A short person’s quick guide to culottes and baggy, straight bottoms of the like.
The era of the lilac. AKA the start of my new hair journey with lavender ombre hair.
La Mode: Fashion Club at UW had their annual clothing swap this past quarter, and, as an officer, I helped gather the remainder of the clothes which didn’t get picked up so we could donate them to Goodwill. Fortunately, one little white pleated tennis skirt happened to catch my eye.
It naturally got picked over because it was seemingly just a piece of a long-lost tennis uniform, so I decided to work it into an outfit that sought to detach the skirt from its relation to tennis. What really drew me to the skirt was the rigidity of its pleated structure. I paired it with some touches of tough (faux) leather, dainty sheer tights, and the like in order to break down the athletic-wear vibe it had.
Sports luxe has been a hot style as of late, and this outfit is like the baby step towards this style. I’ve noticed that more and more people have been taking athletic pieces like tennis skirts, jerseys, and baseball caps and incorporating them into chic street-wear. All in all, I just really love how playful and innovative repurposing athletic wear into everyday fashion can be. I mean, if you’re telling me I can bring back my old sneaker collection again then by all means! Anyone who sees me on a regular basis can definitely tell you that I’m all about the boots, bout the boots, no treble (okay I had to!), so it’s undoubtedly refreshing to step into a pair of sneakers again. If you’re interested in learning more about the sports luxe trend, Net-A-Porter has an awesome, holy grail style guide issue on sports luxe. Without a doubt, this trend is one that has truly piqued my interest, and I am surely going to be exploring more sports luxe in the future!
Alright ladies and gentlemen. It is officially chilly enough here in Washington to break out the fleece. I recently picked up this lovely fleece vest because I had nothing like it in my closet. It piqued my interest because I noticed that warm vests over long-sleeves are a popular style here in the Northwest. When I asked one of my friends why, she replied that it helped retain just the right amount of heat in your body without making you sweat from—well, to put it bluntly—your armpits. This vest right here is a more stylish option that you can trade your puffy vests for.
The fleece provides a nice thick layer to shield your body from those winter chills. I also find that fleece tends to add a cute and cozy feel to a look. I paired it with a simple white knit sweater for some added warmth. To offset my cutesy vest, I donned a pleather skirt, tights (for warmth), knee-highs, and my fave pair of pointed flats from Steven by Steve Madden. Layering is a key tool of fashion to utilize in the winter, and it doesn’t mean you have to look bulky by layering either! I chose a pleather skater style skirt because of its a-line and the fact that it cinches at the waist to go against the straight fit of the vest. So don’t be afraid to play with varying lengths, fits, and structures to transform your winter outfits from bulky to beauty!