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you don't have to buy anything new for fall

you don't have to buy anything new for fall

I set out to do a fall trends blog post and as I went about my research, I got bored. Really, spice tones, velvet, and menswear are all fall trends this year? Groundbreaking. #sarcasm. Rather than buy into the marketing trying to spin recurring fashions as "new trends", I thought I'd write about how you can put a new spin on classic pieces. 

photo by Celeste Boyer

photo by Celeste Boyer

1) Leather. Leather isn't going anywhere anytime soon and my leather leggings are one of the things I'm most excited to wear when the weather really turns chilly. Especially if you wear a lot of monochromatic looks, as I do, this is an easy way to bring in some texture and variation. Still loving leather moto detailing on jackets and sweaters, like this cozy one from Blank NYC.

2) Sneakers. Even though I'm not super comfortable in athletic shoes for non-athletic activities, it's becoming more and more cool to wear sneakers for day and night. I definitely appreciate the comfort factor. Last spring, I bought this pair of wedge Nike Dunks and they're my go-to for long shopping trips. I think the all black sneaker is just a little heavy visually for summer, so I gave them a rest and am excited to pull them back out. The all-white sneaker is still going strong as well. 

Images: me,  Un-fancy ,  Free People

Images: me, Un-fancy, Free People

3) Scarves. While the neck scarf was a spring trend, it's perfect to carry over into fall in locations that are just now cooling down. Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. I have and love this one from Madewell.

4) Boots with cropped pants. Usually we put away our cropped pants when cold temperatures hit. This fall, try keeping them out and pairing with a boot.

5) Dress over pants. What?! I know, this one's a little out there, but I've noticed this styling in lots of different retailers' images lately. I'll try it out and let you know how it goes ;)

Now, full disclaimer, I don't have to buy anything new for fall, but I probably will. ;)

What are you excited to wear for fall?

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diy scarf top

diy scarf top

When I'm thrifting, I often see amazing patterned scarves that either too large or too stiff to wear comfortably around your neck. I also had the realization that some of my favorite tops (here and here) are basically just large silky squares with a neckhole. So, combine the availability of large scarves with my love for a simple shape, and I thought I could probably make a pretty cool top.

It's so easy, I'm not even sure a real tutorial is required. Basically, you find a large square scarf. Fold it in half and mark the center point (you can also do this by folding again, into quarters). Measure five inches or so along the fold to each side from the center point for the neck. Cut a very shallow dip for the neckline, too much and it will become too scooped and not boatneck. Fold and sew down the raw edges around the neckline and then make a seam halfway up each side, like so (my extremely technical drawing):

mindful closet st louis personal stylist: diy scarf top
mindful closet st louis personal stylist: diy scarf top

That's it!

Easy, right?! Let me know if you make one...

(wearing thrifted diy top, Target nursing tank, Gap jeans, Target sandals)

men seldom make passes...

men seldom make passes...

at girls who wear glasses. Except the really smart men, right, Ms. Parker?

This was a day that I just wanted to be comfortable and then ended up really loving what I was wearing, like, a lot . This is my Vince ribbed poncho sweater (available only on ebay now), a grey tee from Pink Blush Maternity, Old Navy leggings, Lucky Brand boots, and Target scarf.

winter pregnancy style

I love this scarf so. much. I've worn it all winter (often with a second scarf for warmth when I go outside) and it'll work in warmer weather too since it's so lightweight. I usually make it into an infinity scarf by tying the two ends together (it's a long rectangle) and then just looping it around my neck several times. Then I adjust it so that the tie ends up in back.

Let's hope this is one of my last winter outfits, amiright?