Must Haves For Fall, PT. 2: Button Downs

BUTTONDOWNS_final blog headerBUTTONDOWNS_final_no titlesWelcome back to pt.2 of this series!  Today we’re talking button downs.  I wanted to include a good mix of colours, textures and styles as lately I’m trying to experiment a little bit with wearing different colours.  It has been a bit of a struggle, but I like the challenge.  These kinds of shirts are great for layering and they look great with anything from skirts to boyfriend jeans.  If you’d like your outfit to look more polished, reach for something with a good crisp fabric and a classic shape.  If you’re looking to be a little more casual, reach for a flannel or something very flowy and loose.  The shirt you pair with your outfit can completely change the vibe and feeling so have fun with different shapes and how you wear them!

Onto the shirts, starting top row, left to right

BDG Christine Checkered Shirt – Urban Outfitters, $59
Kimchi Blue Sarah Button Down – Urban Outfitters, $44
1969 Western Tencel Denim Shirt – Gap, $59.95
Denim Sleeve White Shirt – Pixie Market, $56
JOA Collar Sheer Dress Shirt – Daily Look, $47.99
Miranda Shirt Dress – Daily Look, $54.99
Super Soft Plaid BF Shirt – Garage, $36.90
Pop Boutique Check Shirt – ASOS,  $53.25
Short Sleeve Casual Shirt – ASOS, $68.13
Glamorous Oversize Checked Shirt – ASOS, $59.64

After this series of posts is finished, I’ve been thinking about taking my list of items from my own closet and showing different ways of styling them to give you some more ideas.  What do you guys think!

 

 

Must Haves for Fall, Pt. 1: Ankle Boots

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ANKLEBOOTS_final no titlesI searched stores and online to find my favourite picks for the top 5 items (I think) everyone should have in their closet for Fall/Winter.  I decided to spread out this post into 5 parts, starting with ankle boots!  Starting from the top row, left to right.

HIGH & CHUNKY//

Lace Up Cut-Out Booties – Daily Look, $44.99  

High Heel Ankle Boot With Zip – Zara, $35.99

GABBA Ankle Boot – Aldo, *sale* $109.98

New Look Ariel Cut Out Ankle Boots – ASOS, $63.88

HEAVY METAL//

Pertora Monk Boots – Topshop, *sale* $145

All Dressed Up Chelsea Ankle Boot – ASOS, $89.46

Billy Croc Buckle Boots – Topshop, $83

Bootie with Chains – Zara, $129

LOW CUT CLASSICS//

Silence + Noise Treaded Leather Ankle Boot – Urban Outfitters, $89

JuJu Black Chelsea Jelly Ankle Boots – ASOS, $53.25

Eadaoin Hibou Boots – Little Burgundy, *sale* $129.98

AFYLLA Ankle Boot – Aldo, $120

What do you think!  Which pair is your favourite??

Wearing The Pants

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   I do love wearing skirts and dresses, but for me, pants are where it’s at.  With that being said though, there are times when I struggle with making my outfits look different on a daily basis.  There’s nothing wrong with wearing the same type of outfit everyday (i.e. t-shirt and jeans/pants) but there are days when I find that too plain.  Over the past few months, I’ve been reaching for accessories to change things up without actually changing a thing.  Jeans (disco pants in this case) and t-shirts will always take up more closet space than I’d like to admit but throwing on a statement necklace and a hat polishes everything and makes it look less “basic”.

T-shirt: Gap / Shirt: Thrifted, Black Market / Pants: American Apparel / Shoes: Aldo / Hat: Aldo / Neckace: Aldo

Fly Away

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There’s nothing better than throwing on a cozy knit sweater when the temperature drops.  Since a lot of my pants are high waisted, this cropped knit is perfect and doesn’t have the added bulkiness that a full length sweater would have.  Lately, I’ve been liking this particular sweater paired with my disco pants and how the textures contrast each other so nicely!

 Sweater: Zara *sale* / Pants: American Apparel / Shirt: Thrifted, Black Market / Shoes: Aldo / Necklace: Aldo

Total cost: $268

 

Transitional Pieces

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Transitional pieces are so important to have in your wardrobe.  They allow for versatility and allows you to have pieces you can wear all year round.  What I love so much about this dress is that it looks great paired with tights, a jacket and ankle boots but take all of that away and you have a pretty summer dress that can be worn when spring and summer roll around.

Dress: H&M / Jacket: H&M / Boots: Aldo / Necklace: Aldo

Total cost: $189

Laundry Day

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There are two purposes to this post.  The first, being that I wanted to share how effective layering a t-shirt over a dress can be.  The second and probably more important of the two, I am about to teach you how to cut down on doing laundry.

A glimpse at most of my mornings, especially those that involve me going to work.  Toothpaste always finds a way onto my tops and coffee stains decorate the thighs of my pants.  Looking at the girl in the pictures above, she’s cool, collected and effortless.  While in reality, let’s be honest, there is a perfectly placed drop of foundation on the top of this dress.  While some would try to become less clumsy, I kind of embrace it in cases like this because if I hadn’t spilt makeup on my dress, would I have thought to place this t-shirt over this dress?  Well, probably..but where’s the fun in that.

Shirt: H&M (men’s) / Dress: H&M / Shoes: Aldo (similar here & here)  /Sunglasses: Black Market (Toronto)

Total cost (I borrowed the t-shirt): $160

Casual Love Affair

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So you somehow slept through the 2 (ok, 4) alarms you set the night before and you need to get ready as fast as possible.  What do you grab to wear??   More often than not, this is my reality and my answer is this outfit in some form or another.  In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a good fitting pair of jeans layered with a simple t-shirt, a classic ankle boot and your favourite accessories to pull it all together.  In 10 minutes or less, you’ve created a casual, yet chic outfit that will have people thinking you’ve got it together while also having enough time to grab that much needed coffee to help conquer your day.

Two things I can’t get enough of right now – these perfectly ripped jeans and this hat.  Aside from toques, hats always end up looking lopsided with my lack of hair on the left side of my head but this one was too cool to turn down, so I looked in the mirror and said “let’s do this”.

What’s your go to outfit when you’re rushing for time!?

Bodysuit: American Apparel / Jeans: American Eagle / Jacket: H&M / Shoes: Aldo (last season) similar here & here / Hat: Aldo / Necklaces: Aldo

Total cost: $268

Two Is Better Than One

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I purchased this dress a few months ago after falling in love with the graphic leafy print.  The fit wasn’t great and it was much too short for my liking which lead me to the idea of cutting it and splitting it into a two piece set.  I’m so happy with the results and I’ve been loving wearing this set together and seperate.  I paired it with a simple pair of chunky heels but it also looks great with a pair of black ankle boots to give it more of an urban vibe.

“Dress”: Dynamite  / Shoes: Aldo / Jacket: H&M