Now that Spring is officially here, I wanted to round up my top six favorite looks for the fall and winter season. There are always outfits that I look back at and I’m like, “yeah, that was a badass out!”. But there are also times when I look back at an outfit and I’m like, “What?!” We all have those moments when things don’t go as expected but then, there are those memorable outfits. So today, we’ll be turning the page back to look at my favorite fall and winter outfits.
S P R I N G I S H E R E !!! I am so happy it’s finally here because I am over the bulky sweaters, heavy coats, scarves, mittens and starting the car 20 minutes before leaving the house. I’m ready for bright colors and pastels. I’m ready for lighter sweaters, bold prints and 70 degree weather.
When I walked out of the bathroom, my husband said, “You like like you’re ready for Easter.” My response was, “that’s the point.” I wanted my first spring outfit to scream SPRING! Bright pastel florals is the number one thing that screams, “WELCOME SPRING!” This is actually a vintage dress, if I had to put an era to it, I’ll say 80s. I found it at a local thrift store for $2.50 but the dress had no belt and no slip. The dress was too cheap not to take and I had no issues finding the perfect belt and slip. As a matter of fact, once I slipped into the dress, the only thing that I knew that looked good with this dress was this oversized bow belt. The belt really made this dress stand out and it actually made the dress. Since it’s actually still pretty cold, I pulled out of storage this beautiful pink Banana Republic wool coat. I kept my accessories muted by wearing blush colored heels, white beaded vintage bag and a pair of oversized earrings.
Dress: Vintage Floral Dress, Value Village: $2.50 / Belt: H&M, Goodwill: $1.00 / Shoes: Schutz, Goodwill: $8.00 / Bag: Vintage Beaded Bag, Goodwill: $4.00 / Thrifted Total: $15.50
Vintage Floral Chiffon Dress, similar here
Schutz Blush Pumps, similar here
Banana Republic Pink Wool Coat, similar here
H&M Oversized Bow Belt, similar here
As you can tell from these photos, I am more than happy today is the very last day of winter. I’ve already started my spring cleaning and I am slowly transitioning my wardrobe from winter to spring. I was a little disappointment because winter gains are very real and I have to work double time in order to fit back into my spring/summer clothes.
The weather in Charlotte has been extremely unpredictable. We’ve had 20 degree weather, rain, snow and sunny warm days all in one week. How do I manage? Checking the weather app like every other minute? How do I dress? By wearing a wool dress without leggings, 3.0″ inch heels and a short coat. I bought this dress at Goodwill late last year and I’ve had on rotation the entire winter season. I figure I’d feature it on the blog since I wore it some much this season and I’m getting ready to put it away. It’s a pretty grey wool dress with an embellished faux-necklace collar and pockets! It’s actually the perfect dress for those lazy days when inspiration is low. I needed a lighter coat to run out the door so I opted for this faux-wool coat since it’s not heavy and warm enough for mild winter days. To finish this look I opted for these very pretty gold/silver Nine West heels and my black vintage bag.
**Outfit is thrifted with the exception of the shoes**
Dress: Roberto Rodriguez, Goodwill: $5.00 / Coat: Old Navy, Goodwill, $5.00 / Bag: Vintage, Value Village: $5.00
Robert Rodriguez Wool Shift Dress, similar here
Nine West Kitten Heels, similar here
Old Navy Faux-Wool Coat, similar here
It occurred to me that I have not worn this jacket this season as often as I would like. I think we all fall into the habit of wearing the same things over and over again. This season I am going to try to change that a bit by rotating things around my closet. Speaking of seasons, this is the last week of winter and I am ready for spring. Are you already spring cleaning or do you wait a few weeks after the official date? I usually change right at the beginning of every season because I like to change my color palette.
It’s been a rough few weeks and on my friday’s I like outfits that require minimal effort. I knew I wanted to wear to this tweed jacket but I wanted something simple. Since its still cold out, I decided to wear jeans and a long sleeve shirt with my black satchel. A pair of black heels and a red lip to finish off the week.
