6 Styles I’m Digging Right Now

IMG_1328Somewhere between a fractured ankle, a time-consuming garden, creating 3 months worth of content, and ever fluctuating temperatures, we skated into fall. For quite some time, I’ve wanted to share my summer and my fall inspiration, but tbh, things have been moving so rapidly over here, that I can’t keep up with the changing seasons. So to get back into the swing of things, I’m sharing 6 styles I’m really digging right now.

  1. Sweaters

No surprise here, and not really a style, but I absolutely adore sweaters and fall temperatures. There’s just something so sweet about bundling up in a warm, cozy sweater and sipping coffee. Ahh, can’t you just smell the morning brew? This year, L.L. Bean has been diligently targeting me, and I’m shamelessly hooked. Another go-to as of late has been a retailer out in Utah, called Roolee. They have the cutest styles and they’re SO affordable! I’ve bought several pieces from Roolee and they’re very good quality, so I highly recommend.

2. Mules

I am absolutely obsessed with mules and slides. These babies are effortlessly chic. Seriously, throw on a black top with black pants and a pair of fabulous rose mules—you will be instantly transformed. You can wear them with virtually anything. Trust me, you can. I strongly believe that every woman needs a pair of these in her closet, and I’m not sure I’ve ever felt this strongly about any garment or accessory. That’s super serial, friends.

3. Millennial Pink

Can’t stop, won’t stop. I’m absolutely obsessed with dusty rose hues (or as YouTube calls it—millennial pink). I have begun a small collection of household items, as well as clothes and accessories in these delightful shades, and I can still use more of these colors in my life.

4. Athleisure

Can I just say, that I am so glad we live in a day and age where leggings and sweatshirts are socially acceptable in public? Athleisure is nothing new, but every year it seems to continue to grow and become more relevant and stylish—which I’m am absolutely onboard with. What I love about athleisure is that (at least for me) it inspires me to be more healthy, to get out and get moving. Plus, there’s the comfort factor. That my friends is a win-win.

5. Naturals

Perhaps it’s the people I follow, or perhaps it’s me easily falling victim to trends, but I am loving all the camel, chocolate, beige, natural color palettes. What I love most about the above styles is that they are modern renditions of timeless pieces, e.g. the trench (Casablanca, anyone?), high waisted trousers, turtlenecks, and of course, we mustn’t forget off the shoulder tops (thank you, 80’s). One of my favorite gals (Cella Jane Blog) really turned me on to this palette. But seriously, scroll through her IG feed and you’ll be hooked too. It’s just so warm and fabulous.

6. Trousers

Last spring I bought a pair of wide-leg trousers and I fell in love. What I love most about this style is the versatility. You can literally wear trousers year-round and keep your outfits fresh. Right now, I’m styling mine with booties, dark sweaters or turtlenecks, and a scarf. I love that these trousers can be styled up for the office, or dressed down for a weekend outing, brunch, or visit to the art museum. While these pants may not be for everyone, I do recommend giving them a try—you’d be surprised how well these pants work.

So there you have it—6 styles I’m really digging right now. What are some styles you’re into? Share in the comments below! Until next time, ✌️.

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Denim in Distress

Hi all!

So here’s the deal – I’ve been getting quite crafty these past few weeks. You see, sometimes the retailer doesn’t have exactly what your heart desires/your size in stock, and you know how the old saying goes; when we can’t buy, we DIY.

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So the two projects I completed were distressed boyfriend jeans, and cut-offs.

Now I’ve had my fair share of hack-job handcrafts, and as I’ve just alluded, they were nothing short of disastrous. This time, however, I watched a few YouTube videos before starting. Here are my tips for creating your very own boyfriend jeans or cut-offs, or both.

First and  foremost, before making destroyed jeans or cut-offs, be sure you’ve got a decent pair of denims. You don’t want any of those shitty super stretchy jeans; and probably ditch the bedazzled studded embellishments.

