Two of a Kind

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Photographed by Andrea Dyrhaug

(Shirt: Old Navy, Vest: Mango (Similar), Jeans: J.Crew, Booties: Report Signature, Sunglasses: Cole Haan (Similar), Hat: Madewell, Scarf: Target, Necklace: J.Crew (Similar), Watch: Michael Kors, Lip: Mac Russian Red)

Plaid is the perfect print for mixing during the fall and winter months. I coupled a striped tee and plaid scarf in this look along with some faux fur for added texture. Polka dots, stripes, paisleys, gingham, leopard, checks, chevron and hounds tooth are all great patterns to mix with your seasonal plaids. I always try to carry over one color from each pattern to make the mix cohesive. It’s also important to balance you patterns, make sure they are both of similar proportion so one doesn’t over power the other. The easiest way to add in patterns is through your accessories, especially during the winter!

I added to my black destroyed denim and booties with a black hat, red lips and sunglasses to pop the colors in the plaid. This also creates a very dramatic look. Darker straw hats like this one can be a great transitional piece for fall, they aren’t too hot but still have the look and feel of a similar wool hat that’s more traditional for winter. These chunky black Jackie O glasses are a must have for any wardrobe, they are dramatic yet dignified. To find more stylish sunglasses for this season check out Salt City Optic.

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Skirts & Stripes

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Photographed by Andrea Dryhaug

(Skirt: Loft (Similar), Shirt: Gap, Necklaces: Anthropologie & J.Crew (I like this and this and this), Shoes: Target (Similar), Bag: Fossil, Watch: Marc Jacobs, Bracelet: Ornamental Things)

Summer may have officially ended but don’t put your skirts and sandals away just yet. One thing I love about not being in school these days, is not feeling like summer ends when Labor Day hits. With winter right around the corner I try to tell myself every morning not to rush the fall and winter clothing, in four months I’ll want to be wearing tank tops and shorts. To start the transition into the fall season without doing away with summer try adding in darker colors but still keeping the summer staples alive.

This woven black skirt is a great basic. It’s comfortable, not overly dressy and it even has pockets! I choose to pair it with a simple striped t-shirt and leopard accents for a more casual look. Leopard is for all seasons, there are no exceptions. This leopard bag is great for this time of year and can be paired with virtually anything. I always find ways to tastefully work leopard into my look, just a touch is enough.

Summer has not ended people, lets even keep your whites out a little longer this year!

Summer’s Shade

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Photographed by Andrea Dryhaug

(Hat: Madewell, Shirt: Nordstrom BP (Similar), Shorts: J.Crew Factory, Shoes: Target (Similar), Belt: The Limited (Similar), Bag: Longchamp, Watch: Michael Kors, Bangles: J.Crew (Similar), Earrings: Madewell, Rings: Madewell)

If there is one accessory that really throws me off my game it’s a hat. I love them on other people and I buy them thinking I will wear them, but I can never really seem to put them with an outfit when the time comes. This hat is inspired by my favorite blogger, she wore it and I thought I needed to give this hat thing a try. I think from my beach hats I find hats to be, in general, more casual but that is not the case. They can be dressed up or down and even worn with a cute skirt. If you are starting with a darker hat, like this one, add accents of that color back into your outfit. This will help you feel like you are not top heavy with the darker color.

I think if you choose to wear a hat (and you should!) make sure you own it. You can drown under a hat if aren’t feeling totally comfortable. Start small, wear you hat for a short amount of time or to an event you know has a time limit. Don’t just wear hats when you have dirty hair, you will start associating hats with that and you won’t feel put together when you do wear them.

I hope this fall brings us many more hat outfits!

Tickled Pink

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(Top: J.Crew, Shorts: J.Crew Factory, Necklace: J.Crew (Similar), Sunglasses: H&M,  Watch: Marc Jacobs, Bangles: J.Crew and J.Crew Factory, Bag: Target(Similar), Sandals: DSW)

I believe in stripes for every season and this season its pink stripes. This boat neck stripe shirt from J.Crew has been a go to for me since I bought it. It’s easy, fun and can be dressed up with accessories. It is three-quarter length sleeves but is great with jeans on a brisk day or on a warmer day with shorts for a balanced summer look.

I like wearing my pink stripes with gold accents and a little sparkle. My necklace is also from J.Crew, it has a blush colored stone and hanging diamonds that dress up your casual look just a little. You could also wear a sparkly statement necklace and heels if you were wearing this for a late night look. On a cooler day or night pair with a jean jacket or cargo jacket.

Please note this shirt also comes in other colors so you can fill your closet with stripes for each season!

Army Influence

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(Shirt: Madewell, Tee: Gap, Shorts: J.Crew Factory, Sunglasses: H&M, Sandals: Target (Similar),Watch: Marc Jacobs, Bangles: J.Crew and J.Crew Factory)

If I had to pick one color to incorporate into every outfit this summer it would be army green. I’ll take it any way I can get it; shorts, jeans, jackets, vests, button downs. It’s a basic muted shade of green that goes with a lot of other colors and can make you look tanner, instantly! I love pairing it with denim and white, like this outfit, or with a black and white striped shirt or dress.

Don’t be afraid to mix styles, pair your army green with an ivory lace top or skirt. Girly with a splash of masculine can really set your outfit apart. I always like to add metal accents; gold, silver or both look great with army green. Leopard is also a great neutral pattern to mingle in, try shoes like I did, or a handbag!

Slouchy Tank

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(Tank: Madewell, Sweater: Target (Similar), Jeans: J.Crew, Necklace: J.Crew (Similar), Wedges: Clarks (Similar and Similar), Bag: Fossil)

I have found the perfect front tuck slouchy tank for the summer. It comes in seven great colors, from basics to bolds to pastels, and it currently on sale. The neckline is great alone, it’s not too wide or low, or with a long necklace. I have been a big fan for front tucking anything and everything in the past few months. It’s a chic way of tucking without being uncomfortable or worrying about if your tuck is staying in place as you go about your day. This Madewell tank has two slits in the front and a rounded back hem that make it perfect for front tucking. You simply tuck each of the corners of the slits and you’re ready to head out the door. Whether you wear the tank with jeans, shorts or a skirt it is an easy look for summer. I’m thinking Red Rock or Heathered Clay will be joining my closet in the near future as well!

Cream of the Crop

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The Crop Top: I know this is an almost impossible trend, not only to ignore, but to pull off. However, I think it can be done tastefully without your stomach hanging out and in moderation. Pair with high waisted jeans, short or maxi to create a long line and a more modest look. The lace hem on this crop top extends the top as well so it’s not so exposing. When paired with a maxi it can be a great casual look for parties or weddings as well as a day at the beach. You can also layer a crop top over a dress, maxi or regular, so that nothing shows and it then looks like seperates.

The Half Top Knot: This look can be risky for some people but always looks chic. I find that it is a great way to put up short hairstyles and still make it look like you have a style. I prefer to leave my bangs out but they could definitely be twisted back on a hot day or a day at the beach. I usually put my hair into a pony first, then tease the pony and wrap to create a bun (I like to use a tiny clip instead of a hair tie to secure it), teasing will make it look like you have a larger bun than you really do!