Thrifted Items: Jeans: Gap, Goodwill: $5.00 / Shirt: Black long Sleeve Shirt, Goodwill: $4.00 Thrifted total $9.00
Ann Taylor Tweed Jacket, similar here
Goodwill, how I love thee. This entire outfit, with the exception of the shoes was purchased at Goodwill.
Cropped pants are supposed to be one of the hottest trends this spring. I purchased these earlier in the season because I wanted a good pair of silk pants. When I purchased them, I doubted that I would wear them again because these are not your every day pants. However, once I came across this Marc Jacobs (BNWT) blouse at Goodwill, I knew these pants would be a perfect fit. I wanted a cute date night look that was functional and non-traditional to the standard dress. I also wanted sparkle and shimmer to this look so I added this beautiful embellished sequin silk jacket and a pair of satin shoes. For a hint of color, I added this lace evening clutch and of course a bold lip because red is my favorite color.
Jacket: Lawrence Knight, Goodwill: $4.00 / Blouse: Marc Jacobs Silk Open Back Blouse, Goodwill: $4.00 / Shoes: BCBG Satin Heels, Goodwill: $5.00 / Pants: Ann Taylor Silk Cropped Pants: $4.00 / Thrifted Total: $17.00
Marc Jacobs Silk Ruffle Open Back Blouse, similar here
Ann Taylor Silk High Waisted Trousers, Similar here
Lawrence Knight Embellished Jacket, similar here
BCBG Satin Criss Cross Sandals, similar here
This is officially the last week of winter and I am excited. Winter, you will NOT be missed. Somehow I managed to put on more weight this season so I am currently on gym life 6 days a week. I have to go back down to my pre-wedding weight because my clothes fit tight and I refuse to get rid of half of my closet. Stay tuned for my body transformation.
I have to let you all know right now, this dress was .97 cents. How you may ask? At the Goodwill outlet. Yup! The Goodwill outlet is that place where few will go to find the best deals because the shopping setting is NOT the best. Imagine an empty CVS or Walgreen sized store empty with nothing but a cash register in front of the store with a giant weigh scale and a large bucket like rectangular tables filled with clothes to the very top; see here. Yes, its not glamours but that is where I have found some of my best finds. The dress is not in 100% perfect condition as the belt is showing some wear and tear but I’ll find a belt to replace it with. Since I was wearing this to work, I decided to add a blouse in the inside and that blouse happened to have a tie. I muted the accessories by keeping everything black but I added a red lip for a pop of color. The final look – polka dots with a 60’s vibe.
Dress: Vintage, Paul Michelle, Goodwill: .97 cents / Shirt: Forever 21, Goodwill: $4.00 / thrifted total: $4.97
Forever 21 Chiffon Bow-Tie Blouse, similar here
Paul Michelle Polka-Dot Belted Midi Dress, similar here
Paul Michelle Polka-Dot Belted Midi Dress, similar here
Forever 21 Bow-Tie Shirt, similar here
Paul Michelle Midi Polka-Dot Dress, similar here
Furla Satchel Bag, Similar here
If there is one outfit you can never go wrong with is, denim on denim. Just like denim, it’s a classic and classic never goes out of style. I wanted an easy no brainer outfit for work because (and if you’re office allows) go ahead and pull out your denim shirt and rock that denim on denim look. It’s effortless and a no brainer AND you can practically accessorize it in any which way you feel.
I don’t really know what era acid wash became a thing but all I know is that in 5th grade, I started the trend. My mother accidentally bleached my favorite pair of blue jeans. My options were either I wear them or donate them. Being the rebellious, fearless and fashion risk-taker I’ve always been, I said, meh, I’ll wear them to school. The next day at lunch time, Lesly, an oversized flunked out 5th grader had A LOT to say about my “poor girl” jeans but I laughed it out. I admit though, my cheeks got extremely red and I do remember being embarrassed but I got over it and wore them over and over again. As an adult, I’m still wearing acid wash but of course, I traded in the jeans to a top. In order to keep this casual cool, I added a pair or leopard heels and an oversized coat for warmth.
