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flipping for flannels

27 Sep

Calling any girl who has donned yoga pants and a slightly too casual V-neck tee in an attempt to capture the ever-difficult cozy but cute look. The time has come to put the yoga pants down (I know they are tempting, but you’ll thank me later) and rejoice. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it comes in plaid.

The lumberjack gods have conspired to bring to the world of fashion a fall look that is comfy, cute, sexy…and affordable! That’s right, flannels are in. Unlike its previously butch and masculine history, button-down flannels take a girly stance on fall fashion which have become a wardrobe staple piece. While the shirt itself may not look like the hottest thing out there, flannels are so versatile because they can be dressed up or down with accessories, shoes, and layers.

The key to making a plaid shirt pop is by layering. This style looks great both under and over chunky sweaters, with a chambray shirt, or as a jacket. Flannel shirts usually fall a little longer than the top of the thigh, providing the perfect amount of coverage (check that half-cheek rule!) for leggings and jeans.

The other great part about this style is that it can be totally dressed up, or down, depending on the occasion. As seen below, a flannel shirt paired with skinny leather jeggings, bold heels, and knit sweater creates a chic and edgy vibe, especially when worn with chunky gold accessories.

For those of you in search of a more casual look, grunge chic is the way to go. It’s actually difficult to go wrong with leggings (unless they’re see through, in which case you should not be allowed to step out of your dorm), a cable-knit scarf, and lots of layered tops. If you’re going to go the rock-influenced grunge direction, you have to go big or go home. Take a cue from the beloved Rihanna and rock this look with some serious combat boots, and maybe a few studded pieces here and there if you are feeling really bold.

No matter how you decide to personalize the flannel shirt look, its obvious that this piece is a definite fall must have. If you’re still not inspired (or currently pulling up every online shopping website you can think of) take a look at these:



my fall must haves

20 Aug

I’m currently trying to think of a better excuse to go shopping than back to school. So far, nothing is coming close.

Back to school shopping is the only shopping season able to rival to the retail madness that comes with the Christmas season aka the commercial mega-star of the year. August even has its own version of Black Friday: Back to School Saturday {or BTSS as promoted by Teen Vogue}. And where Teen Vogue leads, fashionistas are sure to follow.

In the spirit of a new school year and everything else wonderful about autumn {don’t even get me started on how much I adore apple picking, leaves changing color and fall Starbuck’s drinks}, here is what I’m craving to start the year out on a fashionable note.

  • Military Boots: the perfect combination of style and utility; add a dose of edginess to any outfit and keep your toes cozy at the same time. Wear with skinny jeans, leggings, or your fav summer shorts layered over dark tights.

1: Steve Madden Tarnney $150 – stevemadden.com
2: Combat Boot $40 – wetseal.com
3: ALDO Aukes boots $120 – aldoshoes.com

  • Chambray Shirt: the top officially declared part of the new M.O.D {model off duty} uniform by Teen Vogue is ideal for the classic fall layering look. It is an essential to looking effortlessly trendy. American Eagle has this look covered.

1: American Eagle Outfitters Ae Faded Western Chambray Shirt $40 – ae.com
2: American Eagle Outfitters Ae Chambray Western Shirt $40 – ae.com

  • Collar Necklace: I love how one accessory can glam up the most basic outfit. Pair with a crew neck shirt for a massive style impact.

1: Black Collar Necklace $32 – missselfridge.com
2: Asos Gold Sequin Collar $26 – asos.com
3: Peach Gemstone Collar Necklace $13 – windsorstore.com
4: H&M Collar $24 (£15) – hm.com

  • Colored Jeans: this fun twist on a classic essential can make a take a look from casual to statement- making. Wear with pastel, white, or chambray on top.

1: Ankle stretch toothpick jean in garment-dyed twill $50 – jcrew.com
2: American Eagle Outfitters Skinny Jean $40 – ae.com
3: Skinny Low Jeans H&M US $20 – hm.com

And a few other things I plan to try out and wear out this season:

  • leather jacket
  • flannel shirts
  • high waisted jeans
  • red lips
  • dark nails
  • chunky sweaters
  • sheer button up shirts
  • nude heels