Small Changes

I am in love with this outfit. Mostly because of the strap detailing on the back of this tank. But also the wonderful, summery print of these shorts. Yes, I have done a very similar outfit so far but I am liking this one a bit more. Changing a simple thing, such as adding a fun tank, can make all the difference on how an outfit looks. It wasn’t a huge change, I kept basically the same pieces, but you can see all of the difference in the way I look. It is a lot more flattering, and I instantly look dressed up. The eye is drawn to the print of my shorts in the front, but also to the straps in the back, making my outfit so much more interesting.

Sometimes a small detail in a piece of clothing can make a huge difference in how you look. I’m not saying that I don’t like the other outfit I styled with these shorts, but this is a bit more appealing and more ideal for when I want to be a little more dressed up.

Details are everything.

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One Piece, Four Outfits

The minimalist challenge I have decided to take has gone surprisingly well. So far, I have learned to be creative with the things that I wear, and I have had a lot of fun doing so. Today I decided to collage together four of the outfits I put together using the same top so you can all see how you too can put together multiple outfits using the same piece. Whether it’s dressy or casual, a simple piece can go a long way.

I have many more outfits to go and I hope you all keep reading my blog and continue to be inspired by the clothes I style.

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Vintage Twist

One of my favorite things to do with styling is to add a vintage twist. For this outfit I wanted to mix modern and retro style. A maxi dress is an easy, modern piece that can be transformed easily. I add a lace top because it is an elegant and classic and has always been in style. The gold belt is perfect to cinch my waist to make sure I don’t look so boxy and the vintage inspired stud earrings are the perfect finishing touch.

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Accessorize

Wearing a t-shirt and jeans is like wearing a blank canvas. The right accessories can make a simple outfit into something more interesting. I wanted to keep this outfit pretty simple so I added a thin gold belt and some retro gold earrings. This is super casual but with just the right amount of accessories to make sure its not boring. Accessories can make a huge difference, so I always make sure to add some to complete my outfit.

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Dress it up

I am one of those odd people that feel more comfortable being over dressed than wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt. I tend to dress anything up, even when I’m just hanging out. During the school year, I always got comments from my classmates asking how I have the time everyday to dress up. It actually doesn’t take me any longer than it would for me to throw on jeans and a tee. The key is to wear simple pieces with a big statement.

Yesterday I piddled around the mall and decided to pop into this vintage candy store called Lolli & Pops. Totally in love with the overpriced candy and the retro decorations (and uniforms). For a day of shopping, I always wear a dress. It is the easiest thing to change out of if I need to try on clothes, and it’s basically an outfit all in one. I decided to wear my maxi dress with my strappy black tank over and knotted on the side. To dress it up even more I added a statement necklace and my black clutch. Such a simple outfit, yet enough to make it look like I put a lot of effort into it.

Dressing up a bit doesn’t take a lot. You can still be comfortable and ready to take on the day.

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Just Chill Bro

On the days I spend hanging out with friends, I always wear something cute yet versatile. No matter what we decide to do, I want to be comfortable but still stylish.

High waisted shorts are really in this summer, and choosing a pair with a bright color makes them even more fun. A loose tee knotted at the waist is relaxed and gives a cute touch. Espadrilles will be perfect for any situation, especially if there is a lot of walking.

Amusement parks, laser tag, movie days, or even just hanging out at the mall, this outfit is perfect for a summer day!

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*Yes, I have been wearing the same clothes over and over. Why? Check it out here.

On the Run

We all have those days where we have a lot to do and don’t want to do it. On these busy days I have to force myself to get out of bed and get going so, of course, I want to be as comfortable as possible.

A lightweight tank is great for those hot days and a pair of jean shorts are comfy and classic. I added a pair of espadrilles because they are perfect for when I have to do a lot of walking. For my hair, a messy pony and a thick headband keeps everything out of my face and it looks relaxed and cute.

Running errands, a day at the amusement park, or a family barbecue, this outfit is perfect for those days when you’ll be running around.

