I am starting to feel so bored as I wake up each morning and gravitate towards the exact same items in my wardrobe. By items I mean either pajamas or leggings and a t-shirt. These elevated pieces will add some excitement and fun to my stale outfit picking routine.
Since I am currently between engagements (aka unemployed for the time being), I've had a lot of time on my hands. In order to not go crazy or spiral about the uncertainty of both my life and the world at large, I have found so much solace in online shopping. Even if I am putting things in my cart and not actually buying them. I am definitely not an impulse buyer and have to be especially careful of where I put my money right now. First, because I am trying to learn how to adult better and learn how to deal with my finances like a boss but also due to my unemployment. I gave myself a budget of around $100.00 for a little retail therapy but I went over slightly due to shipping charges. So after many hours, let's be real, actual days of rumination I finally decided upon on these pieces to help me step my game up. I have come to the point in quarantine where I am just seeking a major glow-up in every aspect of my life. Though there are so many things we can't control right now, we can control how we dress and how we make-over our wardrobe!
Not only are Y2K jewelry pieces making a huge come-back but jewelry in general has been a saving grace for me during this pandemic. I have been layering chain necklaces over my graphic and vintage t-shirts for Zoom meetings or classes and it just adds a bit of polish, poise and edginess. Since we're on the precipice of Spring I wanted to change up my staple chain necklaces and go for a more fun and youthful vibe and my goodness Etsy did not disappoint. I have so many favorite necklaces that I found. Since I'm a Millennial, I went for a freshwater pearl necklace with some fun glass beads instead of the more campy happy face and strawberry necklaces. Even though, those are a total mood too.
How I'd Style it:
This necklace will go with so many things because it has so many different shades of glass mixed in with the pearl. I focused mainly on the pieces of lime in the necklace and found these amazing checkered plants from Verge Girl. I paired it with a white-collared puff sleeve blouse from ASOS (majorly on sale!), green Birkenstocks and an optional lightweight vintage 90's jacket. I wanted to pair it with a pleather jacket or vest to go full on Lizzie McGuire but I only found leather options and I care too much about animals to promote leather here on the blog! Wish there were more pleather options out there in super fun colors. Finally, some fun chili pepper earrings and I found a red lipstick shade called Chili Pepper too in one of my favorite Sephora liquid lipstick formulations. Because the necklace has these gorgeous dark shades of blue, I added vegan and cruelty free nail polish as well as an bright blue acrylic bag.
Admittedly, $29.90 seems like a lot for a crop top but I went for it for a few reasons. The first, is that I'm sure it will be high quality due the price. The second, is that this will go with literally everything. And third, I'm just super in love with both halter top and square neck silhouettes and this bralette has BOTH which you don't see too often. The square neck is universally flattering on everyone and it makes an outfit look more expensive.
How I'd Style It:
I love the way black looks paired with white and purple. Especially with different shades of purple mixed together. I paired the bralette with violet purple trousers from Nasty Gal. I finally found a pleather jacket so I added that to give a vintage and cool feel. I've clearly been into all things acrylic so these ASOS shoes were a super chic find. To add a bit of both edginess and femininity I included chain link earrings and a chain link necklace with pearls, which I just ordered for myself recently but it hasn't arrived yet. Finish with a super fun fuzzy zebra print purse, purple cat eye sunglasses and white cruelty-free nail polish for a put-together look.
Yeah, I'm kind of annoyed that I spent almost 20 dollars on half a top but I know that in reality that's actually a really small price to pay for such a big wardrobe staple. Polo's are having a moment and I am so excited about this because my Type-A personality has always been drawn to preppy things! I love this on it's own but this will be such a fun piece to layer, plus it's ribbed which makes it look more expensive than it actually is and the texture will take any outfit to the next level.
How I'd Style It:
I wish this top came with a matching pair of joggers so I found a pair that looks pretty darn close. To add major glam and drama to this look I added a leopard coat that also looks super cozy. Inspired by Lana Del Rey's "Chemtrails Over The Country Club" I added a pearl face mask and a pearl headband. Next, I wanted to tie in black with the look to give it more dimension so I added Doc Martin platform boots which is great if you're short like me. I also added black nail polish and the it sunglasses all the influencers are raving about from Amazon. Lastly, the MET Gala was sorely missed last year so I wanted to give a nod to it plus the black and white colors look perfect and finish the look nicely.
Ok, I am super excited about these leggings. I have been wearing black leggings almost every single day and I am trying to switch it up in the simplest possible way. I'm definitely not ready for jeans yet so I am trying to be creative with the type of leggings I can wear. I have leggings in many bright colors but I don't think I can ever have enough black leggings since they go with everything. Right now I switch between my regular black leggings and my shiny black leggings which are a bit thicker and super fun. In all the time I've been able to research trends and online shop, I've been seeing a lot of people switch to leggings with slits in the front or to the side to add a bit of sophistication and fun.
How I'd Style It:
First I would pair a black turtle neck with the pants to create a monochromatic look. I would add chunky loafers for a casual yet fashion forward touch. Over the turtleneck comes the pop of color with the pink Nirvana sweater and I would pair it with a matching pink hat and face mask. Finish with gold hoop earrings and gold chain necklaces and pink vegan nail polish for a put-together look. I love that this look is casual enough to run errands in and comfortable enough to stay home in but it doesn't look like you are wearing pajamas or activewear.
So after I wrote this post my four items have arrived. I love the bead and pearl necklace and have warn it a lot already. It has adjustments so that it's not too tight around my neck and it's comfortable. The black bralette was way too big on me. It fit but it was very low cut and looked more like a shirt than a crop top so I will be exchanging it for a small. The white polo was the opposite. I feel like this shirt is closer to kids sizes to adults as the medium fits but is pretty tight on me and I would have sized up to a large. The pants are fun but they are odd-fitting with my body type. They are the perfect length and almost look like flares on me since the slit goes below the ankle because I am so short. The waist is really tight and not elastic like leggings are which is kind of a bummer. The fabric isn't like leggings either which bummed me out but also you can wear them more often because they are fancier looking. All and all I am happy with my purchases but definitely wish I could have tried them on first, but then again that's the fun of online shopping right?