Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Two Tips for Chic AND Comfy by Fran from Franish

I'm glad to have Fran from Franish blogging today!  I "met" Fran this year when she visited my blog, and when I went to check hers out I really identified with her style, and I've been keeping up with her since.  I'm excited for you all to meet her because I'm pretty sure you'll love her style too!




Hello everyone! My name is Fran and I blog over at Franish. I'm so excited to be guest posting for Audrey while she's busy traveling and being important ;). I started blogging a little less than a year ago as a way to stay motivated to try out new things when getting dressed even though my job puts certain safety restrictions on what I can wear at work. I work in a research lab and the rules are that my legs have to be covered, I have to wear flat shoes, and I have to wear a lab coat over my clothes. So even though I can't wear heels at work, and certain shirts won't work under a lab coat, there are two items in my closet that I can change up at will and allows me to keep my outfits interesting.


Like I mentioned, I have to wear flat shoes which severely limits my choice of footwear. I used to only wear black ballerina flats but that gets boring fast. I now see shoes as an extension of my outfit - they can add interest to an otherwise safe outfit, or they can continue the theme of your outfit. Besides my black flats (which still get plenty of wear), I rotate between my cap-toed shoes, yellow loafers, penny loafers, red ballet flats and leopardsmoking flats. Especially for fun shoes you don't have to spend a lot of money - 3 of those shoes are from DSW and another is from Old Navy. Have fun with it!



A blogging friend of mine used to work at J. Crew and she said that they had a 3- piece rule - they had to be wearing at least three items of clothing while at work. A striped shirt and jeans can be somewhat mundane, but add a scarf and you're on your way to effortless layering. I have too many scarves to name, but I do have some favorites. A leopard scarf, a flannel scarf, a polka dot scarf and a solid scarf is the start to a great collection of scarves. You'll always look chic (and comfy) with minimal effort. Again, you don't have to drop a ton on scarves - Forever 21, H&M, and Target have great and inexpensive selections.

Thank you for letting me ramble at you! I'm a huge fan of Audrey and have learned so much from her, so I'm honored that she asked me to post for her. 



I love that 3 piece rule idea.  I'm totally finding that to be true, and with the cooler weather here begging you to wear scarves, it's much easier to do!  Thanks, Fran!  Check out more of Fran's outfits at Franish right now.

22 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me lady! and I forgot to link it, but my friend with the 3 piece rule blogs here: http://thepreppyleopard.wordpress.com/

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  2. The 3 piece rule is a great one! I read it on another blog awhile back and it definitely works! Great tips!

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  3. The 3 piece rule makes total sense- I sorta follow it already without even thinking about it. Now I will definitely keep it in mind.

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  4. I love seeing a fashion post from someone who works in a research lab. I also work in a research lab and the footwear choices are definitely a bit of a challenge. I also love scarves and I look forward to exploring your site.

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  5. The 3 piece rule is brilliant. And I love your style!

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  6. I will have to keep the "3 piece rule" in mind next time I get dressed! :) Love your feature, Fran!

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  7. I unknowingly was following the 3 piece rule lol. Today I'm in two pieces and I feel so incomplete. Never again!!!

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  8. Yeah, I have been following the 3-piece rule, but thinking about it in much more complicated terms. What a great way to think of it, and talk about it.

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  9. I also work in a lab with similar safety restrictions. I am looking to expand my style beyond jeans, sneakers, and nerdy t-shirts. This helps a lot - thanks!

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  10. The 3 piece rule is great advice! You have a great collection of flats, I especially love the leopard ones :)

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  11. I like the 3 piece rule...I always feel like my outfits are more "with it" when they involve layers and multiple pieces.

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  12. Fran is one of my absolute favorite people. Ever. Of all time. She pretty much rocks.
    Loved this feature!
    W

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  13. Where has your blog been my whole life?! I feel like I've doubled my wardrobe so far and I haven't had to buy a thing yet. Thank you so much for showing the rest of us how to build a remixable wardrobe.

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  14. I used to work at Banana Republic and had to follow the same 3 piece rule!! So funny to hear that outside of Banana. Love this guest post! Thanks for the great tips!
    Moy
    moysfashionlife.blogspot.com

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  15. Gurl you know I love your blog and I seriously covet your loafer collection! Also love all of your scarf pics up there, you look so adorably chic and nonchalant with your messy bun/bangs combos!

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  17. How can you wear socks with flats & make the outfit still rock. I live in a cold climate & always have cold feet & can not wear shoes without socks but get so tired of boots.

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  18. Hi Lane. Do you do a lot of commuting outside (walking and buses and so on) or do you have a minimal outside contact? I also live in a cold climate (Wisconsin...brr) but I don't spend much time outside so I often wear fuzzy off-brand Uggs into work, and then change into my flats. If that doesn't work, they make some really cute wedge booties (and even some flats) that I'm looking into getting myself.

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  19. I like the 3 piece rule! And you have a great collection of flats! I wish my job required me to NOT wear heels...



    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  20. I love that 3 piece rule - such a great idea! I'll have to make sure I remember that when I'm getting ready every morning. :) Fran's blog is such a fun to read - I'm so glad you featured her!


    Jess - J's Style
    fancypants514.blogspot.com

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  21. I love all your flats. I can't wear heels because I have a bad back, but all your flats are absolutely adorable!

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