We Californians have it lucky with the Fall/Winter season. We can use most of our wardrobe all year long just by adding on layers. Layering is key when dressing for your day ahead. Temperatures always determine my outfit and since it changes so often, wearing an outfit with versatility is a must. The chillier temperatures have us pining over the comfier things in life, like over sized cozy sweaters and on-sale Target socks. But just because it’s sweater weather doesn’t mean you should look like you just rolled off the couch to go about your day. Exercise more stylish options this fall/winter season that work for you and the cold days ahead.
Options are always good to have, especially when it comes to your wardrobe. Don’t limit yourself by tossing your summer favorites to the side, instead find creative ways to style them into your outfit. Those long maxi dresses (in neutral colors and prints) are the perfect base piece to create few Fall outfits. Layer on button up flannels to use as a tie shirt and add a statement necklace to make it pop. Chilly temperatures may call for more coverage, so throw on your favorite denim jacket for that Cali casual look. Slip into booties that show you’re a bit edgy. For that extra pop, rock a deep red lip to finish off your look.
Why it Works: The flannel shirts are a great basic to wear alone or as layering pieces under sweaters or over dresses. They’re easy to find and you can even use your boyfriend’s for a comfier feel. A denim jacket can add more texture to your style and will come in handy when the temperatures drop. Shoes with color help bring contrast. My favorite ones for fall are colored booties in maroon or royal blue.
Where you can wear it to: School, Lunch date, Internship, Movie Night
The effort is all in the detail. Take a nod at the London rainy schoolboy look and opt for the colors that stray from the typical black and blue. Jackets in gray can add just the right contrast and can be be a staple piece worn year after year. Invest in quality and one that gives you enough room to move. A light cotton button up in a print can be layered under button down sweaters, crew necks or coats. Beanies, newsboys style hats help with style but also warmth. Boots are versatile and will last. For a sportier feel, switch out the boots for your favorite pair of sneakers.
Why It Works: Plum pants are a great alternative to black or blue. The color can really help breathe some life into your look. A printed button-up kicks up the style quotient by adding in a visual that breaks up the color. Rain or shine, boots will work in any weather or outfit. A hat can complete an outfit by adding an effortless and inspired touch.
Where you can wear it to: School, Date night, Dinner with friends, Work
Polaroid 300 Instant Camera. Available in Purple, Blue and Red $69.99 Target
This holiday season I really want capture special moments with family and friends. Taking photos with my phone is great to be able to instantly share with my social networks but there's something special about watching that moment develop before your eyes and land in your hand. I was so happy to see Polaroid has made a comeback with it's instant cameras. Pour the eggnog, slip on your ugly Christmas sweater and smile!
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Unisex California Fleece Sweatshirt, $47 American Apparel
Merona Boot Socks, $7 Target
When it comes to sleepwear, I keep it simple. After a long day, I totally want to bum out and usually the old, oversized clothes are my first grab. This sweater from American Apparel is uber warm and has only gotten comfier with each wear. And since I love the feeling of bare sheets on my legs I don't even bother with pants, just a cute pair of boyfriend undies. My bed time look isn't complete without a pair of comfy socks. It's certainly a Flashdance feel and I most definitely channel my Irene Cara, because to be warm and cozy "what a feelin!"
OPI Bastille My Heart, $5 Buy Nails Direct and Umoja Nail Wraps, $16 NCLA
When it comes to my nails, the possibilities are endless. My bi-weekly nail choices depend on my mood. When I want a look that's on the simpler side my go-to color is a deep red. I love this OPI shade because it's a rich red hue that makes it a classic pick. I'm a girl who always likes to make a statement and what better way than with some funky nails. These NCLA nail wraps are fun to mix and match with other nail polishes or just go all out and wear them on all 10 fingers. Go cray cray with your nails on Sunday night to Instagram your look for Mani Monday and give yourself something to look forward to for the beginning of your week!
Cute or creepy: these are usually the typical college Halloween costumes. Some people find purchasing the costume in a bag the way to go. For you “Mean Girls” fans, it’s the excuse to wear lingerie, slap on some animal ears and be a mouse… duh!
Let’s be frank, as college students, we need to be frugal. Halloween is the only night or weekend for you to get in the holiday spirit. On average, one costume could cost anywhere from $50 to $200. Is it really worth spending that much for one occasion? Step outside the box this time around and take on the challenge to make a creative costume and save some money in the process. You can make a look that’s cheap, easy and even free!
Cheap: When Life Hands You Lemons
Materials: White T-shirt, bag of lemons, sharpie or iron-on letters
Taking on this quote would surely bring some chuckles to your fellow partygoers. It’s a great last minute costume idea and one that is witty enough to get away with the cheap materials. You can go as simple as just writing “life” on the front of your shirt with a sharpie or go the extra step to iron on the letters. Grab a basket or a plastic bag and fill it with lemons to pass out to all the Halloweeners.
Easy: Window Creeper
Materials: Cardboard Box, black clothing
If you’re into costume props, this is the perfect character for you. The best part? You won’t even have to buy anything! Everyone has black clothing in his or her wardrobe and a full head-to-toe look is perfect to be the creeper outside your window. A beanie and gloves would make for the perfect burglar outfit as well. To make this look work, take a big cardboard box and cut 4 squares to create a window. Boxes are free at most stores, you can even find them here on campus. You can choose to add fabric to the top to make curtains and really make it look like you’re looking into someone’s house!
Free: 50 Shades of Grey
Materials: Masking tape and lots of grey paint chips!
This is the perfect costume if you are not looking to spend any money since paint chips are free at hardware stores. Depending on how extravagant you want your look to be, you can find the amount you need at one store. If you’re looking to go all out, you may end up having to store hop to grab more. I used about 70 paint chips to create this “50 Shades of Grey” vest. Pair it with a grey long sleeve shirt and grey bottoms and you’re the walking story, no S&M required.
