Monday, May 30, 2016

The Last Sweater

Sweater: H&M (sold out, similar here) | Jeans: thrifted (similar here) | Belt: ASOS | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Choker: H&M (sold out, similar here)

It's not exactly sweater weather anymore, so here's to my last sweater post of spring/summer 2016. I'll miss my sweaters these next few months. They're like warm hugs. This grey one from H&M is one of my favorites. The off the shoulder neckline and slouchy fit make it perfect to wear with a wide range of jeans, from mom to skinny to flare. 

I styled the sweater with thrifted "mom-ish" jeans that I belted with, you guessed it, my beloved western belt from ASOS. Sam Edelman ankle boots give me height and a mini bag and '90s tattoo choker add the finishing touches. Goodbye, sweaters! See you in the fall!


Friday, May 27, 2016

'70s Flare

Blouse: Forever 21 (sold out, similar) | Jeans: H&M (sold out, similar) | Belt: ASOS | Bag: MCM (vintage, similar) | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Watch: Daniel Wellington

The '70s are one of my favorite decades for fashion. Flare jeans, bohemian blouses, and flowy dresses were wardrobe staples for many. The look I'm wearing here is inspired by the flower power era. It reminds me of an outfit the iconic Jane Birkin would put together. I haven't worn flare jeans since skinny jeans became the denim of choice. Now I'm wondering why I ever abandoned bell bottoms?

I'm making up for lost time with this raw hem pair from H&M. The light blue wash is so '70s and they have the right amount of fading. I belted the jeans for a vintage, boho feel and tucked in my favorite paisley print peasant top from Forever 21. Ankle boots keep the bell bottoms from dragging and my vintage MCM tasseled tambourine bag completes the hippie vibe. This look is as "far out" as the hems of my flares.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Band Tee

Bomber Jacket: Topshop | T-shirt: thrifted (similar here) | Jeans: thrifted (similar here) | Sneakers: Adidas 'Stan Smith' | Belt: ASOS | Backpack: Brandy Melville (sold out, similar here) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Watch: Daniel Wellington

The band tee is the quintessential casual-cool T-shirt. They can be worn with anything and look effortless. A lot of stores are selling band tees right now, as they embody music festival season and the summertime. My favorite band tees are the ones I find at thrift stores, like this one. I had been wanting a Ramones T-shirt and loved the color and design. The soft, lived-in feel adds to the look. It's slouchy and oversized, which is how I like them. 

I styled my band tee with my favorite bomber jacket, a pair of thrifted mom-ish jeans (not really a mom jean, but very close), western belt, faux leather backpack, and Stan Smiths. To give the T-shirt a more fitted look, I tied it up in the back. Sunglasses and a watch complete the outfit. I'm with the band. 


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

'50s Feels

Bomber Jacket: Topshop | Top: Brandy Melville (sold out, similar) | Jeans: Topshop (sold out, similar) | Belt: ASOS | Neckerchief: thrifted | Scrunchie: American Apparel | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes: Gap (sold out, similar)

I love putting together retro-inspired outfits with a modern twist. This look has a Pink Ladies vibe and is still on-trend today. The bomber jacket and silky floral neckerchief paired with high waisted skinny jeans really up the '50s feel. A knit crop top, western belt, and mini bag keep it current. No sock hop-style ensemble would be complete without a high pony. I secured the 'do with a denim scrunchie for '90s nostalgia. Defy the decades, one accessory at a time. 


Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Power Suit

Blazer: H&M (sold out, similar) | Shirt: ASOS | Pants: ASOS | Shoes: Gap (sold out, similar) | Watch: Daniel Wellington

This look is LinkedIn ready. It's much more dressed up than my usual outfits. I wore this "power suit" to an interview instead of my go-to dress or skirt. I felt like Hillary Clinton meets Emma Watson. Women are wearing suits a lot more in the fashion world and on the red carpet, which I think is fabulous. There's even a new movement of girls wearing suits to prom. How cool is that?! A suit is classic, makes a statement, and a refreshing break from the expected evening gown. 

If you're petite and looking for a pair of dress pants that won't drag, I highly recommend the ones I'm wearing from ASOS. They magically make me look taller, which is difficult to do. I paired them with loafers, but they'd also be great with heels. To complete my suit look, I wore a white button down shirt also from ASOS and my H&M blazer I've had hanging in my closet for awhile. Pearl earrings, a pearl necklace, and my Daniel Wellington watch add the finishing touches. A suit means business.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Boho in Black

Top: Nordstrom (sold out, similar) | Skirt: Forever 21 | Belt: ASOS | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Shoes: Gap (sold out, similar) | Choker: Brandy Melville (sold out, similar)

I've always loved off the shoulder necklines. There's something glamorous and timeless about them. While off the shoulder pieces have always been in style, I've been seeing them everywhere lately, especially in more '70s inspired blouses. For this look, I wore a simple, 1/2 sleeve off the shoulder crop top I got at Nordstrom a couple years ago.  To get the bohemian look I've been loving lately, I paired it with a black maxi skirt with front slits from Forever 21. I've had this piece for a couple years as well and highly recommend it. Forever 21 is selling it again this spring/summer season.

An outfit isn't quite complete without the right accessories. I wore my favorite western belt from ASOS around my waist, stud earrings, and a black velvet choker to up the boho vibes. Of course I had to carry my go-to Rebecca Minkoff mini bag. Understated black loafers complete the outfit.


Friday, May 6, 2016

Bits of Style x T.J.Maxx + Her Campus

I've always been a Maxxisnista. I have been shopping at T.J.Maxx for as long as I can remember. Their stores are always stocked with on-trend brand name and designer fashions at amazing prices. A trip to "T.J.'s" as my family likes to call it, never fails to feel like a trendy treasure hunt. When T.J.Maxx and Her Campus extended an invite to the grand opening of their new store on Newbury St. in Boston on May 5th, I was thrilled. T.J.Maxx even sent me gift cards to spend which was so generous. As you'll see, I had no trouble spending them.  The Newbury St. T.J.Maxx is the best "T.J.'s" I've ever been to. Everything in store was so fabulous I was style starstruck.

My favorite section of the Newbury St. T.J.Maxx is without a doubt "The Runway at Maxx" designer clothing on the second floor. I was drawn to it instantly. Every article of clothing was like art. The designers they carried had me swooning. Basically, it slayed. The pictures I took don't even begin to capture the beauty of these clothes, shoes, and handbags. I highly recommend having a look for yourself if you're in the Boston area. The selection gave me plenty of fashion inspiration.

After window shopping "The Runway at Maxx," I made my way to the contemporary section, where I found the most amazing clothes. I tried on many pieces, from dresses and skirts to knit tops, and narrowed it down to three favorites, two of which I ended up purchasing: a white lace dress by Free People and denim button-down dress by Tularosa. They are incredible finds and I know I will be wearing them again and again. If I bought both dresses at full price, it would have cost me $336. These were about 1/4 of that. I'm forever a Maxxinista.

My favorite of the two dresses is the lace Free People. The details are so intricate and soft. It's boho-retro. I've never seen a dress quite like it. I love it so much, I put it on right away and had to do an impromptu photoshoot.

This is the first "little white dress" I've ever owned. I can't wait to style it all spring and summer long. As for the denim button-down dress, I'll be able to wear it year round. This time of year, all it needs is to be accessorized with a choker necklace and stud or hoop earnings. When fall comes around, a black turtleneck will be the perfect under layer. A Maxxinista knows how to transition her clothes.

Thank you again to T.J.Maxx and Her Campus for a fantastic shopping experience.


Fashion photography by Chris Uhl (Koda)