Fall/Winter Essentials: The Style Guide

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Now that the cold weather has settled in, it’s time to clean up our wardrobes and make some room for the ultimate cold-weather pieces.  Many different trends are rocking the fashion industry, and we are here to inform you about the essentials for this fall/winter. Check them out.

  1. Normcore Meets Glamcore
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This unisex fashion trend characterized by unpretentious clothes such as high-waist jeans, plain shirt, and classic leather sneakers, has been spiced up this fall! It was pretty much about trying to look average – however, it doesn’t simply mean getting the first white t-shirt out of your closet and pairing it up with another basic. An accurate research is required in order to find the perfect items. This fall puts a spin on normcore – it evolved into glamcore! Anonymous jeans and dull sneakers have been replaced with vibrant fur coats and oversized belts, as well as with luxurious headpieces and furry shoes.

2. Oversized Sweaters

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A gorgeous oversized sweater with the most amazing knit is definitely a must-have piece for this season. Many people would agree that fall is a perfect season, simply because it allows them to snuggle their heads onto their favourite sweaters. That feeling of cosiness is the best. No matter whether you go for a turtleneck or for a regular one – you won’t make a mistake. If you think that you will look too bulky in it – don’t worry. Just choose the one with a slightly thinner knit in your favourite colour.

3. Boho Pieces

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Boho chic is once again one of the leading trends of this season. It is characterised with magnificent embroidery, fringes and floaty clothes made of natural fabrics in earthy colours. Peasant blouses, maxi skirts and dresses, and fringed leather jackets are highly required in this trend. Also, poncho is an IT item for this fall/winter, since it can transform each outfit into chic and ultra modern one. Boho is definitely much more than just a trend that will pass sooner or later – it’s a state of mind that was typical of gypsies and their lifestyle.

4. Statement Jewellery

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Bling has made a huge comeback this season, and it can be seen in the form of brooches and big earrings that were presented by the most influential brands – Chanel, Prada and Balenciaga. These will certainly add a touch of glamour to a casual outfit, and you can deliberately pair them up with aforementioned oversized sweaters. That’s a match made in heaven!

5. Bathing Suit as Daywear

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Bathing suit is no longer meant just for the beach and sun-kissed skin. Think of it as of another piece of your wardrobe, because you can really pair it up with some basic pieces for an ultimate IT look. Just focus on the materials that will help it blend in perfectly – such as leather and denim. Many designers have gone crazy about athletic wear, and came up with stylish versions of swimsuits you can layer. Match a sequin bikini top with a floor-length matching skirt and adding some eccentric jewelry for a glamorous evening look. One-piece suits can be combined with a button-up and flared jeans. Of course, latest swimwear sale is your way to go when it comes to this trend, because you can save a lot of money and get an extraordinary piece perfect for different outfits.
Numerous amazing trends are very popular this season, and it is up to you to choose the most appropriate pieces according to your preferences. The fashion industry definitely has no boundaries, which sends a message that you should play and have fun while choosing your perfect outfit. That’s definitely a key to success.

 

Let’s Go a Little Boho

Boho: The perfect combination of the old vintage-like looks we love, but with all the glory of our modern day chic-ness.  You can find bohemian styles at Forever 21, Anthropologie, Shopbop, Free People and many more stores.  This caftan from Shopbop works as a dress for a weekend festival in San Francisco, or acts as the perfect bathing suit cover-up for your vacation.

Shopbop ($233.00)

Shopbop ($233.00)

On a softer note, this loose lilac dress from Free People will give your look the touch of femininity that you’re craving!

Courtesy of Free People ($148.00)

Courtesy of Free People ($148.00)

Feeling a bit more hippy?  Try a long sleeve dress with flared cuffs.

Courtesy of Free People ($128.00)

Courtesy of Free People ($128.00)

Keep your shoes looking rugged and vintage like these scuffed high-heel round-toe booties.

Courtesy of Free People ($395.00)

Courtesy of Free People ($395.00)

Like Charlize Theron showed us at the Critics Choice awards, a black dress with cut-outs could be the perfect way to turn heads at whatever party you attend.  Keep the look light and boho with a floral design on a black cut-out dress like the one featured below.

Urban Outfitters ($224.00)

Urban Outfitters ($224.00)

Stay tuned for more trend and style ideas and follow me on instagram to check out all my latest looks: @mollysrunway

Love,

J. Molly

Dressing with Neutrals: How to Turn Drab into Fab

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As woman with very fair skin, I understand that it’s risky wearing neutral skin-toned colors because they can easily wash someone out.  But this season we’re seeing neutrals bloom into a very sophisticated, classy statement, and so it’s time to give neutrals another go.  Here are some tips for how to wear neutrals without letting them make you look drab.

Start with a soft, boho style beige dress.  This on it’s own may do nothing for you, but it’s the accessories that you pair it with, that will turn the look around.  Pinks go very well with neutral beige, so add a touch of soft femininity to the look by wearing a tie-dyed pink summery straw hat.

Add some richness to the look by adding a dark beige tote.  If you’re going to do beige, do it up right by combining different shades of beige in one look.  The gold choker necklace in the picture above is the perfect piece to add to a neutral outfit because it’ll be sure to turn your effortless look into a statement.

What’s the number one way to add a touch of classic sophistication to an outfit?  Add pearls, of course! Try pearl stud earrings to wear during the day, or drop pearl earrings to wear out at night.

Last but not least, add a touch of color by wearing a pair of pastel blue flat slide-on sandals like the ones featured above.  Even neutral looks need a touch of color to keep them interesting.

Where can you find these hot neutrals?

Dress: Zara ($79.90), Hat: Zara ($19.90), Sandals: Zara ($59.90), Handbag: Zara, ($119.00), Necklace: Zara ($29.90), Earrings: Givenchy at Nordstrom ($26.00)

Love,

J. Molly

Be a Style Icon in Bodycon

Dress: Forever 21

Dress: Forever 21

With the Spring approaching and warm weather on the rise, it’s time to do your legs some justice in bodycon silhouettes.  I experimented with my new navy bodycon dress from Forever 21, pairing it with different jewelry, different accessories, and colorful clothes.

Try pairing a solid-color dress with big, chunky, colorful jewelry like a bold pair of statement earrings or a statement necklace.  To add a touch of boho to the look, throw on some hair jewelry, either in the form of a chain headpiece or a jeweled headband.

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To make your look more casual, try wearing a basic casual shirt over the dress.  You’ll still get the appeal of the tight body-forming skirt without having the entire skin-tight dress showing.

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Top: Forever 21

Next, it’s time to spice up the look with a colorful moto jacket.  I paired the navy dress with a 3.1 Philip Lim zip up jacket.  Leave it unzipped for a more casual, informal look.

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To make the outfit a touch more glamorous, I added a Swarovski necklace.  Keep the jewelry simple when wearing a bold jacket so that you don’t have too many pieces fighting for all the attention.

Last but not least, I wore a pair of Jeffrey Campbell pointed toe stiletto pumps.  Because after all, Jeffrey Campbell can make every outfit a bit more special…

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 So have fun with bodycon styles this Spring.  Make them casual, make them fancy, make them sexy, or make them conservative…the choice is yours.

Love,

J. Molly