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7 Creative Ways to Style Your Jumpsuit this Fall

7 Creative Ways to Style Your Jumpsuit this Fall

All Images: Flitinc website
Fall styling at its best is filled with great layering and a plethora of creativity. All you need is one good piece for the fun to begin, like a jumpsuit. By adding a few additional items, you can reimagine a jumpsuit to look upscale, relaxed and even professional. Now, your favorite night out outfit is a versatile and go-to daytime piece. With a jumpsuit in mind, we have created seven original looks that are easy to do and ultra-fashionable for the season and beyond.

1) Add A Fancy Blouse

Choose a great blouse with a detailed neckline and pair it under your jumpsuit, add a matching belt—or not—to complete the look.

2) Add A Cropped Sweater

For a little more elegance, style a knit cropped sweater with your jumpsuit. This look is great for sweaters with large hole patterns or even a sheer top. You won’t have to worry about wearing a tank top or undershirt, the jumpsuit does the trick.
*Note: you can use yarn to tie a sweater up (don’t pin it up; pins will ruin the knit) from the inside, if you don’t have a cropped sweater.

3) Add A Blazer

Simply throw on a blazer and you have an easy business casual look. Now all you need to focus on are the heels.

4) Add A Scarf

Take your favorite scarf, drape it over your shoulders like you would a shawl (if it is long then double it) and put your jumpsuit on over it. Make sure you tuck the scarf fully into the jumper. Then pull out/fluff the sleeves and collar to get your desired look. This look is very easy to do, and yes, it really is a scarf!

5) Add An Oversized Sweater and Belt

A stylish, relaxed look isn’t complete without an oversized sweater. Leave it open or accessorize it with a waist belt.

6) Add A Collared Shirt

Instead or wearing a collared shirt and trousers, why not wear a collared shirt under a jumpsuit? Put on a striped, patterned or plain collared shirt, add a colorful belt or scarf and your ready for work or wherever the day takes you.

7) Add A Crop Top and Collared Shirt

If you can’t get enough of the crop top or collared shirt look, then try pairing them together for a little edginess. Style your jumpsuit with a collared shirt layered under it and a cropped top layered over it. Mix it up with a short sleeve vs long sleeve shirt and of course, fun accessories.

6 Fall Jackets to Fall in Love with This Season by Indie Designers

6 Fall Jackets to Fall in Love with This Season by Indie Designers

Image: Christie Brown website
Are you looking for your next fall jacket? Or just window-shopping for the latest in outerwear? From trench to bomber, from short to midi, we have perused the internet and found some of the most captivating and overall beautiful jackets to keep warm in this season. Scroll down to see our favorites from indie and emerging designers.
Image: Hilary MacMillan website

Hilary MacMillan

This vegan leather and faux fur midi jacket by Canada’s Hilary MacMillan is pretty and eco-friendly. Made in luscious, dark hues, it appeals to the season’s warmth.
Image: Kimzisu website

Kimzisu

If innovative is what you are looking for then look no further. South Korean brand Kimzisu inspires otherness and diversity with this asymmetrical jacket.
Images: Ashe and Soil website

Ashe and Soil

Germany’s Ashe and Soil has created a bomber jacket that blends the elements of fall – earthy colors, leather, and free-spirited style. Get ready to live your best life in this.
Image: Not Just A Label website

Blikvanger

Dress for the season and standout in Blikvanger’s green puffer. Designed in the country Georgia, this piece dazzles with its front stitched crisscrosses that make it a unique choice.
Image: JNBY website

JNBY

JNBY’s ruched-waist jacket exudes China’s laidback street fashion. The green peek-through undertones add a welcoming touch, making this outerwear effortlessly cool.
Image: Christie Brown website

Christie Brown

The classic trench gets a refresh. This simple silhouette is enhanced by a corset-like waist and cutout design, curtesy of Christie Brown. Wrap up in this to show off your taste.

Should You Go for That Extra Half Inch or Not?

Should You Go for That Extra Half Inch or Not?

All images from Noë website
We confess. “That Extra Half Inch” does pay homage to a book by Victoria Beckham that talks all things grooming — fashion, hair, beauty, etc. However, it is such a cheeky title that perfectly describes a common conundrum women face each morning when we open our closets and ask, “Should I wear the high or low heel?” Of course, there are many details one could consider when answering this question but only three things that matter: thickness, height and toe box. (Shoes are from Belgium brand, Noë.)

1) Is the heel thick?

Heels are a balancing act between the balls of the foot and the heel. Usually, to provide more stability and support, a thicker heel is used. This provides a sturdier foundation for the heel and foot as compared to a thin heel which provides less support and can feel wobbly when walking. So, if you are going for a solid footing, keep the thickness of the heel at the forefront.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

2) How many inches are we talking about?

The next major factor to consider is heel height. A low heel between 1-2.75 inches provides a good balance for distributing weight put upon the foot. A heel between 3-4 inches pushes the foot forward and adds more weight to the ball of the foot. And anything above 4 inches will put an extreme amount of weight on the ball of the foot and add stress on the ankle. So, if you are looking to have an easier gait, pay attention to how high the heel is. Now, there’s another detail to think about, the toe box.

3) Is the toe open, closed, round or angular?

