Casual Uniform

I hope all my American friends had an amazing Thanksgiving. While I didn’t have any turkey, I had a pretty intense weekend, that has started me on a life-changing journey, but more of this another day. It’s been quite a while since I had purchased a cardigan, but I came across this olive green open cardigan and it has suddenly become part of my casual uniform for fall. Throw it over a stripe tee and a pair of denim and I’m good to go.

Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto boots Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto boots Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto bootsRag + Bone Moto Boots (old) / Paige Vedugo (similar) / Community Vetus Sweater / Chloe Faye / Lululemon Beanie (old, see similar) / GAP Stripe Tee (similar) / Forever21 rings

I did my best to avoid some unnecessary purchases over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I have to admit, I saw some pretty great deals out there. I snagged a few shirts that I’ve had my eye on for a while, but that’s about it. Except for something completely unrelated to fashion–a new Kitchenaid stand mixer! The last few years I’ve owned a Cuisinart, which worked great, but I couldn’t resist such a great deal on a 6qt Pro. Any fellow Kitchenaid owners out there have any attachment recommendations? I’m ready to collect them all!

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one Off-the-shoulder ruffle sleeve top, five ways

I am pretty good and skipping trends when they don’t fall into the so-called “confines” of my personal style.  While I do not believe in staying away from all the trends of the moment, I do think it’s important to take a look at a trendy item and see how it fits into the rest of your wardrobe. All season I’ve tried to avoid this “fluffy sleeve” trend, but I came across this particular off the shoulder top by 1.State and thought that maybe I could make it fit into an edgy, minimalist wardrobe and still feel like myself. I haven’t done one of these five-ways posts in a long while, but here it is!

Typical outfit, with my favorite destroyed/distressed jeans:

Off the shoulder top + destroyed denimOff the shoulder top + destroyed denimAG Legging Ankle Jeans (4 year Fog) / Ann Taylor Mila Pumps (Camel) / 1.State Off the shoulder voluminous blouse (extra white) / Banana Republic Trip wrap leather bracelet / Forever21 wrap bracelet / forever21 rings / Chloe Faye Bag (black, but love it in carbon grey)

With a pair of culottes:

culottes + off the shoulder topJ.Crew Culottes (old) / Sam Edelman Amee Sandals Chloe Medium Faye Bag / Banana Republic Triple Wrap Leather bracelet / Forever21 Rings

Some petites may not like the cropped hem paired with some ankle strap heels, but I’ve never been one to worry about the ankle strap. But in case you are, here is the outfit paired with some nude heels:

culottes + off the shoulder topwith Ann Taylor Mila Pumps (Camel)

This look is a little 70’s inspired:

Off the shoulder top + wide leg jeansOff the shoulder top + wide leg jeansSam Edelman Rodney Pointy Toe Flats (Leopard) / Hudson Wide Leg Denim (very old) / Madewell Bucket Bag (newer version, love in dark cabernet) / Zara Choker (old) / Banana Republic triple wrap leather bracelet

I’ve always been obsessed with super wide-leg pants. I’m not sure what it is, but if I see a pair hanging on the rack, I’ll come running. Petites tend to shy away from a super wide-leg in fear of being shortened, but I don’t see a need to avoid them. I’m wearing them with flats, but a great way to lengthen the leg is to wear them with heels and keep the hem as long as possible.

Off the shoulder top + olive green pants + trench vestOff the shoulder top + olive green pants + trench vestOff the shoulder top + olive green pants + trench vestBabaton Trench Vest (sold out, similar) / Banana Republic Cut out wrap booties (last season) / J.Crew Martie Pant in Stretch Wool (see here in Stretch Cotton) / Apple Watch Series 2 /  3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch / Forever21 Rings

I was trying to think of a cool way to add layers, while still making it obvious that it was actually an off-the-shoulder top. I thought it would be visually interesting to add a vest, and I’m pretty happy with the look. I’m also loving the mix of a feminine blouse with an edgy shoe.

Off the shoulder top + shortsOff the shoulder top + shortsOff the shoulder top + shortsAritzia Linen Shorts (old, similar here) / Zara lace up flats (old, similar) / Chloe Medium Faye Bag / Apple Watch with Casetify Grid Straps / Forever21 Rings / Earrings (no idea, really old)

An outfit that is a bit more care-free and easy, is to pair with shorts. I did a little mullet-tuck of the top so it actually looked like I was wearing bottoms. Because really, what’s worse than looking like you aren’t wearing any pants? =)

To summarize:

five ways to wear an off the shoulder top

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Bow Blouse

The one thought that consistently pops into my head every time I do a little online shopping to update my wardrobe for this coming spring is, “Holy ruffles”. I have yet to decide if I want to partake in this trend (probably not), but at least for now, I will continue to wear the classic bow blouse. This Banana Republic version was purchased during the fall season last year and I’m quite a bit late posting about it, but is actually quite nice. It has a good amount of stretch, but it definitely runs on the small side. I went a size larger than my usual 0P, and I feel as if going up another size would still be quite comfortable without looking sloppy.

Bow Blouse + Camel Coat + Over the knee suede boots Bow Blouse + Camel Coat + Over the knee suede boots Bow Blouse + Camel Coat + Over the knee suede bootsBabaton Wool Coat / Banana Republic Bow Blouse / Paige Transcend Verdugo Denim / Stuart Weitzman High Street Over the knee boots / Chloe Faye Bag / Forever21 Rings 

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