Mad for Plaid: The Biggest Trend of 2017

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I don’t know about you, but lemme tell ya: I am MAD for plaid. I actually have to tell myself, “Brittli, you need to put the plaid AWAY for today. Give it a break.”

 

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Say hello to the biggest trend this year has seen so far. Worn by the superbloggers, celebrities, and businessmen-and-women alike, there are endless ways to rock plaid. There are options across every clothing store you can get your hands on: plaid dresses, plaid coats, plaid trousers, plaid shoes, plaid plaid plaid.

I’ll show you some of the ways I’ve been incorporating a plaid skirt and a plaid blazer into my wardrobe this fall!

 

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This gorgeous, versatile blazer I bought from Zara has seamlessly paired with almost EVERYTHING I own. Shop their site for plaid, since it’s practically everything they are selling at the moment. This double-breasted blazer goes with every neutral imaginable, since it features both brown and black in the color scheme.

In this look, I simply wore all black underneath the plaid so that my accessories would stand out. I wanted the belt and the watch to draw out the browns to relax the outfit, and the gold accentuated that warmth. (I love making otherwise dressy things casual! Like pairing a dress with white sneakers.) If I would’ve worn all black with black accessories, it would’ve looked perfect for a less casual, more dressy/professional setting.

 

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My favorite part about this blazer is that it’s oversized… a major silhouette that has gained heavy popularity over these last couple years and is still going strong.

 

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Menswear and shoulder pads people, MENSWEAR AND SHOULDER PADS! This has been the theme that is taking the fashion world by storm.

You know what they say, everything always comes back into style. We thought in the 00’s that we would say buh-bye forever to shoulder pads. Well, I guess 2017 proved us wrong. Go to any fashion site and you’ll find at least one thing with emphasized shoulders! The 80’s and 90’s were my favorite fashion decades, so I am thrilled that this bold look is back. It makes a woman look so fierce and ready for business, I love it.

 

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For a long time now, I have often found myself shopping for the boxy, oversized pieces in the men’s section for myself just because I love that professionalism that you can make casual in your own way. It only makes sense that now that they are bringing menswear-inspired items to the women’s section.

 

You’ll find that women’s tailored suits, blazers, and trousers are large-and-in-charge this fashion season.

 

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Care to make a fashion statement? I do! Adding bold shoes to any outfit will spice it up and showcase your unique personality.

 

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My aim for this outfit was: be different.

What have we normally NOT seen matched with blazers, especially the “office only” professional plaid jacket? Well, frayed denim came to mind – something that will definitely make it casual and stand out from tradition. Also, fur… because why not! And the bold shoes topped off my entire motto for this one. The neutral colors (instead of any colorful pieces) are what helped the outfit stay toned down and not too crazy.

 

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Now, this is something that can be taken one way or the other. This outfit can be office friendly, it can be event friendly, it can be running errands and grabbing coffee friendly.

 

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My theme/motto for this outfit: Rachel off of Friends.

What I really want to do is walk the streets of New York in this and go to my big skyscraper for work. So that’s what I’m pretending here.

 

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I had to have this skirt when I saw it because…. LENGTH. I hate wearing things that are too short, it makes me uncomfortable! I’ve had a great amount of luck with Loft skirts. They are all so simple and fashionable, but have the best coverage and quality I can find for a decent price (and they also have sales quite often).

 

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Well, that’s all folks! What trend are you “mad” for?

I’d love to hear your feedback below, or perhaps spark some ideas for me on what you’d like to see written next. I’ll probably write a pt.2 to this plaid post because… I just can’t stop lovin’ on it. P.S. in the pic above, I noticed I’m pretty sure I have a double chin when I laugh… hahaha welcome to adulthood. Yayyyyyyy

Thanks for checking out my post!

Brittli

Top Shoe Trends of Fall 2017

Since the Paris and New York Fashion shows last spring, everyone has had their eyes on minimalist, edgy shoes with a bit of a throwback. We’re talkin’ pointy toes, kitten heels, and slingbacks.

These are shoes that are sure to turn heads and make a statement, while also being classy finishing touches that will polish your outfits off.

I’ve nailed down some of my top choices for this fall/winter fashion season. These have all been affordable options that I am able to wear with almost anything. Let me show you the top trends (and how to style them) without breaking the bank!

White Boots

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Zara has recently become my BFF. I’ve snagged designer looks for affordable prices without losing the quality.

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These white boots are the perfect statement since they are not hard to match to an outfit.

 

Sassy Heels

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Okay… I cheated on this one. These fire red heels are actually something I won in a sweepstakes from Tamara Mellon, being priced at $395. But, they were affordable to me since I got them for free! 😉 There are also some very similar red heels that can be found here for only $50!

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Red is known as a “power color,” something that exudes confidence and boldness when you wear it. It’s nice to have a quality red item in stock so that when a special event comes, you can look bold.

Sock Boots

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Sock boots are all the rave this season. It all started with Yeezy’s collection involving the sock boot look, where the Kardashians and other celebs promoted it, and the Balenciaga brand followed as well. I purchased these beauties from Mango for about $70.

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The thin-heeled, ankle-hugging boots shout cold weather accessory. Boots that cover the ankle can truly elevate and modernize outfits for this season. I love pairing them with dresses and layered looks.

 

Slingback Heels

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Aaaaaand another Zara snag. This heel silhouette has been a great transition piece for many in the fashion industry.

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I chose black because, well, black. It matches anything and everything.

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I love the snazzy, old fashioned looks that these shoes combine – kitten heel, pointy toed, and slingback. Your grandma’s shoes, but better. And only for $49.

