gone green (aka flannel revival)

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Well, readers, I fear it has begun…my slightly irrational attachment to flannel and sweaters has started up again this season. I promise, I will do my very best to not just feature flannel and sweaters for the next six snowy/cold months in Chicago. I might as well just say it: I, The Fashion Huntress, have an addiction to warm layers and flannel. I even pulled out my snow boots and down coat…there’s no turning back, readers. The cold is here to stay. I’m going to keep it fashionable, though, because the cold will not stop the Huntress (except when it gets below zero. Then all bets are off).

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Sweater: Banana Republic (approx $17 marked down from approx $70)

Flannel: H&M ($20 marked down from $25)

Pants: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $20 marked down from $100)

Shoes: Miss Mooz via Nordstrom Rack (long time ago, can’t remember anymore!)

Necklace: Forever 21 (approx $3)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) This sweater and flannel were last seen worn differently as seen below. I love fall and winter layering because it gives you many more opportunities to wear the same pieces over and over, but in new ways! Sweaters and button downs can be rotated and combined endlessly, and when you swap out the pants, you have even more options! 

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2) There are quite a bit of button downs and sweaters on sale now, but most of them are from the “fall collections.” Personally, I wear “fall sweaters” and “winter sweaters” interchangeably throughout the seasons, especially with layers. So, now’s a great time to pick up sweaters and button downs, though remember that boots, scarves, and winter coats are not likely to be on sale for at least another 1-3 months, so you may want to hold out on those items!

Anyone else getting ready for winter fashion now? Pulling out the sweaters and layers? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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loving leaves (aka cozy layers)

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With the significant temperature drop in Chicago, I’m all about cozying up in sweaters, big scarves, and keeping it simple. If you haven’t gotten enough of my fall photos, there’s still more to come. We’re so lucky to have had a long fall here, as many years it seems to fly by straight into winter. So, I’m loving leaves, fall colors, and cozy layers. (And hot cocoa) (And fun size chocolates) (and that I wore those shoes as part of my Halloween costume).

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Sweater: Gap ($7 marked down from $65)
Top: Forever 21 ($20)
Pants: Ann Taylor (approx $15 marked down from approx $70)
Scarf: gift
Shoes: BCBG via DSW ($11 marked down from $100)
Necklace: Jenifer Lopez for Kohl’s ($5 marked down from $32)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I love taking pieces and re-working them (if you haven’t already noticed this about me). This is the same denim top from my last post, and the same necklace. Check it out in the photos below:
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With pants and a sweater, the top and necklace look completely different. Basic pieces (denim tops, black pants, statement necklaces) can easily be worked into all sorts of looks. And, of course, you can get long lasting basic pieces for great prices that will last! For denim, I love Gap and Forever 21. For real, the quality of Forever 21 and Gap denim tops is kind-of unreal. I should have worn holes through my denim by now, but they look the same as they day I bought them. You can find Gap denim on sale for about $10-$20. Forever 21 denim may go on sale, but I rarely see it on sale, so I often buy it via a thrift store (about $3-$5) or in their actual store (about $20). 
2) Gap is having one of their “clear the floor sales.” Almost everything in the store is on sale, and the sale section is an additional 50% off the sale price. You know what I’m going to say, right, readers? This is the time to go, if you’re in the market for denim, sweaters, or scarves! It’s the “end of fall” in retail world, so most of what is on sale is end of summer and early fall clothes. Scarves were about $5-$10 and sweaters were around $7-$20. There was even some denim on sale for around $20, which is about as low as I generally see it go. 
Anyone else rotate their favorite pieces? Have tips for re-working items? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

black and brown bliss

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I spent many years thinking you couldn’t wear black and brown together. I have no idea where I got that idea, or why, but I used to think that wearing black and brown together was a serious fashion no-no. Even as an adult, I put on my brown tweed dress and thought, “can I wear this with black tights? What will people think?” …apparently some old thoughts die hard, huh? Letting go of this fashion “rule” was so liberating, and the result? This traditional tweed dress got a serious modern update.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go.” Lao Tzu

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Dress: Ann Taylor via consignment ($12 marked down from approx $120)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Leggings: Blue from Filene’s Basement ($4 marked down from approx $20)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $25)

Earrings: Anthropologie ($4 marked down from $31)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Although I found this dress on consignment, I have been finding a lot of great pieces at Ann Taylor Loft lately. They continue to have 50% off their sale section right now.  I even got 50% off their “final sale” items, which brought some pieces down to $2-$7. Amazing, right?! You all know that I am not sponsored by anyone, I just am loving that store lately! http://www.loft.com/

2) I have no idea where I picked up “fashion rules” such as not mixing black and brown, not wearing white after Labor Day, etc. I have found that “fashion rules” do not really seem applicable anymore, especially in a time when “mismatching” is so popular. If any of these “rules” are stopping you in the mornings, consider just trying on whatever you want to wear and see how it looks! You never know how something will look until you try it on, and you may be surprised (as I was) to see that wearing what you love, without any rules, looks completely fabulous.