For my boyfriend jeans, I picked up a pair from the Goodwill for a whopping $4. I did have  a specific look in mind for my boyfriend jeans: light-wash, decent-quality denim, high-waisted, and finally, the back pockets couldn’t be too distracting. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a pair that was nearly a perfect match…except for the size. For the price, I was willing to try and make it work.

I didn’t watch a YouTube video or anything when I started my boyfriend jeans; I just searched for the pair of pants I wanted to buy online, and tried to mimic its style and cut. I took a pen and marked the pants where I wanted to cut and voila! Distressed boyfriend jeans! Kind of.

After my holes were cut, I took the blade of the scissors and frayd the edges  of the holes. I threw those bad boys in the washer and dryer and all of my distressed denim dreams came true; besides the actual size, but hey, that’s what squats are for! Am I right?

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For the cut-offs, I’ve fucked up far too many pairs in the past and decided to take proper precaution by watching a YouTube video or five.

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There are so many ways you can do distressed cut-offs, but I particularly liked this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehcIeqXinSU
but that may be because this is the most adorable vlogger I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting. Frankly, I can’t stand the shorts that leave your butt-cheeks hanging out and that’s all I can seem to find these days. I do have a pair of butt-cheek shorts, but I wear long t’s and tanks to cover up my ass. You’re welcome. I did make some alterations to her technique, mostly because I don’t know what she was thinking with those crotch flaps.

The measurements were kind of wonky due to my super low-cut jeans (thank you, 2007), so I also made some adjustments when applying measurements. The key is to mark your desired measurements on where to cut, then cut 2-3 inches below those marks. Try on your shorts and decide whether you want to continue taking off an inch, until you’re satisfied with the length.

I incorporated her “dolphin cut” and I’m very pleased with the look. My absolute favorite part about these denims are the shredded holes. Let me tell you, it’s the best tip in this video (05:16). It took me so long to complete the shredded holes and it was an absolute pain in the ass, but oh my god, so worth it. It gives your cut-offs that store-bought look that I was ultimately trying to achieve. Now I completely understand why distressed jeans are so expensive.

Just like with my boyfriend jeans, I took the blade of the scissors and frayed the edges and any holes that weren’t shredded. Lastly, I threw them in the washer and dryer to give em to complete the look.

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I was very pleased with the results of both of my projects and I would highly recommend it. You just can’t beat recycling and a $4 price tag. Cheers!

 

Work Wear Tips to Break Business Casual

Oh guys. This has been a long time coming. The next time I have the bright idea to pick up an eight week volunteer program, and freelance writing gig, someone just slap me. So, I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity and great experience to get involved and do free advertising for non-profits in St. Louis, and then in the midst of that opportunity, take on a freelance copywriting project that needed to be complete in oh, a week. No, not a great experience. Let’s try, most awful experience. Needless to say, I’ve been slacking on my blog, and I do apologize…again.

Now let’s move on to the actual purpose of this post: office attire!

So business casual and I don’t really get along all too well. Being one of two female employees under the age of 30, I’d say I’m the most “adventurous” when it comes to work wear. But like I’ve said a hundred times before, balance is everything. If you’re like me and strive to stretch the definition of business causal, make sure you damn well find a balance, otherwise you’re going to find yourself in a rather uncomfortable conversation with your supervisor.

So how does one achieve balance between business causal and fashion forward? With an exceptionally high credit card limit!

Just kidding. I create balance utilizing accessories, semi-casual tops, layers, shoes, hair styling, and of course, the loose/fit rule.

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Madonna, Prince, Jerry Seinfeld?

I was pleasantly surprised to get so much versatility out of this top, wearing as a v-neck crossover, and as pictured, button-up crew neck. However, every time I wear this top this way; although I act confident in my style decision, I still feel like Jerry Seinfeld in ‘puffy shirt.’

Tip #1: Wear pieces with versatility.

