Now, I know what you’re thinking. Puffer vests may be functional, versatile and super warm…but cool? NO WAY.
Well get ready for this, because puffer vests have moved up the fashion totem pole this season from basic to fashionable. We already know how to pair a puffy vest with a plaid shirt and knee high boots for a quick cold-weather outfit, but how do we bring real edgy fashion-forward looks into the mix? It’s simple:
1. choose a vest with less fill (it will still be warm!).
2. opt for a printed puffer vest instead of a classic solid color.
3. wear it like you would any other piece of outerwear! Sport it over pencil skirts, or with a midi dress, or belt it.
The styling opportunities are endless, so take a look at some of our favorite blogger looks and pick up our newest puffer vest at Crossroads this weekend!
Every girl should own a classic blazer. Oversized and slouchy or structured and chic, a blazer is the perfect transitional weather layering piece and can elevate any outfit. The bloggers below have mastered the blazer. They know when to layer it under jackets and scarves and when to keep it simple—either way, they keep the blazer the star of the outfit.
Check out some of my favorite ways to wear a blazer this fall!
Beth Jones, B. Jones Style
In this perfect fall outfit, Beth layers her blazer over a pair of slouchy overalls for a fun menswear-inspired look!
Brittany Xavier, Thrifts and Threads
Brittany pairs an oversized blazer over an otherwise casual look to create a chic weekend look anyone can pull off.
Jacey Duprie, Damsel in Dior
I absolutely love the color combination of Jacey’s outfit! Don’t be afraid to look for blazers in rich colors, textures, and fabrics for fall and combine them with complementary colors.
Sneakers, skinnies, and a layered blazer make the perfect tomboy look for fall.
Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller
Leandra is arguably the queen of blazers, and one of my favorite blazer looks of hers mixes some of the best fall trends: stripes, scarves, and over-the-knee boots!
Alexandra Pereira, Lovely Pepa
If you are new to wearing blazers, I’d recommend using Alexandra’s outfit for inspiration; it’s chic, comfortable, and attainable!
Erica Hoida, Fashioned Chic
Edgy and chic, using a blazer as a layering piece under a coat will take you from day to night, any time of the year.
Once fall arrived, I realized my denim game could use a much-needed upgrade. I knew exactly where to go for some serious denim inspiration: self-proclaimed denim junkie Courtney of Pretty Little Fawn, because she’s my personal denim guru.
A great pair of dark denim is the perfect beginning to any fall/winter outfit. Courtney and I both naturally gravitate towards high-waisted skinny cropped denim, but this season I’m equally attracted to cropped flares, edgy distressed, and vintage-inspired styles too!
Courtney’s denim motto (and ours) is “MORE DENIM. ALL DENIM ALL THE TIME,” so I picked out a couple of styles right off our sales floor featuring brands that she swears by, including BDG, Levi’s, Zara, and Madewell.
Instagram allows bloggers to connect on a more personal level with their followers. Less staged than blog content and less casual than Snapchat, it’s the perfect middle child that gives followers just enough of a peek into a blogger’s real life. It’s what takes them from a follower to a fan.
That is what a blogger, brand, or anyone that is looking to expand their following is looking for: fans. Followers are fleeting, while fans typically develop brand loyalty and have the power to make a stronger impact. Are you looking to build your brand on Instagram? Or just looking to become Insta-famous? (Hey, no judgment here!)
I’ve scoured the Internet for the best Instagram brand-building tips and rounded them up for you below. Remember to thank the little people when you’ve hit it big with your first 100,000 (or more!) followers!
1. Keep it Simple
No worries if you don’t have a fancy camera or professional lighting set up—the biggest bloggers out there are simply using their iPhones. Look for even, natural lighting and a clean backdrop. You won’t even need a filter! If you do choose to use filters, only use one or two to let the natural beauty of your photo shine through.
2. Study Photographs
You don’t need to go to photography school, but when you see a photo that you love, ask yourself what it is that you love about it. Is it the lighting, the subject, the framing, or something else? Focus on one or two details when you’re taking your next Instagram photo and see the difference it makes.
3. Consistent Posting
You can’t post once every couple of weeks and expect to gain a massive amount of followers. Posting relevant content three or four times a day will make followers notice you.
4. Engage and Reach Out
Take the time to find new accounts to follow and engage in their feed. Like their photos and leave meaningful comments. They will most likely return the favor. Also, use proper hashtags so that users can find you based on your content.
5. Utilize Statistics
Apps like Iconosquare can analyze your Instagram statistics and show you your most liked photos, most successful time of posting, most successful hashtags, etc. Use these statistics to better cater to your followers, current and future!
Fashion and style bloggers are so successful because we are able to see “normal” people (versus models and celebrities dressed by professional stylists, or magazine editors forcing their trend agendas onto us) and get inspired by attainable fashion. The majority of my everyday style inspiration comes from the hundreds of blogs that I follow.
I tend to need the most inspiration when the seasons transition. Fall is my favorite season for dressing, but the California weather holds off on cooling down a bit longer than other areas. So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite fall looks and style trends from bloggers to inspire all of us this new season!
Dylana Suarez, Dylana Suarez – The Leather Skirt
Leather adds some weight to your skirts before it gets too cold. Stray from the usual black or tan, and have fun with pattern and color.
Grasie Mercedes, Grasie Mercedes – The Lace Cami
Danielle Bernstein, We Wore What – Texture
Ribbed knits, cable knits, corduroy, and any other thick texture are the perfect way to add weight and interest to your fall wardrobe. I am loving Danielle’s corduroy overalls.
Christina Martinez, New Darling – Flats
In the last year, flats like loafers, slides, and sneakers have kicked heels out of the spotlight—and our feet could not be happier. Christina shows us a simple, chic way to wear your flats for the perfect Fall look.
Tine Andrea, Fashion Eaters – The Cropped Trouser
Wide leg or skinny, the cropped trouser (or jean!) is the perfect chic outfit detail.
Jacky, Whaelse – The Bomber Jacket
The bomber jacket continues to be the “it” jacket of the season, and it’s the perfect layer for this transitional, temperamental weather.
Tara Gibson, Jimmy Choos & Tennis Shoes – Fall Florals
While florals for spring are a perennial trend, floral prints in fall are newer and more unexpected. Look for darker colors and thicker fabrics.
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