Jeans: Gap, Goodwill: $5.00 / Coat: No brand, Goodwill: $8.00 / Clutch: Vintage, No Brand, Goodwill: $2.00 / $15.00
If you’re still with me on these Vinyl pants and I didn’t convince you on the first go around, check this outfit out. I know these pants can be intimidating and they might not be worth the money since these are definitely a fashion trend and not-so-much-of-a staple. For this look, I wanted something sporty-chic because the pants have that casual sporty feel to it. I’ve mentioned before that I love vintage sweaters but I love silk tops just as much. In order to keep that sporty-chic vibe going I wore my silk bomber jacket, patent leather sandals and a high ponytail. The patent leather sandals were actually a very lucky find as I purchased them at a thrift store brand new without tags for only $15.00.
Top: Vintage No Brand, Goodwill: $4.00 / Shoes: Michael Kors Sandals, thrift store: $15.00 Bomber Jacket: Silkand, Goodwill: $4.00 / Thrifted Total: $22.00
No Brand Vintage Silk Top, similar here
WhoWhatWear Vinyl Pants, Similar here
Michael Kors Berkley T-Strap Heels, available here
Silkland Bomber Jacket, similar here
Every girl deserves a Carrie Bradshaw moment. My moment was when I slipped on this tulle skirt. I’m a huge Sex and the City fan (mainly for the fashion) and Carrie Bradshaw twirling around in New York City wearing a tulle skirt and tank-top will continue to be the most iconic scene for many years to come. I remixed that Iconic look to fit the weather by wearing a beige turtle neck, fur coat and my blue satin Badgley Mischka Kiara embellished pumps. If you’ve watched the show, you’ll know that the Manolo Blahnik Hangsi Blue Satin Pumps are equally as iconic as the tulle skirt. Carrie Bradshaw was all about adding that extra wow factor to her outfits in a very chic way. My little extra wow factor was my Versace Silk Scarf (thrifted $2.00) that I wore as a headband by tying it around my hair in a cute bow. Fun Fact: These Badgley Mischka Kiara pumps were my wedding shoes and this is the second time I wear them.
Skit: Arden B Baby Blue Tulle Skirt, Goodwill: $4.00 / Turtleneck: Talbots, Goodwill: $4.00 Coat: Paris Blues Fur Coat, Goodwill: $8.00 / Scarf: Versace Silk Scarf, Goodwill: $2.00 / Bag: Vintage Beaded Clutch, Goodwill: $2.00 / Thrifted total: $20.00
Vintage Paris Blue Beige Fur Coat, similar here
Versace Silk Scarf, similar here
Vintage No Brand Clutch, similar here
Arden B. Baby Blue Tulle Skirt, similar here
Badgley Mischka Kiara Embellished Peep-Toe Evening Pumps, available here
Vintage sweaters are my fave! My thrift store life goal is to find the coolest vintage sweaters on the planet. I have a long way to go but for now here you have this pretty little thing by French Rags. I did a quick google search and it seems that the brand is no longer in existence but that same google search generated several Etsy listings, so check that out here.
This is the perfect winter to spring transitional outfit; it’s warm enough to keep you warm in the morning and light enough to keep you cool in the afternoons. I’ve been playing around with my closet and trying to move things out of rotation. I pulled these jeans out of the closet (I forgot about them) and the embroidery flowers inspired the sweater. The sweater is a mix of grey and lavender but paired so well with the jeans. The outfit was very “greyed out” in color scheme so I added the neon yellow pvc heels for a pop of color. I kept the accessories simple by wearing this plexiglass clutch and a grey lip.
Thrifted: French Rags, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00