MAD for the Midi!

Now, onto the single item that I’ve been mad for for a year now. THE MIDI SKIRT.

This spring, you’ll see skirts with pleats, paper bag waists, wraps, belted circle silhouettes, animal prints, a-lines, and lots of buttons. One thing most have in common: the “midi” hemline. I consider a “midi” hemline anything that falls below the knee and above the ankle. But I must admit, this length is sometimes a bit tricky.

I almost always wear my midis with a skin-toned slide. Add a heel or wedge and you boost the flattery factor three-fold. Because I’m 5’3″, I usually order the petite version if it’s available. For my fashionistas with thick legs (I really don’t know what other way to describe this challenge some of us have), aim for a hemline just below the knee. This is especially flattering when pairing your skirt with sneaks.

The hottest look of the season is the flowy midi in a leopard or snakeskin print. It can be worn SO MANY ways! I’ve included one in the nine great skirts that I’d love in my wardrobe, shown here. As always, the links to the nine skirts shown are below the photo. Immediately following the links, I’ve also included three ways to wear this midi, or almost any midi that you may have in YOUR wardrobe!

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  1. Aritzia Leopard Button Down 
  2. GAP Slub Tie Waist Skirt
  3. Boden Melina Paper Bag Skirt
  4. ZARA Pleated Skirt
  5. Corey Lynn Calter (Anthropologie) Giraffe A-line
  6. Ann Taylor Tie Waist Midi Wrap
  7. Banana Republic Snakeskin Pleated Skirt
  8. Topshop (Nordstrom) Button Ribbed Midi
  9. J.Crew Pencil Skirt in Stretch Denim

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Now that we have three CUTE outfit options, maybe the sun will stay out long enough for us to bare our ankles without freezing to death here in upstate NY! It’s June 17 and people are still wearing puffy coats. Hey Mother Nature, I can speak for everyone around here when I say we’re officially ready for sandal (and midi) weather.

XOXO,

Ally

 

WEARABLE Spring Trends 2019: Modern Utility

Take that minimalist vibe you felt in my “WEARABLE Spring Trends: Naturals” post.  Add some military details, feminine designs and flowy fabrics, and there you have it.  Modern Utility.

No matter what season or year, I always have use for a great utility jacket.  I also consider army green a basic neutral, taking up plenty of real-estate in my personal wardrobe.  From minis to midis, accessories to basics, there are so many great military-inspired classics available this spring. The comfortable fabrics and roomy designs are the icing on the cake. Here are just a few of my faves, with links to items below the photo:

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 LOFT Drapey Utility Jumpsuit

Ted Baker London Shorts

AQUA (Bloomingdales) Camo Joggers 

Theory Modern Utility Stretch Chino Dress

Kempton & Co. Bag Collection, Made of Up-cycled Vintage Textiles, Encounter Boutique

TOPSHOP (Nordstrom) Midi Shirt Dress

&OtherStories Oversized Worker Jacket

Target Utility Mini Skirt

Lou&Grey Tie Waist Linen Pants

I don’t know a woman who isn’t amazing at multi-tasking.  Why shouldn’t our clothes be?

XOXO,

Ally

WEARABLE Spring Trends: Island Goddess

So here we are.  It’s officially mid-May, and much of upstate New York is still in Bean boots and puffer jackets every other day. I’m sure you cannot even think about anything resembling resort wear, but I promise you that our warm weather is just around the corner. Today’s trend highlights all of the amazing pieces that scream sunshine and tropical vacations and that are ready and available to help us transition into summer.

From tropical flowers to palms and banana leaves, there are too many fun prints to count this season that will transform you instantly into an Island Goddess. Below are just some of my favorite finds that get me SUPER excited for those warm weather months! As always, below the photo are the links for order information for each item.

