Frilling Ways to Chambray: Super Casual

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Hi all! It’s moving week for us, so things are really crazy right now! There isn’t a lot of time for posting, but there is plenty of time for some super casual looks with my chambray top.

I love mixing different textures and patterns.

I’ve been on a Clark’s kick since the summer when I got these and these.

How do you casually wear your chambray? If you don’t have one are you convinced yet?

chambray top: J. Crew / linen tee: Madewell (similar) / lace shorts: Langford Market / wedges: Clark’s / ring: Circle & Square (similar)

 

April 4, 2013 9:01 AM | Comments | Categories: Outfit posts | Tags: , , , , ,

Frilling Ways to Chambray: In Lieu of a Jacket

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Besides the recent (and hopefully last) cold snap we’ve just experienced, Spring has really sprung here in Austin, and I’ve been getting plenty of use out of my favorite knit dresses as a result.

It’s probably no surprise to you that denim is really popular lately. Besides my chambray top, I’ve recently acquired this denim vest, and I am so excited to style it with dresses, shorts, etc. Still, as the weeks have gone by, I’ve started to realize how much a cropped denim jacket would do wonders in my closet. I have styled the one we have at J. Crew in so many fun ways for clients (try pencil skirts, woven and silk dresses, maxi skirts and dresses), and now I find myself wishing I had one for similar items of mine.

Fran found a great one at H&M not too long ago, but I’m still hunting for the perfect one. Do I want a white or colored one? How dark should the denim be? How fitted and cropped? Until I’ve found the one I’m totally FRILLED by, I’ve been using my chambray in lieu of a jacket or cardigan. Here, I’ve paired it with this super fun knit dress.

I added a pop of yellow with my shoes, bag and nails for some FRILLS.

It was a no makeup/dirty hair kind of day, and I purposely kept the jewelry minimal. I wanted to be super simple and laid-back.

chambray: J. Crew / dress: urban outfitters / shoes: J. Crew / bag: target (old) 

March 27, 2013 8:34 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , , ,

Frilling Ways to Chambray: Tied and True

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Happy Wednesday all! I am so excited this week because we will be received the keys to our new home! I can’t wait to share all the projects we have in store with you guys.

Recently, I had an appointment in which the client’s goal was to learn how to dress down her many wear-to-work pencil skirts. My first thought? Chambray of course! Here’s an example of how I’ve dressed down my own pencil skirt using my ever-reliable J. Crew Keeper Chambray.

The denim fabric tones down the dressiness of the pencil skirt, and I casually tied the bottom of the shirt for added emphasis of this laid-back look.

I left a few buttons unbuttoned for more emphasis of my casual vibe. I also added a few pops of color just for FRILLS: coral lips and some sea foam: a VERY popular spring trend this year. I have no problem jumping on the bandwagon. This color looks great on every complexion.

I rolled the sleeves for even more emphasis (in case people weren’t getting the picture that I am indeed dressed down here! haha).

I traded my pumps for my funky Clark’s Indigo boots and added some frilly ankle socks.

Do you have any tips for dressing down a pencil skirt? My client left with 15 photos of different looks involving t-shirts, Sperry Topsiders, a denim jacket and more! She already owned the chambray (smart gal) so she was ready to go!

chambray and necklace: J. Crew / cardigan: J. Crew Factory (old, but similar one here) / skirt: Banana Republic Petites (old, but similar one here) / socks: Madewell / boots: Clark’s Indigo / lips: MAC Morange 

Check out the gallery of past Chambray looks below!

Frilling Ways to Chambray: Monochromatic Hues

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Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Last week we started a frilling new series highlighting the many different ways to style a chambray top. I debuted the series with a classic, sophisticated look. This week I layered my chambray with J. Crew’s Tippi sweater and I also purposely created a monochromatic palette of blues.

Check out the details:

A popped collar. People have mixed opinions on the popped collar. I say that sometimes it can work.

A chunky ring and another deliciously gaudy bauble around my neck. Blues on blues on blues.

Layered polka dots to add some FRILLS. I love the layers of blues AND the layers of polka dots. I pretty much love anything that takes extra thought and care.

Sweater: J. Crew / Chambray: J. Crew  / Skirt: J. Crew (old. similar at F21) / Necklace: J. Crew (old. similar style at Bauble Bar)  / Tights: Madewell / Shoes: Clark’s Indigo / Ring: Circle & Square / Lip color: MAC (Russian Red) 

How do you style your chambray?

March 12, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle, Outfit posts | Tags: , , ,

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: ,

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?

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: , , , ,

Statement skirt

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Urg, I didn’t notice the light bubble on the pictures until it was too late. Oh well. Moving on. Don’t you love when you buy a piece only to find out that it goes with just about everything in your closet? You can’t know it until you’ve had it a while, but once you realize it, it’s a very happy surprise. That’s how I feel about this skirt.

I’ve been wearing it for a couple of months now in so many different ways, and I keep forgetting to photograph its versatility! I love this skirt because it has amazing structure that is totally frilling because it can be dressed up or down. I also love the print. It’s both fun and classic, and it’s not too bold to mix with various patterns and fabrics.

Plus, it’s totally flattering. I bought this skirt online so I was really taking a chance, and it worked! I’m anticipating wearing and loving this skirt for many seasons to come!

skirt: J Crew Collection / sweater: tippy sweater from J Crew / necklace: Zara / chain link bracelet, bangle, and ring: J Crew / shoes: Clarks

Do you have a “statement” skirt you love?

December 6, 2012 11:00 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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