Fashion

Frilling Ways to Chambray: Sophisticated Chambray

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Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Today I’m starting an ongoing series on the many ways to style a chambray. I’ve had mine since September, and since then I’ve found that I wear it AT LEAST once a week. I’m starting to feel like a pro when it comes to getting various looks out of it (see here and here), so I thought it would be fun to document the chambray top’s endless functionality and versatility as a basic closet staple.

Today’s look is pretty simple. I’ve left the chambray untucked and am letting the details do the talking.

Layered bracelets, but not too many. I wanted to keep things simple and classic:

A rolled sleeve over a coral colored cardigan:

Buttoned all the way up to accentuate the deliciously gaudy, layered necklaces as well as to emphasize  the preppy vibe:

Gold heels + Animal print = sophisticated statement piece:

I’m excited to show you some other fun ways I style my chambray in the coming weeks. If you have a chambray top, what are some of your favorite ways to wear it?

gold cuff: Madewell / mint cuff: H&M / Everything else: J Crew (Chambray / Cardigan / Pants / Flats

March 5, 2013 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: ,

Polkas + Plaid

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Pattern Mixing, how we love you here at You Frill Me!  We get no end of excitement from seeing how many ways we can wear a polka dot. Or a plaid.  Or how about both, together? Yes, please and thank you.  “Too Frilling” is not a thing.

Anchored by a neutral color scheme and a couple of dark solid pieces, we are willing to let color and pattern have their say.   We wear what we love, and we love patterns. (Just look at Aurelia mixing em up like the style pro she is.)

I’m challenging myself to find as many ways as possible to wear my newest favorite spring skirt; in this case, in a transitional-season-ish sort of way, paired with my versatile plaid shirt.  You’ll be seeing more of this skirt, which is, incidentally, in one of my perennial favorite lengths/silhouettes, and which I think is so wearable.  (You’ve seen me in a similar skirt silhouette here, and again here in maternity.) These photos were taken a few weeks back and I’ve thought of more ways to wear since.  We should be getting the most fashion bang for our buck, right?


(shirt: Stylemint / skirt: JCrew Factory / tights: JCrew / boots: Tom’s / merino cardigan: Madewell)

Does this scare you?  Are you afraid of pattern mixing? Do you stick to solids? Could you would you in a box? Could you would you with stripey socks?

March 1, 2013 8:22 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: ,

Dots + Bunnies

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Hi everyone! It’s that weird time of year in Texas where morning/nighttime temps get as low as the 30s while the afternoons are a sunny 75. We are all itching for Spring around here because most days it practically feels like it. The only problem is that it’s still February!

I’ve been mixing a lot of seasonal pieces to try and make due. For instance, here I’m pairing this sleeveless Urban Outfitters Dress from ages ago with last season’s Madewell Rabbit cardigan that has just enough wool to keep me nice and snug.

I’m also doing my normal thing of mixing prints with an added monochromatic flair. Here’s to layering color on color, no matter if the shades are different or not!

Cardigan: Madewell / Dress: Urban Outfitters / Boots: Arturo Chiang

February 25, 2013 5:06 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

It’s the little things

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The little things are the big things. That’s kind of my mantra lately, and I think that’s what our little blog is all about, too. Finding the FRILLS in the ordinary, daily stuff (Check out our Frillosophy for more); seeing the beauty in the little things.

We try to see life this way on both deeper levels and at the surface. For me, even when I’m getting dressed, I try to add tiny frills of creativity that will provide me with little reasons to smile amidst stress and chaos.

Like a rolled skinny pant, with a pop of cute sock:

Or just a bit of a popped collar, with a bright bauble to add some FRILLS:

Or a rolled up cardigan, layered with a rolled up chambray:

Necklace: J Crew / chambray: J Crew / cardigan: Madewell / pants: Banana Republic Factory / socks: gifted / shoes: Naya (a collection from Naturalizer) 

Casual, but comfortable, and also creative. It’s all about the little things, right?

Birthday prizes

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I am realizing just how behind I am on outfit posts! This outfit is what I wore out to my birthday celebration with family and friends all the way back in December! Oops!

My birthday was on a Friday, and I had plans to go out with a big group so on the night before, my husband took me out on a date with just the two of us. I was able to do two of my favorites things: eat and shop! The plan had been for me to be able to pick out a few items for my birthday dinner and purchase a dress for New Years. I’m happy to report that the night was a success!

While out on our date, I bought this dress from Zara as well as this necklace I had been wanting for a while from J. Crew (more on it in a later post!). I paired them with another birthday prize, these amazing Born wedges from my mom-in-law! What a perfect pop of purple! Happy birthday to me!

Shoes: Born Lusi Crown Collection / tights and necklace: J Crew / Dress: Zara

February 1, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Frilling {Maternity} Fashionista: Amber’s Classic Bump Style

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Today I’m FRILLED to share a peek at Amber’s fun maternity style.  You may remember her from her Frilling crochet creations.  Well, now she’s sporting a cute bob and a baby bump. Amber has a classic style and always looks polished, even at 36 weeks preggo!.  This is baby #3 for Amber, so she’s got some experience in the maternity wear department.

