A day-to-night look is important for Texas Falls, not just for frills, but for functionality as well. Most days are warm, but the nights tend to cool off. Layers are a must!
The basics I’m using for my day-to-night look here are J Crew’s Perfect Shirt and Toothpick Jean. And by the way, the toothpicks are the perfect skinny pant for short people. I have them rolled here, but they have a cropped fit, which on me translates as a normal length jean. Plus, they are super comfortable. Frilling, y’all.
If you can’t tell, this look practically screams “comfort”. And in case you couldn’t tell, I added the ever casually-chic, front-tuck. Perfect for a day of shopping or running errands.
The tartan pattern on this top reminds me that the holidays are indeed approaching, despite what the weather may have to say about it. Plus, the cotton fabric is super cozy, and I love pairing it with this plaid, red headband for an extra festive look.
For my night-time look I let my hair down, and – surprise-surprise – I added red lipstick for a pop of color.
In keeping with the comfortable, but festive theme, I slipped on my oversized merino pocket sweater. I also buttoned my top up completely. I want that tartan showing!
I also added my go-to black boots. I love how they make every outfit a little more funky and fun!
Shoes: Blowfish / Bag: J Crew Factory / Sweater: J Crew / Lips: MAC
Do you have any tips for an easy transition from a day-to-night look? What are some creative, frilling habits you have? Share!
Hi all! Today marks the first guest post of many to come from Stephanie of Teal Annie, and we thought we’d start things off right with a Frilling Fashionista post! What I love about Stephanie is that she knows who she is, and she owns it and rocks it! Her personality comes out through her style, and we just can’t get enough! Get ready to be totally FRILLED by her creativity. Also, don’t forget that it’s not too late to enter the Teal Annie giveaway!
Hello! My name is Stephanie Dugard, and I’m here to tell you a little bit about myself, my love for finding old/vintage items, and how I’ve learned about my personal style.
Fringe Harvest Moon Tee: LuneVintage / Boots: Urban Outfitters
Finding my own unique sense of style has been a creative process. I can see how it has developed and changed over the years. While in middle school and high school, I began venturing out and wearing crazy outfits and pretty much anything that was different and would distinguish me from someone else. I then became very interested in vintage clothes and thrift shopping.
I have a few go-to pieces that I wear every day or every other day. I will literally wear something until it is unable to be worn…until it rips or falls apart.
My go-to item at the moment are these jean shorts and band tee. I wore the shorts all summer and now can pair them with black, grey, or wine colored tights for the fall/winter. I CAN’T STOP WEARING THEM. They will one day soon fall apart, and then I will have a new go-to piece..and that’s the way I like it!
Vintage Band tee: thrifted / necklace: crystal moon from Teal Annie / Shorts: American Eagle / Tights: Target
I mostly shop for clothes at thrift stores or my sister’s closet. I tend to make 2-3 more expensive, quality purchases a season on staple items I really, really want. For the fall, I splurged on these boots from Urban, a screen printed pullover from Blackbirdtees on Etsy, and some tights from Gap.
Horse graphic top: H&M / skirt: F21 / bag: thrifted / shoes: Keds / Jewelry: Teal Annie
I’ve been able to blend my love of vintage and thrifted items, my learnings from experiments with repurposing old clothing, and what I’ve seen in fashion through the years into my own unique individual style. At this time, I would describe my style as Vintage Fun with a flare of Boho Rocker.
dress: upcycled from thrifted “school teacher” dress / shoes: Keds / Necklace: Teal Annie
dress: Vintage 70s / Necklace: Teal Annie / Record: my fave – Johnny Cash
Happy Tuesday y’all! There is nothing like a good statement accessory to FRILL up your everyday wear. For instance, here I’m wearing J Crew’s calf hair wide belt.
I have to admit, I was a little hesitant about this purchase at first. Would I like it 5 years from now? How much wear could I REALLY get out of an animal print belt? I tend not to wear a lot of belts, so it was a risk for me!