I bought this top specifically for work and while I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it at the time of purchase, I found several ways to wear this top; even coming up with a few new outfits. Whether you’re rummaging through your closet for something to wear or shopping around, think about what ways you can wear an item differently. Can you wear it with pants? Shorts? A skirt? Can you wear it outside of work? Would you want to wear it outside of work? Does it look good as is? Does it look better tucked in?

Think about the added benefit, besides it just being really effing cute.

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Tip #2: Give your traditional work wear a twist.

Making simple styling changes to your  traditional styles can really add some wow to your work wear. E.g. Instead of just tucking in (or instead of not tucking in at all), try tucking in the front of the button-up and leaving the tail out. It’s simple, subtle, and totally hip in my opinion. Jazz-up your outfits with different heels, booties, and accessories for fresh looks (when you don’t want to buy clothes for work, you have to get creative to refresh an outfit).

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Tip #3: Let loose.

If traditional collared-shirts don’t tickle your fancy, try flannels, plaids, or patterns and prints. I also do this style with long t’s when I’m feeling extra casual (which, let’s be honest, is everyday).

Side Story:

At the time of this shoot, I wasn’t feeling very enthused or excited. So when Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ came on, I started to forget concern with what looks good and just groove. All of the sudden this shoot didn’t seem so staged, and I was happier with just being myself. Hence, the ‘what-the-hell-is-she-doing?’ pose.

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Tip #4: Layer

I will never forget my discussion with my mentor about women’s “fashion” (quotes because he doesn’t understand fashion, especially women’s, but I digress). He said, “The older women get, the baggier their clothing becomes.” I shot him my skeptical brow and he countered, “It’s true, just wait, you’ll be wearing baggy shawls too.” I hate to admit that he was right, because it was much sooner than I would have expected, although not for the same reasons as he explained. Perhaps it’s because of a long-standing trend, like the skinny jean phenomenon; but I am totally drawn to loose fitting, flowy, comfortable tops, paired with skinny jeans or leggings. And it’s not because I can’t wear the tiny, tight-fit, “young” clothes anymore; like yeah, I’ll still rock that shit. But what I’m attracted to is the harmony and the balance between the loose and the fit. I love layering these tops and I love creating different looks with them.

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Tip #5: Let loose part two.

You know the scenario, you see something on Instagram, in the store, on some 16 year old, and you think, I could never wear that. And then you move one. But I say experiment. Even if you think it’s going to be funky, just give it a try. This dress, I saw it and I was like omg, that’s really cute. But I also worried, will that look terrible on me? Will I get shit because I’m wearing a dress with massive roses on it? And I did, Pete called me Jezebel for the better half of the evening that I first wore this dress. But then something happened. I started receiving compliments from co-workers about my dress, and even though I loved the way the dress looked, it was just that extra support that really made me happy that I made the purchase and took the risk. Anytime there’s a new trend, or a style I’m just not really sure about, I try it out, because why not? There’s only one of two outcomes. You’ll either confirm that a look is totally ghastly or surprisingly on-point. Not only does this mentality apply to your style senses; the same is true for life. We’re so confined to what we know and what we’re used to and comfortable with. Try just to see what happens, experiment, let loose, and learn.

#lifelessons y’all.

Side Story Two: I ordered a ton of clothes that I’m super stoked about wearing to work these days, however, I received them post photo shoot, so I will just post  those outfits on Instagram as they come along. Holler if you see something you like!

 

5 Easter Sunday Looks

Ah, I adore spring! So happy, refreshing, and renewing. Easter Sunday has always been a special occasion for me, particularly in the dress department. Growing up, even though we weren’t very religious, we always dressed for the occasion. At least, that’s how my mom would have it (then again, maybe that’s just the way I had it). Since then, it has just sort of stuck with me. In spirit of all of this wonderful spring weather, finding inspiration from my favorite Instagramer’s and of course the almighty, Pinterest; I’ve come up with a few outfit ideas for Easter to share with you.

Classic Stripes

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Feeling like Jackie O with a bad hair day, mmm but I love that jacket!

