Dressing for Fall when it still Feels like Summer

Fall Fashion Week

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Whew it’s a spicy meatball in Los Angeles. Before moving here I was expecting to blast the AC around the clock, but this unrelenting 90 degree weather has taught me another very important lesson. The less clothes you wear, the better! After packing several leather jackets, jean jackets, long sleeve shirts, etc, I realized that for once in my life, these items will be the ones collecting dust at the back of my closet for a majority of the time.

Wearing a strapless top is my go-to on those 95 degree days. I don’t have to worry about sweating in a t-shirt. Having bare shoulders with hair clipped up in a bun, is as close to the feeling of being naked as you can get, while still wearing clothes in public of course.

The one things I’ve rarely worn in my life are shorts. Now I’m practically living in them. I got these jean shorts from Express and although they’re a little big and baggy in spots, I actually prefer the loose fit. And there’s nothing a belt can’t fix!

The top I’m wearing is about 12 years old, so I can’t say I remember where it’s from but you can find items just like this at Shopbop.com or Express.

Love,

Molly

 

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How to Make a Fancy Black Dress Suitable for a Week Night

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I have so many fancy dresses hanging in my closet and not enough “dazzling dress” events to attend. Sometimes I manipulate a piece to make it work for me, and not the other way around! While some may still think that sequins for holiday parties and that’s it, I vehemently disagree.  I like to think that, “If it sparkles, it’ll make you smile” so why not make sequins a regular part of your wardrobe? Dress them down with these three simple style tips:

1. Wear a Ponytail

Ponytails are great for job interviews, working out, and…dressing down a fancy dress. Nothing says “I’m so chill” more than a ponytail. On one hand it shows everyone that you’re confident enough to go a day without styling your hair down and on the other it says that you can rock anything because you’ve got gorgeous features.

2. Add a Touch of boho

Larger than life silver hoop earrings are the perfect glamorous boho element to add to an evening look. They show that you’re not afraid to have fun, in fact, you’re probably the life of the party.

3. Add Bright Color

Adding bright color accessories to a little black dress makes its seem less “dressy” and more “stylish.” Being bold is different than being fancy. Hot pink or electric blue will turn heads, drawing attention to your outfit as a whole without singling out your oh-so-divine sparkly dress.

Here are a few chic pieces to inspire your new evening wardrobe for Spring:

Black dressGucci clutchBlue booties SaksSilver Hoop Earrings

Love,

Molly

5 Black Leather Jackets to Wear When you Ditch your Winter Coats

I know that it hasn’t stopped snowing everywhere yet, but at some point it has to right? Finally it will be time to take off the bulky layers and downsize to a light Spring jacket. This black leather jacket from Zara is one of my go-to’s. It goes with everything and makes any of my “feminine/girly” looks just a touch edgier.  Plus, black on black is always a great idea.
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If you’re looking for a new jacket this Spring, these five leather jackets are the shiz…

  1. Relaxed and Chill: This one has that shimmery, crinkle effect that looks so effortlessly chic.

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and it’s only $30!

2. Remember Marissa Cooper from The O.C.?  She wore a cropped blue leather jacket that was practically identical to this one in terms of shape and style. If you’re willing to shell out over $600 this one might be your next wardrobe favorite!

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3. This fitted jacket will give you the perfect shape with a lovely peplum adding an even more feminine touch!

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4. so chic and tailored and classy

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5. add a floral detail for some Spring intrigue

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Love,

Molly

 

 

 

 

Farfetch Herno zipped padded coat

The Unexpected Coat you Need to Stand out This Winter

Everyone wears a black coat.  Whether it’s black down, black wool, or black leather, most of the population blend into the abyss with this solemn color.  For those who want to have one jacket that will go with everything so that they can wear it all winter, neutral colors are great, but it doesn’t have to be black.  Grey, beige, and white give you lighter and brighter ways to enhance your style without losing the convenience of a color that matches everything.

Farfetch Herno zipped padded coat

Shop these white beauties here:

Sale Coats

Tory Burch

White Fur

Womens Outerwear White Coat

Shelli Segal

White down fur coat womens fashion outerwear

Bloomingdales

Don’t forget the Grammy’s are on tonight.  If you’re heading to a Grammy’s party, showing up in a white down coat would be the most “red-carpet worthy” way to do it!

