Floral Fundamentals

Floral Fundamentals

In the words of Miranda Priestly… “Florals for spring…. groundbreaking.” An iconic line, but an accurate one none the less. But would it be spring without a post about floral prints…. not even close. If the trend isn’t broke, then don’t fix it, right?

Instead of going for my usual bright and cheery floral prints I’m leaning towards a darker and moodier option from Zara. Picked up at the end of the holiday season, I  was immediately drawn to this piece because it reminded me of a water color painting and also looked like a more luxe approach to a spring and summer staple.

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I  always feel like Zara does a great job of making something look more expensive than it really is 😉 (that’s always the goal when I’m shopping) So instead of dropping a fortune at All Saints, this seemed like the perfect fit. As it’s been a colder spring anyway, this print transitions perfectly into the season.

With black jeans, it’s a great option for going out, but I’m excited to pair it with a bomber or blazer for a nice pop of color and pattern. Being from Zara, that means I’ve seen this top on others, and it honestly fits nicely on every body shape as it’s a bit loose.

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Although floral prints might not be “groundbreaking” there is always a way to break new ground on how you approach a trend. For me, it’s taking a more dramatic route with a classic. I’m not sure about you, but I’m READY to start wearing spring clothes, it’s practically April, let’s get this season in bloom.

-TW

Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

We’re officially one week into January and resolutions are still in play, the new season of The Bachelor has started (and I already despise all the girls) and I’m back with a new look post to start the year off stylish.

The start of a very long winter typically makes sweatpants and bulky sweater even more appealing than usual. I’m trying my best to make sure I  try to shy away from my tendencies and embrace dressy looks and try new options the season. This look is a great example of that. I’ve already welcomed turtlenecks with open arms, but now it’s about how to pull in other pieces like blazers to dress them up.

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This navy velvet blazer is a such a show stopper in this winter look. Against my white turtleneck from Uniqlo is great for a day at work when you’re feeling a little fancy and even better for night out in the winter. Instead of going for the standard khakis or black pants, I  went for a cobalt blue color, to add an extra pop. A pair of printed pants would be another way to add texture to the look!

I  love this look because it’s just an easy way to elevate a rather easy winter ensemble. Anytime you add color, texture, or pattern, especially with basic pieces, it’s a win. Here’s to hoping our outfits and resolutions remain in tact as we get through the first month of the new year!

-TW

Wrapped in Red

Wrapped in Red

Four days till Christmas, how in the hell did that happen? As we know, presents have been purchased are wrapped, but when it comes to other holiday actives, I’m coming up a bit short.

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Everyone usually has at least one holiday party to go to, whether you’re hosting one, heading to a friend’s, or going to your work party, a good outfit is crucial. I  hosted a small get together earlier in the month, and then headed to my work Christmas party this week and made sure to have a holiday outfit lined up for each.

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Although it is fun to wear the ugly sweaters, the light up ears, etc, this look is a more classic and modern taken on the red and green color scheme that most Christmas looks call for. I  love both of these pieces on their own, and was happy to see they could work well together for the holidays.

The red cotton shirt was an amazing sale find while I  was in London this summer. The deep crimson color works nicely as a pop of color. A similar style is here. It works well with jeans or in my case, dress pants.

I  saw these trousers at Oak + Fort, and knew that I had to have them. The olive plaid print with the black pipping down the side is a nice detail. Pants like these are a nice twist on any basic pair of pants for the office. They’re cut a bit short, so long boots with coordinating socks make sure I don’t loose height.

With an oversized scarf and camel coat over the look, I’m ready for whatever holiday activities are ahead. I hope everyone goes into the final push towards holiday with high hopes for a Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays,

TW

Red-y for Fall

Red-y for Fall

The Instagram feeds are clogged with pumpkins, the leaves are changing and Chicago went from 82 to 38 overnight, which only means one thing… fall is fully flourishing and I’ve been ready for it, or should I say… RED-y for it.

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Red has never been my color, but I’m trying to change that this year. Just like those mustard tones from my recent posts, I’m experimenting with being bolder with red. The best way to do it is to just go for it, so pairing this Ben Sherman knit with my favorite crimson vintage letterman’s jacket made a bright statement.

