#OOTD – Pattern Mixing

Pattern mixing is on-trend & I’m loving it!  However, there’s more to mixing textures & patterns than just raiding your closet and hoping for the best.  Follow these simple guidelines to coordinate the perfect mix.

  • Vary pattern size – Create balance by choosing designs that are slightly smaller/larger than one another (try large polka dots with small plaids)
  • Choose complementing patterns – Wear patterns that complement one another rather than compete with each other (try a striped knit with a floral skirt)
  • Add a contrasting solid color – Adding a solid color to your outfit gives the eye a break (try a solid blazer overtop a houndstooth blouse worn with leopard flats)
  • Accessorize – Adding an accessory can give flow to the outfit & break up the busyness (try adding a skinny belt around your tweed jacket & striped blouse)

Today I mixed a classic plaid woven with an edgy metallic dot sweater.  I stuck to a muted color scheme by wearing olive green skinny’s & brown heeled ankle boots.  Don’t be afraid to color outside the lines, have fun mixing prints & wear your outfit with confidence!

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Fall Essentials for under $100

It’s mid-October, the leaves are changing & the air is crisp…it must be fall!  Fall is by far my favorite season.  Not only does it mean it’s time for hay rides, spiced lattes & pumpkin candles, but it also means I can finally break into my stash of sweaters, scarves & boots!

Although I have essentials that I’ve collected throughout the years I love adding to my fall wardrobe.  Shopping for new pieces, whether it’s on trend or just another basic, should be exciting not expensive.  I’ve put together a list of my favorite must-have fall fashions that won’t break the bank.

Blazers

A blazer is a timeless essential that can easily transition from season to season.  I have various styles in my closet & I find it’s the perfect go-to when I’m in a rush or can’t decide what to wear.  A blazer also lets you extend your summer wardrobe by layering it on top of tanks & dresses.  H&M has a wide variety of blazers right now, from solid boyfriend fits to patterned wool blends, all at great prices!

Black straight cut blazer $29.99 (left)

Checkered wool blend blazer $59.99 (right)

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Ankle Boots

Fall is the perfect season to wear ankle boots, especially in Pittsburgh.  The weather is just chilly enough to cover your toes, but not cold enough that you need insulated, water-proof boots yet.  I love ankle boots because of their versatility; they can be worn with denim that is cuffed or scrunched just above the ankle, with a short skirt or even a long dress.  I recently purchased these Zipper Ankle Boots from Kohl’s.  They were originally $89.99, but I bought them on sale for $39.99 and I had a 20% off coupon.  I love finding great essentials at a great price!

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Plaid

Every season plaid makes its way back into the rotation.  Plaid flannels are always a staple in the fall but this year you can also find plaid in bags, dresses and pants.  How are you wearing your plaid this fall?

Pixie Mid-Rise Ankle Pants in Black Plaid, Old Navy $34.94

Flannel Plaid Shirt, Mossimo, Target $22.99

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Ruanas

One of my favorite layering pieces for fall is a ruana; a poncho-style garment.  Ruanas are usually one size fits all so it can be worn a few different ways – you can wear it belted around your waist to show off your figure or you can wear it as is & let it drape off your shoulders.  Francesca’s has some beautiful ones right now…

Fur Trim Plaid Ruana $44.00 (left)

Blue Cruz Stripe Ruana $38.00 (right)

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No matter your style, age or size these key pieces are a must for any fall wardrobe.  I hope you find inspiration in the suggestions I’ve given.  If you have any questions on layering or putting an outfit together don’t hesitate to reach out!

As always – comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx

#OOTD – Boyfriend Blazer

Every woman should have a go-to blazer in their closet.  Not only is a blazer a timeless essential, but it makes transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall easier allowing you to layer tanks & dresses.

I love my boyfriend blazer!  I found it at H&M 2 years ago & it has been a staple in my wardrobe ever since.  It’s neutral so it goes with almost every outfit and it’s oversized making it comfortable to wear & easy to layer.

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Olive green denim & brown heeled ankle boots

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Before walking out the door I threw a leather crossbody over my shoulder & I changed my shoe selection to tan zipper ankle boots.  I rolled the sleeves on my blazer & scrunched the denim to fall just above my boots.  Comfortable & effortless housewife style xoxx