Monday, October 23, 2017

How to Dress for a Fall Wedding + 12 Dresses You Can Wear

Blue Floral Dress + Navy Cardigan + Gold Clutch + Gold Earrings + Maroon Pumps
Navy Cardigan + Navy and Floral Dress + Maroon Pumps + Gold Earrings + Gold Clutch
Gold Clutch + Navy Floral Dress + Navy Cardigan + Gold Earrings + Nude Pumps
Gold Earrings + Navy Cardigan + Navy Floral Dress + Maroon Pumps + Gold Clutch
Navy Cardigan + Gold Earrings + Navy and Floral Dress
I get asked quite a bit for help with what to wear to a fall wedding, so let's talk!  All of the fall weddings I've been to have been outdoors, including one in upstate New York where unlike in Southern California where I live, fall is a true fall.  It was 46 degrees and the ceremony was outside!  (I wore THIS--the leggings version--in case you're wondering.)  While the scenery is beautiful, being outdoors during fall evenings is much chillier than spring and summer which makes it tricker to dress for.

Today I want to share a few tips as well as go-to combos to keep in mind that will help you add layers while still looking chic and sharp for a wedding.  Today's post is also in partnership with ModCloth as I believe they have the best selection of wedding guest attire, spanning from semi-casual to semi-formal to fancier dresses.  They've got it all!

I've been to over 40 weddings (!!!), and I can safely say that guests' attire is all over the map, even at the same wedding.  Unless a dress code is explicitly stated, usually a safe bet is a semiformal dress, or in some more casual settings a semi casual dress.  (The 12 dress options at the bottom of this post fall into one of those categories.)  As for fall, below are the things I look for in dresses and how I style them.

Shop for the Look:
Dress: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Cardigan: c/o ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Earrings: c/o Nickel & Suede (exact)
Clutch: Amazon (similar
Shoes: c/o Naturalizer (exact--wearing 8.5, similarsimilar)

Characteristics to Look For
  • Colors - In the fall I lean towards jewel tones or darker hues like navy, maroon, and forest green.  
  • Fabric - I also look for dresses with thicker or weightier fabrics than the airy material summer dresses are made of.  Lace is very versatile and works well in multiple seasons, but there are plenty of non-lace dresses with medium weight material out there.  (See examples at the bottom this post.)  A weightier fabric feels like a more appropriate match for the season of boots, plaid, chunky scarves and other thicker textures, but it's also practical because it keeps you warmer.
  • Bonus - A dress with long sleeves!  
  • Can pair with tights + booties or heels + a blazer or cardigan or faux leather jacket.  Layering might be necessary in fall temps, especially if it's an outdoor wedding.  When considering a dress for a fall wedding I always make sure I can pair it with the list bolded above.  

Go-To Combos for Layering Fall Wedding Guest Dresses
  • Black fleece lined tights + black booties + black blazer or black faux leather jacket.  Most of the time I prefer blazers and faux leather jackets to cardigans because they keep the look sharp.  If I know I'll need to wear tights, I default to this combo and try to choose a dress that works with all this black.  This is my default partially because I only own fleece lined tights in black (and fleece lined tights are way warmer!) and it's easier to think through black than varying shades of brown/cognac/tan.  Options 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 below would work with this combo.  (Example HERE--2nd photo down, sans black moto jacket.)
  • Tan/Brown suede pumps + cognac faux leather jacket + bare legs.  If I can go bare legs, I opt for this one which works again with Options 1, 2, 4, 6, and 9 but also opens possibilities up to 7, 8, 10, and 11.  You can totally wear brown tights with this, but I find that it doesn't always work as seamlessly as the all black combo above with tights.  (Example HERE that I wore to a wedding in January, which for where I live is more like fall weather everywhere else.)
  • Mixing and matching with color play.  The two go-to's listed above work without fail and with very little thought while this third one shouldn't really be a go-to.  (I just included it to name it as an option.)  It requires much more playing around with color for all the variables: tights, shoes, and completer pieces.  (Example is outfit I'm wearing in the pics at the top of this post.)

Typically I stick with the first two combo because they're the easiest, but I'm loving today's outfit, which falls into the third category.  As an aside, the dress I'm wearing above is FREAKING ADORABLE!  It's lined which is helpful since it is sleeveless and the lining makes it warmer.  It also has POCKETS, which makes every dress 1,000% better!  Not to mention the details like embroidery, gold buttons, and pink piping make it absolutely gorgeous.  Lastly, it's button-front and great for breastfeeding mamas!  It is on the more expensive side for dresses, but with its level of details I believe it's worth it.  I can totally imagine this dress at another store costing much, much more.  I'm wearing it in size M, and sizing goes from XXS to 4X!  See it HERE.  

