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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Okay, everyone. Time to set your auto OOO (out of office) email responses and unplug for the three-day weekend. Any time you have a long weekend it’s all about recharging, relaxing, and having some fun in the sun. Kudos to you if you’re planning on completely ignoring your email inbox! Whether you’re staying in town or heading on a quick trip, the last thing you should be worried about is figuring out what to wear. So sit back and relax-I’ve got you covered. Here are some easy outfit ideas to make your long weekend style on point.

OOO: preppy style

Preppy Patio Party Style

Preppy style is all about clean cuts, nautical inspiration, and tailored looks – everything you see in this outfit. This navy dress is great for a weekend patio party filled with a friendly game of badminton and cold beverages. The shoulder frills add the perfect feminine touch while the striped sweater tied around the waist and structured cognac crossbody polishes off the look for a flawless preppy outfit.

 

OOO: floral dress

Boho Beach Time

For those who plan on running after the ice cream truck for a bomb pop on the beach (guilty), wear a loose tropical sundress. A tie waist adds shape without being restricting and the sleeveless style will help with your base tan to catch the first rays of the season. Add a cute tassel crossbody bag to tie the look together. (After all, you need something to carry the money to pay the ice cream man!)

 

OOO: camping outfit

Cozy Camping Chic

For chilly nights by the campfire, layer some cozy plaid over denim shorts for a laidback outdoorsy look. Pastel and bright color summer plaids replace the black, navy, and red plaids of fall and winter. Even if you’re a glamping type of lady, this comfy ensemble will be a practical and chic outfit for nights spent outdoors. Don’t forget the s’mores!

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Calling all petite ladies! Got short girl problems? Yep, me too. With a standing height of 5’2″ (though my doctor tells me 5’1.5″ and just won’t give me the half inch), I’ve developed some fashion hacks over the years to accentuate my petite body type.  Essentially, what this means is that I wear silhouettes that define my waist and enhance my leg length.

I had the opportunity to head to the Wantable headquarters to try on some of their petite-friendly styles recommended by their stylists. After having some fun in the photo studio, I picked out my favorite outfits to share. That’s right–the lady featured below is yours truly! Read on for some awesome outfit ideas and tips on how to dress for a petite body type.

 

petite: high waisted denim

1. Wear long vests with high waisted denim

Starting out with a bang! This outfit was my absolute favorite out of all of the looks. Whenever I can, I try to wear long pieces that elongate my body. It can be tough to do this without giving the appearance that I’m wearing an ill-fitted item that is unintentionally too long (I’m looking at you, midi-dresses). Wearing a long open vest is one of the best hacks to looking taller. The long length elongates my frame without hiding my waistline. Tuck your top into high waisted denim under the vest for the ultimate long leg illusion.

 

petite: dresses

2. Wear dresses that stop just above the knee

I have found that the just-above-the-knee length is the optimal dress length for my height. This hemline is a great style that shows off my legs to add some length to my frame while still staying work-appropriate. Plus, adding nude heels to the bare leg offers the optical illusion of never-ending legs!

 

petite: leopard jacket

3. Pull up waistbands to hip length

Whenever possible, I try to can elongate the leg line and shorten the torso. Proportion is everything! But if you’re a short girl like me, most tops fall below my waist. Sigh. On the bright side, if your top has a waistband, you’re in luck! Fight the impulse to pull the waistband down all the way and instead shimmy it up to your hips. The elastic will keep your top at the perfect length. Don’t forget to cuff your jeans to avoid the dreaded bunching at your ankles.

 

petite: striped denim

4. Wear striped denim with a cropped jacket

When I tried on these jeans, I did not want to take them off. The jeans not only fit my short legs perfectly in terms of inseam, but they also have electric yellow stripes running down each leg. Stripes running down the seam of your jeans will visually extend the leg while a cropped silhouette adds a flattering and on-trend dimension to your outfit. Pair these two styles together and you’ve got it made!

 

petite: waist tie top

5. Turn a blouse into a tie waist top.

You already know by now (after I’ve repeated myself a million times) that showing off the waistline is a surefire way to visually extend the legs. I own so many tops that would fall perfectly at the waist on a taller girl but hang too low on me. The solution? Unbutton the bottom two or three buttons on your blouse and tie the loose ends together for a cute way to make a too-long top more flattering for your body type.