Anyone else have fashion rules that they find are now out of date? Fashion rules that they love breaking?

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and staying warm! We are down to single digits here, so please bear in mind that my upcoming posts might largely reflect giant down jackets and piles and piles of wool. Maybe I can make a down comforter look like a chic parka…?

fairy woodland wonder skirt

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Sometimes, when I find things at a super low price, I just can’t imagine my luck that others would have passed it over. The other day, when thrifting with my dear friend, I found this lovely watercolor/petal/fairy/whimsical skirt…for $4. Stop it. $4? Where am I not going to wear this whimsical fairy skirt?! This skirt got quite a few comments, mostly relating to how whimsical the skirt is. I really couldn’t agree more. It’s a fairy woodland wonder skirt and I’ll be sporting it whenever I can. Hmm magic fairy skirt….fashion life metaphor…am I reaching to say that this skirt is a reminder to carry a little whimsy and magic with us where ever we go? I certainly will take as much magic and whimsy with me as I can. Never know when you might need it.

“Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” Lewis Carroll

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Top: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $9)

Skirt: thrifted ($4)

Jacket: Forever 21 ($25)

Tights: Limited (approx $10 on sale many years ago!)

Shoes: Marshall’s (approx $20 marked down from approx $100)

Necklace: Gap (approx $7 marked down from approx $30)

Scarf: Urban Outfitters (approx $3 many years ago on sale!)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) When I am wearing a statement top or skirt, I tend to either further dress it up or dress it completely down. With this outfit, I went for “dress it up” when I added a striped top, herringbone blazer, and rhinestone necklace. Conversely, an option would be to completely dress it down by adding a plain black sweater- perhaps a cable knit sweater. Another way to dress it down would be with a jean jacket and tank top or t-shirt. There’s no wrong way to dress up or dress down a statement piece as long as you stay consistent with either dressing it up or down. I generally love to just go all out, personally!

2) I was wearing skinny jeans when I thrifted this, though I would highly recommend wearing leggings when thrifting for skirts and dresses in order to check for proper fit without the bulk of jeans! The skirt is a tiny bit loose, but with the striped top tucked in, it ended up fitting perfectly. Additionally, I think this skirt may have been overlooked as a “summer skirt,” but with leggings, you can see right away that it can serve as a cooler weather piece as well. I took a risk assuming this would be the case despite the fact that I was wearing it with jeans when I tried it on, but it ended up working out!

Anyone else loving whimsical pieces this fall? Find a favorite piece while thrifting or huntressing?

Thank you, readers, as always, for stopping by and sharing in my adventures, while also sharing your own!

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swinging in studs and stripes

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When I passed these giant subway posts today, I thought to myself, “you should go swing on that for the blog.” Totally normal walking into work thought, right? Well, that’s just what I did. Per usual, we received a number of puzzled glances (i.e. stares) as I climbed onto the metal work. The thing I’ve realized lately, however, is that when I just give up wondering what I look like as I awkwardly pose, the photos seem to turn out better. Climb on logs? Swing from metal posts? Lay on the street? Sure, why not? The more I let go of the idea of “how things should look,” the better things seem to turn out. I won’t even say it. Yes, I will. It’s another fashion metaphor for life. If only letting go was as easy in life as it is when I am looking away from a camera…

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu

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Sweater: Gap ($20 marked down from $45)

T-shirt: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $9)

Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)

Shoes: Rampage via Marshall’s ($16 marked down from $40)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I liked “doubling” up on stripes when wearing this sweater. I wore a stripped t-shirt underneath the sweaterto mirror the stripes in the sweater.  I find a lot of sweaters to be itchy (maybe it’s just me, but this seems to happen a lot!), so I generally wear t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts underneath both to stay warm and to combat the itchy sweater situation. And, of course, this helps cut down on the cost of dry cleaning! If you’re going to wear a top under your sweater, you can definitely consider wearing a stand-out shirt underneath, instead of just a solid tee.  