Remember how I just said that I prefer blazers and moto jackets to keep the look sharp?  Well sometimes neither of those work as well as a cardigan, but I often have a hard time with cardigans making nice fitted dresses droopy or lose shape.  The solution?  A cropped cardigan!  A cropped cardigan is usually better at defining a waist with dresses and skirts and keeps the look more tailored.  They are not easy to find, but ModCloth has them in 8 colors ranging from XXS to 4X HERE.  

Dress Options for Fall Weddings

What to wear to a Fall Wedding
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Huge thanks to ModCloth for sponsoring this post!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

5 Put Together Casual Fall Looks

Last month I started a mini series with 5 go-to outfits at different levels of casual to dressy.  These are my go-to outfits and outfit formulas for different life situations.  The first one was 5 Casual Go-To Outfits for Fall that you could default to while running weekend errands or wrangling kids.  Today is part 2!

I didn't quite know what to title today's looks.  In my own head I call them "put together casual looks" or "out and about looks" which isn't a very helpful distinction because last month's batch of very casual looks could be titled the same thing.  :P  Like I said, it's just the title I use in my own head.  But regardless of what you wanna call them, the definition is outfits that are casual, but something I'd wear when hanging out with adults.  So like, lunch out with friends, dinner out with friends + kids, or meetings for my super casual work environment.  They're still casual, but they're a smidge of a step up from last month's outfits.  

These are the outfit formulas I tend to follow when I'm about to head to lunch or a meeting.  I can swap in different tops, different colored completer pieces, or different colored jeans, but these are 5 formulas I can always count on to get dressed in a snap!

Gingham Shirt + White Cardigan + Skinnies + Booties
Skinnies + White Cardigan + Booties + Gingham Shirt
Plaid or Printed Button Up + Oversized Cardigan + Jeans + Booties
This is my main go-to formula, and it works with so many different printed button ups and different colored cardigans.  I get complimented often when I'm wearing a rendition of this outfit formula, and it's such an easy outfit to do!  

A note about button ups:  I used to really dislike them before finding materials/fit/drape that I liked.  Button ups are not all the same.  They come in a variety of weights, with some being really stiff to really flimsy to all sorts of weights in between.  I always prefer ones that are on the softer, more drapey end of the spectrum so that the collar isn's stiff and bothersome.  But I don't want them so thin that they don't lay well or are too flimsy to stay put under pullover sweaters.  If you like the look but haven't found ones you like wearing, keep trying!  They're not all the same! 

Also, see how I remixed this navy gingham button up 7 ways for fall HERE.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: J.Crew Factory (exact--I wear size S)
Cardigan: J.Crew Factory (exact--I wear size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 4) 
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)
Shoes: (exact--I wear size 9; similar)

Tan Cardigan + Olive Twist Tee + Tote Bag + Skinnies + Booties
Tee + Cardigan + Jeans + Booties + Pendant or Statement Necklace
Whether it's a twist tee or a plain v-neck tee, throw on a cardigan or utility jacket for warmth.  Then, to add presence and polish to the outfit, pull it together with booties/boots and some jewelry!  I've worn this exact outfit with white slip-on sneakers while running errands, but swapping in booties sharpens the look and takes it up a notch.

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing XS)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (similar
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 4) 
Boots: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 8.5) 
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom (similar

Plaid button-up + Blue Vest + Mustard Scarf + Riding Boots
Blue Vest + Plaid Button + Dark Skinnies + Riding Boots + Mustard Scarf
Printed Button Up + Vest + Jeans + Boots + Scarf
I love this combo!  I used to think vests were pointless--they didn't even keep your arms warm :P--but a few years ago I became a convert!  I own vests from Old Navy and J.Crew Factory.  The one above is a puffer vest from Old Navy, which may not work best for those who don't want to add bulk to the top half.  It sure is cozy and warm with fleece lining though!  

An alternative is a quilted vest which is usually less bulky and has more seaming at the waist, which should be more figure flattering, giving curves and definition.  I have THIS quilted vest from J.Crew Factory.  See it on me HERE.  This year Old Navy came out with some quilted vests as well.  I haven't tried them yet, but you can find them HERE.  

