One Dress, 7 Ways

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite pieces for the summer.  I love a good maxi dress.  They are so easy to throw on and dress up or dress down.  I wear them with slip-on sneakers, wedges, flip-flops, and sometimes heels.  I wear them around the house, to run errands, or even out for a date night or event. I have them in a variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics, and I love them all. Today I want to show you how you can take one simple, solid color maxi dress and create 7 completely different looks with it.  I started with a basic grey maxi tank dress.  This particular one is from Lularoe, but you can find similar ones in many different places.  I will link some below.  

Dress-Lularoe

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Earrings-Trades of Hope

Cuff-Trades of Hope

Shoes-Target

Dress-Lularoe

Denim Jacket-vintage Cabi (similar-TJ Maxx)

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Shoes-Target

For this look, I just added a simple tee over the dress and knotted it in the front.

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Top-Loft Outlet

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Necklace-Trades of Hope

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Earrings-Trades of Hope

Bracelets-Trades of Hope

This look features a maxi skirt over the maxi dress.

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Skirt-Lularoe (similar-Amazon)

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Top-Target (similar style-Amazon)

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Flip Flops-TJ Maxx (similar-Target)

Earrings-Trades of Hope

Necklace-Trades of Hope

Cuff-Trades of Hope

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Belt-old (similar-Target)

Shoes-TJ Maxx (similar-Amazon)

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Necklace-Trades of Hope

Cuff-Trades of Hope

Below are some similar basic maxi tank dresses that will work the same as mine.

I am sure there are even more ways that you can change up the look of one basic maxi dress that I haven’t thought of. I hope you can use this as inspiration to spice up the wardrobe you already have.

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What is my Style?

My life has been pretty crazy lately with the house renovations, preparing to move, gymnastics (Meet season is finally over!!!) and cheer competitions (We were in Atlantic City this past weekend).  Unfortunately, that means that I haven’t had time to go shopping for you guys, photograph my outfits, or do any research. Because of this, today’s style post will be a little different. I wanted to talk to you about style in general. Recently, I told someone about my blog and mentioned that I share style tips and tricks and affordable fashion finds.  That person asked me what my style was.  I have to be honest and say that I have never really thought about that question, and I really didn’t know how to answer it. I guess if I really think about it, I am a mixture of several styles.  I don’t really think that I fit into one style box.  Some of you that know me and see my daily outfits or those of you that read this blog may have a different opinion on my style, and I would be very interested to hear what you think.  A lot of people will say that your style sort of helps define who you are and what you are all about.  I would agree that is true for the most part.  I think people dress how they feel, to show their personality, and, in a way, to show what their interests are or what their profession is.  I even wrote a post recently about how you can tell a lot about a person by just their shoes.  I think my style kind of reflects my weird idea of perfection and my OCD tendencies. I feel like I am always “put together” or at least try to be. I don’t think that is a real style, but it really does describe mine in a way. You will probably never (or vary rarely) see me without makeup, my hair done, and dressed nicely with accessories!

When I think about different style types, there are so many that come to mind. It is hard to even list all of them.  There are some that I can say that I am definitely not, like grunge, rocker, or Gothic. Then there are some that I think could definitely describe me like classic, preppy, and a little trendy. I think that classic probably fits my style best now, but I think in my younger years I was more preppy.  I do think that I try to stay on trend, but I tend to go with more classic trends than the trends that are a little more out there. What makes me more classic is that I look for small ways to add in the latest trends into what I already have, those classic basics.  For example, you all know that I love the camo trend, but I am not going to go full on camo.  I will add in a cute pair of camo print shoes with a simple white tee and jeans. Another example is with the animal print trend.  As you can see above, I just added an animal print scarf to a pretty basic outfit to give it a little more edge. I am certainly not edgy, but you get what I mean. Check out this post from HerInterest entitled 20 Types of Fashion Styles. I think that I fit could fit into the Trendy and Casual styles, with a little bit of Preppy, Girly, and Girl Next Door based on their descriptions. I also took a Style Type Quiz from Visual Therapy, and the results showed my style as 70% Classic and 30% Chic. It read, “If you’re Classic, you like simple, clean, and traditional pieces. You opt for a timeless look because the silhouette and colors rarely change. It’s always ladylike, classic, and often tailored.” Then it defined Chic as, “a powerful look and sharp lines that seem to come together in an effortless way. It is often monochromatic and combined with bold accessories.” I would tend to agree that both of those could describe my style.

I like to say that my style is fairly casual on a day to day basis when I am at home or running errands, but I have friends that will tell you that my idea of casual is not the same definition of casual that they have.  Whenever we go somewhere and everyone says not to dress up, I get fussed at because they always think my outfit is not casual enough. My idea of casual is a pair of jeans and a cute sweatshirt or sweater with boots like the star sweatshirt above with cute jewelry or the anchor tee and cardigan with jeans and boots.  I even think that a simple cotton dress with some converse is casual. As it begins to get warm, you will start to see me in a lot of dresses with sandals or cute sneakers.  My friends think that yoga pants and a t-shirt is casual. While I do love some comfy yoga pants, you will rarely ever find me out in public dressed like that no matter where I am going or what I am doing.  Even if I am lounging around the house on a rainy day and not going anywhere, I am going to get up, shower, get dressed, add jewelry, put on makeup, and do my hair. It’s just who I am. I can’t be any other way.  

If you were to walk into my closet, you would see a lot of black.  Black is classic.  Black can go with anything.  You can take a simple black dress, a black t-shirt or a black pair of pants or jeans and really add anything to it to step it up a bit.  Black is a staple in my wardrobe.  You will see colors in my wardrobe but nothing too bright or outrageous, but you will see a lot of black. I believe everyone should have a basic black dress, black t-shirt (long and short sleeve), black blouse, black cardigan, black tank top, black pencil skirt, black leggings, black jeans, and a black pair of dress pants. I know that sounds like a lot of black, but you can do so much with just those pieces. Maybe I will do a post on just that soon and show you how you can transform those basic pieces into numerous outfits.  You can see just a few examples above.  Black really is a go to for me.  I would even venture to say that probably 50% of my wardrobe is some version of black.  

