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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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Capsule Wardrobes: A Look inside my Capsule Closet for the Upcoming Winter Season!

In a previous post, I explained the benefits of 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge and the differences of creating a Capsule Closet.

Since then, I decided to tackle my own closet and created a capsule closet for the Winter 2018 season and I have been head over heels with for the last 3 weeks! My closet is filled with neutral colors, textures and patterns that provide me the ability to coordinate different outfits as well as keeping me warm through seasonal transitions, but more importantly, I am really beginning to settle into my own sense of style that is uniquely mine which is a mix of comfortable casual with a touch of sass.

I am always excited when fall comes around for multiple reasons but, my favorite always remains the fact that fashion always takes center stage in débuting its new trends to try.

However, this year was a little different. I challenged myself to only purchase trends that I absolutely knew I wanted to participate in over the next 3 months & evaluate if I really needed to purchase them. If the answer was yes to one or both of the previous questions, I would promise to shop secondhand FIRST to score those items. I am happy to report that I was able to salvage what could be found in my current wardrobe that had been put in storage last year to contribute to my capsule closet. Other items (about 50%) were thrifted from some of my favorite local thrift stores.

Below I will break down the different categories of apparel I am rotating currently within my closet- Enjoy!

 

*Comment down below what items you have in your wardrobe for this winter season?

xo

Danielle


Outerwear:

If someone were to ask me what is my favorite item of clothing, it would be outerwear. It is the last item of clothing to be put on but, it holds so much value since more than likely it is tailored to go with the rest of your outfit to “fit the occasion”. And I like to think of it as another layer to add to the bomb outfit that will come off in a quick reveling like motion.

Ellen Tracy Tweed Wool Blend Coat: This beauty was thrifted over the summer at a thrift store in D.C.! Wearing it has been everything that dreams are made off & strangers who have complimented me seem to think the same!

Lady GaGa Born This Way Faux Leather Jacket:  Although this jacket was purchased at a vintage shop in Adams Morgan, D.C. the shop owner said she loved the trendy gold lettering and the unique design of the unicorn & message of positivity. I have to say,  I 100% agree and I love pairing it with casual outfits on the weekends.

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Pants

GAP High Rise Denim Jeans: Black, skinny leg, high rise. What more is there to say? These pair of pants go with everything in my closet.

Madewell High Rise Sailor Pants: While I’m not the biggest fan of blue jeans, I find that these are more than blue jeans because of their unique double square pocket on the front side that sit perfectly on the high rise waist; they also have a wonderful stretch all around. I found these while thrifting in NYC for just $11.

Ann Taylor Ankle Ponte Pants: I scored these pants in three amazing neutral colors (grey, navy, olive) at Goodwill! They were new with tags and only $13 each! I wear these every week to the office to fit the business casual dress attire.


Sweaters

Caslon Fisherman’s Turtleneck Sweater I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I lived in turtlenecks. Mostly because my mom did her best to keep us from getting sick during the brutal NY winters, but little did she know I actually enjoyed the secure feelings it gave me. I found this rich grey turtle neck sweater for just $4. I love the embellished knitting along the sleeves and the dense cotton fabric that pairs perfectly with any pant.

Banana Republic Cropped Knitted Sweater: That title almost sounds like an oxymoron right? But this sweater I found from J. Crew pulls its weight and provides the perfect amount of warmth! The thick cotton fabric, vented hem on the back and the bright red color all work in tandem to make me appear that I spent way more time on planning the outfit than I actually did- that’s a win, win for me!


Tops / Blouses

Ann Taylor Striped Top: When I was thinking of staple pieces, this style and pattern came up the most in my search results. I found this in new condition for only $2! The 3/4 sleeves provide warmth without sacrificing comfort (I don’t like long sleeve tops) and the horizontal stripes are complimentarily to tall frame! I like this style so much, I also found the same shirt, but in short sleeve!

Denim Chambray Button Up: Everyone has a denim Chambray top right? But I wanted one that had more personality than most. I saw this top and knew it was the one. What I love most is the deep V neck line that compliments bottom hem! It reminded me of a tuxedo jacket and without much more thought, I added it to my closet!

Green Camo Tee Shirt: A tee shirt may not seem like the most seasonal appropriate item to add to your closet during cooler months, but think of it as an opportunity to use as a laying piece! I found this top on sale at Macy’s for just under $7. I love wearing it on the weekends when I’m running errands or just kickin’ it around the house.



Shoes

Caslon Leather Ankle Boots: Originally when I saw these boots I wanted to sell them. Being that they are a size 11, black, and fall appropriate. They would be hard to come by for the average big foot girl (speaking from experience) However, I looked at my existing closet and noticed that my current boots were a bit beaten up, so much so I took a second look at these and told myself “I’ll only wear them once, what’s the harm in that?”. Well- as any re-seller would know, don’t wear your merchandise cause it will never get sold. And that’s exactly what happened. Now these shoes are now-forever mine lol.  I found these at the thrifts for $10.