The long sleeve knit was a sale piece I picked up in London, for just 18£ which is practically nothing by their standards. Long sleeve pieces like this are great placeholders before I have to bust out a sweater and scarf. 

The change in weather has inspired me to really start stepping out in style in this Fall, and I’m RED-y for it! Are you?

-TW

Dropping a Bomb(er)

Dropping a Bomb(er)

It starting to feel a lot like fall, and thank the LORD! Chicago isn’t exactly covered in fall foliage but a consistent drop in temperatures is at least allowing me to wear jeans and boots on the regular. With the new season in full effect, I’ve decided to try and elevate my fall looks more than I  have in year’s past.  Today’s outfit is truly the bomb… (bad pun) because it’s centered on one of my favorite bomber jackets.

CallieCraigWAS091818-65Sometimes I feel like I’m Karamo from Queer Eye with the amount of jackets and bombers I own and wear on a regular basis. This bomber, however, is perhaps them best of all of them. A birthday present to myself a few years back, this maroon jacket is the perfect piece to build a luxe fall look around.

Not only am I in love in the deep burgundy color, but the silky material that makes this $75 bomber look like it was triple the price. (God bless H&M sometimes) It’s one of those pieces that takes any look from good to great and this is no exception.

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Usually I  wear this bomber for a nighttime event with dress pants and a dress shirt, but for a fall day to night look, I  paired it with a chambray button down and black denim. I’m loving the result. it

The best part of bomber jackets, especially one as sleek as this one, is that it can take any look and truly become a wow moment. Bringing it back to Karamo and the cast of Queer Eye, but truly they all know how to dress and have the perfect blend of chic daytime looks that I  hope to wear more in and outside of the office.

Here’s to making this fall my most stylish fall yet!

-TW

 

 

Mustard Must-haves

Mustard Must-haves

Summer is not my season. It’s always been to hot, too long and too busy for my liking. The minute the clock strikes fall, I’m immediately back at ease. For the remaining weeks of summer, I’ve been in such a style slump. Knowing my favorite clothing season has been around the corner has helped some.

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Even though I haven’t been enjoying summer fashion as much, I’ve had the chance to start working towards this season. Color has always been the best place to start for me. This year I’m trying something different with my color choices. Usually I stray towards colors I  know look good on me (blues, greens and maroons) but not this year. I’ve noticed an uptick in mustard yellows, browns and even reds for fall and I’ve decided to hop on board.

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Mustard, for starters, is a color I’d much easier see on a hotdog than on myself but I’ve been pleasantly surprised when I  paired it in this fall look. With my suede jacket (Zara makes a version of this jacket every year) and striped Topshop pant, similar here, it has the right amount of contrast.

Not all colors look good on everyone, (shoutout to Orange) but it’s always worth the effort in trying. In this case it was worth the payoff. I’m excited to share more fall looks and how I’ve been taking some color risks in my wardrobe this season.

Stay Tuned,

TW

Sock it to me

Sock it to me

As summer begins to wind down, (it’s winding down, right?) that means fall fashion is about to round the corner, and I for one am grateful. As much as I’ve loved donning floral prints and colorful shorts for the past few months, I’ve started to feel a bit receptive in my wardrobe routine. How many times can I  change up a top and shorts. Contrary to the mean girl’s line, the limit does indeed exist in this case.

To get out of this little rut, I was given the challenge to try pairing a of socks from Style by Orion with a summer look to show that patterned long sock can work just as well as no show socks in these warmer months. When I  think of long socks, I immediately think of sports. Thought that might sound silly, I  think of golf socks, the gym scene in Grease, or even today’s tennis players. I figured it’d be more fun to take this look in that direction.

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Even though “sporty” is not a word I’d ever use to describe myself or my closet, I  liked the idea of pairing these fun polka dot socks with white sneakers to put a twist on the idea.  My favorite Brooks Brother’s sweater that I  scored years ago remains a classic. It feels like an old prep school pullover you might see the varsity team wearing.

Another reason I  really wanted to take part in this was because I  love that it’s founder is an Instagram friend, Ryan, who founded this company and designed the socks himself. It’s awesome to see his vision come to life, and extremely inspiring as a menswear lover myself.

I can’t wait to style these socks more, especially with fall on the horizon. For now, I’ll enjoy this month of sunshine and continue to stylishly tread through this Chicago heat wave.

-TW