Homecoming Fashion: For Her

homecoming FASHIONHomecoming is right around the corner at my university (next Saturday, to be exact), and this is the time when plans are made, tailgates are planned and outfits are prepared for the big game/party/celebration!! Depending on where you are and what the weather is like, your homecoming fashion is going to differ. However, there are some common trends that I am going to highlight for you, so when you wake up on the morning of, you are ready to go!!

University (or college, if you’re American) sports are a huge deal…and so going out to support your team is key in university life. I, personally, love football of any kind and so when football season comes around, I make sure that I sit in those bleachers and cheer my little heart out!!

Like I said, your outfit for homecoming or any football game, really, will change depending on the weather, season, and time of year! You may not want to wear a mini dress if it’s going to be below 0 (for those chilly October Saturdays). Shorts and a university tee is the most viable option, but there are other comfy ways to look cute and full of spirit so you can cheer your team right into that win!

Classic Homecoming Go-to…I don’t know about anyone else, but at my school, the classic look tends to be jean cut-offs, either a university tee or tank and some cute converse (there may or may not be a bow in the hair)! I am definitely a fan of this look as it is cute and simple and super comfortable as well! This is a great option if you are cheering in the heat and spend the whole game sweating. Basically, you don’t want to be caught dying of heat in a pull over!!

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Bundle up to cheer them on…I have been to homecoming in the freezing cold, and let me tell you…it is not fun! I usually underestimate how chilly it can get when it comes to football games, but it is always safe to wear layers when the seasons begin to transition. Tank top underneath a cute jean jacket or a pull over crew neck sweater. Opt for skinny jeans or yoga pants (if you want to be extra comfy) and a cute pair of sneaks!

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Giving it your fancy all…Sometimes you want to look that one step fancier and wear a skirt or a dress! There is nothing wrong with that. Although you won’t fit into the beer drinking, hot dog eating, die hard football fans (or maybe you will…who knows what your school is like), but you will look adorable the whole game! Just remember: Dresses and skirts are cute…but you will be freezing. So plan in advance and pair the look with tights or socks to keep warm!!

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There are my top three suggestions when planning your hoco’ look of the year! Obviously the focus of homecoming is the football players, the game and winning, of course…but who says your outfit can’t win a little too?

Are you excited for homecoming? I want to hear all about how you do it at your school, so let me know in the comments below!!

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#WishlistWednesday: Keeping Warm in Cable Knit

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I think we are all stoked for cooler weather…I mean it is pretty sad to see Summer say good bye, but fashion-wise? It is a marvelous season. Ponchos, leather gloves, boot socks (oh, the boot socks) and of course cable knit sweaters. I love sweaters. They are probably my favourite wardrobe piece and that is only because there are so many of them!!! Moving back to school, my sweater collection couldn’t fit in my chest of drawers so they were exiled to the closet (in stacks, trust me).

Now if I have that many sweaters…why am I posting about more that I want to add to my collection? The answer is simple…I have a sweater addiction. Plus these beauties that I have found are to die for and I couldn’t stop fawning over them online.

Let’s get to the sweaters…

Cable Knit Turtleneck Sweater, Lauren Ralph Lauren, $120.00

This is the perfect weight, colour and design for a Fall-Winter cable knit. The thing about cable knit sweaters, is that they come in so many different cable knit patterns, which gives the sweater a different look. Sometimes there is beading work, sometimes it is just a plain design down the front…but this one switches up the design, while staying symmetrical (which is always important). Aside from the design, the turtle neck will keep you nice and warm, plus it’s a cute look.

Cable Knit V-Neck Sweater, Tommy Hilfiger, $49.99

Who says you can’t be nautical in the Fall-Winter season? You totally can. This pattern makes for an adorable sweater look. V-necks are always appreciated because it makes the sweater easy to transition between seasons. Even if it was a cool Summer evening, this sweater would totally pass solely because it is a neutral white tone. In the Fall, the cable knit takes care of it being a Fall staple and then if you wanted to rock this in the Winter, you could either layer it up or throw a knit infinity scarf on top (or do both, for that matter!!). However you want to wear it, a v-neck cable knit is the ideal neckline cut for transitioning between seasons.

Cropped Roll Neck Sweater, Asos, $29-30.00

Where’s the bottom half of the sweater? Don’t worry…they didn’t shrink it in the wash and then put it out for purchase…no, that is a cropped cable knit. Now this is not really an item that you would wear alone in the winter, because the midriff would get a little chilly or freeze over (depending on how cold it actually is). This is a layering piece when it comes to the Fall-Winter seasons. Although, if you want to wear it this way while indoors, that would be totally acceptable. What I love about this piece is that it just look fuzzy and cozy!! It comes in winter white, but also comes in a lovely teal. For the cooler seasons, winter white is not a bad choice of colour! Plus, the rolled neck or floppy turtle neck style is really growing on me…

Although all of these cable knits are gorgeous…I do have a lot of sweaters and may have to purge before I let another one into my closet. Stay tuned for my post coming in the next couple of weeks about how to wear a cable knit and the different ways you can style it the way you like it.