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Spring is a confusing time of year for our wardrobes. Should I dress for rain and wind or warmth and sunshine? In spring, a girl’s got to be prepared for everything. The same jacket you wore on your chilly walk to work in the morning might be draped over your arm on the sunny walk back home. The key to being prepared for spring weather is layers. That’s why I’m sharing with you some spring layering outfits that incorporate different spring jacket styles for inspiration. Before the real warm weather arrives, drop your winter puffers and stock up on these 4 spring jackets that will up your layering game for spring!

 

spring jackets: trench coat

spring jacket: trench coat outfit

spring jacket: trench coat outfit

1. The Lightweight Trench

Jacket styles come and go, but the trench coat is forever. The good news? Trench coats go with everything because they essentially cover up everything above the knees. I absolutely love this red tencel statement trench! To keep the attention on your statement piece, wear it with basics – layer over a simple white tee and denim.

 

spring jacket: utility jacket

spring jacket: utility jacket outfit

spring jacket: utility jacket outfit

2. The Utility Jacket

Salute to the ever-so-chic military jacket! It’s a definite spring essential, as it’s an extremely versatile piece that can be dressed up or down, depending on what you wear it with.  Most military jackets, or utility jackets (same thing!), hit right above the waist so they work really well with cropped tops, like this tie waist button down. Pairing with white denim will make the awesome army green color pop!

 

spring jacket: windbreaker jacket

spring jacket: windbreaker outfit

3. The Windbreaker

Can you get any cooler than a color blocked windbreaker? This 90’s child says no. Windbreaker track jackets are not only extremely functional when combatting the chilly spring breeze, but also add a fun twist to any casual outfit. This retro windbreaker is updated with the trendy blush, white and black color combo and looks great layered over a casual striped shirt dress.

 

spring jacket: moto jacket

spring jacket: moto jacket outfit

spring jacket: moto jacket outfit

4. The Pastel Moto

Need a break from the traditional black moto jacket? Why not try a pastel one? Add a feminine twist to your moto jacket by wearing one in a spring hue. Nothing goes better with pastel than spring florals, so layer your jacket over a floral chiffon top and finish the look with black denim as a nod to the edgy side of your moto jacket.

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Spring has sprung! It’s finally time to dust off the dresses you stored away for winter and break them out for warmer weather and sunshine. Not to mention, the front of your fridge may be filling up with wedding invites, graduation announcements, and baby showers and you’ll need something to wear for all of the celebrations. Let’s take a look at the latest trends for spring dresses and check out what’s what you’ll need in your closet for the upcoming season.

spring dresses: casual maxi

1. Casual Maxi Dress

A casual, flowing, floor-grazing maxi dress is definitely a spring essential. Maxis come in so many different silhouettes that you can pick the perfect one for you, no matter your shape and size. With so many different ways to style it, this is the perfect piece to pack for your next vacation. Bonus: no time to shave your legs? No problem!  (Because we all know that prepping for your office presentation, getting the kids ready for bed, and getting the grocery shopping done usually take precedent over shaving your legs.)

 

spring dresses: floral shift dress

2. Floral Shift Dress

Easily transition from the office to happy hour with a floral shift dress. I love a good shift dress because they’re modest enough to wear to work, fun enough to wear to social occasions, and also flattering on every body type. A bright floral pattern also adds an extra pop of color for spring.

 

spring dresses: lightweight tank dress

3. Lightweight Tank Dress

A lightweight tank dress is a must for every closet. They are incredibly comfortable and super easy to slip on before running errands or heading to brunch. They’re casual and so soft that you’ll feel like you’re wearing your favorite tee and sweatpants (without looking like it). Throw on some sneakers and a denim jacket and you’ve got an effortless look you can reach for time and time again.

 

spring dresses: fit and flare

4. Polka Dot Fit and Flare Dress

If you love a classic look, you can’t go without a polka dot fit and flare dress. Polka dots are timeless! They add the perfect feminine touch to any outfit. Pair them with the universally flattering fit and flare dress and you have a fail-proof combo! The best part? With its fun pattern and silhouette, it barely needs any styling. Wear with minimal jewelry and simple shoes and you’re ready to head out the door!

 

spring dresses: cold shoulder

5. Cold Shoulder Dress

The cold shoulder trend is here to stay for at least another season.  A little peek of the shoulders paired with ruffles and a flattering high-low hem, this dress is perfect for an evening occasion. You’ll be seeing cold shoulder styles everywhere in 2019, so don’t be afraid to stock up on a few pieces with this fun detail.

 

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