Wow. Can you tell I like off-the-shoulder tops? I realize this is my third outfit post in a row featuring an off-the-shoulder top and I’m thinking maybe I need to branch out…but at the same time, don’t mess with a good thing, right? I’m still working on a post about my Paris trip, but for now, here is my first outfit of the day back in New York–all black, big surprise. This top can also be pushed up and worn to cover your shoulders if you get chilly (and I did, because I wore this on a rainy day) and is on sale now for under $10, which is basically free. Shop this whole outfit by using the links below! 🙂
I’m going to keep this short and sweet because I’m writing on my phone (RIP laptop charger). I have some exciting news: I’m moving back to New York!
It’s been in the works for some time now, but I hate to mention things before they are finalized. I am always worried that by getting excited prematurely I’ll “jinx” myself. But everything is falling into place and I’ll be moving into my tiny new apartment this weekend in beautiful Brooklyn.
I know several people are unaware that I ever left the city (even though I wrote a post about it back in December, ahem) so this news might be a bit anticlimactic for some of you! But I’m very excited and wanted to let you know.
So onto the outfit: this is the result of trying to wear clothes I haven’t worn lately to see if they’ll make it into my capsule wardrobe and/or survive the paring that happens naturally when moving. I absolutely love this velvet crop top for cooler weather. I like the pattern and I love wearing velvet in the fall and winter to add some texture to whatever I’m wearing, especially since it often happens to be all black. But I’m not sure if it’s versatile enough to wear with several different skirts, dresses, and pants, which is why I’ve been testing it out.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading! And if you’re in the city and want to get coffee, please leave a comment or send me a message on Instagram!
Sunglasses: Old Navy // Top, skirt, and choker: Forever 21
As you know if you’ve been keeping up with my blog/Instagram, I’m working on paring down my wardrobe and only wearing things I really like and feel comfortable in. One piece of advice I keep reading on capsule wardrobe blogs is that you should only wear clothes that make you feel good and flatter your body. If you look in your closet and think “well I can wear this dress when I don’t feel so bloated,” then it should go.
However, I have a little bit of a problem with that. I think how you feel about your body starts in your head, not with your clothes. I have clothes that I love that maybe aren’t the most flattering thing I could wear. I wore this outfit on Monday and I loved it. The top is actually a bodysuit with snaps at the bottom like a baby onesie, and it was my mom’s when she was my age. I paired it with black jeans and it was very simple, but it felt like me. I felt good in it because it really aligned with the style I want to convey. But it wasn’t the most flattering thing I’ve ever worn. Black is slimming, yes, but the jeans are too long and kept bunching up near my knees. And high-waisted pants always seem to create a little bit of a tummy pouch even if you don’t have one.
My point in addressing all these flaws is that it’s fine. It’s totally fine to have a little bit of pudge, and to not be perfectly flat, and to gain weight or lose weight or for your body to change. Your body doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be a good body that serves you well, and you certainly don’t have to wear what clothes magazines or the media tell you “flatter your body shape.” Love your body and wear what you want.
This little halter top dress is one of my new favorites. It’s so light and comfortable and makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation even though I’m landlocked in central Pennsylvania. It’s pretty casual, but I dressed it up with my new favorite heels. I don’t wear high heels often (self preservation—I got my heel caught in a grate in NYC one too many times) so I had to buy a new pair for my graduation ceremony in May. I walked all over the city in these and they didn’t give me blisters or hurt my feet at all, even though I hadn’t broken them in. A+ would recommend. 👏🏻
Recently a fashion marketing company I’m working with emailed me and asked me to list some words that describe my style. It’s a simple question, but I wasn’t sure how to answer. That’s almost as bad as a new acquaintance asking “so tell me about yourself,” and forcing you to sum up your entire image in a few sentences. How do I want to present myself? I’m sophisticated sometimes but usually my priority is to be comfortable. I like trendy, new fashion but also vintage styles. How do I want to define myself, my blog, and my brand?
I sent a few of my closest friends a text and asked them to describe my style, and there was a lot of overlap in the words they used, which was reassuring. One word that stood out to me was “classic.”
When I was younger I liked to take fashion risks and wear purple eyeshadow. It was a crucial part of discovering what “worked” for me and what didn’t. I started to understand what clothes and colors flattered my body, made me feel comfortable, and reflected how I felt. And now that I’ve experimented, I stick to what works. One of my favorite classic combinations is denim and black, whether it’s black jeans and a t-shirt or a dress. What is your favorite classic combination to wear?
I’ve never been one to dress in bright, neon colors or wear a lot of wild patterns. But living in New York for several years only increased my natural affinity for wearing all black.
Lately I’ve been branching out and wearing neutrals with rose gold, which flatters my pale complexion and stops people from making Wednesday Addams jokes (by “people,” I mean my dad).
Also, that cute little blondie in the picture below is my sister, Naomi, and my personal photographer the past few weeks. I hope you all have been lucky enough to start 2016 with the people you love.
I have three final papers I should be writing now, but I’m taking a quick break to present you with something more important—my new favorite sweater. Yes, these papers will determine whether or not I graduate and never have to take another class again after this Monday, but just look at the little clouds on this sweater.
If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Instagram, you know I really love clouds, and you may have heard me complain that most cloud print clothes are made for babies. So when I saw this cloud print sweater from Press Fashions, I got really excited. I ordered it immediately and tracked the package obsessively online.
When I put this outfit together, I prepared myself for all the compliments I’d get on the sweater, but everyone was really crazy for the boots. I bought them a few years ago (I think at Marshall’s) and they’re still in pretty good shape considering they were like $30. But hey, eyes up here on the sweater!
To anyone else suffering through finals and procrastinating on papers, I wish you the best of luck! Get lots of sleep, take a warm bath, stay hydrated, and remember there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Happy studying!