So, What’s Out, Exactly?

As I went through my closet recently, I had to make some tough decisions about what was in and what was out.  It can be tricky sometimes because you never know what might come back around in fashion.   I am not good at hanging onto things until they rebirth.  That is more my mothers bag.  Once I’m over it, I’m over it.   I just came across this article on one of my favorite blogger sites, jseverdayfashion.com.  I know I was considering getting rid of most of my turtle necks/cowl neck sweaters before I read this article.  However, there were some things in this article that I would consider hanging onto.  Then again, there are some trends I never considered trying at all.  The three I will definitely continue sporting are infinity scarves, wedge boots and waterfall cardigans.  I’m on the fence about sock buns and peplums, however. What trends are you considering ditching?

http://www.whowhatwear.com/trends-out-of-style-fashion-2014/

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Out With the Old and Into My Mothers Closet

Facebook-20140914-034523I’ve been putting away my summer clothes recently and getting out my fall/winter wardrobe. This is a very long project that takes days to accomplish for me. But I love every minute at it is almost like shopping as I find all of the items I bought long ago and forgot about.  A couple of weeks ago,I worked on pants, blouses, skirts and blazers. I ended up taking a couple of large bags full of items that I hadn’t worn in years and have no intention of wearing in the near future up to my mother. Yesterday I did long sleeve shirts and sweaters. Today I did my shoes. I have another large bag full to take to my mother. She enjoys getting my hand-me-downs. She will keep what she likes and donate the rest. I am lucky that my mother is a fashionista too and that we wear similar sizes in everything except bras and shoes. She is different from me though. She is an avid resale shopper whereas I prefer new duds. She gets her thrills from finding trendy items for just pennies. She has also been known to save her favorite items for 10-30 years waiting for them to come back in style.  I give her a lot of credit for some of her finds. Check some recents out below.

This real mink and leather coat she found recently at a resale shop for $12.

This real mink and leather coat she found recently at a resale shop for $12.

Check out these Ray Bans that she found at the same resale place  (2 years apart)for $0.50 a pair.  The pair on the bottom was a limited edition valued over $250.

Check out these Ray Bans that she found at the same resale place (2 years apart)for $0.50 a pair. The pair on the bottom was a limited edition valued over $250.

I told Mom that Aztec print cardigans were In style and she dug this one out.

I told Mom that Aztec print cardigans were In style and she dug this one out.

This is an old but classic cable knit she dug out of her sweater collection...always in style it seems.

This is an old but classic cable knit she dug out of her sweater collection…always in style it seems.

Mom saw that cobalt colored fashions were in this fall on jseverdayfashion.com.  She pulled these items out.  The coat was found on a spring clearance rack for $5 at Kmart a couple years ago.  The skinny jeans are black with splashes of cobalt and are from Shopko for $7.

Mom saw that cobalt colored fashions were in this fall on jseverdayfashion.com. She pulled these items out. The coat was found on a spring clearance rack for $5 at Kmart a couple years ago. The skinny jeans are black with splashes of cobalt and are from Shopko for $7.

Nostalgic 20 year old wool hand made sweater that she has held on to since I was in high school.

Nostalgic 20 year old wool hand made sweater that she has held on to since I was in high school.

I told mom mustard was in so she took a picture of this classic cable knit cardigan that she picked up for $3.

I told mom mustard was in so she took a picture of this classic cable knit cardigan that she picked up for $3.

Etienne Aigner got for $1 and is probably worth hundreds.

She found this resale beauty (an Etienne Aigner) for $1 and is probably worth hundreds.

 

Fall 2014: Five Everyday Fashions For Moms

Fall just arrived as the temperature outside dipped from 94 degrees one day to 70 degrees the next.  I, for one, welcome the cool weather and I definitely welcome the new trends.  I’ve taken the liberty of picking my top five fashions for moms this fall.

1. Boyfriend Jeans

Though they have been around for years, boyfriend jeans have taken over the scene in casual wear recently.  I’ve even scene people dress them up with heals and a pretty lace top or a blazer for night life.  Boyfriend jeans are typically a lighter shade, loser fit, ankle length version of denim that are usually rolled at the bottom.  They are typically roughed up a little even though you can find them in a variety of styles these days.  My grandma always says “You paid for jeans with holes in them?!!!” and I giggle.  They will go with ANY type of shoe.  I have 2 pair in my closet:  one from The Limited (Slim Boyfriend) and the other from Kohls (Jennifer Lopez, Boyfriend Jean).  The Limited pair is a slimmer cut which I feel comfortable wearing to work on casual Fridays or for a girls night out.  Both versions run bigger so I went a size or two down.

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2.  Chambray Shirt

Just like the boyfriend jean, the chambray shirt is extremely versatile.  Dressed up or down, there is no doubt that this should be a staple in everyone’s fall wardrobe.  And again, even though these have been around for a while, this fall they are all over the fashion scene. In past years, I would wear the chambray top with colored skinnies.  But this year denim-on-denim is all the rage and non-matching is better!  The shirt can be worn by itself or layered with just about anything.  I have two versions of this staple as well:  an old one from Kohls (Lauren Conrad-no longer available) and a sleeveless variation from Old Navy.  Below I’m showing a sleeved chambray from Old Navy too.  I like the sleeveless option for wearing underneath cardigans and blazers to rid the arm bulk.

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3.  Plaid Tops

I went to college in the 90’s during the grunge era.  To me nothing is more nostalgic than a flannel shirt.  We used to tie them around our waste and head out to a party at Michigan State University.  Oh, the glory days!  Well, flannel shirts have been making their comeback for a while now and I couldn’t be happier.  Plaid, in general, is big time for fall.  Check out my picks below:    Asos Plaid T-Shirt is the first one but all the rest are from Old Navy.

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4.  Leather Oxford Shoes

These just made their re-appearance this fall.  They remind me of bowling shoes! 🙂  I think they are adorable with boyfriend jeans and one of the plaid tops shown above.  The only thing is, I think they are going to be expensive.  I recently picked up a faux leather pair from Target that I had to return because they just felt “faux”, you know?  I’ve pictured the Target pair below along with several real leather picks from Nordstrom.

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5.  Satchel Bag

Large purses are back which is crazy because I had gone so small recently to the point I was only carrying around a wristlet that held my phone, debit card and license. I recently purchased a satchel bag from Target similar to the 1st picture below.  I really wanted a leather version but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the extra money.  I like to change purses a lot so it doesn’t make much sense to me to spend a lot on just one….even though I really really want to.  The “faux-ness” of this pleather bothers me a little but I love the purse.  Target has some great handbags at many price points, even leather ones.  I have chosen a few below.

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Chicago Wedding

Steve and I are going to Chicago for a friends’ wedding later this month.  I began the dress shopping on Asos.com.  They have a great selection at any price point.  I have a difficult time picking out dresses because it is not something I do very often.  And I don’t like to spend a lot on dresses for such occasions as I usually wear them only once.  I think this is because I always have pictures of Steve and I in the special occasion dress and the look becomes old more quickly in that way.  Asos.com is also really great because they offered free shipping and free returns.  I ordered nine dresses and picked these three that I like best.  Which is your favorite?  Or should I keep shopping?

1.Vesper Sexy Pencil with Shoulder Detail  $56.11

2.Lipsy Midi Body-Conscious Dress with Lace Waist $36.76

3. Vesper Pencil Dress with Contrast Sleeves  $63.85 

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