Five Winter Style Essentials

With the days getting chillier, there is no doubt winter is just around the corner. Being prepared for winter means having the right wardrobe. So start shopping now, before the cold weather gets you. Here are my picks for five versatile pieces to add to your wardrobe that will keep you cozy while looking ever-so-stylish.

1. Camel Wool Coat

A wool camel coat is eternally chic and classic staple for every wardrobe.  Whether it is an oversized style or a classic fit, camel wool coats are a timeless essential. It is an easy to wear piece that goes with almost anything, perfect to throw over office clothes, or as a cozy wrap on the weekend.

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2. Embellished Sweaters

Add a little bit of sparkle to your wardrobe. The embellished sweater is perfect for the festive season, but also brings a bit a bling to your every day life. They are effortless to wear and keep you warm and cozy.

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3. Wool Hat

When weather turns foul, a pretty wool hat will will protect your hair, and keep you looking cute. Opt for one with a wider brim to protect you from gusts of snow and wind.

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4. Tights

Just because your legs are covered up does not mean you cannot show them off. Make the most of the cold-weather months with these on trend and far from boring statement tights.

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5. Chunky Knit Scarf

It is amazing how warm a chunky knit scarf will keep you. This stylish piece is both practical and pretty. Chunky knits are ethereal, body enveloping, and inviting to touch.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

Fall Wardrobe Essentials

Soon the weather will be cooling down, and we will start to feel a bit of a chill in the air. So as summer draws to a close, you may be wondering what items to pull from storage and what you should buy new to transition into a fabulous fall wardrobe. Just follow my basic guidelines and start with these fall wardrobe essentials. You will be on your way to a stylish autumn season. Deep, rich colors and pieces for layering on cooler days are essential to the fall wardrobe. Earthy fabrics and knits bring warmth to a cold season, and subtle metallics and leather also make a comeback this time of year.

1. Long sleeved tees  Perfect for layering, long sleeved tees will keep you warm and add depth to a fall outfit. Blacks, grays, and creams are good colors to start with and can be layered under some of your more versatile warm weather clothes if needed.

2. A pullover sweater  A pullover can be a lifesaver when weather suddenly changes. Choose close knit styles for a tailored look or bulkier knits when you just want to cozy up with a good book and your favorite cool weather beverage.

3.  Boots This one is almost self-explanatory, but there are many styles, heights, and colors when it comes to boots. Choose a pair or two of favorites like ankle, knee-high, or mid-calf boots and switch things up depending on the weather.

4. Leggings and tights – Leggings and tights come in a huge variety of patterns and colors. There really is something for everyone. The bare legged styles of summer may not be warm enough for the fall months, but a good set of leggings can extend the life of some of your favorites, and tights make any skirt more practical.

5. Scarves – Another accessory worth stocking in many colors and styles is definitely the scarf. You can still wear scarves made of sheer fabrics during autumn, but can also start to introduce bulkier, warmer varieties.

6. Cardigans – Cardigans are another versatile essential for the fall. They can be found with or without buttons, long-sleeved, ¾ sleeved, colored, patterned, with hoods, and in all kinds of fabrics. For a staple, go with a neutral color that you can get a lot of wear out of, but if you have the budget for a second cardigan choose something fun.

7. Leather  I could be more specific, but if you choose even a single leather item for your closet this year, you will be on the right path. A leather pencil skirt, pants, or a jacket are great additions to any outfit.

8. A loose blouse  You just cannot go wrong where a blouse is concerned, no matter the season. Plus, they are perfect for pairing under a cardigan or pullover if it turns extra chilly.  For fall, choose darker, rich colors (try jewel tones) or creamy neutrals.

9. A sweatshirt / hoodie  There are going to be gray, drizzly mornings this autumn when you wake up and think one thing….I wanna be comfy. Those are the mornings to don your favorite hoodie and jeans. But a comfy outfit does not have to be a frumpy one. Go for a more fitted sweatshirt that flatters rather than covers your curves.

10. Metallic accessories If you have got your other essentials hanging in the closet it is time to add some bling. A little bit of metallic jewelry will go a long way in jazzing up your basics and you can start to look for clothing with built-in sparkle as well. Keep it subtle at first – bronze, gold, brushed metallics – then slowly kick things up by adding in more silver and sparkle as the weather cools.

Bring Your Favorite Sundress into Fall

Whether it was from a mom or your grandmother, we have all heard some variation of “go change; you are going to freeze to death.”  But before you go reluctantly move your favorite summer dress to the back of the closet, let us show you some fabulous ways you can keep those dresses around for fall.

