Fashion

The Return of the Dad Sneaker: A Style Guide

Sometimes style trends have the tendency to come around that we could never have expected to. Just to name a few: fanny packs, neon colors, shoulder pads, KANGOL bucket hats and classic white sneakers are all in a slow but steady movement making an encore appearance back into the fashion scene.

I will admit, that this dad sneaker trend crept up upon us (as they usually do) via the influence from social media channels, celebrities, bloggers, IG influencers, and most noticeably, during Cochella 2019. Nevertheless, there is no denying that white chunky sneakers were basically a staple in everyone’s wardrobe back in the 90’s. Fast forward 20 years,  now more popularly referred to as “Dad Sneakers” these kicks are undoubtedly making a comeback for this years spring/summer season. To paint an image of what a dad sneaker is: visualize a middle aged male wearing relaxed-fit medium-wash denim or jean shorts, a tucked in polo shirt, clip on cell phone holder to his belt and chunky white sneakers. The look at first, second and even third glances doesn’t exactly scream glamour OR fashion for that matter.

As a kid who grew up in the 90’s, I distinctly remember owning several pairs of white chunky sneakers (embarrassingly I will admit, they were all Sketcher’s designs) fanny packs of all colors and iridescent shades, shoulder pads, denim overalls and, somehow, I STILL wasn’t welcomed among the cool kids at my school. Now as an adult in 2019, it looks like my nerdy girl fashion sense has finally caught on to the masses and my childhood dreams are becoming a reality! (well, at least on Instagram).

Yet, if executed creatively there’s are several opportunities to make this trend work with almost any ensemble. From business meetings, date nights to sequin dresses, there is a new found freedom when styling your favorite pieces with these casual kicks.

Being a woman that gravitates to jeans, sneakers and tee shirts, I couldn’t wait to mix and match my favorite feminine pieces with my new shoes! Now while there is an abundance of white sneakers to choose from, I chose to purchase the FILA Disruptor II and am in love. What stood out to me was their jagged silhouette, noticeable chunky platform structure and sleek monochromatic colorway. They seemed to pair so well with almost everything in my closet!

 

So How Do I Style my Chunky Dad Sneakers?

I think the better question here is, how MANY ways can you style your sneakers? Majority of the pieces I’ve paired for this post were purchased with Goodwill over an extended period of time. Here are some of my favorite outfits I choose from.

1. The Summer Dress Sneaker

A classic take on femininity and comfort. Paring a comfy summer dress and sneakers isn’t exactly an emerging style trend but, it is the most common way I’ve seen these sneakers styled. It’s comfortable and functional for almost any casual activity you are engaging in.  The dress I choose is a vintage A-Line with a deep V-neck neckline and floral print. I also threw on this light-wash denim jacket for added texture.

2. The Athleisure Sporty Sneaker

How could we skip athleisure wear? When I’m not at the gym (which is regularly) I’m more than likely hanging out in my leggings and sports bra. I was actually shocked when I found this one piece neon pink body suit at the thrift. Moreover, I was surprised when it fit me! Since I don’t want to blind anyone, I paired the bodysuit with my favorite track pant that I found in the men’s section at Goodwill. Although blue and pink are not quite complementary colors, I love this pairing!

3. The Vacation Sneaker

If there is any an appropriate time to wear sneakers, it’s on vacation. I’ve paired this tie- dye off the shoulder dress with, yep, you guessed it-my Fila’s. I love everything about this dress and the color and pattern combination. Threw on my oversized straw hat, and I’m ready to go!

4. The Night Out Sneaker

As I stated above, I am a jeans and tee-shirt kind of girl. So. when it’s time to have a night out or date night, I sometimes struggle to figure out what outfit to wear that doesn’t involve painful heels or dresses that hug me like a hot dog casing. I found that incorporating dark black denim will elevate most outfits for a night out. For this outfit, I decided to pair dark denim with a silk bold red tank top that I actually found in the intimate section at Goodwill! I added some accessories and a black moto jacket over my shoulders to complete the look.

Which look was your favorite so far? Do you plan on trying out the dad sneaker trend this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Good Luck

Danielle

 

 

 

 

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Why you Shouldn’t be Afraid of Pattern & Print Mixing: The Perfect Way to Experiment with Your Closet This Spring!

As someone who has a endless revolving color palette of neutral colors including blacks, greys, creams, and browns in her wardrobe, I figured since the curse on winter is nearly passed us here on the east coast, (fingers crossed) I should start pulling together some outfit trends that I have been eyeing for this upcoming spring season!

As the weather begins to warm up, most of us start to experience sheer excitement and motivation to pull ourselves up and out of winter’s hibernation. It is a time when you purge the old, tired, and warn in excange it for some of the major fashion trends of the year.

Bringing in the new equinox means that the days are longer and the sun is shining brighter! That transition within the solar system should also mean that the same transition should also be considered within your wardrobe as well. While my color palate revolves around neutral and rich dark colors, spring collections tend to assist me in leaning towards animated prints, cuts, patterns and colorful curated clothing compared to fabrics typically worn through fall and winter.

