definitely flattering for people who have a little bit of curve. Try a shorter peplum top with a high waist pencil skirt for a slimmer waist and more full hips. To slim down your silhouette, go for a dress with a peplum detail around the thinnest part of your waist in a solid color.

To amp the risk a bit, pair a leather peplum (Rebecca Taylor has a gorgeous one) top with your favorite dark skinnies (preferably Hudsons always) and Louboutins (need I say more) for a night out.

The peplum look can also be on the boho trend when paired with a solid color maxi skirt. Beware of skirts that are too full. You don’t want the part of the peplum that angles out to look like it angles out because of your massive hips underneath.

For a fashionable day at work, pair a peplum mini skirt in a bright hue (violet, emerald, red) with a neutral colored silk blouse and some kind of leather/snake skin/pleather sky high pumps in either a complementary color to the skirt for a color blocked look or a neutral tone to keep your style looking professional with that extra pop of flare.

If worth correctly and fit properly, peplum can actually slim the look of your hips with the dramatic A-line of the bottom part.

Show Some Ankle

I have been very against ankle boots unless they were hidden under boot cut jeans for a very long time. Until now.

They. Are. Everywhere. Paired with crop jeans, shorts, mini skirts, dresses, everything. They add that extra touch of transitional fall glam to some of those maybe borderline summer outfits and they totally rock all through the fall.

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Personally for me, I have a pair of dv paxx ankle booties that are open toed. They are the perfect touch to that red fall dress or rolled jeans, flannel, and a bed head for a day of shopping. They’re super versatile and easy to dress up or down. Highly recommending these as a staple for fall ’12.

Fall-toned Tights

Prepping for fall fashion still — just waiting. I can’t wait to boots, tights, furs, and leather. I also can’t wait for the awesome jewel-tones. And the traditional fall colors.

In the midst of incorporating jewel tones to my own personal wardrobe, it reminded me how important it is to still have neutrals and the traditional colors of fall. Pair those awesome emerald jeans you’re going to buy with a gorgeous cream cashmere sweater and brown boots. Tone down the jewel with fall.

Remember for a cheaper option to buying actual jewel colored denim that jewel colored tights are an option and so are brown, burnt orange, burgundy, tan, red, traditional fall colors. Personally I’m a huge fan of burgundy in the fall. I think it looks fabulous with sweater dresses, in jeans, I’m scarves. Everything. It’s a mild enough color to get away with still having color but not going over kill.

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Channel Your Inner-Mayan

Writing from my own outfit, oversized printed sweaters with jeans ARE THE BEST. And right now, there’s nothing better than that awesome sweater, skinnies, and some snake skin/leather flats. I think this is all a part of how the boho-chic look came back in style a few years back, and honestly, I’m in love.

So grab that favorite aztec print top/sweater and throw on some colored denim (or if you’re feeling risque) leather leggings, and head on out.

Aztec prints stand alone. In order to not look a little too bag-lady-esque, I’d keep the aztec print with other solids. Jeans, colored jeans, scarfs, headbands, boots, flats. Pair with dark colored denims or bright flowing skirts. Whatever way you wear it, aztec print is sure to be on point this Fall season.

Bed Head

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Luckily for me, messy hair is in. I have super thick, really wavy hair. Currently it’s also ombré-ed which makes a top knot super cool looking.

Top knots: flip your head over and twist all your hair together into one long piece. Stand up and curl it up into a bun on top of your hair and put a hair tie around it. For extra style, pin the bun in place instead of using an elastic. Or use a sparkly tie. You can also pull a hair loose from the bun to braid around for a boho finish.

Dry shampoo: Oscar Blandi makes an incredible dry shampoo that you can buy at Sephora for around $20. Shake it into the roots and blend in with our fingers. Blow drying it may also help hide the shampoo. It is a miracle worker and will soak up any oil. For a lot of these bed head looks, it is much better to have second day hair with dry shampoo than straight clean hair. I’ve also found spraying in some kind of salt water will give you more waves and volume which are also prime for these bed head looks. Bobby pins are staple and vital. So are cute hair ties.

Seeing Spots

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I’ve got to admit — I am absolutely NOT a polka dot kinda girl. But this season when new clothes have started to come out and there are all these really cute colored polka dot blouses, shoes, and pants — I’m a bit hooked.

Pointed toed flats with polka dots are perfect for a transitional pattern into fall. How precious would those shoes be paired with colored corduroy skimmers and a silky blouse! They are also a great way to spice up a basic outfit with jeans and a solid top. To make them have a more “bad girl” feel, pair them with cargo pants and a tee. Easy way to add that feminine touch to any outfit.

Dots on dots on dots. Personally, this is even a bit risky for me. You’d have to be so careful pairing spotted shorts and blouse. The dots should be almost exactly the same size and either the same colors or colors flipped like in the picture. I think that outfit would be so cute with black gladiators or heels for a day/nighttime look, but keep the sizes all similar so it doesn’t look like one big eye trick. Keep the shoes, bags, jewelry, hair INCREDIBLY basic. This is one way to really overkill an outfit.

Dotted nails are a really easy way to bring that fun touch to any outfit without worrying about clashing prints or over killing with the patterns. Try red with a few white dots or even navy with a few red dots. Super cute for fall.