You know the girls—the ones that throw on the first t-shirt they see before running out the door, yet somehow still look great? The girls who have perfected the effortless look that we covet but have a little trouble recreating ourselves?
The secret is to keep it simple and build your style around your favorite wardrobe staples. If you’re wondering where to start, below are my five essential pieces to add to your wardrobe for perfect “cool-girl” style.
The White Tee
How many times have you stared into a full closet and thought “I have nothing to wear”? Easy to wear and to style, a comfy white tee is the perfect solution to that wardrobe dilemma.
The Leather Jacket
The ultimate cool-girl staple, a leather jacket looks good thrown over everything from a tee to a dress.
The Ankle Boot
Ankle boots are my go-to shoe, and for good reason! They will instantly up your cool factor and pair effortlessly with any type of outfit.
Whether they’re skinny or relaxed, you’ll look and feel great when your pants fit like they were made for you. This is one piece of clothing you shouldn’t be afraid to invest your money in!
A Signature Accessory
Not everything you wear has to be basic! Adding a subtle or statement accessory—like a scarf, hat, or bag—will help you stand out and is a great way to show off your personal style.
This year will be my first winter in SoCal and I must say I’m looking forward to more brisk mornings and warm sunny afternoons. Being from the Midwest, I’d normally be bundled up this time of the year—all function over fashion! To take advantage of the best of both worlds, I’m styling two fashionable yet completely functional looks for winter.
I had the honor of styling the very talented artist Emmitt James for a photo shoot accompanying his new project The Feel Good Tape. Using clothing items purchased from Crossroads, both looks were put together for less than $60.
Distressed denim became the trendy must-have item for your closet this year. If you live in a warm state, don’t put them away just yet! Easily paired with a simple shirt and sneakers for a classic look, all I needed to add was a statement piece to get that winter street style feel.
Jump into winter with statement items that stand strong on their own and that can be paired with almost any item in your wardrobe. This Zara tweed jacket will keep you warm and turn heads. It’s light enough for a nice evening out and big enough to fit a sweater underneath for an added layer.
People underestimate how cold it gets during California nights, especially when it’s not summer! This next look is cozy yet stylish and perfect for nice evening out on the town.
Mixing patterns can be daunting, but it just takes a little bit of balance. These bold prints were paired with a simple white blazer and white Florsheim dress shoes, all found at Crossroads!
From fashion magazines and runway models to bloggers and street style stars, we’ve come a long way in our fashion inspiration sources. Fashion has been able to flourish through technology in the way we’re able to instantly share new ideas, images, and videos. Instagram is my current go-to for fast fashion inspo when I’m lacking my own. It’s a backstage pass to the best in the fashion industry!
Check out my round-up below of my ten favorite fashion it girls to follow on Instagram for endless #ootd inspiration.
Natalie Suarez (@natalieoffduty) & Dylana Suarez (@dylanasuarez)
I am combining these two stylish sisters into one pick because I couldn’t choose between the two! There is rarely a blog or Instagram post from each that I don’t save for inspiration. Dylana tends to wear more color and take chances with prints, while Natalie sticks to traditional model-off-duty uniform.
Beth Jones (@bjonesstyle)
Beth is a fellow Crossroads Style Council member, but there is no nepotism here! I have been following Beth’s blog and coveting her style long before we were recruited to the CTC Style Council. If you are a thrifter and vintage lover, you will fall in love with Beth!
Anne-Laure Mais (@adenorah)
This stylist and fashion editor has a wonderfully simple, classic style. She is the epitome of #goals and her everyday style is perfect for when you are needing an outfit-of-the-day idea.
Mary Seng (@happilygrey)
Mary has been one of my favorite fashion bloggers ever since I started to regularly follow blogs. Her style is on trend yet effortless.
Lucy Williams (@lucywilliams02)
Lucy is the ultimate “cool girl” and her wardrobe is enviable for those who are looking to add a bit of edge to their style.
Thania Peck (@catcherinthestyle)
Thania’s Instagram is a testament to her genuine love of all things fashion and one that you should definitely be following for your daily dose of style inspo.
Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne)
Model, actress, and fashionista Cara Delevingne shows her true self on her Instagram, and that includes stunning images from her work, her papped street style, and her candid moments.
Dree Hemingway (@dreelouisehemingway)
She’s a model, actress, and California girl all the way. Dree’s laid-back, Cali vibe is reflected in her style.
Olivia Palermo (@oliviapalermo)
From reality TV star to a style icon in her own right, Olivia’s sophisticated and chic #ootds will leave you both envious and inspired.
Solange Knowles (@saintrecords)
She may be the little sister of the biggest pop star on the planet, but she shines bright in her own way with her music and her taste in fashion. If you love color, all shapes and sizes, and prints, you will love Solange’s Instagram feed.
Who are your favorite fashion it girls to follow?
Thrifting is a unique experience that truly gives credence to the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Digging through rack upon rack knowing there’s the possibility of finding something special is the ultimate thrifter’s high. But sometimes, it can be hard to envision an amazing one-off piece in your wardrobe or dedicate enough of your time to make the most of shopping secondhand. That’s where thrift haulers and YouTube videos come in. Read below for my round-up of some of my favorite thrift-loving vloggers to inspire you and your next shopping trip!
Our very own Crossroads Style Council member Beth recently began vlogging again, and I am obsessed! I love Beth’s thrifting videos and self challenges!
Maya and Julia’s energy is so contagious! These girls have such a great eye for color, accessories and those small details that really make something special!
Cassie and Ricci share their love of fashion through their vlogs and inspire thrifters everywhere to give used clothing a second chance. I love how they show us how they would style their finds!
With their thrift hauls, DIYs and outfit of the week vlogs, these twin sisters are veterans of YouTube vlogging and definitely worth checking out!
Discussing anything and everything fashion-related, Katie has some of the best thrift finds and haul vlogs on YouTube!
Another one of our own Crossroad Style Council girls, Mary proves that thrifting is not just for clothing! Mary is the best at finding shabby home decor and accents and DIY-ing the chic back into them!
‘Tis the season for BBQs, brunches and long date nights! Summer has reared its carefree head and event invitations are stacking up. But what are you going to wear? I’ve rounded up my favorite summer outfit ideas to inspire your event uniform this summer and help you keep cool and chic while beating the heat. It’s all about light, flowy fabrics and fun colors!
The Summer BBQ
The Summer Wedding
Keep the location in mind while picking a wedding guest outfit for the summer—e.g. if it’s outside, be aware of the weather. You want an outfit that will keep up with you on the dance floor!
The Summer Date Night
Summer gives us extra sunlight and lets us take our day dates into the late night. Cute, flirty, and comfortable pieces will help you enjoy your date night.
The Summer Brunch
Some summer weekends just don’t feel complete without that Sunday brunch. You’ll want something that is comfortable enough to sit and fill up on those mimosas and waffles in!
What’s your favorite go-to outfit for the summer?
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