What to wear when you’re ready for spring but it’s still snowing 

If you’re anything like me, you have those moments where you look at your closet in despair and cry, internally or out loud to anyone who will listen, “I have nothing to wear!” 

I find this is even more true now that I am trying to curate a capsule wardrobe. I’m not quite there yet, but I have significantly pared down my closet in the past several months. 

When I get into a creative rut like this, I often borrow clothes from my very cool roommates. This gives me the small thrill of wearing new (to me) clothes while keeping true to my goals and not buying too many new clothes.

I hit one of these ruts last week, and instead of giving in and buying something new, I decided to take a page out of Rebecca Jacob’s book and layer one of my favorite warm weather shirts over a turtleneck. I loved the pop of color and spring feel, with the warmth of several layers. I think this outfit would’ve been a bit more successful if the sleeves of the blue top were flowy, but I like how it looked with my jacket on, and it was such a breath of fresh air to wear something different! 

Top: H&M (last season, similar here) // Boots: Old Navy // Earrings: Bing Bang NYC 

Xoxo,

– Hannah

Casual Christmas

My dad’s side of the family has a tradition where we all get together, usually the week before Christmas, and have a nice meal together and open presents from our grandparents. Many of my cousins are now in college and we’re spread out over the country, and I love that most of us are still able to gather together once a year. 

This Christmas party is more on the casual side–cozy sweaters, jeans, t-shirt dresses–and most holiday blog posts I’ve seen are geared toward very dressy events. I thought I would share my laid-back, casual Christmas outfit if you are looking for a way to wear Christmas colors without looking like a Christmas tree. This olive green is more muted than the bright green usually associated with this time of year, and this dress is so comfortable and inexpensive! 

Dress: H&M // Tights: Uniqlo // Shoes: Nasty Gal // Bag: Fossil 
Xoxo,

– Hannah

Trends Two Ways: Fishnets

Every year on Black Friday my goal is to get Christmas shopping done and not get caught up in buying things for myself. I did a decent job this year (I actually bought most Christmas gifts online) but I couldn’t resist a new pair of jeans from H&M. And then, on a whim, a pair of fishnet tights. 

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a pair if fishnet socks for some time, but I don’t have the right pair of shoes to wear them with. So then I would have to buy new shoes to go with them. And probably some cropped pants to show off the socks. And by that time it’s a downward spiral like that children’s book, “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” 

But fishnet tights reminded me a bit too much of the Hot Topic years. They seemed like more of a committment than just the socks. I was a bit intimidated. And I received a lot of questions from frienda and family, because I wore the tights in Pennsylvania over the holiday and not NY, where I could wear a paper mache bird on my head and no one would bat an eye. Are fishnet tights trendy again? Can they be worn on nice occasions or are they still “grungy” and “edgy”?  And, my favorite, “Oh, were you out fishing before you came to this party?” 

So I wore the fishnets with two very different outfits, not with the intention of writing a blog post about it but because I’m obsessed with them. 

Outfit 1: This outfit is one of my all-time favorites. It’s all a little bit baggy, maybe edgy, and very comfortable. I really like the look of patterned tights under ripped jeans, and what seems like an intentional fashion statement doubles as a trick to keep your legs warm. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you’ve probably picked up that I am all about comfort, or functionality if you will, so I love everything about this outfit. My best friend complimented it but also made fun of it, so the jury is still out on how cool it actually looks. 

Top: Zara / Jeans: H&M / Fishnet tights: H&M / Boots: Nasty Gal / Bag: Fossil

Outfit 2: Same boots and tights, paired with a velvet skirt, black sweater, and my mom’s jacket for a mom of color (but actually because I couldn’t find my own black jacket). This outfit is more festive and less edgy, and I was surprised by how much I liked the tights even when there were no pants covering them. 

It’s safe to say I’m sold on this trend. What do you think about fishnet tights and socks making a come-back? Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know! 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

Classic Combinations

  
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? 

 
Dress: Old Navy / Jacket: H&M / Shoes: ASOS / Bag: Fossil / Necklace: Speakable 

Xoxo,

– Hannah 

Hats & Jumpsuits

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I’ve never considered myself a hat person.  I actually really hate hats.  My grandma, a true southern belle, always bought me huge sunhats with big flowers on them that I would wear for exactly the amount of time it took her to take a picture, and then toss on the ground.

But last week I saw a girl in the West Village with shoulder-length brown hair wearing a cute little black sunhat, and I caught a glimpse of myself this summer strolling through a Parisian market and wearing a sunhat.  I decided to get a cheap one from Forever 21 just in case I really couldn’t pull it off.  But I was pleasantly surprised to find that hats are okay.  I even wore a baseball cap to a Yankees game a few weeks ago and it was great.

The point of this is that I refused to wear hats, not because I didn’t like how they looked but because I thought I wasn’t a “hat person.”  I think a lot of the time we let the idea of how we should be, or what we want to be, or how we think we should act, overwhelm who we actually are.  This applies to every aspect of life, not just fashion, but I think it’s particularly evident in how we dress.  We say things like “I can’t pull that off,” or “it looks good on you but not on me.”  And it’s true that there are certain clothes that flatter some body times better than others.  You should always dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful. But don’t let something as silly as a trend dictate what you should wear.

Speaking of dressing comfortably, jumpsuits are clearly the best.  They’re ridiculously comfortable and every time I wear this one people compliment me and I can pretend like I put effort into getting dressed that day.  Read my classmate Brenna’s hilarious post on why we should all wear jumpsuits every day.

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Jumpsuit: I got it years ago and I don’t remember where, but H&M has a similar one here // Hat: Forever 21 // Bag: Fossil

xoxo,

– Hannah

Spring Wardrobe Staples 

  

I don’t know about you, but 75° weather makes me want to throw all my winter leggings and sweaters in storage and buy all new flower print dresses. But if you live in New York or anywhere in the Northeast, you know this is all Mother Nature playing a mean trick and the next day will be 55°. This post is a gentle reminder to buy basic staple items that you can wear all year with various amounts of layers. 

This outfit is exactly the same as one I would wear in winter, except without leggings, boots, and a thick sweater. You could call that lazy, but I prefer to think of it in terms of how much limited studio apartment closet space I’m saving by having fewer clothes. 

   

Shirt: Joe Fresh // Skirt: H&M // Shoes: Sam&Libby // Sunglasses: Cole Haan // Bag: Fossil 

– Hannah