Friday Fashion Debate: Ankle Boots

I am going to be honest, I am writing this debate today for my own personal needs. I When wearing jeans with booties, an exposed ankle is key to keeping your ankles looking as slim as possible. One of the ways to create this gap between the jeans and boots is a cuffed hem.   Tip #3. Try this look with a longer pair of skinny jeans, rather than an ankle length pair. A larger cuff (2-3 inches tall) is more flattering).: recently bought an adorable pair of black ankle boots and NONE of my jeans look good with them. I am aware the trend is to roll the jeans to the top of the boot as pictured, but these particular boots have a slant from the front to the back and I can not find a single way to roll my jeans to look good.

Just for my own curiosity, I tried just wearing my skinny jeans that were extra tight around the ankle without rolling and that looks bad as well. At this point I am tempted to give up and only wear them with tights and dresses but I felt like Friday Fashion Debate was the best place for my last chance at wearing them with jeans.

Maybe the problem is just the boots I chose. I looked at photo after photo and none of the ones I saw look like the ones I am discussing. So my instincts tell me to stick to a very specific type of ankle boot.

My second thought was that maybe it is the jeans I am wearing. I noticed a lot of the ones pictured are short and the roll is very small. I am slightly vertically challenged so my jeans always seem to be longer than I want but I don’t buy “short” jeans because then I can’t wear them with flats which is my go to shoe.

Help me out fashionistas! What are your suggestions??

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Friday Fashion Debate: Men’s Sweaters

We have a rare chill in the air today so I wanted to talk about sweaters, specifically men’s sweaters. I feel like this is one of those things that most men stay away from but when done right, it looks extremely stylish and can really amp up a man’s winter wardrobe.

All three of the above options are a definite yes in my book! The key to pulling off a stylist men’s sweater is fit though. You don’t want to go too over-sized or you might as well just throw on a big hoodie and call it a day. If you are going for a stylish upgrade, it has to fit well!

The things I do not like in this look is the overboard silly mensweater2patterns. The example with the fox and tree stripe pattern is a definite NO in my book. Woodland animals should not be on a men’s sweater. The only exception to this is if you are attending an ugly Christmas sweater party! You should stick with classic patterns such as the example in the top three photos.

Another important thing to remember is this look is that the pants you pair with your sweater matter. If you are going with slacks that is fairly easy to do but if you choose jeans for a more casual look, you want the right jean. This does depend on the sweater though so there is no overall rule. Just make sure if you choose a lighter sweater color that you may want to go with a dark jean and vice versa. You can see in the examples at the top that the cream sweater is with a darker fade denim but the one with the pattern that has a dark base is paired with a slightly lighter jean.

Men, what are your favorite sweater looks? Or do hate them? Let me know!

Happy Friday!!

Friday Fashion Debate: Velvet

I am just going to come right out and say it, I do not like velvet. To be quite honest, I couldn’t even think of one instance where I would wear it, in any piece of clothing. This puts me on the no side of the debate this week because according to several fashion experts, velvet is a definite must have item this season.

While searching for the hottest examples of this trending fabric I did see a few looks that I was not completely against. Although in reality, I think it is one of those things that I may stop and look at it but will more than likely not even take it to the dressing room and will end up walking away without even removing it from the rack for a better look. However, I will share with you photos of the two velvet items that caught my eye while searching because I do think they are feminine and pretty and the patterns are perfection!

My definite would not EVER wear item is velvet shoes. If I am looking for a winter fabric for my footwear, suede is my go to. I can not find one velvet shoot anywhere on Pinterest that appealed to me, but here are a few examples anyway. 🙂

Of course it doesn’t stop at shawls and shoes. We have velvet pants, velvet skirts, velvet dresses, velvet chokers, velvet tank tops, velvet button downs, velvet jumpers, and it keeps going on and on!

I am interested to see how many of you disagree with me on this one. I don’t feel like I have seen this trend out and about much yet but in reality it is staying in the high 70s and low 80s in this part of Florida so velvet may take a little longer to make it’s debut here.

As always, I welcome your opinions!

Happy Friday everyone!!

Friday Fashion Debate: Wearing White After Labor Day

For this week’s debate, I did even more research than usual. I wanted to understand where the “No white clothing after Labor Day” rule came from. Funny enough, after reading a handful of articles, it seems no one actually knows where this rule started. People do have their opinions on the matter though. Some say it goes back to the fact that upper class individuals always left their city lives for the summer and opted for “summer wardrobes” which consisted of linen fabrics (usually white) and floppy straw hats. After Labor Day they went back to the city and left their summer wardrobes behind which meant the white linen pants stayed in their vacation homes and they opted for darker colors to fit their Fall city lives.