The design of the toe box correlates to how comfortable your toes will be. If you are going for a heel that is 3.5 inches or higher, select a round or open toe which provides more room for the toes to spread out than a pointed or closed toe. And remember, the higher the heel, the more your foot will slide forward. Either you will walk comfortable and tall or pained and bowed over. You choose.

4) Do you want a work shoe or a shoe to elongate your legs?

Before you race out the door, there is one last thing we must mention, purpose. When choosing a shoe, don’t you think about where you will wear it just as much as how you will wear it? We do. If you are looking for a work shoe, think lower to medium heels, more on that here. Do you want to elongate your legs? (Who doesn’t?) Then go for a higher, slimmer heel. Remember these simple tips and you will be able to answer that extra half inch or not question within seconds. Whatever you decide, always feel confident in the shoes you’re in.

What is Business Casual? Learn It Once and For All

What is Business Casual? Learn It Once and For All

All Images: Nordstrom via style board
Business casual gets tossed around often on the internet, in job interviews or in regular conversation, leaving most of us, if not everyone, confused. What is business casual? Have you found yourself contemplating this yet to find a definitive answer? Well, today is the day you learn what business casual is, once and for all. No question will be left unanswered and we have included fabulous outfit ideas.

What is Business Casual?

It is one step below business professional (ties, suits, jackets) and one step above casual (denim bottoms). Not clear enough, business casual is slacks, skirts or dresses paired with blouses, button-ups, or decorative shirts and heeled or flat shoes.
Business Casual Dress Code:

Pants – Bottoms usually of a cotton, polyester, wool, corduroy or a blend of materials. These items are commonly known as trousers, dress pants and slacks (no denim).

Tops – Blouses, button-ups, collared shirts, sweaters, cardigans with camisoles, decorative or simple shirts (no graphic tees), all of these are versatile business casual pieces.

Skirts/Dresses – Options for skirts and dresses are endless – pencil, A-line, high waist, etc. – just make sure hemlines are not too short. A good hem length rule of thumb is two inches above the knee; any shorter and it becomes inappropriate for work.

Shoes Heels and flats are good choices to complement a business casual outfit but sneakers are not.

When it comes to business causal dressing, err on the conservative side until you are able to get a feel of your office environment or get clear directives on what is appropriate. One thing is for sure, you do not have to worry about finding a lack of wardrobe options as business casual is very common. Now that you have business casual down pat, you can show up to work feeling confident and looking professional. Below are five business casual looks that are perfect for any office setting.

The Best Denim Brands for Casual Friday (and What Not to Wear)

The Best Denim Brands for Casual Friday (and What Not to Wear)

Image: Wash Lab website
Does Causal Friday have you stuck in a rut trying to figure out what to wear? What actually is Causal Friday? Those are thoughts we have all had before. Whether casual days are few and far between or a daily occurrence for you, we have prepared a breakdown of Casual Friday – aka denim’s day to shine – and a guide to certain types of denim that work and some that do not.

What is Causal Friday?

Think denim. Causal Friday is your day to trade in your work suits, dresses, pencil skirts and slacks for a pair of simple jeans. Of course, bottoms like khakis work too. Jeans, however, are the most popular; almost everyone owns a pair. Casual days are your days to dress down for work and go with more relaxed styling. Many offices still have rules on what clothing and styles of denim are appropriate. Let’s take a look at some of those.

What Not & What To Wear

Please, No:

  • ripped/distressed
  • destroyed
  • shorts (above the  knees)
  • mini skirts
  • paint splattered
We recommend shying away from the above denim styles, especially jeans with holes. These denim styles are most likely at the top of your offices not appropriate for work list. But when in doubt, check with your manager.

Yes, Please:

  • flares
  • wide leg
  • skinny
  • high waist
  • capri
  • cropped
  • skirts (knee to long)
  • relaxed-fit
  • shorts (knee-length)

Denim Washes & Colors:

  • Denim washes: dark blue to light blue (No acid wash or bleached denim)
  • Denim colors: black, white, neutrals, muted colors (like burgundy and mauve, bright colors*
On the bright side, there are many options, washes, and colors that are appropriate for the office. The above is just a short list of some popular styles. (*Some colors may not be suitable for your workplace, especially bright colors like neon.)
Joes Jeans (Nordstrom.com)

Good Denim Brands (to know)

There is a plethora of denim brands on the market. These are some of the denim brands that stand out to us and reasons why.

Blank NYC

  • Trendy styles, nice fit and reasonably priced
  • Good for fashionistas on a budget
  • Sizing: TTS (true to size)

Joe’s Jeans

  • Exceptional for fitting ladies with curves
  • Denim is high-quality and styles are ultra-feminine
  • Sizing: Runs large; size down 1 or 2 sizes, depending on style

Levi’s Jeans

  • Your tried-and-true brand for durable and economically priced denim
  • Offers staple styles and jeans that allow for movement
  • Sizing: TTS

AG Jeans

  • Premium quality denim with soft fabrics 
  • Designs a great skinny jean
  • Sizing: TTS

Wash Lab

  • Specializes in stylish denim skirts and denim dresses
  • Good for women that crave innovative denim styles
  • Sizing: TTS
Joes Jeans (Nordstrom.com)
Wash Lab (Washlab.com)