My rule of thumb for this belt and for any piece you own, love, but aren’t quite sure how to wear is this: put it on with every relevant outfit possible, just to see how it looks. So far, I have only ended up taking it off once! It’s amazing how versatile and functional this belt has been for me. I am really, REALLY happy with this purchase. It has definitely added to my wardrobe, and as y’all could have guessed, I am especially smitten with the extra frills created when I mix it with another print.
I’m also loving and wearing the heck out of my Teal Annie necklaces. Anything made with love and a unique story is extra special to me. And our giveaway is still going on, so don’t forget to enter for your chance to win $50 to the Teal Annie Etsy Shop.
Necklaces: Teal Annie / Top and Cardigan: Madewell / Belt and Pants: J Crew / Boots: Blowfish / Chain link bracelet and bow ring: J Crew
Yep, I said crop top. It is. But it isn’t.
See? I told you it was a big belly, didn’t I? I wouldn’t lie to you. But enough about that. Let’s talk about the outfit, which I LOVE. And it is hard to love any outfit when you are this pregnant. Half of my love for this outfit lies in the fact that only one piece of the whole ensemble is actually a maternity piece. Plus I got tons of compliments when I was wearing it yesterday. I might just wear it everyday for the next six weeks (Oh Jesus, please let it be 3!).
This top is my favorite. It is the perfect lightweight “sweatshirt” and it has awesome drape and great layering potential. It will also be the perfect top for nursing in – just sub out the tank with a nursing tank. I’ll show you. I’ll wear it later with leggings and killer boots and be a stylish lactation machine. But for now, it’s a drapey maternity crop-top. You didn’t know a pregnant girl could rock a crop-top, didja?
Awesome drape, interesting snaps in the back, soft cotton fabric… Add that to my trusty maxi skirt (in this case, pulled up over the belly), and a supportive stretchy tank, and you have a favorite outfit.
(top: Zara / tank: Old Navy Maternity / skirt: Madewell (last year) / shoes: old Birkenstocks / bag: gifted / necklace: Deb Brooks Jewelry)
Recently I found myself standing in front of my closet, unable to get dressed, actually uttering the clichéd words “I have nothing to wear.” False. I definitely have something to wear. Many things to wear. My closet is full of clothes, my dresser drawers are bulging. “I have nothing to wear” is simply a cop out. What I meant is “I don’t feel inspired by my wardrobe.” Uninspired and too lazy to sort through it and find some new direction.
Designer and environmentalist Lanni Lantto believes the idea of dressing beautifully to express yourself can be in harmony with the concept of decreasing your consumerism and environmental impact. Lanni started her line (re) with the goal of creating original, unique pieces of fashion from pre-existing materials. She says “By using pre-existing materials and creatively salvaged fabrics, I breathe new life into fashion otherwise destined for the landfill. After all, the most eco-friendly fabrics are those that already exist.” This statement struck me because even in those moments where I truly feel like I can’t pull an outfit together, there are aspects of certain items that I really do love. I don’t always want to spend my money on new clothes but I can’t figure out how to make the clothes I own work for me.
Eco-consultation is one of the services offered by (re). Available to her clients all over the world via Skype, Lanni works as a personal stylist who can reimagine your wardrobe in an eco-friendly way. She uses three main categories to help decide which clothes need to be 1) donated/resold through consignment, 2) what will be kept, and 3) what can be redesigned.
When Lanni came over to help me with my closet situation, she spent the first few minutes talking with me about my lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. She was probably also getting a feel for how difficult it would be to get me to part with items that I didn’t need anymore. Was I going to be a free spirit ready to purge excess baggage? Or a borderline hoarder who ascribes sentimental value to each pair of underwear I own? Spoiler alert: I’m a natural at purging and have tendencies to over-sentimentalize things. So how did it go?