Jeans are a staple in my wardrobe as well. I wear jeans year round.  I just really like jeans.  I think they are comfortable (my youngest would totally disagree) and easy to wear. I love that they come in various shapes, styles, and colors.  I love that they can be casual or dressed up.  I love that you can wear them with just about anything.  I love jeans! I have so many pair that it is kind of obscene. I have skinny jeans, cropped jeans, cuffed jeans, boot cut jeans, straight leg jeans, capris, shorts, and jeans in just about every color or shade you can think of.  They really are a daily staple for me. 

I guess that is my style in a nutshell, classic chic, put together casual with a little bit of trendiness.  LOL! I think I just made up my own category.  How do you think you would describe my style? What is your style? Let me know your thoughts. 

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The Perfect Transition Piece

Hello my loyal readers! I hope you all are gearing up for a wonderful start to the new year this week with a little time off of work and out of school.  I know I am ready for a new start.  Today I want to talk about my favorite transitional piece that is great to wear in between seasons, but also during the colder months.  I call it a transitional piece because it is such an easy way to layer your clothing during the transition between seasons or from the outdoor to indoor temps. You can add it if you are cold and easily remove it when you get a little warmer.  We all know that we have those days that start out chilly in the mornings and then it warms up some during the day or those days that start out warm but then cool off in the evenings as the sun goes down.  This piece is great for those kinds of days.  What am I talking about? I am talking about the ever-awesome cardigan! That’s right, they are great for layering. Cardigans are also great because they allow you to add a little fun or color to your outfit.  

Cardigans can come in all different shapes, sizes, and thickness. They can be short, mid length, or even down to your feet.  There are so many styles out there. Don’t be afraid to try different kinds.  Some cardigans have buttons and some don’t. Some are square shaped, some are rectangular shaped, and some are even circle shaped.  Some cardigans are more like ponchos and some are very basic. They come in many different colors and patterns too.  The possibilities really are endless.  I do recommend that everyone have 2 or 3 staple cardigans. I think everyone needs a good black cardigan, grey cardigan, and white or cream cardigan.  Those are 3 staples that you can add to just about any outfit.  Now, it is totally up to you what style or shape those three are, but those are 3 colors that will work with most anything. Then you can always add in some other colors and patterns to make things a little more fun.

Today I am going to show you a few examples of how you can style different cardigans.  Some of my cardigans are ones that I have had for years like my staple black, grey, and cream ones. Some of the ones I will show you are new and can still be purchased now if you want.  My goal is to show you different ways that you can dress them up or dress them down.  With the end of the year right now, there are tons of sales everywhere. Stores are trying to get rid of things to make room for new inventory. This is a good time to stock up on some of these trusty staples. Let’s get started.

1. The Staple Black Cardigan

This is probably my all time favorite cardigan. I have had it for several years and I wear it all the time with so many different things.  It can be dressed up or dressed down like I have shown you here. I cannot even tell you how much I love this cardigan and wish that I would have bought it in more colors way back when.

This black lace cardigan from Target is a great way to dress up an outfit. I love wearing this one buttoned up for a more classic look.

2. The Staple Grey Cardigan

This is another cardigan that I have had for years and wear a lot.  It is super soft and is so comfy to wear with so many things.  

3. The Staple Cream Cardigan

I have also had this cardigan for a long time.  It is a waffle, textured fabric and so soft.  I love it not only because it goes with so many things, but also because it is a little longer so it is great to wear with leggings. 

4. The Staple White Cardigan

This cardigan is fairly new to me but it is, sadly, no longer available. I wanted to show you a white cardigan and how you can pair it with a patterned shirt like this camo one. 

5. The Solid Color Cardigan

Solid color cardigans are so good for adding color to other staple pieces like a chambray shirt or a white, black, or grey tee.  They can also be worn with patterned tops to pull out a specific color in the pattern or to tone down a bolder pattern.  

Purple is one of my favorite colors and jewel tones are very popular this year.  This purple cardigan is such a great shade and I absolutely love it. I will say that I would order a size down as it is a bit oversized. I am wearing a small in this picture.

This brown cardigan has flecks of silver in it and is so pretty.  Brown is also a good staple cardigan because it can go with lots of things. This is a recent purchase from Target. It is no longer available online, but I believe that you can still find it in the store if interested. I would also size down on this one as well. I am wearing a small.

6. The Circle Cardigan

The circle Cardigan is one that is cut in the shape of a circle when it is laid completely flat. I have two cardigans like this and both are some of my favorites.  This one kind of gives you a poncho look.

7. The Patterned Cardigan

Patterned cardigans are so fun.  Aztec is super popular and I love this one from Target that I got several years ago. I have found a few similar options for you from Amazon and a cute alternative from Target in the same shape. 

8. The Duster Cardigan

I think you all know my obsession with Lularoe by now and these Sarah Duster cardigans are some of my absolute favorite.  If you don’t know a Lularoe consultant, this is my favorite one.  If you aren’t a fan of Lularoe but like the look of a duster cardigan, I have found a few options for you.  The longer cardigans are great to pair with skinny jeans or leggings. You can see in the first outfit where I took a basic black tee and black leggings and added just a pop of contrast for a super cute and comfortable look.

As you can see, there are so many ways that you can wear cardigans.  The possibilities are endless with so many styles, shapes, colors, and patterns. You can also see that the staple cardigans that I have are ones that I have had for years and they are still in style and still make regular appearances in my wardrobe. I hope you find one or two (or more <wink>) that you love. 

