[my picks] oversized blazers for fall

[my picks] oversized blazers for fall

ICYMI, I majorly cleaned out my wardrobe recently, and dove into the world of capsule wardrobes. At the end, I made a promise to myself (and my wallet) then if and when I bought new pieces, they would be versatile. I'd want to be able to dress them up, dress them down, and get a variety of outfits out of them. 

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so I de-cluttered + capsuled my wardrobe with DC Style Factory — & it was actually wicked easy

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*photography by frontline media empire*

My closet has always been a mess. I add new pieces every season, but it's almost exclusively fast fashion — pieces that will find holes and broken zippers before the season is done. And I rarely throw stuff away, which means that I’m still rocking that one pair of American Eagle jeans from 2010. It's a disaster, I know.

I love clothes, I love personal style + I love following fashion. I describe my personal style as chill millennial girlfriend — or a little rocker, a little minimal and a little classic. I love pieces that outlast fast fashion, and my go-to look is Madewell jeans, sneakers, a moto jacket + basic tee.

But I oftentimes open my closet and think “I have nothing to wear” while staring at piles of overworn or never worn pieces.

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So when Maxim and I gave up our double walk-in closets for a coat closet and a couple of drawers ... well, we said we'd make it work, but I was secretly panicking.

Enter Marisa (read: my fairy godsister stylist).

I met Marisa a while back, through mutual bloggers. She's a stylist at DC Style Factory (haiiii Rosana), mom, badass + pixie cut rocker extraordinaire. Seriously, she's sassy and fun and KILLS it with styling. I text her pics and ask for advice allllll the time.

So when I was asking around for advice on organizing my new *basically non-existent* closet space, she totally came through with the W. I had originally just wanted help with organization, but she suggested that we try something different: A capsule wardrobe.

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SIDE NOTE:

Wait, what is a capsule wardrobe?

  • It’s the concept that helps women refine their wardrobe to include only high-quality essentials that you can wear over and over again. The term was technically coined in the 70’s by a certain Susie Faux – though she suggested limiting the wardrobe to a dozen or so pieces. The essence of a capsule wardrobe is that you want to have almost every piece go with almost every other piece. For example, your blazer should work for the office and drinks. And your t-shirts should work for a night out and the office and weekends at the farmer’s market.

  • Oh, and one woman actually created an entire blog + following around the idea of a capsule wardrobe. It's called Project 333.  Personally, I’d say if you’re attempting to live that capsule wardrobe life, you should aim to have 30-40 pieces (one for f/w and one for s/s).    

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Also, how do I figure out what my style is?

  • TBH, I literally googled “how to figure out what your style is” and took way too many quizzes that gave me results that I just did NOT vibe with. So I ended up making a mood board on Pinterest.


THE AUDIT

SO ANYWAYS Marisa came over to re-do my wardrobe. We started by hanging out (I made her cocktail-inspired tea, LOL) and discussed where I like to shop, how I describe my style, etc. We talked about what a typical weekly schedule looks like for me, and my style icons.

She showed me mood boards for different styles (I’m DEFF not preppy or bombshell), and discussed what I liked about each. Again, I’m a little rocker, a little minimal and a little classic.

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Then came the most stress inducing part. The audit. We took out my clothes — ALL OF MY CLOTHES — and put them on the bed. The goal was to sort them into three groups: KEEP, DONATE & TRASH.

Marisa asked me to try on pieces, and decide between two jackets (one to keep) and rate my likelihood of wearing certain jeans, etc. It was, like, a three-hour process.

BUT WE MADE IT THROUGH.

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Once that was done, we kind of went through all of the clothes left AGAIN, and limited it down even more. Oh, and the shoes. OH MY GOD. It was so brutal — but we ended up trashing or donating 15 pairs of shoes. If you’re a shoe lover, you know the pain of throwing away that ol’ faithful pair.


One tee, three ways

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Throughout the entire day, Marisa took notes on what was essentially missing from my closet — the basics that I needed and what I could hold off on. Read: Marisa told me what I could go shopping for.  

