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Basically, I found this outfit by accident. I brought this top into the dressing room thinking it would be either 1) a good laugh or 2) a good laugh. Thinking the outfit was already a no-go, I tried it on with these bell bottom hippie pants I would have rather died than worn in high school. GUESS WHAT: it ended up looking great together. I'm maturing, Sam! Look at me, trying new things.
I’ve always wanted to try mixing different patterns together, but have never found a good pairing. The shirt has thin, vertical stripes and the pants also have staggered, vertical arrows and flowers. Usually I would never wear loud pants like this but I honestly loved the way my legs looked in them. And I think the bold, cinderella-like sleeves simmers the pants down a couple notches. This top is super thin and light. Its stretchy which is makes it comfortable around my torso and arms. It leaves my my neck and chest exposed so it's perfect for a hot day. It’s also great if you're sitting out in the sun so you can get a tan with no tank top lines. :) Steph said the shirt looks like I have adult diapers on my arms. I said the sleeves look like Pirates Booty cheese puffs. Draw your own conclusion... but this is top is adorable nonetheless.
I think I had these exact pants in the fourth grade. If you were to tell me I would wear patterned, bell bottom pants ever again and LIKE IT, I would have laughed at you harder than the grinch laughed at the Who's down in Whoville. Grabbed these off the rack like the pretzels you don't want at a super bowl party but you eat anyway because they're there. They are high-waisted, stretchy, and long. The flare at the bottom is just what this outfit needed. Added Bonus: Another easy way to get out of wearing jeans. Patterned pants can sometimes be difficult for muscular legs because it can make you legs look wide and untoned. Pants like this can also look cheap very easily. I think this vertical pattern and high waist flattered my legs very well. The combination of colors is perfection. Pink and blue together gets me every damn time. Also would look cute with just a plain white crop top and flip flops.
Jessica Simpson man. I knew I liked her. I'm picking up what she's putting down if you know what I mean. I don't think that makes sense but whatever. These heels slip right on your feet like socks. Its kind of like wearing nipple covers on your feet. No straps or heel cups means no blisters. These are a stretchy, woven shoe with a vintage look. The chunky heel makes life 1000% easier. They look like peep-toe booties but won't make your feet sweat. I love this beige color and they will look bomb with a summer tan. I think they'll look great with mini dresses and boyfriend cut jeans as well.
Photography: Madelyn Wood @mfwcode
Spring 2017 is for shiny sh*t. Everything is metallic. Shoes, pants, sunglasses, bras, bathing suits. Found this little gem in the dress section. I had to fight this girl for it. And when I say that I mean she didn't know we were in a fight. She took the last one and I had to follow her around the store until she eventually hung it up on a random rack. I snatched it up like a little rat and scurried away with an evil smirk. The poor girl. She has no idea what joy this bomber would have brought her. The color is absolutely gorgeous. I already have a pink bomber but this one was too good not to get. Its a very “look at me” piece. But I like to be looked at and anyone who says otherwise I simply don't trust. Its super lightweight and just what this outfit needed for a perfect spring night out. Little jackets like this are a great investment because they can change different outfits in a perfect way. It was 25% off at Lord and Taylor (one of my favorite stores because there's always some sort of sale going on.) So now I won't feel as bad when I spill ketchup on it. TAKEAWAY: Invest in statement jackets.
These shorts were part of a set. And I LOVE outfit sets. But the top and shorts together looked like pajamas. I think thats a look this season but I literally looked like I rolled out of bed which isn't a pleasant sight. Couldn't pull it off. I am an absolute genius. I ONLY BOUGHT the shorts. So now I can just pair these pajama shorts with a cute top and heels and look like I’m dressed up. But in reality, I’m not- I’m not dressed up at all. Shorts like this don't come around very often. They fit perfectly on my waist and have the perfect eb and flow down the thigh. No wedgie life is what this is. They are also paper thin and silky af. TAKEAWAY: If it doesn't flow, let it go.
In dumbass terms, nude is the color of your skin. Skin is part of your body. The longer your skin looks, the longer your body looks. So if you want longer legs get nude heels. If you want shoes that match everything, get nude heels. And if you want to pop, lock and drop it, comfortably, get this heel height. Don't go any higher or any lower. Higher ones for me are too overwhelming. I look like Brianne of Tarth. Lower ones I look like I'm about to give a presentation in business class. And we all know I would never be doing something like that anyways. TAKEAWAY: Kitten heels are disgusting.