I think Lanni and I were both surprised at my willingness to let go of clothes that weren’t working for me anymore. I have a lot of clothes that I still love in theory but haven’t worn since the early 2000’s. I also have clothes that I don’t love but that I never got rid of simply because they were of good quality or had been expensive. I do try to do an annual assessment of my wardrobe to get rid of items that aren’t worn, but when doing this task on my own I always find excuses to keep more things than I need.
With Lanni guiding me, I was forced to be a bit more honest. She asked gentle but blunt questions about pieces that I wavered on. “When was the last time you wore this? When was the last time before that? Do you feel this flatters you? Do you have another piece that serves a similar purpose in your wardrobe that you like bettr?” In the end, I had three garbage bags worth of clothes to donate to charity. This was much more than I had ever been able to part with in one session before. Besides being accountable to Lanni about the reality of my wardrobe, I also felt more relaxed about donating things because I knew Lanni would be helping me re-work what I currently had in the closet.
There were two pieces in particular that I felt resisant to donating simply because they were expensive and hardly worn. A J.Crew bridesmaids dress and a long GAP peacoat were both set aside to be consigned, in hopes that a profit from those items would give me a little money to buy items that might fill in the gaps of my now smaller wardrobe.
When deciding what to get rid of, Lanni made me feel extremely comfortable about how much she was “letting” me keep by explaining that I could have different categories within my overall wardrobe. She advises clients to have a base wardrobe that is combined with a summer and winter wardrobe during the appropriate season. She also allowed me to have a pile for professional clothes and yoga/exercise clothes. I had no excuse to cling to things unnecessarily because the “rules” for keeping clothes were so reasonable.
When we were finished taking out the clothes that would be donated, Lanni helped me organize my closet so that when getting dressed I would be able to easily access the type of piece of I was looking for. Cardigans/cover-ups together, underlayers together, dresses together, etc. This seems so logical, but before that day my closet literally had no rhyme or reason.
The most exciting part of an eco-consulation with Lanni is the chance to get her help in reinventing pieces of your collection of clothes that you love too much to part with but don’t use as they are.
Lanni focused two dresses that I love, one for comfort and one for fanciness, but rarely wear. She took a shirt and a skirt from my ‘donate’ pile and showed me how some elements from those pieces could be combined with the dresses to create new looks.
A comfy gray jersey dress that I found a little too plain to wear regularly was transformed with the flowers from an old skirt into a funky, fun piece. My fussy, metallic dress (the time of strapless is over for me, I think) became more wearable and softer when the lace details from a long forgotten top were dyed to match and then used to create straps.
Under the “re-design” header Lanni also designates the subcategories of “self-mend” and “have tailored.” A beloved tunic with a tear and a favorite dress with loose straps were both easy fixes after Lanni gave me a basic tutorial on how to sew them myself. A comfortable sweater dress with a pattern that I adore was rarely worn because I found it a little too boxy. The look will be much more flattering after my tailor adds a few back darts.
The concept behind (re) and Lanni’s eco-consultation service combines the natural desire to express oneself through personal style with the responsibility we have to consider the way our lifestyle impacts our environment. This service can be provided to fashionistas all over the globe who already possess good taste and most of their wardrobe basics but need a fresh perspective to expand their options.
Want to win a FREE eco-consultation with Lanni? This package is valued at $120 and will give one YouFrillMe reader the chance to reinvent their wardrobe in an eco-friendly and budget conscious way! To enter you comment on this blog, and ‘like’ (re) and YouFrillMe on facebook.
–Lane from The Traveling Circus
It’s been crazy around here! We’ve been in our new house a week now, and are unpacked and settling in and dealing with all the issues that arise when you (well, we, at least) buy a house. Aurelia and I got a chance today to snap some outfit photos for a long overdue maternity fashion post. I have a hate-hate relationship with maternity jeans because I can never find a pair that doesn’t fall down and sag in the but, and was in need of some kind of comfortable, versatile summer pant. Aurelia talked me into checking out these non-maternity wide-leg linen pants she had seen. I don’t usually go for wide-leg pants, but these have been very handy, cool, and comfy to have around this summer and I have been wearing the heck out of them, just as she predicted. (Word to the wise: if Aurelia gives you fashion advice you should most likely take it.)