Love,

Molly

 

 

Soundtrack and Style to Kickstart a Great Weekend

Rolling into the weekend with a feel-good addictive song in your head, while wearing your best duds, your metallics, your heels, and an I don’t give a fuck attitude, is how you have a good weekend.

On my playlist, I have Silence by Marshmello on repeat.

I won’t let the cold weather get me down.  I’ll be rocking pink sweaters and jackets and pink booties.

Weekend Fashion OOTD

Fall in love with these new winter weekend must-haves:

Women's sweaters

Gucci Coat

Gucci

Fendi Coat

Fendi

Love,

Molly

Alexander Booties

Winter Fashion Favorites That Won’t Cramp your Style

Women's BootiesAnyone else not happy about the cold wave sweeping across the nation? As a fashion enthusiast I refuse to compromise style for weather.  Yes, I might run the risk of frostbite more than other people but I figure if I plan my travel wisely, I can avoid outside exposure as much as possible.  However sometimes experiencing the cold is inevitable.  Luckily, there are several winter items that will keep you looking just as stylish as those upper east side New Yorkers while keeping you warm and cozy.

Juicy Couture

For years I refused to give in to the puffy Canada goose coat, you know the one that makes even those with the sexiest shapes look like marshmallows, but then I thought, screw it let’s be warm.  You can still stand out and look fashionable if you opt for a bold color like this bright electric blue.

Bloomingdales

Fur linings are the way to go when you want an extra layer of warmth.  The first time the snow hits, the jean jackets normally make their way to the back of my closet.  Find a jean jacket with an extra thick lining so you can keep your style consistent all year.

If you can’t escape the winter, embrace it.

Love,

Molly

 

 

 

Three Fashion Staples for a Successful Night Out


As my closet contents continue to grow, I sometimes find myself getting lost in a sea of frilly tops, black dresses, sparkly jewelry, and backless tops.  Having options is great, but there are three fashion staples that can make putting together an evening look quick and simple, and best of all, successful.

  1. My basic black cotton bodycon dress from Forever 21 is my go-to dress when I want to start with a classic and sexy base before bedazzling up my look.  It’s great for layering, and unlike many of my other dresses, it’s long enough to keep my backside covered while dancing all hours of the night!

2. This trendy sheer peach off-the-shoulder top may not stay off the shoulder as much as I’d like it, but it’s still my go-to when I’m trying to add a feminine chic touch to any look!

3. Lastly, silver hoop earrings, especially the obnoxiously large ones that I’m wearing, are a great way to spice up any going out look without being weighed down in pounds of rhinestones or chunky jewelry.  I got these lightweight hoop earrings from Bloomingdales.

If you’re perceptive, you may have picked up on something on my teeth in these pictures.  I like to use white strips before going out.  They help keep my teeth freshly white and sparkly so I can smile until my heart’s content and counteract the evil stains of red wine.  For reference, I use 3D Crest Whitestrips LUXE Professional Effects, and I find they do a great job!

Love,
Molly

 

Tips to Avoid Wardrobe Malfunctions While Wearing Low-Cut Tops

One of the problems women face when getting dressed to go out is the dreaded nip slip wardrobe malfunction.  We’ve all been there.  We notoriously fall in love with the attractive low cut tops we see online or in stores and hastily order them before figuring out the logistics behind actually wearing them successfully.

A while ago I ordered this Forever 21 patterned top online after seeing it look gorgeous and summery on the model.  But when I received it I came across a problem I wasn’t expecting: how do I get it to stay in place so there are no nip slips every time I move?  Lets face it, when you’re going out on the weekends, you’re going to be walking, talking, getting in and out of an Uber, standing, sitting, maybe even dancing, all of which make low cut tops a bit of a hassle.

Here are FOUR ways to add a little extra security to your look without compromising your style:

  1. Belt the shirt in place

This patterned top I wore is a wrap.  When the wrap opens up, that’s when the top part gapes open.  I added a thin black belt right under the boobs to keep the wrap in place.

