You’ve conquered Halloween festivities and now it’s time to prepare for the best social gathering of November—Friendsgiving!  Between preparing your dish, loading up on carbs, and going back for thirds AND dessert, you’ll want to make sure your Friendsgiving outfit is super comfy and leaves room for a little waist expansion. At the same time, you’ll want to dress to impress! I’m a huge sucker for anything that involves great food (and lots of it) and great people, so you can only imagine how much I love Friendsgiving. I’m so excited to share 5 chic and oh-so-cozy Friendsgiving outfit ideas to wear this year—no matter what vibe you’re going for. Hint: maybe leave those non-stretchy skinny jeans and restricting leather belt at home.

friendsgiving outfit ideas: sequin top

Shine Bright

You’ll turn heads in this show-stopping outfit with a cropped sequined top. To avoid looking overdone, pair the top with relaxed light denim and a small wristlet to accessorize. Since your top will the focal point, wearing simple pieces for the rest of the outfit will complete the ensemble.

 

friendsgiving outfit ideas: plaid and cardigan

Classic & Casual

Why go rogue when the classic always works? Cardigans and plaid are signature fall pieces and they’ll always go great together. Remember how I taught you how to layer your outfit like a pro? Don’t you forget it! Just add denim and a classic black leather bag and you are good to go.

 

friendsgiving outfit ideas: moto jacket and dress

The Trusted Topper

Not sure what to wear? Reach for a moto—they go with literally everything. Don a classic polka dot dress with a faux leather moto jacket for a sweet-meets-edgy vibe. Add a pop of color with a bright red clutch and match it with some red lipstick. Bonus: not wearing pants at Friendgsiving will feel like a major blessing as you reach for your second piece of pie. If it’s too cold outside, just throw on some fleece-lined tights and boots!

 

friendsgiving outfit ideas: faux fur jacket and plaid pants

Ready Faux Anything

You are a bold fashion diva ready “faux” anything and you want to stand out at Friendsgiving this year. Break out those plaid trousers and a brightly colored faux jacket for the ultimate look that will turn heads as you arrive at the party. Finish your ensemble with a textured clutch for an on-trend look.

 

friendsgiving outfit ideas: striped sweater and leather denim

Warm N’ Cozy

You really want to wear your favorite cozy sweater, but you also want to look elevated and put-together so you’ve got quite the dilemma, right? Wrong! Good news—you can totally have both! Just pair your favorite sweater with leather leggings or jeans and you have a great of-the-moment outfit without having to forgo your comfy sweater.

 

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This happens to me every year. Before I know it, Halloween is upon us and panic ensues because I have NO idea what I’m going to wear as a costume. Sure, I could run to the local party store and buy a ridiculously expensive and tacky store-bought costume, but what’s the fun in that? I personally think that putting together easy homemade costumes is the best way to dress up for Halloween. It’s budget-friendly because you’re not spending money on a costume you’ll wear once a year and it gives you a chance to get creative and have fun with the pieces you own already. Check out these three easy last-minute Halloween costumes you probably already have in your closet.

easy halloween costumes: where's waldo

easy halloween costumes: where's waldo

easy halloween costumes: where's waldo

1. Where’s Waldo

Get spotted by the easily recognizable character, Waldo from Where’s Waldo. This is an incredibly easy ensemble to put together. Just grab any red and white striped top—a t-shirt, sweater, or blouse could work—and wear it with jeans and sneakers. Toss in a red crossbody to be extra chic (and also practical—Waldo needs a place to put his stuff). Extra credit if you have black-rimmed glasses and a red beanie to top it all off!

 

easy halloween costumes: '60s

easy halloween costumes: '60s

2. A Groovy ’60s-Inspired Costume

Groovy baby! Luckily tie-dye has been one of the biggest trends of 2019 and you can find tie-dye pieces practically anywhere, even if you don’t already own a tie-dye shirt. Wear your tie-dye with flared denim and heeled booties for a simple 60’s inspired Halloween costume. Throw on colored sunglasses and layered necklaces to really complete the look.