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Are You Afraid of Stripes???

One of my really close friends once told me that I own too many striped clothes.  Then we went on a shopping trip, and she refused to let me even look at any item of clothing with stripes.  I will admit that I love stripes. I am immediately drawn to them when I walk in a store. Stripes are classic and timeless. If you were to ask me what my favorite pattern is for clothes, it would hands down be stripes.  I may or may not own several versions of black and white and navy and white shirts. Wink, wink! In my defense, they are all slightly different in the size of the stripes, the style of the shirt, or overall look.  I like to view stripes as a neutral.  You can wear stripes with just about anything.  Stripes are also a great way to get your feet wet with pattern mixing, too. I will say that I am not a huge fan of pattern mixing.  I think it is part of my type-A, OCD personality that just cannot handle the contrasting patterns.  However, I am all about mixing patterns with stripes.  My second favorite pattern is probably polka dots.  I don’t have quite as many polka dot things as striped things, but it is a pretty close second.  Anyway, I absolutely love to mix stripes and polka dots together.  That is a great way to dabble in pattern mixing without it being too wild and out there. Stripes are also great to pair with floral and animal patterns.  There is really so much you can do with stripes.

I know many of you are afraid of stripes for fear that they will make you look larger than you really are. While some stripes can do that, it is definitely not the norm so get that idea out of your head now. The trick is knowing how to wear stripes for your body type. Not all body types are the same.  What looks good on me may not look good on your body.  You have to just sort of do a trial and error to see what works best for you.  Here are some of my tips that may help you choose the right stripes for you:

  1. Vertical stripes will typically make you look longer and leaner. I highly recommend that you wear vertical stripes on the lower half of your body, as they will give the illusion of long, lean legs. While in contrast, some vertical stripes on the upper part of your body will make you look boxy and your curves will be less defined. Vertical stripes on a dress can be oh so cute!
  2. Try to avoid wearing horizontal stripes across the largest part of your body. For example, I would almost never (see number 3) wear horizontal stripes across my hips or thighs as those are the largest parts of my body.  Again, horizontal stripes are best on top while vertical stripes are best on the bottom unless it is a dress. You can find many dresses in both horizontal and vertical stripes that look perfect on you depending on the style, cut of the dress, and placement of the stripes.
  3. Thinner stripes are typically more slimming than larger stripes on the larger parts of your body and are the easiest to wear. The only time I would consider horizontal stripes on the lower half of my body is if they are super thin stripes in a neutral colors (see number 4). Wider stripes can sometimes make you look larger than thinner stripes because of the size of the negative space between the stripes.  That space can sometimes accentuate the wrong part of your body depending on placement. However, if the negative space accentuates your waist or smallest parts of your body, they can be just as slimming as thin stripes.  Again, you just have to play around with them.
  4. Neutral stripes such as black and white or navy and white are more slimming than brightly colored stripes and are easier to pair with other things. However, don’t be afraid of colored stripes. In the right style top and width of stripes, colored stripes can be really cute.  You just have to try it on and see how it makes you feel.
  5. If you are larger up top, have larger girls, or broad shoulders, try adding a vest, cardigan, scarf, or jacket in a solid color to add contrast to a striped shirt. These will help break up the stripes and prevent the eye from just focusing on the stripes.
  6. Pair a solid dark colored top such as black or navy or a solid white top with a striped blazer or cardigan to add contrast.
  7. Don’t be afraid to mix vertical and horizontal stripes together, too.
  8. Pattern mixing can be fun if you don’t go overboard.  As I mentioned before florals, animal print, and polka dots are a great way to add some contrast and fun to a striped item.

In all honesty, you just have to try different styles, sizes, and colors of stripes to see what makes you feel good and feel the best about your body. The stripes I am going to show you today are probably the easiest ways to add stripes into your wardrobe.  A good black and white striped shirt or a navy and white striped shirt will look good on most body types and is a great staple item that everyone should have in their closet.

Vertical Stripes

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Thin Stripes

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Colored Stripes

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Striped Blazers/Cardigans Paired with Dark Solid Tops

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Horizontal Stripes with Accent Pieces

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Pattern Mixing

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Mixed Horizontal and Vertical Stripes

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As you can see there are so many ways that you can wear stripes without making yourself look larger/wider.  Don’t be afraid of stripes. I promise you can find pieces that will work for your body type. Just play around with them and see what you like.  If you are still afraid, start small with something like a striped scarf or a basic neutral black and white striped shirt and add an accent piece. In my opinion, you can never have too many striped items in your closet! 🙂

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Vest: An Accessory

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fall-tastic weekend.  It was absolutely gorgeous here.  Fall, my favorite time of year, is in full swing and the weather this weekend was just perfect. There was a cool fall breeze, lots of sunshine, and breathtaking colorful trees and brightly colored leaves swirling in the wind.  I knew that I missed fall when we were down in the south but I didn’t realize just how much I missed it until this weekend.  Of course, today, Monday of all days, it is gloomy and rainy outside.  Hopefully, it won’t last and the sun will be back soon.  My kids are out of school today so it seems like the perfect day to curl up and watch Hallmark Christmas movies or read a book.  Anyone else obsessed with Christmas movies?  They are my absolute favorite, and I love that they are already playing.  Of course, I could probably watch them year round.  So good!