Marisa said I did a great job, but omg it was so painful. I wanted to keep so many pieces of clothing. Those old rags or $5 find that I found comfort in. A weird, $15, red cotton blazer that I always wore whenever I wanted to dress down, but also feel confident. That one jacket I’d had for YEARS and didn’t want to give up.

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At the end of the day, though, it felt amazing. Marisa put everything back in my closet and drawers, explaining her organization methods (organize by “type,” going from light to dark) and then we took pictures, as one does at the end of a closet audit.

The next morning, I got up and felt … relieved. I opened my closet and everything was perfectly organized. I could see all of the clothes I had and easily test different combinations. And for the shopping part? When I look at my shopping cart online, I think to myself, “how will I pair this for day, night + weekend?” and if I can’t find an answer, I think about it twice.

There you have it, babes. Scroll down to shop my capsule wardrobe picks. Oh, and btw. If you want to try to declutter your own wardrobe...


MARISA'S TIPS FOR DE-CLUTTERING YOUR WARDROBE

  1. Get rid of ill-fitting clothes once and for all.

  2. Reassess current fashion trends - while designers constantly change trends creating a false need to buy these pieces, find timeless pieces that work best for your lifestyle.

  3. Ask yourself some hard hitting questions about each piece. How does it make you feel? Does it project the image you want to project? Don't waste prime closet real estate on pieces you're not crazy about.

  4. Do a seasonal audit. Set a timer on your calendar or timer to remind you to go through your closet again.

  5. If there's an item you are on the fence about face the hanger the opposite way. If, after 6 months, the hanger is still facing in the opposite direction, it's time to donate it.

  6. Don't just hold onto something because you once loved it or it used to fit your lifestyle. Stay in the present and what works best for you NOW.

  7. No wire hangers! Use flocked, huggable hangers. They create so much space and keep your wardrobe streamlined. Recycle those wire hangers at your local dry cleaners.

  8. Don't focus on the negative of auditing your wardrobe. If you focus on the negatives of getting rid of things, then you are missing the very positive experience that you are trying to achieve – i.e. ending up with a wardrobe of clothes that you love, that you will wear, that’s easy to find what you need, and that makes you smile.

  9. Apply the 80/20 Rule. You may not want to admit it, but the majority of clothes you have probably go unworn. It's said that the average American only wears 10 to 20 percent of their clothes. To cut down on the fluff, remove items you haven't worn in a year.

  10. For each new item you buy to put in your closet, donate one item (or ditch it if it's past its prime). This will keep you from returning to your pack-rat ways.

*photography by frontline media empire*

make your shoes do double duty with these picks for EVERY budget

 photo by bruce allen // loving my shoes? they're from  HUSHPUPPIES. 

photo by bruce allen // loving my shoes? they're from HUSHPUPPIES. 

The summers are literally SO tricky for work wear. It's scorching outside and you literally want to take everything off. I personally would prefer to be answering emails poolside with a nice piña colada instead of sitting in a freezing cubicle with artificial lighting. 

BUT CEST LA VIE. 

This is the world we live in. And so while we can't be real housesives, at least we can enjoy our footwear right, ladies? I compiled a little list of literally every shoe on the market that I'm obsessed with. There's a shoe in there to work for every board room, every buttoned-up work place + every laid-back startup. They can work for the power lunch with your boss + happy hour margs after.

Found a pair that you're in love with?! Let me know below. 

FLATS + SNEAKS

HEELS + BLOCK HEELS 

MULES

 

This post is sponsored by the engineer, Annie. 

rompers + jumpsuits for every occasion

** UPDATED FOR FALL **

I have an aggressive obsession of rompers and jumpsuits.

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I love, love, love being able to have my outfit be one-piece, but also enjoy the beauty of being able to sit-down, cross my legs, walk in the wind, etc., without the fear of my seamless panties making their international debut. I also have a weird thing about dresses + kind of hate wearing them, but I still love something that's one-piece. 

If you don’t understand this feeling, idk what to tell you, but you probs shouldn’t continue reading. 

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photo by dennis turbeville // click

BUT if you’re still here, hi.

I’m glad we’re on the same page. I have really long legs + a short torso, and so traditionally, I hated jumpsuits + rompers because they were always, like, synched at the waist in a super weird way and grrrr. Recently, though, brands have started shifting towards more structured looks that are straight through the torso + give little petite — but long-legged — girls in this world hope. 

