One of my greatest passions is shopping in zip codes that aren’t my own. With Crossroads, I can always get a bit of local flavor as the community surrounding each location quite literally stocks each store. While I was in Costa Mesa, CA, I spotted a Crossroads, and within 2.5 seconds, I was parked and inside.
I bought a few items that day, and one of the stars to emerge are these furry heels! These are the type of fashion item that you’re on the fence whether it’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen OR not at all. I went with amazing, and it wasn’t a mistake! I get compliments everywhere I go, and they are super comfy and elevate every look I pair with them. Personally, I think any design or fashion item that pushes the envelope a bit is typically the most exciting and winds up being my favorite element.
There’s nothing that makes a bit more formal look work for day and, quite literally running around town, like sneakers. Converse are a classic that just keep on giving. White high-top chucks are a low-cost investment; I highly encourage everyone to jump on. They are perfect with basically everything – in the summer with cut-offs (I refuse to use “jorts” – I mean, what is that!?), with cropped pants, and of course, with a fun dress.
I’m a Converse-for-life kind of girl. Are you into the sneakers and a dress look? What’s your go-to sneaker?
The Western trend is nothing new. It’s been meandering in the fashion industry the last several years, but it’s become apparent from recent runway shows that we are in a full-blown ’80s Western trend revival.
I feel your hesitation. I echo your hesitation. I’m all for having fun getting dressed, but going full on Little House on the Prairie has just never been on my style wishlist. It wasn’t until I noticed I was falling for the details of Western wear that I realized there are ways to subtly wear these styles—and that I already have quite a few pieces in my wardrobe that work.
Trends aren’t necessarily meant to be taken literally and worn as they are on the runway. They can inspire and influence a style that you may not have otherwise given a chance. If you’re a bit hesitant to try the Western trend, read on for five easy ways to subtly incorporate it into your wardrobe.
Accessories are great way to test the waters of a new trend. Give a touch of Western flare to a neutral outfit with silver buckles, saddle bags, turquoise accents, or a horn necklace like the one Lucy is wearing.
2. On Your Feet
Perhaps one of the most obvious ways to try this trend is to rock a pair of cowboy-inspired boots. Go bold with fringe or buckles or understated with subtle stitch detailing. Fall is the perfect time to show off a pair of statement boots in a midi/maxi dress or cropped denim.
3. Maxi Shirt Dress
Speaking of dresses, midi and maxi dresses have been trending all year, so I know you have one in your closet. Cinch your dress with a silver buckle belt at the waist, add your favorite booties, and you’ll add a subtle Western vibe to your fall uniform.
4. Top It Off
You’ll nary see a cowboy without his hat! For the chicest way to finish your fall outfit with a Western twist, look for a hat with a wide brim and high crown. Bonus points for embroidery or belt detail!
5. All in The Details
Fringe, ruffles, and suede are characteristic of Western wear, and they can look thoroughly chic when suitably styled.
Leopard print pieces never go out of style. Yep, you heard that right! Leopard print is both edgy and flirty, makes a comeback season after season, and there’s no shortage of ways to style it. Below, we’ve rounded up 6 leopard print outfits you can try for yourself ASAP!
If you’re looking for a statement piece that will elevate any outfit, go for a leopard print coat or cardigan! Toss it over a white tee and some blue jeans—you’ll be good to go in no time at all.
Not ready to wear head-to-toe leopard? Reach for a printed clutch instead.
Follow Caitlin’s lead and wear a leopard wrap skirt with black accent pieces.
We already know that neutral colors work well with leopard, but when was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and paired it with a pop of color? Try styling it with forest green, mustard yellow, or red for starters!
Yes, it’s true: leopard print boots will dress up even the most casual of looks!
Keep your outfit simple and effortless with a breezy leopard print dress. It’s hard to go wrong with this choice.
Instagram is making waves yet again with the release of Instagram TV (IGTV). Below, we delve into what it is, where you can find it, how it works, and more!
What is IGTV?
Instagram recently launched a longform (up to 60 minutes) video feature as a way for their users to share longer and more permanent content. Previously, video uploads were limited to 10-second Instagram Stories and 60-second timeline posts. This new feature will allow Instagram to compete more directly with video sites like YouTube. Instead of content creators using Instagram only for photos and short video clips, Instagram is hoping that creators will now stay on the app for full video content too.
Where is IGTV?
IGTV is a separate function in the app, with the logo placed right next to the direct message icon. You can also download the separate IGTV app for access.
How does IGTV work?
It’s as simple as uploading a video from your phone! It can be an unedited one or a curated video edited from another source. IGTV is formatted specifically for mobile users, so be sure to shoot your video vertically! Upon opening the new feature, you’ll be able to scroll through videos posted by people you follow, popular videos amongst all Instagram users, and videos that are curated for you based on your likes. This increases your potential to discover new content creators, similar to the Discover page on Snapchat.
What does this mean for content creators and influencers?
Because IGTV is connected to your existing Instagram account, influencers will have a built-in following without having the annoyance of asking their followers to use yet another channel to keep up with their content. The addition of IGTV gives content creators and influencers an easy portfolio of their work: images and video all in one place. IGTV may never fully overtake YouTube, but there is plenty potential for curated video content to be created for and shared solely on Instagram. For example, a fashion blogger can now use IGTV for haul videos or a more in-depth look at their outfit for the day, versus needing to switch to YouTube for their video content. The platform will also be a game-changer for celebrities and those in the entertainment industry; they’ll be able to share much more behind-the-scenes footage, trailers, music videos, and advertisements.
What does this mean for casual Instagram users?
While I myself have only browsed other users’ IGTV content, I do see the potential of personal usage in a longform video feature. I love to share videos of concerts, shopping trips, and road trips, and I think this type of content will thrive more on IGTV rather than Instagram Stories, which forces you to fit something into 10 seconds. Casual Instagram users will definitely find that they are more creative than they think they are; no computer, editing software, or lighting equipment needed here—all you need to create a video is your phone and an Instagram account!