Rock the ruffle trend
I've gushed about Leighton Meester before, but what can I say, I have my faves (I even paid to see Monte Carlo the weekend it came out...and legitimately enjoyed every cheesetastic second of it). I fell totally head over heels for the outfit Leighton recently wore on the set of Gossip Girl.
Dresses are usually the go-to item when getting ready for a night out on the town. And for good reason! They're cute, they're sexy and there's nothing easier than slipping on a dress and some shoes and heading out. But I challenge you to think outside the box a little bit and embrace the shirt and skirt combo. This alternative is far more versatile in that it allows for more choices; you can mix and match tops and skirts to create infinitely more looks.
Every year it boggles my mind when boots and wool sweaters start showing up in stores in mid July. I mean, honestly. Sweat is dripping down my back and I'm supposed to be shelling out dough on the over the knee leather boots and colorful wrap scarves? I think not.
In the winter months I get really moody. And I’m not just talking snapping at people on the subway because my skin hasn’t seen the light of day in months and the lack of Vitamin D has sent me into a permanent state of PMS. Not only my overall disposition, but my entire style changes during the winter.
I’m in one of those (very sad) stages where I don’t actually need anything. I know it’s hard to believe. But with months of winter buying under my belt, I have leggings and cashmere cardigans and sweater dresses everywhere (no seriously, I sleep with at least three articles of clothing every night).
I rarely keep clothes I get for Christmas - there's usually something just not quite right with them (read: they're totally not me). However, this year, I was gifted this gorgeous BCBGeneration blouse (thanks, Mom & Dad!) that is absolute perfection. It's slate grey, it fits perfectly, and it has ruffles (!!) which are oh-so-hot this season.
While the cardigan can be associated with our favorite childhood neighbour, Mr. Rogers, the cardigan is no longer just for old men. A cardigan is easily the most versatile piece of clothing you can own. Chicer than a hoody, the cardigan goes with everything, be it with jeans or over a dress.
I'm pretty sure there is nothing better in life than a really fantastic sale section. Especially at a store stocked with things you already love. Take home some awesome finds on the cheap? Yes please! Much like Urban Outfitters and Express, Tilly's is chock full of really cute stuff at a somewhat "affordable" price. But it is in their fabulous sale section where you really hit the fashion jackpot.
It’s about that time when I start looking around for my holiday go-to outfit. It may seem a little early given that we just entered November, but the second Halloween ended I saw Christmas decorations shoot up in every Manhattan storefront, so I’ll take that as my cue.
The recession is bad news for anyone looking to get a job, save some money or sell a house. But it's great news for fashionistas! Stores that were once dowdy and just screamed "crazy cat lady" are bringing in new designers to create chic lines at lower prices.
While edgy, "boyfriend," and boho-chic looks may be super trendy at the moment, sometimes a girl just wants to look girly! There's no better way to accomplish this than with ruffles.
There are some trends that last season after season: leggings, floral prints, gladiator sandals, etc. Then there are those that fade away: baby doll tops, harem pants. How are you supposed to know which trends to trash and which to invest in?