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Make Room for the Two Piece

MAKE ROOM FOR THE TWO PIECESo you’ve got an event to attend, or maybe it’s super hot out and you’re feeling a little dressy? Why turn to the little black dress or stress over the perfect top and skirt combo? Fear no more ladies because there is a spunky new solution for your wardrobe problems…and it’s name is the two piece.

Two pieces consist of…well…two pieces – a top and a bottom. They match in either the same colour or print or wildly colour blocked as well. Whether the top is cropped or meets the skirt perfectly, it is a polished look and no one can deny how cute it is as well. There are so many different types out there – sexy, cute, and chic looks…all with two pieces!!

We have seen this beautiful style choice worn by celebrities like Sarah Hyland, Taylor Swift and Emma Stone – in very elegant ways, I may add:

    

These are such posh looks, worn in such an elegant way! However, when you aren’t attending red carpet events every other week, there are ways to incorporate the two piece into your wardrobe…and still be super cute! Which is why I want to show you some two piece looks that I love for fancy and casual occasions!!

The Transition Two Piece: I have never found such a cute knit two piece like this one, that not only can be worn in the Summer but also can be worn during the Fall. What I love about this two piece specifically, is the long sleeved crop top. This is such an interesting spin on the look and very in trend. The knit material is light for summer and warm for Fall. Another interesting feature of this look is the length of the skirt. While many two pieces include a mini skirt, that doesn’t always work for everybody. The knee-length skirt actually makes the torso look longer – throw in a fab pair of heels, and you are set to go!

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The Floral Two-Piece: Floral two pieces were super in this summer. This, especially, is a two piece that will never go out of style. The white back with the large floral print is simple and beautiful! No jewelry is needed with this outfit (which is another reason I love two pieces). This is an example of the mini skirt included in the two piece outfit. Worn the correct way, it can look cute and not too revealing. This would be the way to do it!

Buy this two piece… 

The Short-Top Two Piece: Okay, so I kind of branded this two piece myself because, when I think traditional two piece, I tend to think skirt and top…but there are the rare sets that come with shorts and a top! The blue and white detail reminds me of china pattern which may sound a little drab…but it is quite the opposite, don’t you think? This is a Summer wear for sure, so this would have to be stashed away for next year…but why not get it on sale?

 

Buy this two piece…

The three pieces that I showed you above are three among many, many cute pieces out there!! I find success with two pieces at places like Winners, Marshalls and even thrift shops if you look really hard. Keep in mind that two pieces don’t always have to match. That’s the fun part…mix matching is part of the ordeal and colour blocking is really popular in this trend as well! It’s such a fun trend to try and definitely worth investing in as you could potentially be getting multiple outfits out of it!

Have you tried out the two piece look yet? If you have…how do you wear it best? Let me know in the comments below!!

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Outfit Details: Downtown on a Saturday

Living outside the city isn’t exactly the most ideal situation, but when I do get to travel in, I make sure I document the process (obviously!) and this was one fun-filled day with my sister that I couldn’t pass up for a mini-photo shoot. Plus, sharing this cute and chic look with you was absolutely necessary!! This is one of my favourite looks to wear because I get to feel like I am wearing sweatpants…but it kind of looks like I am wearing denim!

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Let’s get to the look… 

I am really into jogger pants right now. They are extremely comfortable and I really cannot get enough of them! I currently own one pair of denim joggers, which are seen in this outfit. I grabbed these on sale from Garage when I did my massive outlet haul last month and they are probably my favourite pair of pants right now. I typically like wearing them high-waisted. 5

The thing with jogger pants is that they are so casual, you can wear them tight or loose. Since I don’t like having my pants super tight (unless they are meant to be tight), I size up in my joggers. By sizing up, you can tighten the drawstring and transform the pants into a different look!

Crop tops can be tacky if worn the wrong way, but with high-waisted pants, you can get away with looking fab instead of drab. Showing a bit of midriff never killed anyone, but don’t go overboard. The navy crop top I am wearing is from Garage as well. Keeping inside the blue family was what I was going for in this look – the navy plays off the light blue of the denim.

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Having the blue undertone then really makes my black accessories pop – the shoes, hat and bag. I try to keep some kind of colour scheme – black and blue is perfect – especially against the colourful background!

Adding a little height is always a plus in any outfit and these heels are one of my most comfortable pairs and they are from Avon! Of course, you could wear low-top sneaks with these too (I have before), but I love a good pair of heels! These peep-toe shoes were my first choice for the look because they paired with the hat and bag really well.