While there are many resources where you can search trends to try for 2019, lets start with the most common and simplest concept to liven up your closet-COLOR.

More specifically, color and print mixing!

Take a moment to think about what colors come to mind when you think of spring fashion? For me it includes various shades of purple, pink, red, green, yellow, and blue. These colors are actually the official colorway for 2019 spring/summer collection according to the NY Fashion Week’s Pantone color chart. With this in mind, I went to a couple of my favorite Goodwill Thrift Stores on the hunt for outfits to fit the occasion.

This will be part of a 3 part series so make sure you come back to keep reading & what looks I put together!

Look 1-Hip Hop & Rhythm & Blues

The first look I put together was a collaboration of 90’s Hip Hop & R&B mixed with the comfort of athleisure. I found these beautiful Adidas blue track pants in the men’s section when I was on my way out of the store. After one glance I knew they needed to be a major part of my spring/summer wardrobe! The colorway including a prominent white side paneling with black trim piping made it the perfect piece to mix and match with your favorite white tee or crop top.

I chose this striped cabbage trim crop top that I happened to score for less than $2! It was on sale for the color of the week (yes!) and already have ideas on to style it with other outfits. Pattern mixing like I’ve done here, is done very subtly and might I add, easily! And that is due to the colors contained within each piece. My track pants and top both include neutral colors and also happen to be of the same color (black & white). However, while I have stripes on the top, it is complimented by the solid color blocking from the pants below.

 

 

For shoes, I would have loved to find a nice pair of white chunky sneakers (preferably FILA’s Distrputor’s) to really make this outfit a throwback hit but, my nomad high-top canvas trainers from Bangs Shoes will do just fine! Despite my luck on finding my dream sneakers, I think the leather fanny pack really made up for it and really set the outfit off, making it all come together.

Stay tuned for my next couple posts where I show you more spring outfit inspiration and outfits I’ve put together for you!

In the meantime, what are some of your favorite spring trends you’re excited to try this season?

Good Luck-

xo,

Danielle

 

 

 

 

 

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Can Your Shoes Be Vegan Too?? The Newest Shoe Brand to Look Out For!

What are vegan shoes anyway? They are vegan in the traditional sense just like in foods, however, please don’t try to eat it. What it simply means that they are made without any animal ingredients or by-products! It’s a win-win for consumers and our impact to stop the cruelty to animals.

I’ve teamed up with this amazing company, BANG Shoes to share adventure inspiration and fashion that gives back!

BANGS shoes are 100% vegan and are created in a humane, safe and clean environment for its workers. BANGS (meaning ‘help‘ in Mandarin) believes in the power of adventure- with every purchase the company invests 20% into entrepreneurs to begin their journey! As an entrepreneur, I resonate with this the most and know that many of you will too!

I feel so lucky to have been afforded the opportunity to be part of such an incredible brand that focuses on uplifting, adventuring and helping others!

Want a pair for yourself? I have an awesome code that will get you money off your first purchase. Just send me a private message and I got you!

I am currently their National Nomad High Tops that come with a fill-able map of the United States! Allowing you to color in each state you visit as your adventure continues!

They have tons of other styles on their website to choose from for guys & gals. Take a look around and remember you are making a difference in the dreams of an entrepreneur!

Good Luck,

Danielle

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3 Ways You Can Style A Men’s Vintage Blazer to Fit Into Your Wardrobe!

Is it possible to find vintage pieces in the men’s section? Well, of course. But, if you are like me, majority of your clothing comes from the women’s and when concerning vintage pieces, the sizing can be a bit ‘off’ and can leave you discouraged. For me, I typically wear a size 8-10 in womens pants and a size M in tops. However, during my last thrift trip, I tried a number of sizes and nothing seemed to fit. Trying to keep it together inside was a struggle because I really thought I gained a bit of weight but knew that couldn’t be further from the truth; But that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t ready to give up!

In a recent post I shared in my last post about how I sourced my latest pair of vintage mom jeans  by checking out the men’s section. When you think of cute vintage pieces you can sometimes automatically think they are found in the women’s section. But just like the mom jeans I found, this beautiful houndstooth blazer was also in the men’s section and I was lucky to score it for just $7! I saw so much potential in how I could style it & knew I needed to make a video look book for you all!

Of the 3 looks I came up with on the fly, which outfit is your favorite?

 

 

xo,

Danielle

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My Trick to Finding the Best Pieces While Shopping- The Location will Shock You!

Would you believe this top is actually a size 2X?

Yeah…I couldn’t either!
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Here’s a pro tip: Scanning the return rack saves you 100% of the time and effort than searching the racks one by one. Items left on the ‘go back’ rack are items that have already been plucked because it caught someone’s attention and was worthy enough to try on. And if it caught their attention, it might catch yours as well! Scanning returns eliminates majority of the effort shopping requires, which to me, is a plus ’cause I like to work smarter not harder!