 

easy halloween costumes: sandy

easy halloween costumes: sandy

easy halloween costumes: sandy

3. Sandy from Grease

I got chills, they’re multiplying…because you’re going to look extra sleek in a Sandy costume on Halloween! Find a black cropped jacket – a moto, suede, or leather jacket will all work, a black tank, and black skinny jeans or leggings. Eazy peasy. Go, greased lightnin’!

 

 

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As the day-to-day gets back into a routine, it seems like your fall schedule is packed with a long list of to-dos. Get ready for school, run errands, prep a meal, and repeat. But, on the bright side, with the busier season comes so many fun activities.  Personally, fall is my favorite time of year. Sure, I love the beautiful red leaves and crisp autumn air, but I get really excited for all the cute fall outfits I get to wear to all my favorite fall activities. Check out some of these outfit essentials to pair with the best fall activities this season.

fall schedule: utility jacket & plaid

Flannel Apple Picking

No fall schedule is complete without a day of apple picking. For a day at the apple orchard, you’ll want a comfortable outfit that can hold you on your feet for a couple of hours. Some cozy flannel layered under a light jacket and jeans will do! If you get too warm, it’s easy to take off your light jacket and simply tie it around your waist as an alternative. A simple beanie adds some extra warmth and also serves as a cute accessory.

 

fall schedule: printed blouse

Patterned at the Pumpkin Patch

For a day time visit to the pumpkin patch wear a stylish, yet practical outfit to take advantage of some Insta-worthy photo opportunities in the gorgeous autumn sun. A light floral patterned blouse will keep you covered without overheating in the sunlight. Pair it with bright chinos and a complimentary colored crossbody to add some fun pops of color to your fall outfit. Plus, they’ll really stand out against the orange colors of the pumpkin patch!

 

fall schedule: leopard jacket

Corn Maze Craze

It’s going to be dark and it may get a bit spooky! Make sure you’re bundled up and ready to move when you make your annual trip to the haunted corn maze. This cozy leopard zip-up will keep you warm in the autumn evening and doubles up as a pseudo-Halloween costume for your adventure! (I’m a leopard, duh!) I love this bright red crossbody that pops with the animal print zip-up. It’s perfect to toss in the essentials while you’re running from the ghouls.

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I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again – fall is all about layering! Wearing multiple layers is great in the practical sense of having to adjust from outdoor to indoor temperatures. It’s also a great way to add fun textures and dimensions to your outfit. You may be afraid of adding too many layers for fear of looking frumpy. But if done well, layering can actually accentuate your silhouette and compliment your figure. Check out some of my best practice tips for layering this fall season!

how to layer: base layer

Step One:

Start with an underlayer and some neutral bottoms that can be paired with multiple textures and layers on top. Most of your layers should be neutral colors to avoid clashing. I love these olive slacks because they’re simple, yet trendy and pair really well with all fall colors.

 

how to layer: chambray shirt

Step Two:

Add a basic button-down. A chambray shirt works really well here. Plaid, stripes, and polka dots can add some fun patterns to your ensemble as well. Make sure to leave your button-down untucked! We want the bottom to be visible under your next layer.

 

how to layer: knit sweater

Step Three:

Play around with different textures and fabrics with your layers! It’s best to incorporate a mix of textures, as too many of the same fabrics can look heavy and add unwanted weight to your look. Layer a neutral sweater or cardigan over your button-down, cuffing the sleeves of your button-down over the sweater for added dimension. A basic colored sweater here works great as well to complement a more colorful or patterned button-down layer underneath.

 

how to layer: tweed blazer

Step Four:

Heading to work or just stepping out into the cold? Add a light blazer on top of your sweater to look work-ready chic while also staying extra warm.  Cuffing your sweater over the jacket adds the same extra dimension I mentioned above. But un-cuff your button-down from the sweater first! Three layers of cuffing are probably too overwhelming.

