What Gretchen Wore

When I go Christmas shopping, it is difficult for me not to find something for myself as well as gifts for my friends and family.  After all, I am a shopaholic.  The deals and bargains around the holidays are too amazing to pass up.  This charcoal grey swing dress was only $12 from Old Navy!  Today I paired it with an eggplant colored cardigan, chunky necklace and over the knee black boots.  This dress is veritable.  You could easily add a collared shirt underneath for another layer or a scarf to add more color.

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What Gretchen Wore

These pants from New York & Company were originally purchased with the idea of hiking in them (which I have done).  However, there is no reason not to utilize them in other scenarios, pair them with different shirts or sweaters, and therefore get the most use out of them possible.  Today I have paired them with a sleeveless charcoal grey sleeveless sweater under a cardigan, both from Loft Outlet.

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Sweaters ~ Mix up Your Wardrobe

Brrrrr…..It is definitely sweater season!!  I used to only gravitate to one or two types of sweaters, and that made for a very long and boring winter wardrobe.  I guess I did not realize there were so, so many styles of sweaters that could add variety and life to winter style.  Lately I have been loving sweaters as I have been more mindful of mixing up the types of sweaters in my closet.  So I thought I would share a few styles of sweaters in hopes of inspiring your winter wardrobe.  One thing to note is that today I am mainly focusing on styles of sweaters.  In general, for colder weather, look for thicker sweaters, tighter knits, or ones with material that is more insulated.  For warmer weather like I have down here in South Carolina, look for thinner sweaters, ones with more open knits, or even short sleeved sweaters.
Fitted Pullover Sweaters (V-Neck Or Crew Neck) ~  These are pretty standard staples and are a great backdrop for a statement necklace or a printed scarf.  These are also perfect for layering under blazers and jackets. You could even add a button up shirt underneath.  This style is helpful for tailored looks and especially great for business casual style.

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Loosely Fitted Pullover Sweaters  (V-Neck Or Crew Neck) ~  These are similar to the previous ones, but more loosely fitted.  You can get some that are plain, or you can get some with texture.  I prefer loosely fitted sweaters like these for a few reasons. I find them more comfortable.

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Cowl Neck / Turtleneck Sweater ~ Cute and cozy!  There are plenty of super thick warm ones that are so good for cold weather, but there are also plenty of thinner ones that are good for warmer climates. I would not accessorize much with these. Depending on the cut and material, these can look a little fancier and make good options for dressier sweaters.

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Textured Sweaters ~ Adding texture just gives your look some dimension.  I love textured sweaters!

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Sweaters With Peplum Hem ~ These sweaters with a peplum hem give you the cute look.  They are super easy to wear, but are really cute.  They work well for casual outfits but also dress up nicely with pants for an office appropriate look.

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Printed Sweaters ~ Last but certainly not least….sweaters with prints!  Christmas sweaters are popular around this time of year, but there are many other prints like polka dots, stripes, hearts, or cute little animals or characters.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

 

Reflection ~

Reflection is not only what a mirror produces for you to admire, but reflection is also a great tool to look back on decisions you make. In our own way we possess the power to achieve greatness. We all can create goals and conquer tasks to meet those ends. Dress the part. Strut your stuff. Be fabulous.

Whether the situation is a job interview or running a race, appropriate clothing for the occasion could push you to the front of the pack. Your level of motivation will be higher. Your confidence will be greater. Watch as it propels you forward, a momentum that cannot easily be stopped.

Recently I trained for, and participated in a 10K bridge race. Here is a photo from that. The lighting is not perfect. There was no cropping and no chance for a better angle. I am running….and I feel great!47573738_10156878124726665_5380825793972666368_n

How to Wear Faux Fur Vests

A faux fur vest, if worn correctly, is this season’s hot fashion layering piece that reads part boho, part French-girl chic. Follow some easy rules and enjoy the sideways glances from friends not daring enough to attempt the look themselves. Yes, it takes fashion guts to wear a faux fur vest, but if you wear it well, you will reap all the fashion glory.

First of all, do not be tempted to wear your furry fashion friend under a coat or jacket. The beauty of a shaggy vest is that your arms, encased in a long-sleeve tee or flowy blouse, automatically appear smaller. You need the juxtaposition of the chunky vest against your arms to create that magical fashion sleight of hand. As in, even if your arms are not skinny and buff, they will appear so next to the chunky vest.

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If you are petite, protect your precious real estate. Choose a vest that stops at the hip bone or, at the very least, the top of the thigh, so that the leg looks long and uninterrupted. Petite women also need to be aware of the scale of the vest. Look for banding at the waist to create the illusion of a waistline, or shop for a vest that is slightly fitted. It also helps to check the size of the armholes. 0c01f6b6c6f82c7f93be57a22d25babe

Consider the scale of the fur when choosing a vest. Do you want to wear a long, flowy faux fur? Then choose with care if you have a limited budget. While faux fur has come a long way with many luxe-looking options on the market, shabby chic and cheap can easily veer toward hoochie if you’re not selective.  On the other hand, a sheared faux fur, even an inexpensive vest, usually reads more upscale.

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The faux fur is a natural best friend to denim and boots, but it also plays well with others. Pair it with a floaty dress, tights and boots, and it becomes the finishing piece that keeps the dress from looking too casual.

Still afraid of the faux fur vest? Try a vest that just features fur on the collar. A little touch of fur around your face feels glamorous.Vest-with-fur-collar-533x800

Inspirations from Pinterest.

Festive and Fresh ~ Holiday Outfit Ideas

Do you want to be the life of all your holiday parties and plans? Then having the perfect holiday outfit is a must! Dressing for Christmas, holiday events or the office holiday party does not have to be difficult. From sparkly pieces to a chic monochrome look, you will catch everyone’s eye in any one of these stunning outfits.  These looks are super easy to replicate.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

This white and black checked short sleeve coat is awesome!  Living in South Carolina, you rarely need a coat, so having a short sleeve option is perfect for down here.  I featured this coat last winter, but it is so veritable I had to share it again.  When I find a piece that I love so much, I make sure to incorporate it into my wardrobe as much as possible.  Today I add black thigh high boots and a colorful scarf to complete my look.  I am wearing a black slip dress underneath, so I can remove the coat while in the office.

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