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! 🙂
All winter I wear all black, and relish in how comfortable, warm, and effortlessly cool it is. I never have to worry about finding shoes to match my outfit, or about spilling my coffee and staining my outfit. But there is something about spring that makes me want to wear white and pastels. I’m currently putting together outfits for my trip to Paris in three weeks (!!!!) and this one is definitely coming with me.
This happens every year. Every single year I get prematurely pumped for Spring and take my sundresses out of storage, pack up my heavier sweaters in a box in the closet, and start browsing pastel sandals online, only to be hit by a blizzard.
The mild December weather always tricks me into thinking that we’ll “skip” winter this year, and even though I know this always happens, I still can’t help but get my hopes up. I am so over all the sweaters and lumpy layers and Hunter boots. Even my favorite black coat is starting to drive me crazy-the sleeves are made of a faux-leather material that squeaks when I move my arms, and every time I hear it I am again filled with rage that I have to wear my heaviest coat in March, post-daylight-saving.
If you are also bored by all of your winter clothing options but unable to buy an entirely new wardrobe to wear for the few remaining weeks of winter weather, this is for you. Here are my best tips for ~spicing things up~ without ~spending all of your money~.
Borrow clothes/do a clothing swap
Featuring: my roommate’s Madewell coat that doesn’t squeak when I move
I am lucky enough to have very cool, well-dressed roommates who are also very generous when it comes to sharing closets. We often swap items for the day when we’re feeling exasperated with our own options, and it is so refreshing to wear someone else’s clothes instead of your own! If you don’t have roommates (or if your roommates aren’t cool, bummer) then find a friend with a similar style and swap a few items. I do this several times a year with my best friend. I purge my closet and let her go through the clothes that don’t fit or aren’t really my style any more, and she does the same for me. Anything unwanted gets donated.
Buy inexpensive transitional accessories
Featuring: Forever 21 sheer polka dot tights
The whole point of this post is that I don’t want to spend tons of money on clothes that I’ll pack away in approximately four weeks and trade for sundresses and sandals. But accessories are an inexpensive way to give some interest to your most-worn outfits. Add fishnets under pants, a silk scarf around your neck, or a belt to change up your go-to outfits.
Experiment with layers
I know. Duh. There is not a single blog or fashion magazine that hasn’t mentioned the importance of layering when it’s cold. I’m just suggesting you change things up and not wear the same old layers. I have three or four go-to outfits that I know look good and are flattering, and I can put those together in my sleep–usually because I am half-asleep when I race out the door for work before I’ve had my coffee. When I have extra time, I like to change things up. I wrote a whole post about this, so if you want to read more, you can here.
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
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. 👏🏻
Anyway, I’m ready for warm weather even if it isn’t ready for me, so yesterday, during a cloudy-but-dry day, I busted out this all-white outfit that reminds me of something I would’ve worn as a child in the 90s, but just slightly more sophisticated. This was confirmed when my little (10-year-old) sister asked if I thought Forever 21 sold the same shirt in her size.
I did get a lot of compliments on the popsicle shirt ($9 well spent) and mother nature was kind enough not to rain on my definitely-sheer-when-wet ensemble, and I found a dress for my graduation ceremony, so I’d say it was a pretty great day.
After a two-week tease of weather in the 70’s and 80’s we’re now back to chilly winter weather in the Northeast, and I am writing this to you from the comfort of my bed and not outside in the 43° rain.
As ready as I am for warm weather, I realized I’m also completely unprepared. I don’t mean my “beach body” isn’t ready or I’m too pale, although those are both true. I just don’t really own many spring outfits. I have a ton of bulky winter sweaters and flowy summer sundresses, but very few transition items for spring. So I’m taking this time to shop for spring and slowly begin to transition my summer clothes out of storage.
Anyway, this week was cold, and this is what I wore. My family came to pick me up at my apartment for Sunday lunch and they brought Molly, our family pup. Molly has plenty of her own sweaters but she hates them, so I had to share my jacket with her so she didn’t freeze.
Sweatshirt: Forever 21 // Coat: Laundry // Flats: ASOS // Bag: Fossil