WHICH IS WHY I’M WRITING TODAY. 

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photo by dennis turbeville 

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My obsession is strong, so, so, very strong. I really believe that there is a jumpsuit + romper out there for EVERYONE and for every single occasion. You can dress is up for a wedding or a club. Add a blazer to a jumpsuit and BAM, work wear. Slap some fuckin' plastic gems to your face, braid you hair + WHAM-O, festival look. Like, do you see what I mean? They're so versatile + I literally spend an embarrassing amount of time bookmarking all of them that I want. #TheStruggle

SO, I’ve compiled a HUGE collection of jumpsuits + rompers that you can wear for literally ANY occasion. They’re all affordable,all amazing + I can bet you anything that I will be doing a "I wore a jumpsuit/romper everyday for a month" post ASAP. But, honestly, though.

Oh, and btw: The romper I'm wearing in this post was from OLD NAVY. I'm wearing an XS + it's like $17 right now


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Off-the-shoulder + one-shoulder

boardroom safe { with a blazer } 


Shop ALLLLL the rompers + jumsuits

easy styling for a weekend romper

My go-to style for a weekend casual (aka not weekend NIGHT) romper or jumpsuit is to pair it with slides, a choker + a brimmed hat. Though, I'd totes rock a faux suede ball cap as well. 

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If the sun is out and I'm wearing a romper, I'll stay away from heels + instead opt for easy slides and sneakers. I read about all of these fashion editors totally swearing off of heels with shorts during the day. And when you think about it, it kind of makes sense -- and it looks kind of...well...not my style :). 

Anyways, I like to keep it easy, breezy in the summer heat so don't try to wear too much else. If I'm going somewhere that I know it's going to be chilly, I'll usually bring an oversized denim jacket or a giant, slouchy sweater (because #comfy). 

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psst: find more rompers here. 

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essential leather jackets + embroidered tees

So lately I’ve been alllll about the embroidered tee. As casual + laid back my style is, this trend totally fits into my outfits perfectly. PLUS — it gives my outfits just a hint of femininity. 

I love stories behind go-to style pieces. There’s something so…comforting? attractive? intriguing…about knowing that what you’re wearing is attached to a special time in your life. It’s a conversation starter every time someone comments on it. 

I recently asked you guys on Instagram to let me know the stories behind your favorite leather jacket {and if you haven’t, comment below so I can read it}.

So here’s the story behind my FAVORITE black {faux} leather jacket: 

I was flying to San Francisco so that I could do THE road trip: Driving from SF to LA along the PCH. The roadtrip where you follow the ocean all the way along the coast. You lose cell signal through Big Sur, and watch sea lions basking on the beach, and see the Santa Monica pier in the distance after driving through the valley and Calabasas.

I was meeting Maxim in SF, and we were staying the night in some hotel that I’d found on Hotel Tonight. I had planned out random stops along our way down so that we could experience the full Cali road trip. 

WELL, I thought to myself, I can NOT go to SoCal without a token black leather jacket. Here’s the boring part: I went to the mall and bought the first one that I liked. It was on the sale rack at Zara and was a little stiff + I wasn’t even that in love with it. But I bought it, along with, like, five basic white tanks.

I had my suitcase in the car and literally went to the airport from there, wearing this new, not-so-amazing leather jacket.

But over the next 10 days, I wore it non-stop. I wore it when we staying in an epic, overly colorful hotel in San Fran. I wore it when we drove down the PCH and stopped in Big Sur for veggie burgers and fries. I wore it when we drove into West Hollywood on a whim and booked an overly expensive hotel because the view was better than anything. I wore it when we went to a random Indian place in Hollywood + had the best Chana Masala of ours lives. And I wore it during long walks through Ventura County and along the beach. It was the best trip — and by the end, I was in love with this jacket. It had been broken in and had a fleeting smell of chocolate edibles + too much tequila + sea salt. And I loved every bit of it. 

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And now, here we are.

