I don’t know about you guys, but Thanksgiving really crept up on me this year! How is it already the end of November? With only a few days left until the holiday, I’m focusing on prepping my pumpkin pie (that’s all I’m responsible for, thank god). I’ll be heading to my mom’s in the north suburbs where we’ll be having a little family gathering. I’m bummed we’ll be missing a few family members from out of town this year – I have a big family and love it when we’re all together! It’s madness, but always fun.
Anyway, I’m always stressed about Thanksgiving outfits, and figured you might be too. That’s why I’ve pulled together a roundup of five potential Thanksgiving outfits that you probably already have in your closet. You may have seen some of these on the blog recently, but either way, it’s just a casual reminder that you have options!
This outfit is so easy to pull together – you’re essentially mixing up a few basics and accessorizing! You can even switch out the ankle boots for a block heel pump or heeled boots if you want to dress it up more.
Ahhh! A throwback to my short hair! I kind of miss it?! Anyway, you can’t go wrong with a sweater dress, especially a maxi. They’re super comfortable and naturally on the “dressier side”. I love a maxi dress paired with a shorter coat, especially a camel one.
You probably saw this one on the blog last week – I’m obsessed with this outfit! I’m all about layering a white oversized blouse over anything (as seen here and here), so lately I’ve been layering over knit turtlenecks. Such a chic look, and perfect for the holidays.
Flare jeans are magical because they elevate your outfit but they’re still JEANS. I love how they look paired with an oversized sweater. Add a pop of color on your lips & some hoop earrings or dainty layered necklaces and you’re set.
Stirrups are my go-to dress up pants as of late. I wear them on a night out, out for dinner, even to work! Pair them with a pretty ruffled (or metallic, if you want to get really festive) top, a pair of ankle boots (preferably pointy ones) and you’re ready to go.
Skirt: Vintage Escada , similar here (for under $200!)| Turtleneck: Frank & Oak, similar here| White Button Down: Zara, similar here | Pumps: Yoox (almost sold out – similar here) | Fishnet Socks: ASOS | Bag: Saint Laurent
Something as simple as the length of your skirt can take an outfit from classic to trendy. The maxi, the mini. Sure, they’re great, but we’ve worn these for years. It’s fun to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. That’s why I’m all about the midi skirt as of late. I’ve worn it before (and more recently!), and I’m loving seeing it in different patterns & textures this season.
The first item on my agenda when we arrived in Paris? VINTAGE. Where. is. it.
We landed, took a nap to recover from our flight…and as Leo was still sleeping, my vintage hunt began. Luckily, we stayed in Le Marais, which is basically the vintage mecca of Paris. Immediately after visiting the first vintage shop, I knew I was in for a treat. The Parisian vintage shops are well curated, and house ALL of the trends you can imagine, nicely organized in separate racks. Kimonos? Check (I actually bought one! You’ll see it soon). Plaid shirts? Check. Varsity Jackets. Check (except I couldn’t find my size – so sad). Items I’d normally be looking everywhere to find were right there at my fingertips. It was a vintage shopper’s dream.
I popped into several shops, but these were my favorites –
Blazers have always been my thing, especially lately. I’ve only posted outfits with blazers here, here, and here. Excessive? I think not. You can imagine when oversized blazers became a hit, I was overcome with joy. A trend I was already a pro at rocking, FINALLY.
One thing I’m liking about the latest blazer trend is that I’m seeing blazers worn in new, unexpected ways. Over a slip dress, with a graphic tee, layered over a mini skirt or shorts, and my recent favorite…with a hoodie. That’s right, that hoodie you rocked back in junior high is now acceptable to wear out in public. Okay, maybe not that EXACT one (mine were all from the Gap), but you get the picture. This is groundbreaking stuff.
It’s chic meets casual… who wouldn’t love it? Shop more of this trendy combo below –
Suit: Vintage YSL (a lucky find from a Vintage Garage event), I couldn’t find something like it but you can pair a midi skirt with a cropped blazer for a similar look! | Sock Boots: Zara | Beanie: I picked this up in Berlin a few years back, but here’s a similar one | Lipstick: Mac, Chili
I’ve been waiting all year for this. Secretly, I’ve built up my stash of vintage power suits and have been waiting for the right moment to bust them out. Now is the TIME. My first suit purchase was actually this blazer (yes, it comes with pants!). I’m working on tapering the pants as they currently have a wide leg. TBD on that. Hoping to get that done so I can rock that bad boy soon.
Now, back to this suit. Vintage Yves Saint Laurent from the 70s. The previous owner sold it to me herself – we had a moment. I think she was very excited that I was excited about it, and that this beauty was given a second life. From the stitching to the buttons to the colors of the wool…it’s a stunning set. AND, it fits me perfectly. I didn’t even have to tailor it. Meant to be.