 

how to layer: accessories

Step Five:

Don’t forget to accessorize! A cognac bag pairs well with all neutral colors and a statement necklace adds some extra pizzazz to glam it up.

 

how to layer: scarf

Step Six:

Finally, a fun patterned or animal print scarf top is a must. A bare neck in cold weather is a travesty! I love a leopard print scarf because the warm tones of the leopard print go so well with fall colors like cognac and olive.

And there you have it! Take these tips to your closet and find ways to layer this autumn without adding 50 layers of bulk. Have fun staying warm in the cold weather without sacrificing style!

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Whether you’re ready for it or not, fall is upon us! As the weather turns colder and the leaves turn red, it’s time to break out your fall wardrobe-essentials. No matter the season, it’s always worth it to invest in key pieces to build a seasonal capsule wardrobe. And if you’re one of those people who have a cluttered closet full of clothes, yet feel like you still have nothing to wear, a fall capsule wardrobe can help you build go-to outfits with pieces that go with nearly everything. The key to building a capsule wardrobe is finding timeless garments that are easy to layer, stylish enough to give you confidence in your outfits, yet classic enough to wear for multiple occasions. Check out these fall must-haves for your closet this year!

fall wardrobe: work trouser

1. Olive Pants

Think about what a fall wardrobe color palette means to you. You better bet that olive is one of them!  Personally, olive is my favorite color to wear in the colder seasons. You must have at least one pair of solid olive pants to wear in fall. I love these olive chinos—their classic cut complements the trendy olive color and are wearable in both the office and social get-togethers.

 

fall wardrobe: sleeveless blouse

2. A Sleeveless Blouse

Fall is all about layering! Invest in some cute sleeveless blouses that you can easily layer under jackets and cardigans without annoying sleeves bunching up underneath your outer layers. I love this patterned black and white chiffon blouse. The tie detail and the dot pattern are super stylish and it’s neutral and versatile enough to layer under virtually anything!

 

fall wardrobe: suede moto jacket

3. A Lightweight Jacket

Did I mention fall is all about layering? Whether you’re investing in a moto, leather, or suede jacket, make sure it’s a neutral color that can be paired with multiple color palettes underneath. These light jackets not only provide utility in warmth but also add an extra interesting layer to your outfit that doesn’t need to be taken off indoors.

 

fall wardrobe: short sleeve tee

4. A Simple Tee

Tuck it, knot it, wear it under a sweater or light jacket. An easy, comfy tee is pretty essential in any capsule wardrobe year-round but it also acts as another great layering piece for fall. Choose a simple patterned tee like this striped one here as a perfect fall essential.

 

fall wardrobe: dark denim

5. Cut Off Denim

Denim goes with literally everything. It’s a fact that you cannot build a fall capsule wardrobe without investing in a solid pair of  jeans. This season, choose a pair of cut off denim to stay on top of the latest trends without sacrificing versatility. Cooler washes like grey work well with the darker colors of fall.

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Every season has its own on-trend patterns, but prints and patterns are just one of those cyclical trends that will never really go out of style. Navigating through the many types of prints and garments out there can be overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to pick the right outfits for your body type. Whether you’re into subtle prints or bold and colorful patterns, you can find ways to rock these styles no matter your shape or size. Check out three ways to wear prints and patterns that will instantly flatter your body type!

body type: prints on top

Prints on Top

Best For: Petite or Pear Body Shape

Not quite vertically endowed? I can relate! If you’re petite like me, stick to smaller subtle patterns that won’t overwhelm your small frame. If you’re pear-shaped, your hips are generally wider than your bust. Mixing prints and patterns on the top half of your frame will visually balance your figure.