Top off your whole look with a scarf!  It makes the entire outfit!

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (similar, similar
Vest: Old Navy (this year's version--wearing S; similar--I wear size S)
Jeans: Nordstrom (similar--I wear size 4) 
Scarf: c/o Conversation Pieces (similar) 
Boots: Fergalicious via Famous Footwear (similar

Blue Cardigan + Pendant Necklace + Blue Floral blouse + Maroon Skinnies
Blue Floral Blouse + Maroon Jeans + Cognac Booties + Pendant Necklace
Maroon Skinnies + Blue Floral Blouse + Navy Cardigan + Tote + Booties
Printed Blouse + Colored Jeans + Booties
Every season I have a few printed blouses that can be thrown on in a pinch.  Blouses are a step up from t-shirts in terms of material, and printed ones are easy because they're visually interesting without having to layer or add accessories to.  If you want to layer over them or accessorize more, you totally can, but the ease of printed blouses is that you don't need to.  Just throw it on and go as is!  

This top's not only got a cute print, but it has other details like the ruffles along the chest and sleeves and the minor bell sleeves.  To change up that jeans + top look, wear colored jeans instead!  Just as easy as regular jeans, but looks a whole lot more interesting and like you put way more effort into it.

Shop for the Look:
Top: LOFT (exact--wearing size S)
Cardigan: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (almost exactsimilar)
Shoes c/o Sole Society (similar
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

Black Cardigan + White Blouse + Pendant Necklace + Skinnies + Riding Boots
White Blouse + Black Cardigan + Skinnies + Riding Boots + Pendant Necklace
Black Cardigan + Riding Boots + Skinnies + White Blouse
Blouse + Cardigan + Jeans + Boots
A plain blouse with jeans is my last go-to look in the fall when I'm headed to meetings or lunch with friends.  With a solid top like this, I like to anchor the outfit with taller boots to give the whole thing more visual interest.  (I explained this all on Instastories a few weeks ago and showed this outfit with taupe booties, black booties, and these boots.)  For completer pieces, a utility jacket would work over this, but of course I went with an oversized cardigan as my go-to look since they not only keep me warmer, but they're easier to move around in.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size M)
Cardigan: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size XS)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing size 4)
Boots: Nordstrom (exact--sized up to 9.5, similar)
Bag: Nordstrom (similar)
Necklace: c/o Dear Mushka (exact)

This batch of outfits features a lot of cardigans, but given that this post is all about my go-to looks it makes sense.  I find cardigans the most comfortable and easiest to wear out of all completer pieces, so when I'm in a rush I will throw those on knowing that no matter what I'm doing that day, I will be comfortable and unhindered by my clothes!  :)  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall Coats and More for Less + 40% Off Code + $250 GIVEAWAY!

I know yall are busy building up your fall wardrobes, so lemme help you out with a post in partnership with thredUP, complete with a 40% off discount code and a huge giveaway!  

thredUP is a fantastic resource to help you fill your closet with quality pieces while maintaining a good budget.  It's the largest online second-hand store that sells like-new and new-with-tags items at a fraction of the retail price.  thredUP carries brands like J.Crew, LOFT, Lucky Brand, brands from Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and Paige Denim--all for up to 90% off retail! 

Tweed Jacket + Fringe Purse

thredUP sells all sorts of clothing, and the amount of inventory they carry is INSANE.  When I get on there, I have a game plan: 1) stick to one category at a time lest I be overwhelmed by all the choices, 2) filter by my size, 3) filter by brands I'm familiar with--cuz then I have a better idea of sizing, and 4) filter for items that are marked" like-new" or "new-with-tags."

This time around I focused on coats, and I was very pleased with how many coats thredUP has.  Turns out thredUP is an amazing place to shop for coats because coats tend to be really expensive and you can save a ton of money by getting brand new and like-new coats at huge discounts!  Of course I threw in a few extra things too as they caught my eye while shopping.  :D  Here they are!

Twead Jacket + Maroon Tunic + Skinnies + Statement Necklace + Riding Boots
Skinnies + Fringe Purse + Riding Boots + Tweed Jacket + Maroon Tunic
Tweed Jacket + Fringe Purse + Riding Boots + Skinnies
Tweed Jacket + Statement Necklace + Fringe Purse + Skinnies
Tweed Jacket + Maroon Tunic + Fringe purse + Skinnies + Riding Boots

I've lusted after a long pink coat like this after seeing one on someone else a couple years ago, but for many reasons I couldn't justify spending a hefty amount on one.  (My climate doesn't require coats like this often!)  When I saw this H&M coat at thredUP in like-new condition for only $26.99 (originally $60+), it was in my cart in the blink of an eye!  It's a coat I've had on that mental wishlist that would probably never happen, but thanks to a fantastic deal at thredUP I could have a little fun and fulfill that wish without the guilt of breaking the bank.