If you simply have no time to physically go out and get something, online stores are great too. Online sites sell affordable costumes on eBay, Amazon and Etsy for as low as $10. You can browse online for one that suits you this year. Have fun with your look and don’t be afraid to look like a fool, that’s the spirit of Halloween!
Fit and Flare Wool Coat, $250.60 Armani Exchange
I'll be excited to bust out my winter wear once temperatures finally drop here in LA; one of my favorites pieces being coats! I love the latest colors, trends and patterns this season, but I still love a classic. This fit and flare shape does a body good when you're layering to keep warm. I look sleek with tights and thigh high boots for a night out or even straight leg jeans and cut out booties. The neutral color choice in sand is one that works with every outfit and a piece I know I'll reuse year after year. To spice things up, color can come into play with a patterned scarf and a deep red lip color.
Lafayette 148 New York 'Velvet' Lambskin Leather Jacket, $448.98 Nordstrom
When we shop we always want the best bang for our buck. Investing in staple pieces that will never go out of style, like leather, will have us excited to pull out our favorites year after year. I love a classic motto style jacket. This one is edgy and chic, especially in a deep wine. This paired with a skirt and bow tie blouse is perfect for a workday and can to weekend wear with dark wash jeans and a high heel.
3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, $29.99 Target
Chillier temperatures have us pining over the comfier things in life, like oversized cozy sweaters and on-sale Target socks. But just because it's sweater weather doesn't mean you should look like you just rolled off the couch to go about your day. Sweatshirts are an easy go-to this fall.The sporty top has gone beyond the days of the gym to exercise more stylish options. You want to feel like you're working it, not so much working out. I'd throw on some dark wash straight but jeans and dress it up with some heels for a casual night out with friends.
Force Cardigan with Leather Sleeves, $455 All Saints
The gloomy days where I want to bundle up with a cup of tea and a book has brought me to this All Saints pick. Cold weather makes me just want to stay inside, but a day's work calls for me to be on-the-go and I like any option that's comfy chic. The Leather sleeves and wool blend is a perfect combo of style and comfort. Leggings and knee high boots would be my go-to pairing for this sweater weather ensemble.
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When it comes to landing the internship or job of your dreams, confidence is everything. If you
look good, you feel good and that energy is just what employers are looking to take on in their
workspace. Now if buying new clothes for that interview wasn't on your priority list, you might
want to reconsider purchasing those few key pieces to help you stand out. The student struggle is real, but anyone can make it happen. It's about being creative and adopting a fashion philosophy that works for you, your style and budget. I always say you don't have to have mad money to have mad style. I created four students looks that can easily transition from work to weekend wear. Hopefully they help inspire you to dress for success.
A leather skirt makes a standout wardrobe piece, it's flirty yet edgy. It can easily work for a weekend out. This look would be appropriate if you're applying to a job or internship in a more creative field. You can mix patterns without overdoing it. In this case, I paired a polka dot top and floral satchel. The mix of pattern and classic leather will show you stay on trend. Heels are always a must, they'll notice that you made the extra effort to dress up. Plus they're the perfect pump of confidence you need to strut into that interview. Just remember to practice walking around in them first!
Confidence in Color
A well-fitted dress with a subtle waist belt is airing on the side of simplicity. It's a traditional look that works for any job or internship interview and can easily be styled for a day at school or weekend luncheon. Picking a solid bright color definitely makes you stand out and can help your potential employers remember who you are. I kept this look simple with neutrals and minimal accessories.Remember when it comes to job interviews, less is more. Statement earrings and a watch add the right touch to show you’re detail-oriented and you have mastered self presentation.
Personality Always Wins
I shook the traditional cotton shirt and tie, slack combo and opted for a denim button up shirt with a fun, quirky tie. Instead of traditional black and grey I styled caramel corduroys to bring out the colors in his tie. Just remember gentleman: when your tie is bold, your shirt holds back and when your shirt is loud your tie quiets down. Mixing a printed tie and shirt is great for weekend wear but you don't want to overwhelm your interviewer in the first meeting.
If you don't want to look like the average applicant, go with a pattern. Plaid and stripes get you
noticed and it shows you have confidence and a know-how attitude. I styled a red plaid shirt paired with the guy’s hottest fall trend: a wool tie. A wool tie in a rich texture is a great investment piece that can work for date nights and other special occasions. You don't have to always pair the tie with a blazer. For a more casual interview or day at the office fold up your sleeves and wear some dark wash jeans.
To make the most out of your work wardrobe invest in classic, quality pieces that will last and
transition throughout the changing seasons of fashion. Think of your wardrobe like your bank
account, you want to save for the things you really want and it's an investment for your self and
your future, and in this case by future I mean job. Make sure your outfit is pressed and crisp
and to really make an impression arrive early. Come prepared with a printed resume, a portfolio (if you have one) and questions for your employer. With a well-polished look and the right preparation, you'll be updating your LinkedIn title with your new job in no time!
Washed Cord Overalls, $119 Free People
Overalls have made a comeback in the fashion forefront and I'm absolutely loving it! I wish I could fit into the pair I had as a kid but Ive fallen out of love with the bejeweled madness that went on in the early 90s. These dark wash, skinny fit overalls are certainly a more modern option to this Friday's flash back pick. I'd pair this look with heels and a structured leather embellished top for a night out or throw on a screen tee and my chuck tailors for a day at school. For the 90s generation gals, who wouldn't want to throw a pair of these on and reminisce about the days of rocking out to Hansen with our crimped hair-dos?!