Chic Fall Outfits

Hey loves!

Sorry I was away for such a very long time. You know how sometimes you have a mental block and before you know it time has completely gotten away from you? Well…That’s me. Lol!

Because I was having a mental block, I headed over to my favorite place to find inspiration, Pinterest. There I found some truly amazing outfits to help you look chic while staying cozy this fall. Without further ado…

 

The Bardot sweater may never go out of style. Wear it with jeans and boots for a casual afternoon jaunt to the library. What’s better than a cozy evening in with a good book or movie?

 

Neutrals can go miles in your wardrobe! Although this nicely layered outfit is made up of neutrals, there is a good mix of textures and  whisper pink which helps keep it interesting.  Quick tip: Always wear your sunnies in the fall and winter when the sun is closest to the earth.

 

A bright fall colored sweater adds pizzazz to basic denim. I like the long tunic style sweaters worn over skinny jeans. Slip on a pair of  flat heeled boots and a fun scarf and it’s casual weekend wear.

 

Teal is so perfect for any time of the year. This rich tone that marries well with the many shades brown. I like the whimsy of the  peacock feather earrings and plaid scarf  in this set.

 

Remember that chambray shirt you couldn’t get enough of? It gets new life when worn under a sweater. An unexpected statement necklace in place of a scarf keeps this outfit fresh. *Note the animal print flats*

 

Loving this nature inspired look. I love long hikes through the woods, especially this time of the year when the leaves are turning their gorgeous colors and softly crunching underfoot. You can take that feeling along with you by pairing a colorful sweater, jeans and a pair of hiking style boots.

 

Flannels are still hot. Layer them over tees and tanks to keep you cozy. Add skinny jeans with boot socks and leave your shirt untucked or wear high waisted jeans and tie up your flannel.

 

Lastly, a light sweater in a rich tone worn with jeans, an animal print coat and simple jewelry. So chic!!

There are so many great sets on Pinterest to give you inspiration on how to style your own wardrobe. All of these came from Pinterest and I claim no ownership to them. I will share some of my own style boards in a future post.

Which look is your favorite? Leave me a comment below.

Happy Fall!

Debra💋

The Timeless Dior

Hey doll!!

Have you ever noticed how some designers become overnight success stories then seem to fade out of the spotlight? Kinda like those one hit wonders from the 80s.

One name in fashion has stood the test of time. No matter the original creative genious of Christian Dior or the latest  couturiers. The designs of the house of Dior remain rooted in the Dior tradition.

During the war years resources were scarce. There were limitations on food items and gas,  as well as fabrics and trims for clothing. Even silk stickings were rationed. Women “made due” by refashioning their clothing and drawing  lines up the back of their calves in place of stockings.

All this changed one Victory was declared. Dior saw this as a way to reward women who had been working men’s jobs in factories while their sweethearts and husbands fought the war. Excessive yards of fabric were used and The New Look was born. Gone were the days of rationing.  This new look would highlight a woman’s assets. Busts and waistlines were accentuated.

Classic Dior

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The New Look of post World War II

 

The original Dior was something of a mystery. A brilliant designer who was surprisingly shy. Perhaps so, but he sure knew how to dress a lady.

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How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

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A gown from the 1960s.

 

Women were well dressed and elegance reigned in each of Dior’s classic beauties.

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So much love went into each of this pieces like this sleek dress (above) from the 40’s with an unexpected, draped waistline. This silhouette just proves that a “lady” can still be sexy.

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Layer upon layer of frothy fabrics wrap a petite waistline.

 

A Look Into the Future

No one can deny the wow factor that John Galliano brought to Dior. It’s as if he channeled the great designer himself to bring Dior’s glamorous style to the modern woman.

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A voluminous gown in cream and gold with subtle shots of black. Trè elegant!

When John Galliano resided as head designer in the House of Dior, he brought many unexpected surprises.

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But one thing remained, a desire to create beautiful clothes women would adore.

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This gown is superb! I can almost imagine how dreamy it would feel on. It is one of my favorites. I love the cowl neckline on a dress.

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The artist, John Galliano, posing with one of his tributes to Christian Dior.

 

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The First Queen 

The first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, now reigns in the House. Stepping right up to the challenge,  she has proved that a woman can do Dior.

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A design from a collection made especially for the Japanese.

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Dior will ways be embellished in embroidery, petals, and all things delicate.  It is just the way of couture.

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Elegance will never go out of style and neither will Dior.

So tell me, do you love Dior? Or perhaps you favor another designer… Let’s hear your voice by leaving me a comment below.

Love,

Debra💋

Photo credits: Pinterest

Fall Color Inspiration

Hey lovely!!

I hope you enjoyed last week’s post about fall colors. To continue the color theme, I am sharing some style boards I created in Polyvore.

 

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Follow the russet orange trend by adding a basic sweater to your jeans,  knee boots & matching bag (or not!) and fun accessories.

 

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Wear a red pear blouse with your black slacks to work. The bright color adds a touch of class as well as warmth.

 

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Why not mix the lovely shades of ceylon yellow and valiant poppy? So elegant!

 

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Or go for full out glam wearing nebulas blue like this sheath dress and statement necklace.

I hope I’ve enticed you to try these bold colors. Let me know how you work them into your own wardrobe in the comments section below.

