Frumpy February

I know the weather still stinks and everyone is ready for spring. It will be here before we know it. Here are a handful of tips to get you through Frumpy February.

1. Wear your vest on top of your coat, so everyone can see it. It is a great way to dress up a basic, inexpensive jacket. Choose a vest in a bright color for a fun, sporty look, or go glam with fur or feathers.
2. Emphasize your waist, even in a shapeless sack dress. You do not have to wear something tight or cinch in your waist to create a flattering silhouette. Layer a cropped jacket over an otherwise shapeless dress for instant waist emphasis without a belt.
3. Give your jeans a rest. Wearing an oversize sweater with a pair of skinny jeans is so boring! Add a hefty dose of romance and glamour to that big, cozy sweater by layering it over a long, flowing dress or skirt. You will still flatter your figure but the overall look will be more comfortable and infinitely more beautiful.
4. Do not let one awesome accessory completely dominate your outfit. It is easy to fall in love with an amazing pair of shoes or a fun bag when you are out shopping, but actually wearing them can be a little intimidating. The easiest thing to do is just wear all black and call it a day, but then your whole outfit becomes about that one accessory. Suddenly your shoes are the star of your outfit, when that role should be played by you. Keep the black dress, but add a little white to help break up all that black and add a few more fun, colorful accessories into the mix to help balance your look and distract from those fabulous shoes, thus keeping the focus where it belongs: on you!
Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

I apologize for the photo quality, but I had to use a different camera today. I wanted to share this outfit with you today, because it is a combination I have never put together before. These are all pieces I already owned, but wanted to create a different look. I wear this sleeveless black dress year round, because it is so versatile. I usually add a cardigan, but today I decided to wear a long sleeved tshirt underneath for a completely different look. The scarf brings the black and grey together, and I added my burgundy flats for just a little pop of color.

Spring 2015 ~ Fashion Trends

You know what the best thing is out of fashion month? Is it actually finding the WEARABLE trends for spring 2015. These are outfits you can wear in your every day life. So here are my top eight fashion WEARABLE trends for Spring 2015.

Shirtdresses ~ In an anything but tame turn, designers reimagined this classic shape with drop waists, double high slits, and more.
Yellow ~ Before you scoff and say “that is not me,” hear me out. From amber and canary to saffron and marigold, trust that there is a shade of yellow for everyone. The trick is figuring out your skin’s undertone, then finding the hue that best complements it.
Gingham ~ Fall may have brought us proper plaids, but for spring it is all about the tiny check. The best part?
Blue and White ~ If black and white is too stark for you, this subtle version may be more your speed. Give it a try when you feel like making a statement with little to no color.
Head to Toe White ~ At this point, it is not about the rules of when you can wear all white; it is about how you wear it. New styling tricks include mixing textures, layering multiple pieces, and teaming various shades.
One Shoulder Cuts ~ Believe it or not, your shoulders have become the sexiest part of your body overnight! Show them off in these one shoulder tops and dresses that are perfect for date night.
Polo Style Shirts ~ Designers found a fun way to continue playing with sporty themes this season. Get ready to pop that collar and channel your inner prep.
Military Greens ~ Hit the army surplus store now because you are going to want all the necessary regalia come spring. Many designers took the literal route when it came to their creations, but you are better off choosing streamlined military style pieces that come in the olive drab shade.
Inspiration from Pinterest.

Three Easy Ways to Dress up an Outfit

Fall fashion is not necessarily known as the dressiest of the seasons. Even though the runways are often filled with high fashion elements, the way real women wear fall pieces usually ends up falling more on the casual end of the spectrum. Comfortable pieces that can keep you warm, like jeans, boots and jackets. These become go-tos for daily outings, and it can be a challenge to dress them up. Here are three simple tips to dress up your fall outfit without breaking the bank.

1. Add Sparkle. A studded jacket or a metallic blazer or biker jacket can dress up even jeans and a tee! A metal belt can add instant glamour to an all black outfit, and you cannot go wrong with a sequin or glitter clutch.
2. Add Texture. Fringe can add a luxe element and elevate a look instantly, as can metallic embroidery, delicate lace, and rich leathers. Try a cream mohair cardigan for an especially high end texture!
3. Add Exoticism. You basically cannot go wrong with an animal print in the cooler months. Try a leopard ankle bootie or a snakeskin handbag or pump.
Inspiration from Pinterest.

Wardrobe Staple ~ Long Tank for Layering

A long tank for layering is an essential part of a leggings outfit. One rule of styling leggings is that the top should be long enough to cover your rear end. While a tunic is usually fine by itself, you will probably need something underneath a button down shirt, an oversize sweater, or a cardigan. A long tank under a shirt or sweater provides the coverage you need and elongates your torso. A tank is also good for sheer tunics and when you need an extra layer for warmth. The best tanks smooth and shape your torso and do not ride up, which is especially important when you are trying to cover your tush. It is smart to have multiple black, white, and nude tanks because you will wear them the most. You will also want a variety of colored tanks to wear under sheer tops.
Inspiration from Pinterest.