Photos by Madelyn Wood: Instagram-@mfwcode
Long jean jacket- Zara
It's a good day when you walk into Zara and it's deserted. The other day I went with absolutely no hope of any success and the place was immaculate, neat, and fully restocked. Usually its a dog-eat-dog pigpen of people crawling over each other and digging under piles with their eyes bulging out of their heads. Those are the days when you take one step in and sprint the eff out as fast as you can and don't look back. But a good day in Zara is better than a Sunday morning Harry Potter marathon. I was able to take my time and scour the whole store giggling to myself thinking of all the people who chose to stay home that day and NOT go to Zara. What idiots. I got the best sh*t. One of those things being this long, destroyed af demin jacket for $69.90. What a joke. This thing is fire. Its going to look so cute over my rompers, two-peice sets, and spring/summer dresses wth heels, sneaks, and boots. Day or night, any given season, this jacket is classic, versatile, and can make anyone look and feel like Rihanna.
Stan Smith Boost Metallic shoes- Adidas
This is outfit could be real casual with just some normal sneaks or converse. I wanted to spice it up with something flashy and these shoes were perfect. Metallic seems to be another popular trend this season and you can never have enough Adidas sneaks these days. I found these on the website. You can get silver or this rose gold metallic. I am obsessed with rose gold. They are so light and comfortable. Perfect for making an outfit more flashy, fashion forward, and appealing.
Ear crawlers- Francesca's Collections
These earrings are actually awesome. They make your ears look pretty and ears are absolutely disgusting flaps of skin on your head in my opinion. This is just an easy way to change up your everyday look. Instead of wearing your $10 pair of studs from Target 24/7 (guilty), invest in a fun pair of these. They have all different colors and styles. Some of them make you look like an edgy rock star and others make you look like Princess Elsa. I'll take either one. They can also compliment your hair and outfit. These earrings matched my shoes perfectly and are very flattering with my hair color and skin tone. Wearing your hair up or slicked back will make them pop even more.
Netted Tights- I pulled these out of the woodwork from my Harley Quinn Halloween costume this past year. Never did I think these slices of pure heaven would see the light of day again. And boy was I excited to throw them on. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put netted tights under jeans is an absolute genius in my book. There is no other way to describe it other than IT LOOKS SICK. Any chance I have be an edgy badass for a day instead of a ditzy blonde, I TAKE IT and run. These jeans themselves would have been cool on their own but why not make the outfit 10 times better and 10 times more flashy? They also kind of make wearing these destroyed jeans acceptable in 20 degree weather. I did get more weird looks than usual from people during this photo sesh. The crazier the better.
Destroyed MOM Jeans- Urban Outfitters- I had been looking for a baggy, destroyed pair of high-waisted jeans for a while and my prayers were finally answered when Steph and I went to Miami a couple weeks ago. Jean shopping is an absolute nightmare if I haven't already expressed that enough. I think we all can agree on it. I HATE it. Trying to find baggy pants when you have thicker legs is just embarrassing. Its hard not to laugh when you can't even pull "Boyfriend" cut jeans over your knee. But hey, that is the price we gotta pay to get paid. I like the way the high-waist shows off the curve from your mid-section to your butt. Its very flattering and everyone needs a pair of these for this spring.
Adidas- Adidas is back! The three stripes are killing the athleisure game right now. This crop sweatshirt goes perfectly with just about every high-waisted thing you own. I wear it with leggings all the time. Its short sleeve so it fits under your tightest jackets. If this hoodie was at Coldstone, it would be a "gotta to have it" kinda day.
Scarf: Apart from accessories, this outfit is all neutral colors. The good thing about having an endless supply of black, white, and gray is being able to wear them over and over again with new, fun accessories. This one specific scarf has surprised me. It was one of those purchases when you go to the mall and literally can't find anything you like or anything that fits so you just buy something to make yourself feel better. I thought it had such pretty colors and it was cheap. It's also very thin so you won't get hot or claustrophobic inside. This thing is not going to keep you warm whatsoever. But the pop of color goes a long way and MAKES the outfit.
Sweater- I hate sweaters.....because I'm a sweat-er. Nothing infuriates me more than being itchy and sweaty in a pile of wool. The only kind you'll catch me in is this cardigan style that you can wear open. Its thin, its basic, and it doesn't make me pant like a dog. I also love that its longer than what I have on underneath to give the outfit a longer, leaner look.
High Socks- Three words- sassy, flirty, and fun. Ladies, we all work damn hard on our legs. I pick things up and put things down with these legs. I eat kale for these legs. So you crazy if you don't thing I'm going to go to great lengths to show them off, as we all should. And the best thing about high socks is you don't have to shave your shins or calves. HALLELUJAH!