2) This sweater and t-shirt combination was fairly casual for work, so I kicked it up a notch with studded patent leather t-strap flats. Need I say more? Studded. Patent-leather. T-strap. Flats! It was love at first clearance with those shoes…I found these gems in the Marshall’s clearance shoe section.  Lately, I’ve been scanning the clearance section twice, and of course, looking in all of the shoe sizes, not just my own. I found these in the wrong size section and during my second pass through the section. I know it may sound time consuming, but this takes about ten minutes!

Anyone else starting to pile on the sweaters and layers for winter? Battling itchy sweaters??

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I appreciate all of your support!

 

happily halloween

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Happy Halloween, readers! While there’s no dressing up at work, I couldn’t help but wear an orange and black ensemble today to celebrate the holiday. I also celebrated by eating festive Halloween candy at my desk. I mean, it’s only right to celebrate a holiday focused on candy by eating candy, right? I will also be watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” tonight. Talk about a party.

Chocolate? Check. Charlie Brown? Check. Pumpkin seeds and squash? Check. Black and orange ensemble? Double check. That’s definitely happily Halloween to me.

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Pants: Gap ($10 marked down from $50)

Denim shirt: Forever 21 ($20)

Moto fleece: Gap ($40 marked down from $70)

Bow belt: Target ($8)

Shoes: Sofft at Nordstrom Rack (approx $40 marked down from approx $120)

Bag: Coach
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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’m not sure if anyone remembers these pants from the ill-fitting post a few weeks ago. If you do, I’m impressed! Either way, the moral of that post was that the lovely orange pants require a belt. This time, I was prepared  by actually leaving my house with a belt. They do look a bit menswear-inspired due to their fit (hence the belt), so I tucked in my top to show more shape.  I then added heels to the look. Lastly, I slightly rolled up the cuffs of the pants to show more of the shoes. If you’re wearing something with a loose fitting shape (such as slouchy pants), consider adding something with a bit more shape to balance out the look.

2) Ankle pants were very popular this spring and summer. I thought I would have to store them all fall and winter! I wasn’t completely sure how they would transition for fall and winter, but it turned out to be pretty easy. I actually cuffed these pants to show off more of the shoe, thus making the cropped style seem intentional, even in cooler weather. I think cropped pants definitely work for fall and winter, especially when the rest of the ensemble is clearly a cool weather look (think scarves, sweaters, fleece, tights, etc). 

Anyone else wearing cropped pants this fall? How are you styling them?

Happy Halloween, readers! Thank you for stopping by, as always!!

super studded and shiny

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When I see pieces like a tartan, studded, poofy shouldered flannel in the clearance section, I just can’t imagine why anyone would pass it up. I also marvel at my luck while huntressing.

Wearing studded pieces at work was a definite goal of mine, though many of the studded pieces I’ve seen aren’t really conservative work appropriate. Enter: tartan, studded, poofy shouldered flannel. Oh yes, readers, I was able to check this goal off my list. …and yes, I sure do have fashion goals! Fashion metaphor for the week: dream big and set big goals. It is possible to be super studded and shiny at work and still manage to look completely appropriate. Dreams do come true.

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Top: Marshall’s ($12 marked down from approx $50)

Pants: Banana Republic ($90, the full price pants that everyone comments on!)

Shoes: Vince Camuto via Marshall’s ($25 marked down from $100)

Scarf: Gap ($15 marked down from approx $25)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Per usual, I was searching through all of the clearance racks at Marshall’s and found the gold kitten heels in the wrong size section. They seemed a bit holiday to me due to the gold, but no one else seemed to think that! Thus, I’ll be wearing them year round but especially November-January! Some shoes are definitely seasonal (sandals, for those of us who live in climates that get quite cold). However, many shoes can be transitioned through the seasons. Who can forget the gorgeous open heels and socks look from Burberry? If you’re trying to transition your heels or peep toe shoes, check out Pinterest for great inspiration. 

2) It was not easy to find something studded that was work appropriate, but I definitely managed to find something after looking around for a few weeks.  If you like a trend, but are unsure whether it works for a conservative work space, think about incorporating it in a small way. The studs on this shirt are a small detail, and the rest of the shirt is definitely conservative. The key to incorporating “edgy” trends at work is moderation!

Back at home now, readers! I will try and get my San Diego hat store post up by tomorrow. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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