 

body type: all over prints

All-Over Print

Best For: Tall, Straight, or Hourglass Body Shape

Take advantage of your tall physique by gracing your body with larger prints and more of it! Longer printed garments like dresses, maxis skirts, and jumpsuits will work well with your height. For straight and hourglass body types, your shoulders and hips are proportionate, meaning an all-over print will flatter you from head to hem.

 

body type: prints on bottom

Prints on Bottom

Best For: Apple or Inverted Triangle Body Shape

Generally, if your bust is proportionally larger than your hips, you fall in the apple shape or inverted triangle category. That means you’ll want your outfit to even out your proportions by highlighting the legs and hips to balance out your bust. Patterned bottoms and solid tops will look great on your figure!

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ATTENNNN-TION! If there’s one thing I make sure I always have on-hand in my closet, it’s a military jacket. And, let me tell you, mine get a lot of wear throughout the year. Utilitarian fashion has been popular for years and I’m so glad that this trend is here to stay. Lightweight utility jackets are perfect for summer (and pretty much all of the four seasons) but their versatility doesn’t stop at seasonality—they can be styled in so many different ways too! Here are three different ways you can wear a military jacket this summer.

military jacket: red jacket

Go, Team, Go

The next time you head to your niece’s t-ball game or go to the bar to cheer on your favorite team, try this sporty casual outfit with a red utility jacket. Paired with a simple tee and destroyed denim, your look will feel laid back and easygoing. Hoops and a baseball cap make for casual accessories that tie everything together.

 

military jacket: grey jacket

I Woke Up Like This

You know those occasions where you want to look good but also don’t want to look like you tried too hard? Think bowling with friends, a second date, drinks with the in-laws—you get the picture. This outfit is perfect for those scenarios. A cool gray utility jacket looks great when layered over a simple tank while the flannel button-down tied around your waist keeps you on-trend.

 

military jacket: tan jacket

All Dolled Up

Having the versatile military jacket in a camel hue makes it easy to pair with any outfit. When you go out for a night on the town, reach for this neutral jacket to keep you warm when the sun sets. Add a pop of animal print and trendy accessories like cat-eye sunglasses and fringe earrings for a little extra glam.

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Neon is back! It may be decades since you last wore neon, but the vibrant colors of the past are making a comeback. Neon no longer needs to be a bold fashion choice—you can now find it all over the runway and in everyday streetwear. Whether you’re looking to sport subtle flashes of neon or be unabashedly bold, I’ve got some fun outfit ideas for you! Check out how to incorporate different levels of neon in your wardrobe without looking like a human glow stick.

neon colors: bright

1. Bright

If you’re not quite sold on being covered in neon, start with subtle pops of bright colors like neon accessories, makeup, or garments that show hints of neon. I absolutely love this pair of denim with the electric yellow stripes running down the seams. In fact, you can see me wearing them in this post I wrote about flattering a petite body type. Play around with color tones and pair with pastel tops and accessories for an unexpected twist.

 

neon colors: brighter

2. Brighter

Want to turn up the brightness level? Pick this neon orange top! Neon orange is one of the more subtle neon hues, so it’s a great color for those of you who are looking to stay right in between the toned down and bold levels of neon fashion. This top is super breezy for hot summer days and adds just enough brightness to fit with the summer trend without screaming neon. Wear with simple denim shorts and accessorize with a cognac crossbody to stay consistent with the warm color scheme.

 

neon colors: brightest

3. Brightest

You daring fashionista, you! Break out the lime green with this patterned button-down. Pairing neon hues with patterns is one of the boldest ways to stand out this summer. Wear your neon with white denim to really contrast the bright colors and make them pop in your ensemble. Accessorize with a neutral color like black to avoid distracting from the neon.

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Summer is the season to loosen up! It’s time to shed the restricting, skin-hugging, heavy sweaters and jackets that kept you warm all winter. But for women who have the daily 9-5 obligation in the office, wearing some of the latest summer fashion trends may not always be suitable for the office. Not to worry–you can definitely find ways to be a trendy fashionista in workwear while still maintaining your professionalism. To give you some inspiration, I’ve put together three summer-ready business casual outfits for the working woman.