Ok, enough about the weather and stuff. I’m sure you are getting tired of hearing me talk about the fall all the time, so let’s get on to the topic of today’s post.  One of the things that I love to wear in both the fall and winter are vests.  I want you to get it out of your head that vests are just something you wear to keep you warm.  I want you to look at them as an adorable accessory.  I love wearing vests as an accessory to my outfit versus just a cold weather item like a jacket. Of course, they will keep you warm depending on the thickness and type of vest, so if you’re in a warm area, you will want to avoid the thicker, puffy or fur-lined vests. I’ve worn vests for years, and I always had people asked me when I’m was inside at work if I was cold because I had a vest on.  My answer was always no, and they would give me a puzzled look.  You guys, vests don’t have to be taken off when you are inside unless you are super hot because they can be part of your outfit. I want you to get it out of your head that they come off inside because that’s what this post is all about. Yes, keeping you warm is a great purpose for them, but it’s not the only purpose of a vest nowadays.  Vests are being made to be more stylish so that you can look cute.

What I tried to do for you today is to show you different types of vests in different shapes and materials.  With each of us the vests I own, I have I shown you two different ways that you can wear it. Now the vests that I have to show you are ones that I’ve had for years and many are no longer available.  I have found you some more options that are similar. What I really want you to do with all of my fashion posts and photos is to get inspiration.  I will tell you that I do that all of the time.  I will see an outfit or item of clothing on Pinterest, Facebook, or on other blogs that I will either save to a Pinterest board or take a screen shot of; and then I will use them as inspiration for my own outfits. When I’m out shopping later, I can go back and look at it and use it to grow my own wardrobe.  I don’t want to necessarily copy somebody else’s look exactly. I want to make it my own and maybe add my own personality or colors so that I can achieve a similar look.  I will try to do another post to show you how I use other outfits as inspiration at another time. Just be open-minded and see how you can add these things into your own wardrobe.  I will tell you that 90% of what I will show you today are items that I already had in my closet.  It’s just all about using what you have and changing it up a little.  I am all about versatility and getting the most bang out of your buck.

The Thin Quilted Vest

This particular vest is very lightweight and one that is great for the fall when it’s not super cold or for my peeps down south where it never really gets cold.  This vest has a fitted shape to it, which will help define your figure and make you look slimmer. This is also a great vest to wear over bulkier clothes like sweaters.

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Plaid Button Up-Old Navy, Grey Sweater-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Shoes-Famous Footwear (currently on sale)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Plaid Button Up-Old Navy, Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Shoes-Converse

The Puffer Vest

Here I have the exact same vest in two different colors.  These particular vests are more of a muted color and not shinny like some puffer vests can be.  Again, this is an example where you can use these outfits as inspiration and get vests in colors that you love, and you can decided if you like the shinier materials or not.  This type of vest is going to be pretty warm.  If you are in a warmer climate and like the look of this vest, I would recommend that you wear it with something lightweight underneath. I would not wear this type of vest with bulky sweaters. These vests are going to be thicker and more boxed shaped so, again, avoid wearing it with super bulky clothes underneath.

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Turtle Neck-Old Navy (similar-Target), Jeans-Target (similar), Leopard Belt-Target, Booties-Target (similar-Old Navy)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Leggings-Lularoe (similar-Old Navy), Denim Dress-Target, Boots-Old (similar-Belk) (suede option-Old Navy)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-Amazon), Jeans-Walmart, Shirt-Old Navy, Scarf-Old Navy (similar-Amazon), Boots-Old (similar-Belk) (suede option-Old Navy)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-Amazon), Leggings-Lularoe (similar-Old Navy), Top-Target, Camo Shoes-Target

The Classic Herringbone Vest

This is probably one of my favorite and most versatile vests.  You can literally wear it with almost anything and still be cute.  This vest isn’t super lightweight or super heavy and is a great vest for most climates.  I love pairing this vest with a blanket scarf as well and wearing it both zipped and unzipped.

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Vest-Amazon, Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Booties-Target

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The Basic Black Vest

Now this particular vest is pretty warm because it has a furry lining inside. The one I have found for you that is similar does not have the furry lining but it does come in a variety of colors.  This vest is quilted and goes with many things.  It can be dressed up or dressed down depending on what you pair it with.

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Vest-Amazon (similar), Leopard Shirt-Target, Black Jeans-Old Navy, Black Flats-Payless

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The Short, Fitted Puffer Vest with Detachable Hood

This vest is similar to the two green and red puffer vests above in thickness and warmth.  The difference is that this one is more fitted than the other two and is a little shorter in length.  This particular vest also has a detachable hood with a faux fur trim.  I did not take any pictures with the hood because it somehow got lost in the move or is in a box I have yet to open, but the hood just adds another fun detail.

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-lightweight-Amazon) (similar-heavyweight-Amazon), Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-Walmart, Shoes-Toms

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The Soft Cotton Vest

Unfortunately, I have had this vest for a while and the company that I got it from went out of business, but I wanted to show it to you as an option for a more vibrant color and different material.  This vest is super soft, lightweight, and made from cotton so it has a different feel than the other vests.  A fleece vest would have a similar feel and look as this one.

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Vest-Old (similar material-Amazon) (fleece option-Amazon), Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-Cabi (similar-Old Navy), Shoes-Converse

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Vest-Old (similar material-Amazon) (fleece option-Amazon), Top-Belk (similar with reversed colors) (similar-Gap), Jeans-Cabi (similar-Old Navy), Shoes-Converse

As you can see, there are so many options of how you can wear a vest as an accessory and as a cold weather piece.  I hope you are inspired to add this fun item to your wardrobe to increase your coolness factor. It can totally be dressed up or dressed down.  You will be cute and cozy at the same time!

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Scarves, Scarves, and More Scarves

I think I have mentioned a few times now how much I like scarves.  I wear them year round.  You can wear the heavier materials in the fall/winter and the lightweight materials in the spring/summer without feeling too hot. When the springtime comes around, I will show you how to wear scarves in warmer weather.  Many people are afraid of scarves because they don’t know how to wear them. I am going to show you a few different ways to wear scarves that are pretty easy and will add a little pizzazz to your wardrobe.  Now I know that scarves come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.  The ones that I am going to show you today can be styled in more than one way.  I will show you my 3 favorite types of scarves. If you have a scarf that is a different shape and size than what I am showing you, it is very easy to get ideas on how to style it by doing a simple search on Pinterest.  I have also included a few ways on my Pinterest board that you can check out here.