I’ve been pairing them with everything from tshirts, to drapey dolman-sleeve tops, to this maternity tunic from Asos which I’m in love with; but today I kept it simple with a black tank, drapey vest, and flat thong sandals, plus lots of chunky jewelry. At 7 months pregnant (and feeling huge) in 100+ degree heat, comfort is my main goal in fashion; everything else is details.
(pants: Banana Republic outlet / tank: Old Navy Maternity / vest: Old Navy from a few seasons ago / faux leather thong sandals: had em for a million years / wood bracelets & bead necklace: Beehive Outlet / ring: won in a giveaway / gold mother necklace / sunnies: Ray Ban / watch: my trusty Swiss Army )
Cardigan: Anthropologie, Dress: H&M, Tights and Shoes: Target, Bag: Urban Outfitters.
Do you ever have those days where you put on one thing, and then keep adding pieces until you’ve gotten something you didn’t expect? This outfit represents that day for me. I put on the dress only to realize it had shrunk (even though I hand-washed it!). Boo! Grrr! I decided I needed to add leggings or tights now that it was so short, so I went with these mustard ones from Target. Then, I added the cardigan because I liked the cropped fit of it with the dress. Finally, I grabbed the bag and put on the shoes, and before I knew it, I had somehow managed to channel my inner Zoey D. and her character, Jess, from New Girl! Hey, I’ll take it!
Lately, Fran and I have been loving Madewell’s comfy v-neck pocket tee (I wish I had one in every color!), and it got me thinking about all the ways a basic t-shirt can be styled. The sky really is the limit with a great tee, but in this case, we kept things simple with the classic dressed up/dressed down contrast.
Blazer and skirt: Gap, Tee: Madewell, Boots: Aldo.
Fran is showing just how versatile her new Gap blazer is with this comfy, but chic dressed up look. She’s also showing that you shouldn’t be afraid to dress up something as effortless as a t-shirt! I could name ten different scenarios where this outfit would be perfect. I especially love the pink on pink.
Scarf: Charming Charlie, Tee: Madewell, Jeans: Banana Republic Petites, Boots: DSW, Bag: Fossil, Bangles: F21, Bracelet: H&M
I love this look because it’s exactly what it’s supposed to be: classic and comfortable. My advice for a look this simple is to let your accessories do the talking!
PS: Can you spy a tiny tot in these pics?
This hot pink blazer makes me soooo happy!
Ever since I read Kendi’s Working Closet series, I have taken her advice and kept a list of specific items I’m looking for to fill holes in my wardrobe. That way I’m able to make more thoughtful, intentional purchases, and get the most bang out of my limited budget. A statement blazer has been on my list for a while.
While I love the structured look of a blazer worn casually, I often find them uncomfortable and constricting. Fortunately, after a long hunt for spring blazer perfection (you know how I am: I can’t settle for less than love), I found this fun and comfortable ponte knit blazer.
Feels like a cardigan, wears like a blazer. I’m frilled. Just goes to show: sometimes it’s worth waiting for the right piece you know you’ll love for a while. I’m looking forward to finding all sorts of frilling ways to wear it. For now, I’ve kept it simple with dark wash skinnies, a chambray shirt, and booties. You know, to let the blazer do all the talking.
(Gap blazer, JCrew chambray shirt, Banana petite skinnies, H&M belt, Gap floral socks, Aldo wedge booties. Background: Texas. )
Is there a particular piece you’re on the hunt for?
Top and bottom: H&M, Blazer and ring: Urban Outfitters, Loafers: Ralph Lauren, Bracelets: JCrew, Express, Madewell, Gifted, Necklace: Libby Medicus
Check out my loot from my trip to H&M in Dallas this weekend. I purchased the pants for only thirteen dollars! What a steal! Neon is one of the things I’m most excited about this spring. What spring trends are you looking forward to?