Let’s face it though, no matter where this rule came from, it is outdated. One of the most popular trends continuing from past years is white pants with denim shirts. Sure, during the summer we may opt for white shorts and sleeveless denim but I don’t see anything wrong with a pair of white jeans, a long sleeve denim shirt, brown boots and a cozy scarf. If we followed the Labor Day rule, this look would not exist. Here in Florida we are still getting temperatures in the 90s and I am not likely putting on long sleeves or boots until MAYBE Christmas.

Denim shirts and white pants are not the only acceptable way to wear white after Labor Day. It just happens to All White // L.O.V.E.: be my favorite way to wear the look. 🙂

Who doesn’t love a big comfy sweater? Especially on those holidays filled with food! Winter sweaters look great with white pants! You 9769769ce54843c35af57deec1cd4575.jpgcan even take it a bit further and opt for all white. All white does not have to look like you are going to a fancy all white party in the city at a five star hotel. Throw on a pair of white skinny jeans with an over sized white sweater and white converse and you have a look to run around all day in!

Some of you may be reading this thinking, I have never followed that silly rule anyway. However, you would be amazed how many people still follow this out of date rule. There is another side of this. Maybe you are reading this and you completely disagree with me. The Labor Day rule is one you feel very strongly about and as of September 5th all white clothing items you wear have gone in a box and won’t be back until next summer.

Either way, share with us what side of the debate you are on. We would love to hear your opinions on the matter.

Happy Friday!!

 

 

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Visors

I had no idea what my topic for today was going to be. Typically I plan it out and even write it a few days early but today I knew when I got in I would have to search pinterest looking for fun fashion trends to write about. So I got in my car, headed to work, and while waiting at a red light, inspiration hit me. Visors… yes I am talking about the hat you wear that leaves the top of your head exposed but blocks sun. 417ca3b01f40b9a26b87d311ae64f8cd

If I am being 100% honest, which I always am with those of you who read our blog, I don’t understand visors. The sports community loves them, and I guess I can understand that they block sun when you can’t wear sunglasses but your head stays cool. If that is the reasoning then I understand the logic and will grant a pass.

c1ce2e31a3d54eae5e54ce6d549ca334The lady that inspired this blog today wasn’t playing sports, she Image result for visor hair downwasn’t doing anything but simply crossing the street to her destination. She was also wearing her hair in the worst visor hairstyle out there. Her hair was OVER her visor. If you love visors, and want to wear your hair down instead of going for the sporty look, please follow this one tip. Leave your hair down and put the visor over your hair. The “NO” look is on the left and the “YES” look is on the right just in case anyone needs a visual explanation. 🙂

As I write this, I am thinking how I can explain why I don’t like visors. Truthfully, I haven’tHow To Wear Baseball Caps: Taught By Bloggers | StyleCaster: come up with anything other than, I prefer baseball caps. Maybe it’s the Texas girl in me or maybe it is just a preference I have for no special reason, but for me If I wear a hat, it is going to be a baseball cap.

As always though, to each their own! I would love to see your favorite hat styles! Even if it is a visor! 🙂

Friday Fashion Debate: T-Shirt Dress

This week’s debate is about a look that isn’t new to the trendy fashion item list, but it seems to be sticking around for another season. I am talking about the T-Shirt dress.

I will be honest, I don’t own any t-shirt dresses. As pictured above, there are multiple styles and they can be accessorized in a wide variety of ways. Personally, I prefer more structured dresses that show my waist. However, all of the examples above are adorable so I won’t go as far to say that I don’t like this look.

My favorite version is with a scarf and boots. To me, it gives something a little extra to a fairly simple look. The thing about that version of this look is that it is perfect for any weather type. You can wear a lighter scarf and ankle boots with a short sleeve t-shirt dress or when the weather cools down you can wear a long sleeve one with a thicker scarf and knee boots. Of course if you happen to get more extreme cold weather, a good pair of tights or leggings underneath would be great too!

Another key factor of this look is comfort. You don’t get much more comfortable than a cotton dress. We live hectic lives and sometimes it’s nice to throw on something you won’t be pulling and tugging on all day or even worse, something itchy.

What are your favorite ways to wear t-shirt dresses? Or are you on the no side of this debate? Let us know!

Friday Fashion Debate: Summer to Fall Transitions

For those of you who like me, dream of the days you can throw on a comfy sweater and a pair of skinny jeans and boots, we need transition outfits when summer weather is lingering.

Today’s fashion debate is about what styles are appropriate when the weather is still a bit warm but you are tired of tank tops and shorts.

I think the best way to transition is with light sweaters and jackets. You can easily take your summer tank tops and transition them in to fall with a sweater or jacket. If it is still pretty warm where you are, you can roll up the sleeves and pair with a pair of ripped jeans and ankle boots or something more casual like converse.

Another easy transition is light scarfs. During the hottest part of summer, no matter how light it is, you won’t catch me wearing a scarf. When the days start to get less brutal though, a light scarf gives me that Fall feeling I crave!