Alteration of a Favorite

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I wore this skirt on Easter last year, and it is truly a favorite, so I had no issue recycling it with a different top. I’ll admit, I felt pretty house-wifey, and I do recommend not using an over-sized polo. You can basically wear any sort of top with this skirt and my go-to last year was a black crop top.

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Deets n’ such.

So the romper is, well, how should we put this? A little risqué. However, I think it’s a classic and wonderfully comfortable, albeit revealing, hence the light trench. This romper also pairs well with a blazer. I only have a white blazer, so I killed the photo because it was a little much, but the couple were great.

Casual Chic

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At the time of this photo, I was really regretting throwing out my iron when I moved. I wanted to include my bohemian spirit and something that was simple and comfortable. Kimonos + loose tops + skinnies = yes.

Free Flowin’

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Again, the damn iron [insert emoji with face-in-palm]. It turns out I can fit into my size 2 pants, however, I seriously don’t know how that’s possible. Originally, I was going to pair these with a tight-fit v-neck tee, but I just had the thought to try out my green tube top and BAM! Magic happened and I am obsessed with this look. Seriously, I cannot wait to wear this like every weekend…or so. I usually hold onto clothes for a very very long time, like years, and it’s because of reasons like this. Recycle magic. The best.

So there you have it, 5 Easter Sunday looks to get your style senses tingling! Thanks for peeking!

Spring [Fashion] Forward

Hello everybody!

My goodness, it’s been awhile. I do apologize for the loss of time; I just moved into my new apartment last month and since then have been making it a point to spruce up the place and get my life together. But finally, and thankfully I have returned to my blog with a lot of plans for my future posts, and a whole lot of fashion ;).

It just sort of worked out perfectly that I wanted to write about spring fashion, and only days ago we set our clocks forward for spring! Yay daylight!

Here is a carefully curated collection of spring styles I’m looking forward to:

Note: WordPress is being a jerk right now and sorting my photos with every edit, so I do apologize if you follow a link to a different item. Hopefully, you can determine which item you’re looking for by my eloquent descriptions listed in the, “details.” I apologize for the inconvenience. Cheers! 

Dresses+Jumpers

Details [Top]: H&M Jumper, Anthropologie Slip DressUO Trapeze [Bottom] Free People KaftanH&M Open-Shoulder,  UO Off-the-Shoulder

Clearly, I’m attracted to flowy, loose, comfortable, off-the-shoulder trends this season. In  the early spring, I like to keep my colors muted neutrals, during this transition from winter to spring. Of course, you can always make it pop with your accessories. I will definitely get more into patterns, florals, and brighter colors the warmer it gets, and also around Easter.

Tops + Sweaters

Details [Top]: H&M Embroidered BlouseZara Embroidered BlouseH&M Knit Sweater [Bottom] Zara Knit PonchoZara Silver TH&M Long Linen T

So here’s the deal with my choice on tops, following along with the neutrals, I’ve thrown in some knits + sweaters. Now with normal St. Louis weather [ha!], it would probably be snowing today, and reach temperatures of 93° by tomorrow night. But, since this year just can’t stop being weird, we’ve been having some seasonably pleasant + mild weather. Spring in St. Louis is normally cooler until May, although I could be proven wrong this year, that’s why I think it’s important to include some cozy cover-ups. I’ve been following Summer Albarcha on Instagram for the past several months, and she has been a HUGE inspiration and influence on my personal style. She is fabulous! Again, I’m really into loose, comfy, [lots and LOTS of over-sized] tops with some skinnies, paired with a bootie or a slipper.

