I don’t typically focus on seasonal trends, but with the buzz of New York Fashion Week and fall approaching, what better time than now to familiarize myself with some of the upcoming looks for 2018? After scrolling through a handful of looks – pantsuits, the resurgence of the 80s, and leopard print everything – I came across western wear and thought this would be an easy trend to focus on, especially since most of the pieces can already be found in your closet or easily thrifted.Read More »
Styling a bomber jacket is hard y’all! It took my mom and I an entire shop day to find something somewhat workable to realize it didn’t. Maybe it’s just me, but I really wanted to wear something other than a plain white tee.
Bomber jackets are somewhat sporty for my personal style taste. But I fell in love with this one because of the floral print. It also doesn’t hurt that my good friend Crystal designed it. She’s amazingly talented and you should check out her site and Instagram if you haven’t already. If you find something you can’t live without, use code LACEANDPEARLS to receive 15% off your order, discount is valid until 12/31/17.
If you also struggle to style the ever popular bomber jacket follow these steps.
Style a Bomber Jacket in 4 Easy Steps
- Get the jacket in a fabric you love! There are so many bomber options. You can most likely find one that suits your style preference. Get creative, go for one with a great texture or print and of course a solid will work with most of the stuff you already own.
- Find a shirt. The key to nailing this trend is finding the perfect neckline. Go for something that shows a little skin. Avoid tops that come all the way up to the neck; it will look all kinds of wrong! I did try a v-neck and didn’t like it so I would recommend a scope neck or something similar to the blouse I’m wearing.
- Choose your bottom. Take a tip from Crystal and pair your bomber with your favorite skirt. She is always rocking this combo and looks oh so cute! Or go the traditional route and wear your most loved jean. I decided that an added pop of color would look best and went with this pink pair similar here and here.
- Accessorize! Pull it together with your favorite accessories and a bright lip! A great shoe is also important.
Now rock that bomber with your bad self! 😉
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Jacket: ARD (thanks Crystal for the discount) | Blouse: Nordstrom (similar) | Jean: Loft (similar) | Necklace: Horse Shoe (similar) | Earrings: J.Crew (similar) | Ring: Madewell | Shoes: Sam Edelman (gold version) | Clutch: DSW (now on sale!!!) | Lipstick: Maybelline c/o
📷’s by Luba Kochubey Portraits
I have been a fan of the Toothpick jean by J.Crew for as long as I can remember. It’s one of those classic skinny jean styles that never gets old: fitted through the hips and thigh, with a super skinny, ankle-length leg. Plus, every season there is some type of new offering, whether it be a fun new color or print.
This season J.Crew expanded their color offerings: neon petal, fiery sunset, and cobalt blue just to name a few. Their standards are blue denim, white, ecru and black. I have them in denim and black. I wear the black pair once or twice a week and have yet to replace them. They’re definitely some of the best quality denim out there. This is saying a lot too because I usually wear denim out pretty quick.
5 Reason Why You Should Love J.Crew’s Toothpick Jean
These jeans seriously don’t fade. I have washed my black pair so many times and I’m surprised by how much the color has stayed. When I buy black denim, the color usually fades over time, but not this pair.
Play hard. Not only does the color note fade but they also have some serious staying power. I tend to wear my denim out in the thigh, but the Toothpick I own are still in tip top shape. I’ve had my black pair for several years and they are just now starting to wear out.
Won’t stretch out. One of my biggest pet peeves is when denim stretches out. The Toothpick have very little stretch. On the flip side the leg opening is pretty slim so they are a bit tight in the calve.
So many colors and washes. One of my earlier purchases of the toothpick jean was this green cord with black bows on them! Oh yeah, did I mention that the fall version of the toothpick comes in a cord version, heck yes!
The best length. The 28″ inseam is great for short girls and for women who like to wear a heel. This length also works well with a bootie or riding boot. They fall just above the ankle so you can literally wear them year round!
How I wear the Toothpick Jean
Aren’t these cobalt jeans cute! I chose to keep it simple with the flutter sleeve blouse and metallic Nicole Shoes. I don’t usually like to be too matchy but couldn’t resist pairing this blue cross body bag with the pants.
What is your favorite denim brand? Share in the comments.
📷’s by Luba Kochubey Portraits
I kinda have a love hate relationship with lace jackets and grey denim. Both are neutrals and super cute, but for some reason I find them difficult to style. I don’t know if it’s the fabric (lace) and the drab color (grey), but it’s something I’ve struggled with until now.
My style is pretty casual and I don’t like to look too dressed up, but wouldn’t this jacket look so cute over a simple black dress or skirt? The last time I wore this jacket, I styled it with a white and blue gingham shell. This time I went simple and chose a white blouse. I would love to find a floral top to pair it with too.
Funny story about these jeans, I used to have these (serious throwback!) but never really liked them. Then I found this pair only to return them and buy them again a few years later. Have you ever done that? I did the same thing with Ugg Boots. The moral of the story is sometimes you need to give a trend a try multiple times until it sticks. Now I can’t imagine not having my grey denim.
3 Reasons Why You Need a Pair of Grey Denim:
- They are chic, obviously! Moreover, they allow people who prefer all black to change things up.
- It’s neutral and can work with everything. Anything you would wear with blue or black denim you can wear with grey. Done and done!
- Works for all seasons. I love clothing that goes the extra mile and grey denim is at the top of that list. They are also light weight compared to blue jeans and attract less heat in the warmer months.
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Lace Bomber: Zara (similar black version) | Blouse: J.Crew (old) | Denim: J.Crew | Necklace: Loren Hope via Rocksbox | Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar) | Booties: Bare Trap (major on sale!)| Lipstick: Burberry ( No. 49 – intense plum) c/o
Photos by Jenn of Hello Rigby.
I used to be obsessed with the cardigan! I seriously had one in every material, weight, and color. One day I decided I was over them and I paired down my collection to just the essentials. I made a conscious effort not to buy another with the caveat that I only could if I needed it to complete an outfit.
When I spotted this gray pleated cardigan (now on sale), all of my previous commitments went out the window – I had to have it! It was the perfect novelty cardigan with feminine pleats and a neutral color palette. After bringing it home, I realized I wasn’t sure how to style it other than one way: white blouse and jeans. I didn’t want my top to compete with the pleats or make things appear too busy.
Once it was no longer summer, I challenged myself to figure out more options for it. I literally tried on every possible option in my closet. This wasn’t too bad since I really didn’t want to style it with any other color than white or chambray.
While a chambray shirt worked, I still wanted my overall look to be soft, so I ended up choosing a white button down with very subtle stripes and gray denim. Going neutral achieved my goal and allowed me to come up with something new. The casual booties also tied everything together.
How would you style this cardigan? Share in the comments.
Shop the Post:
Cardigan: Chelsea28 (now on sale!!!)| Stripe Shirt: UNIQLO (similar) | Denim: J.Crew | Necklace: Ann Taylor (another cute option) | Ring: Happiness Boutique (silver version) c/o | Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar) | Booties: Bare Trap (major on sale!)| Lipstick: Burberry ( No. 49 – intense plum) c/o
Photos by Jenn of Hello Rigby.