As I sit and write this, it’s actually cold and rainy outside, and it finally feels like fall is here! A few days ago when I shot this look, it wasn’t quite as cold, but it was overcast and cool enough to wear a little sweater. I styled this outfit because I wanted to show how easily you can transition a spring trend into fall. Gingham was probably the standout spring print. Florals and stripes are always big for spring, but this past season gingham was the fun, fresh wildcard. It’s incredibly versatile however, because black and white prints have classic, seasonless appeal. These particular pants are not heavy enough for a cold winter day, but they definitely work for a cool-ish fall day. I could have layered a lightweight coat or jacket for additional warm, and opted for booties instead of sandals, but again it wasn’t quite that cool. I just got really excited to wear a sweater 🙂 Alsoooooo, I’m wearing Lime Crime’s velvetine in cashmere on the lips. It’s honestly one of my favorite colors for fall/winter!
SHOP THE LOOK
Sweater: Banana Republic (similar here & here) / Pants: LOFT (exact here & similar here) / Sandals: Sam Edelman (similar here & here) / Sunglasses: Quay X Shay (sold out, similar here) / Earrings: BaubleBar (similar here) / Necklace: BaubleBar (similar here) / Bracelet: JewelMint (similar here) / Handbag: Ted Baker (similar here)
I’m a huge fan of white dresses, especially in the spring and summer months when it really doesn’t feel right to wear black. However, my big thing with white is always adding a pop of color. I can’t do all white…it’s too bland for my taste. For a flirty white dress, I’m inclined to wear red heels and a red lip, to channel that classic retro vibe. For this look I also added an emerald green clutch, and kept the rest of my accessories simple. This particular dress could go for day or night, but here I wore it for an evening dinner in historic Claremont village.
Working as a professional stylist, I live eat breath fashion, so of course I keep on top of trends. I do not believe style should be defined by trends, but I do think it’s important to know what’s “in”, whether you’re going to try it or not. I think the best way to embrace a trend is to make it your own, rather than wearing it the way you see everyone else wearing it. Athletic inspired style is one of those looks that’s been trending for a while, and it’s especially popular now in the spring season. I like the cute but relaxed feel of a sporty ensemble, and think it’s a down-to-earth, relatable look. Here I styled a slouchy athletic tee with a leather trim skater skirt. For many people, this outfit might have been great with “fashion sneakers”, but that’s one component of the look you would NOT see me wearing. As previously mentioned, I’m super short, and sneakers do nothing for me…I will literally only wear them if I’m running or hiking and have no choice. So instead, I went for some fun wedge sandals that have a bit of a sporty vibe. That’s what I mean about making an outfit your own – do what works for you and your body!