Also, this cute little fringe bag was a steal at thredUP for only $12.99!

H&M Coat: $60 retail; $26.99 thredUP (c/o)
Bag: $60 retail; $12.99 thredUP (c/o)

Blue Floral Dress + White Trench Coat + Nude Heels
Blue Floral Dress + White Trench Coat + Clutch + Statement Necklace + Nude Pumps
White Trench Coat + Statement Necklace + Blue Floral Dress
Blue Floral Dress + Statement Necklace + white clutch

A trench coat was another item that's been on my mental wishlist for years, so seeing this Zara trench at thredUP made me so excited!  I paired it with this Old Navy dress that was brand new with tags still on and dressed it all up for a wedding guest look.

Zara trenchcoat: $129 retail; $42.99 thredUP (c/o)
Old Navy dress: $35 retail; $14.99 thredUP (c/o)

Code for 40% Off + $250 GIVEAWAY!
thredUP is offering PMT readers a special discount! The first 100 people to use the code PMT40 will get an extra 40% off their first order! (Applies to new U.S customers only. Discount up to $50.) Start shopping HERE!

They're also giving one of you lucky readers a $250 shopping spree at thredUP!  To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below with a link to any thredUP item you love.  Giveaway ends October 24th and winner will be announced via email.  Please include your email address in your comment or ensure that your Disqus email address is correct.  Good luck!

This post was created in partnership with thredUP.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

ModCloth Friends and Family Sale: 30% off Your $100 Purchase

rust orange lace top + jeans + nude pumps
Rust Orange Lace Top + Dark Jeans + Nude Pumps
rust orange + dark wash jeans + nude pumps + tan clutch + statement necklace
rust orange lace top + dark wash jeans + nude pumps + tan woven clutch + gold statement necklace
Hey everyone!  ModCloth is running their annual Friends & Family Sale, which means you get 30% off when you spend $100+ until this Sunday 10/15!  I was checking out their site recently and saw tons of cute things that I wanted to share with you.

First, HOW PRETTY is this rust orange lace top?!?!  I got it last year as a dressier-but-not-too-dressy Thanksgiving option, and I'm too happy it's BACK IN STOCK because it's gorgeous!!!  It's lined through the body from the chest down and do not need a camisole, just no lining in the shoulders and the arms.  The lace goes all around from the front to the back, and there's a fringe hem to top it off.  Such great details!  The details make it seem way more expensive than what you'd pay with the 30% off, which is $35, originally $49.99!  Discount is shown upon checkout.

SIZING: I'm 5'6" and 6/8 or S/M and wear this top in M.  See it HERE.

(You might want to wear a strapless bra with it due to the shoulders, regarding which I'd normally groan except that I found the most awesome strapless bra!  Read about it HERE.  See it HERE.  Another one that's raved about HERE.)  

Shop for the Look:
Top: ModCloth (exact--wearing M)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact--wearing 4)
Shoes: Target (updated version)
Necklace: Nordstrom (identical--available in some stores but not online)
Clutch: DSW (similar)
Watch: c/o JORD (exact)

Secondly, my maroon slacks from last month's post that are super stretchy and comfortable are only $42 with the sale!  I just ordered them in grey, and they come in black as well.  See them HERE.  I wear size M.

While you're at it, the mustard cardigan (available in a million fun colors) is also on sale!  See the colors HERE.  I wear the cardigan in M and own it in a couple handfuls of colors.  It's really soft!  

This is one of my favorite coats that I got 2 years ago, and it's also BAAAAACKK YAYYYYY!  (Yes, that pic above is 2 years old!)  This coat is SO cute and SO fall!  The color of this coat is red/orange, though it looks more tomato red in my pics above and veryyyy orange on the product site HERE.  It's kind of a mix of both.  You can see it on tons of people in various lighting on the product site under the reviews to get a better idea of the color.  It would not make a great winter coat for the coldest climates, but for where I live in San Diego it's great for both fall and our mild winters.  Overall, I love love love this coat!  

I wear it in Medium.  See it HERE.

Lastly, here are some more pieces to check out during the sale!
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