The Infinity Scarf

The trusty infinity scarf is probably the easiest for people to style.  An infinity scarf is one that has the ends sewn together to form a circle with the scarf.  Infinity scarves come in all different sizes and materials.  I will show you a few different ones and how to style them. Don’t get stuck in the rut of only wearing the infinity scarf one way. I love how versatile they can be.

First up is a silky, voluminous infinity scarf in my favorite animal pattern.  This scarf has made an appearance on the blog before because I love it so much. There are several ways to wear it. This particular scarf is fairly long which makes it easier to style in multiple ways. Check out this videos to see three ways to wear it.

Super easy, right? You can do it!

This is another infinity scarf.  This particular one is made from felt and is super soft.  It is not as voluminous as the leopard one, but it can be worn in some of the same ways.  For the first look, I actually wrapped the scarf around three times instead of the typical two times for a tighter, warmer look.  The second look is the same pull-through method as I did with the leopard scarf above.

This infinity scarf is what I would call a tube infinity scarf.  It has a much smaller hole in the center and, therefore, doesn’t work well to twist it over your head more than once.  It looks more like a tube shape than a circle. This is a super stretchy, fringe scarf.  It can be worn as a typical scarf once around your neck or as a shawl with it pulled further down on your shoulders.

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Finally for our infinity scarves, I have another tube infinity scarf.  It has a very small hole in the center and is short in length so it is tighter to your neck. It is super warm and fuzzy. In fact, I wore this scarf yesterday and I was pulling fuzzier out of my mouth all day! There is really only one way to wear this scarf and that is just once around your neck. This is the kind of scarf that you want to wear when it’s really cold outside and you want to be warm. It is made from a soft knit material and is so comfy.

The Square Blanket Scarf

This is a scarf that is typically larger in size and is in the shape of a square when opened all the way up. It is going to be a bit bigger and bulkier than most infinity scarves, and it will keep you pretty warm depending on the material.  There are multiple ways that you can wear this type of scarf as it is very versatile.

This square blanket scarf is a favorite because it is the classic black and white scarf that can be paired with almost anything.  Any color top would look great with this scarf. Check out the videos below to see how I achieved these looks.

This is just a sampling of ways that you can wear this type of scarf.  The possibilities are endless.  Just use your imagination or find more ways on Pinterest!

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Here is just an example of a another square blanket scarf with a little more color.  I love these colors for fall.

The Rectangle or Oblong Blanket Scarf

This one is probably my favorite because the ways you can wear it are limitless.  It is a very versatile scarf.  This scarf is in the shape of a rectangle and is very long which makes it easier to style and allows you to have more options.

This particular scarf that I am wearing is thick and a little heavier material with fringe at the ends.  It will definitely keep you warm, and I love the vibrant colors. Check out this video to see how I achieved these looks.

I bet you never knew that you could wear one scarf in so many different ways! I think my favorite is turning it into a vest.

Belted

This scarf is also a rectangle, but it is a little more lightweight and not as thick and warm as the one above. The colors in this one are a little more muted, but it still adds a dash of color to your outfit. I am wearing this one with a belt, but I could also wear it all of the other ways that I’ve show above.

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There are so many scarves that are available for purchase and so many ways to style them.  My best advice is to stand in front of a mirror and play around with it.  Who knows?  You may come up with a new cool way to style your scarves. There really is no right or wrong way to style them.  It is up to your personality and what makes you feel good. I have linked a few scarves that I love below, but you can really find scarves anywhere, especially this time of the year. Go out and shop! Remember if you see a really cute lightweight scarf out there now, grab it with spring and summer in mind.

Old Navy has some really cutes scarves right now on sale for 40% off with the code STYLE.  These infinity scarves come in a variety of colors and look so comfy. Here are some really cute blanket scarves as well. Go check these out and more!

Target is a great place to find scarves and is where several of mine above came from in past seasons. I actually got the white and black one there a month ago in the dollar spot (You know, that trap of cuteness right when you walk in the door?). You can shop here for all of their scarves or go in the store and try them out.  I don’t know about you, but I like to know what they feel like before I buy them.  I don’t want anything scratchy around my neck! I like the subtle sparkle to this infinity scarf. I also really like the vibrant colors of this square blanket scarf. This is a great oblong scarf if you like more muted colors.

Amazon is another place to find tons scarves in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. There are endless amounts of blanket scarves on there.  This is one of my favorite oversized blanket scarves that comes in a variety of colors. Here are some super cute infinity scarves that come in solid colors and prints. This is a great option for a rectangle/oblong scarf in a variety of colors.

Let me see what you come up with. You can post pics in the comments here or over on my Facebook page. I would love to see!

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All About that Plaid, ‘Bout that Plaid

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Fall is finally in full bloom up here where I live, and I couldn’t be happier! I think I have mentioned before how much I love fall.  I love the cool mornings.  I love that I have been able to turn on my gas logs to warm up in the afternoons. Fall has this smell about it too that just makes me feel all warm and cozy.  It makes me be in a better mood.  I don’t know how, but it does. We actually had to turn our heat on last night because we were under a frost warning! There is nothing better than climbing in a cold bed and covering up with a warm blanket to me. I know, I’m not normal! LOL!  Oh, and let’s not forget about the trees! They are so gorgeous! It’s my favorite part. I love it!