You are probably thinking to yourself, “I don’t know how to pull this off”. I thought the same thing, and here I am. Here’s how to wear a power suit. you can do it…
Blazer: Vintage Escada (from one of my favorite vintage shops!), I couldn’t find a leather blazer, but here‘s a navy moto jacket! | Jeans: Levi’s, similar here| Silver Sandals: Massimo Dutti, sold out (similar here and here) | White Tee: Frank & Oak | Sunglasses: Celine, more affordable option here
It may not feel like fall yet, but it’s definitely here. I’ve been rocking fall clothes & sweating my ass off, but I don’t care. I refuse to wear summer gear in October. It’s just not happening. NO MORE OPEN TOES. Done…except for these silver sandals, though. They just went too well with this navy blazer. I had to do it. But after this, I’m done. For real.
Blazer: Vintage, similar here | Slip Dress: Zara, similar here| Velvet Boots: Sam Edelman| Clutch: Vintage, this one is also chainmail but a little different (I like it more than the one I have!) | Lipstick: Milk Lip Metal
Over the last 5 years, my vintage purchases have increased exponentially. The first piece of vintage clothing I purchased was this blazer 4 years ago. I used to be hesitant in buying vintage clothes…until I realized the quality I was getting for a fraction of the price of something new. Let’s just say the cleaners have become my new best friend!
Outside of being more affordable, my favorite thing about buying vintage is the fact that each piece of one of a kind. I love the feeling of finding an awesome vintage item and knowing that I’m the ONLY one who has it! The exclusivity of each purchase makes for a thrilling shopping experience – such a good feeling. I’m at the point now where 70% of what I buy is vintage, and there’s no turning back. I will say, though, that finding the right places to shop vintage is key. There are plenty of vintage stores, but depending on where you go, you’ll find yourself leaving the store defeated and confused (“why can I not find anything good?! What’s wrong with me?!”). The key is knowing WHERE to shop. That said, today I’m sharing my go-to spots for vintage shopping in Chicago.
New York fashion week feels like ages ago, but I realized that I never did my standard round up post of the street style trends! Typically, I find the trends after perusing through all of the street style pics..but this time around, I saw everything first hand. As crazy & overwhelming NYFW was, the most fun part was the inspiration you’re surrounded by, both on the runway & on the street. Walking in and out of shows may have been my favorite part of it all, with the street style photographers crowded at the corners, waiting for the next street style star to walk on by. Here are 5 trends I saw everywhere the few days I was there! I’ve pulled together my favorite pieces from each trend so that you can shop it too, if your heart desires.
If there is an item I find myself shopping the most, it’s shoes. Ever since I can remember, shoes have been my favorite accessory…almost to a fault (I have very few bags and need to step up my game!). A chic pair of shoes can elevate any outfit, and depending on where/what you’re buying, you don’t have to break the bank to build a solid shoe collection.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more particular about the types of shoes I buy. Sure, I’ll get a cheap-y trendy shoe once in a while, but for the most part, I want a high quality shoe for a good price (I’m a major bargain shopper). That is virtually impossible to find when you’re shopping at department stores. If it’s made in Italy, you’re likely going to pay a premium for it. With that said, I’ve resorted to various online shops to fuel my shoe addiction – and so far it’s been working out for me! Below are a few sites I regularly stalk for the next shoe purchase.
We had a little glimpse of fall before the heatwave came – I’m not complaining about the extended summer, but I am ready to get my fall clothes on (because fall fashion is the BEST!). On one of the cooler days a couple of weeks ago, I put together this burgundy look that I can’t get enough of. First of all, corduroy pants remind me of my childhood and I can’t wait to wear them again. I had like 3 pairs in high school that I wore on a regular basis…with Birkenstock Boston Clogs of course (which apparently are also back!). I’ve officially lived a cycle of fashion, and even have my Birks from 10+ years ago. I’m old, but at least I’m saving some money. Ha.
In effort to elevate this outfit, I wanted to think outside of the box in terms of how to style a button down blouse. A new way to wear a button down (for future reference) – layer a blouse over a thin turtleneck, the ultimate layering piece for fall. With a pop of dark lipstick and chic white ankle boots, I was ready to take on the day.
Both the blouse and pants are from ModCloth – their fall stuff is SO on point right now. I love that their sizes are made for every shape & body type…and their stuff fits so well! It’s tricky for me to find pants that fit properly, and these fit like a glove. Shop this look & other ModCloth stuff I’m loving right now below!