These green maternity cords are comfy and cute paired with stripes, a chartreuse cardi, and a chunky seafoam-green beaded bangle.  I think that mix of greens is so unexpected and interesting; and stripes are always the right pattern.  I never see a stripe I don’t like.  Leopard flats add more pattern interest.


pants: Motherhood / top: Ross / cardi: Banana Republic / flats: Gap / bracelet: Francesca’s

This maternity shirtdress is a hardworking piece; neutral in color, very versatile for many occasions and very multi-seasonal.  She’s wearing it for winter here (even though it was like 80 degrees here when we took these photos) with black tights, boots, and a warm cardi; but it would be just as nice with gladiator sandals and loads of shimmery gold jewelry. (For spring I’d add a bright patterned cardigan to liven up the neutral olive, and exchange the sash for a fun skinny belt; but that’s just me.)  In fact, this is the second pregnancy this dress has taken Amber through, so it has proved its worth.

dress: Motherhood / cardi: Gap / leggings: Ross / boots: JC Peney

For a more dressy occasion, Amber picked up this sparkly non-maternity dress at Ross.  I love finding non-maternity pieces that work for maternity.  The gathered v-neck will even be nursing friendly.  A dress like this is a find, my friends.  Until you start looking, you don’t know how hard it is to find dresses that work for nursing, much less nursing + maternity + beyond.


dress: Ross / pumps:Belk

In her own words:

How would you describe your personal style? “Elegant and classic but fun.”

What’s your shopping M.O.? : “Price and versatility, practicality, trendiness, all have a place, but in that order. At the same time, I decided a while back that I wouldn’t buy something just because it is priced right and practical, I have to LOVE it too.”

What are your favorite accessories? “Earrings and bracelets. necklaces are too tempting for the littles to grab and…I love scarves!”

Where do you go for fashion inspiration? “I like to read blogs (like yours!) and window shop. That’s where I see what’s “in” and typically decide whether or not I like it. But I don’t consider myself uber-trendy regardless because that would be less practical. I usually stick to a few trendy pieces in the wardrobe for fun and stick with classics (or what I won’t tire of, at least) for the rest.”

Quality or Quantity? “Quality. It’s more practical. And more classy.”

Anything else you’d like to say, just for frills? “Many women in the last month of pregnancy feel like a whale, walk like a penguin, and don’t feel attractive at all, but I say we should flaunt those beautiful bellies in tasteful style!”

Practical and classy; two great words to describe Amber’s maternity style.  Plus, Amber always has a cute and fancy earring for extra Frills, see?

(earrings: Beehive)

Amber, You FRILL us!

Gals: if you’d like to nominate someone as a Frilling Fashionista, send us an email with photos at youfrillme at gmail dot com.  We love featuring real-life women who have a unique sense of style and are Frilling it up in their everyday lives

Styling a patterned piece using basic closet essentials: video tutorial!

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Hi everyone! I’ve recently been making some test videos for a new video program I am hoping to implement with my clients at J. Crew. I thought I would share this one on maximizing the versatility of statement or patterned pieces. I would love to hear your thoughts on if this was helpful or not, and if you have ideas for future videos, let me know in the comments!

 

January 30, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Fashion Video Tutorials | Tags: , , ,

Gingham Style

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All fall and winter long, I have been having fun with my Petite perfect shirt in mini-gingham from J Crew (sorry, they are sold out!). In fact, I have had so much fun that I have forgotten to post these pictures! The weather has been very warm here in Texas as spring approaches, so I thought I better post these cool weather pics before it was too late!

Sweater: J Crew / Belt: J Crew / Pants: J Crew (old color) / Socks: J Crew Factory / Shoes: Ralph Lauren / Bangle: J Crew

Scarf: H&M / Necklace: Banana Republic Factory / Bangles: F21 / Ring: Circle & Square (Similar) / Skirt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: J Crew Collection

Sweater: J Crew / Skirt: J Crew / Tights and knee highs: J Crew / Shoes: Blowfish / Ring: Circle & Square (similar)

What’s your favorite look? Do you have a classic button up that you constantly find yourself mixing and matching?

January 25, 2013 9:24 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , ,

Polka Dot Obsessed

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In my last post, I told y’all I would post an Instagram pic of my favorite polka dot pieces, and I am keeping my word. I even linked up each piece if there are existing outfit posts where I am wearing it. There are actually a few future posts coming up with some of these (think J Crew polka pants and my 4-year old UO polka dot dress), too. After compiling these photos I’m thinking an intervention might be in order…

Top left: J Crew pleated mini skirt, Madewell wool sweater, J Crew toothpick jeans

Top right: Urban Outfitters dress, Charming Charlie’s scarf

Bottom left: Madewell pleated midi skirt (and here), F21 tank (and here), J Crew clutch

Bottom right: Madewell dress, gifted mini skirt 

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January 18, 2013 5:49 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion | No Tags

I Dream in Polka Dot

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I am thinking about polka dots. They just can’t get any more popular can they? Big polka dots, small polka dots, colored polka dots, polka dots of different fabrics. Polka dots are everywhere! And now that I think about it, I have a little bit of a polka dot obsession. In fact, I’ll prove it to you. Later today, I will instagram a photo of some of my favorite polka dot pieces. You just wait and see. It’ll make sense that I dream in polka dot.

Ever since I began styling at J Crew, my own style has been evolving like crazy! I am in the midst of style inspiration constantly, and it has given me the opportunity to grow and be creative with my personal sense of fashion. I love getting to play with different patterns and textures. No matter how crazy, it’s never too crazy to wear to work!

Here I am layering polka dots using my dress and tights (both from Madewell), and then I am toning it all down with an unbuttoned chambray. I didn’t want to feel too dressed up, and the added chambray top was the perfect addition for a casual, day-time look. Finally, I added my favorite long necklace as of late (it reminds me of an everlasting gobstopper, and I kind of want to eat it).

Do you have some favorite polka-dot pieces? Email us: youfrillme (at) gmail (dot) com, and we may post your favorite piece on the blog!

chambray: J Crew / necklace: J Crew / dress: Madewell / tights: Madewell / shoes: Clark’s Indigo / Lips: Russian Red by MAC

January 18, 2013 10:14 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , ,
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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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