Nine West Laser Cut Loafers: Similar to the Caslon boots, these were also originally intended to sell (I have a problem haha) but after listing and relisting these Nine West shoes twice I decided that they could join my shoe gang. I primarily wear these to work since they are appropriate for any look and add a spin to the usual loafer look with the exposed laser cut on the sides. I’m a fan of subtitle details and low prices like $12 that I found these for!

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10×10 Closet Challenge or Capsule Wardrobe? Which Style Approach Should you Bring to your Closet this Fall & Winter Season?

Now that fall is officially among us, the urges to purchase new clothing items are on every fashionistas brain. “If I only just had THIS sweater in THIS color my fall wardrobe would be complete!”

And while shopping for a few things here and there to add to your existing wardrobe is completely healthy, the underling problem many of us will face is buying in excess and not acquiring only those items that we actually need.

If you scroll through the feed of your favorite fashion blogger(s) you might begin to see repeating hashtags like #10x10challenge and #capsulewardrobe but what is the difference and why is everyone onboard to this fashion bus that I never knew existed. And wait- should I get onboard too?

The answer might actually surprise you; because this time I would say it’s better to follow that crowd on this one.

-Stay with me here-

Check out fashion pieces you need to slay the summer to fall season transition!

10×10 CHALLENGE

Let’s look at both of these wardrobe concepts and their purposes. Starting with 10×10 Challenge. This challenge begin around 2015 with the concept to help encourage creator (Style Bee) to get more creative with her clothes during a 30 Day Shopping Fast. The concept is essentially a micro capsule closet of 10 items that you work with for 10 days, trying new looks and styling your clothes in ways you might not otherwise try! Below is a formula for how beginners can adjust their wardrobe to start the challenge for themselves!

BEGINNER’S FORMULA FOR 10×10 CHALLENGE

  • 2 Pairs of Shoes (1 heel + 1 flat)
  • 4 Tops (Consider pieces that layer well like a fitted long-sleeve, a button-down and a cardigan)
  • 1 Dress
  • 2 Bottoms
  • 1 Top Layer

A few other tips for choosing items:

  1. Check the forecast and pick practical items for the weather.
  2. Don’t give yourself too much time to choose. Try to make the call in under 30 minutes.
  3. Go for an easy, lean or neutral color palette. Think creams, browns, denim, white, black and grey.
  4. Reach for your favorites first and then add one or two pieces you’d like to wear more or aren’t sure about.
  5. Avoid Dry Clean Only items or pieces that are a pain to launder so if need be you can refresh them during the 10 days.
  6. Any accessories or jewelry you add to a look does not count as a part of your 10 items. For example:
    • Hats
    • Bags
    • Scarves
    • Necklaces
    • Gloves
    • Jewelry

SUMMARY: The current 10×10 Challenge officially began on Instagram on October 22, 2018 and will last for 10 days! If you are looking to bring creativity to your wardrobe by placing a number on the limit of items to work with, this challenge is best suited for you! There is a possibility to mix and match outfits that you may have never thought of because you had an abundance of options. This concept I think is better for those who enjoy a strict challenge that disciplines their creativity to work with pieces they already own. Search the #10x10challange for outfit inspiration and start posting today! Challenge ends on October 31!

The Capsule Wardrobe

Now, let’s look at the idea of creating a #capsulewardbrobe. Contrary to the 10x10challanege creating a capsule wardrobe involves gathering a greater number of clothing items that either already exist within your wardrobe or are sourced new (or thrifted). While keeping a minimalist ideology, capsule wardrobes essentially create a “mini-wardrobe” made up of really versatile pieces that you totally love to wear. Each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter), you clear your closet except for a set number of pieces that encompass your capsule wardrobe. The aggregate number between bloggers seem to fall somewhere around 25-40 items, but that number can vary by season and individual personalities.

HOW TO START YOUR OWN

1. Pair down your closet to 25-40 items. (try not to focus too much on hitting a number if you have more pieces that you love in your closet)

2. Wear only those 25-40 items for three months.

3. Don’t go shopping during the season until…

4. The last two weeks of the season, reevaluate your current capsule and shop for your next capsule season.

5. The amount you buy for the next capsule is up to you, but less is more!

SUMMARY: Capsule wardrobes allow for a greater range of pairings and opportunities to mix and match items you already own and love in your closet as well as the flexibility to purchase items once per season to add to your rotation. Similar to the 10x10challange, capsule wardrobes enforce the idea of creativity and challenges you to find your true style instead of following each fast fashion trend as it comes and goes. I have created a capsule wardrobe of my own for fall and am having the most fun in seeing what outfits I can come up with each day! So much so, I have encouraged my boyfriend to transform his wardrobe and try it out for himself!

Search the hashtag #capsulewardrobe on Instagram and Pinterest for outfit inspiration and start posting some of your favorite fall outfits!

Which challenge are you eager to try?

Good Luck,

Danielle

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