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ZARA Tropical Print Off-the-Shoulder Dress

MANGO Bamboo Round Bag

BCBG (Everything But the Water) Halter Bikini

Pura Vida (Lulu’s) High-Low Button Up Dress

ZARA Printed Headband

H&M Draped Wrap-Front Skirt

Elizabeth Volk Emerald Palm Earrings

Hobbs London (Bloomingdales) Halle Palm Linen Top

Tommy Bahama Breezy Palm Bandeau

REVOLVE Black Palm Pant

Because you know how it works.  We’ll have a frost tonight, and then wake up to 80 degree days through mid-September.  Be prepared.

XOXO,

Ally

WEARABLE Spring Trends: Naturals

Last week I showcased some bold rainbow brights that have hit the stores.  This week, we’re taking a walk to the other side, and focusing on “Naturals”, the next trend of my Spring Trend Series.

I gladly welcome the nature that spring brings, including all of the woven fabrics, wood, rattan, and linen that make their debut.  I also love all the brown and tan tones that come with these materials.  Here are a just a few of my favorite “nature-inspired” finds, including some STEALS!.  As always, links to pricing and color options are below the photo.

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TOMS Bellini Champagne Crystal Sunglasses

Gucci Ophedia Straw Shoulder Bag

Michael Kors Jill Leather Wedge Sandal

Forever 21 Etched Wooden Bracelet

JCrew Sweater Tank

MANGO Braided Wood Belt

Caroline & Main Rattan Hoop Earrings, $20 (Local Find!)

Superga (Anthropologie) Crocodile Embossed Sneakers

Zara Wood Crossbody Bag

Sam Edelman (Bloomingdales) Falcon 2 Woven Flats

Caslon (Nordstrom) Linen Pants

It’s never been so easy to go “au naturale.”  Give it a try!

XOXO,

Ally

WEARABLE Spring Trends: Rainbow Brights!

I rarely feel the urge to buy clothing during the winter months. I actually don’t mind being held hostage by my Sorels and stadium coat for a while.  Then it happens, like clockwork. The weather warms up, the spring clothes hit the stores, and I get the fever.

Because there are SO MANY great, wearable trends this spring, I’ve decided to break them up and focus on one per post to avoid overwhelming you (my readers with very little time and short attention spans).  I will be sure to leave out the runway looks that borderline on ridiculous for upstate NY.   “Lingerie on the outside” and “plastic outerwear” come to mind.

Let’s kick off our Spring Trend Series with Rainbow Brights!  I don’t mind bright colors at all, but I do think choosing the wrong shade of the wrong garment or in the wrong fabric could bring you from chic to cheese in a heartbeat.  Here are some great Crayola-worthy pieces that are Style File-approved!  As always, links to items can be found under the picture.

RED Boden Aria Midi Ponte Dress

RED Freya Linen Shirt Dress

ORANGE JCrew Strappy knit Midi dress

YELLOW Everlane Women’s Japanese GoWEave Tank Dress

YELLOW ZARA Frock Coat

GREEN Ann Taylor Wrap Dress

GREEN Kate Spade NY (Bloomingdales) Bikini

BLUE Lacoste Slim Fit Polo

BLUE Gibson X International (Nordstrom)  Split Neck Blouse

BLUE+PURPLE Nike Odyssey  Customizable Sneakers

Baublebar Kiera Raffia Statement Earrings

Soludos Rainbow Wave Sneakers

Punky Brewster was on to something.  Perhaps just a little before her time.

XOXO,

Ally

Jumping Into Jumpsuits!

Several years ago, these things called jumpsuits hit the style scene, and I’ve been a fan since. Really? A grown adult in a onesie? But only those tiny teenage girls can pull them off, right? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Fortunately, brands have been expanding their now stand- alone jumpsuit section to include something for all shapes, styles and occasions.

However… some are easier to wear than others. Here are a few things to remember when choosing a jumpsuit.  Fabrics with a bit of stretch give you a greater chance of finding a perfect fit off-the-rack. A straight or wide leg, hemmed to the floor, gives you your longest, leanest look. When choosing a cropped design, avoid super-wide legs or stiff fabrics. More casual jumpsuits and boiler suits can be worn a bit roomier and still look great.