Pants + Trousers

Details [Top]: H&M Harem Pants, H&M White Slim Fit Pants, H&M Ripped Denims, H&M Fringe Shorts [Bottom] Zara Floral Trousers, H&M Twill Shorts

Here I go, talking about subtle neutrals in the early days of spring, and then I throw, arguably the loudest item, floral printed trousers, at you. So to be completely honest, I was attracted to these pants from the moment I laid my enormous eyeballs on them. I have a pair of white linen trousers that I long to wear but cannot because I am no longer a size 2 and I may or may have not ruined the hems. Lot’s of drunken literally-tripping-over-my-own-pants nights, but those are minor details and I digress. So when I saw these, I had to include them because one; they brought me back to my fond memories of my white linens, and two; although covered in pretties, the pastels are quite reasonable and light, you know, subtle. The nice thing about these pants  is, you can wear them all spring and summer. During the spring, match with a denim jacket, a comfy deep v-neck t or a tank with a super cute bandeau or bralette. And in the summer, a sweet crop top and wedges. I adore the harem pants from H&M. These kind of pants were all over Thailand and I now have like 3 pairs. I like to rock these with a, you’ve guessed it, loose tank + bralette. Word of caution, the H&M harem pants in particular, shrink like no other, so be sure to do a cold rinse cycle and air dry.

Jackets + Vests

Details [Top]: Target Duster, Anthropologie Stripe Jacket, Free People Embroidered Vest, [Bottom] H&M Cargo Jacket, Anthropologie Shawled Vest, UO Jacket Kimono

I am really into vests right now; like serious. I have so many ideas to create my own because you know there’s always something missing, but these, I thought were perfect. My favorite is the Free People embroidered vest which denotes my absolute adoration for the desert. I’m a super southwest state-of-mind girl living and dreaming in the mid-west. I cannot wait to incorporate more vests into my wardrobe. The H&M cargo jacket I realize is certainly not revolutionary and semi-outdated (at least as far as fashion trends go) but I love this style and for the price; yes, please.

Boots + Bags

Details [Top]: Target Fringe PumpRebecca Minkoff Clutch, Zara Slippers, [Mid] Target Ballet Flats, Freyrs Cat Eye Sunglasses,   Sam Edelman Mini,  Target Black Bootie, [Bottom] Sam Edelman Thong Zara Bucket Bag, Target Rain Boots

Oh how I love accessories. My shoe addiction is unnatural. Thankfully, I have student loans and a credit card to pay off…said no one ever. Thank you, younger Caitlin for ruining current Caitlin’s spending privileges. Not going to lie, I’m actually shocked fringe is still so hot. Don’t get me wrong, I love fringe, like really love it. But I’m surprised the fashion industry hasn’t ditched this for shall we say, mesh? I believe fringe works best in the accessories category, hence, the reason I’ve limited myself to fringe accessories. Target has really been killing it with their shoes so that’s why most of my selections are from Target. I wanted to incorporate a collection that would work well with the garments I included above and also work well with office + weekend wear. Of course, I had to include rain boots given the time of year, and I love puppies so that’s reason enough. The Freyrs sunnies are just spectacular. I recently purchase these and they are fab-u-lous. Note, I did find almost the exact same pair of glasses at Zero UV for nearly a 1/4 of the cost.

So there you have it, my spring favorites can now be yours as well. I want to hear from you! What are your favorite trends right now? Where are your favorite places to shop?

Up next, my Easter attire inspiration!

Thanks for peeking!

How I Stay Warm When It’s Cold Outside

 

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Originally titled, How I’m Staying Warm This Winter, as St. Louis was frigid when I originally wrote this article, and now we’re back to mild! F-ing St. Louis for you…

St. Louis has been unseasonably kind this winter. Thank you, El Nino? (I’m sorry, Earth, I love you!) December was pleasantly mild, despite my wishes for snowfall. And while the first half of January would prove to follow suit as December, the latter half has fallen short 20 degrees below, or so. Just when I was beginning to think that I could most definitely handle one point five more months of winter; the temperature took a chilling dive.

I’ll be the first to admit; my style game is a bit lagging, shall we say, during the hibernation season. When it comes to practicality versus fashionability; practicality is always going to win in my book. However, I believe, fashionability and practicality can come to a cozy agreement. Here is how I’m staying warm (and stylish?) this winter:

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Rodger pup^

This winter, for me, is all about loose layers. I like pairing oversized sweaters with long t’s and tanks. The loose part is important though! This is very helpful for creating insulation between the fabric and your skin; creating more warmth.