When I think of fall fashion, I think about jeans, boots, scarves, cardigans, sweaters, and PLAID. I think plaid has always been a part of my fall attire, and this year is no different.  The fall runways came with a lot of really bright colored plaids on a large scale, as well as, muted plaids and hounds tooth prints on men’s style blazers and pants. While looking at pictures from fashion shows is fun, you have to be realistic in how you can apply it to your own wardrobe.  Most of what you see on the runway is always a little outrages and not what the average person like you and I would wear, so how can you incorporate it into your own style? Well, there are tons of ways and I will show you a few.  You may automatically connect plaid with flannel, but adding plaid into your wardrobe does not mean that you have to add flannel. I know many of you also fear that plaid will make you look like a farmer. Ha ha! Plaid can be fashionable, I promise. You don’t have to wear the plaid flannel shirts and overalls!

**Just a forewarning, most of the pieces that I am showing you have been in my closet for a while.  I have tried to find similar options for you to choose from if you like the look, but I wanted to give you different options on how to style plaid.**

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Outfit #1

Now, I know what you are thinking.  This outfit could actually be considered a farmer’s outfit, and this shirt does have a flannel feel to it. However, it is super comfortable and cute. This is a very relaxed way to wear flannel.  This particular shirt is a tunic so it is a little longer in the back than the front to cover all of your business.  I have paired it with a pair of skinny jeans and slouchy boots. This is an outfit that is good for those lazy weekend days when you don’t have much going on, or when you have errands to run and you want to be comfortable. You could also pair this top with a pair of leggings for an even more comfortable outfit while still looking cute.  You could go with a range of plaid patterns and colors depending on your preference. Choosing a color other than the typical red plaid like mine can make it look a little less farmer-like.

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Outfit #2

I think I have mentioned before how much I love scarves.  I have an obscene number of them, including a variety of plaid ones. Scarves are not just for warmth to take on and take off when you go out in the cold.  Scarves are a great accessory that can add just a little interest to your outfit. (I’ll do a post on just scarves another day.) They can also add a pop of color to an otherwise boring outfit.  I think this plaid scarf is my favorite of all of my plaid ones, and it is super soft. This scarf is a blanket scarf, which means it is a giant square and gives you a fuller look.  I cannot for the life of me remember where I got this scarf from so I found you some similar ones. Really any plaid blanket scarf would work, though.  Here I have paired it with a simple t-shirt, jeans, and ankle booties. It adds just a little pizzazz to my outfit.

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Outfit #3

This outfit/look is one of my favorite ways to wear plaid.  I think of this as a fall preppy look.  I don’t know why, but it just feels a little preppy to me.  This is a basic plaid button down shirt.  I have rolled up the sleeves and left the bottom button unbuttoned and took the two ends of the shirt and made a knot.  You could also wear this tucked in for a similar look.  I don’t know about you (and this is probably showing my age); but when I was younger, I tucked everything in.  I mean everything! It was not cool to wear shirts un-tucked back then because you were considered a slob.   I think it was when I was in college that the whole un-tucked phase came where you never tucked things in and wore long, tunic-type shirts or long t-shirts.  That was hard to get used to for me.  Then came the half tucked look where you just tuck in a part of the front of the shirt. I still wear many shirts this way, and you could also do that with a button down shirt like this if you are into that look.  Here I have paired the plaid shirt it with a pair of jeans and my trusty Converse shoes for a casual look.

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Outfit #4

This look is a little more dressy than the previous ones.  This top has a silky feel to it and is very flowy.  I have paired it with a pair of black jeans and heeled ankle booties, but you could pair it with a nice pair of slacks and heels to make it a more professional look. It makes a great work outfit.

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Outfit #5

As I mentioned there were a lot of plaid men’s style blazers on the fall runway.  I don’t know about you, but I just don’t see myself wearing a men’s blazer in my everyday life.  Insert this little jacket.  This jacket has a similar effect as the men’s blazer, but it is more feminine and cute, or at least I think so. I got this at TJ Maxx the other day so you could possibly find it in your local store, but sadly I couldn’t find it online for you.  I found you some alternatives, though. This jacket has a little bit of a bell sleeve on the ends and is cropped to give it that feminine style.  This type of jacket can be dressed up or dressed down.  You could wear it with a black pencil skirt or nice slacks for work or with a pair of jeans for a more casual look.  The possibilities are endless.

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Outfit #6

This is my newest plaid addition to my wardrobe.  I got this off of Amazon.  I have always been a little afraid to order clothes from Amazon, but I took a chance on this dress.  This is my attempt to add in the bold colored plaid. I wouldn’t normally wear this bright of a color, but I wanted to give it a try.  I will say that this dress arrived and felt very stiff so I was thinking I wouldn’t like it.  However, after washing, it softened up a little. I have paired it with leggings because as you can see, it is way too short to wear without something underneath for this old girl.  I also added the belt to give my waist a little definition, and I think it turned out pretty cute.   Dresses are a good way to add a little plaid to your wardrobe whether it is a bold pattern like this or a more subdued, simple pattern.  I also really like the shirt dress look in plaid too which is another great option.

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Outfit #7

Finally, I have one more way to add plaid into your wardrobe with another scarf.  This one is for those of you that are hesitant towards plaid.  This scarf has a very subtle plaid pattern to it that is not as obvious and in your face as some others. This is a good way to ease yourself into wearing plaid.  It just brightens up this outfit.  This is a long rectangular scarf that I simply tied in a knot over a chambray shirt and colored denim pants.

I hope you can see a few different ways that you can add plaid into your wardrobe.  Don’t be afraid of it! You don’t have to buy flannel and you don’t have to look like a farmer! You can do it!