There are truly jumpsuits for every occasion. Whether you’re looking for a more formal option for a wedding or simply one to bounce around town in… the options are endless. Below are my absolute favorite jumpsuits available right now, with many super-flattering designs. Hopefully my picks can help take some of the work out of finding the right one for you. As always, click links below pics for details about the jumpsuit.

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  1. Boden Tillie Jumpsuit
  2. Madewell Denim Slim Coverall Jumpsuit
  3. ZARA Gathered Jumpsuit with Straps
  4. GAP Cap Sleeve V-Neck Linen Jumpsuit
  5. MANGO Long Linen Blend Red Jumpsuit
  6. Lucky Striped Boilersuit
  7. Banana Republic Linen-Blend Button Up Jumpsuit
  8. LandsEnd Denim Jumpsuit
  9. Express Button-Front Utility Jumpsuit

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  1. The Reformation Camille Jumpsuit
  2. Lilly Pulitzer Janelle Embellished Jumpsuit or available locally at The Pink Paddock
  3. DVF Terria Silk Jersey Wrap Jumpsuit
  4. RACHEL Rachel Roy (Macy’s) Tie Front Wrap Jumpsuit
  5. Trina Turk Antilla Jumpsuit, available locally at The Pink Paddock
  6. BCBG (Bloomingdales) One-Shoulder Ruffle Jumpsuit
  7. MANGO Leaf Jumpsuit
  8. ZARA Red Pleated Jumpsuit

I may have made it easier to choose a jumpsuit, but as for learning how to go to the bathroom in it… well, you’re on your own. Practice makes perfect. Let’s leave it at that.

XOXO,

Ally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 “Must Have” Jackets for Spring

 

TIP #11_ Structured layers like blazers and more casual jackets (like cargo_safari designs) instantly “polish up” a simple pair of jeans.-4This was taken straight from my blog post 15 Style Tips That Every Girl Should Know. Now that that the ground is almost thawed, I thought it was time to talk about jackets… my favorite “in-between seasons” piece! Sure, jackets provide a layer of warmth, but what I personally love is the extra coverage they give us. Choose longer designs for some thigh and butt coverage, or more structured or cinched designs to conceal a belly and create the illusion of a waist.

Below I’ve featured my five favorite styles for spring : utility, trench, denim, moto, and blazer, and five great finds within each. As always, be sure to click on the links for pricing and to check out the color options and washes available!

 

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  1. J.Crew Perfect Rain Jacket
  2. GAP Garment-dyed Utility Jacket
  3. AERO Camo Twill Jacket
  4. BB Dakota Belted Hooded Jacket
  5. EVERLANE Modern Utility Jacket

 

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  1. J.Crew Leopard Trench
  2. BR Maxi Trench
  3. Ted Baker London Plaid Trench
  4. Badgley Mischka (Nordstrom) Faux Leather Trim Trench
  5. H&M Checked Trench

 

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  1. Levi’s (Anthropologie) Ex-Boyfriend Denim Trucker Jacket
  2.  Madewell “The Jean Jacket”
  3. Levi’s (Urban Outfitters) Slouchy Trucker Jacket
  4. ZARA Denim Jacket
  5. TARGET Universal Thread Oversized Denim Jacket

 

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  1. BLANKNYC (Bloomingdales) Suede Moto Jacket
  2. H&M Biker Jacket
  3. ALLSAINTS Suede Dalby Biker Jacket
  4. Liverpool Jeans Cotton Stretch MOTO Jacket 
  5. BB Dakota (ASOS) Faux Leather Jacket

 

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  1. 1901 (Nordstrom) Double Breasted Blazer
  2. ZARA Tweed Jacket
  3. J.Crew Parke Blazer in Gingham
  4. MANGO Tortoiseshell Buttons Jacket
  5. EVERLANE Cotton Linen Blazer

Whether you’d describe yourself as classic or bohemian, the styles above truly cover the spectrum.  Hopefully you found a little something that will help you look your best for the unpredictability of spring in the Northeast.

XOXO,

Ally