I also at some point make a conscious decision to stop wearing sandals, no matter what the temperature is. Not everyone will agree with me on this but by October I am really tired of seeing my same summer sandals (and the constant need to get a pedicure) so I stick to my closed toe flats and boots when the weather permits.

Overall I think I am in denial that Fall weather is even a thing here in Florida. It seems like we go straight from boiling hot to a short period of cold in January or February then right back to boiling hot. Either way, I am ready to start pretending Fall is on it’s way and I think in the next few weeks I will do a closet transition. 🙂

Do you have any go to summer to fall transition styles? Share with us!

Happy Friday!

Friday Fashion Debate: Fall Shades

Despite the near 100 degree temperatures that seem to be lingering in Florida, Fall is on it’s way, in the fashion world at least.

We know Fall color trends are the same every year. The tones get a little less bright and start leaning towards much warmer colors. However, it appears a mix of reds and purples is the highlight of this fall season. I have seen so many gorgeous shades in Fall fashion predictions and I am a bit obsessed!

Just to name a few favorites, I love Pantone’s Aurora Red, Bodacious and Dusty Cedar.

I find my wardrobe lacks blues and greens, throughout the year to be honest. This year I am going to try to make a point to work in more variety of colors but in reality, we usually pick the colors we feel compliment our skin best and blue and green just aren’t my top colors. In case you are wondering what the top fall shades are for these colors though, here are a few off of the top 10 pantone list. The blue is Airy Blue and the green is Lush Meadow.These are beautiful colors, just not my go to choice in Fall colors.

Do you have a go to Fall color? Something you run out and buy as soon as it hits the shelves? Or maybe you are like me and the second you get in that Fall mood you start moving over to Fall nail colors! 🙂

I know I’m ready for Fall! Florida doesn’t seem to agree with me though so for now, summer it is!

Happy Friday!

 

Friday Fashion Debate: Back to School Styles

Let’s face it, as a whole, our society spends a lot of money shopping for back to school. There is a reason an entire weekend is dedicated to “tax-free” shopping right before the academic year starts. Each year is a chance to express yourself in a whole new way if you like.

Are you a dressed up with high heels and wedges kind of girl? Maybe you prefer casual but still stylish. Or you could be the type that throws on a t-shirt or hoodie and is lucky to make it out the door with their hair brushed. I know personally, I wasn’t the first type but I definitely could go from casual stylish to barely made it out of bed, depending on the day.

Maybe you are reading this and at this point are wondering what the debate is this week. Well to be honest, there isn’t one really. This just seemed like the right timing to share some fun back to school outfit ideas. Below are just a few of my favorites.

Hope everyone has an amazing 2016-2017 school year!

Friday Fashion Debate: Makeup Trends

It’s so hot here in Florida that I can’t even think about putting on a cute fall sweater or a pair of boots. However, I do think it’s time to start looking out for what fashion experts expect to see in the Fall. So today, we start with Fall 2016 makeup trends .

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The first makeup trend we can expect to see is what they are referring to as Blackout Nicole Miller
. There are variations on this idea but for the most part, I am not a big fan.  The picture to the right, I am good with. A thick wing liner on top looks bold without being over the top. The one on the left I am not loving. It gives that raccoon eye effect and I don’t find that flattering. Then it gets even worse when you add in black shadow. You actually become a Sacai
raccoon when you do it that way. Let’s leave the animal looks to our snapchat filters!

The next makeup trend coming about is called, Modern Gothic. This is mostly in relation to lipstick colors. It is not surprise that dark shades Dior
are a widely loved look in the past year or so but this year the trend pushes that idea a bit. Pairing barely there eye Bottega Veneta 
makeup with an almost black lip is what gives this trend a modern twist on the Gothic style. I personally prefer something a little less dark on the lip with a nice glow on the skin like the image on the left instead of the full Gothic look like the one on the right but that is just my personal preference.

The last makeup trend I want to mention today is GLITTER! If you have read past posts, you know I enjoy sparkle. Glitter eye makeup is making it’s comeback! You definitely Good news: Glitter is definitely for grown-ups—if only because kids could never master the sophisticated ways in which it showed up on the runways. Sparkle was at its most wearable at Tommy Hilfiger (left), where Pat McGrath topped off a taupe smoky eye with light sprinkling of gold, done in new ways—brow bone highlighter! tear drops!—at Giambattista Valli and Burberry and at its absolute fiercest at Anthony Vaccarello, where Tom Pecheux gave us the wild idea to cut apart our jewelry and affix it to our face. Hey, why not?
can take glitter too far but I think a little shine in your life is exactly what every girl needs. 🙂 On the right is an example of a glitter addition that I think is tasteful and sweet. I don’t think we necessarily need to all go out and buy turquoise blue glitter shadow but a bit of neutral sparkle can jazz up any look.

That’s all I have for you today! Happy Friday!!