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Hiding in Plain Sight

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Today’s fashion trend is one that wasn’t seen too much on the fall 2018 runways but is still one that is currently on trend. If you look at fashion influencers on Instagram, Facebook, and other bloggers, you will see a ton of it.  You can also find it anywhere from stores like Walmart to stores like Nordstrom. The trend for today is camouflage! It is a trend that I am kind of obsessed with.  Honestly, if you ask my kids, they would say that that I am a lot obsessed with it.  I can’t explain why I am so drawn to it but I am.  You would think that someone that doesn’t like the outdoors or nature and who loves fashion wouldn’t be caught dead in camo clothes, but I promise you that you can wear it and still look stylish and cute. When I walk in a store, I can’t help myself from looking for it, and I promise I am not looking in the sporting goods section for it either! I know most of you are thinking I’m crazy and that there is no way you would ever wear camouflage.  I promise it isn’t the camo overalls or camo thermal underwear type of camouflage that my dad wears when he goes hunting!  There are stylish ways to add something a little different to your wardrobe. It is also a great neutral that can go with lots of things.  Trust me on this one!

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Outfit #1

This is the very first piece of camo that I bought a couple of years ago.  It was before the trend really exploded.  Hey, I was being fashion forward! LOL! When I wore these pants for the first time, my husband looked at me like I was crazy and asked me if I was going hunting.  Of course I rolled my eyes and smacked him on the arm.  What does he know about fashion? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! He has worn a uniform for 80% of his entire life!!! Side note, never take fashion advice from your husband unless he is the metrosexual type that is into fashion! Mine certainly isn’t, but I love him anyway.  Moving on…I then wore these pants in front of my mom and sister, and they had a similar reaction.  Again, I was ahead of the trend, and I really loved these pants and still do.   I continued to wear them and started getting compliments on them and people were starting to ask where I got them because they wanted them.  Fast forward a couple of years and camo is now cool and in style. I still get compliments on these pants and my husband still asks if I am going hunting every time I wear camo. My favorite way to wear these pants is with a different black top that I haven’t been able to find since our move (tears) and my favorite black heel booties.  I didn’t do a picture that way since I couldn’t find my usual top, but I did want to show you how you could dress them down or dress them up a little more for work. Yes, I have worn these to work many times.

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Outfit #2

For the second outfit with the same pants, I wanted to add something that would be appropriate for the work setting.  Now, as you can see, this denim shirt is a little large on me.  While I don’t like the look of it on me this big, it makes me happy to see it on me because it is a testament to the weight I have lost over the past 8 months.  Go me! Although it is too big on me, I wanted you to get the idea of how denim could be paired with it. Now, I get to go shopping for a smaller one! <wink>

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Outfit #3

These shoes are the newest addition to my wardrobe, and they are now competing with my camo pants as my favorite camo piece.  These are the same shoes as the leopard shoes that I shared last week.  They are so comfortable, affordable, and adorable! I will tell you that these shoes have been so popular that a lot of stores are sold out, and they are often sold out online.  Don’t fret! They do come back in stock.  They were sold out when I first tried to buy them, but I was patient and got them last week! I was soooo excited! Tip: They usually come back in stock first thing in the morning and are sold out by the afternoon.  Just keep checking back.  These shoes are a great way to ease your way into the camo trend. They are subtle and just add a little bit of character to your outfit.

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Outfit #4

This is another camo piece that I went on a hunt for.  I saw it at American Eagle and wanted it, but they didn’t have it in my size so I went home and tried to order it online. It was sold out there too.  Are you seeing a pattern? Everyone wants camo! Anyway, I kept checking online to see if they restocked but they never did. Then, I finally went to a different AE (I went to several) and found it! I was so happy! It is so soft and comfy and I love the vintage wash of it. Unfortunately, unless you are lucky enough to find one left in the store, this one is no longer available. However, I have found some similar alternatives for you, though.

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Outfit #5

This utility jacket is another new piece for me, and I am in love with it for fall.  It has a hood, a draw string to cinch the waist a little, and is just super cute.  You can pair it with so many things. Here I just have a simple white tee and black jeans. You can pair it with grey, black, green, and brown.  You can dress it up with a cute pair of booties, flats, or even heels; or you can dress it down with some tall boots or converse. There are so many possibilities.

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Outfit #6

I love a good pair of leggings (another one of my obsessions), and these camo leggings are no exception. They are high waisted so they keep all of your junk contained. Let’s be honest, most of us need to keep our junk contained! (#truth) If you are shorter, they may be long on you but you can roll them for a cute look as well (see below). They even have a secret key pocket inside. I don’t know of anyone that would actually stick their keys in there (uncomfortable??), but it is there if you need it. I have them paired with a Lularoe Irma tunic but any tunic will work. This is just my opinion, but I believe if you are going to wear leggings, you need to cover your backside. This shirt is a high/low hem where it is longer in the back and perfect for wearing with leggings.  I have found some cute options for you in both short and long sleeve.

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Outfit #7

This outfit is the same as above with just a slight variation to dress it down.  I rolled the bottom of the legs and added a pair of Converse shoes.  I am wearing these today rolled up but with a black, long sleeve shirt. Cute and comfy!

Since I am literally obsessed with camo, I have done some searches to find some more cute options for you.  They are not only adorable, but they are also affordable.  You can find some other options that are more expensive at places like Nordstrom that are really cute as well. However, I am all about affordable options. If you have a little more cash to spend, go check those out too. You might find something you love. Otherwise, click on the links below for all the camo you could ever want.  There are even some cute colored options if you aren’t a fan of the shades of green and browns.

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Target-all camo

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Old Navy-all camo

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American Eagle-They have a ton of camo for every sports team you can think of so there is a lot to go through.  I just picked a few of my non-sports related favorites for you.

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Walmart-If you do a search on camo at Walmart, you are going to find the kind of camo that you would wear to go hunting.  That is NOT the camo that you want if you are trying to be on trend.  If you are a country girl who likes going hunting and fishing and wants to wear that, though, go for it. Here are a few cute pieces that I like.

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Express-I think this might be my next camo purchase.  I absolutely LOVE this sweatshirt. It is currently on sale so grab it quick!

