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oversized sweater, plaid scarf, beanie, plaid scarves

With the nice chill in the air, it was time to pull some plaid scarves. Layering scarves adds visual interest and volume to make a more dramatic outfit. During one of my thrift store hunts, I found two scarves that were similar in pattern but in slightly different colors. On its own, the scarves are a little too thin to wear on its own, but combined, it’s warm and cozy.

I’ve been seeing a lot of bloggers dressing up their looks with plaid scarves and I had to show my own way of wearing it.

If you’ve been following along, you know that I love a good hat. There’s something about hats that complete an outfit that no other accessory can do. I wish people would wear hats more often because they’re such an underrated item. A good hat can add a dash of style to any outfit. That’s one of the reasons I wear them, aside from hiding bad hair days.

oversized sweater, double plaid scarves, ankle boots, fitted skirt, beanieGuess oversized sweater || Jack Wills skirt || thrifted plaid scarves || Superdry beanie || BP ankle boots

What do you think about doubling up scarves?

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sheer panel top, waterfall cardigan, black pants

Have you found your tried and true black pants?

I have and it’s Theory. After several iterations with other brands, this is it. In college, it was Forever 21 and H&M. Afterwards, it was The Limited, Express, Gap, and Banana Republic. But with each successive iteration, I didn’t like the fit or the material wasn’t to my liking. So one day I decided to take the plunge for Theory.

After the first purchase, I couldn’t go back. I ended up with 3 pairs of Theory black pants. It might sound excessive to minimalists, however each pant is a different style. There’s the classic skinny pant, the long trouser, and the tapered one. I can’t seem to part with any of them. They’ve lasted for several years already and they’re ready for more. I got two on sale and one, I found at consignment for $20!

Luckily, I haven’t bought any more since the initial splurge year on Theory. My black pant collection is complete, I’m happy, and that’s all that counts. Satisfaction and contentment in this little area is hard when you’re always bombarded with messages to spend. But with discipline, practice, and willpower, it’s a good thing to resist the urge to spend.

Theory black pant, waterfall cardigan, sheer panel top

Theory Ibbey black pants || Pure Collection waterfall cardigan || Forever 21 sheer panel top || Beatrix Ong heels 

What are your favorite pair of black pants?

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Cole Haan Balthasar Wedge Chukka Booties, black leather boots, booties

This pair of Cole Haan ankle boots is my latest purchase. As the weather cools down, I find myself reaching for black wedges instead of my brown boots. Call it the novelty factor, but they are so gorgeous, I can’t stop wearing them.

I’ve been a fan of chukka boots for a while, but I had a hard time finding a pair that wasn’t too heavy and chunky. For men, the flat style works well, but for women, I think a heeled version looks better. The Balthasar chukka wedge balances masculine and feminine elements wonderfully. Digging the full grain leather for rugged durability.  The pointed toe and sleek wedge makes for a beautiful silhouette. Can you tell how in love I am with this shoe?

Aside from it’s beauty, it has to be functional, so I styled 3 outfits to check if it can work for different situations.

Cole Haan Balthasar Wedge Bootie Outfits, black leather booties, boot, wedge, fall fashion, outfits

Cole Haan Baltahsar wedges || thrifted leopard top || J.Crew pencil skirt || Forever 21 tweed shorts || The Row shirt || vintage vest || thrifted silk top || Levi’s bootcut jeans

To make the cut, a shoe must be able to be versatile enough to go along with casual and dressy outfits. Though the chukka style leans itself toward casual outfits, it can go with more formal ones too. The pencil skirt outfit is probably the weaker of set of looks, but I have time to figure out better ones. If you have any ideas, let me know in the comments!

What do you think about these black ankle boots?

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Flashback Friday! We’re heading back to 2010, the first year I started posting outfit photos and the second year of blogging on Stylepint.

Nostalgia is a funny thing, you think everything was beautiful back then, but it really wasn’t. There are ups and downs and it’s only when we look back and see that we realize that things aren’t perfect. I would like to think that I’ve come a long way since then but who really knows? I still make plenty of style mistakes but that’s all part of the journey.

My personal style was not cohesive back then since I thrived on being eclectic. I adopted some preppy looks and classic work outfits. I played with androgynous looks when I got a pixie cut. I had a few tomboy styles that were fun and experimental. But it was hard changing “characters” on a daily basis.