2. Fashion Tape

Although fashion tape is usually a stylist’s first fashion go-to, it does have its limitations. Before belting this top I tried to tape it and it was not very successful.  A few minutes later after a little bit of movement the tape was still attached to me, but not to the top.  Some types of fabrics aren’t very easy to grip.  This cheap woven polyester top was one of them. However, I did only try using a very small (0.5-1.0 inch size) piece of tape, so there is a chance that using a bigger piece might have done the trick!  Nonetheless, fashion tape is always an option when used appropriately and correctly.

3. Cover it Up!

Forever 21

These stick on nipple covers can be a life saver! If you’re shirt happens to slip, you’re still covered!  You can flail around on the dance floor as much as your heart desires; show off your terrible dance moves, your high kicks, or your twerking abilities, and nobody will see the goods.

4. Plunge backless and strapless bra

Courtesy of Asos

The plunging bra is another possible option when wearing low-cut tops.  However, they aren’t always the comfiest option, and personally I’ve always found that they tend to gape if they are not perfectly fitted to you.  Nonetheless, going completely braless isn’t always comfortable for everyone, so this kind of bra can definitely help.

Here’s to having a successful weekend with nothing showing, falling out, or distracting you while on the dance floor.

Love,
Molly

 

Dressing for a Night Out Dancing with Friends

Ah the weekend comes and goes so quickly, and before you know it, it’s Wednesday.  This past weekend I finally got to put on my dancing shoes and rock some sexy moves on the dance floor.

I wore this brown beaded top that I got from a clothing swap party recently.  Although my boobs didn’t quite fill it out the way the original owner’s did, I say that there’s nothing a double-padded bra can’t fix.

Funny enough, after acquiring this top, I was watching an episode of Shameless from Season 1 and saw Veronica wearing the exact same top but in purple! You know you’re wearing something sexy if the sexy and promiscuous Veronica from Shameless is wearing the same top!  Leave it to me to notice this small detail.  After all, half the fun I get from watching TV shows comes from admiring and being inspired from the fashion.

Low-cut v-neck sleeveless shirts are my favorite for dressing up to go out on the weekends. Here are a few of my favs available to buy now:

Ella Moss ($118)

DVF ($198)

Saks ($790)

FarFetch ($502.56)

Love,
Molly

 

This Spring’s Top 6 Jacket Trends

Washed denim

The three qualities every denim jacket needs are: a touch of fading, a few random rips, and that baggy relaxed fit.

Old Navy $39.94

Jackets with Graffiti

First there were moto jackets, now we have jackets with colorful graffiti.  Bring on the grunge!

TopShop at Nordstrom ($125)

Pink Leather Jackets

I had to stop myself before buying 50 pink jackets over this past year.  Before I know it, I’ll need a closet just to fit my pink jackets.

Free People at Nordstrom ($498)

Blazers

Working professionals and college students rejoice, blazers are back!  Make any look more professional with a chic blazer.

Isabel Marant at Matchesfashion ($471)

Suede Jackets

At first I thought it was weird to wear suede in Spring, but once I saw some short lightweight suede jackets new for Spring, I came around to the idea and I think you should too!

Veda at shopbop.com ($990)

Metallic Jackets

Anything that shines is a more than acceptable addition to your wardrobe.  Metallic jackets can be worn by day or night!  In fact, you should probably never take it off!

Scotch & Soda at Bloomingdales ($149)

Before you have to buy a new clothing rack just to fit all of your new jackets, spend some time rummaging through my shortlist of this season’s hottest jacket trends.

Love,
Molly

 

5 Ways to Make “Preppy” Style Way Cooler

It’s not lost on me that my early college years are over.  Those days I thought I was so cool and classy because I was wearing a headband and an argyle sweater with a collar, really don’t happen anymore.