 

Black Go-To Boots

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Whoops, I did it again. I cheated. I also won these gorgeous Tamara Mellon boots in a giveaway, and they are priced at $700. But hey, they were free.. so to me they were affordable!

Here are some very similar shoes for a better price. I do recommend investing in some nice quality boots if you are like me and will wear them every. single. day. through rain and snow until spring.

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Patent leather is HUGE as of lately, and as I’m sure you’ve figured out, so is an ankle covering, pointy-toed boot. These are the epitome of modern classic style, and I am so blessed to have received a pair of these killer designer boots.

 

Mules

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Introduced by Gucci, these dupes I got at Target for $29 proooobably need to be replaced soon because I’ve worn them so much already.

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These casual-ify any look, and I love them because I can easily slip them on before rushing out the door.

What would you like to see more of? Give me a quick comment below to let me know! Don’t forget to subscribe to email so you can be the first in line to the latest trends.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Brittli

 

3 Ways to Switch Up a Simple Dress

As the saying goes, “simplicity is key.”

Many of us tend to go for the more basic items in order to use it tenfold in our wardrobe. One item can EASILY make more than 10 varieties of looks… But how far can we test that creativity? I’ve put together 3 totally different styles to spice up a basic dress – let’s freshen up your most basic essentials for fall! Plus, I’ll even give you a discount code at the end. 😉

But, before I show you my ways to reinvent, let me tell you about this dress.

First of all, don’t even get me started on the quality and how soft this dress is… I felt like I was wearing my pajamas in public! Besides the insane amount of comfort level, the ever-so-sweet Annessa from aspentribeboutique.stevierep.com gave me the opportunity to try this gorgeous piece out, and I have to just take a second to gush about her business and what she does.

Not only does she represent the amazing Shop Stevie clothing line and all of its trendy and affordable pieces, but she also donates part of her profits towards children with autism. How cool is that? As she does this so near and dear to her heart, it makes me so happy to be able to help contribute to helping kids with disabilities. To me, this sets her and her company apart from anyone I have ever worked with before.

Read on below to see how you can get a discount from this genuine company!

Look #1 – The Modern Bohemian

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It’s way too easy to smile when you’re this comfy. I paired the Nicole Maxi Dress with matching suede mules and an Indie hat, my favorite denim jacket, and a colorful bandana from Madewell.

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This look keeps you looking polished yet casual… wear it for church, errands, lunch with friends, you name it!

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Look #2 – The Chic Fashionista 

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This is for you gals that love dressing to the 9s. Whether it’s for a day at the office, a date night, or an event, you’ll feel chic in no time. And who knew you could transform your dress into a skirt?!

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I reinvented this dress to look like a skirt by tying a patterned shirt from Target at the waist. I wanted to give a chic and bold statement with the emerald blazer from Tobi, so I kept it neutral with the rest…

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… Simple black and gold accessories do the trick.

 

Look #3 – The Casual Minimalist

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Do you ever want to feel as comfy as those PJ wearing Walmart-goers but look polished? Well well well, you’ve come to the right place.

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I paired this dress with a longline black vest from Target’s last season fall collection. It provided the structure needed to polish the outfit. To accessorize, I slid on my Gucci mule dupes from Target and threw on my favorite black and gold necklaces from Madewell.

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See? It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

Annessa has this dress available in more colors, plus SO much more, on her lovely Shop Stevie Site!

AND… the moment you’ve all been waiting for!! You guys get to exclusively use a discount for 10% off your very first purchase with the Aspen Tribe Boutique! Use code: “THEDAILYTHREADS10” and don’t forget, part of the money spent will benefit kids with autism! Happy Shopping 🙂

Brittli

Sweater Weather feat. The Silver Wren

It’s finally fall – that means changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and… you guessed it! Sweater weather and cozy fall fashion.

I’ve had the privilege of working with a handmade jewelry company, The Silver Wren, which is primarily located on Etsy. Their pieces will effortlessly compliment a comfy sweater. It keeps your look simple and easy (while still providing beautiful details) to throw together for those mornings that you have to rush out the door! It’s actually been hard NOT to wear one of their pieces each and every day. I’ve fallen in love with their ability to match all of my daily looks! Not only do I wear them for dressing up or dressing casual, I even wear them to work.

See how I styled The Silver Wren’s pieces below!

 

Look #1

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Look #1 is styled with their Petite Amethyst Necklace. The raw edges and different layers of color is both head-turning and unique, and gives the chance for a variety of hues to match it with.

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I wanted to play with neutral colors in order to allow the purples and grays in this necklace to pop. My sweater is from Madewell‘s newest fall collection, and the tie sleeves give this look just the right amount of detail.

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I went for a Retro Americana vibe for something different! I channeled this vibe with the double denim, and retro sunglasses and shoes to match my cream sweater.

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Aren’t the details of this piece just so lovely?

 

 

Look #2

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This is a simple office outfit that is played “up” with The Silver Wren’s Labradorite Lariat Necklace.

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Have you heard? Plaid is this season’s biggest trend (hint hint: post coming about that soon!). My plaid skirt is from Loft. In my opinion, they have the best coverage/length for tall girls who love their skirts and dresses.

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Lariat necklaces are my FAVE because they can be worn with literally anything and look great. I like their minimalism, which I’ve been a huge fan of lately, and how they can pair well with any neckline.

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Oh ya know, just heading to the office in NYC. Jk, I don’t have an office job. I wish. But I’m going to wear this outfit anyways because why not?

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When sun shines on these labradorite gems, the colors that reflect are INSANE. Buy one for yourself and you’ll see what I’m talking about! 😉

A huge thank you to The Silver Wren for allowing me to style their gorgeous handmade pieces! I can’t get enough of them, and I promise you’ll love them too with your everyday “sweater weather” looks.

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Brittli