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I really love these sunglasses that I picked up from Banana Republic. I am not one for reflective aviators, but when I saw these babies, I needed them! With this look (and the black/blue scheme), they are the perfect accessory! The necklace I am wearing is from IcingThanks to my sister, who chose this piece – she figured that a butterfly was suitable with such a free looking outfit! She was right!

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This is one of my absolute favourite looks. I can never get tired of it, and these joggers are my recent addiction!

My sister and I had such a fun day in the city! Exploring new places is fun and this alley was one for the memory books…and definitely a place to return to in the future!

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Make a Statement: Round Three

Jewelry is something a lot of girls have trouble with. More specifically, when choosing statement pieces, it can be difficult to grasp what you can and cannot wear them with. I am a true believer in statement necklaces…I love them a lot, but it took me a long time to feel confident enough in how I was wearing them. It is one thing that takes a long time for most people to grasp!!

I am about to make your life a little easier! In this post, I am going to look at eight types of necklaces worn with eight different necklines. That is probably the most important thing to keep in mind when you are picking out your necklace for the day. Start with looking at the neckline of the top you are wearing. This will be a useful indicator as to which necklace you should choose!

THE GUIDE:

Necklace Guide

The chart above should steer you in the right direction, however, these are not set in stone…I certainly don’t always follow these rules…but if you are totally lost in the necklace department, then this will help you out! I am going to go through a few examples and show you how I have styled my jewelry. I keep taking risks and I get great results when it comes to long necklaces, statement necklaces or even short simple necklaces as well!

Well…here we go! I am going to show you how to style eight different necklines:

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Crew Neck: I try and jazz up my crew necks with a big statement necklace. This neckline is super simple, which allows you to have the ability to dress it up a bit. Keep in mind, statement necklaces don’t need to be obnoxious or flashy…they are just larger pieces of jewelry that can dress up a look. Personally, I try and colour contrast with statement necklaces which you can buy from places like HARUNI.

V Neck: You can pair a v neck with a statement necklace or a simple necklace as well. The simple necklace may be just a silver chain, or it could be something with a pendent on it. Like I said above, statement necklaces are great for dressing up a look. I sometimes wear a big statement necklace when I have a plunging v neck on. It takes the focus away from your cleavage and puts it on the fabulous piece of jewelry around your neck!! It also fills up the space on your chest.

Collared: If you are sporting an oxford or a layered collared look, you’ll want a multi-strand necklace. I typically wear my multi-strand pearls when I have a collared shirt on or if I am layering an oxford under a sweater. This is because singular necklaces can get lost under all of the layers, and of course, the collar.

Pearl and Crystal layered beauties over cable knit sweater and denim collared shirt:

Cowl Neck: Cowl necks can be tricky because there are several types. There are really bunched up cowl necks, or there are really scoop cowl necks that cut lower on your chest. Depending on what kind of cowl neck you are wearing, it may be difficult to pair a statement necklace or simple necklace…so that’s why you should opt for a long necklace or multiple long necklaces.

Tank Top: Who says you can’t dress up a tank top? Nobody said that…but since tank tops are typically very casual, I would pair a long necklace or long pendent necklace with the tank. Not that you can’t pair anything else…but a statement necklace would be too fancy and multi-strand necklaces don’t really do it with the tank.

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Turtlenecks: Essential for winter, sometimes turtlenecks can be a little tricky. This is because when wearing a turtleneck, your neck isn’t being exposed at all. Which makes it all the more important to really jazz up on the jewelry. I would suggest either a multi-strand necklace or tight choker necklaces. They will define where your neck connects to your shoulders and slim your neck out.

Boat Neck: Avoid any short necklaces when wearing boat necks. Because the neckline reveals a lot of neck and shoulder space, a long necklace or pendent necklace is best for this top. The necklace won’t get caught up in the neckline and stop at just the right place on your torso, elongating it.

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Scoop Neck: This is really fair game for any type of necklace, but the best one to go with a scoop neck would be a necklace that hugs the neckline. Try and find a scoop necklace which will fall just around your collar bone, and sit nicely, filling up the space that is revealed by the neckline.

A while back, I found a necklace guide in a catalog that I used to help me get started. Unfortunately, I lost it…which is why I am bringing you this post today. So that you can bookmark, pin or save it to refer back to when you are having difficulty!! Starting off with these tips in mind is a great way to get educated about wearing jewelry. Of course, it is totally up to you about what you wear with what…but sometimes it’s hard to know where exactly to begin!! I sometimes deviate from these tips when I find something that looks great, but this is my go-to.

After writing so much about necklaces, I think I’m going to have to go and see inventory from adinasjewels.com to decide if they’ve got anything nice for me!

Anyway, what is your favourite type of necklace? What are the struggles that you have faced when trying to accessorize with jewelry?? Let me know in the comments below!!

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