Nowadays, I prefer a more streamlined approach so that I have less items in my closet, but they all go together. The biggest lesson I learned was that I wanted my outfits to look like they’re from the same person.

Some Outfit Photos from 2010

2010 outfit recap, personal style, stylepint

peplum blazer, gingham

Some awesome posts from 2010

What do you think about the 2010 outfit recap?

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camouflage, military, dog tags, borrowed from the boys outfit

Are you a fan of camouflage print?

Since I’ve been bitten by the tomboy bug, I’ve been inspired by military trends that pop up around fall and winter.  This transitional outfit works for those cool mornings and hot afternoons during Indian summer.

I’ve had this top forever, but I wear it more as a sleep shirt than an outside shirt. Pairing it with a fitted skirt and sandals gives this camouflage shirt a feminine aesthetic. This outfit is more girly than what I usually wear, but I wanted to push myself to figure out what works and what doesn’t. A little bit of experimentation is good for the wardrobe.

camouflage, military, dog tags, borrowed from the boys outfit

Camouflage shirt || Jack Wills fitted skirt || Topshop nude sandals || Jack Wills gold clutch

What do you think of the military trend, would you wear camouflage?

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Review: Boden Tweed Top

As an avid online shopper, I came across the Boden website on more than one occasion. The latest fall fashion catalog was beautiful and I loved the tweed top so much that I decided to purchase it. When it arrived, it wasn’t exactly what I expected it to look like. As a petite, the 2P fits loosely, but there was something else that made it unusual.

I have been looking for an awesome textured top for quite some time. The tweed print is quite large, but it seems to be made of decent quality. It has threads of pint, purple, blue, and green…perfect for almost any color pairing. I tested out a few outfits to see if I could pull off wearing this top.

boden tweed top outifts

Instead of pairing the top with neutrals, I went for print and color. The pencil skirt outfit is probably my favorite since the weight of both items are similar. A thick tweed top with a red suede skirt…a great fall outfit!

However, I don’t like this top enough to keep it. Why? The back panel was made from a different fabric. For a tank top, I can understand but for a shirt with sleeves, it was strange. Also, there is an exposed zipper along the top center back which is useful for getting this top on and off. But it doesn’t seem to match the look of the rest of the top. I wish the back panel was made of the same material and pattern as the front. As is, it looks kind of weird and that’s mostly why I decided to return it.

boden tweed top back

I’m still on the lookout for an showstopping blouse and I thought the Boden tweed top would be it. Alas, it isn’t made as perfectly as I’d like and the back panel was a real bummer. Perhaps if I find another item similar to it, I might add it to my closet. At least I know that I can wear it without looking too dated and old.

So now I know that Boden makes petite sizes that actually fit me and they have awesome items that interest me. However, the quality of the design is something to be desired. Still, I’ll keep my eye out for Boden and perhaps I’ll have something new to add to my wardrobe. But this top, isn’t it.

boden tweed top outfit

Boden Tweed Top || Vintage Leather Pencil Skirt || Trina Turk pants || Anthropologie print dress || Topshop sandals

What do you think about the Boden tweed top?

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One of my fall staples is my striped sweater. It’s warm, it’s comfy, and it fits.  Pair it with some skinny jeans and ankle boots for a perfect fall outfit.

For the past year, I fell out of love with stripes. The horizontal stripes make my body look bigger than it actually is and it’s a bit unflattering. However, if I wear it with a topper, the effect is minimized. I’m still not completely sold on the idea of stripes but I can’t let a good sweater go to waste!

Most fashion sites are religiously devoted to stripes and all things Parisian, but it doesn’t work for me. Maybe I haven’t encountered the right striped pattern or the figure flattering clothing item…nevertheless, I’m not a huge fan of stripes unless I’m wearing a sweater or jacket over it.

striped sweater, ankle boots, skinny jeans

Steven Alan jacket || Aritizia striped sweater || GapKids skinny jeans || BP ankle boots

Why wear it if you don’t love it? Well, honestly, the sweater fits so well that I can overlook the stripes. Plus, when the weather gets colder, the jacket hides the big bold pattern and it doesn’t look that bad. I’m a bit of a contradiction. I don’t like stripes and yet, I still wear it.

What do you think of this sweater? Do you wear clothes you don’t love and knowingly dislike?

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