Of course, “preppy” never really goes out of style, but the way in which it’s carried out, definitely does!  Here are FIVE ways to wear “preppy” style in a modern, refreshing way:

  1. Plaid skirts are one of the most stereotypical school girl items.  So how do we wear this item without fitting into this stereotype?  Try to find ones that have a grunge vibe going on as well.  A burgundy, navy, and white plaid skirt like the one above can definitely be termed “grunge” when paired with a black leather moto jacket, or be termed “classy and sophisticated” when worn with a black turtleneck.  It’s all about how you spin it!
  2. This Spring we’re going to be seeing blazers everywhere!  Blazers are no longer a preppy professional item.  Blazers can be worn with jeans for a totally chic weekend look.  While I used to be a huge fan of blazers, I’m still a bit too caught up in leather moto jackets at the moment.
  3. Be preppy in pastels.  Spring is one of my favorite times of year because it means a switch from dark, bold colors to soft, feminine pastels.  Any “preppy” look with a hint of soft shades will help bring some much needed “feminine glam” into the look!
  4. Straight hair with internal layers.  Although I generally prefer to curl my hair, I was recently reminded of how sleek and sexy straight hair can be when done right.  Old school preppy looks often featured pin straight hair of the same length.  This look got boring fast!  Modern preppy welcomes straight hair with a twist: lots of layers and long side swept bangs!
  5. Soft pink lipstick.  The “preppy” look is a lot better when it’s got an added feminine vibe. Pink lipstick, either matte or glossy, will definitely do the trick!

Love,
Molly

Accessorize with your Favorite Spring Items

Spring is an exciting time because it means more days wine touring, more open toe sandals, more floppy hats as protection from the sun, and more summery, youthful colors.

My go-to wine touring look always includes something girly (pink floral dress/pink handbag), something elegant and classy (wide-brimmed beach hat), and something fresh for Spring (light blue open-toe sandals).

I like to believe that what we wear is a reflection of our inner beauty.  In the Spring and Summer we wear light, airy colors to reflect the joy we feel about the warm weather.  In the Winter months we wear dark, bold colors to reflect our desire to hide ourselves from the harsh weather (unless you live in California!)

Here’s a collection of some essential accessories every woman needs for Spring!  Underneath your piles of Winter clothes, hopefully you can pull out some of your favorite light accessories because sometimes a blast from the past is exactly what you need to revitalize and inspire your style in the future!

Love,
Molly

 

 

The Greatest Boots are Sky High

Sometimes all we need to update our wardrobe is a pair of boots that are thigh high without the price being sky high! Am I right?

There are very few perks in experiencing winter.  Some will say skiing is a perk; I’d argue that’s more of a chore.  Some would say snow is so pretty, I’d say palm trees are more pretty and they don’t turn us into an icicle.  Some would say winter makes us appreciate summer; I say I’d still appreciate summer if summer were all year round.

One thing we can agree on is that knee-high or thigh-high boots are a big part of making winter tolerable.

Proenza Schouler at Farfetch

Fendi at The RealReal

Isabel Marant at The RealReal

Christian Louboutin at The RealReal

Years ago when I was enduring the coldest east coast winters, I appreciated every extra layer of warmth.  Every inch counts, so be sure to shop the highest boots during all the winter sales currently happening!

Love,
Molly

 

 

The Simple Spring Fashion Trend we all Love

This weekend we’re turning our clocks forward! Every year I look forward to this time change because it means one extra hour of sunlight each day.  As Spring approaches, I can’t help but reflect on one of my favorite Spring trends: shedding clothes.

When the weather heats up, the sweaters come off.  While my style is normally synonymous with flashy, bold, girly, and chic, the Spring and Summer months often bring out my desire for casual basics that keep life simple.

Faded jeans and a tank top, paired with flip flops is usually as basic as I’ll go.  Of course sparkly rings and a little bit of lip gloss will probably liven things up a bit, but nonetheless, the simplicity will still be there.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Love,
Molly

Get the West Coast Working Girl Look

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When I was a kid, I always dreamed of having a job where I could dress fancy, crazy, and ultra chic.  Being an East Coaster, style always meant dresses, skirts, and high heels.  Style was often synonymous with “dressing up.”

Living on the West Coast for several years now has taught me that looking ultra chic and wildly stylish can be done in a more casual way.  In fact, combining typically “dressy” items with our casual “favorites” can result in some very cool looks.

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Pairing fancy and fem pieces with a ripped pair of jeans can surprisingly take you from morning to night.