 

summer business casual: black blazer

 

summer business casual: rumple blouse

 

summer business casual: slacks

Classic With a Pop

Let me first preface that everyone needs a simple black blazer. They go with EVERYTHING. Layering a black blazer over any blouse is an easy way to put together a business casual outfit with minimal effort and thinking. (You know those days where you accidentally set your alarm for 6PM instead of 6AM, wake up at 8AM in a panic and have to run out the door?) In the summer, I like to add bright pops of colors to workwear ensembles. This magenta blouse and patterned trousers are perfect additions to a simple black blazer.

 

summer business casual: navy blazer

 

summer business casual: printed blouse

 

summer business casual: navy slacks

Monochrome Paired With Print

Whenever business professional workwear is required, a full monochrome ensemble is the best way to go. There’s something about the head-to-toe coordination that makes it feel strong and powerful (just like you!). Wear your suit with a bright floral blouse underneath to bring some personality to the outfit. Incorporating fun summer vibes to a business professional outfit is a great way to personalize an otherwise traditional look.

 

summer business casual: sleeveless blouse

 

summer business casual: cream slacks

Light and Airy

Gone are the days where bare shoulders are unacceptable in the workplace (despite how tricky the office AC might try to make it). With a conservative neckline, this blouse is still office friendly. Bring a ray of sunshine to the drab cubicles of the office with a bright yellow blouse and cream trousers. Just try not to spill coffee on your light colored clothes! 🙂

 

 

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Sweet summertime, please come faster! Here in Milwaukee, I’ve been enduring drizzly, chilly weather for weeks and I’m very ready for the sun to come out and stay out for good. I’m just dreaming about breaking out some cute summer outfits and leaving the chilly spring days behind.

While I wait for the sun to shine in Wisconsin, I’m putting together some summer outfit inspo so that I’ll be ready as soon as the summer weather hits. And if you’re in a warmer part of the country, lucky you! You can start wearing these cute summer outfits right away! Check out some of the summer styles I’ve put together below – perfect for a Backyard BBQ and beyond.

cute summer outfits: chambray

Lightweight Chambray

Unlike denim, chambray is quite thin which makes it the perfect airy summer fabric. Skip the thick denim shorts on hot summer days and wear these adorable high waisted chambray shorts instead. Wear them with a simple bright colored top for cheery summer vibes.

 

cute summer outfits: tropical prints

Tropical Prints

Nothing screams summer more than a good tropical print. No need to jet off to Hawaii – bring the tropics to you with these perfect tropical print shorts. Sometimes it can be confusing figuring out how to match busy prints. An easy trick to looking put-together is picking out one specific color in the print and matching with a solid piece of the same color. In this case, the coral blouse matches the coral colored flowers in the palm print perfectly.

 

cute summer outfits: tie dye

Vibrant Tie Dye

The tie-dye trend is here to stay–groovy! Tie-dye patterns bring awesome colorful summer vibes to your outfit, but tie dye patterns can get too busy real quick. To avoid looking overly psychedelic, avoid adding additional patterns to the mix. Wear with your favorite denim shorts and simple accessories.

 

cute summer outfits: bold stripes

Bright Stripes

Somebody get me some sunglasses to look at these stripes! I love wearing colorful stripes in summer, especially with classic silhouettes like this button-up tank. Bonus: vertical stripes visually elongate your frame. Wear with light wash denim and tuck the top in for a more polished look or leave the top untucked for a more casual ensemble.

 

cute summer outfits: midi dress

Breezy Dress

Button down midi dresses are all the rage right now and I absolutely love the summery blue stripes on this one. The tie waist adds some extra shape to the dress’ silhouette for a flirty style. A coral clutch and bright yellow drop earrings are the perfect way to add playful pops of color.

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