Me and my token leather jacket + black jeans + an embroidered tee that just WORKS. So, like I said, if you have a story about your go-to jacket — or anything else for that matter — let me know in the comments below. 

And if you haven’t found that perfect jacket yet, check out some of my go-tos (and kind of the ones I want to add to my collection) below. 

xx phoebe // honestly, though 

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work the wear: what I wore to the office

It occurred to me that most women in the U.S. are going to work everyday and probably encountering the same thing: What in the world do I wear? I decided to begin sharing what I wear partly because it's a cool time capsule + partly because I hope it inspires you to share what you wear! I feel like I'm always examining what my co-workers wear: Do they rock the open-toe heel? Do they wear jeans? A sweatshirt?

So, what do you wear to the office?  

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MONDAY // 

I always try to start the week off in heels + a blazer. There's nothing like feeling confident on the {arguably} worst day of the week. 

blue blazer {similar

white lace shirt {loft

blue jeans {madewell

brown heels {similar}

 thing on my phone {popsocket

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TUESDAY // 

I woke up late, so I threw on cropped jeans + threw my hair in a ponytail after a heavy dosing of dry shampoo. I added the necklace + pin for some flare. 

grey blazer {express, similar

patterned shirt* {whowhatwear

necklace {ON SALE loft}

pin {erin condren}

cropped jeans {DL1961}

black flats {target}

thing on my phone {popsocket

*for some reason, I can only find the top in plus sizes on target.com. But, I know in stores they have other sizes. I'm wearing an XS. 

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WEDNESDAY // 

I wanted something comfy but loose today — I woke up feeling bloated and a little off. No worries, because we all have those days! I opted for my FAVE pair of pinstripe pants + a striped blouse + 5 inch heels to offset the wider leg cut. 

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necklace {similar

shoes {steve madden

pants {similar}

thing on my phone {popsocket

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THURSDAY // 

I got out of bed early to straighten my hair. And after that I felt super inspired to put effort into my minimal outfit. I paired this pussybow blouse with a blazer + matching flats. I also forgot to take a photo, so you'll have to settle for this Robeks shot. 

cropped jeans {DL1961}

black flats {target}

blazer {similar

shirts {whowhatwear}

sunglasses {quay australia

morning smoothie {robeks} 

clutch {similar-ish

FRIDAY // 

I woke up 20 minutes before an important international call and omg I have never gotten ready faster. I threw on my go-to portofino shirt + paired my shoes with a matching necklace. Sunnies on my head? Yeah, I was optimistic about the weather. #TGIF

portofino shirt {express}

blue jeans {madewell

necklace {ON SALE loft}

shoes {similar}

sunglasses {steve alan

watch {daniel wellington} // 15% off with code: DANIELWELLINGTON

thing on my phone {popsocket

power to the she {and the subtle bell sleeve}

I'm all about that functional, chic + easy style. I hate feeling cramped, squeezed or {the worst} boxy. I select pieces that are versatile + I stick to a pretty neutral palette. 

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So on Saturday, I did the same when I found myself walking PAST the new H Street Whole Foods and into The Apollo. There, custom-skirt brand, Zophia, held a fashion show for Betsy Cohen's latest line of CEO skirts. Oh, and it was called Power To The She, where all of the proceeds benefitted Mission: Launch, Inc., which is great.

Style-wise, I felt the need to have a business casual vibe to my outfit, without coming off overly corporate. 

{Mission: Launch is a non-profit started in DC with the mission of help women re-entering the real world after being in prison. They're seriously an INCREDIBLE program + I urge you to take two mins to go read about them here.}

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I paired my favorite, favorite workwear shirt {note the subtle bell sleeves} with black pants that had the most subtle alligator skin look/feel to them. Honestly, I need to go shoe shopping, so I just threw on an old pair of block heels and headed out the door. Naturally. 

Accessories-wise, I wore a maroon choker {tied the back of my neck for a more minimal look} + added gold hardware. I loved trying out my #DWPetite watch, too. I've never been a fan of the mesh watch strap, but lately it's fit into my more polished style a lot. 

And the sunnies? Well, I kind of totally skimped on my eye makeup, so it was an easy work around. Psst: it didn't hurt, either, to have some boss ladies by my side. 

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