Each season there is always at least one trend that is so bold and striking, that you’re never quite sure if you can pull it off. Move over belt bags, patent leather is coming through! These glossy pieces are without a doubt one of our favorite trends to emerge in 2018, and we can’t seem to get enough of it!
Keep scrolling to see six different ways that you can style patent leather:
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.