1. Pull on a Bottom Layer

Tights: When wearing a dress in the fall or winter, adding tights is an easy way to warm up your outfit. You can keep it classic with a simple pair of opaque black tights or experiment with colors and patterns.

Leggings: Other than tights, leggings are definitely the warmer option to wear.  Leggings with leather elements or studs would definitely add some flair to your outfit and some edge to your summer pieces.

2.  Layer Sweaters

Cardigans: Maxi dresses already have enough length to endure the fall season, so add a cardigan, belt and scarf for a cute fall variation.

Get Pulled Over: Try layering a sweater over a loose-fitting tank dress for a totally cute new look!  Allowing the dress to peek out the bottom adds flair and color, while simultaneously giving you the layers to survive the temperature drop.

3. Pair it With Fall Shoes

Booties: You do not have to tell me twice that when the temperature drops it is officially boot season! It is time to retire your sandals and replace them with super cute booties.  Booties are probably the only shoe that looks great with skinny jeans, tights or pretty much any other bottom. Whether you go flat or heeled, an ankle boot will never let you down.

4. Throw on a Scarf

Scarves: They are a great addition to sundresses to make them fit for cooler weather. In order to incorporate this warm and stylish accessory, try using the scarf as a bright accent piece or mix and match the prints of the dress and scarf.

5. Cover With a Jacket

Leather: Leather jackets are great for transitioning an outfit to fall.  A classic black leather jacket or a brown leather jacket will keep your arms warm, and wearing matching black or brown booties creates an awesome urban-chic look!

Blazer: For a more professional or daytime look, add a blazer to a dress and a pair of tights. My favorite fall trend is tweed blazers!

6. Don Some Denim

Denim:  A denim shirt looks great over almost every pattern and color of dress.  You can let the shirt hang loose or try adding a skinny brown or black belt. Not only can you wear a denim shirt over a summer dress to keep warm on a chilly day, but you can also try a denim jacket as well.

Dressing for the Holidays

Are you ready for the holiday season? Well ’tis the season with all the family get-togethers and parties. If you were wondering what to wear for the holidays then you are in luck! In the upcoming days I am going to share Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve outfit ideas. From casual, dressy casual and dressy for each holiday. Thanksgiving is around the corner and that means yummy food, family gatherings and saying thanks for all the things we are grateful for in our lives. In addition to all those wonderful things we have to think about our Thanksgiving outfit. Depending on your plans for the holiday you will have to consider what dress is appropriate for the gathering. Casual, dressy casual or dressy. These three “dress codes” cover the variety of occasions that might occur. Over the next three days I am going to share with you three different outfits keeping these three dress styles in mind. Today I share with you a casual Thanksgiving outfit. You have a lot of options when it comes to casual dress, just do not be too casual. An easy and casual Thanksgiving outfit formula is dark wash jeans, boots, fall colored sweater, which you can accessorize to your taste. As for the sweater, I would go for something light. Most likely you will be indoors, and it will be warm. Here are some examples:
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How to Wear Striped Shirts For Fall

There is nothing quite like the striped shirt. Though often associated with spring and summer, the striped shirt is actually just as relevant right now and might be the perfect complimentary piece to a layered fall look. Stripes can be intimidating. They are bold, they are brazen and they can be a little difficult to wear. Some people fear that horizontal stripes make you look wider, which so not true. They can be a little too bold for the wallflowers among us. So it is understandable that some would be hesitant about them. But stripes can also be fun and exciting, injecting a little bit of punk rock into an everyday outfit. Why not give them a whirl this fall!!
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New York City

I just returned from four crazy days in New York City. I was there to sight see and play tourist, since it was my first visit. I could have people watched for hours and hours. What an exciting city. I noticed that living in New York without good ankle boots is like living in Hawaii without solid sandals. Pretty much every woman I saw had on a pair. Sporty anoraks and army jackets are especially popular as well. Perhaps it is the whole “urban warrior” notion, or maybe it is the fact that they walk everywhere, so you really, really need things like this for bad weather days. It was chilly while I was there, so most people were bundled up. I learned it is all about layering there. They have to dress for the swing of temperatures that comes with leaving their apartment at 7am when it is bristling, then walking five blocks to get lunch at 1pm when it is no jacket needed weather. Layering makes deconstructing and building outfits back up so much easier, and thick scarves are the cheat sheet to that. Some girls carry multiple purses or use an extra canvas tote to stash the gym clothes or lunch they are bringing to work. Most girls I saw had it all in one big bag. Together these items make up the stereotypical New York wardrobe. I would return in a hot minute!!

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.
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