I found this AMAZING cropped/high-low wool sweater at Avalon Exchange for $10!! So I apologize, you will probably not be able to find it anywhere. My top is from H&M and has a floral print which I adore! Details:

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I like to maintain a balance of loose-fit clothes and tight-fit. I.e. Skinny jeans, loose tops, vice versa.

In addition to sweaters and loose layers, I’ve been:

Rocking wool socks, always; drinking endless cups of hot green tea and hot chocolate, snuggling with my puppy, (bless my parents for this Christmas gift) cozying-up beneath my new heated blanket, and sporting slippers for days (not pictured because they are fugly UGGs).

Lets hear some of your winter must-haves!

 

New Year’s Eve Style Tips

New Year’s Eve, for me, has always been an overly-anticipated occasion which almost always ends in a bust. Not to say, that I don’t enjoy celebrating the holiday and new year, I just always place high expectations on one single night. This year, we’ve [me + manfriend] collectively decided not to do anything glamorous to ring in the new year. Dinner, champagne, really good beer, puzzles, movies, popcorn, chocolate, and puppy. That’s how I intend to spend my New Year’s Eve.

But even I can’t resist a New Year’s Eve outfit. Now, typically ringing in the new year requires sequin, sparkles, glitter, shimmer, and shine. The problem with that is, once you wear it, you rarely find another occasion appropriate of the magnitude of your sequin-adorned cocktail dress.

Here are a few pieces that will allow you to step up your shine in more ways than one. Don’t worry, I couldn’t completely nix the sequin cocktail dress.

Eye-Catching Embellishments

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Golden Leaf Headband via Urban Outfitters. Not only is this piece a crowning compliment to your NYE selfie, it can be worn long after you’ve given up on your new year’s resolutions. Weddings, music festivals, beaches, date nights, or on your luxurious vacation to Santorini– you get the idea.

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Inferno Heeled Boot via Free People. You won’t find greater dazzle for your dancing feet (and in 3.5in heels!).  What’s best about these brilliant booties, is that you can dress them up for another occasion or dress them down with a pair of denims and a V-neck T. Plus they’re black so there are endless ways to play with color or keep it simple.

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Gold Dusted Tights via Target. So I’m not going to lie, when I started writing this post, I initially chose tights from Urban Outfitters– super cute, gold-sparkled, polka dots. And while my poetic description may not win you over, just understand they were way cuter than, well, Target’s tights. However, these tights closely mimic the tights I will be wearing for NYE and what’s more is they’re only $8! So that’s a win in my book. These go perfect with a LBD and LBB’s (little black booties). Or black leather shorts!

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Square Crystal Double Necklace via Free People. I’m quite partial to statement jewelry, and this is a dream. Seriously, you could just wear this with your birthday suit and everyone would only notice this sparkling sensation dangling from your neck. Now if you’re thinking, when the hell am I ever going to wear that again? I’ve got one word for you: ANYTIME! Dress it up with a black crew neck crop-top and a flowy maxi skirt, or dress it down with a faded denim jacket, a vintage graphic t, some black denims, or a high-waisted mini.

And if that’s a little too much sparkle for you, here’s something a little more subtle:

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Merritt Triangle Drop Earrings via Francesca’s. Simple and stunning; I just love these.

Now I couldn’t exclude the sequin altogether, so here is my favorite pick:

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Silver Sun Mini Dress via Free People. This beauty is perfect for NYE because it doesn’t scream NYE. Sure it’s got the sequin, but it’s tasteful. Plus you can wear this piece all year round as an endearing winter white or show-stopping summer sizzler. Pair with a simple chain necklace, some awesome rings (layered if possible), black tights (optional), and some LBB’s!

Don’t feel limited to just the sequin studded cocktail dress this New Year’s Eve! Embrace your accessories and enjoy your shimmering outfit more than once this year…well you know 2016.

Have a happy new year everyone!