Happy styling!

Debra💋

Photo sources: All boards were created and belong exclusively to Stylewise by Debra.

Style Update: Bohemian

Hey dolls!

Over the last year my style has shifted from primarily romantic, girlie clothing to a more bohemian vibe. And I find myself questioning what has brought about this recent change.

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Trying on a beautiful kimono wrap at Marshalls. I love the beautiful colors and pattern. Just lovely.

 

As some of you know, this year I dedicated myself to being more courageous. This includes both spiritually and physically.

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Tried these floral belled pants. Although they fit like a glove, they are quite comfortable!

I believe I am going through a growth spurt. By that I mean I am realizing who I am and what I am capable of and learning to accept what I can not change. This process has given me a newfound freedom and allowed me to embrace a side of myself I kept hidden.

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My first embroidered top. The dusty rose color really complements my fair complection.

So how do I see myself now?  I will forever be a romantic and a dreamer. And I believe my free spirit complements those sides of me quite nicely.

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Embracing my Gypsy Soul.

How about you? Have you also gone through something in your life that changed you to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace a new style?

Have courage to try something new just for you and see how grow.

Love,

Debra

Dior’s Ready to Wear Collection for Spring

Hello gorgeous!!

I was browsing the internet when I came across the Spring ready to wear collection by Dior. It completely took me by surprise! This collection is 70’s inspired and geared more towards the millenniums, but I found some great takeaways for all ages. Are you ready?! Let’s get started.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri’s  collection for Dior was inspired by all of the female artists who were never truly recognized for their brilliance. The quote ” Why are there no great women artists?” on the striped boatneck top above is in reference to just that. Worn with wide legged jeans, this is a classic look.

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Overalls get a new look in leather. A striped long sleeve shirt and beret gives it a French vibe. Loving this look.

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Polka dots on sheer fabrics. What is not to love about this look? Ok… other than the fact that the length is pretty short.  Imagine a colorful cami beneath this, black skinny jeans and your favorite pair of booties.  Perfect for a casual weekend.

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A graphic sweater?! YES!! This whole outfit is my personal favorite. Everything here is wearable. I love the idea of layering (and I do it often). Shorts+ Blouse+ Sweater= Fabulous style!

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The silhouette above is so sensual. If you’ve ever tried a pencil skirt, you know what I am talking about. For a grown up look, I would wear this skirt with a cropped cardigan. Perhaps one with some embroidery, pearls, or some other embellishment.

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Another look at a graphic sweater. I like Godzilla movies and would love to get my hands on this sweater. Hello, Forever 21, do you hear me?!

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I am a texture freak. I have been since I was a kid. And I love the mixture of this delicate fabric toughened up with the leather jacket. From girlie to edgy!

Which of these looks speak to you? How would you wear them? Please leave a comment below with your own style ideas.

Photo sources: Vogue.com and Pinterest

 

 

 

 

Lauren Conrad’s Spring Line

Hello friends!

Have you started shopping your spring wish list yet!?  I like to add a couple of spring pieces to my  wardrobe to keep things fresh.

Currently on my radar is the pretty Spring  collection by Lauren Conrad. This season Lauren featured easy to wear mix and match pieces in spring’s gentle pastels…peachy pink, sky blue and buttercup yellow.

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Fabrics flowed freely in both mini floral prints as well as neutral knits.

Gently distressed skinny jeans pair well with soft cotton, striped tees embellished with a lace hem and long knit cardigans. (So happy to see the long cardi continue to be a wardrobe staple.)

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Short floral dresses with movement in soft, breathable fabrics can be worn with dressy heels or with flats for a casual look.

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I love this collection because of it’s every day pieces that I can mix and match with what I already own.

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You can find all these great pieces at Kohls

What do you think of Lauren’s latest collection? Love it or hate it. Leave your comment below.

Photo source: Lauren Conrad, Pinterest

Bohemian Woman

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Hello gorgeous!

Recently someone mentioned on an online thrifting group I moderate, Thrifting, that they can’t  pull off the Bohemian look. I think we can all identify with that feeling regarding one style or another. So I want to share some “stylespiration” with you. Are you ready?! Let’s go!!

The bohemian woman woman is a free spirit. She is an explorer. She is creative. She is a peacekeeper. So her clothing must speak this.

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Because she is so colorful, she chooses vibrant clothing. Sometimes she does this via fabrics or prints.

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Lightweight, free flowing fabrics flutter about her gracing her silhouette.

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She uses strategically placed accessories to complete her look.

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Fringe, lace, leather, beads, tassles, embroidery. All these she calls her friends.

 

As you can see, there are many ways you can add this look to your wardrobe.  Think texture. c0acec84a01ca15ba6b4454cfdbc7db0Pair your shorts or jeans with a tee shirt and a cropped or long length coat with boots to gain a boho vibe. Toss on a long or chunky statement necklace, dangly earrings and some rings to complete your ensemble.  Below is an example of how I would create a bohemian summer look.

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Or modify this look with a floaty maxi dress, beaded sandals, and a natural stone jewelry.

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The Bohemian woman breathes easy. She is confident. She is fearless. She is in each of us.

Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side?

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Photo source: Pinterest and Polyvore