What Gretchen Wore

As the weather is finally becoming fall like down here in the south, I am able to accessorize with my new leopard print Infinity scarf from scarfand.com for only $15. If you like scarves, this website is awesome!! Today I am wearing a sleeveless dress I originally blogged about on September 23, 2014. On that day I wore the dress with only a necklace since it was still warm outstide. However, since it is a little chillier today, I added the scarf and black shug. I paired this look with my black ballet flats. Same dress, yet two completely different looks.

The Classic Camel Coat

Camel coats are a must have in this transitional weather, when your jackets leave you a bit chilly and thick knitwear still sees you sweltering. A camel coat is probably the one item of clothing in a woman’s wardrobe that is as iconic as a Chanel bag. This warm, butter soft and deliciously caramel hued piece of outerwear is something every girl should have.

Fashionable Faux Fur Vest

Ways to wear a faux fur vest might seem simple enough, right? Just throw it on and you are good to go. But there are plenty of different little things you can do to make your faux fur vest seem a bit more on trend. Instead of your usual faux fur jacket, which seems to cover up most of your outfit anyway, a faux fur vest opens up a range of different layering opportunities. If you are having doubts about wearing faux fur pieces, get inspired by these looks below:
Inspiration from Pinterest.

Investment Pieces

As the wise Carrie Bradshaw once said, “I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet.” Creating the ­perfect closet and wardrobe is an art form. I like to think that the recipe for success is a handful of fun, trendy pieces and a foundation of classic wardrobe staples. It is smart to invest in timeless staples rather than the more frivolous items, because those staples will never go out of style. Plus, you can build the rest of your wardrobe around them. While everyone probably has their own version of “The Classics”…here is my list of wardrobe staples worth investing in.

1. A Little Black Dress. The LBD tops every list of wardrobe must haves for good reason…it is eternally stylish and versatile. Invest in one you really love, and I guarantee you will be rocking it for years to come.
2. A Pair of Dark Wash Jeans. Versatility and timelessness make for an ideal wardrobe staple, like jeans. Jeans are a great staple because they can be styled in an endless variety of ways. And they are really comfortable! Choosing an investment pair will guarantee you get a really good fit and durable fabric that will last you throughout the years.
3. A Structured Jacket. A structured jacket is one of the most versatile pieces you can own. When you choose a well fitting option, it’s also one of the most flattering things you can wear. The perfect blazer can be worn to dress up your jeans, top off your pencil skirt, or even contrast a flowy maxi dress. The options are truly endless with this classic.
4. Comfortable Black Pumps. Black pumps are the little black dress of footwear. They are professional enough for work, stylish enough for a date, and perfect for just about any occasion. So while I love skyscraper heels as much as the next gal, it is not smart to spend a ton of money on shoes that are too uncomfortable to wear.
5. A White Button Down Shirt. Finally, every girl needs a nice button down shirt. Like all the other staples, it can be dressed up or down and worn in a variety of different settings. For my ladies with larger chests, be sure to choose one that does not pucker at the buttons.
Inspiration from Pinterest.

Wearing Thigh High Boots Without Looking Trashy

Let’s start by giving credit where credit’s due…When it comes to over-the-knee footwear, Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman” deserves all the glory. Who could forget her star making turn as hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Vivian Ward, who meets the man of her dreams while rocking patent leather thigh high boots? Now that that’s settled, let’s talk about today’s take on the thigh high trend, which offers a little less flash, a lot less trash, and some major style points for those who dare.

1. Keep your clothes loose. No matter how you slice it, thigh high boots add a serious dash of sex appeal, and it is for this reason you can rock an otherwise less than figure flattering dress, like a boxy shift or oversized shapeless sweater, which balances the inherent sexiness of the shoe style.
2. Dark on bottom, layered on top. If your thigh high boots are skin tight, be sure to wear them with opaque tights or leggings, which leaves you plenty of room to add volume and texture on top. Add color, play with layers, or throw on a bright statement bag.
3. Stay true to the hue. By working a monochromatic look with your thigh highs, you draw attention away from the severity of the style, and add a subtle touch of high fashion drama without screaming it from the rooftops.
4. Sock hop. Want to test the waters a bit before you dive in whole hog? Invest in a pair of over-the-knee socks and pair them with knee high boots of the same color. Throw on a skirt or dress that flashes just a sliver of thigh or layer on a loose cardigan.
5. Short skirt, long coat. Overcoats and long trench coats do wonders for thigh high boots, letting you rock all sorts of short, tight, sexy bottoms if you want to, all the while letting the long cut of the coat slim the look. Just be sure that if you are going tight on the bottom, keep things looser on the top.
Inspiration from Pinterest.

The Infinity Scarf

I am obsessed with the Infinity scarf this season. I just ordered a couple of them online a minute ago, and of course one of them was in a leopard print. Infinity scarves come in different makes, colors and sizes. They can be extremely oversized, lightweight or chunky, but one thing you need to understand is that these are the things that dictate the number of ways you can actually wear it. Suffice it to say that the bigger the circle and the wider the fabric, the more creative you can be. They are so versatile and can really liven up an outfit.
Inspiration from Pinterest.