Sweater: Free People
High Socks- H&M
January is for jackets, and I gosh darn love jackets if you couldn't tell. This week, I wanted to pick a base outfit that you can wear with three different kinds of outerwear. Each jacket created a different vibe and look.
The denim jacket is a casual look for me. I got this jacket in the men's section because I wanted it baggy and bulky. I always shop in the men's section because they tend to have a lot of cool stuff that fits in a different, fun way. I have actually surprised myself by how much I've worn this jacket. Its great for the not so cold days in the winter. Its bulky.... so I never pair it with loose pants unless I haven't had coffee. Denim is super cute with a flannel underneath or tied at the waist. It's also great with dresses and heels. I literally wear it everywhere.
The bomber is the chicest of chic. This dusty pink color just gets me. I think light pink with blonde hair is gorggggg. It's dressy and girly and can brighten any outfit. The jacket style is also sleek and long, which is different from most bombers that are cut short and puffy. All the pictures I've taken in it look great. It reflects so pretty in the light.
Flaming hot. Just want to get on the back of Jax Tellers bike in Sons of Anarchy. The leather is so comfortable and perfectly fits to your shape. Its a worn-look leather which makes it even more badass. I have broad shoulders so finding a good leather jacket that fit me was hard. It's another major staple in my closet that I'll have for years.
Base outfit is Steve Madden booties, All Saints black skinny jeans, plain white top, and a sparkly choker.
I was so skeptical when I first saw these pants online. But obviously I bought them anyways because I'm impulsive AF. I had been looking for a pair of loose, high-waisted pants that were more casual. Most of the high-waisted pants that I buy are dressy. And boy was I blown away by these bad boys. They are easy-fit; not tight but not loose and perfect for casual wear. They have snaps where the zipper would go and a cloth tie under the waistband that folds over. Like, OH MY CASUAL CHIC. The fold over is the best part of the pant. It also seems like you can unfold it and wear it as an even higher-waisted pant with a belt. The zipper accents on the ankle are an edgy touch. You can also pair these pants with sneakers or even a heel if your feeling frisky. These pants come in green as well which I want terribly. My fashion advice for this week is: once you find a pant you love, buy a second pair.
This taupe jacket is lightweight and long. I love the way it looked with my tight crop top and pants because it gave the outfit a bit of freedom. I think it looks best when its open and flowy but its cute zipped with the asymmetrical front too. It's definitely a jacket you wear to feel relaxed. I also love the look the model is wearing on the website with a loose black dress and high boots under it.
I got these during the Black Friday sale. I was suppose to be Christmas shopping for other people but it turned into a selfish day very quickly. If I was going to push and shove my way through the mall sweating and darting around sales people, I better get something out of it. I hadn't been able to find a pair of combat-like boots that I really loved because I always think they look clunky on me. These boots still give that military-ish feel but are thinner and more fitted. I also loved the different textures on the boot and the lace up and side zippers are simple which makes them easy to put on and take off. They also look great with a T-shirt dress and jean jacket.
Lace Romper: Revolve- Lovers & Friends
The first three things I think of when I wake up are coffee, eggs, and rompers. Everyday I check the Revolve App on my phone for new stuff. If you don't have it, download it. Of course, my first click is New, second click, Clothes, third click, rompers and jumpsuits. When this one popped up, I started drooling. I don't think you can get much better than this people.
#1: It's red
#2: It's lace
#3: It has an open back
DONE and DONE.
I couldn't love an item of clothing more. The long sleeve lace makes your arms look long and feminine. And with the heavy volume of upper body work I’ve been doing this off season, I need all the help I can get. I obsess over lace clothing because it’s just so romantic and pretty. They also have the romper in black, but honestly, who wants to wear black when you can wear red? BE BOLD people. There are a lot of clothes I love in black, but in this case, RED.
Blazer: All Saints
I got this black blazer in London a few weeks ago. When I go to Europe I try to pick up on the trends there because they seem to be a couple months ahead of us in the fashion department. They have All Saints over there like we have Dunkin Donuts in Massachusetts. I went into about three of them in a five block radius and all the girls had this black blazer on. Its simple and sleek. It really off sets the girly romper and gave my outfit balance. It is also very versatile. You can wear it open over your shoulders like this or button it closed to give it a more structured, suit-like appeal. My favorite look I’ve seen with a blazer is Ashlyn Harris’ slick back hair and a bold lip. See here.