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Color Blocking

It is always easiest to wear neutrals with maybe one pop of color. But what’s the fun in that? Color blocking is something that I LOVE to do. Wearing two different, contrasting colors is such a fun way to spice up your outfit, and it’s so easy! The easiest way to do so is to pair a warm color with a cool color. In this outfit I paired yellow and blue and I am loving the way the colors really pop against each other.

Since I have a huge pop of color, I wanted to leave everything else pretty neutral. The striped top is fun but still muted. I kept my accessories minimal; a pair of stud earrings. But, of course, I had to wear my ankle strap sandals (they are just way too cute).

This outfit is classy and simple, yet still super trendy. Don’t be afraid to be bold and go outside of your comfort zone.

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Elegance

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make you feel pretty. For me, it’s lace. Every time I wear lace I feel so elegant and grown up. This lace top is perfect for wanting to be dressed up but not wanting to put a lot of effort into it. I decided to wear this with my green pants and my ankle strap sandals to add just enough drama. To complete the look, I added my black Coach wristlet. It is a simple, classy outfit that was very effortless.

You don’t have to put a lot of effort into what you’re wearing. If you have elegant pieces, let them stand out.

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Layers

It has come to the point in my journey of minimalism where I am starting to repeat clothing. Well, that is the whole point of this challenge, but it can be pretty difficult. One of the ways I like to transform pieces is by layering. Just because it’s not cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t layer! Adding more clothing to a simple piece can completely change the look.

So with this maxi dress, I decided to layer and knot my snake print tank over. This gives the illusion that I am wearing a tank and a skirt, without actually having to go out and buy seperates. I put on some cool, stackable rings and some chunky earrings to dress up the outfit a bit. Some comfy, strappy sandals are enough to complete the look. This outfit looks super laid back and effortless- perfect for a summer shopping day, or grabbing lunch with friends.

When you feel as if you have nothing to wear, experiment with layering. You can create a whole new look without having to buy new clothes.

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Btw- How do you guys like my ombre nails? I’ve been obsessing over nail art!

Stripes

Some days, I am so lazy and tired that I don’t feel like putting any effort into my outfits. This outfit is so comfy and easy that I really didn’t have to think about it. These green pants are on of my favorites, they are so incredibly comfortable that it feels as if I’m wearing sweatpants. Then I threw on this loose fitting striped tee and a pair of espadrilles. I also decided to leave on my glasses because it’s nice to give my eyes a break (and they’re so cute).

We all have those days that we don’t feel like doing anything, but you can still look cute when you want to be lazy!

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(Yes, I have actually read this book. Twice.)

Modern Ballerina

When I was a little girl, I would pretend to be many different things. I was a princess, a teacher, a mom, and of course a ballerina. Now that I’m older, I can still play dress up. I take inspiration from all around and apply that to what I choose to wear. Today, I wanted to be a ballerina.

This blue skirt is one of my faves (as I have said before). It is flowy and pretty and makes me feel like a dancer. I’m wearing it with my plain, fitted tube top because I wanted the focus to be on the skirt. I then added this really cool statement necklace for an edge. My hair is in a low bun to dress up the outfit a bit, and of course it is ballerina inspired.

You can still have fun with you’re clothing even though you’re not a little kid anymore. That’s what fashion is all about!

“Playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends.” -Kate Spade

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Small Details

As you probably have noticed, my style is very simple. I don’t like wearing a lot of jewelry or elaborate clothing. The rest of my wardrobe consists of basic clothing that can be mixed and matched. It is the small details that make clothing most beautiful, like this tank top. It looks like a plain black tank, but when you look at the back you see it has dainty strap detailing. It is a way of making a statement without being over the top.

I’m wearing it with high waisted coral shorts because I like the pop of color for summer. Then, I added a gold belt and gold drop earrings to add a little glamour. And then of course I put on my favorite black sandals.

Sometimes, with style, it isn’t about how elaborate your outfit is, it is about appreciating the clothing and paying tribute to the details.

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