That 90’s grunge look that keeps popping up, like those leather moto jackets or those plaid shirts, can all be made appropriate for work when paired with the right classic and chic pieces.

When funky meets fem, you’ve got yourself some serious style!

Love,
Molly

 

5 Wardrobe Pieces Every Millennial Needs in their Closet

As millennial’s, we’re running from work to happy hour to our dinner dates often without being able to go home in the midle.  When time is limited and our style is important, how do we satisfy both?  The key for style success as a millennial involves five key wardrobe pieces.

The Edgy Leather Jacket

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Leather jackets are one of the most versatile pieces you can own because they give off a different vibe depending on how you pair them.

The Strapless Bra 

The strapless bra may be your most convenient piece in your wardrobe because it will work with a wide variety of outfits.  In the day of course you’re more than covered, but at night when you want to strip down to your strapless dress, you’ll be covered without those annoying bra straps showing.

Little Black Cocktail Dress

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This off-the-shoulder dress is the perfect example of a dress that will make you love the convenience of your strapless bras.  A sweater of jacket can make it more conservative by day.  It’s simple and elegant and can be dressed up with the perfect jewels for an evening out.

The Chunky High-Heeled Bootie

Of course we all want to impress when we say we’ve been wearing our high heels all day from the office to our walk home or to the bar, but who really wants to do it in stilettos?  A chunky high-heeled bootie with a cushy sole and a small platform is a woman’s best friend and best kept secret.

The Baseball Cap

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While I’ve never been much of a hat person, I recently found a brown leather baseball cap that has proven to be invaluable to me on many different occasions.

Whether you’re going to a sports game, hiding from the sun, running errands without makeup, or just trying to add some sportiness to your look, a leather baseball cap is a more stylish alternative to the typical sports baseball cap that many guys wear.

Love,
Molly

 

 

 

The Three Dresses you Need this Summer

1. The patterned A-line halter

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Bebe

2. The white midi: I’ve seen this style in every kind of silhouette and design.  From long sleeved to sleeveless, from plunging V-neck to classy scoop neck, from fitted to flared skirt, take your pick! I like this one because it’s fitted and simple.  Pair it with a chunky colorful necklace or a pair of chandelier earrings and a bright clutch.

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FarFetch

3. The colorful solid fitted dress

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Nordstrom

Love,

J. Molly

Improve your Workout Look with 3 Simple Steps

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Working out is way more fun when you’re looking good doing it.  That being said, trust me there are many days when I don’t care what top or shorts I’m wearing, I just want to sweat it out!  Other days, I want to feel good AND look good!

My three go-to tips:

  1. Straighten your hair before putting it into a pony tail.  A straight, silky line of hair swooshing around looks way better than the “I just woke up and this is how my bed-head looks in a ponytail” kind of look.
  2. Bootie shorts.  Enough said.
  3. Fitted top with a cool neckline.  Normally, I’m a t-shirt gal all the way.  An exercise top with an old tee thrown overtop and I’m ready to go!  But if you want to brighten up your look just a bit, pick a more stylish sleeveless top!

And there you go queen of the treadmill or master of the hills, your workout just got a lot more stylish!

Love,

J. Molly

Your Guide to Buying Crop Tops this Summer

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It took me a while to come around to crop tops.  I still think that there are limited times when a crop top is appropriate.  Nonetheless, this season we’re seeing almost every kind of crop top style you could imagine.

From knit to woven, off the shoulder to high neck, t-shirt to halter, colorful to monochromatic, here are some of the hottest crop top styles this season!

All available at FarFetch.

All available at FarFetch

Love,

J. Molly

 

The Hottest Fashion Quiz

Finsk Shoes, Courtesy of movesmyfeet.com

Finsk Shoes, Courtesy of movesmyfeet.com

Are you female, over the age of 30, in love with fashion, and have your own fashion blog?

If yes, then follow this link to fill out a style quiz.  In return, I will feature a link to your blog in one of my future blog posts!  Fill out the quiz and send me an email at mollysrunway@gmail.com with a link to your blog.

I will only feature female fashion or beauty blogs.

Thanks a million.

Love,

J. Molly