Over-the-Knee Boots: Stuart Weizmann
I INDULGED in these Stuart Weizmann’s, the pinnacle of over-the-knee boots. They are rediculously expensive. I splurged on these babies and don't regret it one bit. I would love to say I saved up for them and made a well thought out decision to purchase them but that would be a lie. Some people want surfboards or the newest xbox but I just want boots.
Fashion has become a hobby of mine and something that I am passionate about. I wear these all the time and they are the best pair of shoes I own. #noregrets Not everyone wants to spend this much so here is a pair that is cheaper and just as cute.
Secret: Wear knee high socks under the boots. They wont slip down as much.
This dusty pink trench coat is perfect to throw on over any outfit. It's from the Highline Collection at Lord and Taylor. You can change up the look with the self-tie sash by wrapping up to keep warm outside or open it for a nice flow. The material is very thin, so its light enough to wear indoors and perfect to fit under a winter jacket outdoors. I've noticed that the material literally does not wrinkle so it's awesome to travel with and you don't always need to hang it up. I loved the pink one but it also comes in Sage and Grey.
The slip dress trend had me skeptical at first. They kind of look like pajamas. No. I take that back. They DO look like pajamas. But you can easily put a tight T-shirt or knit top underneath for a more daytime-friendly look. You could even put on pants or a cool pair of leggings underneath. This is also from the Highline Collection. Simple, black, and versatile. And just another excuse for me to not wear jeans.
The jewel embellished pumps are just high enough to be pretty and low enough to still be comfortable. The only thing worse than 6 inch heels is kitten heels. These are the perfect happy medium. The jewel brings a bit of elegance and sparkle.
***Wear pink and red together*** (Pink Trench coat and red lips)
There is NO REASON not to love the winter. I'm sick of people complaining. Suck it up, enjoy the holidays, and embrace your inner snow-woman. The winter is my favorite season. Ballsy to admit I know. But in my opinion, there is nothing better than coats, hats, scarves, and boots with hot chocolate and a Christmas tree.
If you don't like this faux fur coat I literally don't trust you. I feel like Leo DiCaprio in the Revenant, except for the fact that I'm a millennial living in an eco-friendly apartment complex that goes to Starbucks twice a day. The coat has the most beautiful coloring and is warmer than my actual winter jacket. Get a faux fur coat this season ladies, you wont regret it.
Sheer turtleneck bodysuits. Its just a good excuse to wear a cute, strappy, "look at me" bra.
These chunky boots are edgyyyyyy AF. They give you a bit of height too so your legs look long and lean. I loved the way they looked with my shiny leggings. I would say my outfit is dressed up, but you can also dress them down with just jeans (vomit) and a t-shirt.
Pom-Pom beanies might be my favorite accessory of the season so far. The fur ball at the top of your head is just so cute and innocent. (I need all the innocence I can get)
This is my favorite fall outfit of 2016. I probably wore this exact outfit 10 times because its so comfortable and #chic. It's good for all activities. I have also worn it with heels and a long, sheer shirt for a night out to dinner. Put a bright, long coat on for a pop of color and you've got yourself a winner. Leather obviously brings the edge. You can change your outfit from a 7 to a 10 just by adding a leather jacket. And who doesn't love some Adidas Superstars? Any day that I can be fashion forward and sporty at the same time is a good day.
Personally, I think it's hilarious that velvet is back in style. I remember Sam and I in matching velvet dresses when we were 3 years old. (I'll find a picture.) But its actually a good change-up and is great for pictures. This outfit features a velvet romper. It's super warm and soft for the fall/winter, but every season is romper season, people. I like the blue denim as a jacket because of the eye-catching contrast in both texture and color. This denim shirt is a STAPLE in my closet. You can use it for layering with basically anything in my opinion. These high ankle booties are as versatile as it gets- they look great with skinny jeans too. Just make sure you get the pointy ones because they make your legs looks longer which is never a bad thing. As a matter of fact, you should just do what Sam does and ask me before buying absolutely any pair of shoes ever. Tweet me a pic from the store using #KristiesClosetHelp and I'll try to steer you away from any socially degrading purchases. It's the least I can do.
Bodysuits are a new development in the comfort game. They're stretchy and they also fit snug to your body, giving you ample opportunity to show off your abs and guns. Thankfully for us all, denim skirts are back and OH SO HAWT. For less curvy bodies, (like mine,) denim skirts hug me in the right places, creating an illusion of curve in the hips. And for the joy of all athletes everywhere, the over-the-knee boot is the new go-to. I couldn't be happier about it. No explanation needed- just pure FIRE. We've got the legs for them ladies, trust me. Get yourself an outfit like this.