This method has done me well when I’m feeling overwhelmed and just aren’t having much luck. Keep in mind, this trick can work in a regular stores as well! Doing this has landed me this gem & so many others! I encourage you to try this out during your next shopping trip! 🤞🏽

Thrifted Outfit Details:
Top: Land’s End
Bottoms: Gap
Shoes: Steve Madden

Good Luck,

xo,

Danielle

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How I Found My New Favorite Thrifted Mom Jeans in the Mens Section

I’ve been in the market for an awesome pair of #momjeans but surprisingly had the hardest time sourcing a pair. Nothing fit me in the women’s section and I almost gave up until I hopped on over to the men’s side and BAM 💥

I came across these light wash relaxed denim by Eddie Bauer & I knew they were made just for me! The trick is to find jeans that are labeled relax / loose fit & tapered leg for it to appropriately accentuate the ‘assets’ … if ya know what I mean.

Oh and this rich tee is also from the men’s section at Forever 21! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Any guesses for how much I spent on this outfit from The Salvation Army?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Thrifted Outfit Details:

Mom Jeans from @eddiebauer

Top: @forever21men

Belt: @goodwill_flx

Photography and editing by📸 @thread.lift ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

 

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Come To Work with Me: How I List Items to Sell on the Poshmark Selling App

If you have been following me and my blog for some time now, you know that I have created a hobby into a business by selling name brand trendy women’s & men’s clothing online with Poshmark.

Many you have left me wonderful compliments on how great I am doing and want to know my secrets. And while, I do not have any secrets to share, besides hard work, and persistence, I thought it would be fun to take you along with me on what I do in a day and show you my process on how I list on Poshmark!

Long story short, I have been a buyer since 2014 but, only recently a (part time) seller on Poshmark since August 2017! Within this short time I have sold $5,256 by finding thrift store treasures and flipping it into a secondary income. I hope that taking a peek into my progress will encourage you that a side hustle is always a possible means of having fun and of course, earning the extra cash you need!

Before we get started you’re going to need sign up for Poshmark. If you haven’t already, you can use my code “THREADLIFT” for a $5 code.

Source Quality Items:

Sounds simple enough right? Wrong! Knowing what brands to source is probably the hardest part about this process, and for good reason. Half of being able to earn money for the items you want to sell is also knowing the demand of your market. Are you selling women’s clothing? What are some popular brands that women are buying right now? What trends are in? What season is it? There are many variables to understand but here are some of my favorite Poshmark resellers that I have learned alot from in my journey! Their Youtube channels have helped me learn what to buy and what to price it for in my early reselling days.

Alexandria, The Deal Queen

Jenna, Empty Hanger

Nicole State, States Place

Prep, Steam, Stage:

After sourcing the items I want to sell within my closet, it’s time to make them look presentable. Think about how you feel when you shop online; what are you most attracted to? If you could compare a wrinkle free top that was nicely displayed on a mannequin vs. the same top, full of wrinkles and draped on the side of someone’s bed, which one would you be more interested in? Right- so keeping that in mind; remember what goes through a customer’s mind when they step into your closet. Take a look at how I stage my closet by visiting my Poshmark Closet. Often times I opt for a bright or warm tone flat lay for my cover shot while including diverse ways of listing by showing the item displayed in a multitude of ways.

Photograph your Items:

Probably the next and most important step in this process is creating your image! While you do not need the most expensive camera, lighting kits or editing tools, consideration of how your photography is still very important. My favorite time to take photos is in natural light,which is typically found to be the best in the middle of the day around 1-3 PM. Considering that it is currently winter, timing will be everything with the shortened days and longer nights.  If you own a smartphone, you have a special advantage of using editing tools for your photos. Most smartphones come with the ability to apply a default filter and adjust the lighting, exposure, contrast, etc. allowing you to make the best of your photo without too much effort!

Tip: If you are using your phone, take your pictures in square mode…I made this mistake and some of my images are cut off because I shot in vertical originally (ugh). 

Upload to Poshmark:

My favorite step! Now that you have your item photographed, its time to upload it to the Poshmark platform. Poshmark allows you to upload 8 photos to showcase your items, so more is better! When choosing what photos to upload, I make sure to get a picture of the front of the item, back, close up of the brand label and size, garment care tag, length and width (tops) and waist measurements/ inseam measurement (pants).

After uploading your photos, next is to describe, describe, describe! Be as descriptive as possible in your listings. Are there any flaws? Make sure you also describe those for transparency to avoid confusion for your buyer in order to make a quicker sale!

Share, Share, SHARE:

I seriously cannot stress this enough. The purpose of Poshmark is to SHARE your closet with the community. After you have uploaded your image, you must be sure to continuously share that item to the news feed to give it exposure. The more consistent you do this, the greater the chances your items will sell —and fast! What’s better, is that other Poshers will share you items for you to their followers which will give you even MORE exposure. When someone does this for you, always return the favor and then pay it forward to someone else’s closet! Before you know it, you’ve already made your first sale!

I hope these tips encouraged you to start your own Poshmark closet! With the new year starting fresh, you have the best opportunity right now to clean out your closet and get your feet wet in the reselling side of fashion!

Good Luck,

xo

Danielle

 

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