I hope you can see how camo can me added to your wardrobe to give you a little bit of edge and style. Maybe you will become obsessed like me! We can hide in plain sight together. <wink, wink>  Check out my Pinterest board for some more inspiration. Let me see what you’ve got!

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Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh, My!

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What is your favorite season? Mine is definitely fall.  Living in South Georgia for the past 3 years has been tough because there really is no fall there. In fact there is really only one season there…summer! I missed fall a lot during the three years we lived there.  I am so happy to be back further north where we will actually have 4 seasons a year.  I HATE being hot, so summer is probably my least favorite season.  I’m not really a beach girl because I can’t stand the sand all over me or the creatures swimming out in the ocean. (Remember, I don’t like animals of any kind.) Oh, and let’s no forget the dreaded swimsuit and having to shave everyday! The only thing I really like about summer is that it is usually the time for family vacations, and there is no school. Other than that, I am not in love with summer. I know that is probably the opposite of most of the world as many people live for their summers, but I just don’t feel the same.  Spring brings on the pollen, allergies, and the beginning of the heat so it is probably my next least favorite.  I know that this is an unpopular opinion but I actually like winter, and it is definitely a close second to fall.  I LOVE the cold.  I love sitting by the fire.  I love curling up inside a warm house covered with a blanket with a good book or movie. I love Christmas and time with family through the holidays.  Sweaters and boots and jeans are my jam.  Snow is so pretty.  I love looking out the window and seeing the world around me covered in white.  Of course, I don’t like to be out in it getting all wet. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I do not like to be dirty.  LOL! It’s just another part of my self-diagnosed OCD.  As a teacher, I loved getting snow days off, too.  Many of the same reasons that I love winter are why I love fall most of all. I love it when the air starts to get crisp.   Any temperature between 55 and 75 makes me happy. The changing leaves on the trees in the fall are just gorgeous to me.  I love the shades of orange, yellow, and red.  It is breathtaking.  I was a cheerleader in high school and cheering during the fall football games brings happy memories. Fall is also the start of a new school year and school supplies, and I might have a slight obsession with school supplies. The reasons I love fall are numerous, so I will just leave you with those.

Now on to the real topic of today’s post.  Fall fashion trends.  For the next few Mondays, I will be sharing some of my favorite fall trends.  I absolutely love clothes.  If you were to see my closet you would see that I am a shop-aholic. I really do have a problem.  I admit it! My husband has to put me on shopping restriction sometimes. Although, he would tell you that I never really do stop.  I just can’t!  I really can’t pass up a deal.  I love a good sale.  My favorite places to shop are really stores that won’t break the bank.  Target is my absolute favorite, but I also love Old Navy, Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom Rack.  Another favorite is to go to outlet malls to shop at places like J. Crew, Gap, Banana Republic, and American Eagle at a discount. I will also say that Walmart has stepped up their clothing game lately, and I have gotten some cute things from there that I will be sharing with you soon.  I am also kind of obsessed with Lularoe so you will see a lot of those pieces make their way into my outfits.

One of the big trends for this fall is animal print.  I would say that I think animal print has been on trend for several years, and this fall is no different.  Leopard or cheetah is probably the most popular of animal prints; but zebra, snake, and others animals can be seen when out shopping.  Most of my animal print is from previous seasons and no longer available, so I have compiled some of my outfits for you so get some ideas of how you can style animal print and add it to your wardrobe.  You can see that there are ways to subtlety add it and also ways you can go all out.  I tried to find some items that are similar to the ones that I have so you can purchase if interested, but I encourage you to use these outfits as inspiration to find your own style with animal print.

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Outfit #1

This outfit is simple and only adds a little pop of animal print in the shoes.  You guys, these shoes are my new obsession.  I got them at Target, and they are comfy and so cute! You may see them appear in another fall trend soon in another pattern. Wink, wink! The vest I am wearing is from Lularoe and all of their pieces are limited edition.  Any type of vest or cardigan would work with this outfit, though.

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Outfit #2

This is another simple outfit that you can spice up with just a hint of leopard print with the belt.  You could put a variety of colored tops with this look. The possibilities are endless.  The good thing about most animal prints is that they pretty much can go with most anything.

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Outfits #3 and #4

Scarves are a great way to add a touch of animal print.  I love scarves for both fall and winter.  I have even been known to wear them in the spring and summer as well.  They are such a fun way to add a little bit of interest to your outfit.

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Outfit #5

Animal print dresses are so fun.  This one is a Carly from Lularoe and if you know anything about LLR, you will understand when I say that this dress was one of my unicorns, and I am so glad that I found it.  You can add a pair of leggings underneath for warmth or to cover up your stark white legs like mine!

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Outfit #6

Graphic tees were pretty popular for a while.  I think the trend is dying down, but it is still a great way to incorporate animal print into your outfit.  For those cooler fall evenings, throw on a jean jacket or a vest and you are good to go.

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Outfit #7

I love a good cardigan and this one from Lularoe is super soft and cozy which makes it even more fabulous.  Short or long cardigans can add not only warmth to your outfit, but they can also add a little fun or pop of color.

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Outfits #8 and #9

A bright pop of color is another great trend for this fall so why not mix the two? Both have been seen all over the runway for this season.  In the first outfit I have the bright pink pop of color with a subtle note of animal print in the shoes.  In the second outfit, I have the pop of red in the pants with a neutral top and animal print flats.  Put these two trend together, and you are ready to walk out the door looking cute. Side note: The red pants below are some of my favorite pants.  They are stretchy and super comfy.  I have them in several colors.

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As you can see, there are many ways to add animal print into the wardrobe you already have.  It can take your outfit from drab to fab in an instant.  Check out my Pinterest Board to get some more inspiration. Go find the inner animal in yourself and give this trend a try.  Show me what you come up with!

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